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Comment Re:As a government IT contractor... (Score 1) 235

Right there with you. Not looking forward to when the organization I support eventually makes the swap. They have already stated that they will, but not a timeline for it yet. At least in the DOD world, a lot of Win10's phoning home can be stopped by simply blocking the appropriate ports on the organization's perimeter firewalls (and praying that it doesn't lead to the OS deactivating itself)

Comment Re:Just like PC's I want reliability and eficiency (Score 1) 287

I current drive a small Kia because I have had good luck with the brand, and it was fairly cheap and had good gas mileage because until about a year ago I traveled A LOT for work. I kept eying the Elios after I found out about them a couple years ago. Even though I have changed jobs and have a significantly shorter commute distance to my main office now (about 20 miles each way instead of 65) and do a lot less travel between multiple sites than my old job (in my personal vehicle although I was paid for mileage), I have still watched what was going on with the Elio for both myself, and as a possible vehicle down the road when my son starts driving (cheap for him to afford the maintenance and its frame is based around essentially a roll cage.) It is essentially the modern version of the Geo Metro from the early 90's, cheap, easy on maintenance, and great gas mileage. That car eventually failed (only after Chevy bought Geo), but the people who have them in decent shape will not part with them 90% of the time and if they do it still commands a good price.

Comment so many for so many different reasons (Score 1) 796

Bible and Koran for cultural influences all around the world and if you want a good grip on the Bible get as old af a version as you can plus the newer translations both and the The Apocrypha Constitution, and really the federalist papers as well for more insight into the mind set of many of the country's founders OK this one if US-centric, but shift documents appropriately for whatever country you live in I good Highschool/college 101 level textbook on physics, biology, and chemistry Most people don't need to retain it all unless they go into science or engineering of some sort, but really things everyone should have a basic handle on Illiad, Oddessy, Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare, Chaucer just the joy of reading them and expanding one's mind, plus the cultural references that stem from them The Hayne's manual on whatever vehicle you own, because the ability to do basic maintenance and repairs on one's vehicle is a very practical skill to have Any decent cookbook for similar reasons, as well as a basic intro to sewing book (by hand or machine) Plato's Republic, so much of the political structure in the Western world is based on ideas contained in this book Fahrenheit 451, Starship Troopers (just pretend the movie never existed), 1984 all for insight on where society in different ways Rules for Radicals, and the Communist Manifesto because regardless of which side of the political isle you fall on, ideas from these two get used in politics a lot The Art of War, because even if military history and strategy aren't your thing, some of the ideas can be used in almost every aspect of life
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Final Fantasy I and II Are Coming To the iPhone and iPod Touch 142

jonasvdc tips an announcement by Square Enix that Final Fantasy I and Final Fantasy II are being developed for the iPhone and the iPod touch. The graphics and UI have been modified to look and run better on the touchscreen devices, but everything from Cecil to the classic Black Mage is clearly recognizable. The announcement did not include any information on a price or release date.

Comment Re:could someone articulate to me (Score 1) 211

You should see what happens when you hand them a militaty ID. I've yet to see law enforcement carry a CAC card reader, even in towns that have military bases. Unless they have the proper scanner all they get is a pic, name, and which department under DOD I work for. Everything else is stored in a combination of barcode (pixel code might be more accurate description actually, magnetic swipe, and embedded computer chip.

Of course I also doubt the whole issue of technically not being allowed into a federal building (including court rooms, even if you are he one on trial) without a RealID compliant license carries much weight when you pull out a DOD access card for ID.

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