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Comment Re:Fix: Counter Suit (Score 1) 99

People change. You may know your spouse better than anybody, but the people you will become in 15 or 20 years is unknown to anybody. I have been fortunate. My wife and I have grown and changed in interesting but manageable ways. For better or worse, and all that. It can take work, but that's OK. Not all of my friends and family have been so lucky.

Sometimes one spouse outgrows childish habits and wants an adult partner for life. Sometimes people develop gambling addictions. Sometimes people start listening to short-wave radio and think the black helicopters are out to get them. Sometimes people go nuts and threaten to harm the kids. I really don't think we should consider somebody a failure for knowing when to call it quits. If somebody changes careers just before their industry tanks, we applaud their insight and good timing.

Comment Re:Fix: Counter Suit (Score 1) 99

As a survivor of sexual abuse, I can see where the GP is coming from. Look at it this way. You're in a loving relationship with somebody you trust with everything: your money, your body, your truck, your kids, your deepest secrets and fears. (OK, I'm a Texan, so truck might be first on that list.) Then you find out he's been lying and cheating for the last four years. Now it's suddenly as if you've been getting raped for four years and didn't even know it. It's not like you would have consented knowing that he could have picked up god-knows-what VD from his little fuck buddy. Not only that, but the perpetrator has 100% access to your money, your house, and can even take your kids if he has a good lawyer. In some states you can't even insist that he leave the premises.

And the whole "blame the victim" thing is every bit as common with cheating/divorce as it is with rape. How many forums have you read where people just say, "maybe if you would have put out more often" or "maybe if you stayed thin" or "you should have known he was a cheater before you married him." In some states, the spouse getting cheated on has no recompense, either. So implicitly the state is blaming the victim, too.

Sure, it's not the most elegant comparison, but it's not totally beyond the pale.

Comment Re:Fix: Counter Suit (Score 1) 99

I've often wondered why this is the case. More states had laws against sodomy than adultery. Yet, to my mind adultery is far more heinous, since there's definitely one party not consenting who will be pretty hurt by the activity. In Texas, you could have a mistress, but you couldn't buttfuck your wife. (at least not legally) For all the talk about "Defense of Marriage" you would think adultery would be one of those things the Congress could agree on. Especially since some people have affairs across state lines (interstate.. ummm.. commerce?). But I guess since most of them are adulterers, they don't want to seem *that* hypocritical.

Comment Re:In Germany, lights work that way (Score 1) 203

Just checked the driver's handbook. It doesn't really say one way or another. It just says that if the light is red you must stop before you enter the crosswalk or intersection, and that if it's yellow you must stop if you can do so safely (which is not how most people understand it). It doesn't even have the rule about not entering an intersection on green if you can't get through. And I'm positive that's what I was taught decades ago. So some things must have changed.

Comment Good. (Score 1) 308

It's high time for some civility in our public discourse. If an owner of a private company decides to show the Commander-in-Chief some respect while he's using those services, that is to be applauded. God forbid that Trump should become president, but if he does, I will still show some respect for the office, even if I disdain the person in it. Unfortunately, the censor-able tweets in a Trump Q&A are more likely to come from the other side of the conversation.

Comment Re:Again, Iran shows it knows its stuff (Score 1) 71

My understanding is that was more to do with a long-standing ban on Pokemon in general, since they view it as Zionist for some bizarre reason. But I think that was a fatwa, not necessarily having the same standing as an actual legal ban. My understanding of religion and politics in the Middle East is not 100%, though, so look it up before you travel.

Comment Re:Paperless Tickets (Score 1) 239

When United had it's little hiccup a couple of years ago, I was on my way to Tulsa. I needed to bump my flight time up. Right as I got approved to be on the new flight, their computer system went down. The lady at the counter said, "I guess we'll have to do this the old-fashioned way." She hand-wrote my boarding pass. I still have it stapled to my wall. The lady at the gate looked at it, chuckled, and let me pass. I got on the flight, and the pilot said, "Well, they've told us we can't leave because the corporate computers are having some kind of a problem. But screw those guys, I got clearance from the tower so we're leaving anyway!" To which the whole plane erupted in applause. Here's to people that still know how to do things the old-fashioned way.

Comment Re:21% less 1 (Score 1) 272

Yeah, that was the first thing I tried; it does not affect signing in from sleep. I used the default installation settings, so anything that is "broken" was done by Microsoft. BTW, it's not just me having this problem. Forum. Basically the only way to fix it is to use a local account, not the default integrated-with-everything-Microsoft account. Forgot the official name. But that breaks all of the stuff I got the Surface for, so not worth the trouble. The PIN thing works fine, and it's probably a good habit to be in anyway.

Comment Re:21% less 1 (Score 1) 272

I have a Surface (don't ask, seemed like a good idea at the time). I wish it were as easy as settings in two places. I was trying to make it where I didn't have to enter my password every damn time. There were two different setting locations, neither of them worked. Went into the belly of the beast and fiddled with some of the user profile crap. Didn't work. Found a registry setting that should have fixed it. Didn't work. So even though you have all the settings saying not to check the password, it still checks the password. I finally found a totally different screen that allows you to use a 4-digit PIN. I guess that's no worse than my iPad, but the fact that it took me three days to figure out is INSANE!!

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