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Comment Yeah, I've experienced the pain. (Score 1) 112

The very first thing I noticed after booting for the first time: they forgot how to draw boxes.

Something I've run into since - I can't "run as a different user" properly anymore. My company has a rule for admins - you can't work from your admin account, so I've been right-clicking my Microsoft Management Console link and choosing "run as a different user". That quit working - now it says the super user doesn't have access to the management console, but if I actually do login with my admin account - like I'm not supposed - it works fine, just like it did before the update. I can probably figure out some rights changes and work arounds to make it work - but is that what I should be spending my time on?

I've been a Microsoft hater for close to two decades - I've recently softened up on them because Windows 8 and 10 really did introduce a bloat reduction, stability, and performance severely lacking in previous versions, but crap like this and less than ethical data collection and advertising in the system itself are keeping me from embracing it on my personal stuff.

Comment Re:How will this affect the LIttle Critter books? (Score 0) 156

You know - I have a case of Aspergers. I occasionally have issues picking up on jokes and what people are really getting at, but I've trained myself through the years and paying attention to mostly get by alright. Occasionally on Slashdot however I find that I get a reply from Drax the Destroyer and I don't feel so bad about the areas that I still have difficulties with.

Comment Re:20 years? (Score 1) 237

I found competitors early on and Marine rushed Protus taking out all of their mining units before they had a single anything else. That was fun.

Also I loved going up against tanks. Find a group of tanks together and send a sacrificial peon up as close as you could get it to one of the tanks, then attack at pont blank range. All of the surrounding tanks will attack your peon destroying one of their own in the process and maybe doing damage to others.

Comment Re: The Beauty of Open Source (Score 1) 156

I was a MythTV user at one time in the past, I loved it and even used it for content management much like I now do with Kodi. The move away from NTSC, but NOT towards QAM because cable companies are pricks just caused me to not care about live TV anymore. It's part of why my DVD/BluRay library is huge and I actually want Netflix and the like to work on Kodi.

Comment Re:DIY? No, more like DOA (Score 1) 156

I'm one of the people who uses Kodi religiously without piracy add-ons. I buy my own content, both music and movies, and use it. I even have a hacked Gen 1 Apple TV to play those things remotely. It's annoying to have to start up the PS3 in the living room or the Wii in the bedroom for Netflix, Hulu and Amazon content, especially since there used to be a working Amazon plugin.

No, some of us just want to be legal and convenient at the same time.

Comment Re:Deception - just one kind of tax. (Score 2) 903

My sister used to work for a downstream petroleum company, she told me that a the taxes on a gallon of gas - more than ten years ago when she worked there - was about 70% of the at the pump cost.

If this went 100% to roads I wouldn't be as annoyed, but we can tell by the conditions of our roadways this absolutely is not the case.

Comment Deception - just one kind of tax. (Score 5, Insightful) 903

The problem isn't that just one tax - the payroll/income tax being high.

It's that after you pay that you still have to pay social-security (which isn't operating in the way it commissioned to operate), the medicare, state income tax (in most states), health insurance - which in now a tax per the supreme court, car inspection, vehicle registration, property tax, sales tax at the register, "universal service fee", among other things that creep in we are much more highly taxed than we get credit for when you're only looking at payroll/income.

For a couple of years I was at 53% removed from my paycheck before I got paid, THEN the sales tax etc.... happened.

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