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Comment Re:Commodore engineers (Score 1) 286

Commodore's problem was more that they took an age to substantially improve the Amiga and make those improvements available.

They had difficulty with backward compatibility. The design was fairly kludgy to keep the machines cheap (which was their main selling point). The side-effect is that upgrades had to match the original kludge for kludge, making a mess of any newer model.

Comment Re:akin to.... (Score 1) 97

It must be a uniquely American thing to equate massive levels of attention with good service.

No, but it's the only way to differentiate full service restaurants from their cheaper and more convenient fast-food counterparts. I've seen many restaurants which go out of their way to keep all condiments behind the counter, rather than leaving them at the table, and don't bring them out with meals that would likely require them, either. Then your server has to make a special trip just for your request, and maybe you'll leave a larger tip. The US has a head-start on fast-food, so these changes will spreading to the rest of the world a few years later.

Besides, as others have said, it's more a tactic to passive-aggressively push you to eat your meal quickly and leave. Those restaurants with "good service" you're frequenting, are probably actually cookie-cutter chains trying to maximize profits and pretty far down on the "good service" scale. You'll do better at the very expensive and classy restaurants.

Comment Re:The nature of the Trump-fans is pretty obvious (Score 2, Interesting) 208

A Kia that I own with a Trump sticker in Baltimore got vandalized to the tune of $2500 in July. I appreciated the new paintjob, since I have a $100 comp deductible, but the person did it to be a criminal douchebag.

My yard sign has been ripped up 3 times in a Baltimore suburb. I have had dog shit dumped on my lawn 4 or 5 times. Eventually I installed cameras and caught the motherfuckers, who got fined and harassed by the cops, but it was fundamentally a waste of money to deal with the scumbag local Democrats.

Recurrent theme around here, and a number of the houses in the neighborhood have pulled up their signs to avoid the bullshit. Isn't changing how they are voting, though.

So yeah, about those Trump supporters...?

Comment IT Angle [Re:Clinton is above the law] (Score 1) 444

"However she is a politician not a IT expert." - She employed numerous IT experts, however, and certainly could be expected to know the implications.

Please elaborate on the IT side.

A home server versus AOL versus a "regular" gov't office email server NOT designed for classified info* doesn't make any LEGAL difference. The existing laws say nothing about server selection or ownership. The real issue is that none of the 3 listed were designed for classified info.

If somebody "put" classified info on ANY of them, a mistake is being made. As far as whose fault it is, well, that's an administrative/authority issue and NOT an IT issue.

* The "other" office system that was for classified info is generally not considered to be "email".

Comment Re:Ancient Aliens (Score 1) 245

People who aren't interested in thinking need the metaphysical window dressing.

Believe it or not, that's a paraphrased Hitler quote, but that doesn't make it wrong.

I don't fault you for your beliefs, but I don't agree with them. I think that once the bioelectricity stops flowing, we cease to be. Anything else would be supernatural. However much I would like to talk to my father again, I don't think it's going to happen. It's not an emotionally satisfying viewpoint, but it is the logical conclusion of my other beliefs.

Comment Re:Slop Sampling [Re:Clinton is above the law] (Score 1) 444

deleting emails after the authorities have started an investigation on you, claiming that they had nothing to do with the case,

She was asked to turn over "work related" emails. She was NOT OBLIGATED to turn over non-rework-related emails (at least not at that time).

Missing some due to imperfect review is usually NOT a federal crime except in extreme circumstances.

Most people would miss some also if they reviewed them themselves. Jurors would know this. If you have perfect eyes, well, you are a minority.

I agree and she agreed it was poor practice to use a private/personal email service, but it was NOT illegal. That's why Colin did it also.

The FBI did uncover some of those originally excluded from the "work pile" by unstated means. NONE had anything suspicious, and appeared to show that the (Hillary's) lawyers reading them didn't bother reading the whole email before categorizing them.

Comment Re:"Knowingly" [Re:Double Standard] (Score 1) 444

We don't know Lerner's side of the story. She choose the 5th. There have been many times where people have come to me about apparent contradictions in my IT/work-related statements, and there are perfectly valid explanations. Often because English is vague or I used a slightly wrong or poorly chosen word to describe something.

And those apparent contradictions are not directly related to biased filtering for exemption requests, but merely "side" administrative issue.

Also note this from the link: "We gave the IRS the weekend to provide a response. A spokeswoman said the agency was not able to offer an explanation for Lerner's remarks in time for our deadline."

A weekend for bigass gov't agency to answer questions? About as realistic as a quiet toddler.

Note also the reader comments:

"...seem at least to have read the TIGTA report, but you seem to be disingenuous in your attacks on Lois Lerner, at least with respect to "doubling" of 501(c)(4) applications. She seems to have taken her figures from the TIGTA report itself, which, as you give the report credence, you should allow her to do also. The chart in the report tells us that applications doubled in the time period. Yes this is a fiscal year chart, but isn't Lois Lerner allowed to think and speak in terms of fiscal years?"

Thanks for the link, though, I appreciate it, partisan angst aside.

Comment Re:Hey! (Score 1) 70

Sure. I use one of these, with this firmware, making it a cute little self-contained Linux box with both a HTML GUI and a command-line interface that is as complete as you want to make it. (I've got a build environment on mine, just because I can.)

802.11ac, dual-core 800MHz ARM, 256MB of RAM and 128MB of flash (all of which are complete overkill for this application), along with multiple USB ports for plugging in random goodies.

Comment Re:Never was a reasonable conversation (Score 1) 238

When you have measles, it is exactly the same as walking around town with a handful of hypodermic needles, injecting random passers-by with viruses.

How far does that argument extend? Should everyone be required to get all available vaccines, no matter how ineffective and how many risky side effects they have?

The HPV and Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccines now mandated for school children certainly bother me on that front. The first is only a sexually transmitted disease which shouldn't be possible to spread on school campuses. The latter is a rather mild disease for children, while getting the vaccine puts your child at risk for potentially more severe side-effects.

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