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Comment Re:How durable? (Score 1) 160

In Northern Europe, shingles are typically rigid clay or ceramic, and last pretty much forever. In much of the US, a standard shingle is a few mm thick flexible tar-coated mat, which degrades and starts cracking over time (especially in areas with big temperature fluctuations). Typical advertised lifespan is 20-30 years, but can be less depending on the weather in your area. The US shingles are cheaper, but will cost you a lot more In the long run.

Comment Re:Sooooo (Score 2) 68

if they know the keys were stolen, can't they invalidate them????

Just because they got stolen, doesn't necessary mean that someone else didn't already own them. Invalidating them may also burn the original purchaser when they try to activate them down the road.

(For example, I myself have a few dozen steam keys that I haven't activated yet, most of which I received as part of past Humble Bundles, and some through kickstarter)

Comment Re: What's the big problem? (Score 1) 675

It's been Chip and signature everywhere I've used my cards in the US so far. In Europe, most people have a single credit card issues by their own bank, and Pin is required. In the US, banks appear not to want to force that issue, mostly because the majority of people carries multiple cards and banks don't want to impose the extra 'inconvenience' of having to remember a 4 digit number in fear of the user switching to the next card in their wallet and giving their business to another bank.

Comment Re:Bliz (Score 3, Insightful) 250

They do NOT have a right to sue because it's their own responsibility to build software checks and balances that would prevent cheating but THEY ARE TOO TIGHTFISTED to do so

They DO have a right to sue. Anyone can sue pretty much anyone. That doesn't automatically mean they stand a chance of winning of course.

Comment Downtown traffic (Score 1) 655

If driverless cars are allowed as well, downtown traffic could get significantly worse: Right now, you have a choice of either use public transportation or a cab, or drive yourself and pay $$$ for premium parking.
With self-driving cars, there will be another option: Drive your own car to your office in downtown, and then send it along to park itself in some free or much cheaper parking place on the other side of town where it can wait until you are ready to be picked up again - that alone would lead to a lot of extra miles driven, and that's not even counting the disruption of stopping in traffic to let the owner back in at the end of the day.

Or come to think about it, why pay for parking at all? Need to do some shopping or a quick errand? I'm sure there will be plenty of people that would rather have their car circle the block on its own while they're inside instead of paying for parking....

Comment Re:Not Approved (Score 3, Insightful) 259

So some lowly peon opened their wallet and paid out of pocket for printing the Google vinyls? Bullshit.

Cities and counties typically have equipment at their own public works department which can print plastic decals for things like street name signs, speed signs, traffic signs, etc. It wouldn't take much to print some custom decals on the same machines. Just because it got printed doesn't necessarily mean that the powers that be signed off on it.

Comment How to remove ANY special filename in Windows (Score 5, Informative) 114

The Windows GUI will prevent creation and removal of any 'special' foldername that looks like a device: LPT1, COM6, CON, etc.

To remove any of those "special" file/foldernames after the fact, all you need is look for the short 8.3 notation of the filename that the filesystem uses behind the scenes, and which the GUI hides from the end user.
Open a command prompt and navigate to the folder that contains the special name
dir /x will show the associated "short" filename, e.g. co~123 instead of COM4

You can directly remove/rename/etc the file from the command prompt when referring to these short names:
remove a file: del co~123
remove a folder with its contents: rd co~123 /s

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