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Comment Re:Nexus 4 (Score 1) 96

I have an old Galaxy Tab 2 tablet, (5 years old maybe).

It came with Android 4.2.2 and I don't think it ever got an update from Samsung at all.

Currently running Cyanogen Mod 13.1 and the various little annoyances are all gone..

Video playback used to stutter, and large images would crash whichever app was trying to display.

Comment Re:Their fault (Score 1) 113

I live in the last major landmass on Earth to be colonized by humans, and it has no native mammals at all

It did have birds however, and they had evolved into the ecological niches that mammals took in other places

That meant (among other things) 3.5 metre, 220 KG birds evolved to browse trees like deer do in Europe. They were wiped out so quickly that when Europeans came along 350 years later the locals had lost all memory of the super-chickens they had eaten.

I think it's just the way humans react to any common resource. Get as much as you can as quickly as you can because if you don't your neighbor will.

This is the Super-Chicken

Comment Re: Not so innocent after all (Score 1) 113

I was raised a sort of luke warm Anglican and stopped going to church when I got big enough to mow the lawn.

My Dad never liked doing it, and when he figured out that I was strong enough, he asked if I liked church, which I didn't particularly, and the stories made no sense at all to me.

"Fine," he said, "you don't have to go then, but if you stay home you'll have to get that lawn mowed".

I really didn't mind, I've always liked doing that job.

Oh, and Rev. Johnston, if you're reading this, if you want kids to accept your faith, don't tell them the story of the burning bush. It just makes your god out to be a total dick.

Submission + - Trump's Inauguration Honors Military & First Responders Who Keep America Saf (

An anonymous reader writes: The 2017 Inauguration of President Donald Trump has been called the “most historic inauguration in a long time and probably in American history.”
Presidential Inaugural Committee members charged with planning and fundraising for the inauguration have not only raised over $90 million for inaugural activities, but have also orchestrated activities to bring together Americans, celebrate President Trump’s victory, and honor the country’s military and service members. Despite having held neither elected nor military office, Trump and his team’s deep admiration of the military, veterans, servicemen, fire fighters, police officers, and their families has shone through in the inaugural festivities.
Trump will open up the Commander-In-Chief Ball—which is usually only open to enlisted members of the military—to military families, wounded veterans, first responders, and law enforcement.
According to PIC’s deputy communications director Alex Stroman, this is attributable to Trump’s deep respect for first responders and law enforcement, “He’s vowed to be a law and order president. He respects our police, he respects our military, he respects those who put their lives on the line whether it’s firemen or EMTs or police every day. He made that a point throughout his campaign to honor these folks, veterans, military, et cetera, who put their lives on the line for our country. It’s a way to, in one of his first acts as president, to thank those who do that.”
Communications director for the Presidential Inaugural Committee Boris Epshteyn resounded a similar sentiment, “It is so vital to honor those who risk their lives for Americans all over the country and all over the world.” The President-elect’s Transition team has planned only a small number of official inaugural balls this year, with one aimed at saluting the military, first responders, and “those are who are keeping American lives safe every day across this country.”
The two most effective fundraisers on the Presidential Inaugural Committee also have long histories of supporting military, law enforcement, and first responders. Presidential Inaugural Committee’s Finance Vice-Chairs Woody Johnson and Elliott Broidy have been central to planning and fundraising for the inauguration raising more than any other members of the committee.
Elliott Broidy is the founder of Broidy Capital Management, a well -respected firm that invests in public and private securities.
In addition to extensive philanthropic involvement and board memberships ranging from the Simon Wiesenthal Center to the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, Elliott Broidy has a long history of supporting civic causes and helping those who keep America safe.
From a military family Elliott Broidy has continuously worked with military organizations, including the Wounded Warriors Project and Hounds for Heroes, which provides service animals to wounded veterans across Southern California.
After the September 11 attacks, Elliott Broidy dedicated himself to helping keep America secure. Elliott Broidy served as Los Angeles City Fire and Police Pension Fund’s Commissioner and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Police Foundation. Continuing his life-long dedication to the military, Elliott Broidy has leveraged the success of Broidy Capital to work closely with various philanthropies supporting veterans of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force.
Seeing civic participation as another means of supporting the safety and well-being of Americans, Elliott Broidy was appointed by Secretary Michael Chertoff to the Homeland Security Advisory Council as well as the Terrorism Task Force and the Essential Technology Task Force in 2005. He went on to also serve as the Republican National Committee’s Finance Chairman from 2006 through 2008.
Elliott Broidy continued his civic and political involvement during the 2016 election, serving as a Vice Chairman of Finance for Trump Victory, the joint political action committee that along with the RNC supported Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Though he has not expressed desire a full-time position in the Trump Administration, Elliott Broidy is working closely with the Trump Transition team and advising them on possible nominees for key appointments in the next administration.
Woody Johnson is also a “big supporter” of law enforcement, military, and first responders.
The New York Jets owner and heir to Johnson & Johnson serves board member of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, but his philanthropic involvement extends far beyond.
After meeting quadruple-amputee and long-time Jets fan Marine Corporal Todd Nicely, Woody Johnson Johnson and the Jets donated $1 million to the Building for America’s Bravest program enough to build smart homes for two catastrophically-injured service members. Media outlets have speculated that Woody Johnson may be named United States ambassador to the United Kingdom, but Johnson has declined to address these reports.
In addition to the Commander-In-Chief Ball honoring those who have served to keep America safe, the official parade will have more than 8,000 participants representing all five branches of the military and 40 organizations including military and military school marching bands, first responders, veterans groups, and law enforcement.
Under the command of U.S. Army Major General Bradley Becker, the 58th Presidential Inauguration Joint Task Force National Capital Region has been practicing for the swearing-in event just hours away on January 20, 2017.

Comment Re:Since they determined autopilot wasn't to blame (Score 1) 185

I vaguely remember a PJ O'Rourke piece about car safety (maybe in Parliament of Whores) where he visited the NHSTA while they were investigating the safety of Volvos that were having unexplained acceleration problems.

It turns out lots of Volvo owners are idiots and step on the gas instead of the brake, but the NTSTA guys can't call the US public a bunch of fools, so they had to phrase the findings somewhat diplomatically.

There might be more of these.

Comment Re:0.00000333% (Score 0) 266

You might be thinking of the Dust Bowl.

This was mostly caused by poor farming methods, the areas affected are pretty dry anyway.

all of the norther hemisphere had droughts that entire decade

No, part of the Continental United States and Canada had droughts through the 1930's, the rest of the Northern Hemisphere was fine.

Comment Re:And not the first (Score 2) 38

I'm pretty sure it's been going on for a lot longer than the last 10 years, it's the whole basis of the Korean economic miracle.

After the Korean War, South Korea was a poor agrarian country, barely able to feed itself, in fact the standard of living was higher in North Korea.

The Chaebols dealt with (and probably created) whatever Government was in power, there were years of brutal Military dictatorships with South Korea only being a democracy since about 1987.

The Chaebols are so powerful within South Korea that I'm not even sure corruption is the right term here, it might just be how things are done there.

It would be good to have a Korean's perspective.

Comment Re:No headphone jack ... (Score 1) 205

I'm still using a Galaxy S4 because it works fine for what I need, although I did install Cyanogenmod to get Android updates. (That went really well).

I look at the various new phones that come out, and they are all missing a feature I want, so I will keep using the phone I have until something better comes along.

My requirements are:

  1. User replacable battery
  2. Micro Sd slot
  3. 5" or smaller screen
  4. 3.5mm headphone jack
  5. Everything else is negotiable. At least with Android, someone will sell me what I want.

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 1) 564

Cassettes have literally NOTHING to offer except the nostalgia

They did have one thing, which was quite fun.

When I was a kid in the eighties, some hard-core Christian I knew told me about playing various songs backwards to reveal a prayer to Satan (or some other sort of hogwash, I don't remember the details).

So a friend and I unscrewed a cassette, flipped one of the wheels and put it back together to play it backwards, I'm pretty sure it was his sister's copy of "Hotel California".

It was a really fun afternoon of pretending we could hear some sort of Satanist nonsense under all the noise.

Also tried it with "Revolution 9" from the White Album and "Back in Black" by AC/DC, (I think).

Comment Re: Phones and computers vs computers? (Score 1) 98

PocketPC and it's descendants are shit

That's exactly what I was thinking. Years ago I had the pleasure of supporting a bunch of Nokia (dumb) phones, a couple of iPhones, and about 20 Blackberries. None of them were really much of a problem, except the one idiot manager who insisted on having a windows phone. I was the one lumbered with supported the stupid thing until my boss talked him into getting an iPhone.

Comment Re:Baby and bathwater. (Score 4, Informative) 397

So, this dude is having a hissy-fit because some other dude wanted to pretend to be a girl, and somebody at FSF didn't play along?

No, that's not what happened, you should read some of the links provided.

A trans-gender employee of the FSF has been fired, no-one from the FSF is saying why, which is probably the sensible thing to do.

The person who has control of the Libreboot project has objected and seems to thing the fired former staff member was fired because of her gender.

Richard Stallman pointed out that the trans person was trans when they were hired, making the objector look bad.

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