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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Do no EViL(tm) (427 comments)

You are correct that you don't have to go to Dell to upgrade your copy of Windows but you sure as hell might need Dell to provide specific drivers for your hardware. The issue is the phone vendors need to make sure the hardware drivers are compatible with your new version of android before you upgrade or your phone might be broken. This is the reason so many phone lose a bit of function when you install CM.

I am not defending the lack of updates just giving the reason that Andriod is updated through the manufacturer and not Google. Unfortunately too many of the phone manufacturers would prefer to sell you a new phone instead of investing the time to test the old hardware with a new O/S.

about three weeks ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

AF_Cheddar_Head Not always the Surge (602 comments)

Power dips can be as destructive as surges and that cheap surge protector does nothing for those. If it is valuable a line-interactive UPS is the way to go. Learned my lesson after burning out the power supplies to two TVs and a couple of desktop computers. The TV repair guy suggested the UPS and life is good.

about a month ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

AF_Cheddar_Head What's Technology (231 comments)

Does home-made gunpowder qualify as technology?

about 1 month ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

AF_Cheddar_Head Simle fix (111 comments)

If you can't vote in the election, you can't contribute to the candidates in the elections. Eliminates outside money.

about 2 months ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

AF_Cheddar_Head Subsidy for the win (111 comments)

So you are saying that you have no problem with the city folk subsidizing you. Sounds like that's what you are saying.

about 2 months ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Different era (180 comments)

Yes, Yes he is.

Union breaker
Deficit balloons
Trickle Down
Sandinistas
Iran-Contra
Ollie North
Nancy making decisions when he gets Alzheimer's

You fucking got me started

about 2 months ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Why is this treated differently (161 comments)

Nope, as a carpenter I bring the hammer (phone) but sure as hell don't pay for the nails (minutes/GB).

See the difference now?

about 2 months ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

AF_Cheddar_Head Another reason to avoid BYOD (161 comments)

Just because it's an accounting cluster fuck doesn't meat that the company should get out of paying.

It's an accounting cluster fuck to determine your vacation eligibility so guess what, no vacation for you.

about 2 months ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:I am not colorblind (267 comments)

Sure you would have, just been excluded from some jobs. 25 year retiree and red-green color blind.

At my induction physical I failed 14 of 15 color cards. Tech told me I was color blind and I replied all you had to do was ask me I could have told you that.

BTW: Purple does not exist and is a conspiracy by the color-normal people against the disabled.

about 3 months ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Answer needed (390 comments)

How about so that Verizon customers can access Internet resources at something near the speed advertised and paid for.

I think Verizon customers have a case to sue Verizon for non-performance.

about 3 months ago
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Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Walled garden? (171 comments)

Not really, worked a consulting job for Rolls Royce a couple of years ago (Derby). Twenty network design guy in the room (FUCK open offices) and as the only American I was the only one not wearing a tie every day.

about 3 months ago
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ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

AF_Cheddar_Head GPS on Mars (104 comments)

Really, are you sure it isn't Galileo?

about 4 months ago
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Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Laugh-worthy (138 comments)

Yeah, the jumping back and forth doesn't happen when you wear the uniform, or did you miss the General part. Not defending General Alexander here just commenting on the lack of moving from government to industry and back.

about 4 months ago
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I typically start my workday ...

AF_Cheddar_Head Military (141 comments)

Had the same sort of experience working at a Headquarters for the military.

There was this Lt. Colonel that would occasionally stand be the entrance recording and reporting on all the guys that arrived even one minute after 0800. Somehow never saw him at 1900 when those of us that were a bit late in the morning finally got to leave for the day, mostly because he was out the door at 1630 share.

Definitely don't miss those types of idiots. Now is show up sometime between 0800 and 0900 and leave when the work is done.

about 4 months ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

AF_Cheddar_Head Hippocracy much? (682 comments)

All of you TP types that want the IRS to retain e-mails forever refuse to give the government a dime to build the system to retain that e-mails forever. It ain't cheap to build a backup system to maintain all the e-mails generated by a decent sized business or government agency. That's why retention dates are established and followed. Also why so many users have PST files on their local computer that violate the retention policy and gets the company in trouble with the lawyers and get deleted when a computer is rebuilt or the drive crashes.

about 4 months ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

AF_Cheddar_Head Major IT departments and lost e-mail (682 comments)

I thing the whole thing reeks of conspiracy BUT having worked for multiple government agencies many of them severely limit the size of a users Exchange mailbox and because network storage is scarce they routinely counsel users to keep archived e-mail in a PST stored on the local drive. They tell the user that Outlook runs better this way (mostly true). Problem is this violates government policy on maintaining permanent records (not that the user cares) and means if the local drive crashes or is wiped for a new user all the old e-mail is lost.

Many corporations do the same BTW.

For my money the excuse is just a bit too convenient but plausible.

about 4 months ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:The actual appeal (240 comments)

On thing that working in film does for a student, not for a pro or hobbyist but for a student, is make them pay more attention to the process of taking the picture. With the cost and time of processing film the student has more incentive to pay attention to framing the picture and getting it right in camera. Digital has very little penalty for taking several shots just to "get it right".

For the pro and hobbyist I completely agree with your comments.

about 4 months ago
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US Government OKs Sale of Sharper Satellite Images

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Oh...they have access to better imagery... (82 comments)

Yep a 30% increase in distance with a good share of that extra distance through that messy atmosphere. Insurmountable, probably not but not a trivial problem either. The main advantage of aerial photography versus satellite photography is the reduced amount of atmosphere that is in the way so yeah extra distance can be a real issue.

about 4 months ago

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