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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Bing Tsher E Re:Myopic viewpoint (209 comments)

We don't have enough electricity, nor the infrastructure to distribute it, if EVs were to suddenly become the norm in vehicles.

The power grid to do that for everybody just doesn't exist.

3 hours ago
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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Bing Tsher E Re:old tech (165 comments)

I have a large mechanical wall clock made by Simplex. Simplex was a division of IBM back when IBM made wall clocks and time clocks for business. Because they are a Business Machine company. I wish it was older and branded IBM, and not branded by the split-off company. As it stands it's kind of like the 1960's version of a Lenovo.

3 days ago
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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Bing Tsher E Re:8 out of 10 for cool. 1 out of 10 for interesti (165 comments)

What would be interesting would be to bring the spirit of these old systems into the modern age rather than just replicate them wholesale. Boot into a system which allows you immediate programming

Wow. Who would have guessed that the whole point in the Raspberry Pi is things like that?

3 days ago
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Neil Gaiman Confirms Movie Talks For Sandman, American Gods

Bing Tsher E Re:Like "Anansi boys" better than "American Gods" (34 comments)

I bought the Sandman comic books ("graphic novels"???) as they came out. Didn't start until about issue 17 tho, so I read the first series in digest form.

I worry about what the sausage mill that is Hollywood will do with the stories.

3 days ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Bing Tsher E Re:I got this beat (324 comments)

So the special membership card has five punchouts on it?

about a week ago
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Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

Bing Tsher E Re:Meh (224 comments)

Comic books? Too long! Three panel comic strips!

about two weeks ago
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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

Bing Tsher E Re:Reasonable? They burned his house down. (124 comments)

I'd hesitate to call John McAfee a libertarian. Libertarians tend to be more dorky, and take themselves seriously.

You seem kind of huffy though, and use the term 'libertarian' similar to the way a Rush Limbaugh listener uses the term 'liberal.' You're a lot alike.

about two weeks ago
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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

Bing Tsher E Re:In Honduras (124 comments)

The important part many people seem to miss is that McAfee himself stated right up front that he stopped doing most of that stuff back in 1983. The world has changed a lot since 1983.

about two weeks ago
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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

Bing Tsher E Re:McAfee vs. Musk (124 comments)

Musk might go down in history as the guy who cashed out of PayPal and spent the rest of his life dabbling with hobbies. This decade's Paul Allen. Or he might end up being seen as an updated version of Tucker. It's too early to tell.

about two weeks ago
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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

Bing Tsher E Re:Abuse of press credentials (124 comments)

They say the way to get into journalism school is to get rejected by the English department. Flunking Calculus helps, too.

about two weeks ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

Bing Tsher E Sets Don't Have 'Tops' Anymore (117 comments)

Somebody needs to come up with a more effective term to describe TV-oriented appliances. Because the televisions that most people use in their homes don't have tops anymore. The top is more of an edge than a 'top' on modern televisions.

about two weeks ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

Bing Tsher E Re:reversed just as easily (312 comments)

Is there any angle a tard like you can take to blame Bush for this? That's your homework assignment.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Bing Tsher E Re:@aheath - Re:Why not use GNU/Linux? (341 comments)

I have a training video for how to edit your ~/.fvwm/.fvwmrc file available for those who don't want to get caught on the Gnome/KDE Hat update treadmill.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Bing Tsher E Re:Dear UK gov, please move to Linux/FOSS (341 comments)

Which Microsoft compiler is fully compliant with the current ANSI C or C++ standard?

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Bing Tsher E Re: TCO (341 comments)

Continually buying new updates of closed source binaries is 'running it like a business'??

One would think that, like filing cabinets, desks, etc., functions like email and document storage would converge into something very durable and unchanging. Instead we've accepted the notion that software vendors should throw it all away with each version update and start over, rather than patch and maintain software so that it converges into something better with each update.

But, this is a site chock full of people who make their business selling the same stuff over and over (IT types) so it's not surprising to see the 'throw it away and buy something new' sentiment very supported here.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

Bing Tsher E Re:systemd Architecture (641 comments)

The NetBSD ports collection, pkgsrc, has been ported to Slackware.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

Bing Tsher E Re:Just pointing out that Linus is usually fair (641 comments)

In a movie, that would be the point where the camera would zoom in to show a peculiar haunting alien 'flash' in the infected cult member's eyes.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

Bing Tsher E Re:Short story: See to what Linus responds (641 comments)

The interesting bit to me is that the whole thrust of systemd seems to be to inject a Windows NT style Registry onto Linux. So it makes complete sense that the heady sort of developer who wants to foist this onto the Linux OSes would demand HIS WAY.

Naw. I like /etc and the vi editor. When I dig into a new install of NetBSD to configure it, those are the things I understand and those are the things that work.

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

Bing Tsher E Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

The other thing about humans is that they are host to huge varieties and quantities of symbiotic organisms, which likely won't be spun up out of a test tube in a space ship. Those bugs in your gut are an important part of you, and the genetic diversity of them is just as big a problem as the 'embryos in a freezer' that everybody here is carrying on about. We're not alone; we will need to drag large chunks of our biosphere with us anywhere we 'travel' to.

about two weeks ago
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What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags

Bing Tsher E Random (99 comments)

If a game has a function for it, I hit 'random' until something that seems suitable pops up.

about two weeks ago

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Disconnecting Your Android Device From Google

Bing Tsher E Bing Tsher E writes  |  about 10 months ago

Bing Tsher E (943915) writes "Is it possible to completely disconnect your Android device from Google?

The Play Store is not mandatory; a simple checkbox in Security allows Android users to install APK files from any location and never use the Play Store.

Using Firefox for Android and being careful to never log into a Google service with it keeps your web browsing separate from Google cookies.

If you root your phone, you can reach into the directory and pull out all the APK files, then install them manually. This only works, of course, if you already paid for the Apps, but it makes it possible for your phone to be disconnected from Google and the Play Store and still have your apps. Could a community of file sharers that are trusted peers build up a collection of APK files to make it possible for there to be a Google-free Android phone experience?

Just some food for thought. At a minimum, getting off Chrome and onto Firefox is something every Android user should consider."
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Bing Tsher E Bing Tsher E writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bing Tsher E (943915) writes "A New York Times article reports: "The federal government is investigating the takeover last year of a leading American manufacturer of electronic voting systems by a small software company that has been linked to the leftist Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chávez." Is Chavez muscling in to help assure a Castro-style US Election?"

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Meta-Topic: Slashot Comment Posting

Bing Tsher E Bing Tsher E writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I always post my comments with 'no karma bonus' checked off. Even though I can post at default of +2 I do not do so often. This is because posting at +1 gives a safety margin. You can say more controversial and challenging things in a +1 comment and not have it modded down. But it gets saved in the permanent archive. When I do have something of note to add to the discussion, it gets marked up to +2 or higher fairly quickly anyway.

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