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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

LVSlushdat California gets one RIGHT!! (275 comments)

Every once in a while even a bat-s**t crazy state like California gets one right...

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

LVSlushdat Re:Solution looking for a problem (115 comments)

Jesus Christ, I wish I had mod points to MOD YOU DOWN!! These people you dismiss as "low on your sympathy list" risked life/limb and put their personal lives on hold for however many years to PROTECT YOUR SKANKY ASS... People like you make me sick to my stomach... Feel free to put me on your foes list.. Rest assured I've put YOU on mine..(along with a bunch of others who have posted in this thread)...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

LVSlushdat Re:RedBot, Elecraft (115 comments)

I did time in Vietnam in the 70s, and since I'd worked during my tour as a MARS station operator, and I'd always been interested in radio, I got my ham license soon after I got out of the service.. It helped me to land a position as an electronics tech with a government contractor, and then after a large layoff, migrated to fixing the -then-new- personal computers. Been doing that since, and only just retired about 4 years ago.. Bottom line: ham radio is a relaxing hobby, in my opinion

K7DGF ex WA6QNW

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

LVSlushdat Re:Here you go... (115 comments)

I swear you AC's all have such big balls to make such outlandish comments when you are cloaked in anonomity.. Try putting your NAME on when you run your mouth off like that...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

LVSlushdat Re:Here you go... (115 comments)

Why would I expect any different from an AC? ... You're a fuckin' jackass, AC... I want to thank the OP for his service, and echo the adafruit and sparkfun.. If you're interested in robotics, electronics and the like, they're the places to look for ideas/parts...

about a week ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

LVSlushdat Re:How does he (226 comments)

I've thought Kaley was a doll ever since I saw her on "8 Simple Rules", the old sitcom with John Ritter, that aired just before he died.. As for Bernadette, think about this... Wolowitz's never seen mother screams all the time, and what do you know? So does Bernadette, when she gets mad... Can you say "Mother-complex"?????

As for BBT, its one of the VERY few shows I actually watch on the toob....

about two weeks ago
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Iceland Raises Volcano Aviation Alert Again

LVSlushdat Re:Down Again (38 comments)

Barak should get real houked up and sign an Executive Order on Deportation and deport himself to Kenya.

Only if.. But as bad as BHOS (Barack Hussien Obama Soetero) is, you REALLY don't want Joe Biden as Pres.... They come as a matched
set..

about two weeks ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

LVSlushdat Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

Just get your PC from a reputable OEM.

Its called Dell (just the business/corporate side of the house tho.... BEWARE of Dells obtained at WorstBuy/Costco.....)

about three weeks ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

LVSlushdat Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

The only Dells that ship with crapware are the ones you buy at WorstBuy/Costco.. ie: the Inspirons.. Its like they're from a different company than the high-quality corporate Dell models (Optiplex/Latitude/Precision).. ANYbody who asks me what I recommend, I tell them "Go to the Dell website, make SURE you hit the business part of the website, and buy yourself a nice Optiplex desktop, or a Latitude laptop.. You'll pay a bit more, but the quality is night-day better than Dell's home stuff.. I'm a retired support tech/network admin, with 10+ years of supporting said corporate Dell systems...

about three weeks ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

LVSlushdat Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

Good God, you are NOT kidding there... I run Linux on all of my machines, but on the occasion I need Windows for *something*, like running Cisco Webex, which some say will work in Firefox on Linux, but I've had no luck.. Anyway, I volunteer with the Redcross and we have Webex-based training and meetings I have to attend, so I install the webex client in a Windows virtualbox vm, and use it maybe 2-3 times/month.. I have to make damn sure to fire the vm up way before the meeting/training so I can get the forced updates and the -at-least-one-reboot done..Other than that, Windows is dead to me.. I supported that crap since Windows 3.11, and now that I'm retired, I want as little to do with ANYthing Microsoft as I can get... I do get guilt-ed into helping family members who still use that piece of crap, but I'm sloowly weaning em off over to XUbuntu or Mint...

about three weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

LVSlushdat Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

Who really needs systemd?

I've been working with Linux since 1995, where I started with Slackware, moved over to Redhat until it went all "enterprise-y", at which time I moved to Fedora.. Stayed there till a friend turned me on to Ubuntu in 2007, where I stayed pretty much till the recent Unity shitfest over there, where I then moved to Debian.. I cut my teeth on /etc/init.d and a stock standard init() process.. I could do pretty anything I needed to do in troubleshooting/starting/stopping daemons from memory.. Can't remember the last time I consulted a man page regarding anything having to with init() or logging.. Now with this $#@$%%$#@ systemd, I have manpages up ALL the time just to do simple shit that I could do with init() and standard logging in my sleep before systemd. It also seems like this crap is spreading like sewage over pretty much of the standard distros.. Debian/Fedora/CentOS.. The only one I'm somewhat familiar with (haven't used it recently) is Slackware and from what I've heard Patrick and the devs over there feel the same way I do about systemd.... Maybe its time to revisit an old friend.....

about three weeks ago
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EFF's Cell Phone Guide For US Protesters

LVSlushdat Re:Better Idea (82 comments)

As long as you don't do illegal stuff the authorities can't do much.

VERY naieve attitude.. When you're dealing with one of today's militarised "police departments", what is actually "illegal" is pretty much up to the thug(s) you're dealing with.. Witness the many court decrees that the public can video law enforcement, assuming the pubic is not interferring with law enforcement.. Theres a HUGE loophole there, one you could drive a bus thru. If they don't like you video recording them, they can alledge that you're "interferring" and there seems to be nothing you can do about it... We now live in a police state... Prove me wrong, I DARE ya.. (I sure wish I was even wearing a tinfoil hat.. Tinfoil hat time is long past)....

about a month ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

LVSlushdat Re:Automated notice not necessary here (368 comments)

Well THAT sucks big time.. I live in Nevada and apparently its a "both parties" state.. I wonder what happens then, if I make it clear I don't consent to *their* recording "for "training purposes"?? Wonder if anybody has ever done it... Sounds like a law we desparately need to get changed here.. (not to mention flushing Harry Reid down the toilet...)

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

LVSlushdat Re:+1 for this Post (427 comments)

I'm using an Asus RT-N12, which runs any of the DD-WRT (or DD-WRT-ish clones), and since it has 8MB of flash, it runs the "max" version of Shibby's version of Tomato. This version has everything but the kitchensink, like OpenVPN, ipv6 support, including 4to6 tunnels. Since I'm on Cox, who doesn't seem to have any plan to roll out ipv6, its the only way for me to use ipv6 currently. It also has vlan support, virtual "guest" wifi support, and believe it or not, even has Tor node support.. I had been using a venerable WRT54GL for the last 7 years or so, but really wanted the vlan/guest wifi support and of course, ipv6 thru a tunnelbroker tunnel, and there was no way to shoehorn that into the measley 4mb of flash on the WRT54GL.. I read a few reviews on the RT-N12, and was pleasantly suprised, so I found one on eBay for a nice price, and waited for it to arrive. It was at that point I discovered the fact there are two distinct "versions" of the RT-N12. one a flat white box with the two antennas, which only has 4mb of flash... and then theres the black wedge-shaped version, which has the 8mb of flash... Guess which one I bought on eBay.. So, now I have a spare router around in case I need something quick. I proceeded to order the right one from another vendor, and flashed Tomato, and am happy as a clam with it... The old WRT54GL is still running as a wifi bridge on an older version of Tomato, being used to provide a cabled connection to the wife's computer in the living room. Previously I'd had a PCI wifi card in the system, but wanted to get rid of that.. Now with the WRT54GL there, I can plug my laptop in on the desk also without using wifi...

about a month ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

LVSlushdat Unless my time is worthless... (391 comments)

Up until about 2000, I'd built my own systems, usually from parts bought at the frequent "computer fairs" that came to town. A coworker at the company I was working for at the time turned me on to the "Dell Outlet". Since we were a Dell shop, I was very familiar with the Dell corporate line of systems, but since I wasn't in the market at that time for a new system, I filed the info away. By 2005, my current system was crying out to be replaced, so I checked out the Dell Outlet. At the time, we were buying Dell Optiplex GX620 systems (2.8Ghz P4D, 4GB ram), and paying $985 per system (company policy did not allow leasing computer systems). I watched the Outlet for about a week, and scored a scratch&dent GX620 with same specs as the work systems for $419. I've since discovered an even better resource for good quality Dell systems, the Dell financial services off-lease website. There I recently picked up a Dell Precision T3500 workstation (Xeon quad-core, 4GB of ram, with a max of 24GB, Nvidia Quadro FX570 video card) for $300, and later, a Precision M4400 mobile workstation (Core2Quad, 2GB ram, max of 8GB, discrete Nvidia Quadro mobile video) for $200. These systems are about 3 years old, and are off-lease systems, reconditioned by Dell and resold at great prices.. Bottom line: I can't build an equivalent system for these prices, even IF my time is worthless (which its not, even though I *am* retired now)

about a month ago
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KDE Releases Plasma 5

LVSlushdat Re:Hopefully the graphics for... (108 comments)

Surely not me... thats one of the first things that get turned off on a new KDE install.. It just sucks up cycles for something I don't use...

about 2 months ago
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KDE Releases Plasma 5

LVSlushdat Re:Love KDE!! (108 comments)

From what I've heard btrfs is the bomb!! I'd love to try it.. but theres only so many hours in the day... Next time I build a machine from scratch I'll give it a try.. Not gonna try to migrate ext4 over (if its even possible).. THAT really would be "working without a net", I'd guess..

about 2 months ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

LVSlushdat Re:volcano (151 comments)

Ask someone from Seattle

Or Mexico City... It has Popocatépetl just down the street.. Arguably the most dangerous volcano in North America...

about 2 months ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

LVSlushdat Re:Solution! (151 comments)

Still, there's a limit to how close to an active volcano people are willing to live, so the really hot zone (in both senses) would not be as direct a threat to people or livestock.

Tell that the millions in Mexico City, right under the "Popo" volcano or Seattle, not far from Mt Rainier.. If/when those blow, those cities are in deep kimchi... Of course, those pale in comparison to the Yellowstone caldera.. if THAT one blows, at least the western part of the USA has a BIG problem....

about 2 months ago
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KDE Releases Plasma 5

LVSlushdat Love KDE!! (108 comments)

I love KDE, running it on all of my Linux systems, but WHO THE HELL comes up with these names? Nepomunk?? Baloo?? Silly names.. One thing: I see a PPA for Plasma 5 for KUbuntu.. umm.. how about for those of us who gave up Ubuntu and moved to the "mothership", namely Debian?? Would like to try Plasma 5 on my Debian Jessy laptop... but sure don't want to hoze up the current Plasma 4 install....

about 2 months ago

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