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Let's Rename Swine Flu As "Colbert Flu"

MCZapf Why? (607 comments)

Is there a linked article I'm missing that explains the reason for naming it the Colbert Flu? I can't tell if the intent is to mock Colbert, annoy him, or honor him. Or was "Colbert" just the first thing that came to mind?

more than 5 years ago

With a Computer Science Degree, an Old Man At 35?

MCZapf Re:Yes, go for it. (918 comments)

Generally, my spelling and grammar is good.

Uh, generally, my spelling and grammar are good? (Forgive the correction if this is one of those US/UK singular/plural differences.)

more than 5 years ago

With a Computer Science Degree, an Old Man At 35?

MCZapf Re:Yes, go for it. (918 comments)

The point is that he considers such tests easy.

more than 5 years ago

Uncle Sam's Travel Site Grounded By Breach

MCZapf Re:frequent flyer? (67 comments)

when I was a federal employee it was illegal to use frequent flyer bonuses of any type.

They changed that a decade or more ago. The theory is, since these programs and benefits are offered to everyone, they aren't considered a "bribe" to government employees. In practice, I think allowing use of these benfits still increases unnecessary travel and travel costs (due to individual loyalty to particular airlines/hotel chains which aren't always the best choice from the government standpoint).

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 Daily Build Boots In 21.4 Seconds

MCZapf Re:Your Goal: One Second or Less (654 comments)

NFSv4 was supposed to take the best of NFS and AFS and combine them, but development of it never got far, apparently.

more than 5 years ago

DTV Coupon Program Out of Money

MCZapf Re:Current converter boxes? (591 comments)

Are you sure you're watching programming with a 16:9 ratio? If not, the black bars on the sides could be coming from the broadcaster, not your box.

more than 5 years ago

DTV Coupon Program Out of Money

MCZapf Re:Why is the government even subsidizing this? (591 comments)

You can keep your car, start the engine, idle it, and even drive around - except on public roads. The roads have all been sold to airlines and are being converted to runways.

more than 5 years ago

Storm Causes AT&T Outage Across Midwest

MCZapf Re:That's why I still have a landline (213 comments)

For what little it's worth, during the 2003 blackout in the northeast US, my landline was dead while my cell phone still worked. I was disappointed, considering the ONLY thing that happened was a power failure - no storm.

more than 5 years ago

The London Stock Exchange Goes Down For Whole Day

MCZapf Re:100 years? (792 comments)

There's also outright lying. "We've been saying 'nine fives' all along." (55.5555555%)

about 6 years ago


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