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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Overzeetop Re:Its Like That Because... (805 comments)

Most of those who do vote, don't think. If you were to take the R and the D off of the names and eliminate television advertising (which provides generally no insight into policy issues), you would find that most voters would pick whomever was on the top of the ballot or - in a more cynical case - whomever they saw the most yard signs for, because they have no idea who stands for what. Otherwise intelligent people simply follow the masses, taking little or no time to actually read the candidate's positions and records.

This isn't limited to a single party, and both have the bulk of their constituents who would not vote for the candidate with the opposite party designation even if their beliefs lined up perfectly.

5 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Overzeetop Hung, baby! (805 comments)

Given the choice, hung - any day of the week.

Oh, you meant hanged. Nevermind.

5 days ago
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

Overzeetop Fly Economy - tragic! (146 comments)

We're supposed to be surprised that everyone is supposed to fly coach?

And, if you're custom rolling your backend at the scale of AWS, I wouldn't expect anything *but* sourcing yourself. Outsourcing is for organizations that don't have the expertise in house and want a finger to point if things go wrong. Vertical integration is more cost efficient if you have the scale to make it work.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Overzeetop Re:Upgrade, don't update. (574 comments)

If it's taking *that* long on a fresh install, you've got something else going on wrong on your system, either ram timings, spread spectrum, or something esoterically weird going on.

It sounds like a bad driver or hardware enumeration. But, yes, if windows takes more than a few seconds to get to a login on a SSD based machine (so, what 30-40 seconds on a spinner?) then it's a hardware problem. W8, once I restored the start menu, is no less stable or responsive than my W7 machine. Most of my complaints are over install of OEM versions of the OS that aren't auto-authorized by the bios (most of my machines are Dell, and the Dell OEM OS just installs; no games, no keys, no mess).

FWIW, my favorite version was NT 3.51, and I go back to Win 1.02 days (on windows, at least); I still even have the install disks - though no 8086 or 720k floppy drive to read them.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Overzeetop No it releases updated for hardware (574 comments)

You don't get security updates for 6.1.5, you have to upgrade to 6.1.6, and Apple only provides this because their own hardware won't run 7.x.

MS saying that they won't provide patches for 8.1.0 now that 8.1.1 is out is trivial. The only PR fuck up is giving a date instead of "after reinstatement of 8.1 Update (8.1.1) availability).

And don't get me started on Apple. You know the first thing that happens when you call Apple with a problem? They have you wipe the device clean and reinstall the OS from scratch. Which, I suspect, would work fine on nearly any windows machine except for the annoyance of the reinstall. (I don't bother calling Apple anymore for iOS help - I don't have a couple of hours to reinstall the whole goddamned phone and set everything in it back up)

about a week ago
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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

Overzeetop A flying car is cheap (157 comments)

If you think it costs a lot to develop and build a flying car, wait until you find out how much it costs to change the FAA regulations.

about a week ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

Overzeetop Logic (322 comments)

Stop trying to use logic to discredit an article that gets these /. geeks in such a froth. These are people who use logic for a living, but ignore it when it suits their cause.

about a week ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

Overzeetop Re:I am in the wrong godamn business! (322 comments)

Indeed - you should be in the business where you have hundreds of millions of installed users. That's the way to make the dime easily.

about a week ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Overzeetop Dead wrong (184 comments)

Dead wrong. Driver mode should be a UI mode which is tuned for hands and (mostly) eyes free usage. Allowing communication, navigation, and entertainment (audio) to seamlessly be integrated with the automotive head unit. The use of simpler prompts keyed through the steering wheel (like volume on head units or set/coast/resume cruise control) and large format feedback/UI viewable with peripheral vision.

Phones *could* make the driving experience safer by bypassing the distraction of the modern touchscreen headunit which is mounted way outside of peripheral vision. But because there is no dedicated mode, it's simply not suited for the task. Yet.

about a week ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Overzeetop YES - and the mobile ecosys needs to perk up (184 comments)

Mobile phones *could* make much of driving safer than it is today instead of making it more dangerous. For the first time, we have devices which be an effective co-pilot (mapping, traffic, entertainment, communication) and yet most of them are unusable in a voice-only mode. Part of that is standardization - every app requires a different set of commands, or an incomplete set of commands. Part of it is parochialism - OS developers allowing only their own offspring apps (most of which are, at best, middling compared to 3rd party) integration with the OS. This speaks nothing of the hideous integration with head units in cars, both OEM and aftermarket, which have the same problems - and don't even get me started on the microphones in cars.

Nobody seems to have really put a team together that has been tasked with making the experience safe for use in a car. They've bolted on weird, disfigured additions that make demos possible but which are not really useful in regular usage. It needs to be a core functional operating mode.

FWIW, I don't consider a ban on personal computers useful in cars. The distractions of text messages and the idiot watching movies is no different than the woman putting on lipstick or the guy reading a paperback while driving, and the presence of music and navigation and communication is no different than the music and navigation that gets built into head units today and the husband jabbering away or the kids yelling at each other in the back seat. Until we are no longer driving it's better to manage distractions than think we can eliminate them.

about a week ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Overzeetop You are the exception (578 comments)

Okay. So, honestly, look at the people who work the mines. Not the engineers or supervisors, but the bulk of the 9-5 guys. What percentage of them, in less than a year's worth of school/retraining, would be really good coders - the kind you could put on a project in an office in SF and expect to get a similar result to someone who's first chosen profession from their teens was coding and spent 4-6 years in post-secondary school learning the art, science, and math of coding?

I say this because Bloomberg is probably right. I'll bet at least 80% of them can't make up for lost time in a year or less (which, if you want to completely fund their retraining, including costs and living expenses is going to run towards $100k each). I'd bet more than 50% couldn't do it in 4 years. I say that because more than 50% of the general population wouldn't make it, and coal miners are no different.

As you said, coal miners are the product of their families, and often families where higher education is neither valued nor rewarded. It's not about better or worse, smart or stupid, it's about expectations and preparation. Take a 35 year old who hasn't done more than 3rd grade math in the last 20 years and put them into a math-intensive program. Most will fail miserably. Doesn't matter if they're a farmer, a coal miner, an automotive assembler, a construction worker, a retail cashier, or a salesman.

Bloomberg's words may feel like a put-down, but they're about as straight forward realistic as it gets. It's hard for "smart" people to understand that mere's applying yourself to a higher field of study often isn't enough to master it.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

Overzeetop Because it isn't (133 comments)

Note that they didn't say - "Hey, we're going to do this merger, here's a check for $50k to help you do the right thing." Money that is considered for this "story" goes back to 2009, long before anyone was talking about a merger, or even the NBC/Universal acquisition.

That's not to say the whole system isn't corrupt - people and corporations buy influence with congressman all the time through donations. But this isn't a case of a bribe - it's buying recognition and face time. Something which is not illegal but should be as it skews the perspective seen by those who are making laws.

about two weeks ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Overzeetop Ultimate irony (193 comments)

#cancelcolbert gets SC off of CC and the show dies...but only because he got promoted to a prime network spot with more visibility and more money.

Colbert's writers couldn't have scripted this as well as it was performed in real life.

about two weeks ago
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Photo Web Site Offers a Wall of Shame For Image Thieves

Overzeetop Re:FTFY (126 comments)

misattributed

Somebody apparently stole my ability to spell, or at least to spell-check before hitting submit.

about two weeks ago
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Photo Web Site Offers a Wall of Shame For Image Thieves

Overzeetop FTFY (126 comments)

The authorship was misattribited

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Overzeetop Re:So... (630 comments)

No doubt, but it won't do much more than dent anything that has been hardened against HE (or even large LE) munitions.

about two weeks ago
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LHCb Confirms Existence of Exotic Hadrons

Overzeetop Re:Exotic Hard Ons (99 comments)

Golf clap.

about two weeks ago

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Cloud provider Livedrive has critically failed leaving users without access

Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "For three days, Livedrive has been offline, denying access to users files except through their one-file-at-a-time web interface. The support forum, which is limited to registered users only and is submission moderated, has had no posts since late February 23rd, just before the first major service error occurred. Since the service went offline on March 6th, there have been no status updates except to indicate a new date on the status page. Will this service interruption finally kill off the UK-based cloud service provider, which has been losing £1,000,000 a year?"
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Digital versions of popular books to be delayed

Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "Simon and Schuster and Hachette have recently announced that they will delay e-book releases by up to 4 months. This comes on the heels of literary agent recommending such a plan just days prior. This seems like a potential stumbling block for people who are considering picking up an e-reader this holiday season. Will Amazon or Barns and Noble consider playing hardball with the publishers to get the electronic versions released earlier?"
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Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "What solutions are there for non-Outlook based calendaring and contact software that can be used on both a Windows desktop and a Windows Mobile device? I need shared contacts and calendaring with others in my small office, and would like to take that "on the road" with my new (yet to be purchased) pda/phone. I really don't want to go to Exchange server. Is there something that will work on both the desktop and a mobile device that doesn't use the Outlook database?"

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Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Many people mistake my sig to mean that I'm suprised that so many people (half!?!) are of sub-average intellegence. Quite the contrary, there are plenty of people out there who are intellegent.

My problem is that there are so many people who choose not to exercise their intelligence in any useful fashion. No, I'm not talking about proofreading emails or journal entries. I mean just plain old, walking around common sense.

You hear somthing incredible on the radio, or from a friend, or (the worst) read it in an email. Rather than saying, "that sounds pretty unusual, I should check it out for myself," it gets repeated to eveyone you know as if it were handed to you on stone tablets you received at Mount Sinai. Urban legends take the cake (stolen kidneys?). But it applies to current events, too.

Somtimes it's even simpler. When you're driving on a highway and an exit ramp is coming up, most of the time an entrance ramp will immediatly follow. A quick glance will show you if it is a busy interchange. Are you in the right lane? Is there anyone in the next lane over? No? How about switching lanes so you don't play chicken with the cars entering. Stupid AND inconsiderate (they seem to go hand in hand).

It's not about how intellegent people are; that isn't suprising. It's about how many people choose not to use that intellegence; that always amazes me.

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