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NY Couple On "Wanted" Poster For Filming Police

Phoobarnvaz Re:"Professional Agitators"? (541 comments)

Also, very classy of the NYPD to do a public smearing of people who show their abuses to the public. They'll happily invade your privacy at random, but don't you dare film them while they abuse people on your dollar!

You have to remember...these posters have been up for quite a while. "The Alyona Show" on RT has interviewed these two on her show and brings this up several times a week. You also have to remember that along with these two "agitators"...this is the police department which has traveled all over the Eastern half of the US looking for the big/bad Islamic terrorists. Then you have a columnist I believe from the Post who believes the NYPD is doing the best job in the world and stands up for their gestapo tactics at the behest of Darth Bloomberg.

The problem is you have way too many people who are more than willing to support the authorities hurting/killing those willing to take these bigots/morons on and calling what they are doing is wrong. Damn your civil rights and your opinions. As long as those in power have theirs and can keep their money/make more...frack you and the protest horse you're riding.

more than 2 years ago
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SETI Running Out of Money

Phoobarnvaz Re:Tough times (312 comments)

I'm a supporter of SETI in principle, though I can't say I've ever supported it materially (other than a brief run at SETI@home when I was in university). Unfortunately I think it's simply a matter of priorities during economic downturn.

I would post a suggestion that when you have 46% of the American population being fundamentalist sheep who believe that creationism is science...what more can be expected from almost a majority who believe actual science only comes from the Bible? For heaven's sake...it's these 46% who believe that their Jesus was riding a dinosaur and the universe as we know it is only 6000 years old. Do you expect more from morons who would never believe there are aliens...even if they were shown one while being probed?

more than 2 years ago
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Why Bad Jobs (or No Jobs) Happen To Good Workers

Phoobarnvaz Re:O RLY? (1201 comments)

After all, the richest people are also the smartest, wisest, and most moral people in the country. How else do you think they got rich, if not by being the superior human beings?

Bu!!sh!t! There are several studies out there which show too many managers are there by kissing a$$...birth or blackmail. It's not because they are any smarter/wiser/moral than anyone/anything else. The studies show just the opposite. Usually the managers need to have a fall guy in place to keep their job because more often than not...the manager is the idiot in the group. It it were ability...where would you get the peons who would do the actual work?

more than 2 years ago
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Employees Admit They'd Walk Out With Stolen Data If Fired

Phoobarnvaz Re:Employer could always be nice (380 comments)

In the end all my good conduct and proper attitude did not save my job. Doing the right thing usually does not assures you that somehow you will get not get screwed if it makes cash sense to someone. So yes, its not nice to walk out with some info but then most employers see you as cattle, so you might as well grow some horns.

I worked at a job years ago which was going through a merger. Because of this...during the weekly meeting it was mentioned the IT department didn't want to face another $250,000 fine from the BSA that year for pirated software. Of course...all the contractors they had working were running tons of pirated software...as well as some of the employees. When I was handed my walking papers two weeks after this...my first call was to the BSA. Don't know what happened to these employees or company...but I ended up with a better paying contract job I loved three days later...even though my contract wasn't renewed six months later because of the economy.

The funniest part was this company I was fired from didn't lock me out for several days...so I could have done some damage...but didn't. Companies don't take due diligence...they deserve whatever happens to them.

more than 2 years ago
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Employees Admit They'd Walk Out With Stolen Data If Fired

Phoobarnvaz Re:Employer could always be nice (380 comments)

Your actions will get around to other companies.

Not necessarily. A lot of companies are too concerned about lawsuits to say anything other than job title and start/end dates. They blacklist you at their company, of course, but there's not a lot of interest in informing other companies; just risk with no real upside, prudent policy generally shun references.

If you're worried about what previous employers are saying about you to prospective employers...there are companies who will make calls like they are looking at hiring you. If any of these companies do the stupid thing...which can and will happen...you have a transcript of what they were told. Myself...after some of the scumbags I've worked for...would have been well worth the cost.

more than 2 years ago
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Report Says Schools Need 100Mbps Per 1,000 Users

Phoobarnvaz Re:Apps (292 comments)

Gradebooks, attendance, cafeteria manegement, email of course, Courseware, scheduling and calendaring, yearbooks. If it isn't being delivered from the cloud now it is because they are still fighting over which vendor they want to write a check to. (read as the bidding is still fierce over who will kick back more.. ok, I'm a cynic) That pattern means they need LOTS of bandwidth now and will need an ever growing amount going forward into an HD Video for everything future.

Having subbed in many local schools throughout the years and reading an article like this...BULLSH!T! You want to know what your tax dollars are being wasted on? Every class which had an assignment and needed computers...the kids weren't doing their work...they were playing games (web-based)...using You Tube...going to ESPN...racing web sites and going to Facebook/other social media sites. Reminding these "little angels" they had work to do and that if they were in an actual job doing these things...they would be reprimanded or fired...I was informed their teacher doesn't care. I let the teacher/the principal/IT department know this was going on...I was the bad guy and told to mind my own business.

This is what your tax money for education is going for. What a great use of our public resources.

more than 2 years ago
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Broadcast Industry Wades In On Dish Network's Hopper

Phoobarnvaz Re:Don't do that. (194 comments)

A lot of us must be even worse than the suppliers. We edit out their inane messages without ever seeing them after recording whatever program I want with the TV tuner card.

more than 2 years ago
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WW2 Vet Sent 300,000 Pirated DVDs To Troops In Iraq, Afghanistan

Phoobarnvaz Re:The studios send reel-to-reel films to the troo (650 comments)

I challenge the MPAA to file suit against him. He sent 300,000 DVDs which were probably watched by several times that many people, and it's all verifiable.

Bringing copyright infringement charges against a 92 year old man providing entertainment for troops in a war zone. If the *AA's think SOPA and such brought an outrage...wonder what they would think about a jury acquitting said 92 year old man helping out US troops. The news gets out and spreads against them...won't matter who owns the copyright or how they attempt to spin it. Not too hard to not buy junk music or stay away from cinemas. Even worse is when parents/grandparents refuse to take the teenagers out to the movies and older young adults quit patronizing as well...all because a 92 year old man sent movies to troops in a war zone.

Anyway...with the way the justice system moves...he could very well die before any judgement is rendered. As long as he dies penniless...0+0=0

more than 2 years ago
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You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA

Phoobarnvaz Re:One hand, 12 o'clock ... (756 comments)

I guy in Brazil got pulled over because he had one on the wheel and one around his hot Brazilian woman. The cop tells him "Sir, don't you think you should be using both hands?" The driver says "certainly, but who would drive the car?!"

So...I take it that turning on the cruise...driving with my knees and making sure her hair/head don't get caught in the wheel is wrong?

more than 2 years ago
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Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

Phoobarnvaz Re:"I Heard Your Giant's Drink Game is Broken?" (1054 comments)

Having worked in the classroom before...I want to shake your hand for your observation about the current situation in education.

Even taught kindergarten several years ago so the teacher could go on her honeymoon. Was told by the parent of one boy who was on his second year of this class...he doesn't know how to wipe his arse when he goes to the bathroom...so you will have to do it for him. When I picked my jaw up from the ground...I told her I was his teacher for the week...not his hygiene coach. As she stammered...also commented that his bathroom training should have been completed several years before he got to school. The mother was not happy...but I never had to wipe his arse and was not going to do so.

more than 2 years ago
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Arizona Ponders FCC Decency Standards For the Classroom

Phoobarnvaz Re:Our repressed media is bad enough (122 comments)

Laptops and iPads does not a good education make.

Sure...it makes perfect sense when you realize Luna/his family/associates are going to make a killing from all the kickbacks...even when he's impeached for being so stupid.

about 2 years ago
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Arizona Ponders FCC Decency Standards For the Classroom

Phoobarnvaz Re:Our repressed media is bad enough (122 comments)

Having lived in Arizona before I moved to Idaho...every time I hear about stuff like this from Arizona/Oklahoma/Mississippi I almost give myself a concussion when slapping my forehead. The only difference seems to be Arizona seems to using a warp powered star ship aimed toward the ground at warp 100 on their way to hit the bottom of the pile the fastest.

If these "legislators" enact this BS...they are also public employees. When they are forced to live their lives by the same shackles as they are putting on the teachers/college educators in their personal/professional lives...this BS will not happen.

more than 2 years ago
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How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work

Phoobarnvaz Re:Thank you Apple (1303 comments)

This.

People often ask me why I will not buy Apple products. It is precisely this kind of anti-americanism that their own execs are now publicly admitting. I'll never buy one of their products again.

It's this mentality...as well as producing products which are built like Windows. They are released to a public before they are ready and you have to keep upgrading them to attempt to stay on the cusp of safety.

From what I read...what Apple is really wanting to say is they want slaves. The Chinese companies sound almost like what was in the American South before the War of Northern Aggression. Biggest difference...the employee can actually leave and gets a wage for working...but still sounds more like sugar-coated slavery than anything else. For that matter...why don't they move all their manufacturing plants to North Korea? Could use prison labor and have a captive workforce unable to better themselves.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu TV: Coming Soon To a Living Room Near You (Video)

Phoobarnvaz Re:Smart boxes not TVs (183 comments)

we have a Roku we use for Hulu and it never experiences the problem. If the TV lags bad I just pause the show on the smart tv and then go resume it on the Roku.

Thought about going the Roku/Media TV box as well...but with enough old PC's sitting around...loaded up XBMC Live to control the media on our media server as well as anything online I would want. As soon as they produce enough of them...am expecting to get the $35 Raspberry Pi and running an XBMC ARM port to replace the PC in my room and the living room. Since it fits in an Altoids tin...it will be quieter than any PC...along with the space factor of not having a tower/desktop case with the noise in the both rooms.

more than 2 years ago
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Leaked Memo Says Apple Provides Backdoor To Governments

Phoobarnvaz Re:... well that's one reason open source is super (582 comments)

I bought the OS. I bought the machine. I own that license.

Actually...you don't "own" the OS like you own a car or other type of property. What you paid for was an agreement that you could use/lease the software. Carefully read your EULA and it explains it very clearly.

If this is a problem...you have two choices:
1. Use Open Source such as Linux or BSD Unix.
2. Pirate a copy off the net and use it any way you see fit.

more than 2 years ago
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Teachers Resist High-tech Push In Idaho Schools

Phoobarnvaz What's really happening here in Idaho... (311 comments)

What is being kept under wraps is that Luna's family is stockholders in the company the state is using for this upheaval.

The sad part is during the reelection campaign to put Luna into this position he ran commercials saying Idaho has the best schools in the US. After the election...the Otter administration bent over those who supported his reelection by showing how behind the schools were after the election. Because they were so bad...this has to be changed to put Idaho on top of the education system in the US by forcing taxpayers to provide computers and distance learning whether or not this needed to be done.

What will actually happen is rampant viruses and lost laptops...along with students who aren't smart enough to handle this distance education. Since the private sector is handling this...it will be okay. When the truth actually comes out...Luna and his family will be laughing all the way to the bank with students not able to complete their high school education.

Thought Oklahoma/Texas schools were bad...but having worked in schools in Idaho...the crappy public education I got 30+ years is better than anything students in Idaho will be getting.

more than 2 years ago
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Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping

Phoobarnvaz Re:Alamo Drafthouses are the model of the future (865 comments)

Not to piss in the Cheerios, but:

60" LED Samsung TV from Amazon: $2K Nice couch(es): $1K-3K Media Player: $100-300 My food, my beer, comfort of my home: Priceless

Why go to the movies when the home experience is now superior?

Even have this beat:
My leather office chair - $150
22" HD Monitor - $100
Pair of Altec Lansing Speakers - $10 used at thrift store
5 2TB RAID5 Hard Drives on Server - $500
Movies/TV Shows from TV Tuner recorded over the past 5-8 years - price of DVD's to archive
Old Pentium 4 with XMBC Live - Cost of electricity to run this 7-9 year old PC
Not having to deal with the brats "parents" leave at the cinema/What I want to watch when I want to watch it - PRICELESS

more than 2 years ago
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New Record High Temperature At South Pole

Phoobarnvaz Re:naysayers (387 comments)

I all seriousness, I understand the folks who don't believe in global warming. I don't understand how they reach their conclusions, but what I guess I can't wrap my head around is how staunch they seem to be that global warming is absolutely not possible. It seems like they're vehemently trying to prove a negative instead of considering that even if all of the components of global warming aren't valid, there are parts that are worth considering as being problems that need to be resolved.

It's the same people who visit that "Creation" museum in Kentucky and believe that dinosaurs were around at the same time as humans. Too bad we can't allow each of them to prove their theory by forcing them to live at the same time as their "pets" were roaming around on that sixth day. Wouldn't allow them firearms or the technology to make them (science is non-existant to them anyway). They just have to remember one universal rule...they don't have to run the fastest...just faster than the other person quoting their Bible to their "pet".

more than 2 years ago
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Why Do So Many College Science Majors Drop Out?

Phoobarnvaz Re:Incentives, not challenge (841 comments)

Engineers and scientists are underpaid and overworked as it is. Seriously...this is true all over the country.

Teachers, same deal.

I looked into becoming a teacher years ago with a local school who was willing to hire me as a mentored teacher and working toward a Master's in Education. When I looked at the debt I would take on and seeing that many of the parents are in worse shape mentally than most of the students...there was no way in hell I was going to waste two+ years of my life. Seeing how teachers are appreciated in this country now...I am so happy I did the correct thing.

As for the statement they want more teachers with technology under their belt...WTF! With 30 years of computer experience...20 years in commercial broadcasting and five years in amateur radio...what schools/parents actually want is for you to pass their "Einsteinian" little angel to be able to get into Stanford or Harvard with as little work as possible on their little angel's part. Anything less...you're no better than an overpriced babysitter who have to deal with their ill-mannered bastards/bitches who can barely understand much more than 1+1...much less on how the universe works. When a teacher actually points out the truth...they're crucified by the schools/parents.

The truth of the matter is...many of the students going through US public schools are as dumb as rocks. By not letting the parents/society at large know and understand this...society is all ready doomed beyond hope.

more than 3 years ago
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Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'

Phoobarnvaz Re:I'm probably not the only one (667 comments)

I had heard of credit unions before, but I didn't know what they were and I didn't have sufficient interest to find out. I only researched it after this Bank of America incident. Now that I know, it's obvious to me that a credit union is better.

Love credit unions...but beware of any financial institution. The reason is that I had my account at a small county credit union in NW Arizona which had worse fees and customer service than any of the big banks. Found out after I relocated to another state and another credit union that their balance sheets looked like something out of a slasher movie with so much red ink with about 40%+ default rate on their loans/mortgages. With my current statewide credit union...they had around a three per-cent default rate on their loans/mortgages with more than triple the amount of branches all over the state.. Seeing this...I understand why they charged arbitrary fees and were more than willing to make sure they would do a B of A any chance they could get.

Understand that any financial institution can screw you royally...but at least most credit unions will treat you better than most banks. Just do your research beforehand. If you can't get the answers you want...there are plenty of other credit unions who will be more than happy to help you.

more than 3 years ago

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