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IE6 Addiction Inhibits Windows 7 Migrations

Skim123 Re:What do you expect? (470 comments)

Well color me stupid. Thanks for the info. You can tell I've (luckily) not had to think or know anything about WinXP for many years now.

more than 3 years ago
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IE6 Addiction Inhibits Windows 7 Migrations

Skim123 Re:What do you expect? (470 comments)

Ah, I didn't realize there was a 64-bit version of Windows XP, but it turns out that there is one. So I guess I'm not confused at the OP's initial comment on why people would ditch WinXP when moving to 64-bit architectures.

more than 3 years ago
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Geocities To Be Made Available As a 900GB Torrent

Skim123 Re:On the contrary, the web must forget (215 comments)

Keeping a permanent copy of every bad web site made by every bored teen is not actually useful, any more than keeping every grocery list, or to do list, or every piece of homework you ever did as a child.

I agree that such extremes are not good for the individual or society today, but they would be a boon for histories.

Yes, 99.999% of those to do lists would be of zero interest, but what historian wouldn't want access to all of, say, Abraham Lincoln's to do lists and diary entries?

more than 3 years ago
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IE6 Addiction Inhibits Windows 7 Migrations

Skim123 Re:What do you expect? (470 comments)

his will become especially true if and when 32-bit systems disappear. In the mean time Microsoft is going to realse at least one more version of Windows and likely more.

You mean like the 16-bit or 8-bit support disappeared? You do realize that even the latest x86/AMD64 processors still support the original 80086 processor modes, right? That that is their _default_ state of running when power is applied?

Perhaps what the OP meant is the limitations imposed by 32-bit systems, thereby prompting decision makers to choose a 64-bit system when upgrading the hardware? Say the new workstations being purchased have 4 or 8 or 16 GB of memory and here we have Windows XP, which can only see and use 2 GB. Time to roll in a 64-bit OS!

more than 3 years ago
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Google Fixes 10 Bugs In Chrome, Pays $4000 Bounty

Skim123 Re:why are the bounties so low? (114 comments)

I hope you don't think we've hit the bottom of the real-estate market. Fine wines maybe? Collectables? Seems much safer to just buy interest rate derivitives, at least that way your losses are limited to 100%.

I wager he's talking real estate. Probably been snatching up lower end homes to rent out to the previously home owning subprime market. That would be my guess. I really hope he hasn't gone into debt to buy collectibles or fine wines!

Speaking of real estate, here's an interesting aerial photograph from a Florida subdivision that was built during the 1970s land boom. No houses were ever built, just sold lots. Today, trees are growing between cracks in the roads.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Fixes 10 Bugs In Chrome, Pays $4000 Bounty

Skim123 Re:why are the bounties so low? (114 comments)

Not gold, but yes, borrowed a lot to buy assets that have held a historically 'fixed' price relative to inflation.

And those assets would be...

more than 3 years ago
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Google Fixes 10 Bugs In Chrome, Pays $4000 Bounty

Skim123 Re:why are the bounties so low? (114 comments)

There will absolutely be a reckoning, and it will involve massive inflation, for which I am personally well positioned.

Care to elaborate? Did you borrow a lot of money at a locked in rate to buy gold, per chance?

more than 3 years ago
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Google Fixes 10 Bugs In Chrome, Pays $4000 Bounty

Skim123 Re:why are the bounties so low? (114 comments)

On your sig: A 121K debt per taxpayer sounds like a lot until you think about paying that off over a 30-40 year working lifetime. Plus, you know that's going to be heavily reduced by inflation. 2015-2025 we're probably going to have 10-15% inflation per year, which will turn that into only 46K or less in today's dollars. Over a 40 year working life, that's like 1K extra in taxes per year. Call me when it hits 10K in extra taxes per year.

121K debt per taxpayer is what the national debt is right now. Your whole formula presupposes that the debt won't rise another penny from now through the next 30-40 years. Is that at all likely? The GAO estimates Social Security and Medicare obligations alone will cost us roughly 12 TRILLION in borrowed dollars (in total) between now and 2040 (not adjusted for inflation). And have you seen the proposal for the upcoming fiscal year? We'll be running a $1.6 TRILLION dollar deficit.

We have reason to be worried about the US deficit and debt. There will certainly be a day of reckoning in our lifetimes.

more than 3 years ago
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King's Dark Tower Series To Be Adapted For Film, TV

Skim123 Re:Never read (238 comments)

You may not realize it, but you've seen glimpses of the DT universe through most of King's books.

You could say that.

more than 3 years ago
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King's Dark Tower Series To Be Adapted For Film, TV

Skim123 Re:Just what we needed (238 comments)

remember, young Roland was in possession of the horn in the reset that occurs at the end of the final book. It gives the reader hope that the outcome may be different on the subsequent attempt.

Maybe, but probably not. It seems like after a second or two he had already forgotten about the events that had just transpired and was back to the narrative of The Gunslinger.

Have you seen the movie Triangle? If you liked the ending you may like that movie.

more than 3 years ago
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King's Dark Tower Series To Be Adapted For Film, TV

Skim123 Re:This reads like (238 comments)

It's kind of hard to find since the DVD is out of production (with good reason)...

If you don't mind wasting two spots in your queue, you can the two-disc mini-series from Netflix.

more than 3 years ago
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King's Dark Tower Series To Be Adapted For Film, TV

Skim123 Re:the last two books (238 comments)

"The Stand" was brilliantly done, and while there were a few creative licenses taken, stuck extremely close to the brilliant novel he had written.

Really? I agree that the adaptation wasn't bad, but I thought the acting and soundtrack left a lot to be desired. And the casting decisions were questionable, especially having Kareem Abdul-Jabar and King himself making cameos. Also, they never were able to really connect the viewer - emotionally or visually - to the wasteland of the world after the plague. I agree it would be hard to do on the small or big screen, as those aren't as impressive as one's imagination, but given that several of King's books have translated excellently to the big screen, I was disappointed by this mini-series. But perhaps that's what one is to expect from a TV production, at least one back in the 90s.

I thought IT was a better small screen adaptation - much better acting.

The main problem with King's novels, in my opinion, is that he spends all this time in character development and setting up the plot, then rushes headfirst into the conclusion. The Stand, for instance, should have been 2,000 pages. Having the whole thing wrap up in the last 100 pages or so was a travesty. (Likewise for IT.)

more than 3 years ago
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Paul Allen Files Patent Suit Against Apple, Google, Yahoo, Others

Skim123 Re:Want to stimulate the economy? (219 comments)

but the intent of that provision was that you couldn't criminalize something and then try someone for committing the crime prior to it being a law

I'm sure that was one of the intents, but are you certain that another intent wasn't to stop, say, the government passing a tax law and then saying, "Oh yeah, and you owe taxes for the past 10 years on this new law." Not being a Constitutional scholar, I don't know what the Founders intent was, but the wording is very succinct and to the point - "No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed." - there are no qualifiers referring to criminal law or certain types of laws.

about 4 years ago
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Malfunction Costs Couple $11 Million Slot Machine Jackpot

Skim123 Re:Isn't this the SECOND time ... (479 comments)

I knew someone that was in an accident and went to one of those lawyers. They told him to rack up a few thousand dollars in medical expenses and then call them back. Never hire a lawyer who advertises.

Any lawyer who is working on contingency - whether she advertises or not - is going to have this same sentiment, because in a civil suit the judgment cannot exceed your damages. If you have an accident and need no medical attention, you were not damaged.

Now, if this person you knew said, "I will put you on retainer and pay you hourly and start with a $1,000 deposit," I'm sure the lawyer would take the case immediately.

more than 4 years ago
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Police Seize Computers From Gizmodo Editor

Skim123 Re:Yea but (1204 comments)

Sure, but sites that sell ads on a CPM usually have unsold inventory, meaning that they have more impressions (e.g., page views) than advertisers willing to spend the money on them. That's why you see in-house ads and such show up. Point being, the increased traffic unlikely impacted the bottom line UNLESS the ads are CPC or CPA (and the increased traffic led to increased click-throughs and sign ups).

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

Skim123 Re:Outrage of the week (1671 comments)

This is exactly the reason we need mandatory military service. If everyone - men and women -had to serve in the army then everyone would have a vested interest in how the military is being deployed. Everyone would know someone - a friend, neighbor, or family member - who was currently enlisted and whose life would be on the line in whatever military action was taken. The electorate would be very vocal with its elected leaders should they propose deploying the military, unless the cause was just and important.

Just think of how many lives could be saved around the world if the US adopted a mandatory military service...

more than 4 years ago
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Can Ubuntu Save Online Banking?

Skim123 Re:Convenience? (462 comments)

If they are told rather that it's their "Personal Online Banking Disc", and are then given instructions to walk them through the process, most people will happily buy into it. Most people wouldn't hesitate to install an app for this purpose, so the Live CD just needs to be marketed properly.

You'll have them until you tell them they have to shut down their web browser, email client, and IM application and wait 30-60 seconds to boot up to do their online banking, not to mention another 30-60 seconds of wait time after they finish their transaction.

more than 4 years ago
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Can Ubuntu Save Online Banking?

Skim123 Re:Reply (462 comments)

You mean Joe Average doesn't have an SSD boot drive yet? What is this, 2006!?

more than 4 years ago
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High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Bigger Weight Gain In Rats

Skim123 Re:water switching... (542 comments)

Not so sure about your "no chemicals" claim, but that's probably because I live in the City of Los Angeles, and tap water is nigh undrinkable.

Hrm, your opinions run counter to a water taste test in 2008, where the LA tap water won first place. From L.A. water tops national taste test:

Though they might not believe it, Los Angeles residents have the nation's tastiest tap water, according to the judges of a national competition. The 18th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting was held Saturday, with more than 120 waters competing for top honors. ... The entries were judged by ten journalists and food critics. The contest is known as the world's largest and longest-running water tasting. The title for Best Municipal Water in 2008 is shared by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which serves Los Angeles, and Clearbrook, British Columbia. "It's not the first time Los Angeles has won, they've won a number of times over the years," said event producer Jill Klein Rone.

more than 4 years ago
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High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Bigger Weight Gain In Rats

Skim123 Re:Patriotism and Elections (542 comments)

Subsidizing corn, soy, wheat, and other high calorie, easily stored and non-perishable foodstuff is responsible government policy. It's a precautionary measure, just like how the government maintains reserves of oil and gas. These reserves are in place to cushion the effects of some catastrophe that would impact our food supply (drought, mass famine, some sort of biological or nuclear incident, etc.). If spinach were high calorie and could be easily stored for years then the government would be subsidizing its production instead/as well.

more than 4 years ago

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