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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

emaname Boeing... really? (198 comments)

So I guess they've forgotten how well the Lockheed Martin F-35 JSF project is going. That's not to say SpaceX might not disappoint in the same way, but to assume the bigger corporate entity will just naturally be better prepared to meet expectations is a bit naive.

This smacks of cronyism... again.

Boeing == Big corporate entity with plenty of lobbyists and political influence. So can you say "Program cost increases and delays." I'll bet you can.

So much for opportunity in America.

about a week ago

Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

emaname Re:They used to be called UHF TV tuners (237 comments)

Ahhh anyone remember the joy of pressing the outer tuning ring and going back and forth???

Yup. I do. I'm sorry to say.

about three weeks ago

Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

emaname Simulacron III (247 comments)

FWIW. Simulacron-3 (1964) (also published as Counterfeit World), by Daniel F. Galouye, is an American science fiction novel featuring an early literary description of virtual reality.

about a month ago

The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

emaname Truth in Advertising (250 comments)

Call the FTC.

Not that they can actually do anything about it.

about 2 months ago

New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

emaname Good luck with that (204 comments)

Who's still on the board?

about 2 months ago

Homestar Runner To Return Soon

emaname Good jerb!!! (57 comments)

My apologies. It needed to be said.

about 2 months ago

Steve Ballmer In Talks To Buy Los Angeles Clippers

emaname Re:Moving to seattle? (76 comments)


If I had any mod points, you'd get 'em all.

That is a great example of how these huge business entities increase the burden on taxpayers.

Speaking of entitlements... How about including crap like this in the discussion. Corporations/teams/whatever should pay their own way. No more taxing the people so billionaires can become even more wealthy than they already are.

about 4 months ago

Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

emaname Absolutely... (355 comments)


Not in my house.

about 4 months ago

Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

emaname Freezing the market (360 comments)

This sounds like "freezing the market." It's a marketing strategy.

I'm going to "cop out" and suggest (if you're interested) you should search on this: marketing strategy "freeze the market"

There are much better explanations/examples out there than I could ever provide.

I've been accusing MS of using this strategy for years and their name appears in several of the results re releases of Xbox and more.

Now we can include Mercedes in this auspicious group of hucksters.

about 5 months ago

New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

emaname Free Market (342 comments)

Where's the outcry from those who claim to be capitalists re the 'free market" and "let the market decide?"

It seems like it's okay to "let the market decide" as long as only their business is allowed to be in the market.

But if there is a possible market failure here then it needs to be addressed.

about 6 months ago

Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

emaname Re:What a surprise. (248 comments)

I've always speculated that when MSFT was nailed for monopoly behavior, the DOJ gave the MSFT BOD a choice; MSFT would be broken up or put Ballmer in charge.

Instead of breaking MSFT up, the DOJ figured having someone like Ballmer in charge would be punishment enough. And ultimately achieve something close to the intended results of a breakup.

By using this strategy, the gov't didn't appear as though it's trying to tell a big business how to operate, but MSFT's growth certainly was stunted thanks to Ballmer's decisions.

about 7 months ago

Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

emaname Re:SEC block? (303 comments)

Exactly. It strikes me that market share equates to financial leverage. And the more they have, the more they'll want. They'll have a great deal more influence in the marketplace. And we'll still be a third-world country when it comes to internet service.

about 7 months ago

Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

emaname Free market (387 comments)

So that is what the Republicans mean by a "free market."

This proves the people who currently call themselves "Republicans" are anything but. The party has been hijacked by a bunch of self-serving individuals. Clearly these people could not care less about the free market or competition.

about 7 months ago

Fracking Is Draining Water From Areas In US Suffering Major Shortages

emaname Using the word Frack correctly (268 comments)

Like "frack you," "go frack yourself," "you frackin' idiot" to show your displeasure with someone.

IOW, use "frack" in place of the all-purpose noun, verb and expletive that begins with the letter "f."

It certainly isn't much, but as a form of protest it makes a point.

Example: That frackin' beta sucks frack water.

about 8 months ago

Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price Or Waste of Time?

emaname Re:Doberhuahua (347 comments)

I have to agree that Audi and Volkswagen had the best commercials so +1.

I already posted so I can't give mod points.

Everything else was... disappointing.

about 8 months ago

Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price Or Waste of Time?

emaname What Super Bowl? (347 comments)

I thought this was all about "The Biggest Concert of the Year" where some remarkably mediocre musicians are promoted as though they actually have talent.

Oh, and BTW... there might be a football game between some over-rated commercials.

This event has become nothing but an enormous amount of hype.

about 8 months ago

UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

emaname Re:Privacy Issues (273 comments)

Pls cite some examples, because I have not experienced any compatibility issues or bugs. Note that I've been using OpenOffice and, in recent years, LibreOffice to edit content and fix formatting in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word documents. The only time a compatibility issue arises is when someone sends me a docx file. It's inconvenient, but I can get around it.

So, once again, pls cite examples. I am genuinely curious what kind of compatibility issues or bugs you're experiencing. I don't doubt that there are some, but I don't think it's as extensive as your question subtly implies.

BTW, I use software like OpenOffice or LibreOffice not because it's a "matter of philosophy or principle." I use open source software because it's stable, the UI is consistent (not subject to the whims of some UI "expert"), and it's maintained in a more timely and conscientious manner. And the bonus is I'm not locked in by some EULA. I can enjoy the freedom to use the software wherever I want on any platform I want.

I have friends who continue to use MS Office. Whenever there is an upgrade I hear complaints about changes to the interface. The "ribbon" is the most recent example. They wonder why MS did that. It seems more and more MS and Apple introduce changes simply for the sake of change. That way they can advertise something "new" has been added.

about 8 months ago

High School Students Develop Linux Imaging and Help Desk Software

emaname Re:which of the five Word formats is "the one"? (116 comments)

That's a fair and very interesting question. It raises a valid point. MS does have a variety of word processing file formats, don't they?

In the case I described it was doc, xls, and ppt.

about 8 months ago



Oregon Health Inspector makes little girl cry

emaname emaname writes  |  more than 4 years ago

emaname (1014225) writes "PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It's hardly unusual to hear small business owners gripe about licensing requirements or complain that heavy-handed regulations are driving them into the red.

So when Multnomah County shut down an enterprise last week for operating without a license, you might just sigh and say, there they go again.

Except this entrepreneur was a 7-year-old named Julie Murphy. Her business was a lemonade stand at the Last Thursday monthly art fair. The government regulation she violated? Failing to get a $120 temporary restaurant license."

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Covenant School to forfeit 100-0 win...

emaname emaname writes  |  more than 5 years ago

emaname (1014225) writes "From Dallas, TX...

"Officials from The Covenant School visited Dallas Academy on Thursday morning to apologize for their girls basketball team's 'victory without honor' in last week's 100-0 game.

Covenant, located in Dallas, also e-mailed the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools to declare its desire to forfeit the District 3-2A game.""

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