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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

hondo77 Re:Apple Watch? (165 comments)

Pebble won that race. unfortunately lacks the marketing power of Apple and thus, they will become moot in not so long.

Assuming that was actually true (big assumption), whose fault is it that Apple is so much better at marketing? Is it Apple's fault? A vast right-wing conspiracy? Don't you think that if Pebble had come out with something really spectacular, rather than a black and white screen with graphics almost as good as Intellivision, they would have gotten a huge amount of publicity for truly beating Apple to the punch? Instead, they put out an embarrassment.

yesterday
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

hondo77 Re:Agile is the answer to everything (132 comments)

I would suggest that your four issues are symptoms of a bad Scrum Master or a company that won't let the Scrum Master do his/her job. We're using Agile for large in-house projects and it works fine. The company has to buy in to it, of course, which it has. I mean, if you don't even have regular access to your in-house customers, it's not the fault of Agile.

3 days ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

hondo77 Re:northgate omnikey/102 as well (304 comments)

No. I use the control key WAY more than I use the caps lock key. I need the control key to be handy, not caps lock.

P.S. I've had lowercase since I started using computers in the age of dinosaurs.

about two weeks ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

hondo77 Re:Not surprised in the least (278 comments)

...and spoofed it on my network card. Voilà! Free access.

FTFY.

about two weeks ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

hondo77 Re:Some content should be avoided... (171 comments)

You are confusing Mickey Mouse with "Steamboat Willie". While the short starring Mickey Mouse may enter the public domain in 2023, Mickey Mouse the registered trademark will most definitely not have entered the public domain at that time.

about three weeks ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

hondo77 Re: Forest Circus. (299 comments)

No, you don't. Good luck to you on wandering through CIA headquarters, your local Air Force runways, buildings where people are processing returns for the IRS, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

hondo77 Re:The simple fact that we can't talk about this.. (207 comments)

You are wrong. I am not a climate scientist. Almost all the people here are not climate scientists. However, if 97% of climate scientists around the world agree on something, it tends to sway me into their favor. Arguments to the contrary are always welcome but, from what I've seen, they aren't credible (because they are so easily debunked in ways I can understand). When the community of climate scientists is swayed, those of us with open minds will be swayed, too. Same goes with relativity, evolution, and whatever else. I have an open mind but if the overwhelming majority of the experts in a field agree on something, it gets my attention. It seems that what gets the attention of deniers is only what they want to hear.

about a month ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

hondo77 Re:Most rational people never believe in AGW (207 comments)

I see you wrote words after "Warmist religion" but, really, what's the point of reading them after that?

about a month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

hondo77 Re:Solution (410 comments)

Apparently you are also unaware of how to search for "sales tax fraud" in Google.

about a month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

hondo77 Re:Solution (410 comments)

What about cars? Most people need cars to get to work. Cars take gas. Cars need repairs. Is any of that tax-exempt? No? Why not, they're absolute necessities? Yes? Cool, so Arnold can keep driving that gas-guzzling Hummer and the huge amount of gas it takes is all tax-free!

How about clothing? Need clothes to live, right? So that should be tax-exempt, too. Now Paris Hilton can buy 400 pairs of shoe tax-free!

Watch out for that slippery slope you're on.

about a month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

hondo77 Re:Did you find that hard drive yet? (410 comments)

No, they didn't, but don't let that stop your cute paranoia.

about a month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

hondo77 Re:Thanks for the fraud, Turbotax (410 comments)

We wouldn't have this problem if we filed our taxes online. Turbotax has prevented that, because they want to charge us for doing what the government could do free, as it does in less corrupt countries.

I have filed my fiance's parents' taxes for free for the past three years, so I don't know what you're on about.

about a month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

hondo77 Re:Did you find that hard drive yet? (410 comments)

I'm guessing that if they actually found and perfectly reconstructed the destroyed hard drive, you'd find another boogeyman to blame.

about a month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

hondo77 Re:Solution (410 comments)

You actually think sales tax evasion is impossible? Really?

about a month ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

hondo77 Re:I agree, 100% (478 comments)

He may not have specifically called for euthanasia but its not hard to read between the lines.

By "read between the lines" what you really mean is, "I'm now going to make shit up that serves my agenda."

about a month ago

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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  about 8 months ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "From Dave's Blog: "I’ve since tested this almost every day for the last couple of weeks. During the day – the bandwidth is normal to AWS. However, after 4pm or so – things get slow. In my personal opinion, this is Verizon waging war against Netflix. Unfortunately, a lot of infrastructure is hosted on AWS. That means a lot of services are going to be impacted by this.""
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Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to...High-Fructose Corn Syrup?

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health "...have re-created the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder in several honeybee hives simply by giving them small doses of a popular pesticide, imidacloprid." This follows recently-reported studies also linked the disorder to neonicotinoid pesticides. What is really interesting is the link to when the disorder started appearing, 2006. "That mechanism? High-fructose corn syrup. Many bee-keepers have turned to high-fructose corn syrup to feed their bees, which the researchers say did not imperil bees until U.S. corn began to be sprayed with imidacloprid in 2004-2005. A year later was the first outbreak of Colony Collapse Disorder.""
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3,500 Year Old Tree Dies of Natural Causes

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "The Daily reports that "Mother Nature claimed one of her oldest living specimens (Monday) in a freak fire that destroyed a 3,500-year-old bald cypress tree towering over central Florida. Known as “The Senator,” or simply “The Big Tree,” the hollowed-out majestic timber, standing at 118 feet tall, ignited before dawn. Firefighters watched helplessly as the oldest tree east of the Mississippi — and the fifth oldest in the world — blazed and then collapsed in a heap of flaming embers." The fire likely started by "either a weeks- old lightning strike that smoldered until combustion occured, or friction caused by buffeting winds that ignited a spark and erupted in flames.""
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Burt Rutan Retires

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "Lost in all of the April Fool's Day fun was the news that Burt Rutan retired on April 1. "Five of his planes now hang in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, including the Voyager, which in 1986 became the first airplane to fly around the world without refueling, and SpaceShipOne, which in 2004 became the first private rocket plane ever to put a man into space." Enjoy your retirement, Burt. You've earned it."
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NASA Research Finds Last Decade was Warmest

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes ""There's a contradiction between the results shown here and popular perceptions about climate trends," James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies said. "In the last decade, global warming has not stopped.""
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Earthlink Slashing Workforce

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "Having a hard time finding IT workers? If you live in a city with an Earthilnk office, you will be seeing an increased pool of candidates. Earthink has announced that they are cutting 900 of 1,900 jobs in the USA, are closing four offices (Orlando, Knoxville, Harrisburg, and San Francisco) and will "substantially reduce its presence" in Atlanta and Pasadena. More cuts may be announced by the end of the year."
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iPhone Remote

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "If you didn't need an iPhone, you do now. Behold iPhone Remote by Google. "Remotely access your Mac through a collection of mini web apps on your phone." It is still a prototype but you can start your drooling now."
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hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "Carrie Underwood's new single, "I'll Stand By You", has debuted at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling over 100,000 copies in less than a week. The reason to care is that this single is only available on iTunes. Macworld reports that this is the first time an iTunes-only single has debuted in the Top Ten. The icing on the cake is that all proceeds from the sales go to charity as part of the Idol Gives Back program."
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hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "Yahoo! has taken down their news message boards. According to the message from General Manager Neil Budde, 'Over the next few months, we plan to offer new discussion forums based on topics in the news and incorporating the latest features to foster a better discussion for all of our readers.' Okay, I can understand wanting to fix the boards so they're more useful but to take them down for months before a replacement is released?"
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hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "According to this article by Reuters, IBM is suing Amazon because, as I read it, IBM owns the rights to ecommerce. From the article: "The suits say Amazon violates IBM patents covering such features as allowing users to order items from an electronic catalog, displaying advertising in an interactive service and storing data in an interactive network." Isn't that pretty much ecommerce?"

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