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Libya Takes Hard Line On Link Shortening Domains

kchrist Re:ly sites smackdown (354 comments)

Did anybody know Libya owned .ly before this?

I don't have references offhand but I distinctly remember a few articles warning about exactly this a couple years back when bit.ly and other .ly domains started becoming popular. Looks like they were right.

more than 3 years ago
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US Banks That Offer Transaction History?

kchrist Re:Even better ... I'm credited fees from other ba (359 comments)

Schwab Investor Checking accounts refund third-party ATM fees at the end of every month. Domestic and international, and they don't charge conversion fees when using non-US ATMs. Also, you get free checks and postage-paid envelopes for making deposits by mail. These accounts are also interest-bearing, although that doesn't count for much these days (it was 4.5% when I joined back in 2007 but dropped after the financial crash and is currently only 0.5%).

about 4 years ago
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Microsoft Migrating Live Spaces Users To WordPress

kchrist Re:Gotta say, they picked a good one (145 comments)

Wordpress actually outputs very little HTML and what it does is valid. The front-end markup is 99%+ determined by the theme (aka, templates, skins, whatever) - the theme uses the Wordpress API to pull data but but the display is entirely up to the developer. You're blaming the application for the bad markup written by a theme developer.

And, for what it's worth, the default theme that ships with Wordpress is valid XHTML.

about 4 years ago
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Verizon Confirms Plan To Switch Away From Unlimited Data Plans

kchrist Re:You know the consumer my actually win (207 comments)

AT&T replaced their $30/month unlimited plan with $15/month and $25/month plans for 200 MB and 2 GB, respectively. Any one of their customers using less data than that is clearly saving money, possibly up to 50% of the data portion of their bill (phone service price is not affected, of course).

I was sure my wife and I both used more than 200 MB/month on our iPhones until I actually looked at our usage. We were way under. We saved $30/month by reducing both our plans to the $15 level.

Lots of people are saving money as a result of AT&T changing their pricing model. Verizon's tiers may be quite a bit different but I doubt it.

about 4 years ago
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WordPress 3.0 Released

kchrist Re:Getting there... (79 comments)

We talked about that with Matt Mullenweg at Wordcamp PDX last year and it's not going to happen. It seems the main obstacles are a) database abstraction layers like PEAR DB or ADOdb are too big, and b) it would require an enormous amount of work. The idea seems to be that since basically everyone can use MySQL, that's all they need.

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

kchrist Re:HFC (542 comments)

As others have said, Mexican Coke is still made with sugar, and you can probably find it in specialty stores in most larger cities, or anywhere with a CostCo or Hispanic population.

In addition, there are a number of craft soda makers out there now in addition to Jones. You can get just about anything you want without HFCS if you look for it.

more than 4 years ago
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House Passes Massive Medical Insurance Bill, 219-212

kchrist Re:Not gonna happen (2424 comments)

Well, yes, that's exactly the point. Health insurance costs are highway robbery.

While my wife and I aren't paying $6k/year, we are paying a little over half that, and that's with a high-deductible HSA plan, which means that anything short of major expenses we pay out of pocket. A traditional health plan with low deductibles -- comparable to what we'd get through an employer if we weren't both self-employed -- would actually cost pretty close to the aforementioned $6k figure.

more than 4 years ago
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Independent Programmers' No-Win Scenario

kchrist Re:Another reason to escape the USA (552 comments)

Dual citizenship has been allowed for Americans for a long time now, and it's fairly easy to do. Most countries will allow you to apply for citizenship after living there for a certain number of years -- the UK is 5 years, some EU countries want 7 or 10, Belgium is only 3. Gaining residency is a smaller problem if you're self-employed, as you'd be bringing money into the economy and paying local taxes while not taking a local job. Some countries are easier than others but people do it all the time.

You'll still have to pay US taxes though but only if you make over a certain amount of money (I don't remember what that level is currently) but I'm sure that's not too difficult to work around.

more than 4 years ago
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The Social Media Marketing Book

kchrist Re:Anyone can be in marketing (87 comments)

Close. What you mean to say is, "That's because everyone is in marketing".

As usual, Kathy Sierra said it best:

If you're interested in creating passionate users, or keeping your job, or breathing life into a startup, or getting others to contribute to your open source project, or getting your significant other to agree to the vacation you want to go on... congratulations. You're in marketing.

I'm in marketing because I need to sell my consulting services to pay my bills. I'm also in marketing because I need to keep people interested in my cocktails blog in order to make the time I spend on it worthwhile. I'm in marketing because the conference I'm organizing needs people to actually show up.

That said, I don't own any marketing books, much less books on "social media marketing", but I do recognize that marketing is not just for a few execs or business school grads.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Nexus Rumored To Cost $530 Or $180 w/Plan

kchrist Re:A little more competition is a good thing (284 comments)

Just buy it with a credit card. And pay the debt off at $20/month or whatever is convenient.

... and find that your phone actually cost you well over $600 by the time you've finished paying off the interest your credit card company charges. Sorry, but that's a terrible idea. If $530 is too much up front, do it the old fashioned way: Save for it, then buy.

Jesus, no wonder people are in so much debt.

more than 4 years ago
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Real-World Synthehol In Development

kchrist Re:What for? (273 comments)

If you're drinking enough to pass out, you're already doing it wrong and no amount of water is going to help.

more than 4 years ago
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Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?

kchrist Re:Have a great trip! (1095 comments)

When he comes back to US there is a 50/50 chance they will demand to search the files on his laptop

Get real. I've traveled internationally with my laptop a number of times and have never had customs/TSA take a second glance at it. I flew into Seattle (from Reykjavík) after my last trip a couple months ago -- an airport known for having overzealous customs -- and even after my wife and I were selected for a "random" tear-your-bags-apart search they didn't even ask about the two laptops we had with us. No requests to even turn them on, much less to look through them.

I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but it's nowhere near as common as Slashdot stories would suggest and certainly not 50/50.

more than 4 years ago
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What Happened To the Bay Bridge?

kchrist Re:I don't understand why people drive into SF any (407 comments)

You answered the wrong question. Your answer would be fine if the parent poster had asked, "Why not live in SF?", but his actual question was "Why not take public transit into the city rather than drive?"

And I agree. I spent a few years living in Berkeley/Oakland and working in SF and I never drove into the city unless I was going to be out past midnight. And if BART ran 24 hours (the way it is now with the bridge closed), I wouldn't have driven then either. With BART across the bay and MUNI in the city, you really almost never need to have your own car in SF.

more than 3 years ago
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A Tale of Two Windows 7s

kchrist Re:A martini... (770 comments)

Historically, the "dry" in a dry martini referred to the style of vermouth used. Dry, as opposed to sweet, which was also used in martinis in the beginning.

For the record, I usually use around 4 parts gin to 1 part dry/white/Italian vermouth (choose your preferred descriptor), plus a dash of orange bitters. Much more dry than the original, which was closer to 50/50, but also would never be confused with today's "dry martini". Martini drinks who have never tried a proper one made with one of the nicer vermouths are really missing out, in my opinion.

more than 4 years ago
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Amazon Cloud Adds Hosted MySQL

kchrist Re:It's a screaming deal (173 comments)

Correct. For personal, non-business use, cheap shared hosting is usually sufficient. But the $10-20/month that costs you will not get you anywhere near the speed, reliability, and everything else you get with a hosted system like this, making it usually not a good choice for business (and I'm talking about a database that powers a web business, not a blog or something for an off-line business).

more than 4 years ago
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A Tale of Two Windows 7s

kchrist Re:Vodka (770 comments)

That recipe is actually called a Vesper Martini, although to make it now you'll have to use Lillet Blanc instead of Kina Lillet, which is no longer available. It's actually quite good (although a cocktail like this should properly be stirred, not shaken).

more than 4 years ago
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A Tale of Two Windows 7s

kchrist Re:Vodka (770 comments)

Untrue, I'm afraid. Gin was available in the states long before any American ever heard of vodka. It made its appearance in the US around the 1950s, give or take a little, while we've been drinking martinis (and its predecessor, the Martinez) with gin for nearly 100 years before that.

more than 4 years ago
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A Tale of Two Windows 7s

kchrist Re:A martini... (770 comments)

I make my vodka martinis very dry indeed -- you'd think there was nothing in the glass at all. Then I fill it with gin and vermouth.

more than 4 years ago
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Legal War For WA State Sunshine Law

kchrist Re:No one should have expected (1364 comments)

Gay people in CA already have all the legal rights of straight people. No civil rights were stripped, only special rights unavailable to everyone else. (IE: As a non-gay, I could not marry a man. Only members of the special group had that right. It was clearly unconstitutional, and prop 8 rectified that.)

Complete and utter nonsense.

The issue is same-sex marriage; there won't be some sort of "gay test" in order to qualify. If, for whatever reason, you as a straight male wished to marry another man, that would be just fine. Ergo, these are not "special" rights, as the opposition is so fond of claiming.

The issue is simple: Homosexual couples wish to have the exact same rights as straight couples: A legal marriage with all that legally comes along with it (eg, related to inheritance, hospital visitation, etc).

My favorite part of your rant is where you claim that equal rights are "unconstitutional", while implying that passing laws that explicitly deny these rights is not only legal but also moral.

more than 4 years ago

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