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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

macbeth66 Please come back, Michael! (578 comments)

I am so sorry I maligned you and villified you for taking a third term when we had term limits. I'll even burn my Big Gulp jug. I see the error of my ways and that error has a name; Bill de Blasio. I know you left us, just to remind us how truly awful government can be. Now that we've learned our lesson, please come back!

5 days ago

New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

macbeth66 I don't get what the big deal is. (476 comments)

My work phone is turned off once I leave the office and is turned back on when I return. When my turn is up to do on-call, I only read texts from our alerting system.

I love my job, but there are limits and boundaries.

about a week ago

Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

macbeth66 Re:Smart Cars = HiTech ??? (369 comments)

Something green? Please! Green is a fine idea. The Smart Car is more like shit. Have you seen these things on the Interstate? In the rain?

about a week ago

Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

macbeth66 You thought things would change? (152 comments)

Really? You (schwit1) must be disappointed on a regular basis.

Sorry, even if Obama really wanted to change things, he's still an elected. The bureaucracy marches on and very rarely cares about the comings and goings of temporary staff, even if they are the boss.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

macbeth66 Two years and counting (287 comments)

My mother will be 80 this year. She's been on Kubuntu 12.04, loaded on a retired laptop, for the last two years and does just fine. Of course, everything she cares about can be done with a web browser. The occasional Word or Excel document can be done with OpenOffice. ( Hey, Ma? Is that Open or Libre? I don't recall at the moment ). She has poked around some other stuff, like playing mp3 of her favorite music. She hooks up her camera and pulls her latest pictures over. The machine is all she needs or wants and its free. She still remembers her Windows stuff and helps the other seniors with their computer based needs.

about a month ago

Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

macbeth66 Re:Who chose to pursue this case? (644 comments)

The Kansas Department for Children and Families is pursuing this as the lesbian couple is on welfare.

about 3 months ago

Oracle Seeking Community Feedback on Java 8 EE Plans

macbeth66 Re:Why do people use this shit anyway? (109 comments)

Apart from Oracle and one app in my company, I don't even see Java anymore. I've forgotten most of what I was forced to learn.

Who is using it anymore and for what and why?

about 3 months ago

How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

macbeth66 Re:Turning away student (715 comments)

Actually, they can. Here in New York City, as part of the "no student left behind" initiative, the schools are given the opportunity to do that every year. The student provides a list of schools they want to attend and the school then picks from the pool of candidates that want to go there. Unfortunately, the 'progressives' that have a choke hold on the schools and control the teacher's union won't allow students to be picked based on merit. They actually use a bell curve; 1/4 from the top, half from the middle and 1/4 from the bottom. This is to ensure that they have a well-rounded and diverse student body. This method was specifically devised to undermine the initiative.

And two years ago, there was a mini-scandal, never made it to the papers, that the higher-ups in the union made sure that their kids got accepted at the better schools.

Ever heard of 'Bronx Science'? Their reputation is gone as they as they prescribe to the bell curve.

Peter Stuyvesant on the other hand, thrives. They are too well known for the union hacks to touch them. But they circle.

about 3 months ago

Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

macbeth66 Re:I'm somewhat shocked (1043 comments)

Say what? That's not true, even in New York City?

Oh, yeah. From the 'stats pulled out of my ass' department.

about 3 months ago

Linux Distributions Storing Wi-Fi Passwords In Plain Text

macbeth66 Re:My password is printed on the side of my router (341 comments)

Why do you have two APs?

I have steel beams between the first and second floors that seem to interfere with wifi. It could be something else, but since I have the two units and had hardwire between the floors, I use them.

about 4 months ago

Linux Distributions Storing Wi-Fi Passwords In Plain Text

macbeth66 Re:My password is printed on the side of my router (341 comments)

I've disabled the FIOS provided wireless access, added two wireless access points ( upstairs and downstairs ), each connected by hardwire to to the router and use whatever protocols and passwords I desire.

about 4 months ago

Clear Solar Cells Could Help Windows Generate Power

macbeth66 Aesthetics? (87 comments)

When has aesthetics ever played a role in how the glass and steel monstrosities were erected? If the owner thought they could make some extra money, they'll be tacked on, no matter how ugly.

Hmmm.. When did I get so cynical?

about 4 months ago

Academics Should Not Remain Silent On Government Hacking

macbeth66 Re:So private control is fine? (135 comments)

There is a difference between over-sight in terms of how money is spend and that the research was done according to accepted practices versus threatening a researcher with reprisals if the results don't come out as desired.

Increasingly, IMHO, researchers are sactioned if the results are not in line with a particular ideology, even when the research was done properly. No, I am no longer in research, but my opinion was developed based on conversations I've had with associates still in the mill.

about 4 months ago

Academics Should Not Remain Silent On Government Hacking

macbeth66 Re:They're living on the government teat. (135 comments)

Well, if you want to see research done without government (public) funding

He didn't say that. He said;

I want nothing more than to see academia liberated from government control

The idea behind public research, was to fund worthwhile research that would not otherwise get funding and then back off and let them do their ting without fear of reprisals. You know, independent. A noble ideal, that sadly, in this severely bifurcated society, is almost impossible.

about 4 months ago

Unreleased 1963 Beatles Tracks On Sale To Preserve Copyright

macbeth66 Re:Even more Beatles music I won't be buying... (230 comments)

I dunno. My kids are in their early twenties and love the Beatles. I love looking through the music on their phones and seeing all the new stuff I hate and then catch sight of all the Beatles albums. I taught them something right.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Digital Music Replace Most Instrumental Musicians?

macbeth66 Who cares? (328 comments)

IMHO, good music died a long time ago. Scratch that. I have to lower the bar. Listenable music died a long time ago. 15 years ago, I would buy some 40-50 albums ( whatever media ) a year and another ten of old stuff. Then it become individual songs. I don't think I bought anything this year. I can't even stand what they've done with the re-mastered greats.

Sucky music, sucks, regardless if it is created by a musician or a digital hack.

about 4 months ago

Former Microsoft Exec To Lead HealthCare.gov

macbeth66 Man, the Republicans could have just waited. (214 comments)

And the whole thing would have just exploded. Does Obama have a change of heart and wants this whole thing to just die?

about 3 months ago

FDA Seeks Tougher Rules For Antibacterial Soaps

macbeth66 Re:Come on (160 comments)

It is anti-bacterial. It just isn't done with antibiotics. And there isn't a resistance. Not that would be a hideous situation.

about 4 months ago

Facebook Tracks the Status Updates and Messages You Don't Write Too

macbeth66 Facebook? Still? (163 comments)

Social Media was so 2013.

Get with it, its all about meeting up with people in real-time. Awesome. You make a call, talk to a person and arrange to meet up somewhere. Say for dinner or a drink. Maybe even a hook-up.

about 4 months ago

Senators Propose Bill Prohibiting Phone Calls On Planes

macbeth66 Re:what? (513 comments)

They aren't lying. They really do mean that. But the quote is incomplete. The Republicans favor less Democratic government.

about 4 months ago



Swiss Federal Railways want money for iPad Clock

macbeth66 macbeth66 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

macbeth66 (204889) writes "The actual article is in German, but Google translate does decent enough job to understand the situtation. I do not have any Apple devices, so I can not corroborate

The Swiss Federal Railways SBB see in the new iOS 6 Clock app for the iPad a "unauthorized use" of the famous station clock, the industrial designer Hans Hilfiker had designed for the railway company. It is currently trying to contact Apple in contact to "regulate financially and legally" the matter, said an SBB spokesman told the daily newspaper Blick.


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DIY Prosthetic Limbs

macbeth66 macbeth66 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

macbeth66 (204889) writes "A Chinese handyman, after losing his hands in an explosion, builds himself new ones.

From the article, the builder quips, "The only drawback is that steel is quite heavy so they're tiring to wear and get hot or cold in the extremes of summer and winter""

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Death of Bookpool?

macbeth66 macbeth66 writes  |  about 5 years ago

macbeth66 (204889) writes "Earlier this week, I was attempting to buy a book on Bookpool and it seems to be gone. The site was there last week, but comes up with a Network Solutions generic message.

Did I miss the memo? Did they go belly up? Bookpool used to be a lot cheaper than Amazon and seemd to have those elusive titles in stock.

Where do you get your books?"

Larry Harmon, longtime Bozo the Clown, dead at 83

macbeth66 macbeth66 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

macbeth66 (204889) writes "There is certainly no shortage of Bozos in the world, today. Unfortunately, the one I loved as a kid, has passed on.
From the AP Press Release:
Larry Harmon wasn't the original Bozo the Clown, but he was the real one. Harmon, who portrayed the wing-haired clown for more than half a century, died Thursday of congestive heart failure, said his publicist, Jerry Digney. He was 83.
As an entrepreneur, Harmon licensed the character to others, particularly dozens of television stations around the country. The stations in turn hired actors to be their local Bozos."

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