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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

macbeth66 Re:Not a single link (276 comments)

What? You really want a link? What for? No one ever reads the articles...

about 5 months ago

Comcast Training Materials Leaked

macbeth66 Re:I spent 3 hours trying to upgrade service... (251 comments)

No. I have FIOS for cable and internet service with NO phone service. I have a cell phone and don't need landline. I simply called them and said that I want this and this. They asked if I wanted their triple play thingie. They had a special limited time price which would have made it cheaper. I declined. No mess, no fuss.

about 5 months ago

FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

macbeth66 Re:Maybe the FAA should inform the stewardesses (128 comments)

And to add to the rediculousness, when I was flying into St Maarten's airport (the famous one that's right over the beach) last month, the whole plane was reminded that we needed to put away our phones for pictures because "we aren't in FAA airspace, so the rules don't apply here." I guess the EM spectrum is different outside the States...

What airlines have you been on? I've never been told I couldn't take pictures with my camera. Or maybe this was just a St. Maarten's thing.

about 7 months ago

A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

macbeth66 Re:How You Treat Your "Idiot"? (255 comments)


It joke goes, "If pro is the opposite of con, what is the opposite of Progress?"

about 8 months ago

Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

macbeth66 Why the f*ck would they come here? (453 comments)

I've often wondered how stupid would an extraterrestrial civilization be to want to come to this planet?

about 9 months ago

Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

macbeth66 Re:Study? (453 comments)

"It's a cookbook!"

about 9 months ago

USPTO Approves Amazon Patent For Taking Pictures

macbeth66 Re:For those who aren't photographers... (152 comments)

It's sort of like patenting the application of ink to paper using a pen.

NOOOOO! I have been working on this for years and just sent in my patent application for this. I was sure this would make millions when I solved the problem of the pen leaking when I had it in my front shirt pocket. At this point, the basic solution was to take a Ziploc bag and refit it to the pocket.

about 9 months ago

Russia Quietly Passes Anti-Blogger Law

macbeth66 Re:this would never happen in america. (284 comments)

Shush, you! Don't ruin a good story about how the press is censored in the US.

And I love these books; "The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of YYYY" Um... Wait. Why are these books censored? Ah! These stories weren't censored, nobody gave a damn. Governments don't need to censor when the public is kept fat and lazy.

about 9 months ago

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

macbeth66 Please come back, Michael! (581 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!

about 10 months ago

New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

macbeth66 I don't get what the big deal is. (477 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 10 months ago

Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

macbeth66 Re:Smart Cars = HiTech ??? (371 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 year 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.

1 year,8 days

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?

1 year,17 days

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.

1 year,19 days

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.

1 year,19 days



Swiss Federal Railways want money for iPad Clock

macbeth66 macbeth66 writes  |  more than 2 years 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  |  more than 2 years 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  |  more than 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 6 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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