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Cisco To Challenge iPad With Cius 'Business Tablet'

silentsteel Re:Lot of space between $500 and $1k (217 comments)

I did not even say that I was part of the evaluation process, but since you were rude enough to insult me unnecessarily, I work for a hospital, and with the requirements for EMR, along with doctors wanting to view scans, one of our VPs (who is quite the fanboy) wanted us to evaluate the capability of the IPad to do these things. Even he was not impressed.

more than 4 years ago
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Cisco To Challenge iPad With Cius 'Business Tablet'

silentsteel Re:Lot of space between $500 and $1k (217 comments)

Actually, my company has been demo'ing the IPad for about a month now, and we can not find anything useful for businesses to justify the expenditure. If this Cisco tablet offers more in the way of benefit for our core business, I am quite sure they will be purchased, even if the cost is ~1,000.00.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon Charged Marine's Widow an Early Termination Fee

silentsteel Re:Simple really... (489 comments)

It is not offered. It is a requirement, at least it was when I was in the Corps.

more than 4 years ago
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Microwave Pain Ray Keeps Frost From Killing Crops

silentsteel Re:why do people work for Raytheon? (278 comments)

Because people with a true sense of history understand that this world is not black and white. It is several shades of gray at any given time. While, yes, Raytheon manufactures equipment used by the military, many of these technologies trickle down to civilian use, and make America, and its allies, a more comfortable place to live. Its two biggest competitors are good examples of this trickle down. Boeing and Lockheed Martin manufacture just almost as much commercial air equipment as they do military equipment. Today, most people do not even realize that Boeing is a defense contractor.

more than 4 years ago
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DHS Wants To Monitor the Web For Terrorists

silentsteel Re:Less Freedom != More Secuity (285 comments)

Why is this modded troll? This is actually, very likely the answer you would receive from the nuts at DHS if you brought this quote up to them. At the very least it should be modded funny, in a sick twisted sort of way.

more than 4 years ago
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HTC Android Smartphone Stores Browsing Screenshots

silentsteel Re:Hahaha (179 comments)

Easy, if you are on Verizon (Droid Incredible), or Sprint (EVO), you do not have to. The Nexus One is not available for either network. I would love to have a Nexus One, since I would not have to wait on manufacturer/network decisions on when to upgrade to the next release of Android. Yes, I am aware that I can root my phone, but the average user is not comfortable with that.

more than 4 years ago
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Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History

silentsteel Re:Sad that this is even being considered (1238 comments)

Negative. Liberalism in acceptance of ideas is not what this particular professor is about. The only ideas he wants you to form are the ones he gives you. You missed what I wrote.

more than 4 years ago
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Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History

silentsteel Re:Sad that this is even being considered (1238 comments)

Actually, it is not completely an urban myth. The issue of whether Texas could secede does have basis in fact. Before the Civil War, that clause was in the Texas Constitution. Had Texas seceded and stayed on its own (not joined the Confederacy), the Union could have done very little to them. Since Texas threw its lot in with the CSA, however, it received the same punishment that the rest of the states in rebellion received, and that clause was stricken from the state constitution.

more than 4 years ago
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Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History

silentsteel Re:Sad that this is even being considered (1238 comments)

If I was a state governor, I'd pay the faculty of my state universities create textbooks for my k-12 curriculum. Instead of paying royalties to large publishers, my faculty would be better paid.

Ok. There is a Civics instructor at a local college here who requires his students to purchase his book for his class. His views about how the government should be run are all throughout the book. His bias is very, very liberal. He has been known to fail people who do not write papers conforming to his views. You are advocating that he should indoctrinate our children? I prefer to let them make up their own minds.

more than 4 years ago
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Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History

silentsteel Re:WTF (1238 comments)

Who says that it is necessarily fake? While you, or I, may not agree with it, in part or whole, it still seems to be a part of history. History has been, and will be, biased towards the people in power. Many things I have read since I graduated high school have challenged what I was taught in school. Incidentally, I went to school in Texas, learning the curriculum you would prefer they stay with. That is not to say that what I learned was "wrong", but that important details were left out. Of course, when teachers are teaching a standardized test, and their pay, and even continued employment, are tied to that test, real teaching can not be done.

Your complaint with the educational system should be taken up with the people that instituted it: the people who decided that every kid, regardless of level of intelligence has the inalienable right to the same education. Unfortunately, the kid with an IQ of 80 and the kid with the IQ of 140 should not be even in the same school, but that is mandated out of Washington.

more than 4 years ago
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Company Sued, Loses For Not Using Patented Tech

silentsteel Re:sounds like a safety law suit jackpot and not a (631 comments)

. . . they become complacent about safety and that 1 in a million mistake ends up biting them in the ass . . .

If you are complacent enough around a table saw that your ass comes in contact with the spinning blade, you deserve what you get.

more than 4 years ago
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Saturn Moon Could Be Hospitable To Life

silentsteel Re:Obligatory 2010 Quote (153 comments)

Actually, Jupiter is a Roman god, thus the name Jupiter is the English transliteration of the Latin name. Lucifer is the English transliteration of the Latin name for Satan. Zeus would be Greek. Therefore, depending upon one's perspective, Jupiter=Lucifer.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Top Linux Distros Are For Different Users

silentsteel Re:What a load of crap (496 comments)

A bit beside the point of this argument, but I happen to use Ubuntu as my primary system because I support several people who I have migrated to it. These users are only concerned with a web browser and an email client. Using Ubuntu makes it easier for phone support, at least in my opinion. I usually open a shell when I am working on their systems directly. I run Slackware and Cent on a couple of "servers", but I, obviously, am most familiar with Debian-based Linux at this point.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientific Journal Nature Finds Nothing Notable In CRU Leak

silentsteel Re:Nice try (736 comments)

The problem is that it is not "denialist's crap." I will not deny global warming for the same reasons that I will not agree with it. The scientific research that has been presented to me, coupled with the research I have done on my own confirms that we, as a population, have no clue what exactly is going on; therefore, we are just along for the ride on a planet that we happen to inhabit. Does this mean that we should not do what we can to take care of our "house"? No, it does not. It simply means that we are trying to solve a problem that may not even exist. Any speculation on what may have happened in the past is exactly that, speculation. All I can do, as an individual who respects the planet I live on, is take care of it because I should.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook User Arrested For a Poke

silentsteel Re:No communication is no communication. (394 comments)

Actually, where I am located that could conceivably void the restraining order. A friend of mine voided the restraining order he had against someone by not enforcing it when encountering the person at a mutual friend's house. Not that it is quite the same thing, but if you do not complain about/enforce it all the time, then do you really feel threatened?

more than 4 years ago
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Ted Dziuba Says, "I Don't Code In My Free Time"

silentsteel Re:Ted Dziuba (619 comments)

Just out of pure curiosity, why repeal the 17th Amendment?

more than 4 years ago
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How Apple's App Review Is Sabotaging the iPhone

silentsteel Apple is willing to take the risk. (509 comments)

This has been how Apple has done business for years. How much more money could they make if they allowed OS X to be installed on any x86 PC? They do not because they like being in control. You do not purchase a Mac, or an Iphone, you purchase the experience, as regulated by Apple. Right or wrong, this business model is along the path they chose long ago so I doubt that they will change much now. If, as a developer, you do not want to play by their rules, then you can take your software elsewhere. Just as it is their right to do this, it is also your right not to develop for their platform.

more than 5 years ago
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Senator Arlen Specter Becomes a Democrat

silentsteel Re:It is best when little gets done... (1124 comments)

IMHO, the government governs best when it is in gridlock.

I agree. In the best case scenario, in my opinion, the times things seem to get done (semi-positively) in Government, appears to be when one or both houses of Congress are in the control of a party (though a very slight majority) different that what the President is.

more than 5 years ago
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Handmade vs. Commercially Produced Ethernet Cables

silentsteel Re:How much is your time worth (837 comments)

Not that this was directed at me, but I will respond anyway. I refuse to use Belkin cabling because it is overpriced and likely underquality. If I am doing cabling work, I go to the nearest electrical supply house that has datacom cabling, and buy the cabling wholesale. Patch cords run between 5 and 10 dollars a piece.

more than 5 years ago

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