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Medical Billing Codes For Injury Via Turtle Among Thousands Created by New Law

tivoKlr Re:What is the code for burns via shark? (380 comments)

There'll always be "other" no matter how many codes the ICD contains.

about 3 years ago

How the Webb Space Telescope Got So Expensive

tivoKlr Re:Yeah, I've seen this (133 comments)

That's called an umbrella policy.

about 3 years ago

A Custom Objectionable Word List Ate My Homework

tivoKlr Re:Far scarier is the "concern" list... (386 comments)

What is far scarier than all of this is someone from the North Canton School System has the fucking gall to come on /. and somehow, more than once, try to defend this absolutely deplorable practice. For fucks sake, you people must all be idiots, and I can feel some comfort that my children live damn far from Ohio.

about 3 years ago

Congress Voting To Repeal Incandescent Bulb Ban

tivoKlr Re:CFL are no savings (990 comments)

I have a cfl in an outdoor fixture that in the summertime ranges from 30-80f and in the wintertime ranges from below 20 to around 30f. I've been using the same bulb for at least 2 years, and it's assuredly a cheap one.

Just one experience and I'm sure I'd better pick up a replacement on the way home...

more than 3 years ago

Congress Voting To Repeal Incandescent Bulb Ban

tivoKlr Re:Classic! (990 comments)

Sweet! You live where it's too hot and people steal things from your yard. Sign me up! JK...

more than 3 years ago

Mac OS Update Detects, Kills MacDefender Scareware

tivoKlr Re:There really isn't a cure for this kind of thin (277 comments)

There is no OS or kernel patch that protects against stupid.

As most of my tech support assistance is for GOOD friends only (I long ago bailed on the frustrating path of coddling stupid users through their self inflicted fuckups), I have to agree that there is absolutely no protection against stupid, and as long as vectors use the path of least resistance, i.e. stupid, then they will win.

Stupid trumps all. Just watch some TV.

more than 3 years ago

US Citizen Visiting Thailand Arrested For Blog Posting

tivoKlr Re:Where is the ladyboy commenter? (456 comments)

Bump for the ladyboy guy?

He must still be asleep this is pure fodder for him!

more than 3 years ago

DirecTV Plans Netflix Competitor

tivoKlr Re:Of course it is. (85 comments)

The problem, as I see it, is that they will include this service as an add on rather than an "instead of" service.

I think the limiting factor here is just that, that DirecTV is developing this product as an addition to their standard satellite package, rather than as a unique product, and as such are reducing the pool of potential viewers to only their current client base. Netflix is alternate entertainment provider agnostic and given the way DirecTV nickels and dimes you on EVERYTHING, somehow I doubt this will be cheaper than Netflix's offering.

Good luck DTV...

I dropped DirecTV this past week because for $110 less a month I can get every show I watch on netflix, hulu plus and TED.

I wish I was in your position. I need my football and hockey, and I want them in real HD at this point to appreciate them. I so want this DirecTV box out of my house, but as I live in a broadcast TV "white zone" which means I don't get any reception AT ALL, I am shackled to DTV, Dish or god forbid, Comcast if I want to watch the NHL and NFL.

more than 3 years ago

Bizarre Porn Raid Underscores Wi-Fi Privacy Risks

tivoKlr Not trolling, unless you're the mod (964 comments)

Are you fucking shitting me mod? Troll? Somebody get that mod's IP address.

more than 3 years ago

AT&T Admits Network Can't Handle iPhone, iPad Traffic

tivoKlr Re:Offloading to AT&T WiFi (298 comments)

For example: You can't actually disable the WiFi on an iPhone (4 at least), regardless of what the UI says. As you travel around, you are silently connected to any AT&T hotspot within range and your traffic is redirected to that.


more than 3 years ago

Apple To Beat Google On Cloud Music

tivoKlr Re:First to bat (160 comments)

Really, crap?

I try not to join in the Apple supporting around here, but i remember my 1st gen iPod fondly, and when other people saw and used it, I don't remember them recoiling as if I'd handed them a steaming piece of shit.

I'm sure your zune/rio/whatever is pants. Everybody's got one, remember?

more than 3 years ago

Apple Changes App Ranks, Rejects Pay Per Install

tivoKlr Re:Ignore the apple haters (94 comments)

"you say your mother bought himself an iPhone"? I think you know more about dt's mother than you're letting on...

more than 3 years ago

Japan Raises Nuclear Plant Crisis Severity To 7

tivoKlr Re:And some people still wonder why... (673 comments)

Honestly though, expecting 40 year old plants to be as safe as one built today is like expecting your 1969 Camaro to have onstar and that there should be an iPhone app to remotely unlock and start it.

Comparing 60's nuclear technology to 21st century nuclear technology is inherently unfair.

more than 3 years ago

The End of Content Ownership

tivoKlr Re:Use more bandwidth to enjoy media? (247 comments)

This is exactly why I've kept Qwest DSL and not switched back to Crapcast, even though my speeds would be faster with a cable modem, in my area.

Fuck caps. Same reason I'm still with AT&T for the iPhone...have had that unlimited data plan since day 1 and won't give it up.

more than 3 years ago

Apple AirPlay Private Key Exposed

tivoKlr Re:I use airport express. Several. (306 comments)

I only tried the printer sharing portion with one printer, and a non-standard type printer at that (one of the Epson 4x6 sized photo printers) and it did not work well. This was say 4 years ago though, so things might have improved. As my real printer is on ethernet, I cannot speak to how other printers may or may not work with the Airport Express. I always thought it was lame they didn't include the usb hard drive sharing, ala the Airport Extreme, as I would have used that feature. Either way they rule for streaming music around the house.

more than 3 years ago

Apple AirPlay Private Key Exposed

tivoKlr Re:The best part (306 comments)

This kind of snark is exactly why Apple legal will be conversing with this fellow shortly. It's too bad really, airplay should be incorporated into every device both as a "pitcher and a catcher", regardless of the typical end use of the device.

more than 3 years ago

Apple AirPlay Private Key Exposed

tivoKlr I use airport express. Several. (306 comments)

The airport express is 99 bucks I believe. If my stupid work firewall didn't block the "apple everything" then I could look and see. I know I've seen them for $89 and $79 at times... Throw 3 or 4 around your house, they're awesome just for the airplay aspect, regardless of the other features (router, printer sharing).

more than 3 years ago

How the iPhone Led To the Sale of T-Mobile

tivoKlr Re:ATT infrastructure (276 comments)

Is there a technical reason that current iPhones cannot use 1700mHz, or could a software/firmware update change the landscape of iPhone data reception?

more than 3 years ago

2011 MacBook Pros Confirmed To Crash Under Load

tivoKlr Re:Well of course (501 comments)

You can't explain that to these people

This is NOT offtopic. My post may be redundant but some mod needs to fix this.

more than 3 years ago



Why does my car get 50 MPG and most don't?

tivoKlr tivoKlr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tivoKlr writes "I drive a 2003 VW Jetta TDI, which averages 40-50 MPG on diesel fuel. I own 2 other vehicles, none of which can touch 20 MPG, and ironically, neither one is as fast or powerful (tourque) as the 50 MPG Jetta.

I don't understand why my car is so efficient when not mandatated to be so by the DOT or NHSTA or whatever federal organization (besides congress) mandates mileage requirements for vehicles?

I could understand if this was a tiny micro-car or something, but I consider a Jetta to be a reasonably sized car, capable of hauling 4 adults comfortably, or 2 adults with 2 child seats in the back (my scenario).

How is it possible that I bought a car that seems futuristic when it comes to fuel consumption and power when everything else around me gets half the MPG that the Jetta is able to provide? Given the current geopolitical situation and our (American) dependence on foreign oil, wouldn't it make sense if all mid-sized sedans got 40-50 MPG?

If someone can explain this to me, pro's and con's (I'm sure my emissions are not as clean as some hybrids) I'd be grateful."



Sorry about that

tivoKlr tivoKlr writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Not sure what the hostility was with that last one. I apologize. I sincerely hope that the posts in this journal move down the page in cronological order.

Not sure if I should be doing this, but we'll just see where we go from here.

It snowed a shit ton while I was away, all in 48 hrs.

Oh crap, I forgot to call the folks to let them know we survived the drive from the airport.


Chit chat.

Too much talking. It hurts. Everything is freaking loud today. My ipod was dead when I went to use it on the plane so I got to listen to some incredibly loud old guys behind me. The older of the two was using a Sirius portable thing, and started shouting out football scores like the entire plane gave a shit.

Oh, and the Thomas the Train, and good ol' Nemo on the laptop. I think the kid needs her own so dad can watch something more adult (tsk, tsk) on the plane. Maybe one of those cheapo dvd lcd players.

So on the subject of technology, the DirecTv service has been out for several days. I have a feeling the snow and ridiculous cold have caused some hiccups with the dish, either too much snow in the trees above us or ice in the big multiswitch on the dish or something else.

Thinking about springing for a HDTiVo this XMAS. Wondering if that is stupid with MPEG4 right around the corner. I think they're in the 500 dollar range nowadays.

Anyway, if you have an opinion on that I'd love to hear it.

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