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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

txsable Re:Fuck Obamacare (723 comments)

The Fed doesn't require car insurance. However, most if not all states require vehicle owners to carry some sort of liability insurance.

about 5 months ago

The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

txsable Predated by...Logitech? Sony? (117 comments)

We got a Logitech Revue when they dropped the price on them a few years ago. Been pretty happy with it, although not with the major broadcast networks who think that there's a difference between watching browser- based streams on a computer vs on a set-top android box, but that's another post.

Sadly, Logitech last released an update for the Revue with Android 3.2, and nothing new since then; they dropped support for it, and the only updates it seems to get any more are for the Google Play Music app. Some of the other providers, like Crunchyroll, have an app that will work with the revue, but many don't. The Revue was a good idea, seems to be pretty well implemented, but perhaps ahead of its time.

about 5 months ago

Fishing Line As Artificial "Muscle"

txsable Re:australian article and slashdot summary are wro (111 comments)

Actually, when people inside and outside of Texas say "the University of Texas", they are referring to that school in Austin. The summary is definitely incorrect; University of Texas at Dallas is a different institution and while both are members of the UT System, Dallas is not a branch campus of Austin but a separate university in its own right. It would be like saying "University of California" and meaning the school in San Diego and not UC-Berkley. Or, an example for Texans, saying "Texas A&M" and meaning Prairie View A&M, which is also part of the TAMU System but not simply a branch of the main campus in College Station.

about 7 months ago

Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

txsable Re:100 more will die today (1719 comments)

"At 12:33 p.m. JST, a man hit a crowd with a truck, eventually killing three people and injuring two; he then stabbed at least 12 people using a dagger (initially reported as a survival knife[1]), killing four people and injuring eight.[2][3][4][5]"

about a year and a half ago

OnStar Gives Volt Owners What They Want: Their Data, In the Cloud

txsable Re:Egh. (92 comments)

Yeah...I remember when "The Internet" was a big enough buzzword on its own...

about 2 years ago

Senate Cybersecurity Bill Stalled By Ridiculous Amendments

txsable Re:Business as usual, but it still seems absurd (233 comments)

Line-item veto. In Texas, it's granted to the governor only over budgetary bills, but it's one of the ways an executive could potentially put a stop to the amendment abuse. Granted, of course, that said executive isn't the one who pushed for, or is at least complicit in, adding these ridiculous amendments in the first place.

more than 2 years ago

SOPA Provisions Being Introduced Piecemeal From Lamar Smith

txsable Re:Oh, Lamar Smith... (134 comments)

Well, you're talking about the representative from the Austin area...which tends to be a lot more liberal than the rest of the state. He also has name recognition, as well as a given name that has some ties to Texas history.

more than 2 years ago

Samsung Appeals Apple's Injunction Against Galaxy Nexus

txsable Re:I have an idea (217 comments)

Actually, that illustration you have for "Apple were [sic] first" is not an apple device at all, but a Compaq IPAQ, originally released by Compaq in 2000. it's nominally a predecessor of the Touchpad, along with Palm. Perhaps you were trying to reference the Apple Newton, which first released in 1993? However, if you are looking for the first touchscreen telephony device that would be the IBM Simon Personal Communicator, of which the initial prototype was demo'd at COMDEX in 1992., Apple was not the first. They were one of several companies working on similar technology through the 80's and 90's, each of which had their own take on things. Oddly enough, the iDevices remind me of the Palm IIIx and m500 devices I used back in the late 90's/early 2000's with the "screen full of icons" layout.

more than 2 years ago

XBMC Developers Criticize AMD's Linux Driver

txsable Re:Why should they? (212 comments)

What leeches? The drivers don't cost the user anything extra (far as I know?). If I've already paid for the hardware, I expect drivers that work and support all the functionality, and there is no valid excuse for any hardware manufacturer to withhold them.

more than 2 years ago

Google To Require Retailers To Pay To Be In Google Shopping Results

txsable Froogle to Google Shopping (102 comments)

So Google is taking what is really a useful tool for consumers and make it another bidding system...only where the seller is doing the bidding. Now, if this means that all the ebay ads for products I'm searching for disappear, I wouldn't complain too much. however, all I see is this becoming another useless marketing site for moneyed resellers to push their drek, and price fixing so there won't really be any more deals to find. I don't mind ads but if I want to read a site with nothing but, I'll go to my local newspaper's classified section.

more than 2 years ago

MS Will Remove OEM 'Crapware' For $99

txsable Re:What a rip off (474 comments)

As I used to write many times on's forums...MSCONFIG is not a solution. it's a diagnosis tool. Once you diagnose the problem, either uninstall or disable the problem startup items correctly, then return msconfig to normal operations state. As a home service tech for three years I actually "fixed" at least a dozen PCs were the user had "stopped" their problem with MSCONFIG...except in the process they also disabled their audio drivers, or print utility, or some other vital system service. The most fun was that disabling things with MSCONFIG didn't even stop half the crapware/malware/virii; most of them just recreated their startup entries automatically the moment it was missing anyway.

Cleaning a PC, or tuning, requires looking at data (hijackthis log, CCleaner, whatever tool does the job best nowadays), identifying the problem items, and correctly removing or disabling them. Step 2 (identifying) is the most difficult, and I dare say most home users wouldn't have a clue about what the dozens of startup entries and services actually do. Personally I think the $99 price tag to optimize a PC is a bit high, but then we charged $65/hr to do it at someone's home or business ($45 if they brought it to us), and most malware cleanups took 12-15 hours although we stopped charging at 4 hours.

more than 2 years ago

Court Rules Workers Did Not Overstep On Stealing Data

txsable Re:Good news everyone... (88 comments)

It's certainly copyright infringement and that would have civil implications.

Where in the world did you get copyright infringement out of this story? and yes, i did RTFA. There is no mention of copyright at all. It may have been a violation of some "trade secret" law, but certainly not any copyright laws.

more than 2 years ago

Best Buy Scans Drivers License For Returns — No More Allowed For 90 Days

txsable Re:Best Buy fails again (503 comments)

Just try and go return a Blu-ray or DVD to Walmart without having to go through three levels of bureaucratic bullshit, like the clerk, her supervisor and the supervisor's supervisor telling you that "We can't take back electronic media because federal law says we can't do that". And from my quick googling, it's not just our local store but a chain-wide FUD policy to scare the customer from returning what appears to be a defective product. I finally got the disk returned as a "customer satisfaction issue", but the outright lie about "federal law" just really pissed me off.

more than 2 years ago

The IT Certs That No Longer Pay Extra

txsable Re:Good, Because Certs Are Worthless (267 comments)

Sorry, I missed your reply comment before! Yes, the RHCT for V5 is still valid, but to take the RHCE for V6 I had to pass the RHCSA for V6 first.

Also, they have re-vamped the valid period and V6 certs are valid for three calendar years from the date of the exam. The date is extended if you pass one of the Expertise exams.

more than 2 years ago

The IT Certs That No Longer Pay Extra

txsable Re:Good, Because Certs Are Worthless (267 comments)

Correct, the RHCT/RHCSA and RHCE certs do require a hands-on lab exam. I've done both of those--actually, all three since the RHEL5 to RHEL6 update happened between when I got my RHCT and RHCE, I had to take the RHCSA for RHEL6 before I could take the RHCE.

(wow, I don't usually type that many initialisms in one sentence...)

more than 2 years ago

How To Get Developers To Document Code

txsable Re:How to poke a dead body (545 comments)

I worked in health care IT at a hospital system for about 8 years. About 4 years after I started, the hospital administration implemented "performance metrics" across the entire system, from nurses to physical plant to...yea, IT services. Anyone want to guess what "metric" they were going to use to measure IT performance? Was it number of tickets completed? number of PCs serviced or printers replaced in a month? No..someone decided that the best metric for measuring IT was...PATIENT DISCHARGES. The number of patients (which the IT staff stayed as far from as possible) discharged by the hospital. Not only was it a statistic we had absolutely no control over, but was it totally irrelevant to our (IT services) business line. Fortunately, we had a competent VP/CIO who stood up for his IT staff and put a stop to that ludicrousness but for about two months we had to suffer from "low performance ratings" while the powers that be figured out how to measure our actual service to the hospital system.

more than 2 years ago


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