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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

un1nsp1red Re:Cue blaming the contractor ... (142 comments)

In reality, I suspect it's government infighting, poorly defined (and constantly changing) specs, and congress-critters trying to get a piece of the pie for their own districts.

Sure, there's no doubt those things come into play. However, Lockheed isn't new here. They've dealt with plenty of government contracts, and they should be well aware of these conditions. Take your estimates and triple or quadruple them if you have to.

about a week ago

"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

un1nsp1red Re:Will we ever stop celebrating him? (157 comments)

That's just the benefit of the doubt you get when you're dead. Your paintings are worth more, your songwriting suddenly carries new weight (see: Kurt Cobain), the awful shit about you is quickly forgotten, and the virtue embellished. The only thing certain about a martyr is that they're dead. The rest of their reputation may bear no resemblance to real events.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Takes Down Domains

un1nsp1red Re:Sue them for all they're worth (495 comments)

How much of that malware is sitting on Microsoft's shitty operating system?

about a month ago

Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

un1nsp1red Re:Good? (273 comments)

You seriously don't think this happens already? Taxis are "required" to do lots of things they don't (like take credit cards). See how many taxis will pick you up or drop you off in a shit neighborhood. Hell, I've been denied taxi service to good neighborhoods just because the cab driver didn't feel like going that direction. Oh, and taxis are not part of a public transportation system.

about a month ago

How Secret Partners Expand NSA's Surveillance Dragnet

un1nsp1red I've finally had enough. (63 comments)

it says it can intercept the content of phone calls, faxes...

I've sat on the sidelines since the whole NSA "revelations" began unfolding, but I've finally had enough. I'll not stand by and let the government continue intercepting my faxes.

about a month and a half ago

Former FCC Head: "We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves" For State of Broadband

un1nsp1red Re:About time (118 comments)

Often times in socialist countries, there is a lot of back door and secret meetings where deals are made and the people are not aware of have no choice in the matter. Sometimes it works out in their benefit, but a lot of times it's nothing more then wealth redistribution to the rich and powerful. Often times the real cost of the deal is realized generations later...

Thank god that only happens in those socialist countries!

about a month and a half ago

US Government OKs Sale of Sharper Satellite Images

un1nsp1red Re:Good news (82 comments)

You got it. That's why DVDs used 720x480 resolution despite having a 4:3 aspect ratio. CRTs used irregularly shaped pixels.

about a month and a half ago

California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

un1nsp1red Re:"Safety Requirements"? (314 comments)

His %loved_one is a fleshlight.

about a month and a half ago

Priceline To Buy OpenTable For $2.6 Billion

un1nsp1red Re:Bubble bubble... (43 comments)

Uber is not going anywhere any time soon. It's dramatically better than the alternative (taxi). There will be bitching and moaning and lobbying in some areas, but it's too late to stop the paradigm shift. Twitter and WhatsApp and OpenTable are easily imitable, so those are more susceptible to cultural shifts and trends.

about a month and a half ago

Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

un1nsp1red Re:Liability (474 comments)

It's not *free* wi-fi. You still have to have a Comcast account to connect to any one of them.

about 2 months ago

'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

un1nsp1red Re:It's just sad... (164 comments)

"Of all drug-related arrests, 82% are for possession, and more than half of those are for marijuana. Basically, the war on drugs winds up being focused on marijuana possession, despite the fact that it is less addictive than other illegal drugs and is not pharmacologically linked with violence or overdose the way alcohol is." Most of the busts are small-time end-users.

about 2 months ago

Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

un1nsp1red Re:Yes! No more mandates! (584 comments)

You just gotta poke around...

about 2 months ago

Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

un1nsp1red Re: Let police officers take care of it. (664 comments)

I almost referenced that song as well! :) Spend enough time on the north side, and you will absolutely have your car towed by Lincoln Towing. I've twice had my own car towed by them from spots I was paying to rent. Neither time would the company who leased me the space do anything on my behalf. There's a good reason those fuckers are behind bullet-proof glass.

about 3 months ago

Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

un1nsp1red Re:Blank Media (477 comments)

MiniDisc was way ahead of its time. It filled a real gap for live recording enthusiasts as a portable solution before hard drive storage became portable/affordable. I had one with an Otter Box that had binaural microphones embedded in it. Was a great option for recording shows (band-permitted, not illicitly) in the late 90s/early 00s.

about 3 months ago

Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

un1nsp1red Re: Let police officers take care of it. (664 comments)

I take it you've never done much parking in Chicago. It's routine to ticket cars that are legally parked. Guilty until proven innocent. They know some portion of them won't fight it (or don't know they can fight it) and it will pay off. It's not like everyone's pissed off at the goody-goody hall monitor, it's that a lot of police forces are filled with assholes and criminals (e.g., CPD).

about 3 months ago

Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

un1nsp1red Re:Amnesic? (171 comments)

A manic maniac?

about 4 months ago


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