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Curiosity Rover Arrives At Long-Term Destination

used2win32 Re:Call the Auto Club! (33 comments)

Ugg.... It was an attempt at humor using the "Big Bang Theory" episode where Howard gets the Mars rover stuck and Sheldon make a comment/joke about the auto club fixing it. He joked how you have to be standing next to the vehicle with the auto club card in hand.

You can see it on episode eight of season two.

about two weeks ago
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Curiosity Rover Arrives At Long-Term Destination

used2win32 Re:Call the Auto Club! (33 comments)

Ugg.... It was an attempt at humor using the "Big Bang Theory" episode where Howard gets the Mars rover stuck and Sheldon make a comment/joke about the auto club fixing it. He joked how you have to be standing next to the vehicle with the auto club card in hand. You can see it on episode eight of season two.

about two weeks ago
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Curiosity Rover Arrives At Long-Term Destination

used2win32 Call the Auto Club! (33 comments)

The rocks are damaging the wheels?
Call the auto club and have them fix it.
Does Curiosity have a club card?

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

used2win32 Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (491 comments)

I heard that the top 16 largest container ships (burning bunker fuel) pollute as much as all of the cars on the road.
Link

Maybe we need to look there... Come on, how much difference will a few million cars make when compared to just one of those ships?

about three weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

used2win32 I did it... (588 comments)

I was talking to my doctor on a regular visit and said I wanted to do a low carb/paleo type diet. We did some blood work for some before numbers. A year later I had lost 62 pounds. The only thing I changed was what I ate. I was active before, but could not get the weight off.

My blood pressure went down.
My overall cholesterol went down, good stayed the same, bad plummeted.
Triglycerides plummeted.
etc.

~~~~I have a very happy doctor now.~~~~~

The hardest part? Eliminating rice and most pasta.
The best part? Never being hungry. I could eat as much as I wanted.

I should add that I live on a farm. I can eat naturally raised beef, goat, pork, lamb, chicken (and eggs) and turkey (and eggs). I also like to fish. We work with neighbors and trade for veggies. Not buying processed foods has saved A LOT of money.

Say what you want about the study, but it worked for me and I'll never go back

about a month ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

used2win32 Re:Gateway drug (169 comments)

Far Side = Calvin and Hobbes > XKCD > Cul De Sac > Everything else.
Honorable Mention: The first several years of "User Friendly"

about a month ago
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Don't Want Google In Your House? Here Are a Few Home-Tech Startups To Watch

used2win32 You are the product (88 comments)

Remember: With a normal company you are the customer buying their products. With Google ~you~ are the product they sell to advertisers. They gather and sell your information, you are the product.

about 3 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

used2win32 Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

So we reward the criminals for coming across the border? No. We make is harder for them to live here. Use our resources for our citizens and those who are here as legal residents. Illegals cost my state over a billion dollars in what we receive in revenue from them compared to what we spend on them. That is a billion dollars that is not used for our schools, police/fire, roads, inspections, certifications, wildlife preservation/regulation, etc., and even to govern... Those who are here legally deserve the assistance, those who are here illegally do not.

Make crime worse? Criminals (the illegal immigrants) come across the border and then suddenly start following the law? They broke laws to be here, so there is already an established contempt of the law. Yes, illegal alien criminals may ~continue~ to violate the laws and increase the crime rate. If we lower the number of illegal alien criminals in the country, we could lower the crime rate. Let them legally care for themelves in THEIR OWN COUNTRY.

If they want to live here, there are proper processes to follow for visitation, residency, or citizenship.

about 4 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

used2win32 Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

You ask me if violating the law is okay if the end result is cheaper prices. I'll humor you in that I'd believe that yes, it is okay if the circumstances warrant it. If the alternative is food that costs thrice what it does currently and the laborers that process that food can't even afford to buy it, then I'm all for violating the law.

And I am for following the law. If they law says that it is okay to hire people that are violating the law by being here, then that is a different story. Right now it is illegal for them to be here - regardless of the effect on our prices. Laws can be changed if needed, I don't think that one needs to be.

about 4 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

used2win32 Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

So if you get cheaper prices, violating the law is okay? What laws are okay to break? Immigration, shoplifting, burglary, insider trading, bribery? Do you get to decide which ones? Perhaps any, if it benefits you.

My wife and I own a (mostly livestock) farm. Everybody here (all legal) earns above minimum wage (currently $9.10) after one month. They earn up to $14.00 per hour. We give them a 30 day evaluation period and then they get a raise. Raises are based solely on performance. To workers that are worth it, they receive up to three raises in their first year. We sell our products locally and donate milk and meat to a local wild animal rescue group. We raise selected organic produce and organic chickens and turkeys (and sell their eggs), along with naturally raised beef, goat, lamb and pork. We also sell handmade goat milk cheeses, soaps and lotions.

about 4 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

used2win32 Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

...and the anti-illegal-immigration feeling on the right is far stronger than the GOP seems to realize.

As an independent voter, it is stronger than most politicians realize. My ancestors (verified family history) fought in the American Revolution and came across via Ellis Island as legal immigrants. Today, you run across the border and hope the border patrol doesn't catch you. Those people wanted to be in this country so much, the first thing they did was to violate its laws. That is crap.

All government benefits should be denied to all persons, until proof of citizenship/legal residency has been established. If you are not a citizen or legal resident alien, you are not entitled to a drivers license, food stamps, etc., and voting is limited to citizens only. In Oregon for example, there is a history of giving illegals food assistance, drivers licenses and granting them in-state resident college tuition rates. Denying those funds to Americans and legal aliens.

All companies that hire illegal aliens should be forced to pay a penalty to the gov't (half to border protection and half to the general fund) of twice the monies paid to the illegal. Pay the illegal $500, the fine is $1,000 for a total of $1,500 to use that person. That person is also transported back to their own country at the employers expense. Now the cost of the illegal alien is $1,500 + transportation for $500 of work.

If benefits stop and employers stop hiring them, most of them will leave the way they came here. On their own...

The first word in "illegal alien" is "ILLEGAL". By being here, they are violating the laws. Treat them that way and most of them will leave.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

used2win32 Is Android the way to go? (711 comments)

Android is facing a new (or is in a continuation of a) lawsuit over Java patent violations.
Manufacturers have to pay Microsoft fees for violating their patents" and earns more from Android than Windows phones.
For most users on most handsets there isn't a supported upgrade path to newer versions of Android. They have to deal with bugs and security issues with their old version.
Depending on the study, between 85 and 99% of all mobile malware is targeted to Android. (Although most of that is outside of Google's own store)

I tell my friends, "buy one if you want to...but everything else is safer". iOS, Windows, Blackberry, Symbian (the least safe and least supported of these), Tizen, etc.

*** I do not have an iPhone or an Android phone. I have a "semi smart" feature phone. ***

about 4 months ago
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The Light Might Make You Heavy

used2win32 Back in the old days... (138 comments)

Whenever I hear this I think to myself...
What about our ancestors sleeping around a fire? Didn't that put out light?
Without artificial lights from our cities today, star light and moon light is actually very bright. Did that affect our ancestors?

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

used2win32 Re:Thank God Apple's e-book "monopoly" was crushed (218 comments)

Amazon sells some books for less than cost and offsets that loss with other higher margin items from their massive selection. It that better than publishers making money selling books at Apple or elsewhere?

If a book is priced at 9.99 at Amazon and 12.99 everywhere else, how long will the "everywhere else" be in the business of selling books (When they don't have the higher margin items that Amazon does)?

about 4 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

used2win32 Re:Not the phone (243 comments)

Have have a cell plan (non prepaid) with four phones. Three are feature phones along with one older non touch screen smart phone working as a feature phone (of sorts)

All four phones together are less than $60 per month (talk, text and some data). That is $15 per month per phone. Hard to beat. $180 per year per phone. I know people who pay more than that in a single month with ~one~ smart phone...

about 5 months ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

used2win32 Re:From the Article (193 comments)

Do you mean AAAAAAArrrsseeennnniioooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Haaaalllllll?

about 6 months ago
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Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

used2win32 Paranoid? (152 comments)

Call me paranoid, but I always keep a blank plug in the mic jack, effectively disabling the mic input. When I ~want~ to use the mic, I will remove the plug. (I also have a cover over the camera....)

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

used2win32 Re:Troll (451 comments)

My sister and her husband will. They drive an old car, live in a "starter" house, shop for sales and only get what they need (not want and think they need, but actually need). Together they probably earn 80 or 90k per year. They have almost two million dollars invested and plan on retiring in about two years, when she is 50 and he is 51. They will have over 2 million by then and think they can enjoy many years of retirement.

about 7 months ago
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Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

used2win32 Re:Atkin's Diet (459 comments)

He did slip on ice, he did spent nine days in intensive care.

He was an obese 71 year old with cardiomyopathy. Somebody dying from complications from a head injury does not mean he didn't have heart issues, only that he did not die from it.

about 7 months ago
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Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

used2win32 Re:Atkin's Diet (459 comments)

Actually, your stool will firm up on a carb restricted diet. People who do that, and are sensitive to digestive issues, have to make sure they get enough fiber to keep everything moving.

about 7 months ago

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Class-action suit filed against Microsoft over Surface RT

used2win32 used2win32 writes  |  about a year ago

used2win32 (531824) writes "The class action lawsuit claims false and misleading information regarding performance of Windows RT based tablets. Microsoft has earned a US $900 million write off and a market share of less that 1% to show for its Windows RT endeavors. Asus, Lenovo, HP, Samsung and HTC discontinued their models leaving Dell as the only OEM producing a Windows RT tablet."

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