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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

used2win32 Re:Gateway drug (159 comments)

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

2 hours ago

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 2 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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

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 3 months ago

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 4 months ago

Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

used2win32 Re:From the Article (193 comments)

Do you mean AAAAAAArrrsseeennnniioooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Haaaalllllll?

about 5 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

used2win32 Re:Atkin's Diet (459 comments)

Stop thinking diet book and start thinking biology class. It is impossible to gain weight eating (nothing but) protein. Digestion and absorption do not work like that. You might deal with protein poisoning (look up "Rabbit Starvation"), but you won't get fat.

Your body needs protein, it needs fats and it needs ~SOME~ carbs.

In simple terms: In biology class we learned that the body releases insulin to do what? Reduce blood sugar... When you eat something with sugar in it (candy, soda, white rice, bread, pasta, etc) it raises your blood sugar level. Your body releases insulin to store that in your fat cells. You get fat.

If you eat 1,000 calories in a candy bar, you will get fatter.
If you eat 1,000 calories in white rice, you will get fatter.
If you eat 1,000 calories of salmon, prime rib, chicken, etc you will not gain weight. Your body has nothing to store in your fat cells.

Just eat a balanced mix of foods without (or with limited) simple carbs and you will never have to diet again.

about 6 months ago

RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

used2win32 Re:Stop putting their name on everything (423 comments)

I totally agree and feel the exact same way. I hated those large "REALISTIC" labels as much as I hate the dealer labels.

about 6 months ago

Open Source Brings High-End Canon Camera Dynamic Range Closer To Nikon's

used2win32 And yet Pentax wins... (88 comments)

A shootout of a 24MP APS-C sensor on a Pentax K-3 against a 24MP full frame Nikon D600.

"We figured the Pentax would do a good job, but we never imagined the results would be so outstanding. Our testing shows that the Pentax K-3 swept the Nikon D600 in almost every image we took. Even at high ISOs the Pentax held its own against the full frame sensor!"


"This test clearly shows the full frame Nikon D600 does not have image quality that is nearly as appealing or accurate as the cropped sensor Pentax K-3. Plus, the Pentax K-3 is currently $500 less expensive than the Nikon D600."

Maybe they need to keep updating the software.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

used2win32 Re:Android (303 comments)

And when buying Android you get to support Microsoft to the tune of 2 billion dollars per year.


about 7 months ago



Class-action suit filed against Microsoft over Surface RT

used2win32 used2win32 writes  |  1 year,18 days

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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