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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

voss Re:Things change (314 comments)

Sears and Kmart problems are more due Eddie Lamperts inept management. JC penney actually is returning to profitability this year.

Best buy is a dinosaur and newegg and amazon are eating its lunch.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

voss Radioshack doomed by inept management (314 comments)

Radioshack should have been the go to place for mini-dishes, unlocked cell phones, tv cables,etc

They instead got rid of the geeks who knew stuff and replaced them with the same type of perky clueless
people you would find in an at&t or t-mobile. Why would I buy the exact same cell phone and plan that I could
buy in a tmobile and at&t store. Radioshack never offered what the consumers really wanted
a good unlocked cell phone and our choice of prepaid plans.

Radioshack could still recover but they need to reduce the number of stores, expand its online offerings and make
deals with more competitive suppliers like monoprice. They also need to refocus radioshack back on customer
service with "friendly geeks" that help you with everything and provide honest unbiased advice which is so lacking right now.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

voss Re:Teaching (388 comments)

One 40 minute session aided by a teacher...certainly not 10 minutes on their own. Many 2nd and 3rd graders are still learning keyboarding skills.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

voss Hes not talking about nationalized internet (417 comments)

Obama is talking about allowing cities and towns to run their own municipal broadband.

Let the public have free slow broadband 1-3 mpbs as a public service and let people pay for higher end products.
If At&t were really smart they would preempt this by offering free 1.5 mbps dsl to all their existing landline phone customers
(on the lifeline customers at&t could claim a tax writeoff).

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

voss Re:Teaching (388 comments)

"which involves using a computer to do word processing, not anything the kids couldn't pick up on their own in ten minutes..."

Because elementary school kids can pickup word processing on their own in 10 minutes? Really??? Tell me about it...

about two weeks ago
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Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License

voss Re:Homosexuality (412 comments)

Also having childless aunts and uncles would reduce infant mortality...

about two weeks ago
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Beware Headlines Saying Chocolate Is Good For You

voss American chocolate (224 comments)

Yes hershey milk chocolate is about 11% cocoa. However Hersheys dark chocolate bar is 45% cocoa solids which is almost identical to lindt dark choclate truffles at 43%.

about three weeks ago
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Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

voss Re:It's pointed to in the summary and was not miss (300 comments)

Cheap and good enough beats state of the art everytime. The reason why jets replaced prop planes was not that they were merely faster its that they could fly more passengers at a lower cost per passenger mile.

about three weeks ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

voss Greenland is part of North America (191 comments)

If they discover oil you better believe Greenlanders will vote for independence from Denmark the only stumbling block for
greenland independence has been financial.

Greenlands population is 56,000. A billion dollars worth of oil pumped a year would be about $20,000 a person.

about a month ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

voss Here in Florida (525 comments)

Its 70 but if your driving less than 10 mph over the speed limit, the state troopers wont bother. I think 75 is fast enough on the east coast. In Montana where there is noone for miles I can see 85. My grand marquis would cruise nicely at 80 whether the speed limit is 75 or 85.

about 2 months ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

voss Re:Journalists are fair game (197 comments)

I suppose the answer is if you get paid or otherwise earn money to gather and/or present news and information then you would qualify,
A journalist can be a blogger but not all bloggers are journalists.

about 2 months ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

voss Journalists are fair game (197 comments)

When a journalist writes a bulls--t story about you ought to know whos paying their bills and who their friends are. The Linux community had to deal with that for years
when "journalists" would write hit pieces on linux during the SCO trials. Does that mean they ought to be Doxxed and harassed at home? Hell no but knowing if they are getting paid by rivals and are friends of your enemies is damn useful.

about 2 months ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

voss Re:Why not Florida? (588 comments)

Florida requires 60% for an initiative to pass. Thank Jeb Bush.

about 3 months ago
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Power and Free Broadband To the People

voss Free housing could work (262 comments)

The problem is in the US working poor didnt qualify for free housing so basically what happened is you concentrated utter poverty in a small area.
Combine that with inadequate security, poor maintenance and shoddy construction you have a recipe for disaster. So right now
working poor pay well over 30% of their salary for rent. What would they do if they didnt have the heavy rent loads? They would spend it on consumer goods like washers and dryers and cars and perhaps even save for the down payment for a house. So an argument could be made that public housing might
in the long run stabilize home prices and improve the economy.

In Europe mainstream families live in public housing so public housing doesnt have the stigma that it has in the US so economic activity is maintained
near public housing in europe because you have working families who spend money not just welfare recipients. Also because working families
vote political interests have a vested interest in maintaining the quality of public housing.

about 3 months ago
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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

voss Re:Pixie Dust (252 comments)

Maybe greenpeace has enough good sense not to target one of the most popular toys in the world
when there are much easier polluter targets like shell

about 4 months ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

voss So what? (201 comments)

Russians dont have more oil...no problem with that.The nice thing about that oil is that it will still be there 5 years from now.

"This is our united victory - it was achieved thanks to our friends and partners from Exxon Mobil, Nord Atlantic Drilling, Schlumberger, Halliburton..."

Time until Republicans start saying "Lift sanctions" 5...4..3..2...1

about 4 months ago

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Nigerian kids use OLPC laptops to find porn!

voss voss writes  |  more than 7 years ago

voss (52565) writes "Apparently MSNBC is reporting that reporters from Nigeria had spotted school children using their laptops which had been donated by the One Laptop Per Child program to surf for porn. Yes and these laptops do run linux! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19871792/"

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