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Comment Re:Remember kids! (Score 1) 406

That makes sense if you really look closely at it. If the house does not win, it does not exist. If the games were exactly even (house wins preciesly 50 percent of the time) then the Strip cannot exist. By losing more than winning, us players are the ones that are building and rebuilding and upgrading the strip and it's ever more and more glitzy casinos.

I went to LV once for CES (I was part of Intel's Keynote). I won by not touching any of the gambling stuff and leaving my hand out of my pocket unless I am paying for a meal.

Comment Re:Yeah, I'm sure that'll be a success (Score 1) 130

You forgot. San Francisco is the gayest city in the country (if not the planet). So, this has to have a gay theme as well. There is lots of material to draw from. You can do many episodes on Harvey Milk alone. And that is not even touching what the AIDS crisis has done. Take the move We Were There. That would fit in nice with this offering.

For music, we don't have to go further than the San Francisco Gay Mens Chorus and their long history with the city.

If Apple can play their cards right and plan accordingly, this can be a wonderful asset (and beacon) for the worldwide GLBTQ community.

Comment C'mon Folks! This Does Not Make Sense! (Score 1) 189


Please tell me that something is scrambled up in my brain!

I am making an assumption that the average (or mean) TV show is 60 minutes. There are some 30 minute shows. There are even some 15 minute shows (Three Stooges and Popeye are examples) and there are the 2 hour movies. Put the whole shebang together and I believe that the average/mean is 60 minutes.

There are 24 hours per day. Times 7 days per week. That is 160 hours per week.

In the old days (I am 63 years old, so I am talking about my childhood in the 1960's). There were three TV networks, PBS, and maybe one independent TV station. Boston (my childhood home) had two independents; wsbk 38 and wlvi 56.

So, let's be conservative and multiply the 160 hours per week by 4 channels in the average viewing area of my childhood (prior to cable) and you get 672.

So, that's 672 discreet programs/series per week. (Give or take). Now, Slashdot is crying on my shoulders that we have too many shows at 455.

Huh, please help me. I need to cry on Slashdot's shoulders and understand where I f**ked up.

Comment Re:McAfee (Score 1) 45

Yes, they did. However, many of those folks, like myself, are now Escaped Mental Patients From Intel Corporation. They are now living happy lives in places like the Shangri-La of Bellingham, Washington and volunteering for places such as the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention fixing antique vintage vacuum tube radios and electronics and having one heck of a good time!

Comment Re: I had a contractor recommend McEnterprise. (Score 1) 45

Yes, but I did something better. I invited your wife to be my apprentice in woodworking and cabinetmaking. She did so well that she decided to go into business making fine furniture and selling it to very fine hotels for 5,000 to 10,000 per piece. Just recently she made and sold an exact replica of an antique desk for over 50,000.

Now that she has this skill, she wants to divorce you and make a name for herself far away from the tech world!

And I did not have to come any where near having sex with her!!

Besides, I am queer with a fetish in clear plastic.

Comment Escaped Mental Patient From Intel Needs Help (Score 1, Troll) 244


I am an escaped mental patient from Intel corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon (Retired for those of you with an IQ of less than -1) and I need some help.

Do any of you, particularily if you are in the great asylum of Intel, know where Intel's MCM leadership (BK and his direct reports) stand on Trump? I seem to have heard silence from my vantage point up here in the Shang-gre-la of Bellingham, Washington on what is happening between Intel and Trump.

Comment Who will watch for the pump skimmers (Score 1) 88


There have been problems with hackers installing credit/debit card skimmers at gas pumps.

Now, they choose the pumps furthest out from the convenience store itself so that the human clerk inside does not see what they are doing.

Now that the clerk is about to be replace by one of these Panasonic machines, will these machines do any better job keeping an eye on the gas pumps to make sure that no one is installing credit/debit card skimmers?

Comment No. I Need Better Quality Movies! Please! (Score 0) 341


You asked for it! Now I need to rant!

We don't need better delivery or better theaters!

We need better movies. Movies like The Sound of Music! Jesus Christ Superstar! The early James Bond Movies! State Fair! Singing In The Rain! West Side Story!

Too many movies now feel like you are in a video game that is continuous violance with no real plot or closure! Sequels that do noting but live on the coat tails of the original movie!

Put it this way! I would rather watch The Sound of Music on a crappy burning up Samsung Phone than any of the Transformer series movies at Radio City Music Hall (One of the finest theaters on the land)!

Please, folks, produce better movies! Take the time to do a real piece of art! Don't just spruce up the delivery infrastructure and not do anything to what you want to deliver!

Thank you!

Comment Re:Autopilot (Score 1) 147

Okay. You say 2 states. Do you mean Texas and New Mexico, or do you mean Rhode Island and Connecticut? And, of, yes, by the say, you are still in the U.S., which is in Funny Candy Company (FCC) land and subject to it's rules.

Which reminds me, the FCC has monitoring stations throughout the country. And they are very sensitive. Once about 40 years ago, when I had my novice amateur radio license, I accidentally transmitted about .1 khz beyond the end of the novice band. I was transmitting with 50 watts in Massachusetts and the FCC monitoring station in Nebraska sent me a citation. I had to write to them to apologize and explain that I will watch my edge of band operation closer.

So, until they actually give permission for us to use this new fangled toy, please don't use it in the open ether. The only legal use that I can think of is to build a faraday cage; put the device in one end of the faraday cage, put a cup of lukewarm office coffee in the other end of the faraday cage. Then close and lock the door of the faraday cage. And then turn the device on and zap(warm) your coffee.

Comment Slashdot, I love you!!!!! (Score 1) 2837

Dear Slashdot:

I am writing to you because I really love you!

I love the rich diversity of your comments and stories! They are great entertainment!

I get laughter, joy, tears, and wisdom watching your comments go by!

You are so much more colorful than tv, the movies, and sports combined!

I yearn for your wisdom every day in response to every major event and for this election, you have not dissapointed me!!

I look forward to your comments during the next four to eight years of excitement! You make such a nice companion during this upcoming roller coaster ride!!!

Love and peace to you all!

Comment Will they allow bicycles on the darn thing???? (Score 1) 75

Okay folks; this seems to be interesting, overpriced, impractical, unproven, consumptive of slave labour, questionable profit/loss, etc.

But they missed the important question. Will the darn thing have bicycle racks so you can bring you bikes on board?????

The MAX in Portland and WTA here in Bellingham have racks/hooks for bicycles.

Perhaps if this is successful, the next one could be from Seattle to Vancouver with stops in Everett, and Bellingham, also with bicycle access? I ride my bicycle from home here in Bellingham to Hyperloop (most likely sited at the Amtrak station in Fairhaven) than take the 8 minute ride to Seattle (most likely King Street Station) then ride the bicycle to the Opera, then be back home here in Bellingham in time for my 11 PM bedtime????????

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