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News Comments > Star Citizen Year Five
66. Re: Star Citizen Year Five Mar 25, 2017, 13:27 Mr. Tact
 
WaltC wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 11:58:
The ACA was good enough for you and me, but not for Obama, Pelosi, Schumer and their families, etc. ad infinitum. Amazing stupidity, actually.
Nothing new there. Congress has been getting better health and retirement benefits than we could get for decades. It is non-partisan, both Ds and Rs have been lining their own pockets for a LONG time.
The Congressional Republicans killed the Obamacare replacement simply because it was not a straight-up repeal, followed by a new plan that was clear, unambiguous, and fiscally responsible. It's just that simple.
So, the GOP really wants to just straight up kick 24 million people off their healthcare? Really? And you think that makes sense?
Watch for a straight-up repeal of the ACA coming soon, followed by a plan that doesn't lie to America simply to get it passed and a plan that strips the IRS and all involuntary mandates out. (The IRS has already instructed taxpayers to *ignore* the previous Obamacare $1k penalties, etc. It did that several weeks ago, IIRC.)
The GOP had seven years to develop an ACA replacement plan while they were doing their 50+ practice votes for repealing the ACA. But they didn't. They waited until they had the control of the House, Senate and Presidency, and then proceed to throw together a plan none of them would ever have accepted for themselves. I mean, holy cow, at the end they were pulling out coverage for pregnancy and paediatrics in an attempt to get the Freedom Caucus on board. When the ACA was in process, the GOP was complaining in September the Ds were rushing to push the bill though without enough time for careful consideration. They put theirs up in February...
I'd like to see the ACA repealed in the a.m. and that very same day see a decent plan [...] and is good enough for Congress, too pass that afternoon!...;) Hope springs eternal, eh?....;)
Well, the last part will never happen. As I said earlier, Congress gets healthcare and retirement benefits the general population will never see. Period. As for a possible repeal and replace, to me it is all dependent on the replacement. And truthfully, I doubt the GOP would ever vote for something I, or most of the nation, would find acceptable.


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 25, 2017, 09:38 Mr. Tact
 
I'm not saying it's right, but just another day in Putin's Russia.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Year Five
56. Re: Star Citizen Year Five Mar 25, 2017, 09:35 Mr. Tact
 
Saboth wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 08:52:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 25, 2017, 00:19:
Speaking of Trump, the ACA lives.
Thank goodness. If the GOP had just tweaked it for the past 6 years instead of trying to symbolically repeal it 50+ times it would probably be some pretty darn good legislation right now. It was never meant to be a "one and done" deal. Who thinks you can change the healthcare system for an entire nation of 320 million people and get it right in one shot? The GOP's great at whining about the work everyone else is doing, but when it came time to do work of their own, they crashed and burned. Which was a huge relief to the nation in this instance.
It is a preliminary victory at best. The legislation does need fixing. Unfortunately, what is more likely to happen is the GOP will tweak the law the other way -- actually causing the law to do what some of GOP are claiming it will do now, collapse in on itself.

Amazingly, it was the Freedom Caucus saved the ACA, for now. If you had told me prior to this past week I'd ever be thankful for the Freedom Caucus I would have laughed out loud. However, my appreciation is tempered by knowing why they were against the bill. They want even LESS health coverage. They don't think the government should be in the health care business. If the Freedom Caucus had gotten what they want, it would have made the Trumpcare replacement look grandiose.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Year Five
43. Re: Star Citizen Year Five Mar 25, 2017, 00:02 Mr. Tact
 
Only time will tell if Star Citizen or the Trump presidency were the largest con jobs of our generation...

(sorry, I couldn't resist -- feel free to ignore me)
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 24, 2017, 16:01 Mr. Tact
 
yonder wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 13:56:
When it comes to basketball, you aren't missing much by ignoring college hoops.
I am totally on the other end of the scale. College basketball is fun for me to watch, at least the tournament where you see good teams. I find professional basketball pretty boring most of the time. The amount of allowed contact at all levels needs to be fixed, but at the pro level it is obscene. Basketball is intended to be a non-contact sport.

Oh yeah, and the inability (or unwillingness) of referees to calling traveling fouls in the NBA drives me insane.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 24, 2017, 14:13 Mr. Tact
 
Did I miss it or did the article not say what they were proposing happened just under 14 billion years ago instead of the Big Bang? They aren't denying the universe was smaller and is expanding, right?  
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
80. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 24, 2017, 11:32 Mr. Tact
 
Verno wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 11:18:
I'm much more annoyed at them for forcing Windows Updates on users or the obfuscation related to privacy settings.

Anyways this is off the front page and I'm reclaiming this browser tab, good discussion and I appreciate everyones viewpoints here, I will think about them further
Totally agree the forced updates (and automatic reboots) are complete BS. I also agree it was a good discussion, thanks for your contributions. Have a good one.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 24, 2017, 09:35 Mr. Tact
 
1badmf wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 01:50:
so you still do 80, it's just slightly more legal XD
When the limit was 55 I did 70, 65 I did 80. But on city streets I did the limit. The higher speed was especially handy when I was in the USAF, home was about 600 miles away. So when I took leave it was a "quick" 10 hour jaunt home.

These days I don't do those long drives anymore. I only jump on the expressway when I need to go to the other side of town. So, I usually keep it at the limit (which is 70). And as I've aged, my urgency level to do anything has decreased.
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
78. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 24, 2017, 09:23 Mr. Tact
 
Verno wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 08:35:
I mean I get what you're saying but Microsoft is a corporation, not a registered charity organization. They exist to make profit so I'm not sure why that's such a bad thing. Selling user analytics is definitely money but crash dumps and diagnostics? No one is buying that info anyway so I'm not sure how its profitable but ok, I give up. I tried to address the misconceptions one by one with facts but I think the reality is that there is nothing they could do to fully assuage some people. I hated the error reporting system in Windows XP/7 but if that's what you want then /shrug.
I suspect we really aren't that far apart in our position/opinion of the situation, you are just far more forgiving than I am willing to be. Yes, Microsoft is a corporation. Yes, they are trying to make a profit. This is why I don't mind paying them money for their product. Wow -- typing that made me realize something...

The whole give Win10 away thing... that really was their attempt at moral justification to do the data collection. Google gives you email and searches for "free" -- the deal being they sell ads and get the data in exchange. Giving Win10 away was an attempt to mimic the Google model. We'll give you this OS for free, and we get to place ads in it and get the data in exchange. Well done, Microsoft. I have said for many years -- if Google gave me an option to pay them for email and searches and not show me ads or collect my data I would certainly consider it. I've been giving Yahoo $20 a year for over a decade now. I use their disposable email address system which is amazingly useful and convenient.

I don't think Microsoft is or expect them to be a charity. But I really dislike their attempt to copy the Google model. And I'd happily pay a premium on my OS cost to avoid it. And yes, I'm probably in a small minority. The majority of the sheep will take the free OS and go on their merry ways. I don't mind admitting I'm not like most people.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 24, 2017, 00:12 Mr. Tact
 
1badmf wrote on Mar 23, 2017, 22:48:
the russia ones are way more entertaining
Give 'em a break -- if you lived in Russia you'd want to be drunk all the time too...

The running red, following a changed yellow is something I see WAY TOO often. People need to slow the fuck down. And this is from someone who used to, on Interstates, routinely drive 15 mph over the speed limit. Now the speed limit is 70, a little less...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 23, 2017, 14:05 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 23, 2017, 13:53:
Electronic retailers piss me off the most by charging $20 for a $5 cable.
My thought on it has always been, you are paying to satisfy an urgent need. If you can wait 2-5 days (depending) for the cable to arrive, yeah order it online. When I want/need it RIGHT NOW.. I accept I have to pay a penalty. They do have to maintain the building and such, so a higher price makes some sense. Now do they overcharge for this convenience? Yes. *shrug* Whatca' goin' do?
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
76. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 23, 2017, 13:58 Mr. Tact
 
Verno wrote on Mar 23, 2017, 13:11:
Collecting crash dumps and diagnostics is directly useful to you, that feedback goes into improving the software. It is really hypocritical to say that when all Google scanning is doing for you is advertisements.
Why would it be hypocritical? I never indicated Google's scanning was beneficial to me, just that I failed to see what they were gaining. As far as this theoretical assistance from crash dumps -- prompt me to up load them or not. In all the years I've used XP and Win7 the crashes have been few and far between. On those rare occasions I probably wouldn't have minded allowing a dump upload. There is no need for the constant data collection other than their desire to exploit it/me for profit. Just as Google is trying to do and failing as far as I can tell.
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
74. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 23, 2017, 13:01 Mr. Tact
 
I guess it comes down to is this, I do what I can to limit my online profile.

And yeah, Google, Amazon, and any site I allow to setup a browser cookie probably knows more about me than I'd like them to know. But, probably less than many others who have Facebook, Linked-in and whatever other social media accounts -- who share so much more than I do online and are less diligent than I am. And yeah, if you know my address, or real name -- you can look me up on the county assessor's web-site and find out what I pay in real estate taxes.

But it really sticks in my craw to have such nonsense as an installed part of my OS. Especially since I'm certain nothing Microsoft will collect from me will be helpful to me.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 23, 2017, 12:49 Mr. Tact
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 23, 2017, 12:14:
Personally I never understood the draw of walking through these huge stores. It's always a pain in the ass finding what you want and takes way too much time. I just want to get in and get out as fast as possible with minimum effort.
True if you don't know where what you need is. However, look at Fry's... freaking huge stores with nearly anything you'd ever want from an electronics store. Pain in the ass if you don't know where it is, but freaking great when you need that one thing NOW. So, there are pros and cons...
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
72. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 23, 2017, 11:17 Mr. Tact
 
Verno wrote on Mar 23, 2017, 09:31:
What they collect. What the levels of info mean from TechNet.
Cool, good info. Glad to know someone dug through the documentation to figure it out. However, my conspiracy theory sensor (which I try my very best to suppress) wonders if there might be undocumented collection.

I'm not particularly worried about that, but it wouldn't surprise me to find out it exists. Thanks.
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
71. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 23, 2017, 11:13 Mr. Tact
 
Redmask wrote on Mar 23, 2017, 08:11:
Google has your whole fucking email trove and you're worried about this, haha. An ad blocker does nothing to really protect your privacy, your devices are finger printed in several different ways.
You know I've never really understood this. What are all you people doing in your email? There is almost nothing in my email which I wouldn't be willing to print and staple to my garage door. A couple of financial documents I sent to my adviser would be the most private. I certainly don't understand why any corporation would consider it a "trove". There are private conversations which wouldn't mean much to anyone else... whatever. Google's supposed reason to "look" at that stuff is to show me targeted ads, which they hope to get paid for. However, since I never see any of those ads I fail to see what advantage they are gaining.
At least you admit that you're holding Microsoft to a different standard than other companies. Microsoft is not changing from past behavior, they have always been a bag of dicks and will always be that way. They exist to make money for their shareholders, not have a hugbox with their customers. They are changing with the times. If you don't like this and its such a huge deal then there are other options out there, go use them. You aren't putting the genie back in the bottle. You can't fight it, they make the software and they sell you a license. You don't own shit and have zero control. I'm not making excuses for them, that's just how it is now. Fuck its been that way for a long time. I like Windows so I'm going to keep using it until they push too far one day and when that day comes I will go use something else. I doubt any of you even give a real fuck about this.
Being a dick is not a good reason to continue being a dick. Of course we can fight it. Now, our odds might be bad, and we may lose, or it might take years to win, but we can fight it. Laws could be written to change their behavior. Just take a look at race relations in the US. Certainly a much harder problem, and it wasn't easy but change was made. Are things perfect? Hell no. But it's pretty easy to say things are much better now than they were in the 1950s -- or before that.

As far as excusing them -- that's exactly what you are doing. You are excusing them from their behavior by saying, "that's just how it is now. Fuck its been that way for a long time." If that's not excusing them, I don't know what you would call it. I will agree with you that many people do put their whole lives on-line. But I'm not one of them, and I'm against any company attempting to do so. Just because Microsoft forces me to sign a licence agreement to allow their activity doesn't mean it is right. Nor does it mean actions can't be taken to stop them.
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
68. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 22, 2017, 23:40 Mr. Tact
 
That would be why I almost always use Steam off-line, don't own an Apple product (never have) and why I use a different disposable email address for any website I register for. Google, yeah -- I'll admit they have me, to whatever extent they can get from reading my email and looking at my searches. Not that it does them a lot of good seeing as I'm reasonably intelligent and hence I use an ad-blocker. So they don't get much advantage. (oh, and I've never been on Facebook or other social media sites)

The fact that other companies or individuals engage in any activity is not justification for other to engage in those activities.
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
66. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 22, 2017, 20:12 Mr. Tact
 
Okay -- assuming you're right, and I have no reason to think you aren't, the manufacturer probably loaded the drivers for me.

I still think it comes down to what I said before...
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 22, 2017, 15:47:
They are acting like dicks, plain and simple. Is it illegal? Probably not. But it is surely atrocious behavior.
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
64. Re: GOG Galaxy Leaves Beta Mar 22, 2017, 18:20 Mr. Tact
 
descender wrote on Mar 22, 2017, 17:30:
They don't support NVMe or USB3 in Windows 7, but I don't hear you guys crying about that
Err, they don't? The PC I bought 4.5 years ago had USB 3.0 and Win7 and I'm pretty sure it was supported.... but I'll leave the possibility open the 3.0 ports are really running as 2.0 ports, I never checked and probably wouldn't have noticed if they were.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2017, 15:51 Mr. Tact
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 22, 2017, 14:31:
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 22, 2017, 14:14:
|RaptoR| wrote on Mar 22, 2017, 14:12:
Hey - did nin ever resurface?
Not yet, He is just on extended hiatus. Blue did get in touch w/him and said all was well.
I miss his quips.

Good to hear, I had wondered if he'd had an accident or medical emergency.
The information we got through Blue was simply that he was taking a break. No indication if it was a loss of interest or other things taking precedence.
 
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