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Signed On Apr 9, 2004, 17:38
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 14, 2017, 19:53 Mr. Tact
 
It is more likely he'll spend time in a hot tub with several high priced call girls. I'm sure the money is pouring into his pockets...  
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Jul 14, 2017, 19:47 Mr. Tact
 
Blue reached out to him, he's fine but is taking a break. That's all we know.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Man trapped in an ATM Jul 14, 2017, 19:36 Mr. Tact
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jul 14, 2017, 18:50:
What the hell, that article needs more info. I guess he's required to close the door?
Yeah, it is a little weird. Most ATMs are stand alone machines a person couldn't "walk into". I'm guessing this is a group of several ATMs in a bank installed into a wall. The back of the machines can be accessed from behind for money loading and maintenance in a small room. He's lucky it wasn't Friday afternoon and the bank was about to close. He would have been in pretty bad shape by Monday morning...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 14, 2017, 18:09 Mr. Tact
 
NKD wrote on Jul 14, 2017, 17:54:
Also the technologies developed for manned space travel sometimes lead to intermediate technologies that can be used for other stuff here on Earth.
This was certainly true for the Apollo missions. However, I think it is less applicable now. The world is just different now. I don't know for certain without looking it up, but my guess would be a Raspberry Pi has more computing power than the Apollo capsules did. It's possible a manned Mars mission could stimulate the existing infrastructure to create something "unexpected", but the chances are a lot less than they were in the 1960s...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 14, 2017, 14:13 Mr. Tact
 
Yeah, I have to agree. Other than "because it is there", there isn't much reason to go to Mars. If we ever get the technology to do some true terraforming, then it would make sense. I don't see happening in the next 100 years. Maybe it is poor perception on my part, but the rate of change in technology seems to be slowing some in the last decade or so...  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
13. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 13, 2017, 11:34 Mr. Tact
 
I don't think I could say my Internet service has gotten worse. But yeah, the price continues to grow. Yes, my speed cap goes up, but how many people really need more than 10 Mbit downloads in their home? The times I've done multiple GB downloads I've never seen a throughput of more than 6 Mbit. So, I don't see upping my cap from 50 Mbit to 75 Mbit as being useful to me.

On the occasions when I needed to interact with their customer service, it always seems to absolutely suck. On the other hand, on the few occasions I've needed a technician to show up at my house, the tech has always been seemingly knowledgeable and willing to admit their phone support blows chunks. (for the record, I'm talking about Comcast)
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
10. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 13, 2017, 09:02 Mr. Tact
 
So, what you are saying is we were imagining it when ISPs throttled traffic from specific applications, or specific sites? That by forcing certain content providers pay extra money the ISPs are supporting the base line consumers?

Yes, in a perfect world, normal capitalistic forces would drive ISPs to be more responsible towards the consumers. However, you can't have the competition factors which might drive ISPs to be consumer focused when in a vast majority of locations there is a monopoly for broadband delivery. This becomes especially problematic when the ISPs and the content providers are owned by the same people.

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 12, 2017, 21:36 Mr. Tact
 
Err? A farm combine as in, (from dictionary.com) "a harvesting machine for cutting and threshing grain in the field."  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 12, 2017, 21:29 Mr. Tact
 
A farm combine doesn't create food either. It is a tool, just like the Internet is a tool. Yeah, I can't eat, drink, or breath the Internet. It might not be critical to my survival, but I think you underestimate the positive effect it has.  
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
4. Re: Hardware Reviews Jul 12, 2017, 19:50 Mr. Tact
 
Actually our bottle neck is the difficulty of writing multi-threading software. If we could easily spread the load, our newer CPUs would really rock.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
39. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 11, 2017, 21:32 Mr. Tact
 
Either he was being sarcastic, or he made a fantastic Freudian slip.
[VG]Reagle wrote on Jul 11, 2017, 19:50:
Get on your knees and whoreship the greatest president to ever live.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
28. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 11, 2017, 16:28 Mr. Tact
 
Lulz. Apparently 58% "Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (58%) now say that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the country, up from 45% last year."

85% say "the news media has a negative effect."

Pew Research Poll
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
22. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 11, 2017, 14:38 Mr. Tact
 
I'm always amused/annoyed/perplexed how often the GOP uses third grade tactics and make them work. Limbaugh used to (still does?) talk about the "low information voters" implying liberal leaning voters don't actually know what they are doing due to their ignorance.

However, Limbaugh and the GOP in general uses the "low information voters" on the conservative side by filling their heads with nonsense. Claiming conspiracies of voter fraud making them feel cheated. "Obama didn't really win!" You have to give them credit though, they make it work. I don't know how to reach people like "Timmeh". When people are so clearly separated from reality, what can you do?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 11, 2017, 12:12 Mr. Tact
 
I considered making a large payment on my mortgage, but in the end decided 3.875% money is pretty cheap. I'd rather keep my money in the S&P 500 fund. That was a good decision. Besides, between my mortgage interest and my property taxes, I'm already in the better to itemize category...  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 11, 2017, 11:38 Mr. Tact
 
Other than AT&T getting closer to returning to their glorious past of being a monopoly is there any good news around this merger, specifically to the consumer? I doubt it, but I'd be willing to listen to arguments...  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 11, 2017, 07:19 Mr. Tact
 
Did the CEO know? Possibly, even probably. Did a senior executive know? It would seem highly unlikely at least one didn't. Fairly reasonable to assume a group of engineers isn't going to decide on their own, without consulting management, to design and implement an engine system to bypass emissions testing. Hell, there are probably cost cutting systems which got in the way. Cost guy, "Why did the cost go up?" Engineer, "Just doing what management told me to do."

That said, I don't know about in Europe, but no senior management in the US will do any jail time over this. The most serious thing which might happen is a fine or at absolute worse a suspended sentence. However, I seriously doubt there will be that much accountability.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 10, 2017, 22:08 Mr. Tact
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 9, 2017, 13:24:
Something like spanish flu would kill the US as a functional nation within 30 days. Yeah, you are immune if you survive, you are also now starving and facing anarchy and a new dark age... death would be preferable
It would have to be worse than the Spanish Flu was, from the Wiki page:

"The global mortality rate from the 1918/1919 pandemic is not known, but an estimated 10% to 20% of those who were infected died. With about a third of the world population infected, this case-fatality ratio means 3% to 6% of the entire global population died."

That's not to say some kind of "super flu" couldn't wipe out 50% or more of even western countries. My feelings are split on surviving such a calamity. On the one hand, living over dying is a pretty big win. And it would be interesting to see which horror author got it right. On the other hand, it would probably just mean a longer more painful death in the long run...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 10, 2017, 15:16 Mr. Tact
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 10, 2017, 14:57:
Sometimes get billed even if you don't have it. bureaucracies are the best.
Nice. And not particularly surprising... However, I would ask... were they sending monthly bills? If so, why didn't he call after the first month without power? Then he would have gotten their BS story and could have cancelled, saving seven months worth of billing. If they weren't sending him a bill for those eight months, that would seem to be an indication on their part he didn't deserve to be billed.

Edit: Looking more closely, looks like the billing is quarterly -- making his options more limited.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
13. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 10, 2017, 14:50 Mr. Tact
 
Trump doesn't have dementia. He simply doesn't know or care about anything other than his personal needs -- to be adored, to make money, to grab pussy. He is a very simple person.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 10, 2017, 14:47 Mr. Tact
 
Apparently you are confirming, without looking at your bill, you have a very minimal monthly fee for connection to your electrical provider. I envy you that since as I indicated, if I used absolutely no power or gas in a month I would still pay $39.  
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