* Posts by zen1

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Boggling bum babe Kim fails to 'break the internet' – Robin Williams instead tops Google charts

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Kim k

Why is that cow still given press? Why is her family considered news worthy? I weep for humanity.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Re: Scary shit

I've been working on getting my weapons safety officer certification and in my studies I've come to one indisputable conclusion about gun safety: There are no such things as accidents. You either take the proper precautions and respect the fact that any weapon is dangerous if not used properly, carefully or responsibly.

For example, a person accidently shoots themselves while cleaning their weapon - Not accidental. they didn't clear their weapon first.

Accidental discharge due to dropping a loaded weapon - Not accidental Why was a round in the chamber, why didn't they maintain control of the weapon? Why wasn't the safety engaged?

I could cite dozens of examples of irresponsible gun owners and criminals, but there's no need. However, I fail to see why a properly licensed or responsible and qualified adult can't own a weapon.

Just my 2 cents

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Lee Enfield

everybody can argue the virtues of each caliber and their respective country's politics and standpoint on weapons ownership, but the fact of the matter is, the guy did an amazing job restoring a very important piece of history, as well as one beautiful rifle. I'd give my right arm to be able to add one to my collection, but sadly I need that appendage as it holds my trigger finger.

I don't know what the qualifications are to be designated a sniper rifle, but if I recollect, it's generally considered starting at 300 meters and continuing out to almost 2000 m. 0 to 300 meters would be categorized infantry rifle class.

Sure, we can argue details all day long, the fact is the guy did a great job

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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and another thing

Everybody pisses and bemoans about how the rich or the have's are exploiting those less fortunate that they and a substantial amount of the posts in here are either neutral about or defending Comcast. By forcing us to opt out rather than opt in, they are exploting us and our property space for their gain.

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@cyke1 Re: Hope they win.

"Bandwidth well, you are not charged for any bandwidth used by the open wifi as that is separate."

Sorry, I neither beleive nor find that practice to be ethical. As a subscriber I pay "X" per month with the expection I will be able to connect with a certain amount of bandwidth. The amount of bandwidth that a SoHo router/ap can process is fininte as is the frequency of any wireless signal they are broadcasting. IE, wireless is not compartmentalized like a true switched environment, and even if they are broadcasting a seperate ssid that's supposedly isolated from from the network I access, unless they have multiple frequency transceivers in those modems, which I doubt because because they are so notoriously cheap, so I am fighting for the bandwidth on the network that's broadcasting inside my home. Furthermore, who's to say this won't be abused by non-comcast subscribers who get account info from a friend?

Not only would I rip their equipment out of my home and replace it with something I've purchased, but they would get it back as I throw its pieces out the window of my car as I'm driving by their office.

And I'm sorry, cellular providers pay the property owners to lease the small plot of land their towers take up. The same rules of engagement should apply to the wireless network that's accessible from inside my house. I'm already paying an obscene amount for their services, at the very least they should off set it should I decide to OPT IN. I should not have to opt out to have my network unhijacked.

Finally, I will conceed that they own the public facing address of any broad band modem, but anything that originates from my modem, whether it be 10.x.x.x, 172.x.x.x or 192.168.x.x is mine. period.

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Which country has 2nd largest social welfare system in the world?

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@ Fazal Majid Re: Sorta

I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with you there. It's not exclusively the fault of the "AMA Cartel". It's more of a dog pile in that Dr's have to charge expensive fees to pay for their practices as well as the enormous malpractice they have to cough up yearly, to the insurance companies. The insurance companies have to charge the doctors enormous premiums for their Malpractice insurance, because whether or not the Dr. is guilty of doing anything wrong, juries will always go after the folks with the deepest pockets. Besides, most folks seem to think "what's a couple million to a hospital or medical system"? Then we have the douchebag ambulance chasing attorneys convincing people that the doctors acted with malicious intent and deserved to be sued, oh and they're more than happy to represent the patient for roughly 65% of any award. The insurance companies will try to settle out of court, in order to reduce costs to themselves and the dr's they represent. And the circle of life repeats itself.

In short, everybody wants something for nothing and if there's the slightest chance to drag things into a court, they're all over it.

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Norks: We might be aggressive but we didn't hack Sony!

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Anybody remember that root kit?

It sucks that Sony put themselves in such a bad predicament and the people who committed this, ideally, would be punished. But I vaguely remember a root kit coming out of Sony a few years back that posed a pretty serious risk to, well, everybody and how much did they not get fined? Were they ever really punished for it?

A company I'm familiar with runs about 50 TB a day through their internet connection. We tend to know where that traffic is going and who's ending it. How in the name of hell did they allow this to happen and how the hell did they lose all that data?

Sorry, but that's almost Darwinian

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Author fined $500k in first US spyware conviction

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Re: Hammad Akbar ?

Genius! Pure genius!

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A kid with a dream... But I agree with a prior poster, the USA doesn't want the competition from individuals...

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While the web stares at cat pics, the glue of the internet is being shifted from US govt control

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When in doubt...

throw 4000% more bureaucracy at it and things will become so mired down that people will eventually die before their problems are addressed, then problem solved.

Every department entity I've ever worked with or felt their handy work, has just confirmed one thing: Government is useless to about 90% of everything it attempts to manage. Then, when it fails, they form blue ribbon commissions to get to the "root" cause, which is almost ALWAYS because a lack of proper oversight, when in fact it's just unethical people trying to illegally profit from their appointed posts.

The only thing that could possibly be worse is if it were managed directly by Congress (the opposite of "Progress").

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Social media data is RIDDLED with human behaviour errors, boffins warn

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Unless they have the raw data gathered by google or FB, collected from mouse clicks or search criteria, researchers are simply taking people's word. One thing I constantly see is that people tend to warp the truth. Be it through embellishments or outright lies, there always a question of the actual integrity of the data.

The other thing I find really disturbing about social media is how quick people are to react without knowing all of the facts. I was told there were three sides to a given event: one view, the contrary view and the truth. And given the bias of the individuals voicing their opinions or breaking the news, it can have an adverse impact on any legal cases or public perceptions of people, groups or products. Of course, the media is going to report those perceptions as gospel.

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Re: No shit, Sherlock...

Positively brilliant analysis

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Re: OMG... A little restraint please...

"Think shouting down trolls in an internet forum, you can? Fail you will. Hmmm."

There is no try, only failure.

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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General resource hog.

In my own little unscientific test, I had 3 tabs open in Chrome and 3 tabs open in IE. Chrome had spawned 11 separate services, which consumed well over 800 MB memory (physical or virtual). IE on the other hand, only generated 3 threads and consumed just a fuzz over 275 MB of memory. Why? I could understand the differences if I were running different applets in each tab, but in order to be objective, I opened the same pages in both browsers. I'm not a programmer so I genuinely don't understand why the huge difference in resources consumed. What's more, I performed the exact same test on Firefox, it only had one service running, which consumed just a smidge over 250 MB of RAM.

The other thing I didn't understand is the cpu would bounce on any of the chrome occurrences, even when the application was moved to the background. It's quite obvious to me chrome has become ungodly slow compared to the other two.

I know a lot of exceptionally brilliant people frequent these boards, so could one of you explain these subtle nuances?

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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Re: S'obvious, innit?

While I appreciate the spirited debate of global warming/climate change, I think we're all overlooking one serious thing: Some moron down-voted Mr. Phud. I'll be the first to admit that humor and any sense of is quite subjective, but to down-vote something that was so clearly meant to be amusing to at least 17 people is just wrong!

Mr. Phud, I salute you in your valiant attempt, and I support you 1000%. However, ice floats. Antarctic ice should be hot footing it up to the Arctic (pun totally intended).

On that note, I will be drinking a pint and a shot in your honor and in the honor of the 16 other souls who upticked your post.

God bless

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SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016

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yeh but...

In order for the price to be driven down, don't manufactures need to sell enough to pass the eventual savings on to the consumer markets?

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US taxmen won't say WHY they're probing Microsoft. So Redmond is suing the IRS

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Quite the paradoxical quandary

I honestly don't know whom to side with, I mean both entities are excessively unscrupulous and will use whatever tactics, legal or no, to exact what they feel is equitable for them. On one hand, we have a bottom feeding, repulsive, myopic, money grubbing organization that's perfectly content to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs and then we have the IRS.

Each one inspires such incredible nausea, for their own special ways, that I really don't know who I should be rooting for or against.

However, I do admire Microsoft's legal department for having the stones to make a stink with the only agency more fearsome than the NSA. MS's legal staff, whether they are affiliated with this case or not, are going to be audited quarterly for centuries after they are dead.

Which is worse, a flesh eating virus or sucking chest wounds in both lungs?

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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@ AC: Re: Teamsters

"To me (in the UK) the name mainly conjures up links to organised crime"

Yup, same crowd, however, it's usually the union management and their thugs that pretend to work amongst the rank & file workers. I have a of friends who are Teamsters and they are some of the most honest, hard working folks I know. But they're just truck drivers. They're only mixed up with the union because they don't have a choice (it's either join or else... Accidents do happen to independents who don't have the protection of the union).

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@ Big_D

In the bay area it's ungodly expensive. Where I live (great lakes region) the bay area is at least 5 or 6 times more expensive.

That being said, they don't have to stay there. There are countless jobs elsewhere that pay more and in areas that have a much lower cost of living.

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YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins

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@ AC: Re: @Lee

..."My BOFH decided he wanted to ban internal FTP...."

I guess I'm lucky because both Security and myself decide on the policies that will be implemented on our network. As for the "It's my network" argument. I view it as a stewardship. It's ours to care for while we're there, but it never belongs to us. Quite honestly, if it were my network and I had a fraction of their money, I would have purchased the RIGHT equipment the first time, before something blows up and causing a system wide domino effect type of outage. But that's not the case so I will manage and care for the equipment I'm responsible for, the best I can.

I am responsible for the firewalls, the content filters and proxies for my employer. They have the expectations that the equipment will as close to every time, all the time, as possible. Since my performance review is on the line, plus pride in the level and quality of services I provide, I take it damn personally when a piece of equipment fails because of hardware or software problems.So much so that I look like a doting parent taking care of deranged child... That has a few extra arms, heads kidneys and maybe a multiple personality or two...

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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But

Would it be ground shattering enough to get nokia back into the lime light? I hope because I really liked their products, before the decline.

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Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work

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Days like this

I truly do love my next gen firewalls and their ability to filter fb and their crap. I get almost 200 emails a day requesting access to fb, twitter, etc., and my usual reply is: Ask your supervisor, manager or VP. If they say yes (which nobody has yet) then I'll consider opening it. However, you must realize that just because you have access to these sites at home doesn't mean you're going to be able to get access to them in the office. Especially, when their sole purpose in life is to monitor your every move, on whatever computer you're on, and glean browsing history/intel from that. Occasionally someone gets pissy with me and I simply remind them that as much as I wish otherwise, the office isn't a democracy. Computer usage policies have been created to protect the company from losing sensitive data AND to keep people from generating a hostile work environment, by watching porn or something else that others might find objectionable.

I further find it quite humorous when people hoping to get by the policies I'm ordered to enforce, by bringing in their own devices, get completely honked off because their only option is to use Citrix. The tantrums people have thrown in my office have been quite epic. But, (and much to my amusement) my hands are tied.

As for FB for work, I'm really puzzled as to what kind of applications will be available to users. Last I checked, farmville & words for friends don't have any business equivalents, so I'm interested in seeing what kind of bullshit the zuck-head uses to justify this new product offering.

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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

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Swoons

OK, is it me or am I the only one who finds this female character arousing?

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@ MrDamage Re: "Like money on expensive consultants?" I ask

Sir, that was probably the most brilliant analogy for a consultant I've ever heard. My I use it, please?

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Re: It is the Intel/Microsoft netbook 'give then crap' scam all over again

I was just thinking about the XP laptop massacre, back when Walmart sold a bunch of way under powered laptops (crap cpu and maybe 512 Mb RAM) and there were lawsuits all over the place. Yeah, the people got their product cheap, and they should have got what they payed for, but the plaintiff's had a very sympathetic jury... You'd figure that Walmart would have learned.

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@ Christian Re: Hmm, it's small

"The quality of the hardware mostly depends on build quality."

Walmart is hardly the pinnacle of craftsmanship nor quality,,, well... anything.... About all I see this good for is either an expensive clock that can be duct taped to the wall or a lower-mid range digital picture frame, that might be able to shuffle 3 or 4 pictures, before getting bogged down.

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I'd never sully my ammunition with the likes of a pos like this. Every time I think MS has hit rock bottom, some idiot finds a pick ax and keeps on digging.

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Facebook's plain English data policy: WE'LL SELL YOU LIKE A PIG at a fair

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And people..

will still complain about not understand the ToS.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Coat

"Windows for Dummies"?

I'll get my coat.

Edit: That was a JOKE!

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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Re: Sell tickets

I would have call dibs on concessions and barf bags!

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Re: Just paint "Rainbow Warrior" on it...

I dunno about the Rainbow Warrior... In it's day it was a bigger environmental hazard than any dead, bloating whale.

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Tesla, The Wright Brothers, Einstein & George Thomas Thornton

I felt sorry for the poor soul who drew the short straw and had to start hacking at the weak points, in hopes of unceremoniously disarming the whale. I went through a very similar situation, except the event I was party to involved a large bull and a chain saw, most of which I've been able to repress, thanks to my therapist.

However, I feel obligated to point out that if one goes to the video that shows Mr. Thornton's rise to minor deity status, there's one scene, at 2:15 to be exact, where an officer goes into angry mob control mode, and starts warning two senior citizens to disperse. Sad the taser wasn't invented yet... They looked shifty.

While the one circa 1970 will go down in the anals of history, I can't help but think that france got off lucky, as I distinctly recall an incident in Korea (I think) where they were hauling the carcass of a dead whale through a sea side town, to get it to the local university for study. It didn't quite make it, as the truck got stopped at a stop light and shortly after coming to a stop, it detonated. I can't remember if there was a convertible in the right lane, attempting to turn right or if it was a car with all the windows down, but it took the brunt of the blast. As for the rest of the block, it didn't fare much better. I think we as a specie, don't have a very good relationship with large sea mammals. And I think this is their revenge, or Jihad, against humanity. May God have mercy on all of us...

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Chinese coder's got 99 problems and getting hitched is one: Huge iPhone woo plot FAILS

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I would have ditched his ass too

the damn fool payed pretty much full retail for them. In CHINA. I don't care how hot they sell, buying in a quantity like that you should at least get a 10% discount.

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CSC set for ANOTHER re-org but no redundancies involved

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Have to love CSC... So many punchlines...

What's the difference between the Titanic and CSC?

Wait for it...

The Titanic had a band.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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just wow...

Well, it looks like the NSA has an opening in their legal department...

What a tool

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BIG trouble in Big China: Samsung cops it RIGHT in the wallet

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I'll pass on Chinese CRAP! I was given a Chinese made tablet that was marketed by Best Buy, and it simply sucks. Supposedly it is running Android OS but I'll be damned if it's usable. It's overheated a few times, crashes about every other time I use it, frequent lock ups, a constant need to keep resetting it up. Plus it takes a LONG time to boot. While the inspirational quotes from various world leaders are quite nice, fact is it's a turd dressed up as a tablet.

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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I wonder...

How it would respond to a spirited argument, between two individuals using a lot of obscene language? Or would it call the authorities if it heard a couple (or maybe a loud individual) being intimate?

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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this pisses me off even more

Whatever happened to good old fashioned detective work and obtaining REAL search warrants? Furthermore, who's to say that a government won't abuse the backdoor, once they've been given access? <seething sarcasm> I mean we can all trust them, cant we? </seething sarcasm>

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Home Depot: Someone's WEAK-ASS password SECURITY led to breach

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sorry, but

that's probably going to happen when someone turns over the keys to their security infrastructure, by outsourcing portions of it. outsourcers are forced into unrealistic sla's and implementing policies and security schemes much faster than they should be, and if it's anything like I've seen at some of the large corporations I've worked for, people who haven't been adequately trained are attempting to tune a fairly complex system and hoping that it's all "fire and forget".

Finally, security infrastructures in large enterprises are not something you just turn on and walk away from. They're very high maintenance and they require appropriate levels of staffing, with people who have a clue and aren't manage by a bunch of fucking bean counters.

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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@ Florida1920 Re: The squeaky wheel gets replaced

There is no "freedom of speech" in the corporate and environments. I've seen people fired immediately for something much more benign than their blog. It's all about perception and maintaining the illusion that everything is just ducky, so people are more inclined to spend.

I did computer retail for about 10 years, back when Apple had an awesome dealer distribution channel and every computer company Apple, IBM, Comaq, et. al, had their own philosophy, when it came to properly marketing their products... Even if it went against what most would view as "good sense".

As for customers being belligerent or the "customer is always right". As someone else already said, they're right as long as they're paying. And while some people will get rude, belligerent, obnoxious and throw tantrums, there's never a reason to be rude or abusive to a customer. Simply show them the door.

I actually had someone take a swing at me because they were extremely frustrated with the computer vendor, so they attempted to take it out on me. I ducked, he missed and I pointed toward the door.. Never screamed, cursed or anything. He came back a week later and apologized.

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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OMG

I don't know what this sad episode demonstrates: Do people think that little of the Surface; or are the folks at CNN that dumb? God that's funny!

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Microsoft's Bing hopes to bag market share with ... search apps

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I fail to understand

why Microsoft continues to piss away money on a service that either nobody wants, changes immediately after they get their pc's or openly mocks. They really need to decide on which core product lines to focus on and go after them with a vengeance, because they've lost a LOT of momentum because of Ballmer and a lot of, quite frankly, stupid mistakes. Bing being one of many.

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UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

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Re: It's time to grow a pair

"The real issue is that the environMentals haven't even got a priority list, let alone a plan." Jeffy...

It would also help if there was a bit of compromise from all parties, instead of just lopping off one source of energy for another.

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@ Tapedor Re: TL;DR

I remember reading about how they almost had malaria contained in parts of Africa until some jackass from the US through a fit because they were using DDT, As a result, the US stopped funding certain projects and cut off aid until they stopped using it. I call bullshit on my countrymen. Malaria is a major killer in Africa and imo it's worth the short term risk to get the mosquito's under control.

Basically the same kind of mentality you're describing.

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@ JDX Re: I want to see change in my lifetime. Now.

I have, I'm going with the more or less unrestrained clear cutting and/or burning of the Amazon rain forest. Huge tracts of land have had the rain forest simply stripped away for cattle pastures. I've seen satellite images of where the smoke was visible from space... That's a LOT of smoke. That region of the world has always been referred to as the "lungs of the world", as well as sources of exotic flora, fauna and various types of new medicines. Several thousand acres a day gone; most of which could never be replaced.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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@ J.R. Hartley

But you got better? Answer me these questions three:

What floats on water?

What also floats on water?

How do we tell if Thatcher was a witch?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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@ Don Re: There are no words...

+1 for a civil and thought provoking reply Don.

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Re: There are no words...

Down votes because I don't give a rip about what is sexual orientation is? Really?

How does Mr. Cooks sexuality play into his role as CEO of Apple?

How is it relevant to him making money for the investors?

How is it relevant to his ability to do his job?

I honestly don't care about his sexual orientation, but that doesn't keep me from buying apple products and bitching about how expensive they are.

While I don't care that much about the down votes, I'm actually a little offended that my indifference to his situation warranted down votes. So, I have to ask... If someone disagrees with the cause de jour, is there an organized effort to slice their tires?

Anywho, I just thought it interesting that the "self proclaimed open minded and all inclusive" crowd are the most intolerant in here.

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There are no words...

in the English language (or any others I can think of) that can adequately describe just how little I care about his sexuality. Nor do I believe this to be a news worthy topic.

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