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by flapane
Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:01 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Holy Cow! I hate Comcast
Replies: 14
Views: 7047

Re: Holy Cow! I hate Comcast

I've been on hold for 40 minutes waiting for one of their fucking Retention people pick up the call to renegotiate terms. At the 30 min mark, I started a text chat with customer service. Ten minutes later, she told me she was unable to deal or connect me to Retention - but she could connect me with...
by flapane
Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:06 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

Here we are http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/us/politics/obama-to-ask-congress-to-toughen-gun-laws.html?_r=0 Obama Calls for Broad Action on Guns WASHINGTON — President Obama called upon Congress on Wednesday to toughen America’s gun laws to confront mass shootings and everyday gun violence, bettin...
by flapane
Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:06 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

They're not useless if they dissuade someone from a terrorist act. Stopping a terrorist act is much harder than dissuading someone from doing it in the first place. Of course I was ironic. However, dissuading makes a good point of avoiding something bad. Or you could walk around it, or pass your ba...
by flapane
Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:41 am
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Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

And what would it help ? Ok, it would beep. So what ? Do you really think that solves anything ? What stops the shooter from shooting the guard at the metal detector and then ignoring the metal detectors ? So why not firing TSA agents? They're useless, after all a terrorist could detonate a bomb in...
by flapane
Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:34 am
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Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

Would the introduction of metal detectors in public offices (schools included) be fool? It wouldn't be a "drastic solution" that would be opposed as much as a Constitutional change affecting the right to bear an arm as a whole.
by flapane
Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:20 am
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Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

He's a bit harsh and it's too rhetorical to go back to native Americans, Lincoln and so on (leave the remote past in the remote past), but I guess sometimes such behaviour is justified. At least he shows how being a Christian doesn't mean you're blindly supporting some right-ish political views. He ...
by flapane
Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:44 am
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Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

^^ Interesting data: According to 2012 stats, Canada has about 1/3 of guns per 100 residents than the US (30 vs 90). According to 2002 Nationmaster.com firearms murders (144 vs 9360), we can deduce that firearms murders rate in Canada is about 7 times lower than in the US. According to 2012 Guardian...
by flapane
Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:45 am
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Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

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Palin's friend, I guess. :roll:
by flapane
Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:01 am
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Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

andyb wrote:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... ampus.html

Fortunately only 2-killed this time.
This time it got worse...
http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/12/1 ... 9020121214
by flapane
Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:49 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: mobo stolen from porch.
Replies: 26
Views: 9275

Re: mobo stolen from porch.

Same in Germany. It is actually illegal here to drop mail anywhere but the mailbox or hand it over personally to a homeowner. Packages have to be signed over. This. You (or your neighbour, if he agrees to) MUST sign a receipt. If nobody's at home, then they'll return for the next couple of days (in...
by flapane
Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are SSDs really that bad?
Replies: 46
Views: 15082

Re: Are SSDs really that bad?

Oh and by the way my 1 years old storage (used 1 time a month or so) Seagate Portable 500GB has just failed. I lost my data (no, it wasn't backup-worthy stuff, but you know, I'm somewhat pi... off) and I have to pay for sending the damaged disk to Seagate. No, it's not the failure rate of SSD disks ...
by flapane
Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is the Samsung HD204UI 2TB still the best rated HD?
Replies: 7
Views: 3332

Re: Is the Samsung HD204UI 2TB still the best rated HD?

My load/unload cycle count for the WD10EARS-00Y5B1 I have, if the hex-dec conversion is correct, is 0000013B7F = 80,767. In two years or so, working as a storage/media drive. I went to bother the drive just to see the counter rise, it's accurate. Drives can take hundreds of thousands of these . Non...
by flapane
Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are SSDs really that bad?
Replies: 46
Views: 15082

Re: Are SSDs really that bad?

SSD are to expensive and small to even be taking seriously. I don't buy into the hype about how wonderful they are. When they cost the same and provide that same capacity as traditional harddrives then I'll take them seriously. There just not worth it. You're the smart guy who doesn't buy stuff int...
by flapane
Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:07 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: America: Y ur internets so uncompetitive?
Replies: 30
Views: 7699

Re: America: Y ur internets so uncompetitive?

Just to clarify things, which monthly fee are we talking about? How much for the phoneless options among which you can choose (24/2 and 50/5)? Phoneless ADSL options: 768k/384k = $30/mo 1.5M/384k = $38/mo 3.0M/512k = $43/mo 6.0M/768k = $48/mo (I have the POTS subsidized version of this service - I ...
by flapane
Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:52 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

International comparisons have shown that violence is very poorly correlated with legal gun ownership. As I remember having heard such thing elsewhere some time ago (it was a sort of GOP association who defended the Constitution values, so it's a sort of biased POV... unfortunately I don't remember...
by flapane
Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:02 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

@m0002a I agree, and it's interesting for us to understand how things work in the US (that's why I proposed to open a new thread), but I feel that the thread is just loosing its original purpose. It would be interesting to read new opinions from gun supporters (and why this is a right thing in 2012)...
by flapane
Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:45 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

I've been following this thread for a while, and wow. That is just crazy-talk. The difference between the Holocaust and the treatment of the American Indians by the United States is a matter of degree, speed, mobilization, and industrialization. It is actually a reasonable topic of discussion. What...
by flapane
Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:02 am
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Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

That's an article who was written a couple of days ago after the facts in Wisconsin. I thought it was worth to take a shoot and post it here. "Politically risky", sadly that's what it is.
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by flapane
Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:28 am
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Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

Local TV cited The Denver Post about the fact that firearms requests in Colorado increased by 41% after Aurora massacre.
I wonder if the next time the movie theater will turn into an old western saloon.
by flapane
Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:32 pm
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Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

1. Any official in the US (state or federal level) is usually entitled to be called by the highest public office they ever held, even if they no longer hold that office. There is no law about this, it is just custom. So for example, Arnold Schwarzenegger should be addressed as "Governor" even thoug...
by flapane
Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:46 pm
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Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

What evidence is there that the German people were against Hitler seizing control of the presidentship upon the death of Hindenburg? There is no reason to assume that they were unhappy. As I said, The Nazi's were a populist movement and were able to satisfy their peoples want for prosperity in the ...
by flapane
Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:31 am
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Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

Just for the record, I've just passed near the local US consulate while riding my mtb, and the flag is at half-mast. I wonder if it's related to the Denver facts.
by flapane
Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:59 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

There are lots of things wrong with every country. I agree. I always like to expose the flaws of my homeland, let alone how a dictator could have risen to power (note that the Constitution has changed after WWII, and I guess the same happened in Germany, too). However, in this specific thread we're...
by flapane
Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:42 am
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Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

I think you have a very distorted view of the US. Although Montana has a very high percentage of gun owners, its homicide rate is rather low. CUT... Sorry. I clearly meant to write "ridiculously low" compared to DC or Detroit, and ended up writing "ridicolous". :roll: Of course crimes are more comm...
by flapane
Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:00 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

Blaming the homicide rate on guns is not accurate IMO. The makeup of US society, with the legacy of slavery in the US, the free-flow of illegal Mexican immigrations, etc, distorts the numbers. The homicide rate in the US varies significantly depending on where one is located. Sure, but the homicide...
by flapane
Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:48 am
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Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

Once you have a country that has had guns legally (and in many cases illegally) for 220 years (and actually long before that), they are not so easy to get rid of. If the constitution were to be changed, then it would likely be the case that only criminals and the police would have guns (criminals a...
by flapane
Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:13 pm
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Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

Thanks for the document. I thought Finland homicide rate was comparable to US one, but I was wrong.

Hironically, suicide rate has grown up in all "civilised countries" since '08 financial crisis, a kind of problem which has been unknown in Italy in the past years...
by flapane
Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:11 am
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Topic: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.
Replies: 400
Views: 88568

Re: Your opinion on US gun laws under Obama.

Did anybody change his mind after 2 years and Denver shooting?
by flapane
Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:37 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: America: Y ur internets so uncompetitive?
Replies: 30
Views: 7699

Re: America: Y ur internets so uncompetitive?

I have enjoyed stable and adequately fast (5Mb down) ADSL from AT&T for many years. It has been reasonably affordable paired with (and subsidized slightly by) my POTS home phone service. My household is dropping the land line before year-end, so I am starting to investigate my options for phone-les...
by flapane
Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:05 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: lowering the "-100mV offset" on cheap SB motherboards
Replies: 0
Views: 1116

lowering the "-100mV offset" on cheap SB motherboards

My Asrock H61M-GS doesn't let me control vcore. It uses a voltage offset instead. However, it's limited to +-100mV, and I guess that there's more headroom for downvolting my i3-2120.
Anybody managed to bypass the default offset limit?