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  • Putting The Financial Crisis In Perspective: It's Tough To Keep Economic Growth Down

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 25 Dec, 2008 @ 03:07pm

    It's tough to keep economic growth down...

    It's tough to keep economic growth down...

    ...but I'm sure Barack Hussein Obama, the Chicago Machine Politician with the blank resume, can change that.
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  • Putting The Financial Crisis In Perspective: It's Tough To Keep Economic Growth Down

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 25 Dec, 2008 @ 03:03pm

    Re: Re: GDP?

    "what did a dollar buy in the 50s what does a dollar buy today"

    In 1950, a dollar would buy about half of one bit of memory. Today, a dollar will buy about 100 Megabytes of memory.
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  • Perhaps Wall St. Really Is Just One Big Ponzi Scheme

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 11 Dec, 2008 @ 06:16pm

    This can't be good.

    This can't be good. Money is going to go to mattresses, much like it did in the 1930's.

    What a crazy world. Wasn't it bad enough that we just elected a Chicago politician with an almost completely blank resume to be POTUS?

    Yup, things are going to change.
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    www.chl-tx.com Without the 2nd amendment, the rest of the document is just wishful thinking. And we are almost there anyway.

  • Creative Destruction: Time To Make Companies Small Enough To Fail

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 10 Dec, 2008 @ 02:03pm

    Make the bailout contingent...

    Make any "bridge loans" or other bailout money contingent on every member of the board of directors, and all upper management committing a minimum of 90% of their personal net worth to the common stock of the company.

    Then watch carefully to see which side of the mouth they speak from.
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  • $100 Laptop Still $400, But Now With More Advertising

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 19 Nov, 2008 @ 10:48am

    Re: Re: Re: 2nd amendment

    "there is a long history of people making changes and expressing freedom of speech without violence to back it up."

    Yeah, right. If Ghandi had been up against either the communist Chinese or Muslim Arabs, he wouldn't have made it into the history books at all. There is an even longer history of tyrants disarming the population before subjugating them completely. As Mao observed, political power flows from the barrel of a gun.
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    http://www.chl-tx.com Without the 2nd Amendment, the rest of the document is only wishful thinking. Which is why Obama wants to repeal it.

  • $100 Laptop Still $400, But Now With More Advertising

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 19 Nov, 2008 @ 05:20am

    $400?

    For less than $400, I can get a fairly nice laptop at my local computer store, and the prices appear to be getting really competitive for this Christmas season.

    And by "fairly nice", I mean 10x as fast, nearly twice the screen resolution, more and faster I/O, 100x the disk, and 50x the memory that I got with my first laptop for $4000, about 10 years ago.
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    http://www.chl-tx.com Without the 2nd Amendment, the rest of the document is only wishful thinking. Which is why Obama wants to repeal it.

  • Online Psychics: A Growth Business In Down Times

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 12 Nov, 2008 @ 05:38am

    Maybe I'm in the wrong line of business...

    I should check out this online psychic thing. May even be more lucrative than playing poker with a bunch of college kids away from home for the first time, who think it's a game of chance...

    As Robert Heinlein once opined, you have a moral duty to separate a fool from his money.

    Naaaaaaaah... Tempting, but not my style.
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  • China Says Six Hours A Day Online Makes You An Internet Addict

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 11 Nov, 2008 @ 02:16pm

    Comic about internet addiction...

    http://www.gocomics.com/wetherobots/

  • A History Lesson For Those Advocating Network Neutrality Laws

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 11 Nov, 2008 @ 07:11am

    Re: hampering trucking

    There is an interesting little tidbit in the rules and regs for railroads that prevents them from acting as a "land ferry". If I was an independent trucker, I would love to be able to drive my rig onto a flatbed, and spend a cross-country trip snoozing (or internet surfing, or whatever), even if the cost was equal to the cost of fuel and depreciation on the same trip over the road. That cost would probably be MUCH less. A real no-brainer.

    But that's illegal.

    First, you can't ship the tractor portion of the tractor-trailer rig at all (It's classified as "hazardous"), and if you want to ship the trailer portion, it has to meet 2 conditions: 1) it has to be on a published tariff list, and 2) the trucking company has to be the owner of the rail car used (I believe they also have to supply the labor for mounting and un-mounting the trailers). This guarantees that small trucking firms are unable to use the substantial time and energy savings available from rail shipping.

    One simple change in the law could reduce the use of diesel fuel in this country by more than 30% practically overnight, as diesel tractor-trailer rigs would then use rail whenever possible for long hauls. Not to mention a substantial reduction in the wear and tear on the interstate highway system. Or for that matter, an increase in the income of rail companies.
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    Without the 2nd Amendment, the rest of the document is wishful thinking.
    Which, of course, is why Liberals want to repeal it.

  • Microsoft Steps Up Program To Bribe Users To Search

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 11 Nov, 2008 @ 06:53am

    New MS motto

    Search that Sucks so bad we have to pay you to use it.
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  • Google Attacks The Messenger Over Android Vulnerability

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 29 Oct, 2008 @ 04:54am

    Re: Not trusting the computer

    The CIA guy was right. To be useful, you have to actually run the computer, but you can be reasonably secure if you don't connect it to any network.

    I have a customers who is an attorney, for whom I built a client database system (turnkey, including hardware). Just before I loaded his data into the system, I disconnected it from his network, and told him NEVER connect that system to the internet again. And NEVER install any other software on it. I provided several USB flash drives for backups using backup software that I wrote, and told him NEVER put those drives into any other machine except the hot backup that I also provided. I super-glued an RJ45 plug into the ethernet connectors on both systems. As long as he follows those directions, those system cannot be hacked unless somebody gains physical access to them. (Ok, it's possible for somebody with the right gear to eavesdrop remotely, but the script-kiddies don't have access to that sort of thing. Yet.)
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    www.chl-tx.com The 2nd Amendment isn't about hunting ducks.

  • Gov't Computers Used To Dig Up Info On Joe The Plumber

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 28 Oct, 2008 @ 08:13am

    Re: Re: Databases

    My wife works with sensitive personal information, and every access she makes to the database at work is logged and audited. If she accessed anything that was not "need to know" in that database, she would run the very real risk of 1) getting fired, and 2) going to jail.

    A similar situation is in place where I work (under ITAR regulations). Among other things, every email sent or received at work is audited at the end each month. Which is a good reason that I have not given out my work email to ANYBODY outside the company. And I do my personal email with my cellphone.

    Some companies care enough to put teeth in the rules. The government needs to do the same.

  • Other Tools Terrrorists Might Use: Voice, Pencils, Fax Machines, Email, Mobile Phones, Etc.

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 27 Oct, 2008 @ 09:46am

    Re: Re: Ridiculous

    "Sounds like a real advocate of the 2nd amendment. :)"

    *I* certainly am. Without the 2nd amendment, the rest of the document is just wishful thinking. Which is precisely why Obama wants to repeal it.
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  • Will Either McCain Or Obama Commit To Reforming The DMCA?

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 20 Oct, 2008 @ 04:07pm

    Choice?

    Everyone seems to think the only choice is between a Communist trying to sound Moderate, and a Liberal trying to sound Republican (with the Communist definitely doing a better job of presenting his lies). I wouldn't waste my vote on either Tweedledum or Tweedledee.

    You want some real action against H1b corruption, DCMA bullshit, or RIAA jack-booted-thugs? Then vote Libertarian.
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    www.chl-tx.com Nothing deters violent crime like a would-be victim capable of shooting back. Nothing.

  • All Fear The Mobile Phone Botnets… That Don't Actually Exist

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 17 Oct, 2008 @ 05:06pm

    Android

    The new Google phone isn't going to be all that limited. In fact, a "jailbroken" iPhone will do a pretty good job of running a wide variety of *nix applications.

    In fact, either of those phones has substantially more computing power than the desktop PC of 15 years ago. It's only a matter of time before somebody unleashes all that power via some malware.
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    www.chl-tx.com Nothing deters violent crime as effectively as the possibility of getting shot by your intended victim. Nothing.

  • Android So Much Of An iPhone Wannabe That It, Too, Has A Kill Switch

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 17 Oct, 2008 @ 05:40am

    An interview with a mobile telco

    I recently interviewed with a mobile telco for a programming job (didn't get the job, which may have turned out to be the best possible outcome), and in the discussion, the manager showed me some real-time data from his network. In the data stream that flowed by, he spotted something that caused him to pause the display.

    "A hacker trying to break into the network..." He then punched a few keys, and suspended the account. He then explained that the system normally detects that sort of intrusion attempt and shuts it down automatically, but this one apparently learned what the pinging threshold was, and was staying just under it. The would-be hacker appeared to be trying to access a feature for which he had not paid. He would have been caught in a few minutes anyway, but the manager just happened to see it first.

    Now, supposed we had a few tens of thousands of zombied smartphones out there...

    I think I can see where a remote killswitch might be something a cell network would want. The alternative would be to suspend all of those accounts, and render the phones useless except for 911 calls. Much less impact on the users, much less burden on customer service, much better protection of the network.
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    www.chl-tx.com Nothing deters violent crime as effectively as the possibility that your intended victim might shoot you. Nothing.

  • Would You Pay To Make Sure People Couldn't Call You While Driving?

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 15 Oct, 2008 @ 09:21am

    I have a cellphone...

    I have a cellphone for my convenience, not anybody else's. So, when I'm busy, in a meeting, driving, or engaged in any other activity that is more important that answering the phone, I simply don't answer the phone. The call goes to voicemail, and I respond when I can.

    Just how hard is that, anyway??? You would think everyone is a slave to their electronics.
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    www.chl-tx.com :: Nothing deters violent crime as effectively as the possibility that your intended victim might shoot you. Nothing.

  • Howard Stern Learns: Going Behind A Paywall Is A Good Way To Lose Influence

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 14 Oct, 2008 @ 03:47pm

    Who is...

    Who is Howard Stern?

    Ok, I *have* heard of the "shock jock", but not lately, and I prefer not hearing about him.
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    www.chl-tx.com Nothing deters violent crime as effectively as the thought that the intended victim might shoot back. Nothing.

  • What If We Put Lie Detectors On Politicians During Debates?

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 13 Oct, 2008 @ 10:13am

    Re: I'm sure this is obvious, but...

    Factcheck.org... brought to you by the folks at Annenburg... Now, just where have I heard that name before?

    I would trust their "fact check" on anything having to do with Obama about as far as I can toss my car.

    I don't believe there is ANY unbiased information source in this campaign. None, nada, zip. The rhetoric is just too heated for that. I follow several Liberal (capital L), Conservative (capital C) and Libertarian (capital L) blogs, and they ALL have significant difficulty sorting out the facts. Without exception.
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    www.chl-tx.com Without the 2nd Amendment, the rest of the document is just wishful thinking.

  • Latest Nigerian Email Scam: Renters Checks

    TXCHLInstructor ( profile ), 03 Oct, 2008 @ 03:50pm

    Just when I would have thought...

    Just about when I would have thought there would be nobody on earth left that would fall for that scam, one of my nephews called me to tell me about this wonderful arrangement he had made for the sale of his car, where the 'buyer' had sent him a cashier's check for a little over $3000 more than the asking price...

    Fortunately, he called me before meeting the guy to sign over the title and refund the difference...
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    www.chl-tx.com Without the 2nd Amendment, the rest of the document is only wishful thinking.

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