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  • 3D Printing And The New Economics Of Manufacturing

    06/28/2015 1:04:32 PM PDT · 18 of 30
    roadcat to MNDude
    During a tour of a GM plant, the tour guide was bragging about how fast they could crank out automobiles and said “in fact, we once even produced one car in only one hour!” A man in the group spoke up and said “Sir, I believe I am the owner of that car.”

    A boss I had several decades ago sued GM regarding his lemon Chevy and won. Just about everything that could be wrong about a build was evident in his car, which he was only able to use some two months out of the 18 months he owned it - the rest of the time GM was trying to fix the problems. Cooling system, engine blowup, tranny blowup, rear-end blowup, paint and body problems, etc. One problem was leaks in the roof, water would cascade down on him after a rainy day when he parked. They opened the ceiling and found a wrench inside, from the factory when the car was built. After winning his lawsuit, my boss vowed to never again own an American car.

  • Perversion On Parade: London Gay Pride Pictures

    06/27/2015 5:30:02 PM PDT · 17 of 109
    roadcat to SevenofNine
    Actually West Hollyweird gay parade couple weeks ago could give Frisco run for its money

    I got news for folks, the gays have been leaving SF in droves over the last decade and more, to everywhere else. They came from elsewhere, now they're going back. The high prices that drove out blacks are driving out gays of limited means. Lots of families been moving into SF, and children are everywhere in SF. The stereotype sticks, but is no longer true, as gays are a shrinking minority in SF.

  • Apple announces 27-inch iMac 3TB Hard Drive Replacement Program

    06/25/2015 7:26:01 PM PDT · 26 of 29
    roadcat to dennisw
    Yikes! 6TB hard drive. Most I would need is one terrabyte

    People with Macs tend to do a lot of video editing, the Mac environment is great for that. Through the years I accumulated a lot of home movies taken on HD cameras. It takes a lot of space to edit and splice them together, storing multiple versions. Plus relatives trade home movies. It all gets saved. Not only do I film family events, but also film documentary clips on projects I do. For instance, over 15 years ago I filmed a teardown and rebuild of an engine in my vintage '60s car. Same for a frame-off restoration. Comes in handy if a repeat project is done. Done videos on my carpentry hobby, as well as on computer builds and backyard projects.

    Then there is my extensive commercial movie collection, all in HD. I have many thousands of family pictures, going back to the early 1950s. Most I scanned and digitized, until going digital in the mid-90s. Still have that Kodak digital camera with a floppy disc drive; those pictures suck compared to later cameras. Plus an extensive music collection.

    I learned long ago, you can never buy enough space. Sooner or later you will need more. I have a 5MB hard drive sitting around, it seemed like plenty in the early '80s.

  • Apple announces 27-inch iMac 3TB Hard Drive Replacement Program

    06/25/2015 1:07:32 PM PDT · 23 of 29
    roadcat to Swordmaker; dennisw
    Western Digital is now offering 6TB in their RED line. . .

    My needs aren't as critical as yours. I just bought WD 6TB black, for $199 each. I reformatted for Mac, installed WD software and drivers. Their WD utilities for Mac was causing the drive to shut down after a minute while I accessed the drive, not nice; reconnecting would repeatedly shut down. I deinstalled the WD Drive Utilities, rebooted and the drive works fine - problem with the utilities which I don't need anyway. Something to take note of for others installing on Macs with Yosemite OSX. Now copying data from the Seagate 3TB to the WD 6TB. The Seagate will be relegated to less important use. Thanks for the tip to go WD.

  • Apple Removes All American Civil War Games From the App Store Because of Confederate Flag

    06/25/2015 12:38:57 PM PDT · 25 of 26
    roadcat to St_Thomas_Aquinas
    When I see rainbow symbols now I think of homos.

    It would be more appropriate for all those homos in Boston to wear brown shirts and use brown flags. That way their crap wouldn't be so in your face to others. Use of rainbow colors is just to disguise the nastiness of what they do. Very nasty disgusting... yuck.

  • Fox News Parts Ways with Bob Beckel

    06/25/2015 12:25:44 PM PDT · 24 of 112
    roadcat to george76

    Good riddance, I couldn’t stand that idiot and his foaming at the mouth, all nonsense he spewed. A pit bull with no logic or conscience.

  • Apple just solved the single most annoying thing about upgrading iOS (Video)

    06/24/2015 9:16:09 PM PDT · 8 of 17
    roadcat to Swordmaker
    Then it will reinstall the deleted apps after the installation is complete.

    Hopefully Apple will not arbitrarily delete apps without allowing user intervention. Some apps contain user data, that will disappear with a reinstall - particularly if the user has not done backups or synced the content since changing the user data. Correct me if wrong.

  • Apple just solved the single most annoying thing about upgrading iOS (Video)

    06/24/2015 9:11:43 PM PDT · 7 of 17
    roadcat to ctdonath2
    BTW: if there’s an update to an app you have, please get it.

    Unfortunately, some updates take away desired features causing users to pull their hair out in frustration. Just making an observation, that some users prefer old versions of apps - especially if they're happy regarding the way it performs.

  • Did You Know the First Legal Slave Owner in America Was a Black Man?

    06/24/2015 11:36:41 AM PDT · 10 of 33
    roadcat to Conscience of a Conservative
    Upon his death, the state of Virginia seized his land, and a court stated that it could be seized because Johnson was a “negroe and by consequence an alien.”

    And because the Commonwealth of Virginia pre-dated the U.S.A., it's not our country's fault. It's the British!

  • Marines boot recruits with Confederate flag tattoos

    06/23/2015 9:05:22 PM PDT · 27 of 52
    roadcat to doorgunner69
    Some negro wearing a confederate flag??

    While they're at it, they should ban all use of the Spanish language here because it uses negro as a common word. P.C. stuff is run amok.

  • San Francisco vs America in Housing Bubble 2

    06/23/2015 7:54:30 PM PDT · 5 of 9
    roadcat to RipSawyer
    My place, if located near Frisco would probably be appraised at SEVERAl million and I doubt if I could get $150,000. I don’t have high tax and insurance bills though.

    Where are you located? You can't get 1 acre near San Francisco for several million, let alone eight.

  • Mission District LGBT Mural Vandalized Twice in One Week

    06/22/2015 10:16:38 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    roadcat to Darksheare
    Odds are that it was self inflicted.

    I wouldn't bet on that. Latinos in the Mission are fiercely heterosexual, and frown on homosexuality. There have been many assaults and murders of gays in the Mission District south of Market Street. I grew up in the Mission District, my middle school was one block from 24th and Mission Street. Lots of gang activity, with macho bravado. They don't like gays. Lately there has been an influx of white techie yuppies, and there is friction as the techies are more tolerant of gayness.

  • Plugging a 1986 Mac Plus into the modern Web

    06/20/2015 2:41:33 PM PDT · 19 of 36
    roadcat to fireman15
    I am sure that it got chucked in the garbage when they figured out it wasn’t modern equipment.

    I hope not! Also sorry for your loss. As depicted in some movies, people often store old keepsakes in safes, that thieves believe to contain gold or jewels; one man's treasure is another's junk. Although I keep Apple vintage stuff, I thought a TRS-80 would be a nice addition. Have some Atari stuff. That video of the 1986 Mac Plus loading a page seems slow. I still have my 300 baud modem that I used with my Apple II; your eyes would glaze over watching the letters slowly paint on the screen to build a line when on Compuserve forums.

  • Apple announces 27-inch iMac 3TB Hard Drive Replacement Program

    06/20/2015 10:54:40 AM PDT · 17 of 29
    roadcat to dennisw
    Looks like Apple cheaped out here and should have bought West Digital. Or perhaps only Seagate had 3TB hard drives then.
    How do you fill a 3TB hard drive? With blue-ray movies?

    Due to the 2011 Thailand flood disaster, which saw Western Digital factories destroyed, there was a shortage of hard drives. Not just Apple was affected, all computer companies were hurt. You couldn't get Western Digital hard drives. Seagate filled the vacuum.

    I have one of those 3TB Seagate drives... primarily filled with HD movies along with backups and photo archives.

  • Apple announces 27-inch iMac 3TB Hard Drive Replacement Program

    06/20/2015 10:46:43 AM PDT · 15 of 29
    roadcat to Swordmaker

    Yikes, these drives are very prone to failure! I will replace mine right away with a different brand, ordering today (and a RAID-1 pair).

    https://www.backblaze.com/blog/3tb-hard-drive-failure/

    Backblaze article shows they only have 10 percent of their Seagate 3TB drives still working, after a few years, of nearly 5,000 units they purchased. Over 80 percent failed or had problems, and others were suspect as prone to failure. With a track record like that, the odds are against mine staying alive.

  • Apple announces 27-inch iMac 3TB Hard Drive Replacement Program

    06/19/2015 9:54:15 PM PDT · 7 of 29
    roadcat to Swordmaker

    Hmmm. I own a Seagate 3TB external hard drive, bought it in August 2012. Use it daily attached to my Mac Mini with no problems. Probably from a good batch, before the affected ones in December 2012. I have Drive Genius running in the background, doing daily consistency checks on my drives and this Seagate is fine. Will notify those I know who have iMacs with these drives.

  • San Francisco's Homeless Policies Have Been a $1.5 Billion Failure

    06/18/2015 10:24:12 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    roadcat to tinamina
    None of these homeless could possibly be reasonably expected to change their ways ...

    So true. As part of my job I managed a team of techs who troubleshooted computers around the city, and went with them to various city-run homeless shelters. The homeless are either crazy, drug addicts or drunks. Some of them would act out their craziness at the shelters screaming and throwing things around. Others were sick on drugs. I offered my just-bought lunch to one woman, she turned me down, wanted cash for booze, saying she never eats on Tuesday. The city spent millions on these facilities, having beds, recreational games, free phone use, and laundry facilities (free soap). All wasted on homeless who won't change, and the freebies attract more from elsewhere.

  • San Francisco's Homeless Policies Have Been a $1.5 Billion Failure

    06/18/2015 7:42:15 PM PDT · 11 of 14
    roadcat to tinamina
    By the 90s they were sleeping in the doorways of prestigious downtown buildings. The stench was unbearable and you had to step over the bodies to get to work there. The tourists complained so they camped out at City Hall.

    During the 1980s I worked as a Sr. Systems Engineer doing I.T. work for SF. I often got paged to do troubleshooting after hours. Interesting thing about going to City Hall at 3 a.m. was all the homeless zombies walking aimlessly around. Unsettling sight, and made me nervous waiting for the guards to let me into City Hall to service their data center. The homeless slept during the day, but presumably walked around at night so they wouldn't be robbed or assaulted. They pooped in the stairwells to the underground garage across from City Hall, until all stairwells were boarded up - then did it at the curb. I hated going there. The 1989 earthquake damaged the building and the data center relocated to a clean area devoid of homeless.

  • Russian official calls for 'international investigation' of the Apollo program

    06/18/2015 2:42:47 PM PDT · 95 of 116
    roadcat to PA Engineer
    I've stood there for hours staring at that rocket.

    I was there maybe 20 years ago with my wife and daughters when they were teens. Wish I had hours, but we were there just for a day.

    Seeing all the rockets reminded me of when I was a kid, the principal ushered a select few including me into a room to watch live broadcasts on B&W TV of our astronauts blasting off into space. We were a can-do nation back then. I still own a couple slide rules I had in the old days, and like you am amazed at what got designed and built with them. Kids nowadays have it easy with computers and have it bad with slacker "role models" and "leaders".

  • Russian official calls for 'international investigation' of the Apollo program

    06/17/2015 3:39:21 PM PDT · 39 of 116
    roadcat to Sasparilla
    And that’s why they weren’t available for the space shuttle, or for now?

    The blueprints may have been lost. But components remained after cancellation, including stages of the Saturn 5 rockets. Some are on display at three American space centers: the John F. Kennedy Space Center near Cape Canaveral, Florida; the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and the United States Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Not everything was "destroyed".

  • Russian official calls for 'international investigation' of the Apollo program

    06/17/2015 3:35:24 PM PDT · 38 of 116
    roadcat to BitWielder1

    The conspiracy theory has been debunked. I should have mentioned that...

  • Russian official calls for 'international investigation' of the Apollo program

    06/17/2015 3:02:03 PM PDT · 21 of 116
    roadcat to BitWielder1
    I suggest we build another Apollo capsule or better and send an international investigating team to verify that the alleged landing sites are really there.

    Already been done, according to conspiracy theorists. Google secret Apollo 20 mission. Several secret missions done, in conjunction with the Soviets, to investigate alien artifacts on the Moon. Crashed spacecraft, Moon bases and dish antennas explored.

  • Israelís Supporters Must Stop Using These 13 Phrases

    06/17/2015 2:51:55 PM PDT · 11 of 12
    roadcat to Little Ray
    Nobody wants the Arabs of “Palestine.”

    They remind me of the nomadic outlaws in the "Road Warrior" and "Mad Max" films. Bloodthirsty degenerates who trample on civilized peoples. No purpose to exist except to wreak havoc. The Arab nations at large keep them that way to hurt the very tiny Jewish nation. The Arab nations have more than enough riches and land to take in the Arabs of "Palestine", but will not, which is a major reason why I dislike Arabs in general - besides their idiotic muslim faith. (Note that there are good Arabs of "Palestine", but they are mostly Christian.)

  • Israelís Supporters Must Stop Using These 13 Phrases

    06/17/2015 12:14:37 PM PDT · 6 of 12
    roadcat to Little Ray
    Pity that their actual countries don’t want them ...

    Yes. Jordan is Palestine (or should have been if the Arabs didn't go to war), so a chunk of Jordan should be carved out to house the miscreants. But Jordan kicked them out. Originally Israel was to be much larger with a share of land now in present-day Jordan.

  • California on Cusp of Fracking Boom Bigger than North Dakota

    06/17/2015 11:59:00 AM PDT · 47 of 51
    roadcat to Red Badger
    100 miles of pipeline doesn’t seem too big of an obstacle, even with a mountain ridge..........providing the right palms are greased................

    That's true. That's how the Dems pushed through building a high speed supertrain to nowhere through the desert that few will use, which may never be completed. Senator Feinstein's hubby got major contracts to build portions of it. Much the same with the aqueduct that brings water from the north to southern California, lots of high-cost pumps were built to push the water there and up 2000 feet over the Tehachapi mountains, lots of palms were greased.

  • California on Cusp of Fracking Boom Bigger than North Dakota

    06/17/2015 10:27:19 AM PDT · 43 of 51
    roadcat to Red Badger
    Salt water is there in abundance....................

    Not so. See reply#10 for the map. That's a desert, some 100 miles away from the ocean through a mountainous barrier.

  • Editorial: WSJ stoops to clickbait with silly anti-Mac article

    06/17/2015 9:55:57 AM PDT · 15 of 16
    roadcat to Swordmaker
    One of them can be batted aside in a blink: he says that Apple made a mere $6.9 billion from selling Macs in the final three months of 2014, which is (relative) peanuts next to its iPhone revenues.

    It wasn't too long ago (less than 15 years?) that the total worth of Apple was less than $4 billion. Now they're raking in that much in a quarter, in profits, just from Macs. Amazing! No company would walk away from profits like that.

  • Editorial: WSJ stoops to clickbait with silly anti-Mac article

    06/17/2015 9:51:29 AM PDT · 14 of 16
    roadcat to SES1066
    I so want a telephone that I can voice command ‘no calls except from family’ from 8pm to 8am and NO RING at all in those hours.

    I have a land-line telephone that does some of that. I know, it sounds archaic having a land-line phone. Some years ago I bought an answering machine with five wireless handsets. It's programmed to have different ringtones for immediate family, friends, business and to be quiet for unknowns. Also announces them by name. When we hear the family ringtone or the close friend ringtone followed by name, we immediately pick up. The money-bomb calls are blocked. Wish my cell smartphone had these features.

  • Millionaires control 41% of world's wealth, expected to take more

    06/16/2015 11:15:11 AM PDT · 54 of 57
    roadcat to Starstruck
    If you include property and 401k savings along with the number of baby boomers reaching or nearing retirement age, I would say 17 million millionaires in the world seems low.

    Definitely low, and a fact that supports that conclusion exists here in the SF Bay Area where little old ladies own homes worth over a million dollars that they originally bought for under $20,000. You include their property, they're easily millionaires.

  • Los Angeles mayor signs $15/hour minimum wage hike into law

    06/15/2015 7:33:36 PM PDT · 59 of 59
    roadcat to bgill
    Expect the price of a loaf of bread and everything else to double.

    Yes. So they think the only impact is the $15/hour shelled out to employees. What about the more skilled or longer tenure employee that was making a few more bucks an hour? They will demand and get more. And so on with workers that were making more, but all of a sudden less skilled workers are getting the same money. The ripple effect up the seniority ladder is what causes inflation in product prices. It ain't just the minimum wage employees who will cost businesses more; it's all the employees demanding and getting more because of this insane act. And it will drive many businesses out of business.

  • Should California rich be able to use as much water as they can afford?

    06/15/2015 7:14:35 PM PDT · 16 of 20
    roadcat to oldfart
    Sure, but since California also has a budget problem it might be equally proper to raise their water bill enough to offset that.

    I remember that in the previous drought in California, some communities would turn off the water or install a limiter at the valve outside your home, if you continually exceeded mandated limits on water usage. Pretty effective, even if you had the money to pay the fines you would no longer be able to get the water. (Yes, these droughts are cyclic in California, but the state government won't create a cure and they help cause these droughts.)

  • InssTek Called to South Korea to Use Grand Teton 3D Printer to Repair Fighter Jets

    06/15/2015 7:08:05 PM PDT · 18 of 24
    roadcat to 2ndDivisionVet
    Or you can print an entire 1964 1/2 Mustang, ‘55 Chevy or ‘53 Corvette.

    Takes forever to use an English wheel and hammer to shape body parts. A 3D printer of this type will be a game changer. I've created some parts for my '60s vintage cars. It would be nice to print parts with modern conveniences built in, like cup holders, cellphone holders etc. Just can't buy something like that from the replica part sellers; so you can design and print your own with a printer like this.

  • Texas Kids Told 'It's Illegal' to Sell Lemonade Without a Permit

    06/12/2015 8:06:29 PM PDT · 66 of 77
    roadcat to napscoordinator
    All they had to do is donations only and they would have been ok. Probably would have made more money that way anyway.

    Our family was at an outdoor jazz concert in the park, held by the city every summer. A woman and her young daughter set down on a blanket near ours, with a huge ice chest and supplies. The young girl started walking among the crowds sitting on blankets, and sweetly asked if they would like some free lemonade, and they could donate if they wished. No one could resist her charm, and we as well as others donated far more than what a cup would normally cost. Little girl sold out quickly and made a fortune. All legal.

  • Almost 600 Accounts Breached in 'Celebgate' Nude Photo Hack, FBI Says

    06/10/2015 10:27:42 PM PDT · 22 of 58
    roadcat to PA Engineer
    From my CMU days, they keep them under their keyboard.

    One of my brothers-in-law won't do that, he doesn't write them down and then he forgets them. He relies on me to remember them for him. Been going on for years, sigh. Latest thing he was panicking about last week was a screen page warning him to pay $500 to the FBI via a link. After telling him it was a spammer, had to show him how to clean out history and cookies, again for the n'th time. Some people can't handle computers.

  • Almost 600 Accounts Breached in 'Celebgate' Nude Photo Hack, FBI Says

    06/10/2015 10:02:21 PM PDT · 7 of 58
    roadcat to PA Engineer
    Let me guess. Their password was password.

    I have helped many relatives and friends to resolve problems on their computers. Lots of them are idiots. They either create no secure accounts, or use the default administrator account... with no password. And when they do create a password for Internet accounts, it's something safe that no one would think of, like "54321", their birthday or their kid's name. And they write it down on a piece of paper taped to the computer. Despite warnings, they don't learn to use safe practices.

  • Officer caught on video in Texas pool party incident resigns

    06/10/2015 9:20:50 PM PDT · 34 of 35
    roadcat to Leaning Right
    Of course, Plan A is out in the window if it's a violent, bloody riot. But this wasn't a violent, bloody riot.

    No, it wasn't. Just a bunch of partying teens. Many of which were black, but I discount that factor because they looked and acted like Oreos, not hardened ghetto punks. Despite some making them out to be violent anarchists, I didn't see anything of the sort from the videos.

    When I was a teen (17), my younger sister (14 at the time) threw a party while our parents were away. It got out of control with party-crashers and booze everywhere, spilling into the street and neighbor's property. Someone called the cops, I let them in and asked them to clear the party. A lot of these kids were punks, some were trying to steal the shotgun from the police car. Cops handled things professionally, no swearing or theatrics, calmed the punks down. Maybe 40 to 50 kids, only two cops. Cops decades ago knew the difference between a kids party and a riot.

  • Officer caught on video in Texas pool party incident resigns

    06/10/2015 5:08:11 PM PDT · 14 of 35
    roadcat to arbitrary.squid
    At one point, he is running through the scene for no apparent reason, trips on a tree root, does a barrel roll, and keeps on running.

    Yes, I saw the whole video. That trip reminded me of "Galaxy Quest" where Tim Allen does a barrel roll while running, thinking he's macho and cool, until Sigourney Weaver asks him where is his gun. The cop lost his flashlight during that barrel roll on the turf, sort of a keystone cop bit.

  • Officer caught on video in Texas pool party incident resigns

    06/10/2015 4:57:39 PM PDT · 9 of 35
    roadcat to arbitrary.squid
    He was probably told he could resign and keep his benefits or be fired. It’s what happens in employment when you lose your composure.

    Probably so, wanted to keep the benefits.

    One thing I don't like is all the swearing the cop did at those young teens. Cops have potty mouths, something they should try to be more civil about. You can yell instructions at someone without being disgusting, particularly at kids.

  • Shotgun used in slayings of Metairie father and son was stolen from Orleans deputy, JPSO says

    06/10/2015 4:50:26 PM PDT · 5 of 23
    roadcat to BBell
    Ballistics testing linked the gun to the Pence murders.

    How does that work? I have a Mossberg shotgun, and if the shell casings aren't left behind, how do they do the ballistics tests to specifically I.D. the gun?

  • Microsoft Picks Unusual Place to Make Its Giant Surface Hub: The U.S.

    06/10/2015 3:04:25 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    roadcat to minnesota_bound
    If it was built by Chinese slave children it would be $499 at Wal-Mart.

    Why are Microsoft products so overpriced? $20,000 for what essentially costs $1,000 or less by anyone else. I would stay away from Microsoft, as they donate the ill-gotten profits to liberal causes.

  • Embattled McKinney police officer resigns following pool party video

    06/09/2015 9:45:23 PM PDT · 173 of 207
    roadcat to ansel12
    That happened to my work van, it was stolen and cleaned out, the cop that came to the shop said that when he saw it in the police yard, that it had been full of tools and retail goods, and that the boys who took it seemed to have only driven it around, without showing interest in all the stuff inside the van.

    Happened to me once. My '63 Chevy Impala was stolen. I reported it to a police station. Next day a friend who worked for the police department said he saw it towed into the police impound lot. He said it was intact, my mag wheels, tuck 'n roll interior and everything else looked good. So I go to the police station, inquire, and get a release slip. At the impound lot, the employees tell me I'll need a flatbed truck to tow it home, that it was stripped - engine parts, wheels, etc. gone.

    I told them that I had proof it came in intact, had friends on the inside, and I would be back in several hours and my car better be good to go or the D.A. would hear about it. I came back late in the afternoon and my car was all together, mags and all. Some cops are corrupt (not all but a few are, as I discovered after working with the department for a couple decades).

  • Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown cuts back on bathing, drinking water amid drought crisis

    06/08/2015 3:08:48 PM PDT · 23 of 25
    roadcat to BitWielder1
    Libs can't distinguish between effective and inconsequential solutions. They rather do something for show than something that works. Which explains a lot of their wacky policies.

    Very well said. Moonbeam Brown is cutting back a little bit. Wow, that helps. Why not cut back those get-togethers of liberal events where a hundred-thousand people gather? All of them drinking lots of water. All of them pissing, flushing lots of water. You ban a few of those events, and you'll save a hundred-thousand gallons of water and more, in one day. Ban Bay-to-Breakers runs during drought years, save hundreds of thousands of gallons of water. Cut a few political fund-raisers, and save lots of water. There are more efficient ways of saving water on a mass scale than Stinky Brown cutting back on bathing.

  • Why I Ditched My Smartphone And You Should Too

    06/05/2015 8:08:52 PM PDT · 48 of 51
    roadcat to sneakers
    We got them when there was a triple minutes offer.

    Good deal! Just be aware, that it is good for the life of the phone as long as you use it. It can't be transferred!

    I recently upgraded TracFone from a slider to an TracFone LG smartphone. When I transferred the minutes from the old phone, it did not transfer the double minutes total. TracFone people explained that they will only transfer the total you bought, not the doubled (or tripled) amount tied to a previous phone. It didn't matter to me as I had over 4000 accumulated minutes, and keeping over 2000 was good enough. The double or triple will take effect on new cards you purchase for the newer model phone (if offered, which I look for when upgrading).

  • Why I Ditched My Smartphone And You Should Too

    06/04/2015 10:33:47 PM PDT · 23 of 51
    roadcat to thomasryan
    Called AT&T, dumped my $110 a month service and switched to NET 10 for $35 a month unlimited phone & text (no internet).

    Author Dishaw sounds like a clueless idiot. I went with a TracFone years ago. Anonymous and cheap. Costs me about $8 a month for a $100/year service card. And I can do text and voice, and have internet access. And it takes pictures. $8 a month. They have deals where you get double minutes or more for life, and it's plenty enough time. You need more minutes, buy a card at any drugstore and add them. For the last 5 years I haven't needed extra cards.

  • Study: Silicon Valley Is No Longer Americaís Startup Capital

    06/04/2015 1:32:46 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    roadcat to justlurking
    Parts of Austin are very liberal, particularly around the university and Capitol.

    From what I've seen, downtown Austin has more degenerates than Berkeley, and that's saying something. I've been in Austin often, and young women with multicolored hair and rings in their noses are pushing abortion pamphlets in your face. Stores full of degenerates. And forget about getting a bag for your purchases, no plastic bags. California Bay Area is looking normal compared to Austin.

  • Trending Right Now on Twitter - #HillarySoOld

    06/03/2015 7:36:14 PM PDT · 16 of 39
    roadcat to tcrlaf

    Hillaryous! Like these

    #HillarySoOld she had to cover her ears during the big bang

    And

    #HillarySoOld She thought the Big Bang had to do with Bill and Monica.

  • San Franciscoís median rent hits a ridiculous $4,225

    06/02/2015 11:23:17 PM PDT · 34 of 36
    roadcat to vette6387
    Maybe so but the young folks who work for Apple, Google, Facebook, etc., are clamoring to live in The City.

    One of my daughters works at a company down the peninsula in Silicon Valley. She tells me that some of her co-workers rent residences in San Francisco because it's cheaper! As high as SF is to rent, it's pretty steep where the tech firms are located south of SF.

  • San Franciscoís median rent hits a ridiculous $4,225

    06/02/2015 1:42:11 PM PDT · 17 of 36
    roadcat to MrB
    Truth be told, the laws that lead to such high rent rates are INTENDED to drive minorities out.

    I don't believe that at all. The rent control laws are stupid, and cause the very conditions that they were supposed to prevent. It's all about supply and demand. Lots of well-paid jobs draw big talent in. Close-by world-famous universities supply the knowledge and think-tanks. Of course the poor can't afford what the well-off workers can afford to pay. So politicians pander to the poorer residents and initiate arbitrary rent control laws. These laws cause landlords to remove units from circulation. It has nothing to do with minorities, or trying to drive them out.

    Rather, minorities have moved in! SF has more ethnic diversity than most large cities. The blacks cashed out, selling their homes to buy cheaper housing across the bay. But lots of asians and latinos moved in taking their place. Of course, the blacks were only here since after WWII when they took over Japanese housing that Japanese-Americans were forced to give up. You're wrong on both counts.

  • Sleeping in cars: Punishment prohibited in California bill sponsored by San Jose's Chu

    06/01/2015 8:13:29 PM PDT · 16 of 57
    roadcat to artichokegrower
    Local governments could not punish people caught sleeping in cars under AB718.

    There are exceptions to every rule, or that ought to be. One night a friend called me up late at night. I asked "What's up?". He said he was on the shoulder of highway I-5 in the middle of nowhere outside Bakersfield, California, trying to wake up. I asked "Oh, catching some sleep on the side of the highway?".

    He said he was driving about 70mph and next thing he knew, he awoke hearing the sound of gravel under his wheels as his car drifted onto the shoulder of I-5. Yup, he fell asleep at the wheel while driving. Should be a law against that!

  • Mystery Woman Who Dumped Rare Apple Computer at Silicon Valley Recycling Center to Get $100,000

    06/01/2015 4:31:21 PM PDT · 20 of 20
    roadcat to JoeFromSidney
    Be sure your wife knows how valuable they are.

    I always remind my wife that not all my possessions are junk. Two items side by side might seem similar, but one could be worth $25 and the other $5000. I created a database with estimated values just so she won't make mistakes on selling stuff after I die. She's always after me to reduce the amount of stuff I own, but she'll remember that I tell her there's money in that pile of "junk". For instance, early motherboards in the low 100's serial numbers versus others much higher. Guys - label your stuff so she can identify its worth!