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19th-May-2018 11:59 am - Goodbye, World!
Army Cosmo
Don't misinterpret the title. I'm definitely not suicidal or anything remotely like that.  "Hello, World!" is usually the first message you learn to have a computer say when you're writing something for the very first time in a computer programming language.

I've always been interested in geek speak. Even my usual internet username nibble4bits is derived from 1970's terms for programming computers with a punchcard.  A computing era before my time, but I was born in the 1970's so I went along with it.  I'm simply not interested in blogging anymore, so consider this my final entry on LiveJournal.

If this is ever read by one of my children (Rachel or James), my wife Regina, or family/decendents that survive after I push up daisies; I just want to say that I love you all very much.

"Goodbye, World!"
13th-Apr-2010 08:29 pm - Hey!...
Army Cosmo
hey!...Hey! If I was a scientist, you know what I would clone? Hot dogs! Think of all the possibilities, Norm! Imagine, a world with... Hey, what's going on?...Imagine...hold on! Imagine a world, uh...of - with an endless supply of hot dogs! You could have a hot dog anytime you wanted! They'd be so abundant, they'd become our currency! 20 hot dogs would equal roughly a nickel. Depending on the strength of the yen, I'm not quite sure..
27th-Mar-2010 03:34 pm - Stuck in my head for the last 3 weeks
Army Cosmo
It's been such a long time
I think I should be goin', yeah
And time doesn't wait for me, it keeps on rollin'
Sail on, on a distant highway
I've got to keep on chasin' a dream
I've gotta be on my way
Wish there was something I could say.

Well I'm takin' my time, I'm just movin' along
You'll forget about me after I've been gone
And I take what I find, I don't want no more
It's just outside of your front door.

It's been such a long time. It's been such a long time.

Well I get so lonely when I am without you
But in my mind, deep in my mind,
I can't forget about you
Good times, and faces that remind me
I'm tryin' to forget your name and leave it all behind me
You're comin' back to find me.

Well I'm takin' my time, I'm just movin' along
You'll forget about me after I've been gone
And I take what I find, I don't want no more
It's just outside of your front door.

It's been such a long time. It's been such a long time.

Yeah. It's been such a long time, I think I should be goin', yeah
And time dosnt wait for me, it keeps on rollin'
There's a long road, I've gotta stay in time with
I've got to keep on chasin' that dream, though I may never find it
I'm always just behind it.

Well I'm takin' my time, I'm just movin' along
Takin' my time, just movin' along
Takin' my time, yeah I'm takin' my time...
12th-Jan-2010 09:11 pm - Mediamonkey
Army Cosmo
Tonight, I'm trying out an "Auto DJ" script which references "like" artists from last.fm to make playlists of similar artists on Greasemonkey.

I started with VNV Nation, which queued up Jason Mraz, then Outfield, Lou Reed, and then 10,000 Maniacs.

Hmmm....I think I can get the same wild-ass random results playing all on Shuffle!
13th-Dec-2009 06:32 pm - Finally!
Army Cosmo
An AT&T commercial attacking Verizon that actually made sense. They showed Luke Wilson downloading his picture on an AT&T network and the same photo on a Verizon network. And they show the AT&T download being done first before the commercial was over, and a headless Luke Wilson trying to walk around aimlessly.

This, as long as you're in a spot where AT&T's 3G coverage is, is actually true. AT&T's 3G data network is actually faster. Too bad your 3G network footprint is still only 1/5th the size of Verizon's. And too bad that your claim of having the "most popular" smart phones is coming to an end with your iPhone monopoly ending next year.

Verizon is actually switching to a new format next year which will allow for SIM Card chips. It's going to be interesting to see how they handle the roll-out of this new network standard. Sprint/NEXTEL is *still* going through headaches on their merge with two very incompatible technologies. Verizon is going to have to deal with these types of headaches over the next two years, because their new format is NOT compatible with their existing format.
8th-Dec-2009 11:00 pm - AT&T *still* assumes you're a moron.
Army Cosmo
So, just saw a new AT&T commercial showing Verizon's coverage map falling apart... funny, all that the commercial mentioned was the features found on phones like that you can still surfing the web while on a phone call with AT&T. What does map coverage have to do with the features found on phones? Absolutely nothing. And how many phones of AT&T actually do that? I'd bet most of them don't.

If AT&T wants an honest fight-for-fight, how about mentioning how AT&T's 3G network is faster than Verizon's? Which is true -- By bandwidth rates, it is. When it works. Even then, when you're in a map that's 1/5th of the size of Verizon's 3G coverage area. And when it works, because who really cares if you get the page loading error or network not responding message faster? Because I get those errors all the time on my phone, and I have a brand new phone, same errors from the last phone to this new one.

And AT&T's exclusivity of having the iPhone is coming to an end soon, anyway. Apple's exclusive agreement with them is ending sometime in 2010.
7th-Dec-2009 12:20 am - Unemployment
Army Cosmo
Do you know how unemployment is measured? It's measured by calculating the number of people unemployed over the number able to do work, AKA labor force.

Now. If you have a huge national financial setback, such as a Wall-Street-caused bubble bursting? You counter some of the effects by extending the number of people able to recieve unemployment benefits and for a longer period of time, that means the actual percentage of people on Unemployment will be higher than usual. The actual length of Unemployment benefits strongly influences the percentage. Give people a shorter fuse to a threat of being homeless, and they'll settle for something less than they feel they are worth, a lot sooner than they previously had to do it.

So don't panic. The percentage should go down again soon. The number of pink slips and firings are calming down. Once this happens for a while, unemployment benefits and eligibility should return to what they used to be, and the actual percentage of people will go back to what they used to be.
6th-Dec-2009 11:12 pm - AT&T assumes you're a moron.
Army Cosmo
AT&T has been putting out a "rebuttal" commercial about Verizon's use of maps.

AT&T has said that their maps cover 97% of all Americans. Maybe that's true for cellular reception coverage, but that's not what Verizon's commercial talked about AT. ALL.

I thought it was pretty clear that Verizon was covering AT&T's 3G coverage, which DOES NOT cover 97% of all Americans. In fact, Verizon's commercial was so correct that AT&T dropped their lawsuit.

And frankly, as an AT&T customer, since the iPhone 3GS has rolled out, my own data coverage has been dropping like crazy because of AT&T's way overloaded network. If I wasn't deploying to Iraq soon, I would be putting SERIOUS consideration in dropping AT&T when my contract runs out this May, and going to a cellular network that can handle its data services properly and doesn't assume their customers are morons.
Army Cosmo
I recently downloaded a VMware image of Google's latest "operating system", Google Chrome OS. Okay, so I took the easy route. But someone else did the hard work for me, but I read the original installation instructions. So here are some first impressions.

First off, it reminds me a lot of what Windows 95 was. Windows 95 was a spruced up Windows 3.1 relying on a MS-DOS background shell. Chrome OS seems to be just a Linux-core operating system, which automatically opens the Google Chrome browser and won't let you leave. Right now it feels like there's nothing extra to Google Chrome OS that you don't already have with Chrome for Windows, other than the speedy boot up. Well yeah, if you did the same for Windows, cut out everything, I'm sure it would be a speed demon.

So my thoughts are... this "operating system" is almost just like an old fashioned Dumb Terminals, you know, a computer screen with a keyboard that receives its instructions from another computer on what to do. Chrome OS is obviously not for anyone who wants to use a computer for what computers are good for doing, and that is having a multi-purpose. Yes, I supposed there's an audience out there that all they really want to do is access the Internet. But what about pictures? What about home videos? What about iPod's? All new computer users eventually get sophisticated enough that they really start doing more than just E-mail and the Internet. That audience still exists, but they're shrinking, not growing.

So, initial reaction.... Not too impressed. I will wait for those extra 20-30 seconds for my OS to boot if it means I can edit videos, or go through stuff I've downloaded and watch or listen to it without waiting for it to stream. And even streams, if my Internet connection goes down (and it does a lot, stupid cable modem) that means it interrupts whatever it is that I'm doing at the time.

Also, what happens when I bring my computer to an Airport, where they charge for internet access? I can't even bypass the login screen because you're going to try to verify my Google account, and theyre going to be too busy trying to force me to a splash page so they can sell me their internet services. What happens when I'm trying to work on a plane? Will Google Gears work well enough to remember enough features of Google Docs to let me work?

So, with all that being said, Chrome OS has a lot of work to do to convince computer hobbyists like myself to make the jump.
3rd-Nov-2009 06:24 pm - Protecting marriage
Army Cosmo
Random thought of the day...

Why don't the people who want to "protect the sanctity of marriage" by not allowing gays & lesbians from marrying not doing their darnedest to fight against the laws that NO ONE will disagree is a 100% threat to marriage, and those are the laws that allow divorce.

Look, I'm not gay, I have no plans to be gay, and frankly, I don't think allowing two consenting adults to make a commitment to each other would be bad. It DOESN'T open the door to bestiality because frankly, animals don't have the same will as humans to provide consent. And neither does it open to pedophilia, because children also have not matured far enough to know if the consent is right.

Frankly, if you want to protect the sanctity of marriage, go ahead and turn it back into a PERMANENT decision, because that is what its intent was. People wouldn't be getting married on a whim when the consequences are literally being stuck with that person forever.

And I'll leave you for this last thought of the day.

Adam & Eve had two kids, both boys. Who did *they* breed with? Their mom? How is THAT not objectionable?
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