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Discussions - Public / Are All LED TVs Pretty Much The Same?
« on: December 01, 2017, 10:19:42 AM »
I was at Costco the other day and while I was there it dawned on me that I could not tell the difference between any of the LED TV brands. If you taped over the name you could not single out one particular brand over another.

LG, Samsung, Vizio, Sony - it all looks the same to me. People gush all over that Samsung is the best but I dont see it. Its not that any of them are bad but I dont think there is just much difference between them.

Maybe my eye is not discerning enough, I dont know.

What do you all think?

Discussions - Public / Google Can No Longer Be Trusted With Private Data
« on: November 13, 2017, 10:11:49 AM »

Did anyone actually believe that Goolag was not scanning your private data.


Say it aint so, companies are choose Macs over Windows. If they were smart they would consider Linux.

My friend recently bought a house and needed to have some electrical work done. He got 3 estimates from licensed electricians. Here is what he told me he had done roughly from memory:

2 ceiling fans + switches
3 new outside outlets
2 outside outlets repaired
7 recessed lights  + 3 pendants + 2 dimmers in kitchen
2 pairs of flood lights in the back.

He didnt get a single quote that was less than 5K. All the electricians told him that this is just a quote but the actual bill will be less as this is just time and materials. He picked a guy and the guy came with his partner - took 2 days to do it and they work from 7:30am to 2pm. Than they are out of there.

Total bill for the time and materials was $4000. My friend figures the cost of materials was probably close to $800. Remember the work also needs new wire and junction boxes. Regardless you can do the math - $3200 for 2 guys for 2 days. $1600 each so about $800/day for your time BEFORE TAXES. Figure they get hit at 30% for taxes as they are probably LLCs. So they are probably netting $1150 which works out to $575/day.

Thats pretty good money as most IT people cannot consistently pull that kind of $$ today due to the H1B. On top of this there are significant barriers to entry. Here in the PRNJ (People's Republic of NJ) there is a ton of licensing bullshit + liability insurance + disability insurance. Also I am betting that a lot of them do quite a bit of work n cash.

Sure there are lots of unlicensed ones around but you have to be brave to trust one with your house especially when they could accidentally burn it down.

One thing they did tell me is if the owner drives them crazy they leave. By the time they are packing their tools they are usually begging them to come back.


We dont call it the Indian Bowel Movement for nothing.


Though this article is a few years old, the truth is no one knows what these companies are doing with your data.

Discussions - Public / Why Paid Email Will Never Beat Gmail (I dont buy it)
« on: September 26, 2017, 03:33:14 AM »

Not sure I buy it. But there are some interesting comments at the end of the article:

"Suppport is for customers, not for the product. Using Gmail you are the product, not the customer."

"Yep. I see people every day who have their entire business email system based off of free Gmail. They better hope that nothing ever goes wrong with it, because Google does NOT have a phone number you can call for support."

I am looking for a new email provider as I want to divorce myself from the Goolag. They know way to much about everyone and everything. I also don't like their politics and censorships. Thanks but its time to kick them to the curb. Its out of control. Cannot be any of the following:


I have seen lots of suggestions on the web but would like to hear first hand experiences from others.


Very detailed and explains everything about why it sucks.


Thanks Microshaft but I will stick with Apple and Ubuntu.

I went through an Apple hate phase but am over it. The alternative of Windows is much worse. Yes you pay the Apple tax but who needs this kind of nonsense.

I made the mistake of turning on automatic updates and it jammed up my pc. They can eat it.

Discussions - Public / Petya Virus Damage
« on: July 06, 2017, 10:47:19 AM »
So my friend's work computer has been dead since last week. It wiped the MFT table and the boot loader he said. The machine will now not even boot.

Regardless here are some statistics that will blow your mind in his company. They have had 30-75%losses of Windows computers. As of right now they estimate that roughly 35K-45K desktop computer in his company were damaged along with about 15K servers.

Crazy stuff.

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