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Name: Steve
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Hometown: Florida
Home country: US
Current location: US
Member since: Sat Oct 16, 2004, 01:04 PM
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I just talked to my letter carrier about the insanity of the GOP...

He agreed 100% with me.

Fact sheet: Pre-funding of future retiree health benefits

The U.S. Postal Service has its roots in the United States Constitution. For decades, it has entirely supported itself by the sale of stamps and other postal services—not with taxpayer dollars. The costs associated with the health benefits of USPS’ retirees are also covered by these proceeds. In December 2006, a lame-duck Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA), a postal reform measure that included a mandate on the Postal Service to “pre-fund” 75 years’ worth of health benefits for future retirees. Hard-wired into the law without regard to economic conditions was an inflexible payment schedule that required USPS to pay about $5.6 billion per year over a 10-year period. The more than $12 billion in pre-funding payments the Postal Service made from 2007 to 2009 have since helped turn USPS’ healthy income statement a deep shade of red.



Windows on phones

Just curious

Do you have MDD (aka major depressive disorder, clinical depression or major depression...)


A DU'er needs your assistance


Just trying to help.

Just for fun: how good is your hearing (especially treble/high frequencies) ?

Two websites to check out




Warning: Don't do this if the results might depress you! Most of us lose some range in treble when we get older. Also, the results on these kind of tests are never the gospel truth, only a very rough estimate if you are super careful with it. You have to see an audiologist to get really accurate results.

Have fun (maybe)! I can only hear up to 14 khz at normal volume, 16 khz if I crank it up super loud.

Taskbar bug in latest build of Win10 drives me batty

Minimizing and maximizing apps from the taskbar, for me, is a royal pita, very very buggy. They better fix this asap.

Am I the only oddball who loves goa psy trance ?


I probably am, unless MrScorpio likes it too.


The Dirty Fucking Hippies were Right (time for this again!)

My defaults for DU (in case I'm too lazy to post or depressed, etc)

If it's bad news, I'm automatically sympathetic to the victims.

If it's good news for Democrats and President Obama, I say yay.

If it's good news for the country and the vast majority of people, I say that's wonderful.

If it's good news for any DU'er, I say congrats.

If it's bad news for any DU'er, you have my sympathies.

If someone's dying (and I miss the thread), many good vibes.

I guess I could go on but... sometimes I'm just too damn lazy and/or depressed to click and type. True story.

The dying threads just are the hardest for me. I usually don't know the people, and I don't what to say really.

The "please help me, I need a donation" threads are the second hardest - I wish I was a billionaire but alas I'm not I also have a son I'm still getting "launched" into the adult world, so to speak.

Anyway....that's me.

Burger me! Microsoft's chainsaw rampage through sacred cow herd



Such is Microsoft’s anxiety to get developers writing for its trailing-in-the-distance mobile platforms, it did an unthinkable thing. Six times before breakfast. And several times again between breakfast and “brunch”. And then it carried on. What made it all quite surreal was that the first hour contained no indication of what was to come.

CEO Satya Nadella paddled about with a music app for Surface, like a supply teacher killing time politely. Then, after he ambled off, came lots of new Important Cloud stuff. Then the surprises started.

We got Android apps running on Windows. A Microsoft IDE running on Linux. .NET ported to Linux, too. Support for Objective C, the language that only Apple and NeXT has ever really used. Support for Google and Apple APIs - in fact, just carry on writing for Google and Apple. Wild, untamed Win32 binaries scaling the ramparts of the Microsoft Store. Phones turning into proper PCs when you plug them into a monitor and keyboard.

Somewhere underneath the stage you could imagine Steve Ballmer’s disembodied spirit howling in pain.

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