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Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 817

by Anna Merikin (#49738581) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

The infrastructure is cheap; it's the tolls which are expensive. To wit: The loans to repay the bonds for the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge required a 25-cent toll. Now the bridge is built and the bonds presumably are paid off but the present 5-dollar toll charge can't keep the bridge painted (look at any tourist's photo of it.)

Neither government nor business can keep the Peter Principle from applying in the world's endeavors.

Comment: Re:You're not a subscriber (Score 1) 616

by Anna Merikin (#49711615) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

Last time I checked, internet banner ads were going for about $2.20 per thousand impressions (views). That means your loading a page with ten ads brings the site $0.022. Do that every day for a month and the revenue gained from advertisers for your visits is $0.66. This does not equal your stated $5 per month per site.

Of course, the ad companies consolidate the bills and pay in one check, so collection costs are less than from individuals....

Even so, some ad-free subscription sites (like The Well seem to survive.

Comment: Re:Heisenberg compensator ... (Score 4, Insightful) 83

You may be experiencing the difference between being very smart and being brilliant. I have run across this many times. When brilliant people agree and I don't understand the basics, I have to admit defeat, as if I were playing chess against a Grand Master.

Comment: At What Frequency? (Score 1) 83

Technics already did this: All radio/TV/radar transmitters and antennae do is change a stream of modulated electrons to similarly-modulated photons. At low frequencies (AM radio, as an example) the photons behave in a classical manner even being able to penetrate dense matter like buildings and mountains. At higher modulation frequencies, like FM or TV, this behavior is moderated, being blocked by physical obstructions; what's more the electrons which leave the transmitter travel not through the connecting copper cables, but on the surface only, which is why those connections are straps and not thick wire. At ultra high frequencies like radar, wave guides are used, as the stream of electrons behaves nearly exactly like light. And as we can deduce, radar is useful because the photons are reflected with very high efficiency.

Perhaps this is the explanation of this phenomenon. I dunno, cause the abstract provides no information on what frequencies were used.

Comment: Get Anything But Keep Wrists Curved! (Score 1) 452

by Anna Merikin (#49274651) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

I have had good service from keyboards I bought at thrift stores, from Wal-Mart and the original IBM disc keyboard back in the day.

Just pound away at them keeping the wrists curved slightly and stiff, rather than resting them and using my fingers do the walking.

I have never had carpal pain and I have never had a keyboard failure; I use them until their plugs become obsolete.

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 466

by Anna Merikin (#49143927) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

But it looks harder to use.

It was: It needed both boxes to run DOS 6.0 -- same version. Even so, results were not guaranteed.

Laplink can negotiate its protocol over a std LPT Cable or Null Modem.

I take out the drives and connect them to a modern box either with a PATA cable to the motherboard or via a USB\PATA connector to the modern box.

Comment: Do Nothing (Score 1) 239

by Anna Merikin (#49023471) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Will It Take To End Mass Surveillance?

In the ideograms of Laotzu -- "Do nothing. That way everything will get done."

The Soviet-style surveillance state was disassembled when the Soviet Union imploded. This was due to various causes, including but not limited to a rising consumerist demand with a resulting balance-of-payment deficit, the cost of military "defense" against capitalism, mismanagement, corruption in high and low places, a failing currency and fiscal policy, and cynicism of the populace with respect to government's inability to plan for the future.

All of these conditions obtain currently in the USA. So, doing nothing will allow us to coast to the same fate as our former adversary.

And Laotzu will be shown to be right again.

Comment: Re:Just started using it (Score 1) 129

by Anna Merikin (#49003713) Attached to: CrunchBang Linux Halts Development

I used their xfce version of #!-10 and it was wicked quick. Not fast, in that rendering in GiMP or loading web pages was quicker -- it wasn't --, but in responsiveness. When I clicked on something, the desktop responded instantly; I had the feeling it had read my mind and prepared for my request for action before I made it.

It was installed on a rotating hard disk, unlike Mint 10, which was on a SSD, and it beat Mint for speed (on a 1.6 gHz Pentium-M box with 4 G ram. YMMV)

Ironically, when the community xfce spin was discontinued, the announcement used the same logic -- You can add xfce to Debian and don'y need #! for that....

Sad to see it go. I would still have been using it had CUPS worked for printing....

Comment: Re:Wait... (Score 4, Insightful) 431

In the BC (Before Computers) era, if one wanted perfect privacy, they would remember things and not write them down. They would talk to each other in their own homes with security from government eavesdropping about ideas, politics, anything they felt like. The fifth amendment gave them the right to keep such things from government "oversight."

Now, there is more to remember and machines to help us do so. Should these modern aids help the individual or make the jobs of surveillance agencies easier?

Put another way, would anyone want their careless/drunk/drugged/lusty words used against them in a courtroom?

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary saftey deserve neither liberty not saftey." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759