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Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 2219

by BrokenHalo (#46201833) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
Well said.

But just to throw a spanner in the works, it doesn't hurt to mention that even the so-called "classic" version of the site is looking pretty damn fugly at the moment for a logged-in user who has left any non-default settings in his profile. So (at least in my case) the beta could easily be seen as an improvement.

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 249

by BrokenHalo (#46139511) Attached to: Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share
Except that I am aware of at least one case where a guy DID get fired for buying a non-IBM machine. He was a new broom on a long-standing Burroughs site (this was back in the '70s), and he reckoned he was the shizznit, without the requisite experience to back that up. When the directors heard that this fool had splurged on an IBM box that was virtually incapable of functioning in their company, he was dismissed immediately.

Comment: Re:Umm no. (Score 2) 248

by BrokenHalo (#45864543) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: State of the Art In DIY Security Systems?
Back in the late '70s, I shared a house with a guy who had a pet Bengal tiger. The animal was a real pussy (of the non-edible kind), but one time a prowler came round, sticking his head through an open window. The pussy-cat snuck up, put his nose to the intruder's face and purred or growled or whatever it is they do. That guy's screams were quite funny.

Comment: Re:systemd is there (Score 1) 383

by BrokenHalo (#45836087) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

Doesn't look like it's preinstalled on Ubuntu 13.10. Any way to get this working?

You would do better to read up on why some distros elect not to use systemd, despite the fact that it is becoming quite popular in some quarters. For my part, I consider it to be an unnecessary complication, so am happy that my preferred distro (Slackware) still elects not to implement systemd by default.

Comment: Re:A bad remake is a foot! (Score 1) 207

by BrokenHalo (#45804983) Attached to: Sherlock Holmes Finally In the Public Domain In the US

And in the 1890's, 1325 bucks was REAL MONEY

I don't know what world you're living in, but $1325 is real money right now. And I suspect my dog might appreciate whatever that works out at in dog money.

That aside, one of the big advantages of Project Gutenberg's sister sites is that there are servers outside the US that are not tied to predatory American copyright legislation, so many texts that should (by reasonable, ethical expectations) have passed into public domain have often already done so somewhere.

Comment: Why? A cheesemaker's POV... (Score 5, Interesting) 139

by BrokenHalo (#45804863) Attached to: Wisconsin Begins Using Cheese To De-Ice Roads
As a professional cheesemaker, (yes, one of the blessed variety), the first question that comes to my mind is:

Why are these people throwing out their brine? This seems an unnecessarily costly exercise.

It is typical practice in many cheese factories (and all of those in which I've worked) to keep and re-use brine (sometimes for decades), with routine and simple maintenance such as topping up salt levels, adjustment of pH, filtration to remove solids and occasional pasteurisation if required.

A "raw" brine of just NaCl and water will, of course, do the job of salting your cheese, but most of the salt is left in solution at the end of the brining process (so it doesn't make sense to throw it away), and the pH will have a tendency to bounce around, adversely affecting the properties of your cheese. The various whey products in a re-used brine help to stabilise the pH, so one usually only needs to top up salt to replace that absorbed by the cheese.

Comment: Music and muzack... (Score 2) 328

by BrokenHalo (#45724755) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can Digital Music Replace Most Instrumental Musicians?

I hate vocals in music. That's why I stick to classical and electronic genres.

I don't exactly hate vocals (I was raised as a classical violinist, but my musical appetite now weighs a little more heavily in favour of jazz), but I find lyrics just get in the way when the music should be able to speak for itself. Thus, (from TFS)

Purely instrumental groups like Booker T and the MGs, as well as solo performers like Herbie Hancock or John McLaughlin, seem not to take the spotlight as they once did.

just doesn't apply for me. Though of course I have to accept that other people's priorities differ, and I'm fine with that.

What I cannot abide, however, is the current tendency to play unnecessary incidental "music" over spoken dialogue in TV shows. While I accept that my ears are not what they once were (I am well over 50 years old, and if there's one thing I would change if I had to live my life again, it would involve earplugs), I do not accept that these noises contribute anything useful, and frequently make dialogue difficult to hear.

+ - Harvard Bomber Hoax Perpetrator Caught through Tor->

Submitted by Meshach
Meshach (578918) writes "The FBI has caught the student who called in a bomb threat on December 16. The student used a temporary anonymous email account routed through Tor but the FBI were able to trace it because it originated in the Harvard wireless network. He could face as long as five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine if convicted."
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Comment: Re:FOR-PROFIT CORP !! NO THANX !! (Score 5, Informative) 143

by BrokenHalo (#45451835) Attached to: Ars Checks Out CyanogenMod's New Installer

uh ... go ask your carrier for upgrade then .

This is a fair point. CyanogenMod's strength is that it offers an upgrade path to a great many devices that have been abandoned by their manufacturers.The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, for instance hasn't seen an upgrade from my carrier in well over a year. CM also offers a clear way to de-googlify your phone, for those worried about Google's monitoring their activity. If you want the benefits of (say) Google maps and navigation, you have to consciously download and install the gapps.

Comment: Re:Calculator (Score 1) 328

by BrokenHalo (#45447831) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Cheap Second Calculators For Tests?

Yeah, but he's used to RPN so he's pretty much stuck with HP models. ...although he doesn't say that.

IIRC there were some Russian-made devices that used an RPN interface, though I've never come across one.

But if I were doing it all over again (without slide-rules) I think I would have opted for an HP-15C. That was, and still is, a stupendously elegant piece of hardware.

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