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Comment Re:not shock (Score 1) 182

Except the filter doesn't catch the polonium and to a lesser extent radioactive lead that is in tobacco. C Everett Koop warned us about that since the late 1980s or early 1990s. Coal pollution also pumps out radioactive particles (uranium and thorium), but those don't emit alpha rays anywhere near as quickly as polonium.

Comment Re:VM's (Score 1) 350

Yeah, I'd say us VM users are definitely more RAM pigs than most. I run a linux VM isolated from my internal network that handles all my external servers (i.e. web server, ssh, etc). My web site gets hit by Chinese hackers every day, so that gives me the peace of mind that they can pretty much do nothing except vandalize the server (which is easily fixed from a VM snapshot, but I do need to find how they breached the server, which has thankfully only happened once).

Comment Re:For anyone? (Score 1) 350

Gates denies it, and the quote was more like "640K ought to be enough for anybody" and if he said it, it was referring to a specific machine at a trade show. The quote that is said to be claimed to be out of context is Ken Olson's "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home."

You just reminded me of a button in the 1980s that said "Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, shit fights, and nuclear weapons." That and "Cthulhu in '88 - why settle for the lesser evil?" which is popping up again for the 2016 elections were two of my favorites.

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 1) 686

Fading is putting it lightly - I'd say the Whigs exploded. They were the centrist party and half favored slavery and the other half didn't. When Lincoln ditched them to form the liberal anti-slavery Republican party (which became conservative in the 20th century) the Whigs tore apart at the seams.

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 1) 686

Exactly. They called themselves communists, but the regime was fascist and didn't even run a good communism. The rich and powerful stayed rich and powerful and redistribution of wealth was never really done effectively. Nothing even remotely like Marx's goals of eliminating the caste system and money ever evolved. Every "communist" government that came after it was modeled on the dictatorship of Stalin and some even put in place by him (North Korea being a particular gem).

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 1) 686

There is often a misconception that libertarian means conservative, like Republican. It actually exists on a separate axis of Libertarian-Authoritarian (essentially anarchy vs police state). I'm guessing both Obama and W are up there close to Hitler on the Authoritarian scale. Nixon probably was, too.

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 3, Interesting) 686

Could be, yes, will be, no. Maybe in some states, but coal mining country will fight it tooth and nail to preserve mining jobs, just like the military won't stop building unneeded tanks to preserve tank building jobs. Coal plant owners will keep saying they can make "clean coal" by carbon capture and sequestration and put little to no investment into it because it will take 1/3 more energy to do it. They could boost rates to pay for it, but the reality is, if it impacts their bottom line they aren't going to do it quickly or willingly.

  Then there's the real tough sell - getting America's car loving populace to completely convert to all electric cars or ride non-fossil fuel public transportation. This may happen eventually, but I just don't see it in 30 years. 50 maybe. Millennials are tilting in that direction, the next gen or two will go all-in. Then it's just wait for the old fogies like me to die off.

Comment Re:It seemed too good to be true... (Score 2) 485

I'm sure it's to push their integrated store on more users - while Windows 8 users already had it, Windows 7 users didn't and Microsoft wants those users to upgrade most. Now they really need to fix the store so it doesn't prioritize pay-crapware over stuff you can get completely free. 7zip is a really good example - all of the top options in the store cost money and there isn't a free option even though the Windows 7 downloadable equivalent is free. I'm sorry, but adding a touch interface to it for $25 is ridiculous. All of these programs also come as "demoware" where they say they're free and then to actually do anything you need to unlock them.

Comment Re:Android, clang, and Linux support (Score 1) 132

Chrome offers easy android emulated device support. Press F12, choose emulation tab, and pick a device or set your own resolutions. This is likely why it is included. In fact, the project I'm working on now is exactly how we're testing our builds at the moment. Mixing in a bit of actual device testing, but until I get some new hardware that is limited.

Comment Re:I would sell it (Score 1) 654

I used to and still would if my work hadn't moved further away than it already was (from a 10 mile commute that I could bike in an hour to a 14-17 mile commute depending on route that takes more like an hour-and-a-half at 12 miles an hour (and that is biking hard - most of it is really hilly terrain and lots of stoplights and signs). I really can't afford to spend 3 hours of my day commuting - two is my breaking point, and it's a 15 minute each way drive, even at rush hour (suburb-to-suburb). I never did that in winter, but I used to bike 3-5 miles to various jobs year round. Even with windchills hitting -40 (C, F, same thing) I did that commute, often hot because I was buried in layers and wearing snow-pants and wool socks. For rain I wore something called a slick suit (? - something like that) - a racing motorcycle rain jacket I bought at a garage sale, waterproof pants (same sale), and a plastic bag under my helmet (and if it was bad, goggles).

Comment Re:I would sell it (Score 2) 654

It's even worse for me - gotta walk 10 minutes to the stop at 7AM, catch the express downtown waiting at a completely exposed bench (sucks in hot of summer and cold of winter - or I can walk another 15 for a covered one), then either pay extra to catch the train that runs every 20 minutes (that would be a no brainer if free) or wait an hour for a bus going out of downtown that takes 25 minutes to get back on the freeway due to downtown congestion, then wait for and catch a city circular (usually less than 20 minutes) that still drops me a 10 minute walk from work. Easily a 2 hour commute, if not more. Honestly, it is faster to bike, and it isn't a fast bike route - about 17 miles on the paths or 14 if you trespass across the train hub (which I usually do unless trains are blocking it, and there's only really one place you can feasibly cross where the embankments aren't too steep, which is conveniently visible from the bike path).

Comment Re:Must be Silicon Valley (Score 2) 264

Not to mention compensation isn't always just in pay, especially when talking about Silicon Valley. A friend of mine moved from the Midwest to California because he was an expert on a proprietary system after the other expert in the world died of a heart attack. They bought him a "modest" million-and-a-half dollar house comparable to the one he lived in before (no more than $100000 - he sold about the time I bought and we had comparable houses) and gave him a million dollar signing bonus if he stayed on for two years. He's been there over 20. I don't know his salary, but the last time I spoke to him he said his kids are set up for life (unlike me, he hit it huge with stock options, but I'm sure his salary isn't bad, either).

The trouble with a lot of self-made men is that they worship their creator.