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Comment: ...and adults too. (Score 3, Insightful) 616

by Darth Muffin (#49531907) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California
I'm one of those who is allergic to eggs and have to be very careful about vaccines, so you may be putting me at danger too.
Many vaccines have egg protein in them, and so do flu shots. Over the years I have managed to get most vaccines, but it's hard. On paper there are egg-free vaccines and it's easy to google up an article announcing the exciting new development of an egg-free vaccine for xxx. But in real life they are expensive, have short shelf lives, a very limited market, and nobody keeps records about where I might find some. Which means they're pretty much not available outside of a major metropolis, and even then it takes luck and a lot of phone calls.

Comment: Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 622

by Darth Muffin (#49528981) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs
This is absolutely the problem. The CAFE SUV loophole is kind of a have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too scenario. Gas mileage and emissions are regulated like they were a truck. They are taxed, licensed and insured like they were a car. They have no operator, road or parking restrictions like a truck does.

Comment: Water cooling. (Score 1) 253

Put the unit in a totally sealed enclosure, like maybe a plastic storage bin with a good gasket. Go water cooling for everything (power supply and HDDs too). Cut a hole and run the cooling out of the enclosure (power and networking come out here too, seal the hole with RTV silicone or something) to a radiator (like a small car radiator or AC condenser), probably with a low speed fan on it. Add it to your home maintenance schedule to go down and clean out the radiator/fans every month or three. This is only for the very stubborn -- it'd be cheaper and easier to find a cubby hole somewhere in the house and ventilate it, or reevaluate your needs and see if you can't get by with a lower powered fanless device.

Comment: Re:Realistic (Score 2) 374

by Darth Muffin (#49129549) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt
The power companies may have to change from primarily power generation to more power storage (like pumping up to reservoirs) and peak-demand type systems.

But I absolutely think the power companies shouldn't have to buy back surplus at full price. It's their distribution network that's allowing this, they're entitled to a small profit on that to fund it's building and maintenance. Otherwise why would they build it?

Comment: Re:Never finish (Score 4, Interesting) 180

I was at a small convention where he was the guest of honor, got to hear a lot of him talking about this type of stuff.
Basically, he confirmed that the studio does have a folder sealed and locked in a safe somewhere with plot outlines to finish the rest of the series should something happen to him. Also was interesting to hear that he *does* have a plot outline, he knows how it will end, who lives and dies and who comes out on top, but doesn't know all of the details about how to get there. Some people say he's dug himself a pretty deep hole and is having trouble writing his way out to get to the ending he wants.

Comment: Observations from being a glass explorer. (Score 5, Informative) 324

by Darth Muffin (#48869421) Attached to: What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?
My wife was a glass "explorer" and bought one, so I've got to try it some and watched her use it. Problems that I see are:
- Poor battery life
- Slow processor (what people really want to do with this is like augmented reality, and it's not quite got the horsepower)
- Lack of any apps that do something useful to most people that you can't do with a standard android device (just a gimmick at this point).
- Small and low-res screen, can't fit much useful info on it.
- Fragile

Honestly, the dorky looks and people freaking out because of privacy issues weren't an issue that we saw.
Most of the "explorers" are pretty mad that they spent $1500 to be abandoned. Google should at least offer a seriously discounted trade-up to the release model for them, but there is no talk of that. I doubt most explorers will buy it again.

Comment: Re:YES !! (Score 5, Insightful) 241

by Darth Muffin (#48584271) Attached to: Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?
Consumer level devices and upline management that doesn't understand IT but has the power to say "make it so" are my problem.

These have happened to me:
"Why do you need that $700 enterprise-grade AP? Just use the $69 linksys one like I do at home!"
Monday: "Support my new iGadget. Now." Tuesday: "We need encryption/security/firewall/2FA to meet PCI/CJIS/SOX requirements".
"Cost saving measure by centralizing printers!" By next month everyone who has the authority to ask for a personal printer again has one.
"Make an SSID without a password so that we can use our Chromecast."

Comment: Breach of Contract (Score 3, Interesting) 120

They had a contract with the buyer and did not fulfill their half. Of course the buyer's recourse in this should probably be limited to the price of the machine, not any "missed opportunities".

Buyers should ask themselves why anyone would sell a money printing machine. If it was profitable they're going to use it for themselves, or use it until the bitcoin difficulty gets just to the point where it's marginal and sell it.

Comment: Re:I'm sure the NSA wants their fingers on it. (Score 1) 137

by Darth Muffin (#47272929) Attached to: Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones
First, I don't watch TV, except for Cosmos and it's over. The gov has no interest in you or I using our cell phone. There is no constitutional right to a cell phone, so no basis for a case. They would want to prevent further cell-activated devices from going off. They want to shut everything down so that only they have control of the situation. That's how SWAT teams, etc. work.

Comment: I'm sure the NSA wants their fingers on it. (Score 1) 137

by Darth Muffin (#47272573) Attached to: Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones
You can bet the NSA and other government agencies are drooling over the prospect of getting access to this.

If there's a Boston-type bombing, they would want to shut down cell phones in the area. That might even be a legitimate use, but next they'll want to use it preemptively around the President, then at the Superbowl.... and suddenly we've got tyranny.

Hackers are just a migratory lifeform with a tropism for computers.

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