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Comment: Most recent bulbs still in package (Score 1) 228

by DaveAtFraud (#47412709) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

I've had a few of my older CFLs fail though but generally only after quite a few years. Duty cycle makes a huge difference. I just replaced two incandescent bulbs that were supplied by our builder almost twenty years ago. We just don't use those particular lights very often. I only wish I'd bought more cheap, incandescent bulbs before they were outlawed since they are fine for lights that are rarely used.

Cheers,
Dave

Comment: Depends on direction of travel (Score 1) 163

by DaveAtFraud (#47303729) Attached to: I suffer from jet lag ...

I have little or no trouble with jet lag when I fly west. I have a lot of trouble when I fly east unless the flight is far enough that the jump is a complete reset. I'm in Colorado and flying to the eastern time zone is the pits. Flying to Europe on the other hand is not so bad.

That flying west isn't so bad is no surprise. I'm a night person so staying up a couple of hours and then sleeping in a couple of hours is my prefered schedule. Getting up early even for the shift to daylight savings time usually kicks my butt for a week or more and I don't even get a change of scenery.

Cheers,
Dave

Comment: Re:Been there. Done that. (Score 1) 68

by DaveAtFraud (#47257001) Attached to: Amazon's 3D Smartphone As a (Useful) Gimmick

When I view the stereoscope images off camera, they "don't match" with regard to color. Just a slightly different hue but very noticeable. A 2D shot of the same scene matches neither of the stereoscope pair and matches the "real" colors.

Stereoscpic photography has been around for a long time. It just takes shooting the same scene twice but from two slightly different points. My family at one time had a 35mm film camera that had two lenses,etc and could be used to take stereoscopic photograph pairs. You needed a special viewer to view them to get the 3D effect and you burned twice as much film but it was really cool. The lenses were about as far apart as an adult's eyes.

How far apart were the levses on your 3D EVO? The twin lenses on the Thrill are only maybe half an inch apart. Don't know if LG had to resort to some other trickery to get 3D effects with the lenses that close.

Cheers,
Dave

Comment: Been there. Done that. (Score 4, Interesting) 68

by DaveAtFraud (#47243173) Attached to: Amazon's 3D Smartphone As a (Useful) Gimmick

My old phone is an LG Thrill. Geat phone when it was released. Had a 3D camera so you could take 3D pictures. Reasonable 3D rendering ON THE PHONE. That's the problem. You could take 3D pictures but only people with another LG Thrill could view them in 3D. You couldn't even share just one of the two images from the stereoscopic image since neither image was actually "correct" when viewed alone. You had to view the 3D images on an LG Thrill. Dumb.

Oh yeah. It also had the ability to play 3D games. I don't play games so that was another useless feature. Also, I'm sorry but the idea behind 3D movies, games, what have you is to make the experience "immersive". It's really hard to feel immersed when you have this little teeny, tiny smartphone screen. Lifesized 3D on a wall sized 4K screen is immersive.

Cheers,
Dave

Comment: Re:The US needs a loser-pays legal system (Score 1) 136

by DaveAtFraud (#47109527) Attached to: Federal Court Pulls Plug On Porn Copyright Shakedown

I stay fit and will probably get a concealed carry permit at some point. Works for me. I also avoid bad neighborhoods.

Translation for the current discussion: If you're a corporation, straighten up and fly right. The best way to avoid being sued is to not do anything that would attract a law suit. Likewise, maintain/retain a legal team that is notoriously good (IBM and MoFo come to mind: the Nazgul eviserated the SCO legal team in a way that sends a loud and clear message of "don't mess with my client").

Cheers,
Dave

Comment: Re:GNOME 2, then 3. (Score 2) 611

by DaveAtFraud (#47105235) Attached to: Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Try mate, it is a fork of gnome 2.

Been happy with Xfce on the laptop. It's an old single core 64 bit Athlon CPU with 1GB of RAM so Xfce is a good match for it (light weight). It's old but sufficient when I travel to check e-mail, open a ssh session back to the server at the house, etc. I'll try mate on something a little beefier.

Cheers,
Dave

Comment: Re:The US needs a loser-pays legal system (Score 0, Troll) 136

by DaveAtFraud (#47103991) Attached to: Federal Court Pulls Plug On Porn Copyright Shakedown

Have to agree. At least the communists had a philosophically consistent political platform. It may have been based on a failed belief system (dialectic materialism) that had no basis in reality but at least it flowed fairly consistently from there. Democrats on the other hand seem to only be concerned with getting re-elected and watching out for the causes supported by their left wing, limousine liberal benefactors. Whitness Harry Reid's crass behavior when it came to patent reform, the recent "crackdown" on the NSA, etc.

There really is a difference. Glad you pointed that out.

Cheers,
Dave

Comment: Re:Missles and drones have to be cheaper than a B- (Score 1) 190

by DaveAtFraud (#47102689) Attached to: B-52 Gets First Full IT Upgrade Since 1961

What is carpet bombing useful for? It failed in WW2 and I can't see why it'd work now.

Actually, it didn't fail during WWII. You should review the US breakout from Normandy (Operation Cobra: month end July to early August 1944) and, in particular, what happened to the Panzer Lehr division. The division CO reported later that the division area looked like, "the surface of the moon." Carpet bombing basically removed that division as a fighting force. Another example where it worked was the air campaign against the Italian island of Pantelleria (mid-1943) which surrendered without a shot being fired to the invaision force after concerted "carpet bombing."

There are also examples where it didn't work (e.g., the British efforts to brakthrough at Caen). But simply saying, "it didn't work," is just wrong. Even where it appeared "not to work", it's hard to say what would have happened if there hadn't been a carpet bombing prior to the attack. Would the attack have been repulsed with even more casualties?

Cheers,
Dave

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