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Comment: USB Wifi adapter? (Score 1) 170

by DeBaas (#48253133) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

Since there is wifi but only in specific rooms, maybe this will work:

I have an older version of one of these and mounted a bigger antenna on this. On Holidays I take this along and receive wifi points 2 miles away. Possibly she could receive the available wifi.

Mine works well in both Windows and Linux, don't know about the newer ones

Comment: Re:Automated test in is a minimum (Score 1) 152

by DeBaas (#47817683) Attached to: Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

First off, I would love it if people took unit testing more seriously and automated it! In my view that helps greatly for getting robust software. However, not for all tests automating is the answer. Especially when you get to acceptance testing (where we validate, rather than verify) or when you do integration testing for systems that communicate with other systems it is not a silver bullet. Aside from feasibility, as automating is time consuming, there are more drawbacks. Automating all tests means assuming that you can anticipate everything that can be wrong and even anticipate every test that should be done just based on the specs. Exactly the context driven testers (such as James Bach and Michael Bolton) believe you can't, we humans are not 'wired' that way. In fact they even are of the opinion (as am I) that the best testing is done by people that design tests to a great deal as you go while testing as long as these are skilled people that understand how the software should work.

Rigorously testing software via automated tests, please do. But in my view there should always still be people that test and see for themselves. The automated tests can and will miss things that are plain obvious to human testers.

Comment: Re:Anyone who trusted SuperMicro... (Score 1) 102

by DeBaas (#47283825) Attached to: Supermicro Fails At IPMI, Leaks Admin Passwords

I have literally never had a complaint with an intel motherboard except when it had onboard ATI graphics — Mach64CT, what a POS, you couldn't even trust it to provide a framebuffer without getting the colors wrong.

server mainboards, who cares about the colors? That includes windows.

Comment: Any realistic data on battery replacement? (Score 1) 377

by DeBaas (#47252127) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

I own a Prius, my second one. And I keep seeing people make a lot of fuss about the battery replacement. Really, does anyone have some real data on this? My dealer said he never experienced a customer coming in and asking for it (and they sold a lot of these cars due to the tax benefits in my country). But I realize that a car dealer doesn' t sound too objective.

At this moment I still believe the vast majority of hybrid cars, at least the Prius, will never have a replacement. At most the capacity in the end will be so low that the fuel benefits are nearly negated, but in such old cars you don't invest in replacing the batteries. Simply keep driving it.

  Up hill: even my previous Prius (which had a small 1.5 liter engine) was the best car I ever drove in the mountains. The aid of the electric part really makes a difference. And down hill was even better as it breaks 'on the engine' much better than a normal car. I am sure it doesn't get close to a a four wheel drive, but it saying it is terrible up hill seems a myth to me.

It's not a sports car, but at least the current model with the 1.8L engine is not slow either. You can't compare it to cars like BMW or Audi or such cars. But take a test drive once.

What is true in my view is that for long distances, the advantages of the hybrid are nearly gone. I get decent mileage if I drive long distances, but that seems to me has more to do with the design of the car rather than with the hybrid part.

So coming back to my original question, does anyone have some realistic data on battery replacement?

Comment: Re:How about... (Score 1) 94

by DeBaas (#47190021) Attached to: Mars Base Design Competition Open To Non-Scientific Professionals

Perhaps NASA can develop a spray paint kind of solution to fully seal the rock. That would probably weigh a lot less to transport to Mars than a structure strong enough to provide proper shelter against dust storms etc. Caves provide less extreme temperatures which might reduce the energy requirements as well.

Comment: Re: Electric. (Score 1) 659

by DeBaas (#47007037) Attached to: Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

Why was I buying a $25k car instead of a $8k car again?

Because if you drive 80 miles a day, it may be cheaper to buy a car that uses less gas. Especially if you take into account that it will last you longer, as it is newer, so it will either save you another $8K a few years from now.

It depends on the price of gas (which is high where I live) but driving an old car makes sense if you have low mileage.

Comment: Re:Save your breath. (Score 3, Funny) 192

ehm, numbers give them headaches. Use graphs and pictures. And the first slide should be some stock photo with smiling young people that are engaged in something completely unrelated.

Oh and if you report on a project, use a traffic light that is green or use smileys...

Comment: Re:Based on what? (Score 4, Insightful) 888

by DeBaas (#46246411) Attached to: Star Trek Economics

>> European socialist capitalism vastly expanded to the point where no one has to work unless they want to

Yeah...ask the Soviets or Cuba how that worked. (Or Venezuela if you need a more recent example.) Hell,. just ask Europe how that's going. (Looking at you, France.)

And why would you ask Soviets and Cuba or Venezuela how European socialist capitalism is going? They don't/didn't have that.

Better ask the Swedes or the Norwegians. Those are much better examples.

Comment: Re: Specific Carbohydrate Diet (Score 1) 160

by DeBaas (#45625531) Attached to: Gut Microbes Linked to Autism-Like Symptoms in Mice

I have a tip for you then, you probably don't need to go 'no-carb'.

I stopped eating wheat and dairy for bowel problems. I replaced wheat with spelt (different grain) for bread, cookies, pasta etc. And not only did it for me also solve nose issues as well as the bowel issues, I also lost the 20kg weight I had gained since my early twenties.

I personally believe that in stead of no carb, people should go with the right carbs.

Comment: Re:Well, I'll tell you why I'm not interested.. (Score 5, Funny) 332

by DeBaas (#45404769) Attached to: Aging Linux Kernel Community Is Looking For Younger Participants

I'm part of one of these younger generations, and I'm honestly not interested in getting involved because I've seen how much of a raging asshole Linuz can be. He's a great maintainer, but he could be honest and give constructive criticism in less condescending ways. I'm not as experienced as he is, but that doesn't give him the right to be a complete dick in public theater.

You've managed to asses that he is 'a raging asshole', but now how to properly spell his name?

1 Billion dollars of budget deficit = 1 Gramm-Rudman