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Comment: Re:Smoking Hot Blondes (Score 1) 140

by DigiShaman (#49160689) Attached to: Research Suggests That Saunas Help You Live Longer

Never been to sauna, but I want to try. I'm a texan, so we don't really have the environment for that being a warm gulf state. When I traveled to China, I did try the hot springs (Singapore design I think) while I detoxed with rice tea; more or less. But yes, you come out feeling like a million bucks. I only wish I could do it once a month or more often.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 66

by DigiShaman (#49160387) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

See, that's why I get AppleCare. It's both insurance and covers battery failure too. Just walk right into an Apple store and often they will either replace the battery right then and there, or swap the phone within the hour. Restore from iCloud and done! To hell with those other cell replacement plans or insurance policies, AppleCare is the way to go.

Can I walk into a BestBuy or elsewhere and get the same level of service for a Samsung phone?

Comment: Dept of DUH (Score 1) 31

by DigiShaman (#49150187) Attached to: Simple IT Security Tactics for Small Businesses (Video)

IT 101 for SMB (or any business)

1. Get a business class Next-Generation firewall.
2. Don't install JRE or Flash if you can at all avoid it; they're vector for web drive-by-download malware
3. Installed managed AV for all workstations.
4. Block outbound port 25 (SMTP) so as to not be black-listed and fart SPAM from an infected machine to others out in the world.
5. Block TOR at FW level. Unfortunately. it's how bot-nets communicate these days.
6. Limit share access by department and roles.
7. Educate users of cons online.

Comment: Re: To answer your question (Score 1) 279

by DigiShaman (#49118569) Attached to: Intel Moving Forward With 10nm, Will Switch Away From Silicon For 7nm

The more space you have, the more hardware you can cram into it. All things being equal in hardware, extra space defines performance. From multi-socket CPUs, to 4x SLI video cards and beyond.

Basically, the desktop says to the laptop "whatever you can do i can do better!"

Comment: Re:"risks serious damage to the system" (Score 5, Insightful) 138

by DigiShaman (#49065751) Attached to: NVidia Puts the Kibosh On Overclocking of GTX 900M Series

Desktops have MUCH better cooling systems, and hence are much less likely to suffer from extreme temperature problems...

Very much true. I sysadmin about 40 high-end laptops; Dell Precision and a few HP Elitebook series. Over the past six year generation after generation, I would say at least 10 of those suffered a GPU failure at some point. Most occurred under the extended warranty, a few past. As for the HPs, one had its GPU die. I try to blow as much dust as possible when one crosses my path. Very easy to tell who has pets at home and who doesn't. Unfortunately, these users are geoscientists that run some serious programs and need to be mobile. Point being in all this, I've never seen a high-end nVidia Quadro card fail in a desktop machine, but plenty in laptops.

Comment: Re:Does not correlate to Wealth? (Score 1) 580

by DigiShaman (#49043701) Attached to: Low Vaccination Rates At Silicon Valley Daycare Facilities

I'm sure there's that, but really I think it's how wealthy parents view their children; as precious little snowflakes. The slightest thing that may harm them, wont.

My son got all his shots. He cried when I held him. But you know what, I wont have to worry about him growing up strong only later to be taken down by some fucking virus that was ostensibly eradicated. If anyone reading this has children that are not yet vaccinated, now is the time to start talking to your pediatrician ASAP!

Comment: Re: I've used both... (Score 1) 128

by DigiShaman (#49039465) Attached to: Study: Smartphones Just As Good As Fitness Trackers For Counting Steps

Simply put, a single wristband offers only a single datapoint in a biased location of activity. People work with their hands all the time. Through leverage, there will be lots of movement there while still sitting down. Wouldn't be better to have these sensors on both wrists and in the shoes and belt area?

Comment: Re:I've used both... (Score 2) 128

by DigiShaman (#49037559) Attached to: Study: Smartphones Just As Good As Fitness Trackers For Counting Steps

wrist based tracker wins.

I'm very skeptical of this claim. Take a typical program hacking code all day. He lives a sedentary lifestyle with the exceptions of just his wrists moving as he types on the keyboard all day long. I seriously doubt that what amounts to a keyboard marathon burns all that much calories compared to moving around with your whole body. Simply standing upright and not moving your arms would burn more; because it takes energy for the muscles to keep you in that stance.

Comment: Re:A Home Without Equity is Just a Rental with Deb (Score 2) 480

by DigiShaman (#49035967) Attached to: The Mathematical Case For Buying a Powerball Ticket

True. However, it can be an investment that rides with inflation (like a tide lifting all boats). Though besides that, it's really good if you have children and need the extra room and a friendly community with good public schools.

OTOH, if you're single and young (in this economy for sure), renting is the way to go. You're not tied down both physically and emotionally. You're also nimble in both energy and extended employment opportunities. Once you buy a house, you're stuck unless you can find a buyer; then comes the time frame and move. Selling a house is a much bigger PITA then buying one.

Shorter version: Single, rent. Have a family, start looking at home ownership.

Neutrinos have bad breadth.