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Comment: Confusing laziness... (Score -1, Troll) 398 398

for genius. How is it genius to not have the mental capacity to take 30 seconds to figure out what to wear in the morning? With Steve Jobs I would say it was a smart cultist fanboy advertising gimmick that worked well. Same thing for Zuck in a more relaxed generational thing. Obama? If he can't figure out what to wear to make himself look presidential I'm not sure he's qualified to make decisions of national interest.

Comment: Re:Practical as a belly lint inspection tool... (Score 1) 331 331

Stochiometric metric is the ratio of exhaust gases measured at the O2 sensor. The CVCC line of engines had an average compression range of 10.1:1 They achieved the high efficiency by using a small pre-valve to lean burn in a pre-chamber that resulted in better full burn of the fuel. Pretty neat engines but you had a nightmare of vacuum hoses to figure out when working on them.

Comment: Practical as a belly lint inspection tool... (Score 1) 331 331

Really, $14,000 (plus the cost of the Honda) for 30 mile range. Think I could retro-fit a golf cart to do that for much less. Green is nice but so impractical when you look at the cost and the carbon footprint required to go green at this point. Fossil fuel is a better source for energy conversion right now and would be much better if the government would get out of regulating the efficiency. Many of you are to young to remember the first Honda Civics that got 60+ MPG with ice cold AC running. I had several and could drive a week on $8 worth of gas. When the government mandated that a computer had to be in the car to emissions gas mileage dropped drastically. By forcing all cars to run at a 14:1 stoichiometric ratio you are making most engines run at less than optimal power / emissions / fuel economy. The CVCC engine was efficient and clean. Easily passed any state emission checks and who doesn't want to get 65 mpg (67 mpg was the best i ever got).

Comment: Really? (Score 1) 362 362

From the ITIF website... "It is my hope that with this alert ITIF will be able to remind people how easy it would be for sites to block users who enable Do Not Track..." I really can't see any website that makes direct revenue from users would block access. Would Amazon block me if I have DNT enabled? Would they risk losing a sale on that new plasma TV over $0.03 of indirect revenue. Sure, the Amazon example is a bit extreme but seriously. I can't see any legitimate website blocking a user, and possible direct revenue stream (subscribing to, or buying from, etc) just because they are running plugins. Is the corporate world really that insane? Have they totally forgot in the long run we are the customer and ultimately the revenue stream. Can't they see that now matter how many ads they force on us if no one is looking THERE'S NO MONEY?!?!

Comment: Re:Calm before the hyperbole (Score 1) 566 566

They air live car chases just like the other news outlets because that's what people want to see. (Not everyone, just the ones that think reality TV shows are entertaining). There used to be websites that would send text alerts to your phone whenever there was a live chase being broadcast. So I just have to assume there is a large populace that want to see them and probably hope for just this type of outcome.

Comment: Can't afford subscriptions (Score 1) 297 297

I have a small business (t-shirt screen printing) and I'm forced to use some specialized software which normally cost a lot more than average software. I can live with that (don't like it...but that's life). In the last year many of the companies writing the software (industry specific invoicing, color separation, postscript halftone output) have copied the game world and went to subscription. I see no advantage to paying a minimum of $99 a month (subscription cost increases with usage amount) for a program that last year I could buy AND own for $599. For the last year I've been stockpiling software that runs flawlessly on XP SP3 since I have almost no alternatives in the *nix world. As long as I have a box that can run XP I'll be able to produce killer artwork, seps and invoices for the shop and keep my overhead to a reasonable amount. Worse case is I have to run a *nix laptop to talk to the outside world but the workhorse of the biz will be the archaic i386 in the corner burning up watts.

Comment: So which distro? (Score 1) 646 646

For someone who grew up in the Windows environment and considers himself a wannabe geek I'm totally lost on which distro to use. From a "User" point of view all reviews of which flavor is best is just geek speak. Two distros I tried in the past didn't work "out of the box" and reading forums on how to fix the issue just leaves you confused. Remember that 'nix is a foreign language to many of us and just saying type sudo somethingorother will fix it means absolutely nothing to us. I don't want to be a geek...I don't have time to learn. My day is busy enough and I'm an old dawg.

The computer is to the information industry roughly what the central power station is to the electrical industry. -- Peter Drucker