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Comment: Re:Wht not sound? (Score 1) 128

by FauxPasIII (#40279823) Attached to: X11 7.7 Released, Brings Multi-Touch Input

>> Different mixes and levels for different apps

Weird... I wanted that feature, and that's exactly why I was installing PulseAudio for a year before Ubuntu picked it up as a standard. PulseAudio makes per-app mixing just work, whereas before Pulse came around I had never seen any OS do that since the BeOS.

Comment: Re:North Carolina (Score 0) 108

by FauxPasIII (#40051873) Attached to: Apple Commits To 100% Renewable Energy Sources for NC Data Center

> I live in Raleigh, NC, and for those who have a jaundiced perspective of the south I would like to say that this region is booming in terms of technology-centric business

You know, maybe it's because I've always lived to the south of you (Atlanta), but I never really applied the negative southern stereotype to North Carolina, not until you amended your constitution just a couple weeks ago.

It will be interesting to see how that decision affects the state in the medium term... stereotypes and reputation like that can have a lot of impact on whether companies choose to set up shop there.

Comment: Re:If they were manned aircraft would it be an iss (Score 3, Insightful) 294

by FauxPasIII (#38980335) Attached to: FAA Bill Authorizes Surveillance Drones Over US

> Put the same equipment in a manned aircraft and it's a snoozer.

Interesting point. I guess on some level, we're hoping that with a manned aircraft, an egregiously and obviously illegal order to target U.S. citizens might be disobeyed or even made public.

Comment: Re:Social conservatives amaze me... (Score 1) 569

by FauxPasIII (#37835570) Attached to: HPV Vaccine Recommended For Boys

> I dunno if we should mandate it on men. Then again, I don't think it should be mandated for women either, at least not without parental consent to opt in.

The problem with that approach is that the anti-vaccination kooks don't just make themselves and each other sick, they incubate diseases that affect everyone.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccine_controversy
http://www.skepdic.com/antivaccination.html

Comment: Re:This just makes sense (Score 1) 1345

by FauxPasIII (#37553460) Attached to: Science and Religion Can and Do Mix, Mostly

> It's also why they didn't put Hitler in, as to many people he's just a misunderstood guy who tried to do his best against the forces of Zionist-Communism.

Well, that and he was a Roman Catholic, so it would weaken the point they were trying to make. The superior morality of religion is one of the few arguments that cannot be successfully Godwin'd. =)

Comment: Re:This just makes sense (Score 4, Informative) 1345

by FauxPasIII (#37549814) Attached to: Science and Religion Can and Do Mix, Mostly

> Discarding the moral teachings that have been handed down over thousands of years is equally ridiculous.

It's not ridiculous; moral philosophy has been advancing since the bronze age, just like science. There's a reason that religions founded in that era endorse slavery, regard women as property, and practice scapegoating, to name just a few items; they are only as moral, could only possibly be as moral, as the men who founded them were. We can do better today.

Comment: Re:What other products (Score 1) 1019

by FauxPasIII (#37544882) Attached to: Healthcare Law Appealed To Supreme Court

> as a practicing physician before the Feds got involved he never saw a patient left to die

Anecdotal evidence is anecdotal, but even so, that can't POSSIBLY be true. I'm only 32 and two people close to me have died because of an inability to afford treatment; one a few years back from melanoma and one just last week from breast cancer.

I suppose it's possible that Ron Paul managed to work as a physician and never notice the poor dying all around him, but is that really the most likely explanation?

Comment: Re:The Netbook is dead? (Score 1) 398

by FauxPasIII (#36555150) Attached to: Who Killed the Netbook?

> the generally accepted definitions do not preclude the use of hard disks

And THAT, if anything, is what is killing netbooks.

When Asus came out with the EeePC 701, it was something truly different; 9" body (only a 7" display in that first model), SSD only, cheap. It had Linux, but even being the zealot that I am I don't consider that a requirement for a netbook. The 9xx series (full 9" display, same size body) was the pinnacle of netbook evolution from my point of view. (Arguably surpassed by the Asus T91MT, but that one had a crappy GPU which wasn't useful in Linux).

Nowadays, there are "netbooks" up to 12" in size, you almost can't find a 9" anymore, and SSD are uncommon. Basically, the term "netbook" has come to just mean "crappy laptop".

Comment: Re:Wrong way to look at range. (Score 1) 113

by FauxPasIII (#36478850) Attached to: GM Patents Data Mining Method For Refining the Chevy Volt

> it is not trivial to take the long road trips into account

It is *kinda* trivial. ;) Back when I lived in dorms and then apartments, I kept a minivan because I had to move frequently, and needed the cargo room. Shortly after I bought a home, my van died and I was shopping for a vehicle. A week or so into the process it occurred to me that I no longer required moving capacity, so I was able to buy an ultra-compact and save buckets of money and fuel. Once a year or so if I find a piece of furniture or other large thing I need to move, and I rent a U-Haul truck.

Same logic applies to battery electrics; I make about two trips per year that are out of range of, say, a Nissan Leaf. I've run the numbers and I come out _way, waaaayy_ ahead by commuting with the Leaf and renting a Yaris or a Civic or something twice a year. A lot of communities are starting up car-sharing systems for an even more flexible and lower cost option.

Comment: Re:It's like watching a train wreck. (Score 1) 462

by FauxPasIII (#36470526) Attached to: Re: the U.S. 2012 election campaign, I am:

> I would love to have lower taxes. Who wouldn't?

Unless you make more than $300,000USD/year, Obama has lowered your taxes.

I'd much rather have slightly higher taxes and have a healthcare system modeled on France or the UK, better public transportation infrastructure, free or heavily subsidized college education, a revitalized space program, and a raft of other things that would make the country run better for everyone.

Of course, we could fund all of this and still keep GWBush's billionaire tax cuts by cancelling just one war, but that's a third rail that no politician can survive contact with.

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