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Comment Re:Liberal Arts Guys Think Engineers are All Killb (Score 2) 494

Liberal Arts Guys Think Engineers are All Killbots

Hoho! How little do those liberal arts guys know -- Engineers aren't killbots themselves, they merely design and build them. For fun.

"Ladies and gentlemen, my killbot has Lotus Notes and a machine gun. It is the finest available."

Comment Re:wan port (Score 2) 123

The ideal location for a wireless base station is up high, centrally located in the home.

Not necessarily. Some antenna designs will have poor signal above and below the unit (as an example, a simple dipole antenna has dead spots there).

And it's not a bad idea to off-load as many things to physical ports as possible (TV streaming device, SAN) when location is not an issue, and when the airspace is already congested, especially for gadgets that are 2.4 GHz only and non-upgradeable. I recently fixed a friend's smart-TV Netflix stuttering problem by switching to a physical line -- her router was only a few feet away but had intermittent problems due to being in a crowded apartment complex.

Comment Re:Sony makes the best camera modules? (Score 1) 143

When they make a full product to sell to consumers, it's always sub-par, and usually has something in there to screw over the user somehow.

I figure that is one of the consequences of being both a media company and a hardware company. The media side of things can't help but keep trying to screw over the consumer.

Comment Re:Balls? (Score 1) 234

Why is it cheaper? Don't ask me. But it reportedly is.

Along with the other reasons already listed, I'd say vandalism resistance is important. Large areas of shade cloth could be disabled by people chucking a few heavy rocks into the resevoir. On the other hand, the balls will just move out of the way and then float back.

Sure you could steal some of them, but it'll be difficult to hold more than a few dollar's worth at a time, and they'll be gross and slimy after floating around for a few weeks so I doubt they'd have any value to anyone.

Comment Re:Customers vs Patients (Score 2) 204

If Company A develops a treatment and Company B develops a cure, which company would get your money in case you happen to get the disease in question?

Note that this is exactly what has happened with the new generation of anti Hepatitis-C medications, with complete and permanent cures of a chronic viral infection at rates of 95+%. In about 12 weeks.

Comment Re:First to say (Score 2) 77

Perhaps for current-day games, but the proposed specifications for the commercial Oculus Rift are quite high (and that's just the "recommended" specs): https://www.oculus.com/en-us/b...

The high-end cards of today will be the mid-high range cards of next year, so I wouldn't be surprised if some of the more demanding VR games make full use of the available power.

Comment Osteopathic Physicians (Score 2) 191

FYI, but you may be interested to know that the AMA does not have quite the monopoly on producing new physicians that you think.

There is actually a second source of physicians in the U.S., the American Osteopathic Association. Just after the civil war, Osteopathic Physicians (who carry the D.O. degree instead of M.D.) split off from mainstream medicine. While initially a fringe movement focused on Osteopathic Manipulation practices, over time it eventually evolved into a full-fledged "second track" for producing physicians of pretty much all different types. Since then, D.O.s have been growing in number, and unlike M.D.s the majority enter the primary care fields (Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine).

Note that this is a distinct USA phenomenon, as Osteopaths in other countries are not licensed physicians and are more like chiropractors.

Comment Not just tech products, consumer products too. (Score 1) 300

It's not just tech products. I have a habit of picking consumer products that get pulled off the market, for some reason. Examples include:

Hefty Serve and Save Plates: http://www.amazon.com/Hefty-Ev...
Novel chemical and heat-resistant material (some kind of polypropylene composite, vastly superior to Styrofoam or coated paperboard) and large enough to boil a full meal's worth of soup or ramen in the microwave, yet cheap enough to dispose of. You can snap one plate upside down on top of another to form a lid for leftovers, too. These were perfect for eating bachelor chow out of, when they got closed out I bought a shelf-full of the things. The product kind of felt like it was an engineer's dream of what disposable plastic-ware should be like (and it functioned really great), but guess it didn't sell well to house-wives.

Zip-loc bags with pleated bottoms and a stiffer plastic material, allowing them to stand upright by themselves. I used to make bulk batches of sauces and stuff to freeze, these were great for that purpose. They still make a "marinade" bag that's kind of similar but more expensive and not as useful to me, but the model I preferred is now gone. Couldn't find a link to the product.

Palmolive "Sponge-Fresh" dish detergent, also disappeared soon after I started using it as my favorite dish soap. It had a funny (but not unpleasant) fruity-solvent scent to it, but worked really well at suppressing microbial growth in the sponge. Discontinued within a few months, I stocked up of course:

Vaseline Intensive Care waterproof lotion, greatest thing ever for the laboratory or hospital (due to constant hand-washing). Some psoriasis and eczema patients swear it helps them more than anything else out there. Still a few sellers offering bottles from hoarded stockpiles at a sharp mark-up out there, I bought a case from one of those guys:

SCCS, the source motel! Programs check in and never check out! -- Ken Thompson