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Comment: Re:sad (Score 1) 97

by Macgrrl (#46655639) Attached to: What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Comment: Re:not private (Score 1) 128

by Macgrrl (#46627707) Attached to: New Australian Privacy Laws Could Have Ramifications On Google Glass

Burning some mod points to respond - I think if you read the opinion pages and editorials of The Age you would have a different view of them supporting the Mad Monk's government. They get accused pretty heavily of being left leaning Labour party supporters. It's Murdoch's Newscorp who are the rabid LNP supporters.

Comment: Re:No problem (Score 2) 423

by Macgrrl (#46598105) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

I used to do consulting for Xerox, it was fairly typical for hospitals to depreciate hardware (such as beds, autoclaves, photocopiers) over 20 years. You can't even get parts for copiers after that amount of time, you are generally relying on 3rd party refill kits for toner and other consumables. From memory 10 years was pretty standard for printers.

Comment: Re:From someone who gave up on the game... (Score 1) 166

by Macgrrl (#46581421) Attached to: <em>Diablo 3</em> Expansion <em>Reaper of Souls</em> Launches

Diablo guarantees you a legendary the first time you kill him (after loot 2.0)....you've gone 40+ hours and haven't reached Diablo yet?

That got patched in later, it was originally the Skeleton King that had a guaranteed Legendary drop. I know my husband didn't get a legendary on Diablo the first 2 times he killed her (spoilers sweetie ;P ) since loot 2.0.

He has had a bucket of legendaries drop overall though. And at least 1 set item. I got a plans for a L21 Set the other night, not sure if they would be worth making for an alt. Given how quickly you level now, they would be replaced before I could earn the materials back. Might make them just to have them in the transmog panel.

Comment: Re: Ridiculous. (Score 2) 914

I thought it was a commonly believed position that the reason penalties make for bad deterrents is that most crimes are committed either on the spur of the moment or by people who don't believe they will get caught. Either way - they don't expect the penalty to apply to them.

If you look at the stats for how many homicides go unsolved, it's really scary that one of the crimes with the biggest social taboos and possibly one of the highest penalties, goes unpunished so often.

Comment: Re:Fourteenth Amendment Humanoids (Score 1) 397

by Macgrrl (#46538463) Attached to: Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

I'm having flashbacks to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air - there have been plenty of TV representations of black families that are not 'Ebonics' ghetto dwellers.

As someone who doesn't live in the US, I honestly couldn't tell you if the Cosby show or The Wire is a more accurate picture of the typical experience of a someone growing up as an African American. I'm not sure how many non-blacks could tell you that either.

Comment: Re:Leverage was good until the last couple seasons (Score 1) 74

by Macgrrl (#46502367) Attached to: Movie and TV GUIs: Cracking the Code

Remembering back 25 years or so when I worked as an architectural draftsman, the yellow paper printed to a purple-blue-ish line on white paper - it was quite pale. There were also gloss versions that left a black line but I can't remember if they were also 'yellow' before being exposed. We also used a stock that came out sepia brown.

Generally a print was made from a 'positive' drawing on tracing paper, the image would appear where ink obstructed the UV light from reaching the transfer sheet/copy. Anywhere with no light got exposed and would come out white-ish. Prints would fade with exposure to daylight.

The paper would be stored in black plastic sleeves in light-fast draws before use to ensure it didn't go bad. We used to go through a ton of the stuff. In the practice where I worked, we usually had one person running the print machine full time. The yellow paper version exposed to UV light was way better than the older ammonia machines, which used to leave me feeling light-headed after about 20 minutes of use.

CAD wasn't really common at that point, so we hand drafted everything, if you had to make a significant change to the drawing, it often meant starting again, minor changes were made be scratching the ink off the sheet with a razor blade and making your amendments to the 'original' sheet.

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