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Comment: Re:not fit for human consumption (Score 1) 75

by Megane (#49149289) Attached to: Banned Weight-loss Drug Could Combat Liver Disease, Diabetes

Corn syrup is probably why I stopped drinking Coca-Cola and switched to (aspartame) Diet Coke. It just didn't taste as good, though in recent years I've heard that may be because its flavor is more temperature-sensitive, and aspartame isn't. (Then I gave up DC so I wouldn't have to maintain a consistent caffeine dosage to avoid headaches, but I do get CFDC in the gold cans from time to time.)

But I also liked the original formula (with sucrose), enough that I could tell the difference in an unexpected blind test. When "New Coke" was about six months old, my mom took me along to a car repair place. They apparently were big on buying sodas by the case. I opened a can of Coca-Cola, took a sip, my eyes got big, and then I noticed the promo offer on the can from just before New Coke. Supposedly switching to HFCS was in fact not the motivation for making New Coke, it just happened to be at the same time.

Comment: Re:Pull the disk (Score 1) 439

by Megane (#49145663) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem
I think the main thing needed is LBA support. It's a bit hard to configure CHS on a device with no user interface. 160MB is probably large enough, any smaller might not be. It can be confirmed by going into the BIOS and seeing if the drive was configured with CHS or LBA (though it might still support LBA even if configured with CHS). Also, the adaptors generally don't have 44-pin laptop IDE connectors, so he'll either need to get an external case or a 40-to-44-pin adapter.

Comment: Re:WARNING: Do not pull the disk (Score 1) 439

by Megane (#49145651) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

The drives were unrecoverable and just went "click click" when later mounted back in the original PCs.

Even if your FUD was true, I don't think he particularly cares about putting it back into his Windows 3.1 386 laptop . I've never had anything like this happen, and I've done everything short of throwing drives in the air and juggling with them. Perhaps you're just "magneto-static" and shit breaks whenever you touch it.

Comment: Re:The GUI is so monumentally fucked up (Score 0) 439

by Megane (#49145633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

As always, I'm sure it's one guy trying to justify being on the payroll (I'm presuming he doesn't do it for free) by constantly making changes to the HTML, "See what I did today!" Yeah, I see what you didn't do today, which was put the changes on a test server first and try it out with multiple browsers. "Oh look at me, I can make buttons that don't look like buttons until your mouse goes over them!" I see he didn't try it out with Android/IOS either. Hooray for Stupid CSS Tricks. And stop with that fixed width garbage, some of us want a larger font size.

On the other hand, Beta was a manager trying to justify being on the payroll by forcing a major site re-design.

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 439

by Megane (#49145613) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

This might be tricky if the hard drive is pre-LBA. The easy way to check is to go into BIOS and see how the hard drives are defined. If there are cylinders/heads/sectors numbers, a USB adapter is probably not going to work. 160MB should be big enough to support LBA.

And don't forget to get the adapter from standard 40-pin IDE to the 44-pin laptop IDE connector. (or get an IDE external laptop drive case, I know there's still a few on the shelf at Fry's)

Comment: Re:New patent strategy (Score 1) 101

by Megane (#49130511) Attached to: Amazon Files Patent For Mobile 3D Printing Delivery Trucks

I'd like to see a video of a 3D printer working on a truck while the truck is moving. Especially up north where they have a lot of potholes. Especially a day with extreme weather. It should be worth the price of the popcorn.

And if they say "Well, uhhhhh, we'll print it in the truck before driving out there!", then I'd like to know why they think it's more efficient to have the truck and driver sitting around for a couple of hours while a 3D printer runs, rather than just leave the printer in a non-vibrating environmentally-controlled building and deliver the objects after they finish printing.

Comment: Re:All fair and good, except... (Score 1) 186

by Megane (#49130399) Attached to: Jury Tells Apple To Pay $532.9 Million In Patent Suit

Yes, I remember Apple and Carl Sagan. And it had nothing to do with patents or other IP laws, but instead about implied endorsement. They used "Carl Sagan" as an internal codename for a particular model of Power Mac. So they renamed it BHA, which stood for Butt-Head Astronomer.

Sosume was completely unrelated to Carl Sagan, being instead about Apple Records, which was due to a settlement about a trademark issue. Part of the agreement was that they wouldn't produce "music".

Comment: Re:We Survived (Score 1) 207

by Megane (#49105093) Attached to: Wired On 3-D Printers As Fraud Enablers

And for that matter, neither is a standard 2x4 ABS Lego brick worth making on a 3D printer, even on a super high resolution SLS printer. Injection molding gives a much more accurate and faster way to make thousands or millions of the same part. Just because a 3D printer can make something doesn't mean you should (or should want to) use it as a substitute for existing mass-production methods.

Where 3D printers are useful is in making customized parts, such as obsolete designs or new designs. Make a custom Lego-compatible brick of exactly the shape you need, make a 2x4 Lego brick out of metal, or make a part that is no longer manufactured.

I'm disappointed that the headline wasn't written as a question, because then we could invoke Betteridge.

Comment: Re:Article bad web page design (Score 1) 237

by Megane (#49104739) Attached to: Ten Lies T-Mobile Told Me About My Data Plan

I call it the "85/85" fad. It started about 10 years or so ago, where normal body text was set via CSS to 85% gray and 85% of your configured font size. Presumably it was to make headlines look bigger instead of, you know, just increasing the size of headline text? I'm sure it must even be a default in new Wordpress configurations. And suddenly everybody is doing that crap. But I took a quick look at the linked site, and it's more like 75/75. And it even has a tag cloud, something that I hear was first invented as a joke.

And a quick protip: your browser probably has a way to turn off CSS rendering. In Mozilla Seamonkey it's View -> Use Style -> None. Of course excessive formatting and hidden fields and pop-up menus and facebutt logins turn into a jumble all over the page, and this one seems to be worse than others. The most interesting is how every word in headline text is in there twice. "The The Ten Ten Lies Lies..."

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