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Comment: Re:Spock is an odd choice (Score 1) 217

by Megane (#49187635) Attached to: <em>Star Trek</em> Fans Told To Stop "Spocking" Canadian $5 Bill

The thing is, Canadians have been Spocking their five dollar bills for decades. What surprised me was that they're still doing it after the bill was redesigned.

And after doing a google image search, it seems there have been a few people who tried it with the US five dollar bill too. Abe Lincoln's beard makes him look like Mirror Spock though. And the new Canadian five has also been Snaped.

Comment: Re:not fit for human consumption (Score 1) 77

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) 464

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) 464

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) 464

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) 464

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".

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