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Comment: Re:Yet another bogus theory, in my opinion (Score 1) 72

by Miguelito (#47044339) Attached to: Mysterious Disease May Be Carried by the Wind

They did ultrasounds on me for a few years (they still had no idea how long to check for) and I actually got to see some of the evolution of the machines. I remember seeing the first time they started measuring the blood flow with blue and red representing directions of the flow.

It was such an unknown thing for so long, that I was turned down when I tried to donate blood at age 18. The nurse at the blood drive even called their central office to ask, but since no one knew what it was, they decided to err on the side of caution. Enough knowledge about it became more common over the years, I guess, as I was finally able to donate during a blood drive at work several years later.

Comment: Re:Yet another bogus theory, in my opinion (Score 2) 72

by Miguelito (#47044319) Attached to: Mysterious Disease May Be Carried by the Wind

I was actually diagnosed with it when I was 12 (back in 1985), same type of "process of elimination" diagnoses. First they thought I had Chicken Pox, then they thought it might be something else, then they finally settled on KD. My own fever actually hit 105.4, and they had to give me an ice bath (you don't know the meaning of cold until you've had that happen).

My fever was so high for so long that I burned from the inside out and my skin peeled over my entire body. I had no idea that could happen. Spent a few days in the hospital. It was unsettling that they'd bring in the student doctors from UCSD (I'm in San Diego) to examine me because they really had no clue yet, and were both looking for any ideas and anything that odd is a learning experience, I guess. About the only positive of the hospital stay was they actually let me avoid the IV hookup as long as I drank enough water to stay hydrated.

My family had our carpet cleaned shortly before I got sick, so I've heard the related idea too. Though I didn't hear it as the chemicals but something to do with the dampness after cleaning. And I was the type of kid that loved to lay on the floor while watching TV and such. I've also read up on it now and then and notice when it's mentioned. They didn't really treat me with anything specific and just focused on fighting the symptoms with, initially Tylenol, then switching to aspirin later on.

I'm still bummed all these years later that I missed 6th grade camp with all my friends because I was still just barely getting over being sick.

Comment: Re:Much more detailed review at Ars (Score 1) 302

by Miguelito (#36486218) Attached to: Galaxy Tab 10.1 Judged 'No Match For iPad'

This has been one of the things that I've liked about Apple.. they don't continually promise you the moon, then eventually release something that only gets to about 10,000 ft or so instead. At least not in the last decade plus. Not so sure about the pre OSX days as I was never much of an Apple user before OSX 10.4 or so and my first other Apple product was a 3G ipod.

What you're saying, that usually the "missing" features are only things that were rumored is exactly true. Look at things like the AppleTV. Most every complaint are things like, "It doesn't support codec $foo," or "It can't run $bar." Things that Apple never said the device would do. For Apple stuff, if you like the features listed, then you'll be happy. If it doesn't have features you'd like, don't buy it. Simple. Me? I've been happy with my Apple TVs, my ipad and my iphone. I'm a linux admin for work (and have my own linux boxes too) but the feature set of the Apple products is good enough for me and don't require me to have to essentially admin my devices, or root them or whatever. Would I like some of them to have some other features? Sure... but I knew what I was buying and have gotten what I was promised (no having to send my iPad back for a few weeks to get feature that was originally promised out of the box, for instance). Can't really complain about that.

Personally, I much prefer the Apple way of telling you exactly what their products already do, or will do in a very short amount of time (already in production as someone said) vs the crazy promises then half-assed actual delivery, often much later then promised as well. As time has gone on, they'd often added new features in new iOS releases too. Bonus.

Comment: Re:-1 False Assumption (Score 1) 976

by Miguelito (#31837456) Attached to: Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

Much the same has happened with yield signs. We tried to get a yield sign put in at an intersection in our neighborhood and our city traffic engineers (San Diego) said they won't put in yields anymore. The reasoning is apparently because people just blow through yields and now too many basically treat stop signs like a yield.

Comment: Re:-1 False Assumption (Score 5, Informative) 976

by Miguelito (#31824876) Attached to: Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

In California, if any part of your car enters the intersection while the light is still yellow, then it's "your intersection" for as long as it takes you to get clear of it.

Technically incorrect. If you enter an intersection, even on green, and cannot clearly/reasonably exit the intersection before the red light (usually meaning traffic is piled up in front of you) then you can be cited. Presumably it's for blocking traffic vs running the red, but it might be up to the officer and/or judge.

Not the same situation, but it would apply on a yellow if you cross the line before red, but there were cars in front of you keeping you from exiting the intersection before it did turn red.


Novell Bringing .Net Developers To Apple iPad 315

Posted by timothy
from the odd-confluence dept.
GMGruman writes "Paul Krill reports that Apple's new iPad could be easier to write apps for, thanks to Novell's MonoTouch development platform, which helps .Net developers create code for the iPad and fully comply with Apple's licensing requirements — without having to use Apple's preferred Objective-C. This news falls on the footsteps of news that Citrix will release an iPad app that lets users run Windows sessions on the iPad. These two developments bolster an argument that the iPad could eventually displace the netbook."

Comment: Re:XP gets returned becauee it's too slow (Score 1) 324

by Miguelito (#29073211) Attached to: Dell Says High Linux Netbook Returns a "Non-Issue"

I picked up a refurb'd Aspire One off woot a couple weeks ago to play with. The default XP install definitely feels slower then the Ubuntu NR install I'm playing with. But overall it does feel way underpowered for any "real" use, i.e. aside from casual browsing. Though the keyboard is awkwardly small enough to make it not good for heavy typing anyway.

It barely can play some video files I encoded ages ago... might be good for watching some of those vids on a plane vs on my iphone though.

Comment: Re:Missing option: (Score 1) 913

by Miguelito (#27654721) Attached to: To the extent there are taxes, I mostly favor ...

You think they will buy their yachts in America, if you switch to a sales tax based system? Right...

You think they won't find a way to charge a tax on an outside purchase? Right...

Seriously, already in CA, if you register a vehicle that was bought in another state within some time limit, you'll have to pay CA tax on it, or at least the difference.

Comment: Re:Missing option: (Score 1) 913

by Miguelito (#27654587) Attached to: To the extent there are taxes, I mostly favor ...

You must get some whopping deductions for your kids, or have a hell of a huge mortgage. I don't have kids, but have the mortgage interest deduction and still am paying about 15-17% of just pure fed income tax. I'm not as high up in the earning % either.. though top 20% I think.

I've gotten nailed by the AMT twice now too. Both times in years I cashed in some stock options. That's partly because I'm in CA where state taxes (hence the deductions for them) are high enough that AMT kicked in (yay). At least that's how I understand why AMT hit me before.

Comment: Re:Missing option: (Score 1) 913

by Miguelito (#27654505) Attached to: To the extent there are taxes, I mostly favor ...

It's probably surprising, even seeing the wikipedia page linked in a reply, because there are multiple levels. There's also the stuff not considered a "tax" (but let's face it, if it's something you're required to pay by the gov't, it's a tax) like Social Security. Sure, the official federal income tax is listed around 28% in the wikipedia page, but when you add in the social security, Medicare, state/local/property/gas/sales/etc taxes, it all adds up to a lot more. It can also vary a lot based on where you live.. for instance: some states have no income tax at the state level, others have no state sales tax.

The hiding of taxes as "fees" or under the umbrella of something else (like soc security) happens in other places too. There are limits on what state universities can charge for tuition in some states. I live in California and have had dealings with the UC and CSU systems. You should see how much stuff they wedge into "fees" vs tuition anymore. Then they can claim that tuition wasn't increased, when what you have to pay to attend still goes up. Granted I was last in school 10+ years ago.. but from what I've heard from co-workers, it's still going strong.

Comment: Re:Macbook battery life is insane (Score 1) 291

by Miguelito (#27537285) Attached to: My laptop's battery generally lasts ...

IME through 2 powerbooks and now on my 2nd 17" MBP.. the screen brightness is the main factor on battery lifetime, period. You can see very small differences with settings on CPU usage, sleeping HDD, etc.. but dim down the brightness on the display to 1 dot (which is still enough for all but the brightest situations or at least well worth the added battery time IMO) and you'll see the estimated time left climb.

Comment: Re:Not my Grandmother (Score 1) 296

by Miguelito (#26583963) Attached to: Happy 25th, Macintosh!

Have you even used OSX? There are signs that it's still running:
1. The application is still in the title bar (assuming you don't click the background or something else immediately).
2. The Dock shows the application runnning

That said.. my dad, who's not stupid, doesn't get it either. I point it out to him all the time. He's worked with technology his whole life, starting with telecom (especially cypto stuff) in the Air Force, then worked with phone systems since then.. 40+ years now. Yet he's helpless with computers (and VCRs, receivers, etc). I think I _finally_ broke him of the habit of downloading a dmg, and dragging the application directly into the dock from there, so that everytime he started it via the icon on the dock, it'd have to remount the dmg again and run it from inside there.

There was one cool save I did for him. He managed to (I figured out later) move /Applications under his desktop. Most apps broke, but ichat was up. He IM'd me, I took over his desktop, opened a terminal.. figured out what he did, moved it back and the system was fine again.

Comment: Re:Obviously... (Score 2, Interesting) 685

by Miguelito (#26394467) Attached to: Abused IT Workers Ready To Quit

My first computer related job (early 90's) was at a small company (maybe 40 people in the office) and I really liked it. This was long before I was anything close to a real sysadmin, but I was basically the only "computer guy" (not really even IT, hell "IT" wasn't a term yet IIRC). I'd lean to the culture being the more imprtant factor then size.

The pluses a smaller place can have if it has the right culture and atmosphere is that you're more like a family and much better communication around the place.

Unfortunately, the place I worked at had really hard times after I was there for about 6 months and a chunk of us were let go.

Now I work in a huge company, but we still have a good culture (in general). I've been here for more then a decade and while there have been times where I was frustrated about stuff, I've been happy overall. Compensation and benefits have been great, and I've worked hard to get my base salary and such up there.

I did go through a long period (first 7-8 years) busting my ass, working WAY more time then I really needed to, but finally realized that it was too much to take anymore and have learned to put things down and get back to them later. I give myself more personal time, work from home more to break up stressful times, etc. I've earned the respect and trust of my peers and bosses in order to be able to do this.

Back to the main article's point.. I looked at TFA and even the PDF (holy crap did it look like crap in acroread on this linux box) and see no details at all. Without them, I can only assume this is mostly just people whining about stress (vs doing something about it) and about how IT can be in general. If they don't like it, they should get out now. As for real physical abuse.. that's illegal anyway, report it.

The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."