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Comment Re:Could it be? (Score 1) 41

Yep. The actual secret ingredient (at least for a Flint-style coney, which is my fave) is finely ground beef heart.

BTW, nobody I know in Michigan calls the sauce "chili." If you want a chili dog, by all means have one 'cause they're tasty too, but don't confuse it with a coney dog.

Outside Michigan? Everything that claims to be a Coney dog is just a dang chili dog.

Comment Re:Turn Them Off (Score 1) 125

The most important thing for me is absolute addressing of workspaces. Don't think of them as 'going to the next or previous one (or worse, a grid). No, think of it as "My browser is on tab 4", "My chat client and music client are on tab 5". "My editor/IDE is on tab 1", etc. This makes switching between contexts insanely fast and completely painless. You don't need to hunt&pick with your mouse, scroll through lists, etc.


For me on Windows it's: Desktop 1 holds email, mostly "read-only" stuff, and administrivia; Desktop 2 holds the web browser; Desktop 3 is where all the coding happens; Desktop 4 is 'priority-interrupt important task' if it arrives. This was driven by the fact I could only have 4 desktops when I first started using virtual desktops on Windows thanks to the Win9x era PowerToys.

In UNIX / Linux environments, where I too have been using virtual desktops since the OLVWM days >20 years ago, I usually have 6 desktops in a 3x2 arrangement. Similar breakdown, except desktops 1 and 3 are my "primary coding desktops", each w/ usu 3 xterms open on one of two projects, desktop 5 is my primary overflow desktop, and desktops 4 and 6 are for long-running background things that I end up leaving open for months, and/or hot-topic quick one-off things I need to go do w/out disturbing all my other desktops.

Since I went multi-monitor, I've found it actually works really well with virtual desktops if you can pin some windows to be on all desktops. If you have some status-y things that you want to see all the time or nearly all the time on one monitor, while paging through multiple desktops on the other, you can move all those windows to the one monitor and pin them to always be visible on all desktops. It works really nicely for me.

Comment Re:Actually, I just barely threw mine out last wee (Score 1) 284

How do you just barely throw something out? You toss it at the trash can, and it almost misses, but it narrowly goes in? You haul it to the curb just as the trash man's coming by. The trash man starts to drive away from your house because you took too long to get to the curb, but you manage to wing the boxes into the back of the truck anyway as he pulls away?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Comment Re:Helping out google's algorithm (Score 1) 70

Yeah, that "new law" one is f'ing annoying. It's been a "new law" since, uhm, for as long as I've been buying insurance? News flash: You pay different insurance rates based on your driving profile! WOW. They've started changing up the wording with other non sequiturs, but it's the same crap ad. (Why would the DMV give two shits about how much I'm paying for insurance?)

Comment Re:Tesla enables Edison to win the endgame? (Score 1) 597

I said as much above.

In an AC system, that current is continuously changing, so those transmission lines are continuously radiating away some amount energy. But that's not all. If there are any conductors nearby, those E-M waves can induce a current in those conductors, and the resulting E-M waves from that induced current can drag on the AC line further. This mutual induction is how transformers work. But, along an AC transmission line, unwanted coupling results in transmission losses. So, an AC system has a built in, inherent source of losses in the alternating current itself.


In a DC system, with a fixed, perfectly resistive load, the current doesn't change, so there's no radiative losses. In the real world, though, the loading on the system is continually changing, so the actual current demand on the DC system will vary over time, and some energy will be radiated away. To some extent that can be filtered, but that's limited by the amount of storage you can put near the ends of the transmission.

Uncertain fortune is thoroughly mastered by the equity of the calculation. - Blaise Pascal