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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:Spread To Sub Thermal (Score 0) 142

Just about every one of your claims about how GPS (and SA) works are wrong.

I'm telling you that you're an unfounded ass rather than downmoding you. Just so you know,.

Seriously, I don't know many things, but I know the back-end mechanics of GPS. If this is how you talk out-of-your-ass repeating shit you may have heard elsewhere w/o comprehension or understanding you need to evaluate your life.

Comment Re:Moderation system (Score 1) 54

What should I see (and where) in the interface if I do have those magical mod points to give out?

You'll have a notification on every page's sidebar that you have points, and a drop-down under ever comment (in threads you haven't posted in) if you have points. There is no mystery. If you are uncertain then you don't.

Comment Re: I've always said (Score 2) 241

The Saudis are forcing OPEC to keep producing oil because they have the cash reserves to operate at a loss for a good while and are trying to drive the US oil producers-who rely on fracking-out of business. The problem with that strategy is that fracking is becoming more efficient, which lowers the break-even point. Basically the Saudis are playing the long game in order to try and shore up their monopoly status.

That's 2007 thinking, and likely incorrect.

1 - The Saudis have already lost the battle to prevent US frackers from drilling. Even if no new wells are drilled and nobody touches the significant fracklog of drilled-but-not-fracked wells there is more than enough surplus production to last through 2020 when:

2 - The Saudis don't have enough cash reserves to hold out more than ~5 years at current spending levels and $60 bbl oil. At current prices (and look at the futures market) they're going to run dry early.

And note how futures prices have decreased even more since.

Thus they are not playing the "long game" they are playing a very very "short game" of "spend on the military so the ruling class doesn't get beheaded and hope we can hold on".

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:Once again the weak link is people (Score 1) 44

Once again the weak link is people

If you had read the article and not just the summary you would have learned that the first problem of bribed field technicians has a technological solution (dual key/user required for hardware or software modifications) which most likely wasn't being used.

And that the second problem, the company in question most likely is a criminal shell corporation, no need to bribe its employees, fraud is their business.

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.