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Comment: Re:How stupid is a Mac Pro Cylinder? (Score 1) 607

by Petaris (#43971921) Attached to: Apple Shows Off New iOS 7, Mac OS X At WWDC

Watching the little presentation on Apples site it looks like the RAM is in standard style slots. Only four slots though, so to get their maximum of 128 GB you would need to four 32GB sticks of RAM. Its also interesting that they list "12 xeon cores" but don't list how many actual CPUs. I'm guessing its a single 12 core Xeon processor, though I wonder if you can make use of the dual GPUs for processing. Also, I would hate to have to find a aftermarket replacement for that power supply! :(

Comment: Re:What's next? (Score 4, Informative) 338

by Petaris (#42260201) Attached to: Text Message Spammer Wants FCC To Declare Spam Filters Illegal

Just FYI, the political calls are not restricted by the Do Not Call lists.

From the FTC website ( http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt107.shtm ):

Q&A # 28
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"If I register my number on the National Do Not Call Registry, will it stop all telemarketing calls?

No. Placing your number on the National Do Not Call Registry will stop most telemarketing calls, but not all. Because of limitations in the jurisdiction of the FTC and FCC, calls from or on behalf of political organizations, charities, and telephone surveyors would still be permitted, as would calls from companies with which you have an existing business relationship, or those to whom you’ve provided express agreement in writing to receive their calls. However, if you ask a company with which you have an existing business relationship to place your number on its own do-not-call list, it must honor your request. You should keep a record of the date you make the request."
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Comment: Re:Better than Arch? (Score 1) 172

by Petaris (#41022525) Attached to: Happy Birthday, Debian!

APT still asks, just the default answer is "Yes" where with Yum its "No". So if you don't enter anything and just hit "Enter" it will do what ever the default was. I actually think having "No" as a default is better. After all, you can just run the command again if you accidentally hit Enter with out entering "y" first.

Comment: Re:From a buffoon (Score 1) 721

by Petaris (#40045095) Attached to: Diesel-Like Engine Could Boost Fuel Economy By 50%

I get 42 MPG average with my 2002 VW Golf TDI. It is very responsive and I have only ever seen the black smoke once or twice a year when starting in very cold conditions, and then only for the first few (~5 - 8) seconds. It is a bit louder but not bad, and even with diesel costing more then gas these days it is still much more economical then our other vehicle. My biggest complaint is a VW specific thing, ok two complaints. The first is that VW over engineered so many things that could have been done much simpler and would have been cheaper to fix, the second is the lack of cup holders. Though I have noticed that the newer models have, what appear to be, decent cup holders in them.

Comment: Re:Dumb question (Score 1) 113

by Petaris (#39955927) Attached to: Researchers Conquer "LED Droop"

I get your point. But I think the comparison to printer tech is a little bit too different to make a lot of impact. For example, the printers improved in other ways that were very important, size, noise, quality of print, etc. That is not the case for lamps or light fixtures for the most part, so you lack the real improvements that made the move from the dot matrix impact printers (which are still used and even sold) to inkjets and then lasers so worthwhile. That being said you have seen some improvements in lighting though its usually in specialized lighting fixtures, track lights with tiny high power xenon light bulbs for example. One other thing to consider is that the standard bulb socket is exactly that, standard. To really move things on to the next generation the companies that create the lamps and light fixtures will need to agree with the companies that create the bulbs/light emitting devices on a new standard. Coming from the IT world I think we both know how quickly and easily _that_ process goes.

Comment: Re:Dumb question (Score 1) 113

by Petaris (#39954127) Attached to: Researchers Conquer "LED Droop"

Your right about the round fluorescent here in the US, but that doesn't apply everywhere. You see the round, and every other shape, fluorescent bulbs all over in Japan. Actually you can still find the round fluorescent bulbs in specialty lamps here too, my dad has one in his lab that has a magnifying glass in the middle, but that IS a specialty item.

Also, one of the reasons those haven't changed is because of the cost of changing perfectly good fixtures out just to fit a new bulb in them. If you haven't bought a fixture recently you may not have realized that they aren't cheap (with the exception of the junky ones you find on sale).

Comment: Re:The Name (Score 1) 737

by Petaris (#39882307) Attached to: Gimp 2.8 Finally Released

It also depends on the language, and if you were actually talking about Niger, Africa (even though this should be pronounced ny-jer) or the river in Africa by the same name. Note that in speech you wont be able to tell there was one less g in the word/name. In language niger/negro can also just mean black (as in the color) and isn't at all offensive when speaking in those languages. From Wikipedia (Negro): "The word negro means 'black' in Spanish and Portuguese, from the Latin niger, 'black', probably from a Proto-Indo-European root *nekw-, 'to be dark', akin to *nokw- 'night'."

This isn't any excuse for not thinking when you speak though. For example, there are English words that are not offensive at all in English but if you go to another country they may be very offensive. The same is true for many languages.

All this being said, I have GIMP installed in a pK-12 public school district and no one has ever complained about the name. Its been installed for the last 6 years at least and it does get used.

Comment: Re:You can't eliminate them (Score 1) 825

by Petaris (#39079355) Attached to: Obama Pushes For Cheaper Pennies

There is no tipping in Japan either, but the service is certainly not poor. I know you were talking about Europe, but it doesn't have to be that way. I think its just used as an excuse to not have to pay the wait staff minimum wage. I would rather have to pay more for my meal then to have to pay a tip. I don't begrudge the wait staff on this, just the establishment.

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