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Comment: Re:Missing option (Score 1) 279

by RPGonAS400 (#39126607) Attached to: I prefer my input devices to be as _______ as possible.
I agree - reliable is the key for me. That is why both my laptops (work and home) have Logitech wireless keyboards and mice. They have long battery life, are comfortable, and work all the time with no issues. My home laptop has the "Unified" receiver which is one nano receiver that controls both keyboard and mouse.

Comment: My wife is a nurse (Score 1) 646

by RPGonAS400 (#38530772) Attached to: How Doctors Die
She is amazed how many people are "full code" (meaning the staff must do anything to save them), even when they are very old and frail. It is usually the family that wants this. They don't realize what this will mean in reality. It means that if their heart stops they must do chest compressions which will probably break the persons ribs when they are old and fragile.

Comment: Re:I may have been one of the first players (Score 1) 53

by RPGonAS400 (#35067380) Attached to: <em>Oregon Trail</em> &mdash; How 3 Minnesotans Forged Its Path
I played in 1977 at North Branch HS. We had a computer programming class with the teletype connected to MECC in Mankato. We thought it was funny that you could whistle into the modem to get it to try and connect (the modem was literally a box with cups for sticking the phone handset into). The terminal had a paper tape feed. We would have a BANG ready to feed in when it asked. We saved all our own programs on paper tape feed. When I went to Winona State University then next year we still connected to MECC, only now we moved up to punch cards. All our programming all 4 years was saved on punch cards. When programs were due towards the end of the quarter there would be sometimes a 2 hour wait from when you fed your cards in until you got your response from Mankato.

Comment: Ate spinach after school because of Popeye (Score 1) 119

by RPGonAS400 (#33194808) Attached to: Kids Who Watch <em>Popeye</em> Cartoons Eat More Vegetables
In the late 60's I would eat a can of spinach myself after school. It was my favorite. I ate it with apple cider vinegar on it. I can only figure it was because of Popeye. In 1977 when I came out of anesthesia from surgery, I sang "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man" to those in the room.

Comment: There are still more out there!! (Score 0) 120

by RPGonAS400 (#32377440) Attached to: Three Indicted In Scareware Scam That Netted $100M
I spent hours yesterday removing "AntiVirus Soft" from 2 computers at home yesterday. They are getting tougher now also by making it harder to run programs like AntiMalWareBytes and others even in "Safe Mode". This one also pops up porn sites once in a while. I have heard it lays dormant for a while.

Comment: Re:short stories (Score 1) 1021

by RPGonAS400 (#29656199) Attached to: What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?
I wholeheartedly agree that the stories need to be SHORT as well as fairly diverse.

Short - as a parent of a number of past, present, and future high school students, it amazes me how much homework kids have these days. I had less than 10 hours of homework in grades K-12 TOTAL. We got time in class to do assignments and I got a great education. Times are different now also in high school. My 2 oldest ones in HS have jobs, sports, church activities, etc. I would hate it if they were assigned something like the entire LOTR (50 hours in mp3 format). My sister-in-law was a poor reader and was forced to read Crime and Punishment in HS which turned her off to reading like nothing else could have.

Diverse - this should be almost like a taste test at the food court. If what is chosen holds their interest they will develop their tastes accordingly. If they are forced into long stories they do not like it will turn them off for good.

Comment: Re:Health Insurance: Broken Incentives Abound (Score 1) 419

by RPGonAS400 (#29427227) Attached to: Insurance Won't Cover Smartphones, When Pricey Alternatives Exist
I had a similar experience last year. I had a broken leg where they put 2 screws to hold my tibia and fibula (the lower leg bones) together at the ankle for a while while the ligaments healed. They were in for 4 months and my doctor recommended taking them out before they break years down the road. They used to do this procedure in the office - all they have to do is numb the skin, make a small slit, and remove the 2 screws. Now they do it in an operating room with 8 medical personel in attendance. The reason? The doctor saves $72,000 per year in malpractice insurance by not performing that procedure in his office. The only reason! Told to me by another doctor at the same hospital.

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell