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Comment: Re:Is that all it is for Independence Day? (Score 1) 146 146

On this 4th of July, the day when Americans flock to their grills and smokers

That's it? Seriously? Rather depressing...

"That's it" is baggage you're bringing to this discussion; it's not my baggage. Whether anyone is cognizant of what the fourth stands for or not is independent of the fact that both the ignorant and the enlightened are doing the same thing today: barbecuing. Except, perhaps, those trolling from their mother's basements.

~ the poster.

+ - When Nerds Do BBQ 1 1

Rick Zeman writes: On this 4th of July, the day that Americans flock to their grills and smokers, Wired has a fascinating article on a computerized smoker designed by Harvard engineering students. They say, "In prototype form, the smoker looks like a combination of a giant pepper mill, a tandoori oven, and V.I.N.CENT from The Black Hole. It weighs 300 pounds. It has a refueling chute built into the side of it. And it uses a proportional-integral-derivative controller, a Raspberry Pi, and fans to regulate its own temperature, automatically producing an ideal slow-and-low burn."

After cooking >200 lbs of brisket fine-tuning the design, the students concluded, "“Old-school pitmasters are like, ‘I cook mine in a garbage can,’ and there’s a point of pride in that,” Parker says. “A lot of the cutting edge is when you take an art form and drag it back onto scientific turf and turn it into an algorithm. I don’t think we’ve diluted the artistic component with this."

Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 289 289

Who gives a shit about that. I wanted them to be sued for felony - hacking my laptop to prevent windows security updates. Potential RICO charges as well.

Technically it was still their laptop when the software was installed...How was it yours when it was still at the factory having the image slapped onto the hard drive?

Comment: Re:At the cost of the tax payer (Score 1) 226 226

I think we need to move towards a German economic model - stop the corporatism in the US.

The problem is that rich people in this country think we need to move to an Indian model. That's why whenever the US Government wants to hold up a nation as an example of an economic powerhouse, it's not Germany but India that is held up as an example.

I'd think they're moving to the Chinese model where government and business is totally interrelated and intertwined (fascistic).

Comment: Win2k (Score 1) 42 42

"One contributing factor to the breaches: Windows 2000 is the OS of choice for "many medical devices." The version that TrapX obtained "did not seem to have been updated or patched in a long time," the company writes."

Well DUH. I'd have been rather surprised if they had since Win2k was EOL'd 5 years ago.

Comment: Re:I'm a big support of IPv6 but... (Score 1) 595 595

Comcast and CenturyLink are the only two viable players in my area

Yeah, it's your area, not mine. I totally bitch about Comcast on the tv side, but the internet side is pretty kicking:

% ping6 google.com
PING6(56=40+8+8 bytes) 2601:982:zzzz:xxxx::yyy --> 2607:f8b0:4004:80d::200e
16 bytes from 2607:f8b0:4004:80d::200e, icmp_seq=0 hlim=53 time=295.256 ms
16 bytes from 2607:f8b0:4004:80d::200e, icmp_seq=1 hlim=53 time=32.454 ms
16 bytes from 2607:f8b0:4004:80d::200e, icmp_seq=2 hlim=53 time=35.679 ms
16 bytes from 2607:f8b0:4004:80d::200e, icmp_seq=3 hlim=53 time=28.495 ms
16 bytes from 2607:f8b0:4004:80d::200e, icmp_seq=4 hlim=53 time=30.069 ms
--- google.com ping6 statistics ---
5 packets transmitted, 5 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/std-dev = 28.495/84.391/295.256/105.461 ms

Comment: Re:Way back when... (Score 1) 167 167

In 1999, Mandrake was the first distro I ever got installed and running 100%. I've long since abandoned it, but it's a happy memory.

Same here. (Well, x86 linux because I had MkLinux running on a Mac, but that was almost idiot proof.) Getting the sound card going was quite a bitch, iirc. Not quite the "having to fiddle with interrupts and memory ranges" days, but it was close.

+ - 'A Beautiful Mind' Dies

Rick Zeman writes: John F. Nash Jr., who revolutionized the mathematical field of game theory, was endowed with a mind that was highly original and deeply troubled. But it became known to most people by its Hollywood description. His mind was beautiful.

Dr. Nash...died May 24 in a two-car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86. His wife, Alicia, who was 82, also died.

Comment: Re:Was it a company phone? (Score 1) 776 776

There's no version of this story where I install that app on my personal phone.

If they want to issue me a company phone to put that on, then so be it. And I'll leave that phone behind at work when I leave.

There's no version of the story that says it's her phone. It IS a company phone. RTFA!

There's a whole WORLD in a mud puddle! -- Doug Clifford