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Comment: Drop the entire idea. (Score 1) 613

by SmoothTom (#48290687) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

If there are specific groups that need to vary their times for doing things depending on season, it should be up to them to simply change the time *they* do them, not force the rest of the country to screw with wasteful time changes twice a year.

Pick a time zone and just stick with standard time.

Comment: Actually 5592.4 times as much (Score 1) 587

by SmoothTom (#44335345) Attached to: Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

My first home computer was a small Unix (Xenix) machine with a max load of 768K of memory (on three large memory cards).

The laptop I'm using right now has over 5 five thousand times as much...

(And the 15MB hard drive was a $3000 option on that old machine, whereas the 1TB drive in this laptop cost me about $120.)


Comment: Business as usual for Microsoft... (Score 3, Informative) 215

by SmoothTom (#42636101) Attached to: Microsoft Going Its Own Way On Audio/Video Specification

Microsoft has followed this path from the beginning with standards: Adopt, adapt, expand and control.

Always adding something "extra" so that other software that actually follows the standard doesn't work quite right with stuff built to Microsoft's "standard" so that the stuff built to actually follow the world standard looks inferior. :(

Comment: I'm not a scientist, but... (Score 1) 405

by SmoothTom (#32575684) Attached to: Inertial Mass Separate From Gravitational Mass?

I can potentially see (via thought experiment) a difference between gravity and inertial mass...

Picture two identical hypothetical objects, each a mile long with identical large masses at the end of a thin support rod.

Place one on the Earth with the mass resting on the thin support rod, one mile from the surface.

Place the other similarly on the nose of a 'space ship' accelerating at exactly one gravity.

The mass leading the spaceship by a mile will experience exactly one gravity while the one spaced a mile above the Earth (a one gravity reference) will experience LESS than one gravity due to it's distance from the gravity source.

Don't like the small difference? Make the rods 10 miles or 100 miles long. At each increase the gravity effects on the Earth reference device will be reduced more due to distance from the source, while the apparent gravity experienced by the space ship based device will still be the exact same 1G.

Now step back from this and realize that it means that the effect of gravity, such as from the Earth's mass, is different for each part of ANY other mass, depending on its distance from the source, while the effect is IDENTICAL for each part of any mass experiencing "pseudo" gravity due to constant acceleration, no matter where located.

It would make more sense in pictures, and even more in mathematical terms, but I am not even going to try. I quit doing that sort of stuff 30 or 40 years ago.

Maybe someone can bother to rough it out and see what shows up?


Comment: As a long term Earthlink/Comcast customer... (Score 1) 306

by SmoothTom (#32386752) Attached to: Earthlink Announces It Must Honor Comcast Cap

...I just received a postcard from Earthlink in the mail today that also details the new 250GB limit on my 8 year old Earthlink Broadband service with the "last mile" by Comcast (originally AT&T for the last mile).

For right now, the 250GB limit really doesn't affect me, as I use considerbley less than that, but that does NOT mean that will ALWAYS be the case.

For me, though, I'll just wait and see how this plays out.


Comment: I really don't know... (Score 1) 515

by SmoothTom (#32229810) Attached to: Of these options, I'd call the place I live ...

Where I live is a small place that is actually incorporated as a "city" so legally it is probably a "city."

HOWEVER, it has no central business district. Want to shop head to one of the adjacent towns/cities that have business districts and malls.

We are a "bedroom community" that is mostly residential or stands of trees.

We have a golf course, we have waterfront, we have parks, we have espresso shops, we even have a few grocery stores and a grocery/ hardware/ furniture/ clothing/ drugs/ electronics store with a big parking lot (Fred Meyer), but we really aren't "self contained" as I would expect a city or even a town to be.

We have a Post Office!

I like it, but the "City of University Place" isn't.

Guess I'll call it a town, since the most obvious classification for it, "suburb" isn't a choice.


Comment: I'm a Site Admin... (Score 1) 660

by SmoothTom (#31934656) Attached to: Website Mass-Bans Users Who Mention AdBlock

... and I use AdBlock against my OWN site because I can't stand the sometimes interminable delays caused by some of the lousy crap that sponsors have buried in their ads.

I can understand sites needing to make enough money to keep the servers running, so I allow ads on many sites I visit, but if the delays and hang-ups get too bad, they are BLOCKED.

(On my site I try to keep the delays minimal, but when administering a sometimes very fast moving set of forums, I just cannot put up with even fairly short delays.)

"The identical is equal to itself, since it is different." -- Franco Spisani