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Comment: debate? (Score -1, Troll) 278

by Sooner Boomer (#47465197) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..

People who question the gospel of global warming are called "deniers" to try and shut down any debate. I'm calling them out as "demanders"; that is, whether or not there actually is any global warming, they DEMAND that there be. Possibly an extension of liberal guilt, since most global warming claims come loudest from the left.

Comment: F-4 Phantom jet... (Score 1) 151

by Sooner Boomer (#46970525) Attached to: U.S. Passenger Jet Nearly Collided With Drone In March
Yeah, I know, replying to my own post...

Another article:

"The pilot reported that the small unmanned aircraft involved looked similar to an F-4 Phantom jet, and not like a helicopter that might hold a camera that many associate more closely with drones. Such planes have gas turbine engines and can fly higher than an average drone, according to the FAA. Neither the drone in this case, nor its pilot, have been identified.

Why does the media insist in calling everything from model airplanes to 747's "drones". I think they're the real (mental) drones...

Comment: Model fighter jet... (Score 2) 151

by Sooner Boomer (#46970495) Attached to: U.S. Passenger Jet Nearly Collided With Drone In March

From: - "The pilot said it appeared the drone was a high-end model built to look like a fighter jet and powered with a small turbine engine, according to the FAA. Such model planes are capable of reaching higher altitudes than drone copters and may cost thousands of dollars. "

Comment: Re:paper...pencil (Score 2) 170

by Sooner Boomer (#46801143) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

My notebooks weren't always spiral bound, sometimes they were the kind with the bound backing (I bought several of whatever was cheapest at the beginning of each semester). When whatever form they were, got full, they went into a 3-ring binder (including the covers which have beginning-ending dates, phone numbers, and other important info). Almost all of these (college ruled) notebooks are also pre-punched, so I just carefully remove the pages.

I started using expensive refillable mechanical pencils. After they were dropped (once!) and broken, I went with either cheap mechanical pencils, or the old fashioned wooden ones (which no one seemed to steal!). I need the ability to correct things, ink is not practical (except for some drawings where I use lots of colored pens to keep functions seperate)

Comment: Re:paper...pencil (Score 1) 170

by Sooner Boomer (#46801061) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

The automated search thing uses the wiggly bits at the end of your hands and the lookey bits on either side of your nose. Sorry, not trying to be snide, but the things I'm usually searching for 1) were written by me, so when I get close to the proper page, my memory kicks in and I usually remember where stuff is*, and 2), I'm usually not searching for an individual search term. If something is unique, I can usually get close enough to find it by flicking through a few pages. Weekly/monthly/quarterly reports also help narrow time frame.

  *this is a kind of a Fourier Transform, where the "when" (time function), turns into a "where" (spatial location) in the series of note pages.

Comment: paper...pencil (Score 5, Insightful) 170

by Sooner Boomer (#46800831) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

I've been working on a research project in Chemical Engineering for the past 5 years as a consultant. I struggled, like you, to find a technical solution for a professional journal. I had to settle for fifty cent spiral bound notebook and pencil (I found a neat plastic case to keep them in). No other solution could provide me a way to easily keep a written ledger of text and numbers, draw diagrams, schematics, and allow me to easily edit mistakes. When the notebooks were full, they went into a three-ring binder. Searching through the pages of the binders is fairly easy, especially since *I'm* the one that wrote the notes.

Don't over-think the problem.

Comment: Fuck Google... (Score 3, Interesting) 117

by Sooner Boomer (#46674515) Attached to: The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

...and fuck Google TV. A couple of years ago, I bought an LG TV, which ran on Android. Fairly good performance, fairly good price. It's a 3D TV, and I was disappointed that ESPN cancelled it's 3D broadcasts just after I bought it, but what the heck. I found a Samba client that let me watch video files over my network. I even had a couple of 3D video files, like the Dr. Who Anniversary episode I could watch in 3D. Then Google "upgraded" Android. I tried EVERYTHING I could do to reject the upgrade and not accept it, but somehow it went ahead and installed the new version. Now, almost everything on the TV is broken. The native media player that was part of the original Android software is gone. The Samba client is gone. I can't even play videos from an attached USB device. LG has been less than useless. I've sent multiple emails and they are either clueless or blame Google. They have DELIBERATELY removed functionality that I specifically purchased the TV for. All that's left now is legal action.

"The algorithm to do that is extremely nasty. You might want to mug someone with it." -- M. Devine, Computer Science 340