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Comment: AutoCAD (Score 2) 1880

by StDoodle (#38022414) Attached to: What's Keeping You On Windows?
If there were a truly workable alternative for mostly-2D with some 3D CAD, I would switch in a heartbeat. Please note that I'm aware of several packages that would be just fine if I used CAD no more than an hour or two each day; but since I use it all day, every (work) day, they all fall far too short.

Comment: [citation needed] (Score 4, Insightful) 375

by StDoodle (#35186766) Attached to: Tech-Unfriendly Cafes Say No Kindles Allowed
Now, I'm not saying I doubt that there are cafes banning such devices. But cafes -- especially indie establishments -- have a long history of having their individual, quirky policies. Is this one or two cafes that have banned said devices, and only said devices? Have the cafes in question banned all extended table-takeover "loitering" (for whatever that means in such a place)? I just find it rather difficult to get worked up over a post with so little information behind it. (Ok, a small amount of info on cafe history... but without the present situation clarified, what good is that?)

Comment: Security (Score 1) 289

by StDoodle (#35118864) Attached to: NFL Teams Considering IPads To Replace Playbooks
On the subject of securing their playbook, I would think the best thing to do is to assume that the wireless network WILL be compromised, and design around that. Simply load the playbook physically (or over a more secure, non-publicly accessible network) onto each device. Transmitting play information could be done wirelessly, but you wouldn't transmit the play itself. Rather, a hash of the play ID and the timestamp. Make sure the app has built-in protection against "double-post" errors, and use decent encryption, and the wireless issue should be moot. Not to say there won't still be security concerns at other levels, but they should be fairly analogous to those that already exist.

Comment: Re:And this is why I stopped playing SC. (Score 2, Interesting) 200

by StDoodle (#34099212) Attached to: Developing <em>StarCraft 2</em> Build Orders With Genetic Algorithms

There is a go proverb that states "Learning joseki loses two stones strength" which would apply. (Joseki are "are generally agreed-upon sequences of play resulting in what is considered a fair outcome for both players.") The basic idea is that you'll handicap yourself out of learning why and how to respond to your opponent if you focus too much on standard patterns. It's generally accepted that you shouldn't spend too much time on joseki until your understanding of the game is at a level where you can actually analyze the moves in a joseki, understanding as you go WHY each move is the best in the situation and HOW it depends on other factors.


Comment: Re:Am I the only one? (Score 2, Insightful) 252

by StDoodle (#32824738) Attached to: 'Forest Bathing' Considered Healthful
I had the same double-take, so I looked it up. "Healthful" means something that promotes good health. "Healthy" is a state of good health. In other words, the title is absolutely correct. If you would prefer "'Forest Bathing' Considered Healthy" then you're asking for a title implying that someone named "Forest Bathing" is in a good state of health.

Comment: 3 concerns (Score 1) 434

by StDoodle (#32737764) Attached to: Subscription-Based 'Hulu Plus' Is Now Official
I have three major concerns. Surprisingly, the combination of ads + fee is NOT one of them.
  1. Buffering. Currently, regular Hulu service is limited to 5 seconds, I believe. If I don't get a significantly higher buffer limit, it isn't worth it.
  2. Back seasons.

    Every single episode of the current season will be available, not just a handful of trailing episodes.

    While this is nice and all, I often find out about a show I might like after the first season finale, if not later. If I can't start at the beginning, I'll just wait until the show is over.

  3. Changes in catalog. When I first discovered Hulu, there were a lot of shows I wanted to see with their full catalog online. Not long after, a great deal were pulled, either in their entirety, or in such a way that only the latest 3 or 4 episodes were left on. If I'm going to pay for a tv service, I'd like reasonable assurance that my selection will go up, or at least, not go down significantly.

Comment: Change the locks (Score 1) 763

by StDoodle (#32121376) Attached to: How Do You Handle Your Keys?
For less than the cost of $latest_must_have_gadget, you can usually replace all of the locks on your place with ones that are keyed the same. Do the same with your girlfriend's place. YMMV if you're a renter, but if so, you shouldn't have a problem as long as you 1) keep the old locks and 2) make sure the owner has whatever copies they need. Learn to separate what you need to have ON you at all times (your important keys; house, car, etc.) and things that are NICE to have, but you could make it a couple of days while you got them replaced if need be. Keep them separate, perhaps with some kind of clip (really, you don't need climbing-grade gear for this unless you're in a very rough profession) to put them together at home or during some travel. Always keep the three or so keys you need on you; don't worry too much about the rest.

Woman Tells State Judiciary Committee, "DoD Implanted A Microchip Inside Me" 222

Posted by samzenpus
from the out-of-the-woodwork dept.
The Georgia House Judiciary Committee took up a bill that would "prohibit requiring a person to be implanted with a microchip," and would make violating the ban a misdemeanor. Things started to get weird at the hearing when a woman who described herself as a resident of DeKalb County told the committee, "I'm also one of the people in Georgia who has a microchip." Not sure of what she was trying to say, she was allowed to continue and added, "Microchips are like little beepers. Just imagine, if you will, having a beeper in your rectum or genital area, the most sensitive area of your body. And your beeper numbers displayed on billboards throughout the city. All done without your permission." Further prodding revealed that the woman's co-workers would torture her by activating the chips with their cell phones and that the chips were implanted by "researchers with the federal government." The committee thanked the woman for her input, and later approved the bill.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 5, Funny) 999

by StDoodle (#31459508) Attached to: Texas Approves Conservative Curriculum

Creationists always try to use the second law,
to disprove evolution, but their theory has a flaw.
The second law is quite precise about where it applies,
only in a closed system must the entropy count rise.
The earth's not a closed system, it's powered by the sun,
so fuck the damn creationists, Doomsday get my gun!

MC Hawking, Entropy


Air Canada Ordered To Provide Nut-Free Zone 643

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-nuts dept.
JamJam writes "Air Canada has been told to create a special 'buffer zone' on flights for people who are allergic to nuts. The Canadian Transportation Agency has ruled that passengers who have nut allergies should be considered disabled and accommodated by the airline. Air Canada has a month to come up with an appropriate section of seats where passengers with nut allergies would be seated. The ruling involved a complaint from Sophia Huyer, who has a severe nut allergy and travels frequently. Ms. Huyer once spent 40 minutes in the washroom during a flight while snacks were being served."

Comment: Contracts not required my a$$ (Score 1) 178

by StDoodle (#30341044) Attached to: FCC Inquires About Controversial Verizon Fees

From TFA:
“Nobody is required to pay an ETF,” Gerace said. “You always have the choice of buying a mobile phone at full price with no ETF. Or you can buy a device at a discount with a one- or two-year contract. If you stay with your contract, you don’t pay a fee at all.”

But what's the point, with a device Verizon classifies as a "smartphone?" They flat-out refuse to allow you to choose NOT to have a data plan, even if you have a phone with wi-fi capability and can't justify paying $30/mo. for a data plan you'll never use (I always have wi-fi available, unless I'm driving, in which case I'm not going on the internet with my phone).

I called and spoke in person to several Verizon reps, and they all told me that, even if I bought a device they classify as a smartphone independent of a contract, they will still automatically bill me for the $30/mo. data plan; they don't give you a choice.

Comment: Re:UK (Score 1) 395

by StDoodle (#29874003) Attached to: Microsoft Freeloading In Washington State Courts
One big difference is that if you're operating out of Washington state and have your business incorporated in Nevada, you're NOT operating in another COUNTRY. Sometimes -- as is the case in how states set up their tax laws -- each state is treated somewhat like a country. But they're all part of the U.S.A. This is not a trivial distinction; the "State vs. Federal" tangle is an integral part of US politics (see "Constitutional Convention," "Civil War," et. al.).

Comment: Re:Ban them. (Score 1) 183

by StDoodle (#29673233) Attached to: Massive Phishing Campaign Hits Multiple Email Services

Alternatively, maybe the webmail providers should set more strict rules for the passwords.

I'm not a fan of this idea, simply because just about every site I've seen that decides to enforce 'password security' also decides to do stupid crap like disallowing special characters. They won't allow a password such as 'rOf1m@0z' in favor of what they consider 'secure,' such as 'passWord123' -- blargh!

People will buy anything that's one to a customer.