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Comment: Re:more govenrnment waste!! (Score 1) 362

by SuseLover (#49785611) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

It doesn't matter whether it's legal or not, or whether it's a law. As long as the capabilities to gather and analyze this info exist they will be used by someone somewhere by the government (any government) or other entities.

It makes me wonder if it will just shift to having private enterprise do it for them, then constitutionality won't even matter.

Get used to being spied on; like AI, it's here to stay.

Comment: Re:Navy? Warships? (Score 1) 101

by SuseLover (#49675067) Attached to: New Magnesium-Alloy Foam From NYU's Nikhil Gupta Floats On Water
No, the air spaces aren't necessarily filled with air or gas containing oxygen, it could possibly be filled with a relatively inert gas such as nitrogen, helium, etc. or even a gas that retards fire.

The potential problem with this material is that a magnesium fire can rip the O2 it needs straight from the H2O bonds in water. You cannot extinguish a Mg fire with water, that would be adding fuel to the fire. A vessel made of this floating in water means that it is floating its own fuel.

Comment: Re:I'd like to see the environmental nightmare die (Score 1) 369

by SuseLover (#49644167) Attached to: Keurig Stock Drops, Says It Was Wrong About DRM Coffee Pods

Me too!

I still can't figure out why the damn things got so popular. More expensive per cup, produces alot of unnecessary plastic waste, and limited selection of coffee type/flavors. I'll take my unbleached filters and fresh ground whole beans and have to wait the whole 4 minutes it takes me to drip-brew a pot of coffee anytime over that.

I swear, people are so f'ing impatient anymore. Just like so many prefer to use the spyware known as Chrome as a browser because it renders a page 1/3rd of a second faster than Firefox.

Comment: Re:We're so screwed. (Score 4, Informative) 237

Actually the terrorists did win in a way. They achieved their goal of "terrorizing" us into enacting the policies now damaging our way of life. They caused the environment that allowed the government to pass the Patriot Act enabling/justifying their spying on us.

They made us suspect ourselves and each other and we now live in a state of paranoia and distrust.

Comment: This is just plain sick (Score 1) 256

by SuseLover (#49537313) Attached to: Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis
My wife died on Christmas Day 2014 almost four years to the day of diagnosis and surgery of colon cancer.

I wouldn't wish cancer on anyone, but when I read about people like this it makes me think some people might deserve it.

I hope she is prosecuted and made to pay restitution somehow. Someday in the future when she really does have cancer, she'll see how wrong her behaviour is (or maybe she will become the victim of a horrible scam like this).

Comment: Re:I'm driving a rented Nissan Pathfinder while my (Score 1) 622

by SuseLover (#49530535) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

car is being repaired. Ridiculous! 20 MPG and every time I step on the brakes or the gas it rocks back and forth like a rocking chair. It seats about as many people as a sedan and can carry only slightly more junk than a sedan. Why do people want to drive these things? They aren't attractive, they don't stop/go fast, they can't carry much stuff. I don't get it.

I don't understand why so many people want to drive pickups either. In a pickup you can only haul stuff you care about in decent weather. I get it if you're a farmer or ranch hand and need to haul messy stuff year round, but why would anyone else want to drive a truck? And why is it that the bigger the pickup, the greater the odds that they will back into parking spaces?

I don't know about a Pathfinder, but I drive a 2001 Infiniti QX4 that is based on the Pathfinder. Mine does not handle like that, it pretty much drives like a luxury car, very smooth and predictable and pretty fast. It sounds like yours needs new struts badly and maybe a tune-up. Mine ran much better after a new MAF was installed.

I don't know what you were trying to fit in yours, but I can fit a stack of full 4x8 sheets of plywood or a 60" plasma TV in box and other big bulky items in it without trouble.

I drove a 1994 Acura Integra for almost 20 years. I finally needed something I could haul/tow with since my new home has several acres of wooded land.

P.S. It is my spare bad weather beater and utility vehicle, not my daily driver. Some people NEED a vehicle like this (I hate trucks/SUV's)

Comment: Re:DOJ Oaths (Score 1) 112

by SuseLover (#48110653) Attached to: National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court

Replace "First" with "Second", and your statement is still perfectly valid.

No, it's not the same thing at all. The 2nd specifies that it applies to a well regulated militia, so it doesn't actually apply literally to gun control, the question is if control violates the intent of it. The 1st, on the other hand, has the qualification of "congress shall make no law..." So any law granting authority for NSLs violates the constitution. In same cases the argument is made that something other than congress passing a law violates the intent of the 1st, but in the case of NSLs, the FBI uses various laws passed by congress as it's rationale, therefore any portions of those laws that do grant the FBI authority for NSLs is unconstitutional whether the 1st is taken literally or on its intent. Of course, that just applies to the disclosure portion. The purpose of the NSL is to force a search and/or seizure without a warrant, which is in direct violation of the 4th amendment.

Nowhere in the text of either the 1st or 4th amendments does it specify exceptions for suspected terrorism. This sort of thing is exactly what the Bill of Rights is meant to protect us against.

WRONG!! You're reading it wrong.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The text of the amendment is a comma separated list of things that cannot be infringed. It should be read as: "These things shall not be infringed; A well regulated militia (necessary to the security of the state) and the right of the people to keep and bear arms." That comma between the "well regulated militia" portion of the sentence and the "right of the people" means AND. Also "well regulated militia" does not mean "regulated" as in govt. controlled, it means a trained militia.
Study the founders supporting documentation a little sometime and you may learn something.

Comment: Re:Danger Danger Danger (Score 1) 452

by SuseLover (#46718349) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

You are getting yourself in a world of pain!

XP users will bitch and moan enough already if they have to use Windows 7 or 8. Giving them Linux would be much worse.

Here are some common misconceptions about end users: 1. They are stupid and only do stupid thing with there PC: Firefox and libreOffice is not the limit to a persons PC usage. They are going to do more complex things even if they don't realize it. They will want to share files over the network, they may want to attach their Camera to their PC, Video Conference, Do some graphics manipulations, even sometimes do basic system admin on their PC, such as updates or putting in a driver. You need to give them more credit then most people do. Linux for the desktop tends to have a doughnut hole in usability. You get Granny Open your program and browse the web. You got advanced user where you can script and program all you want... The hole is in the Moderate user category.

2. Their PC's will work great with Linux: Who really fully checks the Linux compatibility list when getting a PC. Especially if you initially get a windows PC. Even old PC's you may find that a network controller isn't supported, or a video driver never really worked right with that screen. Hardware makers usually make sure their stuff works on windows first then perhaps in Linux if they feel like there is a market for it.

3. Vendors/Customers/Partners will bend backwards to help you keep supported. I am sending you a DOCX with a Macro in it for you to view. Are you really going to have them redo their work so you can view that document. A vendor may give you a crappy convert. The customer will defiantly give you lip. A partner may question you.

4. We don't use Legacy Software: There is always that piece of legacy software that you have that makes porting expensive.

Sorry, NIC's are a bad example since just about every enterprise datacenter uses Linux as servers. Every one of 'em have a NIC in them and Linux had some of the first support foro 10G ethernet NICs. Any server HW vendor NOT supporting Linux would quickly go out of business.

Even alot of consumer HW now has Linux support, check any printer vendor, it's hard to find one that doesn't either have a downloadable driver or one that Linux automagically recognizes.

I have a friend who is severely computer illiterate to the point he hates using any computer. Since his last windows system died, I gave him one of my retired Dell 4600's with Ubuntu. He called me a couple of times to ask a question how to do something but for over two years now I have not received one call for support.

Comment: Re:Overclockers have been doing it for ages (Score 1) 102

by SuseLover (#46715927) Attached to: Intel and SGI Test Full-Immersion Cooling For Servers

Sure, mineral oil, cooking oil, fluorinert distilled water, bunch of other esoteric fluids. The real thing that it comes down to the heat transfer between the component and the fluid itself. And this newer stuff is apparently leaps above flurorinert, especially besides that it won't kill you quite so quickly and won't destroy the ozone layer quite so badly. You thought that freon was bad? Fluorinert makes freon look like a glass of water in terms of reactivity.

HUH? Kill you? Flourinert is just what it means, it's inert! It's what the medical community was been playing with years ago in an attempt to treat lung infections, you can breath it, like in the move "The Abyss" where they dunk his rat in the tank (they actually did that). It IS slightly toxic and is probably one of the reasons it never made into actual medical use.

Toxicity Profile Fluorinert liquid FC-70 is non-irritating to the eyes and skin, and is practically non- toxic orally. The product also demonstrates very low acute and sub-chronic inhalation toxicity. A Material Safety Data Sheet is available upon request.

Although you are correct about it's greenhouse potential, it's vapors are extremely dense and thus relatively easy to contain.

I used to work with the stuff doing vapor phase soldering on specialized components.

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