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Comment: Re:HP LaserJet 4M+ (Score 1) 521

by anagama (#46792615) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Well, the Federal reserve disagrees with you. Many banks still use MICR readers to sort and route checks, so not having that on your checks could very well slow down processing of those checks.

The extra cost for MICR toner is so negligible anyway, why wouldn't you make your checks as compatible as possible? The only real issue, as I mentioned, is that you can't get MICR toner carts for all printers, so you have to pick a printer with the availability of MICR replacement carts in mind (unless you want to fill your own carts).

Comment: Re:do they have a progressive view? (Score 1) 288

by anagama (#46790895) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

The Democrat label means nothing. If Nixon was running in an election today, they'd have to put him on the ticket with the greens or something. Even Obamacare is basically Nixon's health care plan with the liberal parts eliminated. These Democrat and Republican labels have become so meaningless, they should just change their names to Blue Team and Red Team. It's much more accurate to say that GOP ideology, as put in practice by DNC candidates, is the poison in the system.

Comment: Re:do they have a progressive view? (Score 1) 288

by anagama (#46790817) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

You aren't giving Texans a good name with the "tropes fed to you by your Democratic overlords" bit. Real liberals recognize that the DNC is nothing but the New GOP, and you falling into the party-labeling thing, suggests you haven't made that connection and still think of the Old GOP (i.e., parody of itself) as a conservative party or something or other. If you are representative of Texans, it demonstrates a kind of political illiteracy.

Comment: Re:HP LaserJet 4M+ (Score 2) 521

by anagama (#46789593) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

I have a Laserjet 4L from 1994 or 95. Until about a year ago, I was still using it in my office to print checks -- it's one of the few printers it's easy to find MICR ink carts for. Anyway, it finally started making terrible screeching noises and so I replaced it because it would be a real pain to be without a check printer. Plus, the 4 page per minute print rate was getting sort of old -- but there is no question, that thing was built to last.

Comment: Re:Model M Keyboard FTW (Score 2, Funny) 521

by anagama (#46789513) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

November 6, 1989 is the date on the sticker on the back of mine.

I found it in a thrift shop while killing time walking around in a small downtown area waiting for an appointment. It was in a pile of used crappy bubble keyboards. I paid either $5 or $10 for it -- can't remember which. I should have asked if they had any artwork or old vases too.

Comment: Re:I wonder how much damage... (Score 4, Informative) 273

by anagama (#46780529) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

The users see the mail client, calendering, and the like, as essential.

Calendaring is one a business task that is critically important to many businesses, but is quite widely ignored in the open source world, at least with respect to easy setup.

In my small office, we use Apple's open source Darwin Calendar Server: It'll serve calendar data to the mac calendar client, as well as Mozilla's Sunbird client, probably others too.

It works great and it has been extremely stable (I have it running on a debian VM), but it isn't totally trivial to set up. Not hard exactly, but certain OS defaults don't work (e.g., requires extended atrributes, which requires editing fstab, and if you don't, it will never ever work):

Anyway, a simple to set up calendar server would be a substantial contribution to the open source business software stable.

Comment: Re:The U. S. of A. does not operate in this mode (Score 2) 794

by anagama (#46769971) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Nobody cared about Iraq the second time until the Oligarchs got in their head it would be profitable for them and then lied to get that profit.

But then you're Cold Fjord -- fascist statist NSA lover. No Federal evil is too small for you to love, but bigger is always better isn't it?

Comment: Re:Tails is awesome (Score 3, Interesting) 167

by anagama (#46763723) Attached to: Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

Jesus -- I haven't done acid since my college days a quarter century ago. You should lay off it.

Big Lie -- you're whole post is this. You try to take on the mantle of a freedom loving defender of American virtue, when the fucking straight fact is, you are the biggest NSA shill there is, and the NSA is one of the biggest threats to the US Constitution in the entire world. We also have other Executive branch things that are pretty fucking bad, but the NSA is anti-constitution, thus anti-American, and your support for the NSA makes YOU anti-American.

Comment: Re:Tails is awesome (Score 1) 167

by anagama (#46762811) Attached to: Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

not believing in the god of state

You have to be joking. There is no bigger defender of the state, the status quo, and the Anit-American activities of the NSA than you. I don't think there is a more statist asshole on all of Slashdot than you are, so I suppose we should add "deluded" to your list of faults now too.

Comment: Re:McGuffey's 4th New Eclectic Reader:"The Colonis (Score 2) 731

by anagama (#46741463) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Funny, I recently bought a place and I'm planting a garden. The soil is so clay heavy I could throw it on a wheel, and fire it to at least earthenware temperatures. This also means a rototiller is useless, so I've been using a shovel to remove the grass layer, which I pile up around the edges of the bed, a fork to break up the top 10 inches of clay, and then a wheelbarrow and shovel to cart over topsoil from a pile I had delivered. In a post-apocolypse world, we can omit the delivered dirt, because you wouldn't choose such crappy soil to start with.

I'm 45, not a weightlifter, runner ... not even a regular exerciser. I'm a little chubby from sitting at a desk all the time. In about about an hour and half I can dig up, till with a fork, and wheel barrow over a 10" layer of top soil to do a 10x10 area. This gives me about 20" of planting bed, the 10" I broke up with a fork and the 10" I dumped on top, the grass clumps act like the frame for a raised bed. If this was done in good dirt without the need for added topsoil, subtract half an hour because of easy digging and no dirt hauling.

If I did two of those beds per day, one in the morning and one in the evening, I could dig up 1400 sq ft in a week.

It looks like I'd need about 23,000 square feet to feed myself, but some of that can be made up with space devoted to animals -- most though still goes to garden.

I started this post feeling sort of positive, but tilling soil in this manner burns 4-500 calories per hour. Do this for three hours per day on a 2000 calorie/day diet, and you're going to turn into a rail fast. If it was only 400 calories to dig 100 sq ft of easy soil, and I had to dig 15000 sq ft, I'm going to need an extra 60,000 calories to make it -- an extra month's worth of food to invest in labor to plant a garden. It is sounding increasingly unrealistic to hand dig a garden in the absence of outside inputs, i.e., food for the digger.

Comment: Re:Yes, yes it is. (Score 1) 408

by anagama (#46691623) Attached to: Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

"Touchscreen in the mid-80's? "

Didn't Englebart have a demo video of a CAD like system displayed on round monitors in the 60s? Maybe it was someone else but I clearly remember watching a video of a person manipulating the size of screws to place in holes. Can't remember if he used two pens or not but that is kind of like pinch/zoom. I just wish I could figure out how to find that video again.

For every bloke who makes his mark, there's half a dozen waiting to rub it out. -- Andy Capp