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Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 712

by baxrob (#41839077) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen
I'm also in the pencil camp wrt this issue.
If, as you say, you don't press hard when writing, a normal 0.5mm pencil may suit you - if darkness/clarity of lines is an issue, you could try different lead densities - "B" for example is slightly less-dense / draws-darker-lines than "HB" (which is approx. equiv. to the familiar standard "#2"), or you might prefer "2B", "3B", or etc.

Another thought is ultra-fine-felt-tip artist markers. I know there is a full line by Staedtler, down to at least 0.3mm. You should be able to find a good variety at any decent-sized art-supply store. A felt-tip pen avoids all the drawbacks you cite, and, in my experience, draws a line as consistent as the pressure you write it with.

Personally, I use 0.9mm mech.pencils for everything (except legal docs). I'm not aware that there's a difference in drawn thickness - as opposed to the more common 0.5 or 0.7mm units (or, no difference that can't be moderated by attack pressure). As a bonus the 0.9mm leads don't constantly break under your hand.

Comment: percentage cut? (Score 1) 329

by baxrob (#40543441) Attached to: Google Killing Off Mini, Video, and iGoogle
I'd love to see a percentage (killed projects vs total google projects), attached to these periodic google "spring cleaning" stories. The total would have to be somewhat hypothetical, but ... I just use gmail, reader, and 'drive', and the top nav bar is way crowded from my perspective. I'd bet most goog.users would just make vastly different housekeeping decisions. ... Never forget: features and choices are a /cost/. (Though, all those terms are relative)

Comment: IOW: (Score 1) 910

by baxrob (#39779429) Attached to: In Nothing We Trust
70% disbelieve the country is on the right track
80% are dissatisfied with the pattern of governance
23% have confidence in banks
19% have confidence in big business
< 50% have "a great deal" of confidence in, schools, and religions

Sounds like an excellent recipe of statistics to confuse the shit out of most anyone.

Comment: Re:A little uncomfortable (Score 1) 525

by baxrob (#38978547) Attached to: RIAA Chief Whines That SOPA Opponents Were "Unfair"
The use of (natural) language in this article is m-f-ing fascinating. All programmers should take note, of this and such efforts to "program" public mind .. i mean, the "minds of the public", i mean, there isn't really a right, agreed-upon terminology wrt this. To wit. You should listen to me. Is that so?

Use of rhetorical technique, winding, folding into, with, among, other rhetorical technique, in the manner of this (TFA) article, /should/ be a red flag, to anyone. How the fuck can that be taught / conveyed to children, to look out for such tripe and claptrap?

Pah. In an era where O'Reilly-ism competes with Limbaugh-gic, which pretend together to compete with .. actual, legit critical reasoning skills .. Heavens, I am glad it is not up to me and I am not to blame for this noize. Read, Live, and Wonder, at your own risk, bizzle.

(paranthetically: really? i have to insert friggen html <br> tags to distinguish lines? %$#*@ on this rig?? wot a (nother) joke...)

Comment: Re:A little uncomfortable (Score 1) 525

by baxrob (#38978409) Attached to: RIAA Chief Whines That SOPA Opponents Were "Unfair"
I think the critical point is that, upon clicking the link to the article, one is presented with the NYT banner / site framework, which gives the (op-ed) some vague, extra perceived authority. Not really a content problem; almost certainly a presentation problem. Douche-bag who's opinion is represented in the article, is off his nut/rocker. Total nonsense. With the NYT brand, apparently endorsing said (ostensible opinion) content to some extent, normal human idiots like myself and many others, may be liable to misunderstand the *cough* authority of the piece.

Point taken.

Comment: Re:bye bye bin (Score 1) 1855

by baxrob (#36007264) Attached to: Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands
Indeed, i heard no mention of a bomb in any of the referenced videos.

As far as the "week ago" part, I'd put it down to journalistic error, based on the mention of /planning/ the operation a week ago - in combination with the d.n.a. verification delay. (In fact, if you watch the bbc(?) Assange interview, also posted here sometime today, the newsline footer says it happened a week ago, too.)

But then, my conspiracy-theorist credentials/credibility are rather weak (i even presume the moon landing actually happened!) .. Not to say i'm certain of anything, in the natural world, but it helps to take /some/ things on trust, if you want to sleep at night. Let's agree to attack the credibility of the news-media-military-industrial complex, on better grounds, next week .. when the smoke has cleared a bit.

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+ - Stop the Cloud, I want to get off!->

Submitted by splitenz
splitenz (762865) writes "Look, it's just the Internet, people. We don't need a new word to say that data is stored on a central server. Jason Cross can't wait for the day when "cloud" joins the dustbin of overused and meaningless technology marketing words, along with push, virtual reality, and multimedia. And he has plenty of good reasons why."
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