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Comment: Re:Move more, eat less (Score 1) 496

by bjb (#49334927) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds
Eat slower?

Since pizza seems to be a common "geek food", here's something I've been doing for years that helps a lot with pizza: use a knife and fork.

Though people in NY give you strange looks, you'll probably eat 1 less slice this way since your stomach will indicate it is full before you've shoveled that 4th folded slice into your mouth.

Comment: Re:C=128 (Score 1) 167

by bjb (#48020517) Attached to: Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

Do provide links. Please. I failed to find them, and my black 2.04 books are buried in some box from my latest moving day (if I had not thrown them out).

If you want a 1.3 ROM Kernel Manual, you'll have to pull it out from under my kid's car seat. Just the right size and thickness to correct the seat angle :-)

Always wonder if someone will ever catch a glimpse of that and know what the heck it is...

Comment: Distraction from what is important? (Score 1) 264

by bjb (#46398451) Attached to: Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show
I love how in the video showing the touch screen interface, somewhere around 23 seconds in the narrator states that "it is presented in the same way that you're used to [long pause] without distracting you from what is important".

The pause is long enough that you wonder if they're trying to say that "what is important" is the data on the screen or what you're doing?

Heck, I'd like to think that DRIVING IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT and these touch screens are only taking your eyes off the road so you can pinpoint where on a screen you're going to touch. I dig technology and progress but driver controls are one thing that should be left in the analog world of dials, buttons, levers, etc.!

Comment: Re:This is important (Score 1) 230

by bjb (#45735131) Attached to: Unreleased 1963 Beatles Tracks On Sale To Preserve Copyright

You joke, but it's really incentive for future artists more than former. When they see people working a few years in their youth and then earning royalties into retirement, that's quite the incentive to get into music.

Just ask any musician. They'll tell you they got in it for the money.

Appropriate Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention link: We're Only In It for the Money

Comment: Is it about ease of piracy? (Score 1) 333

by bjb (#45610085) Attached to: China Prefers Sticking With Dying Windows XP To Upgrading
I'm just curious why sticking with XP would be desirable. I know that Vista/7/8 have higher system resource requirements, but is perhaps the driver being that it is easier to pirate a copy of XP?

The basis for my statement there is simply because I know that XP only asks for a product key and I don't recall in recent history the activation mechanism being particularly strict. Vista/7 seems to start disabling itself after a while without a properly activated key and 8 seems to want an email address to tie your license to (from the one time I played with it out of curiosity). I'm figuring the Vista/7/8 mechanism is just tighter?

Comment: I hope this improves Citrix for Mac (Score 1) 92

by bjb (#45421867) Attached to: Amazon Jumps Into Desktop Virtualization With "WorkSpaces"
I know that this isn't quite the same as what Citrix does with its Xen Desktop and Receiver bits, but for those who do remote access to work with a Citrix product and do this with a Mac, I'm a bit frustrated that the Mac client is always a step behind.

Specifically, the Windows client now has USB routing and HDX features and this seems to be absent from their Mac client offerings. With a lot of organizations using IP conferencing (read: Lync), this is becoming a bit of a problem.

Comment: Re:They are still damn overpriced (Score 1) 241

by bjb (#45270723) Attached to: Apple 27-inch iMac With Intel's Haswell Inside Tested
The Macintosh II line (and by this I assume we're talking II / IIfx-type, not the smaller ones like the IIci) were tanks. While I won't really argue that the iMac line is necessarily good or bad quality (the 2005 iMac G5 a family member owns seems pretty good when I opened it for a RAM upgrade), the Mac Pro line (especially the aluminum ones; G5->Intel) seem very solid and well engineered.

Comment: CO2 (Score 1) 183

by bjb (#44307019) Attached to: Why Are Some People Mosquito Magnets?

From what I've understood over the years, it is because those folks emit slightly more carbon dioxide than others and that is what the mosquitoes are attracted to. I, unfortunately, am one of those people. However, I am able to make the claim that "I'm full of hot air" as a result :-)

But to be serious, a mosquito trap basically uses CO2 as bait.

Comment: Re:Lest we forget... (Score 1) 376

by bjb (#44295145) Attached to: Linux 3.11 Officially Named "Linux For Workgroups"
Actually, I think the problem was only on Windows 3.1. I can't say if it was on 3.0, but I've tried this in the past on Windows 2.03 (386) and even 1.0x and it returns the correct 0.01 result. My question is how did they screw up something as simple as a standard calculator application? Isn't that almost a standard programming assignment in computer science 101 courses?

Comment: Re:Metaphores. (Score 1) 79

by bjb (#43839221) Attached to: Apple-1 Sells For $671,400, Breaks Previous Auction Record
Considering Jobs and Woz made no claims to knowing what it meant at the time, it was amusing to see Jean-Louis Gassée's book 20 years or so ago called "The First Apple". Had a picture of Sir Issac Newton sitting under an serpent-laden apple tree with a Macintosh. Birth of history (if you consider the bible as such), birth of science (if you consider Newton and the gravity apple as such), and birth of computer revolution (if you consider the Macintosh as such). Clever.

It seems intuitively obvious to me, which means that it might be wrong. -- Chris Torek