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Comment: Compaq sk-2700 (Score 1) 451

by blackiner (#49275417) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?
I am still using the keyboard that came with our compaq presario from ~1995. This thing is a beast, you could develop some serious muscle just lifting it up all day. It has more stains on it than a motel mattress, the space behind the keys is a highly effective lint trap, and it has never been cleaned even once. It has also never broken even once, and it is the most comfortable thing I have ever typed on. The keys have an incredible amount of resistance to them and make an astonishingly loud noise when pressed. Perfect keyboard.

Comment: Re:Calories in/out, but nobody measures OUT (Score 1) 252

by blackiner (#48442721) Attached to: Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood
Very true. I eat quite a bit some days. I work out quite a bit. I actually want to gain weight, so that I can lift more, but no matter how much I eat in a day (sometimes I will eat an entire pizza for dinner), it all evens out... I am always within a couple pounds when I weigh myself. The days I eat a lot of food? I have massive shits the next morning. The days I eat very little? Very little poo. My body is simply too good at regulating itself I guess.

Comment: Re:The New Magic (Score 4, Informative) 74

by blackiner (#48396383) Attached to: Machine Learning Used To Predict Military Suicides
It is also such a general term as to be useless to anyone with some AI know how. Did they perform Bayesian analysis? A neural net? Get into the details. Anyway, I think the general public would be shocked to see how utterly simple some of these algorithms are. Most are just really basic probabilities generated off some input...

Comment: Re:Is there anything Obama CAN do? (Score 3, Insightful) 202

by blackiner (#48385309) Attached to: Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes
Nobody who was paying attention voted for Obama because of his anti-surveillance promises. The moment he voted for telecom retroactive immunity it was clear he wasn't about "Change" at all. I don't know why people were so easily fooled by his charade, just looking at his voting history would have made it all very clear.

Comment: Not the ISP's problem (Score 1) 200

by blackiner (#48321189) Attached to: Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why
The ISP should be concerned only with delivering their advertised data rates sold to the customer at low latency, regardless of how much it is used. It is not their problem if the user maxes out their upload with torrents or something, that is the user's problem (and rather easily solvable by using a modern router with fq_codel. Ingress traffic is another issue... also made difficult by the ISP, by buffering stuff too much). If they cannot actually produce the connection they advertised... then it is time for them to start changing their connection packages.

Comment: Re:Dislike Arch (Score 1) 303

by blackiner (#48099643) Attached to: What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?
Hmm. You must have had a device with particularly poor driver support. Was the issue with a graphics driver? I use Arch on my desktop and laptop, update it multiple times a week. I have never had an update break the system. That is part of why I like it so much.

I don't use it for any production stuff but I imagine if you wanted to do that, it would be best to have a test machine to run updates on first. Or just stick to RHEL/CentOS.

Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 3, Interesting) 197

by blackiner (#48027235) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks
Take a careful look at what they released this beta for: Creative Cloud Education program. Chromebooks have gained a decent foothold in schools recently. This is Adobe looking out for their own interests, by trying to hook students at a young age. Which is totally acceptable, imo, plenty more people will benefit from this than just them.

Comment: Re:Desktop GUI (Score 1) 132

by blackiner (#48016649) Attached to: Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year
Honestly I gotta agree with this. I mostly am doing one thing and like having that task take up the whole screen. Unity does this better than anything else. Sometimes I'll multitask and have two windows side by side or will alt-tab between them. Really freakin easy in Unity to do this as well. Unlike Gnome it doesn't waste horrendous amounts of space on title bar padding either. Unity and Ubuntu in general get more flack than they deserve, IMO. Now, I actually use Arch because I prefer rolling release above all other factors in an OS, but Ubuntu is pretty much my second choice.

Comment: Re:A working heart is not much (Score 1) 183

by blackiner (#47865079) Attached to: In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart
I am curious if they would be able to do some sort of 'mental reset' at that point, restoring your brain to its youthful state, although likely losing most or all memories in the process. Could you imagine looking at videos you recorded of yourself to tell your 'new' self stuff? Or perhaps people would just decide it is more cost effective to kill the elderly minds off and let the next generation take over. Pondering cyborg technologies always allows for such fascinating thought experiments...

Comment: Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (Score 2) 281

by blackiner (#47752723) Attached to: The Evolution of Diet

Run 20 to 40 miles a week and you will sneeze at a 1.5 mile "jog" :)

Yeah... and I have found something that works extraordinarily well at burning fat: sprinting. I do a 15 min jog and then 10 reps of 20s sprints/10s rest. Somehow, this basically just completely bypasses the normal laws of physics and starts telling your body to burn fat immediately. I had been working out for years and still had some stubborn bits of fat left, but after sprinting I am eating more and still losing weight. Gotta be in pretty good shape already to try this, though.

Comment: Re:Surprise? (Score 1) 579

by blackiner (#47699493) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft
Well, pretty much I guess. I am a pretty big linux fan and use it for desktop usage (but also switch to windows occasionally). It doesn't work for everyone. I am glad that they at least tried though. MS these days isn't too horrible, so I can't get too mad. I am rather concerned about the massive flux in MS towards cloud computing, though. It is a clear move to lock people in. Hopefully stuff like openstack can keep the big name companies in line, and keep some modicum of power in the user's hands.

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