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Comment: Re:Ubuntu + VMWare Player (Score 1) 622

by dkh2 (#36681308) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Easiest Linux Distro For a Newbie

Actually, DOS is a variant of CP/M. Gary Kildall at Digital Research wouldn't take the meeting with IBM to provide an OS for their new personal computer idea so they ended up going back to Gates' and Allen's then fledgling MicroSoft to get the job done.The rest is the history of the many levels of Hell.

Comment: Just grow a pair and hire a pilot! (Score 1) 66

by dkh2 (#36553032) Attached to: Microsoft's Virtual Skywriting Patent App Features the Real Thing

Seriously. If you're point is to get the picture to ask some geek hag to marry you because you've grown beyond virtual girl and want a real one then hire the stinking sky writing pilot to spell out "@SkankyGurl, will you marry me?" - so the whole bay area can see it, take a picture of it and post it to the internets.

Comment: Re:Not so bad to have different systems. (Score 1) 2288

by dkh2 (#35891624) Attached to: Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

Imperial measures, on the other hand, are totally psychotic. 12 inches to a foot, 3 feet to a yard, 5,280 feet to a mile. It is the type of nonsense that we would expect to see in Dr. Seuss story, not it real life.

Of course, hardly anyone ever converts from feet to miles or vice versa once they get out of school. It's 40 miles to my mother-in-law's house. Why would I possibly care that it's also 201200 feet?

It should also be noted that dividing or multiplying by three isn't really hard even for exceptionally stupid people, so feet-yard conversions are no big deal.

I've seen measurements of the distance to your mother-in-law's house and it's actually slightly over 40 miles at 201327 feet. I understand that distinction to be a sticking point between you and the CrimsonCountess because you see the extra 127 feet as beneficial whereas she sees it as just more annoying distance to keep her from here beloved Mum.

Comment: Re:Not so bad to have different systems. (Score 1) 2288

by dkh2 (#35891512) Attached to: Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

Let's not introduce ambiguity to the argument. It is precisely 2.54 cm per inch. It may be the only metric/imperial measurement conversion that is accurate at only 2 decimal places.

As a side note... "inch" derives from a term meaning "one twelfth part". Doesn't explain why we're dividing by 12 but it does give a piece of the etymology. Likewise, pound and pint stem from the same linguistic root - plus a pint of pure water at 4C weighs a pound.

Comment: Re:Ruling doesn't affect Internet blocking (Score 1) 316

by dkh2 (#35149024) Attached to: Feds Settle Case of Woman Fired Over Facebook Posts

Actually, although IANAL I can tell you with certainty that from a legal perspective posting on Facebook IS publishing. It may be not as public as a newspaper or a billboard but it is definitely publishing. Writing on you blog is publishing. Your Twitter feed can even be defined/construed as publishing.

Comment: Re:I counted almost 30 with no "computers" (Score 1) 559

by dkh2 (#35006994) Attached to: How many microprocessors are in your home, total?

There are at least 4 in a Maytag Neptune series front loading washer.
Another 2 or 3 in a gas dryer.

Home security systems have several... at least 2 in the main panel, 1 in each sensor device, one in each key fob controller.

Your modern high efficiency gas furnace has a few as well.

Comment: Re:Beat me to it. (Score 2) 467

by dkh2 (#34904262) Attached to: Advice On Teaching Linux To CS Freshmen?

If you consider vi simple as opposed to a complex tool, then Linux is pretty much beyond me, also.

Never hard wire simple to "easy to use" in a technical arena.

vi does a great job as a straight forward console text editor. "Easy to use" often requires addition of complex tools like mouse integration.

Before the invention of the axle the wheel was difficult to use.
Adding a suspension system made use of the wheel easier still.
None the less, the wheel is a particularly simple invention which can be difficult to use.

Testing can show the presense of bugs, but not their absence. -- Dijkstra

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