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Comment: Re:With Linux Support! Multiplayer? (Score 1) 85

by dltaylor (#46735527) Attached to: <em>Civilization: Beyond Earth</em> Announced

Used to play Civ until breakfast or out-of-memory errors called for a break at LAN parties (Starcraft/BW, too, until they took that away and lost my sales). Better with multiple PCs that hot-seat 'cause you could think ahead more easily.

Still playing AC from the Loki release for Linux. It will be interesting to see how well a simultaneous release works.

Comment: Re:correlation does not prove causation insulting (Score 2) 137

by dltaylor (#46657483) Attached to: Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

Maybe it is evening/night people having their natural sleep schedules disrupted in our industrialized society that contributes to a higher BMI.

AFAIK, morning sun has essentially the same spectrum as evening sun (slightly red due to the longer path through the atmosphere than at noon), and the same angle of incidence, so morning sun should have no different intrinsic effect than evening sun, if the rest of the day is spent in artificial light.

Sounds like a VERY poorly controlled experiment.

Comment: or just say no (Score 5, Interesting) 323

I have not, and will not, use my cable provider's "on demand" service for anything for which I have to pay ($5 - $10 per selection per 24-hour viewing window). If there were some "bundle" price, al la Netflix, I'd give them $10 for access. Of course, I don't pay the obscene fees for "premium" channels, either. I only have one cable box attached to a screen. I cannot watch all three (four?) at the same time, but I would have to pay an additional monthly fee for each one, even if it is discounted slightly for second, third, ... selection.

I may miss something, but nothing I've heard of justifies the pricing.

Comment: Re:upgrade - how NOT to do it (Score 1) 860

by dltaylor (#46413605) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

upgrade - and find that the photo viewing application is gone

upgrade - and find that the driver for your printer is gone, there is no new one, and the old one won't work in the new OSx

upgrade - and find your ability to install the software that you like is compromised ...

Comment: Re:mAk dem wrte an essay n text-language (Score 4, Interesting) 293

Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) did it better:

For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all. Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli. Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

Comment: Re:right on the Tesla S (Score 1) 335

by dltaylor (#46343609) Attached to: Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners

I'm definitely talking about the S (4-door sedan), shown in Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA. Granted, the Ghibli is tighter than the XJR, but still not as impossible as the Model S.

I don't need to lose weight, but inches from my spine and legs to fit the roadster (spine, at least, to fit the Model S). I managed to stuff myself into an Elise when they were first introduced, but my head was firmly against the roof panel, and the steering wheel was pressed so hard into my thighs that I could not turn it.

I'm an ex-linebacker (6'4", 275 lbs). There are a couple of inches at the waist, but that doesn't bang my shoulder and head against the top of the door frame on the Model S, when I try to get in.

Comment: right on the Tesla S (Score 2) 335

by dltaylor (#46329785) Attached to: Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners

Compared to my '04 Jaguar XJ (or, even the current one that I don't like), or the new Maserati sedan, the Tesla is a sad joke as a car. It is cramped, for one thing (I cannot even get into it); entry and exit is more difficult and less dignified (fun to watch your trophy girl, though, while you hold her door), and there's no good way to make a quick trip from the LA basin to Santa Barbara, Torrey Pines, or Palm Desert with any load of luggage, full A/C, party-level audio, and lights.

Comment: no, make officers responsible (Score 1) 195

by dltaylor (#46201697) Attached to: Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

It's not that those methods do not work, it is that the managers, executives, and directors are insulated from the damage. Make the CIO, CFO, and CEO cough up a few million per breach and they will be stopped. Close companies that are breached repeatedly, and make the directors reimburse the other stockholders out of their own pockets. I once worked at a company where the CEO mandated that he should be able to access confidential information at any location in the company, including offshore locations. I've worked other places where the product programmers had admin privileges on the financial systems.

For gov't breaches, jail those responsible as traiters.

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