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Comment: Re:US Metric System (Score 1) 1387

100 C has no practical application for most values of real life.

You don't boil water by setting something to 100 C (or 212F for that matter). You turn up the dial to medium-high and wait for bubbles. Or stick it in the microwave for some number of minutes.

0 C also not so practical. My refrigerator's freezer compartment lets me choose on a scale not related to C or F. In any case, it's a temperature below freezing.

Not to say metric is without merit, but it's practical applications are not a good argument for people familiar with imperial units.

Comment: Re:Complain to the Bar (Score 4, Insightful) 153

by donutz (#41893697) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Become Informed In Judicial Elections?

Sometimes that is a coin toss when comparing highly educated with highly experienced or two similar candidates.

In cases like this, or where there is plainly not enough information, leave that one blank -- don't vote for either unknown. Unless your ballot stupidly requires you not to leave any races blank (are there such ballots?)

Comment: Re:Buddhism - the less abhorrent religion. (Score 1) 348

by donutz (#41844167) Attached to: Researchers Crown Buddhist Monk the World's Happiest Man

I find pretty much all religion abhorrent. Buddhism however, while still abhorrent for believing in mystical ideas that go against the simplest (and therefore best) definitions of reality, is definitely less abhorrent than the others. I've seen a lot of quotes from the Dalai Lama that I really appreciate and can agree wholeheartedly with.

Seems to me that someone who abhors religion and mysticism would agree wholebrainedly rather than wholeheartedly.

Comment: Re:Two can play at this game (Score 1) 638

by donutz (#41012187) Attached to: White House Pulls Down TSA Petition

Why is it you think socialism is the only alternative?

Let's go to your point: get rid of corporations. Does that require socialism? Nope! Corporations aren't the only business entity. Just them (and LLCs and any other similar cases) absolve the owners of personal liability.

Would society be different if we had no businesses where the owners weren't personally liable? You betcha. Could it work out better? Well, I'd suggest we examine that before we make your leap to socialism.

Comment: Re:Single Sign-On (Score 1) 446

by donutz (#40769281) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's Holding Up Single Sign-On?

"A dedicated attacker may see the pattern and break in, but it's at least more time consuming for them."

Maybe if by "more time consuming" you mean a negligible amount of time.

goodpassword+sitename might buy you a couple minutes before the attacker has access to your Bank of America account. Do you think you're going to know that account credentials for MySpace were stolen within minutes, so you can go change your BoA account details?

Comment: Re:Android Scriptin (Score 2) 197

by donutz (#40736097) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Scripting-Friendly Smartphones?

"This is also true of Tasker -- while versatile, it is a resource and battery hog."

I see why you're posting this as Anonymous Coward. Because you clearly don't know what you're talking about.

Tasker is not a battery hog. However, it doesn't prevent you from doing things that hog the battery. Want to keep your screen on and not let the phone sleep while unplugged? Knock yourself out. Want to get a GPS fix every minute? Have at it. Turn on and leave on the LED camera flash while your phone is in your pocket? Why not?

Upset that after doing all that, your battery is up in a few hours? Go cry to mommy.

I'll admit that not everything you can do with Tasker will be obvious that it will significantly affect battery. But -- insert generic warning about something ouchy happening when you play with fire here -- .

Comment: Re:is the CIA selling these viruses? (Score 1) 221

by donutz (#40233899) Attached to: Stuxnet/Flame/Duqu Uses GPL Code

Right, distributing is the key.

But that means we have to figure out who it was distributed to, and by whom. I think we can agree that the owners of the targeted Iranian computers were recipients of the distribution, so they get to request the source, right? (Ha!)

But what about anyone else? If the distribution to other people was not authorized the the original distributor (e.g. an Iranian infects Internet-connected computers after his air-gapped nuclear equipment controlling system was infected), I'm not sure they'd have the right to request the source. But I haven't read the GPL in quite some time.

Comment: Re:git-annex - "The Nomad" use case (Score 1) 239

by donutz (#40208949) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Syncing Files With Remote Server While On the Road?

I found this project when looking for a solution to my "keep all photos/videos on USB drive, subset A on one computer, subset B (potentially overlapping with A) on another computer" problem.

It looked like it would work...then I read the fine print. Doesn't work on Windows. D'oh!

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.