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Comment: Re:Are you armed? (Score 1) 562

by evil_aar0n (#35547570) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Prepared Are You For a Major Emergency?

I'll second this. Last week, I think it was some flooding in downtown Sleepy Hollow, but it took literally over an hour to go the maybe six miles from the west bank of the Hudson, across the TZ (Tappan Zee Bridge), to my work location. It was horrible. I can't imagine what it would be like if there were something more serious. People trying to get out of the metro NYC area would be fucked.

Comment: Re:It's not the OS alone... (Score 2, Insightful) 1348

by evil_aar0n (#33936998) Attached to: Desktop Linux Is Dead

This strikes me in the same way as the rabid OS X fanboi that said that any OS X failure was _my_ fault, because OS X _never_ failed. Baloney. Why do they need patches, then?

I've set up close to a dozen Mac OS X machines, over the years, and have never had any experience close to what you mention. The worst one was when a MBP of mine died and I had to set up my replacement from the dead unit's HDD. I was shocked at how easy that was. I connected the HDD to the new laptop, which recognized that it had an OS X installation on it, and it proceeded to ask if I wanted to initialize my new MBP from that drive. After some time to copy files, it was ready to go, configured almost exactly as my previous unit. There were some things I had to handle manually - HP scanner shit, which is buggy, anyway - but it was automatic, for the most part.

I don't know how you ended up in your situation, but yours is definitely an outlier case.

Comment: Pointless (Score 2, Interesting) 100

by evil_aar0n (#33865356) Attached to: Research Shows How Deaf Cats' Brains Re-Purpose Auditory Centers

They didn't need to go to the trouble to "discover" that: they could have asked me. I lost my hearing at age 17 and, in response, my brain increased its abilities 10-fold, easily, so that I'm now the smartest man on the planet. Why, yes, I am wearing my underwear outside of my pants. Why do you ask...?

No, seriously, I did lose my hearing. I found that I compensated for it by paying way more attention to non-verbal cues. For example, I can tell before an interviewer even knows it, himself, that I'm not gonna get the job. I can also see it, clearly, when someone's trying to BS me. You also learn introspection, since you don't have the auditory distractions.

Saliva causes cancer, but only if swallowed in small amounts over a long period of time. -- George Carlin