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Comment Re:Needs to do more (Score 1) 149 149

That's interesting information, and of course it brings up the question, "Why not make it a multpurpose device?"

"Hey Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?"
"Well, I think so, Brain. If it had separate compartments and a switching valve, you could use it to fight fires, or quickly dispense spices and breading."
"Exactly, Pinky! With such a device in every kitchen, we could take over the world!"

Comment Re:They thought this would work? (Score 1) 93 93

Yes, your boolean logic is correct. And a very simple thought experiment will provide a solution. If you have a 2 and a 3, will you ever call? No. Never. Unless you plan to bluff. But there are so many middling hands to bluff from that might have a chance of actually winning anyway. So there is NO REASON to call with such a crappy hand, unless you really want your opponents to think you are psychotic. Can that be used to an advantage?!?

My very limited experience with "Dogs playing poker" tells me that cards 10 and higher are helpful and cards under 8 or 9 are downright toxic. But it depends on how many players are in the end game. Fewer players allow a bit more risk, more players mean I have to bail at the least provocation.

Comment Cheap phone for DIY home VOIP? (Score 1) 73 73

The other day, I saw a Droid phone on the WM web site for $20 or so and it got me thinking about getting one to play with. In particular, putting a VOIP client like 3CX or CsimpleSIP on it and connecting to my Asterisk server over Wifi. So I went off to WM to ask questions.

My big question was, can I buy a cheap Droid phone that they sell for their prepaid plans and use the apps without actually buying a plan? Or if I have to buy a plan, can I still use the apps on the phone (and Wifi) after my plan expires? I could not get a good answer for this, but they "thought" that the phone would stop working for apps when the prepaid time expires.

So, is there a really cheap way to get an Android device with Wifi that will run a VOIP client? It would be really fun to have one or two around the house to connect to my home VOIP system. Thanks.

Comment Tucows start (Score 1) 65 65

Tucows Inc., an internet company that's been around since the early 90s â" it's generally known for being in the shareware business and for registering and selling premium domain names ...

In 1997, Tucows was starting to get attention at ISPCON. Network Solutions _WAS_ the only registrar since General Atomics and ??? abandoned the domain registration game. Kim was at the top. Then the fees went from $100 to $70 and there was limited competition. Tucows was a competitor, but not a good one. I remember, because I did not choose them for my domain registrations. For those interested in Kim, she went on to ICANN and was a force to deal with when getting a /19. Those who don't know what a /19 is can just move on...

Comment Re:Heat allergies (Score 1) 125 125

It sounds like her immune system is pretty messed up. I would make fixing that a priority so it doesn't get worse, or allow some future infection to blossom.

Somewhere, there must be a medical doctor that can figure out the cause, and get it fixed. At the very least, I would suggest vitamin D (2 x 5000IU) and vitamin C (2-10 grams, or as much as the body will take before laxative effect.) That should be safe and may give some relief.

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