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Comment Re:Poor organization (Score 1) 98 98

While we are trying to improve the article...

Where is the 3770? I couldn't be bothered to type all the names-but-not-numbers into Google to see if one of them was the 3770.

Just because Intel screwed up their naming conventions doesn't mean everyone else has to further such marketing-driven value-removal.

Comment A few more (Score 1) 550 550

Great list of things that could be improved. Here are a few more:

I would like all comments on one page. Current limit is 100 max per page. I suggested to them that, when you pay, you get a new limit -- could be 500, etc. -- as one of the features. Point is, things get faster, bandwidth gets cheaper, every day. Why the limit? When you have a thread with, say, 500 or more comments, the only way you get them all on one page is at +4 or +5. But you miss so much when you browse at that level.

In the pay-to-play category, some of the things you would like could be rewards for paying. SIG size, for example. Those who don't like big (or any) SIGs would still be able to block them.

Remove or greatly limit underrated mod -- the stealth mod of choice for mod bombers. (1) use it, you lose 4 other mods, or (2) use it, and it goes up for meta-moderating right away. And (3) abuse it, and lose mod points for a month, then 3, then a year.

Remove mind-numbingly stupid posts -- Golden Girls, goats.*, etc. If they have been replied to, then *** them out, or put one of the quotes at the bottom of each page in there. Just make it clear the post was useless and has been removed.

Consider removing mods altogether from controversial subjects -- politics in particular.

Comment Cruise control (Score 5, Insightful) 157 157

I installed cruise control on my otherwise primitive '65 Chevy station wagon. Loved it. I'm hard pressed to think of a drawback of cruise control.

But then I would say exactly the same thing about ABS.

The rest...I agree with you. Oh, except for electronic ignition -- my car starting problems disappeared when I started owning cars with electronic ignitions.

And I'm kinda fond of those lights that come on automatically. Not the ones that are always on, but the ones that can tell when it is a little too dark. Like when you go in a tunnel. I positively love that.

Oh, and automatic overdrive, "torque lockout" and the 3-way catalytic converters.

But yeah, old cars, that weigh twice as much as new cars, are the best! Trucks that ride like trucks? Man I miss those. My crap 2002 GMC Sierra, with that high strength steel? Too car-like for me. Who needs comfort? I want the smell of oil and the bounce of a bench seat.

Oh, and the rear-view mirror that shows the outside temperature and the letters I-C-E when it is near freezing? I hardly ever use that. Mind you, when it does get near freezing I kind of appreciate knowing there might be black ice.

But the compass direction indicator is a bit much. Except when I'm driving on an unfamiliar road, at night, in the rain.

So, yeah, you're right. Who needs anything better than a model T? Well, except for the time that hand crank broke my wrist...

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549 549

I wonder, will this become something driverless cars report?

One of the pluses of everyone having dash cams would be catching and consequencing this sort of behavior.

Driverless cars, lacking the human motive of revenge, would lend themselves to this form of policing. i.e. be more likely to be trusted by the courts.

Yes, I realize how Orwellian this is. And yes I think this sort of thing will happen in the not too distant future.

Comment Re:Not me (Score 0) 144 144

Question for you: how can you have loading delays...with a text editor? Compilation I get but so much of what we do involves trivial load times.

As for what I use -- office suite, various browsers (but not the dreaded Chrome), text editors, Eudora for email, shell programs, image editors. But I go out of my way to use small (if not tiny, by today's standards) programs.

My one need for an SSD is audio editing -- gigabyte WAV files, using Audacity. Load/save times went from 3 to 6 minute range, to 1 to 2 minute range. But honestly, my other gradual refinements of my editing technique have paid off way more -- optimizing keystrokes, use of shortcuts, improvements in editing techniques and methods.

Comment Not me (Score 0) 144 144

Everyone I know has moved to SSD for their primary drive, and are only using rotational drives for medium length local archival purposes.

Ten machines here. Just one uses an SSD at all, and that only as a temp. drive for editing large audio files.

I simply don't need one for other purposes.

Machines here stay on. Not loading VMs or 60GB games. Apps used stay loaded.

And even on the machine with the SSD, I've only noticed a 3x speed improvement (3 month old Intel 530 series). Worth it to me, because I spend 10 hours a week editing, but otherwise nothing to write home about.

I say SSDs are over-hyped, and I'm an original speed freak, changing the refresh interval on my PC clone to gain, what was it, 2 or 3% performance improvement. Disk optimizing in the PC XT days before anyone else I knew. But SSDs? For the most part, just not that impressed.

I'd rather hear about Chrome finally fixing its "eating all your RAM" issue, because that truly turns your machine into a dog.

Submission + - Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission->

schwit1 writes: Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations held in front of a computer.

First spotted by open source developers, the Chromium browser — the open source basis for Google's Chrome — began remotely installing audio-snooping code that was capable of listening to users.

It was designed to support Chrome's new "OK, Google" hotword detection — which makes the computer respond when you talk to it — but was installed, and, some users have claimed, it is activated on computers without their permission.

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Comment Re:Local and small (Score 1) 268 268

I realize you are speaking mostly in jest, but it is a misconcept that trees use/need/take water.

After the first 2 years, you never need to water them. They tap into the ground for their water. And during those first 2 years, the water they need is about 10 gallons per week, during the dry season. When we wash & prep the parsley we eat in one week, we create 2 gallons of waste water (that could go to that tree). Clothes washers create gallons & gallons of gray water that can be used to water trees -- in our household, we produce 150+ gallons of gray water from clothes washing alone.

It takes ridiculously small amounts of work and creativity to have enough water for outdoor plants without ever having to turn on a tap.

1.79 x 10^12 furlongs per fortnight -- it's not just a good idea, it's the law!