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Comment: Re:More than a stretch (Score 2) 287 287

by jvp (#49717563) Attached to: The Auto Industry May Mimic the 1980s PC Industry

so to suggest that the auto industry will follow some parallel of the PC industry is just silly.

Yep. Further: there are very few industries as overly-burdened with Federal requirements (see: http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rule... for just 1 example) as the auto industry is. The connection TFA makes between the two industries is tenuous at best. More accurately: it's non-existent.

Comment: Re:Unicomp Keyboard (Score 4, Insightful) 452 452

by jvp (#49274287) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

from www.pckeyboard.com - based on the IBM model M. You will not need a new keyboard again for a good many years.

The Model M (and descendants) are truly *the* only keyboard to ever consider. For anything:
Coding
Gaming
Writing emails
Hammering nails
Cracking concrete
Cracking someone's skull

And for what it's worth, Unicomp dumped the pckeyboard.com domain, but are still reachable via http://www.unicomp.com./ :-)

Comment: Re:Previous Gen Mac Pro (Score 1) 592 592

by jvp (#48847745) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

Out of curiosity can you tell me which distro you use and management tools (virt-manager) ?

Certainly. When I first converted the Mac, I used Ubuntu's latest LTS (14.something). The reason: I needed a distro that supported GRUB 2 for EFI boots. I really prefer CentOS/RHEL, but at the time, CentOS 6 was only distributing GRUB 1. Just today, I finally converted it over to CentOS 7 which required breaking out of the Anaconda installer, running parted to delete all existing partitions on the target disk, and then editing one of the Python files on the ramdisk. It wasn't fun, but it worked (bug in RHEL installer. They know about it but don't care).

As for management, I use either virt-manager, or I just edit new XML files and "virsh define" the new VMs.

Comment: I Read it on the IntardWebz.... (Score 3, Interesting) 131 131

by jvp (#48658525) Attached to: Comcast's Lobbyists Hand Out VIP Cards To Skip the Customer Service Wait

...and therefore, it must be true.

Yes, every employee is given these cards, but no they do nothing to "fast track" support. What they do is help a customer get more help and final resolution to issues that they typical tier 1 and 2 tech support can't help with. It is an admission that their tech support sucks, but it's not some special pass to get a customer something they don't otherwise deserve. Nor are they used for bribery purposes.

Basically, the original story is full of shit. But that's not terribly surprising around here, sometimes.

For the record, I'm a former Comcast employee and am not in any way defending their practices.

Comment: Re:First amendment? (Score 2, Insightful) 250 250

by jvp (#48603595) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

[First amendment has nothing to do with this. The first amendment protects from criminal government prosecution, not reactions from private individuals/entities.

I'm glad someone posted this before I did. This most definitely has zilch to do with Amendment #1. I'll bet money that any of Sony's documents and emails had all sorts of disclaimers added to them. It's those disclaimers that Sony will use to sue press organizations into oblivion if they dare print any of it.

While I'm no fan of Sony, I don't really see this ending well for the press.

Comment: Re:Montana used to have no speed limit at all... (Score 3, Informative) 525 525

by jvp (#48496531) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

It was in the 60's not the 90's. Lowered to 55 in the Nixon admin and slowly climbing since then.

Shortly after Clinton signed the National Highway System Designation Act in '95. Montana did indeed have a "reasonable and prudent" speed limit set on its (very rural!) highways. It didn't last due to how vague the phrasing was.

Comment: Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (Score 2) 554 554

by jvp (#48391417) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices

So tax the trucks; not gas.

You do realize that taxing either has a negative effect on things you and I buy every day, right? No one likes the big 18-wheeler trucks, but none of the local supermarkets get restocked with food without those big, nasty trucks. If we make it more expensive for those trucks to operate, guess who's really going to pay for it?

That would be: us.

Comment: Re:I love Model Ms. I still have two of them. (Score 2) 304 304

by jvp (#48093327) Attached to: The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

There is a special USB converter available that can handle the current:

http://www.clickykeyboards.com...

Yep, I know. But the results on both WIndows and Macs are, at best: mixed. Unicomp's USB versions are identical from a mechanical perspective, and are already set up with the USB port from the factory. They even have Mac-specific versions (if you're so inclined) with the appropriate key layout and labels.

Comment: Re:I love Model Ms. I still have two of them. (Score 1) 304 304

by jvp (#48093243) Attached to: The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

I had about 7 or 8 of them in unopened boxes before I finally decided to recycle them a month or two ago. Most from back in the mid-late 90s. If they'd just had USB connectors on keyboards way back then... :-) (The PS/2 - USB adapters are all trash). I do completely agree with the post though: the M is simply the best, by far. I have USB versions of them (done by Unicomp/PCKeyboard.com) on all of my Macs, and my gaming rig. It gives my co-workers yet another reason to dislike me, but, eh. I loves me some M.

"Say what? I can't hear you over the massive awesomeness of my keyboard!"

Comment: Re:so much for the stem cell hype wagon (Score 1) 75 75

by jvp (#47249239) Attached to: Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

A few tens of millions, and a bionic pancreas is nearing usability

tell me again why the bandwagon for stem cells

A child growing up with Type-1 is going to fare a lot better in life with a completely internal, biological solution to the problem versus having a device attached or implanted. So too will adults. Your thought process is a bit short-sighted, it seems.

Comment: Re:Measure blood directly (Score 1) 75 75

by jvp (#47249225) Attached to: Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

It seems as though the big problem with this technology is that it's not measuring blood directly. What are the barriers to placing a sensor more-or-less permanantly inside the body that can test blood directly and the send, via radio or whatever, commands to an external insulin pump to dispense insulin?

Fun problems that aren't insurmountable, but expensive and very challenging. You have the issue of potential infections and rejection, first and foremost. Any insulin pump wearer knows that the site he or she is using needs to be ripped out and replaced every 3 days or so. Why? The body will muck it up via its internal self-defense mechanisms. The same thing would happen to a foreign body fully immersed inside the body.

Power supply. Something that's transmitting constantly or regularly is going to need a power source. Do you make it something that attaches to the outside of the skin for power (ie: a small battery)? Or cut the person open whenever the battery starts flaking out? If the latter, we have new members of the zipper club instantly.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.

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