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Comment: Re:Powerpoint Gettysburg Address (Score 1) 319

by k6mfw (#49784881) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

Wow, it sure does show how PPT can really water down a famous speech. This has me thinking could we have missed monumental speeches but were lost due to powerpoint? Come to think of it, even in modern times I rarely see a president or a governor use presentation slides. It is alway them in front of a podium reading from a teleprompter. Only time I can remember a high level elected official using presentation slides was Gov. Brown in 1970s where he showed pie charts illustrating California state budgets with passing of Prop 13.

Comment: Re:Model 500 (Score 1) 313

by k6mfw (#49754669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

Since it's around 50 years old and still working, I'd say it's the best dumb phone.

I second that as I still using my Touch-Tone Model 500 (Bell System Property, Not For Sale) I've had since 1980s (even has same phone number label from where I used to live). Another thing to note this phone is so rugged it can survive getting dumped in water, dropped from tables, chock a runaway railway car, and withstand a nuclear blast at 50 yards (OK so I made up the last two).

Comment: Re:Sue Storm has always been powerful (Score 1) 228

by k6mfw (#49730969) Attached to: Marvel's Female Superheroes Are Gradually Becoming More Super
I remember when she was referred to the Invisible Girl. One issue in 1960s is where Sue and Reed were looking for a house in the suburbs (landlord of Baxter Bldg was kind of upset about all the damage after a big fight with Dr. Doom, "why do you reside here in middle of city subjecting downtown to constant attacks?"). A group of teenage boys, "Hey look it's the Invisible Girl, yeah everyone knows what the Invisible Girl looks like! Can you show us how you turn invisible?"

Comment: like football, only two teams (Score 2) 609

by k6mfw (#49726973) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties
US has only two political parties and using football (America's sport) there can only be two teams. And like football, there are only a few who make all the moves (NFL and spectators). Like the political parties, football teams huddle to discuss the next play. Spectators have no idea what they are talking about and they have very little influence on the outcome of the play, all they can do is cheer or boo. Concept of additional political parties whether they be the Libertarians or the Greens is too mysterious for this country to comprehend.

Comment: read at Maker Faire to an educator (Score 1) 113

by k6mfw (#49722333) Attached to: Schools That Ban Mobile Phones See Better Academic Results
During a lull at Maker Faire this weekend, and surfing slashdot on my phone, I see this article and point it out to an educator that had a booth near ours. He found it amusing I showed this on my mobile device, and he said article is true. His children may have a phone but he ignores calls from them when they get stumped on a exam question.

Comment: Re:An intelligence officer? Well he MUST be expert (Score 1) 263

by k6mfw (#49722299) Attached to: Book Review: The Terrorists of Iraq
following up on this thread, I read a little more about this book, I was thinking maybe the author was one of few experts calling foul on Bush and Co. intelligence data but was squelched because they wanted to invade Iraq no matter what (I remember in 1990s many hawks were claiming we need to get back into Iraq and "finish getting rid of Saddam." Regarding 9-11, that provided a great excuse to do that. Of course, since nobody in US knows the difference between Sunni and Shia, and other details, new messes such as ISIS are created.

Comment: Maybe it's part of new trend to not have manuals (Score 1) 244

by k6mfw (#49691599) Attached to: RTFM? How To Write a Manual Worth Reading
Maybe related to this topic, there was an article about how more and more companies are not providing useful customer support because they figure users will present, discuss, and solve problems in forums. Which I have found not many forums are useful except only reading about others have same problems as I do. i.e. video-to-usb adapters which seem excruitatingly difficult to use (easy to connect but always a crapshoot if video signal is recognized). Another gripe I have on forums are several group categories and if you don't post your question in the proper forum and with narrowly defined topic (each has specific topics of hard defined terms, none with specific topic of your question), the ban hammer will come down quick and you will be banned for life. But then many products are cheap Chinese made so get one off buy-it-now on ebay and if it doesn't work, send it to the trash to contribute to landfill ewaste problems.

Comment: Re:One thing to keep in mind... (Score 1) 244

by k6mfw (#49690043) Attached to: RTFM? How To Write a Manual Worth Reading

...expected that users would just magically discover that kind of understanding from 1,943 man pages with cryptic names and no context or navigation to show them where to start.

Sometimes I wonder if this is deliberate, as they had to spend many a grueling all-nighters to figure out all this stuff so newbies will have to do the same. "Of course it's hard. But that's what it takes if you want to be part of the Few, the Proud," (uh that phrase might be copyrighted by a govt agency).

Comment: Re:I don't see why people are so childish on it (Score 1) 278

Speaking of waste processing systems (this topic sure has generated a lot of water interest from me), aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans area where the water was grossly polluted from all kinds of waste of everything "natural" and inorganic industrial. Some agencies came in with water reverse osmosis systems on trailers. Put the hose in the river where the water looks really gross, takes some time out comes fantastic drinking water. Expensive though and not waste it using for showers but it works.

Comment: Re:"an emotional buffer for consumers as well." (Score 1) 278

Here is a test of your "emotions" when drinking water. Go to Exploratorium in San Francisco, they have a drinking fountain but the base is a toilet (toilet was new and bought new and fabricated into a drinking fountain). I admit I chickened out like most people and didn't drink. OK, so now I confessed I guess that means I need to man up and go there and take a drink! And post footage on FB.

Comment: Re:Apollo 16 Rover Awesomeness (Score 4, Interesting) 49

by k6mfw (#49669053) Attached to: Apollo 15 Commander Talks About Developing and Driving Lunar Buggy
it's not video, it's film. And the camera had no audio input which many movie cameras back in days had no audio. Oh, there's no air to propagate sound waves. What's amazing is showing the Moon as a place where people actually were decades before most of you were born.

Logic doesn't apply to the real world. -- Marvin Minsky