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Comment: Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (Score 1) 126

by nblender (#48196519) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

Generalize much?

I live in an RF hole so even a high gain antenna up on my roof can't pick up any terrestrial channels... In actual fact, I can pick one channel up but the signal strength is low so it freezes and cuts out making it essentially unwatchable, and that's during clear sunny weather.

Fortunately, I get everything I need from the Bittorrent channel.

Comment: esr will save us! (Score 0) 241

by nblender (#48189903) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime


Seriously, what does he care what repository some other project uses... I know various people have experimented trying to shoehorn the NetBSD repository and history into Subversion, Hg, and git over the years and they've always ended in failure... So far CVS is working even though it's not super awesome. But at least it works. Why should NetBSD switch to something that can only barely work from something that's already working.

I'm sure I'll get flame-broiled because I'm not wanking my pud over Git.

Comment: Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (Score 2) 329

by nblender (#48189425) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

they can pile twice as many vehicles into the very small parking lot in two lines as they could in one line before they start overflowing into traffic... In my town, there are some Timmies locations where they only have room for one line and these regularly overflow into the street blocking a lane during rush hour... People's coffee is more important than keeping traffic moving.

I drink my coffee at home.

Comment: Re:One thing... sugar tastes better than HFCS (Score 1) 420

by nblender (#48186983) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

A friend of mine always had me bring a 12 pack of Coke down from Canada with me whenever I came to visit on account of apparently our coke having cane sugar and US coke using HFCS. That was a dozen years ago. I don't know if it's still true. I stopped drinking pop 15 years ago...

Comment: yawn. (Score 1) 303

by nblender (#48170293) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

I need to look deeper but so far there's been 12 pages of "these buttons look different" and "the window titles are now vibrant!" but nothing about how applications actually work the way they should now ... So far I still don't see any real advantage to moving up from 10.6.8...

Unless I missed them fixing some of my nits:

- When you move a mail message out of your inbox, one option needs to be "move this to the same folder you previously moved messages _from_this_sender_"
- When I switch desktops, it should leave me in whatever app I'm currently in, not switch to Finder...

Comment: Re:What's the big deal with intelligence? (Score 3, Interesting) 366

by nblender (#48159351) Attached to: Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

My son is classified as 'gifted', has a low 140's IQ; plenty of ambition, and an amazing inability to satiate his curiosity about pretty much everything. I love my son to bits, but there are more than just a few days where I would give anything for him to be a normal everyday shlub like the rest of the kids on the street... Having a high IQ child is not all upside.. There's a lot of downsides as well. At a young age you have someone who can read at an adult level, is bored by books for his age group, but is not emotionally mature enough to read books for his vocabulary and curiosity level. Sitting in a car with the kid is torture... He has an ability to generate interesting questions at a rate faster than he can verbalize them. After about 2 hours, you are mentally drained... On car trips, we limit his questions to one every 5 minutes and you can see him practically exploding, waiting for the clock to change... Even at 5 minute intervals, a 6 hour car trip is torture. In addition to his insatiable curiosity, and need to solve problems, he's also extremely sensitive, both physically and emotionally... A radio that I can hardly hear is too loud for him. He didn't like walking through tall grass due to the prickly feeling of it on his arms or legs... If he feels he has been dealt an injustice, he can jump right to violent anger instead of engaging in some self control.

It sounds like i'm describing someone on the Aspergers scale but he's been tested for that and on the first test, was marginally at the very bottom of the range, and the second test was just outside the range. He's in a school that is tailored towards gifted kids and he's thriving there, both academically and emotionally... He has a ton of friends and is slowly learning how to operate his brain...

Like I say, I love him to bits and so far the rewards probably outweigh the negatives, but if I knew then what I know now, I don't think I'd consciously elect to select for greater intelligence at the Zygot stage.

Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 1) 463

by nblender (#48150289) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

I know many people who have caught the flu. In fact, all of my co-workers. I don't know anyone who has died of the flu.

I don't know anyone who has died of Ebola. But I also don't know anyone who has caught it.

I'd rather not catch either but if I had to catch one of them, guess which one I'd rather have?

Comment: I understand, but don't sympathize... (Score 3, Interesting) 405

by nblender (#48140987) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

Typical of Air Canada, if you're not listening, they become surly... So they want you to listen. But you have to listen twice, both in english and in french... God help you if you should tune out while they're going through the whole spiel in a language you don't understand...

Westjet has a video for the french half and could seemingly care less if you're paying attention. The english half is occasionally made interesting with the injection of humor...

I cannot conceive that anybody will require multiplications at the rate of 40,000 or even 4,000 per hour ... -- F. H. Wales (1936)