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Comment: Re:Anything... (Score 1) 385 385

by opentunings (#49286271) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?
Absolutely right. n-body gravity simulations aren't going to be a lot different from weather simulations. Also, as someone else mentioned, find out what her colleagues / instructors are using. They've already either found a good combo, or can advise what not to get.

Comment: Swap to bifocals (Score 1) 464 464

by opentunings (#48718791) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?
When my ophthalmologist suggested progressives instead of my usual trifocals, I tried them. Major fail, same sort of things that you're experiencing. My ophthalmologist advised me that the opticians I used (not associated with ophthalmologist's practice) guarantee the progressives. I told the opticians that they weren't working, and the opticians cheerfully made a set of trifocals at no charge. You didn't say how long you've had these progressives, though. If it's been more than a month or two, you might get a different answer.

Comment: Whole house surge protector (Score 1) 236 236

by opentunings (#48436633) Attached to: What is your computer most often plugged into?
I don't have one yet but an electrician recently quoted me under $300 (USD) for a whole-house surge protector with a ginormous coverage guarantee (maybe $20K?), installed in the circuit breaker box. No it doesn't provide protection for the internet line. But over my lifetime I've probably spent close to $300 for surge protector strips, and my TV and heat pump and refrigerator are still at risk. So this makes some sense now.

Comment: Margaret Atwood / The Tent (Score 2) 410 410

by opentunings (#47974057) Attached to: It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...
I bought "The Tent" on a whim. It's a small book of really short stories - 3 or 4 pages. None are related to one another, and every one will stretch both your mind an your horizons. It's a fantastic example of sparse writing: major concepts coming across in very few words. I think my mind would explode (in the nicest way) if Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. LeGuin ever collaborated on a story.

Comment: Only profitable option for the coffee companies (Score 1) 228 228

by opentunings (#47853245) Attached to: DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:
Genetically-engineering decaf coffee beans is the only profitable option for the coffee companies. Natural decaf reduces their costs by eliminating the decaffeination step. Adding more caffeine wouldn't be significantly more profitable: the current user base simply drinks another cup, so they're paying for extra caf already. The flavor options just redirect sales from one part of the coffee market to another; they neither increase profits nor decrease costs.

Comment: Daniel J. Boorstin's "The Discoverers" (Score 1) 293 293

Daniel Boorstin, Librarian of Congress (1975 - 1987) wrote The Discoverers. It's a book about the people and events surrounding some very early, essential discoveries. Some of the discoveries include

Time (remember, prior to clocks each day had hours of differing duration. The 12 daylight hours were longer in the summer, and shorter in the winter.)

Maps and map coordinates (such as the idea that they should be drawn to scale, or that coordinates were not evil)

the Compass


It's history, not the future view you're discussing, but it does give lots of great insights into the discovery of things that fundamentally changed the world.

Comment: Logitech, probably M570 (Score 1) 361 361

by opentunings (#45717853) Attached to: How long do your computer mice last?

Mine's a Logitech, probably an M570 but the print's wearing off 'cuz I use it so much. I started with one of the centered-marble trackballs. It forces my middle finger into a somewhat unnatural position, as it has to be over the trackball for me to reach the buttons with my other fingers. Now that I'm on the M570, my carpal tunnel issues have stopped almost completely.

So yes, for some of us the thumb-operated marble is the way to go.

Comment: Re:Bring on the wearable interfaces. (Score 2) 453 453

But really for most meetings, the individual doesn't need to be fully mentally involved

Dyslexia may explain why you don't need to be fully involved. It's my understanding that a lot of things work differently in the dyslexic mind vs. the non-dyslexic mind. Some are good, some are bad. Ask Richard Branson, Scott Adams or Steven Spielberg.

However, most of the population isn't dyslexic, and for them to contribute to or benefit from the meeting, they do indeed need to be fully mentally involved. What works for you doesn't necessarily work for your coworkers, or neighbors, or...

If you really feel that you don't need to be attentive, I'd suggest that you show some respect for your coworkers and simply dial in to the meeting. You'd be showing respect to them by not behaving in a way that annoys the crap out of them, while you're right in front of them.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers