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Comment: Re:Suddenly Southern California ... (Score 1) 33

by puddles (#46735557) Attached to: AT Black Knight Transformer Hits the Road and Takes a Hop

Well, knowing that it's Southern California narrows it down to a few deserts: Death Valley, Anza Borrego, Mojave or somewhere in the Hungry Valley region. OK, each of those is still pretty huge but you've ruled out other deserts in the US.

The terrain doesn't look like Death Valley. Advanced Tactics being based in El Segundo ... I bet they just hopped on to the 405 and went south to Anza Borrego.

That's just a guess :-)

Comment: My choices are LMMono10 or Monaco (Score 1) 136

by puddles (#41461331) Attached to: Adobe Releases New Openly Licensed Coding Font

I keep going back to LMMono10 or Monaco. My reasons for preferring them over the others are the usual distinction between similar-looking letters like o, O, 0, i and so on. I use Monaco for the terminals because I prefer the slashed zero and the general look of Monaco. I use LMMono10 for gvim because it has distinctive italic version that looks great with syntax highlighting. Check it out!

Comment: They each have their respective niche (Score 2) 62

by puddles (#38771166) Attached to: Adafruit's Open-source Wearable Platform, Flora

Saying that there's one solution that's clearly superior to others show a profound lack of understanding. The MSP430 LaunchPad you speak of may cost only $4.30, but there is a price --- very small amount of RAM (512 bytes) for the Valueline.

While the Android phones are good platform if you need all the fancy hardware and touch screen, they are lousy if you have to deploy more than one or two, price-wise. On the other hand, if you need some of the features that are already available on Android (or, STM32, for example) for much lower price, it would make little sense to add those features (Ethernet or wifi, for example) to Arduino unless you have legitimate reasons.

It all depends on what your target applications, man.

Comment: Re:Beside PXE and automated backup, (Score 1) 253

by puddles (#38207984) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Networked Back-Up/Wipe Process?

Yep. I had in my mind that he's doing this as part of a de-inventory process where the machines will then be sent off somewhere for disposal and the backup is just to cover cases where data might be needed later. You're right though that there's no recovery from this process. If he wants to re-use the machine then no, this is not the way to go. (But if he wants to re-use the machine then why bother with wiping the drive several times? It's practically impossible to recover data from, e.g., 'dd /dev/zero' anyway)

Comment: Beside PXE and automated backup, (Score 1) 253

by puddles (#38204882) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Networked Back-Up/Wipe Process?

look into degaussing the hard drives with a dedicated unit. You can buy them anywhere from $2000 and up. They're usually good for hard drives and tapes as well and will erase everything including the factory servo tracks. This works regardless of the condition of the drive (bad controllers, no problem). It's good solution if you want accountability for audits, for example.

Comment: They could have gone one step further (Score 1) 385

by puddles (#36787828) Attached to: Belgian Newspapers Delisted On Google

and remove all past references to all editorial staffs working for those newspapers as well. This would actually be in full spirit of compliance with the court order too, as Google could be fined for each reference to articles written and copyrighted by the papers and the staffs working for them.

Comment: It gets a little more complicated (Score 1) 599

by puddles (#35095450) Attached to: 'Death By GPS' Increasing In America's Wilderness

We usually carry 5 extra gallons of gas when going into Death Valley. In calculating how much gas you need to cover your trip, you also need to factor in the lower tire pressure you're going to be running (if you're going to go over rocky terrains and washboard roads) --- that takes more gas than normal.

Comment: Could you stop screwing with the font / size ? (Score 1) 2254

by puddles (#35006508) Attached to: Slashdot Launches Re-Design

I like the new redesign. I just wish that you would leave my font and size preferences alone. I set my display DPI to get the best looking font shapes for my main task, which is programming. At this DPI (100, by the way), the slashdot physical font size is small and I have to compensate by setting the browser base font size to 16 or bigger. This apparently doesn't work any longer.

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