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Comment: Re:Simplest is best (Score 1) 259

by quetwo (#48600583) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

With the cost of spinning discs so cheap, why delete any of them (aside from the obviously bad blurry ones)? I've always had a habit of tagging photos as good or bad (in the metadata of the photos, using Lightroom), with the thought of deleting them one day if I needed space. Then my grandmother passed away and a whole bunch of photos that were deemed "meh," became much more valuable. For the cost of pennies to store them and keep them around I was able to create a photo album of passable photos that meant the world to my parents and extended family.

Worst come to worst, move them to slow storage (DVD's Bluerays, etc), if you don't want to keep them on spinning discs.

Comment: Re:Are you ready for a weekly needle in the eyebal (Score 1) 17

by quetwo (#48565737) Attached to: Photoswitch Therapy Restores Vision To Blind Lab Animals

The thing is, this is just another step in progression. I don't think they are recommending this same procedure for humans. Sensitivity to light is a huge leap forward into restoring partial, then full sight. Conventional wisdom today says that if your retinas stop responding to light, you are done. This procedure allows them to begin responding to light via another mechanism. Sure, it's not sight at this point, but that is what further research will produce.

Comment: Re:Remove != Improve (Score 4, Interesting) 110

by quetwo (#48506313) Attached to: Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

MS Clipart wasn't internal, or stored on your local PC since Microsoft Office 2003. It's gone online to download the clipart. In 2003 -> 2010 it cached them locally so that if you downloaded it once, it was cached on your computer so you could re-use it without having to download it again.

What was nice about the Clipart was they were all vector-based images. Meaning they scaled nicely. All the images that come up using the Bing search are 300x400 or close -- which looks like crap if you try to use it. Sure, most of the images in the clipart library were pretty bad and way overused, but at least they were pixelated crap.

Comment: Re:who cares? (Score 1) 101

by quetwo (#48490679) Attached to: Forbes Revisits the Surface Pro 3, Which May Face LG Competition

I've seen it used mostly by people who used to carry around laptops to meetings, then switched to iPads. They replaced their iPads with this because it has a slightly better keyboard, and allows them to actually use Outlook (so they can schedule more meetings with shared calendars) or Project. I've seen a few IT managers carry it around because they can RDP into servers (they can use the VPN client that we use -- the iPad doesn't have the SSL-VPN software).

People don't use it for real work. They seem to be using it as fancy toys they bring to meetings. All the people I know who have one still have a real laptop, and still have a desktop.

Comment: Re:8X cost increase up front (Score 3, Informative) 516

by quetwo (#48466461) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Just to dive into this a bit more. I just got quotes to connect three of the farms on our campus.

  $3.50/ft over the distance of about 15 miles for ariel. That includes sinking new poles, putting up the wire, purchasing right-of-way, etc.

> $900/ft over the distance of about 15 miles for buried. That includes concrete encasement, conduit, purchasing right-of-way, road construction and the engineering. We would also need power vaults every few miles for transformers and equipment to load the line properly.

So, in places where space is a premium and it's nearly impossible to have ariel (think of a downtown area like Chicago, NYC or LA), it makes perfect sense to bury. For other times the cost really is prohibitive. In a small downtown area with a very dense area there is justification to do it. You do gain some reliability, particularly from wind/snow/ice/car/hunter damage, but you lose some reliability if your undergrounds flood/overheat/catch fire. The chances of the undergrounds misbehaving are a lot less, but they still exist.

Comment: Re:innovation thwarted (Score 1) 137

by quetwo (#48440259) Attached to: Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

The theory is that if you pay for broadband, you are paying for your connection to the infrastructure. So that cost is sent to the "data" side of the house.
The incremental cost for the TV channels they provide you are probably $1.00 (at least their hard costs going to the broadcasters).
Whey they get the bonus is the "number of households" that they can now increase to the advertisers (when they sell ads, they sell them based on how many households they serve). Additionally, they usually get a large amount based on the number of households subscribe to the shopping networks, jewelry networks, etc. On our cable system, we were offered nearly $1.25 per household for HSN.

Add all those up, and you end up with them making a few pennies on you. But ultimately, you become a stickier customer. If you start rely on them for CATV and have all sorts of shows on your DVR, then you won't want to jump to an AT&T, DirecTV, Verizon, etc. Also, if you are a CATV customer, the chances of you upgrading to a better package than not.

Comment: Re: Marked Paper Ballots FTW (Score 1) 388

by quetwo (#48317499) Attached to: Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

This election, and the last two districts I've voted in have used the "connect the line" form. You take the sharpie and complete the arrow that points to the candidate's name. It honestly can't be more obvious and simple than how they do it. When you are done, you walk up to a machine and stick in your ballot. The machine prints out a summary of your vote (as the computer sees it) on receipt paper, and you hand that to the election official to get your "I Voted" sticker. If you feel that the receipt paper didn't match your actual vote you have the choice of re-running the ballot or asking for a new one and having the previous one discarded. The print-out also will tell you if a selection was invalid because you voted for too many in one section or something didn't work right.

 

Comment: Re:shouldnt this be illegal? (Score 1) 163

by quetwo (#48224581) Attached to: How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

You would need to prove that 80% of those discriminated against were of a particular protected class. There is no way you could do this.

There is case law (I don't remember the particular case name, sorry), where a city had to close down a sidewalk in front of a school for a month for road construction. A person in a wheel chair sued the city because they were unable to reach the handicap ramp in the front of the building (but they were still able to get to the zero-barrier entrance on the side of the building). Since the city didn't go out of their way to discriminate against a particular class of people (they inconvenienced everybody), they didn't win the case. Now, had they only shut down the sidewalk immediately in front of the ramp, the results would have been different.

Comment: Re:Maybe you can't (Score 1) 256

by quetwo (#48212511) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

In Michigan (and all the other states nearby, including Tennessee), you are permitted to drive a vehicle for the purposes of TRANSPORT and/or registration after a recent sale. In Michigan, a title dated within 3 days is all you need to be road legal (including driving without a license plate). Indiana and Ohio are 5 days, and Illinois is 7 days. The purpose of the law is so you can legally transport your newly purchased car without issues.

It isn't easy being the parent of a six-year-old. However, it's a pretty small price to pay for having somebody around the house who understands computers.

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