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Comment: Re:Parents keeping kids away from peanuts? Not rea (Score 1) 243

by s0nicfreak (#49190089) Attached to: Study: Peanut Consumption In Infancy Helps Prevent Peanut Allergy

We were playing at a rec center after a group class and he was making new friends playing at a pool table when I noticed a dad come over with a half eaten sandwich to give to his kid... whats on the sandwich... peanut butter! SHIT they've all been at the same table touching the stuff, that kid is little he'll be all over with that food, we have to GET OUT OF HERE NOW.

Or you could, you know, go over to the guy and politely say "Hey my son is severely allergic, could you have your kid wash his hands after eating that please?"

Comment: Re:The case against e-readers? DRM. (Score 1) 260

refuses to let me copy, quote, print,

What ereader prevents you from doing these things? Kindles have the ability to do this easily, and even has built-in things to share them online. You have to opt-in to it revealing your location. And not all the books have DRM (which is on the books, not the readers) - in fact, the DRM on ebooks is decided by the publishers, not the ereader companies.

Comment: Reasons I prefer e-readers (Score 1) 260

1. Room in my house. I have a small house; the number of books that can fit inside is limited. We're a 6 person, homeschooling family, and my husband collects comic books. My books get the least space priority.
2. The ability to immediately start a new book when I finish a book, without having to carry around multiple books. I can also immediately check out a new book from the library without waiting for my husband to get home with the car, and then fighting the snow and sub-zero temperatures.
3. No-handed reading. With a dead-tree book, I have to hold it open. With an ereader, I can do something else with my hands, pausing only to press the "next page" button when necessary. I often use this to knit or crochet while reading.
4. The ability to switch between ebooks and audio books, or reading and using text-to-speech. I can continue the book while I have to cook, drive somewhere, etc.
5. Weight. My Kindle is much lighter than most dead tree books I read, making it much more comfortable to hold. I can read longer because my hands/wrists don't get tired.
6. Okay, I'll admit it... piracy. I buy a lot of ebooks, get ebooks from my local library and am subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, but I pirate books too. (Most often books I can't get electronic versions of legally.) Printing out a whole novel when you're paying for your own ink is not cost effective, though admittedly I did it a few times in the 90s using the free printing at the school library.

Comment: Re:Bloatware?! (Score 1) 210

by s0nicfreak (#49189133) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware
I remember, when I was a child, that computers DID cost $1000+. The first computer I ever used, an Apple II, cost $1298 at launch which is the equivalent of - jeebus - $5005.80 now.

How about paying the full cost for Windows?

Maybe people would - crazy idea here but - use other OSes? Maybe there would be some actual competition in the OS world?

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.