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Comment: Re:A "fix" for a "problem" that doesn't exist (Score 1) 509

by drinkypoo (#49144501) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

My DL speeds have been around 15 mps for years and I don't notice any delays on any particular websites I visit.

My download speeds just got up to 6 Mbps, sometimes, when the sun is shining. Pacific Bell promised to have all of California covered by 2000. SBC made similar promises, so has AT&T. We paid for this coverage to happen, and it hasn't happened. It's nice for you that you've got good coverage, but I don't really give a good goddamn what you've got.

Comment: Re: nice, now for the real fight (Score 1) 509

by drinkypoo (#49144485) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

Currently these places are getting internet piggybacked on utility infrastructure.

What? Who told you that? People in the sticks are either getting access from a WISP or from satellite, if they're not one of the "lucky" few who can just get DSL. Even in the boonies people can get DSL if they're near the CO.

Comment: Re:nice, now for the real fight (Score 1) 509

by drinkypoo (#49144465) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

You think so? Isn't it the free market which lead to the situation that we have today with a few major companies having the power to control the network and shut out competitors?

You can't have a free market while your government is granting monopolies, which is exactly how we got where we are now.

Comment: Re:Simple methodology (Score 1) 218

by Areyoukiddingme (#49144447) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

Then you measure real progress against that first-take estimate. Usually by about 6 weeks in on a team-sized project, you'll have the real multiplier.

Only if you're willing to accept sort-of-ok software. The 80/20 rule has not been repealed. That first 6 weeks is the easy stuff. The REALLY easy stuff. The last 20 weeks is the hard stuff, if somebody cares about polish, fit, and finish. These days a lot of people are skimping on the polish, because it really does chew up an inordinate amount of time.

Comment: Re:as a chef, yes. for the home cook? no. (Score 1) 55

by Areyoukiddingme (#49144271) Attached to: 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens

It won't be an actual dough, it's going to be ... well, I don't know what exactly. I just don't see this retaining the properties of dough.

Why wouldn't it? I've used a cookie press for years. The dough that comes out of it acts like any other sugar cookie dough, and the cookies are much better than anything that comes in a plastic package. Dough in general is very amenable to be smushed, smashed, mushed, and extruded. Every kind of noodle made is extruded, after all.

You didn't read the parent post very closely, either, or you would have noticed that chefs use a TON of machinery. Chefs have been using machines to make stuff for a couple of hundred years. Other posters have already pointed out that there are specialty ravioli-making machines, for both large and small scales. "3D printing" for food is more like "robot that assembles food" than it is like plastic 3D printing, and that's a very reasonable progression of a very long term trend.

If you've ever watched one of those TV shows about catering, you would have a better idea of the possibilities. There are all kinds of things that a chef would be happy to assign to a robot, rather than a junior staff member, were a robot available. The OPs example of petit fours is one of many.

Remember all those stories about robots taking low skill labor jobs? Remember Humans Need Not Apply? This is that process in action.

Assuming, as other people have pointed out, that its programming interface is within the grasp of your typical chef and that loading and cleaning it is no harder than loading and cleaning a stand mixer. It will be a while before they reach that stage.

Comment: Re:That's actually not a bad idea (Score 1) 55

by drinkypoo (#49144187) Attached to: 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens

I cook pretty much every night (other nights being leftovers or dinner out with a friend), and never make things like ravioli because I hate spending an hour making the damn things for 5 minutes of eating pleasure.

Did you know there's such a thing as a ravioli machine? It's like a pasta machine, but it rolls out ravioli when you crank it. You do have to stuff stuff into it, but you could use any number of things which come in a tub or wrapper and are still more or less made out of food, like the finer processed cheese products.

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 216

by drinkypoo (#49144155) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

Regarding this idea: a couple of years back I bought this universal hard drive adaptor,

same crap, 1/4 the price

I mean, it's different crap, but it does the same job. Note all the included stuff so you can plug in anything. 2.5" PATA runs power off the adaptor, all else get run off the included adaptor.

Comment: Re:Interesing... (Score 1) 364

by PopeRatzo (#49144105) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

then I'll care about what "prominent members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate" think about climate change.

Take a look at what James Inhofe (R-OK) who is chairman of the fucking Senate Committee on the Environmentthinks of global warming. TRIGGER WARNING: IF STUPIDITY UPSETS YOU DO NOT CLICK.


Comment: Re: Cost savings (Score 1) 102

by JanneM (#49144065) Attached to: Argonne National Laboratory Shuts Down Online Ask a Scientist Program

It is ridiculous of course. It is also a common attitude among PI's toward their postdocs and students, especially in high-profile, high-pressure labs.

This letter from a PI to a worker made the rounds a few years ago. The PI claimed later it was a joke. It doesn't read like a joke, and the exact same attidude is not uncommon at all:


Comment: Re:People don't do this anymore? (Score 1) 36

by petermgreen (#49143835) Attached to: Lizard Squad Claims Attack On Lenovo Days After Superfish

It should be SOP to image off what is on a machine, format [1] it and reload from media

It doesn't help that at various times MS and their OEMS have made this a PITA with many machines not shipping with "clean" windows media, some keys only working with some media, keys printed on the machine that required a phonecall to activate and so-on. At one point they were even threatening companies who used their vlk media/keys to reimage machines running under OEM licenses though they later backed down on that and introduced "reimage rights".

Any program which runs right is obsolete.