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Comment: Combo tea and coffee. (Score 1) 283

by snilloc (#42925101) Attached to: I Get Most of My Caffeine Through
Cup of black tea with breakfast (~5:45am). 20 oz (drip) coffee lasts from 7am to about 10:30am. I used to be able to stretch that until noon. Cup of green or oolong once the coffee runs out. Lunch (12:30-1:30) - diet iced green tea that has a negligible amount of caffeine. Cup of black tea after lunch, usually Earl Grey or Irish breakfast. Cup of tea or coffee @ 3pm depending on how I'm feeling. When it's my week to drive for the carpool (once every four weeks) I've started bringing a cup of tea in the car (1 hour commute). During the weekend I bring it down substantially, usually just a few cups of tea throughout the day.

Comment: "Cluster" reqs (Score 1) 913

by snilloc (#36570400) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?
I graduated from the University of Rochester (NY), and you needed to have a "cluster" of 12 credits (usually 3 classes, as most are 4 credits) in the two general areas that are not your major. So a CS degree would be a math/science major, so you'd need a Humanities cluster and a Social Science cluster, plus the freshman writing course, which is the only single required class. You can make your clusters pretty much whatever you want, and they don't have to be contained to any one department. For instance, my math/science cluster was two semesters of calc and one of stats. Philosophy (at least analytical philosophy) might not be as useless to a CS degree as you think (--there are symbolic logic courses in the Philosophy dept), so that might be your humanities cluster. Throw in an Econ cluster and you're set. 24 credits of clusters plus 4 of freshman English writing and you can spend the rest of your time taking every CS course you can schedule. I didn't have to take a single laboratory science class, nor any English lit, nor phys ed,...

Comment: Re:What idealistic state? (Score 1) 470

by snilloc (#35001762) Attached to: LibreOffice 3.3 Released Today
Why, as an end-user, switch? Libre is first out with a final release for version 3.3. Oracle is on Release Candidate 10 of their 3.3 suite. However, I tested my word-doc resume (which is heavily formatted) in OOo 3.2 versus Libre 3.3 (final) (on Ubuntu, under Virtualbox), and Libre butchered the rendering. OOo 3.2 did fine. I haven't tested the OOo Release candidates.

Comment: Re:Abiwords, gunumeric, and dia (Score 1) 510

by snilloc (#34225644) Attached to: Where Do I Go Now That Oracle Owns OpenOffice.org?
Abiword does not have true .doc export, nor do they plan to. The .doc export function is just renaming an rtf as doc, which will certainly look doc-ish and will open in Word, but complex documents are going to be mangled. In my experience, OOo exports a reasonably good .doc , which I always verify with the free Word Viewer from MS before sending out. In the rare event of mangled formatting, I fire up my ancient installation of Office97 as a last resort.

Comment: Re:You just proved his point! (Score 1) 311

by snilloc (#27799557) Attached to: IE8 Update Forces IE As Default Browser
First, there's a preference to turn off automatic updates in FF. Second, even automatic updates only get executed if you're running as an admin account. Why somebody would routinely run a web browser (even FF or Opera) as a privileged user is beyond my comprehension. That is a security break waiting to happen.
Businesses

+ - RoadRunner forces IE for Adelphia and Comcast

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Time Warner bought part of Adelphia and Comcast and is now converting their new cash cows to RoadRunner. People do get to keep the first part of their email address and the same user name and password. Nice job there. But you cannot get converted unless you let their http://activation.rr.com/ site install a SupportSoft ActiveX(ploit) control. They must not use Macs. They did give me a helpful link to download Internet Explorer from Microsoft, though, and instructions to how to lower my IE security settings to "Medium or lower". Try Googling "supportsoft vulnerability" for YAR (yet another reason) to do it yourself if you use Windows."
Movies

+ - Leonard Nimoy to play Spock in next Star Trek movi 1

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mcgrew
mcgrew writes "The AP (via the Chicago Tribune) is reporting that Leonard Nimoy will 'don his famous pointy ears again' in the next Star Trek movie, due out Christmas of next year.

"This is really going to be a great movie. And I don't say things like that lightly," Nimoy told a gathering of 6,500 fans Thursday at Comic-Con, the nation's largest pop-culture convention.

He greeted the crowd with a Vulcan salute.

Nimoy was joined by the newly named young Spock, "Heroes" star Zachary Quinto, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Nimoy.

Both Spocks were introduced by the film's director and co-producer, J.J. Abrams.
I've lost track, is this an even numbered Trek movie or an odd numbered one?"
Space

+ - A quicker path to outer space?-> 1

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xaositects
xaositects writes "Scientists were able to fire a plasma rocket based on VASIMR (Variable Specific-Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket) technology for more than four hours, far exceeding previous testing times. (Previously, they only been able to test for 2 minutes before the rocket began overheating.) The rocket works by ecause the plasma rocket continuously accelerates, instead of firing at lift-off, then gliding to its destination as current propulsion systems do, the rocket promises to decrease travel times in space. Scientists say there are significant challenges ahead but hope to have a working application by 2010."
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