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Comment: Re:Predictable (Score 4, Informative) 175

He doesn't seem overweight for me.

While I feel for the family, to say that he is not overweight shows just how much society's perception of being overweight has changed.

Take a look at this picture, for instance.

And take a look at the body fat visual chart for comparison.

With the overhanging belly, he is easily 35-40% at least. While the majority of people today are fat (especially in the US), that is not healthy. If anything, until recently, 20-25% used to be average.

Above 25-30% is the fat territory, and that's when you start increasing your risk for heart attacks, diabetes, and strokes. Mr. Goldberg may have had a lot of things going for him, but he is most certainly more than a little overweight.

Assuming he's ~6 feet, I would argue that he is probably ~30-40+ lbs overweight. That is not at all healthy. I'm not arguing everyone should have abs, but there's a happy medium here. Mr. Goldberg is very clearly on the unfortunate side of the medium.

Comment: Can we submit a poem? (Score 5, Funny) 108

Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect in it’s weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

Comment: Re: Makerspace.... (Score 1) 167


That's why it's so important that people document this sort of thing w/ open licenses which can't be taken back.

I've been working on that sort of thing for the Shapeko:

Anyone know of any similar wikis / resources?

  - --- I've tried to help out on this, but simply didn't get any help when I expressed how mystifying I found the structure / hierarchy --- finally just did a link dump of 3D printing stuff here:
  - --- this subreddit has a single page, which addresses the big thing which the Shapeoko wiki can't have, a list / comparison of other machines

Makerspace == workshop for geeks who missed shop class and don't understand the basics of craftsmanship

Comment: Ford pulled a similar stunt with Explorer pillars (Score 2) 247

by SuperBanana (#49565983) Attached to: The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues

Ford Explorer roof pillars were initially spec'd with a fairly high-grade steel. Citing costs, management refused to use the high-grade steel and instead used a weaker steel.

Result? Lots of roof-cave-ins on a vehicle that was prone to roll over.

Comment: Malcom Gladwell is a corporate shill (Score 3, Interesting) 247

by SuperBanana (#49565585) Attached to: The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues

Malcom Gladwell is the product of conservative institutes and think tanks; he has worked for racists, the tobacco industry, oil companies, big pharma, and more. His books popularize the kind of thinking that said industries have used to defend their practices.

Comment: Cloudfare blocks Tor (Score 2) 160

by SuperBanana (#49550513) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

Cloudfare blocks Tor exit nodes heavily; you have to fill out a captcha almost every other page refresh. It makes it almost impossible to navigate a website.

That seems incompatible with your distaste for "kowtowing to the enemies of freedom" and trying to allow customers access to your books even if a government doesn't want them to have access.

Comment: Re:Tablets not as useful as expected (Score 1) 417

by WillAdams (#49544175) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

The thing is, I won't buy a desktop or laptop that doesn't have a stylus --- I find the stylus essential to my way of working / interacting w/ a computer. I need to be able to:

  - draw / paint / sketch
  - markup / annotate
  - use the machine as a reference device w/o a keyboard being in the way (this is esp. important when using it as a map reader when driving --- need a daylight viewable display for that though, and I can't replace my Fujitsu Stylistic ST-4121)

If I can fulfill my text input needs w/ a stylus, why do I need to schlep a keyboard around?

Comment: Re: Dell, HP, Panasonic (Score 1) 417

by WillAdams (#49544159) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

Unless your first experience was buying an Asus Vivotab Note 8, my first new machine since college and it dies in less than a month due to a widespread problem w/ the digitizer cables going out:

What does it say about your brand and QC when that's a top hit for one of your models.

Guess I'll try a Toshiba Encore 2 Write 10 next --- at least the T1200XE I had was a solid and reliable machine which lasted quite a while.

Comment: Re:root = same process (Score 4, Insightful) 130

Gatekeeper also isn't "all MacOS X security". There's separate malware detection, and in order to do much of anything the user has to enter their computer account password.

It's a minor part of OS X security, mostly designed to keep casual users from installing stuff outside the apple store.

Comment: maximum, not "street value" (Score 1) 206

35 years was the combined maximum possible sentence. There is no such thing as "street value" of sentences.

During sentencing (if he was found guilty and accountable) is when the judge or jury decides on what punishment is dealt, CAPPED by the maximum. In white collar crimes, it is rarely if ever give the maximum sentence.

He was caught doing a similar stunt prior to the JSTOR incident, warned that what he was doing was illegal.

He trespassed onto MIT campus (he was not a member of the MIT community), trespassed into a building, trespassed into a network closet, installed unauthorized equipment on the network, subverted their access systems, subverted blocking/tracking attempts by MIT network operations, downloaded documents at a rate so great it made JSTOR servers inaccessible, subverted JSTOR's attempts to block him to the extent that JSTOR had to block large sections of the MIT campus, and then installed a second laptop when he wasn't getting documents as fast as he wanted.

JSTOR's fee pays for archiving, indexing, and data transmission. Bandwidth, power, servers, and administrators do not grow on trees. They are not "paywalling free research."

He killed himself because he had a history of mental health issues, proven by among other things publicly discussing the appeal of suicide.

Comment: Re:Income taxes are paid automatically (Score 1) 109

by Yosho (#49514961) Attached to: For the most recent tax year ...

If you get money back from the state (assuming you live in the USA), what that means is that your employer withheld more than you actually owed in taxes. In other words, that money was already yours, but the government got to hold on to it as an interest-free loan from you until you filled out the paperwork to get it back.

You'll be better off of your have your employer adjust your withholdings so that they don't take as much and you end up owing a little bit at tax time. I know it doesn't provide the same instantaneous gratification as getting a sudden windfall from your return, but realize that that's money you should've had all along for the last year.

Parts that positively cannot be assembled in improper order will be.