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Comment: freemind (Score 1) 170

by thecoolbean (#46801055) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

I have used OneNote for years, but take a look at Freemind
I like using it specifically when laying out a working outline for a theme paper, a programming problem, etc.

It allows Visual / Org-chart and outline display of notes. not just tabs. Easy to re-arrange and show different ways. Import and Export to HTML & XML. Superneato.

Comment: What would Zeno say? (Score 1) 283

by thecoolbean (#36886198) Attached to: Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas

If I read this right "When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10 percent, there is no visible progress in the spread of ideas. It would literally take the amount of time comparable to the age of the universe for this size group to reach the majority" then unless an idea starts with a 10% or greater it can never pass through that point on the way to being a majority.

DON'T EVER COME UP WITH AN IDEA OR IT WILL NEVER BE.

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Doctor Slams Hospital's "Please" Policy 572

Posted by samzenpus
from the paging-doctor-manners dept.
Administrators at England's Worthing Hospital are insisting that doctors say the magic word when writing orders for blood tests on weekends. If a doctor refuses to write "please" on the order, the test will be refused. From the article: "However, a doctor at the hospital said on condition of anonymity that he sees the policy as a money-saving measure that could prove dangerous for patients. 'I was shocked to come in on Sunday and find none of my bloods had been done from the night before because I'd not written "please,"' the doctor said. 'I had no results to guide treatment of patients. Myself and a senior nurse had to take the bloods ourselves, which added hours to our 12-hour shifts. This system puts patients' lives at risk. Doctors are wasting time doing the job of the technicians.'"

Comment: Re:Dear Slashdot (Score 1) 600

by thecoolbean (#30278936) Attached to: Ethics of Releasing Non-Malicious Linux Malware?

your analogy utterly fails. Sure it's inflammatory on an emotional and illogical level perhaps, but you'd have to include armor and defenses for the subject into your metaphor for it to even begin to work. A Linux box, or any box for that matter is not a 'hapless pedestrian', it is taken for granted that it has defenses against such 'punches'. Try again

Comment: Canons made from brass propeller shafts (Score 1) 410

by thecoolbean (#29264745) Attached to: Dad Builds 700 Pound Cannon for Son's Birthday

I've a friend who has been making these for customers for years. His are machined from brass propeller shafts recovered from antique motorboats. He milled them down in all size from a 24" long barrel to monster sized artillery. They are quite functional, firing lead balls he casts himself from self-made tools and the polished brass is absolutely beautiful. Just an idea for anyone with a hankering to make one, but doesn't have access to a foundry to cast iron.

Comment: Robotron the Arcade (Score 1) 78

by thecoolbean (#28984515) Attached to: A History of <em>Robotron</em>

Robotron is the best arcade game ever, bar none. I purchased the stand up version from the local Chuck E. Cheese that I used to play it on, years ago. None of the console version compare to the dual joystick action of the arcade version. For the record, the score rolls at 10 million; My record sits at about 21 million which took about 5 hours until the comic shop owner finally conceded that my kung fu was stronger and begged me to quit to he could close his score.

Here is some interesting trivia: The original reason I was drawn to Robotron:2084 back in the heyday 80's arcade madness is that unlike normal games that allowed you 3 characters for you initials when you posted a high score, Robotron 2084 allowed you a glorious 20 character taunt for high score!

Comment: Just hard drive? (Score 5, Funny) 876

by thecoolbean (#27994885) Attached to: The Hard Drive Is Inside the Computer

For my customers in a very rural, very southern town, it's a toss up between hard drive and: 'There's something wrong with the modem' "You mean you can't dial out?" "What?" "Dial out. You can't dial into your internet provider" "No. We got DSL. There's something wrong with the whole modem" "..."

Be thankful

Comment: damned imperialists (Score 1) 1297

by thecoolbean (#27515917) Attached to: South Park Creators Given Signed Photo of Saddam Hussein

I can't believe how many of you are crying about 'what we did to Saddam'. You all need to remember what culture this man is a part of. There is no question that he was gonna die at someone's hands for all of his murder; far be it from us to impose our high-minded cultural values on them. The truth is that Saddam got off easy with a botched hanging. I have read comments from outraged Muslims who wanted Saddam to die in an ancient, more 'traditional' manner for one who has wronged so many: To be placed in a pit, and have everyone who was wronged by him walked past and spit on him until he drowns. He killed enough people that the survivors could have made quick work of it I bet.

Comment: Re:Lots of deals on eBay (Score 1) 272

by thecoolbean (#27294887) Attached to: Reasonable Hardware For Home VM Experimentation?

I have been buying Dell Precision 470 and 490 workstations on eBay for $200 or so delivered with twin dual-core Xeon processors, SATA with raid, nVidia Quadro FX3400 dual head video and 4GB ECC, Regged, buffered ram.

I run Lunix and VirtualBox from sun (emulating Windows XP, Vista, 2000, Server) and am working on getting a MaxOSX image installed. YOu cannot beat these used Dell boxes for price, performance and reliability.

Comment: The Government ain't your daddy. (Score 1, Interesting) 296

by thecoolbean (#26694903) Attached to: Could Fake Phishing Emails Help Fight Spam?

the LAST thing any of us want is for the
bureaucracies to be responsible for what e-mail we receive and what e-mail we do not. If people cannot be trouble to acquire or hire the expertise necessary to reduce spam, then let them eat spam. People have the right to pursue happiness, bear arms, to assemble and to worship. They also have the right to be cold, hungry, homeless sick and dead.

And to have their inboxes stuffed with spam.

It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river. -- Abraham Lincoln

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