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Comment: Dogs... (Score 1) 241

by tsnorquist (#36144102) Attached to: US Congress Tries To Cut Body Scanner Funding

From the explosives side, I've just simply never understood why or how these machines are better than a bomb sniffing dog. Dogs are impartial to: age, sex, race, religion.. etc. They can do the job significantly faster and are generally liked by passengers.

I suppose someone could bring through a composite knife passing through metal detectors, but just lock the cockpit doors and give the pilots a couple .357's. /shrug

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Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies 456

Posted by samzenpus
from the cart-before-the-horse dept.
Gary Phebus wants to donate his heart, lungs, and liver. The problem is he wants to donate them before he dies. Gary was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2008. Phebus says he'd like to be able to donate his organs before they deteriorate, and doesn't consider his request suicide because he's "dead anyway."

Comment: Nice (Score 1) 174

by tsnorquist (#28558685) Attached to: Your Browser History Is Showing

The following error was encountered:

        * Unable to forward this request at this time.

This request could not be forwarded to the origin server or to any parent caches. The most likely cause for this error is that:

        *
            Being on slashdot!
        * imagemagick bindings that leak memory
        * a hard limit of 4gb in a 64bit version of mzscheme for reason's I don't know

Comment: If Jason Bourne can... (Score 1) 865

by tsnorquist (#28548529) Attached to: Staying In Shape vs. a Busy IT Job Schedule?

If Jason Bourne can do pull ups on a fishing boat at sea, I'm sure you can do push ups or sit ups in the hall.

Eat 6 times a day in small volumes to increase your metabolism.

Get an exercise bike and mount a laptop to it to workout while working. You couldn't even geek it out to power the laptop with a DC converter.

Your nerd card has been revoked for lack of imagination.

Comment: Windows 7 is much better than XP (Score 1) 538

by tsnorquist (#28542601) Attached to: One Year Later, "Dead" XP Still Going Strong

I installed the Windows 7 RC on my 2 year old gaming desktop. Noted: I skipped Vista on my home machines. These are my observations of 7.

1.) The system boots faster with identical applications loaded

2.) The interface is much snappier in day to day operations - the layout of menus, shortcuts, drives, and peripherals is more intuitive. *Can't give enough praise for the recent files used under each program (big time saver).

3.) Programs load quicker than XP and use of programs feels snappier.

4.) The Task Bar is what it always should have been. The new changes are extremely useful in day to day usage. I especially like the preview box of open windows in groups while pinned.

5.) Windows Explorer is light years ahead of XP. File management is so much easier now.

6.) USB support feels better. I'm getting higher reads/writes off existing usb keys/hard disk drives.

7.) The interface is nicer looking - I feel like I'm using a modern computer system. I really like the auto size when dragging windows to the side of the screen or top.

8.) No crashing or lockups as of yet. The RC has been rock solid (I wish I had been able to test the beta, people say it was even quicker).

Microsoft sold me on Windows 7. I purchased two copies of the upgrade to home premium for $49 each. I don't know why people say it's outrageous for the OS. I'm not sure you're using the same Windows 7 I am, but it's worth every penny MS is asking.

Noted: I'm an avid Ubuntu user as well.

Comment: Re:Economy and No-Man's Land (Score 1) 414

by tsnorquist (#27790695) Attached to: Linux Reaches 1% Usage Share
I couldn't agree more. I recently put on Ubuntu 9.0.4 on my wife's computer and it's hands down the best release yet. It does everything she needs to do (Web surfing, email, social networking, photos, music). However, i'm still in no mans land as My scanner, art pad, and games rely on windows xp. I truly wish Adobe would port over photoshop to Linux. I've tried Wine and it's not bad, but not good either. Linux is so close to be a viable alternative to the masses, but they just need to do a few things: 1.) Make flash available and perform well from the get go 2.) Make mp3s play from the get go 3.) Fix the damn font from the get go (personal gripe). All in all, linux would work for most people out there if they gave it a shot, I'm highly impressed with the latest 9.0.4 build!

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