Link o' the day:Raw cookie dough vs health & value judgments
Why public health worries don't have to ruin your cookie dough This and its ilk have been going around for a little while. I especially liked the part mentioning value judgements:
But the key word of the previous sentence is "unnecessarily." Whether something is necessary or not is not a scientific judgment. It is a value judgment. An FDA official may personally believe that eating raw cookie dough isn't important and choose to never eat it. That is their choice. At the same time, I can believe that eating cookie dough (made from flour known to be not part of the recall and pasteurized eggs) is something that I enjoy enough that I'm willing to put myself and my children at (a very small) risk to do.
Someone ought to tell him that in US English, periods go outside the quotation mark.
Link o' the day: The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time
Just came across The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time from way back on May 3, 2016, and i can't say that i agree with their subjective decisions. Regardless, it is a fun list. I think i would go play defenders on the 2600 again if i had the chance.
Coming Home Again?
I've been hopping Linux distros since I decided (for reasons of my own) against intentionally using systemd-based distros. I'm not interested in systemd flame wars, so don't bother here.
Waaaaay back in the early-to-mid 1990s, my dad sent me a box of 3.5" floppies. On these floppies was Slackware Linux. I don't remember the version, but I think I have most of them kicking around still, so if I felt the need, I might dig them up and see if I can install enough to get a version number from it. What I do remember is that it had kernel version 0.99pl10 on it.
Since my introduction to Linux on Slackware, I've used Red Hat/Fedora/CentOS (professionally and personally), Debian/Devuan, Arch, and Aurora (a Red Hat derivative for use on the Sun SPARC platform), in no particular order.
It's interesting, having to find all the dependencies again and having to re-compile kernels to get something newer than what comes in the box.
A simple reason...
If you're going to read this, I encourage you to read through the whole thing before you decide to trigger off of one or two phrases I choose to use.
I have one simple reason why people (in the US) should vote for Donald Trump: he's a white man.
I don't mean that in the raaaacist sense. Consider this:
- The President of the United States can be impeached for "high crimes and misdemeanors". The details are pretty-much up to the House of Representatives to decide what constitutes "misdemeanor". This could be evidenced as recently as December 19, 1998, when Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives.
- If Hillary were elected, nobody in Washington would even dream of attempting to impeach her. Who wants to go on record as being the one to initiate impeachment proceedings against the first woman president? Seriously, that's the same mindset that has protected Obama-- There have been lots of people trying to get the House to consider impeachment proceedings against him for any of several dozen actions he's responsible for, but nobody wants to have that hanging over their head in an election year, especially if the impeachment failed to pass. A win for Hillary would give her permission to do whatever the heck she pleased, with absolutely no concern for repercussions. It has worked for Obama, it will work for her.
- If Trump were president, there is not a soul in Washington that would not hesitate to attempt to impeach him if he messed-up. People in Washington hate him so much, I'd be surprised if he finished his first term (remember that first point?). Even if he did finish it, the likelihood of him performing well enough to justify a second term is pretty slim at this stage of the game.
In short: Nobody wants to take the blame for attempting to impeach the first $CHARACTERISTIC president. Trump has no characteristic that would possibly protect him if he screwed things up: he cannot play a race card or a sexism card. He's got nothin'.
He's got everything to lose by getting impeached and everything to gain by doing the Right Things.
Chronicle/Link o' the day: Keyboard, pi, and more
I made a stupid mistake with a keyboard. I didn't realize it until after i bought a raspberry pi 3 to replace it. With a total cost of $65.26 (pi, pi plug, dvi->hdmi cable, sd card) i'm glad i have it.
FWIW, the breakdown in price:
$35.00 Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
$8.99 Raspberry Pi Power Supply
$3.79 DVI->HDMA cable (free shipping)
$9.49 Kingston 32GB Micro SD card ($8.95 + tax, free shipping)
Ever heard of the NSF funded "Shrimp on a treadmill" study? Here's a video of the shrimp on the treadmill: They ought to turn that into a motivational video. Perhaps the small amount of views over the past decade has to do with an aversion to exercise.
I just found out that "scot-free" is ~500 years old and has to do with taxes.