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Comment Re:What's missing from this article? (Score 3, Insightful) 757

This. As an engineer who "got my feet wet" with a stint in local politics, because it was like dealing with a bunch of children. Everyone hated everyone else, it was full of petty rivalries and such. It does show that Diplomacy is actually quite accurate, but that doesn't mean that I wanted to do it for real.

Comment Re:Darn Newfangled (Score 1) 305

Depends on what you mean by rednecks. A lot of the folks up here (upstate NY) who proudly call themselves rednecks have quite a lot of mechanical knack - including understanding of mechanical forces, loads, etc., physics, chemistry.. After all, if you're going to build a dirt track race car out of an old Caddy, you need to make sure it will hold together in a wreck. Same with improvised explosives, homemade ammunition, etc. Are they all like this? No. However, many are, and the ones that are tend to be mechanics, machinists, and compulsive putterers and tinkerers.

Comment Re:Except... (Score 2, Informative) 567

The alternate install also fails to do Software RAID correctly.

While in installer, pre first boot: /dev/sda1 /dev/sdb1
(combined to /dev/md0, as /boot) /dev/sda2 /dev/sdb2
(combined to /dev/md1 as LVM)

After first boot (well, not even, because /boot doesn't mount) /dev/md0 is not started /dev/md1 is comprised of /dev/sda and /dev/sdb

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/debian-installer/+bug/563343

Comment Re:Give it to newborns (Score 1) 198

I always turned in PDFs generated in LaTeX. I got points because mine were visibly easier to read (better font rendering and layout) than Office at the time (2000-ish).

There are modern tools which make using LaTeX to do documents even more nicer. Where I had input, output + perl glueing it together, now there are IDE-type setups, with completion, etc.

Comment Re:Google (Score 1) 354

In my (admittedly geek) household, every adult has:
  - a desktop
  - a fullsize laptop
  - a portable computing device (netbook, iPhone, etc.)

The desktop is for the things that the laptop can't do. The portable device is more portable than the laptop. As laptops get better, so do desktops, so they tend to leapfrog each other.

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