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Comment Re:PEBCAK or Troll (Score 1) 473

You probably confusing the Mac OS X 10.7.2 update with iTunes, yes that requires a reboot, but then you should have run software update again to get iTunes. It sounded more like you updated to 10.7.2 and then went on some kind of deleting rampage removing iTunes and kernel extensions, etc. Basically YOU fucked your system. And you wonder why your iPhone froze?!?

Comment PEBCAK or Troll (Score 1) 473

iTunes does not require a reboot! iTunes is an 87.9 MB download from software update. You can restart your phone by "pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least 10 seconds, until the Apple logo appears."

Comment Re:Ruling out nuclear entirely may not be wise (Score 1) 224

In Japan a 20 MW geothermal plant would cost $50 million. Let's say 4,000 MWs is a typical nuclear plant and that its cost is $6 billion. Japan would have to build 200 geothermal plants at a cost of $10 billion just to replace a single Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. That's $4 billion more than necessary. And it'd be even worse figuring in the cost of infrastructure to connect 200 power plants to the grid. Perhaps that's why nobody is talking about geothermal in Japan.

Comment Re:If I ever take my family overseas (Score 1) 699

In Arizona you would not be going to jail.

Arizona Revised Statues 13-411

A. A person is justified in threatening or using both physical force and deadly physical force against another if and to the extent the person reasonably believes that physical force or deadly physical force is immediately necessary to prevent the other's commission of arson of an occupied structure under section 13-1704, burglary in the second or first degree under section 13-1507 or 13-1508, kidnapping under section 13-1304, manslaughter under section 13-1103, second or first degree murder under section 13-1104 or 13-1105, sexual conduct with a minor under section 13-1405, sexual assault under section 13-1406, child molestation under section 13-1410, armed robbery under section 13-1904 or aggravated assault under section 13-1204, subsection A, paragraphs 1 and 2.

Basically if someone is going to molest your children or sexual assault your wife you may kill them. And I believe that's the way it should be.

Comment No (Score 4, Insightful) 624

Honestly, those are terrible books. If nothing else the signal-to-noise ratio is extremely disproportionate. I mean there are nuggets of good information in the books, but a 1100+ page language tutorial is unnecessary. It would be a stretch to call the series programming books -- let alone "influential" programming books.

Comment cmd-opt-shift-v (Score 1) 567

"Paste and Match Style" people! It's ironic that you'd suggest such a convoluted time-wasting method for striping formatting when there is a single simple command bound to a key sequence that accomplishes the task. Not only that but it will match the formatting, if any, you have set up into the document you're pasting into, which is what you want anyway.

Comment Re:I'm curious (Score 1) 170

In Firefox 4.0.1 it fails with "J is undefined" Here is the offending code: "";C=1;var a=window.applicationCache;if(z[n.APP_CACHING])z[n.APP_CACHING](C);a.swapCache();J.addEvent("KindleApp:AppCacheUpdate")}function d(){K="";C=1;E&&!E.getItem("cached")&&E.setItem("cached",1);if(z[n.APP_CACHING])z[n.APP_CACHING](C);N&&(N=!1,J.addEvent("KindleApp:AppCacheSuccess"))}function B(a,c,q){var s=J.startMetrics("Store::TOSOpen"),b=a?z[n.STORE_OPEN_STATUS]:z[u.STORE_OPEN_STATUS];F||(F=!0,KindleTOS.open(c,q).then(function(c){b&&b(!0);c?E.removeItem(w):(a||(h(),g()),t(),$("#"+k.KINDLE_READER_CONTAINER_ID).hide(),

In Firefox 5.0.1 it fails with "openDatabase is not defined" Here is the offending code: a.executeSql("DROP TABLE IF EXISTS annotationsCache;");a.executeSql("DROP TABLE IF EXISTS covers;");a.executeSql("DROP TABLE IF EXISTS metrics;")}var e=new jQuery.Deferred;a.dbHandle?a.dbHandle.transaction(d,c,b):e.resolve();return e.promise()}function m(a){var b=a.defaultSize;q!==void 0&&b>q*1E6&&(b=q*1E6);return openDatabase(a.shortName,a.version,a.displayName,b)}function x(a){function b(d){var e,q=[];for(e=0;e=0&&q.push(d[e]);c.resolve(q)}var c=new jQuery.Deferred;

Comment Re:8000 miles = Close shave (Score 1) 183

No, that's completely wrong! The article says "there's no chance that the asteroid will hit Earth on this approach," so how can you come up with an 18% probability. Here is where you went wrong: the center of the path of the asteroid is expected to be ~8,000 miles above the surface of Earth at a specific point on the surface, not that the center of the path is expected to have an equal chance of lying on the surface of Earth's 2D projection.

Comment Re:8000 miles = Close shave (Score 0) 183

No, I'm pretty sure that is incorrect. The asteroid is "expected to pass less than 8,000 miles above Earth's surface" which means that 8,000 feet above Earth's surface is either the center of the of the asteroid's projected path or the outer edge of the asteroids path. In either case the asteroid will pass through an area of space bounded by a circle with a radius of 8,000 miles or 4,000. So, there are either 201,061,930 paths with a radius of a mile that the asteroid can take in which it will miss us or by the conservative estimate 50,265,482 such paths. If you take into account the maximum radius of the asteroid is 55 feet then there are well over 4.8x10^9 paths in which we are missed by the asteroid using the conservative estimate.

As noted in the article, "if the asteroid did strike, it would probably explode in the upper atmosphere." And if it didn't there are 139,433,845 square miles of ocean it would likely hit.

Comment Re:How about an LVDS standard for connectors (Score 1) 482

I totally agree I have a bunch of laptop displays attached to broken laptops. It would be nice to make use of the displays. It seems the only option is to eBay the displays to someone with the same model laptop. If there was a standard connector I'd have some sweet digital picture frames or some sweet single purpose displays attached to my computer.

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