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Comment Re:Mayeb Not a Bad Thing? (Score 1) 331

I was with you till the Windows 7 comment. Mind you, I'm no MS lover (and perhaps irrationally biased against them), but Windows 7, as far as an MS OS goes, is quite good. Maybe I had worse luck with Vista than most; maybe that was MS' plan all along, but I'm forced to live with it for my employment, and Win 7 was an absolute godsend compared to Vista.

Submission + - Mozy unlimited backup - no more (mozy.com)

MoeDrippins writes: Mozy has killed off their unlimited space offsite backup and has moved to a tiered model. I received an email this evening detailing the new pricing, along with what my new price will be given my current volume of backed up data.

Luckily (or perhaps, legally), they were good enough to honor my current unlimited plan through its expiration for no additional fee.

Science

Submission + - Universe May Be Infinite (technologyreview.com)

afree87 writes: Analyzing the latest observations of the visible Universe, astronomers have found it is at least 250 times bigger than anything we can detect, and may indeed be infinite: "They say that the curvature of the Universe is tightly constrained around 0. In other words, the most likely model is that the Universe is flat. A flat Universe would also be infinite and their calculations are consistent with this too." In an infinite universe, every anime is real.
Microsoft

Submission + - Time to take Bill Gates out of MS Borg Logo 1

atchijov writes: These days he is one of (if not the most) most admirable billionaires in the world. His humanitarian projects are making real difference for millions of people.
Bill Gates was out of MS for quite a few years. I say, it is time to replace his likeness in MS Borg logo with Mr. Balmer.

Submission + - Magnetic brain stimulation makes learning easier (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a technology that temporarily activates – or inactivates – parts of the brain using magnetic stimulation. Its ability to selectively turn areas of the brain on or off allows the functions and interconnections of the brain to by studied in a noninvasive and painless manner. Now researchers have shown that the technology can be used to enable rats to learn more easily. While smarter rats probably aren’t high on anyone’s wish list, the technology shows potential for allowing TMS to better treat a variety of brain disorders and diseases in humans, such as severe depression and schizophrenia.

Comment Re:Google results still much more accurate (Score 3, Insightful) 138

> e.g., I search for intel drivers, and I get three pages worth of intelligence tests from stupid quiz sites)

I'm going to have to call shenanigans on at least one point; I just did a search for "intel drivers" (no quotes), and the entire first page was ... Intel Drivers related.

Here's a screenshot: http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/1377/20110130184253.png

Comment Backups... (Score 1) 680

I use a usb connected terabyte drive for media (pics, songs, etc.). I have purchased a subscription to Mozy and back it all up offsite. Every year, I purchase a new drive, copy the stuff over to the new one, wipe and sell the old one. Drives that size are cheap (and as my media collection grows, drive size has grown at least as fast for about the same cost), so I don't mind the annual cost of the backup nor the the annual cost of the new drive with zero hours on it.

Comment Yes, and no... (Score 5, Interesting) 545

Of course it matters. Sometimes. Your 'rate of creation' is simply the min(rate_of_typing, rate_of_thought). If you can type faster than you are currently thinking/creating/"solutionizing" then no, it doesn't matter, and there are a lot of times during code creation where this is the case; you need time to noodle, try things out, think about a solution, need some time. But, there are times where you know EXACTLY what you want the code to do/be/look like, and those times your typing speed can be the bottleneck, and there are a lot of times during code creation where THIS is the case too.

Comment Re:That plastic bottle ... (Score 1) 223

I believe the "reduce" mantra refers to not using said item in the first place. Your "percent reduction" anecdote is well constructed, but in your 33% less scenario you've used one "bad" bag. In the similarly anecdotal "reduce" scenario, you use a paper or other biodegradable bag in its place, and you've used zero "bad" bags.

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