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Comment Kill your cable (Score 5, Insightful) 345

I finally got tired of the $75/month, the cable box meltdowns every three months (Scientific Atlanta FTL), and the generally craptastic quality of over-compressed video from Brighthouse. Six months ago I told them where to shove it and never looked back. Now I get TV series on DVD from Netflix, occasionally catch a new show on Hulu, and use some good ol' rabbit ears to get my local channels (which look great in over-the-air digital, better than they ever did through the cable).

Screw cable. I'm done with paying for a raft of crap I don't need to subsidize their other businesses. And I'm certainly done with their obsessive consumer lock-in.


Want to Eat Chocolate Every Day For a Year? 158

Scientists from the University of East Anglia are studying the potential health benefits of dark chocolate, and need 40 female volunteers who would like to eat chocolate every day for a year. The chocolate loving 40 must be post-menopausal and have type 2 diabetes so it can be determined if the flavonoid compounds in chocolate can reduce the risk of heart disease. Dr Peter Curtis, of the UEA's School of Medicine, said, "Our first volunteers are about to return for their final visit to see if the markers of heart health - such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels — have changed. A successful outcome could be the first step in developing new ways to improve the lives of people at increased risk of heart disease."

Comment The Model M is much more than a keyboard (Score 4, Interesting) 519

It's a geek badge of honor. I own a few and I love them like my children (okay not really, maybe like my pets) but part of that comes from the effort I put in to scrounge them and clean them up myself. I do like the feel of typing on a Model M but what I love is the feeling of gravitas (figuratively and literally, it's really heavy).

Vintage hardware is neat but most of it is of no practical use today. Is there any other part of a 20-year-old computer that you could still use for day-to-day tasks? A Model M lets you feel old-school without actually having to live in the bad old days of floppy disks and 300 baud modems.

I type on my wife's Mac keyboard and it's fine. I type on a rubber dome keyboard at work and it does the job too. Maybe I would feel differently if my job required pumping out hundreds of thousands of words very quickly, but for most people (and, I suspect, most Model M owners) that's not the case.

Nostalgia is fun. It's okay to have a "throwback" keyboard if that's what you want. Not every technological choice we make has to be justified by greater efficiency or superior ergonomics. Relax and feel the Model M love.

Comment Or perhaps they just aren't good (Score 1) 753

I love Joss Whedon and I still carry a huge torch for Firefly but I watched two episodes of Dollhouse and they just weren't very good. The characters are totally one-dimensional, the action is boring and the dialogue isn't funny. Compared to Firefly it's hard to believe they came from the same guy.

And I'm sorry, but you lost me at the word "Terminator". I have zero interest in seeing yet another retread of that franchise. Find another stone to squeeze blood from.

Comment Re:That is, as the Brits say, bollocks (Score 1) 951

Lots and lots of Protestants don't take Genesis as literally historical either. That's a more common view among Anabaptists, most of whom don't consider themselves Protestant.

"Protestant" is not the same as "Not Catholic", as any Orthodox adherent would gladly tell you. Hell, "Catholic" doesn't even mean what you think it means. It's just an adjective meaning "whole" or "complete". I assume that you're using it to mean the Roman Catholic Church but this is a situation where the exact terms do matter.

Also, please don't confuse the ravings of a vocal and well-organized minority with the beliefs of the majority just because we're not all out in the streets fighting the culture wars. Some of us have more pressing matters to worry about, like keeping our jobs.

IAAAACAAPTYVM (I am an Anglican, a Catholic and a Protestant, thank you very much).

Comment Re:The country needs broadband. (Score 1) 538

To use a /.-mandatory car analogy, make automobiles mandatory to go the the doctor's office, and you'll find unmaintained cars breaking down in the middle of the road all over, because the car hasn't been made that doesn't need tire replacement, oil-and-filter changes, and other periodic maintenance.

This isn't about making cars mandatory, it's about getting the government to build and maintain a road that goes to your house. You don't have to own a car but even if you don't the government will still maintain that road to your house. This is because at some point we all decided to use tax dollars to ensure that everyone who wants to own a car has the means to use it.

Same thing with the electricity, water, telephone. You aren't required to make use of it but government will ensure that you can make use of it at any time should you desire, and they will ensure that you don't get price gouged for living in a rural area or for using a non-Bell phone.

The days when Internet was a magical voodoo totem of the privileged few are far behind us. Millions of Americans are hooked on fast, always-on Internet access just as much as they have come to rely on telephones. It's time to stop pretending that net providers are justified in dragging their feet to roll out new service and then charging everyone an extra $15/month for it.

Comment SVG support, FTL (Score 1) 260

Why the hell is OO.o still missing support for SVG? Users have been bitching about this for years, literally. It was a Summer of Code project in 2007 and still, nothing.

Believe it or not, people actually tell me that they don't want OO.o because it doesn't have clip art. Too bad that there thousands of free clip art images out there but OO.o is too SVG-retarded to use them.

Comment Re:But.... (Score 4, Funny) 204

When we sat down together it turned out we had the same first and last names, our fathers and mothers had the same first and last names and the same middle initials...

After all if two people whose families have never met face to face could have so much in common in a little place like AR...

...can't think... too many jokes... all trying to get out at once...

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