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Comment The Heart of Gold! (Score 1) 438

I always tried to imagine what a ship designed like a "sleek white running shoe" would look like...that pretty much nails it. Sure, the product literature yaps on about "infinity symbols", but I can see better..

Comment Absolutely NOT. (Score 1) 438

Aluminum is flammable - get a good roaring fire going (a distinct possibility on a warship) and bad things happen..

Belknap was severely damaged in a collision with John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1975 in heavy weather off the coast of Sicily. A fire broke out on Belknap following the collision, and during the fire her aluminium superstructure was melted, burned and gutted to the deck level.
This fire and the resultant damage and deaths, which would have been less had Belknap's superstructure been made of steel, drove the US Navy's decision to pursue all-steel construction in its next major classes of surface combatants

Comment If you're going to be that paranoid about it (Score 1) 141

I'm not judging, mind you...matter of fact I think it's a nifty idea, I'm just not that nervous myself, BUT, if you're going to go through the trouble of having a dedicated device for security reasons, well, I have an AspireOne myself that's been relegated to toy status since traded in my elderly G4 desktop for a shiny new MBP and it runs OpenBSD well enough for your needs. WiFi isn't working but you probably wouldn't want to use that anyway.

And yes I realize there's virtually no difference in security between the two and you can't put STOP on a netbook but as I said, if you're going to have a dedicated device, only 2 security holes in the default install in a heck of a long time!

Comment YOU can (Score 1) 405

You and the GP's ex-wife would probably get along great; some people are legitimately asexual. But some of us (I daresay the majority, actually) are "into" sex and can't, literally cannot have a satisfying romantic relationship without it. Not that it's the only factor by any means; I've been in much less satisfying relationships than my current one with far more, ah, entertaining sex - but it's still a non-negotiable, irreplaceable aspect of the relationship. Nothing personal, but I'd look at your take on the situation as the "interesting" one.

Comment Lighting is indeed cruical (Score 1) 208

I don't do electronics per se, but for my all-purpose-home-workshop I put 36" tubes paralleling the wall 6" out and then 24" tubes on every other joist above the workbench and wherever else I need light. Plus two drafting lamps, and I picked up some stupid cheap clipon LED tasklights at Ikea. I use it for hobby electronics, ammunition reloading, and general tinkering/building stuff and it's honestly just adequate. Tubes on every joist might not be a bad idea.

Comment Here in NY it would be 2nd Deg. Manslaughter (Score 1) 687

New York Penal - Article 125 - 125.15 Manslaughter in the Second Degree

  125.15 Manslaughter in the second degree.
        A person is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree when:
        1. He recklessly causes the death of another person


I mention NY because there's a bunch of busy airports with lots of fat, juicy laser targets in holding or on approach/final.

And yeah, I'm fine with very publically charging a couple of little pricks waving green lasers at aircraft with 150-500 counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Manslaughter; maybe make the punishment a $10 fine per charge in this case but make good goddamn sure they carry every count around on their record. Three. Hundred. Felony. Convictions. Yep, utterly obliterate their lives and make fucking sure the entire world knows it ain't worth it - with shit like the Wicked Lasers Arctic 1.25W blue laser available, it's only a matter of time until some fucktard with $400 to blow decides to shine one of THOSE at a Heavy on final into JFK (over Queens). I don't care if s/he just thinks "it would be funny", strict liability. Light a plane = intent to kill every soul onboard.

Or the harder crims start using them as AAA against police choppers..that one should be punishable by summary execution, maybe rig up a Hellfire to ride the beam..

Comment They still make those! (Score 1) 341

The Matias Tactile Pro series is built on the same mechanical keyswitches as the original Extendeds, just updated with USB and all the silly volume/eject keys. Also have the option/shift-option symbols right on the keytops, pretty spiffy. I have an version 1 from 2006 that barely looks used - especially after a run through the dishwasher. Oh yeah, you can do that with them too.

Comment Ars Tech talked about this ages ago (Score 5, Insightful) 639

John Siracusa wrote a full page on the literal "out of box" experience with the G4 Cube, it seems it's still relevant today:

Who cares what the packing materials are like? What does this have to do with the quality of the product? Is nice styrofoam supposed to make up for the huge price tag? But step back a minute and consider Apple's motivation here. Like other "boutique" brands (e.g. Bose or Bang & Olufsen), it's important for Apple to provide a uniformly high quality experience with its products. And yes, that certainly includes packaging. In fact, psychologically, packaging may be one of the most important first impressions. The customer needs to be reassured from the very start that their money was well spent. It's not so much that they'll be impressed by the packaging, it's just important to prevent the feeling of "cheapness" that might result if "standard" packaging materials and techniques are used. Welcome to the wonderful world of marketing.

Love or hate Apple, but they think everything through.


Facebook To Make Facebook Credits Mandatory For Games 116

An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from TechCrunch: "Facebook has confirmed that it is indeed making Facebook Credits mandatory for Games, with the rule going into effect on July 1 2011. Facebook says that Credits will be the exclusive way for users to get their 'real money' into a game, but developers are still allowed to keep their own in-game currencies (FarmBucks, FishPoints, whatever). For example, Zynga can charge you 90 Facebook Credits for 75 CityCash in CityVille. ... The company acknowledges that some developers may not be pleased with the news, explaining this is why it is announcing the news five months in advance, so it can 'have an open conversation with developers.' The rule only applies to Canvas games (games that use Facebook Connect aren't affected), and while it's games only at this part, Facebook says that it eventually would like to see all apps using Facebook Credits. It's a move that's been a long time coming — there has been speculation that Facebook would do this for a year now, spurring plenty of angst in the developer community."

Comment 127 ON A BIKE (Score 1) 878

He wasn't ripping along in a Hummer or anything, he was on a freakin' motorcycle. Sure, he'd crunch up the outside of a vehicle pretty well, but unless he ran smack into a stopped car and managed to catapult through the window, he was only endangering himself. One of the basic rules of riding, the cagers aren't gonna look for you because even if you DO hit them you aren't gonna hurt them.

Mind you, I don't endorse nor practice asshattery like that, but at the same time I realize that despite what some people shriek, it isn't particularly dangerous to anybody other than yourself.

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