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Comment Re:Distinguish top from bottom (Score 1) 839

I can't see any numbers in these tests.

That's funny, because two of them are designed to be visible regardless of color vision. ;-)

This color-blind label does not mean we cannot tell the different between the two colors in real life.

There are actually four types of red-green color blindness, varying from missing either the red or green receptors to having mutated spectral response curves for either er dor green. According to Wikipedia, the most common type of color blindness (6% of the males) is one with a mutated green receptor, where there is only a problem in distinguishing subtle hue differences in red-yellow-green colors. Since you are able to read resistor color codes, you probably have this. Your personal observations are not necessarily representative of what people with other types of color blindness see. For example, I know people who can hardly see the red dot of a laser pointer (during a beamer presentation) due to a missing receptor for red.

Comment Re:People like you are a large part of the problem (Score 1) 822

There's a Volkswagen (Polo) they sell in Europe at the moment that in BlueMotion diesel tune will get 70, yes, 70 miles per gallon. ... Also, despite the fact that Toyota claims 48 mpg in EPA testing, no respectable publication has come even close to that in real-world testing.

That's funny, because that webpage that you refer to states 39 mpg average up to 54 mpg for certain types of use for the Prius and 36 mpg average up to 39 mpg for the Polo.

Comment Re:Mapping Lunar Caves (Score 1) 172

So there could potentially be huge caverns on the moon? enough to make a difference in the amount of gravity?

Alas no. The moon gravity anomalies have been mostly mapped (because that's "relatively" easy). They're named Mascons, or Mass Concentrations, i.e. areas of greater density, instead of hollows.

Comment Re:Linkstation Pro Duo (Score 3, Interesting) 697

All I do from my home Linux server is read/write files - mostly from Windows clients, but I have a few Linux clients as well. Also some very basic MRTG which I usually don't even look at anyways. One thing I've consistently read about NAS devices is that they won't necessarily have the horsepower to push the network connection on file read/writes to the max.

What's your experience with the speed of files in and out of the Buffalo device?

Comment fit-pc2 (Score 1) 697

I just bought a fit-PC2 (linux) with semi-intentions to do what you're wanting to do. It's pretty nice, I've been booting from USB into fedora 11 but haven't got the poulsbo chipset video working, yet. Of all the gadgets I have fooled with (not a large number) this one installs 'normal' linux distros much better, except for the video driver (google poulsbo). It draws 8w max when it's bttw and you can get one for just over US$300 at amazon.

Comment Re:Gee, just 14 years (Score 1) 487

Agreed. One additional advantage not covered in TFA that I remember fondly from OpenStep (which feature GNUStep shares when configured for non-flattened bundles) was the ability to have one network installation of an .app that would execute on any OpenStep machine that mounted the share, regardless of the architecture (m68k, Sparc, PA-RISC, Intel, in our case). This also meant you could move a hard disk between machines of different architectures and still boot from it. For those without these needs, and needing to conserve as much disk space as possible, there was always Lipo ( http://ss64.com/osx/lipo.html ).


Comment Re:please stop trying to turn Linux into OS X (Score 1) 487

So when you buy a game for Linux, or install a closed source binary, there's a magic "package manager" that works every time?

Yes. The vendor's repository gets added to your repository list. Think App Store for the desktop, only better and without Apple's insidious control.

Drag the application into the Applications Folder. To uninstall, reverse the process. Why must you complicate things?

Why don't you ask all the companies (including Apple) that make you go through a wizard and install crap all over the system why they do it.

Comment Re:Development crippled by what? (Score 1) 239

>>>I've got 5 Mbps cable Internet.

"Nobody needs more than 640kbps." What is the cap your cable provider places on you?

I'm not sure, to be honest.

I don't believe I've seen any mention of a cap in any of the promotional materials or on the bill we get. There may be no cap... Or at least no official cap...

However, the way our service is, a cap is unnecessary.

We're signed up for 5 Mbps, but I've never seen more than 2 Mbps on any speed test. At least once a week we'll have some kind of Internet connectivity issues. Maybe it'll just blip and I'll have to reboot the modem... Maybe it'll go down for a couple hours... We used to have tons of DNS issues, which were never really resolved - I just stopped using their DNS servers. Every couple of months there'll be a major outage here. You'll have half the town without Internet, but if you call the 1-800 number they'll claim everything is fine. And eventually things will start working a day later. Sometimes random websites will be unavailable. I'll be able to bring up Slashdot from work (not on cable Internet) for example, but not from home.

If there was a real alternative we'd switch in a heartbeat.

Comment Re:Some comments on the Norwegian version (Score 1) 214

It assumes that your mobile phone costs should be 0 when your usage is not 0.

I was recently in Norway and had to get a temporary phone due to problems with my own phone. I can attest that I got a plan that would let me call for free to other customers of the same operator. Of course, phone calls to landlines and other operators were not for free. I think I ended up paying €60 for a prepaid phone including an hour's worth of international calls within Europe.

Comment Re:cool stuff, but not for this purpose (Score 1) 285

(s= table height, let's say 0.8m)=4m/s to zero in about - well, let's say 1mm as this stuff gets rigid very quickly. This makes it face a deceleration of 8000g. Hell, let's say 5mm and it's still 1600g.

You are mixing g units (9.8 m/s^2) with SI units (m/s^2). The number of g's during deceleration is simply the ratio of fall height to deceleration distance. For 0.005 m, you get 0.8 m/0.005 = 160 g, which is something that a parked hard disk should be able to handle.

Comment Re:Those aren't honey bees, they're yellow jackets (Score 1) 200

They're also super aggressive at that time of year and can sting repeatedly.

A yellowjacket will sting if provoked, for example if they are caught in your clothes or if you try to hit them. What usually makes me nervous is if someone starts to frantically wavie their arms in the air to chase them away. Staying calm never got me a sting. I did get stung when I badly disturbed a nest, but that is a different story.

Comment Re:Bingo (Score 1) 487

picture going to work in a big city, in a high rise. Ride your bike to the building. Then, ride it inside, through the lobby, among the crowd. Ride it into the elevator, and then out of it again, down the hall and to your office.

That's exactly what people do with small folding bikes like the Brompton and the Strida...

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