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Comment Re:Mint (Score 1) 437

The last time I played around with Linux I really liked Mint too. I tried several others as well most of which I forget right now, but Ubuntu was one of them too.

I got it running in a VM with very few problems and tweaked the settings a bit until I was pretty happy with it.

It ran a little slow, but I attributed this to running in a VM.

I put it on a USB stick and booted from that so no VM. Every time I did that I had about 2-3 minutes where everything worked great and then it hit a wall. It wouldn't freeze completely, it just was like I imagine a dinosaur being caught in a tarpit.

I did manage to open up a shell and run ps -ef, but no processes seemed to be hogging anything.

I tried to find a solution on the internet, but gave up before I found one.

That was sometime last year. I'm about ready to try again. I may just buy a desktop that is known to already work with a particular distro of Linux rather than trying to make it work on the laptop I normally use.

What was really frustrating was that everything worked just fine in the VM and there wasn't a single thing that I do in Windows that I couldn't do in Mint. (obviously other people's mileage may vary on that).

I just want the system to stay out of the way and be stable and I feel foolish for all the Windows problems I experience. I either don't have the patience or am too ignorant to fix some of them.

Comment If robots were advanced and inexpensive enough... (Score 1) 265

What if I could purchase a robot that could go out and earn a living for me?

This is fantasy of course, but if I could afford a robot with even most of my abilities as an employee but who could work much longer hours only needing to be taken offline for maintenance occasionally think of it!

Of course, then there will be pressure to upgrade my robot because after a few years it will be surpassed by newer more capable models.

How will my robot compete with all the technological advances of newer robots?

And then there's that four year life span.

If that isn't planned obsolescence, what is?

So you're telling me my robot will be "more human than human", but that it "may develop its own emotional responses" but after 4 years it's "time to die"?

How expensive is the basic pleasure model?

Comment Re:That's stupid. (Score 1) 258

Some of that sounds like the US.

I think many of the things that cause accidents are not due to the fact that we don't know better or lack the skills to navigate such a situation, but it's distraction and an overconfidence due to the fact that we've done similar things so many times before and never gotten into an accident.

Last week, I found myself in the front seat of a car driven by someone unfamiliar with my town staring at his cell phone at 50 mph trying to find a place to eat and my foot was involuntarily pushing hard against the passenger side floorboard and I kept saying how about this Chinese place I know about? His kids kept insisting on going to some place that I had never heard of but sounded truly horrible to me.

We ended up at the Chinese place which they agreed was a very good choice all along.

I was actually scared and the real pisser to me was it was a relative renting a a fairly nice Audi (nicer than my car anyway) through some AirBnB style car-rental scheme and as soon as I sat in it I asked "Can I drive?", but he just said he would let me if it were his own, but....

I didn't argue with him, but that's bullshit. My own auto insurance would have covered anything that might have happened if i had driven and I know the roads and know better than to stare at my phone while driving down unfamiliar streets.

Comment It's somewhat locked down (Score 2) 131

I saw another article about this a month ago.

They may be able to customize how locked down they are depending on the facility where they're used.

In this article they pay 5 cents a minute.

Inmates can text and call up to 10 contacts who must be screened and approved by the company. Telmate monitors and stores data on the inmates’ communications, providing the information to investigator

Better article:

Inmates can't surf the web on the devices but they are allowed to talk to or text up to 10 contacts. The sheriff says Telmate, the company that created the tablet software, checks those people out before any communication occurs.
“As well as vetting the person they look for buzzwords, encrypted messages trying to come through,” Apple said.

Comment Re:Odd (Score 1) 39

Mod parent Informative.

I didn't know this was available. It says AMC Roku's channel only became available last month too

Good timing for me as I just watched Season 1 of Hap and Leonard on Netflix last week and now I can watch Season 2. (S2E1 air date 3/15/17)

i would definitely pay for this a few months a year at least if it didn't require a cable subscription.

eh, I didn't realize it but I could watch it at their website too. For some reason AMC's Roku app causes my old Roku 2XS to reboot after playing an episode for a couple of minutes. It's done it 4 times now. Netflix works just fine on the old hardware.

Comment Re:Add THIS to the map (Score 1) 40

Fortunately I don't hear many sirens and none I would consider unnecessary but those other things bother me, mostly the neighbors. Occasionally military aircraft flies overhead but not too often but those things are really loud.

Since I live in a townhome the worst is the walls were thinner than I expected when I moved in. I would love to find out there was some rating of sound insulation between units that could be looked up. For future reference of course, but I really want a freestanding home on its own lot next time I buy.

I love hearing the train whistle in the distance at night though. I've lived close enough to train tracks to hear the train go by too. You get used to it just the same as you get used to having a clock that chimes or cuckoos every half hour if you have one. You simply don't even notice it most of the time.

Or maybe not - train horns have become a political issue with people closer to the tracks (which have been here for probably at least a century) complaining about the horns.

Most of the problems for me come through the walls or from dogs, loud motorcycles, powertools and cars.

Comment Re:That's stupid. (Score 2) 258

I mostly see lights with a delay where all are red very briefly, but it could be where I have lived in the US. What annoys me is that even with that there are often people entering the intersection when the other traffic's light turns green.

I believe we should get much tougher with driving tests in the US. One thing I would add for states which get a lot of snow is some sort of testing in the ability to handle it. I'm not sure how to practically do this year round though - simulated snow course?

I've never been to the UK so I can't really speak to the drivers or road engineers there.

Also I wonder what the stats look like on a more granular scale than just the US.

I found a state by state breakdown:

From 0.52 deaths per 100 million miles in Massachusetts to 1.89 deaths per million miles in South Carolina.

Montana is 2nd worse at 1.81 but I assume that is due to long distances and harsh winters. I don't know what's going on in SC.

Interestingly, 94% of MA fatalities are urban while only 28% of SC's are. SC is more rural to be sureso I'm not sure how useful that is.

Comment Re:By smashing them (Score 1) 71

If someone walks up to one of my windows and smashes it, there's a very good chance that one of my neighbors will hear it (one advantage of not having a huge property out of earshot of the neighbors). There's also a good chance I will hear it.

My front door is not impenetrable but I'm certainly not going to make it vulnerable to yet another attack vector.

I would hear someone taking a crowbar to it. I probably wouldn't hear someone unlocking it with an app.....but I see I've gotten off topic here. This is about security cameras not locks on doors or even the smashability of windows.

Is your point that since we can't protect ourselves from every potential threat that we shouldn't bother protecting ourselves from any threat?

But we're talking about security cameras. As I see it, cameras serve two purposes. As a deterrent and if that doesn't work potentially apprehending the culprit after the fact. If they can disable your cameras, neither of those are going to be effective and you've wasted your money.

I still lock my doors despite my windows being very smashable.

Comment Re:Very simple (Score 1) 347

How is task_num any more descriptive that i, j or k?

I've got to iterate a number of times. If I use i for a variable I know it's something I will throw away after use (usually after a loop).

Calling it task_num implies it may be more important and someone might be tempted to use it later when it was nothing but a throwaway variable.

i was just an index into an array ('i' for index maybe? 'j' and 'k' being the next letters in the alphabet if more are needed?)

I've also been known to use 'x', 'y' and 'z'. I never liked 'a', 'b' and 'c' for some reason though.

I'm all in favor of using descriptive variable names, but sometimes a simple 'i' will do and like another poster said it's more important to say why you're iterating than that you are iterating.

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