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Comment Re:To avoid confusion... (Score 1) 238

These are predicted to happen in several cities around the world in particular atmospheric conditions... if things keeps getting worse though, you can predict that soon, along with heavy snow days, we'll also have heavy smog days for some cities.

This is old hat here in Los Angeles. There is a whole series of defined smog levels with different suggested and mandatory actions associated with each. There hasn't been a stage 3 alert (the highest level) since 1974, and even the lower level alerts are extremely rare, largely because Southern California adopted a really comprehensive approach to cleaning up the air. So it's only going to get worse in other places if they are fatalistic about it. If they are aggressive about trying to prevent smog, they can succeed.

Comment Re:Main Search Product (Score 1) 72

The removal of the word "news" will, hopefully, help draw a sharper line between Google's human-vetted Google News product, and its main search product.

Google's main product is advertising and user info (to better target advertising), not search.

Google's main product is our eyeballs, which they sell to the advertisers.

We don't pay anything to Google the way a new Chevy rolling off of the assembly line doesn't pay anything to General Motors. They get their money when someone buys the Chevy.

Comment Re:meh, totally predictable plot lines (Score 1) 77

Yeah, I forgot a lot of good ones. Sharks, eels, piranhas, snakes, volcanoes, rising water on sinking ships, asteroids, robots, machines on the blink, doomsday devices, heat, cold, incompetent technicians, ghosts, time travellers, parties unknown, mad scientists, angry scientists, monsters created by mad/angry scientists, radiation monsters, diseases, ... It's kind of fun to think through the list.

And then there's the *real* villians: bad actors, bad directors, bad screenplays, bad ideas, ruining good books, bad soundtracks, theatres that set the sound too loud, people that talk during the movie, people that use electronics during the movie, people that talk to their electronics during the movie, spoilers, overpriced tickets, overpriced snacks, commercials, product placement deals, cameos by overrated actors, actors that are in too many movies, sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, retcons.

Comment Re:meh, totally predictable plot lines (Score 4, Insightful) 77

If it's from Hollywood, post 1968, then:

1. The villain will be a US military agency, a US spy agency, a corporation/CEO, a gun company, a non-renewable energy company.

Wow, I must have misunderstood the plot on all those post-1968 movies where I thought the baddies were commies, nazis, drug lords, foreign terrorists, domestic terrorists, anarchists, poor people trying to get rich quick, rich people trying to get richer quick, crazy people trying to do incomprehensible things for incomprehensible reasons, wayward do-gooders, megalomoniacal supercrooks, pirates, pirate hunters, aliens, alien hunters, vampires, vampire hunters, zombies, orcs, dragons, ghosts, etc.

If you don't like the simulation you're living in, you can always rejoin us here in reality.

Comment Re:Use case? (Score 2) 83

A possible use case would be an enterprise with a very specialized, expensive printer- like a super-high speed or large format printer- that's kept in a centralized location. Jobs would be submitted remotely and then the output would be shipped to the submitter. HP makes some very high-end printing products where that kind of workflow makes sense.

Comment Re:Ubuntu makes to much decisions for me... (Score 1) 137

Oh God, I remember years of frustration with AMD drivers, on both Windows, Linux and OSX systems. On the OSX box (2005 or 2006 Mac Pro Desktop,) the card wouldn't spin its fans up when it was overheating, causing it to literally self-destruct with Apple's stock configuration. Their graphics cards have been on my do-not-purchase list for a solid decade! If I blamed every OS because of the experience provided by AMD's shitty drivers, I'd still be running CP/M! Nvidia may be a bunch of cocks, but at least they seem to be able to build some frustration-free drivers!

Comment Dell Precision (Score 1) 284

I got a precision with a touch screen and a Linux preinstall (No windows) a couple months ago and the thing works great. The default wireless doesn't connect so well, though. I found I get much faster wireless if I use wicd-gtk. Touch screen works with Ubuntu, as well!

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