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Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

Don't forget a sexy assistant to help you bleed the brakes at the end...

And ideally it should only take an hour, but if it is your first time doing it, then plan on doubling or tripling the estimate as a Newbie factor. Also in cars these days there is probably some OBD bullcrap light that won't reset unless you have the equipment to do that kind of stuff or take it to a mech...

Comment Re:That's one way to do it (Score 1) 267

Given a choice between browsing on a phone vs. a desktop? You have gotta be kidding me. Desktop. Every. Single. Time. Input devices that work well and a LARGE screens (multiple). Given a choice, desktop, every time.

Now the reality is that there ISN'T a choice between phone and desktop in most cases. On the bus: phone. At a conference: phone. On the can: phone. It's great for checking up on things, facebook and whatnot, and reading limited amounts of information. But there is no way I am using that in preference to a dual 26" monitor setup with average desktop hardware if I have choice.

Comment Re:Hole Punch - Double Sided Floppy (Score 1) 251

I admit that I never washed floppies :)

I always tried a nibble copier to copy games from friends. 70% of the time it worked 50%of the time. Ultima IV was one that sort-of worked from my nibble-copied version, but not really. It worked enough that I could try to fight Lord British and get killed though...

Comment Re:Hole Punch - Double Sided Floppy (Score 1) 251

Ah memories. I did that to a game disk (Gunship by Microprose for the C64). But then when I saved a game I forgot to turn it over to the "blank" side and ended up wiping the game. That I had borrowed. And then had to come up with $35 (!) to replace it. One of my first auto-LARTs.

While the sound of the 1540 chugging away was nice, it's hard to replace the bare-metal sound of the TI-99/4A tape drive loading a program :)

Comment Re:In 7th grade... (Score 2) 251

I didn't really have a chance as it was a short-lived experiment; while I liked to consider the basement workshop to be my own RC lab (aka super-secret lair for The Devising of Strange Contraptions to Masturbate With), the reality was that I needed to disassemble Said Device before I risked having to explain the Purpose to my dad...

I hate to break it to you, but your Dad probably already knew the Purpose of the Device.

Comment Re:Activity or productivity (Score 1) 165

Where I am at you get points (with bonus $$$ allocated on a per-point basis) for being "a good citizen" -- e.g. organizing material for collaboration, putting a subject-based website together, etc.... In general, they are things that don't have a direct correspondence with a particular "mission goal" (or part of your job description) but it helps everyone do their work better/stronger/faster.

Comment Re: To be expected (Score 1) 246

I do the same (Ubuntu host, Win 7 VM). The only issue I have is that the win7 pro VM I have takes a very long time to boot up -- not sure if there is a way to speed it up. I only allocate 8Gb of RAM but it seems like that should be enough...

I'll have to try the playonlinux for office. I have been trying to get Evolution to work with the job's Exchange server without much success and maybe that would give me an alternative that would take me one step closer to ditching even the Windows VM I have...

Comment Re:Groklaw Needed More Than Ever (Score 1) 457

Java uses a single-inheritance model wherein ultimately everything is implicitly a subclass of the Object base class. Therefore, you are unable to write code that does not ultimately extend or enhance the Object class.

To say this modifies the API is probably an overstatement, but technically (which is the best kind of right) it is extending it. Also, you do modify the intrinsic behavior of Object by overriding its methods (e.g. equals(...) and hash()) when needed.

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