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Comment Re:Happened in an Ice storm last month (Score 1) 398

We had an ice storm when I was a kid; we were later told that we could have powered the thermostat or furnace solenoid off a car battery, and since the gas furnace was in the basement and the registers were in the floors, the heat theoretically would have risen up into the living space via convection.

We also had a gas stove/oven and iirc a gas/wood fireplace.
And the water heater ran on gas.

Comment Re:Do hosting companies have a clue? (Score 1) 162

"The copy of the blog entry was in this memory store - only visible internally - because of the way Edublogs readies web pages for display. When Edublogs did not respond within 24 hours to emails alerting it to the allegedly infringing content, ServerBeach shut down the entire site."

Point of note: EDUBlogs uses WordPress.

Wordpress has various caching modules/plugins so I don't know for sure what was in use, but if they are using memcached it could certainly explain why the content was still in 'the memory store'.

ServerBeach should have verified that the takedown notice was (still) accurate before taking further action.

Comment Re:Do hosting companies have a clue? (Score 2) 162

ServerBeach is owned by Peer1.

Peer1 is a fairly highly-rated ISP for Co-Lo, etc.
I hope they issue an apology.

My company has been a Peer1 (and ServerBeach) customer for many years (I'm not sure exactly when Peer1 bought our previous provider, but more than 7 years ago).
We have received 2 takedown notices (due to our customers' content), and both times, Peer1 contacted me directly rather than doing something stupid.

I hope they will see the error of their ways, or I will be looking to move elsewhere.

Comment Re:Exactly, still looking for some. (Score 1) 143

Another example is Cam Scanner. There are a lot of programs that can do image manipulation but hardly anything that can automatically produce useful results.

Cam Scanner on my phone works nicely but the camera is crap compared to any decent digital camera (>$100) so I am still looking for an easy way to digitize documents without having to scan them. There a quite a few people searching on different forums but nothing similar for Windows, Linux or Mac seems available.

1. Get your 'decent digital camera' and take pictures of the documents. (point a directional (reading) lamp at them)

2. Copy the pictures from the camera to your PC.

3. ????

4. Profit!

You didn't mention OCR, so I assume you don't care.
If you want PDFs, there are many options for 'printing' the images to PDF, or you could use ImageMagik or some other program to do it in batches.

Comment Re:meet the (Score 1) 66

Yes, I can only assume that Japanese is a language that isn't as simple to auto-translate to English as others. Google Translate does quite a good job on some European languages, but Japanese comes across as quaintly bizarre at best and downright incomprehensible way too often. :-)

So what you're saying is that it's similar to human-translation of Japanese to English?

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