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Comment Re:There is a reason for this! (Score 1) 317

I took the Windows 2000 and 2003 MCSE tests. There was definitely subnetting involved. Granted, it's been 11 years, but I specifically recall things like "How many hosts can you have on network, what's the first, last, broadcast IP address" etc. It's not CCNA level stuff, but there's definitely more going on than just memorizing the classes. You needed to know this stuff to setup the RRAS server IIRC.

Comment Re:Viewsonic G-Tablet (Score 1) 396

If you read the reviews, there seem to be two categories. People who are disappointed with the out-of-the-box Tap-n-Tap interface and return it, and those who spend an hour or two updating the software and are happy with it.

I got a G tablet for Xmas. I'm in category 2. The out-of-the-box experience is utter shit. I Rooted it, downloaded a custom ROM, and now it's really awesome. It's ridiculously easy to do this.

I'm running TNTlite 4.0, and it's really snappy. It seems like it should be upgradable to Honeycomb when the time comes. It's supposedly possible to run Ubuntu on it, but I haven't tried this yet.

Comment Re:I agree (Score 1) 785

You can come up with whatever justifications to 'give rights' to whatever you want, but in reality 'rights' are an abstract idea defined by humans.

When in the Course of dolphin events it becomes necessary for one pod to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the sea, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of dolphinkind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Dolphins are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Herring.


The history of the Humans is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these Waters. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.

Comment Re:Not on National Basis - Some Local Solutions, Y (Score 1) 1139

However, extending high speed rail across the US makes no economic sense now, and would place the government into direct competition with private commercial transport.

There is no such thing as private commercial transport. The highways are all built and maintained by the goverment. The airline industry gets "bailed out" with public monies every other day. Airport authorities are not private corporations, either. Saying transport mode X can't "compete" with transport mode Y is just another way of saying that X is less heavily subsidized.

Comment Re:what do you expect (Score 1) 256

Because it is impossible to pirate books to a Kindle?

It is trivially easy to read pirated books on Kindle. Not that I have done this, mind you, but I hear that there are websites out there with ebook torrents on them, and there's this program you can get to convert them into a Kindle-readable format.

The Kindle device doesn't require DRM, the Amazon bookstore does. These are two separate things that people seem to keep mixing up.

Comment Re:Still not convinced about e-ink (Score 2, Interesting) 219

In my experience, the eyestrain thing seems to be correlated with age. When I was a younger man, I read all sorts of e-books on my palm pilot with no problem. That was maybe 10 years ago. Now that I'm a wizened old geezer (35), I can only read on my droid for maybe half an hour before my eyes fee like they're starting to melt, but I can read on my Kindle for hours and hours with no problem. The fonts on the Kindle aren't especially good, so I doubt it's font-related.

Comment Re:sad (Score 1) 168

I actually prefer reading on my Kindle to most paper books. My eyes go buggy reading on a computer screen, too, but the idea that you can't "curl up" with a Kindle is nonsense. I read my Kindle in my comfy chair, in bed, on the toilet, in the waiting room at the doctor's office, etc.

The Kindle's display does not make my eyes go buggy at all.

Really, the only advantage paper books have is that you can't "thumb through" the Kindle, and that graphics / diagrams / photos look like crap on the Kindle.

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