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Comment Rolling tardis (Score 2) 151

Not quite a home haunt, and unfortunately I didn't take pictures, but I saw a guy driving a tardis down the street. He was following his kids as they did their trick or treating. He had built it using an electric wheelchair as the base. I don't give a crap about Dr Who but even I thought it was awesome. At one point he got out, said his wife had called and the lasers weren't working at home, told the kids to drive the tardis, and ran home. Unfortunately I didn't catch where he lived and we didn't see the house on our rounds.

Comment happy parent (Score 1) 18

My daughter (11) has done several classes and camps at gamestart. She produced some working code for a minor plugin on python, and in their more advanced class wrote a plugin in Java. She's mostly lost interest in the coding, but I don't think that's Gamestart's fault. They also have some digital art classes using photoshop & doing 2d & 3d animation - she's done some of that and enjoyed it.

Comment Some actual data (Score 1) 135

The EPA recommends no more than .001 mg/kg/day of cadmium in food. The average male adult in the US weighs 195 lb (88.5 kg). For that person the limit translates to .09 mg/day.

It is an open question whether that is really a safe long term limit, as these things do tend to accumulate in the body.

Soylent 1.5 has 21.39g (.021 mg) of cadmium per 500 calorie serving. So, as per the EPA standard, if that person ate mostly soylent, 4 servings per day (2000 calories), you would have .084 mg of cadmium, right below acceptable limit.

Note the definition of mg/kg/day is how many mg of something you can consume per kg of body mass. The soylent guy's google spreadsheet reports mg/kg of the toxic substances in the soylent itself, which is irrelevant. This suggests that he doesn't understand what he is talking about. What a surprise.

Comment IOS device/app management still sucks (Score 1) 295

They have not changed the App/home screen management options for iphones & ipads. You still can't resize the viewable area so you can see ALL of your iphone screens. It uses something like 640x480 on my 1920x1200 monitor. There is still no logical link from managing your apps on your device to managing your local app library. I have some crappy old app, i see it in the iphone management screen. I think, i should delete that. The only way to do so is exit the screen to go manage my local library, and delete it there. I haven't tested this for sure, but I bet there is still no way to save a layout/set of apps and locations. More times than I'd like I've had to do a full reset, and then manually rearrange all my apps. Doing a restore from backup is not a solution; that restores whatever was borked, requiring a reset.

Comment BackupPC (Score 3, Informative) 306

backuppc is backup software that does file-level deduplication via hard links on its backup store. Despite the name's suggestion that it is for backing up (presumably windows) PCs, it's great with *nix.

Its primary disadvantage is the logical consequence of all those hard links. Duplicating the backup store, so you can send it offsite, is basically impossible with filesystem-level tools. You have to copy the entire filesystem to the offsite media, typically with dd.

It also can make your life difficult if you're trying to restore a lot of data all at once, like after a disaster. You take your offsite disks that you've dd' copied, hook them up, and start to run restores.

The hard links mean lots and lots of disk head seeks, so you are doing random i/o on your restore. This is really slow. If I ever have to do this, my plan is to buy a bunch of SSD's to copy my backup onto. Since there are no seeks on SSDs it will be much faster.

Comment blech (Score 1) 2254

the visual design is worse; definitely way too much white space. It's also not really fresh; at first look it looks like you just re-skinned the existing design with different fonts and boxes. text has a minimum width rather than flowing when i narrow my browser. That width is wider than optimal for easy reading. I'm blown away that you override default font sizes. un-f-ing believable. On the non-negative side, I don't notice the bloat or any performance issues that others have mentioned. I have plenty of bandwidth, and i am not using noticeable CPU (safari/osx/core2-2.4).

Comment Re:Kinesis Advantage (Score 1) 310

Me too.

i find the right and left thumb switches on the kinesis are very useful; the thumbs are basically wasted with the typical keyboard layout and this makes them much more useful. When I go back to a standard lame keyboard i really miss the backspace with my left thumb.

For the original poster, you ought to be able to figure out something to do with the keymapping that will work given your right thumb is out of commission.

As the previous poster said the keyboard is remappable (on older models it was an extra cost option but i think now it's standard). This is cool; for example, vi users might do as i do and map the left thumb "delete" key to esc.

Their tech support is excellent.

These keyboards are expensive but worth it.

Comment Re:Any brand has lemons but some just suck. (Score 1) 252

there's an explicit non-warranty of data on drives, because the consumer wants to put their priceless data on a cheap drive; the market has spoken, though, and cheap drives sell and expensive ones don't.

The car analogy is flawed - there's an explicit reliability warranty on all new cars, and an implicit expectation of safety (often made explicit by the mfr's advertising).

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