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Comment Retail Hell, More Proof Cats Are Better Than Dogs! (Score 1) 249

There's a reason people that own one cat go crazy and have brain damage and end up owning more of those things.

The Toxoplasma Gondii requires cats to multiply, so it alters the behavior of its host rodents in order to steer them towards a cat's digestive system.

Now, humans and cats have lived together for millenia; it makes perfect sense that the Toxoplasma Gondii might also have steered us into giving their furry brothels a comfortable place in our homes and our beds... And for the cats, they have two species directly feeding them: Mice and Men. Perfect case of symbiotic evolution.

You'll never see Lassie do anything that smart.

Now, back to the parent post about working at PetSmart:

I've seen coworkers that were normal before become irritable and irrational after getting a cat.

Are you sure that's not just caused by working retail for long enough?

And then there was me, working at Home Depot, wearing the trademark Orange Apron. We had a cat in the store; it ate the mice that lived on the birdseed in the Seasonal Department. As I walked into the lunchroom, about 30 people eating lunch, big shift change time of day...

"Hey Lawrence! I hear you found the store cat!"

"Well, I found part of the store cat..."

Comment Re:Other way? (Score 1) 249

Does mental illness lead to owning a cat, though?

Being a crack dealer seems to lead to owning a pit bull, so why not?

Given the above, I'm proud to be a cat person. We must be nuts... why else would we put up with an egotistical, narcissistic, impatient, violent, snobby creature in our homes?

Better to have such a creature in my home than in the White House.

Comment Misty Water-Colored Memories... Slashdot Oldtimers (Score 1) 86

Great printer, those old Panasonics. Fast, clean, quiet, durable. Also loved the Epson MX-80 and the Okidata ML320.

I had a DEC LA-36 teletype (nb. not a TeleType) attached to my TI-99/4A back in the day... its 7 pin printhead lacked true descenders, so the print matched the text on the TI-99/4A's screen!

By the time I got to the Amiga 1000 and 500, I had a hand-me-down HP LaserJet I. What a tank. A Canon photocopier with HP's modifications, and doubled as a great ozone generator. The printer was connected to the Amiga by a 300 or 1200 baud RS-232 link. Annoyingly, I couldn't print anything from the BBSes while I was online - the Amiga's single serial port was needed for the modem. :)

Nowadays, there's a Unix mainframe in my right front pocket. And I can wirelessly print to a Samsung color laser printer that's 10x faster and 1/4 the weight. Don't even get me started on that Chromecast thing that's smaller than a videocassette and faster than a drive to Blockbuster.

But I do miss the quality of the old stuff. The old HP LaserJet just happened to be the very first (shared with the Apple LaserWriter) of its kind. Cost-reduction was not a goal; quality was. And it showed.

I miss HP.

Nice to meet another Slashdot old-timer...

Comment Re:Can someone explain the turbine here? (Score 1) 139

I'm not much better educated than yourself, but here's an attempt (which may be wrong):

The higher the pressure a combustion chamber runs at, the more efficient the combustion tends to be, so your rocket goes higher for a given amount of fuel. To get enough fuel into a high pressure chamber you need a good fuel pump. To drive this fuel pump, a gas turbine is used (the resulting fuel pump is called a "turbopump").

Inside the gas turbine, the turbine proper (the spinning fan-thingy at the back) is driven from a combustion chamber (normally different than the main chamber) that uses the same fuel/oxidizer as the main engine (though the plumbing paths/pressures are different). That turbine pressurizes the fuel for use by the main chamber. (Separate turbopumps are used to pressurize fuel and oxidizer)

Did you have a more specific question?

Comment Re:That's what happens when you're offering 1 prod (Score 1) 328

The iMac and Mac Mini are laptops being sold as desktops instead of being engineered to be what they are —desktop products.

I don't see the problem with that, since the iMac + Mac Mini are severely space-constrained, just like a laptop. My AOpen MiniPC from 2009 uses what are, effectively, laptop parts.
If you want to go after Apple, look at their soldering of memory and (especially) SSD parts to the chassis.

Comment Re:Best compiler for Plain Old C... (Score 1) 85

Which compiler is better for Plain Old C?

It depends on what you're trying to do.
As the author of a (crappy) chess engine, if you have a performance-sensitive app, then you just need to build it with both and see which one "wins". In my app's case, clang was a little faster, but YMMV.
Both compilers will sometimes catch warnings that the other won't, so it's a good practice anyway.

In terms of warning/error clarity, clang might be slightly better, but gcc's is perfectly fine (especially if you're used to it). In the rare case that you see an obtuse error from one of them (this happens more often w/C++ obviously) then you build it with the other and hope the error is more decipherable.

Build time wise, I think clang is slightly faster, but if that is a huge deal for you, then you should probably be looking into a dedicated solution (see:meson/ninja, make -j, ElectricAccelerator etc.)

Good luck!

Comment Re:Handing your vote to someone else (Score 1) 2837

>>> You have the right to vote for whoever you like best but you are idiotic for exercising that right in plain denial of the reality of the situation.

Neither major party candidate had enough to offer on the issue(s) I care about. There was a 3rd party candidate who did, and I voted for them in good conscience. For that reason alone, I do not regret it.

If your emphasis is on gaming the system, then let me phrase it in terms you will understand: I live in a non-swing state and would have effectively thrown away my vote on a minority candidate I didn't really like. If less people think like you in the future, and 3rd-party results become strong enough to more prominently affect elections, then perhaps it will send an appropriate message. In the meantime, I am comfortable enough to signal my dissatisfaction with both major party candidates via the most direct legitimate action possible, and I am pleased to make it easier for 3rd parties to obtain funding and get on the ballot in the future. Good luck to you sir.

Comment Re:Ellen Pao (Score 1) 636

I don't know Ms. Pao, besides what I read on her wikipedia article. Nor do I agree with her actions regarding Y Combinator, even though I can't stand Trump and can see her perspective. Anyway:

1) Where are you getting the sexual harrassment thing from? I do see a mention of a gender harrassment lawsuit in her bio.
2) What you said sounds logical at first blush, but if you have sex with somebody, and they later make unwanted sexual advances to you (after it's made clear you're not interested anymore) then that is still sexual harassment is it not?

In short, please clarify? What you're saying doesn't seem accurate.

Comment Re:I believe it (Score 1) 618

To be honest, no, I'm not. But he was pretty open with me about his situation, and I have seen him with weed, and not seen him with other drugs. I also researched it, and from what he described of his use and his symptoms, I had no reason not to believe him. Apparently it's possible to have a bad withdrawal if you're hard-core enough about it.

Comment Re:I believe it (Score 1) 618

I don't know, man. I had a jobless friend who convinced himself it was better to buy a little more weed and avoid going through withdrawal symptoms (he was a *really* heavy smoker) than to save his money for car insurance. He only stopped smoking because he ran out of money. He was about to the point of selling his truck for cash. I helped him out with his bills and food, as we both agreed if he didn't have a working vehicle things would have got much worse for him.

That said, (and here's my point) I don't think you can expect "them" to make rational decisions $5 at a time. I think their general perspective, in their low moments, is "I'm screwed no matter what I do, so I might as well enjoy a little of it". Frankly, when I don't know somebody, and my sole interaction with them is going to be "do I hand this person money or not" I don't usually feel like I'm helping them whether I give or don't.

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