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Comment Re:American problem is American (Score 1) 439

You make some good points, but the "below freezing" one isn't one of them. When you hang wet clothes outside when it's freezing, then yes, they freeze at first -- but they will still dry. Look up "sublimation" when you get the chance.

I suppose you are technically correct (which is the best kind of correct), but do you have any idea how long that would take? You might as well argue that yes, they'll freeze at first but eventually the seasons will change and then they will get dry.

Comment Re:Microsoft...why couldn't they do this? (Score 1) 218

I find OSX full of a bunch of "gee whiz" effects and puts usability behind looking shiny. Windows 8 (and to a lesser extent, Windows 10) is actually fairly minimalist, and got rid of a bunch of transparency and other "gee whiz" type effects from Vista/7. However, it lost a lot of consistency, and it's clear Microsoft didn't put a lot of thought into making it actually usable.

If you want a simple, minimalist, no nonsense, no gloss or extra junk interface while still being usable, something like XFCE on Linux is what you want.

Comment Re:But it's a very well known fact... (Score 1) 619

I've noticed that trend on newer cars too. I'm not sure of where it started, but the Cruze originally had the KM/H markings on the inner part of the dial as had been done for years, but lost them around 2014 or so. It would be really annoying to have to drive a US spec Cruze in Canada. I assume the Canadian version has KM/H markings, but does it still have MPH on the inner part of the dial?

Comment Re:But it's a very well known fact... (Score 1) 619

Actually, it's based upon the temperature of a brine solution and body temperature. Probably because they were two reliable and repeatable temperature measurements at the time the scale was devised*. The end points were at 0 and 96 F, because once you hake those two measurements, you can divide your scale into 3 equal sections of 32 degrees, and then keep dividing the 32 degree sections in half to complete marking your scale.

Later it was refined to make the boiling point of water 212 degrees, giving 180 degrees of separation between the boiling and freezing point of water. This made body temperature about 98 degrees F.

* The brine solution (water, ice, and enough salt that not all of it dissolves) is more reliable than just ice and water if you can't be reasonably sure of how pure the water is. And the boiling point changes with altitude so it's not a great reference to use either.

Comment Re:But it's a very well known fact... (Score 1) 619

An inch is about the width of a thumb. My thumb is about 7/8" so it's reasonably close for an approximation. My foot is almost a foot in length, but I admittedly wear a large shoe size. It's close enough that if I wanted to get a rough measurement of a room it's good enough. But usually I just take a stride to be approximately 1 meter (which is also approximately 1 yard) and just count strides.

Fahrenheit isn't actually that bad for describing the weather. The weather most of the time in most places will be between 0 and 100 F. If temperature is outside that range it's either cold enough or hot enough to be potentially dangerous if you are outside for an extended period and you aren't prepared. With Celsius you have to deal with negative temperatures in your range for regular winter weather. So if you need a temperature scale for everyday usage, I find Fahrenheit is perfectly fine. And for science, absolute zero should be 0 degrees, so Celsius isn't even all that useful there either, except for being easier to convert to Kelvin.

Comment Re:I only use IMDB for the user reviews (Score 1) 480

That's basically all it was. After the whole prequels mess and how they have not aged well, they just played it safe with something that was not original but felt very Star Wars. It wasn't the best Star Wars movie, but it was far from the worst, and I was entertained. A score of 8.1/10 might be a bit high, but I would consider it a pretty solid 7/10.

Comment Re:Self-Driving? Yes. Shared? No. (Score 1) 168

The basic idea is that self-driving taxis will be so cheap (since you don't have to pay a driver) that it will be more cost effective to take a taxi everywhere rather than own a car. This supposedly will come about because the people who still chose to own a self-driving car will let the car self-drive for Uber (or whatever) when they aren't using it themselves. This could work until the car gets smart enough to start demanding its cut of the profits.

Comment Re:Solution: Find a way to get an Enterprise build (Score 1) 286

That's true. It's mostly the small businesses getting the squeeze. I think one of Microsoft's goals is to get everyone on a subscription for Windows. They probably figure it's easiest to start with businesses by basically forcing them to all buy Enterprise versions of Windows no matter how small the business is. Next, they'll come after the home users.

Comment Re:Possibly, Intel (Score 1) 106

If it's 10 years old, it's almost certainly a DDR2-era machine. If it's an Intel machine, you've still got the memory controller sitting in the Northbridge rather than integrated into the CPU. The Core i3/5/7 machines were a pretty big step up from the Core 2 machines, especially once you get into the 2nd gen Sandy Bridge processors (which performance-wise are still very competitive with Intel's current offerings). Of course, Sandy Bridge is more like 2011, not 2007.

With that said, I'm actually typing this on a 11 year old laptop, and for most things it's still perfectly fine. Sure, maybe the SSD maxes out the original 150 MB/s SATA bus, but it's certainly fast enough and way faster than the 5400 RPM drive this machine originally came with. And I do have USB3 thanks to the now nearly extinct ExpressCard slot. The only truly weak part about this computer is the graphics, mostly from being stuck with a 11 year old mobile graphics adapter that can't be upgraded. If it's a desktop, drop one of the latest graphics cards into a Core 2 systems and you'll find it's still a very capable gaming machine.

Comment Re:Moore or Less Law (Score 1) 106

Typically the payback for replacing based upon power savings alone is too long to be worth it. If she leaves her computer on 24/7 then maybe, but you'd realize a much better savings by having it go to sleep when it's not being used. You're usually better off just to keep using what you've got until it either is truly obsolete or breaks down.

Comment Re: suure (Score 1) 347

Except for the proprietary bullshit. It's pretty common that nVidia/AMD GPUs in laptops won't work with the standard driver from whoever made the GPU. You have to get some special version from whoever made the laptop. The fact that almost all laptops now use the built-in Intel GPU has made this less common now, but the same thing for the wireless, LAN, chipset, etc.

Granted, this is a Windows thing. Generally Linux will recognize and run just fine on the hardware. Then again, you can often get the standard drivers to work in Windows by modifying the .inf files as the only thing actually changed in the Vendor/Device ID. But it's still bullshit I shouldn't have to deal with.

Of course, it's entirely possible this is the case for the desktops from these same major manufacturers, but since my desktops are built from standard parts I don't have that problem.

Comment Re:It's the economy, etc. (Score 1) 226

It's too bad they got rid of the Ram Tradesman Van (basically the cargo variant of the Dodge Caravan). Not the most reliable van, but worked well enough for light duty use and won't bankrupt you keeping it on the road.

If VW is smart they'll stay well away from FCA, but you're right - they seem made for each other.

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