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Comment Re:box, maybe? (Score 1) 299

Otherwise, the owner might as well have just rubbed the flash drive on the outside of the box.

Well, then the obvious solution is to rub the flash drive everywhere, and then put it in the jar. The problem with this is that 1) electronics are everywhere, and 2) unlike something like an illegal substance, it's not illegal to have electronics or flash memory. So if I want to hide an electronic device from this dog, I'll just make sure that everything smells like an electronic drive.

Of course, the other way to hide it is to place it someplace that already smells like electronics, not in a jar with other stuff. I'd probably tape it to the bottom of the microwave or something. Another possible good hiding place would be in a car which nowadays is crammed full of electronics.

Comment Re:Too bad it didn't have a RTG (Score 1) 70

And if the landing had gone as planned, the lander would have had plenty of sunlight to work with. And in that situation I'm sure the same people who are now complaining about the lack of an RTG would instead be bitching about the lander carrying a heavy, expensive, and unnecessary RTG that could have been used for something else. Besides, if the lander did put down in the intended location, its likely fate would have been to be cooked to death by the Sun after a few months. A RTD that producing several hundred watts of heat that cannot be shut off would have just hastened its demise.

Comment Re:How in the world (Score 1) 61

That's because the Mac Mini uses mobile processors, and most (all?) mobile Core i5's are dual core with Hyperthreading. The real fun is that the lower-end mobile Core i7's are also dual cores with Hyperthreading. I'm not even sure what the difference is supposed to be between those and the mobile i5's, except perhaps a bit more L3 cache.

Comment Re: Sure, but why is Chrome still... (Score 1) 43

If you're on Windows, you can try Waterfox instead of going through the hassle of compiling it yourself. As a bonus, a bunch of the less-desirable features that Mozilla has been shoving into Firefox are removed.

On Linux, I would assume most users aren't using Mozilla's binaries (rather they would be using binaries compiled by the maintainers of their distro). Even so, I'd use IceCat (IceWeasel) as it also strips out some of the crap I don't want built into my browser.

Or use Palemoon instead, which doesn't seem to have issues with memory leaks as far as I can tell.

Comment Re:Audi still seems to get it right (Score 1) 224

The idea behind those model names is to emphasize the brand, not the model. So you're not supposed to say you're driving a A4 2.0T, but an Audi. Or you don't say you drive a MKT, but a Lincoln, or a LS460, but a Lexus, or a Q50 but an Infiniti. Making a big deal out of the model itself is for less prestigious brands such as Ford or Toyota with their Mustangs and Camrys. Or so the theory goes.

Comment Re:Numbers Are Easy (Score 1) 224

Actually, Infiniti had a pretty good naming system until they totally messed it up. The series were all letters, G, J, M, Q, etc. The second letter, which was always X if present, meant it was a SUV. The next two digits were the engine displacement. Sometimes there was an extra letter at the end, 't' for touring, 'x' for all wheel drive on the non-SUVs, but that was relatively uncommon.

For example.
G20t - G series, 2.0 L engine, touring. G35x, G series, 3.5 L engine, all wheel drive. The G series has also had 3.7 L, and 2.5 L engines, so you'll see G20's, G25's (rare), G35's, and G37's running around.
I30 - I series, 3.0 L engine. It was basically an upgraded Maxima, so when Nissan changed the Maxima from a 3.0 L to a 3.5 L, the I30 became the I35.
M35 - M series, 3.5 L engine. If you upgraded to the 4.5 L engine, you actually got a M45.
QX56 - Q series SUV, 5.6 L engine.
JX35 - J series SUV, 3.5 L engine.
and so on. Until they changed their naming system, the only vehicle that didn't fit was their first SUV which was the QX4 (actually had a 3.5L engine).

Then they totally messed it up with the Q-nonsense. I still don't know what they were thinking.

Comment Re:It's simple, and it crudely works (Score 1) 321

From an intellectual standpoint, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the first couple of seasons where Gene Roddenbury was in charge. Though admittedly the execution of many of those episodes was pretty terrible, including Troi on the bridge purely for the eye candy.

I did enjoy the one where the Enterprise D got a guest captain for a week, who pretty much told Troi to put on her goddamn uniform.

One of the things I noticed about TNG is just how inconsistent the main female characters were. They'd be a strong independent character one episode, followed by an episode where they once again fall for the love interest of the week. I got the impression that writers really didn't know what to do with them half the time.

It's not surprising that Enterprise scored so badly. Whereas Troi and Crusher did have some good episodes in TNG, it seemed that the only reason T'Pol and Hoshi existed was give the male demographic something to look at.

Comment Re:Linux ISO discs... (Score 1) 385

Don't forget the (mostly older) computers that will fail installing Windows 10 if the USB ports are enabled in BIOS. Only way to get Windows 10 installed is to burn to DVD. Luckily once you get past the install you can turn on USB again.

I do believe that's the last time I've used an optical disk to install an OS. I've finally gotten to the point where all the computers I regularly use can boot from USB.

Comment Re: Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 709

Or just insulate the house better. When the temperatures are in the 40's - 50's around here, my house stays comfortable just by the people in it and the waste heat from appliances and electronics. I really don't even need a furnace until the outside temperatures are cold enough that a heat pump (that vents into the outside air) starts becoming ineffective.

Comment Re:Capitalism! (Score 4, Insightful) 173

Actually, quite the opposite. The cost of Helium depends not on how rare it is, but how much it costs to extract it from the ground. Since it's actually a byproduct of natural gas production, the cost of extracting it is cheap (basically, free) and the main cost is actually the cost of separating it from the methane, storage, and transport. Because of this, a lot of helium isn't even captured and instead is vented to the atmosphere, where it eventually escapes to space. Why? Because capitalism. It's not profitable to capture it, so it's not captured. Nevermind that it's a non-renewable resource used for many important applications that has no substitute available. So Helium is cheap, until all of sudden it won't be.

Comment Re:Grandma don't do no registries (Score 1) 220

I have to disagree. Windows 8 seemed to assume that you had been using Windows long enough to know that to launch a program you had to click on the bottom left of the screen [on the start button], and to search for a program you could start typing [in the search box], and thot you would still know to do that even with the visual elements removed. If you weren't familiar with Windows, you'd be hopelessly lost*. As an experienced Windows user I actually didn't mind the Windows 8 interface as much as a lot of people did, but it certainly seemed like it assumed you were coming into it with a bit of Windows tribal knowledge.

*One of my favorite things to do during the initial Windows 8 preview releases was to challenge experienced Windows users to open Notepad without using the keyboard. The results were usually entertaining and sometimes hilarious.

Comment Re:Linux Feature Compatible (Score 1) 220

Webcams were pretty niche until USB finally took off which was in 1998. I've got a few very old webcams. None of them work in Windows after XP, some didn't make it past 98/ME. Linux support is spotty. Several of them used propriety image compression techniques which were never fully reverse-engineered, so while Linux can see them, you can't really pull an image off of them, or if you can only a few low resolution modes work. The only one that really works in Linux as well as it did in Windows is an old Logitech Quickcam, though the last time I had it plugged in the plastic lens had clouded to the point where the image was almost useless. To be honest, I'm not even sure why I still have all these webcams.

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