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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Saddest line ever (100 comments)

Absolutely. I can't find work today because people remember some weird joke or comment I made 15 years ago, but not the over-nighters I pulled.

What a wonderful world we live in.

2 hours ago
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Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

50000BTU_barbecue Re:"Science"? (182 comments)

Wait til you see the Political Science department!

2 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

50000BTU_barbecue Re:What's next? (663 comments)

That's what I was going for. Plus ça change...

5 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

50000BTU_barbecue What's next? (663 comments)

Vote on the value of acceleration in Earth's gravity field? The speed of light?

The value of pi????

5 days ago
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FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Worst idea ever. (Well, one of them). (167 comments)

For me, sadly, it is the opposite. Once I started cooking and baking, I got good at it. Then I realized "you mean I can have butter chicken and chocolate cake whenever I want?"

about a week ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

50000BTU_barbecue Re:"and they may be bought for their assets." (314 comments)

Um, what? Yes, carbon film. What is so hard to understand here, exactly?

So yes, I think he meant both, sarcastic winky here.

about two weeks ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

50000BTU_barbecue Re: hard landing disaster (206 comments)

Yeah, my scotch budget is busted because the Chinese get first dibs.

about two weeks ago
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Exploring Some Lesser-Known Scripting Languages

50000BTU_barbecue my favorite (60 comments)

.bat
Maybe that's why I'm depressed.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Really? (272 comments)

No thanks. Besides the fact that in Canada doctors really don't care about psychological issues. They mumble something about personality disorders and invite you to go see a psy-something. Medicare doesn't cover that.
Plus I can get anti-depressant effects from SAM-e pills. Which curiously you can no longer find easily. So fuck em all.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 35 Arrives With MP4 Playback On Mac, Android Download Manager Support

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Breaks my Adobe Reader plugin (177 comments)

Everything breaks the Adobe reader. Get rid of it and install Sumatra PDF.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Won't work... (272 comments)

This kind of cross-link?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Or did you mean how the same gene expresses a protein used in my fingernails as well as my brain? (I made that up to illustrate)

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Really? (272 comments)

I think depression is a symptom, not a disease. It's a symptom that I should get different work, move, etc... But I've managed to ignore the telltale signs and just plow ahead in my miserable choices.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

50000BTU_barbecue Re: Really? (272 comments)

That's right, at 15 I was able to learn anything, eat anything, and do anything. I could ride a 100K on a bike, go to bed and wake up like nothing happened.

The years 15-30 were fantastic as your 20s are the peak of everything. 30s is coasting, then everything is downhill. Why is this such a problem?

You think 40-55 is going to be great? I just LOOK at older people and get angry at the thought that the same will happen to me. The pear shaped belly, the bloated, jowly face, the stupid jokes and inability to learn. Then past that, the total decay of old age?

Fuck that.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

50000BTU_barbecue Really? (272 comments)

I'm 40 and I'm ready to check out. DNR, etc.

I've seen it all and can't build up much of an excitement for anything. I can't imagine that my Dad is 90 and my Mom 86 and they're both not showing signs of going anytime soon.

Just my luck to be stuck with depression *and* longevity. I keep telling people that I'm 25 years away from my best years in the past, but I don't think I can last another 25 just to live through the decay of everything I used to enjoy.

These idiots better work on getting rid of aging, not just clocking in more years.

about two weeks ago
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Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

50000BTU_barbecue Sure, I'm game (331 comments)

I have a Commodore 64 setup here with a 1581 and two SFD-1001s... That's about 2.8 megs of floppy storage space I can free up.

How much you want to pay?

about two weeks ago

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What's on your hardware lab bench?

50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  about a year ago

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) writes "I made a comment a few days ago in a story basically saying the oscilloscope is dead. While that's a bit dramatic, I've found that over the last 20 years my oscilloscopes have been "on" less and less. Instead, I use a combination of judicious voltage measurements, a logic analyzer and a decent understanding of the documentation of the gadget I'm working on.
Stuff is just more and more digital and microcontroller based, or just so cheap yet incredibly integrated that there's no point in trying to work on it. (I'm thinking RC toys for example. Undocumented and very cheap. Doesn't work? Buy another.)
While I still do old-school electronics like circuit-level troubleshooting (on old test gear), that's not where the majority of hobbyists seem to be.
Yet one thing I keep hearing is how people want an oscilloscope to work on hardware. I think it's just not that necessary anymore.
What I use most are two regulated DC lab supplies, a frequency counter, a USB logic analyzer, a USB I2C/SPI master, and a USB-RS-232 dongle. That covers a lot of modern electronics.
I have two oscilloscopes, a 100MHz two-channel stand-alone USB unit and a 1960s analog plug-in based mainframe that is a '70s hacker dream scope. But I rarely use them anymore.
What equipment do hardware folks out there use the most? And would you tell someone trying to get into electronics that they need a scope?"
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What's the problem with tech in Canada?

50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  about a year ago

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) writes "Why is Canada unable to sustain a technological lead? Blackberry, Nortel, the Arrow, we are able to be world-class for a while, but then, nothing. Are we still just happy to be a resource-based economy? Do we lack a certain something, maybe personality traits? What's the deal?"
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What's the most depressing sci-fi you've ever read?

50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  more than 2 years ago

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) writes "Usually sci-fi provides adventure with happy endings for everyone. But what story have you read that resonates years later because of some insight about human nature or society that's basically cynical or pessimistic? For me it's Fred Pohl's "Jem" with its sharply divided resource-constrained future world driven by politics, and its conclusion that humans are just too destructive to handle contacting alien life, especially if humans have the technological upper hand.

I'm wondering what other stories have stuck in people's minds. It can be a short story, a novel or an entire series of books.

(Sorry, I have no idea what the tags are supposed to do or how they work. I click and it becomes "!politics" or there's a picture of a hat. No matter what I type in "tags" it stays as "politics" with a "x" I can click to make it "!politics". I've rarely seen something so useless be so counter-intuitive. sci-fi doesn't work, but when I type "science fiction" the space bar apparently acts as en enter key so all it sees is science. I think my next submission will be about depressing user interfaces.)"

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Why are old hard drives so expensive?

50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  more than 3 years ago

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) writes "I was idly daydreaming about how I could build a small lapping/polishing machine when I thought of using an old hard drive as the platform. The mechanics and finish are perfect, just put a lapping film on the platter and power the thing. So I started looking for old hard drives on eBay, figuring the size and heft would be best for tinkering. I was amazed to find that the prices on 20 year old hard drives is staggeringly high. With that kind of markup, there has to be a reason. It's not just one model that could conceivably be of use in old but very expensive medical equipment for example. It's all of them. ST-506, MFM, ESDI, you name it, the prices are insane.
So there's either a market for a universal Flash->ancient HD bus interface (go for it!), or some people know something I don't!
What gives?"

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Fusion power in four years?

50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  more than 4 years ago

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) writes "A few years ago I researched fusion as a practical energy source in the foreseeable future for a school paper. I thought I had been quite thorough in finding and describing all the contenders starting with the usual suspects like Tokamaks and Polywell, etc. My conclusion, based on my skepticism was that, at best, real practical fusion energy was half a century away and would likely be just another energy source and not a panacea. Things like peak helium and the need for superconducting magnets really stood out as a problem. Somehow, the folks at General Fusion escaped my attention at the time.

They are proposing a "solid based" system of fusion using a large spherical reaction chamber filled with molten lead and lithium and then using acoustic shock waves to compress the core where all the good stuff will happen. I'm looking for insights and comments from /.ers in the know about the project. Is this viable? Can it produce power? If so, this is a huge deal."

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50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  about 8 years ago

50000BTU_barbecue writes "I just bought a Logitech G5 mouse and I find that the scroll-wheel/middle-button is useless. It triggers a scroll before it detents, so using it as a button is very frustrating since if you don't click just *exactly* between detents and *exactly* in the right orientation, it will scroll before registering as a click. Of course this means you're not clicking where you thought. Should I exchange this mouse or are they all like that? Which mouse correctly implements a usable combo scroll/click wheel? This is for finicky CAD work on a large monitor rather than gaming, BTW."

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