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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

Barlo_Mung_42 Both sides are silly (330 comments)

Yes it's silly to dump all that water just because of a tiny bit of pee but it's also silly for people to say "Oh, but LA is sooo thirsty."
Water is a local resource. It can't just be piped down to LA. And for the people of Portland it's not that much water. When I lived there one thing I never needed to worry about was saving water. It rains a lot there. 38M gallons is about 20 seconds flow of the Columbia river. My water bill was so low as to be negligible; I literally never had to think about it. That may be hard for people in drier parts of the country to grasp but there's no reason to Portland should feel bad. For all we know that reservoir was due for a cleaning anyway.

2 days ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Not sure how standing up would solve anything.. (311 comments)

We got standing desks a few weeks ago. I stand for a few hours in the morning and a few in the afternoon but sit for lunch. I find that it works best to shift slowly from foot to foot and rock back and forth a bit. I also switch up my stance between wide and narrow and even stand on one leg now and again. You might thing that sounds distracting but I feel more focused while working than I do sitting down.

about a week ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Anyone can buy Google Glasses right now, cheap. (167 comments)

Price isn't even the main sticking point with me. I recently paid someone a lot of money to burn off bits of my eyes with a laser precisely so I wouldn't have to wear glasses... and it was the best money I've ever spent. There's no way I'm paying another grand to get glasses back no matter how cool they are.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Barlo_Mung_42 Linux needs to step up (650 comments)

MS is trying to push people off XP. There are other alternatives after all. Many of them are even free. How bad does it make Linux and Chrome look if they can't compete with an 12+ year old OS that MS is actively trying to push people off of?

about two weeks ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Barlo_Mung_42 Yes. For sure. (307 comments)

We are not an endangered species at the moment which is a pretty rare circumstance for a species in the history of our planet. We should take advantage of this while we can to spread out. A few will die for sure but that is a small price to pay for the good of the rest of us.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Legendary... (232 comments)

For the record, I don't agree with the -1 troll mod. It was a pretty good response to my comment imo.

about three weeks ago
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Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Legendary... (232 comments)

A few weeks ago I was talking to a high school age son of a friend. The kid studies music in school but still had no idea who Bob Dylan was.
This isn't quite that bad but it's close.

about three weeks ago
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Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Legendary... (232 comments)

Also responsible for much of the graphics in NT.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:pointless (184 comments)

I can't see anyone getting a subscription just to use these apps. These are more like addon apps for people who use Office already and happen to have an iPad.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:pointless (184 comments)

Most people who are going to be using this are just using it for viewing / displaying anyway. If you don't want to pay just do the creating in Open Office or some such.

about a month ago
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Turing Award Goes To Distributed Computing Wrangler Leslie Lamport

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Does that mean Microsoft Network is better ? (40 comments)

And I think that's the right approach. Judging the success of research based on how many product ideas they turn out will result in misguided research. It is a failure of the MPs on the product teams for ignoring what MSR is doing. That does seem to be changing but it used to be very bad.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Next they'll give internet explorer free (208 comments)

Perhaps you're not old enough to remember it but back when MS was evil they caught all kinds of hell for giving away free things with their OS.

about a month ago
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VLC Finally Launches App For Windows 8

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Apps (170 comments)

Games mostly but the news reader is good too. Games are obvious because they should be full screen anyway. The metro mail app is also good. And I often have the twitter app snapped to one side while in desktop mode. And same goes for hulu.
So yeah, people do.

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Barlo_Mung_42 Digital hording (983 comments)

Just like having piles of stuff taking up all available space in your home is a problem having a 20 TB media collection could be a sign of a larger problem. I'd recommend going through it and getting rid of the things that will never be watched / listened to again or can just be downloaded again. Then worry about backing up what's left.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Confirms DirectX 12 Is Alive and Well, Demo Coming At GDC

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Better be for Windows 7 (127 comments)

I wouldn't even say it's evil, just necessary.

about a month and a half ago
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Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:What a surprise. (248 comments)

That's because of Win32 where the average user has way more control over the system than they need or is good for them. I overstated it that Win32 goes away with Win8 but the direction is clear; get users out of win32 and into the winrt sandbox and security will improve. MS as always needs to do a better job marketing this aspect.

about a month and a half ago
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Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:What a surprise. (248 comments)

Metro gets rid of the security nightmare that is win32. In the long run this will save industry both time and money. Sure it will cost a bit in up-front training but it's worth it in the long run.

about a month and a half ago
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Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Trollbait article (487 comments)

The on screen keyboard works well on the surface. I'm using it right now.

about a month and a half ago
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Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

Barlo_Mung_42 Re:Trollbait article (487 comments)

How do you type on an ipad in bed?

about a month and a half ago

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