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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

Dayze!Confused Re: Check your arithmatic (214 comments)

As a Mustachian I can tell you that this is the myth. It's not just choosing to live downtown but choosing to live close to work. I used to drive 30 miles through horrible traffic which took 1.5 hours. Now I moved to within a 5 mile radius of WinCo (groceries), Costco, Home Depot, the library, and, most important of all, work. I bike 3 miles in less time than it would take me to go by car.

about a month and a half ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Dayze!Confused Re:user error (710 comments)

My main mode of transportation is my bicycle, as could have been inferred from my statement of a tank lasting a month and a half it basically gets driven only on the weekend. I'd like to switch to a more fuel efficient model but haven't gotten up to bothering with that.

I agree, it would be nice to have the underbody down better to increase aerodynamics. There's a guy who drives an old Ford F250 Diesel which gets something like 30+MPG because he's done those kinds of modifications.

about 3 months ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Dayze!Confused Re:user error (710 comments)

I'm sort of the same way, not an environmentalist, just a really cheap mustachian. My average usage each month is about 200kwh and I live lasciviously, I know if I watched my usage a bit more I could greatly decrease this. As I write this I have a fan in my window blowing in and another in the window down the hallway blowing out and can get my house down to 66F at night, and then reach about 72F by the time I get home from work, but grant it we live in the Pacific Northwest where AC is hardly ever needed. We don't use our dryer but sparingly, and I ride a bike to work instead of driving because it seems insane to pay $300+ a month in gas PLUS the $1200+ a year in maintenance to maintain a residence 30 miles away. All of this is done not for the environment but because it's cheaper.

When I do drive a car I hypermile it. My 2002 BMW 525i gets 32+MPG which usually elicits a wide eyed "really?" from people when I tell them. A single tank of gas lasts me about a month and a half. We buy a lot of things used because I figure that buying it second hand will retain the value more than buying it brand new. My wife's wedding ring and her Longine watch were both bought that way, same as my trumpet and my car. Buying used keeps one from going to the dump and lowers demand on new ones to be made. (Of course the ring would have been melted down and formed into new rings, but it still applies to everything else.)

I also happen to be one who believes the scientific research and consensus that climate change is happening, and I wish it had more effect on my decision making, but for now being cheap seems to generally coincide with environmentally friendly. Most of this is from learning to want less shit that doesn't matter and to be perfectly happy living the very luxurious middle class life.

about 3 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

Dayze!Confused Re: More likely (625 comments)

This is why Neil deGrasse Tyson prefers the term astro physics.

about 8 months ago
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Final Mars One Numbers Are In, Over 200,000 People Applied

Dayze!Confused Re:coincidentally (176 comments)

I believe we are all terminally ill

1 year,21 days
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Why Microsoft Shouldn't Worry About Cannibalizing Their Userbases

Dayze!Confused Re:Different versions of Windows (180 comments)

Yeah, the real hog is the System Idle Process, I see that taking up to 99% of my systems processing power when I'm not even doing anything. Find a way to get rid of that and you'll be golden.

about a year ago
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Volkswagen Concept Car Averages 262 MPG

Dayze!Confused Re:And what's that in metric? (353 comments)

It doesn't seem to be any different than traveling 250 miles per week, I get 25 Miles per gallon, therefore I'll use 250mi/(25mi/gal), 10 gallons of gas. I think it's more of whichever system we are used to using, once you figure out the equation is simply x miles traveled / mpg it's quite simple, I'd assume the same when you figure out x miles traveled * liters, then move decimal two places over.

I drove 250 miles, used 10 gallons, therefore 25 mpg. You drove 350 km, used 32.9L, therefore 32.9/350*100 = 9.4. Depending on the numbers I'd say the difficulty is about the same, pull out a calculator and there is no difference except you still have to account for the two decimal places.

about a year ago
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Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells

Dayze!Confused Re:A cloned embryo is... (92 comments)

Does this mean that all cloned embryos would grow up to be gingers?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?

Dayze!Confused Re:gyms can be cheap... (635 comments)

I pay about $32.50 a month each for me and my wife at LA Fitness. We take Zumba classes there four times a week. If we wanted classes like that outside the gym it is about $3/person/lesson, which would cost around $48 a month. I have also paid for the membership to access any of their clubs so sometimes I can hit the one near work, other times we alternate between the two near our home.

Treadmills might fine for some people, but there is something to be said about group fitness.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Have Re-Cloned Mice To the 25th Generation

Dayze!Confused Re:Good for the mice. (134 comments)

Because when bacteria and viruses keep getting better at killing us we need the random genetic mutations to help us survive. Look at banana colonies that have collapsed due to cloning of banana trees when a new disease came by and wiped out all the trees.

about a year and a half ago
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Reasons You're Not Getting Interviews; Plus Some Crazy Real Resume Mistakes

Dayze!Confused Re:LMFTFY (246 comments)

But the "." is way on the other side of the keyboard.

Sincerely,
      Dvorak Typist

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Dr. Robert Bakker About Dinosaurs and Merging Science and Religion

Dayze!Confused Re:Science is the antithesis of religion... (528 comments)

Thanks for pointing that out, polygamy and Mormons was an example of social pressures forcing change, which they fought against until their temples and other property were threatened to be confiscated by the US government. It was a poor choice on my part and should not have been used given the context of the point I was trying to make was new evidence being brought forth in conjunction with social pressures and not just social pressures itself.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Dr. Robert Bakker About Dinosaurs and Merging Science and Religion

Dayze!Confused Re:No Real Conflicts? Really? (528 comments)

And the Bible's purpose is moral, not to "advance medicine".

You mean how it is moral to stone woman for adultery? Or how it is moral to commit genocide and keep the woman as spoils? Or how it is moral to mutilate the genitalia of newborns? Or how it is moral to kill witches? Or how it is moral to stone a man for collecting sticks on the Sabbath? Perhaps you meant the story of Lot, not Lot's wife, but how he thought it more moral to give his daughters to a narcissistic mob rather than let them have sex with his male guest. Or maybe it's the rest of Lot's story where his daughters get him drunk and rape him.

Maybe I'm just blind, but I don't quite see what the bible has to do with morality.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Dr. Robert Bakker About Dinosaurs and Merging Science and Religion

Dayze!Confused Re:Science is the antithesis of religion... (528 comments)

In Dawkins' book, "The God Delusion", he actually addresses this point at the beginning of the book and describes it as Einstein's god. Einstein didn't believe in a personal god, but his use of god was pretty much synonymous with the universe. This isn't the god that he argues against. Another author worth reading is Christopher Hitchens, especially his book "God Is Not Good: How Religion Poisons Everything", to understand how any religion, whether monotheistic or polytheistic, poisons the good that it does, especially when in power.
The biggest difference between Science and Religion is how easy Science is able to discard previous ideas when new evidence is brought forward whereas Religion will fight tooth and nail until it is impractical for it to not adjust, e.g. Mormons and polygamy, or Mormons and blacks. We have seen this recently with some sects of Christianity starting to embrace evolution, yet others are still outright against its teachings.

about a year and a half ago
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ITU To Choose Emergency Line For Mobiles: 911, or 112?

Dayze!Confused Re:Reasons for either (354 comments)

I can at least confirm that for Taiwan, but not if you wanted police, that would be 110. 119 was only for fire and ambulance. 112 would get you a phone repair line and 117 would give you the time. I also remember dialing 166 and listening to the weather in Chinese for fun.

Reference:
http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/pda/m1.aspx?sNo=0002068

about 2 years ago
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Seattle's Creepy Cameraman Pushes Public Surveillance Buttons

Dayze!Confused Re:File this under.. (387 comments)

And by extension, then four wrongs can't make an airplane

about a year ago
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Foxconn Thinks the iPhone 5 Is a Pain

Dayze!Confused Re:What is happening to Slashdot's submit process (312 comments)

No, it's more like if the South was still separated from the North and somebody from Florida built a factory in New York with their headquarters still in Florida. Is that a US company or a Confederate company? What if the North still claimed rule over the South but actually had not effect on the South other than keeping them out of any international organization and pointing missiles at them. Now imagine the South still has their own currency, health care system, President and Congress, hold elections and have vastly more human rights (I know, the human rights is probably swapped in this scenario). Oh but the North says there is only one America, so they bully the rest of the world into not officially recognizing the South as its own sovereign country.

about 2 years ago
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Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks

Dayze!Confused Re:reflects well (1223 comments)

That's why we need to take a serious look at Gary Johnson. We need a good steward of taxpayer's dollars.
Live free.

about 2 years ago
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BMW Cars Vulnerable To Blank Key Attack

Dayze!Confused Re:Ford Comparison (291 comments)

I had a friend who's car had to have the headlights turned on or else it would honk if you tried to turn the ignition. That was a wacky way to keep people from stealing your car.

about 2 years ago

Submissions

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Nokia Pondering to Make an Alliance With Microsoft

Dayze!Confused Dayze!Confused writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Dayze!Confused (717774) writes "An article in the New York Times says:

Shares of Nokia, the mobile phone market leader, climbed for a fourth day on Thursday amid speculation that the company may be poised to announce a software alliance with Microsoft designed to revive its struggling U.S. smartphone business.

Is this enough to revive both Microsoft's and Nokia's dwindling influence in the US cellphone market? Particularly in the smartphone market which has been dominated by Apple, R.I.M., and multiple vendors selling Android based systems?"
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Pirate Bay Team Sentenced to Jail

Dayze!Confused Dayze!Confused writes  |  more than 5 years ago

OhYongHao writes "CNN has an article on The Pirates Bay court case.

A Swedish court has found the four men behind file-sharing site The Pirate Bay guilty of infringing copyright law, sentencing them to a year each in jail and ordering them to pay £3 million ($4.5 million) in damages to 17 entertainment companies including Warner Bros (TWI), Sony Music Entertainment (SNE), EMI and Columbia Pictures. The media companies had been seeking $17.5 million.

This is my favorite quote by The Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde as quoted by the BBC:

"We can't pay and we wouldn't pay. Even if I had the money I would rather burn everything I owned, and I wouldn't even give them the ashes."

"

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Journals

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CVS server

Dayze!Confused Dayze!Confused writes  |  more than 10 years ago Well, I fixed my problem with the weekend rest. Everything works now, even ssh login with RSA authentication.

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CVS trouble

Dayze!Confused Dayze!Confused writes  |  more than 10 years ago Argh, I cannot figure out how to get this stupid error from going away on my cvs pserver. It will not allow me to login remotely.

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Work

Dayze!Confused Dayze!Confused writes  |  more than 10 years ago There hasn't been much to do here. I got the script rnning pretty good and cleaned up the office and organized everything. I wonder how much longer until we leave for the day.

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Not much to say

Dayze!Confused Dayze!Confused writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Well, I don't have much to say right now, but I guess that I'll give an update on my life. I have a girlfriend now, ( yeah yeah I know, Slashdotters don't have girlfriends ), and things have been going great, except for the fact that she was my friends brothers ex. It's really funny as to how we got together also. He was the one who set us up, my friends brother, and now he's wishing that he didn't because she actually likes me a lot.
        Now for some more interesting stuff. I'm working on some AMD Opteron 64-bit computers testing out different servers on it. I've been using UML's for this but have a little trouble since the SKA's patch isn't really supported fully by this architecure. I haven't gone around and done enough hacking to make it work, although I might be able to, but it also involves some kernel hacking, and I'm not sure if I want to go there.
        A project I'm working on is makeing some PBX for the corporation that owns the company that I work for. We do some Open Source development, as much as we can, but there also is some inevitable proprietary stuff that we have to write. But it's mostly miscellaneous little things such as mail programs for advertising that is sent to a targeted audience for their business. Not quite like the spam that fills up our inboxs.
        Back to this girl, yeah, she's really great, it's been about two and a half weeks since we started going steady and about two weeks since I quit smoking,(my own decision, not hers, she didn't even know until I told her that I quit a few days ago). Well, I'll be telling more about her later, for now I think that I need to get some sleep so I can write that interface for our PBX and impress our CEO on what Open Source can do. (The companies only been around for officially two weeks, and it consists of two people and the CEO's son as owner for business purposes).

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First Posts

Dayze!Confused Dayze!Confused writes  |  more than 10 years ago I learned a couple of days ago that making a stupid first post is not a good idea. My Karma is now bad. Note to self: DO NOT post first post without a good comment, or at least reading the article. Sorry /., that was my first first post. Well, ta ta for now, I have to get back to my perl programming.

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How do I get a job in the Tech industry

Dayze!Confused Dayze!Confused writes  |  more than 10 years ago I have set up my own webserver and webmail server and am administering a small home network of 8 PC's. I do not know everything that I would need to run a large scale network with lots of servers and clients but I can learn fast. I just do not know how to get a company to want to take me.

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Computer Upgrade for neighbor

Dayze!Confused Dayze!Confused writes  |  more than 10 years ago I had a chance to look at my neighbors computer today and determin that either the CPU or the motherboard is bad and to recommend just getting an upgrade for their P3. Their going with the AMD Athlon XP 1800+, Asus motherboard with NVIDIA nForce chipset and built-on GeForce2, 256mb ddr266 pc-2100, and a Volcano 6cu fan and heatsink. I am getting the parts from http://www.newegg.com. A sight that my friend John Bunn recommends and has a good reputation.

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Getting smtp to work on my BLFS with evolution

Dayze!Confused Dayze!Confused writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Today (or tonight whichever way you want to look at it) I've been trying to get my favorite email client, evolution, to work in BLFS, I'm not sure if it's just my install, something that I did wrong, or just on the other end, but It's not working for me, but I can still receive mail, I just can't use smtp. Have fun.

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