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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Gramie2 Re:Article ignores variability (610 comments)

I believe you are supposed to keep livestock in your house to help with body heat. That's the traditional way.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Gramie2 Re:Srsly, don't cross the streams. It's bad. (392 comments)

"Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light."

about a month ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

Gramie2 Re:Switching to Libreoffice? (190 comments)

...but in Libreoffice it's a literal pain in the rear to do, especially if a Spreadsheet is involved.

A literal pain in the rear? I think you're not doing it correctly.

about 2 months ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Gramie2 Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

I have a friend whose adult daughter committed suicide a couple of years ago. My friend, after seeing her daughter struggle with mental illness for years, believes in assisted suicide as a compassionate solution for some people even if they do not have physical pain.

It's hard for me to agree with this, but I also haven't lived through what she has.

about 3 months ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Gramie2 Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

The characters in Silicon Valley (the Mike Judge TV show) are much more believable and accurate, and the show is far funnier as well.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

Gramie2 Re:ERP system from *Oracle* (209 comments)

Can you imagine how much face would be lost by people up in the executive suites if they admitted a mistake of this magnitude? They would run the company into the ground first.

about 3 months ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Gramie2 Re:They have gone further before (590 comments)

Well, this new character isn't actually Thor either, no matter what they may say. I expect that they will do a short run with a woman and return to the original Thor, because it's all about business and they don't want to confuse potential customers who like the movies (or the actual Norse mythology). This is just one of the regular "everything has changed" publicity stunts that they pull every few years because they don't have any real character development. Remember the death of Superman? Of Captain America? It's about the same level as when Dallas (the original series) said, "the whole last season was just a dream".

about 3 months ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Gramie2 Re:Another comic book gimmick (590 comments)

I think it's due to a lack of visionary storytelling. Just like all the alternate universes. I blame it on management running the show instead of the creatives. Oh, for the days of Miller on Daredevil, Byrne on X-men/FF, Layton/Michelinie on Iron Man....

about 3 months ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Gramie2 They have gone further before (590 comments)

Does no one else remember Beta Ray Bill from Walt Simonson's run in the '80s (the golden age for Thor and large swathes of Marvel, in my opinion). Beta Ray Bill was able to wield Mjolnir and Thor's power even though he was a vaguely-humanoid alien.

about 3 months ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Gramie2 Re:Today, I would never have learned programming (608 comments)

If you really are interested, you could check out Basic4Android. No, it's not free, but it is very reasonably priced (starting at $60, and you can usually find coupons online to lower the price even more). It makes Android apps possible for the average programmer. There is a superb community growing around it, too, and the main developer of B4A answers many of the questions himself.

about 4 months ago
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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

Gramie2 Re:Not github's fault (349 comments)

So you make up a completely fictitious name and address. Perjury problem solved! As long as the content gets pulled down, who cares?

about 4 months ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Delivers Huge Win For Internet Privacy

Gramie2 Re:This ruling .... (112 comments)

Rather than mark your ballot, you have to go to the polling station personnel, and tell them that you decline your vote. That is treated differently than a spoiled ballot.

about 4 months ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Gramie2 Re:Thyroid problem (625 comments)

It is simple. It's just hard, and people don't want to do things that are hard.

My ex was/is obese, and all the chocolate bar wrappers I found in her car, and empty ice cream containers I found in her house, may have had something to do with it. Now she's an a meal-replacement diet and has lost over 20 lbs. in about four months. No, it's not easy, but I respect and support her for taking control of her health.

about 4 months ago
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Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

Gramie2 Re:Protecting the Weak from the Strong (224 comments)

You are right that some military personnel would presumably join the revolution. What are the odds that they would bring with them all the infrastructure (fuel, personnel, maintenance equipment and parts) needed to keep those A-10 Warthogs, F-18s, secure communications networks, satellite sensing systems and other high-tech machinery running as you fight the people who own the skies, seas, and telcos?

about 4 months ago
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Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

Gramie2 Re:Protecting the Weak from the Strong (224 comments)

Here's the thing: the State has weapons that could reduce you, your house, your neighbourhood, or your city to a smoking ruin. They have people (stronger, faster, and more capable than you), who train daily to kill in the most effective ways, with weapons and equipment that are simply unavailable to you. If they were to take you seriously as a threat, they could locate you in seconds and put a drone through the nearest window.

So owning your very own semi-automatic, or even fully-automatic small arms is completely pointless except, at the very best, to let your corpse serve as a witness to the rest of the world that your State kills its own. Armed resistance can not overcome the enormous imbalance of power that modern states possess.

Resistance is not futile, but armed resistance is. The most effective counter to government encroachment is not to be found in the Cliven Bundys of this world.

about 4 months ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

Gramie2 Re:Finally! (519 comments)

And the one who taught you to spell "apostrophes"!

about 4 months ago
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NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

Gramie2 Re:Lies. (245 comments)

They fundamentally believe that your physical safety is more important than our individual rights.

I'd be more inclined to say that they value their own power and influence over your individual rights (I'm not American, and so have no rights in their eyes). If they really worried about your physical safety, they would be getting evidence on polluters, unsafe working conditions, social collapse, the prison industry, and all the other things that contribute to the decay of your quality of life.

about 4 months ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

Gramie2 Re:Russia (417 comments)

US military bases in Canadian territory? That would be news to me and, I suspect, to our government and military. There are certainly joint exercises here, and US military personnel working with Canadians, and occasional visits by US ships and planes, but no permanent facilities.

about 5 months ago
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Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

Gramie2 Re: The reality is... (310 comments)

I'd agree with this. My son had the times tables drilled into his head mercilessly, when he was about 10. Now, in Grade 11, it makes the algebra, functions, and trig smoother and less mysterious. I challenge both my boys to do mental arithmetic all the time, because I believe it's so important to be able to estimate results that a computer/calculator spits out.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

Gramie2 The problem may not be protecting what you own (408 comments)

I have to say that my first instinct is to ask where you see your quality of life. If you have so much expensive stuff that you spend significant time and energy protecting it, then maybe having that stuff is the problem.

I haven't locked my house for at least a couple of month, and when I look around to see what might be stolen, the computer — and, more specifically, the hard drive in my desktop — is the only thing that I would really miss, that would be hard to replace. The laptops, TV, Playstation and other gadgets can easily be replaced. You know what? It's liberating not to have to be afraid of losing things.

about 5 months ago

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Gramie2 Gramie2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gramie2 (411713) writes "Codegear (now a subsidiary of Borland) has just released version 1.0 of Delphi for PHP, a RAD development environment (running on Windows) that produces standard PHP code. It features a large set of built-in components, including ones that use AJAX for database access, and Codegear is encouraging users to develop their own components. The framework, VCL for PHP, is open source, and documentation follows the PHP model.

Initial database connectivity is for MySQL and Interbase (Codegear's commercial database that spawned the open-source Firebird), but more are promised."
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Gramie2 Gramie2 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Gramie2 writes "I was toying with the idea of throwing my son in the car and driving for two days to watch the latest shuttle launch. I didn't, but it occurred to me that I don't know the logistics of going to watch a launch. Where is the best place to stay near the site? Where do you view from? I imagine that there are restrictions, so do you have to make get tickets or make other arrangements ahead of time?

And how do you find out the launch schedule? What about smaller launches? How do they compare? Is there one time of year that is better than another? Any other recommendations for the whole experience?"

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