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Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

Paradise Pete Re:Coincidentally... (120 comments)

They have things called "brakes" as well.

Those brake things are still governed by how the tire interacts with the surface.

yesterday
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South Korea Says Nuclear Reactors Safe After Cyberattacks

Paradise Pete Re:WHY? (53 comments)

The office network probably is not to get work done.

Of course not. The Facebook, porn, and shopping, for the most part. Oh, and cat videos.

2 days ago
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US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny

Paradise Pete Re:TFS, FFS (117 comments)

Correction: Navy *pays* a company $0.01

Thank you for your two cents on the matter.

2 days ago
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App Gives You Free Ebooks of Your Paperbacks When You Take a "Shelfie"

Paradise Pete Re:I'm the app's developer. Happy to answer questi (125 comments)

As a book collector, I'd never ruin a book by writing in it

The author suggested how to work around that in his opening post. Sign a sheet of acetate and place that over the copyright page.

3 days ago
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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review

Paradise Pete Re:Screen Limit: 1080p (71 comments)

1080p is the limit your camera can successfully show to you. Any other pixels are a waste of disk space unless you're saving everything for the future.

So earlier in the discussion we've got a post confusing RAM and storage, and now one "thinking" that 1080p is the limit of usefulness. WTF?

3 days ago
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Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

Paradise Pete Re:They do have one advantage (232 comments)

There's a LOT of subjectivity in Olympic sports.

How about walk-racing? The rule is the walker must be in contact with the ground at all times....but slow motion video clearly shows they break the rule with every stride. So now they say "visible to the naked eye." And it's back in the hands of judges who, knowing full well that the walker is losing contact, have to decide if they can actually see it or just "know" it.
I guess the reason they don't fully enforce it that it would be even less interesting to watch.

3 days ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

Paradise Pete Re:Good news! (225 comments)

Everyone should watch this movie just as an act of patriotism.

Are you sure North Korea was actually the culprit? Bruce Schneier doesn't think so.

3 days ago
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Apple Pushes First Automated OS X Security Update

Paradise Pete Re:Also affects Linux - patch now! (115 comments)

How would they do that? You created the connection to the proper server. They are not connecting to you, so there's no spoofing.

3 days ago
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Viacom's Messy Relationship With YouTube and The Rise of Stephen Colbert

Paradise Pete Re:CBS doesn't own Colbert (76 comments)

I did say "after this." However (heh), as you have now made a more recent mistake, now we do have to reset the timer....

5 days ago
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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

Paradise Pete Re:My sockets are made of high quality steel (152 comments)

But, why on earth was there not a decent socket set on the ISS in the first place? (pun intended)

I hate to sound dumb, but what pun?

about a week ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Paradise Pete Re:The US = Land of the Lawyers (580 comments)

the relatives of the one shot will sue Sony for millions of dollars due to the release of the film that Sony KNEW could unleash terrorism.

You don't really think they could win that lawsuit, do you? The only think they KNEW was that there was a threat. Sure, lawyers would probably have made the theaters and Sony post signs about the threat, but then the patrons also KNEW about the threat.
Otherwise any event in the country could be stopped by a mere phone call or email or even a tweet.

about two weeks ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Paradise Pete Re:Why Steam? Why? (159 comments)

It's not that it should be, it's that the Ruble is collapsing. It's a problem for any company doing business in Russia. Many have halted sales. That would be Steam's other option.

about two weeks ago
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A New Law For Superconductors

Paradise Pete Re:I've always known this! (53 comments)

I thought it was understood because it was so painfully obvious? If only I had known the world was so stupid I would have published the law myself decades ago...

Good on you! But surely this can't be the only thing that is obvious to you but a marvel to the rest of us. So get cracking and start publishing. Don't miss another opportunity!

about two weeks ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Paradise Pete Re:Yes this is Terrible. (191 comments)

The court was asked to decide B not A.

The court was not asked to decide either one of those things. You're not even paying attention.

about two weeks ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

Paradise Pete Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

Would Disney pay for the rights to Starwars if they could just wait it out and take it for free?

Trademarks and copyright are two different things. But I like the idea of after a short period of time, say half a dozen years, there's a small fee for renewing a copyright, with that fee rising year after year. That way the large majority falls into the public domain and remains useful to society, while the monetarily valuable ones can remain protected for as long as they're worth the escalating fee.

about two weeks ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

Paradise Pete Re: Short sighted (230 comments)

Thank you, nuckfuts.

Now there's something you don't read every day.

about two weeks ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

Paradise Pete Re:Short sighted (230 comments)

Ah yes, one bad patch and we should all NEVER PATCH AGAIN BECAUSE THE SKY IS FALLING!

How is it that you interpret disabling auto-update as meaning "NEVER PATCH AGAIN"? I took it to mean don't patch until you're confident it's safe to do so. Don't you think that's a more reasonable view?

about two weeks ago
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Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

Paradise Pete Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (122 comments)

Walmart pays a healthy dividend. If one owned, say, $10B worth of the stock, they'd have to scrape by on a mere $229M per year in cash. That's not even a million dollars a day! What's a person to do?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Antitrust Case Finds New Consumer Plaintiff

Paradise Pete Re:Future lawsuits include: (39 comments)

These are all physically incompatible. But an MP3 file is an MP3 file.

Not in this case. The files in question contained Real's DRM. That's why they had to backdoor them. If they were actually standard MP3 files they would have worked without issue, and would still be working today.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Antitrust Case Finds New Consumer Plaintiff

Paradise Pete Re:Like there weren't any other competitors around (39 comments)

Apple only prevented people from loading third party music on the device they sold, not on everyone's.

Only third party music laced with DRM. Normal mp3 files from any source have always worked seamlessly.

about two weeks ago

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OS X 10.4 Early Impressions

Paradise Pete Paradise Pete writes  |  more than 9 years ago I've had 10.4 installed for only about a day now, so no doubt many of the gripes will be easily solved as I discover more.

Mail

  • Improved searching is great.
  • Why is there so little control over the sounds?
  • The interface seems to be "de-proved." But maybe I just need to get used to it. It sure seems harder to see at a glance the state of the folders. I did go get Cage Fighter, which helps a bit.
  • Why did they remove the "Quote Level" from the contextual menu? I can use the keyboard, sure, but chances are I've just selected some text and my hand is on the mouse, not the keyboard. And I'd rather have it right there than have to go to the menu bar.

System Preferences

  • What? No more toolbar? I can't drag the frequently used ones to the top anymore? Am I missing something, or did they make it less usable? And here's an aside: I notice that System Preferences is one of the few apps that doesn't have Preferences.

Safari

  • Impressively fast. Seriously fast.
  • I just noticed in typing this that it supports multiple undo. I don't know if that's new or not.
  • It's able to deal with some sites it couldn't before. I don't who was at fault, but either way they work now.
  • Overall, simply a first rate browser.

Widgets

  • So far, pretty much a toy to me. Seems like a big layer of stuff just to bring back desk accessories, but then I'm pretty sure I just don't get it yet, and the light will come on.
  • Does World Clock actually work? When I flip it over to set the city I can't flip it back. There's no "Done" button or anything, so it just sits there, taunting me with its back turned. It looks like maybe it's missing some resources.
  • Many of them seem pointless, as if someone said "Well we've got iTunes, and we've got widgets, so I guess we'd better make an iTunes widget." How is that any more convenient than going to the actual app?
  • The translator, which I was very pleased to see and thought I would use in place of going to babelfish or google, is pretty clunky. It's slow, with no indication that it's doing anything, and the interface sucks. How do i actually invoke a translation? Do I tab, click on the squiggles, what? If it weren't so pokey I could use the feedback to figure it out, but for right now I don't really know what makes it "go." It's also very easy to make it appear to be wrong.
  • I really like the weather widget. It looks great and does what I want.

Finder

  • Why do all the apps now say .app? It gives it such a "Windows-y" feel. Is that to protect me from accidentally running a program or something? If that can be turned off I'd sure like to know how.
  • Can I get some control over the interface sounds? It seems like such an obvious desire that I wouldn't be surprised if there's already a third-party utility to do so.

X 11

  • I generally use this for only one thing, running gnuBackgammon. For whatever reason, it (gnubg) takes much longer to start up now.
  • I now have to click twice on the dock icon to get it to come to the front.

Spotlight

  • I guess it's great. I find myself making "interface" blunders, though. I'll get used to it, but it somehow seems unfinished. Maybe it's just me, because I can't be more specific. I think part of it is that my expectations were so high.

That's all that comes to mind right now. I really haven't yet done all that much with it. More to come. Comments are encouraged, especially where I'm wrong about things.

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Golf Today

Paradise Pete Paradise Pete writes  |  more than 10 years ago The rain broke early this morning, and Nito the caddy calls me on his way to the course. Convinces me que se vale la pena, it's worth going out there.

So I get there and the course is in good shape, and very few golfers. Nito and I go off alone.

Hole #1: For some reason I'm a little bit nervous today. I also feel like I'm going to play well, so I take the nerves as a good sign. I yank my first drive a bit, but hit it well, so I'm long but in the right rough, about 80 yards out. I hit a 90% sand wedge. It's right at the flag, but because of the rough there's not much spin on it, and it hits and rolls about 15 feet past. It's a slippery and fast putt, but I'm able to get it near the hole and make the two footer for par.

The swing with the wedge felt really good; loose, smooth and easy, and the shot went straight at the flag. It felt like I could do it all day long. So as we approach the the number two tee, with my driver in hand I say to Nito "If this club cooperates, today is the day." And he grabs the putter and says "No, If this club cooperates, today is the day!"

#2, the long par four: I hit a solid drive right down the middle. I'm about 140 out. The flag looks like it might be slightly towards the front, so we vacillate between a 9 and an 8. We settle on the 8. I hit a good shot towards the middle of the green, but then we realize the flag is not just a little, but rather all the way up front, so I'm on the green, but a full club long. I'm able to lag the 30 footer up to about two and a half feet, and make that for par.

#3, par five dogleg right: I hit a good drive down the middle, but what wind there is is against, so I still have a ways to go to get to the turn. I hit a four iron solidly, but with an unintentional draw. It happens sometimes with my long irons, so I'd aimed far enough left to guard against it that the ball curled around the turn nicely. The flag is on the far right, so I have a little tree trouble, but an 80% sand wedge goes right over it, and right over the flag, hitting and sticking seven feet past. I roll it in for birdie.

#4, par four, water on the left. I don't quite get all of the drive, but it's in the fairway and on the right hand side, which is good because the flag is tucked in the extreme left corner, guarded by those trees. So the right side is the place to be to get an angle. I hit a pitching wedge right at the flag, but it's a little long and hits and sticks in the fringe, about 12 feet past the hole. The putt has a big bend in it, and it's fast, so I just try to cozy it up. With its last turn the ball dies at the hole and drops in the side door, for an unexpected but pleasing birdie.

#5, par three over the water. The way it's set up today Nito says it's playing about 120. He hands me a pitching wedge and asks how far I hit it. "125," I say, and he says "Si, OK, plays 125." Hmmm. So I hit right over the flag, and it goes 125, but sure enough the flag is indeed 120 away, so I'm on the back of the green, well long. The hole is on the crest of the hill, and I don't hit the putt hard enough and leave it well short. Now I power the next one past the hole. Then I miss the comebacker! Man oh man. Four-putt Double bogey, and those two birdies go up in smoke. Shoot.

#6, par four dogleg right. I crack my drive to the turn. The flag today is placed perilously close to the water on the right, and you know how the green just feeds everything that way anyway, so I employ some o' that course management stuff and hit a cautious lob wedge pin-high, but ten feet left. The putt is VERY fast, and a has fair bit of break. Too aggressive and it could go off the green and into the water! So I gently baby it up to a foot away, and tap in for par.

#7, par three over the water. Pin all the way in the back, and some wind against, so we go with the 6 iron. Too much club, and I also get another unintended draw. So I'm over the back and right. Tough chip up over the slope, and I leave it short. The next chip one-hops off the flag stick and lands next to the hole for a tap-in bogey.

#8, par five dog leg left. I hit a good drive, but in the left rough, so I've got those two big pine trees to deal with. I avoid those, but catch the branch of one of the small trees instead, and the ball ricochets over the huge water hazard on the left, and lands on the far left bank, just in-bounds. They've dug out the hazard so that now it's a 15 foot deep lake. So I walk all the way around it and through the mud to get to my ball, which happens to have a great big blob of of that mud stuck right on it. I'm 140 out, but because of a small tree the only line towards the green is over the next water hazard and the trees guarding the left side of the green, and with that mud ball I don't think I can make the shot. So I hit it out to at a right angle to the green, across the fairway to the hill on the other side. I'm 70 yards out lying three, but I stick a lob wedge one foot from the hole for a tap-in par. Whew!

#9 the par four over water. I hit a mediocre 3 iron off the tee, and am left with a long approach to the green. The flag is again tucked in the left corner, and from my position it's too dangerous to go at it. Anything less than perfect and it's in the water. So I take a five iron and aim for the middle of the green. Apparently today was "hook the long irons day," as I get yet another unintentional draw. So I'm just over the back of the green, and way on the opposite side from the hole. I don't get up and down, so I make bogey for a two-over 38 on the front.

#10, the par five with the creek. I hit a long drive, up on the hill on the left. That hill usually feeds the ball back to the fairway, but with the wet conditions the ball stays up on the slope. Earlier in the year, when there was a strong helping wind on this hole I could sometimes hit driver, 9 iron. With the rainy season the conditions have reversed, and now there tends to be a wind against here. So instead of 9 iron, I'm hitting 3 wood! I strike it well, and the ball flies over the tree on the right and fades back to the slope above the greenside bunker. I chip up to about 8 feet, but roll the birdie try by. Par.

#11. Par four. I hit a good drive to 100, then a decent wedge to about 15 feet. Somehow I manage to three putt! Bogey.

#12. Long par four. OB and sand left, water right. I hit a good drive to the valley, then a five iron. It of course draws to the right, so I'm pin high but off the green. The hole is again on the crest of the hill, and I can't chip close, and then the par putt lips the cup and stops one inch directly behind the hole. Bogey.

#13. Par four with the tiered green. Water left, wide open on the right. I hit my drive way right to the other fairway. We're not sure of the distance, but decide on an eight iron. The flag is on the upper shelf, way left. Tough pins today. With a slightly uphill lie I hit a towering shot right at the flag, and it's hanging in the air for forever, and we're sweating out the distance, until it finally plops down on the crest of the ridge that runs through the green. It sits there for a moment, thinking it over, before it finally gives up and rolls back down to the lower tier. Bummer. Very tough putt from down there, and I'm not up to the challenge. Another three-putt bogey.

#14. Par four. I crack my drive down the middle, then hit a 9 iron to about 10 feet. I smooth it in for birdie.

#15. Long par three. I hit five iron pin high, but it's a long iron, so naturally I'm off the green to the right. I get up and down for par.

#16. Short par four. Wind against, so it plays a little longer than usual. I hit a good drive, then a pitching wedge at the flag. It hits and sticks 8 feet past. My birdie try just slides by. Par.

#17. Short par three. I hit 90% pitching wedge, but pull it a little, so I'm on the green pin high but 20 feet right. Hole is once again on the crest of the hill. I three putt. Bogey.

#18. Long par five. OB left, water right. Dogleg right. I hit a good but not great drive just past the tree. I crack a three wood to within 40 yards of the green. The flag is all the way in the back, so I hit a full lob wedge, but it's not quite enough to get all the way there, and I'm about 12 feet short. My birdie try just breaks off at the end for a tap-in par.

So, a 38-39 77. And as usual, Nito was right. It was the putter.

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