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What's Keeping You On Windows?

StDoodle AutoCAD (1880 comments)

If there were a truly workable alternative for mostly-2D with some 3D CAD, I would switch in a heartbeat. Please note that I'm aware of several packages that would be just fine if I used CAD no more than an hour or two each day; but since I use it all day, every (work) day, they all fall far too short.

more than 3 years ago

Tech-Unfriendly Cafes Say No Kindles Allowed

StDoodle [citation needed] (375 comments)

Now, I'm not saying I doubt that there are cafes banning such devices. But cafes -- especially indie establishments -- have a long history of having their individual, quirky policies. Is this one or two cafes that have banned said devices, and only said devices? Have the cafes in question banned all extended table-takeover "loitering" (for whatever that means in such a place)? I just find it rather difficult to get worked up over a post with so little information behind it. (Ok, a small amount of info on cafe history... but without the present situation clarified, what good is that?)

more than 3 years ago

NFL Teams Considering IPads To Replace Playbooks

StDoodle Security (289 comments)

On the subject of securing their playbook, I would think the best thing to do is to assume that the wireless network WILL be compromised, and design around that. Simply load the playbook physically (or over a more secure, non-publicly accessible network) onto each device. Transmitting play information could be done wirelessly, but you wouldn't transmit the play itself. Rather, a hash of the play ID and the timestamp. Make sure the app has built-in protection against "double-post" errors, and use decent encryption, and the wireless issue should be moot. Not to say there won't still be security concerns at other levels, but they should be fairly analogous to those that already exist.

more than 3 years ago

Developing StarCraft 2 Build Orders With Genetic Algorithms

StDoodle Re:And this is why I stopped playing SC. (200 comments)

There is a go proverb that states "Learning joseki loses two stones strength" which would apply. (Joseki are "are generally agreed-upon sequences of play resulting in what is considered a fair outcome for both players.") The basic idea is that you'll handicap yourself out of learning why and how to respond to your opponent if you focus too much on standard patterns. It's generally accepted that you shouldn't spend too much time on joseki until your understanding of the game is at a level where you can actually analyze the moves in a joseki, understanding as you go WHY each move is the best in the situation and HOW it depends on other factors.


more than 4 years ago

'Forest Bathing' Considered Healthful

StDoodle Re:Am I the only one? (252 comments)

I had the same double-take, so I looked it up. "Healthful" means something that promotes good health. "Healthy" is a state of good health. In other words, the title is absolutely correct. If you would prefer "'Forest Bathing' Considered Healthy" then you're asking for a title implying that someone named "Forest Bathing" is in a good state of health.

more than 4 years ago

Subscription-Based 'Hulu Plus' Is Now Official

StDoodle 3 concerns (434 comments)

I have three major concerns. Surprisingly, the combination of ads + fee is NOT one of them.

  1. Buffering. Currently, regular Hulu service is limited to 5 seconds, I believe. If I don't get a significantly higher buffer limit, it isn't worth it.
  2. Back seasons.

    Every single episode of the current season will be available, not just a handful of trailing episodes.

    While this is nice and all, I often find out about a show I might like after the first season finale, if not later. If I can't start at the beginning, I'll just wait until the show is over.

  3. Changes in catalog. When I first discovered Hulu, there were a lot of shows I wanted to see with their full catalog online. Not long after, a great deal were pulled, either in their entirety, or in such a way that only the latest 3 or 4 episodes were left on. If I'm going to pay for a tv service, I'd like reasonable assurance that my selection will go up, or at least, not go down significantly.

more than 3 years ago

How Do You Handle Your Keys?

StDoodle Change the locks (763 comments)

For less than the cost of $latest_must_have_gadget, you can usually replace all of the locks on your place with ones that are keyed the same. Do the same with your girlfriend's place. YMMV if you're a renter, but if so, you shouldn't have a problem as long as you 1) keep the old locks and 2) make sure the owner has whatever copies they need. Learn to separate what you need to have ON you at all times (your important keys; house, car, etc.) and things that are NICE to have, but you could make it a couple of days while you got them replaced if need be. Keep them separate, perhaps with some kind of clip (really, you don't need climbing-grade gear for this unless you're in a very rough profession) to put them together at home or during some travel. Always keep the three or so keys you need on you; don't worry too much about the rest.

more than 4 years ago

Texas Approves Conservative Curriculum

StDoodle Re:What? (999 comments)

Creationists always try to use the second law,
to disprove evolution, but their theory has a flaw.
The second law is quite precise about where it applies,
only in a closed system must the entropy count rise.
The earth's not a closed system, it's powered by the sun,
so fuck the damn creationists, Doomsday get my gun!

MC Hawking, Entropy

more than 4 years ago

FCC Inquires About Controversial Verizon Fees

StDoodle Contracts not required my a$$ (178 comments)

From TFA:
“Nobody is required to pay an ETF,” Gerace said. “You always have the choice of buying a mobile phone at full price with no ETF. Or you can buy a device at a discount with a one- or two-year contract. If you stay with your contract, you don’t pay a fee at all.”

But what's the point, with a device Verizon classifies as a "smartphone?" They flat-out refuse to allow you to choose NOT to have a data plan, even if you have a phone with wi-fi capability and can't justify paying $30/mo. for a data plan you'll never use (I always have wi-fi available, unless I'm driving, in which case I'm not going on the internet with my phone).

I called and spoke in person to several Verizon reps, and they all told me that, even if I bought a device they classify as a smartphone independent of a contract, they will still automatically bill me for the $30/mo. data plan; they don't give you a choice.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Freeloading In Washington State Courts

StDoodle Re:UK (395 comments)

One big difference is that if you're operating out of Washington state and have your business incorporated in Nevada, you're NOT operating in another COUNTRY. Sometimes -- as is the case in how states set up their tax laws -- each state is treated somewhat like a country. But they're all part of the U.S.A. This is not a trivial distinction; the "State vs. Federal" tangle is an integral part of US politics (see "Constitutional Convention," "Civil War," et. al.).

more than 5 years ago

Massive Phishing Campaign Hits Multiple Email Services

StDoodle Re:Ban them. (183 comments)

Alternatively, maybe the webmail providers should set more strict rules for the passwords.

I'm not a fan of this idea, simply because just about every site I've seen that decides to enforce 'password security' also decides to do stupid crap like disallowing special characters. They won't allow a password such as 'rOf1m@0z' in favor of what they consider 'secure,' such as 'passWord123' -- blargh!

more than 5 years ago

Favorite seasonal transition?

StDoodle So am I. (451 comments)

...and we usually shorten that to 'Winter' and 'Construction.'

more than 5 years ago

Human Sperm Produced In the Laboratory

StDoodle Misread (368 comments)

Is it any surprise that, with such an article, I had to do a double-take to properly read "...inferior levels of maturation."

more than 5 years ago

$33 Million In Poker Winnings Seized By US Govt

StDoodle Re:Another reason not to gamble online (465 comments)

The point of a house shill isn't to generate revenue for the casino by passing on their winnings, it's to generate revenue for the casino by filling out the table. People don't get excited about sitting down at a poker table with one or two other people, in general, and the house shill props up the numbers so more people will play. Also, you're ignoring two important points: 1) The shill is staked by the casino, and casinos (ironically enough) don't like to gamble with their money, so it's fairly obvious that the shill's winnings aren't their main concern & 2) A shill good enough to consistently make money for the casino would just find someone else to stake them at a much lower % and then go off on their own (though in truth, lower percentages are quite common; being a shill is historically a great way to 'get your feet wet' in poker)

more than 5 years ago

Twitter Considered Harmful To Swine-Flu Panic

StDoodle Re:Randi? (383 comments)

Some are really just smart people. You don't have to be a psychic to do _some_ predictions.

Yes, it's television, but the show Psych is actually a good example of this. Main character Shawn was trained by his detective father to pick up on subtle clues and make conclusions no one else could; but no one believes him, since he's such a slacker, until he attributes his conclusions to being psychic.

more than 5 years ago

Facebook Users Get Lower Grades In College

StDoodle Re:A comparison could be illuminating (284 comments)

They tried, but couldn't find enough MySpace users who had graduated high school. All the Livejournal users were already done with college, and now putting their liberal arts degrees to use in retail. And unfortunately, they were unable to get a hold of either Orkut user in real life.

more than 5 years ago

Wolverine Film Leaked a Month Before Release

StDoodle But Honestly... (464 comments)

Ok, even if I don't agree, I can at least see the logic between "full movie dl's = less ticket sales." But this is a freaking action movie without completed special effects. Can you honestly tell me there are a significant number of people interested in seeing an action movie, minus special effects, who aren't also the fanboy-types who will see it in theatres?

more than 5 years ago

Court Demands Private Facebook Data

StDoodle Should've known better (113 comments)

First off, if he's posting about how much fun he's been having, he should have known better; more to the point, his lawyer should have warned him not to. When my mother was involved in a lawsuit many years ago, she was advised to do, basically, nothing. The problem is that not everyone is in a position where they can sit on the couch all day, and sometimes they must get up to do chores, even if it causes great pain. Unfortunately, when a PI takes video of a person doing various work (or even play; even people in pain have a psychological need to enjoy life at least a little), they tend to edit out the part where you quit every five minutes and break down, emotionally, in pain.

more than 5 years ago

Ultrasound Machine Ages Wine

StDoodle Quantum Wine (448 comments)

"You won't know if it's any good until you try it!"

more than 6 years ago


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