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How To Enter Equations Quickly In Class?

dieman Stop it! (823 comments)

Easy: Stop trying. Get some paper and a nice pencil. I went a little overkill and got one of those smartpens. Either way, paper > computer in this case. Spend less time thinking about writing/input and more time about the problems at hand.

about 5 years ago
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Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

dieman All mine were cheap! (1259 comments)

Direct loans were cheap, and the consolidation brought them down to ~5% afair. I know the new loans are not as cheap, but thats because some idiot decided having non-direct loans and promising a profit to everyone who serviced them. Doh!

about 5 years ago
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Archiving Digital Artwork For Museum Purchase?

dieman 2 ideas (266 comments)

Contact some modern art facilities like Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, they often have 'new media' as part of their holdings and must have some sort of solution for this sort of work that they use when they obtain them. Lastly, contact the Internet Archive folks and see if you can work out a deal for it to be put into storage in wait for when it will hit public domain. Perhaps they could hold it for public domain use for free if you were willing to voluntarily reduce your copyright term to something more reasonable than a habajillion years past death. :)

more than 5 years ago
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Amazon Delaying Public Domain Submissions On Kindle

dieman And? (100 comments)

Let me get this straight, amazon sells PD books while Sony has free PD books powered by google and epub support. Yikes. Happy I didn't get a kindle now.

more than 5 years ago
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Is City-Wide Wi-Fi a Dead Idea?

dieman Re:59 square miles (259 comments)

I used it last weekend -- Obama was in town and the area near the stadium was covered well enough to use before going in. Sadly it didn't make it into the stadium, but it was useful outside.

more than 5 years ago
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HR 3200 Considered As Software

dieman Hah! Pitfalls! (296 comments)

You've never written software for airplanes, missile or missile defense, or nuclear plants, then! I'd wager that each of those have actual pitfalls rated in human death rather than merely some pissed off administrators because the money wasn't pushed around they way they want it to.

more than 5 years ago
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Best Home Backup Strategy Now?

dieman Re:Mozy is good (611 comments)

Except its also a-ok on Mac OS X. I use it to backup my home mac server just fine. It appears to use some hack based on rdiff-backup.

more than 5 years ago
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RIP the Campus Computer Lab, 1960-2009

dieman Re:Still Important (571 comments)

Because they can't. If you've never dealt with PTC, wolfram, matlab, etc. You don't know how obtuse these licensing agreements are. I remember one of them saying you had to use all the active licenses within a X mile radius of the center of campus, etc.

more than 5 years ago
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Morality of Throttling a Local ISP?

dieman Find the top 10 users (640 comments)

in the past given month, find the top 10, assume these cause the vast majority of the congestion and ask them to find ways to knock it off or they'll have to upgrade to a professional tier of bandwidth. Then, in theory if you keep doing this every month there will be less of the problem of congestion.

Otherwise, implement some sort of automated controls to ratelimit those who cause congestion. Do it based on total traffic volume, not by service.

more than 5 years ago
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Best Wi-Fi Portable Browsing Device?

dieman Re:Nokia n810 (426 comments)

Seconded, again. They are perfect for this. I've used mine at the Minneapolis library back in the stacks at least once too. :)

more than 5 years ago
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How Do I Start a University Transition To Open Source?

dieman Re:money is not the way (497 comments)

Agreed, the sheer amount of free stuff Microsoft gives away at large schools is scary. I get a copy of windows for $5 as a student, Office for $10-15, etc.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Sustainable Power Is Unsustainable

dieman Re:Wrong Premise (1108 comments)

s/emissions are/emissions are taxed/

more than 5 years ago
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Why Sustainable Power Is Unsustainable

dieman Re:Wrong Premise (1108 comments)

Ok, so your argument is those with the most to gain are for it. Therefore, those with the most to lose if carbon emissions are against it for said reasons.

This is an argument against action how?

more than 5 years ago
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Tapping the Earth For Home Heating and Cooling

dieman Re:I wanted to (215 comments)

Exactly. I did a 'hybrid' air source geothermal/gas system and it was still at least 3 to 4 times cheaper. I will make up the cost of the air source heat pump in 4 or 5 years, easy, too. Plus I reduced my GHG by about 30% using 'green' power purchases for the heat pump power. This is in Minneapolis too, no slouch to cold temperatures. All the AHSP needed was a little more space, not an entire tear-out of a section of my yard. I'd love to do geothermal, but its really not a solution for people just trying to fix their dead furnace on an emergency (its dead jim) basis.

more than 5 years ago

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