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Ask Slashdot: Easiest Linux Distro For a Newbie

dkh2 Re:Ubuntu + VMWare Player (622 comments)

Actually, DOS is a variant of CP/M. Gary Kildall at Digital Research wouldn't take the meeting with IBM to provide an OS for their new personal computer idea so they ended up going back to Gates' and Allen's then fledgling MicroSoft to get the job done.The rest is the history of the many levels of Hell.

about 3 years ago

Microsoft's Virtual Skywriting Patent App Features the Real Thing

dkh2 Just grow a pair and hire a pilot! (66 comments)

Seriously. If you're point is to get the picture to ask some geek hag to marry you because you've grown beyond virtual girl and want a real one then hire the stinking sky writing pilot to spell out "@SkankyGurl, will you marry me?" - so the whole bay area can see it, take a picture of it and post it to the internets.

more than 3 years ago

Voyager Set To Enter Interstellar Space

dkh2 Re:Let me say (362 comments)

"Who deserves more credit?"
Why does everything have to be a competition? Can't we accept that both groups have done a great job?

I bet you're one of those nimrods that doesn't keep score at a little league game.

more than 2 years ago

Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

dkh2 Re:Not so bad to have different systems. (2288 comments)

Imperial measures, on the other hand, are totally psychotic. 12 inches to a foot, 3 feet to a yard, 5,280 feet to a mile. It is the type of nonsense that we would expect to see in Dr. Seuss story, not it real life.

Of course, hardly anyone ever converts from feet to miles or vice versa once they get out of school. It's 40 miles to my mother-in-law's house. Why would I possibly care that it's also 201200 feet?

It should also be noted that dividing or multiplying by three isn't really hard even for exceptionally stupid people, so feet-yard conversions are no big deal.

I've seen measurements of the distance to your mother-in-law's house and it's actually slightly over 40 miles at 201327 feet. I understand that distinction to be a sticking point between you and the CrimsonCountess because you see the extra 127 feet as beneficial whereas she sees it as just more annoying distance to keep her from here beloved Mum.

more than 3 years ago

Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

dkh2 Re:Not so bad to have different systems. (2288 comments)

Let's not introduce ambiguity to the argument. It is precisely 2.54 cm per inch. It may be the only metric/imperial measurement conversion that is accurate at only 2 decimal places.

As a side note... "inch" derives from a term meaning "one twelfth part". Doesn't explain why we're dividing by 12 but it does give a piece of the etymology. Likewise, pound and pint stem from the same linguistic root - plus a pint of pure water at 4C weighs a pound.

more than 3 years ago

Red Hat Uncloaks 'Java Killer': the Ceylon Project

dkh2 Project site? Alpha or Beta Releases? (623 comments)

OK, so I'm intrigued but, nowhere in this series of tubes we call the Internets can I find a reference to a project web site or anything about where to find early adopter tools.

As Dr. Evil said... "Throw me a frickin' bone here!"

more than 3 years ago

Feds Settle Case of Woman Fired Over Facebook Posts

dkh2 Re:Ruling doesn't affect Internet blocking (316 comments)

Actually, although IANAL I can tell you with certainty that from a legal perspective posting on Facebook IS publishing. It may be not as public as a newspaper or a billboard but it is definitely publishing. Writing on you blog is publishing. Your Twitter feed can even be defined/construed as publishing.

more than 3 years ago

Physicists Call For Alien Messaging Protocol

dkh2 Twitter (279 comments)

That's it.

All they want here is to re-invent Twitter. Or, is it FourSquare, or Angry Birds?

more than 3 years ago

How many microprocessors are in your home, total?

dkh2 Re:I counted almost 30 with no "computers" (559 comments)

There are at least 4 in a Maytag Neptune series front loading washer.
Another 2 or 3 in a gas dryer.

Home security systems have several... at least 2 in the main panel, 1 in each sensor device, one in each key fob controller.

Your modern high efficiency gas furnace has a few as well.

more than 3 years ago

Advice On Teaching Linux To CS Freshmen?

dkh2 Re:Beat me to it. (467 comments)

If you consider vi simple as opposed to a complex tool, then Linux is pretty much beyond me, also.

Never hard wire simple to "easy to use" in a technical arena.

vi does a great job as a straight forward console text editor. "Easy to use" often requires addition of complex tools like mouse integration.

Before the invention of the axle the wheel was difficult to use.
Adding a suspension system made use of the wheel easier still.
None the less, the wheel is a particularly simple invention which can be difficult to use.

more than 3 years ago

Advice On Teaching Linux To CS Freshmen?

dkh2 Re:A Dad wants to know... (467 comments)

Because universities recognize that teaching is an important part of learning and all of these sophomore instructors of freshman classes are being watched by the fully degreed professor anyway.

more than 3 years ago

Advice On Teaching Linux To CS Freshmen?

dkh2 Re:yes they will (467 comments)

On top of that, if you dream of being a game designer you should be well versed in sed, awk and regex, plus a few core skill sets like parsing XML/XSLT and other data persistance techniques.

more than 3 years ago

Internet Explorer 9 Caught Cheating In SunSpider

dkh2 Re:Embarassing? (360 comments)

Still, the old addage stile holds...

Noone ever got fired for buying IBM.

more than 3 years ago

Promised Microsoft Tablet 'No Thicker Than Sheet of Glass'

dkh2 Re:Already Got One (352 comments)

In my office they banned blue jeans so I'm going with Slackware.

more than 3 years ago

Promised Microsoft Tablet 'No Thicker Than Sheet of Glass'

dkh2 Re:Sounds great! (352 comments)

I see it now! they call it the Microsoft Window PC (Note, singular form of "Window").

Hey! My Window is booting to Linux!

more than 3 years ago

Promised Microsoft Tablet 'No Thicker Than Sheet of Glass'

dkh2 How thick is a sheet of glass?... (352 comments)

How long is a piece of string?

How trampy is ( choose one of B. Spears, K. Perry, other of your choice ) ?

How evil is Microsoft?

So many questions... so few answers.

more than 3 years ago

Geocentrists Convene To Discuss How Galileo Was Wrong

dkh2 Re:ME! (1027 comments)

Actually, I am the center of the Universe, and I can prove it... so long as we agree on the premise that the Universe is infinite. If given a finite universe more research is required both to determine the center, and to calculate when the "big crunch" will begin.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Silverlight 4 vs. Adobe Flash 10.1

dkh2 Re:Alien Versus Predator (379 comments)

Wenn ist das Nunstruck git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!

more than 3 years ago

Discovery Threatens Fan Site It Also Promotes

dkh2 Re:That show has went downhill anyway (287 comments)

ROFL. The dyslexic part of my brain took over for a second there and I read that as

The novelization of the Deadliest Crotch?

more than 3 years ago

FBI Instructs Wikipedia To Drop FBI Seal

dkh2 Re:FBI ANTI-PIRACY WARNING (485 comments)

So, according to the federal agency owning the content of that linked page, not only are you not permitted to show their official logo, you are not permitted to reference their name or initials.

How does one refer to the federal agency responsible for domestic criminal investigations in the United States of America without becoming overly wordy, or inadvertently violating the law that officers of said agency are sworn to enforce?

more than 3 years ago


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