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BlackBerry Bold Tops Radiation Ranking

dnoyeb Re:Here's what I think about the BB (189 comments)

I got a Nexus One. Glad to get off the BB. I didn't have battery problems, but their bluetooth is terrible. Especially when paired with a plantronics headset. I have 3 headsets. Bought about 1 per year and finally just gave up and went wired. Which I like for the lower radiation anyway. I do wired everything, even home network. The only wireless I give up and completely accept is a cordless phone. (I know wifi and bluetooth are basically the same here)

My black berry lived at least a month after going through the washing machine so I respect them for that.

I agree that if the signal is lost the BB will search your battery away.

more than 4 years ago

BlackBerry Bold Tops Radiation Ranking

dnoyeb Re:Actually. . . (189 comments)

So what your saying is that cell phones have been "proven" by science to be safe? I don't think so. Far too many of our conveniences could potentially be unsafe. You have to protect yourself. More information is always better.

more than 4 years ago

Key EDS Witness Bought Internet Degree

dnoyeb Re:Diploma mills prove the worthlessness of degree (258 comments)

I agree somewhat. I think it depends largely on the College you attent. If its a big name place, then they are primarily concerned with keeping their big name and their big donations. Other schools are too stupid to know how the game is played. Those schools actually teach you useful information like the one I attended.

On another note, I am an EE but I write software. I studied software on my own because its my first love. I don't think an EE has any advantage over a software degree.

Software is not as simple as making the hardware go. To many EEs think this way and I spend lots of time fighting with them trying to make sure they understand what 'good' software is. Management too. If it goes to the lab and works, they want to ship it.

more than 4 years ago

Kernel Contributor Corbet Says Linux Community Is 'Intimidating'

dnoyeb Re:difficult? (177 comments)

I agree. You cant just jump in and write code until you prove that you know what your doing. And you may offer several patched that get rejected because the form of the change is incorrect. If your competent and really want to make a change you will keep at it and eventually get in.

I can't think of a more perfect system. I have done this on several open source projects. Typically though you are not just looking for work. You are looking to get something fixed that no one else seems to care much about. I don't know how it would work for someone just wanting to write code.

more than 4 years ago

USPTO Grants Google a Patent On MapReduce

dnoyeb Re:!do no evil (191 comments)

If I follow what you mean by redirect, I get those on the google paid links. I don't get them on the regular searched links. At least I didn't last week. I can tell because the paid links get blocked by my company proxy server or whatever they're using.

more than 4 years ago

US DOJ Says Kindle In Classroom Hurts Blind Students

dnoyeb Re:Hmm, this seems illogical. (492 comments)

Why not speech-to-text? Blind people could care less about text-to-speech because they don't care about text in the first place. A blind person should have an audio book from the start. If an audio version is not available, the University should pick a different work for their syllabus. Otherwise, be sued under the ADA.

Therefore, while text-to-speech may make copyright-greedy people unhappy, there is nothing wrong with having a text book for most students and an audio book for blind students. Just not both for both.

more than 4 years ago

EVE Online Battle Breaks Records (And Servers)

dnoyeb Re:I'm not sure about their policy... (308 comments)

Not true.

1. 0.0 refers to the security level of the area. It has nothing to do with anything here TBH.

2. There was a large fleet presence in a solar system by an alliance trying to take over that solar system from the other alliance. The solar system is on a certain Node. When the other alliance tried to enter the system to fight the alliance there already, in-game, in the real world this means they are also trying to join the node that the solar system is hosted by.

3. The function is not in-game, and is supposed to be done before the servers get shut down for the day so the node can be moved for the next day. Probably you just send an email. obviously a flawed system.

These fights happen in different solar systems all the time. For instance, if they HAD requested the server move, but the enemy had jumped into them and attacked in the neighboring solar system, the node reinforcement would be meaningless. (unless they happened to host all the local solar systems on the same node)

more than 4 years ago

EVE Online Battle Breaks Records (And Servers)

dnoyeb Re:Why Am I Not Surprised (308 comments)

Correction: Typically several star systems are handled by a single server. Note that "single server" does not mean 1 computer, but could be several working together on that 1 star system.

With this new type of thing, if you let CCP know ahead of time where the fight will be, they will assign that star system to just 1 server. The ability to do this is appearantly new. But theoretically, this only helps if the other star systems had a significant number of pilots in them. Relative to the number of people fighting in large fleet battles, and where these usually take place, the single server to star system is not likely to help much. Unless this is a special jumbo server of some sort.

From what I hear, it may add 5-10% more playability.

more than 4 years ago

EVE Online Battle Breaks Records (And Servers)

dnoyeb Re:Kinda Cool (308 comments)

Because farming is legal in China. That is why there is a Chinese server meant for those players. Or at least it was in the works.

In eve, most farmers are Russians.

more than 4 years ago

EVE Online Battle Breaks Records (And Servers)

dnoyeb Re:I'm not sure about their policy... (308 comments)

What you call a slashdotting, in Eve-Online is called a "fleet battle."

Is it effectively a DDoS? Only if the servers can't handle it.

more than 4 years ago

EVE Online Battle Breaks Records (And Servers)

dnoyeb Re:I'm not sure about their policy... (308 comments)

That actually would have been a much more fair fight if they were able to accomplish it.

The server tends to be broken down in sections. If the enemy is in 'grid 1' and your in 'grid 2', then you jump into 'grid 1', your fleet will load the grid slowly. Those in grid 1 will already be loaded and start picking your guys off one by one. Everyone will be lagged to hell, but the enemy will be shooting (slooooowly) while you will be still loading your display...

more than 4 years ago

DVD-CSS's Encryption Not Enough? Here Comes DECE

dnoyeb Re:Again? (361 comments)

It will stop your average teenager from simply copying and distributing the media to all of their friends. Teenagers like to copy and distribute things to all of their friends. However, DRM misses the point that they 'pay' to be able to do so. If they can't do so, often they will not pay.

Anyway, don't we have the same DRM issue with HDCP?

more than 4 years ago

Habitual Multitaskers Do It Badly

dnoyeb Re:When I multitask... (386 comments)

I text while I am driving. Its not a problem really. For me at least because I pay attention. The problem is, not paying attention while driving. Anything that keeps you from paying attention is a problem.

Unfortunately, that video is stupid and will be dismissed by most people. There were 3-4 people in that car and none of them could see her crossing the median? They couldn't even feel her crossing over!? Its not plausible and its not because of texting. Its because of not paying attention. texting != not paying attention.

about 5 years ago

Taxpayers Fund AIG Lawsuit Against US

dnoyeb Re:Is anyone surprised? (784 comments)

I don't agree with that. Its not that banks can't make the loans, its more that they are not able or more precisely not willing to assume the risk that AIG assumed with their loans.

Hell, even AIG does not want to assume that level of risk nowadays.

more than 5 years ago

Why Use Virtual Memory In Modern Systems?

dnoyeb Re:You mean physical memory right :-) (983 comments)

Virtual memory != virtual address space.

I can understand calling a swap file, virtual RAM.

more than 5 years ago

Oldest Nuclear Family Found Murdered In Germany

dnoyeb Re:Space for love? Sure. (186 comments)

Thank you.

People that look back historically always seem to look at people back then as if they are children. Even when they are full grown adults. Its not like we are more capable then they were. Its not like they are somehow stupid. Like on TV cave men always simply grunt, when their vocal capabilities are vast. No other animal with vocal capabilities simply ignores them. Its un-scientifit. They couldn't develop without use.

So this crack about if there is "space for love?" Come on! He says that as if Love is useless. Again, unscientific.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft To Offer Free Anti-Virus Software

dnoyeb Re:re Hard to decide ... (448 comments)

Its illogical. How can you produce a product that attacks things attempting to exploit your holes when you have the ability to patch the holes?

If they sold it, it would be a conflict of interest.

more than 5 years ago


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1995 Chevy Blazer

dnoyeb dnoyeb writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I used to hate this truck when it started eating brakes in its first year of operation. Then it started eating fuel pumps. But after 10 years I don't hate it so bad as thats pretty much the only major problems I have had with it. It requires a new fuel pump every 2 years, and it requires new brakes every year.

Of course this was a 1995 blazer not a 1985 one and I should expect more. That does kind of suck and is not what I would expect from a vehicle I paid $20000 for. And I do sit here now needing to put a new fuel pump on. Every few years I put new electronic ignition system in because thats what it looks like when the fuel pump is going awol. $$$

I have always bought GM cars. Perhaps its time to try a Chrysler.


Fawcets clogged

dnoyeb dnoyeb writes  |  more than 11 years ago

This is my water system rant.

So since Christmas the shower pressure has been getting slower and slower. Randomly. So the other day my wife goes to take a shower and nothing comes out. Plus the sink is dripping slowly too. I'm upset that the pressure is low and im ready to storm the water board building. Then I hear her running the bath. Its next to the shower. At full pressure...So it hits me that this is a fawcet problem and not the pressure.

So off to the hardware store I go. Completely rebuild the knob assemblies. That is, I scrub it with CLR type stuff, and change the washers and repack them both. Turn on the water...nothing. So I assume that the rubber has deterioriated and been pushed up into the shower head and it blocking it. (this would turn out to be close to the truth) So off with the head, and I see no black rubber, but a bunch of white stuff. So all the fawcet work for nothing because its this white stuff.

So I clear the sink nozzle too of the white stuff. Pressure has not bee this high is ages! 2 weeks later back to dripping. Clean. 2 days later back to dripping. clean. Now every day the sinks get clogged with this white stuff.

Back to the 'storm the water department' idea. But I was deferred to the water quality department, where the man told me that between about 1986 and 1989 certain hot water tanks had a poor quality. The dipstick which is white plastic will eventually deteriorate. So that is what I have in my nozzles.

He's going to send me directions on what to do about it.

I love experienced people. Their is nothing like *people*. Stupid computer answering machines can never provide this level of experience and diagnosis. It took all of 2 minutes on the phone to diagnose this mess. Thats why i always go to the local hardware store and not HomeDepot when possible.

Imagine if this were actually software related I would probably get a ceast and desist from the vendor...And the water board man probably would have been under gag order.

Anyway, hope you dont have such a hot water heater, but if you do, you be banging your head on the wall wondering where you read about such a store :D But subconsciously you will know the solution to the problem anyway ;)

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