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NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

emag So torn... (532 comments)

On the one hand, I'm glad that people can get whatever the hell size drink they want without government interference now...

On the other hand, having dropping over 70 lbs eliminating my intake of sugar-laden crap, I'm kinda sad...

So, I'm torn... freedom vs health... where do I stand?! I... think I have to go with freedom here. I *chose* to stop consuming that crap. I don't want to force others down my path, as much as I honestly believe that it would help people. I'd rather people have the free will to choose, based on the evidence before them, but I'm too cynical to believe they will. I'd still like to naively think they will though, at least up until the point where their bad choices are costing *me* money...

about 3 months ago
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Supermicro Fails At IPMI, Leaks Admin Passwords

emag Re:Anyone who trusted SuperMicro... (102 comments)

"Purple?! I didn't know we ran VMware on *that* box!"

Besides, past VMware, everything we ran was Linux, so no BSODs to be seen, just kernel crashes and OOMkillers...

about 3 months ago
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Supermicro Fails At IPMI, Leaks Admin Passwords

emag Re:Anyone who trusted SuperMicro... (102 comments)

At a prior job, all of the pre-release intel tech boxes we got to preview and test for our purposes were... SuperMicro boxes. That says something to me. At this point in the evening, I'm not sure what, but all those white (well, black was the actual color) boxes were all literally SuperMicro, shipped to us from Intel themselves (with all relevant labels about proprietary blah blah blah).

about 3 months ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

emag Re:This reminds me of a great Simpsons episode (625 comments)

Thyroid conditions account for maybe 10-15 lbs of weight gain, and can be medically treated after diagnosis from a competent medical professional.

Thighroid condishuns, on the other hand, result in 100-150+ lbs of weight gain, are "impossible" to treat, and are 100% self-diagnosed.

Every time I hear someone say they have a thyroid condition and that's why they're heavy, I ask what medication they're on. They never are, because they've never actually been diagnosed with a thyroid condition. (Google "fat logic")

As a formerly obese person myself (and still about 6 lbs to go before I hit "normal" weight... *sigh*), just about any (especially obese people) *can* lose weight, just by changing what they eat. And by that, I mean what they *actually* eat, not their claim of "1 small salad then starve myself for the rest of the day while working out 4 hours at the gym every day".

As an aside, the reference Simpsons episode, "King-Size Homer", has Homer gaining enough weight, in 1995, to be considered disable at *300 lbs*. Today, that's pretty much a commonplace weight in today's world. Think about that... A 239 lb Homer is "fat", and a 300 lb Homer is now "disabled", yet a good chunk of the population is already at or above those weights...

about 3 months ago
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Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

emag Re:Derp (250 comments)

I can count on one hand the number of times I've had processed sugar in the last year. It's amazing the difference it's made (including a needed 70 lb weight loss).

about 4 months ago
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China Using Troop of Trained Monkeys To Guard Air Base

emag Yeah... (119 comments)

Oddly, this was on the local morning radio show today. Seemed like a decent idea. I'd love to see "this airspace is protected by trained monkeys", as it would likely provide more assurances than anything the current security theater could provide, with quantifiable results...

about 4 months ago
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

emag Re:Oh Em Gee! (196 comments)

Lock-in is difficult on unlocked Nexus devices in a pre-paid situation.

about 5 months ago
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

emag Re:Oh Em Gee! (196 comments)

Right here. Why? Did I not make it clear that we were testing the coverage of the T-Mobile network with our tablets before we switched our phones over?

about 5 months ago
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

emag Re:No Qi? (196 comments)

Absolutely. I'm back and forth from my desk all day, and like to keep my phone & tablet batteries topped up, just in case I need them. I started to worry about the usable lifetime of the micro-USB jack, so switched over to Qi at work exclusively.

about 5 months ago
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

emag No Qi? (196 comments)

Wireless charging (preferably via Qi, as I have several Qi chargers between home & work) seem to be the only thing I'm not seeing listed in the specs.

Still, it's been a while since I got excited about a phone, and I told myself that if something cool came out, November would be a good time to upgrade my N4.

about 5 months ago
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

emag Re:Oh Em Gee! (196 comments)

Closest I can come in the US is T-Mobile pre-paid plans. My wife and I switched our phones to it after "test driving" the service with our Nexus 7 (2013) tablets for a few months. Even with double the devices that we had on AT&T, we cut the monthly cost in half...

about 5 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

emag Re:But what is a militia? (1633 comments)

It's part of US Code. It's been on the books for... quite a while, and is regularly re-affirmed.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

emag My profession would be useless, hobbies useful... (737 comments)

Frankly, as a sysadmin, it would take quite some time for my profession to be useful. However, I am not solely defined by my profession. My hobbies, such as firearms, cooking, woodworking, dabbling in a little gardening and other low tech stuff would end up much more useful, after the apocalypse. I actually enjoy unplugging and doing something that doesn't require a computer now and then.

about 5 months ago
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

emag Re:Tmux (136 comments)

Does tmux support connecting to serial consoles yet?

about 5 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

emag Re:informal poll (641 comments)

Debian Sid @ home on my laptop & desktop
CentOS 5/6 @ work on my cluster/desktop
Android on my phone & tablet
Synology @ home for storage, so basically Linux there, too...
OpenWRT on my wireless routers (yes, plural) @ home, so Linux there *too*.

I guess you could say I run Linux...

about 5 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

emag Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

Indeed, this weekend I just brought a 8x 4TB RAID6 array online at home. I'm wondering what approach I'll be taking myself.

about 6 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

emag Re:Hmmm... (983 comments)

You haven't seen how long my backups take at work...

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

emag Re:Bittorrent Sync + NAS-of-some-kind (168 comments)

Heh, funny, this is exactly what I'm in the process of doing. Hell, if I can convince my cheapskate friends to pick up NASes, I'd start syncing with them too, especially the friends on the other side of the country from me, for the geographical separation.

about 7 months ago

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