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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

gral Re:misses the point (312 comments)

The key is being able to switch up every couple hours. Instead of a desk that can change. I move my keyboard and monitor to a shelf for a period of time periodically throughout the day and back again.

about 3 months ago
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Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees

gral This is not union, this is the businesses (1103 comments)

They want to lower cost, so they pass the charges to have accounting payment etc on to the employee. My ex-wife got a minimum wage job once, that paid on one of these cards. Cash withdrawl $3. You could only withdrawl half of your check at a time up to a certain amount, so you got charged about $6 no matter how much you made. Then you also had charges to move the money to a REAL account etc. She quit the same day, because we calculated it up and found that for her $140 / week she only made about $100 with all the fees etc.

1 year,21 days
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

gral Re:We need gas control! (1591 comments)

They want their life to mean something. People still talk about the kids at columbine. That's what they want. Don't give it to them.

Oh, and make an example out of them when they are caught.

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia N9: the World's Most Underrated Smartphone?

gral N770, N810 Lines (176 comments)

I had the N770 and the N810. They could have used them as a base for great phones. I believe the N9 was a start in that direction. All they needed was to CONTINUE. Not scrap everything they had done, and go with MS. Luckily Google came in and showed them what could have been done.

about a year and a half ago
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Verizon To Kill All Unlimited Data Plans

gral Re:Dont you love... (331 comments)

Or it forces you to pay ~$5 per phone to put a cap on the usage.

more than 2 years ago
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Jury Rules Google Violated Java Copyright, Google Moves For Mistrial

gral Re:Cool... If this goes for Oracle... (475 comments)

Thus the reason for the Go comment. Go is not too bad, and with some optimization it could be something. It is not as far along as Java though.

more than 2 years ago
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Jury Rules Google Violated Java Copyright, Google Moves For Mistrial

gral Re:Cool... If this goes for Oracle... (475 comments)

I am not a fan of Python at ALL. I was just throwing it out as a possibility. With a ruling like this, Mono would be the BIGGEST pita to stay away from. I can imagine Google being Once Bitten on this one if it goes that way.

more than 2 years ago
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Jury Rules Google Violated Java Copyright, Google Moves For Mistrial

gral Cool... If this goes for Oracle... (475 comments)

I can see MORE innovation going to countries that have not setup copyright along with the USA. Java being completely dead, companies like Microsoft going after everyone on US soil that "Infringed" on their API by implementing it. Apple going after.... Oracle going after...

I guess IBM should watch out.....

I guess the good news is that if Google puts their weight behind Python or some other language then it will actually tag along with the success that Android has already become. The better for the language whichever it happens to be. Of course, they could also just fix up their Go language as well.

Companies can really be stupid sometimes. All in the name of protecting their "Shareholders" I guess.

more than 2 years ago
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Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law

gral Re:that's funny (672 comments)

Sadly, I have been involved with several scares with my wife's medical over the last 2 years. After spending $3000 in Co-Pays and several 10s of 1000s in payments from insurance. We probably could have got a better diagnosis from the gardener.

BTW, they came back and said, "She was having problems with gas, and may have some ulcers."

more than 2 years ago
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Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law

gral Sadly I Live in Tennessee (672 comments)

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
- Isaac Asimov

The problem with letting this kind of stuff in, is that science is OK with being wrong, that is part of science. If people decide there is no reason to consider something anymore, because their god made it happen, then anyone that does question could be burned at the stake. (Oh sorry, wrong millennium.....)

more than 2 years ago
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Camera Gun Would Let Hunters Get Killer Wildlife Shots

gral Re:Problematic (263 comments)

Or to a college or high school near you.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Azure Cloud Suffers Major Downtime

gral Re:Gloat gloat gloat. (210 comments)

The companies I deal with tend to say things like, we want to go with a company like this so we can can get "Support". Which usually means, so we can blame them if something goes wrong.

more than 2 years ago
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What To Do With a 1,000 Foot Wrecked Cruise Ship?

gral Re:I'd start by shooting the Captain.... (416 comments)

From what I have heard, the rest of the crew ended up being a couple of entertainers that stepped up rescue efforts and tried to calm everyone down for an orderly exit. The captain should not have left, that is a maritime (sp?) understood thing. His responses on the Coast Guard recording are cowardly, and you really have to wonder how he got the job as Captain. You can be sure that he will never have the chance again.

I understand that the media has a tendency to vilify and expand on certain things in a story. This particular one there are recordings and other things that the public evidence seems to mounting fast.

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle's Latest Java Moves Draw Industry Ire

gral Re:Don't understand (372 comments)

OpenJDK has been the default in Ubuntu for a little while now. I don't think most distributions used the main Oracle Java in their distro by default either. OpenJDK is still available, and included, it is just the oracle version that has been removed. OpenJDK is backed by other companies than just Oracle, and is licensed for distros. At least, this is my understanding of the landscape.

more than 2 years ago
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What Could Have Been In the Public Domain Today, But Isn't

gral Re:2051? (412 comments)

Copyright will HAVE to be extended again so Disney doesn't lose Mickey.

more than 2 years ago
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What Could Have Been In the Public Domain Today, But Isn't

gral Re:Strange Interpretation of the U.S. Constitution (412 comments)

Telling our representatives in Congress won't do anything, unless of course we can get some money together and pay them. We could gather money together for a lobby of the people. Then, pay Congress people by taking them out to lunch and discussing what we need. It seems to be the only way our "Elected" officials actually do anything these days.

more than 2 years ago
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ASF Lays Out Its Plan For OpenOffice.org

gral Possible to release LibreOffice as Apache License? (129 comments)

Changing a license means that you have to work with the Source owner. Now that Apache Foundation owns the OpenOffice.org codebase, does that mean that LibreOffice could change the license to ASF? Assuming the developers on LIbreOffice are ok with the move...

more than 2 years ago
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ASF Lays Out Its Plan For OpenOffice.org

gral Re:Why don't they just kill it? (129 comments)

If you go into Calc, and File->Open->Text CSV, it should import all in one column. Then you can export without the " character seperator, and it should give what you are looking for.

more than 2 years ago
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At Universal's Request, YouTube Yanks News Podcast Over Music Snippet

gral Re:No more "Fair Use" law? (287 comments)

I wasn't aware of the counterclaim provision. Thanks.

My original point still stands. Until there are some repercussions for RIAA and others to issue DMCA, it is still going to take time and money for VALID uses of Fair Use.

From what I understand, RIAA has never liked the Fair Use provisions, and have tried on numerous occasions to get those abolished. It seems if they can use DMCA take downs each time for valid Fair Use it could become a problem.

more than 2 years ago

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Best way to counter Online Posts

gral gral writes  |  about a year ago

gral (697468) writes "A friend of mine is the recipient of a rather ridiculous online smear campaign. They are taking half truths and posting things about him on Facebook and other locations. He has tried to get Facebook to remove the posts and they did, but the user simply took a screen shot of the post, and added it as an image on the site.

He has an online business and if people look him up, he doesn't want to have to explain these posts every time. Nor, does he want to lose business outright because they see these posts about him.

What are the options for getting these things taken care of? What is the most effective way to counter online slander?"
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Steve Jobs Listened To Vinyl At Home, Neil Young S

gral gral writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gral writes "Steve Jobs, the "pioneer of digital music" who brought us the iPod, listened to vinyl records when he was at home because the quality of the sound is better than current digital formats can produce, rock 'n' roll legend Neil Young said Tuesday.

Read the rest of the story at:

NPR.org Story"

Link to Original Source
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gral gral writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gral writes "From the article, "Linspire will work with Novell and Microsoft to develop open-source "translators" that allow Open Office and Microsoft Office users to share documents more easily. The company has also licensed Microsoft's RT audio codec to make its Pidgin IM (instant messaging) client interoperable with Windows Live Messenger and other Microsoft products."

Does Linspire own Pidgin IM (formerly GAIM)? Why do these companies think this is a "Good" move?

PC World"
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gral gral writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gral writes "From the article:

Operators of Web sites with racy content must label their sites and register in a national directory or be fined, according to a new U.S. Senate proposal that represents the latest effort among politicians to crack down on Internet sex.

No to a red light district on the web, but code embedded in a page to designate content, that's OK.

ZDnet Story"
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gral gral writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gral writes "From the article:

> Unveiling more details of the player, which it hopes will rival
> Apple's iPod, Microsoft said the Zune will come in three colours
> — black, white and brown.

Hmm, brown, I wonder what kind of panic THAT would have produced on the Plane.
BBC UK Article"

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