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Moto X Demo Video Reveals Google's Android Superphone

isopropanol Re:Meh (151 comments)

But but but +2 megapixels! (behind a lens that could't resolve the 8mpix anyways).

about a year ago
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Moto X Demo Video Reveals Google's Android Superphone

isopropanol Re:/vertisment (151 comments)

Seems an aweful lot like the exact specs of the Nexus 4, but with a slightly higher resolution camera on both sides. But Locked to a carrier. DO NOT WANT.

about a year ago
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The $200,000 Software Developer

isopropanol This just in.... (473 comments)

Only a few people make 2.5x the average...

Also news:
Only a few people have substantially higher than average intelligence,
Only a few cars have much higher maximum acceleration than the industry average,
Only a few people have substantially lower sprint or marathon times than average,
Only a few drisophila have curlier wings than average...
Only a few people have substantially more acute hearing perception than average,

I'm not sure if it's just the summary, but it seems the author may not understand the nature of the bell curve and why it's a decent model for population distributions.

about a year and a half ago
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HP Discontinue OpenVMS

isopropanol Re:no (238 comments)

Had being the important tense. I work as a computer sub contractor. I have been in a LOT of branches of banks, power utilities, big box stores, restaurants, telephone exchanges, defence sites, that sort of thing. The only place I have seen a VMS machine this decade is a certain video store chain who's parent company went bankrupt (and stopped supporting/upgrading their IT) last decade.

about a year and a half ago
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HP Discontinue OpenVMS

isopropanol Re:no (238 comments)

Indeed, what will their customer use now?

about a year and a half ago
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Spain's New S-80 Class Submarines Sink, But Won't Float

isopropanol Re:at least they're trying... (326 comments)

Or batteries that catch fire when you try to use them. Major power cables run at the lowest point of the vessel, etc.

about a year and a half ago
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Android Malware Intercepts Text Messages, Forwards To Criminals

isopropanol Re:Is this really news? (137 comments)

Wait, what? you can't write emails or use calender while not connected to the network? what app are you using? I have a stock Nexus 4 with exchange, imap, and gmail accounts and I can use all 3 in airplane mode - just can't sync or send.

oh nevermind, you're just trolling.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Consumers Reporting Contactless Payment Errors

isopropanol Re:Payment without user confirmation (193 comments)

I saw it coming... Before one of my banks put them on ALL their cards I got a survey about how much I would like them. All my asnwers were the most negative on their scale and multiple write-ins (in the write in space) to the effect of OMFG NO, worst idea ever!

Sadly I was apparently the only one who thought so because now they do not have any credit cards that do not have NFC.

about a year and a half ago
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Btrfs Is Getting There, But Not Quite Ready For Production

isopropanol Re:Read their website (268 comments)

Also, read the article. The authors were experimenting and came across some bugs in some pretty hairy edge cases (hundreds of simultaneous snapshots, large disk array suddenly becoming full, etc) that did not cause data loss. They eventually decided not to use BTRFS on one type of system but are using it on others.

To me, the article was a good thing... But I would have preferred if it was worded as here are some edge case bugs that need fixing before BTRFS is used in our scenario, rather than that these were show stoppers... Because these are not likely show stoppers to anyone who's not implementing the exact same scenario.

Also It sounds like they should jitter the start time of the backups...

about a year and a half ago
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Utility Box Exposed As Spy Cabinet In the Netherlands

isopropanol Re:I could be wrong but.... (179 comments)

Sound more like Fleming than Orwell, especially as it's in The Hague.

about a year and a half ago
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Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

isopropanol Re:It's easy! (712 comments)

Not so easy when it's an entire company with no real IT planning and everyone has random programs and random data that all needs to work for everyone to do their job.

about a year and a half ago
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MySQL's Creator On Why the Future Belongs To MariaDB

isopropanol Re:stirring the pot (208 comments)

Cool, thanks. it's been a while since I did a complicated DB project; perhaps it's time to fire up a VM and try 'em out. How about triggers?

about a year ago
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MySQL's Creator On Why the Future Belongs To MariaDB

isopropanol Re:stirring the pot (208 comments)

Word. I prefer Postgres. But then again I have not done a comparison in a very long time. I know that MySQL (and by extension MariaDB) has been ACID compliant for several years if you pick the right backend, but does anyone know if either supports Views and stored procedures?

about a year ago
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T-Mobile Ends Contracts and Subsidies

isopropanol Re:They get it (404 comments)

Koodo has $60 unlimited and a 10% discount for sim-only, but only for "new customers" so when we got our Nexus 4's, my wife got the discount but I did not (even though my micro-sim was new).

about a year and a half ago
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T-Mobile Ends Contracts and Subsidies

isopropanol Re:They get it (404 comments)

Just like Koodo, which is a rebrand/subsidiary of Telus.

about a year and a half ago
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T-Mobile Ends Contracts and Subsidies

isopropanol Re:They get it (404 comments)

All of the carriers share the towers, but the tower owner (usually Telus) gets the top spot. Bell usually bids highest and gets the second spot, Rogers next and Mobilicity and Wind are usually lowest. Mobilicity and wind also have microcells in some dense areas in Vancouver too which is why they have better coverage in places like Metrotown but sketchy coverage away from dense areas.

Last time I checked, Telus, Bell, and Rogers had nearly identical plans and you had to go to the rebrands (Fido, Koodo, Virgin) or small carriers (Mobilicity, Wind) to get any differentiation, Sadly Mobilicity and Wind have roaming-only coverage on Vancouver Island, so they are ruled out in my case.

Also of interest in some cities in the province.... If you are a shaw internet customer you can connect your phone to the "Shaw Open" wifi access points and once you register the device (you need your shaw email address and password), it will be remembered so you can save on your data plan and get wireless-n speed. You can register up to 5 devices per account. I have "AutoSync" on my phone which toggles my sync when connecting and disconnecting wifi so emails come in pretty steadily as I drive past the access points.

about a year and a half ago
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T-Mobile Ends Contracts and Subsidies

isopropanol Re:They get it (404 comments)

Also, I usually find dealing with Telus about anything to be an absolute nightmare but koodo's customer service seems to be pretty decent... but then again I have only ever delt with them for registration changes - most of the changes you'd want to do to your account can be done online with minimal frustration.

about a year and a half ago
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T-Mobile Ends Contracts and Subsidies

isopropanol Re:They get it (404 comments)

Koodo. They are a brand of telus so they use the telus antennas at the tops of the telus-owned towers (almost all the towers in BC), so they have great coverage. $45 gets you 200 min (unlimited incoming), 500MB, unlimited text. $60 gets you unlimited/unlimited/unlimited. No long-distance charges if both ends of the call are in Canada.

  Also the people at their mall kiosks don't look at you like you're crazy if you ask for just a sim card. I have a Nexus 4 which serves me well on their $30 plan but I almost always have a data overage and end up paying $40... which is still less than the $45 plan... Now that there is a really good phone available unlocked I would not touch a locked phone on a multiyear contract with a 10 foot pole.

about a year and a half ago
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Canadian Man Wants To Trade Home For Bitcoins

isopropanol Re:tax protester/gold-standard advocate != nutjob (106 comments)

The corporation sole and "free person" nutjobs are the ones that are nutjobs.

The corporation sole nutjobs believe that if you write to any regent (King, Queen, or Pope) and put "Coropration Sole" as your job title and their staff respond then it makes you not subject to the laws of any country (nor international law) since you have been recognised as a regent (never mind that the constitution of pretty much every country makes the head of state subject to the law too).

The "free person" nutjobs believe that all persons are not subject to the laws of any country since their name is spelled in all-caps on their birth certificate but the correct spelling is mixed case and therefore it is the corporation that was registered that is subject to the law and therefore they don't need to file income tax, get a drivers license, stop at red lights etc.

I am not talking about people who simply disagree with regulation or legislation.

about a year and a half ago

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Fail: Reply to an inquiry about shipping one bag (10pcs) of Tee Nuts to Canada

isopropanol isopropanol writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Due to the complexity of U.S. export regulations, McMaster-Carr accepts international orders only from our established customers. This decision also applies to orders shipping within the United States, because it is based on the final destination of the items. We will not provide a quotation or accept your orders.

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Note to restaurant chain IT planners

isopropanol isopropanol writes  |  more than 3 years ago

It may seem like a good idea to mount the IT cabinet 8 feet off the floor (it won't get splashed on and nobody will hit their head). DO NOT DO IT. The floor WILL be greasy, and the ladder will also be greasy. Put the IT cabinet in the office, a couple of feet off the ground if you need it to be mopped under, but not high enough to need a ladder.

Also, to anyone choosing a half-size wall-mount cabinet: There is at least one model where the equipment is vertical parallel to the back wall instead of the standard layout. IT IS CRAP! There is no access to any of the equipment not in the front row. Choose any standard horizontal layout cabinet.

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Epic FAIL

isopropanol isopropanol writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Had a call at a pharmacy where the server was in the lunch room, used for web browsing while staff are on break -- as administrator. The failed hard drive turned out to be error messages from a trojan.

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Aperture hot folder, please quit telling aperture to advance to the next image

isopropanol isopropanol writes  |  about 4 years ago

I have an opportunity to shoot christmas photos coming up and I need my assistant to be able to do prints while I'm shooting and uploading via eye-fi.

Unfortunately aperture hot folder includes a nasty piece of code that throws in a "->" keystroke after every import, interrupting the user (although it makes for a nice live slideshow if you don't have someone doing prints and aperture is fullscreen).

Solution: "view contents" on ApertureHotFolder.app, find main.scpt and comment out the keystroke.Probably OK to comment out the contents of this whole block, but I just did the keystroke to be on the safe side.

on advance_selection()
        tell application "System Events"
                -- if Aperture is the frontmost applicaiton then hit the right arrow key to advance to the next image
                set the application_identifier to the creator type of first process whose frontmost is true and visible is true
                if the application_identifier is "fstp" then
                        -- key code 124
                end if
        end tell
end advance_selection

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