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Why Run Linux On Macs?

jvp Re:Previous Gen Mac Pro (592 comments)

Out of curiosity can you tell me which distro you use and management tools (virt-manager) ?

Certainly. When I first converted the Mac, I used Ubuntu's latest LTS (14.something). The reason: I needed a distro that supported GRUB 2 for EFI boots. I really prefer CentOS/RHEL, but at the time, CentOS 6 was only distributing GRUB 1. Just today, I finally converted it over to CentOS 7 which required breaking out of the Anaconda installer, running parted to delete all existing partitions on the target disk, and then editing one of the Python files on the ramdisk. It wasn't fun, but it worked (bug in RHEL installer. They know about it but don't care).

As for management, I use either virt-manager, or I just edit new XML files and "virsh define" the new VMs.

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

jvp Previous Gen Mac Pro (592 comments)

How about a previous (5,1) generation Mac Pro with 2 3.33Ghz 6-core Xeons and 48GB of RAM in it. I used it for a few years editing videos, and then moved to the new 6,1 Mac Pro. Instead of selling the 5,1, I loaded it up with Linux and KVM. It makes for a superb hypervisor.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast's Lobbyists Hand Out VIP Cards To Skip the Customer Service Wait

jvp I Read it on the IntardWebz.... (131 comments)

...and therefore, it must be true.

Yes, every employee is given these cards, but no they do nothing to "fast track" support. What they do is help a customer get more help and final resolution to issues that they typical tier 1 and 2 tech support can't help with. It is an admission that their tech support sucks, but it's not some special pass to get a customer something they don't otherwise deserve. Nor are they used for bribery purposes.

Basically, the original story is full of shit. But that's not terribly surprising around here, sometimes.

For the record, I'm a former Comcast employee and am not in any way defending their practices.

about a month ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

jvp Re:First amendment? (250 comments)

[First amendment has nothing to do with this. The first amendment protects from criminal government prosecution, not reactions from private individuals/entities.

I'm glad someone posted this before I did. This most definitely has zilch to do with Amendment #1. I'll bet money that any of Sony's documents and emails had all sorts of disclaimers added to them. It's those disclaimers that Sony will use to sue press organizations into oblivion if they dare print any of it.

While I'm no fan of Sony, I don't really see this ending well for the press.

about a month and a half ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

jvp Re:Montana used to have no speed limit at all... (525 comments)

It was in the 60's not the 90's. Lowered to 55 in the Nixon admin and slowly climbing since then.

Shortly after Clinton signed the National Highway System Designation Act in '95. Montana did indeed have a "reasonable and prudent" speed limit set on its (very rural!) highways. It didn't last due to how vague the phrasing was.

about 2 months ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

jvp Re:...an hour?.. (525 comments)

...if they raised the speed limit to eighty-eight, scott could save *years*...

That's assuming he was driving something that vaguely looked like a DeLorean ...

about 2 months ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

jvp Re:The real question is . . . (525 comments)

Or has the US DOT had a change in policy?

Repealed as of 1995 with the passage of the National Highway System Designation Act.

about 2 months ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

jvp Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

So tax the trucks; not gas.

You do realize that taxing either has a negative effect on things you and I buy every day, right? No one likes the big 18-wheeler trucks, but none of the local supermarkets get restocked with food without those big, nasty trucks. If we make it more expensive for those trucks to operate, guess who's really going to pay for it?

That would be: us.

about 2 months ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

jvp Re:I love Model Ms. I still have two of them. (304 comments)

There is a special USB converter available that can handle the current:

http://www.clickykeyboards.com...

Yep, I know. But the results on both WIndows and Macs are, at best: mixed. Unicomp's USB versions are identical from a mechanical perspective, and are already set up with the USB port from the factory. They even have Mac-specific versions (if you're so inclined) with the appropriate key layout and labels.

about 4 months ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

jvp Re:I love Model Ms. I still have two of them. (304 comments)

I had about 7 or 8 of them in unopened boxes before I finally decided to recycle them a month or two ago. Most from back in the mid-late 90s. If they'd just had USB connectors on keyboards way back then... :-) (The PS/2 - USB adapters are all trash). I do completely agree with the post though: the M is simply the best, by far. I have USB versions of them (done by Unicomp/PCKeyboard.com) on all of my Macs, and my gaming rig. It gives my co-workers yet another reason to dislike me, but, eh. I loves me some M.

"Say what? I can't hear you over the massive awesomeness of my keyboard!"

about 4 months ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

jvp Re:Abolish the FCC. (132 comments)

I'm actually still trying to figure out why the *FCC* is getting involved in this, and not the *FTC* ...

about 4 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

jvp Re:so much for the stem cell hype wagon (75 comments)

A few tens of millions, and a bionic pancreas is nearing usability

tell me again why the bandwagon for stem cells

A child growing up with Type-1 is going to fare a lot better in life with a completely internal, biological solution to the problem versus having a device attached or implanted. So too will adults. Your thought process is a bit short-sighted, it seems.

about 7 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

jvp Re:Measure blood directly (75 comments)

It seems as though the big problem with this technology is that it's not measuring blood directly. What are the barriers to placing a sensor more-or-less permanantly inside the body that can test blood directly and the send, via radio or whatever, commands to an external insulin pump to dispense insulin?

Fun problems that aren't insurmountable, but expensive and very challenging. You have the issue of potential infections and rejection, first and foremost. Any insulin pump wearer knows that the site he or she is using needs to be ripped out and replaced every 3 days or so. Why? The body will muck it up via its internal self-defense mechanisms. The same thing would happen to a foreign body fully immersed inside the body.

Power supply. Something that's transmitting constantly or regularly is going to need a power source. Do you make it something that attaches to the outside of the skin for power (ie: a small battery)? Or cut the person open whenever the battery starts flaking out? If the latter, we have new members of the zipper club instantly.

about 7 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

jvp Re:Marketing hype (75 comments)

]but when done right the results really are quite useful.

All I ask is that you don't judge the entirety of an approach based on your experience with one flawed implementation.

Show me it "done right" with years(!) of lab evidence, trials including hundreds (if not thousands) of individuals, and perhaps I'll believe you. Oh, and when you provide said data, don't be an "Anonymous Coward" about it, either.

No, blood tests aren't 100% accurate. They are, however, a far, *FAR* more accurate way to get an idea of levels than using interstitial fluid. And, as it turns out in this case: accuracy counts. A lot.

about 7 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

jvp Re:Pease hurry (75 comments)

Doughnuts aren't going to eat the selves(sic).

Is it bad that I know that a Dunkin Donuts Boston Kreme donut has about 32g of carbs? ... :-D

about 7 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

jvp Re:Warning: Snarky comment (75 comments)

The first company to cure diabetes is going to make a shit ton of money.

My prediction regarding Type-1 is this: The computer geeks are going to come up with a pretty damned good solution before the geneticists do (the tech in the aforementioned article is *not* that). But ultimately, it'll be the geneticists that figure out how to cram new Islets of Langerhans into the pancreas and keep them protected from the immune system without the anti-rej drugs.

The former solution will be an acceptable stop-gap measure for however long it takes the geneticists to cook up the latter.

about 7 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

jvp Re:Isn't this why we have Mexicans? (75 comments)

Anti rejection drugs > death.

Yeah. Maybe. But probably not, depending on whether you happen to get sick one day...

about 7 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

jvp Re:Drop everything to avoid Diabetes II (75 comments)

In a very long list titled - Stupid Things I Have Done ---- ignoring my doctors warnings on my blood sugar levels ranks right around #1.

While your contribution to the thread is admirable, it's centered around Type-2. We're discussing the genetic, auto-immune disease known as Type-1.

about 7 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

jvp Re:Isn't this why we have Mexicans? (75 comments)

Why are we screwing around with artificial organs when we can have the real deal?

He. Joking aside, I know someone who actually did get a pancreas transplant, and his Type-1 was *essentially* cured. However. He eats massive handfuls of anti-rej drugs with every meal, all to keep that pancreas functioning. IMHO, not a good trade. At all.

about 7 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

jvp Re:Marketing hype (75 comments)

Yep. I'm a *big* fan of my insulin pump, but the included "Constant Glucose Monitoring" device that the pump's company touts as "FDA-approved artificial pancreas!!one11eleven!!" is anything but. It's measuring interstitial fluid, which is *randomly* accurate in *random* people at *random* times. It can neither be trusted, nor should be. And I've since stopped using the CGM side of the pump.

The tech that they're talking about in this article is the same idea: measure interstitial fluid and make insulin decisions based on that. Bad. Ju. Ju.

We need some way of measuring blood glucose levels from, ya know, actual *blood*, without the risk of causing infections. Until we get that, no bueno. Just pass on it.

about 7 months ago

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Adobe Creative Cloud Services Offline (Again?)

jvp jvp writes  |  about 8 months ago

jvp (27996) writes "Adobe's authentication system for its Creative Cloud as well as its website services is down, and has been since Wednesday (14 May) afternoon. What this means: If you're a Creative Cloud subscriber, you can't log into your account via the desktop application. Online services such as the fonts are not available. Applications (eg: Photoshop, Premiere, etc) will continue to work.

Softpedia has a nice article on it, but their time frames are off quite a bit. http://news.softpedia.com/news..."

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