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EA, Nintendo, Sony Quietly Withdraw SOPA Support

lmpeters Re:Don't Just Withdraw Support (204 comments)

I explained it to one friend thusly (she's a nerd, but not a computer nerd): "It would, for example, allow Nintendo to sue and possibly shut down Facebook over the photo you posted of your (DIY) Pikachu sweater."

more than 2 years ago

California County Bans SmartMeter Installations

lmpeters Re:Two SmartGrid dirty secrets (494 comments)

Or nuclear (which I believe is also slow-response), which has a smaller carbon footprint than gas.

If you think Marin voters go crazy when it comes to EMF radiation...

more than 3 years ago

For Automated Testing, Better Alternatives To DOS Batch Files?

lmpeters Re:Python (426 comments)

Python is my scripting language of choice because it's easy to use and it has it's own "os" module that you can use to launch commands and the like, not to mention the "glob" module, which can grab all file names in a given directory into an array. I highly recommend it. (2.6)

Python also has a built-in "unittest" module that might make it a lot easier to manage your various test cases. I'd say if you can't count all of your test cases on one hand, you should take a serious look at that module.

more than 4 years ago

The Mice That Didn't Make It

lmpeters Did one of them actually make it? (202 comments)

Is it just me, or does the mouse on page 4 bear a striking resemblance to Logitech's current line-up of ergonomic mice?

more than 5 years ago

BPA Leaches From Polycarbonate Bottles Into Humans

lmpeters Re:soy milk (251 comments)

Historically, soy has been used as a flavoring agent (e.g. soy sauce, bean paste), not as a primary source of food (soymilk, tofurky, etc.). I'm no expert, but my guess would be that until the last few decades, nobody consumed soy in large enough quantities to experience any negative effects from those isoflavones.

more than 5 years ago

College Threatens Students Over Email Addresses

lmpeters Re:Greed is Good (452 comments)

That wasn't McDonald's fault. That's why the damages she received were significantly less than what she had sued them for.

more than 5 years ago

College Threatens Students Over Email Addresses

lmpeters Re:Publicity (452 comments)

I went to Santa Rosa Junior College. It's actually one of the best junior colleges in California, if not the entire U.S. And I'm sure that at most of the faculty there can recognize (or easily be made to understand) how stupid a move this is by the administration.

The real problem is that these sorts of technical decisions are being made by people with no understanding of the technology. And there are countless institutions besides SRJC that have that exact same problem.

more than 5 years ago

College Threatens Students Over Email Addresses

lmpeters Re:Greed is Good (452 comments)

I heard she was wearing sweatpants at the time, which absorbed significantly more liquid than a t-shirt would, and held it in-place against her body long enough to cause third-degree burns.

Think of it this way: if you pour boiling water on yourself, you'll get burns, but the water will mostly run off of your body before doing too much damage. If you soak a sponge in boiling water and hold it against your skin, that's going to transfer a lot more thermal energy (since it can remain in contact for much longer) and thus cause a more severe burn.

more than 5 years ago

ACLU Sues Penn Prosecutor For Empty Threat of Child Porn

lmpeters Re:nude babies (590 comments)

There's a huge difference between naturalism and naturism. Naturalism is the study of the natural world. I worked as a naturalist during college, at a nature preserve that was owned by my university and used for research and education (I led kids from local elementary schools on field trips).

Naturism, on the other hand, is a practice that is synonymous with nudism (there might be further meaning that I am unaware of).

more than 5 years ago

How do you get to work?

lmpeters Re:Missing option: (887 comments)

Err...BART doesn't serve Silicon Valley. It's only available in San Francisco, the east bay, and parts of San Mateo county (just south of San Francisco).

There are plans in the works to extend BART into Silicon Valley, but they're unlikely to translate into actual service for years.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Leaked To Pirates By Microsoft?

lmpeters Re:Very helpful.... Not! (236 comments)

He didn't buy the laptop. His employer did. And he was already well aware of my opinion of Vista.

I've heard plenty of stories about his employer, and I'm sure they could never be convinced that an older version of Windows might be superior to the so-called "latest and greatest".

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Leaked To Pirates By Microsoft?

lmpeters Re:I guess thats one way to get Beta Testers (236 comments)

I've never yet had to use Vista myself, but in my limited experience helping friends who do use it, the "budget laptops" issue looks to be a serious one. A friend of mine was given a budget laptop for work, but he couldn't get wireless networking to work and asked me for help.

The first thing I noticed was that it took something ridiculous like 10 minutes to start up, and was incredibly slow even when no applications were running. So I went to the "System" control panel, and discovered the laptop had only 384MB of RAM.'s a new laptop, that ships with Vista, and it falls short of Vista's minimum RAM requirements? I never did figure that one out.

I finally told him that the first thing he needed to do before I could help him was to get a laptop that met or exceeded Vista's minimum system requirements. I didn't hear anything about it after that.

more than 5 years ago

Computer Beats Pro At US Go Congress

lmpeters Re:Computer Beats Pro at a go for US Congress? (496 comments)

They already have a computer that does the work of six congresspeople. Unfortunately, it takes twelve congresspeople to operate it.

more than 6 years ago


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