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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

pak9rabid Terrible names (333 comments)

Those names weren't Apple-ley enough I guess.

yesterday
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Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

pak9rabid Perspective (114 comments)

Mark Zuckerberg: Neat *grabs popcorn*

2 days ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

pak9rabid Re:Network appliance (180 comments)

What's the problem? My RealTek interfaces have worked just fine.

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

pak9rabid Re:Network appliance (180 comments)

Problem?

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

pak9rabid Network appliance (180 comments)

These make nice network applicances. I just set one of these up as my new router/firewall/AP. They're pretty solid. Load your OS of choice and start having fun. For me that's Voyage Linux.

about two weeks ago
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65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

pak9rabid Re:IMPOSSIBLE. (180 comments)

I think you are perhaps unfamiliar with the early history of the state of Utah, when it was called Deseret, and subsumed most of Nevada and part of Colorado and a corner of Wyoming. The early Mormon/LDS settlers practiced early Communism (early, because it predated Marx et. al., so obviously it wasn't called that yet).

One of the problems was when the kids wanted new pair of dungarees (which is what they were called at the time), they would tend to use a knife sharpening grinding wheel to "age" the cloth past the point of being patched.

Did anybody else read this in Abe Simpson's voice?

about three weeks ago
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The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

pak9rabid The solution (420 comments)

Get a nice pair of noise-cancelling headphones if you absolutely must be thrust into this environment.

about a month ago
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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

pak9rabid Standardize (133 comments)

For this to work (and it has to for EVs to reach broad appeal) they need to standardize the batteries across all vendors such they can be installed/uninstalled quickly by standard equipment.

In addition to this, it would also make sense to have the battery packs federally-owned and maintained (possibly paid for by an annual tax, similar to a registration tax for those that drive compatible vehicles, or surcharges at the time of a battery swap). In addition to the benefit of no longer having to worry about which battery is owned by who, this would effectively take the costly burden of battery ownership and disposal off the backs of vehicle owners and leave it for the government to deal with.

about a month ago
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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

pak9rabid But what about my burger? (133 comments)

That's a narrow-minded view. In the real world, most people need to get places on time and can't jack around for 30 minutes waiting for their car to recharge. Unless they can make some serious advancements in charging times, some sort of battery or electrolyte swapping solution is going to be mandatory for EVs to reach broad appeal (especially for long commuters and road-trippers).

about a month ago
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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

pak9rabid How can it not be realistic? (133 comments)

I'll do you one better (this is a topic that I've put a fair amount of thought into for years):

Instead of people owning the batteries, standardize them and make them federally owned and paid for by a yearly tax (like an extra fee on your yearly vehicle registration if you drive a compatible EV). Since nobody owns the batteries themselves, nobody has to worry about them other then when they're in your car. Once one starts to go bad (which should be relatively easy to test for during the charging process), it gets decommissioned and sent back to Uncle Sam (or equivalent) for recycling. This takes the burden of battery ownership and recycling off the shoulders of the vehicle owner and lets the government (or whoever they contract this out to) deal with it.

about a month ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

pak9rabid Comcast Business Class (291 comments)

Wait, what?

If your modem is truly set to bridge mode (IE, it's effectively a Layer 2 device) and you're handing the Ethernet port off to your own router, why would there still be an additional public IP on the modem?

about a month and a half ago
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Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

pak9rabid Good reasons for Swift and Go (161 comments)

Won't comment on Facebook Hack, since it's not clear to me why Facebook itself needs to exist. But to each their own...

My understanding is that Facebook needed a more statically-typed language (while still preserving the familiar syntax of PHP) in order to exploit more performance advantages when compiling their code to the HHVM, which started off as a PHP compiler.

about 2 months ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

pak9rabid But (276 comments)

But can he run Linux?

about 2 months ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

pak9rabid Email is insecure (245 comments)

Email is an insecure medium. Anybody that pretends it isn't is going to have a bad time. Sure we might have some tricks to secure messages along some of the paths it's going to traverse, but if you expect it to be secured end-to-end, you're naive. If you absolutely must send something via email that contains sensitive information, GPG-encrypt the message first and then send it, otherwise seek a more secure medium.

about 2 months ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

pak9rabid NdGT (459 comments)

White student: Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn't have anything to say about racial diversity in astrophysics.

Black student: Neil deGrass Tyson isn't the emperor of black STEM professionals!

White student: (to himself) He told my father he was.

about 2 months ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

pak9rabid It's the new punk (176 comments)

The main differentiation is that hipsters are pussies.

Fixed that for you.

about 3 months ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

pak9rabid The Fed could stop it easily if they wanted to (588 comments)

If the federal government really wanted to stop the spread of or even regress the legalization of marijuana at the state level, all they have to do is cut federal funding for various things until the state in question made laws making it illegal again, similar to what they did with the National Minimum Drinking Age Act back in the '80s.

about 3 months ago

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Google Issues Android Anti-Fragmentation Tool

pak9rabid pak9rabid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

pak9rabid writes "To address the ever-increasing issue of Android device fragmentation, Google is releasing an anti-fragmentation tool that will be included in Honeycomb, and will be made available for Android developers to include in their own pre-Honeycome applications, that will be supported by Android 1.6 and later."
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The bet is on! Ubuntu vs. Microsoft

pak9rabid pak9rabid writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pak9rabid writes "From the thread: This is the deal: I have to use Ubuntu for 30 days. IF there is anything I can't do on Ubuntu (except for games which he reluctantly conceded is Microsoft turf) that I can do on Vista, then I get a brand new laptop courtesy of my buddy. IF on the other hand, I lose, I have to pay for his new laptop."
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