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OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

the_humeister Re:Why not systemd? (71 comments)

Someone mod the parent post up. Linux 2.6 is bigger than Linux 2.4. systemd is also much larger than init.

From my router:

root@Linksys E1200 v1:/sbin# ls -Fsl init
        12 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 12635 May 27 2013 init*

12KB for init vs. 1.3MB for systemd. systemd privides no tangible benefit over init for a router (or at least to justify its size increase).

about two weeks ago
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Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

the_humeister But more importantly (131 comments)

there are no games!!! What's the point of a corporate social network if users can't grow virtual crops and live stock???

about a month ago
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Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

the_humeister Re: Is it locked to the Amazon app store like... (192 comments)

There's always going to be a flaw such that a new ROM can be installed. It's just a matter if whether there are enough interested technical people to figure it out. The Kindle Fires are rootable and have Cyanogenmod ROMs.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

the_humeister Re: Holy crap that's expensive (192 comments)

How so? LG G2 has a similar processor as the S5 (Snapdragon 800 vs 801) but a larger screen and similar camera. Plus all carrier variants of the G2 are rootable now. That's not the case for the S5.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

the_humeister Re: Anyone else think Neo900 is too little, too la (192 comments)

I ran into this issue since I'm on AT&T. Originally bought a Samsung Galaxy
  S 5 and promptly returned it because it's currently not rootable. So then I bought an HTC One M8 when I found out there's manufacturer support for rooting. You can also wait for the Cyanogemod Official phone (looks pretty nice too)

about a month and a half ago
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Man Who Issued Securities For Bitcoins Settles With SEC

the_humeister Re:His brother Jason, though... (56 comments)

You don't have to run fast, just faster than the other guy.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Demos Real-Time Translation Over Skype

the_humeister English to German is relatively easy (169 comments)

It's impressive but relatively speaking, still easy. Now if they can do English to Japanese and vice versa, that would be taking it to 11.

about 2 months ago
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New Semiconductor Could Improve Vehicle Fuel Economy By 10 Percent

the_humeister Re:You know what else increases fuel economy? (119 comments)

The problem with diesel cars in the USA is that they're more expensive than current hybrids (particularly the Prius) and diesel fuel is on average more expensive at the pump than 87 octane gasoline.

about 2 months ago
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New Semiconductor Could Improve Vehicle Fuel Economy By 10 Percent

the_humeister Re:You know what else increases fuel economy? (119 comments)

Also driving slower, not driving full throttle and hard braking to a stop light/sign, etc.

I used to have an 2008 MkV Jetta with the 2.5L gasoline engine. The government said I should be getting 21/29mpg city/highway. My best was 46 mpg driving from Sacramento to San Diego. Now I have a Prius V, and I get better gas mileage than that without even trying.

about 2 months ago
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The World's Worst Planes: Aircraft Designs That Failed

the_humeister Re:Stupid (209 comments)

They include the DeHaviland Comet - a fantastic aircraft which set the standard in the airliner industry for decades to come. It did suffer from a design flaw which caused several crashes, but those crashes helped us learn a lot more about metal fatigue and the structural integrity of aircraft, and lead directly to improved safety in later designs. It was also fixed as soon as it was identified. Suggesting that the Comet was one of "the worst planes" - or that it should have never have flown - is just plane ignorant.

Thank you for not putting in "no pun intended." How I hate that phrase. Now I look like the asshole for pointing it out.

about 2 months ago
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The World's Worst Planes: Aircraft Designs That Failed

the_humeister Not so sure about some of these picks (209 comments)

So the MiG 23 wasn't as popular as the MiG 21. That doesn't really make it a failure. Their first two examples were definite failues ( Fairey Battle and Douglas TBD Devastator): easy to shoot down.

about 2 months ago
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Measles Virus Puts Woman's Cancer Into Remission

the_humeister Re:What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (74 comments)

Conversely, this high bar makes it very difficult to improve on invasive but adequate treatments. Consider mastectomy for early-stage breast cancer: it works pretty well, and that makes it damned near impossible to test any alternative treatment that might work just as well or better, and which would certainly be less invasive.

We already do. It's called "lumpectomy with sentinel node biopsy" for small enough tumors. No need to take off the entire breast.

I worked on a cancer-therapy project once and had the clever idea of applying the technique we were using--which was aimed at something that was incurable at the time--to certain kinds of breast cancer, which was just similar enough to be an interesting candidate for the technique. I talked to a breast cancer researcher and he said, "That's a really clever idea. It sounds plausible. I can't do anything with it." And then explained the above reasoning.

This means that we tend to focus on treatments for currently untreatable cancers, and once we have something that is semi-OK, the rate of improvement goes way down. It doesn't go to zero, by any means, but the incentives shift in a way that is both perfectly logical and kind of perverse.

What technique were you doing? Surgical? Medical?

about 2 months ago
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Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

the_humeister Easy solution (286 comments)

Don't pay for cable. There really isn't much on cable tv worth watching that can't be obtained through other legal sources.

about 2 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

the_humeister Re: Electric. (659 comments)

Uranium

about 3 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

the_humeister Re:100% correct predictions [Re:sigh] (627 comments)

I predict that the sun will rise tomorrow, and also the next day.

Boy, you sure got thtat one wrong.

about 3 months ago

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And the geeks shall inherit the Earth (for now).

the_humeister the_humeister writes  |  more than 5 years ago

the_humeister (922869) writes "There's a new piece on CNN about geek as chic in pop culture now:

In the 25 years since "Revenge of the Nerds" debuted at movie theaters, geek chic has grabbed hold and catapulted the brilliant, yet often socially inept, into the realm of — dare it be said — the hip and the cool. "It is definitely hot right now in pop culture," said Benjamin Nugent, author of the "American Nerd: The Story of My People."

Even Slashdot gets a mention:

Rob Malda, creator-director for the site SlashDot, which bills itself as providing "news for nerds," said society couldn't help but take notice after "the nerds of the '70s and '80s became the driving influencers of technology in the '90s."

"Some of those nerds got rich, others gained tremendous influence, and some became household names," said Malda, who embraces being a nerd. "So I don't know if it 'fascinates' people, but the mainstream became aware of them because in many ways, a small number of them hijacked the means of communication and business. It's hard to ignore that."

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School presidents want to lower drinking age.

the_humeister the_humeister writes  |  more than 5 years ago

the_humeister (922869) writes "Looks like there's a contigent of college presidents who think it's a good idea to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. It's one of those things that never made much sense to me: you can die for your country, smoke cigarettes, buy porn, vote, etc. at age 18 but can't drink alcohol."
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New Jersey bans sex offenders from using internet

the_humeister the_humeister writes  |  more than 6 years ago

the_humeister (922869) writes "According to the AP, New Jersey has just enacted a new law restricting internet access to sex offenders. Now this wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing save for the fact that "sex offender" now covers such a wide range of actions such that getting caught urinating in public can get you such a label."

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