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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

turp182 Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (260 comments)

Saving a file for web in Photoshop is like playing Twister on the keyboard:
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S

One of my other favorites is to open up Task Manager: Ctrl+Shift+Esc

And of course Alt+Tab and Shift+Alt+Tab to switch windows (although I wish the icons had the program names, I can scan those faster)

yesterday
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

turp182 Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (260 comments)

Ctrl+Esc opens the Start menu in Windows 7, and the cursor will be in the search bar (I start most programs this way, just type "excel" for Excel for example).

yesterday
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Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

turp182 Re:Maybe not so silly (89 comments)

It's a slippery slope (because of all the blood).

If it is used to "predict future results" then the conversation may become "We need your parents to give X units of blood for you to get an A on the upcoming test."

2 days ago
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Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

turp182 Re:The root cause. (89 comments)

Quote: Unless China is ruled by vampires.

I'd watch that TV show...

2 days ago
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Update: At Least 31 People Feared Dead After Japan Volcano Erupts

turp182 Re:wow - this is so tech (54 comments)

No, the comment moderation here is much better...

Anyway, I need to run, I've got an article about how to lower my auto insurance since I don't drive more than 40 miles per day (apparently it's a secret).

2 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

turp182 Re:Its not the CFL/LED (595 comments)

I use LED strip lights for lighting when camping. 2 300 LED strips don't take a lot of power, and I bring a custom 35 amp hour 12 volt marine batttery to power the system. I have saved a couple of thousand $$$s over the years not having to buy D batteries or propane canisters for lighting at the campsite.

600 LED is very bright, brighter than a traditional propane lantern.

We've used them in the house during power outages, lights up the first floor about as good as the regular lights (except for shadows since our electric lighting is all ceiling mounted).

4 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

turp182 Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (595 comments)

Siri: I'm sorry, the data upload volume has exceeded capabilities, not all packets could be sent, residual data will need to be cleaned up manually.

4 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

turp182 Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (595 comments)

Toto's do (start at about $300, but well worth it). They have a two stage flush, and 15/30 second refills depending on the stage. The only thing they suck at is... heavy dark matter on the back of the bowl. That's what the $1,000+ versions are pressurized...

During a large party it's nice to have a toilet that can move 4 people per minute through the bathroom line.

Great toilets, made in America. They get crazy expensive on the high end (they go all Japanese with digital controls and extra spray stuff, warm air, etc.).

5 days ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

turp182 Re:47 square yards? (268 comments)

I figured that "ache feet" was a logarithmic progression, the farther you walk the more it hurts (once it starts hurting), and it isn't linear.

Of course I didn't see how that would be related to irrigation. Maybe it's a term used by those who inspect long irrigation systems.

And of course I saw your response regarding auto-correct...

5 days ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

turp182 Re:Just don't update it that way. (203 comments)

I wonder if they have a patent on the design. It would actually seem to be a reasonable patent in my opinion (structural support via a specific design).

5 days ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

turp182 Re:The Global Food Crisis is not a science problem (308 comments)

Correct on the amount of food. The situation is actually an energy problem, the cost of transporting foods can be prohibitive.

Especially so if they have a short time frame to be consumed (healthy stuff like fruits and vegetables). And those food types are prized by first world consumers, so, from an economic perspective, those who can provide the best profit get the food.

America turns corn into energy. South America turns sugar into energy. How would you suggest minimizing that and also pay to move the food around the globe?

The market wins, not those who need food.

Check out Darwin's Nightmare. Terrible documentary about food distribution (great documentary, the content is of a terrible nature).

about a week ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

turp182 Re:Unintended Consequences (404 comments)

Fantastic book (not the best writing, but a great story). I took my CCW class with author, John Ross, and had him sign my copy.

Interesting Facts - John Ross single handedly got concealed carry passed in Missouri, paying for lobbyists out of his own pocket. Surprisingly, the legislature threw in the Castle provision (preventing civil suits if you kill an uninvited person in your home). As in the book, he actually owns a quarry which he uses as a gun range and he has quite a few Class 3 weapons (which you can shoot for the cost of ammo after taking his CCW class).

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

turp182 Re:The WHO (478 comments)

And further, I have asked myself, Would I want to be one of my grandparents.

My grandmother is upper 80's, she can no longer form short or medium term memory. Meds help with anger which was an issue early on. She needs a walker and can be coherent (while asking the same questions over).

Her husband is my grandfather, Wib, he turned 90 about a week ago (my son is named after him, their actual name is Wilbur but they will always been known as Wib). He's got his mind and gets around fine, albeit with considerable pain in the entire body. I don't like that he still drives, but it is a necessity where he lives. And he still works, although most of his customers have died off. It is his routine. And he loves his wife and would certainly perish quickly if she passed.

My grandmother wrote a letter to her grandchildren in the 1980s, and she said "these bones are ready for the grave." I found it when I was about 10. We talked about it, but I don't remember the conversation, just the phrase. Burned in my mind. She was in her late 60's at the time.

Kurt Vonnegut said, on the Daily Show, that he would have already committed suicide if not for how it would affect his grandchildren. He passed a couple of years later.

So it goes.

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

turp182 Re:The WHO (478 comments)

The decision regarding death's timing should be up to the individual (if possible, accidents and such interfere), with the decision based on his/her considerations of pain/quality of life and family and/or other obligations. Alzheimer's and Dementia are different stories, thus the need for living wills addressing mental situations (if you were no longer yourself, would you rather spend your funds on your care or helping your family financially?).

Soylent Green had it right, there should be euthanasia centers, 'tis a sad aspect of a civilized society, but it is civilized, allowing for self determination (with the same music and film as the movie, one of my favorite scenes in any movie). Keep in mind that the starving masses didn't choose to die, they continued to suffer. Fantastic movie.

As for society and being worthless (per the general society), that's a question of being/trying to be employed, but it has nothing to do with whether one should die. But worth with family is another situation, and is more important anyway (I don't care what society thinks about or values about me).

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

turp182 Re:The WHO (478 comments)

You are absolutely correct about life expectancy. At birth, per the Social Security Administration's actuarial tables, men have a life expectancy of 76.1 and women 80.94.

From there it never appears to go down (it is flat a couple of times, age 9-10 for both genders; add actual age and expectancy then diff over time). At no point is your full life expectancy, per standardized tables, at or below 75. At 75 the men and women life expectancy's are 85.89 and 87.77 respectively. Women are expected to live longer until age 116, at which point men and women have an equal life expectancy...

Here's the table: http://www.ssa.gov/oact/STATS/...

I haven't used an actuarial life table in a couple of decades, fun stuff.

And to be clear, the expectancy is from that age, so adding them is correct. Here's the full note:
Note: The period life expectancy at a given age for 2010 represents the average number of years of life remaining if a group of persons at that age were to experience the mortality rates for 2010 over the course of their remaining life.

about a week ago
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3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

turp182 Re:it's means it is (132 comments)

My dashcam can be triggered on motion. I don't use this feature, I just let it record all of my driving.

That should dramatically cut the power used by the camera when it isn't recording.

I'm about to get a 2nd one that will be rear facing (and then maybe left/right facing, I need to find a model that doesn't come with a screen, so it would be smaller).

I've already used the threat of the dash cam to get some guy and a cop off my ass (he said I hit his car with my door, but I hadn't even been on the parking level where it happened, I told the cop I would gladly pull up my dashcam videos if the guy would like, the cop came back a couple of minutes later and said that wouldn't be necessary...).

about two weeks ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

turp182 Re:Oh, but it does. You can't make a backup (222 comments)

A couple of years ago a friend of mine plugged into my laptop to charge her iPhone, she clicked something with regards to the iTunes prompt (I had an iPhone so it was installed), and next thing we know 800 photos on her phone had been deleted but not backed up to my computer. I never figured out what she did, and she wouldn't connect to any computer but hers after that (she didn't synch/backup to iTunes on her computer, the phone was stand alone).

I really enjoyed the iPhone experience (through iPhone 4). But I like to develop for Android, so that's where I'm at now. Nexus 5 owner. Battery life isn't that good, but I have wireless chargers at work, in my living room, my bedroom, and my kitchen. I just put it down wherever I'm at and it stays charged. There's are two more in my travel bag, ready to go (one for the hotel, one for the office).

about two weeks ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

turp182 Re:I just want the new Nexus. (222 comments)

Nexus 5 is the boss. Cheap comparatively. My wife left iPhone's behind because she wanted my phone. Needs a case for sure, but I wouldn't carry a phone without a case.

about three weeks ago

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NASA is Ending Most Activites With Russia Over Ukraine/Crimea

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about 6 months ago

turp182 (1020263) writes "NASA is suspending much of its work with Russia in light of its actions in Ukraine but said it will continue to collaborate with Russia's space agency on International Space Station operations.

A statement sent out by NASA on Wednesday said the U.S. space agency was acting "given Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.""

Link to Original Source
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NSA Still Funded to Spy On US Phone Records,Vote Fails

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about a year ago

turp182 (1020263) writes "The Amash Amendment (#100) to HR 2397 (DOD appropriations bill) failed to pass the House of Representatives (this link will change tomorrow, it is the current day activity of the House) at 6:54PM EST today, meaning it will not be added to the appropriations bill. The amendment would have specifically defunded the bulk collection of American phone records.

Roll call may not be available until tomorrow.

Subjective: Let freedom be reigned."

Journals

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Analysis - Oklahoma, the Ten Commandments, and Satan

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about 9 months ago

In 2012 a Ten Commandments monument was placed outside the Capitol building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Since then Temple of Satan has proposed another monument to complement the Ten Commandmentâ(TM)s one.

In response to the Satanists, some Oklahoma state Representatives have come forward to comment on the situation.

From the above linked CNN article:
* Oklahoma state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft told CNN that he doesn't think the Satanists' statue will be approved. âoeWhat will disqualify them has really nothing to do with Satan as such; it's that it has no historical significance for the state of Oklahoma,â he said.
* An Oklahoma lawmaker told CNN that the Satanists' message wouldn't fly in the Bible Belt state, where nearly two-thirds of the population is Christian. "Any monument displayed on state property should reflect the values of Oklahoma or memorialize those who built or defended our freedom," Rep. Bob Cleveland said Tuesday. "In my opinion, this Satanist monument does not meet with the values of Oklahomans."

In a roundabout way, they are positing that the State of Oklahoma adheres in some manner to the Ten Commandments.

What follows is a lightweight analysis of Oklahomaâ(TM)s consistency and adherence to the Ten Commandments.

First, letâ(TM)s decide which of the Ten Commandments should be reviewed.

Iâ(TM)m not concerned about honoring moms and dads, nor having to work on Sunday, or the name of the lord being taken in vain, or false images or other gods. These are minor Commandments in my opinion.

Letâ(TM)s focus on the big ones.

Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not kill

Oklahoma uses capital punishment to kill prisoners. They last did so, brining in the New Year, on January 9, 2014. They have killed 109 prisoners since 1976.

So Oklahoma fails at what I consider to be the most important Commandment on the list.

Multiple Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not steal; Thou shalt not covet your neighborâ(TM)s house; Thou shalt not covet your neighborâ(TM)s male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighborâ(TM)s

Oklahoma is a big fan of âoecivil forfeitureâ (they are among the âoeworst abusers in the nationâ), and property can be taken without charges, much less a conviction, and then retained or sold for profit.

Thatâ(TM)s stealing, so another Commandment broken.

Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor

âoeBearing false witnessâ is effectively lying, and in the realm of State/Local officials and staff the key things to look for are corruption and a lack of transparency.

Oklahoma, as a State, ranks 38th out of 50 with regards to their Corruption Risk per the website StateIntegrity.org.

In 2010 The Daily Beast ranked Oklahoma 10th in their list of The Most Corrupt States, citing many cases of corruption, extortion, fraud, etc.

So we have another Commandment breached.

Conclusion

I see a minimum of Five Failed Commandments that Oklahoma doesnâ(TM)t live up to.

So, it appears Rep. Paul Wesselhoft was incorrect in citing the âoehistorical significanceâ for Oklahoma with regards to the Ten Commandments. Significance would mean compliance in this situation, and that certainly isnâ(TM)t the case.

Rep. Bob Cleveland stated that âoemonuments displayed on state property should reflect the values of Oklahomaâ. Given that statement alone it makes sense that the Ten Commandments should NOT be on display at the Capitol building.

Iâ(TM)m not sure what type of monument would truly reflect the âoehistorical significanceâ and the âoevaluesâ of Oklahoma, but it is pretty clear to me that the Ten Commandments is not an appropriate choice.

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