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How the Tevatron Influenced Computing

vondo Re:And the web... (66 comments)

They are/were a member as well, but the DOE under the Bush administration wanted a single university or company as the prime contractor.

http://www.fra-hq.org/

more than 2 years ago
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How the Tevatron Influenced Computing

vondo Re:And the web... (66 comments)

U of I is not home to the Tevatron. That's a page for people who are at U of I and work on the Tevatron. Illinois (the state) is the home of the Tevatron.

Fermilab was built by the DOE and managed by a consortium of universities. It's now run as a partnership between that consortium and the U of Chicago.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Laptop + DSLR Backpacks

vondo Re:Lowepro Fastpack 350 (282 comments)

Similarly, I have a Slingshot 300 that I love. I can stick a DSLR with either 24-105 or 70-200 lens in the "holster" part, put a few more lenses and flash in if I want. They make a 350 which is about the same size but with a laptop pocket as well. Should be good for traveling and then when you are out shooting, leave the laptop behind to save on weight.

These bags are really nice because they sit well and keep the camera in the bag, but you can have the camera out of the bag and ready to shoot in just a few seconds.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Streaming Media Players a Passing Fad

vondo Re:Let me explain. (367 comments)

I'm not at all sure of this. A TV has a lifespan of many years and is quite expensive. These boxes are cheap. I picked up a WD box for $100. Sure, my next TV will probably do everything this box does. But where will I be 2-3 years after my next TV. Will the TV have the processing power to keep up? Will the manufacturer keep putting out new versions of the software for 10 years after I bought the TV? Doubtful.

So a few years down the road I will be buying a new external box to keep up with the latest formats, online services, etc. And I won't care, because the box will cost me $100 instead of $1000+ for a TV.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

vondo Re:My solution (680 comments)

I don't really "misappropriate" anything except a few watts of power as it is my drive in an eSATA enclosure.

My workflow with unison takes care of most of the concerns you have as it has inode based detection of changes and does do hashes of files and lets me choose which change is correct if there is a question. In my time of doing this, I once had a drive start to go bad and it was easy to recognize and correct.

Both machines are linux, so I don't worry much about viruses.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

vondo Re:the other side of the globe? (680 comments)

And we know the poster is American, right? Actually, given that he was gone four weeks, he probably isn't American.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

vondo My solution (680 comments)

What I do. First, I use Lightroom to manage everything which lets me categorize and rate.

I keep one hard drive at home on my desktop. I keep another at my office attached to that desktop. I use unison to keep the two in sync. So I have offsite backup.

On my laptop, I keep two sets of photos. First is the recent stuff I've taken that I'm "working" on. The second set is only stuff I rank above a certain level and processed by lightroom into JPGs of reduced size (still bigger than the laptop screen). So I've got my whole collection that I can show to people at any time, but not the original full resolution RAW files. The laptop is kept up to date with the originals also with unison.

I upgrade the size of the offsite and onsite hard drives as needed. They are currently 1 TB each. And I have no need to take an external drive with me anywhere.

more than 3 years ago
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Starbucks Gets Mobile Payment System

vondo Re:I love the convenience of this (149 comments)

Try it before you knock it. You don't have to log in to anything. You turn on your phone (which was probably on already), click once to start the app, click again to pay now. Scan it. The alternative is to pull your wallet out of your pocket, open it, pull out the card, swipe it, put it back. It's basically the same AND I get to have one less card in my wallet. (I have a Starbucks card for the 15 times a year I go there). The one less card is really the nice thing for me.

more than 3 years ago
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An Interview With C++ Creator Bjarne Stroustrup

vondo Re:C++0when? (509 comments)

As Bjarne himself says, "The x is hexadecimal"

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Acknowledges Theft of Code From Plurk

vondo Re:Blaming somebody else is not taking responsibil (215 comments)

Who says this is the end of the story? Plurk can settle or sue for damages. All MS has done with this action is limit those damages.

more than 4 years ago
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LHC Reaches Over One Trillion Electron Volts

vondo Re:No collisions yet, right? (305 comments)

Correct, and there was no beam in the machine when the breakdown occurred. They were just running current in the magnets. So there was no hole bored through anything. However, there will be a large amount of energy stored in the beams when the accelerator reaches design energy and luminosity.

more than 4 years ago
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LHC Reaches Over One Trillion Electron Volts

vondo Re:No collisions yet, right? (305 comments)

There have been collisions at 450 on 450. This week, presumably, there will be a day or so of collisions at 1200 on 1200. Progress is being made very quickly now, but they are still proceeding cautiously.

more than 4 years ago
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GIMP Dropped From Ubuntu 10.04

vondo Re:Yay. (900 comments)

Except for the millions of people, you know, using photo managers. F-Spot, digikam, iPhoto, Picasa, Lightroom, Aperture. Yup, no market for those.

more than 4 years ago
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GIMP Dropped From Ubuntu 10.04

vondo Re:Download size (900 comments)

I just installed it on my kubuntu laptop. It's an 8 MB download. I just installed Lightroom 3 on Windows the other day. That's a 120 MB download.

more than 4 years ago
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Your Opinion Counts At CNN — But Should It?

vondo Re:A simple solution (383 comments)

I don't generally watch, but my point is that on the web there is an ~infinite amount of content available, so I don't really care if there are idiot comments everywhere, I can choose not to read them. On the tee-vee, there is a fixed, limited, resource: time. And, barring skipping around, it's a linear medium, so if someone wants to get information, they have to sit through a lot of crap to get it.

I'd watch CNN if it was, you know, a "Cable News Network." It's a travesty that none of these 24-hour channels can get any deeper into a story than the 30 minute evening news can.

more than 4 years ago
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Your Opinion Counts At CNN — But Should It?

vondo Re:A simple solution (383 comments)

CNN, not CNN.com. They put these comments on the air all the time. When they should be, you know, reporting the news. Or better yet, investigating the news.

more than 4 years ago
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Opera CTO Thinks IE Will Be Forced To Support SVG

vondo Re:Why? (411 comments)

It's not an assertion, it's a finding of courts. I have no idea what criteria they use to determine what MS can bundle and what they can't and what they have to provide alternatives for, but browsers are not one of the things they can do whatever they want with. I believe in the EU media players are the same.

But Mac and Linux (all 10,000 flavors) are essentially free to ship or not whatever they want because they have such a small market share.

more than 5 years ago
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Opera CTO Thinks IE Will Be Forced To Support SVG

vondo Re:Why? (411 comments)

Yes. The word you are looking for is "Monopoly." Microsoft is not allowed to do things that other companies are because it is a monopoly.

more than 5 years ago
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HIV/AIDS Vaccine To Begin Phase I Human Trials

vondo Uganda & Kenya (329 comments)

When the article says "Some parts of Kenya" that means the good parts. The overall infection rate in 2003 was estimated at 6.7%. Uganda is the birthplace, as I recall, of the ABC strategy.

This article makes it sound as if DC is as bad as "Africa" when it comes to AIDS. Unfortunately (for most of sub-Sahara Africa, not DC residents), this just isn't true.

3% may be bad, but 3% with decent health care is a world away from the 15+% infection rate and poor health systems that some countries are dealing with.

more than 5 years ago
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FDA Considers Banning Acetaminophen-Based Pain Killers

vondo Re:not really a ban (631 comments)

I don't see (aside from advertising and bribing doctors and hospitals) why acetomenaphine needs to be on the market at all, as there are a plethora of newer, more effective, and safer analgesics these days. Acetominaphine won't relieve swelling at all, while aspirin and other analgesics will.

First, acetaminophen has been on the market so long that I'm sure there is no financial incentive to prescribe it. Some of the newer cocktails, maybe, but I think most of the drugs listed now have generics in the US market.

Second, acetaminophen is the only OTC pain killer that is not a blood thinner to some degree. I was specifically instructed to take acetaminophen rather than ibuprofen which, while not as bad as aspirin, still thins the blood.

more than 5 years ago

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