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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Brigadier simple solution for one who doesn't live in LA (611 comments)

I've lived in LA for 14 years after moving from the east coast. Waze describes me as in the top 1% of my state, which bothers me quite a bit. The problem with LA is ..... (wait for it) the city is its own suburb. It always amazed me that my commute to downtown LA (about 65 miles) when I have to go is the same as someone living in say Culver city (10 miles). The problem when you get to the heart of it is a municipality that is unable to expand the traffic grid to match the cities growth, or subsidize mass transit to where it's viable. In new york city, or DC I can get to the city, then fairly easily get around. However in LA getting into the city costs as much, and takes as long as driving. Then when your in the city there is no way to get around as the localized mass transit grid isn't sufficient, and takes forever. Thus LA culture is one where you figure out the best way to drive (on your own) from point a. to point b. Waze is just making it a lot easier.

about a month and a half ago

Horseshoe Crabs Are Bled Alive To Create an Unparalleled Biomedical Technology

Brigadier Horse Shoe crabs have been fish bait for years (159 comments)

Horse Shoe crabs area already a depleted resource as they have been used as cheap bait for fishermen for years. The impact being subsequent affects to migratory birds who feast on there eggs. I don't think the pharmacological community have a choice but to treat these crustaceans with the respect due



about a year ago

Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban

Brigadier Re:And this (475 comments)

who says this is destined to be a mainstream currency ? maybe the whole point of this is it will be the underworld currency which never exists in tangible form where it can be converted to standard currency, but where it only functions to trade goods. Thats sorta the problem with our current currency, in that it is volatile. Currency itself should never be traded, it should only function as a conduit for exchanging services, and goods. The value should only be in the commodity.

If bitcoins cannot be cashed out, but only serve as a value exchange for commodities then it will be a stable market. at least in my head it seems that way.

about a year ago

Bill Gates: iPad Users Are Frustrated They Can't Type Or Create Documents

Brigadier recently transitioned to google docs at work (618 comments)

We recently went through a pretty agressive transition to google docs in my department. Approximately 40 people mostly accountants and managers who's marriage to office was extreme. There was extreme push back by the accountants for the very reason stated in the article. Android/Google aren't real documents. you can only view snapshots but cannot work efficiently. The collaboration was the sell, with the thinking being use your pc to edit in native office formats. At this point all the accountants have switched over to google sheets. I think the reason is Microsoft's definition of a document is this behemoth file with every option. I think Microsoft is backing the wrong horse here. I can accomplish the same amount on my android device as on my desktop at work. It may not have all teh graphic coolness but it does what it needs to do.

about a year and a half ago

Message In Bottle Found After 98 Years Near Shetland

Brigadier The context read ..... (107 comments)

Send more Rum ....

more than 2 years ago

New 'Rubber Robot' Crawls Through Small Spaces With Inflatable Limbs

Brigadier the worm (56 comments)

who would have ever thought the worm would be described as a method to mobilize gelatinous robots

more than 3 years ago

Earthscraper Takes Sustainable Design Underground

Brigadier Re:Question: (269 comments)


Massive retaining wall costs.
Massive sump pump design and maintenance costs.
Massive heat dissipation costs.
Massive CO2 dissipation costs.
Massive moisture intrusion and mitigation.

Also how do you address

upthrust from ground water
ventilation on that scale is ridiculous
100 year flood planning ( you think the titanic scene was bad)

more than 3 years ago

Earthscraper Takes Sustainable Design Underground

Brigadier there is a reason this hasn't been done.... (269 comments)

I think this idea has been thought of in many arch programs, however from a practical side it's a dozy. The cost to excavate, the cost to transport the soil, dealing with ground water issue, 100 year flood conditions. even though it is a pyramid the retaining walls would have to be monstrous. Plus if anyone has ever seen what happens to an empty in-ground pool, there is reason for concern. I would put this out there with the floating island concept.

more than 3 years ago

Ballistic Clipboard Holds Papers, Stops Bullets

Brigadier solutions for bad habits (161 comments)

I'll get blasted for this but I hate when people suggest solutions for problems which are procedural.

" I don't like wearing my vest because it's not comfortable"
  Knee Jerk Solution: let's make a bullet proof clipboard.
Proper Solution: Get used to it, wear it for those who love you, until we come up with a better one.

I here this same argument with motorcycle protective gear,
"My jacket gets too hot"
Knee Jerk: Lets design elbow and knee pads for motorcyclists.

more than 3 years ago

More Users Are Shunning Facebook

Brigadier Mafia Wars Dup users (411 comments)

I always figured a big portion of this was;

a.) mafia wars/farmville/anyville dupe users who make fake users to play and support there game. Who fnially realize it's a life waster.
b.) myspace users who moved over and created the standard alter ego then realized that's not really a facebook thing.

more than 3 years ago

Japan Earthquake May Have Shifted Earth's Axis

Brigadier Re:Troll comment (253 comments)

Now i will live more miliseconds.

not too smart this one, kinda like what's heavier a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks.

more than 3 years ago

Servers Ahoy — Startup To Build Floating Data Centers

Brigadier Re:Well (219 comments)

Server location should have anything to do with jurisdiction. It all has to do with where the company is located ie incorporated. If the Federal Government wanted to sieze server property I would see them filing an injunction against the company. ie give up your servers or we will arrest your operating officers for treason which is punishable by death. Worse case scenario of course. As far as the NSA etc, the servers have to be connected to the mainland someway.

of course obligatory IANAL

more than 4 years ago

Google Stops Ads For "Cougar" Sites

Brigadier Re:Well... (319 comments)

you know what, a younger man can learn a lot from an older woman. Older woman have no hangups, or false hopes. They are usually independent and take care of their own baggage. Shoot check out Lady Chatterley's Lover. I say go for it learn all you can (including suppressing your gag reflex) then turn around and use your ill gained knowledge on the hot chick next door.

more than 4 years ago

The Technology Behind Formula 1 Racing

Brigadier and the alternative would be what ? (175 comments)

NASCAR ? F1 is not the eng all of racing it is one aspect. If you want more driver friendly racing then go WRC, extreme machines 24 hour Lemans. Nature vs Car then select the Dakar Rally, and if you wanna drink beer well nascar ofcourse

more than 4 years ago

Space Junk Getting Worse

Brigadier how to fight the next world war. (242 comments)

I always thought that with terrorists becoming the next mortal enemy the best way for an to fight woudl be to shoot a few rockets filled with #4 ball bearings into space. You kill communication (comm sat), mapping(GPS), and intelligence (spy sat), and force them to fight man to man.

more than 4 years ago

Hollywood Stock Exchange Set To Launch In April

Brigadier The end of Creativity (100 comments)

I can just see it now, just like how wall street controls cooperations, putting $$$ in front of quality, and innovation. The same will happen to hollywood. Not that that doesn't happen now, it would just be worse.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Bans Sexy Apps, Developers Upset

Brigadier why dumb and dumber (492 comments)

Just because someone doesn't follow your logic doesn't make them dumb. There could be a variety of reasons, a few being, A.) adult content isn't worth that much when opportunity cost is taken in to consideration. What's the point in pleasing a few depraved nerds when you can indoctrinate an entire generation from grade school. B.) This could be from a lobbyist stand point. Apple lobbies some senator for support with the educational system and there stipulation is get rid of the porn. At this point in cooperate management nothing comes down to being dumb or dumb.

more than 4 years ago

How Many SUSE Subscriptions Can You Get For $240M?

Brigadier opensuse.org = free beta (121 comments)

Isn't that what opensuse really is ? free beta testers. I've been running suse now since their 6.0 version (switched from redhat because they were the only ones that supported my g200 gfx card). I've always noticed that Dell Hardware (which we run) ran the 9.0 version while the 10.0 version of opensuse was available. One day I got smart figuring I would download the fully patched 9.0 version of suse being the cheap bastard that I am. Turns out it didn't exist on any mirrors anywhere.

more than 4 years ago

Using Windows 7 RC? Pay Up Or Auto Shutdown Warned

Brigadier obligatory .... (430 comments)

ok, aaand how is this any different from what happens now ?

"......Windows 7 RC will automatically shut down every two hours. Those shutdowns will come without warning."

more than 4 years ago


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