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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

DocSavage64109 Re:Is this news? (101 comments)

Exactly. If TW wasn't outright down, they were heavily throttled/over subscribed, or the modem needed to be rebooted, etc. Since switching to Google fiber in February, I haven't had a single outage.

about half an hour ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

DocSavage64109 Official Vehicles (126 comments)

Official Vehicles should have a special V2V tag so we can be warned of firetrucks coming around blind corners and police hiding behind billboards.

1 hour ago
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HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

DocSavage64109 Re:Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (122 comments)

We get a lot of donated machines where I work and one of the standard desktop power cords actually did burn itself in two. Luckily it didn't cause a fire. Your story about a contractor substituting substandard materials reminds me of a documentary on the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Turns out one of the contractors was sneaking in substandard steel wires that were woven together for the support cables. I believe that wire is still in there.

6 hours ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

DocSavage64109 Re:Not surprising (468 comments)

It also depends on the original speed of the car. If he is going 120 mph and floors both the brakes and the engine, the brakes may overheat and stop working effectively.

yesterday
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

DocSavage64109 Re:Not surprising (468 comments)

As another data point, I was once loading the bed of a '74 Chevy pickup (which had a 454 and 3.73 gears) with gravel and put on the emergency brake. I then proceeded to drive to my friends house with the emergency brake still on and didn't even know it. Those breaks smoked for about 20 minutes after we got there.

yesterday
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

DocSavage64109 Re:Stupid theory... (189 comments)

I can't tell if this is a troll or real...

yesterday
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

DocSavage64109 Re:god dammit. (517 comments)

We had a huge swarm of crows at work for a couple weeks until someone bought a fake owl from harbor freight and stuck it on a poll. Now we don't have any bird problems.

about a week ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

DocSavage64109 Re:god dammit. (517 comments)

Your attempt to speak for "all Environmentalists" has invalidated your point.

about a week ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

DocSavage64109 Re:xkcd (162 comments)

So wait, you hate the comic and yet know the comic's author's name? I actually like the site, but have never had any idea who was drawing them. Also, hating something just to be counter-culture is a rather hipster thing to do (though hating on hipsters also seems to be hip).

about a week ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

DocSavage64109 Re:point loads on the tread are too high (162 comments)

The biggest problem is the curvature of the wheels is concentrating all of the weight of the vehicle on the center of the wheel, and not only that, but with the tread design, all the force is concentrated on a spot about 2 square millimeters. They just need to add a rib going down the middle like bicycle tires.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

DocSavage64109 Re:Yes. (381 comments)

He doesn't want to eliminate the trolls, he just wants to filter them into "other sites" (concentration camps) where us good people don't have to see them.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

DocSavage64109 ^^Parent is a troll (381 comments)

Parent is a troll and his opinion needs to be ignored.
Seriously, he is advocating naming your kids as parts of Hitler's name.

about two weeks ago
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The Man Responsible For Pop-Up Ads On Building a Better Web

DocSavage64109 Re:Battlefield Earth (135 comments)

What's wrong with Battlefield Earth? That movie is freaking hilarious. I am rather angry that they removed one of my favorite scenes from the DVD -- the one where they are debating if humans can fly and they drop a guy off a cliff to find out.

about two weeks ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

DocSavage64109 Re:Bridge has two essential features (274 comments)

When I was little, my dad and his friends were playing bridge. Then I recall them wanting me to join and play as "the dummy". I still am annoyed about that...

about two weeks ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

DocSavage64109 Re:rules for Checkers (274 comments)

From my experiences playing checkers with my coworker while waiting on fried catfish at the local spot, the rules of checkers can vary quite a bit. You should have seen the insane jumping she did once she got a king -- like traversing multiple empty spots to get my piece.

about two weeks ago
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Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

DocSavage64109 Re:This Juggler's Only Crime (232 comments)

While you have a point, it is probably a good thing that we all have different viewpoints and opinions. Imagine how boring a society we'd have if we were all identical. Do you also consider 9/11 jokes to be so bad as to be unutterable? Do you consider every joke to be unutterable?

I actually have the same point of view as to racial jokes and use of the n-word. I consider use of that word to be a sign of that person's character and in poor taste. Perhaps this is because the child abuse is a largely foreign concept to my experiences -- I'm sure a therapist would see things differently.

about two weeks ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

DocSavage64109 Re:Pretending to do work is fraud (228 comments)

Is that accurate?

If you can automate a task which saves time then you should go seek out a new task to fill the time. You are not paid to sit on your ass and admire your handiwork. There is a difference between making yourself more efficient at your job so that more gets done and pretending to do work that you have automated to collect a paycheck. The former is worthy of promotion, the later is fraud.

So you are actively discouraging your employees from ever doing anything to improve quality of life or even improve accuracy. Interesting.

about three weeks ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

DocSavage64109 Re:Lots of people criticize this for its obviousne (182 comments)

I've already done the same thing. I had an air purifier where the proprietary filter was dirty and clogged. I couldn't find a replacement, so I just used a 3M Filtrete furnace filter trimmed to size. I suppose if you have central air on all the time, just having a good furnace filter would suffice.

about a month ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

DocSavage64109 Performance seems to have plateaued (391 comments)

I built a 4 core Intel i5 system a few years ago, and in spite of there being 2 new generations of processors being built, the new processors are only 15% or so faster. Other than needing a beefier video card to drive a high res display (2560x1600), my home machine will likely last another few years before needing an upgrade. As for work machines, it isn't even worth it.

about a month ago

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