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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Drethon Re:Boobies (362 comments)

In avionics sexual harassment is part of business terminology (well not really). At one point I had like a half a dozen different examples like this: http://www.airliners.net/aviat... (avionics fast erection).

about a week ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Drethon Re:Newsflash! (362 comments)

Personally I am very offended by the lack of profanity around some of the offices I work at. Overly polite workers are hiding secrets that could explode out and lead to a workplace rampage. Excess profanity indicates people who are dealing with their anger at work in a very healthy manner.

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about a week ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Drethon Re:The death of trains (195 comments)

Meh, mostly in the US if something is dangerous we prefer to regulate it out of existence rather than make it safer anyway.

I do find it interesting we can design a stock car that allows the driver to walk away from a 200+ MPH collision with a brick wall and still go like a bat out of hell but not so much with trains. I suppose fuel efficiency was never a major concern with the stock car though.

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re: No real surprise (708 comments)

Me, gullible? I've never fallen for anything! Excuse me, I have a bridge in New York to procure.

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re:Someone who gets it!!!!! (708 comments)

I want your coordinated lights, where I'm at I'm lucky to hit three in a row most of the time so I'm used to not getting up to speed for that light in a quarter mile that will still be red 15 seconds after I get there (and 20 seconds after the brake dust clears from the guy that went as fast as he could).

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re:user error (708 comments)

Yeah most of my areas are when I'm going to have to stop already, I just prefer not to wear out the breaks when I have a chance. I don't slow down unless I have an indication I will have no choice and I tend to avoid being particularly drastic in heavy traffic (ex only slowing down early enough that I get there maybe 5 seconds later than the guy slamming on the brakes). But your points are still valid, like I say use when appropriate.

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re:user error (708 comments)

I'll admit 2-3 gallons per load is pretty good but my wife usually uses about 2 gallons, plus our dishwasher is at least 10 years old and I'm not too big on buying a brand new one.

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re:user error (708 comments)

75% of the time I end up catching up to them at every stop light. And my non accelerating ass gets up to 60 in about 8 seconds when there isn't a car in front of me. I tend to only hypermile when I'm going to have to stop shortly, otherwise I get up to speed and stay there (You know, five miles above that number on those white signs over there? Many of those people that blow by me do it when I'm at the speed limit too and wonder why I'm always catching up to them).

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re:user error (708 comments)

Almost no sensors along the streets I drive and few filter lanes though the point is valid.

about a week ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

Drethon Re:Creepy? (106 comments)

I think the creepy part is the ability of most all humans to ignore or deny the symptoms that indicate they should really just crash on a couch somewhere. Though some people are probably just wired in a way that means they should never touch intoxicants.

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re:High power use doesn't have to be dirty: (708 comments)

Mechanical devices are pretty well guaranteed to fail over time and need replaced. Software does not degrade over time and is much less expensive to fix any problems.

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re: No real surprise (708 comments)

Al Gore is a primary shareholder in some of the companies that have been formed to trade carbon credits

So...you're saying it's a bad thing he puts his money where his mouth is, right?

Yeah I personally think Al Gore is an idiot but he seems to be an honest idiot which in some ways makes him better than a lot of people in both camps...

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re:user error (708 comments)

My wife uses our dish washer to store dirty dishes when company is over but not much else. She complains it costs money to use and produces worse results than washign by hand.

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re:user error (708 comments)

Like most everything its about using it when appropriate. Why do 0-60 in 4 seconds on an empty freeway entrance? Likewise why enter a packed freeway where all the cars are running 60 MPH at 35 MPH, you'll just have to stop.

I also don't get people who get pissed off when I let off the gas early coming up to a red light. Why blow by me when I am now 5 MPH under the speed limit approaching a light that just turned red, and then slam on the brakes at the stop light while I roll up beside you anyway. Just not driving aggressively would save a lot of net gas mileage.

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Drethon Re: user error (708 comments)

Depends on what you are trying to conserve, from what I find his car is worth about $5k US and yours is worth about $20k US. I think I can use that $15k difference towards a lot better approaches to cut my energy use, such as solar panels or more efficient appliances. I mostly focus more on not driving a lot (~7500 miles a year) rather than using less gas and driving like crazy.

about a week ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Drethon Re:666 (751 comments)

I can't see eliminating cash as also eliminating precious metals. Non government forms of trade good are hard to eliminate.

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Drethon Re:Maybe because normal humans can't code (608 comments)

I've seen model based development try to replace coders. SCADE is becoming more widely used but still needs software developers to work with it. Seems to be more about the mindset of a developer being able to turn an input into an output without forgetting any possible conditions (which even developers often fail at).

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Drethon Re:Professional athletes and "unfair advantage" (608 comments)

Well the sports industry seems to be more than happy to support those in denial about their abilities. While those in denial about their abilities can often squeak by in the software industry, those truly in denial often get soundly squashed.

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Drethon Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

Say what? I learned to program really good in C and as a result can pick up any C like language pretty quickly and write good code in it. I don't relearn programming, I just pick up the minor (and sometimes major) syntax differences but the higher level concepts are all the same.

about two weeks ago

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C/C++ Most Popular Again?

Drethon Drethon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Drethon (1445051) writes "On this day in 2008 a submission was posted that C/C++ was loosing ground so I decided to check out its current state. It seems that C has returned to the top while Java has dropped by the same amount, VB and PHP have dropped drastically, C++ is holding fast but now in third place and Objective-C and C# have climbed quite a bit.

2008 data thanks to SatanicPuppy:

1. Java.....20.5%
2. C........14.7%
3. VB.......11.6%
4. PHP......10.3%
5. C++.......9.9%
6. Perl......5.9%
7. Python....4.5%
8. C#........3.8%
9. Ruby......2.9%
10. Delphi...2.7%

The other 10 in the top 20 are:
JavaScript, D, PL/SQL, SAS, Pascal, Lisp/Scheme, FoxPro/xBase, COBOL, Ada, and ColdFusion"
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What is holding back the paperless office?

Drethon Drethon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Drethon (1445051) writes "CNN has an article (are we up to the millionth article on this topic?) asking if the paperless office has arrived: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/03/18/paperless.office/index.html?hpt=Sbin.

This got me wondering, what are the main things holding back the paperless office? Just off the top of my head the main thing keeping me printing out documents is the ability to spread a dozen pages of a document under review out on my table and marking it up by hand. PDF and Word markups are not too bad but they still lack the ability to spread many pages out to look over at the same time and could be improved to make markup a bit less restrictive. I do find myself printing out less with the use of dual monitors to have source documents and work under progress up at the same time, perhaps something like Microsoft's tabletop computer used as a desk will let me have at least a paperless desk.

I know there are other reasons why offices are not becoming paperless. What are your reasons?"

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