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I sit in front of a screen for ___ of my waking time.

Fishead Just enough (196 comments)

I sit in a chair just enough to keep organized, but not enough to hate it.

When I'm not sitting in a chair I'm getting the (company) truck stuck in the snow, troubleshooting a radio, or stopping for wildlife that is trying to become wilddead by standing in the middle of the road eating salt. On Thursday we had to snowmobile to the top of a mountain to clean off the solar panels on a radio tower.

Therefore, when I AM stuck in the office (shop) at my desk, I tend to enjoy it.

about 2 years ago
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Ford and GM Open Car Software To Outside Developers

Fishead Re:You almost had me for a moment there. (82 comments)

Yeah, maybe first program the transmission not to SUCK, eh Ford?

We had a 2011 F350 work truck that was almost comical (comical because in no way would we be financially responsible when it broke!)

Sometimes when accelerating hard (pulling onto the highway from a stop) it would stick between gears and kill the throttle for 2 seconds, then shift into gear.

Twice it revved up real high, then slammed itself into gear (pretty sure the wheels left the ground)

If you held the gas pedal just right it would stay in second gear right up to 110km/h. Well into red-line on the tacometer.

We took it into Ford for a weekend. They returned it and said that they cleared the setpoints and that we should drive it gently for the next few hundred Kms until the transmission has a chance to "learn" new shiftpoints.

All that work on a "smart" transmission and it still wouldn't get better than 21 liters per 100km.

Yeah... I won't be buying a new Ford, thanks.

about 2 years ago
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FBI Publishes Top Email Terms Used By Corporate Fraudsters

Fishead Re:Watch your words... (105 comments)

New hobby... trolling the FBI / corporate security with innocent usage of suspicious phrases.

My new years resolution is now to use a minimum of one of these phrases in every email I send using the company email system for the year 2013. My employer is large enough that they most certainly use this sort of filtering.

Heck... they're probably tracking my Slashdot account... Hey guys... just kidding!

about 2 years ago
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Indiana Nurses Fired After Refusing Flu Shots On Religious Grounds

Fishead Re:It's employers rights (851 comments)

Our new company policy says that we have to pee in a cup any time the employer asks.

The unofficial opinion in our department is "I'll pee in the cup any time you want, but you're holding the cup!". It's the front line management that suffers the most I tell you.

about 2 years ago
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Facebook Test Will Let You Message Strangers For $1

Fishead Re:So That's Opt In, Right? And That Goes to Chari (325 comments)

I had a former co-worker a few years back that was looking for a new job. I found the perfect job for him and sent it to him via facebook.

      Facebook gave me the ability to find his contact information via the town he was living in, his name, his profile picture, and some mutual friends. I was then able to start a conversation with him and have a few messages back and forth. Neither of us wanted the relationship to move beyond a few polite messages, and I probably would not have gone to the inconvenience of paying a dollar through facebook just to give him a job link that he may not have been interested in.

      Facebook provides a convenient way for me to communicate with friends, family, and strangers spread across North America. As soon as this service becomes less convenient due to fees or advertising, I imagine that we will all migrate over to the next big thing. I had hoped that G+ was it, but apparently isn't.

about 2 years ago
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Is It Worth Investing In a High-Efficiency Power Supply?

Fishead The power maths... (328 comments)

To make the maths easier, lets assume you can improve your efficiency by 25% (that's huge) and assume you're loading it to 400 watts, (also huge) and assume you run it 8 hours a day, 5 days a week with 2 weeks off a year (running at full capacity).

That's 100 watts of savings, 2000 hours a year... 0.1kw X 2000 = 200kWh per year.

I pay about $0.10/kWh

You could save up to $20/year.

Reality? You'd probably see a lot less savings then that.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: DIY 4G Antenna Design For the Holidays?

Fishead Re:Is a 7 Inch Swivel Blade Really Worth $30? (135 comments)

Myself, I'm a newb radio technician, so I know where you're coming from.

What you want is a "Yagi" antenna. Very directional and therefore, longer range.

Search for "Cantenna"

Also try: http://www.skyscan.ca/Antennas.htm

I had previously found a website that had a good modeling program to show you the lobe of radiated power, but don't have time this morning to find it again.

I'm also not sure what frequency you want to build it for. Some sites say 700mhz, some 1800mhz.

Hopefully someone with more radio know-how can add to the discussion. If you're near south-east BC, bring it by and we'll test the antenna on my (absurdly expensive) service monitor. I'm wanting to build a long range wifi net connecting to several buddies in town, so I'll be watching and hoping for some insightful help on this thread.

about 2 years ago
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Foxconn Sees New Source of Cheap Labor: The United States

Fishead Re:Get rid of the unions (430 comments)

Poor union workers are a sign of a manager without the balls to do his job properly!

My union contract (IBEW) has a lot of room to get yourself fired. Right now the big item is personal cell phone use. If I am caught using my personal cell phone at work, I can be fired. Simple as that. The union has even told us flat out that it cannot defend us if we break the corporate policy.

Useless middle managers who won't do their job are the problem. If a manager won't make the workers under him do their job, how is it the fault of the union?

about 2 years ago
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Google Patents Guilt-By-Association

Fishead Do not too much evil? (199 comments)

And that is why instead of Google Drive, I'm looking for an alternative that encrypts my family photo's rather than analyzes them.

I don't THINK I have anything illegal in my photo drive, but you never know what may be spotted by a robot looking through my thousands of photos.

about 2 years ago
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Foxconn Sees New Source of Cheap Labor: The United States

Fishead Re:Get rid of the unions (430 comments)

Gimme a break. Unions are the only thing that defends the middle class from the rich shareholders that demand ever increasing dividends.

about 2 years ago
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New Dinosaur Named After the Eye of Sauron

Fishead Missed chance (69 comments)

Should have called it "Sauronsaur".

about 2 years ago
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Canadian Copyright Reform Takes Effect

Fishead Re:Some good, but adds restrictive digital lock ru (103 comments)

Right. This is not the case. Every single concession given to consumers are provided the absence of digital locks. In other words as soon as a digital lock is applied, every single consumer right goes out the window..

Yeah so... I'm never going to buy anything that has a digital lock as now I can pirate for my personal use and not be worried about a ridiculous fine.

Worst case Ontario they come after me for (up to) $5000, I go to court and represent myself wasting as much of their time as I can asking dumb questions and I have sell my truck to pay for the fine.

It's worth the risk... but I'm not a lawyer so this should be a good laugh...

about 2 years ago
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On Daylight Savings Time:

Fishead Re:Oh I just love (475 comments)

The railway industry agrees.

about 2 years ago
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On Daylight Savings Time:

Fishead Re:Oh I just love (475 comments)

Don't get me started on trains and time zones!

I'm employed by a railway, and have to accommodate 2 time zones every day. The town is located in the mountain time zone and so uses MT. The trains however come from the west in Pacific Time, head north to the main line, then go back west to the coast. In order to keep it simple, they just run Pacific Time.

I leave for work using the clock on the stove. I leave at about 6:50 AM and arrive for work at 6:00 AM. At the end of the day, I leave work at 3:00 PM and get home at about 4:10 PM.

Just today we had a safety meeting that was scheduled in a conference room at a local hotel. Invites were sent out using "Town Time", but this wasn't stated in the email. Everyone in my department showed up an hour late. One of the old guys was vocal... that was awesome.

Since I have had this job, I have become a time change HATER. I like the DST right now because the sun is just coming up when I am starting my day of work, but I hate the change. It just makes my life more complicated than it needs to be.

about 2 years ago
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Feds Continue To Consider Linux Users Criminals For Watching DVDs

Fishead Time to stop supporting them. (423 comments)

It's time to stop buying these game consoles that cannot be hacked and these DVD's they don't want us to watch.

I have resisted setting up the DVD player since we moved (4 months ago) because the restrictions placed on me (Macrovision!) by the manufacturer inconveniences me. If I could buy a DVD without previews that I could have playing within 10 seconds of loading into the drive, I might be interested in spending money, but it just annoys me and I would rather not support an industry that treats their customers this way.

more than 2 years ago
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Goodyear's 'On TheGo' Self Inflating Tire

Fishead Re:Sounds different from the bike one. (207 comments)

I just paid $80 to change a rim on my truck because it was rusty and leaking. ($40 for the rim from a junk yard, $40 to mount and balance). 35 years old, 25% failure rate. Not too bad.

My truck is old-school. New, problematic, overly complicated technology is unwelcome. This new technology sounds new, overly complicated, and problematic.

I just wish there was an AM station to listen to on the way to work...

more than 2 years ago
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How Long Is Your Morning Commute?

Fishead Re:Varies from about 20-30 minutes (353 comments)

That's funny because... my new commute is 2.4 km (yay!) and I do live in the Rockies (Cranbrook, BC).

Even though I have the option to bring a company vehicle home, I choose to either drive my own truck, or ride my bicycle. I've been pretty good at taking the bike to and from work. It's a fairly gentle ride home, but my biggest complaint is that my ride is directly south and every day last week there has been a strong wind blowing north while I'm riding home.

I can't think that I'll be riding much once the snow starts flying though.

more than 2 years ago
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uTorrent Adds "Featured Torrents" Ads — With No Opt Out (Yet)

Fishead Re:Not surprised (399 comments)

Thanks! Up... er... Downgraded.

more than 2 years ago
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I reach my workplace, primarily/typically, by:

Fishead Re:50/50 (566 comments)

Yeah, I live in a mountain climate, so it aint likely happening. There's just too much snow to even bother. People that live in this region park their bikes for half the year. It's really nice driving a truck when there's a good 10cm of slushy muck for weeks on end, then it freezes and just gets silly.

more than 2 years ago

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Third contender in the HD format war?

Fishead Fishead writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Fishead (658061) writes "As the fight heats up between HD DVD and Blu-ray, and as consumers seem to care less and less, a new contender has entered the fray.

Next month, New Medium Enterprises will be selling a 1080p player through Amazon, and stores such as Radio Shack and Costco for around $150.

The difference of this new HD VMD (Versatile Multilayer Disc) format and HD DVD or Blu-ray is that the discs are created with the same laser as DVD's. Unlike HD DVD and Blu-ray which use a blue laser.

From the article:
"HD VMD discs, which hold up to 30GB on a single side, are encoded with a maximum bit rate of 40 megabits per second; that's within halfway between HD DVD's 36 mpbs and Blu-ray's 48 mbps. The format uses MPEG-2 and VC1 video formats to encode at 1080p resolution for the time being, and will possibly move to the H.264 format in the future.""

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