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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Grishnakh Re:Police have legal immunity (427 comments)

>With camera following them all the time, they will have to leave their humanity aside

Ferguson plus other recent incidents (NYPD on Staten Island, LAPD pursing Chris Dormer) have proven that they don't have any humanity.

4 hours ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Grishnakh Re: What's wrong with Windows Server? (318 comments)

>f special tools mean making your own OBDII cable, and loading one of the dozen or more software packages onto a PC or laptop to interface with the onboard computer..

You can probably buy the appropriate OBDII cable, but what software packages are you talking about? This probably varies enormously by automaker. Doing anything advanced on my Volvo requires buying a "VIDA" unit; you can get Chinese-made clones for $150-200 on Ebay, but there's still a bunch of procedures and updates that seem to require an online account with Volvo which costs a fortune.

5 hours ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Grishnakh Re:The Future! (318 comments)

>No I think it's a strength. When MS forced Me, vista, Win8 on it, we recoiled and puked, but some people were forced to use it because they lacked options.

And did that cause Microsoft to lose their desktop monopoly? Nope. People kept using it anyway, despite the puking. The only thing that's put a dent in MS's desktop market is MacOS, which is basically the same thing (single-source, proprietary) only worse, and the iPad (also single-source and proprietary).

>For people getting work done, we need choices, we're willing to suffer a little to avoid suffering a lot.

Apparently, most people are perfectly happy funneling their money to MS and Apple, because those two have been highly successful with the consumer markets, while Linux has not. Regular consumers do NOT want choices; they want to be told what to do and buy.

6 hours ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Grishnakh Re:if systemd forces it's way into gentoo (318 comments)

You're wrong about that. There's lots of Gnome3 users. I see them in message forums all over, like /r/linux, and of course /r/gnome. Of course, I can't explain why anyone would want to use it, but there really are a lot of people who do. Similarly, there's a lot of people who use and like Windows8/Metro, despite the fact that it's total crap.

6 hours ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Grishnakh Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (318 comments)

>Ignoring the very real problem that putting so damn much in PID 1 is dangerous for system stability and security,

From what I've read, this isn't true, but I don't have an authoritative source for it. But, here's the really dumb part of your response:

>Last, the dependency system absolutely screams for a GUI interface to be able to follow and configure it, but when one finally is created (if it hasn't been already), it'll be useless on servers, because nobody with brains installs a GUI on the server.

Maybe you haven't heard of the X Window System, introduced over 25 years ago. It allows you to run graphical applications remotely, so the system with the application does not need a GUI at all.

6 hours ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Grishnakh Re: What's wrong with Windows Server? (318 comments)

Teslas, from what I've read, are pretty open compared to other carmakers. You can connect an Ethernet cable to them and access the main computer's Linux prompt pretty easily. Most other makes require special tools to do anything at all involving the computer.

6 hours ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Grishnakh Re:Do they? (329 comments)

No, of course not. However, in America, HR runs the company, so there's no way around this idiocy.

about a week ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Grishnakh Re:Do the math (336 comments)

It's worked fine for me for 16 years (mine was the very first model, not the later touchscreen models), except for the big mold issue (which after a couple years they did a factory recall and sent a technician to my place to install a bunch of new, redesigned parts in the door and front area), and the water pump failed a couple years ago which I replaced myself. There haven't been any electronic issues. I have read of some people having problems with the wax motor (the thing that controls the door locking) control circuit.

about a week ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Grishnakh Re:Do they? (329 comments)

It can be very hard to get a new programming job if you haven't been doing it for a while. It doesn't matter how competent you are or if the language hasn't changed in 20 years. Many companies outright refuse to interview someone if they've been unemployed for more than 6 months.

about a week ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Grishnakh Re:The problem, as always... (329 comments)

You want a surgeon working on you who isn't passionate about medicine, and just wants to put in his 8 hours and go home?

about a week ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Grishnakh Re:The "free market" rewards greed (257 comments)

So how do the Europeans do it? Just look at how cheap and high-quality cellphone and ISP service are in western European countries. Government regulation seems to work pretty decently over there.

about a week ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Grishnakh Re: Do the math (336 comments)

You don't think microwaves can boil water?

about a week ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Grishnakh Re:Do the math (336 comments)

Interesting. I wonder if any of this has changed in recent years, though, since a lot of (at least the high-end) laundry machines here in the US are now Asian-made, from Samsung and LG (rather than the old American standy-bys Maytag, Whirlpool, etc.); surely there's some effort there to make machines that are largely the same so they don't have to make different entirely machines for different markets.

about a week ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Grishnakh Re:Do the math (336 comments)

>BTW, front loaders though more efficient do not nearly last as long and do not nearly have the capacity of a top loader and they seem to develop that stinky mold issue.

My Maytag Neptune is 16 years old and works fine. It also has the same capacity as most top-loaders (though not as large as today's larger front-loaders). The mold is a bit of a problem though.

about a week ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Grishnakh Re:Do the math (336 comments)

Yes, but if a circuit has a higher current capacity, then it needs fatter wiring. If you reduce the current rating, you can reduce the wiring size, saving money since copper is expensive. So if European homes were more like American homes with special circuits for the high-power devices, and a lower current rating (5 or 10A) for the regular wall outlets, they could save money on construction by using smaller wiring. 16A circuits will still need the same size wiring as the 15A/120V circuits in American homes.

about a week ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Grishnakh Re:Do the math (336 comments)

Do they actually do a good job? Usually, when you try to make a machine that does two very different jobs, it does a crappy job at either one compared to two machines that are optimized for each one.

I thought someone else in this thread mentioned those machines and said they do a terrible job cleaning clothes.

about a week ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Grishnakh Re:Do the math (336 comments)

You're assuming that electricity is generated from coal. This simply isn't the case in many places: it's generated from nuclear power, hydropower (dams), solar power, wind power, etc.

If the cost of using natural gas to heat water is significantly less than using electricity, then there's something completely wrong with your analysis about the costs of electric.

about a week ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Grishnakh Re:Do the math (336 comments)

Even those only use about 2.2kW according to other posts here. Personally, I think 10A per outlet (at 240V) should be more than sufficient, and would still power those ridiculously overpowered vacuum cleaners. 3.7kW is just insane.

about two weeks ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Grishnakh Re:Do the math (336 comments)

Usually, we just use either microwave ovens or maybe teapots on the stove to heat water. You've got a point about electric heaters though.

about two weeks ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Grishnakh Re:Do the math (336 comments)

What are you talking about? Your response seems to echo mine, but with the added point about the cold standing water in the pipe.

about two weeks ago

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Engineering enrollments plummeting in Michigan

Grishnakh Grishnakh writes  |  about 6 years ago

Grishnakh (216268) writes "A lead story in Auto Electronics decries a 13% drop in engineering student enrollments over the past 7 years, and predicts trouble for the engineering profession in the USA in coming years due to many factors, including retirement of Boomers, less interest by foreign nationals in staying in the U.S., and increased international competition. One very interesting quote by a Dean of Engineering: "We need engineers with innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets and capabilities. We need engineers who have the confidence and passion to lead global multicultural teams." I don't know about others, but when I started college and chose engineering as a major, if "leading global teams" were pitched as a major job task, I probably would have chosen a different profession."

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