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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

JeffAtl Re:Oh dear, the widening wealth gap.. (812 comments)

Are you comparing flights with 2 or 3 weeks advance notice? Are you also comparing state owned airlines with privately owned ones?

about a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

JeffAtl Re:This happened to me (812 comments)

It's not realistic to expect someone to maintain that singular position for the entire trip.

about a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

JeffAtl Re:Today's business class is the 70s' economy clas (812 comments)

It's not that easy. The beverage cart is often in the aisle for long periods of time - that prevents someone from putting their legs in the aisle and trying to sleep.

The flight crew will also warn passengers if their legs are too far out.

about a week ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

JeffAtl Re:Standards (152 comments)

It's not quite that simple - customers can require the certification. If a customer is sizable enough, the suppliers will have comply to stay in business.

For real world examples, look at the power that the state of Texas has wielded in text book requirements and the state of California with warning labels.

about two weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

JeffAtl Re:In Soviet Maryland (441 comments)

they need to take to avoid future litigation for "not acting", that you can't necessarily blame the police

This isn't accurate. The police are under no requirements to act - they even won a Supreme Court case regarding the matter.

about two weeks ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

JeffAtl Re:Keynote speaker (442 comments)

You're confusing Electrical Engineers with Electricians. If you knew anything about Electrical Engineering, you'd know that. I don't mean to be mean, but that's just the truth.

Electrical Engineering is hard - it's not something that you can pick up by just pick up on your own by reading some wikipedia articles.

Just curious, why do you think that being a software engineer qualifies you as an electrical engineering expert?

about a month ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

JeffAtl Re:Expert?? (442 comments)

and?

about a month ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

JeffAtl Re:Expert?? (442 comments)

Not all areas have the geological or topographical features necessary to feasibly create a pumped storage setup.

Remember, the "renewables only" crowd rule out nuclear power which provides much of the base capacity - that's the only reason gas turbines and pumped storage release are only able to meet the peak demand.

To be clear, I realize that some areas are able to do this via hydroelectic - those areas are the exception and not the norm. Also, hydroelectric facilities are very hard to get approval for due to environmental concerns.

about a month ago
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

JeffAtl Re:you must not have done well in math class (214 comments)

I find Atlanta much safer than the smaller town that I grew up in that is full of yokels that are just looking for a reason to show that they're armed.

At least in cities, you know where the good and bad neighborhoods are and can act accordingly. In smaller towns, there is just no escaping yokels.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

JeffAtl Re:American car companies... (426 comments)

The major problem that I've heard reported is that the ignition would go to the "accessory" selection and would lock the steering wheel. If true, almost no one wold be able to recover from that.

The other problem (for many) would be the loss of power steering and power brakes. The power brakes might have some hydraulic pressure left initially, but that would go quickly.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

JeffAtl Re:American car companies... (426 comments)

A lot of that is due to environmental issues though - like road salt or parking under a tree.

Also, the paint job you're looking at might not be the factory one.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

JeffAtl Re:American car companies... (426 comments)

That's not easy to do if you're rounding a curve though.

To be clear, I agree that the "pound of flesh" crowd is out in full force, but this is a pretty major screw up. When the engine suddenly shuts off, most people are not going to know what to do in a split second.

about a month ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

JeffAtl Re:She probably wants kids (186 comments)

That's because stating that person doesn't want kids is something that is still considered somewhat culturally taboo in the US. On a dating site where profiles are quickly browsed, it's just too risky of a box to check.

It's like a person stating that they're an atheist. It's just safer to state something vague.

about a month ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

JeffAtl Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

I had 3 laptops during the last 3 years and they all fit the same docking station. Not sure why you think that every laptop needs a new docking station.

The point is that sales data of windows laptops is meaningless when you're trying to determine if the "desktop setup" (external monitor, mouse & keyboard) is "legacy".

Why you are being so obtuse and stubborn about this is not clear. Go to some offices and see if people doing their daily work with a touchscreen is anywhere close to being the typical setup.

about a month and a half ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

JeffAtl Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

Yes it is. The massive conversion to laptops show that [the desktop is a legacy platform]. The sales data for 6 years clearly show that. You may not like that it is a legacy platform, Microsoft doesn't but it is.

Sorry, but that is nonsense. Companies have increasingly moved to laptops, that is certainly true, but that doesn't mean what you think it does. Everyone in my office has a multi-monitor setup with a mouse and keyboard - powered by a laptop that is connected to docking station. This has pretty much become the typical setup.

about a month and a half ago
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The Great Taxi Upheaval

JeffAtl Re: The Free Market has the Technology Now (218 comments)

Actually he is. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle holds with or without an observer.

To be clear, it's a common mistake.

about a month and a half ago

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