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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Jhon Re:Not only for Tesla or videos (544 comments)

Maybe they could all play "the hamster dance" song as they go down the street? Or maybe loop something from "what the fox says".

"Da ding ding dinga ding" -- "oh, here comes another Tesla!"

about two weeks ago

60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Jhon Re:Top Gear was worse. (544 comments)

Or fraudulently claim certain documents had been authenticated.

about two weeks ago

Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Jhon Re:really? really. (558 comments)

It wasn't 10 years ago -- therefor it wasn't correct. What you are describing happened in 2013. They "rolled" most of the PDDs together last year. They were all under the PDD spectrum before then.

It also wouldn't be correct now. Aspergers is on the "Autism Spectrum", but is STILL separate from Autism. To call Aspergers "Autism" is to provide a misdiagnosis.

Support for various disorders were based on DX. Still is, as far as I know. And the treatment/therapy for Autism is often quite different for other PDDs on the spectrum such as Aspergers.

about two weeks ago

Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Jhon Re:really? really. (558 comments)

My son was dx'd with autism about 10 years ago by Kaiser. I had him re-evaluated at my expense because his symptoms and the criteria made no sense to me. He was later dx'd with Aspergers.

I asked the Kaiser doc about it and my response was "Well, there's not a lot of financial help or school support available for Aspergers -- there is for Autism". Wonderful.

about two weeks ago

Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Jhon Re:We are now all ##AA-Stooges (490 comments)

Horseless carriage should be an OPTION. Horse-drawn buggy should be an OPTION.

As long as there is an economic reason to have physical media, It will continue to be produced and you will continue to have that option.

Don't be surprised if one day DVDs or BR or whatever media is no longer produced because it's no longer profitable. Right now, *I* like owning a number of DVD/BR. I like the box. I like how they look in my shelf. I like the DVD extras. I like how I can take them to a friends house to watch without having any complicated issues like logging in to my own XYZ account (netflix, amazon, hulu, whatever). I like that I can sell them when I no longer want them and that ownership transfers. I am willing to PAY for those things in the form of a $20-$100+ dvd or special box deal. As time moves forward, I would guess that fewer and fewer of us will be willing to pay for that. They'd rather pay $3 or $4 bux a pop and rent it on google play or amazon or itunes. And that might make the best sense for them.

about three weeks ago

Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

Jhon Re:we already are (334 comments)

Re-read what I posted.

"I'm all for advances in science improving the QUALITY of life and allowing us to live as long as we naturally can -- but to live forever? "

Where do I say we aren't living past our "natural lifespan". You seem to read "average" in to my sentence though I never said "average".

about a month ago

Endeavor Launch Pad Being Rebuilt Piece By Piece

Jhon Re:Shuttle was OK, I suppose. (48 comments)

Considering that it was how we moved big stuff in to space and current relations with Russia going south (with Russia being our only ticket to the ISS), we better get to those "potential future programs" pretty damn fast.

about a month ago

Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

Jhon Re:Huh? (334 comments)

"Living longer, healthier lives without an arbitrary time limit is a worthwhile goal. If you don't agree, feel free to die of old age instead of accepting treatment, but don't condemn everyone else to early death and try to claim the high ground."

Perhaps you can try harder to read and comprehend what you read.

It was claimed that "death is wrong". I claim that at the very least it brings up ethic questions to try and eliminate it entirely and certainly not "wrong".

Then you claim I'm trying condemn everyone else to an "early grave" when I clearly state that I'm all for extending and improving the quality of life to allow us to live to whatever our natural max is (120, 130 or whatever) and claim Im trying to take the moral high ground?

I do not accept by default that it *IS* a worthwhile goal. Not without some serious thought. You clearly are staking claim to the 'moral high ground' by your statements. I'm saying "lets not be to hasty".

about a month ago

Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

Jhon Re:Huh? (334 comments)

Why is this here? Because it's arguing about extending human life.

To say "death is wrong" is like saying "fly death is wrong" or "spider death is wrong". It isn't wrong. It's built in to the system.

"And in spite of pride and erring reason spite, one truth stands clear -- what ever is, is right" (A. Pope -- An essay on man -- not sure if I have the quote exact, but it's pretty close).

I'm all for advances in science improving the QUALITY of life and allowing us to live as long as we naturally can -- but to live forever? Even beyond whatever is currently our max (maybe 120 or 130 years)? It poses ethical questions itself -- not the opposite that it's WRONG to not live forever.

about a month ago

UK Government Proposes Rules To Allow 'Three-Parent Embryos'

Jhon Re:genetic contributor - not parent (146 comments)

"since probiotic yogurt does nothing, then you want have much of a case. IT's all dead before it gets to your intestine."

Are you lying or just ignorant? Check out the research on the effects of probiotic yogurt on IBD. Just because the culture may not survive to the intestines does not mean it "does nothing".


See? I can "stalk" you, too. The difference is that I done lie and spout off in ignorance.

about a month and a half ago

Electric Bikes Get More Elegant Every Year (Video)

Jhon Re:They aren't really bicycles. (164 comments)

Stalker much?

One possible point is that you are a prat who still hasn't answered my previous question in another thread yet continue to follow behind me and make annoying comments that are usually either entirely untrue based on shear ignorance (see my previous question) or just deliberately obtuse (see this one).

But thank you for making me feel loved.

about 2 months ago

Electric Bikes Get More Elegant Every Year (Video)

Jhon Re:They aren't really bicycles. (164 comments)

"The main problem with e-bikes is they don't fit the bicycle category; they're really underpowered motorcycles."

I have an e-bike that I would not classify as an "underpowered motorcycle". It's a power assist bike. The motor doesn't activate unless I pedal.

The bike will go zero mph if I don't move my legs. With "lazy" pedaling, maybe ~10 mph. I an also set how much "help" I get.

The advantage of a bike like this is that the battery can be smaller, last longer and keep the overall weight of the bike fairly low.

I USED to ride this daily to work (with power assist) so I didn't show up hot and sweaty. I would ride home with the power assist turned off. My responsibilities changed so I now use the bike more for leisure.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

Jhon Re:Almost always yes, with a but (263 comments)

"I disagree strongly.

There are four good reasons to take a pay cut to switch jobs within a development/IT career when you're older"

Thats fine. Yes there are reasons. But are a list of very specific exceptions to the general "almost always yes, with a but" to which I responded. You just provided a list of "buts"

I'm sorry, but job stability and good benefits look pretty damn good the closer you your 40s-50s.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

Jhon Re:Almost always yes, with a but (263 comments)

The "but" should include "how old are you"?

Are you in your late 40's or early 50's? The answer is almost always "hell no". Even mid at mid 30's you should think hard.

about 2 months ago

How I Lost My Google Glass (and Regained Some Faith In Humanity)

Jhon Re:Privacy? (124 comments)

"If she sees me and she (or the thief) shares it online, it *is* an invasion of my privacy. "

It is not intrinsically an invasion of your privacy. If it were in a place where you can ASSUME privacy (such as a restroom), then yes. But if it's an open, public place it is NOT an invasion of your PRIVACY.

In the US, we are allowed to videotape or photograph anything or anyone in public space. Private properties may prohibit it -- and if it "leaked" out due to a theft of photos or device you STILL wouldn't have had your "privacy" violated -- the owner of the private property would have.

"You might find that if you used GG here in Germany, you might find yourself confronted with a lawsuit."

The event didn't happen in Germany. It happened in the US. US law applies. This really isn't complicated.

about 2 months ago

How I Lost My Google Glass (and Regained Some Faith In Humanity)

Jhon Re:Privacy? (124 comments)

What she sees is her privacy. If she sees you, that's not your privacy.

You may consider your anonymity at stake, but not your privacy.

about 2 months ago

Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

Jhon Re:Uh... (254 comments)

Oh how I remember "movie night" a few years ago. Wife/kids would go to pop popcorn and since the file server and internet connection was wifi'd elsewhere, POOF goes the movie. Had to plan out WHEN to use the microwave before mediaportal/netflix use.

about 3 months ago

Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

Jhon Re:Do anyone care about 2.5GHz speed? (254 comments)

I have a dual band device. It actually allows me to have 4 separate wireless networks -- 2 2.4g (primary and guest) and 2 5g (primary and guest). I set up three (2 2.4g (primary and guest) and 1 5g). The few legacy devices I have are on the 2.4 and the rest are on 5g.

Works great. You're not going to get that functionality for $39.99... but you certainly can for under $150.

about 3 months ago

California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

Jhon Re:Dangerous... (399 comments)

"The real problem is, you are right and the anti-union people are right. Last hired - first fired policies do nothing to protect quality teachers."

You are right. If you can't get rid of bad teachers (recent example in CA for SLEEPING in class on several occasions by SEVERAL teachers -- they're still in limbo and will most likely all "retire" with benefits so we STILL get to pay them even *IF* we finally get rid of them), then yeah -- the last hired, first fired thing is effectively meaningless.

about 3 months ago

California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

Jhon Re:...Because most teachers max out well before th (399 comments)

That's well above the median pay in CA. Further, that $70 doesn't include benefits. Calculate that in and teachers are, in fact, doing VERY well in CA.

There was a time when working a "public" job meant taking lesser pay for greater benefits and retirement...

about 3 months ago



Goodbye Spirit!

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Jhon (241832) writes ""Last night, just after midnight, the last recovery command was sent to Spirit. It would be an understatement to say that this was a significant moment. Since the last communication from Spirit on March 22, 2010 (Sol 2210), as she entered her fourth Martian winter, nothing has been heard from her. There is a continued silence from the Gusev site on Mars."

Goodbye, and thanks for all the bits!"

Link to Original Source

"The Olympics Stole My Game"

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jhon (241832) writes "
What should the original author Cadin Batrack receive (if anything) for his stolen work, considering the penalties the Beijing Olympics Organizing Committee threatens for anyone violating THEIR intellectual property and how Batrack backed up his claims of piracy?

What court would he appeal to?"



Jhon on Text Messaging

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Isn't modern technology amazing? We're able to take a simple conversation which would take about 2 minutes and extended it out to 2 hours by just using our thumbs!


Godiva Chocolate

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

For Valentine's day, part of my "husbandly duty" was having a box of my wife's favorite chocolate arrive for her at work -- Godiva Chocolatier.

I placed the order on Feb 11th. It was shipped Feb 12th (2nd day air) and was scheduled to arrive at my wife's work on the 14th (along with flowers, a CD and cards from our kids -- all different vendors). UPS screwed up and shipped the Chocolate 90 miles north by accident. They rescheduled delivery for the 15th.

I was ticked off, but I understand mistakes happen. I call up Godiva on 02/14 at 11:25 am to request a refund of the SHIPPING -- I paid for 2nd day air and wanted them to credit me the difference for standard shipping.

I was shocked and surprised when while on the phone, the Godiva rep called a local store and had a box couriered over (which arrived at 2 pm on Feb 14th)! Fantastic customer service. They made me a customer for life (more of a benefit for my wife -- I'm not a huge chocolate fan).

The only problem was billing. I needed to make 3 separate calls to customer service after that to resolve the two items I was billed for. Not the end of the world -- and I was never on the phone more than 10 mins. It was resolved to my satisfaction.

Forget See's Candy -- go with Godiva. It's more expensive, but the quality of the candy AND service is far greater.



Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I finally broke down and subscribed to Netflix. I've been a "paying" member for about two weeks. That's added to their 2-week trial membership.

So far, I'm very pleased with the service. I'm impressed with their turn-around-time and surprised that the DVDs aren't scratched up beyond use by the time I get them.


  1. Cheaper than local rental (which is around $4/movie)
  2. Cheaper than PayPerView (around $4)
  3. Huge selection
  4. Haven't come across a movie yet that is "rented out"


  1. Regular trips to the local MailBox/PostOffice
  2. Anxiety that a movie will get "lost" in the mail
  3. Anxiety that when something HAPPENS that requires I speak with 'customer service' that it will be a nightmare

For me, the benefits out-way the hassles.

For the record, We got 8 movies over 1 month. At that rate, the cost is $1.25/movie.


Life is full of little bits of self discovery.

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Tonight I was putting all my DVDs (and a few tapes burned to DVD) in order. I don't have a huge collection, but it's full of mostly movies I've enjoyed and thought were worth owning.

What I noticed was quite interesting. I have a facination for court-room themes. Here's a list of courtroom-related movies in my collection:

12 Angry Men 1957
Anatomy of a Murder 1959
Inherit the Wind 1960
Judgement at Nuremberg 1961
To Kill a Mockingbird 1962
And Justice for All 1979
From the Hip 1987
A Fish Called Wanda 1988
My Cousin Vinny 1992
A Few Good Men 1992
Philadelpha 1993
Primal Fear 1996
Red Corner 1997
Liar Liar 1997
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997
Devil's Advocate 1997
Liar Liar 1997
A Civil Action 1998
The Insider 1999
Erin Brockovich 2000
Hart's War 2002

Each one of these movies has a 'courtroom' themes. What I find interesting is that I never realized I was drawn to such movies.


On Adolescents and Cell Phones

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I have often wondered why I see younger and younger folks with cell phones. Is this just parental doting? Or is there a real need?

I'm a parent of two young children (age 5 and 2). My recent experieces have led me to doubt if I ever will dote on my children in such a fashion. I have come to the conclusion that cell phones should NOT be in the hands of children (younger than 21 who do NOT pay for the service).

Why? I have recently taken over many mondane tasks for my sister -- who suffered a stroke a few months back. Including her cellphones/bills. Her two children (16 y/o girl, 14 y/o boy) each have a cell on the plan.

Their usage has been unbelievable. Some 800+ text messages each (at $0.05 each), 100+ hours each on the phone. Staying on the phone until 2am, 3am or even 6am on school nights. It has taken some serious effort to cut them down to what I consider to be 'reasonable'.

The 14 y/o has lost his cell phone all together. Consistent lying and late-night usage on school nights we well as stealing a cell phone out of his grandmothers purse, left me what I consider no alternative. He is unable to use the phone responsibly.

The 16 y/o lost her cell usage for about 2 weeks (I shut it off). She's allowed 1000 minutes per month TOTAL. 300 text messages per month TOTAL. As much as I would like to remove her cell phone completely, she has shown enough self-control -- particularly when I check the usage every day and see how long and how often she has used the phone.

Between these two kids, they have cost me close to $400 on cell phone abuse. The 16 y/o is paying me back her share and I've enslaved my nephew on all saturdays and some sundays to work it off at $5/hour.

Post Script: My niece almost lost her cell phone usage for the remainder of the month. She went over her 1000 minutes by a half-hour. I told her as long as I see NO usage (other than checking voice mail), it'll stay on.


Big time scare.

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Two weeks ago, my sister had a stroke.

She's 49, mother of 2 children (16 y/o girl, 14 y/o boy), very active and independent.

I was the first to arrive at the hospital -- about 10 minutes after she arrived. This was about 30 minutes after the stroke. She was lucky that it happened in public and it was recognized quickly.

I can never adequately express the fear and anxiety I felt as I received the phone call from my neice. She said that she just got a call that her mother was taken to the hospital and she wasn't talking. I don't know why, but I immediately thought STROKE. When I arrived at the hospital, they were asking me questions about my sister that I knew she could answer. This increased my fears. They told me she was receiving an MRI and an asprin enema. That essentially confirmed it, for me.

Before my sister returned from her MRI, her Dr. approached me and told me that he suspected a stroke, and "a massive one, at that", he said.

They wheeled my sister back in. She looked asleep. I took her hand and spoke to her. She squeezed my hand.

Over the next 30 minutes, my sister regained consciousness. She couldn't talk, she was paralized on her right side and it wasn't clear if she was understanding anything that was said to her. I kept reassuring her that I'll make sure the kids would be fine, the bills would be paid, the pets would be fed, etc -- until she was better.

After the first hour, she was actually lifting her head and looking around. She was able to nod and shake her head in responses to questions -- but not always consistant in her answers.

I'll fast-forward a bit and skip where I passed the news to my mom and my sister's kids...

The first day saw the most dramatic improvement. She was moving her right side (albeit barely) and she was more consistantly nodding and shaking her head. From then on, she has make significant improvement every day.

As of yesterday, she can speak -- but her words are haulting. She's stuck on about 10 phrases. "Yes", "No", "I don't know", "I know", "Maybe", and a few others. She can fully understand everything spoken to her. She can't find the words yet, and she has trouble reading. She KNOWS the words, and can clearly identify their meanings when shown pictures of things and actions -- but when the words are put in sentences, she can't make out the meaning.

Also, she is nearly paralysis free. You can see a SLIGHT droop in her lip when she smiles and she's just a little weak on her right side. That's it. She's able to do EVERYTHING should could before (except drive -- but that's by Dr's order -- she'll need to be evaluated for that in the future).

I've taken care of all her bills and will continue to do so until her disability kicks in. Money will be a little tight for her, but I can supplement it as needed.

She's home now. Last week, she was released as an in-patient at a local rehab clinic and then released for home just yesterday. Her insurance will pay for at-home speech therapy and I'll be working with her on that, too. She's going to get annoyed with me pushing her to read/talk -- but hey. I have a thick skin. I post on slashdot!

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