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You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA

Kizeh Re:How i drive (756 comments)

My FL driving test proctor docked me points for having my right hand too much on the gear shift and too little on the wheel... although she said there was no legal requirement to do so, but she figured I had points to spend.

more than 2 years ago
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You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA

Kizeh Re:One hand, 12 o'clock ... (756 comments)

Also, when people use turn signals intermittently, it seems they tend to use them when they make a "real" turn, the kind you do in a turn lane. They won't use them for little turns, like changing lanes. Which, of course, is exactly the opposite of when signaling other drivers of your intentions would be helpful.

more than 2 years ago
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Fukushima Finally Reaches Cold Shutdown

Kizeh Re:Still no tsunami protection for cities (201 comments)

Nova aired an NHK look at some of the survivors / victims that were seen on the various cell phone etc. videos right after the tsunami. Turns out, a fair bit of the people who got caught were unaware because they were doing something where they didn't hear the radio, the sirens, and didn't see the locals run for the hills. It would be time to consider other ways of notifying the population, maybe cell-phone based stuff?

more than 2 years ago
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The Intentional Flooding of America's Heartland

Kizeh Re:trolling think tanks (477 comments)

I read (http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/article_224526f0-9af5-11e0-84b8-001cc4c03286.html) that some of the main drivers for the elevated water levels were the shipping and fishing industry that lobbied their demands into the manual. Oddly enough, I suppose the fishing and tourism industry have largely similar interest as the "environmentalists" as far as the water levels. Still, original sounds indeed like conservative propaganda being propagated on people's misery.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama: 'We Don't Have Enough Engineers'

Kizeh Re:Who does that idiot think he is? (651 comments)

Don't forget that teaching pays even less. So, the good engineers get wise and get out of engineering into finance, law, etc. The middling engineers put up with what's available. The ones that can't get other jobs end up teaching the next generation.

Now, before the flaming starts, that's a gross overgeneralization, I know. But the fact is that teaching of the next generation of scientists and engineers is about the worst paying job a well educated one can have in those disciplines, and the good people in it see it as a calling.

Part of the reason Finland's education system (through which I went) was so good was that your STEM teachers (ditto for foreign language) in middle/high school typically had a full master's in their discipline plus education studies, and they were paid enough to make this a worthwhile endeavor.

more than 2 years ago
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World IPv6 Day On June 8

Kizeh Re: :: Post! (133 comments)

; <<>> DiG 9.7.0-P1 <<>> AAAA www.slashdot.org
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 339
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;; QUESTION SECTION:
;www.slashdot.org.              IN      AAAA

;; Query time: 39 msec
;; SERVER: 2607:fe50:0:f201::2#53(2607:fe50:0:f201::2)
;; WHEN: Thu Jun  2 21:02:28 2011
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 34

Kind of ironic, actually, that the geek news site has geek news about a geek event, but no indications of participating.

more than 3 years ago
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Why IT Needs To Change for Gen Z

Kizeh Re:Not on my watch (443 comments)

The problems in a lot of IT shops are that instead of training people to troubleshoot Dells (or HP, or Lenovo, or Apple), getting them the diagnostics, spare parts and warranty procedures for a few models, and site licensing software for one architecture, you now have to get people to troubleshoot fifty different kind of hardware, drivers, antivirus, patches, license all the software for Mac / Windows / Linux etc. It's certainly doable, and in some environments there's certainly a business case for it, but it means multiplying the size of the support staff, which costs a lot of money -- or putting up with the kind of ad-hoc support that existed before standard PXE boot images, in-stock spares, test-to-work standard hardware/OS/applications.

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Customers: Say So Long To Unlimited Data

Kizeh Re:Heavy users? (303 comments)

And that's the part I don't understand: I really like the Nordic/European model where your usage is unlimited, but you get a speed cap determined by how much you pay. In the US everyone gets full speed for the first half day, and then either gets cut off or has to pay ridiculous overage charges. You'd think at least one carrier in the US would get with the program and start selling unlimited use but limited speed plans.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Removes Yaoi Manga Titles From Kindle Store

Kizeh Re:alternatives to Amazon (450 comments)

I live in a pretty large town with several colleges, and know of zero independent new book stores, and one used one. Borders closed all their stores in town, but there's a B&N and Books a Million left, but it's really hard to find books I like in either. Bottom line is, I don't really have an alternative to Amazon for the books I buy.

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T To Acquire T-Mobile From Deutsche Telekom

Kizeh Re:Not Again... (748 comments)

I've used mine in Narita (airport and town), Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Uji, so coverage isn't horrid, but presumably follows 3G coverage.

more than 3 years ago
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AT&T To Acquire T-Mobile From Deutsche Telekom

Kizeh Re:Not Again... (748 comments)

Actually, if you have a 3G/UMTS phone that uses normal international frequencies, they now work in Japan as well. I've used a Nokia E61, Sony-Ericsson K600i and will be taking my N8 with me on the next trip. Also, T-Mobile had much better (still exorbitant, though) international roaming rates.

more than 3 years ago
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Most IPv6-certified Home Network Gear Buggy

Kizeh Re:The exceptions (174 comments)

Really? People on the NANOG list from late February claim the developer copies do not have it. Having Apple officially announce this would be awesome, can you provide a link or documentation?

more than 3 years ago
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Most IPv6-certified Home Network Gear Buggy

Kizeh Re:The exceptions (174 comments)

Too bad Apple has been entirely unwilling to address DHCPv6 for purposes of DNS information, which means that all of their products must have DNS servers configured by typing in their IPv6 addresses. (Yes, several other vendors suffer from the same issue) but I still suggest that disqualifies them form the "Ready for IPv6" badge of honor. See http://discussions.info.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2607101&tstart=1, or most any education networking IPv6 discussion.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows Phone 7 To Get Multi-Tasking, IE9, Xbox Integration

Kizeh Re:It didn't have this already? (266 comments)

In my case, run a turn-by-turn GPS navigation program (Ovi Maps) while streaming music / podcasts to my car stereo, and have the phone check email and facebook for updates so that when I stop they're fresh and up to date. Run a GPS sports tracking thingy (like Sports Tracker) while playing music when mountain biking and allow me to check maps, web, email, whatever while waiting for slower people to catch up.

more than 3 years ago
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Science Programs Hit Hard By Proposed Budget

Kizeh Re:its not the money (395 comments)

I'll have to start looking about getting a confocal microscope or nice NMR setup for my garage. Maybe I can find one on Craigslist. Then the cute postdocs can come to my place for some research and a movie. Or, the postdocs will go back to China, Japan, Europe, Latin America etc. and just do their research there, provide the startups and universities there with the patens and license the technology to local companies there when not teaching the next generation of scientists and engineers abroad.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Flickr Images Abused By Foreign Businesses?

Kizeh Re:whatwhatwhat (227 comments)

A photo that someone takes is automatically protected by copyright like other creative works are. The creator can decide to release it into the public domain, but there's no decision about copyright protection in the first place. People in the picture may have the right to be compensated for their likeness, and art work, architecture, costumes, makeup etc. in the picture may also be protected by copyright separately, requiring agreements between all the creative professionals for use of the combined work, so it's not as simple as saying the photographer can do whatever he or she wants and nobody else gets any rights.

more than 3 years ago
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PlentyofFish Hacked, Founder Emails Hacker's Mom

Kizeh Re:That *was* the traditional penalty (367 comments)

Happened to us at work in the '90s. That being said, having a few officers knock on the door of a suburban home and having a discussion with the parents about the possible felonies the family's offspring is engaged in seemed to have the desired effect.

more than 3 years ago
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PlentyofFish Hacked, Founder Emails Hacker's Mom

Kizeh Re:makes sense (367 comments)

Also, you can just re-enter your old password as the new one. There's no enforcement of password history. Not to mention, no email alerting one of the need to change the password.

more than 3 years ago
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Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?

Kizeh Re:Keep up or shut up (785 comments)

The problem is... They want an Java programmer because their new CNC machine only has Java libraries, and they don't want to train the C programmer for Java. So, the C programmer has to find another job. However, the company is in a small town, where nobody else wants or needs a C programmer. There's need the next state over, but the C programmer is upside down on his house and his wife doesn't want to change jobs or move the kids out of school. There's a lot of inertia and cost for the worker to move, so in many cases they can't just job-hop at leisure.

more than 3 years ago

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