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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

MpVpRb Buying a car (455 comments) the traditional sales system is not a thing that most people enjoy

Some people falsely believe they are "players" but they still get screwed

Most people are "sheep" and they get screwed faster and harder

I am not a master negotiator..I just want a car at a fair price

I always feel like a lamb in a roomful of tigers when I deal with a traditional car dealer

I'm a really good engineer, and I have many other talents..but cutthroat negotiation is not one of them

I really, really want a better system

about a month ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

MpVpRb Hybrids are a step on the road (377 comments)

The real solution is pure electric

The energy source may be batteries, supercapacitors or hydrogen..or something new??

Hybrids are at best an intermediate solution

The good news is that they advanced the manufacturing experience of electric motors and control electronics for vehicle use ,,and started consumers thinking that gasoline is not the only path

about a month ago

Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

MpVpRb GOOD! (188 comments)

I despise apple. I refer to them as "the distilled essence of evil"

Nice to see them wasting money on a stupid purchase

about 2 months ago

How Virtual Reality Became Reality

MpVpRb There's something about the promise.. (104 comments)

..of VR that makes writers ignore reality and talk about fantasy as if it really exists

This is an important step toward the answer..but NOT the answer..yet

VR is harder than anybody realizes

about 2 months ago

Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

MpVpRb Re:Yawn. (403 comments)

Valiantly fighting the good fight against the evil weasels who view our freedom as a threat

He is still a hero to many of us

about 2 months ago

You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

MpVpRb No different than.. (315 comments)

..any place I worked since 1980

Engineering offices are very close to 100% male

about 2 months ago

Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

MpVpRb May I suggest an alternative... (190 comments)

Nevada County..Grass Valley, Nevada City..

Reasonable housing prices

GREAT quality of life!

60 miles from Sacramento

about 2 months ago

The Internet's Broken. Who's Going To Invent a New One?

MpVpRb My ideal internet (162 comments)

It's fast and secure

Anonymous if you want, although I think most people really don't care

Totally free of any and all censorship..of any exceptions

I don't care how compelling your argument censorship..ever..for anything..ever

Reality may be ugly..but truth is good, no exceptions

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

MpVpRb Demonstrate your worth (274 comments)

Teach them something they don't know

Solve a problem they can't solve

Become the go-to guy when stuff goes wrong

Do this, and the rest won't matter

about 3 months ago

An MIT Dean's Defense of the Humanities

MpVpRb Yes, studying humanities can be helpful (264 comments) part of an engineering degree

No, a degree in English literature will not help you find a job

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

MpVpRb Problem solving (737 comments)

Although my main profession is software, I also do circuit design, construction, metalworking, carpentry and most of the other building trades

I find that even though the specifics are different, the fundamental skill is the same..problem solving

Software, circuit design, carpentry or any of the other disciplines seem more similar than different

The steps are the same..clearly identify the problem, look at the tools and materials that are available, then find a solution using what you have to work with

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

MpVpRb Always is a long time (379 comments)

Today, the digital world is young and new

The managers are young, the employees are young, the customers are young

Once upon a time, the railroad was the hot new tech, then radio was, then tv..etc

Someday, software will be as mature, professional and boring as ball-bearing engineering

I suspect that ball-bearing engineers suffer no age discrimination

BTW..I am a 60 year old programmer who is turning away work. I work in the totally non-sexy world of embedded systems and industrial equipment

about 4 months ago

Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds

MpVpRb I saw a presentation on Squeak (231 comments)

..Alan Kay's educationally oriented programming language

They said...

Most kids who take math don't learn math

Most kids who take French don't learn French

But, kids who grow up in France, have no problem learning French

We want to create "Mathland" where learning math is natural

about 5 months ago

A New Car UI

MpVpRb Sounds like learning a musical instrument (237 comments)

Whenever I hear the term "muscle memory" it reminds me of learning to play a musical instrument

That thing looks as baffling and intimidating as a saxophone to a new user

Sure..once you learn it, it might be cool, but how many people have the physical talent and time to learn it

I tried for years to learn piano, practiced a lot, and just never could get it

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

MpVpRb The owner is an asshole (478 comments)

Tell him his idea is stupid and find another customer

about 5 months ago

The Road To VR

MpVpRb In the early 90s we all read the hype (61 comments)

The articles were filled with very optimistic visions of a VR future that was "coming soon"

I worked for Disney Imagineering R&D at the time, so money was available to buy some stuff and play with it

We bought the "state of the art" system, and hooked it was not super impressive

When we showed it to the President of WDI, he said "don't show this to anybody else, it makes us look bad"

Years, and many millions of dollars later, we managed to create our own VR headmount display and opened "Imagineering VR Lab" at Epcot

It was better, but still nowhere near lived up to the hype

about 5 months ago

Star Trek Economics

MpVpRb We all wish for a Star Trek future.. (888 comments)

..but, the way things are going, the future will be a very small number of ultra-rich with the rest of the population living like rats in the sewers of Calcutta

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

MpVpRb We're in the pre-industrial era.. (716 comments)

..of software development, and even the best of us aren't very good at it

If there was a foolproof procedure to guarantee bug-free code, and only the lazy or incompetent produced bugs, things would be different

Unfortunately today, a talented, competent developer, using best practices, always produces bugs

about 5 months ago

Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

MpVpRb VLC does not access the speakers directly (526 comments) uses Windows system calls which then call the sound driver

If the damage was caused by software, it's clearly the fault of the driver

VLC is too far up the stack to cause anything abnormal

about 5 months ago



What are your experiences with AT&T U-verse

MpVpRb MpVpRb writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MpVpRb (1423381) writes "So...late last night, this very persistent young man came to my door. He was pitching AT&T U-verse. Evidently this is some kind of hybrid fiber/copper broadband that promises high speed internet, TV and phone. He talked and talked and refused to stop, even after I told him I was not interested several times. The fact that they have resorted to high pressure door-to-door sales makes me think that the service is in deep trouble.

Have any Slashdotters tried it? If so, what are your experiences?"


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