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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

MrLogic17 Re:Take two cars (205 comments)

Which (gasp) didn't exist when I was a child and yet somehow we managed without. ..... Prior to that you either had a full sized econoline van, a VW mini-bus, a station wagon or a second car. Worked out just fine.

What percentage of the population could afford that back in the 70? or 80's?

Never was a problem getting all the people wherever we needed to go. I rode from the Great Lakes down to Florida several times in the back of a VW Scirocco.

And now we get to the heart of the problem. Would the local police or resident busy-bodies (with 911 on speed dial) let you get away with that today? Everyone needs a proper seat with seat-belt and side air bags. Rolling around lose in the back of a station wagon was good enough for us X'ers, but it's now considered reckless and dangerous today. And that is why minivans are essential to anyone with more than 2 kids.

about a week ago

Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

MrLogic17 7 weeks? (277 comments)

Wow, giving the company 7 weeks before Network Solutions took the site down? That's going way above & beyond. The average luser like me would be taken down the day of expiration.

about two weeks ago

Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

MrLogic17 Re:Or Just Use a Password Manager (279 comments)

Can I borrow your phone for a second? I need to E-Mail myself some copy & pasted data real quick...

A single point of failure is a single point of failure, be it desktop, phone, or cloud. I trust no one to hold onto my passwords for me.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

MrLogic17 Re:Hairdresser (509 comments)

Would you make the same recommendation if OP's offspring were a son?

Yes, there are male hairdressers - but your recommendation smells of gender stereotyping.

about two weeks ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

MrLogic17 Re:Only 100 mph? (443 comments)

In an urban area, where speed limits are typically either 25mph or 35mph, yes, that is special. (40 km/h and 56 km/h respectively)

This also explains the large number of other wrecks in the chase.

about two weeks ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

MrLogic17 Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (443 comments)

>My guess is the Tesla hitting one of the "street poles" (telephone pole?)

Normally these poles are called "utility poles", because most of the time they are installed & owned by the local power utility. There are folks in the electric industry that get down right bristly at the term "telephone pole". Telephone service is inferior (lower down the pole) to power, which is at the top of the pole. (Lowest of all, in every sense of the term, is cable TV service.)

Source: I work at a power company

about two weeks ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

MrLogic17 Re:Back in the day? (502 comments)

As I recall, Windows 3.1 came with a driver for the case speaker to do sound. Quality was awful, and constantly had a high-pitched ring in the background - but it worked.

The day motherboards started coming with real sound chips built-in was the day I stopped buying sound cards. Good enough for me, considering the quality of speakers I used most of the time.


about three weeks ago

Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

MrLogic17 Re:It's working so well in Venezuela (530 comments)

If people continue to breed as they currently do, we're going to be just fine. Birth rates globally are on the deline. As education (espcially education of women) becomes commonplace in a country, birth rates drop. We are in no danger of over populating the planet. Depending on the projection, "peak people" just might be within our lifetime.

With advancing technology. why can't everyone have a high standard of living? Technology & weath are not a zero-sum game. More people with education & skills raise the standards for all. (If you disagree, explain to me where all the silicon valley wealth was durring the stone age.)

Stop worrying about how big your slice of the pie is. Let's make the pie bigger for everyone.

about three weeks ago

TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

MrLogic17 Real TSA Motivations (702 comments)

I'm starting to think that the TSA's real motivation is to slowly put all of the airlines out of business.
If so, they're going to be one of the most successful covert operations in history.

about three weeks ago

15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

MrLogic17 Lacking details (203 comments)

It would be nice if there was a video, picture, or something to substantiate all of these claims.

I welcome advances in this field, but the wunderkind trope has been played too many times lately

about three weeks ago

NASA Successfully Tests 'Flying Saucer' Craft, New Parachute

MrLogic17 Floating black box? (49 comments)

Wait, so did the rest of the craft & chute sink?

about a month ago

Public Interest In Great White Shark Devours Research Site's Servers

MrLogic17 Data historian? (57 comments)

TFS says 100 data points a second. I presume it's more like 10 sample readings of 10 sensors per second, or some such multiplication.

I want to know more about their data historian software. There's some pretty amazing real-time compression these days, but that's still going to be a good chunk of data.

I could speculate of the software & brand, but don't want to do an unpaid endorsement (or anti-endorsement).

about a month ago

IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

MrLogic17 Re:Great News! (465 comments)

IRS officials working at the direction of the Whitehouse? Facing jail time?

You must be new here. There's nobody on the planet more safe from jail time.

about a month and a half ago

Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

MrLogic17 Re:Who buys volvos? (431 comments)

The only people I seen driving Volvo or Saab are college professors. Seriously.
Must be the image of a foreign car with a "I'm smarter than you and I want it to show" attitude.

And at least on my area, they must come from the factory all rusted out.

about a month and a half ago

NASA's Horizons Spacecraft To Probe Pluto Moon For Underground Ocean

MrLogic17 Re:Meanwhile... (47 comments)

There's plenty of water in Africa. You haven't actually been there, have you?
I have. I've seen what what's there on the ground. There are endless well-drilling, housing, and food projects funded by the western world, and each one is a success. The problem is the local corruption and lack of rule of law. No matter how much established nations invest in the area, local corruption will un-do and destroy.

If you have a proposal for how NASA can fix this problem, I'm all ears.

about a month and a half ago

After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

MrLogic17 Very fishy (372 comments)

I'd love to see what she would say to a taxpayer "losing" 2 years of receipts during an audit.

I think that "my bad" wouldn't be enough.

about a month and a half ago

Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S

MrLogic17 Re:Learning Nav system? (136 comments)

Google only purchased this company this past year. Give it some time... I'm rather happy google hasn't swooped in and hanged a bunch of stuff right away.

about 1 month ago

Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S

MrLogic17 Learning Nav system? (136 comments)

Please tell me it's Waze. Best Nav system in the world - it's saved me from more than one ticket...

about 1 month ago

Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

MrLogic17 Re:BBS Camp. (310 comments)

Similar story here. I wrote a game from scratch, in a dentist's office. Use lined notebook paper, spiral bound, to write out C=64 code.

I was maybe 10 at the time, and thought that number the lines with even numbers would give me room to make changes, should I want to.

Game worked perfectly, even line numbers, not so much,

about 2 months ago

To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

MrLogic17 Re:Obvious omition (199 comments)

This is why I stopped surfing with sound on, years ago.

I only turn on my sound if I have something specific I want to listen to - then turn it right back off. Moving & pop-up ads cause me to close that tab on my browser, and not visit that site again.

Treat kids, dogs, and web sites the same way - do not reward bad behavior.

about 2 months ago


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MrLogic17 MrLogic17 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

"What Liberal Bias?" Dept

36 percent of stories about Bush were negative compared to 12 percent about Kerry.

20 percent were positive toward Bush compared to 30 percent of stories about Kerry.

Stores about the Iraq war were 25 percent were negative and 20 percent were positive.

The three network nightly newscasts and public broadcaster PBS tended to be more negative than positive, while Fox News was twice as likely to be positive as negative.

To which I reply, someone *paid* to find this out? News flash! The Pope's Catholic, film at 11.


MrLogic17 MrLogic17 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Cool Tool:

Spell checker for IE - great for web-mail, SlashDot, and other on-line postings.


England's Mythical VAT Refund

MrLogic17 MrLogic17 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Random Rant:
On a recent (Feb 2005) trip to London, every store we went to told us that the 17.5% VAT (sales tax) was refundable for goods we took out of the country. 17.5% is a mighty stiff tax (remember that the Boston Tea Party was over a 1% tax on one product!), but if it's refunded, it's not an issue, right?

That is, until we got to the airport. After checking in, checking bags, and going through customs, we found the VAT refund office at the end of a long, narrow, poorly marked hallway. (No, there was no "Beware of leapoard" sign, but you get the idea...) The ever friendly government employee had no intention of helping us get a refund. She informed us that:
-Not all shops participate in the VAT refund (Apparently it's the store's burden, not the Queen's)
-You have to get a form from *each and every* store you shop at
-You have to prove to the VAT officer that you really did purchase the stuff you paid for- by showing all goods at the window (yes, after you've checked you bags and gone through security!)
-I think she also said there was a per store minimum of 200 pounds before you could get a refund. (Don't quote me on this one.)
-If you've managed to get this far, you have to mail back the VAT refund form to each and every store for a refund, less a service fee!

Needless to say, we didn't get a single pence back from the VAT refund. The part that most upsets me is that *none* of the stores, clerks, or information we'd read hinted at *any* of the barriers involved. Be warned: if you travel to England, don't be fooled into thinking you'll get any of that 17.5% VAT back.

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