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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

NF6X Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (550 comments)

Thank you. I do need correction to see the target at all, particularly at rifle ranges, because I've been nearsighted since at least junior high school. I suppose that once I get bifocals or progressive lenses (probably at my next eye exam), I'll need to learn to find the target first through the long-distance part of the lens, then shift to the near-distance part to focus the sights on the correct blur. I haven't gone shooting since I started to notice the onset of farsightedness, but I can still see well enough at front sight distance without correction. But now I need magnifying glasses to focus on small things like PCB features up close, which is pretty annoying. It's not just that the PCB features are getting smaller I've begun playing around with vintage computers recently, and I even have trouble focusing on the old through-hole stuff now without external optics.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

NF6X Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (550 comments)

Yes, my thinking has been the same. Wearing eyeglasses is annoying, but I'm risk-averse, and I only get one pair of eyes per life barring some really cool future technical advancement.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

NF6X Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (550 comments)

I'm considering doing that. I'm 45 and my eyes have just begun to change. I'm still generally myopic, but so far the change just requires me to take my glasses off when doing close work.

I'm also 45 and I'm experiencing the same thing. I am overdue for a new set of glasses anyway, but I've noticed my new farsightedness the most when doing work on the test bench. I've had to start using a set of head-mounted magnifying lenses regularly for close-up work. If I was to consider some sort of corrective procedure, I'd need something that's compatible with close-up hands-on work, staring at a computer screen most of the time, and shooting which requires both close-up vision (to see the signs) and long range vision (to see the target). I haven't researched yet whether any of the existing procedures would be a good option for a person of my age with my vision and range of activities.

about a month ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

NF6X Re:Not just Comcast (401 comments)

I had a similar experience canceling XM several years ago.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

NF6X Re:Slashdot Asks v. Ask Slashdot (381 comments)

Do me a favor; go to YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, Ars, and half a dozen other sites, and read some comment streams. Do you see how vacuous they are? Do you see how much chaff you must wade through to find one or two poignant insights?

I don't think the owners of Slashdot care. I think they only care about eyeballs per advertisement.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

NF6X No. (381 comments)

I have zero interest in having a smart watch. I haven't worn a wrist watch regularly for at least a decade, and I don't miss them. If I ever change my mind about wearing a watch, it'll probably be something older than I am. Something may come along that makes me no longer want or need to carry a smartphone in my pocket, but at this time I don't foresee it being in wrist watch form factor.

about a month ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

NF6X Re:What a joke.. (186 comments)

Exactly! That's why I control my home with the DECnet of Things. Let's see those script kiddies try and figure out how to dial up my VAX!

about 2 months ago
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Report: Watch Dogs Game May Have Influenced Highway Sign Hacking

NF6X Re:Weed valley (154 comments)

It's too bad that Bullock's isn't still around. Those "L"s on the sign really begged to be crossed with a piece of tape...

about 2 months ago
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Report: Watch Dogs Game May Have Influenced Highway Sign Hacking

NF6X Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (154 comments)

Pffft. Kids have been "hacking" signs for years. I remember when I was a kid, there was a place called Fairy Falls Creek. A couple of my university friends went and made a professional quality sign, in the same colour, and font as the existing sign, and renamed the area to Hairy Balls Creek. The fact that there were round rocks covered in hairy moss made the sign very plausible. So plausible, that after a few years, even the local tourism guides quoted Hairy Balls Creek.

Epic! I salute the miscreants who pulled that off.

about 2 months ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

NF6X Re:Printer Ink (288 comments)

All of my calculators used to be HP

Mine still are. I use an HP48gx, and run HP48gx emulators on my Mac and my iThings when my real 48gx isn't within easy reach.

about 3 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

NF6X Re:Nope. (355 comments)

My comment was in response to LCD screens, not network connections.

Sorry, my IOT-rant mode engages pretty easily. :)

about 3 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

NF6X Re:Nope. (355 comments)

So you wouldn't like to know that the temperature inside your freezer went too high and your food defrosted because your flatmate left the door open while you were away for the weekend?

I don't need my freezer to have a network connection for that. An old water bottle and a little bit of water will do the trick just fine. I can't think of any reason that I'd want my refrigerator, thermostat, laundry machines, etc. to have network connectivity. The real winners in the "Internet Of Things" game are the makers of networking hardware.

about 3 months ago
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eBay Compromised

NF6X Security Token? (193 comments)

eBay and PayPal used to offer security tokens to provide one-time PINs to be used at login. They were offered as either physical tokens or as smartphone apps. I just tried to look for them on the eBay and PayPal sites, but I no longer see any mention of them. Have they stopped supporting the tokens?

PayPal now just appears to offer something called PayPal Security Key in which they send OTPs via SMS, and I don't see anything like that on the eBay site.

about 3 months ago
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Researchers See a Post-Snowden Chilling Effect In Our Search Data

NF6X Re: This isn't new... (138 comments)

I recall seeing many Usenet posts ending with "NSA Line Eater Food" followed by lists of naughty keywords back in 1986 when I started college. The only differences are that now we have confirmation of what we took for granted back then (and probably before), and the scope is beyond what even the tinfoil hat guys believed.

about 4 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

NF6X Re:Obligatory (466 comments)

I'm still waiting for a meat-based vegetable substitute.

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

NF6X Re:VR a bad idea? (535 comments)

I think VR is a great idea, but now that FB has bought Oculus VR, Oculus VR is dead to me. I will not buy their products now or in the future, and if I already had one, I'd smash it. That's how much I love FB.

about 5 months ago
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Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

NF6X Re:for occulus it's the better deal (300 comments)

Indeed. Now I'm glad that I didn't act on my brief curiosity about applying for work at Oculus VR when I heard about some interesting engineering job openings that they posted a while back. I wouldn't want to work for Zuckerberg. Now that FB owns them, I have lost all interest in ever buying their products. Oculus VR is dead to me now.

about 5 months ago

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Fake "Speed Enforced By Drones" Signs on California Freeways

NF6X NF6X writes  |  1 year,28 days

NF6X (725054) writes "CBS station KPIX reports that somebody has been installing counterfeit traffic signs on California bay area freeways, warning motorists of drone-based speed enforcement. They are professionally-made reflective metal signs of comparable style and quality to official traffic signs, and in some cases are even mounted with tamper-resistant hardware. The signs show the familiar silhouette of an MQ-1 Predator drone launching a weapon. According to KPIX, California Highway Patrol denies that they operate any drones, and states that the signs are fake."
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UCSD Lecturer Releases Gun Owner Geotagging Application

NF6X NF6X writes  |  about a year ago

NF6X (725054) writes "UCSD Lecturer Brett Stallbaum has released an Android app called Gun Geo Marker to allow people to "Geolocate Dangerous Guns and Owners". The app description states:

"The Gun Geo Marker operates very simply, letting parents and community members mark, or geolocate, sites associated with potentially unsafe guns and gun owners. These locations are typically the homes or businesses of suspected unsafe gun owners, but might also be public lands or other locations where guns are not handled safely, or situations where proper rights to own or use any particular type of firearm may not exist."

I question how the motivation behind developing this app differs from, say, developing an app to allow others to publicly geotag homes of people believed to belong to a particular religion or political party."

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