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Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

OldeTimeGeek Re:Its silly (405 comments)

Even if true, which I doubt, it's irrelevant. Paris can only control their environment, not the industrial policies of another country. Like it or not, they're doing what they can do.

about 5 months ago

Florida Arrests High-Dollar Bitcoin Exchangers For Money Laundering

OldeTimeGeek Re:Bigger crime here (149 comments)

Oh, no they haven't - they're still here but have been modded down to -1. What level are you browsing at?

about 7 months ago

US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

OldeTimeGeek Re:They have done this for years (578 comments)

So Comcast should give you a cable box (or card) - which subscribers don't get for free - send an installer to hook it up, even if you aren't wired for cable, do the internal paperwork to turn on the box and then when the Olympics is over, back it all out. All for a one-time fee. Sure. Gonna happen.

about 7 months ago

A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

OldeTimeGeek Re:Kill Beta! (144 comments)

They certainly are! Sorry, someone had to complete the joke...

about 7 months ago

Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

OldeTimeGeek Re:Why? (664 comments)

What problem are they trying to solve? They want to recover the cost of managers. They can't get rid of the technical staff - they actually need them - but they can get rid of that expensive middle tier by automating the tracking part of management. Which all they think there is to management.

Before you all say "Woohoo", think of this: The CIO is now your boss. You are no longer a person, you're a resource. The only way he knows you or of you is a set of numbers on a report. You either make whatever metric they use to gauge your performance or you don't. They don't care if you're sick, or if you're taking care of a child, or if you've got a personal problem - you don't make the numbers and you're gone.

about 7 months ago

When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

OldeTimeGeek No horns? (267 comments)

Ok, let's assume in this wondrous future, you are being driven (can't exactly call it driving if you're not in control) on some country roads and you encounter a very large bull standing in the middle of the road. Your car recognizes that there is an obstruction, stops and waits patiently for the road to clear. The bull waits patiently for the car to go away. Unless they've come up with automated cattle in the future you've got a problem. Since the car has no horn, you (the passenger) have to figure out a way to get the bull to clear the road. You try waving your arms. The bull ignores you. You yell at it, fueled by you annoyance. It calmly looks at the source of the noise and goes nowhere. The car finally figures out the obstruction is permanent, executes a perfect u-turn and runs out of gas because it didn't include having to backtrack when it calculated your course.

Anybody who thinks this is unlikely has never driven on back roads. Will they get rid of horns? I hope not.

about 8 months ago

The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

OldeTimeGeek Re:Instagram didn't replace Kodak (674 comments)

Yay! Someone with a good memory. For a long time, the highest quality, highest resolution digital cameras were Kodak. But they were for professionals only. Kodak's big mistake was not wanting to cannibalize their film market and for that they paid dearly.

As the GP said, they still exist. Those of us who still use film (I have two medium format cameras) can still buy Kodak color or black and white film and motion picture film is still available.

about 8 months ago

Australia's National Broadband Network Downgraded

OldeTimeGeek Re:Stupid. All of them. (122 comments)

Oh, yeah. That'll work ever so well. Everybody will do things in a way that is completely inoperable with every other company and it will be left up to yet another party to integrate it. I mean, it worked great for the American telcos, didn't it?

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

OldeTimeGeek Re:iPad (370 comments)

Didn't imply that that they did, just that I've been working with computers for a while. Could have said Teletypes, card punches or DECwriters rather than CRTs...

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

OldeTimeGeek Re:iPad (370 comments)

As someone who is suffering from declining eyesight because of too many years looking at CRTs, I have to disagree. I recently switched from a first generation iPad to a higher version and have to say that the increased resolution means, to me at least, that the screen is a lot easier to reed. The extra resolution makes the characters on a web page or email a lot less fuzzy and I don't have to concentrate to as much to make out what it says.

about 9 months ago

China Prefers Sticking With Dying Windows XP To Upgrading

OldeTimeGeek Re: Why (333 comments)

Degrading in the sun doesn't do much good when most of the bags are buried in landfills.

about 9 months ago

Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

OldeTimeGeek Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

They're sold for street use because they have to be. The FIA requires manufacturers in the GT classes to produce 25 cars for the car to be homolagated (allowed to race).

Not to mention that they make very nice rich boy toys, just like all of the other super cars.

about 9 months ago

Failed Software Upgrade Halts Transit Service

OldeTimeGeek Re:I Guess (125 comments)

Never been to San Francisco, have you?

Let's say all of the BART riders start driving in. They will find themselves adding more traffic to an already congested highway system that will never, ever, get any larger. There simply isn't the space. And once they get to work, good luck finding some place to park...

about 10 months ago

UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?

OldeTimeGeek Re:And You Are Some Magic Insect Sorting Entity? (626 comments)

Yes, but would most people eat a handful of aphids all at once? There's a huge difference between eating the odd insect part or two because they were accidentally introduced in the process and choosing to eat them.

about a year ago

USPS To Launch Line of Smart Clothing

OldeTimeGeek Re:and they wonder why they dont make money... (206 comments)

They may, possibly, delver to an outlying area but next day or even second day service is nonexistent. Not to say that it won't keep them from still accepting packages and charging you a premium price for two-day service that they don't intend to honor.

about a year and a half ago

What You Can Do About the Phone Unlocking Fiasco

OldeTimeGeek Re:How America has withered ... (416 comments)

If you really, honestly, truly think that the unwashed masses had better access to their representatives in an any era, you aren't quite as old as you state.

Congress has NEVER been afraid of its constituents - largely because voters had no real idea of how laws were made. They had the idealized Civics class version which made it sound like everybody was in agreement all of the time - just one big happy family there on Capitol Hill. Disagreements? Never discussed. How money was spread about between states to ease passage of controversial bills? Not a word. People were completely isolated from it and happy to be so. Honestly, do you really think that there would have been a Moon program if the discussion was available outside of Congress? Would the Civil Rights Act have been passed if the details of how Lyndon Johnson made each Congressmen an "offer they couldn't refuse" was on the daily news? If you want to look even earlier, the graft behind the creation of Transcontinental Railroad makes Enron look like rolling a kid for their lunch money. Did the public know about that? Even if they did, do you think that they would have cared?

Between blogs, traditional media and social media, people today have an unprecedented level of information about what goes on in Congress and what their Congresspeople do. America hasn't withered - life is more complex than any time in our history and rather than discussing it, we've chosen to hide from it. People have always chosen what they do with their franchise - we now choose to sit back and whine.

about a year and a half ago

New Hampshire Cops Use Taser On Woman Buying Too Many iPhones

OldeTimeGeek Re:iPhone IS MADE in China (936 comments)

The iPhone 5 received the necessary network access licenses from the regulatory groups in China at the end of November and have only recently gone on sale there. The sales restriction didn't come from Apple.

about 2 years ago

FIA Adds Rome To Formula E 2014 Inaugural Season

OldeTimeGeek Re:Extreme racing (91 comments)

Weight is still directly related to winning, but refueling was ended in 2010 - regular pit stops are only for tire change now.

about 2 years ago



Will your company make you buy your work PC?

OldeTimeGeek OldeTimeGeek writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OldeTimeGeek (725417) writes "An article in Computerworld seems to indicate that they might.

In an effort to reduce costs, some companies may allow their employees to bring their own computers in to work rather than buying a system for all employees. Some may even require it — according to Gartner, 10% of companies will require their employees to buy and maintain their own computers. Is this something that your company is thinking of?

Does this further blur the distinction between work and home, or has it been already destroyed beyond repair? Would you do this if it was offered to you?"


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