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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

PrimaryConsult Re:Would this be legal if a proposed law passes? (249 comments)

The same way in my state it is illegal to charge extra for a credit card transaction, but not illegal to offer a discount for using cash. Thus, the "cash price" vs "credit price" at gas stations...

about a week ago
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China's Island Factory

PrimaryConsult Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

I only have layman interests in languages. I don't particularly want to read some wikipedia article on languages.

As do I, though I have taken a few linguistic courses as well. In any case, 'layman interests' is exactly what Wikipedia is for. I sent you to the specific section of the page which answers your question, unlike your relativity example which is the top level page of something I did not express any interest in (to you). If you don't care enough to read the Wikipedia article, being that you're an AC, I'm not sure you're worth answering anyway.

If you must know *why* I think it is that great, The part I linked to is where it explains that the design of the letters is based on the position of the mouth when making the sound. The other reason it is that there's only a handful of "letters" but they group together to form blocks. Each block makes a complete syllable (so that it flows naturally when reading) but unlike other phonetic alphabets such as Kana, you do not need to memorize every possible block to learn to read / write, just the component letters and the positioning cues.

about three weeks ago
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China's Island Factory

PrimaryConsult Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

Or, I have better things to do than read slashdot 3 hours after posting?

In any case, here is the relevant section of the wikipedia article on Hangul, which does a far better job at explaining than I can.

Now go back under your rock, troll.

about three weeks ago
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China's Island Factory

PrimaryConsult Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

Everyone uses / used the Chinese alphabet because they were "first past the post" in the region, not because the Chinese at one point owned it all.

The Japanese learned it when they sent scholars to learn in China. They then proceeded to improve on it by making simpler alphabets (Kana) so that it did not take 10 years of dedicated study to learn enough to read/write a shopping list.

The Koreans acquired the writing system through Buddhism, and they too decided to improve on it and made Hangul (IMO the most efficient and logical alphabet in the world).

The Vietnamese also borrowed it, but managed to so badly screw the writing system up while trying to improve on it that they gave up on their version and picked up the Roman alphabet from the Portuguese instead.

about three weeks ago
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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

PrimaryConsult Re:Human Subjects (91 comments)

You might want to learn to read usernames; I'm not the GP.

And unless you have a ", MD" after your name, you have no more qualification to discuss this than the rest of us, so why don't you take your profanity laced drivel and shove it up your ass.

about three weeks ago
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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

PrimaryConsult Re:Human Subjects (91 comments)

Of course not, but let me put it in sysadmin terms:
System a is having a problem
System b with a slightly different configuration is avoiding the problem

When trying to solve the "problem" the normal way (Documentation, Google) fails usually you start making "a" look more like "b" until the problem goes away. Or are you saying that finding a working example of what you are trying to accomplish is not extremely valuable?

about a month ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

PrimaryConsult Re:Hire Engineers as Employees. (212 comments)

That's what we do with Oracle and we're actually doing pretty well with them. We only let them build the dev environment, train our staff, and create documentation. The other environments are built entirely by the people they trained using the documentation provided, and once we are confident we can rebuild the system even if Oracle vanished off the face of the earth, we send the consultants on their way. This approach should be done with *any* vendor though.

about a month ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

PrimaryConsult Re:Infrastructure? (727 comments)

The config overwriting used to annoy me as well, but the universal solution is to chattr +i the file that keeps getting overwritten. There's often an added bonus that whatever keeps overwriting it generates an error logged to the console or syslog whenever it tries again, providing a nice breadcrumb to figure out what's overwriting it.

about a month ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

PrimaryConsult Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

Maybe they were doing it wrong but it was easy to get freecell to run by copying the .exe into a different folder and calling it notepad.exe...

about a month ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

PrimaryConsult Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

1/2: It's more expensive and behind schedule *because* of the red tape and NIMBYism.
3: Certainly feasible, considering they built highways to connect these same cities. Also, it will be popular considering the pokey slow train and megabuses that connect the same cities sell out regularly.
4: You know that the money would never go to that purpose. And in 20 years when this thing is finally done, the cost of air travel will undoubtedly have gone up. So what you are essentially arguing here is that the poor should be priced out of speedy transportation within their own state.

about a month and a half ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

PrimaryConsult Re:Where do I sign up? (327 comments)

A *properly run* government office will use the work from home days and other perks that are not in the union contract as incentives to keep employees working at a decent pace. If they have to re-apply for those perks every quarter, and poor performance means denial, people won't slack.

Some places will use desk locations and shift hours as other motivators... to find the competent employees, look for the ones with a desk by the window or who's hours begin before 8.

I recall one small agency had an entire floor where they sent all of the problem employees, assigned to do only unrewarding repetitive work. Work that provided no useful or transferable experience. Bad managers were sent there to manage the bad employees. They even had a few nicknames for the floor, names that when spoken would immediately get a slacker back to work.

Bottom line: creativity is required on management's part but as long as there is wiggle room, what happened at the USPTO can be prevented without any drastic changes to the actual rules.

about a month and a half ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

PrimaryConsult Re:Comcast engineer here (224 comments)

Similar anecdote here, but a DOT engineer in our state was forced out when he complimented his agency on their response to a major storm. After the (predictable) public outcry, along with some lawyers offering to take up the case as he may not have even violated the rules, they doubled-down on ruining this guy's life by revealing things from his past disciplinary record that had already been addressed in order to try and vilify him in the press.

Moral: Even if you have only nice and helpful things to say, don't say anything at all.

about 2 months ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

PrimaryConsult Re:Service in exchange for a free modem? (224 comments)

Your taxes will pay for a road somewhere that you are not using. Similarly, while you wouldn't use *your own* hotspot's free wifi, you could use someone else's while away from home, and they could use yours.

about 2 months ago
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Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

PrimaryConsult Re:How much is due to Congestion (72 comments)

My Japan wifi experience was: amazing speeds, 20 hours a day, completely unusable for 4 hours a day. Fortunately there was an ethernet port - far more valuable to me than wifi.

about 2 months ago
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Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

PrimaryConsult Re: How much is due to Congestion (72 comments)

The wifi on Southwest may be a joke but the free DirecTV is good enough IFE for me... I can go without email for 5 hours.

about 2 months ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

PrimaryConsult Re:EU-laws (406 comments)

We have a lot of "fallen rock zones" and deer along our highways - if someone is following too closely at night it means they are stupid and the safest response is to immediately change the situation by gradually slowing down to the point where they pass you (unless you're illegally driving in the passing lane, in which case someone following closely means gtf out of the way).

about 2 months ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

PrimaryConsult Re:Submission with a spelling error, say it isn't (406 comments)

Hit submit too early: if jaywalkers start getting hit by autonomous vehicles, they'll probably require a driver in the driver's seat to periodically hit some sort of deadman's button at random intervals, or restrict autonomous vehicles to 15 MPH or some such nonesense...

about 2 months ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

PrimaryConsult Re:Submission with a spelling error, say it isn't (406 comments)

Not if places take New York city's approach - when the number of jaywalkers killed on a road gets to be what local politicians deem "excessive", they have either:
1 - The speed limit reduced
2 - A traffic lane converted to either parking or a bicycle lane
3 - Fences installed in the middle of the roadway, such that the jaywalkers now spend more time in the roadway walking around the fence

Recently they successfully managed to get the state to allow the city's "default" (unposted) speed limit to become 25 instead of the statewide minimum default of 30. In light traffic most cars go 40.

about 2 months ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

PrimaryConsult Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

But they're not doing it for all cars, just *specific* cars. When there's a $1 off coupon on Coke products available, does Pepsi suddenly cost $1 more? No, but Pepsi now has to try harder to match.

Similarly, all this does is knock $20k off the price of the fuel efficient car, making the $20k Gas Guzzlers and $45k alternate fuel cars closer in price.

about 2 months ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

PrimaryConsult Re:Finally! (474 comments)

I had a silly idea regarding this while visiting California last year. If you've ever walked the streets of either SF or LA at night, you will undoubtedly have found an experience with the homeless similar to that of a zombie movie, except instead of chanting "brains" they're chanting "change". So, once the war on drugs has been ended, some prisons could be converted to compulsory overnight housing: if you do not have a permanent address, and are found unconscious in a public location (either due to sleep or whatever), you get a free bus ride to a former prison for a good night's sleep. The same buses could take you back to the city you were picked up in the morning if you so desire, or you can stick around for 3 hots and a cot (maybe some job counseling and medical care), grab a later bus, whatever. The only prison industry jobs lost would be guard-related. All the administrative, catering, medical, and transport jobs would be retained. Some homeless people have a slightly better life (many of them are too proud/stupid/mentally ill to ask for help but if forced, they'd accept it), and American cities would have an overall better quality of life for all involved.

about 2 months ago

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