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Book Review: Designing With the Mind In Mind

RustyTheCat Re:Illiterates... (52 comments)

Seems to me like nothing more than a few typing errors and certainly not worth such and extreme reaction. I found the article to be enjoyable and informative and it is unfortunate that you did not.

about 6 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

RustyTheCat Re:Help! (769 comments)

Wow, talk about pure evil. I've been playing around with the idea of adding solar panels to my house, right now I'm working on the insulation, but this makes me want to go out and buy some solar panels sooner than later; I think that option just got higher on my to do list of home improvements, damn the cost.

about 6 months ago
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Enlightenment E19 To Have Full Wayland Support

RustyTheCat A little additional information would be useful (140 comments)

I realize this is a specialized subject and that the people who are really interested in this already know what is being discussed. However, I feel your audience would be much wider if you added a short paragraph on what Enlightenment is, what Wayland is and why what you are discussing is a big deal. I'm not being sarcastic, the title is intriguing, but I don't have the time to dig through all the available resources to really understand what is being discussed. Just a suggestion.

about 7 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

RustyTheCat Re:Snow happens! (723 comments)

And a few years ago when they closed the schools just to be safe and the weather was fine everyone whined about how dumb the administrators were and all the money wasted, etc.

about 9 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

RustyTheCat Re:Pffft (723 comments)

It would be great to have the right equipment on hand when there was significant snow or ice to deal with, but in my experience such events only happen every three to twelve years, or more or less. That's a potentially long time to keep expensive equipment standing around not being used. Try that and then listen to people whine about the "waste" and how all that money could have been better spent on schools, police, and just about anything else you have a personal interest in, instead of a once in a decade (they always exaggerate) event. Oh, and be prepared for the news teams to fiercely total up the cost of storage and maintenance as they rabidly struggle to make news and justify their jobs (yeah, they do that). The fact is that the forecast from NOAA was for a light dusting to possibly a half inch of snow. Instead it was two and a half or more inches and it came sooner than we were told it would. Even as it happened the storm tracking new shows with their three dimensional real time radars couldn't tell us how bad it was going to be. In fact there were plenty of people saying stay home, don't go out if you don't have to, if you were willing to listen. That said, the single biggest problem was that all the schools and businesses let out at once and the roads were jammed up. Add that to the pavement getting slippery and you had the makings of a disaster. When this happens again in 2019 people will have forgotten they don't know how to drive in the snow, the new government will lament the previous governments inadequate preparations (but it's not in the budget for next year either) and people will go to work/whatever planning to get as much done as possible before the storm hits. And when the storm does hit they'll all rush home jamming up the roads, getting in accidents, etc. and everyone will whine about how things should have been done differently and point fingers everywhere but themselves. Ah, humans, they're just so ... human.

about 9 months ago
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Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

RustyTheCat Re:But seriously speaking ... (465 comments)

Time Travelers would know about this type of searching because it is history to them, probably covered in Time Traveling 101, and wouldn't do anything that would cause a problem. Your only real hope is that a time traveler is from the far future where relevant records have been lost. In that case they would inevitably end up changing the past so that their exact timeline didn't exist and they didn't travel to the past, thereby not affecting the past meaning their timeline would exist so they would travel to the past thus changing their timeline so that they would never travel to the past, ... creating an infinite dual path time loop (I just invented that term!) (I have a vision of multiple timelines flickering in and out of existence, really, really fast). If you assume that each loop was slightly different, due to something like quantum indeterminacy (QI), then eventually the loop would create a stable time line where time travel is never developed. If QI doesn't apply then either the timeline would loop so that the future is dependent on the time traveler going into the past and changing something, or the universe would explode. So even if time travel is possible it either won't happen or we'll all die. Bummer.

about 10 months ago
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Google Testing Smart Appliance, Would Compete With Nest Thermostat

RustyTheCat Re:Themostat (139 comments)

Have the real thermostat hidden somewhere else and make the one she changes a decoy.

about 10 months ago
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Google Testing Smart Appliance, Would Compete With Nest Thermostat

RustyTheCat Re:Fuck Google (139 comments)

The very last thing I want is to hook up everything to the internet. It's just another target for someone to hack and also I've found the greater complexity of a device the greater the probability of failure and the harder and more expensive is the repair. On the very rare occasion my 25 year old clothes dryer needs maintenance whichever repair repair tech comes out always says don't get rid of it. The newer models are only good for about seven to ten years and then have to be scrapped because something breaks that is too expensive to fix.

about 10 months ago
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Tesla Model S Has Bizarre 'Vampire-Like' Thirst For Electricity At Night

RustyTheCat Re:The only fix for vampire draw (424 comments)

In laboratory research -it was found that anything in sufficient quantities was lethal to rats including water and air. However, the ones used to test Viagra died with a smile on their faces...

about a year ago
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Tesla Model S Has Bizarre 'Vampire-Like' Thirst For Electricity At Night

RustyTheCat Re:The only fix for vampire draw (424 comments)

A lawsuit which will poof into an existential mist as soon as a software fix is installed. Agreed it's an issue to be dealt with but new technologies always have teething problems. Some people seem to assume that the way things are right now is the way they will always be. Tesla has acknowledged the problem and it is in their best interest to fix it and so they will. Now that it's gotten some publicity they will probably work on a solution that much harder. This literally isn't a life or death matter; most Tesla owners won't care as long as it is fixed and at most they will be owed some trivial compensation for the extra electricity used.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

RustyTheCat Re:Vague criticism (361 comments)

"I don't have to hold my tongue when someone is wrong or worry about formalities" This is incorrect. You should be professional in how you act at work; the only alternative is to be seen as unprofessional. Have fun but raise the bar on how you treat people. Be civil, be clear; what is obvious to you is very often obvious only to you. If you are sure you are right don't back down, but sometimes you will still be wrong and having to admit you were wrong after having acted like an ass can be humiliating.

about a year ago
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Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment

RustyTheCat Re:Forget the flying car, give me electric (452 comments)

Valid point but if you are just along for the ride what's the point? Other than a better view it would be like riding in a self driving car.

about a year ago
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Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment

RustyTheCat Re:Forget the flying car, give me electric (452 comments)

There will never be flying cars as a general means of transportation. People can barely keep it between the lines in two dimensions.

about a year ago
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Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment

RustyTheCat Re:I find it hilarious... (452 comments)

"...the document assumes that humans are causing the climate to change, an assumption for which there is no proof..." Wow, remember when the argument that there was no proof that global warming was actually happening? Now the argument is that it isn't caused by humans. What's next? "Global warming isn't caused by Americans!", "Global Warming is caused by people in the mid-west.", "Global warming is caused by neighbor"? The last I checked there was a 97% agreement among climate scientists that humans were causing Global Warming. Or is a statistical study of published peer-reviewed papers not a good indicator scientists agree on a given subject? Google 'Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature' (now that's a mouthful!)

about a year ago
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Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment

RustyTheCat Re:I find it hilarious... (452 comments)

Please clarify, I don't understand what you are trying to convey. Thank you.

about a year ago
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Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment

RustyTheCat Re:I find it hilarious... (452 comments)

Google 'state of charge union of concerned scientists' and you'll find a PDF document that is a study of an Electric Vehicles’ (EV) emissions and costs. Page 37: "Over the lifetime of an EV, the owner can save more than 6,000 gallons of gasoline" Page 17:"a typical midsize EV could save nearly $13,000." Page 11:"There are no areas of the country where electric vehicles have higher global warming emissions than the average new gasoline vehicle." Page 37:"Nearly half of Americans live in regions where driving an electric vehicle means lower global warming emissions than driving even the best hybrid gasoline vehicle available."

about a year ago
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Altering Text In eBooks To Track Pirates

RustyTheCat Re:Fred Saberhagen covered this already (467 comments)

See the short story "The Annihilation of Angkor Apeiron" in the collection "THE ULTIMATE ENEMY, THE BERSERKER SERIES" By Fred Saberhagen

about a year ago

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