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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

_UnderTow_ Re: All about perception (200 comments)

I spent four years of my life in the USMC, and I can tell you from personal experience that there are men in our country's military that are weaker than the average woman. There was a guy in my platoon that weighed about 100 pounds, his wife was comically larger than him and would have made a better grunt.

I always got annoyed by the different standards applied to women and men in the Marines, and though anyone should be available to be assigned combat roles, as long as you meet the same criteria. When I was on active duty the PFT (Physical Fitness Test) for men was a 3 mile run (fail if over 26 minutes), 3-20 dead hang pull ups, and 40+ sit-ups. The PFT for women was a 1.5 mile run (unsure of pass criteria), a flex-arm hang (at least a minute) instead of pull ups, and sit-ups, but with a lower threshold for success.

about 2 months ago
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Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

_UnderTow_ Re:Just make it fast (77 comments)

I had the same issue with my Note 3. With it deciding that 10 apps needed to be updated at the same time I was using my phone for navigation or transferring money to my spending account.

I decided to just shut off all automatic updates from the google play store, and I've been much happier since. I still get notifications when apps need updating, which is fine since I can decide to update when it makes sense for me. I wouldn't mind the auto updates if it didn't make the phone damn near unusable while it was happening.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

_UnderTow_ Re:Meh (283 comments)

My BMW 330xi can get 475-500 highway miles out of tank when driven conservatively. By 'conservatively' I mean that I try to keep my speed as even as possible, minimal burst acceleration, coasting down hills, etc. I can get that 475+ mile range while maintaining 80mph. I drive from Seattle to San Francisco once or twice per year to visit family. I try to arrange things so I don't have to fuel up in Oregon (I'd rather pump the gas myself), and generally can make the entire 840 mile trip with one stop in under 12 hours.

With that said, I would trade my car for a Tesla with no hesitation. I would be willing to deal with the charging stations on long trips, or even just not visit my family. They are in-laws after all.

about 2 months ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

_UnderTow_ Re:Some would be well suited. (299 comments)

"One shot one kill" was the firearms-related training mantra I heard most often in MC bootcamp.

about 2 months ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

_UnderTow_ Re:Some would be well suited. (299 comments)

I meant to say 'incorrectly', as in the OP misunderstood.

about 2 months ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

_UnderTow_ Re:Some would be well suited. (299 comments)

You do not understand this correctly. Unless things have changed since I enlisted, served my time and was honorably discharged, the USMC signs the same contracts as the other branches of the armed services. You sign up for X number of years, where X is equal to a Y active component and a Z inactive component. In my case, I spent 4 years on active duty, and 4 in the inactive ready reserve, where I could be called back to duty.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

_UnderTow_ Re:No thank you. (87 comments)

You don't own the books, you never did.

I'm OK with this. In my opinion, ownership of books is overrated. There are pros and cons to physical ownership just as there are pros and cons to ebooks.

I have teenaged children that read a lot, and ebooks allow them to all read the same book on their phones/tablets at the same time. I've witnessed them argue about who gets to read a new physical book first, and I'm glad to sidestep that entire argument.

With ebooks I don't have to store the book. I can't lose it or leave it on the train I take to work every day. Yes, DRM sucks, but I still prefer ebooks to physical books. I also don't have a problem "buying" movies from iTunes. I then don't have to worry about storing a DVD, or getting a new DVD if the old one gets scratched or otherwise degraded. I don't have to hunt through a DVD binder looking for the movie I want to watch.

about 5 months ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

_UnderTow_ Re: Not France vs US (309 comments)

Would the cost of that be more or less than the current cost of incarcerating non-violent drug offenders?

about 5 months ago
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The People Who Are Still Addicted To the Rubik's Cube

_UnderTow_ Re:Youtube's pretty good, though. (100 comments)

I messed with mine for about a day and a half before taking it apart and putting it back together in a solved state. I got my solving time down to just a few minutes that way.

about 8 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

_UnderTow_ Re:Ability to design and write software... (581 comments)

So it's more accurate to say that some coal miners may be able to learn to code: Watch out for those blanket generalizations, they bite back.

If you actually RTFA, you'll see that Bloomburg didn't actually make the blanket generalization he's accused of, he was referring to exactly what you said here: Not all coal miners are fit to be programmers, so to say "just teach them to code and they'll all become programmers" smacks of elitism and a lack of understanding about how the non-tech world works.

To that end, Zuckerburg's quote sounds like it could have come straight from the mouth of Marie Antoinette.

More like "could have come straight from whoever originally said 'let them eat cake'". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

about 8 months ago
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Wil Wheaton Announces New TV Show

_UnderTow_ Re:Sooooo... (167 comments)

Tosh.0.1

about 9 months ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

_UnderTow_ Re:Fuck boy racers (262 comments)

Translation: "If most people weren't stupid, we could have nice things"

about 9 months ago
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California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

_UnderTow_ Re:Compliance (374 comments)

I don't know what the BPPE requires with respect to compliance (article does not say in what way these places are not in compliance), but maybe I want that too. =Smidge=

I fully agree. While at first it sounds like a typical bureaucratic money grab, I'd like to see what laws they're violating before further rushing to judgement.

about a year ago
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Memo To Parents and Society: Teen Social Media "Addiction" Is Your Fault

_UnderTow_ Congregating Alone? (271 comments)

Congregating Alone? How's that done?

about a year ago
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Nelson Mandela Dead At 95

_UnderTow_ Truly a South African icon (311 comments)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Anit-Apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was found dead in his South Africa home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in this community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly a South African icon.

1 year,16 days
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Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

_UnderTow_ Re:But the final warning! (526 comments)

Guaranteeing the fire just sounds like a simple engineering challenge.

about a year ago
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Why Amazon Is Profitless Only By Choice

_UnderTow_ Re:"apex predators" (258 comments)

150 years ago, ....

...These same assholes ...

Well to be fair, I doubt they're the exact same assholes.

about a year ago
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Citizen Eavesdrops On Former NSA Director Michael Hayden's Phone Call

_UnderTow_ Re:I think we should "legal term" this guy (390 comments)

I was wondering the same thing. I wonder how fast his position on waterboarding would change if he was subjected to it for a while.

about a year ago
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Barbarians At the Gateways

_UnderTow_ Re:Uh (321 comments)

I'm not involved with HFT in any way, just playing Devil's Advocate.

Insider Trading == using material non-public information to your advantage when buying / selling securities.

If the information inputs to the HFT algorithms are puplic (not sure if they are or not), wouldn't that make whatever was done with them NOT Insider Trading?

about a year ago

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