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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

brad3378 Stick Shift transmissions. (610 comments)

Manual transmissions are generally inferior to the new breed of efficient automatic transmissions, but there's an inexplicable thrill to having that extra control.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

brad3378 Re:Still Waiting (247 comments)

I took a Fortran 77 class many years ago while pursuing my BSME, but never understood why we were using Fortran over more popular languages.

What's the advantage of Fortran in an engineering environment?

about 6 months ago
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U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt

brad3378 Re:Tell me again... (538 comments)

If I would have waited 10 years to attend college, I'd be way further in debt because tuition rates doubled.

about 6 months ago
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Austin Has Highest Salaries For Tech Workers, After Factoring In Cost of Living

brad3378 Re: Denver? Atlanta? (285 comments)

There goes the neighborhood!

about 6 months ago
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Red Hat Hires CentOS Developers

brad3378 Digg 2.0 (91 comments)

This new interface reminds me of when Digg.com lost 95% of its members by doing the same thing.

about 7 months ago
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Build an Open-Source Electric Car In About One Hour

brad3378 I'm new to Slashdot Beta (188 comments)

Is it normal for me to get this message?

"Shazbot! We ran into some trouble getting the comments.
Try again... na-nu, na-nu!"

about 7 months ago
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Dutch Architect Plans 3D Printed Building

brad3378 Re:Cool - I just poured a building (74 comments)

You have a very interesting website. I especially liked your innovative re-use of your old Styrofoam. I wish I had mod points to give you.

I had no idea it took so much wood to tackle a project like that. How much money did you need to spend on wood for that project? Will you be able to reuse the wood after it is removed from the concrete? Do you think a 3D printed home would save on material costs after you factor in the cost of the wood?

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers Create Working Nano Laser

brad3378 Re:Great.... but... (39 comments)

Might be good for squeezing more data on an optical drive?

about 2 years ago
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U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

brad3378 Is this was the "F - K" line? (821 comments)

I can't be the only person who incorrectly read that.

about 2 years ago
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Ford Building Cars That Talk To Other Cars

brad3378 Forget about talking to cars -Talk2 traffic lights (239 comments)

There's few things more irritating to me than waiting for a red light when there are no other vehicles at an intersection.
All I want is a simple way to communicate to the traffic light to let it know that I am approaching so I don't have to stop. It seems that most automatic lights I have encountered wait until I have come to a near full stop - which partially defeats the purpose.

Implement this and then BAM - instant time savings and 3+ Miles per gallon savings for every vehicle on the road.

more than 3 years ago
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Should Cities Install Moving Sidewalks?

brad3378 Re:escalators too (698 comments)

I use the same technique in reverse to make my headlight switch last longer.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Summoned To Fix Prius Problems

brad3378 Re:This will be interesting. (380 comments)

maybe younger drivers are more likely to notice the problem sooner and shift into neutral faster than older drivers?

more than 4 years ago
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China Begins Monitoring Billions of Text Messages

brad3378 Re:Evil. (178 comments)

I wonder how feasible it would be to bypass Chinese filters by posting text in .JPG or .GIF images (or some other format) instead of easily parsed Ascii?

more than 4 years ago
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New Research Suggests G-Spot Doesn't Exist

brad3378 Re:Slashdot agrees... (392 comments)

She thinks for a second and says "how do you give shoulder"?

Shrugs

more than 4 years ago
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New Research Suggests G-Spot Doesn't Exist

brad3378 Re:Placebo effect is just fine thanks (392 comments)

On the other hand, if you're successful, they will let you drill anywhere you want.

more than 4 years ago
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Landmark Health Insurance Bill Passes House

brad3378 Re:Banning illegal aliens is shortsighted (1698 comments)

Why aren't there red flags at the Social Security administration when an illegal immigrant uses a fake SS number?

Am I missing something here?
Why can't they cross reference a death database against a database of SS numbers shown to be still paying taxes? Why can't they flag SS numbers of people who hold multiple jobs on opposite sides of the country? There's probably a dozen more scenarios that they could easily check for to find fraud that I'm not aware of.

Does the SS administration purposely avoid investigating illegal workers to remain solvent?

more than 4 years ago

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NASA to spend billions to consolidate IT services

brad3378 brad3378 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

brad3378 (155304) writes "NASA has issued a final request for proposal for a menu of information technology services such as e-mail, security management, instant messaging and mobile communications. Estimates have pegged the work as worth $2.5 billion.

The project, Agency Consolidated End User Services (ACES), is designed to consolidate services across NASA into one agencywide solution. The requirements are currently met through the Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA, the ODIN contract."

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