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How loud is your primary computer?

c_jonescc HDDs (371 comments)

I used to have major problems with fan noise, as I kept my machine in my bedroom. Last two systems I've put together the fan noise was the thing I most focused on.

Now the machine I'm using has a horrible HDD clicking during heavy downloads and virus scans. It's been that way since out of the box, and has functioned fine enough for 4 or 5 years 24/7/265, but it's gotten to the point that even though it's now down the hall from my bedroom a late night install will drive me nuts.

I'd like to go solid state, but have gotten lazy and used to having TBs of extra storage space.

about 8 months ago

California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

c_jonescc Re:Don't confuse teacher tenure with professor ten (399 comments)

Thank you for clarifying the accuracy of what I was thinking.

I don't have much experience with public K-12 tenure, but I did spend half my life in the university system. I know that university tenure takes ~6 years to earn, and has very rigorous reviews to reward it - the more prestigious the institution, generally, the more rigorous, because the goal is to maintain a faculty that the department can rely on for excellence and reputation.

It appears to me that K-12 tenure is automatically rewarded to anyone showing up for a couple years, which isn't a very efficient way of weeding out the lower quality individuals. It's hard to do reviews though, because the reputation of a department or school isn't rewarded in the same way; people choose their college, but very few people get to choose their public school.

about 8 months ago

Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

c_jonescc Re:I like my own office, thanks (314 comments)

When NYU was designing their new soft matter center in the physics department the faculty wanted glass office walls on the perimeters of the labs for better communication/collaboration (and oversight).

The grad students and postdocs, fulfilling just what you'd expect form introvert scientists-in-training, responded by taping up posters on the glass under the pretext of "decoration" to gain some privacy.

Looked horrible in the end.

about 8 months ago

Proposed California Law Would Mandate Smartphone Kill Switch

c_jonescc Re:And the other uses for this are? (252 comments)

Thank you for your commitment to democracy.

During the OWS protests, every time I heard someone complaining about dirty hippies, or lack of consensus message, or anything, I'd simply point out that I admired their commitment, and I know few people that would sleep in the street and risk interference for police voluntarily.

OWS started a conversation, and were forced to make a shocking commitment to do so.

about 9 months ago

Obama Praises NSA But Promises To Rein It In

c_jonescc Re:Chilling (306 comments)

I understand. I was trying to politely point out the incorrect use of effigy. If I were more clever I would have made a good joke and gotten a -1 funny mod.

Interesting topic though: is there really nothing of value in the NSA records? Is it really impossible to filter for the information they've gathered that would fall within their original (or /. perception of) mission? The resources they've employed are substantial, and it would be disappointing to me to consider 100% of that a waste, when there aught to be at least some fully legal, fully helpful, actionable intelligence within the noise of over-collection.

about 10 months ago

Obama Praises NSA But Promises To Rein It In

c_jonescc Re:Chilling (306 comments)

We need to simply shut down the NSA altogether, burn their records in effigy, and recall every elected official who ever voted in favor of their activities, or their funding.

So, you want to destroy a representation of the records, but keep them in storage somewhere? :)

about 10 months ago

EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

c_jonescc Re:Theft? (1010 comments)

I see, so this is only a theft because of the quantity, and I'm a moron for not realizing it.

Or, as other posters state, all theft is theft, and quantity is irrelevant, and I should realize that.

The point is that there's no clear line about what assumptions are common when it comes to an exterior outlet in a public space. I haven't seen anything that clears up whether this outlet was for the use of students or faculty for personal electronics, or not - though that may be due to my lack of literacy. Originally, it appeared that he was the parent of a student on premises at the time, which makes it all a bit gray, in my moronic, non-knee jerk perspective.

Thanks for the lack of toxic communication though. It's nice when we can talk things through as a community without resorting to the greater fuckwad hypothesis.

about 10 months ago

EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

c_jonescc Re:Don't expect the cop to know how much was stole (1010 comments)

He was arrested at 8p, specifically to ensure he had to spend the night in jail.

Yes, they did investigate before making the arrest and determine that he did something chargeable. Good on them.

Then they threw him in jail overnight for...? What exactly? Even requesting a court appearance via the mail (such as with a moving violation from traffic cams) would be ludicrous in this case, but they wanted to maximize their punishment, it would appear.

What part of that glossed over bit that they intentionally arrested him after the courts are closed is reasonable?

about 10 months ago

EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

c_jonescc Re:Theft? (1010 comments)

So, your interpretation is that any use of the outlet outside of official school business is stealing. That's fine. I think it's unclear.

Shall a faculty member charging a personal cell phone also expect to overnight in jail? With the absolutism you're using, I don't see how you can suggest this situation is different.

And, that should be absurd to anyone.

about 10 months ago

EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

c_jonescc Re:Theft? (1010 comments)

Agreed. The line is not well defined, and it is ludicrous that with those ambiguities (why exactly is his car different from a phone, or a laptop?) the police would go to his home at dinner time to arrest him days later.

They intentionally arrested him at 8p. A time when it's hard to get paperwork/representation/hearing, and thus chose that he be forced to jail overnight. Jail overnight! Not for drunken driving, not for violence or endangerment, for an ill-defined "theft". Why would that be a reasonable course of action? If the police picked up someone over a week later for a night in jail for a stolen *anything* with small value, everyone would likely see agenda/corruption driving the decision.

Would they have done that if I plugged in my laptop? My phone? Is this outlet only for maintenance's use? If so, why isn't it secured against this "theft", tampering, or adolescent darwin-award experimentation? If it's for student or community use, why is this a problem?

Is this school private or public? What rights does he have as a student's parent vs. a student vs. anyone else? Could we expect that if one of the faculty charged their phone there, that they too would spend a night in jail?

I suspect it's got a lot to do with politics and a regional dislike of environmentalists or liberals. I'd be very happy to learn otherwise, because the police selectively seeking punitive punishment for what materials goods you possess, and what they infer those goods mean about you is not a great direction for us to be heading.

about 10 months ago

Dial 00000000 To Blow Up the World

c_jonescc Re:Not only... (306 comments)

Oh, that made me nostalgic for the /. of yesteryear.

Things are not the same now.

about 10 months ago

Hammerhead System Offers a Better Way To Navigate While Cycling

c_jonescc Re:How about... (249 comments)

Why is so much precision required in routing? If it's not for your commute (which will not be "new"), then time and length should have some flexibility.

I used to bicycle over 200 miles a week, and most of that was without even an odometer. One of the great joys was the feeling of "I am going to go that direction and see what happens" for x miles or y hours.

And if I needed to get somewhere specific, I'd look at a route in advance and head that direction. If I got mixed up, I'd just head in the right cardinal direction for a while. At 20 mph it's not like you're going to overshoot anything that dramatically, and if the destination area seemed esp. difficult I would just print out a map.

Why does every turn need to be precisely mapped, and why would it be a problem to miss a turn every once in a while. When did sport stop having any sense of adventure?

about 10 months ago

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

c_jonescc Re:Expensive (244 comments)

$900 for a Swiss Quartz watch is not cheap. It's a very good price for a mechanical, though even a good mechanical from a less luxury brand is closer to $600 often.

1 year,17 days

What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?

c_jonescc Re:I am torn (322 comments)

I prefer the depth of books to movies by far, and in hindsight prefer them, but nothing gets my anticipation up as fully and joyfully as a great movie trailer that I can't wait to see the film.

I'd really love to see Richard K. Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs series brought to the screen. Those are by far my favorite space noir books right now.

1 year,18 days

Bloomberg, WSJ: Student Aid Increases Tuition

c_jonescc Re:The Reality (433 comments)

If only it were the best and the brightest, instead of a system catering to those that can afford SAT prep.

more than 2 years ago

At my place of employ, we track business data ...

c_jonescc Re:Is /. selling out? (185 comments)

Didn't you notice the new tagline?

Slashdot: News for MBAs, stuff that makes a profit

more than 2 years ago

Tim Cook Prefers Settling To Suing and Has a Huge Quarter

c_jonescc Change only happens through litigation (246 comments)

Whether it's Apple innovating, or someone else, the patent system needs some desperate repairs.

And settling with Trolls does not do this. Settlements tend to be under NDAs, and therefore nobody knows how much was bled, how little the gain was, or how much you can hold a corporation hostage for. This leads to a prospectors climate, and the only way out is to force things into actual litigation and set new precedents.

It's short sighted of Apple (Cook) to avoid such lawsuits. They have the biggest war chest (what, still the better part of a trillion USD in cash holdings?), and can fix this problem for the rest of the tech sector. I feel that Jobs did this to some extent with the RIAA, and it makes Cook look spineless and short term report focused.

more than 2 years ago

Software Engineering Is a Dead-End Career, Says Bloomberg

c_jonescc Bloomberg (738 comments)

So, around the new year Bloomberg the person was a champion for Codecademy, giving them some (imho deserved) press, and initiating conversations here on /. about how the world would be better off if more people knew how to code.

Now Bloomberg the media claims it's a terrible profession to go into.

I guess the world would be better if we all knew how to cook a nice, healthy, well rounded meal. Or how to change the oil on our cars. Or how to gut a fish. And, maybe we all shouldn't be trying to be chefs, mechanics, or fishing guides.

When I started I thought I had a point. I guess I don't. Coding is a great skill to have, and as a champion for liberal arts education, I believe many things make us well rounded, better thinkers, and more productive than narrowly doing only that for which we hope to get paid. It seems to me that there should be enough work to go around (every jackass has an app idea they can't write), and ageism seems a little... simplistic. Experience does have rewards, doesn't it?

more than 2 years ago

My gut feeling about fracking:

c_jonescc Re:Of course it will go wrong (267 comments)

Agreed. I'm down on fracking, and don't think the risk is anywhere worth it. However, there's too much money available in getting to that shale, so it's likely inevitable that where it's possible fracking will eventually happen.

The best we can hope for is some proper regulation and oversight over the petroleum companies.

more than 2 years ago

11-lb Robot Can Jump 30 Feet Into the Air

c_jonescc Re:minor issues (68 comments)

I made the assumption that it jumps so high when leaving the rooftop to show how durable it is - that was the maximum falling distance for the playground they'd set up.

more than 2 years ago



Cell phone FUD from a cancer research director

c_jonescc c_jonescc writes  |  more than 6 years ago

c_jonescc (528041) writes "Ronald Herberman, MD, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Cancer Centers has issued a health warning about the supposed dangers of cell phone use. Tips can be seen via KDKA. The tips include warnings not to use your phone on a bus, so as not to passively expose others. In the video footage that accompanies the news piece, when asked why there's a lack of evidence to support such advice the answer is that "you [don't] want to have enough sick or dead people, before you take action, to prevent harm...". Apparently, there's not enough data about cell phones leading to death simply because we don't want people to die. The current evidence infers that we should have minimal concerns for this issue. Does that make this public health warning unethical, or just proactively cautious? A brief review of the clinical research is here."


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