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Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

crath Re:damn units (490 comments)

The researcher, journalist, and most cyclists are making the classic correlation is not causation error. See the following site for lots of humourous versions:

about 3 months ago

GOP Bill To Outlaw EPA 'Secret Science' That Is Not Transparent, Reproducible

crath While we're at it... (618 comments)

Let's also outlaw secret courts, non-transparent legal processes, unfettered wire tapping, etc. This action against the EPA seems to be nothing more than a way to distract voters away from the government's illegal actions.

about 6 months ago

Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

crath Re:I'm male but... (545 comments)

You are confusing ability with interest. No matter how much ability someone has, if the activity doesn't interest them then they will not pursue it. This whole get woman involved in tech thing has become very tired. /. needs to stop posting these articles.

about 7 months ago

Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

crath Re:At least one CEO eats his own dog food (314 comments)

Anyone with a serious interest in this subject needs to read "Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by Tom Demarco & Timothy Lister. They present empirical research data gathered in the 1970s that demonstrates the real productivity gains to be made through housing staff in appropriate office space. Note: open offices and cubical jungles do not constitute productive environments. The numbers tell no lies.

about 7 months ago

Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

crath Re:Rape, burn, pillage, rape... (510 comments)

But, "Rape, burn, pillage, rape" is so much more alliterative than the correct form.

about 7 months ago

Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government

crath Snowdon contributes to global warming (510 comments)

In other news, government officials announced they have conclusive evidence that the information leaked by Snowden is causing an acceleration in global warming.

about 9 months ago

Users Slow to Update Netgear ReadyNAS Boxes Open To Remote Exploit

crath Netgear's recent incompetence (53 comments)

I'm a ReadyNAS owner. I have ignored recent firmware updates from Netgear simply because they have become incompetent at releasing firmware that actually functions. I keep my ReadyNAS far away from the Internet, and so my level of risk is low; as well, I have stopped upgrading: Netgear's release quality is simply too poor to allow me to risk the upgrade.

about 10 months ago

NSA Can't Search Its Own Email

crath Re:big surprise (165 comments)

More likely a case of somebody lying to get around a FOIA request,...

I agree. Telling porkies is their specialty.

... for which there will be consequences. All government agencies have very strict regulations concerning record keeping and FOIA, with jail time possible for anyone who fails to abide by those regulations.

Now you're dreaming in Technicolor. The liar might get a promotion for their behavior, but there certainly won't be any negative consequences.

1 year,28 days

Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

crath Re:Here's the deal... (329 comments)

The advice I've replied to is exactly right. In my case, I fly almost every week on business, and I buy my own laptop. By the end of the second year, I almost always experience some type of failure in my laptop--either failure of a component or an accident (liquid into the keyboard). I always buy the all-perils warranty for my laptop and I always come out ahead. I am out at the extreme upper end of the bell curve, and so I benefit at the expense of the insurance company.

One of the benefits of the warranty (on my HP laptop) is that I buy the onsite, next business day service. So, no matter where in the world I am working--and I work in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia--an HP tech shows up and fixes my laptop without the need for me to visit a service centre or return my laptop to depot by courier. This is part of the business value to me.

However, I do not buy any other extended warranties; because in all the other situations I am not out at the extreme end of the risk curve and so I will always lose.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Archive and Access Ancient Emails?

crath Convert to a common format (282 comments)

I gathered up all my historical email records a few years ago, and used Aid4Mail to convert all the various mailbox formats to the common format I use today. Choose a format that's convenient for you, and standardize on it. Here's the product website:

about a year ago

Monsanto's 'Terminator' Seeds Set To Make a Comeback

crath Re:Good. (284 comments)

It can also be used to prevent the spread of "engineered" genes to wild plants and crops in nearby fields, and it can eliminate many plant-patent lawsuits.

This assertion flies in the face of common sense; pollen from this seed will float through the air and contaminate non-engineered fields and now those farmers will also have a percentage of their crop that produces sterile seed. This time, lawsuits will flow in the opposite direction: farmers who replant seed will sue Monsanto due to reduced germination rates and reduced yields in future years.

about a year and a half ago

Monsanto's 'Terminator' Seeds Set To Make a Comeback

crath Re:Good only for Monsanto. (284 comments)

Negative: If the gene causing infertility is transmitted via pollen, then farmers that try to produce an heirloom seed crop near a field planted with a Monsanto variety would be screwed since their seed crop could end up infertile.

This is exactly what will happen, and so Monsanto will put and end to many farmers' current practice of saving part of this years crop as next year's seed--since their seed yield will be reduced they negatively impact their future yield due to a percentage of the seed being sterile.

about a year and a half ago

Residents Report Bright Streak Over Bay Area Friday Evening

crath Sounds like meteor envy to me (123 comments)

Why does everyone need to keep up with the Jones's?

about a year and a half ago

Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

crath Re:advantages of metric (1387 comments)

Unfortunately, politicians do not want to eliminate confusion... they thrive on confusion and obscurity. Just like Canadian politicians (my home country), American politicians will vote to fuck over their citizens and do everything in their power to ensure that citizens are disenfranchised and screwed.

about a year and a half ago

Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

crath Re:Never underestimate familiarity (1387 comments)

This post is exactly right!!! Unfortunately, Americans, like Canadians (my ilk) are dense and stupid and will never do anything rational or sensible, and so their antiquated measurement system will endure.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Should Tech Conferences Embrace Diversity?

crath Re:One idea (343 comments)

Just treat everyone fairly, how hard is that?

. . . but you have to treat some more fairly than others . . .

Exactly... "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others".

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

crath Re:Yes (712 comments)

Pens and paper are a lot like food and wine: there are good and bad pairings. A well made technical pen paired with vellum is a fabulous pairing.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

crath's also about the paper (712 comments)

I concur with your list of complaints about pens, and have personally settled on using the Uni Ball Vision Elite (fine), which comes in variuos size nibs, as my all purpose pen. That said, in the days before convenient personal computing (I abandoned my paper log book in 1995) I addressed the issues you raise in two ways: 1. Using different pens in different situations; and, 2. Selecting the right paper on which to write.

In many ways, pens and paper are like wines and food: the are good and bad pairings. The right paper with the right pen makes all the differnce. My favourite pen and paper pairing were a technical pen with vellum. Another favourite was an early liquid ink roller ball (not sure what brand) wtih dark blue ink on yellow coated paper.

about 2 years ago



Software To Flatten a Photographed Book?

crath crath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

crath (80215) writes "A little over two years ago, Slashdot was asked about "Software To Flatten a Photographed Book? (" Well, here we are in Nov. 2011 and from what I can determine we're worse off than in 2009: Snapter--the only commercial software offering--has been removed from the marketplace. Scan Tailor has release a version that does part of what Snapter performed; but, it's still not all there. Is anyone aware of a real soution? I have 400 pictures of a century old family scrapbook that I would like to finish processing; what's holding me back is a lack of software."
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More iPhone 4 bad news

crath crath writes  |  more than 4 years ago

crath (80215) writes "Consumer Reports' first look and testing of the iPhone 4: "The extra functions you’ll get with the iPhone 4 likely don’t merit the $200 and up you’ll pay for the device..." From the WSJ's coverage of the Consumer Reports announcement: “There is a problem with its reception,”the publication explains ( “When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone’s lower left side—an easy thing, especially for lefties—the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you’re in an area with a weak signal. Due to this problem, we can’t recommend the iPhone 4.”"
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