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Comcast's Lobbyists Hand Out VIP Cards To Skip the Customer Service Wait

crispytwo isn't that the taste of the internet fast lane? (131 comments)

You get service if you have a card, otherwise you are to use the oh-so-helpful forums.
Oh wait, you have to have working internet before you can get there! Better hope you have a card!

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

crispytwo writing documentation is worth something (280 comments)

Maybe, if you have a technical mind, you can write for a living to help STEM people make sense to other humans.

I have no idea which jobs are not suited to you, but being able to write and communicate is valuable. Having a liberal arts degree, since many fail to notice, gives you the ability to cross disciplines easier than the single discipline degrees, since that is the definition. Both are useful.

At 25, you are just starting out. Find something you are passionate about, and go for that.

about a month and a half ago

The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

crispytwo ya - one size fits all (257 comments)

Whomever wrote this is a fool.

When you need a car, truck or whatever, you need that mode of transport. If all you need is to move your ass down the street a short way, a bus is helpful. Walking works too. And In so many cases, walking is faster than a bus -- why don't you walk fool?

They are not the same, not even remotely.

what driverless cars can replace is commuter vehicles, especially outside city cores. They will be more convenient than zip cars (in the current state) or the like, after all they come to your door. A bus doesn't, unless your door is where the bus is. Owning a car may seem ridiculous if you order up one, step outside and its there for you - drops you off at your destination and goes off to help another traveller or 2.

By the way, who says it has to fit more than 1 person? or more than 2 peopel?

How often do you travel with more than 1 person? I know my answer. 1%
What's your time worth? I know my answer.

about a month ago

Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

crispytwo Re:Group of supremely well educated (283 comments)

To be properly entertaining, we need both kinds of talk. There is no super hero with out a super villian, after all!

To be sure, we have plenty of villians and heros now. Nothing particularly super... except, perhaps, super stupid. But that's neither a villian nor a hero. Is it?

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

crispytwo Re:It looks like a response to anti spam laws (145 comments)

From what I understand, that is not the case. Any email that is unsolicited would be considered spam.

The SPCA, for example, was commenting that they don't have the resources to get permission to satisfy the law.

about 7 months ago

Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

crispytwo Re:It looks like a response to anti spam laws (145 comments)

Canada passed a new law regarding spam in electronic messages (in particular, email) starting July 1

the law is here: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca...
faq is here: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/com5...
the potential fine is $10 million

The companies that are effected are legitimate ones who do business in Canada
The onus on proving you have permission to send an email is on the company sending it.
There has been a flurry of activity wanting permissions recently due to the legislation.
It seems that nobody really knows what it means to be identified as a spammer.

Microsoft is probably thinking - to hell with it; the risk is too high. The RSS is good enough.

about 7 months ago

BMW, Mazda Keen To Meet With Tesla About Charging Technology

crispytwo Re:nissan or mazda? (137 comments)

Mazda has stated it is not going to spend money on EV so - it is Nissan.
Also, that Mazda could be changing it's mind would be news on its own.

about 7 months ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

crispytwo Re:I can't buy one (377 comments)

I got 8 years out of my car before the engine broke (warped block).
Out of warranty... and apparently most of the nissan 2.5 litre engines crap out at 120k

I expected 10-15 years out the car and I got 8! Engines are minimum $5k installed on a car that's worth $3-4k max.

I guess I should have expected 5 years and sold it to some other poor sap.

yay gas engines!


PS. yes I take care of my cars.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

crispytwo Go for it (274 comments)

If all you are worried about is cultural bias, don't worry about it. I'm in my mid 40s and I've been in start-ups for much of my career. If you have the skills they are looking for and the product(s) interests you, you will fit in well enough. If all that interests you is your offspring, you won't. (That applies to pubs/golf courses/spas too).

You will have insight into problems that the 20 somethings will never have. You will have strategies that are different and desires that are refined for the products you work on. That is nothing to be shy or ashamed of. You will learn - they will learn. It's called win-win.

IMHO 300 employees is not a start-up in tech. There's bound to be many old-timers hidden from view - probably eating other peoples lunches.

about 9 months ago

Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

crispytwo Re:He didn't make a mistake? (281 comments)

Perhaps the world would be better off without Facebook as it is today, and thus Zuckerberg made a mistake that we all pay for.

Money isn't the only marker for best possible choices. Regular thieves would be identified for their incredible brilliance all the time if that were the case.

about 10 months ago

Religion Is Good For Your Brain

crispytwo beta cut my title off!!! (529 comments)

specifically, "this make a judgement that it is better off not being depressed in this world"

maybe someone can see the whole thing, but not with beta

about 10 months ago

Electric Vehicles Might Not Benefit the Environment After All

crispytwo Re:Efficient-market, inefficient-energy hypothesis (775 comments)

nice theory, but I think it doesn't quite hold up. Specifically cheap doesn't mean better for the environment.
eg. http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/wwf_offices/china/environmental_problems_china/
unfortunately much of what is cheap today is only on loan from future clean-up-costs. That is not factored in the costs now. Not even a bit.

However, cheap is better in other ways.
Drink water from a creek.
Cool off by sweating.
Sit on the ground.

I also suspect that the longevity of an electric car (besides the battery) can outlast a conventional one by a long time given there are so many fewer parts. So quality plays into it. I think it is a simplification that electric cars are more expensive. They probably will not remain that way from a price point either. I think that it is foolish to think that batteries are equivalent to consumable like gasoline. There are similarities, of course, but they are very different.

Even with rough calculations of other technologies, take something recent that has changed quite a bit, like plasma tvs - 10 years ago, they were $10k or more - now, a much better one is available for $1k. If electric cars follow that trend, they will be $5k-$10k in 10 years, and they will be better. The people today buying these are allowing that technology to develop. The people who aren't are possibly Luddites.

about a year and a half ago

The Aging of Our Nuclear Power Plants Is Not So Graceful

crispytwo Re:NIMBY (436 comments)

I think that it has been revised a few times in the last year and projections are higher than what was hoped - and no decline in the next century (although a slowing is expected).
There is a nice chart here: http://www.unfpa.org/pds/trends.htm

It is projected to reach 8.1 billion in 2025, and to further increase to 9.6 billion in 2050 and 10.9 billion by 2100

power consumption
1.39 kilowatt hr / year per person in the USA
If everyone globally uses the same (similar) amount, which is reasonable, it will require about 5x more power that currently used globally. That assumes a lot of things, of course.
Projections are fun!

about a year and a half ago

Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

crispytwo Re:Why is this here? (629 comments)

Just think how dumb they'd be without the internet!

People are a lot 'smarter' than before. There is no doubt. "Just google it" first requires the person to acknowledge they don't know something, and forming a question about that something. Then reading about it. Comprehension may be weak, but there is something more there than before. All of these traits are what we used to call 'smart'.

I'm certain beyond a doubt that computers have given people (those that have them) a HUGE advantage.

I'm remembering people who couldn't read, others who wouldn't admit they don't know something, and people who spouted nonsense. All of those people still exist. But now-a-days only the spouting of nonsense has increased. And the nonsense can be quickly - on the spot - fact checked.

about 2 years ago



Cable And Net Could Mean The End Of ‘Free TV

crispytwo crispytwo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

crispytwo (1144275) writes "Broadcast experts say the current television business model, which has allowed TV stations to broadcast news, sports and entertainment for free while making their money by showing commercials, may be coming to an end.

How deeply would this affect you?
How many people use over-the-air TV?
Do you use other means to view shows?"

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Charter threatens civil liberties during olympics

crispytwo crispytwo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

crispytwo (1144275) writes "Shaw, along with other speakers who attended the council meeting, is very concerned about the charter amendments’ impact on civil liberties. The amendments have to be approved by the B.C. legislature to become law. The last of the amendments would provide that “the city may remove illegal signs from real property with limited notice, and may charge the owner for the cost of such removal”, according to the staff report recommending the changes."
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