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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

cruff Re:What about those of us who like quiet cars (795 comments)

Let's get out a decibel meter and compare. I guarantee my Lincoln Hybrid will beat the pants off your SUV in an objectively measured sound level test.

I didn't say that it would be absolutely quieter than your snooty hybrid :-), but just that it is possible to hold a conversation while seated within with the windows closed without having to yell while driving on the highway at 80 MPH. And I also did not state anything about the sound pressure levels as measured outside the vehicle as it passes.

4 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

cruff Re:What about those of us who like quiet cars (795 comments)

Give me a quiet car any day of the week. It's wonderful to be able to have a conversation at 80 MPH without having to shout at each other.

Hmm, my 13 year old SUV is quiet enough inside at 80 MPH to have a conversation without shouting. Seems like you just have to buy one that is quiet, regardless of the power source.

4 days ago
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Microbots Deliver Medical Payload In Living Creature For the First Time

cruff The gas used is hydrogen (41 comments)

Oh, the humanity! All of those mice suffering hydrogen explosions when things get out of control!

5 days ago
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Cryptocurrency Based Basic Income Program Started In Finland

cruff Re:It's a con... (109 comments)

... or can we keep "printing" new crypto-currencies without affecting other currencies?

If you don't believe that another currency has any value, either intrinsically or for your needs, then it doesn't matter if they keep "printing" it.

about two weeks ago
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Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

cruff Agree (303 comments)

I didn't see any anthropomorphism in the example. It just looked like a comparison of procedural and OO coding styles.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

cruff Re:I find progressives annoying for computer work (464 comments)

I guess I'm lucky. I have single-vision glasses that correct for all distances.

That was my case too, until, *GASP*, my eyes got older along with the rest of my body. :-) Even though I had successful LASIK surgery done to correct almost -6 diopter near sightedness, I eventually needed slight astigmatism and reading corrections after about 8 years of glasses-free freedom.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

cruff I find progressives annoying for computer work too (464 comments)

That is why I have single vision computer glasses and single vision reading glasses in addition to my progressive lenses. When at work with my dual monitor setup, I use the computer pair, and just exchange for my progressives when I need to read or move about the building. At home when I read an ebook reader or other reading material for more than a few minutes, I will use the reading pair. If I am using my laptop on my lap, I frequently dispense with glasses all together. Progressive lenses do take a bit of time to get used to them, but I always thought my first pair was off somehow. I absolutely love my Maui Jim wrap around progressive sunglasses, they do a great job, I think they are easier to use than my non-sunglasses progressive pair.

about three weeks ago
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The History of the NORAD/Microsoft and Google Santa Trackers

cruff A Solution to the Santa Quantum Wave Function? (59 comments)

The updates could then be used to predict speed and direction in order to predict where Santa will appear next.

I thought that Santa is just a quantum wave function, and it is impossible to determine both quantities simultaneously to any sort of precision. It would explain how he manages to deliver so many presents without turning into an incandescent meteor in the sky.

about a month ago
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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

cruff I agree (106 comments)

I've watched everything they've made so far, it really is well done. I like how the stories flow from the original episodes on which they are rooted.

about a month ago
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The Joys and Hype of Hadoop

cruff Re:these goddamn kids on my lawn. (55 comments)

... back in my day we played nethack on the VAX-785!

I started out playing rogue on the Vaxen. Then there was plain hack. Those were the days. Still play nethack now and again.

about a month ago
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

cruff There's one flying over the Florida Keys (177 comments)

Nothing new, I saw one of these flying over one of the Florida Keys when I was down there a few years ago.

about a month ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

cruff Re:Time to mourn another passing... (156 comments)

Linux Journal is still around as an electronic only publication. They keep sending me emails to subscribe again years after I gave up on it for becoming too light weight. As far as leisure reading, track down the IBM z-Series and Unisys Clearpath architecture reference manuals and see how things are done in mainframe land. :-)

about a month ago
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Curiosity Detects Mysterious Methane Spikes On Mars

cruff Re:Curiosity must have a leak (68 comments)

And is too embarrassed to admit it farted to its NASA overlords.

about a month ago
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Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications

cruff Re:Oh lordy! (55 comments)

Yes, the neighbors will love it when you take off in yours for work at 7 AM. It would be damn cool, though.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

cruff Re:VPS (405 comments)

I second this. When the Century Link customer service drones stated, for the second time, that my third party ISP could not support the upgraded DSL connection (much to my ISP's surprise), I said "goodbye" and ditched my land line at the same time. I ordered a $20/mo VPS from my ISP, with whom I was very happy with their service, to host my email. I use a VPN connection initiated from my Comcast provided dynamic IP address to my home. A happy side effect is that I no longer receive unsolicited phone calls on an expensive land line either. :-)

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

cruff Repeal it! (613 comments)

A real pain in the ass it is, we should abolish it completely.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

cruff Re:What I think would be most useful (471 comments)

1) GPS / pedometer for running

It isn't clear to me from the info available yet if the watch has stand alone GPS functionallity, or has to be tethered to an iPhone. Anyone know?

about 5 months ago

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USB Chainsaw - when you need to open something up!

cruff cruff writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cruff (171569) writes "Don't know if the USB Chainsaw is real or not, but the 500 ma provided by a USB port probably won't cut the stuff they show in the video, unless you spend a long time charging a battery. :-) However, imagine the uses to which a properly trained IT person could utilize this new tool!"
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