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A Blue-Sky Idea For the USPS — Postal Trucks As Sensors

dentar Here's an idea.... (252 comments)

... how about raising postage just enough so it makes $0.01 a year. It'll still beat the living hell out of UPS and FedEx for mailing a letter.

more than 3 years ago
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Cambered Tires Can Improve Fuel Economy

dentar Misleading article title... (317 comments)

Some folks appear to be confused by this article, as the headline makes it sound as though if you switch to cambered, you'll get better mileage. Bzzt. This only applies to cars whose tires -happen to be- mounted with negative camber. The tires only reduce the negative camber friction penalty in higher performance cars whose tires were already mounted with negative camber. They do NOTHING for production cars already in existence whose tires are mounted zero camber. This isn't something they're going to do to regular stock automobiles. Negative camber, even with the negative camber wheels, will always have -some- extra friction as compared to zero camber wheels. Zero camber will always get better mileage than wheels with negative camber.

more than 4 years ago
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Restaurant Tells Diners To Eat Everything On Their Plate

dentar I've had similar things happen in a Chinese place. (126 comments)

It appears that some foreigners just don't learn how to deal with Americans.

About 10 years ago, my colleagues and I went to a Chinese place and sat down to order. The guy came out and said we weren't allowed to switch seats and accused me of trying to leave without paying (I had already paid.) That's the last time all ten of us went there.

more than 4 years ago
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Doctor Slams Hospital's "Please" Policy

dentar The doctors are above doing tests. (572 comments)

I had to go into the emergency room last year. I found that there is a very strict hierarchy there, and that apparently, doing such a thing as a blood test is completely beneath a doctor. No wonder they're displeased at having to use the word, "please." God forbid a doctor condescend to his underlings.

more than 4 years ago
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BP's Final "Top Kill" Procedure For Gulf Oil Spill

dentar Re:Environmentalism (593 comments)

The problem with that is that corporations are NOT held to the same standard us regular folks are. If it had been an individual that had caused the spill and not a powerful corporation, that person would be going down in flames, going to prison for life probably, and would lose everything he or she had, all because of what you call an "accident."

The corporation will get a slap on the wrist, and will find a way to get Washington off the hook. Hell, they've already gotten away with violating the first amendment by threatening to arrest CBS for trying to do their job.

more than 3 years ago
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Where To Start In DIY Electronics?

dentar Rat Shack... believe it or not (301 comments)

Get one of the 100-in-one style kits from Rat Shack. If you actually read the book and go through each project and understand them, you'll have a pretty good grasp of the basics.

more than 4 years ago
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Angry AT&T Customers May Disrupt Service

dentar AT&T is one of the big reasons.... (572 comments)

...that I have no desire to purchase an iPhone.

Oh.. and it's way overpriced.

more than 4 years ago
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Running Old Desktops Headless?

dentar Re:Boot loaders support serial comsole (347 comments)

> Those things draw a bit of power, but worse they are nosy.

I once had an old IDE drive that got into my bank statements and checkbooks. It then went to the bank and withdrew some cash and headed to Mexico. It then called my mother to inform her about what I had been doing for the past few months. It even made up some stuff. Damn nosy old IDE disks!

more than 5 years ago
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Running Old Desktops Headless?

dentar Two NICs (347 comments)

Slap a 2nd NIC into the box and hard code the IP address to a private network and slap a loopback connector onto it so it's hot and will come up. Then if the "real" network goes down, you can jack up to the old nic and ssh in.

more than 5 years ago
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RAID Trust Issues — Windows Or a Cheap Controller?

dentar RAID doesn't protect from controller failure... (564 comments)

RAID's job is to protect from ONE and ONLY ONE type of failure, DISK failure, NOT controller failure. Any controller, regardless of type, can fail. That's why you should STILL do regular backups. RAID does not protect from viruses, spyware, operator error, fire, theft, or any other type of failure other than a single disk. It relies on the statistical probability that one and only one disk in an array will fail, and that is all.

Backups are floss. You only have to floss the data you want to keep.

more than 5 years ago
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Should Developers Be Liable For Their Code?

dentar If strict liability laws were passed... (517 comments)

Software development would become more time consuming, expensive, and would drive up prices. Then Microsoft really WOULD be like GM.

more than 5 years ago
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Rewriting a Software Product After Quitting a Job?

dentar Patents! (604 comments)

If you're rewriting from scratch, make sure they don't have any patents on their product. They can't win a copyright suit unless they can prove you actually copied code. A patent suit is more squishy in that they only have to prove you stole their patented idea.

However, be cautioned, this move will cost you -a lot- as in NO INCOME until you sell product. How's that for encouragement?

more than 5 years ago

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