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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

dukeblue219 Re:How about... (819 comments)

You can always lookup your flight on one of the seat rating sites ahead of time (try SeatGuru for example). You'll get a map of which seats to avoid, and data on the seat width and pitch for each airliner. You shouldn't have to "not know" what you're getting for your money if you just do 5 minutes of research.

about a month and a half ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

dukeblue219 Re: cram lots of people in a confined space (819 comments)

I never cease to be amazed at the number of my coworkers who either don't realize they can, or don't care to, choose their seats ahead of time. We'll get to the airport and they say "I hope they didn't give me a middle seat in the back again!". It only takes a few minutes to logon, add your confirmation number to your frequent flier account, and then pick whatever seat you want. There won't always be a ton of options for free, but don't just resign yourself to sitting in whatever is left at checkin!

about a month and a half ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

dukeblue219 Re: Anthropometrics (819 comments)

It's not even that expensive... there's usually plenty of Economy Plus available ranging from $50-$80 on a cross-country flight, down to $30 on a two hour flight (not exact, just my recollection). Life's too short to worry about $50 and get stuck with your knees jammed into an economy seat for 5 hours -- just pay it if you can. Honestly, if you can't afford the $50, then you probably don't fly long distances very regularly anyway.

Also, for business travelers who don't have elite status, you'd be surprised how many companies out there are willing to pay for extra legroom if you just ask.

about a month and a half ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

dukeblue219 testing (359 comments)

The *only* use? I completely disagree as an engineer. I have all kinds of "big boy" computational tools at my disposal, but at least once I day I turn on my TI-89 and use it for something. It might just be multiplying a couple numbers, or a square root, or whatever, but it works faster than starting up MATLAB or R to do it or trying to use the terrible windows calculator.

I don't know that I would buy one if I didn't already have it from school years and years ago, but it still works and it's my first instinct when I'm working on something that requires a quick answer but doesn't require more than one or two calculations to get there.

Now that said, I don't ever use any of the graphing functionality. Just the basic math, trig, *maybe* solving for a variable in a simple system.

about a month and a half ago
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Parallax Completes Open Hardware Vision With Open Source CPU

dukeblue219 Re:What about the FPGA? (136 comments)

FPGAs don't have any memory capacity? They absolutely do -- SRAM, Flash, whatever you're looking for. Some models can even self-modify their own configurations. Imagine a virus that can not only affect your OS, but actually re-wire the CPU in your computer. There are plenty of ways to compromise an FPGA both in terms of stealing the bit configuration or in terms of hiding malicious "code" inside the unused portion of the FPGA's fabric. The manufacturer could easily do this in cahoots with the NSA, or a highly-skilled operative could do it for any other reason.

about 2 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

dukeblue219 Re:RUDEST PASSENGER EVER (928 comments)

Southwest doesn't have first class. It's an all coach discount airline. But, they board "A-list" members first and then the rest of the passengers in the order in which they checked in. Everybody lines up in numerical order based on a code on their boarding passes. This guy should have known better if he was indeed an "A-list" frequent flier of Southwest. He should have known to check-in right at 24 hours and there would be no issue.

about 3 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

dukeblue219 Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

Southwest carries the most domestic passengers every day of any airline in the USA and they do not offer assigned seats. But, they're the only large airline that does this.

about 3 months ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

dukeblue219 Re:Illegal and Dangerous? (200 comments)

Ridiculous? As a pilot I don't want people's toys flying around in my airspace. Hit a plane and there's a real chance you'll kill someone.

about 4 months ago
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Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

dukeblue219 Re:I wonder what their reasoning is...? (340 comments)

The US has not been the world's largest manufacturer since 2010. Plenty of sources of that if you Google it.

about 4 months ago
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Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

dukeblue219 Re:Good luck with that (340 comments)

Intel makes their stuff in the USA, AMD in Europe and Singapore. I don't know a ton about mainland China's semiconductor industry, but most of the bleeding edge work is done in the US, Taiwan, and Europe.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order

dukeblue219 Re:Will they also bill me? (243 comments)

He asked Amazon what to do, and they said keep it. What the hell are you talking about?

about 9 months ago
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No. of vehicle license types I hold:

dukeblue219 Re:"Certificate", not "License" (312 comments)

Not in America -- while it may be commonly called a PPL that is incorrect wording. It definitely does not say the word license anywhere on the certificate (and until recently they WERE paper certificates). Also, they never expire, which is why it is a certificate recognizing your training, not a license to perform an activity for a certain period of time.

about 10 months ago
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International Space Station Infected With Malware Carried By Russian Astronauts

dukeblue219 Re:Linux... (226 comments)

To geeks it sounds like an uninformed attack on linux's security, but I think what the author means to say is "these are not proprietary custom-designed systems, but are based on a common Earthly operating system and thus may have known vulnerabilities."

about a year ago
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Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

dukeblue219 Re:How, how HOW (599 comments)

Yep. He didn't even just conveniently "forget" the password after he was fired, but apparently set this all up well in advance to intentionally disrupt their business. Dumb move.

about a year ago
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Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

dukeblue219 Seems fine with me. (599 comments)

I don't have a problem with this. The company may have been dumb to put this much power in one person's hands, and perhaps they got what they had coming in someone's eyes, but it doesn't excuse this behavior. If I had the only key to the server room and got fired but didn't turn in the key, I would expect retribution of some form, especially if the office had a steel door that took weeks to break down.

about a year ago
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MAVEN Mission To Mars Will Proceed, Despite Shutdown

dukeblue219 Re:Correction (87 comments)

Yeah, because a small scientific orbiter in Martian orbit would be a great way to spy on people on Earth.

1 year,18 days
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MAVEN Mission To Mars Will Proceed, Despite Shutdown

dukeblue219 Re:The Shutdown is a lie (87 comments)

"And there is indeed an exemption for certain government employees (I just know of Congress and its staff having a specific exemption)."

Congress does not have an Obamacare waiver. In fact, Congressmen and their staffs are now *required* to purchase health insurance from the new health care exchanges and have lost their existing government health plans. This is a bizarre misconception I hear all the time from the right, so I'm guessing it's coming from talk radio but I have no idea. Yes, the government is subsizing part of their coverage just as most other employers do, but I will repeat: Congress is REQUIRED to purchase health care provided by the ACA.

1 year,18 days
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Google Announces Android 4.3, Netflix, New Nexus 7, and Q Successor Chromecast

dukeblue219 Re:Need 4.2 and either 7" or root (244 comments)

What the hell kind of phone is still shipping with 2.3? *Maybe* a very, very low-end prepaid Android phone?

about a year ago
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Electrical Engineering Labor Pool Shrinking

dukeblue219 Re:Why Wouldn't It Be? (401 comments)

High unemployment? What part of the country? Folks have to be willing to go where the jobs are. I moved to the DC area after grad school and don't know a single unemployed, moderately-qualified EE. Despite all the sequester madness we're still seeing older employees leave faster than we can replace them.

about a year ago

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