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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

fahrbot-bot Re:A limit is a limit (458 comments)

It's just such a shame that some people on the road believe they are in a perpetual state of potentially being run over by a semi.

Similar logic of some carrying guns everywhere. [Not trying to start an argument, just sayin' ...]

yesterday
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

fahrbot-bot Re:Duh. (235 comments)

No it doesn't, and I'm sure when you think you're doing that, people find you utterly obnoxious and just want to strangle you.

Sorry. I wasn't aware that you knew everything about everyone.

3 days ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

fahrbot-bot Re:Duh. (235 comments)

(a) I have my own office. (b) I'm a senior engineer and spend much of my time mentoring junior people and helping other senior people. I believe in good knowledge transfer so in case I get "hit by a bus" other people aren't fucked.

3 days ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

fahrbot-bot Re:Duh. (235 comments)

I can see that as being useful. On the other hand, a voice conversation allows me to talk and work on the actual task at the same time, instead of switching between the task and typing in IM.

wow, quality. I can't wait to have conversations with you.

I don't know if you were being snarky, but the parent post mentioned using IM to collaborate on a task with someone remote and my response was intended as a comment that I'd rather talk to that person while working together on the task than use IM. That way, I can use my ears, voice and keyboard together on the actual task rather than having to spend time typing into the IM client. I did not mean to imply that I wouldn't be paying attention to the caller.

I once spent 6 hours on a conference call with two remote team members working to solve a time-critical software issue for a delivery. Using IM would have been cumber/tiresome and would have probably been much less efficient than voice.

4 days ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

fahrbot-bot Re:Duh. (235 comments)

i mostly agree sometimes IM is still useful in the work place but i don't just sit there monitoring it i use it when i need to work on something with someone not right next to me for more than just 5-10 minutes

I can see that as being useful. On the other hand, a voice conversation allows me to talk and work on the actual task at the same time, instead of switching between the task and typing in IM.

4 days ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

fahrbot-bot Duh. (235 comments)

Email Is Not Going Anywhere

Duh. Instant messaging and email often serve different purposes and priorities. For example, at work, I don't use IM because *my* time is more important than your time. Email allows me to respond according to my schedule. Call me if something's really important.

4 days ago
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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

fahrbot-bot Re:Obligatory xkcd reference (160 comments)

The talent behind xkcd is a former NASA engineer.

Big deal. I also worked *at* the NASA Langley Research Center -- with Unisys (1988-92) as a system admin/programmer on the super computing network - Cray-2 and YMP, several Convex systems, etc... and with SAIC (1996-98) as a sysadmin on the CERES project - Sun E5000, SGI Origin 2000, ~100 Sun/SGI workstations, etc...

The Cray-2, Voyager, ended up at the Virginia Air and Space Museum in 1996 btw.

5 days ago
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Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

fahrbot-bot Re:I'm interested in this sort of thing for my hou (107 comments)

So, I know "hackers" are scary and everything... but you do realize that, rather than hack your network, they can pick up a rock from by your bushes, break the glass on the door, then reach in and manually unlock it... right? It's a lot less effort.

Sure, but not nearly as quite. As for me, I have double-key dead bolts on all my exterior doors (and don't keep the key in the lock - as I know some people actually do) so simply reaching in and unlocking the door would be problematic.

Obviously, breaking a window and climbing in through that is still another non-stealthy option.

5 days ago
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Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

fahrbot-bot Re:Battery, Screen, Body (151 comments)

Even if the electronics fail to get much smaller, there's plenty of room to be had in batteries, screens, and the physical casings of our handheld devices.

At first glance, I read this as "Even if our electrons fail to get much smaller," and, for a second, I thought, "Whoa. Are people working on that?" Guess I gotta get my eyeglass prescription checked.

5 days ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

fahrbot-bot Re:Makes both look bad (125 comments)

But generally don't.

They also generally don't apply to Taxi drivers either - which was my point.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

fahrbot-bot Why? (274 comments)

Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

Um... Because, while not rocket science, good software and human-interface design is often hard?

about a week ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

fahrbot-bot Re:Never let the truth (390 comments)

197 would imply there is someone out there with an IQ of 3 as well.

Just browse at -1 and you'll have your statistical data...

Or, apparently, from recent postings, talk with a Comcast customer service representative.

about a week ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

fahrbot-bot Re:Why not Lift? (125 comments)

Because the name "Lift" is likely too literally descriptive of the service to be eligible for trademark protection.

Because in Europe and the UK, people would think it's an elevator service :-)

about a week ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

fahrbot-bot Re:Makes both look bad (125 comments)

Between this nonsense and the fact that the ride sharing services don't have the proper licensing and proof of insurance, I wouldn't feel comfortable using any of them.

You'd feel more comfortable in a (licensed, etc) taxi with a driver that has obviously just fallen off the boat, doesn't speak the language doesn't know the roads (relying on GPS) and may or may not actually have earned their driver's license (easy to buy such in some countries, then exchanging them legally for a local license depending on the agreements in place between states/countries)?

All of which, of course, could apply to Uber/Lyft drivers...

about a week ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

fahrbot-bot Re:In London, Lyft/Uber are intelligence tests. (125 comments)

Do you really think the man who opened all of Tesla's patents to the public has wealth as his highest aspiration?

Wealthy people don't generally think about things like that - unless they're psycho/sociopaths, like Wall Street bankers, for whom it's just a game where the one with the most "wins".

about a week ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

fahrbot-bot Re:Steve Jobs set the standard... (260 comments)

It would have been an interesting change to work for someone who is very obviously more insane than me.

Insane, eccentric, egotistical, and dick can be shades of the same color. Steve simply sounds like a dick in that story.

about a week ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

fahrbot-bot Re:This is a shining example (326 comments)

of why small-government types are not completely out of their fucking gourd.

Size and quality are not, necessarily, related. They assume that small government would be staffed with highly qualified and highly motivated people, yet forget there only about 550 people in the US Congress (Senate+House) and they haven't gotten anything done in years.

about two weeks ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

fahrbot-bot Last Exit to Babylon (252 comments)

Speaking of Babylon, I wouldn't mind seeing a movie of Roadmarks. In the mean time, perhaps I'll dig the book out of the closet and re-read it...

about two weeks ago
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Silent Circle's Blackphone Exploited at Def Con

fahrbot-bot Lemons and Lenomaid. (46 comments)

Nevertheless, this only further proves you cannot add layers of security on top of an underlying platform with security vulnerabilities.

Okay. And when will an underlying platform without security vulnerabilities be ready - phone or otherwise?

about two weeks ago

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Sound Waves as Effective as Brain Surgery at Treating Essential Tremor

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  about a year ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "Scalpel-free surgery using focused sound waves appears to be as effective in treating essential tremor as traditional surgery that requires drilling into the skull, a groundbreaking clinical trial at the University of Virginia Health System has found.

All 15 participants in U.Va.'s trial saw a substantial reduction in their involuntary shaking after undergoing the experimental focused ultrasound procedure. The rate of side effects was similar to that of traditional brain surgery. The patients were able to leave the hospital the next day."

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Saudi Royal Backs Imam and Fox News

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "In an awkward moment on Fox News this week, a pundit suggested that a member of the Saudi royal family who has supported the bridge-building work of the imam behind a planned Muslim community center and mosque in Lower Manhattan “funds radical madrasas all over the world.” The awkwardness came from the fact — unmentioned by anyone on the Fox set — that the same Saudi, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, also happens to be the second-largest shareholder in News Corp., the parent company of the Fox News Channel."
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Computer Engineer Barbie coming soon...

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Register is reporting, well, the title says it all... From the article and Mattel website:

To ensure the doll accurately reflects this occupation, Barbie® designers worked with the Society of Women Engineers and the National Academy of Engineering to ensure that accessories, clothing and packaging were realistic and representative of a real computer engineer. Looking geek chic, Computer Engineer Barbie® wears a t-shirt featuring binary code and computer/keyboard icon along with a pair of black knit skinny pants. Computer Engineer carries a Barbie® smart phone, fashionable laptop case, flat watch and Bluetooth earpiece. With stylish pink-frame glasses and a shiny laptop, she is ready to conquer the day’s tasks on the go or from her desk."

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Couple stranded 3 days after GPS leads them astray

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "A couple's SUV gets stranded in deep snow for three days on a remote Forest Service Road after they blindly followed the directions from their GPS-enabled cell — don't worry, they got rescued using the very same phone. Now, I don't have any GPS devices — I use printed maps (ask your parents) — and am curious about the circumstances. Have or would you blindly follow your GPS unit — anywhere?"
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Jet-fighter raygun soon, sharks next.

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Register reports: HELL-beam project now one step from jet-fighter raygun, DARPA fridge laser. Advantage: Shark. From TFA: The US military will shortly issue a brace of contracts for "refrigerator sized" laser blaster cannons. One of the deals will see a full-power ground prototype built which will be the final stage prior to America's first raygun-equipped jet fighter.

If it scales down far enough, this would seem to put handheld HELL-guns within an order of magnitude of the striking power offered by conventional small-arms. A 9mm pistol bullet has about 750 joules muzzle energy: a 5kg portable HELL-ray weapon would put out this much energy in a blast less than a second long.

A dolphin can carry a human being weighing up to 100kg along for a ride. A thoroughbred shark in good training can surely match this. Thus, we seem to be looking at practicable head-lazor output in the 20-kilowatt range..."

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Vatican Endorses Darwin, but not ID

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Times Online (and others) are reporting that:

The Vatican has admitted that Charles Darwin was on the right track when he claimed that Man descended from apes.

A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin's theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. "In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God," said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The Vatican also dealt the final blow to speculation that Pope Benedict XVI might be prepared to endorse the theory of Intelligent Design, whose advocates credit a "higher power" for the complexities of life."

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Palin: Africa is a continent?

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Guardian, and others, are reporting the following Newsweek story: Palin Didn't Know Africa Is A Continent

Fox News, a channel that had been generally flattering in its coverage of the "Palin phenomenon", reported that aides were astonished when they learned she was unaware that Africa was not a country but a whole continent. She was also said to be unable to name the countries that belong to the North American Free Trade Agreement: the US, Mexico and Canada. ...

The most colourful new information concerned Palin's spending spree on the campaign trail. Newsweek reported that she ended up spending far more than the $150,000 (£93,000) that was already known about, with up to $40,000 being lavished on her husband, Todd.

A wealthy donor who had offered to pay was shocked, Newsweek said, when he got the bill from the high-end retailers Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. One McCain aide characterised the episode to the magazine as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast".

Google +Palin +Africa +"Fox News" for many, many links..."
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Court: US can block mad cow testing

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "Apparently the USDA is keen on protecting the profit margins of the Beef Industry.

The Bush administration can prohibit meat packers from testing their animals for mad cow disease, a federal appeals court said Friday. ... Larger meat packers opposed such testing. If Creekstone Farms Premium Beef began advertising that its cows have all been tested, other companies fear they too will have to conduct the expensive tests.

(A slightly longer article can be found on Reuters: Court bars meatpacker tests for mad cow.)

While extra testing may be unnecessary, if Creekstone believes they can perform these extra tests, assume the increased liability for any testing failures and succeed in the market place, then why should the Government interfere? I thought the "Free Market" was suppose to sort these things out. In addition, perhaps the market pressures of increased testing will drive the development of less expensive and more reliable testing, and 100% testing may provide assurances to foreign markets wishing to import U.S. beef. Then again, perhaps the Government doesn't actually want to test more than the current 1% of all cows..."

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