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DNA Reveals History of Vanished "Paleo-Eskimos"

geezer nerd Re:Paleo ? (57 comments)

Ah, yes. But Clovis is not the Arctic North, is it?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

geezer nerd Re:I prefer eBay myself. They have the most select (131 comments)

Lastly, when paying, use PayPal since they cover your ass if/when a seller doesn't come through. It has happened to me before twice in like 7 years and PayPal has helped me out and refunded my money both times.

I would have to disagree with that. My mileage did vary.

A couple of years ago I used Paypal to buy a product that was never shipped. The vendor ignored my complaint, and Paypal equally ignored my complaint. And I mean IGNORED.

about 3 months ago
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

geezer nerd Re:Absurd assertion, you've never lived with humid (214 comments)

The comment that started this chain did not mention humidity, so that is where the opprobrium should lie. Those of us who are aware that Atlanta has very high humidity understand that is the real issue.

about 3 months ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

geezer nerd What idiot? (406 comments)

I have not seen anyone yet comment on the obvious point that the video is a scripted advertisement for the Q50. I think the person leaving the driver's seat is not really deserving of the idiot or moron epithet. He is following the script.

Where is the outrage directed at Infiniti?

about 4 months ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

geezer nerd Re:No deadman switch? (406 comments)

And what is the car supposed to do when it detects there is no one there while it is driving down the road? Especially one of the not-quite-self-driving vehicles shown in this video?

about 4 months ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

geezer nerd Re:Nice (145 comments)

I just looked at the TFA. When I made my earlier comment, I did not realize the Ranger supercomputer was from University of Texas at Austin. UT Austin is, of course, where I spent my happy hours using 6600 serial 13, which was installed early on in my graduate school career. It was the main computer on campus during my stint as Asst. Prof. of CS, too.

about 4 months ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

geezer nerd Re:Nice (145 comments)

Where would you put it? It needs better environment than the typical garage. Plus, it is HUGE! Especially if you have the appropriate vintage peripheral equipment with it. And your power bill! Oh, the humanity.

I remember my many happy hours spent using 6600 serial 13. Especially because they were much fewer hours than I would have spent doing the same work on the CDC 1604 it replaced.

about 4 months ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

geezer nerd Re:"Tastes about average for West Texas" (242 comments)

I am just trying to figure out how Wichita Falls got to West Texas. I don't think any real Texan would use that label for Wichita Falls. It's North Central.

about 4 months ago
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Lessig's Mayday PAC Scrambling To Cross Crowd Funding Finish Line

geezer nerd Re:Not a dime from me (117 comments)

Where in this is someone oppressing anyone else? I don't see it.

about 5 months ago
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Lessig's Mayday PAC Scrambling To Cross Crowd Funding Finish Line

geezer nerd Re:Embrace the irony? (117 comments)

If you are going to get this into name-calling and shouting of drivel, at least come out from behind the AC mask. The only folks I can see that are preaching oppression of others are the TeaPubs. Please, save me from them.

about 5 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

geezer nerd Re:Good! (619 comments)

Other countries also have much better public transportation. Which the US lacks unless you're in a major city.

NZ does NOT have better public transportation than the US, sad to say.

about 5 months ago
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US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

geezer nerd Re:What The?!? (216 comments)

I have seen this happen before. Such a misuse is jarring, particularly if done by someone you think should know better. But, in the end, for that person it was phonetic.

about 5 months ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

geezer nerd Re:Units! (176 comments)

Screen sizes are given in inches in New Zealand, though the country is metric for everything else. I don't know for sure, but my guess is that would be the same in Australia. When I was there, I did not go shopping for a screen.

New Zealand converted to metric in 1969. Many people still alive remember the Imperial units used before then (and there are lots of UK immigrants and lots of UK and US television and movies), so references to older units are still understood by most people in everyday conversation. For instance, fuel efficiency in automobiles is still referred to commonly as "mileage".

about 5 months ago
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German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up

geezer nerd Re:I kinda see both sides. (334 comments)

Who is saying NO to the digitalization of the photo?

If you are a Slashdotter, then I imagine you have a scanner somewhere in your equipment repertoire. Just scan the photo yourself. Problem solved.

about 6 months ago
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Water Cannons Used Against Peaceful Anti-TTIP Protestors: the Next ACTA Revolt?

geezer nerd Re:Silly Peasants (142 comments)

The same kind of process is currently on-going with respect to the TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement). Negotiations have been going on behind closed doors for years. Only a few leaks give a hint as to what is coming.

So far, the leaks indicate that the US has let loose the corporate dogs, particularly in big Pharma and Agriculture, to snarl and threaten the peaceful existence of the smaller countries involved.

about 6 months ago
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Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

geezer nerd Re:Short Sighted (232 comments)

Yup. In 1999 I was almost 57 and got laid off. One company I sent my resume to completely refused to talk to me because my resume showed no Visual Basic experience. The fact they told me so was phenomenally unusual.

Then a former boss snapped me up at his new company when he heard I was available. The first day on the job, I was helping a young developer write some test code in Visual Basic. While I had never tried to use Visual Basic before, the issues being dealt with were matters of logic and algorithm, not syntax.

After that for my own work, I worked with Java, Javascript, CSS, HTML, Perl, VXML, XSLT, and a host of other technologies that were more recently on the scene. I retired at 63, still going strong.

about 6 months ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

geezer nerd Re:...news for nerds.. (405 comments)

Golf meets these requirements handily. I try to play and run up against these pesky requirements all the time!

Golf *is* different from other sports like long-distance running, etc. And golf is being included in the next Olympics. I would say it compares with biathlon in the Winter Olympics.

about 7 months ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

geezer nerd Re:Over 18 (632 comments)

The US sets the rules under which a citizen can renounce citizenship. Those rules include an "exit tax" and continuing tax liability on earnings made on assets which remain in the US.

The exit tax seems to consist of "marking to market" all of the renouncer's assets in the US and taxing the resulting amount including "deemed" gains as of the date of renunciation. For folks sitting on long-term IRAs and 401Ks, this "exit tax" would be brutal.

A quick Google search led me to this source of information: http://m.klgates.com/files/Pub...

about 7 months ago

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