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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

hguorbray Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (579 comments)

I grew up there in the mid 60s when there were still orchard remnants all over the place and there was nothing north of 101 except for dairies

however, the Corn Palace in sunnyvale along Lawrence Expressway still remains:

http://wikimapia.org/579556/The-Corn-Palace

http://www.funtourguru.com/2013/07/the-corn-palace-not-south-dakota-one-in.html

-I'm just sayin'

2 days ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

hguorbray Re:Great. More touchscreens. (232 comments)

yeah this is a real problem with the wife's plug-in hybrid Ford c-max -which we love otherwise.
with real buttons for preset radio stations you can change stations without taking your eyes off the road.

The cmax touchscreen has about 20 different menus/controls/indicators on most of the top level screens and it take too much time with eyes off the road to find the menu button you need and go down another level or two to change stations, scan, etc

not to mention that the tochscreen is centered and rather low on the front dashboard, so you have to look down and lean over to really be able to see it properly....

-I'm just sayin'

4 days ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

hguorbray Re:Geez-Louise! (608 comments)

AMEN!

My wife is a tech writer for a London based international firm and although the female workers from the UK are treated well by the men there (and there are even a lot of female IT managers) the offshore workers from India are dismissive and condescending.

Although it is a known thing that India is a pretty sexist society, what's more discouraging is that many of her Indian born colleagues here in the US are also dismissive and condescending -particularly of Tech Writers, QA, non Technical Management, etc

-I'm just sayin'

about 1 month ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

hguorbray I can't see this happening (108 comments)

a lot of niche content will no longer get funded, so choice might actually be lessened

but more importantly the cable operators will no longer get their $120+ a month from nearly every household in the US

the kids have already moved on to streams though -so the corps are making the money back through non flat rate wifi billings, data overage fees, etc

-I'm just sayin'

about 3 months ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

hguorbray Re:Tomorrow's news (282 comments)

The sad thing is that in recent years the Lords have been the main supporters of privacy and human rights in the UK government and are in fact more progressive and against government overreach than the House of Commons -partially because they are more non-partisan and not beholden to party or private interests for their positions (apart from being born or made a lord of course)

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/jul/09/house-of-lords-commons-democracy

http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2013/08/28/the-contemporary-house-of-lords/

-I'm just sayin'

about 5 months ago
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When Metrics Go Wrong - how to avoid bad metrics in open source projects

hguorbray good article (1 comments)

not a very good or informative summary -maybe this is a plot to force readers to RTFA -the horror!

-I'm just sayin'

about 5 months ago
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Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

hguorbray Re:Soooo .. (98 comments)

So who is the capitalist now?

the Russians who are opening up this request for a solution to the marketplace

or the Americans, who have a State agency (albeit staffed by contractors) which builds tools like this behind closed doors

I must have overlooked the fact that this is opposite century or something....

-I'm just sayin'

about 5 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

hguorbray Re:not a permanent fix (550 comments)

yeah I think you are right I was just referring to the natural degradation to the eye that come with age

about 5 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

hguorbray not a permanent fix (550 comments)

my gf got it about 7-8 years ago and is very annoyed that it has 'worn out' (of course that's just macular degeneration or whatever) and assuming it could be done again it would still cost her another few thousand

I don't know if they didn't know how long the Lasik would last, but they certainly didn't tell her that it could wear off in less than a decade....

So now she has gone back to wearing glasses, which are covered by healthcare

-I'm just sayin'

about 5 months ago
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Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet

hguorbray so one billionaire (63 comments)

can maneuver another billionaire (Murdoch) to make the first Billionaire even more rich and powerful

but the money they both make comes from us -the 99.9%

I hope they have more fun with my money than I did....

When Elephants fight its the grass that gets hurt

-I'm just sayin'

about 5 months ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

hguorbray Re:Italian Drivers (435 comments)

In Rome at least it is crazy -even riding in a taxi around those big uncontrolled roundabouts where everyone just made their own lanes was scary enough.

http://www.h2b.co.nz/blog/wp-content/uploads/IMG_2636.jpg

We rented a car on our last day in Rome to make our way up the coast to Pisa and even getting out to the ring road was an adventure.

Despite being in a fairly small Fiat Punto I managed to get into an alley that required me to ride up on the sidewalk, and once we were headed to the ring road I found myself getting passed from both sides simultaneously by both scooters and cars -and I was not going all that slow!

However, that was not the capper, additionally I:

1)managed to get into the 'old town' section of Sienna -when you are on cobblestones and there are no other cars there you probably don't belong there
2)got a traffic ticket 6 months after the visit for driving through a congestion zone near the Uffizi in Firenze twice (during the offseason they must review videos or something)

On the other hand I'll never forget getting up early one morning and driving through Arezzo over the mountains to Urbino and the Adriatic Sea -absolutely breathtaking!

coming down through the pass the city walls of Urbino looked like something out of Lord of the Rings.

-I'm justsayin'

about 5 months ago
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Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

hguorbray Re:Is it is? (153 comments)

Actually Portland was England's Largest Harbor and Portland Maine was undoubtedly named after it like so many other places in the US are named after other places outside of the US...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland_Harbour

-I'm just sayin'

about 6 months ago
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Intel Wants To Computerize Your Car

hguorbray Re:Damaged reputation? (191 comments)

same here -gf bought a CMAX plugin hybrid and the UI looks pretty good and has the built in handsfree with the bluetooth phone connection as well as USB and SD card slots for music, etc

I'm just sayin'

about 6 months ago
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Cellular Compound May Increase Lifespan Without the Need For Strict Dieting

hguorbray Re:Boosterspice!! (66 comments)

yeah it's funny (I accidentally posted as AC) when I pasted into the comment window the alpha symbol showed up fine, but it disappeared after hitting whatever character coding is inside the database UTF-8 perhaps?

-I'm just sayin'

about 7 months ago
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Interview: Ask Ben Starr About the Future of Food

hguorbray Re:Butchers (137 comments)

San Francisco -foodie, slo food, and localvore place that it is is undergoing a real butcher/charcuterie renaissance with celebrity butchers and local butchering classes

https://www.google.com/search?q=sf+butchery+classes&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb

https://www.google.com/search?q=sf+butchery+classes&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb#channel=sb&q=sf+butcher&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official

I'm just sayin'

about 8 months ago
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Texas Sheriffs Crash $250k Drone They're Not Supposed To Be Flying

hguorbray and nothing of value (93 comments)

was lost

-I'm just sayin'

about 8 months ago
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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

hguorbray tie that to K'nect camera (108 comments)

and we are one step closer to a 1984 'Big Brother is watching' world....

and active investigations only my ass -they will stockpile this for the rest of our lives and when they find some association 20 years from now they will backtrack all the way to all other associations NSA 'metadata' style with the same deniability.

-I'm just sayin' -we're screwed

about 8 months ago
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Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions

hguorbray Re:Are there even any sci-fi shows left? (67 comments)

Falling Skies is OK too, assuming they are still making it

At least it was better than the remake of V

-I'm just sayin'

about 8 months ago
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Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions

hguorbray Re:Are there even any sci-fi shows left? (67 comments)

Rick and Morty -from cartoon network surprisingly http://video.adultswim.com/rick-and-morty/special/

it's on monday nights and the 8 or so episodes have been pretty 'science-y' so far -hope it remains popular enough to continue

I think anime has probably replaced live action tv as the best venue for SciFi these days (too bad about SyFy)

toonami (Adult Swim Sat nites) currently has IGPX, Ghost in the Shell, Sym-bonic Titan and Space Dandy which are all sc-fi-ish (not so much IGPX) and until recently had the excellent Sword Art Online series about some kids who are trapped in an immersive MMORPG

-I'm just sayin'

about 8 months ago

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Gene Wolfe to be honored at Nebula awards weekend in San Jose -reading on Thurs

hguorbray hguorbray writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hguorbray (967940) writes "One of my favorite Sci Fi authors of all time, Gene Wolfe, will honored with the Damon Night Grandmaster award at the Nebula Awards weekend in San Jose this weekend. This Thursday night he will be doing a reading and Q&A along with Connie Willis (author of the Doomsday book, etc) http://www.sfinsf.org/ at the San Jose hilton and there will be a mass book signing event Fri including these authors and many others presented by San Francisco's awesome Borderlands books: http://www.borderlands-books.com/about_events.html"
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The new music economy -Hugs, T-Shirts and Beer?

hguorbray hguorbray writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hguorbray (967940) writes "that should be enough for anyone -right? Dresden Dolls founder and Neil Gaiman spouse Amanda Palmer received >$1m from crowdsourcing to finance a record, video project and tour, but only begrudgingly gave her touring musicians any money. Ironically enough, her ensemble is called the grand theft orchestra: http://www.livenation.com/event/1C0048DABD59606D

But when you are making up to $20k a night @$25 a head who is commiting the grand theft indeed?

Here is another view from someone playing at the Fillmore show next wed: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/shookdown/2012/09/why_im_fine_with_playing_for_amanda_palmer_for_free_by_sf_cellist_unwoman.php"

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White House responds to ACTA petition

hguorbray hguorbray writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hguorbray (967940) writes "Predictably tepid response from the Whitehouse saying that they want to hear from all stakeholders -unfortunately 'he who has the gold makes the rules' will continue to prevail and it will probably take more than the 50k petition signers to make the people's voices be heard"
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OSI initiative to affect US equity option systems

hguorbray hguorbray writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hguorbray (967940) writes "The Options Symbology Initiative (OSI) is proceeding according to plan at the industry level, as the 5-character OPRA code currently used to describe options will be eliminated on February 12, 2010.

This is the biggest change to affect financial markets data systems since SOX and y2k as hundreds of thousands of option symbols and their underlying formats will be changing by Feb 12th.

Here is a pretty good outline by a consulting firm about this initiative and the effect it is having on firms and individuals who use market data:
http://www.jandj.com/mgmt_consulting/osi.php

Thompson/Reuters, Bloomberg and others have pages up explaining the steps they have taken for this transition"
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Yuri'sNightOut at Moffet Field, elsewhere this Sat

hguorbray hguorbray writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hguorbray (967940) writes "This Saturday is the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's orbit of Earth. The site http://www.yurisnight.net/2008/ is organizing the festivities. There are currently 60+ parties scheduled around the world in 34 countries to celebrate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri's_Night

For those living in Silicon Valley Moffet Field will be hosting the event with plenty of spacey music and green and space-themed exhibits -many of them from folks who work at the Nasa and related research facilities at Moffet. http://yurisnightbayarea.net/2008/"

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