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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

j2.718ff Re:I'd love to see a customer lawyer up (251 comments)

I'm sure in this case, comcast would be more than happy to lose you as a customer.

If this actually worked, I think we'd already be hearing about it. Lawyers need ISPs just as much as the rest of us.

about two weeks ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

j2.718ff Who gets the ticket? (475 comments)

Will this be a user-configurable option? Who is responsible for paying a ticket if a self-driving car is pulled over?

about two weeks ago

Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

j2.718ff Re:Good, I say (502 comments)

The technology of power transmission hasn't fundamentally changed in 100 years. Yea, there is some OLD equipment out there, but it is not like running electricity though wires somehow wears them out, so why would you replace it if it's still working just fine?

Do you mean to say you haven't experienced Digital Electricity? Though, to get the best out of it, you should only use the best Monster cables. I can't even imagine using my toaster with the old fashioned analog electricity I had to put up with growing up.

about a month ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

j2.718ff Re:Obligatory personal blog remark (544 comments)

Tune in next week for yet another complaint about something that no one cares about.

What do you mean "no one"?! According to his post, 27 of the 49 respondents agreed with him. If we extrapolate that number to the population of the Earth, we find that 3.9 billion people agree with him.

about a month ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

j2.718ff Re:Because (550 comments)

As a glasses wearer all my life, my eyes have stabilised. But laser-eye surgery is not only vastly oversold by marketers posing as doctors, but also not permanent.

Please explain what you mean by "not permanent". I had LASIK 15 years ago. In that time, the only change to my vision is that my close-up vision isn't as good as it used to be. I'm also approaching 40, and am quite certain I'd be experiencing the same close-up vision now had I not had the surgery.

about a month ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

j2.718ff Re: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 suspect you're using the wrong vocabulary here. Macular degeneration is a serious (usually age-related) condition, where the retina is essentially in decay. LASIK will neither cause nor cure it. It should be treated as soon as possible, as it can lead to blindness.

about a month ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

j2.718ff Re:MAKE IT SO (701 comments)

"Make it so" means do what needs to be done. That means it might happen instantly, or it might take some time. It might require doing some research, or re-configuring things before it can happen. But "engage" implies that everything is ready, and you're just waiting for approval to press the final button.

So "Engage" is more appropriate for this survey.

about a month and a half ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

j2.718ff Giving drivers information is bad? (579 comments)

Does this mean all those countries that giver a driver warning before the light turns green (generally by red and yellow lights being on simultaneously) are doing it wrong?

about a month ago

I suffer from jet lag ...

j2.718ff Depends on the purpose of the trip (163 comments)

Traveling for pleasure: no jetlag. I keep my schedule vague, so when at my destination, I wake up and sleep at times my body feels are appropriate
Traveling for business: jetlag sucks. It's typical that I have to be awake early the next morning for work. And then people usually want to go drinking in the evenings (I try to avoid this as much as possible, but still feel obligated to socially be part of the team), meaning that my body must conform to the assigned schedule. It protests.

about 2 months ago

The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

j2.718ff Easy / Difficult modes (178 comments)

When I was a kid, I didn't have the hand-eye coordination to beat the tough video games. Cheat codes (and I include things like warp zones in this category) allowed me to beat the game and feel cool. When I was older, and decided to dust some of these games off, playing the whole way through without cheating provided a new level of fun. I suspect that cheat codes helped make games appealing to players of different abilities.

about 2 months ago

The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

j2.718ff Monkey Island 2 (178 comments)

I believe the code was Ctrl-Alt-W, which allowed you to instantly win the game. It was awesome because of how pointless it was. It brought you to the final scenes of the game. In one of them, a character's dialog was replaced with something like "I wonder why I'm standing here", because if you cheated you way to the end, you wouldn't know the story.

about 2 months ago

Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

j2.718ff This is news because it's Harley (345 comments)

When companies like Zero and Brammo actually produce and sell electric motorcycles, it isn't news. But when Harley-Davidson announces that they will do the same at some point, it's big news.

That said, I do applaud this effort -- the more companies that make electric vehicles, the better.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

j2.718ff get to know your neighbors (408 comments)

If they don't know you, they'll probably leave you alone, and generally ignore whatever happens are your house. But if you know them, then they'll think of you as a person. If something suspicious is happening at your house, they'll call your cell phone to let you know. (And hopefully, you'd do the same for them.) If you get an alarm, tell them, and ask them to call you (or the police) if it's ever going off.

about 4 months ago

What It's Like To Be the Scientific Consultant For The Big Bang Theory

j2.718ff Hipster Nerds (253 comments)

I've watched the occasional episode and it seems more targeted at "fake nerds" - the type who like "I fucking love science" on facebook. The viewer isn't made to relate with the geeky characters, they're made to laugh at.

And with that, the Hipster Nerd is born. You're not a real nerd. You don't enjoy science correctly. I was a nerd before it was cool.

There is not one single kind of nerd. Deal with it. Also, we're talking about fictional characters in a television show.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

j2.718ff TI graphing Calculator (702 comments)

Still works fine... and a quick glance on amazon shows it's still worth what I paid for it more than 10 years ago.

about 4 months ago

I expect to retire ...

j2.718ff temporarily, several times (341 comments)

Or is sabbatical a more accurate term? I've left, gone on to study an unrelated field, and came back to my original field. I'm sure I'll do it several more times in my life.

about 4 months ago

Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

j2.718ff by mail because electronic isn't easy (386 comments)

I figured filing online made sense. But I didn't find a clear option. There were choices that require I make less than a certain amount of money to use. There were choices that direct me to 3rd party sites. Is the IRS really so inept that it can't show me a way to file online that isn't more complicated than printing my own 1040s?

It's odd that is generally well-organized, such that I can find any PDF form I might need without trouble. Why can't it be equally obvious how to submit?

about 5 months ago

Google Unveils Android Wear

j2.718ff Re:I kind of wouldn't mind a less fancy one... (103 comments)

I know a couple people who ordered Pebble watches. I haven't seen anyone who wears one regularly.

I own a pebble, and wear it every day. I love it for notifications -- I can tell who's calling/texting/e-mailing me, and thus decide if I feel like taking my phone out to interact with them.

But I would never use it to initiate anything. If I want to check the weather, place a call, do a google search, etc., then I'll use my phone -- no matter how good a watch's resolution is, it's just too small to do those things effectively.

about 5 months ago

Daylight Saving Time ...

j2.718ff Re:Are we not advanced enough to use UTC Time? (310 comments)

Who would benefit from using a UTC as you describe?

People making conference calls across time zones? I don't think that UTC would make that easier. I know that most people are awake and at work at 11am local time, so I can schedule a conference at that time. But if we used UTC, I would need a chart to know what the working hours are in each time zone so I don't accidentally schedule a conference for a time that people are usually asleep.

Does it make it easier for travelers? Not really -- each time I'm in a new time zone, I have to learn what time to set my alarm clock to wake up at a normal hour.

The people I expect would benefit the most from a UTC would be those who live in the border of time zones, and regularly cross it, or interact with people in the other time zone. However, to be blunt, as a percentage of the whole, there aren't a lot of people in that situation - I don't think we should change solely for their benefit.

Or is there a scenario I'm missing?

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?

j2.718ff Re:graduate certificates (149 comments)

The education industry, meaning colleges and universities, need a way to "add on" additional skill emphasis to degrees without requiring whole new degrees.

They are called graduate certificates. You take a couple of graduate level courses, and you get a graduate certificate. Often, you can get a certificate while you are on the path towards a masters.

Or, if you don't need a piece of paper, you can just find classes that interest you, and take them.

Where I work, tuition reimbursement exists if you are enrolled in a degree or certificate program -- it's much harder to get the company to pay for a single class. For that reason alone, graduate certificates are great.

about 7 months ago


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