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US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

khr Re:1984 Cascade (186 comments)

But who monitors the monitors?

The Hawtch Hawtch Who Monitor?

about a month ago

Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds

khr How about me? (231 comments)

I plan to get my children learning the 'advanced' topics as soon as possible. How about you?

I hate children, you insensitive clod!

about a month and a half ago

'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

khr Re:Ain't no body got time for that (606 comments)

I cook from scratch most of my meals, and in doing that, I dine much healthier and cheaper than if I were buying junk food and dining out at the usual middle of the road chain type restaurants

As a younger man, I used to cook for myself all the time. I was never very good at it, but I could come up with simple, satisfying meals for myself (I've never mastered getting two dishes to get ready at the same time). That was in Oregon, with an electric range...

But then I moved to India for ten years and had my first experience cooking on gas. Continuing now in New York City it's much the same. With gas I haven't figured out how to cook food. Everything is either undercooked or burnt, and only rare flukes turn out right. After several attempts at baking cheesecakes, which I had mastered long ago in an electric oven, and completely failed in gas, I sort of gave up. It was frustrating to fail, and I was spending a lot of money on expensive ingredients for food that was inedible...

Fortunately Manhattan has lots of restaurants that aren't junk or middle-of-the-road chains... Lots of really good stuff, fresh ingredients and all that... And a variety of prices, so it's possible to eat well for fairly cheap. And in many cases, ordering a full meal is cheaper than buying a similar quantity of the ingredients at the grocery store (Manhattan is seriously expensive...)

about 1 month ago

'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

khr Re:Ain't no body got time for that (606 comments)

Yeah, but who actually eats out all that much?

Until recently, me and my wife... Or order in, there's hundreds of restaurants that'll deliver to our address in under an hour...

But she just started learning to cook last month (she grew up in an Indian household with servants and never had to cook before, but now decided it was time). I think our food bills have gone up as we've switched from ordering most meals to home cooked. We order dry and packaged stuff from Amazon to save some money and get it delivered right to our door, but fresh things cost a fortune in our neighborhood...

about 2 months ago

South Park Game Censored On Consoles Outside North America

khr Think of the children... (221 comments)

They censored a game because of content? Ug, "think of the children."

The children now deprived...

about 2 months ago

'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

khr Re:Translation: (606 comments)

The problem is, there's no reasonably-priced housing anywhere near that location (or anywhere in Manhattan for that matter), so people have to take long commutes from other places like New Jersey or Connecticut to get to these jobs.

There's perfectly reasonably priced housing in Manhattan... I got a great deal on a fabulous 350 square foot, 3rd floor walk-up in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood for the great, low price of only $2,200 a month! The apartment across the hall from is vacant. It's about the same size, but no closet in the bedroom and only half the kitchen cabinet space for much less, at $1,995 a month...

Of course, I ride the train for 1-1.5 hours a day because I work in Crown Heights, Brooklyn... Go figure...

about 2 months ago

'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

khr Re:Ain't no body got time for that (606 comments)

away from urban area ... cheaper food

I live in a somewhat urban area (Midtown Manhattan) and as for restaurant food, there are more and cheaper options than farther out. Sure, there are expensive ones, but in the heart of the city I can easily get much cheaper restaurant food than in suburbs. There's a plethora of $1 a slice pizza joints (most suck, better to spend double that and go for $2 a slice places) or tasty, plentiful street food where a huge meal costs all of $6.

Groceries to make your own food cost a ton more, though...

about 2 months ago

WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

khr Re:Buying users and eyeballs (257 comments)

Any one know the overlap in numbers of FB and WhatsApp users? My guess it's nearly 100%, I don't know for sure.

The vast majority of WhatsApp users I know (granted, it's a small enough sample to count on one hand) don't have Facebook accounts. Of course, the total number of people "purchased" increases because I don't use WhatsApp, but I'm in all of their phones' address books, so I'm as good as being in WhatsApp...

about 2 months ago

WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

khr Re:CNN argues it's worth the money (257 comments)

There are a LOT of free texting programs, and it takes about a weekend to write another one

But this one comes with several hundred million users plus all their phones' address books...

about 2 months ago

Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice

khr Missed New York City (290 comments)

It must've missed New York City. I live in Manhattan and commuted to Brooklyn, but I didn't see anything I'd call a "massive storm". Just a light touch of snow...

Still, I wish we'd get this snow on the weekends instead of the work days, I'd really like the opportunity to go out and enjoy it.

about 2 months ago

Skinny Puppy Wants Compensation For Music Used in US Interrogations

khr Re:If you're going to use Canadian music for tortu (271 comments)

I would think that Celine Dion or Justin Bieber would be much more effective at breaking the will of even the most stanchly determined Jihadists.

Ug, those are pretty bad. Skinny Puppy is great stuff, I don't see how it could be used for torture. It couldn't be that effective...

about 2 months ago

At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

khr Outlived Former Department Coworkers... (177 comments)

While the company is long out of business, I've outlived quite a few people from the department I worked in at the second job I had.

We had seven people, and five have died. Vehicular accidents and cancers...

If I had a tinfoil hat I'd suspect someone was bumping off those of us who read the white paper on our software's undocumented parameters. So I'd better watch myself.

about 2 months ago

Code Is Not Literature

khr Re:Consider your Audience when writing code (240 comments)

When writing code, your audience is not the compiler.

If you're primary audience is not the compiler why are you writing code at all? If the compiler isn't your primary audience, just tell another person what you want done...

about 3 months ago

Starbucks Phone App Stores Password Unencrypted

khr Re:When will companies be held liable? (137 comments)

So this story means new people are hearing about Starbucks for the first time?

Not necessarily for the first time. I wasn't thinking at all about coffee, but now there's an article about a big coffee vendor, so it comes to mind. Maybe I'll stop in on my way home, since I walk past several... (but who am I kidding, they're always crowded and I've never ordered coffee on my own before, so I'm not sure I know how to do that without making a fool of myself...)

about 2 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

khr Re:It's about time! (1431 comments)

The shooter will spend the rest of his life in jail

Where on movie night it'll be unlikely any other inmates will have cell phones they can use to text and disturb him.

about 3 months ago

Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

khr Re:german law (409 comments)

In the US, that's the law regarding H1-B workers as well, but it's not enforced.

No kidding... As an American, when I worked for a U.S. company a decade ago, the Indians brought over on H1-B visas were paid quite a bit more than I was for doing the same job.

On the flip side, though, I guess I had better job security (being competent and underpaid...)

about 3 months ago

Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

khr Re:Indians are hired for low wages (409 comments)

As an American who worked in the Indian office of a Finnish company, the same applies, we were way cheaper than our Finnish counterparts...

about 3 months ago

Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

khr Re:Cool (684 comments)

All I can say is : Cool!

Damn! That's just cold, man...

about 3 months ago

Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries

khr Re:Are these folks idolators? (378 comments)

Give the U.S.P.S. a break if there's a snowstorm

Not far from my apartment there's a huge post office in which "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." is actually carved in stone.

Carved in stone seems to suggest a commitment.

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Adds Node.js Support To Visual Studio

khr Re:Node.js?! How 'bout C89 support? (197 comments)

How 'bout C89 support?

For that matter, how about C64 support? And small enough to fit on floppy disks...

about 5 months ago


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