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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

nblender Re:Living in the country is an anachronism (261 comments)

I live in both. I live in the city on weekdays, and in the country on weekends and holidays.

Guess which I prefer.

In the country, I have to travel 20 minutes to the town that has the grocery store, gas station, hardware store, liquor store, and pizza takeout.
In the city, I have to travel 20 minutes to the grocery store/hardware store, and favourite restaurants. The distance is much shorter but there are more people in the way.
In the country, I can sit on my porch and listen to birds, frogs, wind, and not much else.
In the city, I can sit on my porch and listen to wankers with loud diesel trucks, or loud motorcycles, or loud music.
In the country, the air smells clean.
In the city, the air smells like.... people/exhaust.
In the country, if I need emergency medical care, I can drive to the hospital in 20 minutes, and be seen by a doctor in under an hour.
In the city, if I need emergency medical care, I can drive to the hospital in 30+ minutes and be seen by a doctor occasionally in under 8 hours but usually in under 16 hours.
In the country, my water comes out of the ground and tastes like water.
In the city, my water comes from under my street and tastes like bleach.

Obviously, there are some advantages to living in the city and other advantages to living in the country.


Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

nblender Re:uh-huh (165 comments)

A friend of mine had to travel to New Orleans for his liver transplant because he was going to die before getting it in Canada... He paid cash, about $250k. He was told he got a deal because he paid cash. Insurance companies get billed about double because they take months or sometimes years to pay, and always argue the amount so the hospital has to settle for a lesser amount to get paid in finite time; hence the artificial inflation.

2 days ago

Software Combines Thousands of Online Images Into One That Represents Them All

nblender Re:it works! (66 comments)

Hope my wife doesn't type that in.

2 days ago

Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

nblender Re:LibreOffice/OpenOffice still kind of suck (567 comments)

At my son's school, kids are allowed to use whatever OS/productivity software they want, as long as they all interoperate with what the school uses, which is MS Office... So my son has the entire gamut, Libre Office, oOo, iWork or whatever... Occasionally he gets a document from some other kid that he's collaborating with and can't open it; or when he opens it, he can't edit it. Sure the school to flip the whole thing on its ear and encourage the use of LibreOffice/oOo but let kids use whatever they want but ensure that the lowest common denominator is the free software, but they're not about to do that...

My wife is writing a book using Pages under OS X... It didn't handle automatic End-notes or some such thing. She tried figuring it out and certainly there was a menu option for it... But it didn't work. After taking it to the Genius bar, the 'Genius' threw up his hands and said 'come back tomorrow'... She went back and he showed her an e-mail from someone in the Pages group at corporate saying 'Pages doesn't support that. If you need that feature, you'll have to use MS Office"...

So much for 'alternatives'.

2 days ago

Software Combines Thousands of Online Images Into One That Represents Them All

nblender it works! (66 comments)

I typed in "douchebag" and it showed me a picture of some guy driving an Audi A4.

2 days ago

Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

nblender what I want ... (249 comments)

I want radio buttons I can use to drill down my search...

sort by what permissions they're after.
sort by what percentage of people are still using the app after having downloaded it.
sort by price
sort by in-app purchases or not
etc ...

about a week ago

Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

nblender Re:100 Watts (191 comments)

mmm, USB Inverter! I'll be able to plug my iron into my laptop USB port while at sea!

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

nblender Re:Because they don't use them to get employees. (274 comments)

In my experience, this is not true. For 3 of the large corporations (1000+ employees) I've worked for, a senior director wanted to hire me and we negotiated my rate/salary/etc. He told someone in HR to hire me and I dictated my terms. When HR balked, I received a call from the senior director, re-iterated my terms, and then promptly received a followup call from HR agreeing to my terms.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

nblender Re:Pete and Repeat (274 comments)

I was recently given a resume to review prior to interviewing the candidate... The resume was chock full of keywords... ie: on one job, it was clear they'd used ssh as part of some administrative interface they'd built... He included keywords: "Openssh", "Blowfish", "RSA", "DSA", "Public Key", etc ... The resume was 9 pages long and most of it was useless keywords... Clearly intended to bypass automated resume filters... When it came to the interview, I found myself less than impressed with the candidate so I started asking technical questions about Blowfish, RSA, DSA, and he clearly didn't know anything about them. If you're going to put something on your resume, you had better damn well know about it.

He was not hired.

Frankly, I'm not sure I know how to get a job these days... I'm fortunate to have work come looking for me these days.

about a week ago

About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

nblender Re:Meaning (227 comments)

Mine was the reverse. Still is. I suggest spending some money on a psych-ed assessment. You'll learn a lot about your child's learning and mind... Plus you'll have the information handy should you find the need to send your child to a school more suited to his/her needs...

Both of us had issues at school but our child was reasonably bright, we always thought... It wasn't until we watched our son play with other kids that we realized he was brighter than your average kid... It wasn't until the beginning of 4th grade that we were alerted to there being a problem... He was acting up in class, not finishing his work, and not focusing... We had a Psych-ed assessmennt done and, long story short, is technically 'gifted'... He was bored at school and was trying to find ways to amuse himself... Because of that, and some issues with bullies, we pulled him from that school and put him in a local school for the gifted, and on being picked up from his first day, proudly proclaimed "Mom! I've found my people!"

Now that we know how his mind works, where he needs help, etc... We see a lot of the same in ourselves but never understood it to be unusual.

about two weeks ago

Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

nblender Re:FTP authentication (148 comments)

root@ like everyone else?

about two weeks ago

Researchers Create Virtual Reality 'Parties' To Treat Drug Addiction

nblender Re:Being a former drug addict, I think (47 comments)

I quit smoking lots of times... I only quit smoking for good, once... As such, I only have one data point. I've been clean for 9 years.

My overriding reason to quit was that I didn't want my son to know me as a smoker.

What helped me along the way, encountering the situations you describe, were the negative aspects of what it was like as a smoker. The disgusting cough in the morning, the stench on my clothes, the blandness of my food... If I walked past a smoker, I just brought forth the memory of those negative effects and it was enough to bridge me back to normalcy. It took about 2 years before I no longer craved a cigarette... I have friends who smoke and don't even have the slightest tinge of a craving..

I dread think of how difficult it is to quit heroine...

about three weeks ago

Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

nblender Re:Lots of people criticize this for its obviousne (182 comments)

I've been doing this for years when I paint in my garage ... I'm not saying I'm brilliant but not everyone thinks of things as being this easy so some people need to be told.

I was refilling the refrigerant in my truck A/C with Propane last night... My neighbor came out with an "ummm, what are you doing?" look...

about three weeks ago

Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory

nblender name ... (81 comments)

Gigafactory is kind of a lame name... I think they should call it "Area 52"...

about three weeks ago

Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

nblender Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

As an uneducated outsider, my observation is that there's no point going down the rabbit hole of "this action was in response to that action".... It's endless. This is a feud started by people who are long since dead.. Both sides are engaged in incitement ensuring that the children of today will become 'the freedom fighters' of tomorrow. This will never end by negotiation. I don't think it will ever end. Both sides are evil.

about three weeks ago

Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

nblender Re:Why I'm on a well in a sustainable aquifer. (377 comments)

Until your well collapses one day and you need to get approval to drill a new one and that approval is not forth-coming because there's now a water-coop that you need to join instead; paying them lots of money to run a pipe to your house and charging you per cubic meter...

Seen it happen; it's coming.

My well collapsed and fortunately a permit to drill a new one was a rubber stamp and I have a nice clean (albeit very hard) 10gpm well. Hopefully this well will last until I'm too old to care...

about a month ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

nblender multiple. (550 comments)

(1) worn glasses all my life. Don't even think about them anymore.
(2) I have dark rings under my eyes. They're very noticeable when I'm not wearing glasses; but not noticeable with my glasses.
(3) My eyes stopped changing in my 30's and then were static until my mid-40's whereupon things started to go downhill. My distance vision hasn't changed but my low-light vision and close-up vision have deteriorated. I have to wear bifocals now and turn lights on. My Optometrist assures me this is a normal aging thing.. If I had Lasik, I think I'd still have to wear glasses to read or work on cars; so what's the point?

about a month ago

'Just Let Me Code!'

nblender Re:Who is stopping him? (372 comments)

Depending on the environment in which you work. Where I work, there are source code auditing tools you are required to run against your code to meet various customer-imposed requirements; there are code-review tools... There are hardware debuggers that are tied to irritating IDE's like Eclipse... There is a veritable cornucopia of mandated tools, none of which actually help me to write code, but exist to make some manager or customer happy.

I think what the submitter wants is to be able to 'hack' like the old days. Either find a different job or sign up with some open source gig and hack to your heart's desire.

about a month ago

New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

nblender Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

I have the same problem with 'exercise'. After 20 minutes on an exercise bike, I want to kill myself. I don't know how people can blow 2 hours of their day on some sort of exercising apparatus... I don't play well with others so team sports are out as well. I find the best exercise I get now is just engaging in some sort of hobby that keeps me active.. Either home renovations, working on my vehicles, landscaping, etc. If I can have dinner and then head outside and stay outside until 9PM, I can then afford 30 to 60 minutes of 'tune out' time in front of the TV and I have a terrific sleep and my weight stays constant. If I don't get myself outside, or engaged in hobby time, but sit in front of the TV or computer for whole evenings at a time, then things start to suffer. My weight, my back, my sleep, my attitude at work, my focus, and my productivity....

It's not an exercise regimen. It's just living.

about a month ago


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