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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

nblender Re:Radicalization (688 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.


Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

nblender Re:Why I'm on a well in a sustainable aquifer. (373 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...

5 days ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

nblender multiple. (540 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?

5 days ago

'Just Let Me Code!'

nblender Re:Who is stopping him? (368 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 week 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 two weeks ago

New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

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

I'm not sure what textures you can or can't handle so it's not clear you can come down on anyone for 'missing' what you're saying.. When my son was born almost 13 years ago, we stopped eating processed or fast food... It took a bit to get used to, I'll admit... But there's a wide variety of options for making your own food from basic ingredients and where you also have control over texture and taste. ie: it's easy to make a healthy tomato sauce with the same texture as Ragu but without all the salt and HFCS... There are a ton of wonderful soups you can make that are healthy and nutritious with the same texture as a milkshake which you can probably handle...

The difference is you have to _want_ to... One of the side benefits of learning to cook and making wonderful meals is that you will gain a whole new pretext for inviting potential mates over for meals at your place... It will make you more attractive to potential mates as well...

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

nblender Re:How many? Hard to say (272 comments)

I like to think of it as "Silting up"... big companies with little apparent strategic direction tend to lose their most talented employees to 'churn'... The least talented employees have fewer options so they stay put marking time.. They become silt..

about two weeks ago

The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

nblender Re:And? (195 comments)

In the late 1800's, Dr. Emmett Brown and Marty McFly got a train up to just over 88mph before it careened off the end of a bridge still being constructed. No rockets were used in that endeavor. Just carefully staged fuel pellets. I watched a documentary on this a long time ago.

about two weeks ago

'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

nblender Re:Awesome! (163 comments)

I always cringe when I read local headlines like "John Doe of 123 Apple Street was today charged with distributing images of young children engaged in sexual acts"... Or "Such and such a teacher is accused of engaging in sexual relations with one of her students and is currently suspended with pay pending investigation." .... Anyone can be charged with anything... Way to ruin someone's life. Everyone thinks that if it's in the paper, then there must have been some basis in fact even if the person was later exonerated.

about two weeks ago

Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

nblender Re:"Lower quality"? (214 comments)

It's a rare venue that will allow my wife to show up in her lingerie and then hit pause partway through the film so she can jump me ...

I don't understand the movie industry's penchant for penalizing people by forcing them to go to a public place to watch their fresh releases...

about two weeks ago

US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

nblender Re:Not new (253 comments)

I'm a self taught no-degree 25+ year embedded guy. Sure, maybe I'm one of the 'good ones'... Don't know, don't really care. My point in replying is that in my 25+ years, i've encountered more degree-holding high-functioning idiots who interview well and can spew knowledge like the best of them; but ultimately they can't really code their way out of a paper bag... I'm thinking of a few recent examples who created code of disastrous proportions and eventually got moved to middle management... Of all the senior developer types I work with, (about 10 in my current position), only 2 have CS or EE degrees... The rest are either self-taught, or have degrees in other unrelated disciplines (chemistry, history, physics)... They're the ones churning out the long lasting product code that is reused in future projects; is highly maintainable, and portable. The degree isn't the key here, it's the self-teaching we've all done along the way.

I believe you're filtering on the wrong attributes... Maybe you're one of those degree-holding coders that got moved to middle management; out of harms way...

Just saying...

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

nblender Re:What are your goals? (282 comments)

I agree with you 100%. I'm near 50 now and have lived in the same modest house for 20 years and drive older used vehicles... But my modest house has more than tripled in value in those 20 years, and 8 years ago I started my retirement job... The job that I will keep until I retire. I'm building my own retirement with sweat equity in a retirement property... In about 5 years, I'll be able to quit my tech job; sell my modest house in the city, and combined with other investments, will have enough retirement income to live in the country... But I probably won't; I'll keep working until I get bored or they get tired of me.. Then I'll do something else that's slower and more interesting...

The biggest mistake I made was not switching jobs in my early years. I stuck with the same job for 7 years, then 11 years, then another 7... I'd have bigger investment accounts now if I'd had more jobs in the first 20 years.

about three weeks ago

Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

nblender Re:I'm not so sure... (185 comments)

Correction. He posted a message saying that he was in the middle of building a pulley system. That's not the same as having actually built it. It's consistant with him building a fantasy scenario on that site..

about a month ago

Protesters Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA's Utah Data Center

nblender mis-targeted.. (104 comments)

I can't help but think the people you really want to antagonize are the employees and contractors... A Blimp that says something like "amoral and unethical people work here and spy on you" might do more to create unrest... The people who work there probably live in the community or surrounding community... If you can make someone uneasy about their employer, that's probably better...


about a month ago

Nest Announces New Smart Home API

nblender Re:Rather uninteresting API. (38 comments)

this is my fundamental problem with this sort of thing. You buy a smart-device and the first thing it wants is to authenticate with some cloud service... I understand it's easier to deal with firewalls and such if the device 'polls' the cloud for remote commands... But what if my home is out in the middle of the forest, miles from anything resembling internet connectivity... That's a home I want automated more than the home I sleep in the other 5 days a week.

about a month ago

Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

nblender Re:bicyclists are why I don't ride a bicycle (358 comments)

Around these parts, I'm not allowed to swing into the oncoming lane if there's a solid line on my side; even if you're riding on the shoulder... Around here, the rural roads have about 12 inches of 'shoulder' before it's grass or gravel. Just this last weekend, I came across one of you tour-de-france wannabes (complete with the colorful jersey and aerodynamic helmet) riding up a hill at 8kph... I had to slow down and stay behind you while waiting for an oncoming truck to finally arrive... You motioned to me to pass but legally I could not. When I finally came to the dashed line on my side, I was able to pass... I have no idea why you gave me the finger though ... I certainly didn't want to lose all that time creeping along behind you and I would have loved to have passed you while staying completely inside the double-solid line. The law very clearly says that a bicycle is equivalent to a car.

Sure, you can be out for a leisurely Sunday ride... But note the effect you have on others who might just want to get home and not follow you up the hill... Maybe you could pull off to the side and let cars go by?

about a month ago

Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

nblender just another thought ... (435 comments)

I've worked with many men and women over the years... I would say that women, predominantly, are the ones who leave the work force after they have a child or three, only to not return... Some return but many do not... So while you might end up trying to hire 30% women, your demographics will eventually show them to be much lower... I don't think I'm out of line suggesting that about half leave the work force to stay at home... At least around these parts. That gets us down in the range of the numbers reported by google.

about a month and a half ago

Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

nblender Re:There goes Google (248 comments)

At least we'd have cat photos.

about a month and a half ago

Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

nblender Re:Competition Sucks (507 comments)

I do not think that word means what you think it means.

If you were just some normal Joe Schlub who wouldn't even consider being an Uber driver, but some cop stopped you and induced you into driving him somewhere in exchange for a nice shiny $20 bill, then that's entrapment... If you are a registered Uber driver, and a cop reserves you, and you agree to drive the cop somewhere, then that it something you would normally do and is not entrapment.

At least that's how I read it and have always understood it.

about a month and a half ago

Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

nblender Re:You think that is the problem? (636 comments)

Google is Apple's competitor so obviously they didn't 'google it'...

They 'Bing'd it.

about 2 months ago


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