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Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

pefisher Tough on the denier (412 comments)

This kind of study is hard on the deniers because it begins moving them toward Flat Earth Society status. In a democracy, the minority just doesn't matter very much once the majority has made up its mind. They stop being a part of the conversation. The only way they will be able to get back into the conversation is to start drawing lines in the sand saying what they will and will not give up. And that will be a good thing. We need to start talking about the tradeoffs that we will have to make.

2 days ago

Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

pefisher We are already unbundled (448 comments)

I already pay a cable box fee for each TV and a fee for a cable modem. (By the way, it's only by the grace of regulation that I am allowed to rent a cable card for my Tivo.) I guess they could start metering TV by the minute or charging us for the bandwidth we "consume" watching Jon Stewart.
I like the idea of not paying for ESPN; not just because I don't watch it, but also because it would reduce the power of the sports industrial complex.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

pefisher You need "office" lenses (464 comments)

First of all, you need to make sure that the lenses you have are properly fitted. Buying progressive lenses is a bit of a minefield because they are much more sensitive to the incorrect placement of the optical center. I went through two years of hell until I stopped going to optometrists (who made their progressives in the back room on a lens molding machine) and went to an ophthalmologist who knew how to fit them properly. If you feel like the focus point is too small, you probably have a fit issue.

Once I got properly fitted, I then discovered there are differences between brands of progressives. I ended up buying Varilux Physio 360. They had a much wider field of view than the more standard lens my doctor liked. (He is a smart guy, but old. He recommends the same lens that he is used to, which he first started wearing back in the 70's).

But even they were inadequate or computer/office use. The head has to tilt back too much. For office work, you want to buy a progressive specifically made for the office. They are often called "office lenses" Shamir makes a good one they call an "occupational lens". (http://www.shamirlens.com)

They cost a lot of money, but anyone who has spent the money will tell you it is worth it.

about a month ago

Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

pefisher A Triply Truncated Triangle (149 comments)

That's what I'd call it.

about 5 months ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

pefisher Re:One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

Can they also put a switch in this to make Office usable? I can't stand that fucking ribbon interface that makes everything I used to do the most often 5 times more difficult.

Yep. The ribbon still sucks. It's funny how Microsoft wants me to buy new products, but wants to berate me for my preferences.

about 7 months ago

MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

pefisher Blocking not enough? (135 comments)

I don't get how you can talk about incarceration at all in this context. Once you block someone's internet, their ability to "infringe" is over.

about 7 months ago

Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

pefisher Re:Are you actually telling me? (179 comments)

I was answering wisnoskij who couldn't believe that the Air Force didn't have a redundant launch capability. They do. It's called Delta IV. And yes, it may cost more. Partially because the Russian engine was artificially inexpensive. And partially because Delta IV's LOX/H2 is less dense than LOX/RP-1, and requires more machined metal tankage to put a payload in orbit.

about 8 months ago

Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

pefisher Re:Are you actually telling me? (179 comments)

There is a redundant system. It's called Delta IV. That's why we have two booster systems; to assure US access to space. The news media seems to not understand this.

about 8 months ago

The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

pefisher Low power to education ratio (373 comments)

Sometimes it seems that engineers have the lowest power to education ratio of any profession in the US. Lawyers and bean counters seem to spend their days making sure that any good that might be done by engineers is preemptively neutralized.

about 8 months ago

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

pefisher Re:Deny the deniers (869 comments)

I am saying that global warming has been established as a fact and should no longer be argued. If you want to argue that the rational policy is to do nothing, then argue it. But you have to do three things. You have to make some effort to quantify the costs associated with doing nothing. Then you have to look at possible solutions and quantify their costs. Then you have to compare those costs. Deniers are people who won't do the first thing; admit there are any costs associated with doing nothing.

about 10 months ago

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

pefisher Deny the deniers (869 comments)

Why do we let the deniers control the conversation? We need to ignore them and figure out what we need to do about global warming. Should we turn off half the streetlights? All the streetlights? Or would we rather go without air conditioning? How will a "free" society that has optimized itself for blind consumerism re-optimize itself for intelligent consumption? Can it even hope to do such a thing? Or do we all agree that there is nothing that can be done collectively?

about 10 months ago

Apple Patent Could Herald Interchangeable iPhone Camera Lenses

pefisher bayonet mount- on a computer (160 comments)

No prior art here. A completely unique idea. I hand it to Apple for inventing the bayonet mount- on a computer.

about 9 months ago

EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

pefisher Re:Great idea (364 comments)

And if ever someone important in a way or another dies in something related with a car normal people won't know if was a normal accident or something caused by the devices they put into.

Excellent point. Lady Dianna for example.

1 year,1 day

Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

pefisher Re:Last about five years? (237 comments)

I agree with you that a lot of drives seem to have very long lifetimes. I used to read that it was important to keep hard drives cool, so I have always built machines in which each drive has a dedicated (low speed) fan blowing across it. These drives don't ever seem to fail. (I guess after a statement like that, I should probably do a backup.)

1 year,2 days

Senate Lets Teachers, Students Be Facebook Friends

pefisher Punching bags are people too (66 comments)

This law went far beyond Facebook; (Zdnet said) it limited any internet communication that wasn't visible to both the school district and parents. It's nice that a judge indicated he was going to find it unconstitutional. That happens so seldom in this day and age.

more than 3 years ago

Congress Asks Universities To Curb Piracy

pefisher Re:I would like to ask Congress... (405 comments)

I would like to ask Congress what their responsibility is? Back in the nineties, Congress put a lot of my money into guaranteeing that the internet was available at low cost to all institutions of higher learning. (There's a six dollar charge on my second phone line every month that goes into a fund toward this goal.) The institutions themselves put a lot of money and effort into it as well. I distinctly remember reading newspaper articles in the NYT and San Jose Mercury News touting the fact that having the internet available in every dorm room would unlock the creativity of students and create a generation of internet entrepreneurs. The moment this happened (Napster) all hell broke loose.

more than 7 years ago



Is the West building its own Iron Curtain?

pefisher pefisher writes  |  1 year,5 days

pefisher (774697) writes "The British are apparently admitting that they track their citizens as they travel the world (through information provided by intelligence agencies) and are arresting them if they have been somewhere that frightens them. 'Sir Peter, who leads the Association of Chief Police Officer's "Prevent" strategy on counter-terrorism, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that those returning from Syria "may well be charged and investigated, but they will be put into our programmes".' The program seems to consist of being spied on by the returnee's cooperative neighbors."
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