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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

rikkitikki Re:Submarines have been doing just fine for year (468 comments)

Don't they have a window? I think they call it a periscope. They use it before each time they surface.

about 5 months ago

The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net

rikkitikki Re:AI question I heard 30yrs ago... (230 comments)

That sounds like the second half of a Pinky and the Brain AYPWIP:

Brain: Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
Pinky: I think so Brain, but who wants a computer that remembers the words to the Flintstones jingle and forgets to pay the rent?

about 7 months ago

Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

rikkitikki Re:Fire (734 comments)

No, the spair-the-air (spartheair.org) legislation did. Now when it is sufficiently cold outside to warrant using the fireplace to heat your house, the BAAQMD (baaqmd.gov) issues a spare-the-air alert and makes it illegal to heat your house though a means other than PG&E (pge.com). You must your gas or electricity to heat your house rather than a fireplace.

about a year ago

Using Zillow's Creative Commons Neighborhood Boundary Data For the U.S.

rikkitikki Re:Zillow (32 comments)

Zillow does more for estimations than Bank of America did for my last re-fi. BofA didn't send out any kind of appraiser, just pulled a number out of their ass. And that number conflicted with the recently sold comparables in my area. Estimates from Zillow or appraisers don't mean shit. Your house is worth whatever the bank wants it to be. Upgrades you've done and condition of the house won't be factored in and are completely irrelevant.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is the User Experience Too Good?

rikkitikki Stop being a Pansy... (397 comments)

and give me my flying car! :)

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?

rikkitikki Harassment Training (1127 comments)

Every company I've worked at has provided it. Usually as a recurring thing too. Often at somepoint during new hire orientation, and then once every year afterwards. Your HR dept should be able to set this up for you (even if you're a small company and have HR outsourced to one of those HR outsourcing firms). Your company, as well as you personally, can be sued and end up losing a lot of money over this.

Here's a small gist of the training: Harassment is defined by the victim. It doesn't matter if you or your co-workers don't consider it harassment, if the victim does, then it is harassment. There is a ton of legal leeway given to victim. This is not a subject to take lightly. Simply looking at a person the wrong way could be considered harassment. Laughing at a joke, even if it is not at his/her expense, and even if that person laughs as well, could be considered harassment.

Get your team/company the training.

more than 2 years ago

Pioneer Anomaly Solved

rikkitikki Re:Well (147 comments)

In fact, forget the Blow...

more than 2 years ago

Hybrid Car Owners Not Likely To Buy Another Hybrid

rikkitikki Re:Oh enough with the range whining (998 comments)

For a trip over 500 miles, I get a plane ticket :-P. Did that just this past (long) weekend (had took thurs & fri off). I really don't enjoy driving 8-9 hours to a destination and then that same time back. Just eats into your vacation time :-).

more than 2 years ago

Hybrid Car Owners Not Likely To Buy Another Hybrid

rikkitikki I'm not likely to buy a hybrid again... (998 comments)

I'm likely to buy an electric. My commute + daily chores are well within the range of electric vehicles. When I buy the electric, the hybrid will still be around, but only for the occasional longer trip. Hopefully, by the time the hybrid dies, electric vehicles with 200-300 mi range will cost much less.

more than 2 years ago

Canadian Ice Shelves Halve In Six Years

rikkitikki Re:Answer is obvious! (458 comments)

We have had enough of voodoo science and liberal agenda dweebs! The answer is obvious why the ice is melting. Bird poop and pee! That's right migrating sea birds land on the ice and after a meal of fish poop and pee to their hearts content and that my friends warms the ice and that is why its melting.

My name is Rick Parry and I endorse this message.


more than 3 years ago

The world will end ...

rikkitikki zombie apocalypse (585 comments)

That site also says, "It will be on May 21st that God will raise up all the dead that have ever died from their graves." So _that's_ the zombie apocalypse the CDC was warning us about!

more than 3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Ad Misleads With Fake Interviews

rikkitikki Re:Surprising... (224 comments)

What's the difference between Marketing and Sales? Marketing knows that they're lying.

more than 3 years ago

Google Cars Drive Themselves, In Traffic

rikkitikki Re:awful, awful awful awful (293 comments)

there is no way a @#$ robot can judge what to do about oncoming accidents, like a pedestrian, a deer, a squirrel, a semi jackknifing, an ambulance passing, a crash ahead of you, a gigantic pothole, a box full of dishes that fell off a truck, a big tree branch, a patch of black ice, a tire blowing out, a semi weaving in a strong wind, etc etc etc.

That's ok, Bay Area drivers can't handle those situations either ;-)

Heck, 101 and 880 turn into a parking lot of accidents anytime there is some light drizzle. I actually doubt a self-driving car can be worse than the drivers around here.

more than 3 years ago

Tech Sector Slow To Hire

rikkitikki Re:3... 2... 1... before that old H1B rant (450 comments)

There's another factor to consider: green-handcuffs.

This is the term used when an H1B worker has applied for a green-card, would like to change jobs, but can't, because it would require starting the application process over from the beginning. Obtaining a green card while on an H1B can take 6 years (or as short as a year). I used to work for a company in silicon valley that would hire H1B workers, pay them significantly lower wages (and get away with 'paying market rate' by changing the job description to one where the market was significantly lower than the position he was actually working in), encourage the worker to apply for a green card, then do what it could to stall the process so they could keep the cheap worker longer.

The H1B workers called it green-handcuffs and would leave the minute they got their green card.

I currently know a guy who went to work for a company on a particular project. the project got canned, so he got moved to another position in the company. a position he hates. he'd leave, but he's close to getting his green card approved and doesn't want to start the process all over again.

more than 4 years ago

Desired Input For Console Video Games?

rikkitikki Explaination of poll options: (271 comments)

Standard 97 button controller - laptop keyboard or dig at the 360 / PS3 controller

mouse and keyboard - hardly ever used by consoles

waving wand / remote around - Wiimote / PS Move

Neural interface - PS9, currently vaporware

Wave your hands in the air - Project Natal / Kinect

Like, you just don't care - and neither does Cowboy Neil

Plastic Instruments - Rock Band / Guitar Hero

Joystick - Atari 2600, Commodore 64

more than 4 years ago

Visual Studio 2010 Forces Tab Indenting

rikkitikki Re:The only way to maintain sanity (390 comments)

I've seen it. I wish I had mod points for him. The problem is that everyone treats whitespace alignment differently. On a large enough team over enough time, people who use tabs will start to mix tabs and spaces for alignment. Once that starts happening you'll get code / comments / ascii art diagrams all misaligned when viewed in someone else's editor who doesn't have the same tabwidth. The only reliable way to solve this for everyone is to force tabs-as-spaces (:set expandtab). That way the spacing is consistant on everyone's editor.

more than 4 years ago

Affordable and Usable Video Conferencing?

rikkitikki PS3 (170 comments)

You can do video chat on the PS3. And you can chat with multiple people at the same time. I've personally done it with three people. I don't know what the limit is. All you need is a PS3, a compatible webcam (could be a Playstation Eye, PS2 EyeToy, and there's various other webcams that supposedly work), and a network connection and you're done. Oh, sorry, replied too fast...missed the requirement about needing to be viewable on a PC. Well if that's not a strict requirement, then you can think about the PS3 option.

more than 4 years ago


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