top What is your computer most often plugged into?
Basic plug strip for the cord that comes out of my computer. I don't have a cord coming out of my armpit...
top Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games
I remember a few years ago seeing the 1960s Canadian TV series
and it carried a viewer discretion warning that the standards for personal and professional relationships
had changed since the program was produced. There was a certain
element of "like, duh!", but somebody had thought about it, and I had no problem with it.
Fast forward to the present day. I'm watching Swedish sci-fi show
( "Real Humans" in English).
It quietly avoids any gratuitous sex or violence, but there is lots of non-gratuitous sex and violence, as integral
parts of the plot. Like all Scandinavian shows it has interesting female characters who do in fact
talk to each other about something other than men. That's the sort of culture they want, it's
one I admire, and I'm cool with it.
top I'm most interested in robots that will...
Automate basic jobs, so I
can talk to humans.
I view this as an extension of using cruise control in a car, or an autopilot in a plane. Let robots
do what they're good at, so humans can do what
they are good at.
top I expect to be conventionally alive ...
My Dad was 68 when he died. My Mom was 75. I'm 53 now. If I significantly outlive either of them I will
top Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?
I think it's completely pointless.
At the latitude where I live, the sun sets after 2100 PDT in the summer. That would still be 2000 PST, with
an hour and a half of twilight after
that. What more do people want?
In the winter the sun sets at 1600 PST. Even 1700 PDT wouldn't buy much, particularly since that would mean sunrise at 0900 PDT.
top Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter
I looked carefully at my viewing habits, concluded I was paying a fortune for the two or three channels I
actually watched, and decided there had to be a better way. The major drop in the quality of the content didn't help.
I now have over-the-air TV for local news, iTunes, Netflix and Acorn, DVDs, and stream stuff. This includes a U.K. VPN account
to circumvent BBC and ITV geoblocking. It all works fine.
top Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000
There's probably a business in making retro computers as DIY kits. Sure, some company would have to re-manufacture the parts that couldn't be made at home and with small runs the parts wouldn't be cheap, but there is a hobbyist market out there.
There are often limits on authenticity, either due to parts availability (e.g. TTL ICs), or for convenience (modern monitors, keyboards).
top Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated
Well, then you're a pretty crappy pilot if you don't have it memorized by now.
I've made a point of
not memorizing checklists.
Good pilots always work from their printed checklists. It lessens the chance
of missing something.
top Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated
My flying background must be showing. I always review the safety information
card, confirm safety equipment in my vicinity, and, yes, I actually do pay attention
to the safety briefing.
But that's just me.
top Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?
I've seen some really cool ads that were right on target - like the time
I played a James May video on YouTube and the ad that popped up
was for an electron microscope. I couldn't begin to afford the one
the advertiser wanted me to buy, but I actually did poke around eBay
to see if there were any old ones out there I might be able to afford.
I've hit paydirt many times when Amazon and others pointed out
"people who bought this also bought..."
That's the way it's supposed to work.
Then there are the way off base ads. I wonder if they are genuinely being
blasted out to everybody, or if I fall off too many if-then-elses for anything
more relevant to come up. These ads are invariably back-of-the-comics
and/or cable tv infomercial quality, like the perennial "weird trick for belly fat" ads.
I suppose I get those because Facebook
et al know I'm a woman.
That's the deal we made, I suppose. A quasi-free internet supported by
advertising. And, like all things, 99% of internet advertising is crap.
about a month and a half ago
top Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"
I view Tesla as the best bet for a completely new American car company in a long time.
The U.S. Big Three have been around for eons. After World War 2 Hudson and Nash were hurting,
merged to form American Motors, and went bust. Packard and Studebaker were hurting, merged, and went bust.
Kaiser/Frazer tried, and went bust. De Lorean tried and got in to all sorts of trouble. Nobody seemed
to be able to launch a new car company and make it work.
Tesla, on the other hand, seem to have cracked it. They're selling all the cars they can make.
I see lots of them around here (Vancouver).
top Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?
Umm... JSON is a pretty significant force behind modern Web design. Without it, the Web would still be a pretty static place.
Judging by the number of broken web sites I've seen lately, we could use a bit more staticness and a bit less dynamicness.
top Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
I'm guided by the experience of the airlines. While you must, obviously, have the right
sort of pilot's license, they also want a four year university degree. Not because
it necessarily enhances your flying, but because it shows you can
learn and accomplish things. If you can learn and accomplish things,
and know your way around computers, I'd love to talk to you.
The big problem at most places I've worked is getting promising resumes past HR
people who only count buzzwords.
top New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible
I've followed Minix development with interest. The internal architecture is different from most OSs out there.
Not different for the sake of being different, but different to show different solutions to problems. The way we
do things in Linux
et al is powerful, but it's not the only way.
I haven't come up with a compelling reason to use it in my work (yet...
:-), but I install each new release on a virtual machine
and play with it.
top To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars
We have trolleybuses here in Vancouver, too. Vancouver isn't as hilly as San Francisco, but it's far from flat.
Our electricity is relatively cheap and comes from dams. So no carbon footprint.
The new diesel buses are all hybrids.
top 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room
The quality of service no longer meets customer requirements, and customers are rebelling. The airlines
and airports have done their best to remove any aspect of comfort or pleasure from air travel, and customers,
the people who actually pay the bills, have had enough.
Entitled attitudes don't help. I ended up with bruised knees on a British Airways flight from the person
ahead of me refusing to negotiate on seat reclining, with the flight attendants refusing to mediate. On a American flight
the passenger next to me went ballistic and very loudly demanded to be reseated, because I was wearing perfume.
On my last long-haul flight (Vancouver to London) I did an on-the-spot upgrade to premium economy and had a good flight. I had
cashed in credit card points for the ticket, so the extra $$$ was money well-spent.
I think diverting is a lousy way to handle customer disputes, but it scares me that the airlines may start accepting this
as part of the cost of doing business...
top I'd most like to (personally) explore:
I've been to Australia and New Zealand, but want to go further south: the Falklands or Patagonia. I know the Falklands look like
Newfoundland with penguins, and I know Ushuaia is horizontal rain/sleet all year, but I want to see it for myself.
top My degree of colorblindness:
I do Ishihara every time I renew my aviation medical certificate.
To respect the spirit of the test I make a point of not memorizing the numbers, and
always call the number at a glance.
Some years ago I had a colleague who chose such odd colour combinations for her clothes
we wondered if she had issues in this area. This is indeed unusual in a woman, but it happens.
top Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
Israel's policy has always been "Don't fuck with us or we will destroy you." I wonder
what part of this Hamas
et al don't understand.
top Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
I'm nearsighted and have worn glasses on and off since I was about 10. I wore contacts through most of my 20s, but returned to glasses
in my 30s.
Now that I'm in my 50s I'm in that stage where my near vision is starting to deteriorate and I'm slowly becoming
far-sighted. The first real manifestation of this
was when flying at night, when I was experiencing massive eyestrain reading charts in my lap, but could see outside the plane just fine. So
I got progressives the last time I got new glasses, and I'm fine.
I don't wear glasses when I'm not driving or flying.
I prefer a soft-focus world.
Am I a candidate for laser eye surgery? According to the web sites, not really. I could get good distant correction, but would then
need glasses for reading. Since I need glasses to drive and to fly anyway, I'm not
sure this would buy me anything.
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