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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

volmtech Re:Just let them test out! (305 comments)

It was the teachers first computer class and she wasn't prepared. After the first semester I dropped out and went back to my old job. But I felt validated in that I could do college work. I taught my 23 year old son, he builds his own gaming rigs and I'm tech support for my wife. Full time job.

3 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

volmtech Re:Just let them test out! (305 comments)

In 1997 at the age of 45 I decided to take C++ programing classes at my local community collage. This neck beard kid comes in and kicks everyone's ass. It was a prerequisite class for his major. The teacher hated my programs. They worked but weren't fancy enough. His had animations and sounds when the exercise was only to add a column of numbers. I never did figure how to make a recursive function work.

In all fairness I had been using and programing my own computer since 1981 so I lorded over the kids in the fundamentals of computing class.

3 days ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

volmtech Re:They can go bite a donkey (686 comments)

My wife would type www.google.com into the address bar. I showed her how to use the Firefox search bar. Now she types google.com into the search bar. (face palm).

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

volmtech Re: Diversity is good, especially in SciFi (367 comments)

Oh great, another plot line to add to my collection. At 18 children have to pass stringent tests to be allowed to live and enter society, at least those who were not eliminated at 5 in the first culling. Some who don't think they can pass the test escape into the wastelands and part of the entrance test is capturing escapees. Of course the whole thing is televised. No, it's nothing like The Hunger Games.

Of course there are the parents of doomed 5 year olds who hide their children and then all the escaped undesirables who have grown up and are trying to fight the system, oh my, a trilogy. Excuse me, I have some best sellers to write. Movie rights are extra. I also claim copyright.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

volmtech Re: Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

45 years ago my parents moved to a farm 3 miles from the end of electrical and phone service. The power company ran power to the house we built and to the three irrigation wells that had been using gasoline powered pumps for no charge. On the other hand the phone company charged us $3000 to extend the phone line and we had to pay $50 a month for the next ten years. With inflation that was almost $80,000 to go 3 miles.

about two weeks ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

volmtech Regulated and safe (93 comments)

Let's expand the medallion limited business model. Food stores, restaurants, clothing stores, plumbers, electricians, programers. Union hiring halls can do the same thing for common laborers. Consumers will be assured that everything they can afford to buy will be the best.

about two weeks ago
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Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Human Evolution

volmtech Genetic defect? (89 comments)

Alcohol has no effect on me aside from feeling like I'm wearing three overcoats. I had no friends who drank and didn't take my first drink until I was 30. That and it tastes nasty so no, none for me thanks.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

volmtech Re:Hide your cables (516 comments)

My rural community in north Florida is getting city water. While it stops 2 km from my house the ground well site is there and more power poles and three phase current are being ran to the site. With the upgraded feeder lines my power no longer flickers with every lightning strike. If something is important the power will stay on.

about three weeks ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

volmtech Re:Perspective (338 comments)

We have a saying in the South, "So long, don't let the screen door hit you in the butt on the way out".

about three weeks ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

volmtech Re:Flawed, 'cos... (454 comments)

I guess those doctors who put me on disability were right. I have driven heavy equipment and farm trucks since I was 16. Two months ago I herded a 20 ft Uhaul down I-4 through Orlando, I just find it very stressful. Thank God for GPS.

about three weeks ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

volmtech Re:Flawed, 'cos... (454 comments)

How about old people? At 62 my driving skills and vision have diminished. I hate trying to drive in traffic. My parents live 25 miles out in the country, driving themselves to the doctor's and supermarket is getting dangerous. In the US an aging rural population is in danger because of their isolation. We old people like our independence and fixed incomes make moving too expensive. Another joy of the twenty-first century.

about three weeks ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

volmtech Re:Spoiled (223 comments)

Fortunately they refused my offers to help program them.

about a month ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

volmtech Re:Spoiled (223 comments)

And where those rovers made?

about a month ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

volmtech Re:Ok, they got ONE right... (257 comments)

But people are not driving across the border, their purchases are shipped to their doors. The retailer has your ID and address. Oh wow, interstate commerce!

about a month ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

volmtech Re:Toilet etiquette (167 comments)

My 90lb first wife was raised in a mostly female household. We had only been married a few days when from the bathroom I hear, "eek, splash".

about a month and a half ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

volmtech Re:America is a RINO (588 comments)

So if all districts are to be realigned to contain an even distribution of voters and I lean orange I should register purple to keep from getting shifted into a purple district to dilute my vote?

about a month and a half ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

volmtech Re:America is a RINO (588 comments)

We have a district like that in Florida. It snakes over 100 miles from Jacksonville to Orlando, collecting minorities as it goes, some places occupying only the center line of a highway to make it contiguous. How can a representative who lives in north Jacksonville represent someone who lives in central Florida? I guess it's only gerrymandering if the other party draws the lines.

I used to be in that district until I realized I was voting my mailbox address, which is across the road from my house.

about a month and a half ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

volmtech Re:America is a RINO (588 comments)

In most states over 10% of the voters register as Independent. How do you gerrymander those to vote Republican? Democrats cluster in large cities. How do you evenly distribute their votes out into Republican districts on the other side of the state?

about a month and a half ago
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China Plans To Build a Domestic Robotics Industry

volmtech Re:Comforting to say, but matters not. (67 comments)

I just read an article in one of the magazines I subscribe to, I think Bloomberg, about wealthy Chinese parents sending their children to American high schools to learn entrepreneurship. Some of the most popular choices now have a majority of Chines students, defeating the American immersion purpose.

about a month and a half ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

volmtech Re:Six Years Ago (401 comments)

Over 1 million Pennsylvanians are registered independents/third parties (2009)â"(almost 12% of all registered PA voters)

How do you gerrymander them into the correct district? What you seem to want is a parliamentary government with no districts.

about a month and a half ago

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Finders keepers, should you keep it?

volmtech volmtech writes  |  about a year ago

volmtech (769154) writes "What is the etiquette for "found" devices? My was at our neighborhood discount store and noticed a cell phone in the grass by her car. It was an iPhone 4 with a cracked front glass. After she brought it home my son-in law tried to turn it on. The screen glowed briefly so we knew it wasn't totally dead. As we are an Android family he took it to work with him to find someone with an Apple charger. After it charged up he just looked through the contacts for "Mom" and called her. Turns out it was her (obviously) irresponsible teen aged son's phone and she thankfully agreed to meet my large sized son-in law back at the store and retrieve it. Would you have returned it? How much trouble would you go to get something back to the owner?"

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