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Comment Re:American problem is American (Score 4, Informative) 435

Then I'll hang it all out to dry.

Now I understand that stateside having clothes hang outside is a sure sign of poverty. While I'm certainly not rich, there is no such stigma here.

In the county where I am in the US there are by-laws that prohibit hanging washing outside*, and from what I understand this is not uncommon.

  In addition there are by-laws that prohibit using furniture and items that were intended for inside use, from being used outside your house. I assume this was to stop people putting old couches on their front porch. But a few years ago a local was prosecuted for using an old bath tub as a planter in their backyard. The kicker was that you couldn't see the bath tub from the street.

Home of the free. Yeah, right.

* And at this time of the year you wouldn't want to hang your clothe outside. There is so much pollen flying around that your clothes would be unrecognizable.

Comment I already see 5% (Score 1) 168

For at least 5% of cars on the road they already seem to be driving themselves.

Those self driving car engineers need to step up their game because the weaving side to side and driving well below the speed limit in the passing lane on the freeway is a dead give away that their algorithms can be improved.

Comment Re:A nice, simple law would help (Score 1) 316

"If the consumer can not repair the purchased item, then the vendor must provide free parts and labour for the advertised lifetime of the item, provided within a reasonable response time for the industry and item in question".

Yes judge, my client suffer from a rare form of dyslexia in which he can never remember which way to turn a bolt or a screw, in order to either loosen or tighten, on any sort of farm equipment. Due to this debilitating condition he is unable to repair any of the equipment he owns. As such we respectfully petition the court to force Tractors 'R' Us to comply with the law and provide for free all repairs and maintenance to equipment that my client has purchased from them, and that said repairs and maintenance needs to be done in a timely manner in order ensure that the farm does not irreparably suffer financially.

In addition we have noted that the most timely way to determine if said repairs and maintenance are needed is for the person doing the repairs and maintenance to be intimately involved with the operation of the equipment. Thus we request that Tractors 'R' Us supply personnel to drive my clients equipment during the upcoming harvest in order that they can recognize and and repair problems as soon as they arise during a critical phase of farm operations.

Comment Re:About 20-30 years too late on this one (Score 3, Insightful) 329

No university can teach someone how to be a passionate nerd.

On the other hand a good degree will introduce you to concepts and rigor that you would otherwise not encounter if you were self taught.

Just yesterday I was mapping out a solution to a small software task that involves sampling analog data. My EE degree of 30 years ago (oh shit that long!) kicked in and I knew that I would have to implement a low pass filter at some point in the data stream and knew why I had to do it. At which point I looked up some digital filtering code and knew the sorts of filters I wanted to implement and what their characteristics were. And I haven't seriously touched this stuff since I graduated.

Given my career path, digital filtering is something that would never have crossed my horizon if I had of been self taught. Yet here I am with a complete understanding of what I need to do.

On the third hand I am now wishing I did that elective on compiler construction as I have a task that really needs me to build a compiler for a specific language so that I can mine the analysis phase for some code metrics. I know that I will get there eventually .. but it is going to take a lot of preliminary reading just to get to the productive point.

Comment Re:Australia (Score 2) 74

How 'bout a 'bloomin onion, govner?


1. 'blooming onion' is a menu item from a US restaurant chain serving American cuisine in which the items are typically and arbitrarily given Australian names. (although in this particular case the item does not have an Australianized named)

2. 'govner' is a bad rendition of an English (UK) word which does not have any traction in Oz.

Struth mate. Nothing you wrote has anything to do with straya and you definetly can't talk strine.

Comment Re:Slackware (Score 3, Funny) 510

and if you want the best user experience, install it from floppies.

Been there, done that. Now get off my lawn, user number 622387. LOL.

Careful, you don't want to invoke the small number Gods on here. It can get ugly. I know, as I have hidden behind my keyboard and watched as 4 digit and under users have emerged from the depths and cast judgement on us lesser souls.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 4, Insightful) 133

How about "occupying their time" with work such as making license plates, breaking big rocks into smaller rocks, digging holes, filling in holes, etc.?

And when they get out their only possible skill set will be "making license plates, breaking big rocks into smaller rocks, digging holes, filling in holes, etc.". At least with a tablet the have the possibility of learning something of value.

Comment Re:The American obsession with self-reliance (Score 1) 476

> the American obsession with self-reliance, which makes it more acceptable to applaud an individual for working himself to death than to argue that an individual working himself to death is evidence of a flawed economic system.

Americans have to get over their fear of socialism and accept that, all other things being equal, a community that works together is stronger and more prosperous than one that does not.

Except that the concept of "self reliance" is enshrined in the US constitution and is such a part of the American psyche that I don't know if it can ever be removed.

(bear with me .. this may seem like a left wing rant, but it is not)

For example this is seen in the 2nd amendment where the right to bear arms is enshrined. But why would you give someone the right to individually bear arms? That can only be because you want to allow them to be able to unilaterally act in using those arms. Thus in the 2nd amendment you are stating that an ideal of being an American is the power to act (for better or worse) as an individual.

How can you convince a society to act in a way that is un-selfish when the their society is fundamentally founded on the opposite?

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