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Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 455

by Chelloveck (#48914813) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Being a police officer is not meant to be about being a revenue machines on the clock but a peace officer assisting the public in upholding the law and providing a first response emergency service.

Aww, that's so cute. Look everyone, someone who's not completely jaded and cynical yet!

Yes, if police wanted to prevent minor traffic infractions that's exactly what they'd do. However, they typically use unmarked cars or hide their marked cars behind corners, trees, or other obstructions so they can't be seen by oncoming traffic. Then they wait for someone to come zipping by. Cha-ching!

Slightly less cynically, the practice of hiding and pouncing should actually reduce speeders by inducing a sense of doubt. Potential hiding places are everywhere, you'd better drive the limit because you never know when there's a cop back there. In theory it multiplies the effect of a sparse police force. In practice it doesn't work that way because the odds of getting pulled over are still pretty darned low.

Comment: Re:Where can I buy a good trackball? (Score 1) 423

by Chelloveck (#48899371) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

A couple of "large" trackball vendors:

BigTrack - http://www.bigtrack.co.uk/
Kensington - http://www.kensington.com/

FWIW, I love my Kensington Expert Mouse. Despite the name it's actually a roughly billiard-ball sized trackball with four buttons and a scroll ring. Two caveats:

  1. I use it with a Mac, and I had to get a third-party driver to map the buttons.
  2. I made the mistake of registering the product. Now I get weekly spam from Kensington despite repeated attempts at unsubscribing. Kensington is permanently routed to my spam folder now.

I got it because I was developing RSI from use of a regular mouse with my right hand. I tried switching to my left, but had trouble training myself to use almost-but-not-quite the same mouse motions. The trackball has a completely different motion from the mouse, so I was able to easily train my left hand to use it. Now I use the left-handed trackball at work and the right-handed mouse at home and haven't had any more RSI issues. (Yeah, using the trackball right-handed probably would have had the same effect, since the motion is different. But at the time my right arm really hurt and it was more comfortable just to give it a rest and train my left to do it.)

Comment: Re:Entitled much? (Score 1) 479

by Chelloveck (#48833191) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

At my work we have an equal number of men's and women's restrooms, and those restrooms are sized to allow the same number of people (so if the men's room has 2 stalls and 2 urinals, the women's room has 4 stalls). This is despite the fact that we have 4x as many men as women working in our facility (it's not a hiring issue, we just don't get the applicants).

We had a similar issue. Way more men than women here, but equal toilet facilities: two four-person restrooms (one for each gender) on both of the floors in the office. Solution? Convert the 1st floor ladies' room into a men's room. Problem solved, right? Except that when interviewing, nothing tells a female applicant "You're not wanted here" like making her go down to the basement to piss.

Thankfully we've come to our corporate senses and restored the upstairs ladies' room.

The end result is that on average men can expect to wait 15-20 minutes before getting an open stall to use, while the women generally will not even see another person in the restroom unless they came in together.

Sounds like you just need more toilets, period. Even in the worst case here I've hardly ever been unable to find an open men's room stall in time of need. Yeah, sometimes I have to go to the one on other floor, but that's life.

Comment: Re:Qualifications (Score 1) 479

by Chelloveck (#48832963) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Before: "Hey, just got back from working the job fair. Here are 20 resumes, one of which is from a woman!"

After: "Hey, just got back from working the job fair. Here are 5 resumes, one of which is from a woman! Diversity!"

When I go to a job fair, I bring back resumes from all the qualified applicants. The only way I could meet a 20% quota would be to discard enough male candidates to make the ratio fit.

Hmm... You know, it's just a short step from there to a full-blown H1B conspiracy fantasy... "Last year we got 20 resumes from the job fair. This year we only got 5!" "Damn, you just can't find enough STEM workers these days. Fire up the lobbyists and make Washington know we need more cheap-- er, I mean foreign workers!"

Comment: Re:Cat and mouse... (Score 1) 437

by Chelloveck (#48730411) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"
Correction -- It wasn't stupid when distribution meant shipping physical items around the world to sell locally. In that case it makes perfect sense to license local distributors. It is stupid when you're shipping bits across a wire with no natural geographic boundaries. The proper solution is to change the distribution model, not to create artificial boundaries to shore up the old one.

Comment: Re:Oh, wait, my bad! (Score 2) 203

by Chelloveck (#48730329) Attached to: Why Aren't We Using SSH For Everything?

I confused medium.com with the other site that is often the target of /. article links. Dammit now I am stuck, I can't remember it, it has a simple name as well, it is one with "scientific" topics but really crap content in a fancy css scrolling article...

Sounds like a perfect description of medium.com to me...

Comment: Re:middle ground: 2-3 people back-to-back (Score 1) 420

by Chelloveck (#48704511) Attached to: The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

My sweet spot is 4-6 people in an office. A real office, with walls and a door. I've been in a cube sea, I've been in a private office, I've been in shared cubicles. For what I do and how I do it, the small shared office is the most comfortable. (Your mileage may vary, of course. It depends on work habits and the number of people you regularly collaborate with.)

It's kind of funny though, that we'll often have a discussion going on IRC when we're all in the same room and could, you know... just talk to each other.

Comment: What a load of corbomite! (Score 1) 234

by Chelloveck (#48704405) Attached to: NSA Says They Have VPNs In a 'Vulcan Death Grip'

They really call it VULCANDEATHGRIP? As I recall (and Memory Alpha confirms) the "Vulcan death grip" does not exist, it was merely a ruse used to fool the Romulans. Given the code name I surmise that the ability to crack VPNs doesn't exist, the NSA just wants us to believe that it does.

Next they'll be telling us that if they go "by the book, hours will seem like days". We see through your clever wordplay, NSA!

P.S. Deal me in for the Tuesday night fizzbin game. I want a piece of that action!

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