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Comment: Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking (Score 1) 278

by ClayDowling (#46779085) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Woodworking is just as geeky as the computer field, just with different materials. Both of those magazines publish an excellent print edition, combined with print ads that are still relevant and generally not annoying. In both cases they have also done an excellent job of melding their print operation with the Internet. They feature relevant columnists online who can go into greater detail about subjects in the print magazine, including a lot of excellent how-to video.

Comment: State Schools (Score 1) 370

by ClayDowling (#46575959) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

Apply to a local state funded university. Talk with an admissions counselor about your goals and how well your associates will transfer (10 years old, the answer is usually Not At All). State schools provide the best bang for the buck. It also helps that their programs tend to be quite good. You also have to accept the fact that this isn't going to be convenient or easy. If it was easy to get a degree worth the paper it was printed on, everybody would have one.

If you just want to throw money at the problem and don't care about the quality of the degree, find the online program with the biggest advertising budget. Ideally somebody who can advertise on broadcast channels during prime time. The degree won't be well respected, but if you're doing this as a checkbox item it hardly matters. Just avoid taking on debt to do it. The private programs are expensive, and have a terrible track record for defaults on student loans (probably because of the expense).

Comment: Re:The real issue (Score 1) 243

I'm just going to go on record here as stating that you have poor taste in women. Kristen Bell is still gorgeous. Most women would love to age that well. She looks older than she did when they shot the show. I also looked older at my ten year reunion than I did when I graduated high school.

Comment: Re:Canadian driving (Score 1) 723

by ClayDowling (#46112295) Attached to: Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

Sometimes, the blizzards hit late at night, and the county is cheap, so you're dealing with the roads you've got. Not every place is urbanized, especially between Fort Wayne, IN and Lansing, MI.

If you've never dealt with black ice, let me assure you that you don't want to. What you had was visible ice. Easy to behave right because it's visible and obvious. The black kind, it looks like safe pavement, but isn't. The gentlest touch of the brakes and your traction slips. A gentle touch to the gas and the rear end of the truck wants to come around. No pre-warning it was going to happen. So you stop doing whatever you were doing when the slipping started. You downshift to slow down, or back off the gas.

And mostly, as mentioned, you don't drive on it if you can avoid it. Because it's ice and without skates it's hard to move on it.

Comment: Re:Canadian driving (Score 4, Insightful) 723

by ClayDowling (#46109937) Attached to: Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

We get black ice on the highways here in Michigan all the time. The difference is that we don't panic. My truck loses its grip, I quickly stop doing the thing that made it lose its grip. If heavy snow starts, we don't all rush out into the streets at once. We tend to stagger our leave so that traffic has a chance to clear, and we have a chance to not be in the worst of it. We check road conditions before heading out. I've driven across multiple states during ice storms and blizzards without problem, and without plows or salt trucks providing any relief.

A million salt trucks wouldn't have saved Atlanta. The key is keeping your head and knowing what to do. Everybody in Atlanta buried their heads in the predicted snow, pretending it wouldn't happen, then lost their heads when it did. Their emergency management response was poor to non existant, and they paid the price. They're going to need a leadership change if they don't want this to happen again.

Comment: Re:Promises of anonymity are greatly exagerated (Score 1) 195

by ClayDowling (#46090315) Attached to: FBI Has Tor Mail's Entire Email Database

Now you're not trusting a single third party, you're trusting -every- third party. That's just begging to be compromised. If secrecy is important to you, take steps to make sure nobody realizes you're communicating. Eliminate or reduce the ability of outsiders to figure out who you're communicating with, because that can be just as damning as having them intercept the communication (e.g. the phone meta data that the phone company must maintain in order to do business). Don't use untrusted third parties to facilitate the communication (like services promising anonymity), because they don't have a stake in protecting your privacy. And most importantly, don't use services or tools that advertise the fact that you're trying to hide things. That only makes people curious, and while curiosity is said to have killed the cat, the cat's curiosity ended a lot more mice.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun