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Comment: Re:Somewhat cheaper... (Score 2) 496

by Deep Esophagus (#46646607) Attached to: Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

There is also something to be said about feeling disconnected - no pun intended - that you get in video but you don't get in mirrors. You are looking at a direct reflection of reality with your own eyes as opposed to a digital image - it may not be measurable in metrics but your eyes are still seeing the reflection (insert "objects are closer than they appear" message, LOL) versus a digital eye that you then interpret. I just think disconnecting ourselves further from what is outside of our cars is probably not the best idea.

This. My daughter had a loaner Prius while her 2008 model was in the shop, and the loaner model (2013) had a rearview camera. I couldn't see a damned thing on that little screen when I was backing up, especially at night. It was like those grainy, out-of-focus videos claiming to show proof of Sasquatch or UFOs (or Sasquatch flying a UFO).

And what about obstructions? My rear windshield gets covered with mud or snow, I can flick on the rear wiper and see clearly out of it. What happens when mud or snow spatters over the camera lens?

Comment: Re:Costco's target market DOES buy extra goods (Score 1) 440

by Deep Esophagus (#46622083) Attached to: Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Maybe those employees will do themselves a favor and quit. Costco's always boasting about how well-off their employees are compared to Wal-Mart, so I'm not crying over those pampered whiners.

Right, because having no income with which to pay for rent and groceries is the best way to support someone else's protest.

Hiring manager: So, why did you leave CostCo?
Applicant: It pissed me off that they destroyed peanut butter instead of donating it to the poor, so I was really doing myself a favor. I won't work for a company that engages in practices I disapprove of.
Hiring manager: Next!

Comment: Re:Lame duck President (Score 5, Interesting) 316

It's too bad the American people are so divided, so beholden to their preferred "team", or else they might notice how thoroughly they're being fucked regardless of which party is in power.

My kingdom for mod points! Amen, preach on! As a centrist, I manage to piss off my friends on the right and left just about every day when I point out the fallacies in their partisan logic. My Facebook profile lists my political preference as "They are all lying weasels, every last one of them".

Our country's fondness for sports has made team affiliation creep into everything. Mac or Windows? Republican or Democrat? Plastic or paper? Die, heretic! We just aren't happy, apparently, if there isn't a "them" for "us" to oppose. And when there is a "them", we'll do and say anything, however outrageous, to bring "them" to utter destruction.

Comment: Re:BZZZZT! Article Suspect! (Score 3, Insightful) 377

by Deep Esophagus (#45640059) Attached to: Study: People Are Biased Against Creative Thinking

Jobs (and Apple generally) don't really do 'innovative', in the sense that nearly everything they produced had some sort of less-well-refined immediate antecedent elsewhere, or was purchased, or or the like.

When Woz drove the product development, that wasn't the case. The Apple of early Woz era years was wildly innovative. If TFA had said "Steve Wozniak" instead of "Steve Jobs" he could have made his point a lot better -- Despite the fact that his technical brilliance gave Jobs something to sell and grow the business, he didn't really fit in to corporate culture once Apple became the very thing they loathed.

Comment: Re:Cop was "in his car"? (Score 4, Interesting) 1010

I'll grant that a nickel's worth isn't enough to hang him over... but what we're up against here is the tragedy of the commons. One person doing it has little to no impact on the scheme of things, but once people decide it's OK for him to do it, why not me too? And my neighbor. And the 600 other people in the immediate vicinity. You can't let him get away with it and then run us off, that's discrimination!

This isn't about stopping that one guy from helping himself to a nickel's worth of electricity. It's about setting a precedent before it gets out of hand. I'm normally as anti-authority, anti-government as they come* but I can see the need to stop this early.

*And with that comment out in the open, I'd like to wish cheery holiday greetings to my fans at the NSA

Comment: Re:make my day... (Score 4, Insightful) 453

by Deep Esophagus (#45597139) Attached to: The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

Yup, gamers. My son was all about the portability of a laptop, but he finally gave up and went back to big iron because the desktop box was easier to upgrade and repair, had more RAM and HD capacity, and (most important to him) far better framerates on his FPS games.

I keep a laptop in a travel bag for the rare occasion I need to compute on the move, but all my important work is on the desktop box. I'll give it up when they pry the GeForce card from my cold, dead hands...

Comment: Re:Surprised people still use... (Score 4, Interesting) 192

by Deep Esophagus (#45562079) Attached to: AI Reality Check In Online Dating

I'm amused by your use of the word "traditional" to describe online dating services. From my point of view, that's still newfangled. Get off my lawn!

My wife and I were actually one of the first online romances. Back in the days of 300bps dialup, there was a service in Houston that had a bunch of phone lines running into multiple modems on a single computer, so a smallish group (probably 16; I don't remember) of people could chat together. One of the oldies radio stations advertised it, so I plugged the phone number into my Hayes terminal program and met a few people including a lady type person (yes, a GIRL who owned a computer... even though it was just a TRS-80). Within three days of chatting we had started to discuss how many children we would like in our hypothetical family, and we had already started seriously considering marriage before we ever met in person. We married five weeks after we met online.

That's what is missing from these algorithms. What about those who are attracted by some other factor than physical appearance? What attracted me and Mrs. Esophagus was our shared values and interests. Which is good, since I was rail-thin, covered in zits, and, like any good computer geek, only heard of personal hygiene as a long-forgotten myth from distant lands.

As for "how do we even know these profiles are real?" -- limit yourself to people you can meet in person, which may mean restricting your search to people within your own city or less than {x} miles away. Don't commit time, money, or yourself until you have both had a chance to do a little snooping by way of facebook pages, google searches, whatever. Hint: If the facebook page appeared only after you make contact, you are right to be suspicious.

The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form. -- Stanley J. Randall