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Comment: Sounds like an unexpected timing race condition (Score 1) 54 54

Sounds like: All software worked as designed, and two real-time events occurred (at exactly the same time / within the same timestamp resolution) || (in the reverse order to anticipated, possibly due to delayed reporting/recognition) || (at the same time as a higher-priority interrupt). Not technically a software fault; a *design* fault perhaps, but not a fault in the software as designed and implemented.

Comment: Southerners see forefathers as the Browncoats ... (Score 1) 818 818

. . . fighting for liberty against the oppressive Unification Government.

(officer): Seems odd you'd name your ship after a battle you were on the wrong side of.

Captain Reynolds: May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.

Comment: Re:Subway...? (Score 1) 68 68

I live near NYC and ride the subway weekly, and concur. But: Consider what we're asking for: we're in a metal box, rolling on metal rails, with a lot of high voltage and electric motors, UNDERGROUND . . . and we want radio reception. I'm amazed it works as well as it does! (Note - Some stations do have good wifi coverage, presumably installed because it has become part of the station infrastructure - not for critical sensors, I hope, but for information signs or advertising, and perhaps for video surveillance. )

Comment: First initial, last name: take away those too? (Score 1) 272 272

How many email addresses are out there with first-initial-last-name, and how many mistaken (or fraudulent) emails are they getting because people guessed? People lazily searched for "lush" and picked the first option, not even noticing the difference between "lush" and "lush band" and "lush cosmetics"; Google noticed the second-search activity and switched order. If Google feels OK doing that, how long before they give away jdoe's email address to some other john doe?

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 272 272

But it was first-come, first-served. He got there first, and it's just a karma bonus that it's his actual name (as opposed to videos of lush . . . whatevers). True that it's a free service and he doesn't own it, but .. Consider if you had already been seated at a table at a restaurant, and were given the bum's rush because a known big spender just walked in. You were there first. It's just shoddy practice.

Comment: Unfortunately, confused with herbal medicine (Score 1) 668 668

Homeopathy is obviously nonsense - less isn't more, MORE is more. But the companies that sell "homeopathic" products are among the best sources of certain herbal remedies that work just fine for me and my wife (minor things for minor complaints, with less stomach upset than aspirin, with arnica for sore muscles being the best example). Unfortunately the two concepts - homeopathy and herbalism - are often confused in people's minds. People forget how many of the older drugs have plant origins, and the drug industry would love to help everyone forget faster so they can patent more naturally-occurring compounds from sources already known to folk medicine. (Please note, I'm not talking about believing every old wives' tale, I'm talking about researching those tales and finding the nugget of validity at the core, just like the people who extracted and synthesized aspirin from the plant once used by brewing it as a tisane.)

Comment: Re:Update the resume (Score 1) 229 229

"Accordingly, all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed." And sometimes you hope that if you can just ship that next release, everything will work out . . . .

Comment: Re:Well, yes... (Score 5, Insightful) 323 323

“The best leaders are those their people hardly know exist.
The next best is a leader who is loved and praised.
Next comes the one who is feared.
The worst one is the leader that is despised

The best leaders value their words, and use them sparingly.
When they have accomplished their task,
the people say, “Amazing!
We did it, all by ourselves!”
- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Comment: Re:Mostly because our food is shit. (Score 1) 409 409

Concur. I did Atkins pretty strictly for a year, and it is amazing how sweet fruit tastes when you only eat it rarely. Gives one a different appreciation of history and/or old literature, too, when they make a big deal out of berries and other foods each being available for a brief time of the year, and "exotic" fruits only being available after traveling to far-off lands (rather than everything being shipped halfway around the planet).

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 395 395

Disagree. When my phone buzzes with a text from certain people, they expect that since their phone told them it was delivered, I will STOP EVERYTHING and answer the text because they want to know something right now. They don't treat it as a short email, which is what you describe. And BTW sometimes synchronous works better and faster and enables shorter communication . . . except for those other people who seem to think that "Goodbye" means "let's change to the next subject".

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 395 395

My parents, as kids, came from the generation that just showed up at someone's door, partly because not everyone had telephones yet, even in the city. We wouldn't have shown up without calling to check people were home. But needing to text before a call . . . Perhaps part of the problem is that cellphones are portable - if you call someone's house, either they are home or not, and if they're not home they're not bothered by the call, but if you call a cell, you get someone wherever they are and whatever they're in the middle of. But the text is equally interrupting.

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 2) 395 395

Sorry, but that's not how the phone worked before text messages, and it's still not how non-cellphones work now. (And yes, there are still lots of them, and lots of them still don't even have caller ID.) The call is the message. The receiver can suggest contact later, or in the old days hope that covering staff would pick up and take a message, which was replaced by letting the message go to voice mail . . . OH WAIT, that's the whole point, that people are discontinuing an important fallback/retry component of the communication protocol. The only benefit I can see is saving money, because it's certainly not helping make the contact easier.

Comment: Re:The most significant loss (Score 1) 395 395

Great response. But what is 1337?

You are obviously not among the elite cognoscenti, conversant with "leet speak" . . . from about 20 years ago . . . Personally I think if people can't be bothered to write at least phonetically, I can't be bothered to decode them, and I ask for translation. Since I have experience working with multi-native-language teams, I am much more accepting of grammatical and spelling errors in English - as long as they sort of make sense in the writer's own language - but I have often needed to double-check exactly what someone meant, after one apparently-minor grammatical item turned out to be a real misunderstanding (and resulting error). (And BTW I stand in awe of people who can do serious technical work in multiple languages, because my non-English abilities are conversational at best.)

Algebraic symbols are used when you do not know what you are talking about. -- Philippe Schnoebelen