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Comment Re:Maybe (Score 1) 385

(and without crippling their ability to participate -- for instance, although I have the time, and I like spending time on slashdot, I wouldn't be the least interested in such a position if it meant I could only comment anonymously anywhere I moderated. I can barely tolerate it now

My solution for this is simple: I stopped bothering to moderate years and years ago. Every time I tried to, my moderation would be undone because I'd want to make a post. I'm not going to refrain from putting my two cents in because of this fucking idiotic moderation system, so fuck it: I just don't moderate any more.

I've complained over and over how shitty the moderation system here is, and how it should be more like Reddit, and people tell me I'm full of it. Well, enjoy your shitty broken moderation, suckers.

Comment Re:It's too late (Score 1) 377

Iowa isn't a city, unless I'm unaware of a mid-size city named Iowa somewhere.

The problem with a lot of these places, however, from my point of view, is employment. As a software engineer (probably not uncommon on this site), some cities are good places to find employment, others simply are not. I asked "what's left" because I'm seriously thinking about what my next port-of-call will be; I don't plan to stay at my current location for more than maybe one year. My plan was to go spend a couple of weeks in both Seattle and Portland and see what the situation there was like, but I'm reading more and more problematic things about those places, so I'm open to other cities. But they have to have a decent employment situation above all else. The second big consideration is climate, which rules out Austin (colder is fine with me; hot, sunny places are out). Third is the male/female ratio, which I hear is a big problem in Seattle. NYC would be great for this, but the employment situation seems to be horrible there for my field (and I'm really not interested in doing financial programming). The fourth big consideration of course is cost-of-living, relative to prevailing salaries; I've noticed that employers in some areas are real cheap-asses on salaries even though the CoL in those places isn't that low.

Surely I'm not the only one here who's mobile, unattached, looking for a new and better place to go, and thinking about these things.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 1) 377

They've been working on prototypes at the NASA Ames research center in California for a while, and they're building a small system in Tel Aviv now. The problem with a system like this is getting funding and space. Americans can build stuff like iPhones pretty easily: they have a design done, send it off to Taiwan to build some prototypes, have them sent back, then work on the software (which seems to be the only thing Americans are any good at any more). You don't need to get all kinds of regulatory approval and such to build a handheld electronic device. But no one wants to invest in a fundamentally new and different transportation technology because it doesn't look anything like current systems (light rail, bus, etc.). They're probably also afraid of pissing off the auto industry; that hasn't gone over too well in the past. They have a long record of purposefully destroying anything that threatens the dominance of the automobile.

If you're at least open-minded about the idea, that's really good. Most people take one look and just say "that's impossible, it'll never work". People like them said the same thing about smartphones until Apple made one that people really wanted. People like them said the same thing about the automobile even, and couldn't understand why anyone would want a car instead of a horse and buggy.

Comment Re:Why do they need ANY info? (Score 1) 416

This is my point, it isn't luck, it's awarness that prevents accidents.


I don't care if you're Mario Andretti (and I guarantee you aren't). It doesn't matter how great a driver you are, because in many of those "easily prevented" accidents you look at, some moron is doing something stupid, and then running into another driver. There's only so much you can do to avoid someone else hitting you. Being attentive will not prevent someone else who's inattentive from running into you at a stop light (where you have pretty much no way to evade).

Notice that the IIHS is placing a lot of emphasis on offset-frontal crashes, including the new small-offset frontal crash (where, BTW, your new Mazda shines; Mazdas are IIHS top picks for safety, which is one of the big reasons I got mine). If you're driving on a narrow, windy country road and some drunk hick in a pickup going the opposite way veers into your lane, this is exactly the kind of accident you're likely to have. Being attentive will only help so much; if the road is only so wide, and has no shoulders and only steep ditches on the side (or trees), which is the case for the country roads where I currently live, then you have nowhere to go. In your Mazda, if this happens to you, you're likely to walk away. In some old POS, you're dead.

BTW, on, look for the thread entitled "The Infotainment Project" under "2014+ Mazda 3 Skyactiv Audio & Electronics". It's a lot to digest but there's a lot of people working on hacking these systems, plus plenty of directions, scripts, etc.

Comment Re:Too little, too late (Score 1) 256

The difference is that passive components like 0402 resistors don't affect performance significantly, not any more than regular manufacturing tolerances. Two different Panasonic resistors will have different resistances even from the same reel, but the design accounts for that. But CPUs from different companies will definitely have noticeably different performance; this seems pretty unavoidable really unless both companies are using the same processes and mask sets. And the CPU is one of the most critical components in any technological item. It might be OK to sell a laptop computer with different LAN chips (Broadcom vs. Intel), especially when they're easily swapped out and can be specified by the customer anyway, but the CPU is a different matter; this is like buying the latest Intel CPU in your laptop and getting the last-gen CPU instead.

Comment Re:Don't worry, rasing the minimum wage will kill (Score 1) 377

You're a fucking retard if you think someone who has no income at all is making 6 figures.

From the OP's own post:
A few years later, I was let go from my job and redid my application for insurance, hoping for some assistance with the premiums, but unlike the commercials for Obamacare which state "most qualify for assistance", I did NOT qualify for assistance

Please explain to me how someone who is "let go from [his] job" has an income which disqualifies him for assistance. Last time I checked, when someone is "let go" from their job, they stop receiving paychecks, unless they get a deal like Milton's.

Either explain yourself, or go fuck off you piece of trash.

Comment Re: Wrong (Score 1) 143

Nope. Windows, in the command-line interface, uses backslashes for directory delimiters, and slashes for command-line arguments to commands like COPY, and filenames limited to 8 characters plus a 3-char extension. This is taken directly from CP/M.

Modern-day Linux has about as much similarity with UNIX of the 1970s.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison