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Comment Re:I foresee a sudden demand for raises (Score 1) 428 428

Baker claims the spreadsheet compelled more Google employees to ask and receive "equitable pay based on data in the sheet."

90% of drivers think they are better than the average driver, and I would bet 90%+ of workers think they are better than average, and would therefore expected to be paid above the median (note for the statistically challenged - 90% of a group cannot be above the median).

99% of humans have above the average number of eyes, that average number being 1.995.
You are presuming a gaussian distribution. Salary is almost certainly not a gaussian distribution.

Comment Re:Ad blocking? (Score 1) 132 132

The internet is no place for advertising.

I take it then that you are a subscriber to Slashdot --- and to every other site that you visit on a regular basis.

Sort of. Slashdot allows users to optionally disable advertising if their non-monetary contributions are awesome enough-- which mine are I guess. I assume that there are no ads to block, but I wouldn't know because the ads are blocked anyways. A belt-and-suspenders solution.

Comment Depends on what you mean by technology (Score 1) 617 617

At work we use a Hewlett Packard 4145A semiconductor parameter analyzer that boots off a 5 1/2" floppy that uses custom hardware and physical modifications to the floppy. That's our oldest actual computer system. Stepping back, we have a Tektronix 576 curve tracer; we have no idea how old it is but it looks like 1965 or so. Virtually no safety stuff at all on something that can dump out 250V at 500mA (albeit briefly.) But the analog phone lines to our building are from the 1940's. I'm not sure where to draw the line here...

Comment Re:Something wrong there (Score 1) 549 549

Look, I'm not a perfect driver but to assume others will break the rules as you do is just asking for trouble.

George Carlin: "So I'm out driving with my friend and he just blows straight through a red light and I'm all "What the hell are you doing?" and he says "shut up, my brother taught me to drive and this is what he does." Come to another red light, same thing. Then we come to a green light, and he STOPS. I'm all "Now what are you doing?" and he says "My brother might be coming the other way." That's what's called looking out for your brother!"

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549 549

Rear-ending is something that always comes up in /. discussions about driving, especially by US drivers (the site is rather US centric). Everyone and their dog seem to have been in at least one such accident. I have never been in such an accident, nor have I heard of any European friends that had such an accident.

Add to that, statistics show that US drivers have far more accidents, injuries and deaths per distance (per km or per mile, whatever you like to use) than European drivers, especially those from western European countries. This while US streets are wider and straighter; quite some Americans are scared stiff by our narrow, winding roads - we're routinely doing things like driving 80 km/hr (the legal limit) on country roads, and not slowing down for oncoming traffic while the road is so narrow there's not even a line in the middle... because the road simply is plenty wide enough for two cars.

Much stricter driving training does help a lot.

Here's a picture of my (now dead) Subaru with an annotation of the previous four accidents, all of which involved being rear-ended, 75% of which involved being rear-ended while I was at a stop, at a stoplight, with cars in front of me. In two of the cases I was watching the person driving getting closer and closer, while honking my horn, which she couldn't hear (both times a she) because she was talking on her phone. I am pretty sure most of the people who hit me could have passed driving tests, because then they wouldn't've been talking on their phones, so I'm not sure that's a fix. (It's one I'd love, but it's not enough.) I don't have a picture of the time I nearly was killed in the same sort of accident: roadway at a stop, with big signs up saying "accident ahead: detour", and I came to a complete stop like everyone else, and the semi truck driver behind me never even slowed down, so he hit me at well over 100kph. (Yay subaru station wagons: extra crumple zones, in that case, two meters of crumple zone.) He was adjusting his radio when he hit me -- which, again, a driving test probably wouldn't catch.
Oh by the way that blue Subaru got rear-ended a fifth time by a pickup and that time it was totaled. I dunno what the pickup driver was doing to not notice me sitting at a red stoplight.

Comment Games console?! (Score 3, Informative) 62 62

The article refers to a "Commodore 64 games console." There's no such thing. The C64 was a fully user-programmable computer which also played games. The link in the article for "Commodore 64 games console" brings you to an article about a totally unrelated computer, the ZX Spectrum. Nerd rage engaged.

Comment The exact opposite of what Niantic should do (Score 3, Insightful) 135 135

The entire point of portals is that they are located at physical locations that have historical or cultural significance.
The list of the top ten most historically and culturally significant sites in the whole world would include the concentration camps.
This is political correctness at its worst, where in seeking sensitivity it in fact hides atrocity.

Comment Re:How about circuit boards? (Score 1) 266 266

OSH Park. Why even bother with the decades-old milling and/or toner transfer method? I get plated vias, soldermask and silkscreen.

Speed. I have an admittedly fairly nice dedicated pcb mill. I can make five revisions of circuit boards in a day, and then send the well-tested version out and wait a week to receive my beautiful soldermasked and silkscreened final revision pcb.

Comment incomplete list of stuff we've printed (Score 1) 266 266

Mold for lost-PLA investment casting of complex intake manifold. Rat trap. (It was a very bright rat and wouldn't go near commercial traps.) Sewer system cutout plug. LCD bezel for the tachometer on my lathe. Same for the milling machine. Adapter for the PCB milling machine, to hook the metric vacuum output to my shopvac. Mounting bracket to hook a stepper motor to the back of the speedometer in my Little English Sportscar, that has never in its life until now had an accurate speedometer. Pogo pin test fixture for PCB testing. Bearing holders for a shaft hobbing mechanism for the lathe. LED diffusers for some task lighting in the shop. Outlet cover for an outlet combo that doesn't exist (sideways switches plus GFCI outlets in one box.) Power amplifier enclosure for automated test equipment. Fan shroud/grille. Adapter to mount LED lighting system on a microscope. Adapter to mount LED lighting system on the PCB milling machine. Replacement doohickey for a 6" digital calipers that had the little wheel that opens/closes the calipers break off. Adapter to mount 24" digital calipers to the back of the small lathe as part of a digital read out display. Adapter to mount Garmin 305 to an odd-size, odd-cross-section aero handlebar on my time trial bike. I could go on but that's probably enough for now.
I did most of the modeling in FreeCAD or HeeksCAD, by the way, with a little bit in OpenSCAD.

Comment Re:Scientific worldview undermining own credibilit (Score 3, Insightful) 668 668

As a longtime user of homeopathy, I have watched with amusement a scientific studies have been published recently purporting to prove that homeopathy does not work. I know from my direct experience that it works, so if science is finding something different, there must be something wrong with its premises.

As a longtime user of a tiger-repelling rock, I have watched with amusement a[s] scientific studies have been published recently purporting to prove that tiger-repelling rocks do not work. I know from my direct experience that it works, so if science is finding something different, there must be something wrong with its premises.

My mother is a fish. - William Faulkner