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Comment Re:Missing (Score 1) 480 480

I bailed on Voyager the first time around because it became too repetitive and I was sick of Janeway's constant preaching. I recently watched the entire stretch (all 5 series from start to finish) and so filled in the holes in all of them that I had missed along the way. Voyager actually got better after I originally stopped watching but I still put it WAY at the bottom because they went off the rails with Q and time travel. Honestly you include it in a series that wasn't cancelled out of the blue but how can we really say that when the series stopped the way it did. That felt way forced. Someone said it had to end that year.

Between DS9 and STNG I'm a toss up. Had I voted for a Trek (I didn't) I would have voted DS9 because I consider STNG to be an 80's series.. else over all I like aspects of both STNG and DS9 better than the other so hard for me to say which wins overall.

Comment Re:In after somebody says don't run Windows. (Score 5, Insightful) 467 467

Repeat: Best software = None.

There are people out there (many of my friends included) who need protection from such a thing because they can't put the tiniest amount of thought into what they are doing when on their computer. I do not practice safe browsing by any means, torrents and pr0n are just too much fun to leave alone ;-), but somehow manage to never get infected without any A/V software protecting me BUT I keep getting calls from friends who's machines have turned into rotting cesspools and want them cleaned. Honestly my answer lately is "Call Geek squad" because it's not worth my time or energy to scrub their waste pond just to have it rot again shortly there after and Geek Squad is cheaper than my time if I were to bill them. So for these people A/V software may be useful but honestly again most of them already have it and it didn't keep them safe anyway.

A/V DOES otoh slow down your machine, interfere with properly running processes and generally behave like the worst of viruses on its own so why willingly go down that path.

Comment Re:Obvious work is obvious (Score 1) 139 139

I'm curious on the other side of the equation: (Quote from summary... why RTFA?!) "The researchers liken a light beam to a team of cyclists — while the group as a whole moves at a constant speed, individual riders may occasionally drop back or move forward." Dropping back is fine BUT moving forward should be theoretically impossible since that photon would then be traveling above the speed of light SO are they making the claim that individual photons are able to accomplish such a feat?

Inquiring minds want to know...

Comment Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 823 823

I was kinda thinking that satisfying whine of a Ferrari myself.

Else:
The pod racers from Episode 1
Imperial March
The Jaws sound
Psycho Sound
Batman theme song
Chainsaw!
Woody Allen mumbling random stuff occasionally including "I'm a car"
Barking!

Configurable based on mood :-)

Comment Re:Observations from being a glass explorer. (Score 1) 324 324

My number one reason that it wasn't for me? Price. $1500 is more than I was willing to spend for what it had to offer.

SO I never got to your list of what was wrong with it. If it needs to have my smart phone around for functionality (can't honestly remember) then I wouldn't spend more than $300 on it. If it can completely operate stand-alone then I'd put it in my high-end smart phone range of maybe a $800 cap assuming it had comparable specs.

After checking out Microsoft's forthcoming (someday) Hololens demo I would be disappointed if anything like Glass didn't have all of the same capabilities as it does. If it can't truly augment my world then it's not where it needs to be to get my $ at this point. Not saying MS's product is perfect either but it has set the concept bar up a notch that I really don't see Glass 1.0 living up to.

Comment Re:It's about raising the mean... (Score 4, Interesting) 271 271

Not always... really depends on the quality of management. Expensive people aren't always the best people to lay off anyway since they tend to have significantly higher layoff costs. (severance, etc).

The last company I worked for had some real financial issues (highly profitable company in-general but suffering from a crushing debt load killing all of those profits) we ended up going through 2 rounds of layoffs. The first, dictated by the board but implemented locally, was stellar. It's amazing how much better a company can perform when you can shed a bunch of people who were holding you back. You feel the bite a little bit because a person who was only operating at 20% was still doing 20% work that has to be made up somewhere but you also get rid of some costly bottlenecks leaving you with clearer holes to fill for partial re-hire.

Round 2 was terrible: This one was mandated by a gov't takeover so not only were the numbers MUCH higher but they were based on nationality / new background checks instead of manager input / performance. Honestly the capability of the company was severely neutered.

Honestly a layoff of the first variety every 5-10 years is good for culling the chaff. Unfortunately most larger companies seem to operate more like the second variety when they shed numbers to make the shareholders happy.

Comment Re:For the sake of discussion... (Score 1) 316 316

It sounds like with the new rules:

1) Confiscate
2) Confiscate
3) "Pretend" that it was never there in the first place and start shopping for a vacation...
4) Watch it drive away unless they are taking the person into custody in which case it goes to impound where the perp can get it back for a healthy Tow/Storage fee.

Comment Re:It's been going on for years (Score 2) 388 388

Honestly (that skill needs to be taught. While reading the novel of a post above where grade by grade counts of incorrect test questions were enumerated. Mention was made about "My 6th grade math and science teacher hated me because I had to point out the errors that she made on her exams." (there were others but that's the best quotable). Response: Well, duh! No one likes to be told they're wrong, especially teachers. I can read someone describing that they gently or respectfully pursued such action but in reality it was probably less than such. I've found plenty of errors on tests over the years and if you present the issue to your teacher correctly you get thanks for helping improve their test not trials of forced humiliation.

It's amazing how much you can accomplish with empathy instead of aggression.

Comment Re:1968 (Score 1) 388 388

I was a bit behind your curves but even in the 80's/90's computers were still pretty foreign to most educators. I and a few others who ended up in "Computer Lab Assistant" roles became the teachers. My "supervisors" were smart enough to get out of our way and let us explore. They were also smart enough to have the capability to restore each machine to image if things got messed up too much to fix by hand. (Of course we created those images and the process for restoring them)

If a teacher or administrator had issues with their office computers we were the ones they called. When a student had a hard question in computer class we were more likely able to answer it than the teacher and she was not dumb by any means (better at the machines than anyone else in the school save a couple exceptions in the math department) but she knew our value and how to gain from that while letting us gain from "play time"

I wish there were more teachers like that in the world.

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