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Comment Re:I wouldn't do business with a pager based compa (Score 1) 271

It's called weighing the benefits. The benefits of a modern smart phone far outweigh the limited benefit of a reliable pager for the vast majority of scenarios.

First off nobody said you have to give up your smartphone in order to use a pager.

Second off, reliability is the only advantage of a pager, so if you do not need reliability, then hell no you don't need a pager.

Your original post is still ridiculous; the idea that you'd turn down a company because they offer a more reliable emergency contact is just stupid.

Comment Re:I wouldn't do business with a pager based compa (Score 1) 271

I seriously would not do business with any company who had as a point of contact, a pager number. In the age of smart phones (with battery packs and alternative charging methods) why go backwards, in a worst case have an older cellphone that lasts days.

Yeah, just because the pager is far more reliable, phooey on that old stuff...

Comment Re:Who still uses pagers? (Score 3, Informative) 271

Why doesn't someone developing medical devices see this as a market and develop a pager for the medical industry if pagers are no longer being made?

It's not the pagers. It's the paging systems. The market has dropped greatly, so maintaining transmitter towers, repeaters, the whole system, is a hard business to be in. Reliability is exactly why some large medical systems run their own metro-wide paging systems.

Comment people can be obstinately dumb (Score 1) 569

I live in a rural mountain location, and know that certain map software, therefore certain GPS units, give really horrible directions to my location--as in sending you on a long detour on a brutally rough & steep dirt road through a state park several miles from me, or in another case giving directions that are flat-out impossible to follow. I explain this to service people before giving them the actually simple directions. And yet, some of them go ahead and use their GPS and get totally lost, even after having been told that their GPS is likely to give them incorrect directions!

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 253

Hating on the people making the calls is wrong...

Hating on people working for legit companies operating within the law is a bit much. But hating on that asshole with "windows support" who knows good and damned well he's trying to infect your machine with malware in order to extort you, well not hating that jerk would be ridiculous.

Comment Re:Require that patents be defended (Score 1) 134

A patent should be about your brilliant invention of how to do something, in detail, that nobody else could figure out. It should not be about what to do, without any details on the how.

That, combined with patent examiners knowledgeable enough to recognize and reject software patents that consist of going from requirements to design by gluing together well-know techniques, would eliminate the real problems. It wouldn't satisfy RMS, but it would limit software patents to the extremely rare ones that are truly novel and non-obvious.

Submission + - The Feds' Font Flip-Flop (

McGruber writes: Citylab has the news that the U.S. Federal Highway Administration is revoking its 2004 approval of the "Clearview" font for road signs.

Clearview was made to improve upon its predecessor, a 1940s font called Highway Gothic. Certain letters appeared to pose visibility problems, especially those with tight interstices (or internal spacing)—namely lowercase e, a, and s. At night, any of these reflective letters might appear to be a lowercase o in the glare of headlights. By opening up these letterforms, and mixing lowercase and uppercase styles, Clearview aimed to improve how these reflective highway signs read.

Now, just 12 years later, the FHWA is reversing itself: “After more than a decade of analysis, we learned—among other things—that Clearview actually compromises the legibility of signs in negative-contrast color orientations, such as those with black letters on white or yellow backgrounds like Speed Limit and Warning signs,” said Doug Hecox, a FHWA spokesperson, in an email.

The FHWA has not yet provided any research on Clearview that disproves the early claims about the font’s benefits. But there is at least one factor that clearly distinguishes it from Highway Gothic: cost. Jurisdictions that adopt Clearview must purchase a standard license for type, a one-time charge of between $175 (for one font) and $795 (for the full 13-font typeface family) and up, depending on the number of workstations.

Comment link bait, and utterly stupid (Score 5, Insightful) 428

Well, let's see, Apple is a high-pressure workplace, to which people go when they cannot make it at Tesla. Wait, what???

The article is mostly based on the opinion of a single hipster jackass who felt that he was too good to apply at Apple, backed up by the opinion of a few other people who don't want to work there, and a recruiter. Note the lack of information from anyone who has actually ever worked there.

Comment Re:It was the first standard for video? (Score 1) 406



When szczys said "video" szczys meant porn. VGA was the first standard that allowed users to watch downloaded porn that was as good as what they could watch on videotapes.

CGA, EGA, MDA and Hercules couldn't equal a videotape.... and PCs didn't come equipped with NTSC, PAL or SECAM.

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