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Comment: Re:FAO of inspector general - copy to Congress (Score 2) 241 241

Whistle blowers are prosecuted vigorously and do not get the benefit of the doubt.

When dealing with a government entity you should probably do nothing, as the risks outweigh the rewards at this time. If you still feel like speaking up, raise the issue with your boss in one email, carefully and politely, and file a hard copy of the email somewhere safe. Do not go up the food chain, do not go to the press. If there is a crap storm the hard copy may save you, but even that is not assured.

The default position should be to protect yourself and your family, and not stick your neck out. We have too many examples that show that even the best intentions may result in the messenger being vigorously prosecuted.

Comment: Re:200 cycles? (Score 2) 131 131

Keep in mind that for widgets like phones and tablets that they are not always cycling fully on a daily basis. Lithium Ion batteries degrade much faster being deep cycled from 100% to near 0% than if you are only going 80% to 20%, like an order of magnitude longer. Most applications do not ever fuly charge the cells, and shut down before hitting zero to trade off a little capacity for vastly longer useful lifetimes.

Comment: Re: Message to Chevrolet (Score 1) 247 247

The saddest part of the Volt was how heavily hyped it was. Even as a solid and not bad looking car, there was no way it could do anythig but disappoint after years and years of press releases, demoing mules, and teasing.

The Bolt appears to be following the same path.

Comment: Msconfig.exe (Score 1) 513 513

Use msconfig.exe to clean up some of the garbage running at startup. A lot of bloatware and crapware can sneak in over the years even if you are careful.

An SSD makes another world of difference, and they are not very expensive these days. A 500GB one is under $150 and should be plenty for most folks.

Scans should not run during the day unless your machine was off the night before. If your management lets your IT be this stupid, maybe look elsewhere for a better company. Seriously, if the company does not provide good enough tools and maintenance on them for you to effectively do your job you should polishing upmyour resume.

Comment: Re: what is interesting is not that it won (Score 2) 591 591

In this case the framers of the document are still all mostly around, it is not like trying to figure out the intent of an amendment or law that is 200 years old as it applies to technology that is only a few years old. Nobody during floor debate argued about this interpretation issue. It is purely an issue of ambiguous language and a shifting of power to the nutjob party that prevents even a typo to be corrected to clear this up to make the intent unambiguous.

Comment: Re:Ahm Mo Call (Score 4, Informative) 214 214

The explanation I got for why a single idea presented inside a company ended up with a dozen patents was they wanted a "picket fence" of patents for all conceivable variations of the idea that would allow a competitor to get most of the benefits without technically violating the actual patent. Because most of the filed patents are brainstormed ideas for every contingency, they can get fairly absurd and stupid looking.

Comment: Re:Higher Deposits (Score 1) 939 939

We need even more anti-landlord laws that make it harder for land lords to unilaterally keep most of the deposit for trumped up reasons.

I've had bozos tell me there would be a cleaning fee if I didn't shampoo the carpets, so I did and they still charged me and refused.

Another place changed management and "lost" their copies of the incoming inspection list that noted the carpets were worn and had some slight staining by the door. They flat out refused to look at the copy I kept because it was from the previous owners. I got charged for wear and slight staining by the doors.

The amounts were small, but I decided I would consider all deposits to be thrown away cash until proven otherwise.

Comment: Re:Not me, not in California (Score 3, Insightful) 939 939

Just a suggestion, you should always raise the rent every year, even if it just a percent or two. The family there now will now have the expectation of the rent not going up, and it will make things really awkward when you do decide to raise the rent down the way.

Comment: Re:Too many robocalls is why... (Score 4, Informative) 292 292

This. Maybe a decade ago I answered a few actual polls, and felt taken advantage of. The questions went on and on. Then I got some sales "polls" and quickly decided to never answer that crap again. I've also gotten so many calls where all I get is a few seconds of silence and then *click*. I've gotten to the point where I have to call back some folks I too reflexively hung up on who were legit.

On the whole I wish I had killed the land-line a while ago.

Comment: Re:Oh, for fuck's sake... (Score 1) 490 490

Easier said than done.

I've got a 2 year old, and it is frustrating to buy things like backpacks and clothing. It is pretty common that ALL the girl versions of things are covered in flowers and ladybugs while being made out of various pinks and pastel colored fabrics. Boys stuff is ALL dinosaurs, monster trucks, and pirate ships on red, blue, or black backgrounds. It is pretty common to be unable to find anything I would call gender neutral at all.

I am sure a lot of this is a reinforcing cycle, as gender neutral items won't sell as well, thus reinforcing the stereotypical choices for yet another generation.

Comment: Re:x/0 does not equal 0. (Score 1) 1067 1067

Yep. Capture the zero, and with some proper insight you set it to some appropriate non-zero approximation of zero like 1e-6 or 1e-15. The choice usually reflects knowledge of the situation at hand. But often I'd rather a program stop and tell me something bad has happened rather than just patching around it and carrying on.

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