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Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 506

by MorePower (#47759507) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
I'm not the original poster but - um what?

Do I lay down on an empty train/bus? No because its in public and people would stare.
Do I lay down in the office? No, because that's considered unprofessional.
Do I always lay down at home? Abso-fracking-lutely!
Do I lay back in my chair in front or the TV or while using my laptop? Well, I usually lay on the floor, not in a chair, but yes.
Laying down is the only position I find truly comfortable, and I generally do lay down either in bed or on the floor as much as possible except when eating (as that gets too messy).
Furniture is for guests.

Comment: Re:Southwest Boarding Policies (Score 1) 928

The big pluses of Southwest are no fees for checked baggage (there's no way my work stuff is fitting in carry-on) and the ability to change tickets for no extra fee beyond the difference in ticket price (I almost never correctly guess when I'll be finished with a work assignment).

This plus the fact that you can buy a ticket last minute and still have a shot at a decent seat (and now that I am A-list, I am guaranteed a decent seat) have always made Southwest super attractive to business fliers like me who usually book last minute and frequently need to change return tickets.

Comment: Re:Southwest Boarding Policies (Score 1) 928

Their boarding system is Awesome, assuming that you fly alone and know their process. Basically Southwest wants business travelers like me, who rarely fly together with anyone else and fly frequently enough to learn and remember their system.

Knowing to check in 24 hours in advance gets me a low number boarding ticket, and now that I am "A-list" I get to board at the end of A group even if I check in late.

Southwest is pretty much designed around frequent business travelers so it sucks for families and people who don't fly much.

Comment: Southwest Boarding Policies (Score 5, Informative) 928

For those who don't know, boarding order is critical on Southwest. You don't get a seat assignment, its first-come-first-serve, like riding a bus, once you get on the plane.

You get a boarding pass with A 1 thru 60, B 1 thru 60, or C 1 thru 60 and everyone boards in that order. The A people get great seats and C people get crap (center seats, back of the plane, no seats together for people traveling together, etc).

Frequent fliers get to skip ahead board between A and B groups (assuming they didn't have and A anyway) which still has lots of good seats free. Families traveling with children 4 or under also get to board before the B group (so they can get seats together).

This guy probably had high number B or C tickets and wanted to use his "A-list" frequent flier status to board early and get 3 seats together with his kids. But his kids didn't have "A-list" status and where too old to qualify for family boarding so they would have wait for their high boarding number to get on the plane.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that (Score 3, Informative) 112

by MorePower (#43629147) Attached to: AI System Invents New Card Games (For Humans)
Monopoly apologists always drag out the "its so much better if you use the 'auction property if it isn't bought' rule". I've never seen a situation where it matters, everyone always buys every single property that they land on. Every single time. Occasionally someone will be a little short on cash (from buying tons of property already) and there's a little bit of "should I really mortgage stuff to buy this property?" But they always do it, nobody ever leaves property unbought.

Comment: Re:Place names (Score 0) 642

by MorePower (#42929455) Attached to: The US Redrawn As 50 Equally Populated States

No, it raises the question. Begging the question is a logical fallacy that doesn't mean anything like what it sounds.

If it doesn't mean anything like what it sounds, then that is a language fail.

Sorry, the "correct" use of the phrase "begs the question" is one of my pet peeves, because it makes no logical sense.

Comment: Re:The TL;DR (Score 3, Informative) 210

by MorePower (#42848005) Attached to: Super Bowl Blackout Caused By Defective Protective Relay

In my experience, most relays have a "Instantaneous" setting that goes off as fast as possible if you have like 20-30 times as much current as should be there, a "Short Time" setting that goes off in few seconds (a fixed time, exactly how long is settable) if the current is several times times what it should be (exactly how much current is settable) and the "Long Time" setting which follows $Fixed_value = [Current]^2 * time ("I squared T").

The "Long Time" setting integrates current squared when ever the current is above the "Pick-up" value which is typically around 20% over normal rated current. Exactly how much the integrated value has to reach to trip on "Long Time" is very complex and has to be coordinated all the other relays and systems. Generally, the lowest level of breakers are given time to trip first, in hopes that the problem is solved while only interrupting a single circuit. The upstream breakers are set with a higher value so they will trip after the downstream breakers had their chance.

Comment: Re:...Huh? (Score 2) 245

by MorePower (#40101815) Attached to: US State Department Hacks Al-Qaeda Websites In Yemen

I can at least understand trying to kill terrorists. Civilians get killed because of our desperation to kill the terrorists. I mean, it's horrible and all, but at least there is an understandable goal there.

This seems just flat out petty. If we hacked websites to locate terrorists, or anticipate attacks, or disrupt their finances, I could understand that. But to hack in and just insert our own video? And admit that we did it? It just makes us look like script kiddies putting "USA rulz!!! LOL OMG" on stuff.

Crap like this makes our enemies hate us just a little bit more, and makes our allies just a little bit more reluctant to support us, and doesn't accomplish anything material.

Comment: Re:Subculture wars (Score 1) 220

by MorePower (#37920862) Attached to: Is the Maker Movement Making It Cool For Kids To Be Nerds?
Hmm, I guess we aren't at all on the same page here. Nerds are not, in my experience, trying to gain social acceptance, they are just trying to enjoy things they enjoy.
I basically see two options here, someone who enjoys D&D/Star Trek/Computer Programming/Whatever can either:
Continue enjoying the things they enjoy and accept the fact that the majority will shun them for it, or
Give up on things they enjoy, and pretend they enjoy things that really don't give them pleasure, so as to try fool their peers into thinking they are more 'normal'.

I've tried both approaches at various times in my life, the second one is not only a very sad way to go through life, but it is also ineffective. The others just see through your sham and shun you anyway.

Being a good person really doesn't enter into it, nerds are generally quite nice and respectful of others (there are exceptions). That is, in fact, one of the "weird" behaviors that set them apart from others, nerd sub-culture doesn't engage in the usual put-downs and insults that "regular" kids like to dish out.

Comment: Re:Subculture wars (Score 3, Insightful) 220

by MorePower (#37916016) Attached to: Is the Maker Movement Making It Cool For Kids To Be Nerds?
You can enjoy Magic the Gathering without forgetting the rest of the world.

Who's forgetting the rest of the world? I'm not sure what you are even getting at here.

You can enjoy D&D and not drone on about it endlessly to people who don't care.

Ok but that's a fairly universal human failure. People who love football (or whatever) are just as likely to drone on about it endlessly to people who don't care. Its just that since there hobbies are more popular they have fewer people complaining (because more people share their love of football/whatever).

Also, all this stuff you mentioned is just entertainment. Do you really think entertainment choices are this important?

Well, your original post already mentioned not giving up computers and math and such. What else does that leave besides entertainment choices to cause one to be labeled as a nerd?

Being labelled is not a behavior. If it doesn't fit, it's a lot less likely to stick.

Ok but usually in this case it does fit and therefore stick. Nerdy kids do, in fact, like nerdy stuff

Preemptively giving up is not really good for much. It's a poor lesson for kids. It tells people they can't count on you for anything.

I don't understand what you are even getting at here. Are nerds giving up on something? The kids are just trying to enjoy things they enjoy, and getting harassed because the majority doesn't enjoy those things and labels them as "uncool".

Comment: Re:Subculture wars (Score 1) 220

by MorePower (#37915234) Attached to: Is the Maker Movement Making It Cool For Kids To Be Nerds?
Why not give up the subculture behaviors and identification instead?

Because the subculture behaviors are things that they enjoy. Magic the Gathering/Japanese Animation/D&D/whatever are things that are appealing and fun for kids of a certain personality type (nerds) and so they associate with other kids with similar interests.

The nerd label comes wether you want it or not. You can try to pretend you don't like that stuff and are into mainstream stuff but that's a pretty sad way to go through life and everyone else usually sees through your fakery anyway.

"In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved." -- Butler