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Comment: Re:Follow the Good Eats mantra (Score 1) 270

by Pascoea (#49699493) Attached to: Here Comes the Keurig of Everything
Oh, dammit, I forgot one:

Will your microwave only cook shit that comes in an authentic Kitchen Aid brand bowl that has a specific color rim? Because god knows how much I love that "feature" of my piece of shit coffee pot. I'd hate to be free to choose what kind of coffee I drink in the morning.

(I say all of this as if I don't own a piece of shit Keruig that I use every day and will most likely replace with a new one when this one dies a year from now .)

Comment: Re:Follow the Good Eats mantra (Score 1) 270

by Pascoea (#49699433) Attached to: Here Comes the Keurig of Everything

My Keurig can also make hot cider, hot chocolate, or hot water for tea.

So can my microwave.

Yeah, but can your microwave make a cool "ka-chunk ka-chunk ka-chunk, gurgle gurgle gurgle, whoosh" noise, while consuming countless overpriced non-recyclable non-biodegradable coffee pods, then inexplicably die after a year? Yeah, I didn't think so.

You just keep your fancy multi-use device, I'll keep my shitty overpriced coffee pot, thank you very much.

Comment: Re:when? (Score 1) 182

Pretty cool, but still not a fundamental change in the way you use the internet.

Actually, for me personally, it was...

What you just described doesn't fit the mold of the vast majority of internet users. If I had to pull a number out of my ass, the number of home users that have multiple TB of data that needs to be backed up in multiple cloud locations as well as cold storage and home backups, would put you in the top .01%. You just described a business scenario that should be kept to a business class connection, not a $50 or $100/month home connection.

I think the OP's post is reasonable. The other 99.99% of internet users out there would benefit far more from a stable 10x10 connection than they do from multi-Gb download speeds.

I'm not bashing you, it sounds like you've got a great setup that works for you. Just pointing out that your use case doesn't apply to very many people.

Comment: Re:Yes... (Score 1) 218

by Pascoea (#49569545) Attached to: JavaScript Devs: Is It Still Worth Learning jQuery?

Why are you out of office

I know you were being facetious, but the fact of the world (at least the one I live in) is that 2500 of users' "office" is a job site out in the middle of nowhere. We have a real need for these people to interact with our business system, recording hours expended, material installed, equipment utilization, etc. etc. For these type of workers, a desktop just isn't realistic.

Which leaves me in a quandary: Native app(s) or web-app. We don't have the appetite to develop and maintain several versions of the app for different devices. We don't have the need for super fancy/flashy UI, I envision something simple, plain, and utilitarian. And it has to have some off-line capabilities. Those all lead me towards a web-app...

Comment: Re:Yes... (Score 2, Insightful) 218

by Pascoea (#49564047) Attached to: JavaScript Devs: Is It Still Worth Learning jQuery?
Go find a new job then.

Don't want to? Then shut up and go back to programming a web-app. The Internet as you know it evolved, sorry it ran you over in the process.

Business app?, desktop, using web services.

Yeah, because everyone in my company is parked behind a desktop all of the time. And there are no conceivable reasons why they may want to interact with a business system when they are't at their desk.

Comment: Re:Wish it was smarter about hiding content types (Score 1) 74

by Pascoea (#49510177) Attached to: Facebook Working To Weed Out Fake Likes
I really wish Facebook had a regex filter. Would be a double win, I'd finally have an excuse to learn how to use regex, and eventually I'd stop seeing "Jimmy sticks his dick in a toaster, you'll never believe what happens next" type shit in my feed.

Add in the regex filter, a "dislike" button, and a paid level of service that gets rid of game requests and leaves my god damn feed on "most recent" and I'll be a happy camper.

Comment: Re:This is going to go over well. (Score 1) 397

by Pascoea (#49379709) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Several of the most rigorous and useful classes I took were not STEM.

My fear is that the inverse of your situation, an art major that has to take a few math and science classes, puts the future of our country at a far greater risk. You can gain enough soft skills in communication, management, creative thinking, etc in a few courses, it doesn't require a 4 year degree to become competent. My personal opinion is that it would be far better to have a glut of underutilized engineers than have a glut of over-extended history majors.

I would also agree with you, I had a creative writing course that I have benefited from immensely. But that's not to say I would have replaced any of my EE courses with Advanced Creative Writing.

Comment: Re:Oh bullshit! (Score 1) 320

by Pascoea (#49123037) Attached to: FedEx Won't Ship DIY Gunsmithing Machine
Have you never actually shipped a package? They may not open every package (or any package), but when you are tendering items for shipment you are agreeing to their terms and conditions, which expressly state what you are and are not allowed to ship.

They all say something to the affect of "no illegal or dangerous items". FedEx is saying "Our lawyers haven't figured out if this CNC mill that is marketed with the express purpose of manufacturing weapons is legal or not, so we aren't going to ship it." What's the problem? They are a private company that has a published set of terms and conditions.

Comment: Re:But you can access it (Score 1) 406

by Pascoea (#49122773) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data
Not that I am in agreement with the whole "we need the keys to the kingdom" mentality, but there is a problem with your "demand the keys" argument. The gov't, via the 5th amendment, is not able to compel you to turn over the keys (in this case the "keys" are a password). Even if there were legal precedent to allow that, what are they going to do with the "I lost my keys" ("I can't remember my password") response? Beat it out of you?

Again, I'm not saying I support this, I'm just curious what the thoughts are on how access is obtained once legal permission is given?

Comment: Re:its all about the $$$ (Score 1) 93

I was driving on a 4 lane road in the left hand lane in fairly busy traffic going slightly but not grossly faster than the speed limit.. Some absolute idiot was tailgating me because he seemed to think I was in his way...So I slowed down to the speed limit, which just enraged the idiot behind me. The truck driver noticed this little drama and slowed down too. Nothing like road justice I suppose.

Let's go through those one at a time: So, you were already breaking the law (traveling over the speed limit). Somebody wanted to break the law more than you (getting on your ass for not going fast enough). So you switched breaking one law for breaking another (not overtaking someone while in the passing lane). Then colluded with another driver with the express purpose of being an asshole?

Yup, CLEARLY the other driver is 100% at fault.

The tailgater's behavior in the entire encounter was unacceptable, but what exactly did your actions do to make the situation any safer? Do you think your "road justice" did anything to correct his future driving habits? Or do you think the adult thing to do would have been to continue breaking the law for another 30 seconds, or heaven forbid drive 2 MPH faster than you currently were, then get the fuck out of his way?

Comment: Re:Those are real drugs (Score 0) 412

by Pascoea (#48973815) Attached to: Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

And I take ginseng regularly for various personal reasons. I can state with some confidence that I don't believe it's a placebo effect

I can't tell if you're trying to be funny or serious. Your statement just defined what the placebo effect is.

Placebo effect: Also called the placebo response. A remarkable phenomenon in which a placebo -- a fake treatment, an inactive substance like sugar, distilled water, or saline solution -- can sometimes improve a patient's condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful.

I drink water regularly, for various obvious reasons. And I can state with some confidence that I can do math better after drinking water, because I think I can do math better after I drink water. And after drinking water regularly for many years, I still think I can do math better after drinking water. So drinking water must increase math skills, based on my personal experience.

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." -- Albert Einstein