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Comment Re:So they won (Score 1) 62


I wasn't making excuses for them. So why take out your TSA frustration on me?

I have traveled thru 19 countries and dealt with strict customs. China, Egypt, Israel, Japan, more. Hand checks, etc.

I too have been harassed by TSA. (I was driving. Rude comments. Everything opened and left scattered on the back seat. Laptop and car registration dumped on the floorboard. Had to find my passport. To say I was peeved is an understatement.) The airport TSA are relatively polite.

In my job, I always had too many things for carry on anyway. (Toolbox, spare parts, clothing, etc.)

Comment Re:So they won (Score 1) 62

Why am I modded Flamebait?

Why is whining about the TSA informative, but unemotionally pointing out an obvious way to minimize TSA hassle considered flamebait?

P.S. I usually found the motels had shampoo, so I didn't need to carry it anyway.

Comment Re:Flash memory in a keyboard? (Score 1) 275

Advantages of flash...

Single chip solution - the microcontroller has flash built into it. The chip makers are using flash for microcontrollers because they only need to design one set of masks. FWIW, a chip rep once told me that the combination of voltage and reduced feature size means the older technologies wont work.

Comment Re:Similar to Donald Knuth's Logic (Score 1) 252

I want SW-patents to go the way of the dodo as much as the next /.'er, but the above struck me as aking to A) atoms cannot be patented, B) all machines are made of one or more atoms, ergo machines cannot be patented.

One could argue that oil paintings are a collection of pigments that filter and reflect various wavelengths of light. The art is in the selection and arrangement of the pigments. Or that music is a sequence of tones. But some sequences sound better than others.

Programming is not pure science, it is a mix of science and art, like architecture.

(I also agree that something is terribly flawed with the software patent system.)

A fanatic is a person who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. - Winston Churchill