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Comment: Re:I just want to... (Score 1) 194

by Reapy (#48436487) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Yes sir. Waited for a friend to have an interview in my car when I was in highschool, listened to the radio for about 45 minutes. When he got back, went to turn the car on and, boop, no power... Had to get a jump from the guy my friend was interviewing with.

Pretty ignorant on my part but lesson learned. Could have used a 10 min shut off timer ;)

Comment: Re:For Starters (Score 1) 320

by Reapy (#48245147) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

Right on. I live in NJ and see so many shit driving accidents on my way home, it'll be awesome when computers take over and do it right all the time.

For the people that still enjoy driving manually, I could easily see 'manual drive' roads cropping up once automation takes over, roads that are built only for fun and interesting driving rather than the functional roads that end up being fun by accident of on account of the terrain it was built on.

Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 1) 398

by Reapy (#48195875) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Isn't that how it is done? It is about 3 seconds on every light I stop at in NJ. When I started driving a manual transmission I had to really pay attention to when the lights at intersections were going to change so I could be prepped to go (was nervous to start/stop the car when learning).

After the other lane goes red, there is a 3 count of all red to clear the intersection and then you get green. Some of the 'all reds' are longer at different intersections depending on the gap where you might be stuck, there is an awkward one over a railroad track at a busy intersection that has a longer 'all red' for example.

Comment: Re:Age discrimination sucks eh.. (Score 1) 120

by Reapy (#47765067) Attached to: The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

I think it depends on the tools you need. I tired several times to make a run at VIM but wasn't seeing much of an advantage over the ultraedit/notepad++ speed I was used to for doing things... but then again I don't have to do any work where I'm stuck in a terminal. If it were the case I'd make a serious run at learning vi/emacs or whichever.

I recently found SublimeText and I have to say it is a real leg up over notepad++/uedit for a rich editor, it sort of marries keyboard navigation with the gui in a really cool way. Each has its strengths, and it is nice to see something realize that without feeling like it has to shun one or the other. I liked it so much that using it for just a few moments had me switch over to it everywhere I use a 'rich text editor'

Comment: Re:begs FFS (Score 1) 186

by Reapy (#47670685) Attached to: Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

I really don't think people think "Oh man, how do I appear smarter here, yes, yes, I will use BEGS the question, only the intellectual elite use this phrase, and I shall be one of them!!"

I think the phrase just makes no sense, I still can't understand how I'm actually supposed to use it. If I just looked at the words in the phrase, I would read it as something begging for a question, raising the need to ask a question. I didn't even know that phrase is somehow related to academia in anyway.

But I guess I know now that the word seems to activate elitism, a moment to declare superiority, which begs the question of why it is so prevalent for people who know the proper use of the phrase to assume its misuse is just an attempt for the person to be as educated as they are, and not a common misunderstanding.

Comment: Re:Only robots (Score 1) 106

by Reapy (#47460177) Attached to: Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

I am hoping for the day we won't let people drive anymore. It is a task that when failed for just a moment can end lives, proven time and time again, every day. Automated cars with good sensors can do a better job, and I can't wait untill I can buy a car that doesn't even need to think about there being a steering wheel or pedals in it.

Push a button to go to my location, sleep, read a book, play a game, whatever, and get there faster (routed around traffic, faster and more efficient merge speeds etc) and safer than I do today. Travel times suddenly become free time, which would be great. I know I won't see this in my life time (even though we have the tech to build something like this today), but maybe for future generations.

Comment: Re:Focus on your studies as much as possible (Score 1) 309

by Reapy (#46982585) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

This should be modded up!

Networking while you are in school is probably the most important thing you can do right along side getting an education there. In fact your school should be chosen based on the networking opportunities available for you.

These opportunities come from any angle, even if seemingly unrelated. A student in your class could be starting something up or end up in a role to hire you years down the line.

My first job came from a reference from a long term admin at the school in the science building. I used to work for the school's website and she came in to look for some help creating her home site for a bit of cash. I went over and we just hit it off and got a long really well while working on the site. I thought nothing of it until a few months later, having sent out 100+ resumes with no response for two months, about a week from my "get any job you can, or go home to mom!" calendar date, I got an email from a company asking to see my resume and have me come in for an interview if I would like. Turned out the owner of the company had gone to the same school years ago, was friends with the admin, and asked her for any recommendations she might know of.

Instant career, and here I am in the same field 12 years later, all for a 2 day random side job. That's how it works, that's why it is so important when starting out. NETWORK!!!!!

Comment: Re:You know what worked better for me then longhan (Score 2) 191

Truthfully school isn't about learning, it is a game where you try to figure out the system a teacher employs to determine the material on the test, a game to manipulate faculty members into liking you enough to offer extra credit and special exceptions for failings, and ultimately tailoring your school 'resume' well enough facilitate you into whatever job or school you want to move to next.

I made the mistake in assuming academia was about learning and fairness above everything else while I made my way through it. It is a mistake I won't let my children make for very long as they soon enter the great beast of our education system.

Comment: Re:You know what worked better for me then longhan (Score 1) 191

I was the same way. I hardly ever took notes, I guess I wasn't a perfect student, but I found that if I took lots of notes in class I would do much worse, I would spend all my energy on writing it down and trying to keep up with what was being said, my attention divided, learning less of everything. Instead I just like to listen and focus, and if I really wanted to remember it, write a summary after.

For stuff I had to work through like math and CS I would write it down. Also when starting a new program or piece of one I like to do the psudo code on a piece of paper as that helps me focus, which might be in this case the information is coming from my head rather than an external source. It also makes arrows and boxes instantly available unlike on the computer. Can't wait till I have a low latency tablet and pen though, would throw out the paper immediately.

The worse was getting punished often for not taking notes, teachers would grade them or assume I wasn't paying attention if not copying information down.

I remember one year in college I decided to try to be more than a B student and did everything 'right'. I sat in front, aggressively tried to answer questions, I took copious notes, did homework immediately rather than procrastinating, pretty much tried to be the model student we are asked to be. That semester I pulled my first D average when I had rode the C through A grades my whole life (based on interest in the subject).

Did I ever mention that I hated school?

Comment: Re:more downgrades (Score 1) 688

by Reapy (#46883631) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign

Had to drop firefox finally because it failed to render text properly. I tried to follow the random threads of advice to disable this and that and flip this setting here or there, or uninstall xyz microsoft patch (which I couldn't find on my sytem). Either way it was all too much out of my day to try to even have to fix this, you would think rendering text, being the only thing a browser has to do, would be a pretty fucking serious priority to fix, but I guess not, lets move the fucking menu button to the right!

Comment: Re:Tactile interaction? (Score 1) 355

by Reapy (#46772479) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

The problem people have with tablets is their lack of tactile presence. This will not change, we may get used to it, but it will never feel as nice as a raised button. There is a reason some people still want their cherry switch clicky keyboards still too.

There is also a really great rise in board gaming in the past few years because people do enjoy engaging their brains, but still crave the enjoyment of the tactile feel of having physical pieces move around as well as sitting across the table in other people's presence while they play.

If anything look at the rise of how technology that allows us to be social when we otherwise couldn't be has exploded and taken over. People love other people and love being able to talk to them at all times. If anything in the past we all lived extremely introverted lives and were forced to only interact with those in our neighborhood and surrounding town.

Now, not only do I have access to that, but most of the entire world can be reached, day or night, at any time. I can show pictures, videos, speak to them in voice or indirectly interact with them through games. At all points in times we are now able to be connected, and I don't get why this is such a horrible thing for people?

Staying apart is what leads to confusion and ultimately wars as it is easy to alienate people that are disconnected. It is quite easy to ignore things going on in a foreign country that appears disconnected from your day to day life, but perhaps you know someone from their and game with them regularly or talk to them on a forum you frequent. Suddenly that global problem you would never have heard of in the past is a very real part of your life.

I don't understand this anti technology backlash I keep seeing, especially here.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 798

Some teachers roll over and let it happen and don't care. Others don't tolerate it in their class and solve it, it is a mixed bag.

I recall in 7th grade this guy used to verbally pick on me all the time. We had a class designated for reading, I was the only one reading in the class so it made me a big target. One class the kid decided to flick a rubberband into my back, the first few times I ignored the drive by snapping on my back, but one time he just kept doing it over and over again.

I finally just lost control, stood up, and kicked him right in the hip. I really don't even remember having control at that point. The kid visibly staggered but immediately called to the teacher that I had kicked him. Now before this I had some contempt for the teacher because she let 'everything' happen in that class, but as soon as he called out she said "Good, you deserved it!" Kudos to her for this at least. I could easily have been punished for losing control first.

That was the last time that particular guy harassed me.

Sometimes the old ways are the good ways.

"Out of register space (ugh)" -- vi