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Comment Re:Just drive with the high beams on! (Score 1) 192

My newest car (which is still 5 years old) automatically adjusts the rear view mirror tint so that you don't get brights in your eyes.

Our car has that and I don't really like it much - sometimes it fails to dim when I want it to, and my wife said that it dims too easily for her liking. A mirror with a manual lever mirror worked better for us. (Our truck has it, too, but the cap over the bed with tinted windows means that headlights are never bright enough to trigger it.) It's not something I actively hate, but if our next car didn't have it, I wouldn't mind.

What I would like is a way for the headlights of oncoming cars to be blocked out. I sometimes do this with my hand and I can instantly see far better. Unfortunately a lot of people don't seem to understand our eyes and how light works - for example, a cop car with bright, flashing lights at night can actually blind your eyes to whatever they were trying to warn you about.

Comment Re:Quiet? (Score 1) 558

I just did, mostly by accident. I wasn't trying to build a super quiet machine, but it happened. I don't remember the parts I used off the top of my head, but the processor is an i7, and I put in a 240 GB SSD. The thing is silent unless I'm doing some heavy processing - then I might hear a fan, if I listen closely. With newer processors, the CPU fan slows down when it's not being used heavily, which helps a lot. Power supply fans will usually be quiet too. The other big noisemaker is the hard disc, so switching to an SSD helps with that.

Comment Two things... (Score 4, Insightful) 583

As a manager, here are the two pieces of advice I'd pass on:

1. We don't use passive voice in our memos. College is wrong. I've been out of college for a long time, but I always want to write to the business writing prof I had and let him know. We stress active voice.

2. I picked this up from a Murawski course (which deals with active voice writing). It was, "Doing work is bringing your supervisor a solution, not problems." That is, me going to my boss and saying, "Hey, I've got a problem here," isn't doing work. The work is going to my boss and bringing him or her a solution to the problem. Now, sometimes you get stuck and need help, and that's fine, and I'm happy to help - but your goal as an employee should be to bring me proposed solutions to problems (or, better yet, just take care of it, if you can).

Comment Re:Where's Waldo? (Score 1) 100

Rather than explaining these reasons to the American people (who really probably don't care for the most part), they just rename "French Fries". "Freedom Fries".

Note, I have yet to meet anyone who calls them "Freedom Fries". Most Europeans probably understand the difference between a publicity stunt and reality.

Comment Re:Another reason my first new car will be a Tesla (Score 2, Insightful) 392

...because people don't want to pay for features they won't use? We don't have a sunroof in our truck, because we know we'd use it only rarely. Someone else might use that sunroof all the time. On the other hand, for our car, we paid extra for the memory driver's seat, because my wife is much shorter than I am, so we're always readjusting the driver's seat between us, and it's a time saver, plus there's probably a small safety bonus from getting the seat in the same position every time. But for a car that's normally only going to be driven by one person, a memory seat is kind of a useless feature.

Comment Re:Can we all agree (Score 1) 134

Yeah, when I switched back to iOS that was definitely something that took getting used to. It didn't bother me before I switched to Android, but after coming back to iOS, it was like, "Hey, what's wrong with the shift button?" Neither platform is perfect, though. Android irritated me with some of its quirks, too.

Comment Re:Why did it take so long? (Score 1) 250

Relax. I was in a jury for a civil trial a few years ago, and I think most of us agreed from the moment we started deliberations, but we took a few hours to make sure that we understood the facts, made sure the claims didn't meet the requirements set forth in the law, talked about our impressions of the expert testimony, talked about different viewpoints, etc. It was time well spent. Some people had picked up on things that others hadn't, and it was worth taking the time to ensure we made the correct decision. I'd expect to do at least as much diligence for a criminal trial. Of the 7 days total I was involved in that trial which should have taken 3 days, I didn't regret the few hours of deliberations.

Comment Re:But But But It's the Handouts That Are Bankrupt (Score 5, Insightful) 370

Actually, if it's the Kompressor article I'm thinking of: The situation was that the husband and wife both had had well-paying jobs, then they both lost their jobs via the downturn in the economy, and the CAR WAS PAID FOR and not worth much, so they kept it, rather than - what? Trading it in on a used beater or something? So, yes, she was driving the Mercedes to pick up welfare checks, but they were, for lack of a better term, newly poor. It was likely if something happened to the Mercedes that they wouldn't be buying another one while still on welfare. Holding it up as an example of poor people owning nice cars and the handouts being out of control is misleading.

Comment Re:Trustworthy? Gandi or PairNic (Score 1) 295

PairNIC, operated by Pair Networks. From their web site: "Launched in January 1996 and profitable since its second month of operation...". I have hosted with them for many years and their reliability is unbeatable. If you are a US-based business you can't escape US jurisdiction anyway and probably won't mind paying a couple of dollars more.

I've been using Pairnic for all of my domain names, no complaints, and the prices seem reasonable. I use them to host my website, too. At one point I switched to someone else (, I don't know if they're still around) and complaints from my site's users about slow/unresponsive pages went from zero to daily, at least. I switched back to and those complaints dropped back to zero.

He's dead, Jim.