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Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 393

by Skynyrd (#47902149) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

"3) Many policemen would far prefer that their gun not be useable if someone takes it away from them."

That may be the case, but cops will be the last group to accept technology like this. It may be forced on them buy the department, but the men and women in uniforms, who are actually on the street do not want this tech.

Comment: Re:Chip and PIN (Score 1) 132

by Skynyrd (#47811571) Attached to: Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot

I'm refinancing my house at the moment. Having my card stolen will raise all sorts of flags, and either about or delay the process.

My property won't be missing if I run up a massive credit card bill, but it would potentially cause me hours and hours of work, a bunch of money, and a shit-load of stress. I'd rather that the problem be fixed instead of ignoring it for another bunch of years.

Comment: Re:Up is down and hot is cold... (Score 3, Insightful) 217

by Skynyrd (#47792757) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Are we living in crazy town, or is the will of the people finally being heard?

We are living in crazy town.
Our representatives don't represent us any more; they obey the special interest dollar.

I don't see a positive future for the US. Either the middle class will continue to get fucked until everybody is at the poverty level (except the uber-wealthy) or there will be a civil war. Neither one will end well. We will continue to be distracted with issues like gay marriage, legal weed, NASCAR and celebrity dating (even though two of those actually matter) until one or the other happens. I am glad I have about 40 years of life left, and didn't bring kids into the world.

Comment: Water witching (Score 1) 266

I know it sounds batshit crazy. I know it's not science. I know I'll be moderated to "shutup dumbass". I'll say it anyway.

I grew up in rural Oregon. My family moved there in the early 70's, from California. We bought a big chunk of land, with nothing but trees on it. We pitched two tents, and started searching for the best house site. We filled 5 gallon bottles at the neighbors for a while, until we decided where to build the house.

The neighbor's father was a well witcher. We assumed that it was part of a big joke on the city slickers, but humored him, and let him witch the well. He had a forked stick, and walked around for 30 minutes with it. He said "drill here. at 60 feet, you'll get 10gpm, but keep going to 80. At 80, you'll get 20gpm". We offered him money, and he said this was a gift from God, and he refused any sort of payment.

When the drilling rig showed up, they asked where we wanted to drill. Keep in mind that there are no maps, no charts, *nothing* to tell you where to dig. The guy with the truck will always suggest a spot; the one with the easiest access for his giant truck. So we drilled where the old man suggested. The driller shrugged his shoulders when we told him to keep drilling when he hit good water at 60 feet; he gets paid by the foot, regardless of water output. We got 20gpm at 80 feet (I don't remember the exact numbers, but it was within a foot or tow, and a gallon or two).

20 years later, my folks built another house on the property. They got the well witched again. It was a different guy, but a very similar story. "Gift from God, no payment". Accurate prediction of depth and volume of water.

If I didn't see it myself, I'd call bullshit.

That said, I'm sure there's a million scammers out the now.

Comment: Just like retail (Score 1) 275

by Skynyrd (#47747957) Attached to: Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

WalMart can offer goods for less money than my local mom & pop store. If mom & pop want to stay in business, they need to offer something WalMart doesn't.

Dropbox, Box and the rest need to offer something the others don't, go under, or get purchased. Just like in the real world.

I use Dropbox for personal things, and it's fine. It's also free, which may not be a permanent business model.
I use Box for work, and I have found their customer service to be slightly better than Comcast. If it was my choice, we'd drop them and find a company that is capable of supporting its paying corporate customers.

Comment: Re:Not really "Bay Area" (Score 0) 135

People outside the Bay Area think of it as the Bay Area.
People inside the Bay Area don't need to be told that they are in an area where an earthquake just occurred.

A better headline uses the phrase "Northern California". Causing unnecessary panic and fear by calling it in the wrong (but more highly populated) area is just lazy, sensationalist journalism.

Comment: Not really "Bay Area" (Score 3, Informative) 135

The quake was in Napa, which most people don't consider to be the Bay Area. Yes, it's nearby, but it's not really the Bay Area.
When the headlines read "Massive Quake Hits Bay Area!", most people will think of places like San Francisco and Oakland. According to Google Maps, Oakland to Napa County Airport (near the epicenter) is 37 miles and my guess is 30 miles in a straight line.

See that map here:

In my part of Oakland, it was big enough to wake me up, but nothing rattled or hit the floor.

Napa got hammered, but the Bay Area just got its dishes rattled.

I saw a bunch of panic on social media this morning, from people out of the area. All they saw was "Bay Area Earthquake" in the media.

Comment: Something isn't right with this (Score 1) 214

by Skynyrd (#47689083) Attached to: Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

"it must be affordable, and its neighborhood must be walkable."
"Other top areas included... The Mission District, Lower Haight, and Russian Hill, San Francisco; "

The median 1 bedroom apartment in SF (in the Mission) is now over $3,000 per month.

It's walkable, but I wouldn't consider that to be affordable.

Only God can make random selections.