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Comment: Re:Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (Score 1) 113

by hurfy (#47766267) Attached to: HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

It wasn't that long ago a tons of standard power cables were discovered to be subpar. Grab your thinnest feeling one and cut it open.

I think I still have a cable that says "18 GA 15 amp" that contains at best 24 ga wire but looks even smaller. Probably ok on the cheap thing it came with, but they get swapped around a lot and hooking that to your laser printer is not so good.

I always found the ones with 3 strands like the pic to be the better ones (Dell usually)
Luckily my HP one has been replaced a friendly Chinese company already...

Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 460

by hurfy (#47761137) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

lol, that was one of the 1st things I tried when my dad got our 1st FWD car. It had no problem dragging the locked rear tires. While moving it does little but make a lot of tire smoke. Only useful for flipping a 180 while parking the car, oh, and holding it in place afterwards ;)

I just tested my 'new' car. The engine wins from a stop even, much less a running start. Does ABS encourage this by not locking the tires? Either way I suspect Traction control+Adaptive AWD beats out ABS.

Comment: *COUGH* (Score 1) 194

by hurfy (#47681677) Attached to: The Billion-Dollar Website

Mine says, "Lifewise"

It also says, "Essential Silver 2500 HSA" which defines it as one selected from the website. The network name probably identifies it also. Not to mention the 4 other id numbers on the card.

Not sure why a doctor would care as they seem to be rather normal insurance plans but they could tell if they wish.

Medicare/Medicaid are a whole other story. Often patients don't have the copay and that is profit for many procedures/items due to low payments on SOME things. (and some are still overpaid) Often the additional paperwork and the threat of an audit put many off accepting those. Or, as in my case, All of the above plus the fact I can't afford the bookkeeper JUST for 3rd party billings.

I currently sell medical supplies and did the books for a medical supplier for almost 20 years.
Survived a Medicare audit and a Sales Tax audit with no penalties ...don't try this at home!

Comment: Re:plot from Crichton novel (Score 1) 56

by hurfy (#47674327) Attached to: A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

lol, I think you'll still be ok for bit. It took them 11 hours to make the letter K. It would take them days just to cuss at you. To make something threatening would take... way longer than anyone is going hang around and keep them charged.

On the other hand...I'll take a set as cat toys. See how long they can hold the shape of a mouse :)

6-12 hours per formation....there is probably a good reason everyone uses virtual ones.

Comment: Just in case (Score 1) 66

by hurfy (#47673673) Attached to: Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part Two of Two)

Just in case we all get our flying cars soon, I am going to buy up all the car washes. Have you ever had to wash a small plane? They get very big very quick ;)

Any. Day. Now. Just a couple more physical problems to work out. Then we will easily solve the issues of who can fly em, and where, and when. The issue of cost will solve itself with volume, once everyone has one, everyone will be able to afford them ;) Breeding enough of the Rainbow farting unicorns to power them may take a little longer so be patient.

Mental masturbation at it's finest. We have been humbled by the pros!

Comment: all of them then? (Score 1) 79

This looks like fun, I probably wouldn't catch that bank example and family certainly wouldn't. Looks like pretty much any word could substitute one letter.

No idea exactly what these "combinations" are. The example used one letter substitution. Using this example and the little display of new letters there would appear to be billions of potentially misleading combinations.

Comment: Re:No, school should not be year-round. (Score 1) 421

by hurfy (#47649709) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

When I was a kid I spent the summer in drum corps. Lots of work and exercise but I got to see places I never* would have otherwise. By the time I was 21 I had been to like 45 states even if only passing thru. This was how I got to the Smithsonian for one being 3000 miles from home, it's not like we were gonna make a day trip there. We tried to hit an amusement park and a cultural site each year. 6000+ mile bus trips show you a lot of America ;)

For various degrees of 'never'. I may have got to some of these places with family eventually but I know many of the others would not ever get there otherwise.

I don't see how this could be done with year-round school. We basically practiced school hours in June and July to prepare for August.

PS. I could have done without seeing downtown Houston in August just fine however :O 30 years later I still want to slap whoever thought that parade was a good idea....

Comment: only time I actually had a use for Google image (Score 1) 790

by hurfy (#47603663) Attached to: Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

Aye, Google's is also matching part(s) of the image and not the whole pic.
I tried to find a larger version of an old poster I have. It was from a fair or something so seemed reasonable there might still be copies around. It was actually done as a manipulated photo. Anyways, Google found a zillion matches where someone recreated(and a thousand people copied) that photo in photoshop for iPhone screensavers, impressive and correct. It also found a bunch of photos like the main subject but the entire photo/context is very different and that subject is only 10% of my photo.

It never did find info on the actual photo partly because the free screensavers buried everything else. I had to take it out and search with the photographers name, etc to find out it's not as common as I thought. I seem to have a lot of things Google doesn't have a clue about. Too bad rare doesn't always mean Insanely Expensively :(

Comment: Too busy picking on superhuman (Score 1) 125

by hurfy (#47603061) Attached to: Robotic Suit Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength

They also mention it still has problems with twisting, sounds like one has to twist themselves PLUS the suit. Seems to defeat the pick this up and put it over there aspect for a LOT of values of 'there'. Not to mention 'there' can't really be up or down a slope either.

I agree on the the headlines. Save em for when they actually apply. I plan for my car to be really fast someday, but I can't write the world record headline quite yet...unless maybe I can be an editor at Slashdot too ;)

It MIGHT give you superhuman strength SOMEDAY. Today it sounds closer to a nice back support. They seem to have found a use anyway, that's rather impressive, and not detailed of course.

Comment: ditto (Score 1) 570

by hurfy (#47562191) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Presumably mine has fallen off everything finally. Sprint* chased after an ETF fee on a month to month account for 10 years from the 90's.

*Only people to ever actually ask for it OR report it were the collection agencies NOT Sprint as they probably knew they were unlikely to get it. They should all be dismantled. Make one prove you owe the debt per the rules and they just sell to another when they can't. Rinse and repeat until you eventually miss the 30-day or whatever window for something :/

I'd have actually felt sorry for the 1st collection company as Sprint didn't disclose the dispute status if they hadn't sold it on to someone else. They admitted they weren't having much luck on some of their latest collections...mine wasn't they only bad one by far.

Comment: 50% call reduction (Score 1) 125

by hurfy (#47486527) Attached to: FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

Cage match between Rachel from Cardholder Services and Sharron my Google Specialist, Only one gets out of the cage alive!

Sorry if I actually know anyone named Sharon...I rarely get past "This is Sharron " anymore :/

The MS scammers are sure getting lazy lately. Can't even check the area codes they are calling...even Grandma would find it unlikely MS would call at 6:45am!

Too much is not enough.