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Comment: Re:Working from home (Score 1) 48

by crow (#47719673) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Yup. EMC provided me with an ISDN line and later reimbursed me for my Internet expenses when they switched to VPN. I think it was just a few years ago that they stopped reimbursing, saying that home Internet is now normal, and the VPN use doesn't increase the cost.

My phone has always been paid for by the company. If they stop paying for it, I stop using a cell phone.

+ - The first particle physics evidence of physics beyond the Standard Model?

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "It’s the holy grail of modern particle physics: discovering the first smoking-gun, direct evidence for physics beyond the Standard Model. Sure, there are unanswered questions and unsolved puzzles, ranging from dark matter to the hierarchy problem to the strong-CP problem, but there’s no experimental result clubbing us over the head that can’t be explained with standard particle physics. That is, the physics of the Standard Model in the framework of quantum field theory. Or is there? Take a look at the evidence from the muon’s magnetic moment, and see what might be the future of physics!"

Comment: Re:Phones + 1 laptop. (Score 1) 67

by crow (#47717217) Attached to: How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?


I'm so glad that I wired our house for ethernet. Granted, WiFi wasn't quite up to speed fifteen years ago, but ethernet is rock solid.

Wired on ethernet, we have:
*) My laptop docking station
*) My wife's iMac
*) network laser printer
*) game console
*) MythTV DVR
*) Blu-Ray player
*) HDHR Prime TV tuner
*) OBI100 phone adapter

The WiFi has just one phone and one tablet except when we have guests, though I also have an ethernet outlet in the guest bedroom.

It was interesting to retrofit the house's wiring for ethernet. Mostly it was a matter of using existing phone or coax cables to pull new cables and converting the old single-purpose outlets into multi-outlets. Most place I put in two ethernet, one phone, and one coax. The coax has been a complete waste, but otherwise it was a great plan.

Comment: Re:Still... (Score 1) 189

by UnknownSoldier (#47714883) Attached to: C++14 Is Set In Stone

The 'x' in 0x stands for hexidecimal

I picked 'z' because:

a) it is not a hex digit
b) it close to x to type
c) it is a mnemonic for zero
d) it stands just enough out
e) it has an hint of symmetry about it -- z is the last character in the alphabet so using it for the lowest number base seems appropriate.

Considering some assemblers have used the dumb '%' percent sign to designate binary, having a consistent form with C's hex literal leaves a little choices:

Using a .. f is retarded because they are hex digits. 'x' is taken. Using I, L, O is dumb because lowercase they blend in.

That leaves: g, h, j, k, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, y , z

0g110101 looks dumb
0h110101 looks dumb, some languages use 'h' for hex
0m110101 blends in
0n110101 blends in
0r110101 blends in
0t110101 blends in
0u110101 used for unsigned -- not appropiate
0v110101 maybe
0w110101 too verbose
0y110101 maybe

So which symbol would you pick??

Comment: Re:Shame (Score 0) 92

by UnknownSoldier (#47713337) Attached to: Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

Considering I am a rendering/optimization/UI expert working for a Fortune 50 company on R&D you tell me?

Without janitors to keep the place clean people would get sick. Everybody has their role to do a company -- no one is more important, or less important, for a company to function properly and efficiently.

Pro-Tip: Using an ad hominem just makes oneself look like a complete tool.

Here is some free advice:

"Better to remain silent and thought a fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

Now if you have something constructive to add to the discussion ...

+ - How patent trolls destroy innovation->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "A new study by researchers at Harvard and the University of Texas provides some insight on this question. Drawing from data on litigation, R&D spending, and patent citations, the researchers find that firms that are forced to pay NPEs (either because they lost a lawsuit or settled out of court) dramatically reduce R&D spending: losing firms spent $211 million less on R&D, on average, than firms that won a lawsuit against a troll.

"After losing to NPEs, firms significantly reduce R&D spending — both projects inside the firm and acquiring innovative R&D outside the firm," the authors write. "Our evidence suggests that it really is the NPE litigation event that causes this decrease in innovation."

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Journal: 6 Days After My Previous Journal Entry, I Was Dead 2

Journal by saskboy

...But I was revived. I had a cardiac arrest on July 1st almost exactly 6 days after 'returning' to /.

I'm doing fine now, thanks to the first responders, police, and paramedics who were doing CPR in minutes and got my heart started again with an AED. I avoided brain damage, which wasn't apparent when I first woke up days later with the memory of a goldfish. "Oh look, a castle!" (for those who know that joke.) I now have an ICD, making me a legit cyborg.

Comment: Re:Estimates (Score 2) 445

by saskboy (#47710077) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Looked into, but not freaked out about. Cats kill hundreds of millions of birds each year. 200M die in Canada alone.

It's not even close. Delaying a switch to solar is much more deadly for birds, as it's expected 1/8th of species will soon (within decades) become extinct due to climate change.

Comment: Re:god dammit. The Numbers (Score 5, Insightful) 445

by saskboy (#47710057) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Crunching the numbers, it's foolish to delay solar power adoption for even 28K birds a year.

Climate change is expected to soon kill off 1/8th of all bird species.

200M birds die from cats each year in Canada ( which has the human population of California).

Either stop climate change pollution, or kiss some birds goodbye (peck on the cheek).

Comment: Re:I have worked at a few ISPs (Score 1) 235

by evilviper (#47709925) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked

One ISP in my area that provides anything beyond DSL speeds.

DSL isn't dial-up. I don't see why people act like 5Mbps internet access is unacceptable, substandard and inhuman.

Besides, they know people want better, and keep their prices low to compensate... That should help you negotiate a better deal with your cable company, who doesn't know you really want the higher speeds.

Comment: Re:McDonallds should sue ... (Score 4, Interesting) 235

by evilviper (#47709911) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked

most of us don't have a choice. It's Comcast or no TV.

TV antennas have worked since the 1940s. With the digital switchover is the 2000s, people even further out can get a digitally-perfect picture in higher quality with less artifacts than any cable or satellite provider offers. And you probably have several times more TV channels available to you than you would expect, possibly several good ones that are not even carried on cable.

Since the 90s, direct broadcast satellite has been an option for the overwhelming majority of people. If you've got any way to put a tiny dish where it'll have a view towards the equator, you can get subscription TV while avoiding your local cable monopoly.

And today, with high speed DSL and FIOS, you may be able to get more content than you can watch, for under $10/month. Even if you choose not to go this route, the threat of it is likely to keep your cable co in-line and behaving themselves.

Comment: Re:Is there an counter to this? (Score 1) 235

by evilviper (#47709901) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked

call your supervisor over, I'd like to speak to them immediately. Inform them that if THEY can't disconnect my service, I'll be asking for their manager as well

There's no legal obligation for them to transfer you to their supervisor. You can ask a dozen times, and the "supervisor" or "manager" you get, will keep being the guy in the next cubicle over.

If you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it.