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Comment: Create your own job (Score 1) 282

by Xenna (#47431731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

I've always lived the idea that you create your own job. I started out as a nearly invisible young programmer. Now after 27 years I've come to the point that I've created a whole software eco-system around me. My importance in the institution where I work has risen accordingly.

You basically have a choice of finding the right job or creating your own in this business.

Comment: Re:No steering wheel? No deal. (Score 1) 583

by Xenna (#47105853) Attached to: Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

There are possibly some hybrid scenario's conceivable in which an auto-automobile (how about calling them a2mobiles?) could serve a very useful intermediary purpose.

Highway driving is much simpler and much more tiring than city driving, so that could be an easy win. Especially with dedicated lanes for a2mobiles, the programming thing could become almost as easy as programming an elevator.

Comment: Re:No steering wheel? No deal. (Score 1) 583

by Xenna (#47105757) Attached to: Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

Yeah, I agree. The mix of computers and humans is probably a recipe for disaster. I've seen many a software package attempt to figure out what I want or intend to do and they usually get it wrong. Now imagine a computer trying to predict the actions of a mix of human and computer vehicles...

Comment: Re:You can get a 1TB external for like, 80 bucks (Score 1) 335

by Xenna (#46476461) Attached to: 1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

I wouldn't pay to backup my (non-home) movies, but I would pay to backup my music documents and photo's which is under 1TB.

An external hard disk on premises is too risky. You could wipe it out during a backup operation. You could lose both the original and the copy in a flood, burglary or fire. Off-site backup is essential IMHO. And a colo server with 1TB+ storage is not really cheap.

Comment: Easy (Score 1) 280

by Xenna (#46325923) Attached to: Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

It's cheaper than SMS, allows conferencing and really easy sharing of pictures, interface is better that regular Android SMS. Biggest drawback is that you can't use it from your computer. I also use Google Talk (now reluctantly hangouts) and regular sms. Never use MMS.

Comment: Re:PFsense (Score 3, Interesting) 264

by Xenna (#46286409) Attached to: Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks

Yeah, I've been running that stuff for years after getting frustrated with commercial routers. Has been extremely stable.

Of course, being lazy I got it in appliance form from this place:

"Hopefully no huge flaw comes out on that without me noticing. That would be embarrassing."

Ultimately it's a matter of (perhaps misguided) trust...

Comment: Finding the word (Score 1) 206

by Xenna (#46122967) Attached to: It's Not Memory Loss - Older Minds May Just Be Fuller of Information

You know how it goes with simple words or names that you have trouble remembering repeatedly? You get the wrong associations with people and objects end every time you can't find a word and you go through these wrong associations again you're actually reinforcing these pathways. So, next time you can't find the word or name, stop thinking! Or you may be stuck with a permanent misassociation.

Comment: Re:Blaming the cables? (Score 1) 476

by Xenna (#46112761) Attached to: Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

I don't know about the Tesla, but my Ampera (the European version of the Chevrolet Volt) has a conditioning system for the batteries that cools or heats to keep them in the optimum range either when plugged in or when driving (although the latter also costs battery capacity). You can tell the car at what time you leave in the morning so that it can pre-condition the batteries for the ride.

I'd be surprised if the tesla wouldn't have something similar.

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