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Comment Re:I feel so conflicted... (Score 2) 132

You have obvious stopped paying cash for goods. There are plenty of cashiers who, when the total is $18.25, and you give them $20.25, give you back your 25 cents, and then another $1.75, instead of just giving you two bucks.

If you really want to throw them for a loop, hand them $20.30 and watch them call the manager to figure out how to give back $2.05 in change. This has gotten so bad that I use only whole dollars at the stores and dump all the change into a jar at home. Coinstar does a better job counting change than these kids!

Comment Re:I feel so conflicted... (Score 1) 132

Perhaps you are talking about New Math [wikipedia.org] which was introduced in the 1960s, and then abandoned by 1970. That was five decades ago.

When I was in college during the 1990's, Harvard Calculus became the new thing in teaching introduction calculus. The textbook had only word problems from "real life applications" with none of the problems demonstrated in familiar mathematical symbols. Even the instructors had problems trying to translate the word problems into mathematical symbols on the blackboard. I gave up the class after a few weeks. The university gave up on the courses a few years later.

http://www.math.harvard.edu/~knill/pedagogy/harvardcalculus/

Comment Debt collectors don't like robo calls either... (Score 5, Informative) 240

When I was unemployed for two years (2009-2010), and getting ready to file for chapter seven bankruptcy in 2011, the credit card companies sold my debts to the debt collecting agencies. Most debt collectors were disappointed to find a note in the file that I was filing for bankruptcy and left it at that. A few weren't so polite. One debt collector kept hanging up on me when I demanded that he acknowledged the note in the file. I called five times in five minutes, tying up his phone during that time, before he gave me what I wanted.

Comment Be careful of what you wish for... (Score 4, Funny) 41

Their goal was to make a system capable of mimicking the knowledge and intuition of human security analysts so that attacks can be detected in real time.

That boils down to letting the expensive firewalls do their job and checking the log files later on. Meanwhile, back to minesweeper.

Comment Re:Of course ... (Score 1) 311

I live in LA and get around just fine without a car. It's more likely that you are simply lazy.

I live in the SF Bay Area and get around just find without a car. However, I do have a cheap storage unit in Sacramento. Since I currently don't have a car, I haven't been able to make the 300 mile round-trip to visit it.

Comment Re:Of course ... (Score 1) 311

That's like telling someone who has been shot that you've bandaged their paper cut.

How often are your passengers shot at while you're driving?

Also the passenger's mandatory health insurance means that any necessary ambulance ride will already be covered.

Assuming that they have health insurance and their health insurance actually covers ambulance rides. Just because Obamacare is the law of the land, it doesn't mean that every insurance policy covers every foreseeable circumstances.

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