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Comment: Re: All about perception (Score 1) 200

by _UnderTow_ (#48186575) Attached to: The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut
I spent four years of my life in the USMC, and I can tell you from personal experience that there are men in our country's military that are weaker than the average woman. There was a guy in my platoon that weighed about 100 pounds, his wife was comically larger than him and would have made a better grunt.

I always got annoyed by the different standards applied to women and men in the Marines, and though anyone should be available to be assigned combat roles, as long as you meet the same criteria. When I was on active duty the PFT (Physical Fitness Test) for men was a 3 mile run (fail if over 26 minutes), 3-20 dead hang pull ups, and 40+ sit-ups. The PFT for women was a 1.5 mile run (unsure of pass criteria), a flex-arm hang (at least a minute) instead of pull ups, and sit-ups, but with a lower threshold for success.

Comment: Re:Just make it fast (Score 2) 77

by _UnderTow_ (#48172621) Attached to: Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images
I had the same issue with my Note 3. With it deciding that 10 apps needed to be updated at the same time I was using my phone for navigation or transferring money to my spending account.

I decided to just shut off all automatic updates from the google play store, and I've been much happier since. I still get notifications when apps need updating, which is fine since I can decide to update when it makes sense for me. I wouldn't mind the auto updates if it didn't make the phone damn near unusable while it was happening.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 2) 283

by _UnderTow_ (#48113227) Attached to: Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S
My BMW 330xi can get 475-500 highway miles out of tank when driven conservatively. By 'conservatively' I mean that I try to keep my speed as even as possible, minimal burst acceleration, coasting down hills, etc. I can get that 475+ mile range while maintaining 80mph. I drive from Seattle to San Francisco once or twice per year to visit family. I try to arrange things so I don't have to fuel up in Oregon (I'd rather pump the gas myself), and generally can make the entire 840 mile trip with one stop in under 12 hours.

With that said, I would trade my car for a Tesla with no hesitation. I would be willing to deal with the charging stations on long trips, or even just not visit my family. They are in-laws after all.

Comment: Re:Some would be well suited. (Score 1) 299

by _UnderTow_ (#48074929) Attached to: Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros
You do not understand this correctly. Unless things have changed since I enlisted, served my time and was honorably discharged, the USMC signs the same contracts as the other branches of the armed services. You sign up for X number of years, where X is equal to a Y active component and a Z inactive component. In my case, I spent 4 years on active duty, and 4 in the inactive ready reserve, where I could be called back to duty.

Comment: Re:No thank you. (Score 1) 87

by _UnderTow_ (#47468243) Attached to: Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

You don't own the books, you never did.

I'm OK with this. In my opinion, ownership of books is overrated. There are pros and cons to physical ownership just as there are pros and cons to ebooks.

I have teenaged children that read a lot, and ebooks allow them to all read the same book on their phones/tablets at the same time. I've witnessed them argue about who gets to read a new physical book first, and I'm glad to sidestep that entire argument.

With ebooks I don't have to store the book. I can't lose it or leave it on the train I take to work every day. Yes, DRM sucks, but I still prefer ebooks to physical books. I also don't have a problem "buying" movies from iTunes. I then don't have to worry about storing a DVD, or getting a new DVD if the old one gets scratched or otherwise degraded. I don't have to hunt through a DVD binder looking for the movie I want to watch.

Comment: Re:Ability to design and write software... (Score 1) 581

by _UnderTow_ (#46726077) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

So it's more accurate to say that some coal miners may be able to learn to code: Watch out for those blanket generalizations, they bite back.

If you actually RTFA, you'll see that Bloomburg didn't actually make the blanket generalization he's accused of, he was referring to exactly what you said here: Not all coal miners are fit to be programmers, so to say "just teach them to code and they'll all become programmers" smacks of elitism and a lack of understanding about how the non-tech world works.

To that end, Zuckerburg's quote sounds like it could have come straight from the mouth of Marie Antoinette.

More like "could have come straight from whoever originally said 'let them eat cake'". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

Comment: Re:Compliance (Score 1) 374

by _UnderTow_ (#46120227) Attached to: California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

I don't know what the BPPE requires with respect to compliance (article does not say in what way these places are not in compliance), but maybe I want that too. =Smidge=

I fully agree. While at first it sounds like a typical bureaucratic money grab, I'd like to see what laws they're violating before further rushing to judgement.

We don't know who it was that discovered water, but we're pretty sure that it wasn't a fish. -- Marshall McLuhan

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