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Comment Two camps (Score 1, Insightful) 258

There seem to be two camps of people. Those that think we will be living on mars and have fully autonomous cars in a couple of years, and those that actually look into it and see how hard it is going to be. For some reason, the media seems to prefer the first one. Reality prefers the second one.

Comment While not an expert (Score 4, Insightful) 315

I've read quite a bit about how hunter gatherers sleep. Because of predators and other dangers, at any given point during the night, someone is usually awake. The teens stay up late, the old people wake up early, and then there are women with children that are up at odd hours with the baby. This works out so that there is always someone watching the tribe or village.

The big difference between Westerners and hunter gatherers is that if they get tired during the day, they can take a nap. We can't do that. In fact, there are a lot of places, Mexico, for instance, that let people sleep an hour or so in the afternoon.

It doesn't matter how much sleep I get, about 2:00ish, I get sleepy, just like a lot of people in the rest of the world. The difference is, a fair amount of the rest of the world can actually go to sleep.

Comment IP cameras (Score 1) 212

A lot of IP cameras will record on motion and store clips to an FTP server. How easy is it set up an FTP server on Linux. Pretty easy. You can even have the cameras email you on alerts. And of course, the IP cameras are running either Linux or a BSD, so not only is this setup easy to do, but meets your requirements almost all the way around.

Comment Re:What I don't like (Score 1) 474

This exchange from Buffy the Vampire Slayer seems to fit tech work so well:

Buffy: Mom, I hate that these people scared you so much. And I-I know
that you're just trying to help, but you have to let me handle this.
It's what I do.

Joyce: But is it really? I mean, you patrol, you slay... Evil pops up,
you undo it. A-a-and that's great! But is Sunnydale getting any better?
Are they running out of vampires?

Buffy: I don't think that you run out of...

Joyce: It's not your fault. You don't have a plan. You just react to
things. I-i-it's bound to be kind of fruitless.

That's tech work. Problems pop up, you undo them. There is no plan, and yes, it's kind of fruitless. :)

Comment What I don't like (Score 5, Insightful) 474

A lot of tech work is reactionary. And if all you have to do is put out fires, it isn't terrible. But you are usually expected to work at other things between fires. Which means the second you start doing one thing, you have to stop and go fix six other things. Always feeling like you are getting pulled in eighteen different directions sucks.

Comment Re:Microsoft already did it (Score 1) 141

My son picked up a cheap Windows phone. I told him he was crazy. He used it for less than a month and is back on Android. Just as I expected, he hated the Windows phone. Not only the lack of apps, but it was flat out buggy.

It's not really saving you any money if you have to spend money on a bunch of cheap phones before you find one that actually works! And I know this from experience. :)

Comment Re:Sugar, Fat to become Schedule 1 restricted drug (Score 1) 244

While always causing a heated debate, Asians generally score higher on average than Americans on IQ tests (Among white Americans, the average IQ, as of a decade or so ago, was 103. Among Asian-Americans, it was 106). I would argue that Asians aren't by in large more intelligent, but that they eat better and get more exercise.

See the recent study: The new five-year study of more than 2,200 adults claims to have found a link between obesity and the decline in a person's cognitive function.

Since 3 out of 4 Americans are overweight, what we are probably seeing in these IQ tests are diet and lifestyle in action on the national level.

And yes, I too agree that IQ tests aren't all they are cracked up to be. However, go to a Chinese buffet and look at the thin people in the restaurant. They usually work there. All the Americans are large, with plates piled up to the ceiling full of food.

Comment Obvious solution (Score 2, Interesting) 69

Everyone just needs to pool their phones and then everyone use a random phone for the day. Sort of a TOR operating at the physical level. An app that made encrypted VoIP calls could probably allow you to even use the same phone number by just logging in through the random phone of the day.

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.