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Comment: Re:"Policy construct we've been given" (Score 4, Insightful) 212

I think a key phrase is "being part of the team helping keep people safe, which is really what people at the agency think they are doing"

So he admits they just think that they are helping keep people safe. Or that they have convinced the lower echelons that public safety is their goal, when higher-ups like him know better.

Comment: Re:Casa Particulars (Score 1) 41

by boristdog (#49393897) Attached to: As Trade Restrictions Crumble, Airbnb Offers Rooms In Cuba

Funny you should mention Internet access with AirBNB, and how much you enjoyed being unplugged.

I rent a cabin on my property through AirBNB. It's out in the country 30 miles from the nearest city. It has no Internet, and it's in a valley so there is no TV reception, though I supply a DVD player and about a hundred DVDs. About half my guests (generally the younger generations) complain about the lack of internet and TV on the first day. When they leave a couple days later they always tell me how refreshing and nice it was to be truly unplugged and out of contact with the world for a few days. EVERY one of the people who complained at first has told me how much they ended up enjoying being unplugged.

So my advice to you kids who have grown up with cell phones, internet, etc. is to give being unplugged for a while a try. It's amazingly relaxing.

Comment: Re:Suck it Millenials (Score 1) 407

by boristdog (#49353485) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Get off'n my lawn you young punk!

We snuck into the school at night, typed the programs from magazines into a TTY printer terminal in my high school, that was connected to a mainframe at the local university. We didn't even have a monitor, all commands and results were printed on striped, continuous-feed printer paper.

And we got in trouble for it, too! The school got a bill for the mainframe time used. Or we WOULD have gotten in trouble if anyone knew it was us. As it was, the terminal got locked up at night after that. The 70's were the wild and wooly days of computalyzin'!

Comment: Re:eliminate extra sugar (Score 1) 496

by boristdog (#49330251) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

Holy heck this is as true as it gets. I was a 2 to 3 soda per day man for most of my life. A couple years back I cut out all sodas, regular or diet.

Now I can taste food properly. Sodas taste too sweet to drink, most fast or packaged food tastes WAY too sweet or salty. Healthy foods taste GOOD, like they should without that salt and sugar overload that I used to live with. I feel healthier at 50 than I did at 40.

Cut out the sodas, kids, even the diet ones. After a few weeks you'll feel much better.

Comment: Re:Bulls... since when will self driving cars have (Score 1) 451

by boristdog (#49291561) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future

So you think millions of humans with millions of differing attention levels, skill levels, alertness levels, differing visual abilities, physical abilities, inability to communicate with each other, etc. is better than millions of computers with all equivalent abilities and which can communicate with each other? So that 16 year-old and that 89 year-old on either side of you are better than strictly computer controlled vehicles?

Thought is wonderful. It doesn't matter one whit.
Reaction and reaction speed is what is critical in any non-standard driving situation, not thought.

If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.