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Comment: Re:Makerspace.... (Score 1) 167

My grandpa used to complain about the "college boy" engineers who had never worked in a machine shop. "You can't be a good engineer if you aren't a good mechnic first!" was one of his favorite phrases.

The man held a whole bunch of patents on aircraft engines and electronics, so I'm inclined to agree with him.

Comment: Re:Solution looking for a problem? (Score 5, Interesting) 174

by boristdog (#49548055) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

Amen, brother.

I have a side business renting a cabin on my ranch for weekend visitors. The cabin has no internet access, and it's in a valley so there is no cell signal. Many people complain about this when they first arrive, but after they leave they ALL tell me how it was REALLY nice to be unplugged for a few days. Even the 20-somethings.

People forget how awesome life can be without gadgetry.

Comment: Re:So about 8' from my front door? (Score 3, Funny) 67

by boristdog (#49519553) Attached to: USPS Shortlists 'HorseFly' Octocopter Drone Delivery Service

You are probably not the target market for this since you live in a densely populated area.

I live in an area where the spacing between houses averages over a quarter-mile in any direction. I would love for a drone to deliver my packages instead of the lazy delivery driver just saying "address doesn't exist" or "cannot find address" because they don't want to drive down my road.

It might annoy my donkey, though, but I'll risk coming home to an annoyed donkey in exchange for actually getting my packages.

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'!

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