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Comment: Re:Where did the 500k number come from? (Score 1) 28

by choseph (#48592727) Attached to: Cardboard Hits Half a Million Mark, Gets an SDK
cardboard is cheap. when I went to find the specific lens they called for, it ran $10-15. Maybe I could have gotten that cheaper, but I'm no optics guy and I had really little clue what I could safely swap. When I read about the cardboard, it recommended a specific thickness and weight that wasn't what my standard boxes had (closer to pizza box I think?). So, I paid $10 for some cardboard that was already stamped and cut as I needed and was the right thickness, and came with the recommended lens and other pieces. I could have saved $5-$10, but I probably would have wasted an hour or more and likely failed somewhere if left to my own devices to source and draw/cut the parts.

Comment: Re:Leasing a car... (Score 1) 126

by choseph (#48089189) Attached to: Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program
When we bought our Leaf we were told 95% of people were leasing them. I think I found some numbers that showed similar high lease numbers. I guess people were treating it like a new phone -- something they'd want to upgrade when the new model with a little bit larger battery and shiny new feature came out. For me, we bought -- it had the new battery chemistry so they degraded much more slowly and we figure given the warrantee we'll easily have a car with max 20% degraded battery when our oldest starts driving in 8yrs. We only charge it to 80% anyway, so that means we'll switch to 100% and act like nothing happened.

Comment: Re:I beg to differ (Score 1) 136

by choseph (#47085947) Attached to: TechCrunch and Others On the Microsoft Surface Pro 3
why don't you use the 64 bit compilers and linkers? Linking is usually where I see the 2GB memory hit with insane numbers of static libs, and I have seen people go well beyond this with the 64 bit linker instead of using the x86_amd64 cross compiler/linker tools. I think you have to install them separately so you may have missed them. way back in vs 2010 here is a thread about it: but you should be able to find the 64 bit toolset and info elsewhere.

Comment: Re:This is one thing I love about it (Score 1) 544

by choseph (#46651131) Attached to: 60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S
AND driver profile configurable. Right now my wife and I have different seat positions and mirror positions (yawn), but also different creep settings, steering responsiveness, regen braking aggressiveness, etc. They could add engine noise and shift kickback as an over the air update that is profile configurable (unless you want an external speaker too for some odd reason). Eventually your profile might roam so when you get that rental fresh off a flight, it just runs the way you want it to out of the gate. No more getting used to the extreme break/gas/steering sensitivity differences between cars, set it how you like it and any car is 'your' car.

Comment: Re:I've noticed this too (Score 1) 601

by choseph (#38204866) Attached to: Europe's Largest IT Company To Ban Internal Email
Yeah - which is why I have to print out a form, sign it, scan it, then email it through a fax server so it hits their fax machine on the other end. Sucks but then I have the outbound email for my own piece of mind too. They are getting a digital copy in the end anyway. If I had a tablet to sign without printing they'd be none the wiser that it was 100% electronic on my side anyway. In my company they do the same for incoming faxes - they scan them and send them through email. What a waste.

More often than not, the receivers I work with have issues with retrieval off their one office fax, delivery to the right desk, organization of the incoming faxes, and proper filing. Boo paper. I have a small dead forest in my closet from refinancing my home a few times.

Comment: Trickle Charge (Score 1) 111

by choseph (#32484330) Attached to: Rubber Boots Charge Your Phone
So, how little power are we talking? With the flushless toilets I see more of, I wondered what sort of power could be generated from the 98.6F urine against the porcelain and concrete wall behind it (or incoming water lines for sink/flushables). Figured there was some cistern below with a boyant liquid topper that could sit for a while and give heat. Gives a new meaning to 'trickle charge'.

Google Stops Ads For "Cougar" Sites 319

Posted by samzenpus
from the here's-to-you-mrs-robinson dept.
teh31337one writes "Google is refusing to advertise CougarLife, a dating site for mature women looking for younger men. However, they continue to accept sites for mature men seeking young women. According to the New York Times, had been paying Google $100,000 a month since October. The Mountain View company has now cancelled the contract, saying that the dating site is 'nonfamily safe.'"

Comment: Trustworthy (Score 1) 842

by choseph (#32144476) Attached to: How To Behave At a Software Company?
The first half of comments were all about personality, socializing, and tricks. Above all you need to be trustworthy. If someone asks you about X and you have a rough idea, tell them you think zzz, but you would need to look into it since it has been a while or you aren't sure or whatever. Make sure you DO look into it and follow up, especially if you find out you were wrong. If I hear you say something in a factual tone, I need to trust it as if I had done the validation myself or it is useless. Did you run tests, validate your numbers with a good scientific method, etc? If you are repeating something you read on a blog, don't repeat it as fact until you are sure of it. One slip up where your facts get iffy and I suddenly won't trust anything you say for a long time and will re-validate myself until you start telling me your facts and your methods in the same breath.

Comment: Re:Massive innovation; return of 'file' menu optio (Score 1) 291

by choseph (#32097374) Attached to: Microsoft Office 2010, Dissected
Yeah, just like no one understands that the candy button in the Windows7 taskbar is the 'Start' button without it being labelled 'Start'. Oh wait... I agree that it was really confusing, but I think it was also an understandable mistake -- I'm surprised it didn't show up in usability testing but maybe it was just a missing task (or the people in the usability study were trying to impress)

Comment: Re:second = heartbeat (Score 4, Interesting) 329

by choseph (#30317810) Attached to: My resting pulse, as of today, is ...
I'm pretty overweight and while I try to exercise we're only talking about 30min, 3 times a week if I'm lucky. I am in no way 'physically fit' and my BMI blows. I still hit 55 bpm every time I give blood (which is about every 60 days or however frequently it comes up for my next give), regardless of my blood pressure (which does go up when I don't exercise for a long time). tying heart rate to how healthy I am is bunk.

Comment: I dont' believe the numbers (Score 2, Informative) 1073

by choseph (#29589391) Attached to: Obama Makes a Push To Add Time To the School Year
The numbers they put in the article seem like bullshit. Elementary school in Taiwan for my wife was 8-5 (1hr break for lunch). In high school (inc. junior high) you had to be in for quizzes by 7:20 and from 5-5:30 there were often extra review sessions or quizzes. Then kids usually go to 'cram school' (basically tutoring, but it is a huge business there and once everyone is doing it, it becomes less optional if you want to do well in school) from 6-8 or 6-8:30. So, the article says they have more days in school per year, and from my wife's personal experience she was in official school from 7:20-5:30 (which is more than here) and then in cram school until 7 or 8... I think it is a joke they try to make the argument that our kids are in school longer than asian countries and try to call out Taiwan as one of those.

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