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Comment: use a nice fanless Eee Box (Score 1) 252

I've done something similar for years (going on 6 years) with a lower powered one.
It works great. sits above my furnace (not on it). Auto restarts on a power failure, etc.

My crawl space isn't dusty nor wet as a lot of posters suggest to protect against -- and after 6 years, it doesn't owe me anything -- still going strong.

Comment: writing documentation is worth something (Score 1) 280

by crispytwo (#48615241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

Maybe, if you have a technical mind, you can write for a living to help STEM people make sense to other humans.

I have no idea which jobs are not suited to you, but being able to write and communicate is valuable. Having a liberal arts degree, since many fail to notice, gives you the ability to cross disciplines easier than the single discipline degrees, since that is the definition. Both are useful.

At 25, you are just starting out. Find something you are passionate about, and go for that.

Comment: ya - one size fits all (Score 1) 257

by crispytwo (#48492523) Attached to: The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

Whomever wrote this is a fool.

When you need a car, truck or whatever, you need that mode of transport. If all you need is to move your ass down the street a short way, a bus is helpful. Walking works too. And In so many cases, walking is faster than a bus -- why don't you walk fool?

They are not the same, not even remotely.

what driverless cars can replace is commuter vehicles, especially outside city cores. They will be more convenient than zip cars (in the current state) or the like, after all they come to your door. A bus doesn't, unless your door is where the bus is. Owning a car may seem ridiculous if you order up one, step outside and its there for you - drops you off at your destination and goes off to help another traveller or 2.

By the way, who says it has to fit more than 1 person? or more than 2 peopel?

How often do you travel with more than 1 person? I know my answer. 1%
What's your time worth? I know my answer.

Comment: Re:Group of supremely well educated (Score 1) 283

by crispytwo (#48088911) Attached to: Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

To be properly entertaining, we need both kinds of talk. There is no super hero with out a super villian, after all!

To be sure, we have plenty of villians and heros now. Nothing particularly super... except, perhaps, super stupid. But that's neither a villian nor a hero. Is it?

Comment: Re:It looks like a response to anti spam laws (Score 4, Informative) 145

by crispytwo (#47339007) Attached to: Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

Canada passed a new law regarding spam in electronic messages (in particular, email) starting July 1

the law is here:
faq is here:
the potential fine is $10 million

The companies that are effected are legitimate ones who do business in Canada
The onus on proving you have permission to send an email is on the company sending it.
There has been a flurry of activity wanting permissions recently due to the legislation.
It seems that nobody really knows what it means to be identified as a spammer.

Microsoft is probably thinking - to hell with it; the risk is too high. The RSS is good enough.

Comment: Re:I can't buy one (Score 1) 377

by crispytwo (#47251829) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

I got 8 years out of my car before the engine broke (warped block).
Out of warranty... and apparently most of the nissan 2.5 litre engines crap out at 120k

I expected 10-15 years out the car and I got 8! Engines are minimum $5k installed on a car that's worth $3-4k max.

I guess I should have expected 5 years and sold it to some other poor sap.

yay gas engines!


PS. yes I take care of my cars.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming