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Comment: Re:What about those of us who like quiet cars (Score 1) 808

by cruff (#48879189) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Let's get out a decibel meter and compare. I guarantee my Lincoln Hybrid will beat the pants off your SUV in an objectively measured sound level test.

I didn't say that it would be absolutely quieter than your snooty hybrid :-), but just that it is possible to hold a conversation while seated within with the windows closed without having to yell while driving on the highway at 80 MPH. And I also did not state anything about the sound pressure levels as measured outside the vehicle as it passes.

Comment: Re:What about those of us who like quiet cars (Score 1) 808

by cruff (#48877449) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Give me a quiet car any day of the week. It's wonderful to be able to have a conversation at 80 MPH without having to shout at each other.

Hmm, my 13 year old SUV is quiet enough inside at 80 MPH to have a conversation without shouting. Seems like you just have to buy one that is quiet, regardless of the power source.

Comment: Re:I find progressives annoying for computer work (Score 1) 464

by cruff (#48719109) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

I guess I'm lucky. I have single-vision glasses that correct for all distances.

That was my case too, until, *GASP*, my eyes got older along with the rest of my body. :-) Even though I had successful LASIK surgery done to correct almost -6 diopter near sightedness, I eventually needed slight astigmatism and reading corrections after about 8 years of glasses-free freedom.

Comment: I find progressives annoying for computer work too (Score 1) 464

by cruff (#48718649) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?
That is why I have single vision computer glasses and single vision reading glasses in addition to my progressive lenses. When at work with my dual monitor setup, I use the computer pair, and just exchange for my progressives when I need to read or move about the building. At home when I read an ebook reader or other reading material for more than a few minutes, I will use the reading pair. If I am using my laptop on my lap, I frequently dispense with glasses all together. Progressive lenses do take a bit of time to get used to them, but I always thought my first pair was off somehow. I absolutely love my Maui Jim wrap around progressive sunglasses, they do a great job, I think they are easier to use than my non-sunglasses progressive pair.

Comment: A Solution to the Santa Quantum Wave Function? (Score 0) 59

by cruff (#48667715) Attached to: The History of the NORAD/Microsoft and Google Santa Trackers

The updates could then be used to predict speed and direction in order to predict where Santa will appear next.

I thought that Santa is just a quantum wave function, and it is impossible to determine both quantities simultaneously to any sort of precision. It would explain how he manages to deliver so many presents without turning into an incandescent meteor in the sky.

Comment: Re:Time to mourn another passing... (Score 1) 156

by cruff (#48613125) Attached to: Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End
Linux Journal is still around as an electronic only publication. They keep sending me emails to subscribe again years after I gave up on it for becoming too light weight. As far as leisure reading, track down the IBM z-Series and Unisys Clearpath architecture reference manuals and see how things are done in mainframe land. :-)

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