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Comment: The Best "Of Its Time" (Score 1) 83

by davesays (#49670543) Attached to: The World's Most Dangerous Driving Simulator
I was working at Disney Imagineering in 1999 and was sent to Florida for 3 weeks to bring Disney Quest (a five story arcade) online early to coincide with the opening of Animal Kingdom. We were working 8am to 2am and were stressed. They had a Daytona USA game 8 drivers wide and the SEGA setup guy showed us how to trip the unlimited free plays. The 8 of us would usually run it about an hour every night to burn off steam. I am sure it (really) doesn't compare to this but it was really fun to run hard against the same smart guys night after night. All were car guys, most with small-time racing experience so everyone brought something new every night.

Comment: Re:don't try to irrigate a desert (Score 1) 124

by davesays (#49498661) Attached to: Drought and Desertification: How Robots Might Help
I sincerely respect most of the views expressed on the subject over the last month or so. What I have not seen is any discussion on the fact that California grows a metric "Library of Congress" of shit in the central valley. If very much of that goes away, food prices will rise in California so food will be imported from the rest of the nation (40 million people and rising have to eat something) causing widespread price increases as the existing supply is spread thinner. Many express opinions framing this as "California's problem." California is handling their water issue poorly; but they are, in effect, subsidising the rest of the country’s food prices. Don't judge them too harshly. I don't know, but shipping them water may be more cost effective than judging them.

Comment: Re:No shit (Score 1) 248

by davesays (#49051681) Attached to: Smart Homes Often Dumb, Never Simple
I am switching my home lighting over to LED. Unfortunately my "digital" dimmer on the "off" position bleeds enough power to leave the new LED light running right outside my bedroom. I will ind another solution this weekend but until then it is fortunate they stay cool enough to unscrew them just before I go to bed.

Comment: Re:Overstated or misrepresented? (Score 1) 403

by davesays (#48095977) Attached to: Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines
I live in the boonies so I fill from the same exact nozzle every time I am not on a road trip; OCD but it is easy to do. The dash readout is far off (1.3-2mpg low). The worst mileage tank I got 1.3 better than the dash, my best mileage tank was 2 better, normally I beat the dash display by about 1.5

Comment: Re:if you're worried about the collapse of society (Score 1) 509

by davesays (#47463627) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
True, I was looking at the commentary sweeping us unto the Utopian future not the stone age. But you're right, it could go that way (and there would be no malpractice but the hours and clients are still terrible. I think really many of the comments are good for a single generation, then spin the wheel and go again...

Comment: Re:Go into the trades (Score 1) 509

by davesays (#47463521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Construction, electrician, plumber, welder. You can't offshore these jobs, they must be done here.

But you can on-shore cheaper labor. H1-B? I grew up in southern California. I am not a union fan but this is instructive. My uncle was a plasterer in the plasterers union. They did mostly drywall but he was a highly skilled finish specialist and troubleshooter who could actually "plaster" a wall, do moldings etc. and made a good living. In came the third world labor at $8/hr to do all the drywall in LA and broke the union. Once the union was gone they immediately charged almost the same as the union plasterers. No reason not to anymore...

Comment: Re:Stripper! (Score 1) 509

by davesays (#47463485) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Very few jobs will exist for humans in any area of work much sooner than most people think. Obviously society will have to pay people not to work. Freedom might become a much more real concept when people are freed from monetary demands. The very notion of concepts such as socialism, communism and capitalism will become quaint and obsolete concepts.

I understand the thrust of your point, but if someone else provides your living you are a slave. They can stop providing it at will. They can choose to provide it only if they "insert any restriction here;" like all your data/communication/thoughts (in the future) belong to them. Point taken, but I don't *want* to belong to someone.

Comment: Re:if you're worried about the collapse of society (Score 1) 509

by davesays (#47463437) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
NO! I don't mean to be rude. I work with some great OBs but it is a terrible job. I work IT at a hospital and I work every department at every level. MDs are not going away so any field will do; surgeons especially cardiac are treated very well. Robots are coming in but as a tool for surgeons. Anesthesiologists are raking it in but that may be more prone to automation in the future. Nephrologist, neurologist, pathologist, the list is never ending, pick something you'll love (bioinformatics?). OBs have the worst patients, crappiest hours, highest malpractice insurance. This advice is from MDs. Unless she has an inalienable passion to be an OB, avoid it at all costs

Comment: Re:A bunch of nuns? (Score 1) 800

by davesays (#46943709) Attached to: Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Actually, this raises a more interesting question (at least to me) which your little thought experiment approaches. What if my autonomous car decides that the action to take that is likely to cause the least harm is to kill the driver? For example, what if the car has the opportunity to swerve off the side of a mountain road and drop you 1000 feet onto some rocks to avoid a crash that would have killed far more people than simply you? Is my autonomous car required to act in my own best interest, or should it act in the best interests of everyone on the road?

What if the oncoming car makes the same decision (similar programming) and both cars drive off the cliff?

Comment: Re:Personal Details (Score 1) 276

by davesays (#46433233) Attached to: Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?
Because someone has created something, or become rich, gives you no ethical reason to know there most personal details? Why do you believe they forfeit their privacy any more than someone who is not rich, or has not created anything? We are talking about human rights. If they created something useful for society; use it, don't abuse them...

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!