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Comment: Re:Duh. (Score 1) 235

by fahrbot-bot (#47685575) Attached to: Email Is Not Going Anywhere

I can see that as being useful. On the other hand, a voice conversation allows me to talk and work on the actual task at the same time, instead of switching between the task and typing in IM.

wow, quality. I can't wait to have conversations with you.

I don't know if you were being snarky, but the parent post mentioned using IM to collaborate on a task with someone remote and my response was intended as a comment that I'd rather talk to that person while working together on the task than use IM. That way, I can use my ears, voice and keyboard together on the actual task rather than having to spend time typing into the IM client. I did not mean to imply that I wouldn't be paying attention to the caller.

I once spent 6 hours on a conference call with two remote team members working to solve a time-critical software issue for a delivery. Using IM would have been cumber/tiresome and would have probably been much less efficient than voice.

Comment: Re:Duh. (Score 2) 235

by fahrbot-bot (#47685183) Attached to: Email Is Not Going Anywhere

i mostly agree sometimes IM is still useful in the work place but i don't just sit there monitoring it i use it when i need to work on something with someone not right next to me for more than just 5-10 minutes

I can see that as being useful. On the other hand, a voice conversation allows me to talk and work on the actual task at the same time, instead of switching between the task and typing in IM.

Comment: Re:Obligatory xkcd reference (Score 1) 160

by fahrbot-bot (#47679849) Attached to: The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

The talent behind xkcd is a former NASA engineer.

Big deal. I also worked *at* the NASA Langley Research Center -- with Unisys (1988-92) as a system admin/programmer on the super computing network - Cray-2 and YMP, several Convex systems, etc... and with SAIC (1996-98) as a sysadmin on the CERES project - Sun E5000, SGI Origin 2000, ~100 Sun/SGI workstations, etc...

The Cray-2, Voyager, ended up at the Virginia Air and Space Museum in 1996 btw.

Comment: Re:I'm interested in this sort of thing for my hou (Score 1) 107

So, I know "hackers" are scary and everything... but you do realize that, rather than hack your network, they can pick up a rock from by your bushes, break the glass on the door, then reach in and manually unlock it... right? It's a lot less effort.

Sure, but not nearly as quite. As for me, I have double-key dead bolts on all my exterior doors (and don't keep the key in the lock - as I know some people actually do) so simply reaching in and unlocking the door would be problematic.

Obviously, breaking a window and climbing in through that is still another non-stealthy option.

Comment: Re:Battery, Screen, Body (Score 1) 151

by fahrbot-bot (#47673807) Attached to: Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

Even if the electronics fail to get much smaller, there's plenty of room to be had in batteries, screens, and the physical casings of our handheld devices.

At first glance, I read this as "Even if our electrons fail to get much smaller," and, for a second, I thought, "Whoa. Are people working on that?" Guess I gotta get my eyeglass prescription checked.

Comment: Re:Makes both look bad (Score 1) 125

by fahrbot-bot (#47655637) Attached to: The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

Between this nonsense and the fact that the ride sharing services don't have the proper licensing and proof of insurance, I wouldn't feel comfortable using any of them.

You'd feel more comfortable in a (licensed, etc) taxi with a driver that has obviously just fallen off the boat, doesn't speak the language doesn't know the roads (relying on GPS) and may or may not actually have earned their driver's license (easy to buy such in some countries, then exchanging them legally for a local license depending on the agreements in place between states/countries)?

All of which, of course, could apply to Uber/Lyft drivers...

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