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Comment: Re:so much hate (Score 1) 310

by hambone142 (#46442399) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time ...
If Arizona and Hawaii can survive without DST, why can't the rest of us? I find it disorienting and artificial. One's circadian rhythm gets used to a gradual change in daylight/nighttime. It's a natural process. When our beloved "government" screws with our clocks, our bodies continue with their normal rhythm IMHO. Causing a step function change in one day wigs many out. My solution (when I was working) was to ignore the time change as much as I could. Now, I'm on permanent vacation (AKA retired) and I don't give a damn.

Comment: Time isn''t the issue (Score 1) 717

by hambone142 (#46257647) Attached to: Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor
Some people brag about working long hours but may just not be good time managers or may not perform efficiently with their jobs. Many jobs work in "waves" of activity with requirements for more hours when the shit hits the fan and time for slacking or working on discretionary projects when things mellow out. I've worked in such a job. It's actually pretty fun to work in this atmosphere. The bottom line is to get the job done. If one is constantly working long hours, it can be a result of several factors. Perhaps someone just likes working long hours. Perhaps they don't have a good family life at home and work is their escape. They could be stupid and it just takes them a long time to get stuff done. It is possible for their management to be under-staffing. In that case, adapting to the situation by permanently working long hours masks the problem of under-staffing. However, if one allows this to continue, it'll likely become status quo. There's really no "one answer" to this situation. In my case, I worked in a small engineering team for "one of those big computer companies" and really enjoyed my job. Most of the time (in my case) I didn't have to work 40 hours to get things done. This was primarily because of effective time management and experience with my skill. YMMV

Comment: Re:This is it (Score 1) 385

by hambone142 (#46166231) Attached to: HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers
Hewlett-Packard ended when Carly Fiorina took over the company and displaced HP management with Compaq management. Divide and conquer (and it worked). She even renamed it to "HP" instead of its founder's names. Since then, the remains of what used to be a great company has had a constant flow of cost-cutting CEOs (the present one included) that have hacked away at HP's R&D expenditures and have alienated the remaining employees who really cared. Most of which have moved on to better lives. I call it "the continuing estate sale of Hewlett-Packard Company".

Comment: Re:And all that being said ... (Score 2) 208

by hambone142 (#46146333) Attached to: Can't Handle Appeals of Errors
Actually the insurance premiums make a giant step function when one earns greater than approximately $47K. My partner's insurance went up 111.3% (Kaiser) with the cheapest "bronze" policy. Beforehand, she only sought major medical coverage and had about the same deductible. Her premium increased from a little under $300/month to about $590/month (I don't have the exact numbers here but I do recall the 111.3% increase number). She's 61 years old and now has the benefit of prenatal care/birth control and she can get a gender change with insurance should she decide to grow a dick. This whole thing is a catastrophe. The net result to the middle class (actually, anyone that is single earning over $47K) is getting to pay more than twice the premium for similar coverage.

Comment: XP is still being used in many places (Score 2) 417

Take a look at the PC screens at Home Depot (Windows XP). Fry's Electronics (heck, they sell the new stuff... they're using XP on the store's floor). My dentist office (XP). It goes on. What other big hitters that I've missed? indicates 28.98% are still using XP.

Comment: Lighting isn't the big energy user in homes (Score 2) 767

by hambone142 (#45958903) Attached to: Incandescent Bulbs Get a Reprieve
Lighting is relatively small in power usage in comparison to the good ol' electric clothes dryer. You don't see the environmentalists clambering about the virtues of clotheslines. Other "big hitters" are air conditioners. Heck, house sizes have also dramatically increased, increasing demand on air conditioning, heating and lighting. Most of this incandescent hoopla ignores the real energy wasters IMHO.

Comment: Re:Just wait until... (Score 1) 549

by hambone142 (#45591693) Attached to: RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse
I agree with you. The results would be unpredictable. It's possible that semiconductor "latchup" could occur which would catastrophically damage circuits in the ECM of the vehicle. I don't believe this would be an issue of temporarily disabling the vehicle. It is impossible to tell how various designs would respond to a high level RF field but I'd place my money on irreparable damage to circuitry.

Comment: I guess I'm just a bad consumer (Score 5, Insightful) 189

by hambone142 (#45544233) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Top Black Friday Tech Picks?
Frankly, I can't think of anything I want to buy at this stage of my life. I have a good stereo set, a decent flat screen TV, about 6 computers or so, a car I'm happy with, a boat that I'm happy with and I'm pretty much satisfied with my life. Oh yes, I have a good life partner, place to live and health (so far). Now and then I take a trip to the local "technology store" (Fry's) and I take a look at newegg and tigerdirect to see if I'm missing out on anything. I'm not. I seem to spend most of my discretionary funds on travel lately (mostly tropical places). If there was some trinket I needed to buy, I would have already bought it. I guess I'm just in the "enjoy life" stage and really don't want to buy any crap at this time. I already have enough of it. I'm a bad consumer. I'm happy with what I have.

Comment: Re:Well, isn't this nice (Score 1) 961

by hambone142 (#45533533) Attached to: Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad
My father just died 2 weeks ago. He felt the same way meaning he'd "rather put a bullet in his head than live that way". When Alzheimer's sets in, one is no longer able to off themselves. It's a slow progression over many years. I would suspect he was in a similar condition to Scott's father. We went through a broken shoulder, a broken hip and at broken hip #2, his body finally threw in the towel. We were told he wouldn't make it through a second hip repair surgery. At this point, he didn't even know what his name was (prior to pain meds. for clarification). In his Living Will, he specified to administer drugs to alleviate pain even though it may "hasten his death". He finally got his wish. Liquid morphine to the rescue. Hospice care was wonderful to him I'll add.

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