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Comment: Re:1st: Who Owns the 25% least well-tuned autos? (Score 1) 395

by hguorbray (#49650155) Attached to: 25 Percent of Cars Cause 90 Percent of Air Pollution
yeah, when I first landed back in Silicon Valley at the start of the .com boom I was working poor.

I was taking tech classes at DeAnza college in the West Valley and had an internship in toney Los Gatos and had to drive my 67 Nova on Hiway 85 through Cupertino, Saratoga and Los Gatos -some of the most exclusive Silicon Valley communities not on the Peninsula.

Not once, but TWICE I got letters from the Peninsula Clean Air Board that my car had been seen with visible exhaust and that I could be liable for a citation just because some prick in a late model commuter car had a holier than thou hardon for my poor little oil-burning car.

Owning this car really illustrated the Class War to me: I had also been pulled over by LEO numerous times in that car for such things as 'not making eye contact' and having a punched out trunk lock or driving on the East Side of San Jose, where I would be let go as soon as they realized I was not a drunk, uninsured Mexican with outstanding warrants.

I finally bought a used late model SUV on 9/11 and have had no troubles since, but I miss the old Nova...and it actually got better gas mileage than the SUV!

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Point proved (Score 2, Insightful) 301

game, set and match

Wowsers! you can't get much more Victorian Era chauvinistic than this. But much of the sciences, like engineering are still good old boys' clubs

at least the journal did the right thing and canned these cretins

reminds me of when a dim friend of mine asked my gf who had just bought a truck why a woman would want a truck..... (same reason as a man -except for the 'validating my masculinity' part)

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: sort of like Antifreeze and pets/wildlife (Score 3, Interesting) 104

by hguorbray (#49548221) Attached to: Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids
Similarly, open containers of antifreeze (left outside after flushing a car's cooling system) have long presented a danger to wild and domestic animals due to the 'sweetness' of the antifreeze.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethylene_glycol_poisoning
Ethylene Glycol is also used in other engine maintenance fluids -most notable in de-icers, which is the source of most of the ethylene glycol which is released in the environment

However, except for the dumping of the de-icer, it is probably not as widespread in the environment as the neonics are

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Re: Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 538

Actually, Cheney's chief of staff Scooter Libby was convicted in relation to 22 million missing whitehouse emails and the revelation that white house staffers were using RNC email as a back channel while they were busy outing Valeris Plame and firing a bunch of Liberal DOJ lawyers.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/13/white.house.email/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/06/issa-blamed-ibm-software-loss-22-million

not that I'm excusing the Democrats -both parties are reprehensible with the main differences that the Dems care a little more about the environment and women's rights and the Reps are more warlike and hardcore religious (one would think that those last 2 viewpoints would be somewhat opposed, but....)

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Re:islam -Malaysia is not tolerant of converts (Score 1) 1350

by hguorbray (#48759935) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ
Malaysia is a pretty large exception and most people who convert away from Islam are not allowed to

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_religion_in_Malaysia#Conversion_from_Islam

Conversion from Islam

Muslims who wish to convert from Islam face severe obstacles. For Muslims, particularly ethnic Malays, the right to leave the Islamic faith and adhere to another religion is a controversial question. The legal process of conversion is also unclear; in practice it is very difficult for Muslims to change their religion legally.[22]

In 1999 the High Court ruled that secular courts have no jurisdiction to hear applications by Muslims to change religions. According to the ruling, the religious conversion of Muslims lies solely within the jurisdiction of Islamic courts.

The issue of Muslim apostasy is very sensitive. In 1998 after a controversial incident of attempted conversion, the Government stated that apostates (i.e., Muslims who wish to leave or have left Islam for another religion) would not face government punishment so long as they did not defame Islam after their conversion. However, whether the very act of conversion was an "insult to Islam" was not clarified at the time. The Government opposes what it considers deviant interpretations of Islam, maintaining that the "deviant" groups' extreme views endanger national security. In 2005 international media attention focused on the Sky Kingdom sect whose founder Ayah Pin claimed to be God, and whose members – mostly Malays – were accordingly charged with religious "deviancy" and "humiliating Islam."[23]

article has a lot of other details about the relative lack of religious mobility and intolerance towards non Muslims -particularly Hindus

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (Score 1) 611

by hguorbray (#48605979) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents
I grew up there in the mid 60s when there were still orchard remnants all over the place and there was nothing north of 101 except for dairies

however, the Corn Palace in sunnyvale along Lawrence Expressway still remains:

http://wikimapia.org/579556/The-Corn-Palace

http://www.funtourguru.com/2013/07/the-corn-palace-not-south-dakota-one-in.html

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Re:Great. More touchscreens. (Score 1) 233

by hguorbray (#48585921) Attached to: Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX
yeah this is a real problem with the wife's plug-in hybrid Ford c-max -which we love otherwise.
with real buttons for preset radio stations you can change stations without taking your eyes off the road.

The cmax touchscreen has about 20 different menus/controls/indicators on most of the top level screens and it take too much time with eyes off the road to find the menu button you need and go down another level or two to change stations, scan, etc

not to mention that the tochscreen is centered and rather low on the front dashboard, so you have to look down and lean over to really be able to see it properly....

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Re:Geez-Louise! (Score 1) 608

by hguorbray (#48244133) Attached to: Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment
AMEN!

My wife is a tech writer for a London based international firm and although the female workers from the UK are treated well by the men there (and there are even a lot of female IT managers) the offshore workers from India are dismissive and condescending.

Although it is a known thing that India is a pretty sexist society, what's more discouraging is that many of her Indian born colleagues here in the US are also dismissive and condescending -particularly of Tech Writers, QA, non Technical Management, etc

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: I can't see this happening (Score 3, Insightful) 108

by hguorbray (#47894089) Attached to: Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service
a lot of niche content will no longer get funded, so choice might actually be lessened

but more importantly the cable operators will no longer get their $120+ a month from nearly every household in the US

the kids have already moved on to streams though -so the corps are making the money back through non flat rate wifi billings, data overage fees, etc

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Re:Tomorrow's news (Score 3, Informative) 282

by hguorbray (#47577073) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity
The sad thing is that in recent years the Lords have been the main supporters of privacy and human rights in the UK government and are in fact more progressive and against government overreach than the House of Commons -partially because they are more non-partisan and not beholden to party or private interests for their positions (apart from being born or made a lord of course)

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/jul/09/house-of-lords-commons-democracy

http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2013/08/28/the-contemporary-house-of-lords/

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: Re:Soooo .. (Score 4, Insightful) 98

by hguorbray (#47534863) Attached to: Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy
So who is the capitalist now?

the Russians who are opening up this request for a solution to the marketplace

or the Americans, who have a State agency (albeit staffed by contractors) which builds tools like this behind closed doors

I must have overlooked the fact that this is opposite century or something....

-I'm just sayin'

Comment: not a permanent fix (Score 3, Interesting) 550

by hguorbray (#47524713) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
my gf got it about 7-8 years ago and is very annoyed that it has 'worn out' (of course that's just macular degeneration or whatever) and assuming it could be done again it would still cost her another few thousand

I don't know if they didn't know how long the Lasik would last, but they certainly didn't tell her that it could wear off in less than a decade....

So now she has gone back to wearing glasses, which are covered by healthcare

-I'm just sayin'

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