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Comment: Me too (Score 2) 635

by hurfy (#47788263) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Average age of stuff in my house must be a good 25 years old.

Or the equivalent in the case of my flip-phone from 2007 which several people have said sounds better than their smartphone :) Even my TV is almost 20 years old (ok, I don't want to replace the 30 year-old entertainment center actually) My home phone has Bell Systems stamped on it and the other is Conair Trimline that has survived 100+ falls by now. My stereo is over 30 years-old now and does a great job of recording 8-tracks but it weighs about 1000 lbs. Just got rid of my 23 year-old car for one that's only 9 ( i was aiming for pre-2007 on purpose). Finally got my 1974 Opel on the road again. The Atari 2600 isn't tooo dusty. None of my music is on a HD, nor video for that matter. ...insert other 2 pages...

Even the 386 gets a little use as my music database doesn't sort on a HD larger than 250MB due to the 25 year-old shareware program from my 286.
I DO have an i7 gaming computer......attached to a CRT :)
Hell, my toaster is from the 70's because all the prettier replacements died in a year or two. After the 1st couple I gave up. (ISO: 70's proctor-silex toaster that is NOT green)

To make matters worse I collect old toys and computers. I have a working 1960's slot car setup in the basement and my original 1st year Hot Wheels in a wall display.

Comment: Re:Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (Score 1) 137

by hurfy (#47766267) Attached to: HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

It wasn't that long ago a tons of standard power cables were discovered to be subpar. Grab your thinnest feeling one and cut it open.

I think I still have a cable that says "18 GA 15 amp" that contains at best 24 ga wire but looks even smaller. Probably ok on the cheap thing it came with, but they get swapped around a lot and hooking that to your laser printer is not so good.

I always found the ones with 3 strands like the pic to be the better ones (Dell usually)
Luckily my HP one has been replaced a friendly Chinese company already...

Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 506

by hurfy (#47761137) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

lol, that was one of the 1st things I tried when my dad got our 1st FWD car. It had no problem dragging the locked rear tires. While moving it does little but make a lot of tire smoke. Only useful for flipping a 180 while parking the car, oh, and holding it in place afterwards ;)

I just tested my 'new' car. The engine wins from a stop even, much less a running start. Does ABS encourage this by not locking the tires? Either way I suspect Traction control+Adaptive AWD beats out ABS.

Comment: *COUGH* (Score 1) 194

by hurfy (#47681677) Attached to: The Billion-Dollar Website

Mine says, "Lifewise"

It also says, "Essential Silver 2500 HSA" which defines it as one selected from the website. The network name probably identifies it also. Not to mention the 4 other id numbers on the card.

Not sure why a doctor would care as they seem to be rather normal insurance plans but they could tell if they wish.

Medicare/Medicaid are a whole other story. Often patients don't have the copay and that is profit for many procedures/items due to low payments on SOME things. (and some are still overpaid) Often the additional paperwork and the threat of an audit put many off accepting those. Or, as in my case, All of the above plus the fact I can't afford the bookkeeper JUST for 3rd party billings.

I currently sell medical supplies and did the books for a medical supplier for almost 20 years.
Survived a Medicare audit and a Sales Tax audit with no penalties ...don't try this at home!

Comment: Re:plot from Crichton novel (Score 1) 56

by hurfy (#47674327) Attached to: A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

lol, I think you'll still be ok for bit. It took them 11 hours to make the letter K. It would take them days just to cuss at you. To make something threatening would take... way longer than anyone is going hang around and keep them charged.

On the other hand...I'll take a set as cat toys. See how long they can hold the shape of a mouse :)

6-12 hours per formation....there is probably a good reason everyone uses virtual ones.

Comment: Just in case (Score 1) 66

by hurfy (#47673673) Attached to: Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part Two of Two)

Just in case we all get our flying cars soon, I am going to buy up all the car washes. Have you ever had to wash a small plane? They get very big very quick ;)

Any. Day. Now. Just a couple more physical problems to work out. Then we will easily solve the issues of who can fly em, and where, and when. The issue of cost will solve itself with volume, once everyone has one, everyone will be able to afford them ;) Breeding enough of the Rainbow farting unicorns to power them may take a little longer so be patient.

Mental masturbation at it's finest. We have been humbled by the pros!

"Most of us, when all is said and done, like what we like and make up reasons for it afterwards." -- Soren F. Petersen