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Comment: Re:Your next supercar. (Score 1) 49

by maroberts (#47529885) Attached to: Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

The claimed 0-60 time for a Tesla S is 4.2 seconds, which compares better or at least favourably with many supercars. The Roadster was even better at 3.7 seconds.
Max speed is electronically limited at around 125/130mph,

Similar the apocryphal Bill Gates quote, I could say that no one would want to go faster, but having experienced 165mph on roads, I know different....

Comment: Re:obvious (Score 1) 161

By that logic, people who have kids should get paid more. People should be paid based on the work they accomplish, and not on their personal circumstances. If I choose to live in a smaller house, drive a cheap car, and live a meager lifestyle does that mean I should get paid less, because I don't "need" the money?

Comment: Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (Score 1) 455

by Maxo-Texas (#47529123) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

It depends on how bad your vision is.

If it is 20/400 as mine was, after 18 years my vision is still clear tho I'm probably down to 20/40 from 20/20. I don't wear glasses or contacts and haven't since the operation.

I was unable to scuba dive, down hill ski, play racquet ball, and playing ultimate frisbee was impossible when the humidity was high.

When I went to the ocean- I had to leave my glasses on the beach so everything was a blur.

I experimented with disposable contacts and they were fair.

Lasik cost me $500 ($250 per eye) and it took 32 seconds and 39 seconds for my left and right eyes.

If it is dry and I don't drink enough water my eyes will turn fuzzy until I rehydrate. Eyedrops usually fix it instantly but sometimes not.

The surgery gave me a tremendous amount of freedom.

Comment: Re:Best money I ever spent (Score 1) 455

by maroberts (#47525661) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

I second that "best money I ever spent" (well there was this night in a Hilton Hotel that came close...) opinion. I was -10.25/-9.75 and spent lots of money on high quality glass lenses and contact lenses, both of which I hated.

Unfortunately my halo effect (in low light conditions) has never disappeared, but that's a minor inconvenience.

Comment: Re:Dry eyes (Score 1) 455

by maroberts (#47525627) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

I needed some artificial tear solution occasionally for about a year afterward, but compared to the agravation of contact lens solutions and the area of irritated skin on my nose caused by glasses this was a minor inconvenience. I can read and focus on distant objects more than 15 years after the operation.

Comment: -10.25/-9.75 15 years ago (Score 2) 455

by maroberts (#47525591) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

I had mine done around 2000, and at -10.25/-9.75 was on the limits of what could be achieved back then. The cost did mean I didn't have to wear glasses, so represented good value for money. My eyes do have a faint ghost image in low light conditions, which means whilst I can drive at night, I do have to make sure I'm alert. As I'm now 50, I'm investigating whether I can have a second minor correction.

Comment: Re:obvious (Score 1) 161

by CastrTroy (#47523767) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs
If they have a foreign visa, then that means they are living in America, working in America, and paying American taxes. The question is, why are they willing to accept less pay than an American citizen if they have all the same expenses as an American? They may (most likely?) have less student loans, but other than that, there's no reason you can't live off the same wages they are. I can understand complaining about overseas workers, because in some places it's actually cheaper for just about everything, even if you buy the exact same stuff. But for foreign workers living in the same city, with the same housing options, and shopping at the same stores, if they think the job is worth the lower wages, maybe you are the one who's expecting too much.

Comment: Re:Incomplete data (Score 1) 161

by CastrTroy (#47523707) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs
But why does it have to be the most efficient? I know a woman who took software engineering. After she completed her degree, she went to teacher's college, and ended up becoming a teacher. To be a teacher where I live, you need 2 things. A bachelors degree, and to graduate from teachers college. For the most part, it doesn't matter what discipline you get your bachelors degree in. For her, at the time, it was interesting to take software engineering, and it gives you something good to fall back on in case you can't get in to teacher's college, or you decide you don't want to be a teacher, or if the number of jobs for teachers goes into decline. It's a much smarter path than taking an English degree, and then for some reason you can't get a job as a teacher, and you end up with a degree that doesn't help you get a job either.

Comment: Re: Eh? (Score 1) 117

by IamTheRealMike (#47522441) Attached to: Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Did YOU look at the graph? The bars are comparing all of 2013 against the first half of 2014 (obviously, as the second half is in the future). So the fact that IE already matched last year's record is where the 100% figure comes from - it's another way to say "doubled". Unless the second half of 2014 has a lower exploit rate then the conclusion will be correct.

Comment: Re:Just wow. (Score 2) 105

I love how pretty much every country has come to the same conclusion: We can bypass our own laws if we have someone else do it for us.

There's nothing surprising in this. Most countries hire consultants and advisors from the same international legal/accounting firms, who themselves have been trained in the same schools of thought, and often the same universities. The international ascendancy is mostly a mono-culture.

Comment: No actual numbers (Score 4, Insightful) 117

by CastrTroy (#47521699) Attached to: Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%
Even after looking at the full report, I see no actual numbers for how many vulnerabilities there were. Going from 1 vulnerability to 2 vulnerabilities would have been a 100% increase, without a huge reason for concern. They also state:

a trend underscored by a progressively shorter time to first patch for its past two releases

Is time to first patch really a bad thing? It really means that vulnabilities were found, and that they were fixed quickly. As opposed to vulnerabilities found and not fixed quickly. I suppose it's worse than "no vulnerabilities found" but even if none are found, it doesn't mean they don't exist. Fixing things quickly is about the best thing you can do. It also goes on to say in the report

Both IE exploits released in 2014 (CVE -2014-1776, CVE-2014-0322) used Flash to build the ROP chain and launch shellcode

Which really leads me to believe that the numbers really did go from 1 to 2, and that the exploits were more due to flash than they were to specific functionality in IE. MS was able to work around the bug by stopping it at the first step, but looks like the exploit isn't possible without Flash.

You can bring any calculator you like to the midterm, as long as it doesn't dim the lights when you turn it on. -- Hepler, Systems Design 182