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Comment: Re:selective enforcement at it's finest. (Score 2) 323

by joelgrimes (#46734877) Attached to: Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Manning your post in a ship under fire is not heroic. You get trained to do it, failing to stay at your post would be the thing worthy of a title, not merely 'doing your job'.

What are you, Sergeant Slaughter? Being trained to do a job doesn't take away your fear. When doing your job involves facing enemy fire in defense of your country then simply not running away is a heroic act.

Comment: Re:Cost? (Score 1) 48

by joelgrimes (#37001040) Attached to: DOE Announces Philips As L Prize Winner

You can buy 60W equivalents for about $40 right now through Lowes online. I'm using the 40 Watt version, which are only $15 and they're... adequate. I bought 8 and 1 of them wasn't up to snuff (low output).

After 4 months none of them have failed (even though I cracked one of them - it continues to work) and the difference in my electric bill vs last year is noticeable. I estimate I'll recoup my investment in about 6 months. They also put out very little heat, which counts for a lot in the summer.

Of course, now I'm anxious to see what the award-winning 60s are like. I'd really like a brighter living room.


Comment: Re:Classic! (Score 1) 990

by joelgrimes (#36738982) Attached to: Congress Voting To Repeal Incandescent Bulb Ban

They are ridiculously expensive, but It might not pay to wait.

If you replace 25W candelabra bulbs with 3 watt leds, each bulb could save you around 60 cents per month (@4 hours per day, $0.25 per kWh), so even if you pay $15 each for them, they're returning about 50% annually. Where else can you make that kind of tax-free, risk-free return?

Comment: Re:The People Problem (Score 1) 595

by joelgrimes (#30637958) Attached to: How Norway Fought Staph Infections

I have to disagree with much of your post. I don't think your in-laws' experience is that close to typical.

Norway's system may be superior, I'll take your word for it. But honestly speaking, it SHOULD be. Norway's problem is much more manageable because Norway is quite a bit wealthier than the US (53k per capita GDP vs 45k) and has a population the size of Kentucky.

Kaiser Permanente, which is a single insurance provider in the US, has twice as many members as Norway has people (and rates extremely highly for quality of care, by the way).

Have you ever asked your in-laws why they go to a doc-in-a-box and don't pick a primary physician? Every insurance plan I've ever had has let me pick a primary doc and see them any time - I've had the same doctor for 15 years.

Most people I know have "their" doctor and stick with them until they decide to switch or a change of insurance takes them out of their list of approved providers. The only people I know that don't have a primary physician are younger people who haven't had a reason to see a doctor since they left their parents insurance.

Also, maybe I haven't been paying attention, but I've never seen an employer require a doctor's note for sick leave of any length. Maybe companies put language to that effect in their employee handbook in case they need it to deal with abuse of the system, but in 20 years working I've never known of anyone being asked for a note.


Best Way To Clear Your Name Online? 888

Posted by timothy
from the name-on-the-watchlist dept.
An anonymous reader writes "About fifteen years ago, I did something that I've come to regret on a university computer system. I was subsequently interviewed by a Federal law enforcement agency, although no charges were pressed and I have no criminal record as a result of my actions. At the time, I discussed the matter with a friend of mine who went on to mention it briefly in a text file zine with a small distribution list. I've generally tried to keep a low profile online and until recently there's been very little information about me available from the major search engines. Unfortunately, that zine mention was picked up by at some point and mirrored across the world. I've tried to address this with the owner of the site, but couldn't get anywhere. Even if my name in the source file is altered, cached copies will continue to link me with my youthful mistake. Have any other Slashdot readers had a similar experience? What practical steps would your readers recommend to prevent this information from hurting me? I am concerned that future employers may hold my past actions against me should they look for me online as part of their screening process."

Comment: Dell Studio Hybrid (Score 1) 697

by joelgrimes (#29865753) Attached to: Low-Power Home Linux Server?

I've been running a Dell Studio Hybrid for 6 months. They're assembled from laptop parts so they're very low power. It's completely silent. It has a fan but I've never heard it. It's about the size of a mac mini and starts about $100 less. Looks very inconspicuous in the living room - more like stereo equipment than a computer.

I couldn't compare speed between it and the mac mini, but mine is running windows 7 (because I couldn't get Ubuntu to send sound through the HDMI to the TV) and 2 instances of Ubuntu simultaneously under Sun's Virtualbox and I've never had a speed problem except some sketchiness when running the blu-ray dvd player (regular dvd is fine, Hulu is fine).

It comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse that has a pretty good range - I use it from across the living room.

Comment: Re:credit-unworthy or just greedy? (Score 1) 1259

by joelgrimes (#29790179) Attached to: Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

Charging a higher interest rate for "credit-unworthy" people makes it more likely that they'll default, making it a self-fulfilling prophecy. This holds true for all borrowers.

That may be true at the level of the individual borrower, but the system of higher rates for lower quality credit evolved over time because it makes money for the lenders. The higher resultant default rates are part of the calculation when they determine the interest rates.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.