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Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 29

While I think this is a great advance over current tech, I have current tech on my wrist. And it is very useful. I charge it once every three days, overnight. And while it's display is off all the time, turning it to look at it turns it on, so I don't understand what your complaint is.

I'm sure a minority of people who couldn't afford them complained about the big, bulky cell phones when they first came out and didn't see a need for them. Jealousy often results in such feelings, it's like the Aesop fable about the fox who couldn't reach the grapes, and concluded they were probably sour anyway. Many like that wouldn't survive a day without their modern cell phone.

But ... back to your real point .. I also see no reason why a gray-scale device like this wouldn't be perfect. There is nothing on my current smart watch that requires color, other than to make things look pretty. However, it will have to have some type of light to be view-able in the dark.

And a camera. It has to have a camera. So many current models don't have one, and they are missing out on one of the most convenient features of a wearable computer.

Comment Re:Unfortunately (Score 4, Insightful) 467

So, your solution is to penalize all of those that know how to use a gun in order to stop the few that cause problems. Which has been shown repeatedly doesn't work, criminals are a very creative bunch. Instead, people point to senseless statistics as if killing 9 people is acceptable, but 10 is not.

You sir, sound like an idiot. An idiot who likes to generalize. I've known many people who shoot, and the vast majority of them are not beer drinking good 'ol boys. They are my neighbors, my family, my friends, and my fellow geeky workers.

NRA doesn't 'pander' to anyone. The NRA is supported by millions of people who use guns, and it simply echos their views. The tired generalization that somehow the NRA is pushing an agenda is misplaced, the millions of VOTERS who support the NRA are pushing an agenda. The NRA is no different from the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, who also are supported by millions of people who help to shape their agendas.

The real problem is idiots who think they know what is best for everyone else, probably because their ego is so huge. The majority of gun owners I know simply want to be left alone and allowed to target shoot in peace, buy a gun whenever they find one they like, and be able to defend themselves if necessary.

I am also anti-stupid-fucking-idiot-with-a-gun. The problem is determining who the stupid-fucking-idiots are. I personally don't trust you to make that judgement, it sounds to me you are like most car drivers .. everyone driving faster than you is an asshole and everyone driving slower is an idiot. You talk like you would think you are the only one that knows exactly the right speed to travel.

When you and your fellow anti-gun fanatics can come up with a method that keeps guns out of the hands of the very small minority of criminals and allow the far greater number of legal gun owners to go out and target shoot, carry a gun for defensive purposes, and collect guns without being overly burdened with fees or procedures, or having to register their property, let me know.

Until then, please leave me the fuck alone. Your tired, ignorant rhetoric is getting boring. My wife an I own several revolvers, pistols, bolt-action rifles, and semi-automatic rifles. Never once has any of them been pointed at another person or animal. They have been used to shred a large number of paper targets and put holes into plastic water-filled bottles (which where collected and recycled afterward.) They have been used to help my wife sleep at night when I'm away. And to make me feel a bit safer investigating what that noise was at night.In my 56 years of living, and probably 46 years of shooting, no one has been even remotely put into danger by my actions.

Insinuating that somehow I shouldn't be allowed to have guns because you know someone who is an idiot or because someone else shot somebody is just moronic. If we used that logic, we should also remove all the cars from the roads and knives from our kitchens.

Oh wait .. several years ago in the UK, a bunch of people suggested just that .. that pointy kitchen knives had no use other than killing people and should be banned. It seems that once guns were effectively banned, people started finding other ways to kill people. I can't wait for the day when cricket bats become the weapon of choice. Oh .. wait ... during some riots in London, miniature baseball bats became the self-defense weapon of choice when the unarmed police couldn't control the crowds.

The real problem is a very small minority of people sometimes want to hurt other people. And all the banning of devices in the world will never stop that.

Comment Been laid off twice, and gotten better jobs (Score 1) 179

It has always seemed to be a common thread with me and some of the people I've known over the years. They get the bad news, we don't need you anymore. Not the bad news that you suck and we don't need you, but we are cutting back and can't afford your services.

Almost everyone I've known, including myself, has gotten better jobs after a round downsizing. I think part of it is if you stay in one place too long, your value goes up, but your company is not willing to recognize you for it.

The best thing that every happened to me was getting laid off from a COBOL job back around 1990. I had run a project installing a Unix based bar code time clock system for a company that used Honeywell minicomputers. I had worked for this company for 7 years, and thought I was pretty safe, especially after such a successful project (under budget and on time). One day, my boss came in and told me it was time for me to go. This was after they had already gotten rid of the night shift computer operator, and we were on four 10 hour day shifts to cover his work. The company had already reduced the development staff from 4 to just me and my boss.

I went to a recruiter who told me that COBOL programmers were a dime a dozen, and asked if I had other skills. I told her about the barcode project, and she said it didn't count. She said she would try, but couldn't promise anything.

Boy .. was she wrong.

Turns out that some people I had met while investigating different systems were very interested in me. Their VP spent an entire afternoon talking with me. After two hours, I asked him 'Excuse me, but what job am I applying for'. To which he replied, 'Oh .. you aren't really applying. We are going to hire you. I'm just trying to figure out what position to put you in'.

From that point on, I never again called a recruiter when I was ready to switch jobs, I just called people I knew.

Two years ago, I was working a dead-end job supporting Java on Windows and Sql Server for a company that had gone from 50 people to about 10. The Boss called me in, and said they couldn't afford me anymore. He actually gave me 90 days to find a job. I should have known the writing was on the wall when they hired another developer from India, and paid him about 75% of what I was making.

Called some people I knew, and got a 25% raise. I'm still writing Java, but at least it's on Unix and more web based work than back end work. The benefits are much better, and I get to work from home a couple of days a week.

If you are a smart person, don't fear the layoff. Make sure you keep in contact with past acquaintances, and you'll end up better off I'm sure.

Comment A myth built upon a lie (Score 1) 231

The first lie is that everyone will use autonomous cars in any recent period. It will take decades to get the old cars off the roads. And there are no autonomous motorcycles or scooters or bicycles or hundreds of other non-autonomous things that can cause crashes. And why the hell would anyone want an authonomous motorcycle or bicycle??

The second lie is that everyone will use their autonomous car in autonomous mode. If the road is icy, will your car just stop?? Many will not have the patience for that and will take over control if the car deems it too dangerous to continue or drive at an acceptable rate. At least until people lose all of the driving skills.

I can bet with some certainty that autonomous cars won't go over the speed limit. I find it highly doubtful that a majority of the population that now enjoys driving 5-10mph over the speed limit will allow that. And I doubt if autonomous cars are going to include a 'drive over the speed limit' function.

I've thought about this, and while I might enjoy the car taking over for short periods, if I have to sit behind the wheel, I might as well drive. And, quite frankly, I enjoy driving. My daughter and I just drove to Michigan from Phoenix together over 4 days (she was moving). We had a great time. Over the next few months, I'm going to be driving to Florida twice, once by myself. I think it might be great to have a car that can take over if I fall asleep, but what's the use in driving if you can't drive??

I look forward to the technology that comes out of autonomous car tech that will help to reduce crash rates. Improved alerting capability is a great feature, and already available in many cars. The ability to switch it on so one can text or take a phone call is great. I see autonomous features being used periodically, not all the time.

This is no different from adapting to increased internet demand to use their product. Those that adapt will rule the market. Those that don't will die and get taken over by the rulers.

If I am correct, the insurance companies have decades to adapt. As revenues decrease, employees won't be replaced. Further automation will take place. Stock prices may drop and dividends may decrease, but companies don't make money from stock once the stock is sold. Investors can demand change all they want, but if everyone in an industry is in the same boat, the smart ones will flee leaving others holding overpriced shares and watching them tumble. If I was a CEO of an insurance company, I'd start taking advantage of any ability to sell that I can.

Yawn ... nothing to see here... move along.

Comment Certification is like selling a house with a pool (Score 1) 213

Some people won't buy a house with a pool. Some people have to have one. Some people just don't care.

No matter which way you go, there is always someone you can't sell to.

The same is true of certificates. If I see someone with a certificate laden resume, I'd probably pass on someone who is so intent on getting certified. If they had a couple, I probably wouldn't care.

If someone needs certification to learn something, I would question their ability to learn on-the-job as things come up. We are in a rapidly growing field, and I can't wait for certifications to become available, and then pay the added cost of sending someone to get one and the lost wages.

There are plenty of really smart people out there that don't need certification to learn and don't want to work for a big company. I'll let the big companies with their bureaucratic nonsense take the rest.

Comment Not that many apps needed ... (Score 1) 213

I've had a Samsung Gear 2 watch now for about a year. I really like it, and don't leave home without it. It has enough conveniences that if it breaks, or I've had it long enough, I'll get another one.

But ...

It's not enough to get someone to switch phone types, and neither is the iWatch. Mostly because, with such a small screen, the number of apps is limited. It's not suitable for reading more than a few paragraphs. It's not suitable for typing (other than voice dictation). It's not useful for web browsing.

It's a nice extension for things already on my phone so I can use some phone features without taking it from my pocket. Messaging, calendar and other notifications or nice. Of course it makes using the phone easier, especially taking a phone call when it's just not convenient to take out my phone. It is a watch, so it's more convenient to check the time and date. I use the stopwatch and timer often enough. And the Samsung watch has a camera sufficient for taking quick pictures and Facebook posting (I'll never buy another watch without a camera).

I've tried a few others, including email programs, tiny keyboards, news aggregators, and calculators. All of which have been deleted. The only really convenient one I added was one that lets me use my phone as a remote camera to see behind objects or in tight places. Every other app I've installed, I've removed. Even new watch faces because they burn through the battery. I suppose someone who is a bit OCD would like the health monitors, but I even turned them off as I find my scale is a sufficient indicator of whether or not I'm actually losing weight. And they burn through the battery. (I can get almost 4 days on my Gear, I usually charge it after 3)

I go through the apps in the gear store from time to time and still cannot find any that I feel a need for. The apps I use, in order of most used, are:
* receiving text messages (very often)
* checking the time (often)
* camera (more often than I thought I would)
* taking phone calls (sometimes
* timer (sometimes)
* remote camera (rarely)
* stopwatch (rarely)
* find my phone (even more rarely)

The only one my phone didn't come with is the remote camera.

Until some new tech comes out that lets me project my watch onto a larger surface with touch screen capability, I doubt if any app developer is going to come up with anything more useful than derivatives of the things already installed.

Comment He's a philosopher, now argue the other way ... (Score 1) 351

Ok .. interesting thoughts. I suppose if everyone wants to pay for search engines and email and over-the-air TV and radio and higher ticket prices for NASCAR and NFL and watch most professional sporting events just go away, I'm sure they would support this. Let's just rip off all the car company logos off our cars and stop wearing Nike tshirts or Juicy pants. Sell all products in plain brown boxes and clear plastic with the name of the company stamped in military stencil on the side.

Those things are all advertising also. In for a penny, in for a pound. All or nothing if you are going to do it.

I find ignoring advertising is pretty damn easy, and well worth the free stuff I get in return. It's true, Slashdot and Facebook and Google get some of my information in exchange for selling ads to other people. But I also get to use their services in exchange.

They aren't taking anything, it's a mutually beneficial exchange of services.

Comment Re:Another blow to states' RIGHTS. (Score 2) 446

Non-GMO foods are free to label their foods as such.

There are no labeling requirements for organic foods. Producers do so because they feel there is a market for it. If there truly is a market for non-GMO foods, then people will be putting 'doesn't contain GMO' stickers on their products.

So .. shut the fuck up.

Comment Not according to the bus schedule (Score 1) 654

I'm not taking over 2 hours to commute to work. And the same to commute home. After a 9 hour work day and 8 hours of sleep, that leave 3 hours for getting ready for work, eating dinner, and relaxing after I get home. Nope .. not going to happen. I don't live to work.

I took the bus to work when I was single and lived in the city many years ago. It was just as quick as a car (30 minutes each way), and I didn't have to pay for parking. There is no sense in taking a bus from where I live now, it's only a 35 minute commute. If the bus took an hour each way, I'd probably do it.

Instead, I'm looking at working from home full time in 4 months. In a completely different city, 2,000 miles from the office.

Much better alternative ....

Comment As with all things .. it depends (Score 1) 296

I haven't talked to HR first for any job that I've gotten in the last 20 years. While I have applied for positions without knowing someone in the company first, the jobs I got were a direct result of my knowing someone that knew someone and getting me in front of the right people.

So .. if you are young and inexperienced and haven't developed a deep network of friends in the right places ... maybe certification helps.

Once you get an established network, they are of limited value. Studying and passing a certification often exposes holes in one's knowledge. So, other than for self-enrichment, I'd say they are useless. As others have noted, I pay little attention to them when reading resumes. Same with degrees.

I received Linux certification many years ago as part of a teaching gig, and was quite disenchanted when I discovered one other person in the class had never used Linux before studying and taking the certification. That's when I knew they were useless for determining whether or not to hire someone.

Comment Now if only the US government could do it. (Score 4, Interesting) 177

I appreciate the right of people to look like idiots walking around talking to their camera. Documenting their journey for no one who cares to see.

Why they think that they are what is worth filming is beyond me. Or that talking while filming is a good choice.

My wife and I love to sail, and watch sailing videos on you-tube. The good ones take pictures of things AROUND them, things I actually want to see. They also either do voiceovers post-production, or use a separate microphone to eliminate wind noise.

The rest are mostly just crap, only of value to the people that shot them. Not really worth sharing to the public.

In our motorcycle group, I've witnessed people just vomit their pictures up to the web, with no care taken to edit or even select only the few that are worth posting. No pride in what they have taken, just a regurgitation of what's in their camera.

Selfie sticks are just more of the same. I'll admit they have some valid uses.

Too bad most people appear to be ignorant of what those uses are.