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Comment actually I miss my flip phone... (Score 1) 58 58

It had excellent fidelity (loud too, can use while window was open), large tactile buttons for me to dial numbers without taking my eyes off the road. Though it considered now as big, heavy, and scary (Motorola flip phone with GTE wireless embellishment).

Comment show your appreciation (Score 2) 44 44

with pizza and Mountain Dew (so I heard these are their gourmet dining). Other than that, our sys ads are great. They fixed problems before they become problems. Occasionally one of them comes through my office, have to do another audit of machine s/n and IP addresses (with so many platforms their lists get all screwed up so they have resort back to classic technique of determining what all is where).

Comment Re:someone trying to unload lackluster tesla stock (Score 1) 869 869

A vanishingly tiny % of people in this world buy cars primarily based on their "fun".

Occasionally I see articles about "how fun it is to drive cars" which I think the last time I had fun driving a car was way back in 20th century as a young dude going "cruising and looking for chicks." I second your comment and I don't give a hoot about how fun it is. Traffic is slow, congested, PITA when I have spare time it is not about going "cruising," it will be going places to meet and interact with people, or viewing nature. Exception would be dealing with chores and repairs at home. I sure not going to spend time in the damn car!

Good comments you wrote and yes, probably someone trying to boost stocks or sales. Reminds me when wine sales are down, articles appear from physicians about benefits of a glass of wine now and then.

Comment Necessary for the forums (Score 1) 685 685


and probably for those steeped in tradition of the KSR machines
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Comment Re:It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permiss (Score 1) 368 368

When authorities do get legal ability to shoot down drones, it seems in practice very difficult to do. Small moving target like back in the days of multiple rapid fire machine guns and flak artillery. Maybe CalFire can get a few of these to add to their fleet of vehicles,

Comment Re:Interesting side story here... (Score 1) 446 446

It's interesting from an employment perspective -- as more and more companies outsource everything, they have less control over who sees their data, and potentially have more people with axes to grind, or who could just make a quick buck more easily than an insider could. So the question is, if this blackmail thing becomes a trend, will companies stop completely trusting their contractors?

I made a similar comment about the OPM hack, someone replied to my comment, "you have been reading too much science fiction." Though it still sounds reasonable that outsourcing reduces direct costs but they also give up control. Getting back to original story, if the hack was an inside job then it doesn't matter what security measures are put in place.

Comment Back in the days it wasn't political (Score 1) 385 385

Maybe not as much as it is now but I remember in 1970s there was discussion about greenhouse gases i.e. CO2 and Venus as an example. It was also when NASA flew Pioneer Venus (I was thinking we have been ignoring that planet). Of course there was no internet in form we know now where anyone can post whatever. Though we have datasets by NASA, NOAA, EPA (though most don't have the training to interpret these sets) we also have all kinds of sites that offer proof that climate change is/isn't (take your pick depending on what political party you are member of).

There was a program about 2000s, a clip of Al Gore talking about global warming. One of the commentators said he was the best spokesman for this phenomena, and also the worst. I think that was the tipping point as Gore is a lightning rod of criticism from the far right. I wonder it might have been better if he kept his mouth shut. There has been noticeable changes in the environment, long droughts in places that need water, and floods in places with too much water, rising sea levels (really, there are many places with large construction projects to alleviate flooding).

Comment Re:MOAH POPCORN (Score 1) 581 581

what is SJW? I know I know, it is something everybody knows and I don't. I guess I'm too lazy to google it (like most stuff I get contradictory descriptions or links to hotrussianbabes and gogetbids) or read through tons of drivel to find were somebody actually spelled it out.

Comment Re:Not just cures, but inventions too. (Score 1) 204 204

At 57, I've been hearing this crap since I was 6.

hey you forgot to mention we will be on Mars 20 years from now and we will have fusion power plants in 10 years (been said for past 50 years). And we're 15% into the 21st century, where's the flying cars? oh wait we have a few of those roadable airplanes.

Comment Re:Non-problems, except for traffic (Score 1) 410 410

We have the worst traffic in the country - maybe second only to LA - even after all the new roads are built. Commute times are horrible.

Speaking of traffic, there are times in Silicon Valley where traffic is really bad. Alrighty so lets create alternatives to roads and cars. Talking with someone (who is very pro uber) the other day who had compelling argument against high speed rail (very expensive and slow compared to airlines), against cabs (it's driven by lobbyists who are convincing govts to outlaw uber), and busses (most underutilized and made prohibitively expensive by the unions). I was thinking, "well crap, we will never get alternative transportations to the car or the airplane with this mode of thinking that shoots down any alternates (with exception of unobtainium concepts)."

Commerce whether it be transportation or high speed internet (which I've read Seattle is poor at both) is important. Kind of like logistics for military forces. Might have the best of the best but if not a good logistics infrastructure (all that boring stuff like food, water, fuel) then only good for parades.

Comment applicable or am I just some old guy (Score 1) 467 467

who just doesn't get it? I casually read reddit like I do slashdot though lots more stuff on reddit (too much, I can't keep up with it all). It seems interesting stuff there but a huge time pit to read and digest it all. Plus have to filter out usual BS.

I was hoping to find a subreddit on specific technical subjects where I can find useful information like in the usenet days.

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