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Comment: Re:Casper is Concerned (Score 1) 349 349

People who feel "offended" by an algorithm are batshit crazy.

No, for the most part they have no idea what an algorithm is. The deliberate "monkey" references used to refer to blacks touches a very painful part of many and, not even caring why, they are disturbed. They should not be, but they are.

Comment: Re:Nude == Rude? (Score 3, Informative) 171 171

In San Francisco there was (is?) no law against nudity in public. Last year the Board of Supervisors (the SF equivalent to a city counsel) voted to require those with an unclothed buttocks to cover any public seat with a towel or napkin before sitting. Many businesses also banned nudity and suggestive behavior was still illegal, but certainly you could not be charged because a child saw you while unclothed.

Comment: Re:Lena image was not "RUDE" at all (Score 3, Interesting) 171 171

Exactly! People are conflating the original from Playboy (which I had) and the USC scan used by every facility in the world that was working on image processing... especially color processing. The famed image was only head and the top of the shoulder from the full centerfold.

The other images included "Drop" and "Baboon" as well as some I no longer remember. "Drop" was a glass of milk just after a drop had landed dead center, raising a drop of splash. Baboon was also mis-named. It was a male mandrill. Red nose and blue cheeks. It was the one we used most frequently.

Comment: Lena image was not "RUDE" at all (Score 3, Informative) 171 171

Having worked in image processing and having made extensive use of the "standard" USC images including Lenna, I can assure you that the Lenna image was cropped at the shoulder. The Wikipedia article shows the image as encoded as an uncompressed 512x512 image.

USC errored in the image name, naming it "Lenna" when the model was correctly identified in the Playboy issue as "Lena Soderberg".

Comment: How is this a "throwback"? (Score 1) 218 218

I'm confused. I have a T320. It's about three years old. With two minor changes, the "mock-up" picture is identiacl to my T520. The only differences I can see are the ugly "ThinkPad" logo which in no way is reminiscent of the old, multicolor IBM logo.and the status LEDs being moved from the bottom edge of the lid to the keyboard where they replace the useless "ThinkVantage" button.

Identical TrackPad and buttons. Identical fingerprint reader. Not very different. Makes me wonder what the latest ThinkPads look like, that a three year old system could be considered a "throw-back" to the old 700. They already brought back the most glaring "lost" feature when the new T450 restored the TrackPoint, a feature I consider essential as it "fixed" my RSI issues. (I just disable that silly touchpad.)

Comment: Re:Is there a little bias in the article? (Score 1) 337 337

Words and phrases like 'hideous', 'food poisoning', and 'to hell with this'. The article needs to be withdrawn, edited, and resubmitted. Otherwise I can't take it seriously. Highly unprofessional.

Shouldn't this be labeled as "Funny"? I mean, this is slashdot. Do you really expect anything like "professional" editing?

FWIW, I find the words pretty appropriate. If you use the Internet, you better take them seriously.

Comment: Re:Negotiating when desperate (Score 1) 583 583

Most Americans simply don't negotiate and even look on negotiation as a "bad thing". Last week there was a letter to one of the advice columns (I don't recall which) from someone who was upset that a friend was so ruse as to negotiate a better price on some item from a local merchant. Said that the negotiation was rude and embarrassing and that it was essentially stealing from the small merchant.

And the columnist agreed!

I was simply stunned. I am a terrible negotiator, but I know I should do so and never thought of it as rude. The vendor is welcome to say "No, the price is fixed."... and they almost never do so. In many cases the posted price is well over when the merchant needs to make a profit and has a "real" price that is acceptable.

Employers look at it the same way. If they can get you cheap, they are happy. At some point they will decide that you are not worth it. Negotiation is simply a matter of agreeing a a "price point" that is within the a range acceptable to both parties.That may be the empty set.

If you really want or need the job, you need to be less aggressive and make sure that the set is not empty. But a good negotiator can almost always reach a point that is better then the first offer by a significant amount.

Comment: Re:None of these solutions "work" (Score 1) 384 384

Most stations are not open 24 hours. Updates are normally run at night when there are no customers.Even stations open around the clock, at night have light business loads, so taking two to four pumps off-line at a time may be quite reasonable. So some of these solutions should work. The ones to avoid are those that remove the air-gap to the Internet as these expose lots of potential issues.

The switch with VLANs looks like a reasonable approach.

Oh, and every gas station has ducts running to the pumps, so there won't be any exposed cables to trip over. Just be sure that the cables and how they are run comply with codes.

Comment: Re:Government Intrusion (Score 1) 837 837

Weight is really not relevant to passenger cars and light-duty trucks(e.g. pick-ups). A big SUV may weigh 2.5 tons. An empty container on its carriage support will weigh in at 5.5 to 6.5 tons not including the tractor. That is why many (most?) states already charge trucks based on weight.

The difference between a hybrid or electric and a standard vehicle is noise and no passenger auto is heavy enough to make a significant impact on road wear if it is a road normally used for tractor-trailers (18-wheelers).

Weight-based fees for passenger vehicles really, really don't make much sense.

Comment: Flush twice (Score 1) 278 278

When I grew up in Colorado Alamosa disposed of treated sewage into the Arkansas River. Pueblo used Arkansas River water, treated it, and sent it right back into the river. La Junta took its water from the Arkansas, treated it and used it. It then treated the sewage and put it back into the river. Everyone seemed aware and untroubled by this simple fact: Everyone downstream from at least Alamosa was drinking some treated sewage and nobody bought bottled water.

Standard bathroom graffiti in Alamosa read "Flush twice! Pueblo needs the water!!!". In Pueblo you saw the same thing with La Junta substituted for Pueblo.

Comment: Re:Feminist bullshit (Score 1) 950 950

While I agree with the concept, that is often unwise. It makes the assumption that everyone wants to be treated the same way when this is often not true. It is especially likely to be untrue where psychological characteristics are as different as they are between genders.

It is also unwise to assume that they are always different or the same just because of a difference in gender. These facts make human interactions very tricky and leads to lots of confusion and stereotyping. It also does make life interesting.

Comment: Re:How convenient for Apple... (Score 1) 138 138

Full disclosure: I was an Apple Core OS kernel team member at the time. I stole 7% of the kernel that runs on the things from Mach and BSD.

FTFY

Have you read the BSD license? It's kinda hard to steal something that is truly free. I respect and appreciate the GPL, but write code under BSD because I want my (pretty crappy) code to be free for anyone foolish enough to use it without restrictions.

Comment: Re:How does this compare to radio? (Score 2) 305 305

Just to be perfectly clear, payola is illegal. It has been an on-going issue for decades, but most radio stations are NOT paid to play songs. When payments are made, they are normally to the DJ or program manager, not the radio station, itself.

Radio stations pay NO royalties to the artists. They do pay to the publisher and the author of the song through a licensing organization. In the US this is usually ASCAP American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) or BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated). For decades the artists/performer has been held to receive "payment" in the form of promotion of the performance by air-play and deserving of no other compensation.

Streaming services (e.g. Pandora) claimed that they were providing the same promotional service as radio and should have the same exemption as radio, but the courts rejected this.

I'm a former DJ at a commercial station and was never offered payola. The boss (CEO) made it clear that anyone accepting payment to play any song would be summarily terminated. (I think he meant "fired", but he might have preferred a more drastic termination.)

Comment: Re:Many people have thunk it. (Score 1) 368 368

You (probably under 125 Kg) + bicycle (probably under 20 Kg) vs even a compact car (probably over 1000 Kg... probably a LOT over). Guess who wins (e.i. lives).

As a frequent cyclist I am regularly amazed at the incredibly stupid things I see others do. Often because they don't know better (e.g. riding on the wrong side of the street) or because they are on power trip (e.g. it's legal to use the full lane even though it is wide enough to allow a car to safely pass).

The first rule of the road for every cyclist who wants to continue being one into his/her 70s is NEVER do anything unexpected by a car. You my end up dead and the car driver may have his/her life ruined because you 1) Don't know the rules of the road, 2) Don't care, 3) You ego and competitive instinct tell you to show them who's boss!

I wish drivers knew the rules, too. I have almost been hit twice because divers turned right in front of me without moving into the bike lane as required and I bet they don't know that they are supposed to do so. I lived to tell the tale because I assumed that the car (or, in one case, the bus) just might turn right without realizing I was there and was able to dodge them. Always, always assume the driver is on his/her phone or otherwise unaware you exist and has no idea of the rule of the road. You will be annoyed at times, but you will live longer (on average).

Adapt. Enjoy. Survive.

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