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Comment: Re:Kindness of strangers? (Score 1) 101

by l810c (#49574263) Attached to: A Cheap, Ubiquitous Earthquake Warning System

How good are these things against false alarms?

Imagine a bunch of teenagers get together and all pound their ceiling near the sensor.

From a previous post:

Elevators can stop at the next floor and open their doors.
Nuclear power plants can insert their control rods.
Toll bridges can close their gates so no more cars go onto the bridge.
Same for tunnels.
Gas valves can shut off.
Turbines can slow down or stop.
Sirens can sound in tsunami zones.
Active seismic control systems can apply tension.
Bank vaults can lock.
Automatic security systems can be notified to prevent a flood of false alarms.
Data centers can sync their HDDs and start their diesel generators.
Fire station roll up doors can automatically open, so they don't jam closed in the quake.
Commuter trains can slow down and stop.
Approaching aircraft can be delayed or diverted.
Traffic lights can go to all-red.

And it's just a bunch of teenagers pounding on the ceiling.

Comment: Re:And redundancies come through faster as well! (Score 1) 330

by l810c (#49408493) Attached to: Inexpensive Electric Cars May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

I live outside of Atlanta.

Every couple years when the the Hurricanes and Tropical Storms pick up in the Gulf/Florida area we will catch a bit of the rain band/winds and occasionally a major rain dump or two.

It never feels like the stifling heat we get in July/August and it's usually kind of pleasant(Until some serious thunderstorm bands roll over). Overcast, cool breeze, you can actually smell the ocean from over 300 miles away.

Hurricanes also peak in September, usually after the major heat of summer.

Comment: Re:Yeah because you know... (Score 1) 224

by l810c (#49306595) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

Older Corollas and Civics(and many others), Yes. Very reliable and safe cars.

Pulsar(Hell no!) Dad bought my brother one that was 3 years old. Always in the shop. You would not need this monitor on the Pulsar, they were absolute slugs. So much in fact that I consider them dangerous. It was such a slug that when driving you were unable to Avoid trouble. I actually(on my brothers behalf) took he and dad on a test drive to prove to dad it was dangerously slow and unresponsive.

Comment: Re:Yeah. (Score 2, Informative) 224

by l810c (#49306537) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

Same feelings here.

I would have hated it, but in 5 years my oldest is getting something like this.

I went ape shit when I got my first car, quite literally trying to emulate Dukes of Hazard(Filmed in my hometown BTW). Most all of us have some regret on their youth, but I am very lucky to be alive.

Comment: Re:wait what? (Score 0, Troll) 416

by l810c (#49272861) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science

I have 2 friends and a relative at 3 different universities that hold higher positions within different science departments.

Each of them said these 3 things to me.

1) Don't use my name or Ever tell anyone I told you this.
2) It's a bunch of political bullshit. It *may* be true that we are warming the planet. But there is absolutely ZERO funding to prove the opposite and by the way, Don't use my name or Ever tell anyone I told you this.
3) Don't use my name or Ever tell anyone I told you this.

Comment: Re:They do it for us! (Score 4, Insightful) 484

by l810c (#48816063) Attached to: IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

That is not what the eventual immigration compromise will be.

Republicans will get their H1B's to help the corporations. The Democrats will get some form of amnesty.

Our(IT workers) wages will go down and taxes go up as millions of millions of new citizens taking free healthcare and other government benefits.

It's bleak, the worst of both worlds.

Comment: Re:Every 30 days. (Score 2) 247

by l810c (#48527897) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

There is a good way around that that I have used for years. Don't use the current date. Use M-1 and Y-1(that's not exactly how I do it, but similar).

Also pick a couple of words and abbreviate them.

If your favorite Ice Cream is Cookies and Cream, you might choose a monthly password like this
Cok1113Crm#g - google password
Cok1113Crm#e - espn password

Easy to remember and always gets very secure score and a similar but not exact password across sites.

Comment: Re:Satellite and Cell Phone is Good Enough? (Score 1) 173

by l810c (#47035607) Attached to: AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5 Billion

I think this is actually the key thing in this discussion.

I left their DSL and phone for Comcast a couple of years ago and cannot be happier. My Internet with Comcast Absolutely Rocks, Uverse just cannot match the speeds I'm getting with cable.

They cannot compete with thin copper on internet speeds, so they are diversifying to video content.

I will never go back to them.

The problem:
Comcast, (who's service I Love right now) will most definitely take advantage of this in the future and find a way to screw me. And I will have no true alternative.

Comment: Re:Still worth it (Score 1) 276

by l810c (#46480361) Attached to: Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

Instant gratification is not worth a $30 surcharge.

I would be willing to pay extra sometimes for instant gratification(not $40 for a $10 cable, but maybe $20), but not for an inferior product.

I'm finding it harder and harder to pull off the purchase at a local Walmart/Target/Lowes/Home Depot/Etc. for anything priced over $50. I've bought so much cheap ass China made crap from those stores that breaks within a year or two.

I Like ratings. If those stores would allow me to see their ratings(App?), I might pay a little bit extra on the weekend for a must have, but do Not sell me crap. Afraid of the Ratings, then do not sell the crap.

Comment: Re:Still worth it (Score 1) 276

by l810c (#46480297) Attached to: Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

My family loves prime. Hell, I would seriously consider $199/year just for prime.

I'm busy as hell, my wife is busy as hell.

Between the kids swimming/soccer/balet, we have no extra time that we want to spend shopping for the various things we need not available in our immediate vicinity. We buy all kinds of things that are not readily available in our area(And many that are cheaper).

I don't want to go shopping on the weekends, we ride bikes, get outdoors, garden.

If I could get Same Day delivery(as has been rumored) and groceries I might pay $500+/year just for the convenience. Add up all of the gas/time/etc. going to town or the city.

Comment: Re:PHP (Score 1) 149

by l810c (#46252897) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?

I got my BS in MIS and started with Cobol on a Mainframe at a big bank in Atlanta in the 90's.

I've since moved on to VB, C#, pretty much the whole MS stack.

Things got a little slow ten years ago and I got into the LAMP stack to make ends meet.

There is nothing wrong with it and it worked quite great for everything I did at the time.

What did I do at the time? Small projects.

A lot of big corporations are "locked into MS".

I've got a couple of sweet corporate projects going with the MS stack, I just don't see the corporate penetration on LAMP. Over all, I would say much better opportunity for better $$ with MS stack.

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