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Comment Re:Does it still record everybody around it? (Score 1) 45 45

The difference is that Glass can cross-reference what you do at that secure facility with what you do at home, your shopping habits, and your political opinions (if you express them on the Internet... and if you use it at all, you almost certainly do at least indirectly).

Comment Re:Is it trendy to go along with it? (Score 1) 128 128

How how about the Fukushima bottled water company products as well?

No, because bottled water is mind-bogglingly wasteful. I avoid drinking it whether it's radioactive or not!

Also, either the produce is safe, or it isn't. If it's safe, it's irrelevant that it came from Fukushima.

Comment Re:VeraCrypt (Score 1) 114 114

Also, a "linux geek" would have already have taken dm-crypt as an alternative, or performed the instructions in some Full Disk Encryption Howto.

Isn't it built into the installer nowadays? I installed Debian recently and it offered to encrypt my system, but maybe it skipped the partition that holds /bin and whatnot...

Comment Engineer Comments (Score 3, Informative) 63 63

I design near field low frequency RFID readers.

It's kind annoying to WiTricity claim they invented something (resonant charging) that the LF RFID industry has been doing for the last 30 years. ie Very HiQ coils to efficiently transmit to passive RFID tags (which also have HiQ resonant coils).

Magnetic fields can be well directed by permeable materials like ferrites, but as soon as you have to bridge the air-gap, you get 1/r^3 power loss. Can you do phased array effects like steerable antennas like the article claims? Yes, but probably not in a way that is beneficial to bridging the air-gap loss.
Here is a challenge. I give you 4 little round neodymium super magnets, and I'm going to let you rotate them into whatever static position you like, with the goal of producing twice as much magnetic attraction a distance 4x their diameter. Think you can do it?
Besides terrible efficiency you are also limited in power as described in ESTI EN 300-330-1
There is a specific allowance for magnetic near field from 119 to 135kHz of 70dBuA/m.

As for safety. These magnetic fields are fairly benign. We have thousands of these transmit at the legal limit on big 1200mmx600mm air coils, and have to our knowledge have not had an incident (ie with a pacemaker).

Comment Re:Does indeed happen. (Score 1) 634 634

I've had other interviewers ask me really abstract problems, such as how to calculate the number and types of elevators a particular-sized building needed.

The answer to that kind of question is the same kind of concept as the Drake equation: the point is not to give them a number, but to give them a formula for how one might arrive at the number. In your particular example, the answer might be: ([# of floors] * [# people per floor] * [# times each person uses the elevator]) / ([elevator capacity] * [elevator speed]), or something like that (since this is not an actual interview, I didn't bother to account for things like the fact that traveling to higher floors takes longer, etc.).

The interviewer is asking you the question so he can see how you approach the problem, not to see if you know trivia about elevator design. Do you go make a list of everything you think might matter first, or do you dive in and think up new factors on the fly? Did you leave something important out? Are you able to make even slightly reasonable estimates? (For example, "I figure there's about a million floors in a building and 1 person per floor, each of whom is constantly riding the elevator so you need 60,000 elevators per building" is probably not going to impress the interviewer.)

Comment Re:im sure the meeting was interesting (Score 1) 132 132

they reduced prices on visual studio.

Actually, they raised the price.
Professional retail without MSDN is now gone, so say goodbye to the $299 non-msdn upgrade version. This was the most used edition for companies needing software development tools but not being software-only houses.

Express edition? Gone. The community edition gives some leeway, but most of those companies won't be able to use it since they have turnover beyond $1mil. Meaning, no more free development for .NET 4.6 with visual studio .

Comment Re:Non-driver parent (Score 3, Insightful) 285 285

So why didn't your uncle simply get his driver's license back when he was 16? They should have solved the problem in the previous generation!

The only way this matters is if the percentage of people sharing your cousin's circumstances is large or increasing, and I see no reason to believe that's the case. It's not as if these requirements are new, after all.

Furthermore, I suspect that in the vast majority of cases where the parent lacks a license, it's because the family lives somewhere like Manhattan where the child doesn't actually need one either.

In other words, this is a non-issue that you only think is important because one of the tiny number of people who are affected by it happens to be somebody close to you.

So should parents be held responsible for driver's education of their children in the same way that they are held responsible for the child getting to school and back? For example, should it be considered neglect on the parent's part to either A. not hold a driver's license or B. not take the child out for practice driving?

No, I'm saying it's not the State's responsibility to let unqualified people have drivers' licenses just because their parents couldn't be bothered to teach them, or to subsidize their parents' fuck-up!

And by the way, "resort[ing] to paying $50 per hour for a driving instructor" is a false dichotomy: just because your uncle can't/won't help, doesn't mean that's the only other choice. What about your aunt; can't he drive with her? What about your cousin's uncle (i.e., your dad)? What about over-25 family friends? What about a random neighbor, who is not an "instructor" and therefore probably would charge much less than $50/hour? What about you?

Comment Re:Not the full picture... (Score 1) 285 285

What's with the uncalled-for vitriol? I was just replying to the AC; he was the one who brought up the idea of non-individually-owned autonomous vehicles! All I was doing was pointing out that his assertion (that autonomous vehicles would reduce road use) was wrong.

Individually-owned autonomous vehicles would either fail to change the amount of road use vs. the status quo (in the case where they're parked in the same location as the user all the time), or increase road use (in the case where the vehicle drops off the user and then returns home to park). Reducing road use is no a possibility.

Of course, shared use -- like a bus -- is a different thing entirely, and not one that my previous post or the paragraphs above considered. And autonomous vehicles won't really change a damn thing about buses, since they could already be considered autonomous (from the perspective of the users). In other words, anything that could be done by an autonomous bus could already be done by the driver (and/or dispatcher) now.

Comment Re:the real admission is peak driving. (Score 1) 285 285

Don't get me wrong here... I have no grudge against Iowa. I think it just happens to be like other Midwestern states where except for a couple of major cities, it's primarily farm land and rural areas, where most of the car traffic is on interstates, traveling through the state to a destination elsewhere.

FYI, every state is like that, except maybe for Alaska (because there aren't many roads) and Hawaii (because there aren't any other states to drive to).

Every other state, including Maryland and Virginia (which I use as examples because you mentioned the metro DC area) are primarily farm and rural areas. Sure, the I-95 corridor might be crowded, but you also have to consider the parts of the states east of Chesapeake Bay or west of I-81.

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