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Comment: Re:Lots of people criticize this for its obviousne (Score 1) 166

I've been doing this for years when I paint in my garage ... I'm not saying I'm brilliant but not everyone thinks of things as being this easy so some people need to be told.

I was refilling the refrigerant in my truck A/C with Propane last night... My neighbor came out with an "ummm, what are you doing?" look...

Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 1) 841

by nblender (#47557391) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

As an uneducated outsider, my observation is that there's no point going down the rabbit hole of "this action was in response to that action".... It's endless. This is a feud started by people who are long since dead.. Both sides are engaged in incitement ensuring that the children of today will become 'the freedom fighters' of tomorrow. This will never end by negotiation. I don't think it will ever end. Both sides are evil.

Comment: Re:Why I'm on a well in a sustainable aquifer. (Score 5, Informative) 376

by nblender (#47526373) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Until your well collapses one day and you need to get approval to drill a new one and that approval is not forth-coming because there's now a water-coop that you need to join instead; paying them lots of money to run a pipe to your house and charging you per cubic meter...

Seen it happen; it's coming.

My well collapsed and fortunately a permit to drill a new one was a rubber stamp and I have a nice clean (albeit very hard) 10gpm well. Hopefully this well will last until I'm too old to care...

Comment: multiple. (Score 1) 547

by nblender (#47525981) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

(1) worn glasses all my life. Don't even think about them anymore.
(2) I have dark rings under my eyes. They're very noticeable when I'm not wearing glasses; but not noticeable with my glasses.
(3) My eyes stopped changing in my 30's and then were static until my mid-40's whereupon things started to go downhill. My distance vision hasn't changed but my low-light vision and close-up vision have deteriorated. I have to wear bifocals now and turn lights on. My Optometrist assures me this is a normal aging thing.. If I had Lasik, I think I'd still have to wear glasses to read or work on cars; so what's the point?

Comment: Re:Who is stopping him? (Score 2) 368

by nblender (#47518009) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

Depending on the environment in which you work. Where I work, there are source code auditing tools you are required to run against your code to meet various customer-imposed requirements; there are code-review tools... There are hardware debuggers that are tied to irritating IDE's like Eclipse... There is a veritable cornucopia of mandated tools, none of which actually help me to write code, but exist to make some manager or customer happy.

I think what the submitter wants is to be able to 'hack' like the old days. Either find a different job or sign up with some open source gig and hack to your heart's desire.

Comment: Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (Score 1) 253

by nblender (#47483885) Attached to: New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

I have the same problem with 'exercise'. After 20 minutes on an exercise bike, I want to kill myself. I don't know how people can blow 2 hours of their day on some sort of exercising apparatus... I don't play well with others so team sports are out as well. I find the best exercise I get now is just engaging in some sort of hobby that keeps me active.. Either home renovations, working on my vehicles, landscaping, etc. If I can have dinner and then head outside and stay outside until 9PM, I can then afford 30 to 60 minutes of 'tune out' time in front of the TV and I have a terrific sleep and my weight stays constant. If I don't get myself outside, or engaged in hobby time, but sit in front of the TV or computer for whole evenings at a time, then things start to suffer. My weight, my back, my sleep, my attitude at work, my focus, and my productivity....

It's not an exercise regimen. It's just living.

Comment: Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (Score 1) 253

by nblender (#47483803) Attached to: New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

I'm not sure what textures you can or can't handle so it's not clear you can come down on anyone for 'missing' what you're saying.. When my son was born almost 13 years ago, we stopped eating processed or fast food... It took a bit to get used to, I'll admit... But there's a wide variety of options for making your own food from basic ingredients and where you also have control over texture and taste. ie: it's easy to make a healthy tomato sauce with the same texture as Ragu but without all the salt and HFCS... There are a ton of wonderful soups you can make that are healthy and nutritious with the same texture as a milkshake which you can probably handle...

The difference is you have to _want_ to... One of the side benefits of learning to cook and making wonderful meals is that you will gain a whole new pretext for inviting potential mates over for meals at your place... It will make you more attractive to potential mates as well...

Comment: Re:Awesome! (Score 1) 163

by nblender (#47456377) Attached to: 'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

I always cringe when I read local headlines like "John Doe of 123 Apple Street was today charged with distributing images of young children engaged in sexual acts"... Or "Such and such a teacher is accused of engaging in sexual relations with one of her students and is currently suspended with pay pending investigation." .... Anyone can be charged with anything... Way to ruin someone's life. Everyone thinks that if it's in the paper, then there must have been some basis in fact even if the person was later exonerated.

Comment: Re:Not new (Score 1) 253

by nblender (#47415895) Attached to: US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

I'm a self taught no-degree 25+ year embedded guy. Sure, maybe I'm one of the 'good ones'... Don't know, don't really care. My point in replying is that in my 25+ years, i've encountered more degree-holding high-functioning idiots who interview well and can spew knowledge like the best of them; but ultimately they can't really code their way out of a paper bag... I'm thinking of a few recent examples who created code of disastrous proportions and eventually got moved to middle management... Of all the senior developer types I work with, (about 10 in my current position), only 2 have CS or EE degrees... The rest are either self-taught, or have degrees in other unrelated disciplines (chemistry, history, physics)... They're the ones churning out the long lasting product code that is reused in future projects; is highly maintainable, and portable. The degree isn't the key here, it's the self-teaching we've all done along the way.

I believe you're filtering on the wrong attributes... Maybe you're one of those degree-holding coders that got moved to middle management; out of harms way...

Just saying...

Comment: Re:What are your goals? (Score 1) 282

by nblender (#47392423) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

I agree with you 100%. I'm near 50 now and have lived in the same modest house for 20 years and drive older used vehicles... But my modest house has more than tripled in value in those 20 years, and 8 years ago I started my retirement job... The job that I will keep until I retire. I'm building my own retirement with sweat equity in a retirement property... In about 5 years, I'll be able to quit my tech job; sell my modest house in the city, and combined with other investments, will have enough retirement income to live in the country... But I probably won't; I'll keep working until I get bored or they get tired of me.. Then I'll do something else that's slower and more interesting...

The biggest mistake I made was not switching jobs in my early years. I stuck with the same job for 7 years, then 11 years, then another 7... I'd have bigger investment accounts now if I'd had more jobs in the first 20 years.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan