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Comment: The fact that I am a software developer.. (Score 1) 550

by nurd68 (#47526799) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

As a software engineer, I've met too many other software engineers to trust software with something that is largely optional. If they screw up my eyes, I go blind and can't make a living. The alternative is that I wear glasses, which I don't view as tremendously inconvenient. Given inconvenience vs. catastrophic failure cases, I'd rather deal with the inconvenience.

Similarly, I don't like ABS or traction control on cars.

Comment: Re:The fine art of male bonding. (Score 1) 962

by nurd68 (#47514941) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

I once got called to HR because I made a coworker cry.

My offense?

I asked her to do her job (which was as an analyst) a provide me with the formulae and rating tables necessary for me to program the insurance rate calculations which I was attempting to code.

She said that was too technical and complex and that I should call the insurance company directly.

I said no, and that she should do her job.

Comment: Re:Geek Girls gets first rape threat around age 11 (Score 1) 962

by nurd68 (#47514885) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

That's a good start.

I approach it from the other end - I teach people (including women) how to shoot and refer them to concealed carry licensing courses.

Of course, now someone will insult me for carrying a gun. Compensating for having a small penis is the one I get most often.

Comment: Salae logic (Score 2, Interesting) 172

by nurd68 (#47224633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: PC-Based Oscilloscopes On a Microbudget?

We've been using the Saleae Logic 16 - https://www.saleae.com/logic16 at work.It goes from 2 channels at 100MHz up to 16 channels at 12.5MHz. We use them for debugging all the low speed stuff (serial ports, I2C, SD, etc.) - basically everything but the CPU memory interface.

Their upcoming "pro" version adds analog sampling, but it is not yet out.

Comment: Re:" why T-Mobile finds it profitable" (Score 1) 482

by nurd68 (#46933821) Attached to: Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

I'm still trying to get the ESN/MEID out of it.

No, it's not on the sticker under the battery.

No, it's not in the phone status.

Yes, I whacked build 7 times and turned on developer stuff.

Yes, I did ##DMMODE# to turn that on, but I'm not really certain what-all that does.

So, yeah, slightly stuck. :-)

I realize that people are trying to make money off this arcane knowledge, but it bothers me that the information is so scattered, proprietary and hidden.

I figure I'll fire up ADB and see if I can pull that info from the phone. I mean, it must know, right?

If you feel like dropping me a line with suggestions, feel free. matt@mattcaron.net. I'd appreciate any suggestions you may have.

Comment: Re:They once were (Score 1) 757

by nurd68 (#34973212) Attached to: America Losing Its Edge In Innovation

Ignoring the "you're missing the social commentary" aspect, I present the following counter-evidence:

- Bones, CSI, NCIS, etc. focus a lot on the technology, albeit with a lot of creative liberties taken to make for good TV. However, fundamentally, the squints rule those series.
- Big Bang Theory - Sitcom with the protagonists being several scientists, an engineer and a down the hall neighbor.

Comment: Re:What's missing from this article? (Score 2) 757

by nurd68 (#34973198) Attached to: America Losing Its Edge In Innovation

Point of information - right or wrong, at the time it was written, "We the people" was wealthy landowners and business-owning white men. Women and unpropertied white men weren't counted.

(That said, I agree with your point - just because you're not an engineer doesn't mean you should be restricted from acting as a sovereign citizen and exercising control over your life.)

Comment: Re:What's missing from this article? (Score 3, Insightful) 757

by nurd68 (#34973178) Attached to: America Losing Its Edge In Innovation

This. As an engineer who "got my feet wet" with a stint in local politics, because it was like dealing with a bunch of children. Everyone hated everyone else, it was full of petty rivalries and such. It does show that Diplomacy is actually quite accurate, but that doesn't mean that I wanted to do it for real.

If this is a service economy, why is the service so bad?