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Comment: Re:What about range on this smaller car? (Score 4, Insightful) 245

by onkelonkel (#47383735) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E
You nailed it. My neighbor drives a big dodge pickup with a hemi. Drives it 60 miles every day to work round trip. Gets 15 mpg tops. Bitches constantly about the price of gas. Why not drive a commuter car with double the gas mileage and save $2k a year? Because once a year he hauls his boat to the lake and once a year he hauls it back. (Honestly I think he just likes driving a big ass truck, and the boat is an excuse.)

Comment: Re:Microchip (Score 2) 76

"What's wrong with microchip?"

How quickly memory fades. It was regarded as a dumb-ass conflation of micro-circuit and chip. An IC should be called a chip. Just chip, no micro- in front. Micro-chip implies that there are much larger full sized chips, which is nonsense. Also a "micro" was a microprocessor, so a micro chip might be an 8085 or Z80, but not all chips were micros.

Then as now, nerds were sticklers for precision in language.

Comment: Re:#notallgeekyguys (Score 1) 1198

by onkelonkel (#47197901) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
I have seen a woman at an MTG tournament. Really. It was awesome. She was, from what I could see of her play, a decently skilled mid to upper level player. (Not a total random scrub like me). She was also young and very pretty, with long blond hair and a sweetly voluptuous figure. She wore a push-up bra and a super low cut top. All the nerd boys were drooling and ogling her cleavage so hard she kicked their buts right up to the semi-finals. At the semis she lost in 2 to the guy who ended up winning the tournament. He was smart enough to see through her female version of the "Jedi mind trick" and wouldn't have noticed if she had two heads.

Comment: Re:It's a numbers game - Art History anyone? (Score 3, Informative) 325

by onkelonkel (#47182433) Attached to: Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.
You are exactly right.

There was a sad story on the radio the other day. A nice lady with a PHD in Art History was living in her car because she was broke and unemployed.

What struck me was how very _betrayed_ she felt. Here she had studied hard, gotten good grades, and had achieved the highest academic degree possible and yet the job she expected wasn't forthcoming. All her life she was told "you need a degree to get a good job" and she somehow interpreted that to mean that if she got a degree she would get a job. Her whole attitude was that she was all but promised a job, and that it was the university's fault that this job wasn't there, and that she should have been told by the university that there were no jobs in her chosen field "before they took her money".

She wanted to work as a museum curator, cataloging and managing the museums art collection. When asked how many such jobs existed, she was taken aback, as if she had never thought about it and then said maybe 10 or 20 in the entire province.

Comment: Point Roberts (Score 5, Interesting) 321

by onkelonkel (#47174069) Attached to: AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming
There is a tiny "Island" of America called Point Roberts at the extreme NW corner of Washington State. The Canadians who live right along that border are forever fighting with their cell providers to take off roaming charges because the phone will often pick up the AT&T cell tower on the US side instead of the Telus (or whatever) tower on the Canadian side. The carriers seem quite helpless to fix the problem; some people I know there have to get roaming charges taken off every month.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.