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Comment: In Google's Defense... (Score 5, Informative) 193

by sandytaru (#47883219) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada
From TFA: 'In communication with the Nevada DMV before the test, Google said its policy was to prohibit autonomous operation at railroad crossings that lack signals and for human drivers to take over. It also noted: “[Roundabouts are] particularly challenging, where many drivers don’t know the proper rules in the first place.” In an e-mail to colleagues at the DMV, Breslow wrote, “We can’t fail an applicant for not being able to navigate a traffic circle if they say that there [sic] vehicle can’t yet do it.” '

So the two times that the Google engineer took over were for the two things that Google said they felt it was unsafe for the car to handle - a railroad track without a signal, and a roundabout.

Comment: Re:Windows 8 (Score 1) 169

by sandytaru (#47835151) Attached to: Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen
MSI motherboard with 16 GB of RAM, standard DVD player, blah blah. Two HDDs, one SSD and one platter, with a fat external USB platter for backups. Dual 1080p monitors. And yes, it's quite possible that the 650 watt PSU I had before was simply low quality, but it was an excuse to upgrade to a nice modular 1000 watt one, and future proof it. I'll be dropping in a 2nd 660 and SLIing them for my birthday this year.

Comment: Re:Known For 50 Years (Score 1) 58

by sandytaru (#47835105) Attached to: Music Training's Cognitive Benefits Could Help "At-Risk" Students
Apparently having something to do stops a lot of drug use and other crimes in general.

Quite true - when I was in high school, I had music lessons or rehearsals twice a day every day of the week. I had time for school, music, and sleep. I even stopped watching television at some point, never to resume. Unfortunately I ended up suffering from music burnout by the time I went to college, which is why I'm not an opera singer or a professional trumpet player today.

Comment: Re:Windows 8 (Score 1) 169

by sandytaru (#47829223) Attached to: Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen
Had some instability due to a too weak PSU when I rebuilt my Win8 system last winter. I was getting BSoD or worse - total unannounced shutdown - with annoying frequency. (Turns out the GTX 660 really did need that 1000 watt PSU I was too cheap to get at first.) Thankfully, no lasting damage, because the BSoD and system shutdowns worked as intended and protected the rest of the hardware.

It's very stable now. I think I've had to reboot the system once in the last month.

Comment: Store branded credit cards (Score 1) 132

by sandytaru (#47810879) Attached to: Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot
I am suddenly grateful we've been using a store branded Home Depot credit card for the last few years. Replacing that with a new one won't be painful at all. I think I've paid cash if the amount was under $10, too.

Still going to go through ye old checking account and verify there's no HD charges on there since April.

Comment: Re:Her Videos Are Shit (Score 1) 1262

They actually made me think a bit, though. I too thought it was funny as heck that you could beat up the hookers in GTA and get your money back, but that's because I recognize that the GTA franchise is all about doing things that would be illegal or outright immoral in real life. But I'm a mentally healthy, socially well adjusted (mostly) adult, and I recognize that video games are not meant to be an instruction manual for life. Someone who is mentally ill, younger, or un-educated might not recognize that nuance as well.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 329

by sandytaru (#47747863) Attached to: ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science
The problem is that if it wasn't for PCs, I'd have never gotten into IT. My 19-year-old female self realized that if I couldn't repair my own PC I'd be dependent on other people for the rest of my life every time something went wrong. (Like I am with my car *cough*) My video card blowing out is what started me down the rabbit hole to begin with.

Comment: Re:So... what does that mean? (Score 1) 441

by sandytaru (#47735163) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers
Most local schools are funded primarily at the county or state level, not the federal level. The tax that supplies our district's funding is our property taxes. So they got a double whammy with the foreclosure crisis - property values and thus taxes went down, and there were fewer homeowners paying taxes at all.

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