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Comment: Plenty of them here too (Score 1) 214

by NormalVisual (#49598893) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think
I usually get one or two of these spammy mails every day. My favorite was one I got several years ago, which described an interesting opportunity, but I wasn't (and still am not) willing to relocate. So, I wrote back and asked the guy if the gig could be done via telecommuting. His response was "yes, but they require that you work from the office. Will that work for you?". I wrote back asking if he knew what "telecommuting" meant, and never heard back.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 694

by slashdotwannabe (#49591683) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

I also believe that Tesla's will get both better AND cheaper until more people (even most people) can afford them. Of course that also includes other manufacturers upping their electric car game too.

Huh. I've been hearing that for 30 years now. Any day now I guess!

Then we just need to build Nuke plants to power all these electric cars, shutter all the coal plants an viola! Problem solved.

I can't believe it's that easy! Why didn't you say so before?!?

Taxes, and rules and regulations are the things that seem like they'll solve the problem, but they really won't.

Nothing like an unsupported assertion on a site like /. to make people really respect your PoV!

Comment: Re:Common Sales Slimage (Score 1) 170

Serious question (from a non-American); can companies in the states increase the amount they charge you without notifying you first?

Depends on your contract. If the contract says they can, then they can and probably will at some point. Regardless, it pays to watch your bill like a hawk - plenty of U.S. providers, cellular providers in particular, have gotten in trouble for charging customers for stuff they didn't order. I've been fortunate, I guess. My provider hasn't tried to raise my prices, but they have tried to upsell me to higher tiers of service when they often can't provide the bandwidth I'm already supposed to be getting.

Comment: Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 2) 480

The heaviest haul vehicles *do* use electric drive. The vast majority of trains today, for example, are electric drive, and increasingly large haul trucks are switching to electric drive.

The crawlers that transported the Saturns and shuttles to the launch pads are also electric drive.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 649

by NormalVisual (#49515895) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars
But of the people I know, $20k isn't even a tenth of their yearly "fun car money", and compared to the reoccurring cost of insurance coverage that is a sunk cost even if you are never in an accident, this method can be much much cheaper for them in the long run.

If you're making enough that you can spend $200K just on fun car stuff, then yes, it's quite likely you can self-insure and not worry about that. The vast majority of people that like to tinker with their cars aren't in that income bracket, though. As regards the $20K bond - good luck if that's all you have to pay for in a serious accident. That quite possibly won't even cover the cost of the other car if it's totalled, much less medical expenses for another party that's seriously injured.

Comment: Re:Surveillance is okay (Score 4, Informative) 254

by NormalVisual (#49502219) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society
For all the complaints leveled at the NSA there has been no proof that they have ever used that information against it's own citizens.

From this Reuters story:

One current federal prosecutor learned how agents were using SOD tips after a drug agent misled him, the prosecutor told Reuters. In a Florida drug case he was handling, the prosecutor said, a DEA agent told him the investigation of a U.S. citizen began with a tip from an informant. When the prosecutor pressed for more information, he said, a DEA supervisor intervened and revealed that the tip had actually come through the SOD and from an NSA intercept.

"I was pissed," the prosecutor said. "Lying about where the information came from is a bad start if you're trying to comply with the law because it can lead to all kinds of problems with discovery and candor to the court." The prosecutor never filed charges in the case because he lost confidence in the investigation, he said.

Comment: Re:This happens about... (Score 4, Funny) 131

by NormalVisual (#49475607) Attached to: How Mission Creep Killed a Gaming Studio
Many of us have seen what happens when that oily salesguy you'd like to to kick sells something which is complete fiction, and that it is now someone else's problem. His check clears, he gets a new car and a vacation, and everyone else is stuck building a fucking unicorn.

Scott Adams summed it up nicely.

Comment: Re:I'll bet the effect is very mild. (Score 1) 187

by NormalVisual (#49467279) Attached to: Acetaminophen Reduces Both Pain and Pleasure, Study Finds
although I always found it rather pleasant as it helps ignore pain as much as anything else.

That's pretty much what morphine does to me. It does very little to reduce the pain, but it makes me completely not care about it. That, and throw up a lot, like most narcotics do with me. For the life of me I can't understand how people get addicted to the stuff. I'd *much* rather be in pain than feeling nauseous.

Comment: Re:People with artificial lenses can already see U (Score 1) 137

by NormalVisual (#49461367) Attached to: UW Scientists, Biotech Firm May Have Cure For Colorblindness
I can see near-UV -- this caused some confusion in high school Chemistry class when I could see some spectrum lines that nobody else could.

Interesting that you mention that - I've never really thought I could see UV, but I have noticed that black lights and UV LEDs have a weird intense brightness that makes me squint even though the visible light isn't that bright, and I can't really perceive a different color. Germicidal lamps don't cause the same effect for me.

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