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Comment Re:My Pet Peeves (recent Windows laptop keyboards) (Score 1) 687 687

1. CapsLock. Grr.

Not having it would be worse. Nearly all engineering drawing (as well as some additional technical writing) standards require the use of all caps to minimize ambiguity. In those cases holding down the shift key is ridiculous.

2. The numeric keypad on 15" laptops. Why? Why?! Why?!!

Because some professions require typing in numbers efficiently? The toggle on number pad layout using letters doesn't work since the keys aren't properly aligned.

3. But please bring back full-size Page Up/Down keys (with maybe a shift action to Begin/End).

This I can somewhat agree with. Though, it usually isn't a problem on full size keyboards.

Comment Re:Here's the problem... (Score 1) 391 391

How about the people themselves? If we actually taught people how to handle money responsibly in school, then they wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck and could afford to spend a few months learning a new trade when their current job gets automated or outsourced. Also if we taught critical thinking skills, they might be able to see that their job is at risk and start to take some precautions ahead of time.

There is plenty of work left to be done. We just need to make sure that everyone has access to the tools they will need to prepare themselves for the work that will be necessary in the future.

Comment Re:Why nobody cares about Zune (Score 1) 300 300

There's also the option of using Google or Apple's streaming services. They'll host all of your music and stream it to you for free so it doesn't have to take up all of your storage space. If you want the ability to listen offline as well, you can just select the songs or playlists you want to keep locally on the phone and they'll auto-sync in the background.

Comment Re:Never Ever Trust managers or the company. (Score 1) 583 583

I don't disagree in general, but you should never treat your management like they are untrustworthy. That will only guarantee an adversarial relationship.

There are good managers out there who will actually work with you to balance your best interests with those of the company. Loyalty to them will often be rewarded.

Comment Re:No Comment (Score 1) 107 107

This wasn't supposed to be an interview with a senior executive. A "Chief Engineer" should be the person responsible for making all of the critical technical decisions for the product line, not a PR suit. The whole point of these interviews is to have a frank/open discussion between an expert on the technical aspects of a product and the relatively tech savvy and intelligent people who frequent /.

Instead we get this. Lame.

Comment Re:When will their price be on par with ICE cars? (Score 1) 107 107

Current CA gas prices are $3.80/gal. If he's spending $8/ day in gas that means his Accord must be using 2.1 gal per day for the 45 mile commute, giving 21.4mpg. That's about what my mid-size truck gets (and the list cost was less than a base level Accord).

The thing that really makes it uneconomical is that (unless your current vehicle has been totaled) the cost of gas saved per year should be compared to the total purchase price of the Volt less the difference in operating/maintenance costs over 2/5/10 year intervals, not just the "EREV/hybrid premium" alone. This type of calculation almost always comes out in favor of keeping your current vehicle until the cost of repairs gets to be a large portion of what a new car payment would be. In fact, the only vehicle that I know of that can actually pay for itself in gas savings is the Elio and that's because the thing only costs $6800 and will likely get over 60mpg (assuming they eventually go into production).

Comment Screw Tech Skills (Score 3, Informative) 302 302

We should be teaching them home economics skills like time management, how to handle money (e.g. avoiding bad debts) and things like nutrition, cooking and how to navigate the health care system. That way they will be prepared to create a healthy & stable life for themselves, no matter what career path they choose.

Beyond that, some additional logic and problem solving focused courses would be helpful. Followed by increased focus on narrative based philosophy/history/social studies and hands-on skills like arts & (metal/wood)working. Once everyone is graduating HS with a basic competency in those areas, then maybe we should find a place for some tech only skills like programming languages and methodologies.

Comment Re:While not as cool, I can afford an Elio (Score 1) 318 318

While not necessarily cool, it would be almost stupid not to buy one for anyone who commutes more than ~5 miles to work if they ever start making them. Assuming the mileage and price numbers are even close, it'll pay for itself in about 6 years just in the gas savings compared to driving a small SUV. And that doesn't even include the reduced wear and tear on the heavier vehicle. Plus, since it has three wheels it still qualifies for HOV lane access so I can save time on my commute and I won't even need a motorcycle license endorsement (my state just passed an autocycle license waiver bill).

All that being said, I'm still not quite ready to put down cash until it's a sure thing. I plan to go all in as soon as the ATVM loan is granted.

Comment Re:What about rejection before the interview? (Score 1) 634 634

IT may be a bit different, but in mechanical/aerospace engineering that isn't the case at all. I think everyone in my aero program had an offer before they graduated (though some decided to got to graduate school). It was just that there were only three women that graduated with me and about 26 other guys. The graduation rates have improved slightly in the last 8 years, but roughly 1/3 of our new hires have been female. Now it may be a statistical anomaly, but I think it still shows that any bias is likely in favor of women.

Just to be clear though, I have not seen any intentional bias for or against any category of people. Any discrimination is minor and due to the subconscious evaluation that everyone applies when meeting new people.

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)

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