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Comment Re:I foresee a sudden demand for raises (Score 1) 430

Baker claims the spreadsheet compelled more Google employees to ask and receive "equitable pay based on data in the sheet."

90% of drivers think they are better than the average driver, and I would bet 90%+ of workers think they are better than average, and would therefore expected to be paid above the median (note for the statistically challenged - 90% of a group cannot be above the median).

99% of humans have above the average number of eyes, that average number being 1.995.
You are presuming a gaussian distribution. Salary is almost certainly not a gaussian distribution.

Comment Depends on what you mean by technology (Score 1) 620

At work we use a Hewlett Packard 4145A semiconductor parameter analyzer that boots off a 5 1/2" floppy that uses custom hardware and physical modifications to the floppy. That's our oldest actual computer system. Stepping back, we have a Tektronix 576 curve tracer; we have no idea how old it is but it looks like 1965 or so. Virtually no safety stuff at all on something that can dump out 250V at 500mA (albeit briefly.) But the analog phone lines to our building are from the 1940's. I'm not sure where to draw the line here...

Comment Re:Something wrong there (Score 1) 549

Look, I'm not a perfect driver but to assume others will break the rules as you do is just asking for trouble.

George Carlin: "So I'm out driving with my friend and he just blows straight through a red light and I'm all "What the hell are you doing?" and he says "shut up, my brother taught me to drive and this is what he does." Come to another red light, same thing. Then we come to a green light, and he STOPS. I'm all "Now what are you doing?" and he says "My brother might be coming the other way." That's what's called looking out for your brother!"

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549

Rear-ending is something that always comes up in /. discussions about driving, especially by US drivers (the site is rather US centric). Everyone and their dog seem to have been in at least one such accident. I have never been in such an accident, nor have I heard of any European friends that had such an accident.

Add to that, statistics show that US drivers have far more accidents, injuries and deaths per distance (per km or per mile, whatever you like to use) than European drivers, especially those from western European countries. This while US streets are wider and straighter; quite some Americans are scared stiff by our narrow, winding roads - we're routinely doing things like driving 80 km/hr (the legal limit) on country roads, and not slowing down for oncoming traffic while the road is so narrow there's not even a line in the middle... because the road simply is plenty wide enough for two cars.

Much stricter driving training does help a lot.

Here's a picture of my (now dead) Subaru with an annotation of the previous four accidents, all of which involved being rear-ended, 75% of which involved being rear-ended while I was at a stop, at a stoplight, with cars in front of me. In two of the cases I was watching the person driving getting closer and closer, while honking my horn, which she couldn't hear (both times a she) because she was talking on her phone. I am pretty sure most of the people who hit me could have passed driving tests, because then they wouldn't've been talking on their phones, so I'm not sure that's a fix. (It's one I'd love, but it's not enough.) I don't have a picture of the time I nearly was killed in the same sort of accident: roadway at a stop, with big signs up saying "accident ahead: detour", and I came to a complete stop like everyone else, and the semi truck driver behind me never even slowed down, so he hit me at well over 100kph. (Yay subaru station wagons: extra crumple zones, in that case, two meters of crumple zone.) He was adjusting his radio when he hit me -- which, again, a driving test probably wouldn't catch.
Oh by the way that blue Subaru got rear-ended a fifth time by a pickup and that time it was totaled. I dunno what the pickup driver was doing to not notice me sitting at a red stoplight.

Comment The exact opposite of what Niantic should do (Score 3, Insightful) 135

The entire point of portals is that they are located at physical locations that have historical or cultural significance.
The list of the top ten most historically and culturally significant sites in the whole world would include the concentration camps.
This is political correctness at its worst, where in seeking sensitivity it in fact hides atrocity.

Comment Re:How about circuit boards? (Score 1) 266

OSH Park. Why even bother with the decades-old milling and/or toner transfer method? I get plated vias, soldermask and silkscreen.

Speed. I have an admittedly fairly nice dedicated pcb mill. I can make five revisions of circuit boards in a day, and then send the well-tested version out and wait a week to receive my beautiful soldermasked and silkscreened final revision pcb.

Comment incomplete list of stuff we've printed (Score 1) 266

Mold for lost-PLA investment casting of complex intake manifold. Rat trap. (It was a very bright rat and wouldn't go near commercial traps.) Sewer system cutout plug. LCD bezel for the tachometer on my lathe. Same for the milling machine. Adapter for the PCB milling machine, to hook the metric vacuum output to my shopvac. Mounting bracket to hook a stepper motor to the back of the speedometer in my Little English Sportscar, that has never in its life until now had an accurate speedometer. Pogo pin test fixture for PCB testing. Bearing holders for a shaft hobbing mechanism for the lathe. LED diffusers for some task lighting in the shop. Outlet cover for an outlet combo that doesn't exist (sideways switches plus GFCI outlets in one box.) Power amplifier enclosure for automated test equipment. Fan shroud/grille. Adapter to mount LED lighting system on a microscope. Adapter to mount LED lighting system on the PCB milling machine. Replacement doohickey for a 6" digital calipers that had the little wheel that opens/closes the calipers break off. Adapter to mount 24" digital calipers to the back of the small lathe as part of a digital read out display. Adapter to mount Garmin 305 to an odd-size, odd-cross-section aero handlebar on my time trial bike. I could go on but that's probably enough for now.
I did most of the modeling in FreeCAD or HeeksCAD, by the way, with a little bit in OpenSCAD.

Comment Re:Scientific worldview undermining own credibilit (Score 3, Insightful) 668

As a longtime user of homeopathy, I have watched with amusement a scientific studies have been published recently purporting to prove that homeopathy does not work. I know from my direct experience that it works, so if science is finding something different, there must be something wrong with its premises.

As a longtime user of a tiger-repelling rock, I have watched with amusement a[s] scientific studies have been published recently purporting to prove that tiger-repelling rocks do not work. I know from my direct experience that it works, so if science is finding something different, there must be something wrong with its premises.

Comment Re:KISS (Score 1) 557

1) Extra outlets and breakers. Having fewer rooms per breaker is nice to avoid finding out that a hairdryer plus your gaming PC will pop the breaker even though one is upstairs and the other is downstairs.

If you have the opportunity to wire your own house, wire room lights on a different circuit than wall outlets. That way you don't end up in a dark room when you pop a breaker. Some hoses are wired this way, but not enough.

Comment Re:I have lots of junk and not much money, so... (Score 1) 258

Oddly enough, I'm currently working with injectors from a 1990 mustang (which I'm trying to put into a datsun inline four to go in a triumph spitfire.) These definitely have an open/close lag. Maybe I should get some more recent ones, based on what you've said.
It's easy to find flow at full open, and from that I can derive how much it should flow at 50% duty cycle. From that I can characterize, at least somewhat, what the on and off times are by the delta from expected, but from the data I have, it appears that the on and off ramps are fuel pressure dependent as well. (Which isn't too much of a surprise, but a lot more complicated.) Plus there's an entirely different subplot involving the voltage I use to drive the coil: like stepper motors, I can overdrive the coil briefly to get a faster response, but have to decay down to a much lower holding current to not cook the coil, aka peak-and-hold.

Comment I have lots of junk and not much money, so... (Score 2, Interesting) 258

Old HP GPIB-based XY plotter with laser diode in place of pen, does a nice job of cutting gaskets for steam engines.
Broken 8 track player in ginormous am/fm/turntable cabinet, replaced with beaglebone, so when I hit the next track button it plays a 'clunk' sound and then fires up a random streaming internet radio station. (That one made hackaday.)
A nearby company went out of business and sold all their stuff and I scored an electronic balance with an RS232 output. Some arduino code later, and I now have a fuel injector flow tester: force known-pressure fuel in for a known amount of time and measure how much actually comes out, tare, repeat. It's neat to be able to characterize just how narrow a PWM signal the injector can register and react to.
My current work project is even a hack: I'm repurposing an abandoned semiconductor automated test system into an evaluation board characterization system. The test guys don't want it because it's too slow and limited, but I'm all "whoah, 192 arbitrary waveform generators? Let me at it."

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.