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Comment: Real Life Skills (Score 1) 298

by sycodon (#49730071) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Skills Do HS Students Need To Know Now?

1. Change a tire, fill the radiator, change the battery, change the oil (at least know how to check it).
2. Understand the plumbing system in your home.
3. Know how to cook without a microwave and prepackaged foods.
4. Basic navigation...at least know the difference between North South East West.
5. Basic understanding of firearms.
6. Read a map and get somewhere without GPS.
7. How to sharpen a knife.
8. Long division, multiplication, etc...with a pencil and paper.
9. How to swim.
10. Make fire.

Time to go home, so that's all you get.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1, Insightful) 289

by sycodon (#49721631) Attached to: North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband

What a waste of words.

You can't just throw out parts of the Constitution you don't like. You can't ignore the law because you have a fucking stick up your ass about "owners". While you might applaud the FCC and while you might even say what they did is morally correct, it's not legally correct.

So rant all you want, it doesn't matter.

Comment: Re:and dog eats tail (Score 1) 392

by sycodon (#49718045) Attached to: Feds Order Amtrak To Turn On System That Would've Prevented Crash

The facts in the case are pretty straight forward. He accelerated from around 70mph to over 100 mph, only applying the brakes at the last minute, which did, in fact, work.

So unless he stood there like a deer in the headlights as the train was accelerating, he did it on purpose. And even if he did just stand there not knowing what to do, it points to inadequate training, incompetence, or both.

Comment: Re:and dog eats tail (Score 1) 392

by sycodon (#49717625) Attached to: Feds Order Amtrak To Turn On System That Would've Prevented Crash

I'm going to call BS on those costs. In fact, I'm calling BS on many so-called costs related to rail.

My phone, which cost $100 with a $50 a month service plan, can tell me how fast I'm going and what the speed limit is where I'm driving. this stuff stopped being rocket science long ago.

That's the first half of the equation. From there you could make the Cab light up like a Christmas tree and blow a fucking for horn. if you want to get fancier, it could automatically apply the emergency brakes. Fanciest would be to moderate the speed to conform to the limits.

Austin, TX recently tried to pass a billion dollar bond for 9 miles of light rail. Fuck, The major freight companies build rail in some of the most inhospitable locations in the U.S. and you KNOW they are not paying over a hundred million per mile. Hell, they've dug up and rebuilt a 12 mile stretch of four lane highway in front of my neighborhood, including new bridge work in 4 different places for only 12 million.

Something smells when it comes to passenger rail costs.

Comment: Re:and dog eats tail (Score 1) 392

by sycodon (#49717501) Attached to: Feds Order Amtrak To Turn On System That Would've Prevented Crash

The brakes obviously didn't fail since they were applied at the last minute and did manage to scrub about 7 MPH off the speed.

Doubtful that there was any kind of throttle malfunction due to dead man switch technology that has been on trains for decades.

This guy is going to jail absent some very convincing and verifiable reason for ignoring the speed limit.

"Who alone has reason to *lie himself out* of actuality? He who *suffers* from it." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

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