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Comment: Re:now I never looked into it (Score 1) 420

So don't take a bath, get a 1.5 gpm showerhead, don't leave the water running while brushing your teeth, washing the dishes, etc. It will also rapidly become worthwhile to get a high efficiency clothes washer and dishwasher. Seriously, I live in a water-rich area, and even I do a lot of these things, so I don't think it will be too difficult for people to manage when they have a serious incentive to do so.

Comment: Re:In the future... (Score 1) 174

by tirerim (#46865521) Attached to: Google Using Self-Driving Car Data To Make Cars Smarter
Hell, I wonder that now. As far as I can tell, the vast majority of drivers only barely escape disaster every time they get behind the wheel, mostly because their frequent lapses are adjusted for by other drivers who happen to be paying attention at that time. If two lapses occur simultaneously, *crash*.

Comment: Depends on how you count. (Score 1) 177

by tirerim (#46193169) Attached to: At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

I became a regular employee of the company I work for just this week, making me the newest in one sense.

I've been contracting for them since 2009, which would put me in the middle of the pack.

I started working for the company that merged into this one way back in 2003, and I'm the only one who used to work for that company still left, as well as having been at one or the other longer than most employees of the current company.

Comment: Yes, they are. (Score 4, Informative) 380

by tirerim (#45916303) Attached to: Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates
I'm not sure where the author gets the idea that Apple has stopped releasing security updates for older systems. The page linked from the summary lists updates for software for OS X 10.7 and up as recently as 16 December, a Java update for versions 10.6 and up on 15 October, and the most recent actual security update, also for versions 10.6 and up, on 12 September. Apple releases security updates when necessary, not every Tuesday like Microsoft. The fact that they've released an OS update, which includes security patches, for the most recent version of the OS without releasing one for older versions most likely means that the vulnerabilities addressed were not present in older versions; this has been the Apple release strategy for at least a decade.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 249

by tirerim (#45490297) Attached to: Hammerhead System Offers a Better Way To Navigate While Cycling
Around here, if I'm in a hurry a car would most likely be slower. I frequently beat friends who are driving to places while I am cycling, mostly because the bike lanes don't get clogged with traffic nearly as much as the car lanes, and there are a few very useful shortcuts on bike paths.

If I'm going someplace unfamiliar, though, having a navigation aid is pretty useful. I find that the voice directions from my phone mostly work.

Comment: Re:Great for CC scammers (Score 1) 222

by tirerim (#45428339) Attached to: Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card
I just spent two weeks in Italy, plus a couple of days in Ireland, and did not encounter a single place where my magstripe cards were not accepted. This included several ATMs, a couple of train ticket vending machines, and a few retail point-of-sale terminals. I did use cash for a lot of transactions, but unless I was just lucky every single time, I am not very convinced of the supposed universality of chip and pin.

Comment: Re:I know why it failed....or is failing... (Score 1) 258

by tirerim (#44306449) Attached to: America's First Eco-City: Doomed From the Start

My apartment is 640 square feet, and around here that's pretty spacious for one person. 850 square feet would be quite big. Why do you need so much space? Do you have a multi-person family, lots of pets, or is it just that you've become accustomed to spreading everything out?

I'm not the only one who feels this way, either -- there wouldn't be such high demand for apartments in places like Manhattan (where many apartments are much smaller) if people weren't happy living in such spaces. There are a lot of benefits to density -- things like arts and culture and the ability to walk places without jumping in a car -- as well as advantages to smaller living spaces (lower heating/cooling bills, not having lots of space to fill up with junk that you'll have to deal with when you get old, etc.).

Comment: Re:Egypt in 1922? (Score 3, Interesting) 375

by tirerim (#44190869) Attached to: How Old Is the Average Country?
Indeed, there are a lot of countries that have been sovereign nations at various discontinuous periods in history, with varying degrees of continuity between those periods. Iceland was independent for a few centuries at the beginning of the previous milennium before merging with Norway again, and counts its legislature as continuous since that time, but the map only counts its most recent independence. On the other hand, France is listed as having been independent since the end of the rule of Charlemagne, despite having changed types of government several times since then and being conquered by Germany in World War II.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy