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Comment Re:Get used to it, this is the future (Score 1) 279

Cycling does cost a bit more to get started, however I have made it work out to my advantage by cycling to work every day, saving the cost of a second car for the family. When you compare a bike to a car, you can spend a lot of money on the bike and gear each year and still come out in the black.

Comment Re:Peh (Score 2) 388

Part of the issue is that normal business/business casual attire has men in long sleeves and pants, where as women often opt to wear a skirt and something short sleeved, both of which are much cooler than the dress pants, long shirt and tie. If women chose to wear warmer clothes as their main layer, they wouldn't have quite as much of a problem.

Comment Re:More... (Score 2) 232

In a project I am currently working on we have started using the C# goto case "state" construct.

In this case it offers us a huge performance improvement as the state machine only executes one step when it receives a heartbeat from a piece of networked equipment. The heartbeat only comes in once a second and there are instances where we can perform more than one step of the state machine without needing a response from the remote equipment.

An example of this is uploading files to the remote equipment. We use a Web Socket to establish the transfer task, but once we start sending files (HTTP POST) we don't need a response from the remote equipment between each file. Prior to the use of the goto we could only send one file every second, now we can loop through all the files by looping with the goto.

This is a specific example, but does show that there are limited instances where the use of a goto can be well justified. I also always comment every use of non-standard behavior (use of goto)

Submission + - Sabotage in Arizona Shuts Down Internet, Cellphone, Telephone Service Statewide (

schwit1 writes: Cellphone, Internet, and telephone services across half of Arizona went dark on Wednesday after vandals sliced a sensitive fiber optic cable, according to those familiar with the situation. The incident is raising concerns about the safety of U.S. infrastructure.

“There was a cut that took place on a fiber optic cable that basically runs from Phoenix to Northern Arizona. The line, which is composed of extremely thick cable, appeared to have been cut with a hacksaw"

“The fiber optic cable was encased in metal piping which would have to have been accessed prior to reaching the optics. This indicates the use of a power tool and doesn’t look like ‘vandalism’ but rather like sabotage,”

Comment Re:Very old games (Score 2) 669

I have had Alpha Centauri on every computer I have owned since it came out. Such a fun game, you can play at a high difficulty and fight for a early finish, or play a lower difficulty and just tech to the hover tanks for a late world domination.

Currently I am playing Sid Meir's Railroads, thanks to the Humble Bundle. I can't believe I never played any of the Railroad simulators before.

Comment Re:Bike lanes... (Score 1) 947

I'm just over the water in Victoria and as a cyclist believe there needs to be more enforcement of the laws around cycling. Enforce the helmet laws, put laws in place regarding bike lights, I would even go so far as implementing a license system for any cyclist over 15.

I just about got run over at a stop light cross walk while walking with my 3yr old by a guy on an electric assist bicycle who didn't think he had to stop at a red light. People like that make my blood pressure go up instantly as they are the reason drivers dislike cyclists.

Comment Re:Cycling not the Answer (Score 1) 947

I will agree that very few, if any, people will bike to work in the snow.
Biking in the rain or in hot weather is not that big of a deal. I cycle to work all year long, the only days I won't ride are if there is snow, or there has been a very heavy frost and the risk of black ice is high.
The rain is just water and between my rain jacket and good lights on my bike, a quick shower at work cleans me up completely.

Cycling may not be the answer for everybody, but most people decide they are not going to make cycling work for them before they even get on a bike and try.

Comment Re:wince (Score 1) 168

I agree with you completely.

In my mind a lot of the problems we are seeing with patents are that when they were granted they may have been innovative, however when tech geeks today look at them they seem obvious.

People need to realize that the idea that was patented was likely validly granted at the time of filing, yet would not be granted today. However that does not make the protection of the patent any less valid.

One solution may be to shorted the lifetime of SW patents.

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