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Comment: airplanes have windows (Score 4, Insightful) 435

by tverbeek (#49673955) Attached to: Will Robot Cars Need Windows?

Airliners only need one set of windows at the front, for the pilots. But there's a row of windows on either side, and the seats next to those windows are the second-most-popular (after those on the aisle) despite the fact that they're the most difficult to get in and out of, have no access to the overhead bins, and offer less head/foot room. See also: trains, buses, passenger ferries. So I think the answer is yes: robot cars will still have windows.

Comment: Previous ISP: a decade (Score 1) 125

by tverbeek (#49616093) Attached to: I've had my current ISP (disregarding mergers) for ...

I was with my previous ISP (Speakeasy) for about a decade. They were a wonderful find when my DSL provider went under without warning, forcing me to shop for an alternative from the "comfort" of a coffee place. But as the independent DSL business consolidated (read "collapsed"), they eventually got bought out, customer service predictably declined, and (worst of all) I was still paying the same amount for the same speed I'd signed up for circa 2000 .... I finally jumped ship to (sigh) Comcast.

Comment: Re:Pay, not talent (Score 1) 553

by tverbeek (#49614055) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

But if an experienced landscaper is willing to do it for $20 – because he's been "laid off" from his landscaping job (unofficially for not being in his 20s anymore), but he would still like to continue eating – why shouldn't you hire him? Hiring decisions should be based on the actual job requirement (willingness to work for the pay), not assumptions about the applicants based on someone functionally irrelevant (age).

Comment: everyone gets spam (Score 1) 227

by tverbeek (#49598471) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think

"Have you been the victim of recruiting spam?"

I have an account on LinkedIn, so ... yes.

Which is funny/sad, because there is nothing in my linked-in profile that suggests that I'm particularly qualified for any in-demand jobs. So the spam I get is for garbage jobs, and positions for which I am obviously neither qualified nor interested.

Comment: misreading (Score 0) 314

by tverbeek (#49568729) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

Cue the pseudoscience nutcases who'll cite this as "proof" that fluoridated water is toxic to our chakras or something. Oh, wait, except that it's coming from the federal government, so it must be part of a conspiracy with Big Pharma to... um... increase our dependence on commercial toothpaste?

Comment: Re:One (Score 0) 301

I would hardly classify ethernet as "necessary"; wifi serves the same purpose in most situations, and more conveniently. I honestly can't remember the last time I actually used the RJ45 port on a laptop (other than loading a software image as part of my tech support job).

And how often would you want to connect an external drive at the same time you need to connect the laptop for charging? I'll grant that only having a single multipurpose connection point (like the new 12" MacBook) could be a bit of a bother in situations like that, but I can't see it being an obstacle.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.

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