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Comment I understand this (Score 1) 410

In the fall of 2013 I bought a Subaru Forester that was fully loaded and had every tech feature on it that was available. In the beginning I liked all of the technology; the Eyesight collision avoidance system, the information center, the navigation system, the entertainment system, etc. However, over time I started finding a lot of this technology annoying. The adaptive cruise control would adjust your speed down to match the car in front of you so slowly and at such a distance that you would find yourself driving several mph below the speed limit instead of realizing that you needed to pass the driver ahead. Every Monday morning, which is garbage day in my neighborhood, the Eyesight system would "warn" me about the trash bins on a particular street, picking them up as obstacles. The same system would often warn me about other non-existent "obstacles". In rainy driving conditions it would warn me that I was swerving out of my lane when no such thing was ocurring. The navigation system was horrible. It took way too much time to set up a route, and on at least two occasions it was just plain wrong about my destination. The touch screen was very unresponsive and far too small to be useful. The information center was always nagging me about stuff ("please refuel"). Finally one night, while I was driving with my girlfriend, the car told me to "Please refuel", and she remarked, "Oh, isn't that nice! It tells you when to get gas, and it's so polite." What I found annoying, she found endearing, and I suddenly realized, "Damn! I'm driving a car made for women!" I considered how much I had been driving my second vehicle, which is an old pickup. I think I was subconciously rebelling against the forced feminization of my driving experience.

So, after a year and a half, I traded in my Subaru on a Jeep Wrangler. It lacks alot of the tech that the Subaru has, It has no annoying navigation system. It doesn't give a damn about obstacles or lanes. It doesn't talk to me. When the fuel gets low it simply chimes and turns on the low fuel light. It has an information package, but it only gives me information when I look for it. In short, if forces you to pay attention to your car and your driving. I feel more connected to my Jeep even though it has no "connection" systems.

Don't get me wrong. I liked the Forester, and Subuaru builds great cars. If you really want a small SUV with good horsepower that is very safe and can go almost anywhere I can highly recommend the Forester. I liked the Forester, but I didn't LOVE it. On the other hand, I love the Jeep. It's a simple vehicle that is fun to drive and offers a great deal of utility.

Comment Re:Check my math. (Score 1) 574

We might be hard pressed to come up with an army of 100,000 installers. At present, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 4,800 Solar photovoltaic installers in the U.S.

At present, each installer would have to install about 104,166 in the 4-year period. Assuming each worker is on the job 250 days per year, that would be 417 panels installed per day, or 52 panels per hour.

So, we'll definitely need a whole lot more installers than we have right now to reach Ms. Clinton's goal. I wonder where all these people are going to come from? And who is going to train them?

   

Comment Check my math. (Score 0) 574

Check my math, please
31,536,000 seconds per year.
126,144,000 seconds per 4-year term
126,144,000 / 500,000,000 = 0.252288

To install 500,000,000 solar panels during her first term (4 years) means that about 4 solar panels would have to be installed every second. With all the wiring and retrofitting involved, even with a few hundred companies installing solar panels, this does not sound possible.

Comment A Good Point (Score 1) 204

I think the writer makes a good point. How do you "cure" something that is part of your DNA? To put it in perspective, how do you "cure" yourself from having brown eyes? I think the best you can hope for is to "treat" your brown eyes with differently colored contacts.

As a person with a chronic, degenerative, genetic disease (type 1 diabetes), I have become less interested in talk about cures, and more interested in improved treatment. Specifically, an inexpensive, non-invasive method of detecting glucose levels. This single thing would improve my life greater than any other thing out there.

Comment "opt-in" = sodomy (Score 2) 124

" With that in mind, SourceForge pledges to present third-party offers only with the projects that explicitly opted-in to that program."

These days, whenever I see a company or organization use the phrase "opt-in", I immediately tune out anything else that is said, and decide I want nothing more to do with that company or organization.

Comment Re:I'm with you to some extent (Score 1) 1067

Here's an example. Your company has contracts to sell diesel fuel to a couple of thousand trucking company customers, who need to know what your quoted price is going to be every day, so that they can dispatch their trucks. So there is a program that runs at 3:00am that calculates and sends out the quoted prices to these customers. Meanwhile, Susie Mushferbrains, a college intern, forgot to enter some minor data which is needed for a job that happens to run at 2:55am in the same job queue as the diesel fuel quotes program. So, at 2:55:13am there is a divide by zero error which holds up everything in the job queue, and nobody notices this until 8am the next morning. Because the diesel fuel quotes didn't go out, the various trucking company dispachers are routing their vehicles to your competitor's stores and you lose several million dollars that day in revenue.

It would be better if the system would just plug in 0 and send out a warning rather than crash a program because, OMG! bad math!

Comment Re:I'm with you to some extent (Score 1) 1067

That's not what I'm saying. When you have a number of critical jobs that have to be run, you don't want all of them held up because some idiot somewhere forgot to put in, for instance, the number of students, and now there is a divide by zero error that brings everything to a standstill. In this case, it is far better to take the chance of paying out $10,000 accidentally (something that will probably be caught by someone before it becomes a problem), than the chance of losing $10 million because some other critical job did not get executed at the right time.

Comment I'm with you to some extent (Score 1) 1067

I know that in a business setting, making x/0 = 0 would be okay. At least it has always been okay in my 30+ years of experience. But I think the problem lies at a very low level, that is, the CPU cannot divide something by zero. I am pretty sure this is why it is, universally, an error.

Comment They just need to hire more sociopaths (Score 1, Insightful) 298

This should be no problem. They just need to hire more sociopaths and psychopaths. Corporate America is filled with such people, most of whom are middle managers. Other areas to mine are collection agencies, repo agencies, and Audi drivers. A lot of those people would be perfectly content to spend all day killing humans remotely, then going home to the wife and kids. The military just needs to lower their physical standards a bit.

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