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Comment Re:So when will the taxi drivers start protesting? (Score 1) 583

The tips are generally shared amongst some of the staff.... that portion of the staff makes shit wage, minimum wage law doesn't apply to them.

No, minimum wage law does apply to them: "If an employee's tips combined with the employer's direct wages of at least $2.13 an hour do not equal the federal minimum hourly wage, the employer must make up the difference."

It's actually most white-collar employees (e.g., software developers such as myself) who are exempt from the minimum wage laws (and overtime too)... see this page for the full list of exempt employees.

Comment Re:Don't trust the Wall Street Journal (Score 1) 129

Are there any of the major companies that aren't doing Fiber to the Press Release? Karl Bode has a hateboner for AT&T, but if you look at it objectively, Google's doing the same thing. Fiber in Austin! But where and when? Not here, and not right now--probably not for another year. Unlike AT&T's so-called FTTPR, which is currently available in the Austin suburb I live in.

Comment Re:No, thank you. (Score 1) 865

This. My wife's car is completely keyless. She has to have the fob to open the doors or turn it on. This past winter she came out of work and couldn't get into her car let alone turn it on because the battery in her fob died. Fortunately it was at work and she had a warm place to go back to and call me to bring her the spare fob. If she had been somewhere without such recourse when it was -15 wind chill she very well could have died.

My Chevy Volt has keyless entry, remote start, and a keyless start option, but it still has a physical key. If the battery in the Fob dies I can still get in it. My old Chevy Impala I kept a spare key in my wallet. It wouldn't start it, but would open the door or trunk in case I locked the keys in the car or I could get to the emergency supplies I kept in the trunk.

You name the model car you have, and your old one. Why don't you name the one your wife has that's apparently a deathtrap in the winter?

Because if we knew, we'd link to the documentation showing that there is in fact a physical key inside the fob that can be used to unlock the door.

Comment Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (Score 1) 865

Q: How do you turn the car off in an emergency - e.g. stuck accelerator pedal?
A: You can't just press start/stop, as the vehicle speed sensor inhibits the button, so you can't turn off the ignition whilie the vehicle is moving. This isn't even in the manual. However, pressing and holding start/stop for 10 seconds will cause the ignition to turn off completely. This is a surprisingly long time in an emergency. In fact, in several "unintended acceleration" episodes, the drivers said they tried to turn off the push-button ignition, but couldn't turn it off.

Karnal was talking about Lexuses--maybe this is a recent change, but you only need to hold the button for 3 seconds to turn the engine off. Or press it 3 times in a row. See, for example, page 484 of the 2012 ES 350 Owner's Manual. It's similar in Nissans... hold for more than 2 seconds, or press 3 times within 1.5 seconds (page 6-2 of the 2013 Altima Owner's Manual.

Comment Re:.... don't see the issue with your plan? (Score 1) 865

If you have to push the brake pedal down all the way to trigger the 'keep cranking until start' mode, you couldn't pop-start since the car wouldn't be moving :)

If the starter works, why would you want to pop-start the car? The idea is that the starter isn't working, for whatever reason. So you press the button twice to switch the ignition to "ON" mode, put the transmission in 2nd gear, step on the clutch, get a friend to push your car (or roll it down a hill), then slowly release the clutch. No brakes are involved. This page has some more details on the process.

Comment Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (Score 1) 865

In Nissans and Toyotas with push button ignition, hold down the brake and press the button to crank. IIRC, it keeps cranking while you're holding down the button, although I haven't really tested that much, since I don't want to keep the starter engaged for too long once it's actually started. If you don't actually want to start the car, don't hold down the brake; just press the button to run accessories. Press it one more time to turn everything on.

I don't know if you can push-start a manual with this system, but it seems like you could.

Comment Re:Security through Antiquity? (Score 1) 481

We still manufacturer magnetic thin films on flexible media, for the last few 3.5 inch floppies and other purposes, and I'd imagine that you could get away with putting a very low resolution magnetic pattern on film capable of a much finer one (though not the reverse)

Not necessarily--not all magnetic thin films are the same. Ones capable of storing a higher density of magnetic patterns have a higher coercivity (i.e., it takes a higher magnetic field strength to change the magnetization). The write heads in drives designed to write on lower coercivity media aren't strong enough to write on the high coercivity media. Which is why you can't use a 5.25" HD (1.2MB) floppy in a DD (360KB) drive.

Comment Re:Editorializing (Score 1) 171

Of course a 3.5" floppy drive can damage a disk. The head is in contact with moving media. Should it damage the disk? No. CAN it damage the disk? Certainly.

Which is why they cleaned the floppy drive before putting the disks into it. "The primary concern was damage to the disks during the reading process. While impossible to eliminate without using extremely expensive equipment well beyond the reach of involved parties, it was believed this risk could be minimized by using a recently cleaned and tested floppy drive for copying ..." -- from the report detailing what they did.

Not sure why there seems to be this assumption that because they made an "image" of the disks, they must not have used a regular Amiga floppy drive. These days I often make images of hard drives... I don't take the platters out in a clean room and use some special microscope to do it. I plug in the drive as normal and use software. Similarly, they imaged the floppies by using a regular Amiga floppy drive, albeit connected to a fancier floppy controller card that can even image disks that may have errors.

Comment Re:Editorializing (Score 1) 171

Most serious software archivists would simply plop the disks in a floppy drive connected to a Kryoflux, or similar device, and be done with it.

And that's exactly what they did. They imaged the floppies with KryoFlux connected to a known-good, clean, Amiga floppy drive. TFA has a link to the technical details.

Comment Re:de Raadt (Score 1) 304

Bitch about this instead. A fucking static checker found heartbleed.

No, it says, "Coverity did not find the heartbleed bug itself", which very clearly means that Coverity did not find Heartbleed. And Coverity themselves confim that Coverity does not detect the problem (though in response, they've added a new heuristic that does detect it, but no word on how the new heuristic affects the false positive rate).

Comment Re:IRS has free online tax filing (Score 1) 386

It's not exactly the IRS's service; it's offered by the Free File Alliance, "a nonprofit coalition of industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the IRS to provide free electronic tax services."

I use them too... definitely beats driving to the main post office at midnight to make sure the return (or extension) is postmarked in time. :)

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