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Comment Re:Is this really something we want to celebrate? (Score 1) 666

I've driven both... alot. And I would consider the Autobahn *marginally* better in terms of condition. And he was driving a vehicle that passed those same vehicle inspections (save for the extra fuel tanks). The reality is that most drivers in America don't drive well. Typically they're way too distracted.

In Europe, there's nothing all that special about the roads except that people have learned to drive in the right lane. When you take away the speed limit, people just go the speed they feel is comfortable. And if everyone is in the right lane, there isn't the issue of having to do erratic maneuvers to avoid other drivers. Certainly there are speed limited areas and some places have speed cameras. But in Germany, to me it was no different than driving in the midwest until you got to the cities... then it was like any other city.

Italy on the otherhand was both awesome to speed... er.. drive and freaky to drive in the cities (pedestrians walk into the streets even on major throughfares without second thought).

Comment Those that know.... (Score 2) 140

First, why not engage the community like Seattle Wireless to see if they're willing to setup a mesh in the park. They're a non-profit, your a non-profit...

I don't think your end goal was to provide coverage for everyone. If you have a bunch of people watching netflix while at the park, then why have live entertainment? Having a bunch of people all wired in would harsh my buzz instead of it being a social event.

Understandably for concessions, you'll need wifi or connectivity of somekind to keep capitalism alive. For that you can set up a small wifi-mesh across the concessions which are at the south end of the park and link it to one of the buildings up the hill via point-to-point mesh. That way you're not having to cover the entire length of the park (where there is still minimal coverage for 911/sms/etc. services) and still have something a little quicker than dialup for the vendors who paid money to setup stands for the event.

I doubt you want the event donation fees being swallowed up by trying to setup something elaborate when business functional will do.

Comment At the end of the day, you still aren't hip... (Score 1) 2

The reason that STEM in K-12 fails is the same when we grew up. It's not cool to sit and code when forwarding meme and lolcats provides instant gratification with them and their peers. Sure there are one-off kids that write pieces of code that timeshift twitter feeds or actual interesting solutions to problem. But most kids are consumers only without the discipline to create. We don't teach invention. We teach regurgitation for standardized tests. And Hollywood's depiction of technology doesn't help when they show crime labs able to analyze DNA in moments and access every single bootprint instantly out of their Easy Bake computer systems.

Necessity is the mother of invention. But beyond bitches and money, they have no other needs in a world that has everything else delivered to them via UPS.

Comment Europe's attitude on this subject (Score 1) 524

I've worked for a Swiss/French based company and when over there visiting the main office, they had the bare minimum when it came to the kitchen compared to US based companies where we do have soda/beer/snacks/free pizza. I was wondering if this is the norm or was I in a crap environment?

On the main subject: The more perks, the better talent you recruit and remain loyal. Look at Google where they have free cars, laundry, day care, meals, etc... Attrition (good or bad) aside, you don't want your talent to walk away because you won't write off the expense of a dollar for a can of soda.

We're sort of in a question mark regarding healthcare as the costs have gone up for everyone in anticipation of what will happen in a couple years. I'm not sure why we are dumping this all on insurance companies when there are no price controls anywhere else in healthcare or eased FDA certification or tort reform but I think sometime this decade we will be neck deep in reforming everything once everyone in the US gets dropped into public health care (you know it will happen).

Comment Obligatory... (Score 1) 1

Dr. Evil: You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads! Now evidently my cycloptic colleague informs me that that cannot be done. Ah, would you remind me what I pay you people for, honestly? Throw me a bone here! What do we have?
Number Two: Sea Bass.
Dr. Evil: [pause] Right.
Number Two: They're mutated sea bass.
Dr. Evil: Are they ill tempered?
Number Two: Absolutely.
Dr. Evil: Oh well, that's a start.

Submission + - Cluster of 35 Ancient Pyramids and Graves Discovered in Sudan

An anonymous reader writes: About 2,000 years ago, a kingdom named Kush flourished in what is now known as Sudan. Sharing a border with Egypt, the people of Kush were highly influenced by the other civilization. The result was that they built pyramids: lots of them. At one particular site known as Sedeinga, pyramid building continued for centuries. Now archaeologists have unearthed at least 35 of these small pyramids along with graves.

Comment Herding cats... (Score 1) 1

One really needs to define "emergency". There isn't an "overall" data link layer protocol. Every area is different it seems.

I know that some use Motorola DataTAC and ARDIS data.. but that's back in the day.

And that the company I work for provides link layer services for TEMPEST Telemedicine products:
http://www.rdtltd.com/

Comment here's a pail and a mop (Score 1) 2

Have him comment the code base. All code is sorely lacking in documentation and commentary.

When the comments are part of the docs (like doxygen), then it will matter if the document doesn't read correctly as to what function does what and it will be apparent if he understands what occurs. If he does a good job writing it up, then invite him to be part of a harder problem.

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