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Comment MOD Parent Up (Score 1) 837

I would have to agree with bensode (above). I have been working IT for 20 years now and have ruined many nice silk ties on rough server cases. Switched to "cheap ties" but they still add up. We also have to remove the tie to lift servers onto the server jack and put it back on before continuing with racking - part of the safety protocol. Absolutely ridiculous but required (the ties - I am OK with safety). Always imagine how it could get worse before lamenting what you have - business casual is nice...

Comment Re:Hit'em in their wallets (Score 1) 462

When you say "Hit 'em in their wallets" You are really saying "Hit ME in MY wallet". The power industry is regulated. Profit is also regulated. Power companies make about 12% above what it costs to produce and distribute power in most markets (depends on the Public Service Commission in your area as to the actual percentage). The NERC (North American Electric Reliability Company) Critical Infrastructure Protection standards were adopted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to partially deal with the problem. Some companies have taken the INTENT of the standards to heart and have implemented them with true security in mind. Others have done everything they can to circumvent the standards. NERC is starting their initial audits right now to see how well individual companies have done. Stay tuned to www.nerc.com to see how your power company fared in the audit...

Comment Re:Been using it... (Score 5, Funny) 164

One of my voice mail transcripts:
"Hey it's Blake, Hey just called. He will not be in tomorrow. He is sick and he said he tried to get a hold of Robin Hood, so I'll be in all of you so bye. "
Should read
"Hey it's Jake, Sandy just called. She will not be in tomorrow. She is sick and she said she tried to get a hold of John. Please give me a call when you get this. Bye."
Actually, now that I think about it - Robin Hood could have helped us...

Comment Been using it... (Score 0, Offtopic) 164

and I am not thrilled with it. I picked a number that is frequently misdialed (admittedly - my mistake) and they want $10 to change numbers. I am using the do not disturb feature to send most calls to VM. The translation software is about 80% correct on guessing what my messages actually say. The other 20% are often more fun to read due to the humor of the translation. They have a way to go before this will be a reliable "ready for prime time" service.

Comment Sounds like Wall Street... (Score 1) 250

Sounds like wall street could use a few hundred cases of Windex. Straighten out them bankers once and fer all... On second thought, Washington DC, all state capitals and local governments need a few cases as well. This is what happens when Aunt Bea isn't around to clean the courthouse / jail daily.

Comment Re:Perfect... (Score 1) 691

Good point, but let's take this to the logical extreme. Imagine what this could mean for /. I make a post, get modded down by so many people that nature decides it is an abomination and sends a few electrons back in time to prevent the post from posting in the first place. ./ content should theoretically get better over time but only if the Trolls troll their hardest.

I guess I am ready to do my part...

Comment Umm... (Score 5, Insightful) 94

There is sort of a "duh" quality to the research here. Your brain is a "use it or lose it" type of organ. The more you use your brain and the more you use it in different ways, the better it gets at operating optimally. Games and education can be a good fit if the designers of educational games can manage to make something fun - not just a computerized version of a classroom. Use the media in a way in which it is already successful.

Maybe combine Grand Theft Auto and education by making the player add up fines or the value of the drugs he just stole...

Comment Re:Diet sodas (Score 1) 776

Diet sodas make your body expect energy. That energy does not arrive.

Hmm. Diet sodas make your body expect energy? Odd. I am a diabetic and have been for the past 35 of my 39 years of existence. I have always consumed diet cola - even when crappy "Tab" was the only choice other than crappy "Diet RIte". My body does not expect anything from a diet cola other than a need to urinate (solely to balance my body's need for water - the base of all cola - and the effect of receiving it). I drink caffeinated and decaffeinated colas. I am neither over weight nor underweight and @ 5'11" my BMI is 24 - "normal" (although my wife says that I could actually stand to gain a few pounds). Statistically, you can correlate anything you want to if you manipulate the scale.

I smell manipulation...

Comment Re:Flying Car (Score 2, Insightful) 712

Actually it is closely linked to the economy in a slightly different way as other posts below this one point out... From an Economics perspective, it is a lot easier to make progress in leaps and bounds when your economy finally gets organized and you head from being a "third world" country to "second world" or "first world". When modern computing started "from nothing", leaps and bounds were easy because the amount of effort required was exponentially smaller than leaps and bounds by todays standards. It required exponentially less extreme innovation to make significant results.

This is a good time to open the floor for Moore's Law debate and whether we will continue to be able to continue our past progression into the future on the processor end of technology...

Comment Re:I don't get it.. (Score 2, Insightful) 285

Actually, I must take your disclaimer with a pinch of salt. You are an undergraduate, which implies that you are still studying. Since you are studying, this implies that you are using your brain trying to figure things out. This means that you have NOT yet reached the point where you "know it all" because you have been "doing this for years and this is how everything works". Work as hard as you can not to fall into this type of "Engineer Brain" trap. The older I get, the harder it is to fight... Thanks for a well thought out post and follow up. Makes sense to me...

Comment The best way to kill a wiki... (Score 1) 3

is to write a bunch of strict regulations about changes. And worse when rank outweighs experience. It may have to be somewhat more structured than a tech wiki, but not a bad idea if they actually do it right. They way want to look at adding weight to certain solders posts, if a specialist edits a page that the specialist is an expert in, it should carry more weight than the average buck private. I imagine that other sections would need to be locked and moderated. Like most things, if done properly, it could be helpful, if done wrong, a disaster. Glad to see they are looking at it, though...
The Military

Submission + - Uncle Sam Wants You - to Wikify Army Field Manual 3

Hugh Pickens writes: "The NY Times reports that the Army began encouraging its personnel — from the privates to the generals — to go online and collaboratively rewrite seven of the field manuals that give instructions on all aspects of Army life using the same software behind the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. The goal, say the officers behind the effort, is to tap more experience and advice from battle-tested soldiers rather than relying on the specialists within the Army's array of colleges and research centers who have traditionally written the manuals. "For a couple hundred years, the Army has been writing doctrine in a particular way, and for a couple months, we have been doing it online in this wiki," said Col. Charles J. Burnett, the director of the Army's Battle Command Knowledge System. "The only ones who could write doctrine were the select few. Now, imagine the challenge in accepting that anybody can go on the wiki and make a change — that is a big challenge, culturally." Under the three-month pilot program, the current version of each guide can be edited by anyone around the world who has been issued an ID card that allows access to the Army Internet system. Reaction so far from the rank and file has been tepid but the brass is optimistic because, even in an open-source world, soldiers still know how to take an order. "One of the great advantages we have is that we are a disciplined force," says retired Coronel Christopher R. Paparone. "We are hierarchical. When the boss says 'do this,' it tends to get done. Even those who don't like to write will add something.""

Comment Re:It's *money* which is the Ponzi scheme (Score 1) 346

Actually, I believe you are referring to the "Money Multiplier". This is a function of FED policy which the US banking system is partially based upon. When I put $100 into the bank as savings, the bank has to honor one of the tools of the FED called the "Reserve Requirement Ratio". The RRR is a requirement that the bank keep in reserves a percentage of my deposit in available cash and allows them to loan out the rest. So if, for instance, the RRR is 10%, the bank will keep $10 in cash reserves and loan out $90. This keeps happening (up to a point) "creating money" that did not exist before. BTW - the pea in the shell game is here. The "Money Multiplier" ends up being the inverse of the RRR, or in our example, 10. That means that for the initial $100 deposit that I make, $1000 can be loaned out as the money travels on the balance sheets from bank to bank. Two things are required for this FED tool to work. One - you MUST have a nation which SAVES money. The United States is banking on the savings of the Baby Boomers. We need some new thrifty savers. And two, we ASSUME that the banks will loan out any excess reserves. If they are scared to make loans, new money is not "created". So, do the world a favor - get out of credit card debt, save for a while, then borrow some money to spend...

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