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Comment Re:cognitive science (Score 1) 418

this is why you turn down the radio when looking for an address in the dark

It would be that I'm rolling down the window so my vision isn't obscured by the window tint, so I can see street signs as I pass them; so I don't run over some kid on a bicycle or pedestrian; or so I don't miss an auditory queue?

Why turn down the radio when I'm rolling down the window? So my loud music that's relatively quiet outside the car isn't suddenly loud outside the car.

I turn down the radio and roll down the windows when backing into my own driveway. It's not because I can't process information with the radio on. I wouldn't be able to hear my car nudge a garbage can, or someone yelling "STOP!" because they see something I don't.

Comment Re:cognitive science (Score 1) 418

we can't talk to you anymore until after we land.

No, it's more like the pilots needed to talk to each other and ATC. Any conversation with you would be in the way. The last thing they need is to be given an emergency instruction, and miss it because you were talking at the same time.

It's not a mental bandwidth problem, it's a SNR problem. At that point, you are noise which is easily eliminated by telling you to shut up.

Comment Re:Basis for discrimination (Score 1) 684

    Exactly.

    I'm totally against off-shoring jobs, and encouraging foreigners to move to the US to be paid a fraction of the fair market rate. It's ruining the US economy, to boost profits and (somewhat) help the economy of poorer foreign nations.

    The choices have driven the US economy to the bring of ruin, which we're barely seeing recovery from now.

    Some companies are seeing the damage they're doing, but only when they've seen their customer base decimated. Most of those companies have lost their asses, making the devastation worse.

    I'll sugar coat it next time.

Comment Re:Basis for discrimination (Score 3, Informative) 684

Exactly. They could have not liked her attitude at the interview, the color of her shoes, the way she said "Hi, I'm here for the interview", or a million other things.

We do know it probably came down to dollars. She wanted Y, they were willing to pay B. No company or organization is required to hire the best candidate. They're only not allowed to discriminate on the list.

I've been not hired before, because when they finally let loose with a number, it was insulting. Not the "I'm worth a million, I'll settle for $200k". It was $20/yr, no benefits. I don't know why they even bothered offering it. After a few in that ballpark, from companies who couldn't afford ... well ... anything, I start off the conversation with "what's your budget, so I'll know if we should even continue the conversation."

From the article, "High-tech companies claim they can't find Americans to fill U.S jobs, when, in fact, they are rejecting talented Americans..."

Of course they are. Why give her a 6 figure salary, when you can get someone at a weak 5 figures?

Comment Re:Not one of the better DIY jobs (Score 2) 128

That's what I was thinking too. It looked like the guy was the single source of information. He probably tells everyone the same things..

Boeing would be the only aircraft manufacturer interested in using a Boeing simulator. They can make better ones themselves, since they have the engineers, the parts supply, and the budget, to do it right. Theirs also wouldn't include a bunk bed jammed in the corner, nor the trivialized child.

Comment Re:Know what I want? (Score 1) 38

You're thinking of http://photosynth.net/. I put up a few sets back in 2008 and 2009.

It looks like they tuned it up a bit. The SR-71 at Smithsonian Dulles" set didn't work very well when I first put it up.

The "Downtown Los Angeles 11.20.2008" set is interesting. The hotel room kind of fades in and out because I moved around while I was shooting it.

They must have been very selective, or they did some extra processing, to make theirs look really good.

Comment Re:High risk (Score 1) 390

That depends on the car. I know my car can overpower the parking/emergency brake. But yes, it's worth trying. If it's a brake failure, sure, it'll stop the car. I don't think any of the parking/emergency brakes are computer controlled. Every one I've seen is attached by cable.

Comment Re:High risk (Score 1) 390

Does nothing on an automatic until your speed drops below an appropriate threshold.

In every automatic transmission car I've driven, you can pull it down a gear. I hated racing in stock automatics, but I could bleed speed off fast by pulling down a gear.

But hey, lets say you have a transmission that you can't shift between gears.. You can shift to neutral. Your car has neutral, doesn't it?

Turn off the key
Many new cars (Priuses, for example) don't have mechanical keys, ...

Luckily, the car in question was a Mercedes, not a Prius.

Spin the car.
At 80MPH, "spinning" the car means flipping the car, and will likely get you just as killed as the "brick wall" method of decelerating.

Depends on the car and conditions. I wouldn't recommend attempting it in a jacked up 4wd truck. Unfortunately, I've seen plenty of cars do it. Sometimes on the track. Sometimes on the street. I've never witnessed one flip without some assistance. That's usually sliding into something that will upset the driving a bit more, like a curb, going off road into sand, etc. The whole thing with cars flipping as soon as they start spinning is Hollywood. Spinning cars don't make the news, unless they *do* flip. They rarely even result in a traffic ticket.

Even hard maneuvering will bleed speed off.
This one really will always work, but as with spinning, careful just how hard you maneuver at high speeds.

Really, everyone should learn how to drive. Like, performance driving on closed tracks. You'll find out that both you and your vehicle are capable of far more than you think. A 80mph slalom is perfectly possible in most vehicles. Heck, I ran a tight slalom course in a minivan without hitting any cones. It bled off a lot of speed, since it didn't have the power to hold its speed.

Oddly enough, I did have a possibly catastrophic incident in that same minivan. The air cleaner lid came loose, and fell under the accelerator linkage at full throttle (coming off a light). I popped the shifter to neutral, turned the key off, let the engine stop, then unlocked the steering wheel so I could coast to the side of the road.

I'm a serious believer that everyone should receive good training in how to operate the tons of death that they sling around daily. It would probably save an awful lot of lives, including the subject of the link. It's unfortunate that most states only require a cursory knowledge of what the controls in the vehicle do, and what traffic control devices mean. Knowing how to parallel park is nice. I'd rather that people were taught how to recover from potentially fatal situations. Most people don't know what their brakes can do until the first time they have an emergency. That is, if they aren't distracted talking on the phone and eating a big mac while driving.

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