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Comment Re:People getting too illiterate for email? (Score 1) 290

There are reasons for voice communication. I've asked an either/or question of someone via email and gotten a response of "yes" which was quite infuriating. Doubly so because they were on the west coast and replied after my business hours on the east coast, then I had to wait till 11 AM the next day to get a proper response. All of this could be avoided with real-time communication.

Comment Re:Lucky you're not in Australia (Score 1) 623

The saying "9 you're fine, 10 you're mine" is common in the US. It refers to the threshold most police use to pull you over. Unless you're going through a speed trap or a small town, you're unlikely to get pulled going 9 or less because you can get it wiped out at court fairly easy.

Comment Assuming people can go without internet (Score 1) 174

In my circles and with my career, internet has become a necessity not an option. Looking at it through this lens, you factor the difference between the internet you'd have without netflix and what you'd have with it, not the entire cost. In my case, that's $10/mo extra, not the whole $50.

Comment Re:Does this pass the smell test? (Score 1) 147

That being said, the risk potential probably would be much more acceptable for a smaller scale of rivers and inland lakes, where a vessel would arguably be easier to salvage if there is an issue.

You have it entirely flipped, this is the exact opposite of reality and smaller rivers and inlets are the most dangerous places for a ship big enough to want automation. The river may look wide, but the channel in which bigger ships can actually travel inside a river is often very small due to depth constraints. A ship running aground in a channel can shut down commerce there for days, weeks, or months depending on the severity, and a collision can cause hundreds of millions in damage to fixed infrastructure. The risk and concern is so severe that most ports have what we call "pilots" that are specialized ship drivers who know that port location - they drive out to the large ship in a small boat, climb the ladder, and drive the ship to its berth. It can take up to 2-3 hours just to dock a ship at one of the outer terminals because of the low speed and safety factors. The turning tolerances and weather constraints make it very dangerous and difficult should something go wrong.

Comment You're holding it wrong :) (Score 1) 99

Sorta kinda serious with the subject line. We've been conditioned over the years to be very precise about our steps in working with computers, especially as techies, because we know the limitations. Well, these tools actually remove multiple steps and we aren't taking advantage of it.

For example, when I first tried using it I would say "OK Google, directions to 1234 Main Street, Anytown, USA 21222 - then put in my location, then click navigate. Now, I say "OK Google, navigate to home" and that's it. Or "OK Google, navigate to Chipotle" and it'll figure out the closest one on its own. Much easier and you don't have to worry about the details.

Another example, sometimes I like to sleep for a few extra minutes in the morning after getting ready, so my alarm changes. I'll say "OK Google, set alarm for 7" and I don't need to specific the day, "O'clock", AM or PM, or how often the alarm goes off, the default behavior is setting a one-time alarm closest to your current time. After using it for a while you get used to these shortcuts and it becomes quicker.

Comment A take from a young buck (Score 1) 351

Doom was a little before my time, but I did enjoy playing it around 11 years old on the Jaguar. I'm not sure why, but for some reason we ended up with fairly odd names for a lot of the monsters. The pig men were "Biscuit Eaters" the floating balls were meatballs (obviously) and we ended up calling one of them "Leaning Jowlers" which is a pig roll position from Pass the Pigs. We had a lot of fun with it :)

My LAN days focused mainly on CS, Starcraft, and AoE2.

Comment Bad teachers make bad note-takers (Score 1) 192

Unfortunately, all through middle and high school, I had anal-retentive teachers who demanded you transcribe their notes word-for-word and took 10% or more of your grade from random note tests. I had one teacher whose tests would consist of questions like "what is the third word on the 5th page of section 5 in your notes" and the answer would be "the" or something ridiculous. As a slow writer, I found it infuriating and it really left a bad taste in my mouth about education for many years. It wasn't about learning, it was about learning the way they say is best, individuality be damned.

Comment There is some positive in this sea of negative (Score 2) 227

While yes, the number doesn't mean what it used to, there's a reason to be optimistic that opportunities could open up in the US. The stability of the US is a major factor that draws people right now, because a lot of them bet big on emerging markets and are losing their asses. There really isn't anywhere else you can put your money right now to get big returns with reasonable risk - Brazil is in a crisis, the Euro is in danger of breaking apart, Russia is Russia, the Middle East turmoil is turning that part of the world upside down, all the oil producing countries' economies are struggling, and China/Asia is looking riskier by the day. What's left? Stable returns on stable investments in the US.

Stable markets are very valuable right now because we live in a very unstable world.

Comment Its not just RTP (Score 1) 1095

NC is a very "purple" state and not homogeneous by any measure. Not just the RTP triangle, but Charlotte, Asheville, and Wilmington are huge areas where people are quite socially liberal, and those 4 alone make up over half the population of the state. I live in Charlotte, and people in Charlotte tend to be particularly annoyed when Raleigh craps on things Charlotte wants to do, particularly in terms of funding and policy, as Charlotte is the largest metropolitan area in the state.

I'm confident that this legislation will eventually be overturned, but it makes me angry because it does scare away open-minded people and businesses who might want to live in this state. Charlotte is currently undergoing a real estate boom and things are going great, it would suck for our economy to struggle because of politicians.

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