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Comment Re:Hell of a money maker (Score 2) 50

I am aware of xfinitywifi, but I don't use it. As best I can determine, there's no way to confirm any given xfinitywifi hotspot is truly xfinitywifi, so I'm not going to enter my Comcast credentials into one to use it.

What will change with this new service? (Other than users' phones logging into random hotpsots claiming to be xfinitywifi (or whatever name will be used).)

Comment Re: First they have to find the cause (Score 1) 64

*looks at space shuttle history*

Actually, they did. That's why the shuttle's external tank was coated with foam insulation (the orange stuff you could see).

Unfortunately for the crew of the Columbia, not enough was done about the problem. (True, it was ice. So really it was "air solidization" (water vapor being a component of air).)

Comment Re:News reporting creates cognitive biases (Score 1) 243

so few? there's over 100,000 total Teslas out there

That is few. For a comparison, for example, GM makes more than 100,000 Sierra/Silverado pickup trucks per year. Then add in the SUVs (Tahoe/etc) based on the same platform and that's at least 200,000 per year. Tesla's 100,000+ vehicles are its total production over several years.

Comment Re:That's bullshit (Score 1) 323

In my world, we rely on practical tests of functionality *with the actual users* rather than theoretical measures of effectiveness

Some actual users do use the methods properly, so the theoretical measures are not as theoretical as you seem to think.

My girlfriend and I were well educated about sex. We got her pregnant exactly the one time we planned for. The rest of the time, we've always used the precautions properly and effectively. And sex has always been a lot of fun for us. By the time our daughter turned 10, we had decided no more children, so I got a vasectomy. Yes, we can now be a little more spontaneous about fucking, but honestly, that made no difference in the level of fun.

Comment Re:That's bullshit (Score 1) 323

You'll never convince teens to get on their knees and kiss where they pee with half-baked campaigns like that

When we were teens (and legal age where we lived at the time), my girlfriend and I tried that based on recommendations from friends who said it was great. No promotional campaign needed. Also, we preferred (and still prefer) 69. (Not saying we don't fuck regularly. We do (and did). And a lot of oral, especially 69.)

Comment Re:Only 3 years? (Score 1) 472

Also, I don't see "humanities and other general education" not being required as a bonus or a great thing. For starters, societies need thinking people with a round education, not just people who know how to turn levers and knobs.

I agree. I was just offering a possible explanation for how Indian universities "trim" a year off a bachelor's degree program.

For comparison, the ECE degree program I was in required 32 credits of "humanities and other general education" and a total of 132 credits to graduate. My daughter is in the EEE program at the same university. The general education requirement is still 32 credits. But, total credits has been increased to 144. This is to accommodate additional technical requirements that many tech companies are looking for. Fortunately, she qualified for AP credits, so her credit load is only 16 instead of 18 (her scholarship will only pay for 8 semesters of classes (and 2 semesters of internships)).

Comment Re:Only 3 years? (Score 3, Informative) 472

A coworker of mine is from India - green card, permanent resident, married to a US citizen. She told me her credit load per semester was 18 and that "humanities and other general education" were not required. Also that foreign languages were a high school requirement.

She also said her education was fully government paid (and that the admissions requirements are far higher than for US universities).

Comment Re:Big, fat, NO FREAKIN' DUH! (Score 1) 228

You are NOT running linux under windows. There is no such thing. Even Canonical admits that.

In this case, Linux, itself, is not being run. So, should not be called "Linux on Windows" or any variation of "Linux".

However, CoLinux wraps a Linux kernel in a Windows driver so Linux runs directly on the CPU, along side Windows, with no virtualization. This is a "headless" and diskless Linux, requiring an Xserver running under Windows and a fileserver on Windows. Also, the project is very limited and has little activity.

Comment Re:I've tried Walmart's ship to a local store (Score 1) 98

Wait 3 minutes in case the person had just stepped away for a bit.

At the Walmart stores I've done pick-ups at, there were call buttons at the pickup desks. I didn't have to go looking for anyone, though I still had to wait several minutes.

the guy comes out still chewing (apparently finishing what he was eating was more important than a waiting customer).

According to some one I know who works for Walmart, there are strict rules about employees taking their breaks on time and for the exact time scheduled. He claimed employees have been fired for returning early from breaks.

So this likely means the store manager either didn't assign an alternate or the alternate was assigned to cover more than 1 position, so was stuck with other customers.

Something I have observed at many stores - not just Walmart - is an increasing tendency to schedule too few staff for the work load.

Comment Re:Utility and deviance of the User Agent (Score 1) 104

For example Firefox used to have a plugins.enumerable_names preference so you could control whether or not a website could figure out which addons and extensions are installed (a big source of fingerprinting data). But they removed the preference last year and now every website gets to sniff your plugins again.

That's called "Kissing the hand that feeds you." Mozilla received a lot of money from Yahoo. And Google before that.

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