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Comment Re:Making it official, but... (Score 1) 314

Seconded. I'm in municipal SCADA, and we have moved many customers from landlines to cellular for over the last decade. I'm old school, so I like things that "just work" (like POTS), but our first conversion complained that it took 3 days to get the phone company to even come out to fix their broken lines, so he/they felt he had no choice.

I think completely getting rid of copper is another one of those "the momentum versus the better" issues (think "Betamax"). I once calculated my home phone line's down time over my 40+ years of life and it was over 99.9999% reliable.

Comment Easy: Two Accounts (Score 1) 120

This is probably obvious to most of you, but would be a night and day difference for the rest. Just keep two email accounts; one for humans, another for "robots" - and never mix the two. I have done this for at least 9 years. I get about one spam email per month on the ~decade-old human account, with no spam filter! The account that I give to the online stores, etc., is spammed up pretty good, but I don't bother checking it at all unless a purchase is significantly behind delivery. (Disclaimer: I use a non-free email account, one that comes with my [small company] Internet service.)

Comment What Would Brian Boitano Do? (Score 1) 274

I JUST got lunch two (albeit long) blocks away in our industrial park. Unlike ever before, the street was loaded with parked semis, a forklift flitting about, and a landscaper's truck with trailer. Traffic was relegated to one lane. This artificial lane was many semi trucks long. As a firmware guy with decades of experience, I see no way for contemporary technology to sort out that situation in a fraction of a second, especially as there is also an intersection ahead at the end of those semis where oncoming traffic would NOT be using the single lane. An AV would be baffled by such a random, but common, occurrence. (Can you imagine if the street was curved?)

Start paying attention and you will notice all kinds of "puzzles" in your own daily driving that would force the AV to a crawl or stop, or worse, keep going as is.

Comment Re:The entire premise is pure BS (Score 1) 294

When will people wake up and stop eating up this stuff?

When someone (us) fights back. When we say we're going to "buy" less of Apple, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft, because their values don't align with ours.

I haven't made the same as a female since I was bagging groceries as a kid. After that, adult's skill sets widely diverge over time. Hell, there isn't a MAN with the identical qualifications that I have. Everybody's different...

Further, let's multiply that by the fact that I had to fight, threaten and give ultimatums to get the vast majority of raises I have gotten over the decades. This is something I don't see most of the women I associate with being able to readily do, and for that (and them) I am thankful.

Comment The Spare Tire Of Computing? (Score 1) 385

I back up/image my hard drive regularly using a large-storage, USB, thumb drive with Macrium's Reflect software (I have no relation to them - I like the software); the idea being that the encrypted flash stick can hook to my key chain and be off-site and with me (if I ever need a file while away from home).

Just a few weeks ago, my sister bought a new laptop to replace her decade old laptop, which still works, but struggles to keep up with today's web. (Why?! Grrr...) I think she inadvertently got one without an optical drive. Anyway, she called me for advice on setting it up and asked about which office suite to use. 'I still have MS Office 2003 on CD-ROM, should I just use that?', she said. I reminded her of her purchase, which elicited a "D'oh!"

Comment I Can't Wait! (Score 1) 101

Death and slower traffic for all!

Driving is harder and more "quirky" than any computer will ever be able to comprehend. Don't believe me? The best computers on the planet, after countless revisions and countless years of testing (i.e., our brains), still aren't perfect when it comes to the task. It is comical to me to see engineers again believe they are "more clever" and will overcome everything if enough tech. is thrown at it. Mark my words, this will be a slow-motion clogging of our roadways as such cars get befuddled by a simple plastic bag blowing about the freeway.

"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." - George Bernard Shaw

Comment For The Record... (Score 1) 47

I "invented" the word "splinternet" several years ago. When I would babysit my niece and nephew, I wanted them to at least know what an encyclopedia was. So when I couldn't answer one of their many questions, we'd reference the Internet made of wood! (I lucked out that almost all of their topics were found there.)

I only hope they know how to use Google today...

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