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Comment Re:Oh noes (Score 4, Interesting) 180

I received one of these emails from Verizon, which for $59.99 "is a great opportunity to enhance your Fios experience with faster Wi-Fi speeds."

It isn't so much the money or speed I worry about as the ability to control the router's advanced settings for server ports, etc. that I have now in the "old" router.

I couldn't find any detailed information about the new router. I am seriously worried that the advanced settings will be dumbed down or made unavailable, so their outsourced customer service won't have to be concerned with technical stuff and thus require less training. Maybe the monthly fee for the old router is a red flag that this is the case, since they may need customer support with more training. I don't want to buy the new router and then be screwed unless I upgrade to an expensive "business" account. I doubt they will let me go back to the old router.

Does anyone know the specs for the new router?

Comment So much for remorse (Score 5, Insightful) 146

" While we are disappointed by CMS' decision,..."

If she had any sense of ethics, she would be grateful the CMS is doing its job of protecting the public from dishonest people like her. Why isn't she in jail for falsifying test results and endangering people's lives?

She's not sorry she did it, only that she got caught. Typically psychopathic behavior, Sadly she'll probably be successful someday, lying, cheating, and using people on her way up.

Comment Re:By far... (Score 5, Informative) 485

The problem is not the Autopilot feature but the way it has been misleadingly and dangerously marketed.

Musk bragged to the press that Autopilot was "almost twice as good as a person," certainly sending the wrong message. His ex-wife posted a YouTube video of her driving while covering her eyes and dancing around while on Autopilot on a crowded highway. All this has encouraged a bunch of other YouTube videos of people behaving foolishly while on Autopilot.


Even the marketing name "Autopilot" is probably misleading to some people, who might interpret as "the car drives itself without human assistance". It should have been more conservatively called "driver assist" or some such.

In the end their marketing stupidity is probably going to bite them financially. A dashboard warning doesn't excuse it. I say this regretfully as a Tesla stockholder.

Comment Re:Mostly a bad idea (Score 2) 59

A video of a slide show.

Of all the pointless YouTube uses mentioned, this is the one I hate the most. There is nothing that is a bigger waste of time, especially if you want to see a few of the pictures but don't care about the rest. What the world needs is a browser add-on that converts YouTube slideshows to a directory of jpegs.

Comment Re:So I'm not the only one (Score 2) 36

I have a shelf full of DEC TK50 tape cartridges, and I do know what's on them: all the programs, many in C, that I wrote before the mid-90s. Some of which I was rather proud of, with clever algorithms (IMNSHO) and meticulously documented.. The VAX gave up the ghost with no funds to repair/replace, and the backup tapes were all that was left.. While I don't have any realistic hope of recovering them without spending a lot of money, I keep them around in case my lottery ticket comes through.

Comment Re:Stitching artifacts (Score 1) 71

Studying the "hexadecimal" number some more, it doesn't have hex digits E and F. Instead, it seems that the artist took numbers from 1 to 99 and followed each of them with a letter from A to D, like the answers in a multiple-choice quiz. Then he took this long list and cut it into sections, some with the numbers increasing and some decreasing, and re-concatenated them. Beyond that, your guess is as good as mine.

Comment Stitching artifacts (Score 3, Interesting) 71

While the overall result is impressive, the "stitching" isn't perfect. On most pictures it's hard to tell since the brushstrokes have lower resolution than the photography. But on one picture in particular, called "O Livro (os Cem)" by Jac Leirner (1987), the stitching irregularities are easy to find. Type "O Livro" in the search box to find this image.

Essentially this picture is a giant canvas of words in Portuguese. (I speak Portuguese, and it starts off as a bunch of rambling thoughts on money and love, degenerating into what to me makes no sense).

Anyway, to pick an easy to locate spot where stitching apparently took place, find the line about 2/3 down that consists of a giant hexadecimal number (what the hell is that, anyway?). The line starts "D21D22C23..." Blow it up to maximum resolution. The first and second D, and the second 2, have alignment artifacts, and the lower portion of this starting string is slightly blurrier that the top portion. This even gives some insight into the algorithm, where you can see that it's desperately trying to align the top and bottom portions, even distorting or shifting some in-between parts to achieve the result.

Comment Re:Let's extend that idea (Score 4, Insightful) 131

How about they implement blocking autorun of all videos by default

You mean like YouTube, where when you middle-click open several tabs of videos of possible interest, they all start playing in a cacophonous roar? Then you have to open each tab to pause it before you can even start watching one of them, defeating the whole purpose of "open in new tab".

Oh wait, Google bought YouTube and added that incredibly annoying autorun "feature".

I don't know what they were thinking, but I do know that it has caused me to do a lot less casual sampling of their videos..

Comment Re:Simple question (Score 5, Interesting) 342

Cigarette smokers are about 30% less likely to develop Parkinson's disease. It hasn't been studied for pure nicotine, but that would be the likely source of the neuroprotection.

This interests me because my father has Parkinson's, his brother had Parkinson's, and a member of my mother's family has Parkinson's. None of them have ever smoked.

I had my whole genome sequenced, and out of 10 or so known markers related to Parkinson's (according to my promethease.com full genome analysis), I have all but one (for early onset familial Parkinson's). So I'm probably screwed. Interestingly, I also have a marker that indicates my chances of developing Parkinson's is lower if I consume caffeine regularly (which I do). This might be the same one as for nicotine, although apparently that hasn't been studied genetically.

In any case, I'm hoping to reduce my chances of Parkinson's or at least delay it, so I have started chewing nicotine gum. I couldn't find any negative consequences of nicotine gum in the literature. As a bonus it seems to help me think better.

Comment Re:Zoning laws are bad? (Score 1) 524

I've heard of this thing called the Golden Rule... How would you like it if someone just set up a fruit stand right in front of your house?

Unless you mean "he who has the gold makes the rules," the Golden Rule is to imagine your situation swapped with the other person...

Never mind, I don't think someone who gets upset by an impoverished fruit vendor in front of their mansion could grasp the concept.

Comment Re:Battery powered (Score 1) 84

When my son was young, I bought him those velcro-fastened shoes. You could instantly fasten, unfasten, and adjust them to whatever tension you want. It seems to me they had all the advantages of these "self-lacing" shoes and also had no battery to wear out. And I'm sure they were far less expensive. I would be surprised if these new shoes, which likely whirr a second or two while the motors run, are as fast as velcro fasteners, which respond literally instantly to a slight pull.

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