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Comment Crazy Cat Lady (Score 2) 249

There is usually some truth behind a stereotype. The question is what came first - the crazy or the cats?

A study is needed to survey 100 'crazy cat people" (let's be equal opportunity here), to see when and how they got started. Get a blood sample to test for the parasite. Just don't tell a crazy person they have bugs in their brain.

Comment Re:Y'know... Actually... (Score 1, Interesting) 680

I most rational people don't disagree that the climate is changing - of course it is - its a natural process that occurs over the span of decades and centuries. It gets warmer, it gets cooler, then it gets warmer again.
Where I think the political alarmist climate change fanatics got it wrong or exaggerated is that its substantially influenced by man-made activity. What stinks about all this are the gaps in scientific integrity corrupted by politically motivated research funding and the political policies based on corrupted scientific data to drive policy, economics, and taxation in an unnatural way and those so-called world leaders who load their bank accounts with the plunder.
Nature has a remarkable way of bringing things back into equilibrium. More carbon-dioxide in the air - trees and plants grow faster and sequester the excess CO2. Someplace gets too hot - more evaporation generates cloud cover reflecting excess heat into space and storms turn thermal energy into kinetic energy.
Still, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the planet we call home so some of the economic change.

Comment Re:Drupal (Score 1) 222

I've been running multiple Drupal sites for volunteer organizations for 10 years so efficiency in maintenance and updates was almost more important than the original site build. Happy to say, security updates and patches just take a few minutes, site page updates are mostly easy, and its fast enough for what we need. I've found existing modules for almost everything I need.

Comment Company Alert: We have a network virus!! (Score 5, Funny) 351

Our software engineering company (FileNet) network performance came to its knees every day between 5 and 6 pm. Networks team and engineering working hard to identify a possible network denial of service attach or an intrusion. Lots of multicast packets flying everywhere at a high rate of speed. Took about a week for figure out it was some staff playing doom.

Comment Forget the desktop, dominate the laptop (Score 1) 565

I bet Linux could dominate the laptop and mobile devices by being more efficient on power usage than Windows. It is already dominant on the smart phones and tablets via Android. I run a Toshiba laptop and just wish it supported a Linux version - what seems to be missing is device drivers.

Comment What would this look like if was Open Source? (Score 1) 116

There should be a competing open source framework and set of apps you could load that only affect the connectivity part and not actual automotive control. The framework would implement the basic car-2-car communications and protocols to communicate to the Toyota mothership. After that, its an app store with security testing and validation controls.

Comment Re:"the source, who declined to be named" (Score 1) 102

So Uber buys the self driving cars, but leases them out to Uber drivers who just sit in the driver's seat and 'monitor' the car's safe operation. Driver/lessees have to gas/charge/insure/maintain the cars while getting paid a nominal $17/hr, but then have to pay Uber $500/mo for the car payments. Net income is about $3.00/hr.

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