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Comment Re:Escalate, then quit. (Score 1) 140

The last company I worked for had us IT guys scattered around the country so we had weekly conference calls with the boss. Every now and then they had a "jump" call where the bosses boss hosted the converence call and the boss wasn't supposed to be there. That way anyone could complain without the boss knowing who said what. My trusting nature was on strike that day so I suggested that one company change that was mentioned meant that I should start looking for a new job.

Not one minute after the call ends my boss who "wasn't listening in" called me to reassure me that my job was secure. Since I was the only one of our team in the entire state, I was reasonably certain that was aready the case.

I quietly let some of the team who I trusted know that the anonymous calls were anything but.

I could have left then but I was 60+ years old and desided to just ride it out until retirement. They re-orged shortly after and I ended up with a new boss so it worked out for me anyway.

Comment Re:Police aren't interested in small-time theft (Score 4, Interesting) 74

In Detroit my new business was burgled and vandilized. When I called the Detroit police they said they don't send their people out for those type of crimes. If I wanted, I could go into the station and fill out a report for insurance claims.

Another time I called about a man who colapsed in the street. When I checked he wasn't breathing and had no heart beat. I called 911 and told them there was a dead man laying in the middle of the street. She asked what I wanted them to do. I was thinking: you're the professionals and you don't know what to do about a dead body.

No one showed up. No police, no ambulance, no EMS, no one at all. His friends loaded the body in a car an left. No one ever came by for any kind of statement or investigation.

So what "retarded country" do I live in where the police don't respond to theft? That would be Detroit, USA.

Comment Scientology (Score 5, Interesting) 527

So does that mean Scientology isn't a real religion also? After all Hubbard started it as a bet and not because he believed it was real. Of course I can't prove that Hubbard started it as a joke/bet but neither can I prove Pastafarianism was started as anything other than a serious religion. Since Scientology has its little alien in a space ship circling Neptune controlling the religion it sounds just about the same as the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Comment Sometimes the support is just dumb (Score 3, Informative) 253

The company I worked for 20 years ago bought some expensive software and the people who came out to install it couldn't make it install. A call to their own tech support was no help. Boss called me up to look at the problem. When I looked at their install batch file I saw the problem was the install script assumed the hard disk was at C:. When you have more than 2 floppies in the system the first hard disk is at E:. The system had three floppies. I modified the install script while the two company reps watched and the install when fine. A forum having other people with a similar hardware setup might have been a help.

Comment weird axe (Score 5, Insightful) 217

I cut and hand split a couple of cords of wood every year. There are some woods such as poplar (in the video) or willow that split really easy. There are other woods that can be cracked open at the top by three inches and still need a sledge hammer to split the two halves apart. Without seeing how it works on the tough woods I can't tell how useful this new axe would be.

Comment Re:Clever? (Score 5, Insightful) 229

They're a for-profit business and they have a legal responsibility to maximize shareholder return.

This idea always shows up whenever business is mentioned on slashdot. There is NO legal requirement to maximize profits, shareholder return or even to try to make a profit. The board of directors might get voted out if they keep making bad choices but that is by vote of shareholders, not a legal process.

You should read Google's SEC filings that say something like "we will do whatever we feel like doing even though some of those choices will cause a loss for the company."

Caesors Palace (Las Vegas) destroyed about 90% of the value of the company in the 80's to avoid a hostle takeover. As a shareholder I lost a boatload of money on that one but there was no legal recourse except voting to kick out the board of directors at the next shareholder meeting.

Comment Re:Stability Control (Score 1) 961

Just a basic understanding of elementary physics.

It does sound as if you have a basic knowledge of elementary physics, i.e. High School physics. Take university level physics or some automotive engineering in a university and they will explain what you are missing. I'm not able to give you that level of education in these posts.

Long enough, and enough times.

That would be zero and zero wouldn't it?

I had my license for 4 years and did approximately 30 sanctioned races and about 100 non-sanctioned races. I was also the team trainer for 2 years. With two entries per race we took first and second place many times. I speak from real on the track experience.

Comment Re:Stability Control (Score 1) 961

This depends completely on what the corner looks like

You're confusing the fasted way through a corner vs the fastest way around the track. I'm well aware of sacrificing corner speed to set up for fastest entry speed (end of stright-a-way) or fastest exit speed (start of stright-a-way) or compound corners where one part is more important than another. I've raced on real tracks and understand how all that works but that is not the same as the fastest way around a single corner.

As a side issue there was one practice track with a fast left hand sweeper that led into a sharp 90 degree left hand turn. I was coaching a motorcycle racing team at the time and they couldn't understand why I was able to pass them in that corner even though my motorcyle was heavier and half the horsepower they had. They slowed down at the end of the sweep so they could make the 90 turn. I told them I gave my bike more throttle at the end of the sweep which both slowed me down and aimed me for the 90. They had to try it for themselves to see how more throttle can act as brakes and steering.

Comment Re:Stability Control (Score 1) 961

Think about it

I've thought about it, I've read books about racing and traction and most important I've used it sucessfully on a race track.

Why are all four wheels sliding? The answer is because they aren't getting traction.

Wrong again. If they weren't getting traction you would be off the road. The traction is being split between forward and lateral forces. Using it all for lateral traction (cornering) means you aren't using all you can for forward traction. Think vector forces. The more the back end swings out and is still being powered that directional force is towards the center of the corner thereby increasing the corning force.

Done wrong, drifting can slow you down in a corner but done right it is faster. Watch closely next time you see formula 1 cars racing. Every car drifts almost every corner. The drift isn't very obvious on the fast corners but is quite noticeable on the slower, sharp corners.

When you are steering using just that right touch on the throttle it's a thrill like no other. And you get to pass all those other amatures who haven't figured it out yet.

Comment Re:Stability Control (Score 0) 961

And while skidding is fun there are better and faster ways of handing a turn.

Actually no. Sliding all four wheels through a corner, known as a four wheel drift, is the fasted way through a corner. The front wheels are only partially steering but most of the steering is done with the throttle making the rear wheels slide more or less than the front thereby changing the direction of the car.

It is also done on motorcycles except that's called a two wheel drift. It's difficult but is done by the pros all the time.

I held an amature racing license for a few years and got to do this stuff on a race track.

Driving at the limits of traction, traction control would almost certainly cause a crash.

Comment Something Odd (Score 4, Interesting) 210

Linkedin suggests numerous names of people I know but have never exchanged emails with. It even suggested the name of my kid's girlfriend and kid's last name doesn't match mine and we have no common links on linkedin. I've limited my links to old co-workers from AT no family, no friends. There is no possible way they could have accessed my email because it requries an ssh login to a firewall server with a different userid and password, then an ssh connection to the mail server with yet another password. Those passwords are also different than my linkedin password. I'm not on any social media sites except linkedin and slashdot. Neither my slashdot name nor password matchs linkedin name or password. There has to be some data mining going on but it's not through email and not through any other social media. I have noticed that others from the companies I've worked for shown up in the suggestions including people I've never met. I'm not sure why they keep suggesting Texas people who worked for AT&T when I've only been in Michigan. It looks like they could have gotten my email contact list but I know they couldn't have. So I'm thinking that others seeing their email contacts show up might just be mistaken on how linkedin got the names.

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