LOL - did my time in a call center support job. Some certain beeps will raise the almost impossible to resist urge to repeat "Thank you for calling Gateway 2000; My name is Steve. May I have your name and your Customer ID, Please?"

There are some good points here. I'd add a couple from my experience. Sometimes, you… » 7/16/14 12:07am 7/16/14 12:07am

I *never* delay sleep just to avoid sleeping. I sometimes stay up too late because I'm doing something engrossing, whether it's watching a movie or working through the trigonometry to try and get the goddamned hexapod foot to move in a straight line, or whether it's just because someone is wrong on the internet .... » 7/15/14 12:33pm 7/15/14 12:33pm

Also, these are statistical results. Individual results vary widely. I have so many projects I want to do that dropping a few million in VC on me would make me ecstatic for a long, long time, even if it didn't change my lifestyle outside the "job". » 7/15/14 11:40am 7/15/14 11:40am

I'm not certain how Esquire could mansplain anything, since it appears that it means "when a man explains something to a woman"; and I gotta presume Esquire's target audience is guys. I think McLarry's right; this is a gratuitous use of the word, likely because it scores well in SEO. » 7/15/14 2:36pm 7/15/14 2:36pm

Not only that, but if you have the necessary discipline (I know a couple of people who do) using your credit card for literally everything and paying it off each paycheck can rack up quite a chunk of change in rewards and bonuses. And, if you're an orderly person, buying things with credit cards often doubles the… » 7/14/14 8:05am 7/14/14 8:05am

I've gotta look into this. My company has a plan where you pay $1500/year into your HSA account, they match $1500 (for a total of $3k), and they pay the rest of your health insurance, which has a deductible of $3k. I've been thinking of it as an FSA (use it or lose it). I need to check with our benefits dept. » 7/13/14 8:40pm 7/13/14 8:40pm

I cannot recommend this comment enough. As a systems engineer that implements and supports many enterprise level, mission critical, java-based products, I can vouch for the fact that most of them have started shipping their canned versions of java, because changing the local java version breaks the application. Most… » 7/13/14 10:27am 7/13/14 10:27am

I might try Costco next time. We just got done as a family getting new glasses for all three of us (wife, me, 13 yo daughter) and with a $300/person allowance from insurance it was still $900 out of the FSA. I mean, we all got new frames, ultralight lenses, antireflective coating, anti-scratch coating, Transitions… » 7/13/14 10:22am 7/13/14 10:22am

Fins increase the surface area exposed to the air, increasing the "cooling" of the "hot component" (this is a reverse heat sink; your solar heater gets hot due to sun, and you cool it off with air; all the same rules apply that apply to CPU heat sinks) which translates to more heat passed into the air. I'm not certain… » 7/09/14 8:20pm 7/09/14 8:20pm

But how one interprets 'verifiable information' is what matters. Some insurance companies have, in the past, adjusted rates by the color of the vehicle. Problem is that the color of the vehicle is unrelated to actual risk, and breaks out in the same numbers they're sold in. That is, during the 80s, red sports cars… » 6/29/14 10:48pm 6/29/14 10:48pm

I'm baffled by the reaction of people to other drivers. I completely get the instance where you're cruising on an empty two-lane and someone comes up on you and you realize you're poking along, but I'm completely baffled by the societal antipathy towards being passed.

It's incredibly reliable. Change lanes and… » 6/28/14 9:22am 6/28/14 9:22am