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GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

3dr Re:That guy is going to need a lawyer real fast (307 comments)

True. It's a shame, really, since his PRIDE is what apparently kept him from sucking it up and fixing it. His pride killed these people. And no design reviews of the switch for torque and electrical capacity? The managers have a role in this, too.

But in this whole scenario, I think the one thing that surprises me is how they are designing yet another ignition switch. How many switch variants do there need to be across a manufacturer's models? I'd divide it across RFID-enabled keys vs. plain-Jane metal keys.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

3dr Re:Duff's Device (373 comments)

It's just optimizers all the way down.

about 6 months ago

Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

3dr Re:GPLv4 (480 comments)

The GPL is a license on the software source code controlling its distribution policies, not on the software's end-use. The GPL is not an EULA.

about 7 months ago

Facebook Puts 10,000 Blu-ray Discs In Low-Power Storage System

3dr 1993 Datamation called... (153 comments)

...and it wants its HSM back!

Hierarchical storage systems, and hierarchical storage managers (HSMs) have been migrating lesser-used data to cheaper (and sometimes offline) storage for decades. So what's new about it, the use of contemporary yet inefficient Blueray discs?

about 8 months ago

Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

3dr Re:Shocking (409 comments)

Response 1: It was sales, and that's what they do.

Response 2: Even if he got $60K in California, it still means the transplant was getting screwed.

about 8 months ago

Streaming and Cord-Cutting Take a Toll On the Pay-TV Industry

3dr Re:Here is why... (261 comments)

Yep, we don't watch live TV anymore since it's a better use of my time to wait for the recording, then FFwd over the copious commercials. That's like a 40% productivity increase! That and the fact that "cable" companies keep bumping up the total costs. TWC was careful to not change the specific service cost, but they would routinely increase the various bullshit fees appended to the bill. "1848 Reparations Bill Utility Access Fee, $5.00" "CEO New Car Assurance Fee, $1.29"

about 8 months ago

Firefox 26 Arrives With Click-To-Play For Java Plugins

3dr Re:A good start.. (208 comments)

Possible in Chrome, I don't remember using an extension for that. That's how I roll, with videos off by default.

about 9 months ago

Why Reactive Programming For Databases Is Awesome

3dr Re:recent? (165 comments)

Exactly. So far RP in the article sounds a lot like data-flow engines (spreadsheets, various visualization tools, DB triggers, even make builds). It has spanned decades and fields, too. Many artificial intelligence systems used this type of reactive engine; for example, the CLIPS engine "reacted" by matching conditions to a subset of currently-asserted facts to trigger actions (which can then cascade by asserting new facts and causing other patterns to match). The common aspect to all these applications of a data-flow engine is that a Result has Dependencies, and those Dependencies may be "atomic" (like a file timestamp in make), or a Result from an earlier conclusion. At any point in time, the entire scenario can be paused, and each pending Result has a list of Dependencies that may or may not be satisfied at that point. Spreadsheet calculation 101.

about 9 months ago

Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

3dr Re:Assumes we still could do that moon thing (786 comments)

" I've seen a few WWII era rifles stamped "manufactured by IBM" or similar...that's because they needed to use the manufacturing capacity."

Oh god. I can imagine every 5th shell stamped with "This shell intentionally made blank."

about a year ago

An Animated, Open Letter To J.J. Abrams About Star Wars

3dr Re:Wilderness? (376 comments)

You'll need some weed to get through "Star Wars 7: Jar Jar's Big Adventure" and "Star Wars 8: R2D2 Makes A Friend (A Musical)". And we all thought the ewoks were bad!

about a year ago

GNU Hurd 0.5, GNU Mach 1.4, GNU MIG 1.4 Released

3dr Re:Have you HURD? (206 comments)

Oh, perhaps of a certain ornithological topic.

about a year ago

NSA Posts Opening For "Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer"

3dr Re:Proxy approval (177 comments)

38%? Are you sure?

"... Thursday's report, from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, put 2012 voter turnout at 57.5% of all eligible voters." -

And the Bipartisan Research Center, clearly a liberal media tool, also reports 57.5%.

I could go on. Oh, and finally, if only 20% voted for Obama, then by your stats only 18% voted for Romney. You weren't trying to imply 80% was against Obama, were you?

about a year ago

FEMA Grounds Private Drones That Were Helping To Map Boulder Floods

3dr Re:ouch (356 comments)

Yeahh. Who was that? Yogi Bear's sidekick?

about a year ago

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

3dr Re:Fire Sale (244 comments)

Me too. The Xoom has been a great tablet, we take it everywhere.

1 year,11 days

Microsoft Stock Drops 11% In a Day

3dr Re:It's not about the money (467 comments)

Going from 1 user to 3 users is indeed a growth rate of 200%, but relying on rate without quantity (measured in absolute units or market share percentage) means nothing.

about a year ago

Microsoft Stock Drops 11% In a Day

3dr Re:Metro UI (467 comments)

Please astroturf somewhere else.

about a year ago

Microsoft Stock Drops 11% In a Day

3dr Re:Metro UI (467 comments)

And don't forget the Kin phone Microsoft released a couple years ago (2009/10 IIRC). You know, that was pushed in the commercials where the awkward dude stalked the girl, took pictures of her, and geeked out on his computer about it, while she gives the final "Go To Hell" look at him? Yep, the Microsoft Kin -- the cell phone designed for stalkers.

@Follow Meeee, you are on crack. Microsoft has absolutely failed at mobile devices, including the Zune, Zune HD, Kin, and Surface RT. Considering they have only sold 900,000 Surface RT & Pro tablets with an estimated 6 million unsold devices on hand, nobody can declare their Surface tablets anything like a success. As a retail product, as well as a technology demonstrator to spur other manufacturers to produce Win 8 mobile devices, it is an absolute failure. No other manufacturers are getting behind it.

about a year ago


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