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San Francisco Enlists Bus Cameras For Traffic Law Enforcement

Afforess Re:Points on your license? (151 comments)

Lol what? I visited San Francisco over Christmas and rented a home inside the city center, the bus system was great! The waits at any station was never > 7 minutes, and usually 2-3 minutes. Almost everyone there used the bus systems, and you can also use BART to get outside of the Bay area if you need to. I wish the public transportation in my area (Grand Rapids Michigan) was half as good as San Francisco.

I think commentators should stick to topics they are familiar with instead of making wild, false claims.

more than 2 years ago
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Another Dutch CA Hacked

Afforess Re:jawdrop (152 comments)

Actually, you could make the counter claim that the story title is bad.

After all, it isn't stealing to pick money off the ground, it isn't hacking to visit public web data.

more than 2 years ago
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World Emissions of Carbon Dioxide Outpace Worst-Case Scenario

Afforess Re:Models are always right! (760 comments)

The models are off because up until 2009/2010-ish were actually experiencing a natural cooling trend, which masked our artificial warming trend and came out as a wash. Now that the cooling trend has subsided, warming is expected to spike in the coming decade.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/03/AR2009090302199.html

Or we could just jump to convenient conclusions given a tiny dataset.

more than 2 years ago
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Java 7: What's In It For Developers

Afforess Re:Kill it Oracle (338 comments)

If you follow it to it's logical conclusion, the best programmer's flip the machine bits by hand...

Correct: the best programmers can use machine code if needed. But the best programmers also don't abuse the apostrophe as much as you did...

If I found out someone was manipulating code at the machine level - I'd definitely have issues with that. You lose portability and expose yourself to a nearly infinite amount of issues - there really aren't many cases left where this would even be remotely advisable.

PS. Nitpicking grammar - that's nearly as bad as using machine code directly. :p

about 3 years ago
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Java 7: What's In It For Developers

Afforess Re:Kill it Oracle (338 comments)

Let me get this straight - you think that a harder programming language increases programmer competence. While I'm not defending Java, this logic is deeply flawed.

If you follow it to it's logical conclusion, the best programmer's flip the machine bits by hand...

about 3 years ago
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Book Review: Build Mobile Websites and Apps For Smart Devices

Afforess Re:Warning: Off Topic (18 comments)

Bad reviews can be just as interesting as good ones. Do you only eat candy bars because they taste good too?

about 3 years ago
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Book Review: Build Mobile Websites and Apps For Smart Devices

Afforess Warning: Off Topic (18 comments)

And totally mean-spirited, but has Slashdot ever reviewed a book and given them a bad score? Like less than 5/10?

If not, what's the point of scoring them?

about 3 years ago
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Wikipedia Losing Contributors, Says Wales

Afforess Re:Easy reason (533 comments)

This may be an unpopular theory, but I think Wikipedia's shrinking community has little to do with the admins behavior. I've only personally heard about their poor behavior from 3rd, 4th, or 5th hand accounts. But that's purely anecdotal and a side-tangent.

I think the reason the community is shrinking is because Wikipedia, at least the English version, is complete. I'm not implying that there isn't more information that can be added, but as far as the sum of human knowledge goes, I'd guess that they have gotten past that "magic" 95% marker for easily acquired knowledge. Most of the remaining work to be done is article maintenance, and filling in mundane details of niche articles or emerging fields. The days when 5th graders wrote articles on your home town or park near you is gone. My quaint home town article for Rockford, MI (a town with less than 5000 people) is nearly 3 pages long! (I can't believe there was enough to even fill in 1 page, after the generic census data...),

This isn't a bad thing. It's the natural evolution of such a site. Wales should pat himself on the back and congratulate the community for his contribution to society as a whole. Wikipedia is a job well done and has moved our world forward in a positive direction, in what is becoming a rarer achievement every day.

about 3 years ago
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SpaceX Dragon As Mars Science Lander?

Afforess Re:SpaceX, Tesla (146 comments)

Speculate being the key word. If you had in fact, read the article, you'd know that the Roadster was primarly a proof-of-concept and they are gearing up production for newer cars, using the technology behind the roadster and the knowledge they gained from building it.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Pulling the Plug On Windows XP In Three Years

Afforess Re:Not a moment too soon! (315 comments)

Ubuntu does not maintains Long Term releases that long. Apple is notorious for dropping support for previous OS X versions (um, talk to the people trapped on OS X 10.4 due to the intel switch).

Sorry buddy, your facts are wrong.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Pulling the Plug On Windows XP In Three Years

Afforess Not a moment too soon! (315 comments)

How many other companies are expected to maintain 10+ year old software, even after TWO new releases (Vista, Win7) are available?

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

Afforess Re:Doubling the value! (488 comments)

I feel compelled to mention that they only increase their streaming selection every day. Just recently, all of the Star Trek TV series came on Instant (There goes my free time). So technically, they are adding value every day, and not charging more for it. Imagine if they charged based on the size of their streaming catalogue, or per-usage. ;)

Also, Amazon, Google, and Hulu combined still don't match up. Add that to increasing contractual costs (http://money.cnn.com/2011/07/08/technology/netflix_starz_contract/), and the price increase is no surprise.

Finally, keep in mind this is a price decrease for those not interested in streaming at all, and $16 is WAY cheaper than my previous $50 cable bill...

more than 3 years ago
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Airplanes Cause Accidental Cloud Seeding

Afforess Not new news (151 comments)

Meteorologists have known about this for some time. They tend to form what is known as "Hole Punch" clouds.

Examples: http://bit.ly/lAxNQO

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Llano APU Review - Slow CPU, Fast GPU

Afforess Re:Perfect for Bitcoin mining! (184 comments)

Any computer that mines bitcoins all day will be using a full load.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Llano APU Review - Slow CPU, Fast GPU

Afforess Re:Perfect for Bitcoin mining! (184 comments)

I take it you live in your mom's basement, because Bitcoin mining is never profitable (anymore) due to elecricity costs. I calculated it out a few months back, at least in Michigan, leaving a 500 watt computer on 24/7 for 30 days costs ~$35. Expect that to rise over time.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Launches Google+ Social Network

Afforess Re:Couldn't be worse (368 comments)

It couldn't possibly be worse than Facebook. With Google's transparency with privacy, and already working business model (has facebook ever posted a profit?), I'd trust them over Facebook in a heartbeat.

Facebook screws me over daily. No, I don't want any facebook credits. No, I don't want to play farmville. Disgusting...

And yet you still use Facebook, daily?

Do I have a choice? Co-workers/Friends (use the term "friend" losely) get insulted if I don't "like" or comment on their inane ramblings at least 3-4 times a week.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Launches Google+ Social Network

Afforess Couldn't be worse (368 comments)

It couldn't possibly be worse than Facebook. With Google's transparency with privacy, and already working business model (has facebook ever posted a profit?), I'd trust them over Facebook in a heartbeat.

Facebook screws me over daily. No, I don't want any facebook credits. No, I don't want to play farmville. Disgusting...

more than 3 years ago
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A Solar-Powered 3D Printer Prints Glass From Sand

Afforess Re:Not impressed (139 comments)

One must wonder if you really even RTFA, or are just that dense. The 3-d printer using sand and the sun uses widely available resources, in a relatively short time span, to create complex objects, with little/no waste or pollution of any kind. (Exempting the manufacturing of the printer and solar panels themselves). I have not heard of any such similar achievements. The process itself is easy to oversee, (unskilled labor) and seems like it could be scaled up for larger production easily. This process could possibly be used to help start manufacturing on other words, with Mars being mostly sand. What about this achievement is unimpressive, other than your reading comprehension?

more than 3 years ago
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Authorities Closing On LulzSec

Afforess Re:Huh? (354 comments)

It's days like these I think elementary logic classes should be manditory.

Elementary spelling classes, too.

That or the ability to edit posts. ;)

more than 3 years ago
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Authorities Closing On LulzSec

Afforess Huh? (354 comments)

Really, the FBI isn't afraid that capturing one alleged member of LulzSec won't cause the other members to bolt and hide the evidence, but disclosing the names will?

It's days like these I think elementary logic classes should be manditory.

more than 3 years ago

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Microsoft's ad campaign proves unsuccessful

Afforess Afforess writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Afforess writes "For the past several months, Microsoft has geared up it's advertising with the addition of the quirky Seinfeld ad's and the newer "Laptop Hunter" ads. The "Laptop Hunter" ads feature a mother and child comparing cheaper PC branded laptops against their more expensive Mac counterparts. Although these new Microsoft ads offer ammunition against Apple's more aggressive and open attacks of the Windows platform, they seem to be unsuccessful. Net Applications Inc data on operating systems market share shows that Windows overall market share has dropped 2.94% in the past 10 months, while Apple has gained 1.79% in the same time. Also interesting to note that Linux's market share grew the fastest relative to it's size, even though it lacked a marketing campaign; approximately 27.5% larger, equivalent to a .22% gain in market share during the same time period."
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Sun Microsystems "may" have commited bribe

Afforess Afforess writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Afforess writes "In a new file submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission ,Sun Microsystems admitted that "we have identified potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the resolution of which could possibly have a material effect on our business." The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act makes it "unlawful to make a payment to a foreign official for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business for or with, or directing business to, any person." Yet, Sun Microsystems wouldn't not release further details, only that it "took remedial action." Oracle, the new owner of Sun Microsystems also said that they had prior knowledge of the infraction, yet also refused to release any details."
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Using net proxies will lead to harsher sentences

Afforess Afforess writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Afforess writes ""Proxy servers are an everyday part of Internet surfing. But using one in a crime could soon lead to more time in the clink" reports the Associated Press. The new federal rules would make the use of proxy servers count a "sophistication" in a crime, leading in 25% longer jail sentences. Privacy advocates complain this will disincentivize privacy and anonymity online. "[The government is telling people] ...if you take normal steps to protect your privacy, we're going to view you as a more sophisticated criminal" writes the Center for Democracy and Technology. Others fear this may harm lead to "cruel and unusual punishments" as Internet and cell phone providers often use proxies without users knowledge to reroute Internet traffic. This may also ultimately harm corporations when employees abuse VPN's, as they too are count as a "proxy" in the new legislation. TOR, a common Internet anonymizer is also targeted in the new legislation. Some analysts believe this legislation is an effort to stop leaked US Government information from reaching outside sources, such as Wikileaks, a prominent and controversial government watchdog site. The legislation (Warning, PDF file. The proposed amendment is on pages 5-15) will be voted on by the United States Sentencing Commission on April 15, and are set to take effect on November 1st."
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Itunes prohibits terrorism

Afforess Afforess writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Afforess writes "A recent closer look at the oft-skimmed EULA agreement for Itunes has an interesting paragraph in it, Gizmodo reports. "You also agree that you will not use these products for any purposes prohibited by United States law, including, without limitation, the development, design, manufacture or production of missiles, or nuclear, chemical or biological weapons." Although humorous, some readers suggested that this may be a defense measure to previously discussed price changes in the Itunes music store."
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Charter Cable to go Bankrupt?

Afforess Afforess writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Afforess writes " Charter Communications is an American company providing cable television, high-speed Internet, and telephone services to more than 5.7 million customers. It is the fourth-largest (by revenues) publicly traded cable operator in the U.S." Today, Charter Communications, Inc stocks fell to $0.08 a share, a new low, and their creditors have come in droves to get back their money. And Charter Communications debt is no pittance, they owe over $21 billion. Before this year, they managed this massive debt by shifting it to smaller holding companies but this strategy acted merely as a stopgap measure. Paul Allen, the majority stockholder, co-founder of Microsoft, and CEO of Charter Communications has seen his $7 billion dollars investment evaporate over the last few years. Charter's market share has dwindled, customers give them poor reviews, and their sales, approximately 5%, is far below the industry average of 26%. Now, to add the proverbial icing to the cake, rumors abound that Paul Allen may just cut his losses and run. Charter Communications future appears to be a rocky one."
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HP is breaking U.S. trade sanctions

Afforess Afforess writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Afforess writes "The Boston Globe writes: "HP signed a distribution deal with a Dubai-based company called Redington Gulf in 1997, two years after the Clinton administration put trade sanctions on Iran. While Redington, as a foreign company, falls outside U.S. regulations, there is evidence HP knew its equipment would end up circumventing U.S. law." On the other hand, HP reports: "HP has a policy of complete compliance with all U.S. export laws." A 2007 survey states that HP printers currently control 41% percent of Iran's printer sales. No legal action has been taken yet."
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Silverlight on the way to Linux

Afforess Afforess writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Afforess (1310263) writes "For the past two years Microsoft and Novell have been working on the "Moonlight" project. It is a runtime library for websites that run Silverlight. It should allow PC's running Linux to view sites that use Siverlight. Betanews reports "In the next stage of what has turned out to be a more successful project than even its creators envisioned, the public beta of Moonlight — a runtime library for Linux supporting sites that expect Silverlight — is expected within days." Moonlight 2.0, is already in the works."
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When will I get High Speed?

Afforess Afforess writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Afforess (1310263) writes "Most of slashdot users have high speed, or at least DSL internet services available at their home. One of my largest problems is that I don't. Putting my address into broadband searches only reveals the obvious, that dial-up services and satellite internet plans are the only options. Satellite internet as it is, is not an option, nor is dial-up. I currently have a Verizon aircard that had decent speeds until their 5gb (a month) cap in April. Now its as bad as dial-up. AT&T, Comcast, Charter, and every other local internet provider told us (Comcast said straight out "No.") that "we will not be bringing service to your area. The most irritating thing is neighbors about 1/4 a mile away have cable. "So my question is when (if ever) is the US going to enforce cable and telecom companies to offer broadband to rural areas, and what can I do about it until then?"
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April fools 2010

Afforess Afforess writes  |  more than 5 years ago I had an idea for Slashdot's annual April fools prank, with the next opportunity being 2010. So my advice for Slashdot would be to "add" a new moderating option in addition to the preexisting "informative, insightful, Funny..." options. The new option would be "Sarcastic +1." This would allow moderators to mod up posts which they find exceptionally sarcastic, witty, or snarky. I imagine the announcement would look like this:

"Fellow Slashdotters, today is yet another momentous day in history, one which moderators everywhere will remember. After revamping the moderating system, we realize that it is somewhat lacking in options. Funny comments can be unusually insightful, but receive no addition to karma, so some moderators have taken to circumventing this by modding posts them 'interesting' instead. Thus, the idea for the "Sarcastic" option was born. The new "sarcastic +1" option appears after the "informative" option and does add to the posters karma. To fully understand the magnitude of this event, all slashdotters have been given a gift of 2 extra mod points. Please use the new sarcasm option with wisdom, remember with great power comes great responsibility."

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