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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

AlHunt Boring cars (635 comments)

Teens don't drive because cars today suck. They look like cockroaches and the driveline is a tangle of wires and sensors that makes affordable tinkering a thing of the past. You won't be bolting a spread bore Holly on or swapping the auto transmission for a 4 speed.

Cars and driving used to be fun. Now it's a necessary evil.

about 8 months ago
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In 2009, I've donated (or will donate) to charity ...

AlHunt Re:Post-religion Tithe (596 comments)

So then the challenge to you is to found or support a charity that fills what you see as an unmet need. Don't leave the next guy without a helping hand.

more than 4 years ago
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Target.com's Aggressive SEO Tactic Spams Google

AlHunt Re:FTFY (241 comments)

>Target dumps toxic waste off the Ivory Coast

What do you base this claim on?

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Inquires About Controversial Verizon Fees

AlHunt Re:One job of Government (178 comments)

>protecting us from getting screwed by gigantic corporations

We're already protected - just don't have a cell phone. The problem is that people would rather sic government on big, bad corporations than inconvenience themselves by not patronizing companies they don't like. If enough of us voted with our feet it'd fix these kinds of issues. A temporary inconvenience for a permanent improvement.

more than 4 years ago
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Ford's New Radar Technology Based On Open Source

AlHunt Re:Detection (259 comments)

> ..as well as annoying the crap out of any driver with a radar detector you happen to be driving behind ;-)

Whatever moron modded the parent down ought to have their mod points taken away and get their weiner slapped. Clearly the poster was going for a laugh (and succeeded). Modding him/her down just discourages people from posting.

Somebody fix this, please.

about 5 years ago
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Schooling, Homeschooling, and Now, "Unschooling"

AlHunt Re:So it's a fnacy nmae (1345 comments)

If you knew much about the history of compelled schooling, you would realize that a high school education was never meant to prevent you from menial, mind-numbing and stressful jobs. Quite the opposite. It was meant to prepare you for it.

And me without a mod point. Well, maybe someone else will mod it up.

about 5 years ago
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Firefox 4.0 Goes Chrome, New UI In Q4 2010

AlHunt Re:They are abusing moderation for a long time now (556 comments)

No, moderating is designed to make a post "more visible" to the casual reader. If person X mods a post "insightful" or some other positive mod, it rises to the surface (so to speak). Person Y meta-modding the original moderation "unfair" doesn't erase the original positive moderation and doesn't cause the original post to drop back down, in terms of visibility (as far as I know). I believe it just effects the original moderators odds of getting more mod points.

I used to meta-mod most days but now I only do so infrequently. I don't think I need to be "voting up or down" some casual comment or joke. The whole thing is exacerbated by the fact that most posters don't bother quoting what they're responding to, so there's no context to judge the post against.

Oh, well. It's not my website and I guess the power that be will run it how they see fit. I'm still here so must not be too aggravated by it all.

about 5 years ago
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Sending Astronauts On a One-Way Trip To Mars

AlHunt Land Boom (917 comments)

As a real estate agent, I'd be the perfect candidate. I'll set up the first interplanetary real estate brokerage. Now, where was that gold jacket ...?

about 5 years ago
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Firefox 4.0 Goes Chrome, New UI In Q4 2010

AlHunt Re:They are abusing moderation for a long time now (556 comments)

I understand that meta moderation is moderating the moderator. My problem is that when I go to meta-moderate, none of the posts I'm given have been moderated. Go re-read the paragraph at the top of the meta-moderation page. It's changed in the last few months.

about 5 years ago
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Firefox 4.0 Goes Chrome, New UI In Q4 2010

AlHunt Re:They are abusing moderation for a long time now (556 comments)

>That is exactly why we must meta moderate like crazy these days

Except that Metamoderation these days doesn't present you with already-moderated posts. At least, not for me. All I get is a selection of 10 random posts and I have to decide if you, the average Slashdotter, would benefit. Nearly every post I'm given to "meta-moderate" us not previously moderated.

Now, someone mod me down.

about 5 years ago
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Judge Won't Lower $5M Bail For Jailed SF IT Admin

AlHunt Re:No confidence (429 comments)

>No, my point was kind of that there is an implicit trust between all employees and their IT personnel.

Gotcha. I thought you were defending the $5M bail.

about 5 years ago
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Judge Won't Lower $5M Bail For Jailed SF IT Admin

AlHunt Re:No confidence (429 comments)

> You can have all the redundancy and safety protocols you want, but at some level, it comes down to a decision of trust.

Even that doesn't justify the uber-excessive bail in this case. If he's found not guilty are they going to keep him in jail, "just in case"?

more than 4 years ago
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Judge Won't Lower $5M Bail For Jailed SF IT Admin

AlHunt No confidence (429 comments)

> Prosecutors have argued that the bail is appropriate because, if released, Childs could cause damage to San Francisco's network.

It sounds like they have zero confidence in whoever is now in charge of securing their network.

more than 4 years ago
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GMail Experiences Serious Outage

AlHunt Re:Indeed (408 comments)

If your email is that important, you'd better have some kind of redundancy and a backup plan in case the redundancy fails.

more than 4 years ago
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We're In the Midst of a Literacy Revolution

AlHunt Re:Temporary phenomenon? (431 comments)

> I can see why the Internet would have increased literacy in the short term.

Don't forget the study looks only at writing produces by college students. I did not RTFA yet, but I have to wonder about the rest of the world at large.

more than 5 years ago
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Nokia Leaks Phone With Full GNU/Linux Distribution

AlHunt Re:Err, so just like the Pre? (621 comments)

>Not to be a troll, but pointing out the particular logical fallacies in use like that gives you a real air of 'douchebag'
>>Not a troll - that's an ad hominem.

Maybe, but you should leave sexuality out of it.

more than 5 years ago
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New Hitchhiker's Guide Book "Not Very Funny"

AlHunt Re:Oh, come on... (410 comments)

>The radio, book and movie versions of HHGTTG were all supposed to be different in their own way.

Mission accomplished.

more than 5 years ago
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Judge Rules To Reveal Anonymous Blogger's Identity Over Insults

AlHunt Free Speech (271 comments)

In my view, we should now preface everything we say with "I think" or "In my opinion". I think. In my opinion, we would then be immune from such lawsuits, which I think are idiotic. At least that's my opinion. Hereby released into the public domain, in my view.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Send Email When You're Dead

AlHunt Death Messages (165 comments)

Legacy Locker is another one http://legacylocker.com/. There was also one a while back specifically for online gamers. If you failed to login in a certain period of time, your guild (or whatever) was notified of your apparent demise.

more than 5 years ago

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Has Google Jumped The Shark?

AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AlHunt writes "The once-pristine Google Home Page is today marred by "Life Photo Archive on Google" images. Could this, an attempt to earn revenue from image search, mark the beginning of the end for the cleancut home page of the the Mountain View California search giant? According to Paid Content the deal to host this project includes revenue sharing.

Does this mean we'll soon be subjected to same Internet Portal type home pages such as Yahoo and other search engines, or is this a one time event? No, I don't really think so, either. I just thought I'd jump at the chance to be an alarmist."
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217,000 text messages!

AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AlHunt writes "Two central Pennsylvania friends spent most of March in a text-messaging record attempt — for a total of 217,000. For one of the two, that meant an inches-thick itemized bill for $26,000. Nick Andes, 29, and Doug Klinger, 30, were relying on their unlimited text messaging plans to get them through the escapade, so Andes didn't expect such a big bill.

"It came in a box that cost $27.55 to send to me" Andes said.

After a "panicked" call, Andes says his cell phone company assures him he won't have to pay it."
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The Digital Underground

AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AlHunt writes "I've been tasked with finding a way to bury digitally stored photographs in a small underground time capsule to be opened in 25 years. It looks like we'll be using a steel vessel, welded closed.

I've thought of CDs, DVDs a hard drive, thumb drive but they all have drawbacks, not the least of which is outdated technology 25 years from now. Maybe I'll put a CD and a CD-ROM drive in the capsule and hope that the IDE interface is still around in 25 years?

Ideas and feedback will be appreciated."
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Homebrew Hydrogen Fuel Cells For Your Car

AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AlHunt writes "Eaton Labroratory, tucked away in the rolling hills of Maine, has come to the rescue of high gas prices — Homebrew Hydrogen Fuel Cells for your car!

For only $125.00 you, too, can enjoy the peace of mind that only comes from sticking it to the man!

Seeing a 42% increase in fuel economy, Eaton Lab does mention that "Electrolysis of water generates explosive gas!! Never try to light a match in front of the Electrolyzer's output — THE DEVICE WILL EXPLODE!!

So, at your own risk, but Americans are again rising to the challenge their governemnt can't meet, and it comes in the form of a stubborn Yankee.

(disclaimer — nope I'm not involved with this guy in any way — just glad to see a fellow Mainer taking the lead again.)

Another Mainer and electric car pioneer Charles MacArthur would be proud. Macarthur drove an electric motorcycle up Mount Washington way back in 1974"

Link to Original Source
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NASA throws a hell of as party!

AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AlHunt writes "From The Article:

Everyone knows exploring space is dangerous, and the costs are astronomical. Which is why, just last month, NASA was able to squeeze $1 billion extra from the Senate.

That very same day, NASA also posted an online notice few people saw — seeking four-star hotel bids for its December awards,


So NASA is urinating away 4 million of your tax dollars this year, throwing luxurious parties and patting themselves on the back. In December they'll dump $400,000 to $500,000 in Orlando, according to CBS News.

I love space exploration as much as anyone. If they wanted billions to go to Pluto, I'd probably never say a word. But high dollar shindigs? Give me a break. I work with an organization helping to feed the hungry. We get a $30 to $1 return on our transportation budget (and we buy our own gas, use up our own office supplies and take no pay so almost every penny donated goes to transportation) — in other words, Decembers Awards budget (a paltry $28K) would let me put $840,000 worth of food in the warehouse.

So, here's my challenge, Rocket Scientists — Take a pass on the coconut shrimp and send the savings our way. I'm sure we can feed a few thousand families for your sacrifice."
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AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AlHunt writes "According to CNN, your smartphone could be spying on you!

The top of the article says it all:

You go to the Web site, decide it's just another piece of spam, and move on through your normal daily routine. There's the check-by-phone payment of your credit card bill, a high-level confidential business teleconference discussing sensitive company information, and finally arranging a dinner with that cute co-worker you don't want your boyfriend to know about.

Little do you know that all the while, someone else has been watching — and listening.

Welcome to the brave new world of smartphone spying
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AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AlHunt writes "IBM believes computer chips work better if they're more like Swiss cheese than American cheese. 20 nanometer holes boost performance by 35% or cut power consumption by a like amount.

From the article: "To create these tiny holes, the computer company has harnessed a plastic-like material that spontaneously forms into a sieve-like structure. The holes have a width of 20 nanometers, or billionths of a meter, placing the method in the much-vaunted field of nanotechnology."

"To our knowledge, this is the first time anyone has used nanoscale self-assembled materials to build things that machines aren't capable of doing," said John Kelly, IBM's vice president of development.

Some might say our new self-replicating overlords have finally arrived. I wouldn't, of course, but some might."
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AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AlHunt writes "Unfortunately, it's not privacy in the US William C. Thompson (NYC comptroller) is concerned about ... according to the LA Times and Bloomberg News, Thompson has urged the both Google and Yahoo! to adopt rules protecting privacy and human rights in countries with authoritarian governments. The article specifically mentions China and recommends that the companies not store user information in certain countries and that they use all legal means to resist demands for censorship.

Hmmm ... I wonder if we could get some rules like that in the US and UK?"
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AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AlHunt writes "A fire started by a homeless man knocked out service between Boston and New York on the experimental Internet2 network Tuesday night. Authorities say the fire, which also disrputed service on the Red Line subway, started around 8:20 p.m. when a homeless man tossed a lit cigarette. The cigarette landed on a mattress, which ignited and led to a two-alarm fire."
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AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AlHunt writes "The perennial favorite love/hate company, Google, "is helping state governments make reams of public records that are now unavailable or hard to find online" and according to CNN, "records will not be exclusive to the search engines owned by Google, Yahoo and Microsoft." Meanwhile, privacy advocates are up in arms "cautioning that some records may contain personal and confidential information that should not be widely available."."
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AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AlHunt (982887) writes "According to Computerworld.com Beta and Release Candidate versions of Vista will begin rebooting every 2 hours on June 1.

Apparently, the only way to retain your current settings is to pay $295.00 to MS:

The only in-place upgrade route — one that retains the settings, applications, and data as-is — is from Vista RC1 using a copy of the $259 Windows Vista Ultimate upgrade. Users running either Beta 2 or RC2 can upgrade to Ultimate, but they must do a "clean install," a process that overwrites the hard drive and destroys all data on it.


High price to pay for the privilege of being a MS Beta Tester, I think."
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AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AlHunt writes "The Scotsman is reporting that New York City has passed a non-binding resolution banning The "N" word "because of its sensitivity and painful history intertwined with slavery."

Much as I hate to even hear the word, you just aren't going to legislate this kind of thing.

Sadly, according to the article, Jamie Foxx and other prominent black media figures are determined to continue using the word, some claiming that "reclaiming a slur and giving it a new meaning took away its punch". I recently saw an interview with Samuel L. Jackson promoting his then-new movie "Snakes on a Plane", the interview (with Oprah) peppered with liberal doses of the famous word.

The whole situation seems to say a lot about the state of our society."
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AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AlHunt writes "The New York Times is reporting that C-Span recently asked Nancy Pelosi to remove copyrighted material from her website.
From TFA:

C-Span did contact the speaker's office to have it take down a different clip from her blog — one shot by C-Span's cameras at a House Science and Technology Committee hearing on global warming where Ms. Pelosi testified, Mr. Daly said. (The blog has substituted material filmed by the committee's cameras, he said.)
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AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AlHunt writes "According to the AP and our friends at The Globe and Mail, A Texas businessman who wanted to allow computer users to kill from the comfort of their homes has instead spawned dozens of state laws banning the practice.

Mr. Lockwood, 42, said in an interview that he was trying to help disabled hunters when he ... linked a rifle to a digital camera and high-speed Web connection."
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AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AlHunt writes "Reuters is reporting that Apples Steve Jobs is calling on the music industry to drop DRM.
From TFA:

Chief Executive Steve Jobs on Tuesday called on the four major record companies to start selling songs online without copy protection software known as digital rights management (DRM).

Jobs said there appeared to be no benefit to the record companies to continue to sell more than 90 percent of their music without DRM on compact discs while selling the remaining small percentage of their music encumbered with a DRM system.
Steve makes an excellent point."
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AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AlHunt writes "From Playuls.com

According to a notice posted by Apple on its website, the PC users who are already upgraded their OS to newly released Windows Vista may experience some compatibility issues with iTunes
With possible data corruption and previously purchased iTunes not playing on your new Vista "upgrade", Apple is recommending a Clean Install:

Apple said that the users should deauthorize all iTunes Store accounts, enable Disk Use on all iPod models, uninstall iTunes, perform a clean install of Windows Vista (Highly recommended but not required), reinstall the latest version of iTunes, open iTunes, choose Authorize Computer from the Store menu in iTunes.
And of course, slashdot has already linked to the required method for a clean Vista install."
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AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AlHunt writes "Florida Governor Charlie Crist is calling on the Florida Legislature to spend $30M to replace the troublesome touch screen voting machines with an optical scan system that allows a voter to mark an oval next to a candidate's name before slipping a ballot into an electronic reader."
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AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AlHunt writes "Cisco has extended the deadline for their trademark lawsuit against Apple and "will continue to discuss possible agreements before going to court""
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AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AlHunt writes "Having confiscated 1800 cars, vans and motorcycles in 8 months, London police are expanding Operation Reclaim:

Controversial powers for police to confiscate vehicles if their driver is using a mobile or not wearing a seatbelt are to be used across London.
Think what you like about talking and driving — confiscation seems like a pretty extreme punishment."

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Metamoderation

AlHunt AlHunt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The new metamoderation system makes no sense to me.

In the old days, I was presented a list of already-moderated comments and asked to decide if the moderation was fair. Now, I'm presented a list of, usually, un-moderated comments and asked to decide if those comments are useful to others. Isn't that just plain moderation, rather than meta-moderation?

Furthermore, most posts are in reply to something else but don't bother to quote whatever it is their responding to. I have no context to judge the post itself against.

Deciding if a post is "informative", "funny" or whatever is easier without context than judging the quality of a post on it's own merits. Someone else has already singled that particular post out for moderation - I'm just looking over their shoulder.

Will the oracles running slashdot *please* fix the metamoderation system? It's most annoying to those of us who wish to metamoderate and do a fair job of it.

Unless the purpose of metamoderation has changed and then the name should be changed to reflect it's new purpose.

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