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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

AvitarX Some are especially annoying (290 comments)

For example sucky custom keyboards with slight misbehavior really upset me.

Also, the fact taht all keyboard phones seem to be low end is frustrating too.

Splitting internal and external storage is annoying, since a phone data dump is easy enough, and if the DRM is cracked, it'll still rpevent casual copying.

about a week ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

AvitarX Re: Here it comes (435 comments)

Remote signal is a bad idea.

1) If it's blocked the car won't know (but it will know if a camera is blocked, and should do a fail-safe pullover)
2) twenty year old cars are more common than 20 year old encryption that holds up, which I assume would mean remote pull-over on older cars will be cracked.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

AvitarX Re: Here it comes (435 comments)

They won't even need a button. I highly doubt an automated car will proceed to pilot itself on a high speed chase, or ignore red and blue lights.

Fbi should go back to consulting their Internet slang dictionary, rather than trying to think.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

AvitarX Re:I don't know how they pay (509 comments)

Yes, this is the type of stuff I do in my house, except it takes me weeks or months to get it working again because I have to make multiple trips to to store, because I don't know what I need, being an amateur and whatnot. I've never lived in a place for more than 5 years afterwards, so I don't know the long-term implications of what I do, but I've been around enough DIY plumbing growing up, that lasted for decades, to be relatively confident I'm not causing troubles like that.

If I only had one bathroom though, there's no way I'd attempt it on my own, because I need to shower regularly.

Certainly, a plumber is going to do the work with way less hours than me, so even at their rate, unless I have the time, it's worth it.

about two weeks ago
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OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

AvitarX Re:"Not that exciting" (71 comments)

Also, snapshot is more exciting I'd think.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

AvitarX Re:I don't know how they pay (509 comments)

Working on pipes running through walls will never be easy, and someone who does it for a living will always be quicker at it than you, and is far less likely to keep the drain runs at the correct slope, pipes away from areas that get too cold, and install the access points for easy cleaning.

These are ALL things I've had to work around fixing plumbing in houses I've owned where various bits of plumbing were done by amateurs, and I'm sure I am busy leaving behind similar issues for future owners...

The time thing can't be over-rated either, a plumber may charge 80-200/hour, but they get a lot more done in the hour, having all the various tools etc. (and yes, you will always need tools to deal with pipes that are 50-100 years old, the modular snapping will lock up, two layers of remodeling will block key joints, with the right too getting the reach needed, etc.).

Plumbing is here to stay, doesn't mean we won't get a glut in plumbers though.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

AvitarX Re:What? (139 comments)

I've horrible luck with NYC taxi drivers knowing the city.

By cross street, address, or landmark.

I don't fucking know how to get to the city courthouse, because I don't fucking live here, ugh. It's gotten a lot better in the last 5 years with smart phones, but a lot of them did not know the city, or have GPS up until then.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Is Looking To Pay Someone To Watch Netflix All Day

AvitarX Re:Seems excessive... (86 comments)

The thing is, if "loud shirt" is irrelevant, than the back-end recommendation algorithm can throw it out.

There very well may be weird unexpected things that corralate to liking various movies, and they may not be causal at all, Netflix only needs correlation though.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

AvitarX Re:Should probably be locked up (185 comments)

This guy was clearly doing bad, and for his abuse of authority (use of police DB) should be punished, but was it really a conspiracy? that takes two people planning something, how serious was the guy he was fantasizing with? The judge said there was no evidence of intent, I haven't read all the transcripts, so I don't want to say definitively where it fell.

This is a person that needs help, and to not have the authoratiy of legitimate use of force, but to to be committed seems a little extreme.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

AvitarX Re:Should probably be locked up (185 comments)

Because a lot of us are freedom nerds, and this ruling is interesting in that it was allowed to go to trial, but the judge issued a judgment notwithstanding the verdict that preserves free thought.

As to GP post, yes, they should have tried him for any crimes he committed using the police database, and I obviously assume he's no longer Popo, but this was not an actual conspiracy to commit a crime, locking people up because they are gross under the guise of conspiracy is not the solution to anything.

about three weeks ago
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Ars Takes an Early Look At the Privacy-Centric Blackphone

AvitarX Re: Gimme a keyboard (67 comments)

I use it fairly regularly.

With hackers keyboard.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

AvitarX Re:FP (249 comments)

Not really,

The work around was the national security letters.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

AvitarX Re:FP (249 comments)

Agreed, but generally the supreme court gets it right (not always, but maybe 75% of the time).

Especially when they have conflicting rulings to work with.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

AvitarX Re:FP (249 comments)

I kind of do.

It's pretty obvious that the data on cell phones is "papers" from the fourth amendment, and the phones themselves are "effects".

about a month ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

AvitarX Re:Gigawatts per hour (461 comments)

It's an old headline too, this fucking thing has been floating around the facebook for a while. Pisses me off every time, and I'm a damned liberal.

https://hateandanger.wordpress...

I assume there was a German press release done in English, and there was issue with translating with the intended effect of "for an hour", but it was translated to "per an hour".

I don't speak German, but I can see how in places those words are interchangeable(ish).

about a month ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

AvitarX Gigawatts per hour (461 comments)

Amazing, in 24 hours it'll be 528 gigawatts, amazing ramp up of production.

about a month ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

AvitarX Re: Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

My last car had breaks, plugs and wires, tires, and oil changes to get to 100k (maybe a tail lite too).

about a month and a half ago

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My first, and probably Last entry.

AvitarX AvitarX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I am writing since I have once again spent too much money on textbooks that I do not need, for purely recreational (self improvement) purposes. I would like to join bitme.org, and figure I have a better chance of finding a friend here that can invite than IRL.

I would like to be clear I am not begging, simply letting people know I am interested. If you number among my dozen or so /. friends, and feel that I am "worthy" and vouch-able, please send along the invite, it will be appreciated.

I am not the greatest of torrenters, but always get ratio to 1.5, and if seeders are rare much higher.

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