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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

BigSlowTarget Re:Could be improved (903 comments)

That would make sense. People would inevitably push it to the limit then complain when it shut down anyway. The ignition should definitely be shut down (that is you cannot turn it on) rather than the engine for safety reasons. That just means people will leave their cars running 24x7 after not paying but that's against the law and probably expensive in gas.

4 days ago

China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

BigSlowTarget So someone didn't pay their bribes on time? (152 comments)

It has to be either they have developed their own to the point they don't want competition, someone didn't get sufficiently greased or irrational fears. Bribes can trump the others so there's your reason.

about a month ago

Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

BigSlowTarget Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (276 comments)

As with everything it depends on the service level and cost. If you live outside major cities your service level would be like Amtrak in those cities - terrible. This is proposed for a major city where it makes the most sense and I expect will lock the inhabitants (or at least the non-wealthy ones) into those cities by denying transport outside them and preventing them from traveling to less spoiled areas.

about a month ago

UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

BigSlowTarget Not deploying driverless cars kills people (190 comments)

We have 30k+ deaths a year from traffic accidents in the US. The UK could not be too far behind per capita. Driverless cars have a flawless safety record. Even if they screw up and kill somebody it won't be anything like 30k/year. That means every day we don't deploy driverless cars here kills something like 90 people. It's sad governments seem more interested in BS like lawsuits, gun control and drug wars instead of actually preventing people from dying.

about a month ago

'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

BigSlowTarget This guy is going to be so rich (163 comments)

He will do great - right up until he is sued into oblivion.

about 2 months ago

Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

BigSlowTarget The world's servers are ours (749 comments)

Mwaaa mwaahh haah haa, Muaaa Ha Ha Ha Ha, Muaaa Ha Ha Ha Ha!

What will you do now you puny international community?

about 2 months ago

US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

BigSlowTarget Re:Imperial Police (176 comments)

Well they don't want to go arrest people in Mexico. It's dangerous down there and besides the Maldives have great beaches.

about 3 months ago

USPTO Approves Amazon Patent For Taking Pictures

BigSlowTarget Re:Hmmm... I did this for Christmas pictures at ho (152 comments)

I'm sure you could mail your payment to Amazon or possibly use a credit card but don't use a 1-click system or other charges may apply.

about 5 months ago

Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

BigSlowTarget Re:Ummm... (150 comments)

Except of course that individual current owners of Yahoo would see that the investors would get a 25% return and figure other people would sell at market and they could hang on to their shares for a while to get a chunk of the 25%. The investors would effectively have to pay a portion of the premium. They would also have to deal with the risk that they put the whole deal together and then someone jumps in and buys out Yahoo for a tiny bit more or that Yahoo directors tank the value through poison pills or other actions in response to their attempt.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

BigSlowTarget Robots (702 comments)

I build and sell mobile animatronics. Last year I pulled an 8 track player and a VCR out of an entertainment robot and upgraded it with a DVD and LCD TV. It had been running shows in local classrooms since the early 80s.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

BigSlowTarget You are on the right track just not quite there (478 comments)

You've tried ultra bright IR but you really need flickering ultra-bright IR strobing at different rates and levels. A solid IR just sets things up for a better photo. Providing the camera didn't have an IR filter and did photograph IR a flickering IR would cause differing light needs within the exposure window which the camera would be unlikely to adapt to. If you are able to link the timing of the flickering in with your own cameras you'd be able to shut it off momentarily (electronically) and grab the photo.

about 7 months ago

US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil

BigSlowTarget Re:Remote control? (439 comments)

Not necessarily. The same could be said for the power of experience, leadership, morale, training or logistical support. The US military is neither Jedi nor Sith but they are pretty well led, trained and supported. Having the biggest guns does nothing to help you when you pull the trigger and it goes 'click' because you're out of bullets, didn't maintain it or forgot to flip the safety.

about 9 months ago

Watch Out, Amazon: DHL Tests Drug-Delivery Drone

BigSlowTarget Pot delivery drone (134 comments)

Here they come. Order in Colorado, delivery in Florida.

about 10 months ago

JPMorgan Files Patent Application On 'Bitcoin Killer'

BigSlowTarget Hah now they'll sue (292 comments)

"Now we sue Bitcoin and shut them down. (whispers) They don't have lawyers? Excellent! (whispers) What do you mean they don't exist as an entity?(whispers) Distributed what?! (whispers) Damn those techies. They can't do that. Don't they understand real business?"

about 10 months ago

NSA Planned To Discredit Radicals Based On Web-Browsing Habits

BigSlowTarget It just keeps getting worse (415 comments)

Is there any bottom to this at all? Seriously, I expected them to be nasty, bureaucratic and invasive but it sounds like they were taking policy guidelines from conspiracy websites.

about 10 months ago

Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger LHC

BigSlowTarget Re:Call it... (263 comments)

How about the Superconducting Supercollider.. [pause]...[begins crying]

about a year ago

USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document

BigSlowTarget Why are we pushing this guy's book? (586 comments)

So this was the main feature in a recently published book. It's making the rounds because it is part of the press blurb. Indirectly Slashdot is being used to push the guy's book. Well done viral marketing dude.

1 year,9 days

Flash Mobs of Trading Robots Coalescing To Rule Markets

BigSlowTarget Re:Robots? (251 comments)

We did not have to storm into the NY Stock Exchange. We can use the internet now: We also type faster than you.

1 year,17 days

Schneier: The US Government Has Betrayed the Internet, We Need To Take It Back

BigSlowTarget Re:UK Official Secrets Act (397 comments)

In the US the laws are so screwed up, reworded, artistically intepreted, overlaid with regulation and in some cases even secret that you probably can't even figure out if your employer is breaking the law without seeing a lawyer and even then it's going to be argued over long after you are broke, homeless and unemployable. We need a dramatic reworking of the ridiculously complex legal system that is supporting a sort of fear and confusion based collection of legal priests and the political patrons that can deploy them en masse to crush their opponents. Unless a common person can understand the laws they aren't likely to be able to completely follow them. Unfortunately change is not something likely to happen.

1 year,23 days

A Computer-based Smart Rifle With Incredible Accuracy, Now On Sale

BigSlowTarget Re:2nd Amendment Question (551 comments)

Would genuinely like to hear from a pro gun NRA type.

Not sure I qualify but I think you would think I do so here goes:

Where do you draw the line between what is and isn't a firearm? Does the 2nd Amendment allow (in your mind at least) a citizen to have a rocket launcher or a laser gun?

Cannon were not mentioned in the 2nd Amendment. Rockets were not mentioned and they were around (if relatively ineffective) when it was drafted as well. That would mean a rocket launcher would not be considered a firearm. As for a laser, the only ones that actually work as weapons are of cannon size so I would put it in that category. We have also decided that fully automatic weapons fit into the 'bigger than a firearm' category and their ownership should be restricted though they are a grey area so ownership restrictions are likewise grey. Calibers above a certain size also fit into the 'cannon' category.

What are you going to do when the technology of simple side arms develops to the point where you an take out a room full of people by pressing a trigger and letting you gun do all the aiming etc..?

Call it an IED, claymore mine or hand grenade. The comparison is obvious. The EU (and even UK) has had more problems with such weapons than the US and it only stopped when attitudes changed. If we ban such a thing and it is widely desired I expect we will be about as successful at preventing it from being sold as we are at stopping illegal drugs unless we too manage attitudes and expectations around it.

about a year ago



Searches for "Adobe Flash" and "crash" up over 250% since release of 11.3

BigSlowTarget BigSlowTarget writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BigSlowTarget (325940) writes "Despite claims of stability, many have been having issues with Adobe's recent release of Flash. How many? It's hard to know for sure but here's an indication — since 11.3's late May release Google searches involving "Adobe Flash" and "crash" are up to record levels."
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TOSAmend: Counteroffer Terms of Service Agreements

BigSlowTarget BigSlowTarget writes  |  about 3 years ago

BigSlowTarget (325940) writes "Are we simply subject to whatever a software provider demands of us in their clickthrough TOS agreement or are they real contracts where we can counteroffer our preferred terms and expect a refund if they are rejected? One blogger has come up with an applet to change TOS agreements and automatically submit the changes for approval (or rejection). Even he is not sure of the legal standing for the offer, but with these contracts so common they have been featured on South Park the issue certainly could be coming to the courts soon."
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Goodbye advertising

BigSlowTarget BigSlowTarget writes  |  more than 4 years ago

After years of coexisting with ads in the interest of supporting content development I finally have to say no more. Today I enabled the stop advertising option on my Slashdot account and installed adblocker. Why? The proliferation of drop down page expanding banners. Am I the only one who finds this as annoying as the pop-up? How can advertisers profit from inventing advertising so bad it forces their audience to take these kind of actions?

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