Beta

Slashdot: News for Nerds

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Bin_jammin I've had a few... (368 comments)

I went through a string of slider-keyboard phones, as I prefer the tactile feedback of a real keyboard. The troubles with them were numerous though. The slide-mech always ended up "gumming up" after a few months of use. The keyboard layout was always less than optimal, because while the alphabet on the keyboard was laid out as qwerty, everything else was suspect. No Tab key, no control keys, etc... These phones also went through a series of failures of ribbon cables etc. Over a dozen phones in two years. The thing that sealed the deal for switching to a touch-key phone was crushing my left thumb in an accident. I have slight nerve damage, and pressing keys with that thumb was discomforting, at best. I don't really think this issue is one for the carriers so much as it is the manufacturers not offering them, or if it's on the carrier end they probably don't want to deal with the breakage issues with the phones. Parts counts on a touch-key phone will be lower, and without the mechanical part of the phone to go bad they're inherently more reliable and lighter.

8 hours ago
top

US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

Bin_jammin Wouldn't requiring a sarcasm tag... (213 comments)

be a violation of the first amendment? I would imagine you would need to force an ironic tag as well, if you posted a sarcastic post without the tag, sarcastically.

about 2 months ago
top

The Physics of Hot Pockets

Bin_jammin Somebody needs to buy... (222 comments)

a microwave with more than 300 watts of power. I've never had the issue of hot outside/cold inside, my problems have always been of the hot outside/nuclear inferno/solar coronal mass ejection on the inside variety, regardless of where I've microwaved them. I don't even follow the instructions on the package very closely, just pull it out of the wrapper, put it in the sleeve, toss it in, slap the door shut, 3 or so minutes, and out comes an external breading hot to the touch with napalm in the center. Maybe there are just a lot of broken microwaves, or even more likely, people that don't know how to use them properly?

about 2 months ago
top

Government Accuses Sprint of Overcharging For Wiretapping Expenses

Bin_jammin Well, at least... (114 comments)

the government now gets to experience the same bill-creep the rest of us poor suckers have been subject to all this time.

about 5 months ago
top

Talking On the Phone While Driving Not So Dangerous After All

Bin_jammin Doesn't it seemed like a flawed study? (418 comments)

The study makes the assumption that people will wait for the free call period after 9pm, and assumes that if more people were waiting for that point that we would see a corresponding increase in crashes, but from what I can gather there's no segregation of the data to show how many of the test subjects have data plans that are not unlimited in call time. I have to imagine that if you're waiting for 9pm in order to make a call, it's an important call and you'll make it from someplace other than the inside of a car. Most people without unlimited call plans still make short calls after and before 9pm if they assume the calls will be short and not significantly impact available billed minutes.

about a year ago
top

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Bin_jammin Thanks for the redesign! (2254 comments)

My already overtaxed old Powerbook can't handle the new site's layout, and it looks like I'll have to either avoid Slashdot, one of my daily religious reads for over a decade, or buy a new piece of equipment just to read a text format site. Seriously? It's text, wtf was so important that it's got to be redone to look fancy? Why not some flash animation while you're at it? Can we switch to an html view? I'm glad you felt the need to flash the place up, but this is pretty stupid.

more than 3 years ago
top

A Requiem For Saab

Bin_jammin They can't die fast enough... (438 comments)

From the linked article, Saab had a highlight of sales at 48,000 and change in 1986, when they were a post-recession yuppie fad. They were always bad cars, and articles like this one reminiscing about the "glory days" of Saab are a bit myopic. They rusted out in key places, like where the control arms for the front suspension bolts to the body. They're a nightmare to work on, with the engine spun backwards in the engine bay. The "tight steering" meant nothing when coupled with a body that flexed terribly, especially on the convertible models. Big buttons for people wearing gloves? That's the best contribution the author can come up with in his requiem? The fact is that people don't want to spend huge money on mediocre cars. Saab was purchased to be placed in GM's lineup as a luxury foreign brand, much like Volvo's purchase by Ford. The new cars were built on better platforms than the ones Saab could engineer, with all the quirkiness still intact for buyers with too much money and not enough common sense. That GM can't give the company away, and can't make money selling weird cars is proof of this. The year GM purchased Saab they killed off Oldsmobile. Saab was selling ~40,000 cars per year, Olds was selling 250,000 cars per year. They killed a brand that made them far more money in order to have a more upscale image, only to find out what people really imagined the cars to be. They made a Saab out of a Blazer, they made a Saab out of a Subaru, and I'm sure if some marketing doofus thought it was a good idea they would have done the same with a Daewoo as well. Saab had some interesting ideas over the years, but they were cars that were constantly broken and difficult to work on. I've spent many years as an auto tech and diagnostician fixing these things. I'll always have many fond memories of working on Saabs. They've brought me so much laughter over the years.

more than 4 years ago
top

Lawyer Jailed For Contempt Is Freed After 14 Years

Bin_jammin Well... (408 comments)

do we get to find his treasure now?

about 5 years ago
top

Researchers Discover That Sand Behaves Like Water

Bin_jammin Re:Meh... (192 comments)

It's Saturday, I was told there would be no maths.

more than 5 years ago
top

Researchers Discover That Sand Behaves Like Water

Bin_jammin Meh... (192 comments)

It's probably just due to static electricity.

more than 5 years ago
top

Microsoft Accused of Squandering Billions On R&D

Bin_jammin Wasn't this (580 comments)

one of the things that dragged Apple down in the 90s? Sharply cutting R&D spending, cutting useless projects and focusing on the core business were some of the things that helped bring them back from almost being a footnote to history. Hard to imagine Microsoft being in the same situation.

more than 5 years ago
top

Privacy Group Calls Google Latitude a Real 'Danger'

Bin_jammin What I'd like to see (227 comments)

is an Assassin game based on this. Anyone else think that sounds like fun?

more than 5 years ago
top

BBC's iPlayer Chief Pushes Tiered Charging For ISPs

Bin_jammin How long before... (172 comments)

the same cable companies that are pushing for tiered pricing start pulling stunts like packaging channels instead of allowing us Ala carte pricing, so we only get the channels we want. Wait, what? They what?

more than 5 years ago
top

Bringing Giant Tortoises Back From Extinction

Bin_jammin Well that makes sense... (125 comments)

100 years and how much money to bring back an extinct turtle? I just hope I'm around in 100 years for the great turtle project centennial unveiling. Of coure, they ARE turtles, did you think this would happen quickly?

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

Bin_jammin hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

Bin_jammin has no journal entries.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...