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Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

CaptSlaq So... (126 comments)

A base model S for 50k, if you're not afraid of a few miles on it? It'll depend on what they do to the car: if it's "check a bunch of boxes" I'm not so sure I'm interested. If it's "Test the car and repair defects in the drive line and battery", that may be much more interesting.

about two weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

CaptSlaq Re:The bigger Problem is their "updates" (577 comments)

It's called the system registry, that buggy plague ridden POS idea that has contaminated windows for decades, remains a continuous problem. Originally done so M$ could pry into what software people are running in one location and prevent undesired software from M$'s point of view from running, an idea that had to be abandoned for obvious reasons but that POS registry crap was still left behind. A brand new clean install more than anything else tidies up the registry and that speeds up boots, shut downs and application launches. The system registry is shite, get rid of it, finally for fukity fuck fucking sake.

Good luck with that. Registry keys are pretty much a staple of most software that's written for Win32. The idea actually isn't that bad: It's a place to stuff data about and settings for software in a standardized way. Thing is that my understanding of it is that the entire thing resides in RAM, so the fatter it is, the less that's available to the system. Someone with more/better information on this would be interesting to hear from.

about three weeks ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

CaptSlaq Re:Before you even start (261 comments)

People who prefer inexpensive but fast vehicles get a lot of tickets. I have no idea what kind of demographic this might be (young males).

Have you priced a WRX lately? Not exactly cheap, even used.

I wouldn't buy a WRX used anyway unless I knew the owner personally. Cars like the WRX get ridden hard and put away wet FAR more often than something more sedate.

about three weeks ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

CaptSlaq Re:Study is quite incomplete (261 comments)

The real question if why is the FR-S ranked 3rd high but the BRZ ranked 125?

The FR-S outsells the BRZ 3:1 in the states... if for no other reason than "less opportunity", I could see this as being a contributing factor. Seems like there's some deal between Subaru and Toyota on the production of these too, but I can't find anything solid on it.

about three weeks ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

CaptSlaq Re:The alternative is not a crapware-free phone (427 comments)

The alternative is a phone filled with either the OEM's additions, or the carrier's crappy branded apps.

The cleanest phone you can buy is probably the Nexus 5.

Those of us who want more control will be smart buyers and purchase hardware that is easy to load with custom ROMs, then we can decide exactly how much of gapps we want.

The 2013 MotoX is probably the closest second. I haven't had a look at the 2014 MotoX, but I certainly hope they carried on the tradition.

about three weeks ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

CaptSlaq Re: How about protecting the public (302 comments)

some might say that carpet bombing 4chan's servers until they buckle might be doing the intarwebz a favor.

about three weeks ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

CaptSlaq Re:How about protecting the public (302 comments)

Ukraine?

To say that was an "insurrection" I believe is patently false. That KGB guy that Russia has as their pres has fingers ALL OVER that situation.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

CaptSlaq Re:Fine! (365 comments)

Implying that "doing good" and "making money" are mutually exclusive... I believe this to be a false assumption.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

CaptSlaq Re:Wrong move. (479 comments)

It's nice to know that Zuckerberg still reads slashdot.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

CaptSlaq Re: Read Slashdot (479 comments)

"Hide the PhD." How do you then explain the 6 year gap in your resume?

"Misc. contract work"

about a month ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

CaptSlaq While I find it amusing... (184 comments)

to see that legal stupidity and .gov overreach lives in other places outside of the US, this still makes me a bit sad.

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

CaptSlaq Re:FOSS names (270 comments)

You forgot that Google is also misspelled, so it's almost worse. The worst name I can think of off of the top of my head was the thankfully short lived "Flooz", despite Wikipedia stating that it has a reasonable base.

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

CaptSlaq Re:Shed?? (270 comments)

Like TVR.

about a month ago
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Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?

CaptSlaq Re:The good news is (130 comments)

As will most cars from before roughly 2000. I could easily switch my 94 Miata to carbs, though I'm not sure how I'd cope with the ignition... I do have access to mechanical timing that may be able to be hacked to put a mechanical distributor and old school coil on though....

about a month ago
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Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?

CaptSlaq Re:I have a phone in my pocket (130 comments)

true. your point?

Privacy is already dead?

about a month ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

CaptSlaq Re: define "customer" (290 comments)

I pay Google in screen space rather than USD, so that still makes me a customer

Says the guy who runs adblock on everything.

about a month ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

CaptSlaq Re:Can someone explain to me (123 comments)

OK, I'll state my position on the species, since you asked, albeit not very politely.

Currently, we know of exactly one place that houses sentient life. That's the dirtball we're all on right now. While the odds are there's another dirtball similar to this one that has some sort of sentient life, we haven't found it yet (weather we want to or not is a question that is outside this context). It's not like we haven't been trying either.

With this in mind, I would consider it a travesty if we got wiped out by a handful of idiots with a gene sequencer, a handful of idiots with a centrifuge, or a cosmic event like a gigantic rock smacking our beloved dirtball. We're smarter than that. I don't know that we're the end-all be-all of knowledge with certainty, but we're the only ones we know of for now. Even though we are evolving and won't the be same thing in $BIGNUM years (perhaps not even recognizable to a member of the species today), I still think that we, as a species, have risen to the point to where we can ensure that something more than a fossil record is left, if we do the work. I believe we have the intelligence, we just need to keep grinding away until we get the full body (or at least a large enough body) of knowledge to get it done. Some people state that we already have this, we just need an investment.

As for my 'concern about the species': Being a member of it, I have a vested interest in it. I would think this would be a universal truth, but I could be wrong. The divisions we create among ourselves are merely theater when considered in the larger context, despite the fact that they often drive us to do horrific things to each other.

Space nutter indeed... There's no need to sink to insults. Of course, this is the internet...

about a month ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

CaptSlaq Re:RT.com? (540 comments)

No, I was being serious... a neutral news source? Does it exist?

about a month ago

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Signs point to XKCD's time ending

CaptSlaq CaptSlaq writes  |  about a year ago

CaptSlaq (1491233) writes "According to the current imagery, it looks like Randal Munroe has finished the story he was telling with the Time series. The long running series that has spanned over 3000 images and spawned multiple methods of viewing and comment appears to have come to an end."
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Infiniti to offer steer by wire next year

CaptSlaq CaptSlaq writes  |  about 2 years ago

CaptSlaq (1491233) writes "Fly by wire has long been a mainstay in aircraft, and now Infiniti is ready to try it out for your car. The design is interesting using cameras and other sensors to manage the small stuff, and has a mechanical fail over in the event something goes wrong. If the mechanical fail over could be removed, this would be quite the boon for automotive packaging, as the steering mechanism can be put outside the engine bay, and the steering wheel can easily be put anywhere else inside the car."
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