top 3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive
Yeah, "3D-Printed Car Takes It Is First Test Drive."
top Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway
From viewing the disclaimer on Hyundai's video, it appears that their system is designed to disengage if it believes the driver is not present/not paying attention/dead. It says: "Lane keeping assist system - modified not to turn off." Also, did they use a Porsche Cayenne as one of their camera vehicles instead of a Hyundai? Weird.
top Starbuck's Wireless Charging Stations Won't Work With Most Devices
Looks like the editors won't won't work either. Maybe they're all at Starbucks (which, by the way, editors, has no apostrophe).
How much does being a copy editor at Slashdot pay, and where can I pick up an application? Does the job include complimentary room and board at the Geek Compound?
top These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones
I've said this before and I'll say it here again, since it's on-topic: Slashdot is dying. It began its death spiral before Malda left. Once he quit, its fate became certain.
A bunch of shit has happened over the years, from FIRST POST!, Natalie Portman, and hot grits in the early days; to Roland Piquepaille's story spamming in more recent history. Eventually, ZDnet or Gizmodo or some other tech site will buy Slashdot and begin integrating it into their own website. Eventually, Slashdot's URL will be only a redirect to the website of its corporate overlords.
top How Kentucky Built the Country's Best ACA Exchange
Because I'm on my fourth online application and kynect had me in some sort of infinite loop purgatory (in which I wasn't allowed to complete the application process) for the past three weeks. This morning, I finally got a message asking me to upload additional documentation.
For what it's worth, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is in charge of Kentucky's exchange. The same Cabinet which is responsible for child welfare and has a
history of hiding information about child fatalities which occur under their watch.
top Dispatch From the Future: Uber To Purchase 2,500 Driverless Cars From Google
I've said this many times before, but when CmdrTaco left, it was the beginning of the end for Slashdot. The writing was on the wall for a long time before that, but Malda's departure was a very clear demarcation of where the site was headed. We're witnessing a slow death spiral. Within 10-20 years, Slashdot will no longer exist in its current form. It will be gobbled up by Gizmodo, Techcrunch, CNet, or the likes, and eventually merged into their conglomerate and redirected to the parent company's site.
about a year and a half ago
top Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom
You wouldn't believe how many people I know were dead set against satellite navigation systems, how they would be forced on us, etc. Every one of those people now owns one, by their own choice.
I think people have a similar visceral reaction to autonomous vehicles, but once they experience not having to deal with the stress of everyday driving, will change their opinion.
about a year and a half ago
top Giant Squid Filmed In Natural Habitat For the First Time
I thought it said "Geek Squad Filmed in Natural Habitat for the First Time."
top Hallowe'en is coming. Trick-or-Treaters who visit ...
Trick-or-Treaters who visit will get asked why the hell they rang my doorbell when all the lights were off. I used to give out candy, but stopped after over half the kids failed to say a simple "thank you." Many of them didn't even bother to say "trick or treat," and just held their bags out. I'm not going to invest effort into providing candy to kids who fail to express even basic manners.
I have no delusions that my non-participation will make the ungrateful little shits behave any better, but I'll feel better because I don't have to deal with them. Now, get off my lawn!
top Alternative To QR Code Uses NFC and Cheap Rectennas
I always wanted a rectal antenna.
top Botched Repair Likely Cause of Combusting iPhone After Flight
The report says the shop that performed the repair was not an authorized Apple repair shop, and shows the device as having the old, dangerous standard Philips screws. Now we know why Apple has been so adamant about switching from regular Philips screws to five-sided screws--with the five sided, tamper-resistant screws, there is no chance that an unauthorized repair facility would be able to create an explosive condition by leaving a screw inside the iPhone.
top The Dark Side of Digital Distribution
"There was something on Slashdot a few years ago about people buying a service, then having to pay more to disable advertising."
Kind of like the new Garmin GPS I got for Christmas with free lifetime maps and traffic. The free traffic service has ads that appear when you reach your destination. You can disable the traffic function and remove the ads, but is it only a matter of time until the free map updates include ads? This limitation was not well disclosed.
top AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves
I've had an AT&T iPhone since the beginning, and have lived through their dicking around with their data plans. I was fine with the 200 MB plan and switching to the 2 GB plan when I go on vacation and consume a lot of data. With their latest data plan revisions, I will be locked out of my current 200 MB plan if I ever try to temporarily switch to a plan with increased capacity, and would have to switch back to the 300 MB plan which is $5 per month higher.
I live in a rural area that is slowly being upgraded to 3G. I propose the following: AT&T's data limits should only apply to 3G service. Anything downloaded over EDGE should be free. If you run out of your limited data plan, you should be able to switch to EDGE and download as much as you want. Texts should be free or something reasonable like $5 per month for 1,000 messages, not $20 per month for an unlimited plan. I'm tired of paying $80 per month for a phone I seldom talk on in order to get a limited data plan and texting capabilities.
Since I know they won't do this, I'm planning to switch to one of the MVNOs once my contract is up. Either Republic Wireless if they open their beta again, or TracFone's "bring your own phone" program which recently launched (yes, it uses AT&T's network, but at a lower cost to the consumer).
top Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?
^-- Raises hand. I pay close to $100 per month for my iPhone, and rarely talk on it. I use it for web surfing, but sometimes am not near reliable wifi. I would be very interested in Republic Wireless if they offered the iPhone.
top DynDNS Cuts Back Free DNS Options
The no-ip.com client has worked well for me for remote access purposes (haven't tried it for hosting), and the premium service is reasonably priced (about $10-15 per year).
top Web Usage-Based Billing On Its Way
"Data is not like water or gas where you can save it by not using it."
Exactly, they are creating an artificial scarcity just like the cell phone providers who charge exorbitant rates for data and especially text messaging.
top News From Apple's iPhone Event
I'd install it if they had named it "Octopussy Grid Delivery Enhancement to Flash."
top Netflix Creates Qwikster For DVD Only Business
"...I had assumed that Netflix would slowly raised prices on the DVD-by-mail service before finally killing it."
Me too, but he's laid down the gauntlet that they're "done" with price increases, which will only make people more outraged when the next price hike comes, whether it's across the board or they begin offering "premium" streaming with new releases at a higher cost.
top Why the Fax Machine Refuses To Die
My Canon multifunction printer/fax/copier/scanner has an auto sheet feeder, and it cost me $120. Unlike inexpensive multifunction machines of yore, this one is good at printing, scanning, and copying (I've used it for scanning photos and it's far superior to the standalone scanner it replaced). So I'm not sure how a sheetfed scanner is ridiculously expensive.
top So Long, CmdrTaco, and Thanks For All The Posts
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