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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Concerned Onlooker Re:Wouldn't trust Apple (122 comments)

"I just don't 'get' the ambiguous sexuality of apple products."

What? Oh, I get it. It's a joke. OK!

3 hours ago

Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Concerned Onlooker Re:$1b corps (265 comments)

"...when they depreciated OpenSSL..."

I don't think you can claim OpenSSL as a write off on your tax form.

2 days ago

Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

Concerned Onlooker Re:bullshit clickbait (408 comments)

"...they can't touch me?"

Yes, they can. But only from left to right.

about a week ago

Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

Concerned Onlooker Re:Freedom of Speech? (328 comments)

'However disgusting, "revenge porn" ought to remain legal...'

It's not about free speech. It's about not respecting someone else's privacy. It's about breaking an implicit trust.

Tell you what, if it's OK to post the pictures I say it should be mandatory that the real name of the person submitting them should be posted right alongside the image, in order that women everywhere could know who to avoid.

about two weeks ago

Astronauts' Hearts Change Shape In Space

Concerned Onlooker Re:Lol, 9.4% (113 comments)

'Ah, because the metric for "spherieness" isn't at all subjective.'

That's true. It's not really subjective. Here's a neat little illustration/calculator to help you with the concept.


about two weeks ago

Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

Concerned Onlooker Re:A simpler cure (240 comments)

"...affects your biological health and circadian rhythm"

True, but in a 13 or 17 year cycle who is going to notice an hour?

about two weeks ago

Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

Concerned Onlooker Re:Old News (135 comments)

"the fact that some transmission was not by rats does NOT imply
that no transmission was done by rats."

What it DOES imply is that no matter who does the research or what the conclusion there is going to be disagreement from armchair scientists and contrarians on Slashdot.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Moving From Tech Support To Development?

Concerned Onlooker Re:Don't quit your day job (133 comments)

"Don't quit your day job..."

You might want to re-read the summary. His day job is quitting him.

And to the original question asker I'd say go with development because you'll never be good at something you don't like.

Also, when you've landed that good job, reward your girlfriend amply for helping make it all possible. :-)

about three weeks ago

Goodyear's New State-of-the-Art Airship Makes Its First Flight

Concerned Onlooker Re:Enjoy it while it floats (66 comments)

Yes, if we continue to waste helium like idiots. However, one design for modern airships involves re-compressing the helium to control buoyancy rather than bleeding it off.

The future of airship transport looks pretty interesting to me:

about three weeks ago

Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

Concerned Onlooker Re:The geek in denial. (704 comments)

"The point being that ditching gender stereotypes in mass media can have a very big financial payoff."

It's just too bad if that's what it takes to change attitudes. No one should have to give a "logical" reason to show people that they shouldn't behave like jackasses. It's about being a decent human being.

And where does this misogyny come from anyway? The fathers being bad roles models? Mainstream media perpetuating it? Do misogynists put their mothers and sisters in the same category when they're talking about women and girls in a negative way?

about three weeks ago

WPA2 Wireless Security Crackable WIth "Relative Ease"

Concerned Onlooker Re:MAC filtering and PSK (150 comments)

Ooops. I'm going to have to get a smaller hat.

about three weeks ago

Research Suggests Pulling All-Nighters Can Cause Permanent Damage

Concerned Onlooker Re:sounds implausible to me (144 comments)

"Natural is not a synonym for healthy."

Unless, of course, you are the tiger.

about a month ago

Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

Concerned Onlooker Re:Hang sNOwden (335 comments)

"He puts an entire nation in jeopardy."

Actually, he put an entire nation on the alert to very real abuses by our government.

I've heard the NSA complain that a journalist is not qualified to determine what is and what is not too sensitive for publication. However, I would like to submit that the NSA and like institutions are not qualified to determine what is in the best interests of a democracy.

about 1 month ago

Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

Concerned Onlooker Re:Snowden = Traitor (335 comments)

OK, then, how about Fermi? Emigrated in 1938 to escape fascism and helped the U.S. (the "enemy") develop the atomic bomb.

about 1 month ago

A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

Concerned Onlooker Re:I fully support this (154 comments)

"All this crying about it being a slippery slope isn't making us any safer."

I don't know anything about slippery slopes, but I do seem to recall a famous quote about something to do with eternal vigilance and freedom.

about a month ago

Study: Happiness Improves Developers' Problem Solving Skills

Concerned Onlooker Re:or, alternatively (91 comments)

"People who get regular sex are happier and more productive."

You misspelled reproductive.

about a month ago

Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

Concerned Onlooker Re:open source it (185 comments)

I realize it probably sounds like a good idea, but screening and training volunteers is likely to be even more expensive than keeping the minimal crew they have operating the rover now.

Ditto on the API and "simple prototyping program," although I'm not even sure what that second thing even it supposed to be. Just writing the software would be expensive, not to mention you now have to have NASA people reviewing what comes in.

Driving rovers probably sounds a lot easier than it is. Commands are strung together in sequences. Sequences have to be checked to make sure they don't have conflicting commands. Instruments have to be taken into account; it's not just driving around that is being done.

And then there is the intense analysis and investigation that has to be done if something goes wrong. Reports have to be written explaining everything down to the bit level.

On top of that there is planning to be done to even decide where to drive, which involves a whole lot of people.

There is not only no money to be saved by handing operations over to "the community," there is also the probability that if you did the rover would be ruined within a few days.

about a month ago

Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

Concerned Onlooker Re:Thanks, Obama. (185 comments)

Well, you got the wrong president's name, but you do have a point.

about a month ago

Daylight Saving Time ...

Concerned Onlooker Re:Time to lose Daylight Savings Time (310 comments)

"Our bodies are attuned to the day/night cycle."

I have a feeling that most Slashdotters are more attuned to the CPU cycle.

about a month ago





Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 8 years ago Are you being criticized for poor ethics and morality? Are your customers dropping off because it is becoming widely known that you pay your employees so poorly they cannot afford health insurance and then make them work overtime for free on top of that?

What do you do? Do you improve your companys image by becoming more humane and ethical? No. You do this.


Point of view

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 8 years ago Conservatives are constantly looking to improve their position in the world. Liberals are constantly looking to improve the position of the world.


Extinguish the Human Race?

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 8 years ago Nanking. Auschwitz. Rwanda. CIA. Torture. Terrorism. United States genocide. Beslan. Sudan....

It's a huge list, actually, stretching back to the beginning of history and I'm sure well before.

My question is this: If you could completely wipe out the human race with a wave of your hand would you do it? One final egalitarian solution to the disgusting plague known as homo sapiens sapiens. I think I would.


Negroponte: What a piece of work

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 9 years ago It's unfortunate, but the world is probably shaped more by human excrement like John Negroponte than it is by decent people. How stupid does he expect people to be when he says he knew nothing of human rights abuses happening in Honduras? And just who are these animals that get off on torturing and murdering? When the U.S. talks of defeating terrorism the little hypocrisy meter just about jumps off the scale.



Profanity and the Public Airwaves

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  about 10 years ago Reading through the postings on the recent FCC story about regulating profanity one might have thought by the vitriolity of the messages that something really awful was happening. In fact, what everyone is calling censorship is not even close to that. It's also quite amusing that while people were ranting about censorship anyone who took an opposing view was modded into oblivion and suffered some very crass remarks.

The airwaves, I will remind you, are public. And just like in any public space we need to modulate ourselves, maintain a modicum of decency and mutual respect. I know there are those out there (apparently they all post on Slashdot) who will accept no limits, but anyone who has made it past adolescence can see the value of limiting friction in social situations. Choosing to make others uncomfortable is a sign of either immaturity or of pathological behavior. The airwaves are a public commons and enforcing a little decency is not the end of the world.

Indeed, for all those who claim that these words are "part of everyday language" I will refute that. Quite a while ago I had the realization that swearing was something that was inifnitely more fun to do than to listen to. I decided to stop. Like giving up any addiction it was difficult at first and then after a while I became amazed when I realized that there are so many people out there who are unable to express themselves without swearing. It may indeed be part of the vernacular but it is without a doubt an artless way to speak or communicate. In fact some people are simply unable to speak without interjecting the F word in at every opportunity. The funny thing is, it's used so much that it has lost any real communicative effect it might have had and it simply remains as a sharp, ugly blow to the ear.

In the end I don't really like seeing the FCC pulling a Hayes commission type of move on Howard Stern, yet I feel it so very difficult to get worked up in his defense. I listened to Stern once or twice and realized that his kind of damage was not for me so I simply tuned out, which is what I gather I am supposed to do. I voted with my absence. The bummer about that is that if it continues to get worse it leaves the airwaves devoid of anything that I and other people like me can listen to or view, and the public space has effectively been taken over by bullies. The very same types of people that would harrass you as you try to enjoy a public park.

True censorship is a heinous thing and if the FCC is really doing this because it disagrees with some things Howard Stern said then I am totally against that, but for crying out loud why does everything have to go to its lowest form in the name of freedom? Why don't people get as worked up when we aren't living up to our best as individuals, reaching for loftier goals, than when they feel their right to be crude and crass is threatened?

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