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Is Google CEO's "Tiny Bubble Car" Yahoo CEO's "Little Bubble Car"?

DaTrueDave Re:CEO in a Bubble (190 comments)

I don't understand why anyone would want one of those little SMART cars with their horrible gas mileage. They only get around 35 mpg. A 300 horsepower Ford Mustang gets around 30 mpg. That's ridiculous when you think about it.

If you want a truly "green" car that gets good mileage, wait until the Elio starts rolling off the line (next year?). 84 mpg in a $7000 American made two seater.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

DaTrueDave Re:more downgrades (688 comments)

There are plenty of websites that display no content of substance without javascript. If you've only come across one website that requires javascript, your websurfing habits are extremely limited.

And, no, I'm not going to make you a list of examples, it would be a much shorter list if you gave examples of websites that don't require javascript.

about 3 months ago
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

DaTrueDave Re:TSA-like Money for Fear (271 comments)

This scenario was played out in a novel called "Lights Out" by David Crawford. It's fiction, but I can see it going down in a manner very similar to that story.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Lights-O...

about 3 months ago
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

DaTrueDave Re:TSA-like Money for Fear (271 comments)

Sorry, but this is a completely absurd comment. I'd like to see your car run without the electronics that have been installed in just about every car for the last thirty years. The only vehicles that will still run after an EMP will be specialty equipment and thirty year old cars.

about 3 months ago
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Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

DaTrueDave Re:Does the math work out? (193 comments)

That's such a scary thought, but probably not far from being reality.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

DaTrueDave Re:Facebook Secondlife? (535 comments)

I was immediately reminded of the hardware in "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

In it, the whole world spends most of their time in an online world, all that is needed is a VR headset like Oculus Rift, and haptic gloves that input your hand's motion.

I see how Facebook dominates some people's lives exactly how the online world in the book is more important than real life. People like escaping the harsh reality of life.

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

DaTrueDave Re:Strategic move to compete (535 comments)

How do those two products even compare? I don't see how they compete at all.

about 4 months ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

DaTrueDave Re:Pay more in taxes (time to bitch) (409 comments)

I've been a member of three different unions throughout my life, and I've never seen the behavior you describe. I've heard it many times from anti-union people, but I've never actually seen it. I don't see why any union would want to make it difficult to fire a crappy employee. That only hurts the union.

Like the person you responded to, I have seen more than a few managers that aren't willing to be the one to document misconduct or poor performance, or are unwilling or afraid to be the one to actually confront an employee and/or pull the trigger on termination.

about 4 months ago
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Portal 2 Incompatible With SELinux

DaTrueDave Re:"Developer in denial" status (212 comments)

I'm down for the "developer in denial" status, but without knowing how the dev team works, I don't think it's fair to point at a single person with the blame.

about 5 months ago
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The Science of Solitary Confinement

DaTrueDave Re:Kudos to Director Raemisch (326 comments)

Compare it to what the head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons knows about a prison cell: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

This is the guy in charge of every federal prison in the United States of America, and he makes up a bullshit answer for a Congressman. I'm very disappointed in this Administration.

about 5 months ago
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UK Police Will Have Backdoor Access To Health Records

DaTrueDave Re:Not with a bang, but with a Beta. (108 comments)

Proven track record innovating and improving iconic websites (CNET.com, Dice.com, Slashdot.org, Sourceforge.net) while protecting their voice and brand integrity

Not to mention CNET.com has been pretty much ruined. It's nothing but adware loaded crap now. Has SourceForge been messed with yet?

about 6 months ago
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Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht's Next Court Date Set For November

DaTrueDave Re:Beta comment from an old-timer (77 comments)

Wonder if an editor will reply to a three digit UID?

The solution is simple. Dump the beta and tell everyone that any proposed changes will come from the community (NOT "the audience").

about 6 months ago
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How Adobe Got Rid of Traditional Stack-Ranking Performance Reviews

DaTrueDave Re:I'll keep saying (175 comments)

Stack Ranking might not work long-term, but the moderation at Slashdot has worked long term. Let's not give it all up by moving forward with the beta site.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

DaTrueDave Re:And that's exactly what I asked for. (2219 comments)

This.

It's obvious that the Slashdot Beta is a complete and utter failure. I don't care why, or who will take the blame, but somebody in charge needs to exercise some leadership and start over before this website is destroyed by someone's pride.

Start over and consider community input before redirecting people to a pile of crap.

about 6 months ago
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Is Intel Selling Bay Trail Chips Below Cost?

DaTrueDave Re:-1 ontopic (156 comments)

While I might not be the customer in their new business model, I am indeed a paying customer. Does an asterisk not appear next to my UID for you?

I think that Dice would be incredibly stupid to move forward with their beta after today's protests. Since this is an almost entirely user-driven site, the users are the only reason people come here. Start driving the users away and what will they have left?

about 6 months ago
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Is Intel Selling Bay Trail Chips Below Cost?

DaTrueDave Re:-1 ontopic (156 comments)

I will be joining in the Slashcott from Feb 10-Feb 17. No on-topic replies today!

about 6 months ago
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The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

DaTrueDave Re:Boycott (250 comments)

I will be joining in the Slashcott from Feb 10-Feb 17. This is ridiculous.

about 6 months ago
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The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

DaTrueDave Re:Ah, but will it Fuck Beta? (250 comments)

I will be joining in the Slashcott from Feb 10-Feb 17.

about 6 months ago
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Mozilla Is Mapping Cell Towers and WiFi Access Points

DaTrueDave Re:Maps roads, Not Coverage (113 comments)

Mapping holes might be a smaller task in urban areas, but I assure you that's not the case in much of America. The two methods could easily be combined (map holes in urban/suburban areas, map coverage in rural areas) to make this an easier task, though.

about 6 months ago

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Homeland Security Remains Worst Fed Agency to Work For.

DaTrueDave DaTrueDave writes  |  about 7 months ago

DaTrueDave (992134) writes "The agency rankings from the now annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey were released Wednesday and the most powerful and controversial department is still the department with the lowest morale.

Given the fact that so many DHS leadership positions are filled with temporary or "acting" leaders, it's not surprising that their ranking on "Effective Leadership" dropped over three points.
Out of 300 subcomponents (individual agencies) ranked, DHS has three agencies in the bottom ten, including the agency responsible for enforcing US immigration laws inside the border and the second largest investigative law enforcement agency, ICE.

The Washington Post blogs that American Federation of Government Employees president J. David Cox blames the problems on staffing and equipment shortages, reliance on contractors, and the dangers involved with much of the work Homeland Security performs.

Contrast this with an agency like NASA, which actually increased its ratings despite having to work around a tight budget due to Congressional sequestration, and furloughed employees.

What impact does this have on the US? Surely it can't be good to have such an important and powerful agency filled with employees with such low morale. It's understandable that federal employees morale decreased in a year where they were such a target, but why does DHS seem to have so many more problems than other federal agencies?"

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Homeland Security Remains Worst Fed Agency to Work For.

DaTrueDave DaTrueDave writes  |  about 7 months ago

DaTrueDave (992134) writes "The agency rankings from the now annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey were released yesterday and one of our most powerful departments is still the department with the lowest morale.

Given the fact that so many DHS leadership positions are filled with temporary or "acting" leaders, it's not surprising that their ranking on "Effective Leadership" dropped over three points.
Out of 300 subcomponents (individual agencies) ranked, DHS has three agencies in the bottom ten, including the agency responsible for enforcing US immigration laws inside the border, ICE.

Contrast this with an agency like NASA, which actually increased its ratings despite having to work around a tight budget due to Congressional sequestration, and furloughed employees.

What impact does this have on the US? Surely it can't be good to have such an important and powerful agency filled with employees with such low morale."

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Google expands robot shop, now owns DARPA droids.

DaTrueDave DaTrueDave writes  |  about 7 months ago

DaTrueDave (992134) writes "The NY Times is reporting that Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, the creators of several successful robots designed on behalf of the US Defense Department. We've already seen some of the incredible Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency droids that have come out of that shop, and one can only imagine what designs might be classified and unknown to the public.

There's the humanoid robot, Atlas.
The RC car with a secret, the SandFlea.
There's the robot that runs faster than any man, Cheetah.
The packmule that can't be tipped over, Big Dog.
And the frightening combination of tech, the robot that runs fast on ANY terrain, WildCat.

It will be interesting to see what Google does with their droids. Their robot shop is being headed by the guy that made Android the most popular smartphone OS, Andy Rubin. He tweeted a link to the New York Times story yesterday, along with the comment, "The future is looking awesome!" Rubin was a robotics engineer for Apple, and the lens company, Carl Zeiss, before starting with Google.

Regardless of your feelings about droids, I think we're going to see huge advances in robotics now that Google is jumping in with both feet."
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Valve's Greenlight rejects erotic game before crowd gets to choose.

DaTrueDave DaTrueDave writes  |  about 2 years ago

DaTrueDave (992134) writes "Greenlight is a project on Valve's Steam service that allows customers to choose which new indie video games are published. This form of crowd-sourcing sounds great, until the developers of Seduce Me, an erotic storyboard style game with minigames and erotic cutscenes, found out that their game has been rejected without allowing the crowd to decide. Valve's only reason? It seems the game violates the vague part of Greenlight's TOS that says submissions "may not contain offensive material". In a press release, Miriam Bellard, co-founder No Reply Games pointed out that "Many people still view games as 'for children' in spite of the fact that the average gamer is 30 years old."

In an industry that is filled with violent, combative and downright gory games, does rejecting a game with an erotic theme run counter to the idea of letting users choose the content they want to see published?"

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Valve's Greenlight rejects erotic game before crowd chooses.

DaTrueDave DaTrueDave writes  |  about 2 years ago

DaTrueDave (992134) writes "Greenlight is a project on Valve's Steam service that allows customers to choose which new indie video games are published. This form of crowd-sourcing sounds great, until the developers of Seduce Me, an erotic storyboard style game with minigames and erotic cutscenes, found out that their game has been rejected without allowing the crowd to decide. Valve's only reason? The game violates Greenlight's TOS. In a press release, Miriam Bellard, co-founder No Reply Games pointed out that "Many people still view games as 'for children' in spite of the fact that the average gamer is 30 years old."

In an industry that is filled with violent, combative and downright gory games, does rejecting a game with an erotic theme run counter to the idea of letting users choose the content they want to see published?"

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