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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

Elwood P Dowd misleading (462 comments)

The issue is that in California they have to sell a certain portion of their fleet with zero and low emissions. He is saying that in order to convince people to buy the zero or low emission vehicles in adequate proportion, they have had to subsidize the price by $14,000. He does not expect that they will "sell too many" â" they picked this price because it's the number they expect will sell exactly the right amount.

about 2 months ago
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WikiLeaks: NSA Recording All Telephone Calls In Afghanistan

Elwood P Dowd 2nd SOMALGET country leaked by contractor resume (241 comments)

The 2nd SOMALGET country was first leaked by defense contractor resume. Hinted at, in any case. Defense Contractors put all the illegal shit they do in their resumes to get more jobs doing those things.

Christopher Soghoian's tweet on the subject.

Erica A's resume

Erica A spent December 2012 to October 2013 in Afghanistan, is an expert in "Somalget Retro GUI" and is available for hire immediately.

about 2 months ago
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After LinkedIn Clues, FOIA Nets New Details On NSA's ANCHORY Program

Elwood P Dowd Re:Open source spying program? (75 comments)

Exploded from hatred of Open Source?

1 year,5 days
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Can Ride-Sharing Startup Lyft Survive the SoCal Heat?

Elwood P Dowd Re:Wait, what? (133 comments)

It's not carpooling. These are cars and drivers that would not be on the road without the service.

It may not purely increase congestion - the riders might otherwise use a car of their own. But it's basically a taxi with 10x better service (in function, not just attitude), slightly lower prices, and total dependence on GIS for knowledge of local geography.

There are a variety of reasons to regulate taxis, but the original one was that otherwise, taxi drivers would run a ton of scams. This isn't a problem with Lyft, specifically. Now we have additional concerns about traffic congestion and ecological impact. I don't know whether that is a problem with Lyft, but it's not crazy to suggest regulation.

1 year,26 days
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Oculus Rift Loses Doom 3 BFG Edition From Launch Package, But Gains TF2

Elwood P Dowd Re:It's a VR helmet. (69 comments)

And it's the launch of the Dev Kit, not the launch of a consumer product. I thought the whole point is that it wouldn't have support for any games at all when the dev kits first shipped.

about a year ago
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Bradley Manning Makes Statement

Elwood P Dowd Blah.zip (440 comments)

So it sounds like the contents of blah.zip haven't been published and he can't state what they were without further charges? That sucks. I wonder if Daniel Domscheit Berg deleted that shit.

about a year ago
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Apple's Lightning-to-HDMI Dongle Secretly Packed With ARM, Airplay

Elwood P Dowd Re:Disappointing for a new connector (392 comments)

With its limited pin count, it's not a surprise that the Lightning connector does not have the bandwidth to transfer uncompressed video.

I totally disagree. Coax and Ethernet get you plenty of bandwidth on fewer pins. When Apple announced this thing, I was delighted that they must have some kind of brilliant plan for using these very few pins in a flexible, high quality, eventually low-cost manner. If their plan for flexibility was just "send a system image over USB, then connect via USB to that thing once it boots" then I am surprised and disappointed.

Costs may come down as we approach computing ubiquity, but this puts a ceiling on quality and that seems like a poor plan. We might want our iPads to drive 4K displays. Probably not next year, but in 8 years, sure.

I'm sure there are real, physical limitations that I don't understand that make this required, but I'm still disappointed.

about a year ago
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Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That NYT Tesla Test Drive Was Staged

Elwood P Dowd Log confirms one of the NYT complaints (841 comments)

Although this evidence does seem to show that the NYT reporter is a liar, one of the most alarming issues was the overnight loss of charge. Broder claimed that his car went from 90 miles range to 25 miles range overnight for no reason.

When I parked the car, its computer said I had 90 miles of range, twice the 46 miles back to Milford. It was a different story at 8:30 the next morning. The thermometer read 10 degrees and the display showed 25 miles of remaining range — the electrical equivalent of someone having siphoned off more than two-thirds of the fuel that was in the tank when I parked.

You can see what looks like exactly this issue in the charts between Milford and Norwich.

about a year and a half ago
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Phil Zimmermann's New App Protects Smartphones From Prying Ears

Elwood P Dowd Maybe try it on an iPod Touch rather than a phone (121 comments)

Even if Silent Circle is secure, that doesn't mean that the cell phone is secure. The safest mobile innernet device is probably an iPod Touch.

about 2 years ago
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Advertisers Never Intended To Honor DNT

Elwood P Dowd Re:More elaborate schemes? (308 comments)

I think it would be more harmful to those people junking up the web if we made a browser extension that clicked on every +1, like, and follow button you surf past.

about 2 years ago
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Can Microsoft Really Convince People To Subscribe To Software?

Elwood P Dowd Not tablet users, no. (297 comments)

They should have released office applications for iOS at 2x the price of their iWork equivalents. Then they should have moved all that into the metro style, and released basically the same metro designs for Windows 8.

That might have cost them more than it produced in revenue, but now the result is that millions of people have been delightedly using their iPads for a couple years, and they're doing ok without MS Office. Even enterprise users. And MS still doesn't have an announced plan to bring Office to Metro (Windows 8 Style, whatever).

Including Office in Windows 8 RT might attract a lot of people to the platform. But it might also be the only way they can get Office deployed on a lot of tablets. Like, great, but also technically shovelware. I'd love to say that Microsoft has their work cut out for them, but that implies that they are working on the right things now. Dunno. I hope it works.

about 2 years ago
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Zuckerberg: Betting On HTML5 Was Facebook's Biggest Mistake

Elwood P Dowd Re:I don't give a Zuck! (290 comments)

Uh... You aren't contradicting his valid point. He didn't say HTML5 was failed. He said it was a mistake to do HTML5 to the exclusion of other client platforms. How can you disagree with that? He's running a giant software company - they can support a few platforms. They will have different merits.

I wish HTML5 fans hadn't convinced the world it was the 2nd coming of Christ. My favorite web apps worked great with HTML4. Now every web page tries to run enough JavaScript to lift itself into orbit.

about 2 years ago
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No Opt-Out For Ads On New Kindle Fires

Elwood P Dowd Advertisers agree to honor DNT (383 comments)

Advertisers agree to honor DNT only from browsers that display the setting behind a door labelled "beware leopard".

It's bullshit anyway - any standard based on advertisers behaving ethically is a nonstarter. Apple's default no-third-party cookies seems worthwhile, if circumventable. Why not do more of that? If there are Moz people working on the DNT standard, I feel like they are being suckered.

If it's google's display advertising business you're concerned with, I don't really understand your concerns. If it's any of the many less scrupulous parties that you are concerned with, they're just going to ignore DNT.

about 2 years ago
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PAX Prime: An Extra Day In 2013, and Plans For Australia

Elwood P Dowd Re:Am I getting old? (45 comments)

PvP launched 5 months before Penny Arcade according to Wikipedia. It might not make any sense now, but when Penny Arcade launched, they appeared to consider themselves the fresh young upstarts and PvP the entrenched old-guard of videogame web comics.

about 2 years ago
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Assange Makes Statement Calling For an End To the "Witch Hunt"

Elwood P Dowd I wish he had resigned. (915 comments)

Wikileaks used to be stronger for his leadership. Now he's accused of being a rapist, and the accusations aren't going away. If he secures his freedom without facing these allegations, Wikileaks will never be respected again.

Assange claims he can't face these allegations because he will be extradited to the U.S. and I expect that is correct. That either means that they beat him, or that he really is a rapist. So what if we gave him the benefit of the doubt? He has still been beaten. The question is whether beating Assange also means they have beaten Wikileaks.

Openleaks sounded like a total pile of crap when it first launched. I hope that there are other capable people that share the core values of Wikileaks. Every day until Assange hands over leadership and control to those people, Wikileaks is further diminished.

about 2 years ago
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Game CEO Sees "Gamification" of Work and Military

Elwood P Dowd Bad timing (115 comments)

That wikileaks video has apparently been a bigger PR disaster for video games more than the US fucking military.

So much so that when SLASHDOT USERS see that the military might use video games, their concern is for the corrupting influence of video games rather than the corrupting influence of war.

The behavior of those pilots does not indicate the influence of video games but rather policy.

Men are capable of evil fucking things, with or without the assistance of video games, ak-47s, or predator drones. Some of those are more enabling than others.

The real point this PR roadkill is trying to make is that video games use techniques that would be useful in other contexts. Obviously this is true and fucking harmless, on its face. Unfortunately, his example is that they would be useful for helping to implementing corporate and military policy.

more than 4 years ago
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IE8, Safari, iPhone All Fall At Pwn2Own Contest

Elwood P Dowd Re:Misleading; no credibility (223 comments)

That won't matter unless they can get out of Chrome's sandbox.

more than 4 years ago
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IE8, Safari, iPhone All Fall At Pwn2Own Contest

Elwood P Dowd Re:Misleading; no credibility (223 comments)

Isn't your point about Chrome invalidated by your point about the time taken?

Did no one attack Chrome because none of these researchers had an exploit that would work against it?

more than 4 years ago

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If Apple releases a laptop with an upside down optical drive

Elwood P Dowd Elwood P Dowd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I will roll my eyes SO HARD at all the Apple rumor sites. With the iPhone, Apple proved that they can defeat rumor people by showing off demo units and prototypes to many different people. The conflicting rumors will increase buzz and increase surprise at the same time, even if some of the rumors were legit.

A while ago, an Apple patent surfaced for an ultra low-profile optical drive underneath the keyboard that requires sleeping the laptop, turning it over, and changing optical discs while it is upside down.

Since then, rumors have been about laptops with no optical drive, and now recently there's a rumor about an external optical drive. This ignores the fact that leakers could look right at a device with the upside down optical, and think that it has no internal optical drive.

Just saying.

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Photo Browser api in OS X?

Elwood P Dowd Elwood P Dowd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

In Leopard Mail & a bunch of the iLife apps, you can open up a Photo Browser that lists Apple apps & the photos they contain. I know that Aperture, iPhoto, and Photo Booth show up there, and I'm not aware of any other potential sources.

Is there a documented or known-but-undocumented API for becoming a source in that photo browser? I know that any app can open a photo browser. I want to know if my Lightroom photos will ever, ever appear there. An extremely preliminary googling turns up nothing, so I assume the answer is no.

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Run As for OS X (not just sudo)

Elwood P Dowd Elwood P Dowd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I want multiple versions of Safari running at the same time with different cookie sets.

Is there a way to run two applications in the same workspace as different users under OS X? I know I can sudo whatever I like, but

sudo -u myroommate open /Applications/Safari.app/

just starts Safari as the current logged in user.

I can use fast user switching, but I don't want to. rooSwitch is closer to what I want. Exactly what I want is "Run As..." shortcuts, like in Winders. Any hints?

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Another Decent Comment (iMovie)

Elwood P Dowd Elwood P Dowd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

On why iMovie sucks so much, by one of the 1.0 devs. On JWZ's blog, not /., but whatevs.

Edit: OH, FUCKERS! I was totally thinking about this entry today because of the rewrite they just released. And apparently someone went back and deleted that post. Goddamnit.

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Video Jukebox Software?

Elwood P Dowd Elwood P Dowd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

What's the best video jukebox software? Something like iTunes, except that can actually play videos without crippling my otherwise extremely capable PC. Also, iTunes ignores the DVD ISOs that I've ripped, which makes it kindof useless for most of my media consumption needs. Alcohol 52% keeps a list of ISOs you've used, but doesn't grok other media.

Is there an all singing, all dancing video jukebox for any OS?

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W.R.T. Zune & FM Radio

Elwood P Dowd Elwood P Dowd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

They say the Zune will have an FM radio tuner. And they say it will allow you to send a copy of your songs to your friends, which they can listen to three times. And they say that this wifi activity may be hard on your battery compared to normal use.

I would way prefer a device that did FM transmitting like the iTrip except that it permitted autodiscovery. You point your device at someone else wearing the distinctive included headphones, and unless they have changed their configuration for secrecy, then you listen to what they are listening to. This would require way less battery use & be just as good for record execs (right?). You might throw some signaling into 2.4gHz, but wifi would be huge overkill. Track info can already be sent over FM.

Isn't that a much more desireable device? Why is my idea broken?

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Undiscussed industry:

Elwood P Dowd Elwood P Dowd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

What are these pages when you google "planned parenthood", "care usa", and "getactive"? These are some extremely organized people.

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Google neuters blog feed in desperate plea for traffic.

Elwood P Dowd Elwood P Dowd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I'm exaggerating. But if I'm not mistaken, Google changed their main blog feed to no longer contain full content. It's only the first few lines of articles, and no links or html.

Hopefully this is just some technical snafu, and someone changed their blogger settings accidentally. They went to type="text/plain" rather than type="text/html". If it's some marketer's brilliant ploy to drive up traffic, I hope someone decides that it's more worthwhile for them to get their message out instead.

Here's their latest post, and their prettyprinted feed.

I apologize for being a nitpicky little dweeb, but it's who I am.

Edit: They fixed it. Rad.

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Video card advice, anyone?

Elwood P Dowd Elwood P Dowd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I have this computer. I want to be able to play Oblivion.

I figure I'll have to upgrade my 300 watt power supply so that I can handle a better card. I spent a few hours reading up last night, and it sounded like everyone was suggesting either a Geforce 7600 GT for value or a Geforce 7900 GT if I intend to splurge.

I don't know what ATI cards to look at because everyone seems to be talking about NVidia lately. Don't know why.

If anyone knows the current state of the union, or would like to suggest a different line of cards to look at, I'd really appreciate it. And I know the basics of picking between different cards w/ the same GPU, but if anyone has any advice there that would also be very helpful.

Word up.

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My dream firefox extension

Elwood P Dowd Elwood P Dowd writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I would like to not need my status bar.

I would like the URL to preview in the URL bar. Like in OmniWeb.

I would like the download status for the current page to fill the URL bar, like in Safari.

Then I would get rid of my status bar, and I would finally be happy.

If anyone knows of any such extensions for Firefox, please tell me.

Edit: A mockup, for your enjoyment: http://www.littleblur.com/dotmac/slash/url-status-omniweb-ripoff-mockup.gif

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Am I the only person on the planet that loves Windows?

Elwood P Dowd Elwood P Dowd writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I mean, I hate computers as much as anyone, but I really like how effective I am at working in Windows. I really like taskbar+maximizing as a general workflow.

I like the candy colors in Windows XP. I like the way quicklaunch works. I don't so much like the All Programs menu, and would prefer a dashboard with bigger prettier icons like the dock + Application directory, but not a big deal.

And there are big glaring problems with using a Windows computer, too. But there are different big, glaring problems with Mac OS.

If I bought a Mac, I'd be one of the maybe-macos-is-ok toe-dipping switchers, just like people who'd never used it before. But I used it for YEARS. Mac OS X was brutal to me. I'm sure with a core duo it won't feel like the gui is dipped in molasses, but I'm still skittish.

And while it'd be a huge improvement in hardware compared to my current setup, it'd either cost $2000 or it would be a crucial step down in specs. And I'd be trading Google Desktop for Spotlight.

Whinge whinge whinge. I'll wait.

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One day "slashdot" will be mentioned in my annual review.

Elwood P Dowd Elwood P Dowd writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Work is really frustrating right now. Like five months ago, my boss asked me into his office to check out a product because he wanted my "buy in". We were going to get a real bug tracking database. The product is called Enterprise Wizard, and it's basically a low-quality web based RAD tool. Its business logic is infinitely customizable and is not any more suited to issue tracking than it is suited to any other rudimentary database function.

I hated it, and told him so. I showed him some other bug tracking tools that work better, and he pointed out that they are not as flexible as the tool he was showing me. We were going to use this tool for tracking things that were not bugs. He wanted to be able to add a bunch of fields to issues so that they could be perfectly categorized. The thing I showed him couldn't do that, and it was the public opinion of the software developer that this sort of categorization should not be done. This turned him off, rather than turning him around. I backed down.

Enterprise Wizard got "buy in" from everyone else but the CFO, who was to approve the (expensive) purchase. He didn't understand why we needed it. Neither do I. So my boss and his boss made a more extended case for the purchase and got it included in this year's budget.

So now I actually have my hands on it. We're going to use it for our internal computer help desk (not bug tracking). It is worse than I expected. Aside from not being a help desk application, it has inane bugs. The same sort of inane bugs that I would have to deal with if I developed the thing myself. No, I couldn't develop something as flexible as Enterprise Wizard. Those guys bit off a way bigger task than I would aim for. My boss and I agree that implementation will take at least until April. I would lean on him to change his mind about using this product, but I don't know how much respect that would cost me. As if he respected me. He's already sold it to the CFO. Maybe he thinks he can't back down now.

Earlier today I was "documenting" a list of the rules that Enterprise Wizard's consultant put in the system. Because my boss doesn't want to figure it out any other way. While looking at a stack trace from an uncaught Java exception, tears welled up in my eyes. I cried, if only a little. I was literally bored to tears.

Every year during my review, I just pray the words "slashdot.org" aren't mentioned.

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