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Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

EvilJoker Re:Boycott (86 comments)

The issue isn't the technology involved. Cable and DSL can each be great, awful, or somewhere in between. What matters is who's running it, and how.

While it's generally acknowledged that Comcast is awful, the DSL alternatives are also usually bad. AT&T, Verizon DSL, CenturyLink, etc aren't exactly known for their quality. You apparently have good service, which is the exception, not the norm.

12 hours ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

EvilJoker Re:No, it wasn't. (442 comments)

A cyclist is not a pedestrian. They have the same rights (in most places) to the road as would a car, and are subject to most/all the same regulations. According to TFS, the cop drifted into the bike lane, striking the cyclist. At bare minimum, this was failure to maintain lane/unsafe lane change/etc

13 hours ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

EvilJoker Re:lulz (832 comments)

Why does it fall on the West (presumably the US) to do something? Don't most people bitch when the US involves itself in the affairs of others?

Furthermore, doesn't Ukraine have its own alliances to prevent exactly this?

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

EvilJoker Re:maybe (353 comments)

While legally that may be correct, from a practical perspective it probably does not matter. AT&T (et all) seem to be above the law, and beyond the courts

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

EvilJoker Re:maybe (353 comments)

There are audits, and acceptable variances. For instance, there's this.

Auditors regularly check the weight of the patties before cooking. While it won't help much with a specific instance, it will prevent systemic abuse like alleged in the article.

2 days ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

EvilJoker Re:precedent (231 comments)

If you really pressed for it, you can demand (and will receive) a trial beginning within 30 days. However, you will not be able to mount an appropriate defense, since your attorneys won't be given any info/evidence until the last minute.

None of this really matters tho - 90% of cases end in plea bargains

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

EvilJoker Re:Left or Right? (475 comments)

Speedometers are not precision instruments, so there's a (fairly substantial) margin of error, usually a few mph. As such, most (all?) new cars are factory calibrated to report a few mph slower than actual speed.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

EvilJoker Re:Left or Right? (475 comments)

Google has already acknowledged that their cars currently cannot handle adverse conditions. They are working on it, but it's down the road (No pun intended). They're first working on getting it working in ideal conditions, since that's surprisingly hard to get right.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

EvilJoker Re: Left or Right? (475 comments)

All driving laws are state laws, and they vary (pretty wildly) from state to state.

Additionally, culture changes (regardless of law) even just between cities.

about two weeks ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

EvilJoker Re:Why bother? (215 comments)

I don't know why this is even a story. Technology getting cheaper over time? Competition driving lower costs? Amazing!

BTW, here's a Dell for $199, so the price point isn't even new. Although, this CPU is about half as powerful (~approximate benchmark)

It's still very much the same type of device.

about two weeks ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

EvilJoker Re:2 GB of RAM (215 comments)

Newer phones SELL for $600-800.
The BOM (cost to mfr) for the Galaxy S5 is $251

I couldn't find a current BOM for a laptop, but a few years ago they had RAM at about $25

about two weeks ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

EvilJoker Re:The obvious /. question... (215 comments)

The Windows logo doesn't guarantee compatibility with Linux, only that SecureBoot won't be the problem.

Drivers may or may not be a problem, but that will/may be resolved as developers get on board.

about two weeks ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

EvilJoker Re:The obvious /. question... (215 comments)

Windows Logo Testing (AKA WHQL Certification) pays the OEMs *A LOT* of money. I was informed that, at an OEM a fraction the size of HP (~10k units per month) that it brought in over a million dollars per year. HP's quality is shit, but they aren't going to give away that kind of cash.

A much bigger risk is they negotiate a different agreement with MS for these PCs, which may not have the requirement.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

EvilJoker Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (304 comments)

You've apparently never had to deal with buggy Linux drivers. I've been fighting with a buggy nVidia implementation ever since I switched it to be my Linux server. It has never quite worked right on Linux (Fedora, Ubuntu), but since it's a server, it's not a big deal.

I DID find out the hard way when they changed mdadm to HALT BOOT when *ANY* array is degraded, and then not give a useful error message.

If your Windows PC is getting BSODs, either it's hardware fault, or it's a bad driver. (Or possibly a driver-level virus). If the hardware is actually supported by that version of Windows, you should investigate further. There may not be a good driver, but you should be able to at least identify the issue I would start with the NIC driver. I had a D-Link DUB-E100 USB NIC. The Win7 x64 driver would cause the same issues you're having now.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

EvilJoker Re:What's the problem... (92 comments)

This story from 2008 suggests that the citizens support censorship.

This story from a few months ago says most don't believe it is being censored/monitored.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

EvilJoker Re:What's the problem... (92 comments)

I'm sure Apple will structure it to ensure the latter cannot be (legitimately) applied. The Chinese team, employed by Apple of China (or similar), will not have access to the encryption keys. Those will be stored stateside, accessible only to employees of Apple of America.

That being said, the authorities will ABSOLUTELY have the power to cut Apple out of China entirely. They will be walking a tight rope between giving in, and standing strong. Google went through a lot of this a few years ago, now Apple will have to try to do the same.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

EvilJoker Re:too much (174 comments)

All kinds of people buy cars that are completely out of warranty. I believe the longest factory warranty is 100k miles, but there's no shortage of used cars with more than that (even significantly more)

When buying used, you are taking a risk. The only difference is that, since Teslas are new, no one's really sure what the failure/longevity rates are. It's also possible that Tesla will start a Certified Pre-Owned option, with an extended warranty. Or that the cost of this repair will go down substantially by the time anyone would be paying out of pocket.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

EvilJoker Re:Don't do it (154 comments)

I disagree. I had a herniated disc a few years ago (possibly caused by recliners, no way to really tell), and for a while, a recliner was the only way I could get relief. Leaning back took pressure off of that specific spot. At the time, I could not stand or walk unassisted, and sitting upright was very painful.

Fortunately, this has been completely resolved for me, but the lesson it left me was very clear - if it hurts, stop doing it. I fully agree, your back needs to be a top priority when selecting a chair.

about two weeks ago

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