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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Experiment 626 Nice timing (1037 comments)

Interesting how this gets posted on Sunday morning, a time when people of faith are particularly likely to be offline doing other things. Deliberate attempt to skew the discussion, or just failure to think things through?

about 5 months ago

Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

Experiment 626 How does the carpooling thing work? (405 comments)

It's one thing to need 3+ people in a car to use the HOV lane, but how does this promote carpooling if you make ALL the roads in town illegal with 1-2 people in the car? The first guy can't go pick the other up, and at the end of the day if you're down to two passengers, you can't drop either of them off.

about 6 months ago

New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

Experiment 626 So what? (342 comments)

What's wrong with the requirement to be able to service customer vehicles on site? Making it as convenient as possible to buy a car but having to take it to some far off location to actually get it fixed under warranty sounds like lousy customer service.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: College Club Fundraising On the Fly?

Experiment 626 Re:He Died (89 comments)

You speak from experience?

about 6 months ago

Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

Experiment 626 Re:Another Tesla story? (318 comments)

I get the Slashdot love for autonomous cars. Running off of computer, pushing the limits of AI, society having to come to terms with legal and liability issues raised by new technology. Good stuff.

But why should running off of electricity somehow make a car interesting? Because it's "new"? No, people have experimented with electric cars since the 19th century, the main difference now is we have batteries that make it semi-practical. Because storing power in a battery gives it something in common with geeky devices like laptops and tablets? Because some geeks also happen to be into environmental causes? Seriously, what is so exciting about this car that it gets so many Slashdot stories?

about 7 months ago

Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

Experiment 626 Re:Another Tesla story? (318 comments)

I have to disagree with you there. The Hennessey Venom GT's 270.49 mph run on the space shuttle landing strip was a far more interesting technological accomplishment than this, and completely ignored by the Slashdot editors. Why should a car somehow count as "interesting technology" because electricity makes it go? So what, golf carts can do that.

about 7 months ago

Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

Experiment 626 Another Tesla story? (318 comments)

Wow, we haven't had one of those since yesterday. It's great that Slashdot has car stories, but when most of them are slashvertising the same car over and over, and the rest ignore anything that isn't EV / Hybrid / Autonomous it gets pretty boring and repetitive.

about 7 months ago

Amherst Researchers Create Magnetic Monopoles

Experiment 626 Monopole Magnets (156 comments)

I maintain nonetheless that yin-yang dualism can be overcome.

With sufficient enlightenment we can give substance to any distinction: mind without body, north without south, pleasure without pain. Remember, enlightenment is a function of willpower, not of physical strength.

—Chairman Sheng-ji Yang,
“Essays on Mind and Matter”

Time to start building those Mag Tubes!

about 8 months ago

Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

Experiment 626 In other words... (641 comments)

"But if they lose it could be a giant step backward for the movement. They're playing with fire."

Maybe NhRP shouldn't monkey around with this.

about 10 months ago

Meet the 'Assassination Market' Creator Who's Crowdfunding Murder With Bitcoins

Experiment 626 Re:How is this disturbing? (291 comments)

It is pretty straight forward how it will work.
1) People send in money.
2) After a while the site closes down.
3) Person that put up the site earns a nice profit.

Yes, tick off a community of users whose defining trait is that like to hire hit men, that sounds like a wonderful business plan.

about 10 months ago

Boston Marathon Bomber Charged With Using 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

Experiment 626 I'm seeing a pattern here (533 comments)

The law seems to love sensationalizing terms relating to weapons.

Semiautomatic rifle with a vaguely military appearance? Assault rifle! (which more properly refers to fully-automatic rifles)
Any fully-automatic weapon? Machine gun! (which more properly refers to big belt-fed weapons and the like)
An explosive device? Weapon of mass destruction! (which more properly refers to a nuclear, biological, or chemical weapon)

about a year ago

'Smart Gun' Firm Wants You To Fund Its Prototype

Experiment 626 Re:Additional extra smart Features - (558 comments)

So many flaws with this proposal. Why the assumption that no one will need self-defense around "schools, malls and movie theatres"? Who buys a computing device that loses all of its config settings every four hours? Why does your remote disable feature have a loophole for corporate and government owned guns (guns not in the possession of a single owner would seem to be the most likely to get lost and need a remote disable)? How is your friend or foe feature supposed to work?

The most glaring flaw is adding lots of battery-intensive requirements (GPS, broadcasting signals, pinging other devices, and listening for remote disable signals) and adding them to a device used in life-and-death emergencies. When dead battery potentially equals dead user, this doesn't seem like the wisest course of action.

about a year ago

Transporting a 15-Meter-Wide, 600-Ton Magnet Cross Country

Experiment 626 Missed opportunity (152 comments)

This would have made for an awesome episode of "Shipping Wars".

about a year ago

From 'Quantified Self' To 'Quantified Car'

Experiment 626 Already got one (173 comments)

The app chirps at you when it notices rough braking, aggressive acceleration, or speeding over 70 mph.

So it's basically the same as having my wife in the car.

about a year ago

North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official

Experiment 626 Re:it's been a week thus far? (636 comments)

Have you found any factual errors in the linked article or do you just really like ad hominem fallacy?

about a year and a half ago

EA Responds To Its Appearance In the 'Worst Company In America' Poll

Experiment 626 Oh good (208 comments)

"Many continue to claim the Always-On function in SimCity is a DRM scheme. It’s not."

If the always-on thing isn't there as a copyright enforcement thing, a crack to remove it won't run afoul of the DMCA. Thanks for giving your blessing on that, EA.

about a year and a half ago

Senator Feinstein: We Need Video Game Control

Experiment 626 Re:Honorable Senator Ignores the Painfully Obvious (424 comments)

Guns in the hands of the mentally unbalanced seems to be the most ignored issue, why?

Why would politicians want to tackle a difficult social problem when they can just demonize gun owners or gamers and still act like they are trying to "do something"?

about a year and a half ago

New CFAA Could Subject Teens To Jail For Reading Online News

Experiment 626 Re:This reminds me... (230 comments)

The actual quote was in the context of Obamacare. I believe the point was that this legislation makes the same logic error with respect to Terms of Service. Pelosi's actual words were “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.”

about a year and a half ago

TSA Log Shows Passengers Say the Darndest Things

Experiment 626 Re:Guy claims to be a terrorist. (427 comments)

That one seemed a little weird. Obviously a terrorist who's planning to attack the plane, or wanted for some crime, or on the no-fly list would be in trouble trying to board a plane, but is it illegal to be a terrorist in and of itself? Some terror groups like Hamas and the IRA also have political fronts. Members involved solely in the group's attempts to go legitimate could still be described as terrorists. What's their standing before the law? Then you have situations like Bill Ayers where the guy is a terrorist but also a friend of the President. Good luck telling him he can't get on the plane.

about a year and a half ago


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