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EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

FloydTheDroid Re:Theft (1010 comments)

Schools are not public property. It used to be that they would just tell you to get lost (as happened to me walking through an elementary playground on my way to college) but now, after Sandy Hook, they'll probably just shoot you.

1 year,16 days
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Finland's Algorithm-Driven Public Bus

FloydTheDroid Re:Innovation comes from all places but the USA? (123 comments)

No, that's a pretty blatant troll actually.

It's not like the idea of ride sharing is new. This is app based and from a year ago - http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/09/my-life-as-a-high-tech-part-time-not-quite-taxi-driver/.

But maybe you're right and someone in the US invented a time-machine, when to Finland of the future, stole their app idea, and then decided that that was a better way to make money than using a time-machine.

about a year ago
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Administration Admits Obamacare Website Stinks

FloydTheDroid Re:Gov't project (516 comments)

No, it's because the developers are idiots that used jQuery in the first place.

Sigh

jQuery has a place, and that is in creating things like word processors and painting programs in javascript. It does not belong in a form that I just have to put some data in and hit submit. (The other place jQuery doesn't belong is games, but that's a browser performance issue.)

Does any serious game use jQuery? There are much better/easier frameworks then jQuery for games.

Like why in the bloody hell do developers do this? example.com/jquery1.8.2.js?v=1.8.2 This torpedos caching, and when you start throwing plugins onto jquery, they all do the same thing. QUIT DOING THIS. jquery doesn't change every damn minute.

I image that they'd actually have something useful like example.com/jquery.js?v=8.3 to reflect the version of their web project instead of their version of jQuery since this is where you'd want to clear the cache (just one time, not torpedo as you say) as you roll new versions.

about a year ago
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'Eraser' Law Will Let California Kids Scrub Online Past

FloydTheDroid Re:Riiiiight. This will be effective, no doubt. (266 comments)

They're poised to be number 8 actually but that's not as impressive as you think it is. California has 12.1% of the US's population and they have something like 12.8% of the GDP.

I'm guess that the wealth created by the crazy real estate there might cover the higher than average difference. Finally, if you consider government debt (current and future) it doesn't look so good.

about a year ago
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Jury Finds Google Guilty of Standards-Essential Patents Abuse Against MS

FloydTheDroid Re:Perhaps there should be a bit of summary. (278 comments)

No, it's not that the US court overruled the European one.

Because injunctions in Germany are not self-enforcing, Motorola would need to post a bond and ask the court to enforce the injunction during the pendency of Microsoft’s appeal and invalidity proceedings involving the patents. Microsoft, however, almost immediately moved for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction before Judge Robart in W.D. Wash., seeking to enjoin Motorola from enforcing any injunction in Germany pending the outcome of the RAND breach of contract action. Judge Robart agreed and enjoined Motorola from enforcing the injunction in Germany, finding that allowing Motorola to enforce such an injunction before Microsoft had its day in court in W.D. Wash. would be inconsistent with Motorola’s RAND commitment. Motorola appealed to the Ninth Circuit, which affirmed Judge Robart’s decision.

about a year ago
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EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

FloydTheDroid Re:Germany has no general speed limit on the Autob (732 comments)

I find in my commute (Everett Turnpike in New Hampshire) that a person who goes slower than everyone else is more dangerous than someone going faster.

That slower person (like 50 in 65+ mph traffic) forces everyone behind them to merge into faster traffic which seems just slightly more dangerous than those damn race car wannabes swerving from lane to lane. My personal strategy of going the same speed as the person in front of me is broken down by those slow people.

about a year ago
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Samsung Begins Mass Production of Industry's First 3D NAND Flash

FloydTheDroid Re:still don't get why I'm supposed to be excited (56 comments)

Smartphone Wars - Apple is not the first company to sue nor are they always the first aggressor.

This whole thing is just like an old-west bar-fight... if you don't punch someone in the face they're eventually going to break a chair over your back.

about a year ago
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How Are You Celebrating National Sysadmin Day?

FloydTheDroid Re:Same as every day (200 comments)

Ha!

I did just spend an hour trying to convince our admins to ignore PCI compliance with such gems as "what good is a third party app if we don't use it" and "but the directory has 'data' in its name so I should be able to write data to it". But that was only because I knew that they wouldn't expect anything less from me.

about a year ago
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USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

FloydTheDroid Re:It really annoys the hell out of me... (955 comments)

The job responsibility is "Stop the Terrorists" and we pay them an awful lot of money to do that. Since we're not being bombed constantly they must be doing that job and therefor deserve all the money they get and more.

From their point of view I'm sure they realize that they don't stand a chance of intercepting anything and therefor just screw around all day.

about a year and a half ago
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Beer Fridge Caught Interfering With Cellular Network

FloydTheDroid Re:Software Robot? (231 comments)

I shouldn't be allowed near slashdot? All you do is troll this site.

about a year and a half ago
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Beer Fridge Caught Interfering With Cellular Network

FloydTheDroid Software Robot? (231 comments)

Do they mean a "program" or do I have to welcome our beer-sniffing, robotic overlords?

about a year and a half ago
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Is the Concept of 'Cyberspace' Stupid?

FloydTheDroid Re:Yes "cyberspace" is stupid. (292 comments)

When I was reading about phone phreaking for a report I got the impression from what Joe Engressia had said that he did feel like he was in "phone space" when he was basically just making a phone call. I guess it's just a matter of perspective.

about 2 years ago
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Khan Academy: the Future of Taxpayer Reeducation?

FloydTheDroid Re:School::politics (386 comments)

got what they deserved

Wow, thanks a lot. I just moved to a new area 1 1/2 years ago so should I be exempt from all the crazy, unfunded promises that were made here?

about 2 years ago
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Khan Academy: the Future of Taxpayer Reeducation?

FloydTheDroid Re:School::politics (386 comments)

Apparently in 2008 your pension fund lost $17 billion dollars. Compound that with the problem that there are no good/safe investments anymore so if miracles don't happen with your pension's investments the state will have to fund the difference... hence how pissed off the average person is.

I'm sorry that you're earning 20k less than the private sector... I assume that you're a newish employee since it looks to me like the people at the top are still doing very, very well for themselves.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?

FloydTheDroid Re:nope (823 comments)

In my experience I've found that people who thumb their noses at others are just trying to hide their own failings.

more than 2 years ago
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DoJ Investigating Samsung For Patent Abuse

FloydTheDroid Re:Samsung's no angel. (146 comments)

First mention of patent exhaustion I've seen in this thread at my threshold.

I believe what happened was Apple bought Qualcomm's chipset to implement wireless and Samsung had an agreement with Qualcomm regarding the licensing of those chips. Samsung basically changed the agreement so that Apple was not properly licensed like every other company which used those chips.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Adds Samsung Galaxy SIII To Its Ban List

FloydTheDroid Re:So Apple is Evil now?!? (553 comments)

Apple has been evil on Slashdot for a long time.

For some, it was what they did to Franklin.

What they did to Franklin... are you joking? The Apple II ROMS are not public domain so I don't see how you can say that Franklin should have been able to copy them. Franklin was free to create their own computer but they took the easy road of waiting for someone else to do it for them.

For others, it was how the screwed over Apple records where they allowed Apple to use their name with the agreement that they never go into the music business. (They are now big in the music business with iTunes.) There are lots of reasons Apple is evil. The Apple vs Samsung thing is only the most recent reason.

Make up your mind. If we're going to enforce trademarks then we should probably enforce patents while we're at it. Apple Inc. bought the Apple trademark and licenses it to Apple Corp. which isn't quite as sinister a story as you're implying.

more than 2 years ago
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Polish Researcher: Oracle Knew For Months About Java Zero-Day

FloydTheDroid Re:Why are people still using this? (367 comments)

All those things are artifacts of how crappy java is, in order to get anything done you need a metric ton of framework crap slapped on

A C++ developer wouldn't necessarily embed a webserver into his code, instead expecting to reuse the existing web server infrastructure.

I'll never understand why anyone thinks that having a large framework available is bad? Just because they supply you with a framework doesn't mean you have to use any of it at all.

Saying that java is crappy because it uses libraries but then you proceeding to list libraries for C++ doesn't make sense. We don't develop green screens of text anymore... there's nothing wrong with using libraries or the best tool for the job.

more than 2 years ago
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Victory For Apple In "Patent Trial of the Century," To the Tune of $1 Billion

FloydTheDroid Re:No matter what the outcome actually is.... (1184 comments)

most are academics who use Macs out of habit or the UNIX heritage, or simply because they're being pretentious twats and want to look better than everyone else.

<sarcasm>I'm typing this from a mac right now and I can assure you I don't give a shit what anyone else thinks about my os just so long as they know that their's sucks.</sarcasm> But seriously, couldn't you just write your say without throwing that irrational hatred in?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Seeks US Ban On iPhones, iPads, Macs

FloydTheDroid Re:Well... (404 comments)

What are those FRAND terms which EVERY OTHER PHONE MAKER pays anyway? I don't think they've ever mentioned what they are exactly because they probably vary from company to company and sometimes involve cross patent licensing (not exactly sure so this may be gross speculation). I think paying 2.25% to every single company (Motorola isn't the only company who added patents) involved in phone standards would put you over 100% or at least make it impossible to sell a phone without taking a loss.

But yes, you're correct, Apple refused to pay what Motorola asked but at the same time you may not know the entire truth.

more than 2 years ago

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