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"Smart" Parking Meters Considered Dumb

GeorgeH Worse than that (863 comments)

In Ann Arbor, the "smart" meters are susceptible to an exploit where if you add 5 cents of time to a meter, you remove all the existing time on that meter. For $1, a prankster can reset 20 parking spots and watch everyone get parking tickets. More info at this screenshot of a now-deleted comment on AnnArbor.com.

more than 4 years ago
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The Final Days of Google

GeorgeH Re:Interesting, but... (177 comments)

To destroy Google, someone would have to beat them at what they make their money on - search and ads.
That's sort of like saying that Google is destroying Microsoft by building a better desktop OS. Cringely is talking about something disruptive, either in terms of technology (rich web apps being good enough to replace some desktop apps) or business models (a software company making money through advertising).

You don't beat the 800 lb. gorilla by being a 750 lb. gorilla, you beat it by building a gun.

more than 7 years ago

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Poltics action center

GeorgeH GeorgeH writes  |  more than 9 years ago

First, I wonder why I can't select politics as a topic.

Second, now that Slashdot has a politics section, I wonder if there will be any thought to turning the fury of Slashdot comments into actual change. The EFF has an action center that allows people to contact their representatives on important issues. Why can't Slashdot do the same?

For instance, Slashdot has tirelessly covered Diebold and touch screen voting problems in general. It would be ludicrous to say that Slashdot is providing neutral coverage. Since they have taken a position, why not take the extra step and provide a way to make change happen?

For instance, on this Diebold story why not add a link to a form that allows people to congratulate the California Attorney General or let their own AG know that you support CA's action. It would be the Slashdot effect applied to government action.

Third, thank the maker that the politics section isn't as ugly as Games or IT (or YRO, or Apache)

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Searching my comments?

GeorgeH GeorgeH writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I'm trying to find a comment I posted where I bitch about how the story had bad links, and then suggest general rules for linking. Does anyone know of a way to search through all my comments? I scanned the subjects in my profile but they weren't helpful.

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SongBuddy

GeorgeH GeorgeH writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So, I just launched the public beta of my new site, SongBuddy. It's a social networking/mp3 recommending site. Think of it as either Friendster with links to mp3s or as LiveJournal with mp3 links instead of journal entries (and without the drama). For more info, check out my writeup where I talk about some other geeky things like FOAF and Creative Commons licenses.

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Rejected Story Bitching

GeorgeH GeorgeH writes  |  more than 10 years ago

2003-09-03 04:32:40 eBaying a Purchased iTunes Song (apple,music) (rejected)

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Freenetting Slashdotted Sites?

GeorgeH GeorgeH writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Now that paid subscribers can see into the Mysterious Future, I assume that TotalSlashdotters see many sites before they are slashdotted. Would it be possible for someone to post a mirror of the site to Freenet and then post the key in the discussion? Freenet responds to a slashdotting with more bandwidth, so wouldn't that get around the problem of slashdotting altogether? And yes, I'm aware that everyone and his brother points out that Freenet stops the slashdot effect but no one seems to be using it to combat the big S Slashdot effect.

Update: It seems Ian Clarke has some unfinished code to do just this at http://cvs.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/freenet/Contrib/cachedot/

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