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Facing 16 Years In Prison For Videotaping Police

Heywood J. Blaume Re:If you've nothing to hide... (878 comments)

Nope, DC and VA both prohibit them, but they're OK in MD.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Benchmarked and Reviewed

Heywood J. Blaume Re:FINAL VERDICT: Not much has improved. (164 comments)

Why was this modded troll? AC may or may not be demonstrably wrong, but was he trolling?

more than 4 years ago

In UK, First "Anarchist's Cookbook" Downloaders' Convictions

Heywood J. Blaume Re:"white-supremacist father and son" (418 comments)

Just like unpopular speech is still free, Slashdot posts aren't modded up for correctness or popularity. They're modded up for being interesting and well-communicated. Just because someone's wrong doesn't mean they should be modded down. I want to see the comments with which I disagree, so I can argue with them. Which is what happened here. I was actually meta-moderating, and your comment came up. I just had to jump in.

more than 4 years ago

Free Remote Access Tools For Windows and Mac Compared

Heywood J. Blaume Re:They're all free! (152 comments)

Don't look at them like demo versions, they're more like stripped down versions that don't have all the crap you don't need. I'll take that bargain for a free tool. I use logmein's free version to support clients. I don't need file transfer or printing, I just need an easy-to-set-up remote access product (with no port-forwarding requirements) that's cheap. Free is cheap.

more than 3 years ago

Low-Power Home Linux Server?

Heywood J. Blaume Re:A couple random tips (697 comments)

I have the exact same setup -- Compaq iPaq bookshelf PC with a 12-watt Celeron 533 cpu, 500-GB hard drive, running headless with Debian. I use it as a Samba and UPnP media server. Works great, silent, zero problems.

more than 5 years ago

VLC 1.0.0 Released

Heywood J. Blaume Re:Does not work on Mac OS X 10.4 (419 comments)

I know, feeding the trolls and all, but my kids have 1GHz G4 eMacs with 768MB of RAM. You think Leopard would work well on that?

more than 5 years ago

Newspaper Execs Hold Secret Meeting To Discuss Paywalls

Heywood J. Blaume Re:One idea... (390 comments)

That's called DRM, and it's been tried, found to be an expensive boondoggle that pushes customers away, and is currently on the way out.

more than 4 years ago

MIT Team Creates Shock That Recharges Your Car

Heywood J. Blaume Re:Genious and bullshit (281 comments)

The part I think you're missing is that these dampers are actively computer controlled. Sure, you can tune suspensions to be firmer or softer. However, in a car with fixed damping, whichever way you go, you're stuck with it. One of the side benefits of this system is that they can change the effective damper valve rate on the fly to best handle the conditions, bumpy vs. smooth, straight ahead vs. turning.

more than 5 years ago

eBay Battles Power Sellers

Heywood J. Blaume Re:I'm still lost... (370 comments)

"What would you think of your local Wal-Mart charged you $2 to return a broken item? Would you walk out of the store with a positive smile? Or would you walk out of the store with a negative frown?"

That's what I consider to be the key to this issue. I started with eBay eight years ago, buying and selling onsies-twosies-type stuff. I buy and sell computer gear I pick up here and there. I don't want eBay to be like Wal-Mart. But I guess they've identified that path as their most profitable one.
If I buy a used DVD on eBay, I know I'm taking a crapshoot. Even if the seller has 100% positive feedback, and they swear they tested the product. It's still a used DVD. If I need total certainty that a DVD will play properly, I buy a new one at Amazon, or Wal-Mart. If I'm willing to gamble on eBay, I adjust the price I pay accordingly. If it's bad, I try to work it out with the seller, and I also won't buy it if the seller has recent negative feedback for a similar item, or pads their shipping costs. That minimizes the chance that I'll be out money if I need to return the product.
The feedback system pre-changes wasn't perfect. I'd like to see blind feedback--I think that would solve the retaliation problem (which I've suffered as a seller, but not a buyer). But the new system hurts the small seller disproportionally.

more than 6 years ago



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