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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

HideyoshiJP Conflicted (168 comments)

I have to admit that I don't care for the way they treat their employees, but I admire a company that values long-term profits over the short-term. I'm so conflicted now.

4 days ago
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China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

HideyoshiJP Re:It's all about the input (58 comments)

If you're on Windows, using the built-in Microsoft IME with a Japanese keyboard allows me to use the hardware keys to switch input modes and/or use the direct kana input. I don't think many people use the direct kana entry, though. Even without a Japanese keyboard, you can use Alt+Shift to switch input methods, and Alt+tilde(~) to switch from direct entry to IME entry. Still kinda blows, though.

about a week ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

HideyoshiJP Re:And here I'm hoping... (681 comments)

I think they reversed it for the little Atom devices. I don't understand why so many Bay Trail devices want to run 32-bit, when they can do 64, but it's still a thing.

about a month ago
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Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

HideyoshiJP Re:Ghost in the machine (128 comments)

Here's a Honda press-release on it. It is entirely possible that the S2000 system is something different, but I have a feeling that this is just a combination of an EPAS system that does something similar, in addition to varying weight. I agree with you on the lack of mechanical linkage. Nissan has some system that retains the driveshaft for times when the steer-by-wire is malfunctioning, but I have a feeling that by the time it's malfunctioning (10 years on), the mechanical fall-back mechanism will likely be faulty too.

about a month ago
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Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

HideyoshiJP Re:Ghost in the machine (128 comments)

That would also be an issue with the electric steering alone. While it's hydraulic, my RX-7 also has speed sensitive power steering and it works rather well. Variable ratio steering was first available on the Honda S2000, and I don't think anyone's complaining. This system simply uses EPAS to accomplish much the same thing.

about a month ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

HideyoshiJP Re:Wrong idea (261 comments)

Sounds interesting, but I feel like my eyes might crust over from the blinding light.

about 2 months ago
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Wikia and Sony Playing Licensing Mind Tricks

HideyoshiJP Re:CC-BY-NC are excluded (108 comments)

Get your information and "first hand knowledge" out of my rage thread. I just finished sharpening my pitchfork and everything...

about 2 months ago
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Fujitsu Is Growing Radiation-Free Lettuce In Japan's Fukushima Prefecture

HideyoshiJP Yeah... (146 comments)

Fukushima's a pretty big prefecture (13,782.54 km2/5,321.47 sq mi). It's ranked third by area. I'm sure there's plenty of safe land there.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

HideyoshiJP Re:Don't. (408 comments)

Very much this. Backup the important things. Beyond that, get it covered under renters/homeowners insurance.

about 2 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

HideyoshiJP Re:not news (409 comments)

I won't be able to watch it. My IPTV service is down. :(

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

HideyoshiJP Re:Well, since it's inevtiable (784 comments)

Well, there's also the issue of the numerous global financial centers along various coasts.

about 3 months ago
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Wretched Ride: PS4 Driveclub Game Rental Tied To Paid Subscription

HideyoshiJP Seriously stupid, but not the only option. (93 comments)

So, this seems like a seriously stupid purchase choice. The unlock, however, is "DLC" for a game that is available from PS Plus, and therefore subject to further PS Plus membership. For $10 more, however, you can just purchase the silly game outright. I assumed the $10 more option was going to be the only way to get the whole shebang from the beginning. Having said that, considering the outrage, perhaps Sony/Evolution should just forget this option and offer a $10 discount to PS Plus members, considering the outrage.

about 3 months ago
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In SF: an App For Auctioning Off Your Public Parking Spot

HideyoshiJP Re:Legally questionable, doomed to fail! (427 comments)

I would call you a luddite for not bidding with the app, but since you used the app to legally circumvent the bid process, you're hip and cool.

about 3 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

HideyoshiJP Re:You dont want a car completely reliant on the e (865 comments)

That's weird. I love simplicity, but I also love being able to have a pump gas and race gas tune at my fingertips at any given moment. I can still pick up an ECU for my '89 RX-7 for less than fifty bucks, and for a bit more, I can pick up a nicely modified one. I'm not worried about computers controlling my engine, provided the factory tune isn't god-awful or doesn't do what I tell the car to do.

about 3 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

HideyoshiJP Re:And increased profits for GM (865 comments)

What do you drive? A replacement key for my old '99 Ford Mustang cost me $130 to replace, thanks to a proximity-based anti-theft system designed to foil hotwiring.

about 3 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

HideyoshiJP Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (865 comments)

Except it doesn't control starting, unless the car is also offered with push-button start. There's still an ignition wire that completes a circuit with the starter. Don't believe me? Turn the key to start while the car is running. You'll be greeted with a pleasant grinding noise as your starter motor cries out in pain. Having said that, it certainly does the rest. If you're still having to crank has truly serious issues if the car can't compensate by adjusting something to correct the AFR, timing, etc.

about 3 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

HideyoshiJP Eh. There are worse things... (865 comments)

I'll miss it, but as long as there is a failsafe in place for getting into the car with a dead battery, which most already have, all will be fine. I do worry, though, about the ability of some people to figure out how to turn the engine off in an emergency. The runaway Toyota business was quite pitiful...

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Communicate Security Alerts?

HideyoshiJP Email Alert (84 comments)

Security Email Alerts
Summary

Often times, email works great for something like this. Make sure you use a standardized and easy to read template that makes important information stand out.

Affected Items

  • Make sure you list what is going to be affected and how it will affect people's jobs.
  • Make each item stand out from drab text, so people's eyes immediately find whether or not it affects them.

Your Actions

Here's where you try to calm people down and/or tell them what they need to do. This section can be a lengthy if necessary, but make sure to break out individual items if this section grows to a text wall.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Issues Advisory For Internet Explorer Vulnerability

HideyoshiJP Re:Windows XP (152 comments)

Let's not forget that Server 2003 is still supported...

about 3 months ago
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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

HideyoshiJP Re:Better tablets out there for your money (386 comments)

In all fairness, the Surface 2 (RT) does require an app to play certain video formats, like .mkv. I feel like it should support some recompiled DirectShow or Media Foundation codecs, but I'd imagine you would have to change the runtime policy to allow unsigned applications. I think ffdshow may have been ported, but there's really not a large enough market for many codec developers to do so. There is a nice (free) app, however, that does a decent job. cPlayer RT, I think(?)

about 3 months ago

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