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Japan Considers '911' Calls From Twitter, Social Networks

Hillview I predict a rash of tweeds.. (116 comments)

I went to chicago for the weekend #survived..

about 2 years ago

Insects Rapidly Becoming Resistant To GM Corn

Hillview Yet again. (368 comments)

Yet again the human race proves it has zero business messing with nature. Seriously, who is surprised by this?

more than 2 years ago

Trion Worlds' Rift Account Database Compromised

Hillview I wouldn't say that (88 comments)

I wouldn't say they're not concerned with security.. but rather, they're probably the most targeted.

more than 2 years ago

How Europe Will Lower Emissions — Self Driving Cars

Hillview hmm. (317 comments)

I can see this reducing emissions, when I consider the assumption that whoever is leading the train does not drive like a bloody idiot. In a modern car, even with today's technology, most of us tend to drive as fast as we can get away with. 65-70 miles per hour is common in my area, but mileage increases significantly if you forget about trying to get to your destination a whole three minutes faster than it would be (on average) if you just relax and drive 55.

Personally, I dislike setting my cruise at 55 and getting there "when I get there". It's more fun to step on the throttle a tad, turn up the tunes, etc. But it's rough on the fuel tank, so I don't.
If I could tag along with one of these trains for my commute, or better yet.. even for a while on long trips, read a book, enjoy a cup of coffee, enjoy the scenery - anything but focus on driving- I don't believe I'd care if the train were moving 45 or 55 miles per hour. I'm not driving.

That said, my major concern is this- I live in an area where a typical winter day of driving is fraught with icy, snowy, wet roads. I don't believe any car would be safe following a lead vehicle at 10 feet, let alone 10 meters, in those conditions.

more than 3 years ago

Website Sells Pubic Lice

Hillview Re:Bioterrorism? (319 comments)

that said.. this could be some devastating psychological warfare goodness.
If an army is too busy scratching to shoot, everybody wins.

more than 4 years ago

Website Sells Pubic Lice

Hillview Re:Bioterrorism? (319 comments)

if bioterrorism and war were reduced to bombing each other's cities with a swarm of crabs, I could deal with it.

Unfortunately, we're all too happy to find new ways to kill each other.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Reveals Firefox 4 Plans

Hillview My main reason for preferring Chrome as of late.. (570 comments)

Firefox loads all windows and tabs into one process. If one crashes, they all crash.
Chrome separates each tab into its own process. If one crashes, one crashes.

When I'm using a browser, for work or play, I typically have anywhere from 15-40 tabs open split among a few windows. Then they get shoved to a second (or third, or fourth) desktop while I have my nose in monodevelop or geany. I don't want some random flash advertisement to crash everything I've opened if I happen to pull up a code reference page in a 41'st tab.

That's stability, imho.

more than 4 years ago

Hot Sales In China For Wi-Fi Key-Cracking Kits

Hillview Re:this is why my network is "unsecured". (207 comments)

agreed. Fortunately for me, the only option would likely be sitting in the snowbank - I can barely pick up my wifi from the garage, no chance at all from the road. :)

more than 4 years ago

Hot Sales In China For Wi-Fi Key-Cracking Kits

Hillview Re:this is why my network is "unsecured". (207 comments)

This is true :) but.. I fall back to part two.. if some clown wants to freeze his butt off sitting out in a snowbank using my internetz, I really don't care.

more than 4 years ago

Hot Sales In China For Wi-Fi Key-Cracking Kits

Hillview this is why my network is "unsecured". (207 comments)

My wireless router filters devices by mac address.. if I understand it correctly, there's no way for it to be cracked into so long as the filters in my router are enabled. It recognizes my netbook, a skype phone, and an ipod that I own. All other devices will "see" the network but will not be able to access it.. if I understand the way it works correctly anyway. :)

Anyway, I live out in the sticks. If some bonehead wants to sit out in a snowbank and use my internet connection, more power to 'em.

more than 4 years ago

Best Seating Arrangement For a Team of Developers?

Hillview my $.02 (520 comments)

Offices, or well designed cubicles - the kind with high walls on four sides, with room for two people when necessary to sit in chairs and discuss.
A meeting room. Now, the thing that lets this work is a central way to collaborate- a way to for two or more to view the same desktop via VNC or a similar app, a central IM solution, and a chat server. Ventrilo or Teamspeak, they're not just for games. If you're a linux shop, it's not difficult at all to use Ventrilo in wine, for those of you who'll cry that Teamspeak's audio quality sucks.

You have privacy and openness in one. 2-3 or more people can sit at their desks and discuss while they work, in familiar environments, without having to see, smell, or listen to co-worker's annoying habits.

more than 4 years ago

Rugged Laptop/Tablet Suggestions, 2010 Version?

Hillview Thought about a dirt bag? (249 comments)

I realize it's not exactly what you asked for, but a Dirt Bag ( may be useful in some cases. They're made for desktops & tower cases though, not laptops.

more than 4 years ago

What Is Holding Back the Paperless Office?

Hillview Re:Paper and... (511 comments)

Technology has increased paper use far more than it has reduced it. One office worker will create a document, probably printing it at least three times during revising so he/she can hand it to someone in the next cubicle for review. Then it'll be sent to a manager who'll probably print at least two copies, one for review, and one for filing. from there, who knows.. possibly to a line printer that'll bang out seven thousand pages per second (ok, slight exaggeration) and feeds off a four foot spool of eleven inch paper rather than stacks of Xerox paper. Yep. We live in a paperless office.

more than 4 years ago

Chilean Earthquake Shortened Earth's Day

Hillview Re:Great! (374 comments)

Silly theorists, they're not talking about a star, they're talking about a DANCE!

Oh, the shoulder pads. Is this a dance troupe or a football squad?

more than 4 years ago

Intel and LG Team Up For x86 Smartphone

Hillview Re:Forgive my cynicism (157 comments)

I hadn't thought of this.. that has possibilities. :)

more than 4 years ago

Intel and LG Team Up For x86 Smartphone

Hillview Forgive my cynicism (157 comments)

But I've never understood the theory that someday smartphones will be our primary computing platform. I may be a crusty old bastard, but I like to have a display I can read from at least two feet away, and "typing" on most mini qwerty phones is a pain in the arse at best.

Useful? yes. Primary? Not until we can eliminate monitor and keyboard. Neural interface, anyone?

more than 4 years ago

Preventing My Hosting Provider From Rooting My Server?

Hillview Re:If they do this.. (539 comments)

"tech support 101" might just be a monkey. Almost literally.

If it's outsourced tech support, you're likely talking to somebody who was just hired away from Burger King, reading a script. They're literally given a "conversation flowchart" for every customer- they don't actually know anything about your network or your computers, but they do know what questions they're told to ask and what order to ask them in.

It's a callcenter job, more about customer service than technical skill.

more than 4 years ago

Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex

Hillview Re:Only one sensor? (272 comments)

You forgot the ceiling? o_0

more than 4 years ago

The Perfect Way To Slice a Pizza

Hillview Re:Unsure. (282 comments)

You're assuming that I thought anyone wouldn't recognize its orgin?
Pot, meet kettle.

more than 4 years ago



Toyota backpedals?

Hillview Hillview writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hillview (1113491) writes "Following Soulskill's article- Toyota demands removal of fan wallpapers , I couldn't help myself. I sent an inquiring email to the "Ask Toyota" address on their website, mostly asking why they'd want to shoot themselves in the foot.. or harass their own free advertising. I've attached what appears to be an attempt at damage control from the PR folks at Toyota, and admitting their mistake.. the response to my email directly from below:

Thank you for contacting Toyota with your comments and concerns regarding the use of vehicle images. The letter asking the DesktopNexus site to remove all images featuring a Toyota, Scion or Lexus vehicle was the result of miscommunication at Toyota, which we regret.

Copyright law protects the creative work product of artists, photographers, and other creators. Toyota respects these rights, including those of photographers who work with Toyota. Toyota purchases the rights to the images it posts on its sites, and welcomes public use of those images where we have the rights to give. However, this permission is limited to editorial or personal use, not commercial use, such as advertising any products or services. That's because the photographers — not Toyota — retain the rights to any commercial use, and we cannot give permission to use those images for that purpose. In response to the concerns raised by DesktopNexus, Toyota is working with photographers to determine what images may be used for noncommercial purposes, and what we can do to provide broader access. We hope you will understand and appreciate the legal constraints we face.

Toyota also welcomes interested members of the public to use their own images or photography of Toyota's vehicles, and we confirm that we have no objection to this use.

We appreciate your interest in our products.

Toyota Customer Experience

Another low-power linux mini-PC

Hillview Hillview writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Hillview (1113491) writes "Seeing the article a few months ago about the Fit-PC , I started looking and found the Koolu Net Appliance, a similar PC with the same AMD Geode processor and 512mb of non-soldered RAM, and an 80-meg HDD. I did purchase one and am happy with it, so I Thought it might interest some of the folks here. Works fine with an iogear KVM, so it makes a nice "secondary" terminal to use for email, browsing, typing, etc."
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