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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Imagix Re:Umm, like I have an idea? (256 comments)

If Tesla can do this, then so will Ford and GM, and then you just killed a very large job market, seeing as how many dealerships employ 50+ employees

And if the demand existed for the cars, those 50 jobs would still exist. Just instead of being employed by "Joe's Car Emporium", they'd be employed by Tesla (for Ford, or GM).

about a week ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

Imagix Re:Government Dictionary (239 comments)

Of course, perhaps the fact that so many people throw around the term entrapment is indicitive of a general feeling of unfairness at these actions and that they should be illegal actions for the police.

Or, this is the griping of people who figured that they were going to "get away" with something and are now looking for any justification to escape the responsibility for their actions that they knew were wrong to begin with.

about a week ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

Imagix Re:Not just college applications (389 comments)

If you're applying for a programming job, that will never come into contact with customers

Famous Last Words. What's missing is the broader view of who the "customer" is. The customer is the person who will be "consuming" the programmer's work. That could be the programmer's manager ("here's my code"), or the project manager ("Hey, here's a different way of accomplishing the task with the following benefits and drawbacks"), Or the CTO ("If we change our practices in such-and-such a manner, we will save X hours a week of effort."), or Sales ("Hmm... can't do that, but what about this?"), or...etc.

about three weeks ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

Imagix Re:If yes then what ? (389 comments)

22+22 is no longer 44. its now 40 (plus 4)

Uh... that _is_ how I do math (well, for larger numbers, numbers that small are easy to keep in the head). When the calculation gets big enough, it's time to start changing the equation to a series of easier equations (or start writing stuff down...).

about three weeks ago
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Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

Imagix Re:Not sure how well it will work (106 comments)

I've got a Chromecast, but I'm not terribly impressed. I have separate SSIDs for my 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. The Cast is on the 2.4, which means that it doesn't nicely interact with devices on the 5 GHz band. It really wants to match SSID names.

about a month ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

Imagix Re:Android version req - long time coming (427 comments)

_And_ updates! Within some reasonable time of release by Google (shorter if they had access to the betas and RCs). For at least 2 years after the last _shipping_ of the phone (not from initial release date).

about 1 month ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

Imagix Re:Only the beginning (236 comments)

That's DHCP clients, not DHCP servers.

about a month ago
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Not Just Netflix: Google Challenges Canada's Power To Regulate Online Video

Imagix Broadcast rights (109 comments)

If this is successfully argued, could it then be argued that there is no reason why there are any country restrictions on streaming any sort of media since it isn't "broadcasting"?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Imagix Depends on the conference (182 comments)

Justify the cost of the conference as training. (Justify, as in prove, that the conference will teach you something) Assuming that your company has a training program.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Imagix Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

I've used multiple Windows Phones ranging all the way back to the WinCE devices, Windows Mobile, to Windows Phone. Never been happy with any of them. Then ended up on Android and stayed there ever since. (I do have an iPad, so I use iOS, just not on the phone)

about a month and a half ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

Imagix Headline that asks a question (282 comments)

Betteridge's law of headlines. No. The article doesn't say a whole lot. Just makes the assertion that "servers" and "desktops" are different, and lightly appears to dislike systemd. Tries to make the assertion that the security concerns are different on the desktop and on the servers, but doesn't provide a strong argument for that assertion (or really any assertion it makes).

about 2 months ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Imagix Re:Crichton is an idiot. (770 comments)

And as soon as those many many many scientists can repeat and verify that experiment, the consensus very quickly changes to account for the new experiment, and the old consensus vanishes. (Or someone can come up with a counter experiment that shows how the first doesn't apply....) That's how Science advances. "Here's how the current theory works. X, Y, Z.". "Hey, I found a case where Y doesn't happen, if there is a presence of midichlorians (M)." "You're right. Ok, new theory: X, Y (if there are no M), Z.". Doesn't make the first consensus wrong. It was right for all of the available data at the time.

about 2 months ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Imagix Battlestar Galactica (448 comments)

Did you not watch the Battlestar Galactica reboot? The first thing the cylons did was send a kill code to all colonial forces rendering the entire fleet helpless. Nuked the 12 colonies immediately afterward.....

about 2 months ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Imagix Re:No, it wasn't. (463 comments)

In Canada there's a infraction called "Driving without due care and attention". Let's start with that. Then move up to the equivalent vechicular manslaughter. Or assault with a weapon, or any of probably a host of other charges. While the police are allowed to use electronic devices in the course of their duties (which the rest of us citizenry do not...), that does not mean that they are allowed to endanger other people while doing so. Theoretically they get training on how to do so, so it's worse in this case. The officer should have known better.

about 2 months ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

Imagix Re:64-bit support (113 comments)

Chrome isn't responding to about:buildconfig... and calling file on the executable:
$ file Google\ Chrome
Google Chrome: Mach-O executable i386

about 2 months ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

Imagix 64-bit support (113 comments)

So when are they _finally_ going to have a 64-bit OS X version?

about 2 months ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

Imagix Re:Still... (193 comments)

Uh, yes they do. Don't rely on summaries to list all of the features of the language. From N3797: An integer literal is a sequence of digits that has no period or exponent part, with optional separating single quotes that are ignored when determining its value. Example: The number twelve can be written 12, 014, 0XC, or 0b1100. The literals 1048576, 1’048’576, 0X100000, 0x10’0000, and 0’004’000’000 all have the same value. — end example

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Imagix Re:Templates all over again (427 comments)

Uh, have you seen the stuff that Andrei Alexandrescu does with templates?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Imagix Re:Nothing (430 comments)

It's like if your car wasn't acting right, and you took it to a mechanic, and he told you, "just read the fucking manual you idiot." Of course, that doesn't happen, because most-if-not-all mechanics aren't so arrogant they think everyone should know how to fix their own car.

You forgot the clause "for free" in there. Of course that doesn't happen because there's an expectation that if you bring the car in, the mechanic is going to get _paid_ to first figure out what's wrong with your car starting with the description of "Car no go". So the mechanic gets paid for the time that he takes just figuring out what's wrong first, and paid to then fix the problem (plus parts). (and eventually you find out that the person is trying to use the car to go driving up and down sand dunes in Oregon.... but they are trying to do it in an F1 race car with racing slicks)

about 3 months ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

Imagix Re:When will we... (266 comments)

How about starting with perjury and treason charges?

about 3 months ago

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