Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

iOS 8 Review

Jabrwock No good for older iPhones (216 comments)

It adds so much cruft, it slows down the iPhone 4/4S to the point where it's barely usable. So I'll be skipping this update. They did the same with iOS 7. First update added a ton of fluff. First patch fixed a lot of the slowdown issues with the older phones.

about a month ago
top

Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

Jabrwock Re:Violation Video? (229 comments)

The cameras are very questionable from a safety standpoint because now people don't know how to behave when coming to a stop.

The problem is not that people don't know how to behave, it's that they've been doing it wrong since the day they passed their driver's test and stopped caring, and now cameras are catching them in the act. I'm all for including a copy of the page in the driver's manual that states what you are SUPPOSED to do in this scenario.

When you get to a red light... stop. It's not a yield sign, it's a red light. Stop, then turn right if it's safe. There is no county in the US where a rolling turn is acceptable, it's just the the cops don't bother ticketing over such a minor infraction. Doesn't make it legal though...

about 3 months ago
top

Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

Jabrwock Re:Headline Whore Much Soulskill/Dice Holdings ? (112 comments)

Because OS X and Windows 7 aren't mobile OSs? The article does address that, and states that it doesn't believe the risk to laptop users to be worth more than a mention, because laptops are generally powered down when moving around, unlike smartphones that keep scanning.

about 4 months ago
top

Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

Jabrwock Re:That's what happens when Congress is lazy (109 comments)

So... creation of greenhouse gasses is not pollution?

According to SCOTUS, it isn't, under the existing laws of the US.

And I doubt Congress would change that anytime soon. Until then, the EPA only gets to regulate CO2 coming from facilities it already regulates under existing laws.

about 4 months ago
top

Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

Jabrwock That's what happens when Congress is lazy (109 comments)

Well then Congress shouldn't give them that power? That was the court's finding, that Congress had already authorized the EPA to regulate any gases produced at a plant that also produces named pollutants. So CO2 gets lumped in with the rest under their blanket authority over existing polluters. Which is why they struck down the ability to expand their authority to non-polluting entities. It was outside their existing jurisdiction.

Congress does that a lot, authorizes blanket authority, and then bitches when it gets exercised. It's like they don't read the bills they pass or something...

about 4 months ago
top

Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

Jabrwock Re:I for one welcome our Canadian Battery Overlord (363 comments)

I believe they actually have audio kits to make your electric car make "vroom" noises, for those who can't bear to be without the nostalgic sounds...

about 4 months ago
top

Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

Jabrwock Re:the bloody video (363 comments)

The video is from a year ago. The demo uses a bigger and newer version of the battery.

about 5 months ago
top

Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

Jabrwock Re:Read the Article! (363 comments)

I know it is Slashdot and the summary is misleading about it "adding 100kg over a Tesla battery" but if you actually read the article you would learn that the idea is not to replace the existing Li-ion battery but to have this as well as a reserve. As you point out most people only drive short trips for which a Li-ion battery is well suited. This is just to provide a power for long distance driving.

Or, you know, if people would just actually read the summary, which states that the Li-ion battery would still be retained for short-range trips... :P

I'm sure I could have worded the 100kg bit better to state that the 100kg is IN ADDITION TO the existing weight of the Li-ion battery... but I guess ./'s editors are only interested in correcting my submission title...

about 5 months ago
top

YouTube Releases the Google Video Quality Report

Jabrwock No larger ISPs? (66 comments)

So if I type in small-town Saskatchewan, it will show me the local "Access Communications" and "Yourlink", both very small regional ISPs, but not Sasktel or Shaw, the two province-wide ISPs?

And if I type in Winnipeg (75% of the pop of all of SK), it says there's no results available?

What?

about 5 months ago
top

Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

Jabrwock Re:carplay? (264 comments)

Didnt apple make a big fuss about google using the term "appstore"? so google changes the name to "googleplay" Now Apple decides to use the term "carplay"??? Let me guess, now a new lawsuit on google for using the word "play"

Can't argue you could confuse an "appstore" style online software download site with a car navigation system though. Apple at least had a smidgen of a legal argument over "appstore".

about 8 months ago
top

Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

Jabrwock Re:So will it be patchable through your phone? (264 comments)

Mhh how about Apple changing the iPhone connector once more? Yehaaaw your Mercedes is now obsolete lol. Let's do it, "it's good for the economy" (TM).

Depends how they sync. If it's over USB, there are adapters. If it's over Bluetooth... it should still work.

about 8 months ago
top

Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

Jabrwock Re:darn. (264 comments)

Oh the humanity. Having to hold a button for a second with your thumb. Without having to take it off the wheel. At all.

As opposed to every other navigation system, some of which even make you use a mouse-type controller on the dash to browse through the myriad of available controls.

about 8 months ago
top

Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

Jabrwock So will it be patchable through your phone? (264 comments)

So will it be patchable through your phone, or will it severely lag behind phone development, like every other "Car OS" we've seen so far...

about 8 months ago
top

Red Light Camera Use Declined In 2013 For the First Time

Jabrwock Re:Politics as usual (348 comments)

Again, the camera wasn't the problem, the corrupt officials were. This is why independent audits are crucial. Video recording would also resolve this, as the records would show whether the yellow was operating correctly at the time of the recording.

about 10 months ago
top

Red Light Camera Use Declined In 2013 For the First Time

Jabrwock Re:Doesn't work always (348 comments)

There are traffic engineering standards that describe this in every state and the country itself. However, that doesn't prevent a person with revenue generation intent from tampering when they install or maintain the signal, even remotely I suppose these days. If the same team that operates the things is also in charge of auditing the settings for compliance with standards.....you see where this is leading

That's no different than letting the police do the testing when you challenge their radar guns' accuracy. Have an independent review system. Then if someone challenges the RLC, you have documentation to back up the claim that the yellow timer is reasonable for that intersection.

about 10 months ago
top

Red Light Camera Use Declined In 2013 For the First Time

Jabrwock Re:Politics as usual (348 comments)

And once you've done all that, and you still have people running the red?

My city did all of the above, and now people run the red because they know the other side doesn't get the green right away, so it's "OK".

Then have the camera ticket in that instance. But switching the times lower to gain more tickets is that antithesis of safer.

So why not mandate a standard for yellow light length based on speed, so you eliminate the potential conflict of cities "tweaking" it to maximize fine returns. Instead we get the boneheaded idea that we should just ban the cameras, as if they were the problem...

about 10 months ago
top

Red Light Camera Use Declined In 2013 For the First Time

Jabrwock Re:Politics as usual (348 comments)

And once you've done all that, and you still have people running the red? My city did all of the above, and now people run the red because they know the other side doesn't get the green right away, so it's "OK".

about 10 months ago
top

Canada Post Announces the End of Urban Home Delivery

Jabrwock Re:Slightly misleading. (226 comments)

The "D" size parcel bins can hold a package up to 30cm/30cm/45cm. which can fit a standard sized document storage box. Some setups include a few "C" size, which can fit the "medium" FedEx/Purolator boxes, or the legal sized envelopes.

about 10 months ago
top

Canada Post Announces the End of Urban Home Delivery

Jabrwock Re:Slightly misleading. (226 comments)

The newer community boxes have several larger boxes on the end for smaller parcels. The key for them is dropped in the smaller mailbox it's destined for. You drop the key in the return slot after you fetch your parcel. Most mail larger than a letter that I receive needs a signature anyway, so I'm always going to the local post office anyway.

about 10 months ago
top

Canada Post Announces the End of Urban Home Delivery

Jabrwock Re:Slightly misleading. (226 comments)

It's someone who wants to walk the walk, but can't talk the talk.

about 10 months ago

Submissions

top

Cdn-Isreali group demonstrates 3,000 km e-car Aluminum-Air range booster

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  about 5 months ago

Jabrwock (985861) writes "One of the biggest limitations on lithium battery-powered electric cars has been their range. Last year Isreali-based Phinergy introduced an "aluminum-air" battery. Today, partnering with Alcoa, a Canadian aluminum producer, they announced a demo of the battery, which is charged up at Alcoa's aluminum smelter in Quebec. The plant uses hydro-electric power to charge up the battery, which would then need a tap-water refill every few months, and a swap (ideally at a local dealership) every 3,000km, since it cannot be recharged as simply as Lithium. The battery is meant to boost the range of standard electric cars, which would still use the Lithium batteries for short-range trips. The battery would add about 100 kg to an existing Tesla car's battery weight."
top

Vancouver area school featured in CounterStrike map

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Jabrwock (985861) writes "After multiple recent incidents of gun violence in schools, Vancouver area residents, teachers, and school administrators are concerned about reports of a CounterStrike map of Port Moody Secondary School.

The map creator (who wanted to remain anonymous) responded to concerns by writing:

"Let us start by saying Port Moody Secondary is a great school. Rest assured there is no malicious intent behind this production to any actual school property, nor any actual persons associated with the school."

While the original article's headline seems to be implying the game developers made the map, they do clarify later on in the article that the game allows users to create custom maps."
Link to Original Source

top

RCMP investigating 911 call display spoofing

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Jabrwock (985861) writes "Investigators in British Columbia are calling in cyber security experts after a hacker spoofed his phone number to trick the police into sending an ERT to surround a house in Langley, BC. The caller alleged he had killed several people and had taken hostages. A similar incident happened several days earlier in New Jersey."
Link to Original Source
top

Microsoft and Bell Canada Part Ways

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jabrwock (985861) writes "msn.sympatico.ca will be no more following a parting of the ways between Microsoft and Bell Canada. The two split over ad revenue, and each will now maintain it's own competing web portal as of Sept 1. Web traffic will still be shared between the two, and Sympatico will utilize Bing as it's web search engine. Microsoft had initially teamed up with Bell in 2004 to use the dominant Canadian ISP's Sympatico web portal to sell subscription services to Bell's customers, but now believes that deal is redundant."
top

Ontario gamer still missing

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jabrwock (985861) writes "Various Canadian media outlets are reporting that a 15-year old gamer, Brandon Crisp, is still missing. Brandon was described by his parents as being "addicted" to playing Call of Duty, and has been missing since his parents took his XBox away on Oct 13th. Police are scouring the area around his hometown of Barrie, and suspect he's merely hiding out at a friend's or in one of the many cottages that dot the area, although they do have units checking the nearby waterfront. They are also examining his XBox Live account and PC for chat logs or other clues as to who he talked to and where he might have gone. His parents however, have floated possible causes ranging from gambling websites, to organized crime, to internet pedophiles and stalkers. His bike was found abandoned 4km from his home. Police are asking anyone who knows anything pertaining to Brandon's whereabouts to contact them."
Link to Original Source
top

Canadian Gov introduces "DMCA-plus"

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jabrwock writes "The Canadian government finally introduced Bill C-61: An Act to Amend the Copyright Act, after several false starts. Long accused of ignoring consumer concerns, the government, which to date has only met with industry trade representatives, has introduced a bill that on the surface, seems to provide many consumer rights, such as time-shifting and format-shifting. But Law Professor Michael Geist, who has opposed the government's previous attempts at DMCA-style copyright reform, delved deeper into the proposed law, and found that while format-shifting may be legalized, the tools necessary to do so even with old DVDs (which carry DeCSS "copy protection"), carry a $20,000 fine per use.

Industry Minister Jim Prentice has dropped his previous slogan for the bill, "Consumers First" in favour of "Made in Canada". Geist mocked the new bill by suggesting that while it may be "Made in Canada", the bill was clearly "Born in the USA", as it appears to be even more restrictive than the most stringent parts of the DMCA, with all the exceptions and consumer protections taken out."
top

Officials Wield Building Code to Close Art Exhibit

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jabrwock writes "Gamepolitics.com is reporting that city officials in Troy, New York apparently used the municipal building code to shut down a controversial video game art exhibit. Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal had his exhibit abruptly booted from Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute following protests from alumni and the local College Republicans. Protests led by Public Works Commissioner Robert Mirch followed Bilal to the exhibit's new location, the Sanctuary for Independent Media. On the day of the re-opening, complaints were allegedly made to the Public Works department, which then informed the Sanctuary that the show would be shut down until previously cited code violations were dealt with. The Sanctuary had originally been given until April to finish construction work, and claims that before the exhibit, both city building code inspectors and fire marshals had cleared the building for use."
Link to Original Source
top

Video Game Parody of Taser Death Causes Outrage

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jabrwock writes "Canada.com reports that a video on YouTube is parodying the reportedly taser-related death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski at the hands of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Vancouver's International Airport last October. In the video, Dziekanski is confronted in the airport arrivals lounge by MegaMan, who is given the option to 'use restraint, call a translator, or taser mercilessly'. MegaMan chooses the taser option, and zaps Dziekanski until he has 'X's over his eyes. Both the Canadian Polish Congress and the RCMP have expressed disgust at the video. A spokeswoman for the Polish Embassy has said that the video was a product of a public distressed by the October incident."
top

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jabrwock (985861) writes "GamePolitics.com reports that in response to outrage over his flash game V-Tech Rampage, which allows you to recreate the Virginia Tech Massacre in 8-bit fashion, the author, PiGPEN, has demanded 'donations' in compensation for withdrawing his creation. $1000 gets it removed from Newgrounds.com, $2000 gets it removed from his website GooGumProduce.com, and $3000 gets you a cash-induced apology. Is it really about freedom of speech if you're demanding payment in return for your silence? Could this be considered industry blackmail, since politicians with an axe to grind are sure to link this indie game with mainstream entertainment, as they have done with Border Patrol and other controversial flash games?"
top

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jabrwock writes "GamePolitics.com is reporting that a Washington State teen has been arrested for an alleged school shooting plot. His father says the 17-year-old was working on a design for a first-person shooter game and that the boy's arrest was politically motivated. After two school aides overheard the teen discussing locking school doors and shooting people as they came out, they discovered a notebook labeled "Assassination", which the teen and his father claim are both related to the game design."
top

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jabrwock writes "Presidential hopeful and Democrat John Edwards is the first candidate in the '08 race to have a virtual campaign office in the MMO Second Life. Now he is also the first candidate to have an online office vandalised with pictures of him in blackface, a feces-spewing obscenity, and posters of communism. The virtual office was apparently overrun by SL players wearing Bush '08 tags, who harassed visitors with verbal abuse of Edwards in particular, and Democrats in general."
top

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jabrwock writes "Unsatisfied with the Canadian government's attitude towards file sharing, the industry is taking a new approach towards P2P file sharing in Canada. After providing Canadian ISPs with IP addresses of suspected offenders, major ISPs agree to forward an email to the user of that address on behalf of the industry that warns them that they are potentially infringing on copyright. No legal action is mentioned, but the Business Software Alliance claims the warnings are a wake-up call to users. In contrast in the US the ISP is the one receiving the email, along with threats of legal action if it is not dealt with.

The Canadian version seems more of a 'Please stop, eh?'"
top

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jabrwock writes "The music industry responded to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' call for DRM to be discontinued with a counter offer: You first.

Mitch Bainwol, chairman of the RIAA, said that Apple should be opening up FairPlay to work on rivals' devices, rather than telling the industry to drop DRM altogether. Bainwol believes that the market would be better served if the public could chose which device to play their media on, rather than be linked to one particular vendor. But the industry still wants some controls over what kind of choices the public has with regards to how to enjoy that media..."
top

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jabrwock writes "Dennis McCauley says the video game industry should take efforts to distance itself from Super Columbine Massacre RPG! in order to make it clear that it was an indie venture, and has nothing to do with Rockstar's Bully, which has been labelled a "Columbine Simulator." Confusion over the two occured during a Utah committee hearing recently, when legislators began discussing "that Columbine game" and why it was rated "T" for teen. Later an ESA rep corrected them and told them that the only Columbine game in existence is a non-commercial home-brewed game."
top

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jabrwock writes "GamePolitics.com, a member of of the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), is doing a Q&A session with Hal Harpin, the ECA's president. The ECA is an advocacy group that lobbies on behalf of gamers. Posters can ask Hal questions about the ECA or the gamer scene in general. Last year Hal did a similar Q&A when he was president of the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association."
top

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jabrwock writes "GamePolitics.com reports that US District Court Judge James Brady has made his injunction against Louisiana's video game bill permanent. The bill was penned by video game critic Jack Thompson, who had withdrawn his support for the government's case during the preliminary injunction in August, citing a lack of co-operation from the state Attorney General."
top

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  about 8 years ago

Jabrwock writes "GamePolitics.com reports that a judge in Miami ruled that Take Two Interactive, makers of the controversial title Bully, must hand over a copy of the soon to be released game to the court within 24 hours. Jack Thompson, the plaintiff, called the ruling a 'huge victory against the violent video game industry', although Take Two can still appeal the order. Thompson filed a lawsuit asking the court to label Bully a 'public nuisance' and restrict it's October 17 release in Florida."
top

Jabrwock Jabrwock writes  |  about 8 years ago

Jabrwock writes "GamePolitics.com reports on Michigan Congressman Fred Upton(R-MI)'s efforts to punish Take Two Interactive for the "trash they put out across this country." Unhappy with the Federal Trade Commission's apparent inability to lay the smackdown on Take Two over "Hot Coffee", Upton proposed the Video Game Decency Act, which would make it illegal to withhold the disclosure of game content "with the intent of obtaining a less restrictive age-based content rating." The catch is "intent". How do you prove that a half-finished, cancelled scene was "intended" to sneak past a rating authority?"

Journals

Jabrwock has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?