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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

Known Nutter Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (288 comments)

Riding an unlicensed cab is a very safe activity compared to having sex, riding a bicycle, skiing, or climbing a ladder.

All of which have some form of government regulation imposed upon them.

4 days ago

Google To Refund $19M In In-App Purchases Made By Kids

Known Nutter Re:Sounds good, right? (88 comments)

Maybe don't give your toddler your $800 cell phone?

How else are the little snowflakes supposed to stare mindlessly into the device in a zombie-like state? Interaction with the world around them? Please.

about two weeks ago

Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

Known Nutter Re:Wait, what? (81 comments)

Twatpic ...meh, definitely taken.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Known Nutter Re:All white meat (426 comments)

You must be fun at parties...

about 1 month ago

Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

Known Nutter Re:It's not "buss" - its bus. (124 comments)

You can be pedantic, but come on...I get it, language evolves, but a tech website like slashdot should get the tech vernacular correct, don't you think?

After all, "bus" is not foreign term to "nerds" now, is it? For example, the same term that describes "front side bus" also describes an electrical bus duct.

about 2 months ago

Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

Known Nutter It's not "buss" - its bus. (124 comments)

A fool's drivel repeated often enough will some day end up in the lexicon, especially in the moden age of instant mass communications, but that does not make it correct.

"Buss" is not a word, but because there was an electrical manufacturing company called "Bussman" that makes fuses, and people would often shorten it to "Buss Fuses", other illiterates have created a spurious spelling that uses "buss" instead of "bus". It's still incorrect however, in spite of the illiterates repeating it on the internet.

This holds true within the electrical trade, as many old-timers frequently write (not type!) "buss" -- I often see it on equipment labels, one-line drawings, etc.

about 2 months ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Known Nutter Re:Obligatory Slashdot knee jerk (928 comments)

That's what I'm talkin' about.

I don't give a shit about "bad publicity" or either of these two idiots -- the gate agent or the passenger. I have three upcoming flights with SWA. I'm not one step closer to calling to cancel based on this crybaby's poor-me story.

Next time, guy could just try doing as he's told by those in charge of the situation.

about 2 months ago

Utility Wants $17,500 Refund After Failure To Scrub Negative Search Results

Known Nutter Re:Who likes their utility? (110 comments)

It seems simple enough to me: increased customer satisfaction (aka reputation in a captive market) means you can inflate your prices and/or reduce the quality of service with less backlash.

It's not quite that simple. Using PG&E as an example, they cannot just inflate their prices. Rate increases must be approved by the State of California Public Utilities Commission, as must rate increases for every other utility in the state.

about 2 months ago

Utility Wants $17,500 Refund After Failure To Scrub Negative Search Results

Known Nutter Re:Who likes their utility? (110 comments)

And who cares? It's not like you have a choice, particularly with real utilities. You can't just get your power from somewhere else. In the Bay Area, PG&E in constantly running campaigns to improve their reputation, mostly associated with the San Bruno disaster. Why? Shareholder value? If so, I guess I don't quite understand what public reputation of a utility has to do with shareholder value. Perhaps state and municipal permitting related to system construction, rate increases with the PUC to fund said construction... ...thinking outloud here, it seems.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Known Nutter Re:Congrats! (381 comments)

Any modern quartz-controlled watch that costs more than $10 is a status symbol and nothing more.

I don't know about that. My Citizen WR-100 is a very modest watch. My wife bought it for me about 8 years ago. $250. It's my daily driver... the nightstand watch. It's very special to me for many intangible reasons, but it certainly isn't a status symbol.

I get what you're saying, but there's a middle ground somewhere, too.

about 2 months ago

FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

Known Nutter The answer is alcohol! (128 comments)

Alcohol! Gives me the ability to drown-out/ignore your intrusive cell phone use coupled with the potential to make me more annoying than you to other passengers all the while maintaining my elevated (perhaps evolved?) sense of not giving a fuck about either!


Ain't flying fun!?!?

about 2 months ago

What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

Known Nutter Re:The answer nobody likes... (286 comments)

However, I also strongly believe that I have a right to privacy, which should be especially obvious when I'm innocent.

You're banking on the assumption that your innocence is especially obvious...

about 3 months ago

What Happens If You Have a Heart Attack In Space?

Known Nutter Today? (83 comments)

You've got yourself a serious set of problems any number of which will kill you, including the heart attack.

about 3 months ago

Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

Known Nutter Re:Yosemite (411 comments)

That's a bit of a stretch.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

Known Nutter Re:Students (185 comments)

That's all a matter of perspective...

about 4 months ago

Congress Unhappy With FCC's Proposed Changes To Net Neutrality

Known Nutter Re:The FCC has no right to dictate terms (208 comments)

How many ISP's would you say is reasonable to have hanging off those poles outside? There is only a finite amount of space available on those poles and they are rated to handle a specific amount of load. Who should be responsible for engineering this? How many companies do you want climbing up and down them, interfering with existing power and telco infrastructure? Who would pay for the pole change-outs necessary to accommodate all of this? The small ISP who wants to hang a cable or two?

Can the "small" ISP carry a sufficient amount of liability insurance for such an installation?

There are specific requirements for the construction and maintenance of overhead lines. In California, that's the PUC and General Order 95. Who would monitor and inspect for compliance when all these "small" ISPs start hanging stuff on the infrastructure?

I agree with you in principle, but there are a number of practical considerations beyond simply un-fucking the local government, who oftentimes don't even own the poles...the utility does with right-of-way authority granted by the state. Local governments are a small part of the overall problem.

about 4 months ago

Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

Known Nutter Re:Only works if (450 comments)

Good job NYT for letting the cat out of the bag.

Of course you realize it was an unauthorized NYPD official who let the cat out of the bag, and not the NYT, right?

The decoy bottle was among a cache of drugs taken in an armed robbery about 1:30 p.m. from HealthSource Pharmacy, at Second Avenue and East 68th Street, according to a police official, who was not authorized to speak about the investigation.

about 4 months ago



Known Nutter Known Nutter writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Known Nutter (988758) writes "This year's Computex is proving to be very exciting with Asus' introduction of their $200 PC. Chairman Jonney Shih introduced the flash-powered portable computer and claimed that it can boot in about 15 seconds. The computer will be available in 7 and 10-inch screen versions and will run a customized Linux distro. Asus has not said when the computer will be available."


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