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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

Larry_Dillon Resturant seating (404 comments)

This isn't exactly the same, but it reminds me of the restaurant seating problem that happens when patrons, upon seeing that there's limited seating, have members of their party camp on a table before they've ordered. It exacerbated the problem. People who have just got their food can't find a seat because table-campers have what would be empty seats.

about a month ago

Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

Larry_Dillon I think you're on to something here. (358 comments)

I've been seeing too many vehicles with flashing lights lately that didn't used to have them, from school buses and garbage trucks to mall cops. It's making true emergency vehicles, such as police/fire/ambulance not stand out as much as then used to.

about a month ago

Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

Larry_Dillon Re:You know ... (358 comments)

Your second sentence is correct, but part of the social contract wherein citizens forgo taking the law into their own hands is effective law enforcement. Nearly every time you see citizens resort to vigilante justice, it's due to a lack of effective law enforcement.

about a month ago

Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

Larry_Dillon Re:Families come first (370 comments)

The problem I've seen is that no one want to train anymore. Every company thinks they can get the perfect employee off the shelf. That a big part of ageism. Companies want young grads that have just been trained in the new technologies. But the flavor of the week will change again. Some will argue that it's up to the employee to learn new technologies, and that's true to an extent, especially if the company you work for says, "We're switching to technology X in two years," but that seldom happens. It doesn't make a ton of sense, from an employee's point of view, to learn some random new think hoping the current company or the next job will want it. If you don't use the new thing you just learned everyday, you'll just forget it anyway.

about a month ago

Intel To Offer Custom Xeons With Embedded FPGAs For the Data Center

Larry_Dillon old timer here... (80 comments)

Image a Beowulf cluster of these!

about a month ago

Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

Larry_Dillon Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

I'm not trying to defend Kingston or PNY but it may be that they had supply problems or other issues with the original part. It seems that Joel Hruska is assuming intentional deception/malice where none has been proven. I do think that companies should be required to change the model number when they change critical internal parts.

WiFi cards used to be horrible about this. Companies would change the WiFi chipset, requiring a totally different driver, and nothing on the outside of the box would give any indication. Somewhere on the card it would usually say rev b, etc.

about a month and a half ago

Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Larry_Dillon Electricity usage (474 comments)

It will consume more electricity when someone else is using it. A trivial amount, perhaps, but none the less, more. Al mot of these things have overheating problems in the first place.

about a month and a half ago

Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

Larry_Dillon traceroute... (364 comments)

Wouldn't it be a fairly simple thing to pinpoint the congestion and only shame Verizon if it's in their network or at an under-sized interconnect? Netflix might know (or care) more about Verizon congestion than Verizon does.

about a month and a half ago

Interviews: Forrest Mims Answers Your Questions

Larry_Dillon Product of success (161 comments)

Evolution may have failed to produce advanced life forms, or any life at all, on a million worlds. Only the successful random mutations exist to contemplate it.

about a month and a half ago

Bill Blunden's Rejected DEF CON Presentation Posted Online

Larry_Dillon Follow the money. (40 comments)

What you're saying may be true in regard to it being accepted to DefCon, but on the whole his analysis sounds about right. I don't know if civilians have the information to prove what he says, one way or another, but the economic motivations sure line up nicely.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

Larry_Dillon Smart business move. (516 comments)

What a great way to make sure Windows 9 sells like hotcakes!

1. Remove a well-loved feature from a system with sufficient vendor-lock in.
2. Only provide the feature in a paid upgrade
3. Profit!

Is this a patentable business model?

about 2 months ago

Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Larry_Dillon Re:Proposal - (584 comments)

A few firearms/accessories companies have written letters to law enforcement in various states telling them that they will no longer provide them with any weapons or accessories that are not legal for civilians in their state.

about 2 months ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

Larry_Dillon Prediction (626 comments)

I predict a overall decrease in traffic accidents as we start seeing the average speed on roads reflect the speed limit versus the average of 5 to 10mph or more that is common now.

about 2 months ago

US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science

Larry_Dillon Viable career path? (306 comments)

With people like Zuckerberg saying that he only wants people under 30 and the reports of ageism in CS and IT fields, I can see why people aren't going into CS and IT. Some are going to do well but many are going to drop by the wayside. Why not go into a career where you are still valued are 50 or 60?

about 2 months ago

The Internet's Broken. Who's Going To Invent a New One?

Larry_Dillon Commercial Internet (162 comments)

Back when they started to allow commercial content on the Internet, they should have made a few more rules:

1. Require a business license to get a .com
2. Require 501 non-profit status to get a .org
3. Require a /24 network to get a .net
4. Make a new TLD for everything else.

Look at how well this worked for .edu. (must be an accredited, four year, degree-granting organization).

about 2 months ago

DARPA Develops Stealth Motorcycle For US Special Forces

Larry_Dillon Makes some sense. (93 comments)

Battery powered motorcycles make a lot of sense for general consumers, if the price is right. Most of the disadvantages that keep people from buying all-electric cars don't come into play with motorcycles, especially when they are a 2d vehicle.

about 3 months ago

Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

Larry_Dillon Fashion accessory (399 comments)

Watches stopped being about telling time a while ago. Devices that tell time are ubiquitous; from phones to microwaves. Watches, especially high-end watches, are fashion accessories. Many are hard to read but it doesn't matter because they aren't really used as time pieces. Calling the new devices "watches" simple because they are designed to be worn on the wrist is a mistake. Telling time is the least of their functionality but so easy to include; why not?

about 3 months ago

$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

Larry_Dillon Hate to ruin the party... (288 comments)

While the expensive commercial hand seems overpriced, it also reflects costs like R & D, field testing and marketing that a printed hand may not have incurred. It seems as though the designers of the 3d printed hand probably looked at different commercial models and copied the best features from them, making this something of an apples/oranges comparison and it may infringe on (so called) intellectual property, if offered commercially. Could the printed hand exist without resting on the shoulders of the commercial products?

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Larry_Dillon DEC (702 comments)

Most things made by Digital Equipment Corp.

about 3 months ago



Are Warrany Void if Removed sitckers legally valid

Larry_Dillon Larry_Dillon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Larry_Dillon writes "Engadget has an article ( saying that breaking the seal on the Asus Eee PC will not void the warrant. This begs the question; are those "Warrany Void if Removed" stickers legally binding? Are there any court rulings on this?"
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