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Build an Open-Source Electric Car In About One Hour

NineNine Fuck Slashdot Beta (188 comments)

I will quit reading Slashdot if that stupid Beta shit is implemented. It's horrible. It fixes nothing. It is not an improvement in any way.

about 10 months ago
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Automakers Struggle With Pairing Smartphones To Car Infotainment Systems

NineNine Apple (187 comments)

It's only a problem with Apple devices. Both Android and Windows devices are generic bluetooth. My Windows Phone (HTX 8X) works wonderfully with my VW, which connects via bluetooth for the phone part, and bluetooth audio for the music part. Works seamlessly. iPhones... not so much. As long as people use devices that conform to generic bluetooth standards, it's not a problem.

about a year ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

NineNine $$ for software (419 comments)

I'm SO happy that I pay for software. I don't have to deal with all of this open source drama bullshit, and have to worry about when somebody's temper tantrum decides to end or radically change some software that I rely on for my business. My eyes glazed over halfway through the story summary, and I really don't care.

about a year ago
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Shuttleworth: Apple Will Merge Mac and iPhone

NineNine Too much credit (414 comments)

Hilarious article. Shuttleworth is giving himself entire too much credit. Is Apple is doing this, they won't be following his failure. They'll be following Microsoft's still-in-process move of trying to combine the two.

about a year ago
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NC School District Recalls Its Amplify Tablets After 10% Break In Under a Month

NineNine Re:Obvious Solution (177 comments)

Requiring people to use upper body strength is probably considered assault by most Slashdotters. Nowhere have I seen more people complaining about not being able to pick up Gadget X or Gadget Y because the few pounds it weighs is overwhelming to their frail bodies.

about a year ago
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Digital Revolution Will Kill Jobs, Inflame Social Unrest, Says Gartner

NineNine Re:Wages as share of GDP dropping since 1972 (754 comments)

. FACT: higher corporate taxes leads to reinvestment in the company, which leads to an expanding economy.

I can personally vouch for that. Absolutely.

about a year ago
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Sick of Your Local Police Force? Crowdfund Your Own

NineNine Re:Death and taxes (330 comments)

Looking at the financial state of our Federal government, state governments, and local municipalities, it is entirely unfair to leave off the Republicans and Democrats from your list.

Republicans and Democrats generally don't use "refusal to pay taxes" as a plank in their platform/philosophy.

about a year ago
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How to Heartlessly Arbitrage Used Books With a PDA

NineNine Re:So why don't the sellers do this? (445 comments)

Oh sure. I'm sure that plenty of thrift stores and libraries have volunteers who know what an "API" is...

more than 4 years ago
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How to Heartlessly Arbitrage Used Books With a PDA

NineNine Re:Nothing shameless (445 comments)

"Why aren't libraries using these scanners and pricing their books appropriately?"

Because their mission is to help people in their communities get better access to books, not make a profit.

more than 4 years ago
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How to Heartlessly Arbitrage Used Books With a PDA

NineNine Re:There is nothing wrong with doing this (445 comments)

"But then, ALL retail outlets will eventually go away except for boutiques and big box stores. There's really no need for anything in-between and such a business will always be less efficient than one which has no physical presence."

You may be right in terms of efficiency, but it makes for a shitty life if your town (like many already in the US) doesn't have retail stores.

"The only thing that depends on physical presence is impulse buying, where you get someone in your store and sell them crap they don't need."

Those of us who aren't sociopaths actually enjoy going to retail stores, and speaking with human beings in our community. It's a richer life than spending your life in front of a glowing screen.

more than 4 years ago
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Gaze-Tracking Software Protects Computer Privacy

NineNine Flat screens! (134 comments)

I thought we already had this technology, and it was called "flat screen" technology. I swear I'm not a crotchety old man, but I can't stand flat screen monitors/TV's/laptops. All of them have this same effect, when compared to the bright, clear, viewable-from-any-direction CRT's. I don't care much for saving a few inches in depth, so I try to use CRT's whenever I can, because unless you're sitting directly in front and center of a flat screen anything, it's very difficult to read.

more than 5 years ago
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Incandescent Bulbs Return To the Cutting Edge

NineNine Re:only 30% more efficient? (569 comments)

You know, fluorescent lights come in all kinds of color spectrums. I buy the warm ones, and nobody can tell the difference between them and incandescents!

more than 5 years ago
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Rhode Island Affiliates Banned From Amazon.com Sales

NineNine Re:Tax 'em! (532 comments)

? If no would you bother with your online store if having it required you to?

Of course! It's just a piece of software. I'm prepared to do what I do every day: buy a piece of software and pay a subscription to a service to handle it. I already have to do it for payroll, so it wouldn't be any big deal.

more than 5 years ago
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Rhode Island Affiliates Banned From Amazon.com Sales

NineNine Re:If they don't use local resources why should th (532 comments)

The only retailers that online sellers are putting out of business are smaller electronics and computers stores.

I gotta disagree with you there. I live in a very very progressive college town, and as of the last 5 years we no longer have any:

- book stores

- music stores

- video rental places

I think that a lot of people just don't care, but it definitely has a negative impact on my quality of life.

more than 5 years ago
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Rhode Island Affiliates Banned From Amazon.com Sales

NineNine Re:If they don't use local resources why should th (532 comments)

Why is that a problem, let alone one that the government should address?

You want to live in a city with no retail, and nothing but warehouses and UPS trucks? Really? You should try to leave your basement every now and then.

more than 5 years ago
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Rhode Island Affiliates Banned From Amazon.com Sales

NineNine Re:Catalogs (532 comments)

"Lower prices due to not having to maintain a brick and mortar store are the only things that allow online stores to compete against local stores."

The word "only" isn't used correctly in this situation. There's no "only" about it. The overhead of having a brick and mortar store is MASSIVE. Employees, rent, power, upfit, etc. It's MASSIVE. All they need is some crappy warehouse somewhere cheap. There's a huge difference, which enables them to be able to eat the shipping on most items. There's no comparison between a warehouse and a few computers and a real store.

more than 5 years ago
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Rhode Island Affiliates Banned From Amazon.com Sales

NineNine Re:If they don't use local resources why should th (532 comments)

They should pay taxes solely because if they don't, we're going to lose much, much more retail than we already have lost. The tax system certainly isn't perfect, but the way it is now, it heavily favors online merchants over real, brick and mortar merchants.

more than 5 years ago
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Rhode Island Affiliates Banned From Amazon.com Sales

NineNine Re:Tax 'em! (532 comments)

"I resent your implication that I fail to pay the use tax that I owe."

I'm not implying anything. I'm stating it.

more than 5 years ago

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