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Flickr Censors Egypt Police Photos

Quixote Not censorship (163 comments)

Flickr just removed the photos from its own site. The people who uploaded the photos are free to host them on Picasa, Imageshack, Yfrog, etc. etc.
This is not censorship. Flickr is not saying that they (users) can't host the photos anywhere; they're just saying that, for whatever reason, these photos are not welcome on Flickr.
When we throw words like "censorship" around willy-nilly, we weaken the real meaning of the word.

more than 3 years ago

Ballmer Admits, "We Screwed Up Windows Mobile"

Quixote Re:Correction (275 comments)

echo "We Screwed Up Windows Mobile" | sed -e 's/We/We Are/' -e 's/ Up.*/!/'

more than 5 years ago

First Algae Car Attempts To Cross the US On 25 Gallons of Fuel

Quixote Plain BS (188 comments)

First, it's a 5% blend of algae fuel. Big fuckin' deal.

Second: it's a plugin hybrid. Crossing the US with a plugin hybrid is no big deal. Heck, if you belive the Chevy Volt's "230MPG" number, you should be able to cross the US with about 12 gallons of fuel, right? Hell, I can drive across the US on almost no fuel, if you let me re-charge the batteries every 150 miles in a motel along the road!

I hate such gimmicks. Just tell the truth, dammit!

more than 5 years ago

Controversy Over San Francisco Public Transportation Data

Quixote Re:Whoops (111 comments)

Someone in SanFran City Hall is doing a piss-poor job of contract management!

THIS! I live in SF, and almost all of the City government is utterly inept. Good example: a psychiatrist nurse who makes $360K per year. When asked why, his manager replied: because he puts in overtime since we are understaffed. And yet it doesn't occur to the manager that hiring a second person would be cheaper than paying 2x overtime to the most senior person! Despite it being pointed out numerous times, the city continues to make this nurse the highest paid city employee year after year.

Another example: anyone who has ridden the SF Muni knows how rarely they are cleaned. And yet there are several MUNI cleaners who make over $100K/year , according to the City's payroll records. Imagine that: janitors making over $100K, and then we wonder why nothing gets cleaned.

At last count, there were over 4300 people in the City government who made more than $100K/year. In a city of 700K, that is a pretty large number. But hey: it's public money. So what if the government runs out of money? They'll just raise taxes or fares! (Yes, MUNI fares are going up on Wednesday).

more than 5 years ago

Tyler Bell On Yahoo's Open Location API

Quixote Re:Why? (76 comments)

Wow! If only they'd talked to you first.

BTW... can you point me to which TIGER/ZIP file contains the information for Istanbul? Or how about Casablanca, Morocco? And which county (district) contains the town of Aleppy, Kerala, India?

Thanks! Much appreciate it.

You know, America isn't the center of the known world.

more than 5 years ago

Amateurs Are Trying Genetic Engineering At Home

Quixote Re:Disclaimer: IAAMB (245 comments)

Who needs a 'processor manufacturing plant' when you have FPGAs ?

more than 6 years ago

Google's Mayer Says Personalization is Key To Future Search

Quixote Re:Googling through TOR = nearly impossible (93 comments)

I am a privacy nut too, but there might be something else to it here. TOR, by its very nature, makes it easy for people to run lots of automated queries against Google. So it's natural that Google will clamp down on what it sees are automated accesses from the same IP.

If there was a way to use Google on a peer-to-peer fashion so that only humans used it, I'm sure Google won't block you.

I'm not associated with Google in any way, and regularly clean out my cookies.

more than 6 years ago

Stuck In Google's Doghouse

Quixote Re:Not so simple once you really think about it (165 comments)

Some sites use a third-party redirector to keep track of their outgoing referrals.

Just because he's using a redirector is not, in itself, a smoking gun.

more than 6 years ago



Are laptop batteries the next "printer ink"

Quixote Quixote writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Quixote (154172) writes "Sometime back I bought a Dell Inspiron laptop because Dell was offering a very good deal on it. A few weeks after the warranty expired, the battery suddenly died. It was as if the battery was non-existent: the laptop would shutdown if unplugged even if the battery had been in the laptop the whole time. When plugged in, the battery charging light would keep flashing. This seemed quite puzzling, since just days before this, the battery used to give me a good 2 hours or so of use.

Searching around on the web to see if the flashing lights meant anything, I came across this page. It seems like lots of people have been reporting the same symptoms: just after the warranty expires, the battery mysteriously "dies". Even the Dell forums are replete with posts from unhappy users.

The solution from Dell is: buy a new battery. But they aren't cheap: a Dell one runs you about $100.

I know I should have known better than buying a Dell (cue the "Dude!" jokes). But this begs a bigger question: is this legal (it certainly doesn't seem ethical)? How many of these (working) batteries end up in the landfill? Have laptop batteries become the next "printer ink", forcing us to keep buying new ones?"



Anonymity at Slashdot

Quixote Quixote writes  |  more than 11 years ago I just found something interesting. I had posted a cheapshot as an AC on a thread. Later, I got moderation points; and when I moderate, I browse at level 0. To my utter surprise, I saw that the comment I posted as AC did not have the moderation dropdown box; the other posts did. This leads me to believe that somewhere at /., they keep your ID attached to AC postings.

I wonder what would happen in case of a subpoena or other such judicial order?

So, word to the wise: please be careful when you post something as AC, because it is most definitely not anonymous.


Wind Power

Quixote Quixote writes  |  more than 12 years ago Well, I've come to the realisation that its time I started doing something about the environment. No, of course I can't solve all the problems overnight. But every step in the right direction brings us one step closer to the solution.

One of the easiest ways that we can Do Something(tm) is to start buying more wind power. Today, coal-fired electricity plants are one of the biggest polluters around. If we are to move towards more 'earth-friendly' sources of power (like wind energy), then we have to create a market for wind-energy-suppliers. Remember, this is a market economy: without demand, there's no supply.

If you live in the Northeast US, you too can do what I did: sign up to buy wind power. I've signed up so that my electricity now comes in a 50/50 mix: 50% hydro and 50% wind. It'll end up costing me about $5/mo extra.

Is it worth it? Hell yeah! I can save $5/mo by not buying my third daily cup of coffee once a week!


Back from KC

Quixote Quixote writes  |  more than 12 years ago I'm back from Kansas City (KCMO). Some points of note:

  • Philly Airport is one huge shopping mall!
  • As we are landing in KC, I see cows grazing off to the right... Dorothy, I think we are in Kansas!
  • Tried out some Cajun cookin' at Hot Tamale Brown's Cajun Cafe Express.
  • I was surprised to see the number of open WiFi access points.. did some 'war-driving' and managed to get on the net too, and without a Pringles' antenna. Netstumbler rocks!
  • Work led me to the Subtropolis, the world's largest underground business complex. This thing is like a HUGE Batcave! It is definitely one of the weirdest places I've been in.
  • Checked out Harrah's Casino. The glazed looks in the eyes of the slot-machine addicts was too scary! I just grabbed a free coke and popcorn, and was outta there...


Dawn of a new day

Quixote Quixote writes  |  more than 12 years ago Dawn spirals into day, and day into dusk, and dusk into night, and night into a new dawn

It'll be cool to come back in a few years and read some of this stuff. I hope /. is still around for that to happen, though.

Just got back from Boston (interesting place), and now I'm headed to Kansas City for a work. I hope there are some fun things to do in KC, I've never been there. Hope to checkout a Blues joint or two.

Stupid item of the day: Ebay buys PayPal

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