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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

SJHillman Re:Can you hear me now? (76 comments)

There's plenty of politicians who will do whatever it takes to benefit the dead. For some of them, it's their core voter group.

about a week ago
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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

SJHillman Re:Can you hear me now? (76 comments)

Yeah, but the blind never saw it coming and the deaf just don't want to hear about it.

about a week ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

SJHillman Re:$1M? (260 comments)

Developing a working prototype and developing a commercially-feasible product are two different things. You could conceivably meet the requirements of this, but by using components or techniques that are not commercially feasible due to cost, safety, or other issues. However, it would be a big step in the direction towards doing such a thing. Google is paying for you to help make that step... not necessarily to develop a device that's worth commercializing.

about a week ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

SJHillman Re:Solar power? (260 comments)

"if you want a solar-powered Chromebook"

I'm a little confused... why would you convert dc to ac, only to convert it back to dc for the computer to use? If it's a dedicated power source for one device, wouldn't it make more sense to keep it dc?

about a week ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

SJHillman Re:Don't buy cheap android (290 comments)

I have an LG Optimus F3 from Virgin, and before that was an LG Optimus Slider, also Virgin. Although they're a tad underpowered and the Slider froze up once in a while (every few months), I've had no gripes with them. Considering the F3 was $60, I'm pretty goddamned happy with what it can do. The closest thing I've seen to a bug with the Optimus F3 is that GPS will sometimes freeze if I'm also using music, texting and bluetooth all at the same time, but that's more likely to be a performance thing. Again, for the price, perfectly acceptable. There's nothing wrong with cheap android phones as long as you use them for their intended tasks. You don't buy a Honda Civic and then complain that it can't tow your 30 foot party boat.

about a week ago
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Breaches Exposed 22.8 Million Personal Records of New Yorkers

SJHillman Re:In ... the New Your State? (41 comments)

It stopped being our state a long time ago.

about two weeks ago
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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

SJHillman Re:Need a EULA for video (67 comments)

" insert a screen before every show"

Don't be silly. They'd insert the screen right over the damned show.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

SJHillman Terror (353 comments)

"He's also accused of trolling on Facebook."

If that doesn't spell out terrorist, I don't know what does.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

SJHillman Sucks (702 comments)

I can see this sucking for people who kill their battery browsing Slashdot while waiting for their flight.

about three weeks ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

SJHillman Re:Audible warning (579 comments)

"other" would have been fine. Hell, it's even fewer letters than "regular".

about a month ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

SJHillman Re:Audible warning (579 comments)

It strongly implies that a disability is the only thing that determines if a person regular/normal. Otherwise it would be acceptable to say "black people or regular folks"... which most people would agree isn't generally acceptable even if non-blacks are the majority. The easiest, simplest and best way would be to just say "other" folks. It acknowledges that disabled people are in a separate group without implying that a disability puts them in a completely separate category from regular or normal people. I don't take offense because the poster obviously didn't mean it like that, but it's still a very rude way of phrasing something. In general, if you can't replace a group with "black people" without sounding racist, you should probably reconsider how you phrased something.

about a month ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

SJHillman Re:Audible warning (579 comments)

" for regular folks"

Was not aware that I wasn't a regular folk. You learn something new every day.

about a month ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

SJHillman Re:What I've seen at some intersections... (579 comments)

What happens, with the ones I've paid attention to, is that when the timer gets to 0 (or the hand stops flashing if it's one of those lights), the light turns from green to yellow, so the delay is the time of the yellow light, plus the slight delay in which lights in both directions are red before the other direction turns green.

Sadly, there are a lot of behaviors that driver's *should* learn. Such as noticing lights from cars coming the other way on trees/houses when driving at night, or how to handle high beams from opposing traffic.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

SJHillman Re:Libertarian nirvana (534 comments)

Well, he never said that he was a Libertarian.

about a month ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

SJHillman Re:Yes, let's tax the poor (619 comments)

A few years back, I worked for a company that did a lot of deliveries. All of our vans and two of our smaller box trucks were regular unleaded; only our larger box trucks were diesel. Most small businesses that don't deal in large goods use vans running on gasoline. UPS and FedEx may use all diesel, but they're not the only ones doing deliveries.

about a month ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

SJHillman Re:make it a percentage! (619 comments)

As much as it would suck because it would mean paying more all along, it would make more sense. There's a lot of things in which percentages would make more sense, but the government opts for absolute values - various taxes, minimum wage, etc

about a month ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

SJHillman Re:Not the answer to the problem (619 comments)

The problem is where exactly do you draw that line? If I drive my car across the state border to buy cheaper booze, then everything from my driveway to the store parking lot and back is "directly involved" in interstate commerce.

about a month ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

SJHillman Re:Yes, let's tax the poor (619 comments)

Or have anything delivered to you. Or use the postal service. Or pay taxes...

about a month ago

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