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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Shadow99_1 Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

The reason it's a problem now, is the fact that the dealership method conflicts with anything new. Normal dealerships don't want anything to do with Tesla. Especially when they basically sell one model of car right now and there is no stratification. If Tesla offered the Roadster, S, and their upcoming E it still would probably not appeal to most dealerships. So for Tesla to sell it's cars it needs it's own method for getting sales.

The last example of this I can think of is Saturn. Saturn was not sold in my state because it did a bit of an end run around conventional dealerships as well. However Saturn is still much closer to a dealership experience then what Tesla wants and that scares the dealerships shitless.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

Shadow99_1 Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (174 comments)

I have long been annoyed by google maps lack of offline mode on my tablet, as my tablet only has wifi and bluetooth for connectivity. Which is good 2G/3G is spotty where I live and 4G does not exist yet, this btw is right next to and within one of the top 300 US cities by population. I don't own a smart phone for the same reason. But get away from internet connectivity and google maps just stops working.

about three weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Shadow99_1 Re:19,000 (401 comments)

They will milk us dry at higher prices and then simply stop selling to us when they cannot make enough money form us anymore. In the meantime they will try to do as they are now and start selling to countries like China (Though that has had extremely mixed results).

However we are unlikely to ever see deflation as long as the many big businesses cause constant inflation to the prices of goods and services here. It doesn't matter that fewer and fewer americans can pay those increased prices. It's one of my issues with Kansian economics where inflation is good and deflation is bad, regardless of the people that actually make up the bulk of the economy by population.

about three weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Shadow99_1 Re:19,000 (401 comments)

What I have always found funny about not hiring americans in america is that they don't seem to realize the worse off our personal economy is for the 'have nots' the less americans can afford to buy (even with insane debt). So the 'american market' constantly shrinks and we buy less vehicles, sugar wheatie puffs, and fancy cell phones because of that. Eventually the lack of good paying jobs for americans will gut the 'american market' for products and goods and we will look more like modern south african than the US of A.

Heck if you look at the wealth distribution (by percentile) in the US the lower class, lower middle class, and middle class are all in serious decline and look more like each other than anything else. The upper middle class is stagnating and only the upper class is growing. Eventually all that will be left is that top 20% or ~62 million of ~313 million 'amercians' that can be sold to and everyone else will be starving (Especially with the heavy intent to kill welfare). I'm sure even that 20% will not be enough for those at the very top and they will gut the bottom of that group as well.

about three weeks ago
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Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

Shadow99_1 Re:Google should talk with Tesla (236 comments)

The reason it's not trains (or other forms of rail) is for two reasons:
1. Need to buy huge tracks of land in roughly straight lines.
2. Up front cost to actually build a rail system.

America is horribly bad when it comes to modern rail, because it's been effectively dead for decades outside of a handful of Amtrak commercial runs and industrial tracks. So any effort to really make use of rail is going to need to build new rail. Even short runs of light rail track these days costs billions and can take decades to build. You also have some really big players like GE which build most of the locomotive engines in use today and a single locomotive engine costs millions of dollars to build. In comparison one self-driving car only costs hundreds of thousands at most.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Shadow99_1 Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

Actually with Aereo they make a point of renting you a 'specific' antenna, not some random antenna (unless you cancel your service and then activate it again)...

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Shadow99_1 Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

Having read both majority and dissenting opinions even the other dissenting justices feel this was not anywhere near 'narrow and specific' and that was the primary reason they refused to accept the majority opinion. If 3 of 9 Justices don't even think it's all that narrow or specific why the hell should we?

about a month ago
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The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

Shadow99_1 Re:Tuning it out? (254 comments)

Social Media advertising when it works well is often the users _wanting_ to partake in the brand they favor. Their was a really good recent documentary on the social media advertising world, both regarding products and people. For products most are already established brands that want to milk their following for potential expansion to the friends of the people who partake. For people it's all basically getting someone known to showcase people who are not yet known. 'Expanding circles' and all that.

The first works especially well for large brands... Movies, soft drinks, shoes, etc. The second works well for things like actors, singers, and others needing or wanting to be a celebrity. The second is also the reason for some of the 'youtube millionaires' and I don't exactly mean money, but some have gotten rather good amounts of money for becoming popular online.

about a month ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

Shadow99_1 Re:Administrators (538 comments)

In the 'old days' you had senior employees who mentored new employees when they were hired. They didn't need 'training departments'. Heck I did this plenty when I was working as a network admin and in some sense I had this in turn when I became a network admin, because I had another 'higher placed' person look after me at first (though not an IT person, that mentoring was more about how to ride the political currents of the job).

Even that though regularly gets tossed out the window. To many companies look at 'mentoring time' as an unnecessary waste of time. I still provide tips and advice to new people even though my managers these days don't appreciate the time I take to do that. Or the time I take to show someone how to do something correctly when what they did either didn't work correctly or what they are doing will not go over well for one reason or another.

about a month ago
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US Supreme Court Invalidates Patent For Being Software Patent

Shadow99_1 Re:Oh please please please (220 comments)

I'm pretty sure he meant that software should be a copyright issue, not a patent issue because the hardware is patented already and the software requires that to run. Hence someone should realistically not be able to patent software on top of patented hardware since those bits of software already existed in hardware. Instead they can only be copyrighted.

These things are different and cover different areas and serve different purposes.

about a month ago
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Former FCC Head: "We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves" For State of Broadband

Shadow99_1 Re:It's a problem... (118 comments)

That very much depends on who is running the union. And a proper union should be run by it's member workers, not some fat cat who is brought in from who knows where to run it. Sadly far to many american unions went capitalist and started to be run by people who didn't care about the workers and instead only cared about the money. Properly run unions are effective counters to abuse by corporations and business owners and are not corrupt rent seeking agencies that make it hard to fire people who do no work.

about a month ago
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Wireless Industry Lobbying Hard to Keep Net Neutrality Out

Shadow99_1 Re:Data caps (85 comments)

Well you need to be a bit careful there... 'Delivery' can be a pretty broad word unless you narrow it and that can be kind of hard even.

For instance over the air tv reception is 'delivery', but most of those provide some content of their own (usually 'news') that they don't purchase through an affiliate program. If we went by your wording they would suddenly have to shutter any home brew content and act as dumb pipes to whatever affiliate company they are paired to... It could even kill some tv advertising as I know several local tv stations that provide 'consulting' or 'editing' services in regards to local tv ads. That could be perceived as 'providing content' that they then deliver.

Even if we exclude this to only refer to 'the internet' we could still run into an issue like some smaller broadband ISPs that offer local TV broadcasts, internet, phone, and conventional cable. So an aspect of the same company does provide 'content' which is then relayed over their 'delivery method'. Some of those places have no other source for local 'news' because they can be relatively small communities.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026

Shadow99_1 Re:At least Elon has the right goal (275 comments)

Personally as a sci-fi writer I like Ceres much better then Mars. It has a rocky core, but it's mostly solid water (aka Ice) having more water as mass then the entire Oceans of Earth. It has low gravity so transportation is effectively cheap, while not being actually 'zero-G' and so should help with some of the medical risks of pure zero-G stays. It even has signs of a very limited atmosphere of evaporated water. It's also situated in the 'asteroid belt' just past Mars.

If we do go to Mars we may want to steer some large ice asteroids from the belt down onto it. Though 'Mars Purists' may have some issues with these grand scale forms of terraforming to add more water and other needed materials to the planet. This is something we can only really do because no one lives on mars yet.

about a month ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

Shadow99_1 Re:People pay for music? (364 comments)

For anyone not smart enough to run things like adblock, yes.

about a month and a half ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

Shadow99_1 Re:People pay for music? (364 comments)

I have to say the whole point of the 'VEVO' part of youtube was started because of a push by the big labels to 'have our own section of youtube for music video' and not so much because Youtube/Google wanted to segregate music videos from other content on the site. Or at least what information I've heard about suggests this is the case. Google made it subscription based for a variety of reasons, some of which included the big labels wanting to reduce ads on their music pages (or at least control what ads appear). To do this Youtube/Google needs some way to make money off of hosting the Content for the companies in question.

Now the only change here is that Youtube/Google is saying they don't want advertising supported music videos in the other section while all the other 90% of music videos are within VEVO. Which I think makes a lot of sense to them since 'we have this cool place that hosts 90% of our music video content, these other videos seems vastly out of place outside of it'. It may even also include the emphasis that this could reduce music video takedowns against 'normal' users by the large labels.

Is it kind of shitty to the lesser 10% that didn't want to switch? Sure. However this is hardly the 'crime against humanity' some people are making it out to be.

about a month and a half ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

Shadow99_1 Re:Density Myth. . . (337 comments)

If you think all of Japan is composed of cities like Tokyo you'd also be equally wrong. There are lots of mountain areas and forested regions with small towns and even one off living spaces in the middle of nowhere. Korea being bigger in contiguous land area is even more so this way.

I think they will is what we lack and not the population density. Companies have every reason to make the absolute maximum money they can everywhere and everything else is secondary. In fact capitalism tells them this is all that matters completely.

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

Shadow99_1 Re: We are being bred for slavery (364 comments)

lol, I wish that was the issues of being poor in the US...

about a month and a half ago
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Cable Companies Use Astroturfing To Fight Net Neutrality

Shadow99_1 Re:They all do this (142 comments)

If by 'any citizen' you mean 'anyone who can either pay the thousands of dollars to have a lawyer help them do the paperwork' or the 'anyone who can takes months figuring out the forms on their own'. Then yes.

Which by the way is the same thing as the 'any citizen' when it comes to bankruptcy. I lost my job at one put in my life and couldn't pay my bills any longer. So the sane thing would be to apply for bankruptcy status, but it's not like it's just a form you can fill out. Instead it's a series of court documents that need to be made and a legal process you go through. When I wanted to do it I found the absolute cheapest I could get a bankruptcy done for was about $1000 USD. I couldn't even pay hundreds of dollars in bills a month, where in the world am I going to get $1000 USD? So yes, it's something 'any citizen' can do... It's something 'Any citizen with sufficient access to the means of production' can do.....

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Shadow99_1 Re:Sweden (1040 comments)

Communism is not socialism and capitalism is not a 'cure' to either. Your examples of Communism had little to do with actual communism (common ownership of the means of production) and more to do with wacky crack pots doing strange things when given power in their countries.

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Shadow99_1 Re:Even higher! (1040 comments)

The costs of good and services is also ridiculously lower than it is in the US in those places. If you can afford to live on $1/day there and even $100/day is barely getting by to live in the US... Why oh why, would you ever think that you can pay the same wage in the US as Africa and anyone could survive on it? Pay directly relates to the costs of living wherever you are, if the pay is to low to live there you are going to have serious issues.

about 2 months ago

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Shadow99_1 Shadow99_1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Shadow99_1 writes "I work at a charter school as their network administrator, however in the next few months I've been tasked with coming up with a way of teaching the middle school kids about computers and technology. Or at least coming up with a plan for teaching them computers and technology as I'll be working with one of the teachers to implement this. The problems I'm having with this are the requirements to tie in with their general education: reading, writing, math, etc. So I'm curious has anyone in the Slashdot community done something like this? And if so how and what did you decide to do? Also how did you keep the costs down?

I want to start with the basics by teaching the parts of a PC and having them use some of our spare parts from machines no longer under the service contract to put together a PC from scratch in teams. Then I figure on getting into Operating Systems, preferably by installing Linux on to the machines they have built. The problem here comes in with finding a modern flavor of Linux that will run ok on a P2 400 with 64 MB of ram. Ubuntu has had issues with my test system I tossed together. So I will need suggestions here as well.

I'd also like to teach some programming to the kids. However I'm six years out of date on my programming skills and I only learned BASIC, COBOL, and C++. It needs to be something that has a good English syntax (C++ doesn't really have this and even BASIC and COBOL aren't really what I want here), can generate output that the kids would be interested in (anything that can output to the screen easily or is easy to generate interactive content with is good), and also it needs to be a fairly low cost solution. It also should hopefully be easy for me to pick up as well.

I'd like some other fun projects as well, like maybe some simple robotics stuff (the Lego variety or something similar), some digital photography, etc. However the other things are a higher priority since I think I can apply them to their general education than the more fun projects.

So what would those of Slashdot do if given this project?"

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