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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

Sowelu Re:More changes I don't want ... (162 comments)

I was going to agree that email was fine twenty years ago, but I do kind of like the way modern webmail displays threads even if it screws with the paradigm a bit. God, could they possibly have picked worse terminology for this new stuff though. I'll probably avoid it as long as I can.

2 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Sowelu Re:Politics (380 comments)

Er, that's basically what they've been saying this whole time. Lots of reactionaries in the media are screaming that those very statements are lies and cover-ups.

2 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Sowelu Re:What does require those things? (380 comments)

When did this turn into the Fox News comments section?

2 days ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

Sowelu yeah, going with not creepy. (130 comments)

For the audience this is aimed at (which isn't most slashdotters), definitely reassuring. Facebook has a *huge* base of people who just use it to keep in touch with family's lives, and the ability to mark Grandma as okay even if her internet is down is pretty appealing.

Also good for antisocial people, you can avoid being bothered by a flood of people who are just checking up.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Sowelu Re:2 Questions (294 comments)

1) It forces dealerships to price things locally and in competition with other dealerships, instead of based on the manufacturers' global strategies. Dick pricing moves are therefore local rather than global, prices aren't fixed everywhere across the country, sales actually happen. Also, a third-party dealership is more likely to want to sell you a used car. Manufacturer owned dealerships have a huge incentive to push new ones. If third-party dealerships had to compete with first-party ones, they would all get priced out of the new car market very quickly and likely go out of business, and then the used car market would suck.

Also, theoretically anyway, it should protect some smaller manufacturers. If a big manufacturer had the infrastructure to do direct sales to everyone, but a smaller manufacturer had worse infrastructure and had to go through dealerships, then the big manufacturer would take its lack of a middleman and price the smaller one out of business. The market doesn't seem to be working like that right now though.

Can't really answer 2).

about a week ago
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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

Sowelu Re:Yawn (72 comments)

No, it means you have questionable taste in Shadowrun games. I backed Shadowrun Returns and regret it. What kind of Shadowrun game lets you hire a decker for a run...then says, only the main character can hack anything, to maintain game balance?

about a week ago
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Millions of Voiceprints Quietly Being Harvested

Sowelu Uplink (86 comments)

This makes me want to play Uplink again. Good old days of dialing sysadmins' home phones to scrape their voice, then using recordings to authenticate so you can hack the Gibson.

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

Sowelu Re:I share the opinion of a Wikipedia IP editor (349 comments)

With all the Java examples in there--I'm starting to wonder if Java, for some weird reason, doesn't do that. Don't ask me how. Maybe it has a lookup table in the JDK (fixable), maybe it calls a Windows SDK function that most people know better than to do. Either way I feel inclined to blame Java...which is always cathartic.

about three weeks ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

Sowelu Re:Funny, however.. (171 comments)

Do the curious a favor and post what you find, whichever side it comes down on?

about three weeks ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

Sowelu Fuck beta (135 comments)

I dunno...I still live on classic, and I don't expect to leave, but popping into beta for a second it's starting to seem pretty usable. It's not without issues (why do I even have a moderate button if I don't have mod points), but I can do what I came here for.

about three weeks ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

Sowelu Re:WTFBBQ (217 comments)

"Shut. Down. EVERYTHING." Especially as regards transit hubs.

about three weeks ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Sowelu Re:Book Bans (410 comments)

Sounds completely reasonable and agreeable for the most part, but afraid I have to take a big issue with "public libraries should put books with adult content in a special section". There's several big dangers there. First, it wrecks the decimal system...books aren't going to be where they are supposed to be, and if a reader doesn't expect a book to be in a special different section, they can easily assume it's just not present. It's a very very soft kind of censorship, but it still a problem--given that you need some kind of morality czars, either on a state or individual-library section, deciding what goes on the normal shelves and what goes in "adult". Plus, look at other threads here, especially ones about the hazards of a writer having their book classified as sci-fi. If a book gets nudged into the "adult" section because it barely goes over the line, there's a major association there.

Explicit content? Guarded euphemisms and fades-to-black? Drug use? Major blasphemy presented as nonfiction? When I was younger and ran into "adult content" I wasn't interested in, in a book I wanted to read, I just rolled my eyes and skipped a page. Hiding a book away in the "parental supervision only" section seems like overkill for most of that. Or do you think some parents are going to let their kids off without a beating if they find out a relatively innocuous book came from the adult section?

Librarians are the last people who want to tell people what they should and shouldn't read, and public employees are the last people who should be allowed to.

about 1 month ago
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My resting heart rate:

Sowelu Re:68 here (169 comments)

I'm in the same boat as OP, hell, I let myself go even longer. Persistent foot injuries didn't help, but they're finally to the point where I can walk again without pain. I'm picking back up, fixing my diet, primarily by stuffing myself with vegetables instead of junk food. I'll work on portion control once my sodium's not at medically critical levels. Cutting out soda and reducing caffeine hasn't hurt either. Stopping junk food entirely dropped me ten pounds in the first week; it's a hell of a lot slower after that, but it was a big wakeup call about the state I was keeping my body in.

I want to be in much healthier shape, I never plan to be an athlete but at least I want to keep up with my future kids. But, I gotta say...just from your response, it makes me question going as far as you have. I can be 180 and happy. (Long way to go to get there.) Don't take this the wrong way, but you sound like your diet and workout regimen is absolutely wrecking your life. Always exhausted? Weak with hunger? If I was in your state it sounds like I'd be unable to focus and borderline intolerable to be around.

Are you like this because you're still pushing the weight loss hard, and you'll go back to a more normal, adapted pattern once you're done? Or is this the kind of mood you expect to be in for the rest of your life? Gaining five or even ten years but living like that does not seem worth it.

about a month ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Sowelu Re:Don't care about multiplayer (292 comments)

Even back in the Atari days, most of the real fun I had was multiplayer. Air/Sea Combat, MULE, etc. Of course back then you also had kids swearing at you, but it's more fun when they're sitting a few feet away.

about a month ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

Sowelu Re:You have a broken sense of responsibility. (184 comments)

"It's absurd that you talk about "responsibility", but then hold responsible everybody but the person who actually was irresponsible."

I'm not sure you read my post very well. "Shares some responsibility" is not the same as "holds all responsibility", and that's a terrible analogy. It's closer to interrupting the signal of a model plane, and those are entirely legal and socially acceptable. A pilot generally shouldn't fly it somewhere dangerous, but if you kill that signal, you are making a flying object a lot more unpredictable than if it was under user control.

Besides, beyond the danger, there's just the property damage aspect if it gets lost or goes down in trees or a lake. Is it okay to run down the beach cutting peoples' kite strings, just because hey, they can snap by themselves in a heavy wind?

about a month and a half ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

Sowelu Re:Great, crash the drone into things. (184 comments)

The summary and article say it has a mode that can knock anything off any network. I'm not really sure how that works technically--maybe deauth packets like these always operate outside typical wifi encryption? The implication is that you don't even need to have the access code to a wireless network yourself, to kick someone off of it.

about a month and a half ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

Sowelu Great, crash the drone into things. (184 comments)

So a guy goes out in a field with a recreational drone, connected to his laptop by his very own wifi. Someone else decides they doesn't like drones, and punts the drone off the network (and effectively keeps it from reconnecting). It's now no longer under manual control.

Yes a drone should have enough automatic control to keep it from cratering when that happens, but you never know. If the drone falls out of the sky and brains some little kid, or keeps going in a straight line and crashes into a building, whoever severed that manual control is going to share some responsibility (at least moral responsibility).

about a month and a half ago
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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

Sowelu Re:simcity 4 is best simcity (103 comments)

Really? I had a lot of trouble taking the "mood" of SimCity 3 seriously, and the difficulty was ridiculously low. For those main reasons I enjoyed it the least of the series (haven't played 5...)

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Sowelu Re:Party Games (382 comments)

For anyone looking for nice dance pads instead of full machines... Since Cobalt Flux ones are hard to find now, Precision Dance Pads seems to be the current best-in-class. (Spent many hours researching, might as well share results.)

about 2 months ago

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