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Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

TWX Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (229 comments)

I really don't think that'll help, mainly because those that are already intoxicated are already not of sound-mind and are not thinking about penalties. Adding penalties isn't going to solve the problem.

Unfortunately the only thing that I can think of that might make a dent would be to penalize establishments that serve patrons until they're legally drunk (as there are a lot of places with laws that should make establishments cut-off those that are drunk from continuing to be served) but given that drunks continuing to buy more drinks is what keeps the drinking establishments open, I don't think such penalties will ever be enacted.

Remember, it's those 10-20% of consumers of a product that consume it to excess that make the product profitable. Casual drinkers aren't where the profit is, binge or excessive drinkers are.

12 hours ago
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Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

TWX News for Nerds? (229 comments)

I'm curious as to how this is a nerd-news subject. Ignition Interlock devices are nothing new or novel, and if anything, the only nerd stuff would be talking about how to bypass or otherwise fake results, which isn't a direction that I want to head in either.

12 hours ago
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Prosecutors Raid LG Offices Over Alleged Vandalism of Samsung Dishwashers

TWX Re:I doubt it. (79 comments)

That's because, up until a few years ago, nearly all US-distributed appliances came out of a manufacturing plant in Evansville, Indiana, owned by the Whirlpool Corporation. Didn't matter if it was badged as Amana, Kenmore, Whirlpool, or any of a whole host of brands, they were all effectively the same machines.

Whirlpool screwed up. That screwup allowed other manufacturers to get a more of a foothold here, ones that could leverage previous badge-engineering and then transition to other sources for the products. It's similar to how GM and Isuzu screwed up and licensed the Isuzu Rodeo (MU) to Honda as the Passport, so Honda could get a jump on the SUV/CUV craze and establish themselves earlier than they would have been able to without having it in the first place.

yesterday
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Prosecutors Raid LG Offices Over Alleged Vandalism of Samsung Dishwashers

TWX Re:This means war! (79 comments)

No, they don't.

I'll leave the interpretation this statement of perception of quality of this particular vacuum as an exercise to the reader.

yesterday
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Startups: the Crazy Ones, the Misfits, the Rebels ... the Dumb Ones

TWX If you're going to name your new software slack... (34 comments)

...you're going to have a bad time.

People have been referring to Slackware as "slack" since it debuted. There should be plenty of prior art to prevent a trademark.

3 days ago
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The Magic of Pallets

TWX Re:Like many inventions ... (248 comments)

The logistics industry is quickly moving away from pallets for everything but long term storage.

Really?

Last I saw, they're moving to flatter, sturdier, permanent-use molded plastic pallets that have integrated RFID and compartments for things like GPS and batteries, that are meant to be used for many years. Sure, pallets take some vertical space, but the amount of space taken is small compared to the ability for one person to move close to two tons of cargo single-handedly across smooth floors with no more than a jack.

about a week ago
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Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

TWX Re:Not seeing the issue here (205 comments)

Yup. Even a good lawyer cannot necessarily undo the damage that a criminal defendant has caused for themselves by speaking. The accused is not usually legally required to do any more than to identify themselves, and then only in states that have laws on the books requiring that.

Any 'deal', any promise to provide either immunity or a plea or for the court to recognize cooperation on the part of the defendant, needs to be made between the prosecution and the defense attorneys with the involvement of the court. After all, the police aren't the ones prosecuting the defendant in court.

about a week ago
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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

TWX Re:people still watch that crap? (106 comments)

Heh. After Robert Jordan stopped writing Wheel of Time main-line novels to work on prequels before dying, I'm inclined to wait until whole series are finished or the authors are dead before I read their work. Makes it a lot easier to avoid disappointment like that again.

about a week ago
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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

TWX Re:You forgot something... (272 comments)

Wasn't that the bigger issue actually? FOX/Newscorp trying to push a whole slew of their channels on DISH for fairly high rates, and using FOX News as the leverage, when those other channels aren't popular and aren't worth the money that was being demanded of them?

Personal opinion on the merit of FOX News aside, I can see where it has fiscal value as it's turned on and left on all over the goddamn place. Lobbies, break rooms, waiting rooms, all seem to have left CNN for FOX News and it's rare to find other stations on these days. But, it sounds like it's FOX News that's worth something, not the other, lesser channels, and even then, FOX News' value might itself be overinflated if it's serving as background noise more than actually being watched by the people in those lobbies, break rooms, and waiting rooms.

We don't have any subscription TV because we didn't want to pay for channels that we don't watch. This licensing model that is being pushed on DISH in turn forces DISH to push on to consumers, as if DISH has to pay for twenty channels to get one or two that people want to watch, they must charge for those twenty channels and push them to consumers, even if no one watches them.

I didn't expect to hear myself say this, but good on DISH for standing up to FOX/Newscorp for now.

about a week ago
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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

TWX Re:The bane of fan made series - the acting (106 comments)

Heh. Larry Nemecek was apparently hung over during the one he was in; don't know if that helped his portrayal of McCoy or hurt it...

about a week ago
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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

TWX Re:people still watch that crap? (106 comments)

You seem to know an awful lot about a series that you seem so dislike so much.

I can certainly criticize and critique episodes and movies, but obviously I liked/like Star Trek and won't slam it as-a-whole. Admittedly I didn't watch Enterprise beyond the pilot, nor did I see Nemesis or the second JJ Abrams movie.

I've seen a faux-documentary related to Prelude to Axanar that was pretty good. They got a lot of experienced actors to participate, and their costuming and sets were decent, and the writing seemed pretty good too. Certainly good enough to be better than the worst TOS and TNG episodes, probably ranking up in about the middle of the pack. Certainly not Measure of a Man, but not Shades of Gray either.

about a week ago
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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

TWX Re:Turf (141 comments)

I think that your friend is, at best, misinformed. At worst he's lying.

There has been discussion through the years of this sort of thing being possible in the future, but it has not yet happened. Cars simply require too much service for there to be the option of not opening for service-configuration.

about a week ago
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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

TWX Re:3 minutes is slow? (133 comments)

Yes, but if the underside of the car needs to be accessed to make a battery swapout easy, then being able to drive over the swap pit, so the tech underneath can do the job, then drive out and continue on one's trip will be similar to fueling up, or possibly even faster.

about a week ago
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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

TWX Re:3 minutes is slow? (133 comments)

Gas stations used to have service bays with oil change pits. Places like Jiffy Lube still operate that way. I can see those pits being repurposed for this function too, since easy access to the underside of the car and a drive-through bay may really help to keep the time down.

about a week ago
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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

TWX Re:3 minutes is slow? (133 comments)

Well, it used to be common for gas stations to also have vehicle service bays for back when cars were a lot more finicky and in need of regular tuning, and part of that was the oil-change pit. Maybe those remaining stations with that setup will find that it's a good market to do electric car battery swaps with the old pits.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

TWX Re:What can I do with a smart watch? (230 comments)

No, it's a place where tech people with realistic views of what tech can do and bring want to see the proof that it's worth their while.

I'm still waiting for the killer-app for a smartwatch. I want it to be a central hub of sorts for my personal electronics that anything and everything essentially tethers through, be it over bluetooth or some 802.11 variant, so that everything can have network connectivity. The watch itself shouldn't actually do much- make phone calls as a speakerphone or through a bluetooth headset, provide very rudimentary mapping and navigation, notify of text messages and maybe read text messages and e-mail via text-to-speech, and show task lists and calendar and stopwatch timer events.

Everything else, like having a nice handset for phone calls, or a really good dialer that can do advanced contact list editing, or web browsing, or any other enhanced feature should work on the tablet or other personal device on one's person.

about two weeks ago
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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

TWX Re:Turf (141 comments)

If a car has no drain plug for a fluid service that has to be performed several times a year, or can't handle a simple battery replacement without squawking, then the manufacturer is doing something wrong. Either their engineering is terrible or they're assholes.

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Compromise ICANN, Access Zone File Data System

TWX Re:Some people better be out of a job... (110 comments)

And replace it with what, exactly?

Seriously, how do you intend to manage all of the addressing, both the IP level and the human-readable level, without some form of central authority?

about two weeks ago
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At 40, a person is ...

TWX Re:It's my birthday today! (285 comments)

Happy Birthday to you!

And Happy Birthday to nineteen million other people!

about two weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: What would you actually want in a smart watch?

TWX TWX writes  |  about 3 months ago

TWX (665546) writes "With the hype in recent Smart Watch offerings lately, no one seems to be truly happy with what's available or the capabilities in various devices. I personally want one that acts a a central hub for 3G/4G/LTE connectivity for any other kind of device that I want to use, but manufacturers now seem to be stressing more functionality on the watch itself as opposed to a modular approach. So, what do you want in a smart watch and other wearable, personal computing?"
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Poll: Magnets near my electronics?

TWX TWX writes  |  about 4 months ago

TWX (665546) writes "Poll Options:
Get that thing away from me!
I know in my head it's fine, but no.
Eh, whatever.
Pretty magnets stuck to my case.
Tablet magnetized to my case!"
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The sorry state of FOSS documentation

TWX TWX writes  |  about 5 months ago

TWX (665546) writes "I've been out of computers as a serious home-hobby for many years and in returning I'm aghast at the state of documentation for Open Source projects. The software itself has changed significantly in the last decade, but the documentation has failed to keep pace; most of what I'm finding applies to versions long since passed or were the exact same documents from when I dropped-out of hobbyist computing years ago. Take Lightdm on Ubuntu 14.04 for example- its entire configuration file structure has been revamped, but none of the documentation for more specialized or advanced uses of Lightdm in previous versions of Ubuntu has been updated for this latest release. It's actually harder now to configure some features than it was a decade ago.

TLDP is close to a decade out-of-date, fragmentation between distributions has grown to the point that answers from one distro won't readily apply to another, and web forums for even specific projects are full of questions without answers, or those that head off into completely unrelated discussion, or with snarky, "it's in the documentation, stupid!" responses. Where do you go for your FOSS documentation and self-help?"
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Resources for a new Infrastructure Specialist

TWX TWX writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TWX (665546) writes "I've just graduated at my employer from desktop support to network infrastructure support, dealing with everything from smashed telecom receptacles to switch failures and single-mode fiber between campuses. They're interested in purchasing equipment for the job beyond the punch tool, sheetrock saw, and 10/100 Fluke Nettool that we already have. I'm looking for suggestions for tools and equipment, specifically to test gigabit copper and both single and multimode fiber. Anything else special that you think would be useful for an infrastructure technician in an organization with upwards of a hundred sites with hundreds of telecom rooms, a hundred-thousand copper horizontal runs, and miles of fiber would be much appreciated."
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Would you buy a color E ink ebook reader?

TWX TWX writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TWX (665546) writes "Yes!
Maybe, depending on how it looks.
No, I prefer my ebooks LCDish
No, I prefer dead-tree editions
I'm stuck with monochrome, you insensitive clod!"
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Inexpensive wifi/radius for home hobbyists?

TWX TWX writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TWX (665546) writes "I'm looking to get some hands-on experience with Radius and commercial-style Wifi. I'll also soon have an environment where three or four APs will be necessary to cover everywhere, so there's a practical side as well. The trouble is, all of the equipment that I can find is prohibitively expensive, and while I expect to spend something on APs and cabling, I really would like to avoid paying for expensive commercial APs if I can avoid it. I'm looking for consumer-priced solutions, if any exist, and documentation. I know that several consumer APs are marketed as friendly to hobbyists who wish to modify them, so I'm hoping that some project for those APs to make them work with Radius is available..."

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