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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Telecommando Static (790 comments)

Radios and TVs don't put out static anymore, they all mute when tuned to a vacant spot on the dial.

Also, with all-digital tuners, no one hears the sweeping whistle of a heterodyne radio being tuned anymore. I remember that sound fondly as I tuned in distant shortwave stations on a tube Hammarlund receiver. Not that there's anything worth listening to on the shortwave bands anymore, either.

about three weeks ago

Dead Reckoning For Your Car Eliminates GPS Dead Zones

Telecommando My phone already does this. (151 comments)

A few months ago I left work to run some errands and stuck my Android phone in its car charging dock (which automatically activated my preferred nav program). Six or seven miles down the road I noticed the icon representing my car was different than normal and my location was about a half-block off my actual position. At the next stoplight I checked and discovered my GPS was turned off. My phone had reasonably calculated my position through several turns and stops using only the accelerometer (dead-reckoning). At the time I was impressed.

about a year ago

These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones

Telecommando Will Beta be delivered by drone? (136 comments)

I hope so, then the FAA can shut it down.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

Telecommando Re:Spoof the line as disconnected.. (497 comments)

I did this a few years ago when I had a similar problem with a collection agency that was looking for a former renter. I changed my answering machine message to the intercept tone sequence, followed by a scratchy message that sounded similar to the telco's automated message:

"We're sorry, your call cannot be answered at this time. Please check the number or contact the operator... (3 second delay) Or if you're a friend just leave a message at the beep." *BEEP*

My friends thought it was hilarious and the collectors usually hung up long before the part about leaving a message kicked in. It took a couple of months, but the calls finally stopped.

Now a friend of mine who was being harassed took a different track. He would answer the phone and listen politely to find out who they were looking for. Then he would start yelling at the collector, claiming he was owed a large sum of money from the same person. He would accuse them of being a friend of the debtor, demand they reveal where he was and threaten to sue them to get his money back. The calls stopped soon afterwards.

Your mileage may vary, etc. etc.

about a year ago

US Horse Registry Forced To Accept Cloned Horses

Telecommando Re:Obligatory (164 comments)

Hamburger filler, corn starch, mono-sodium glutimate, red dye # 7,...

Just read the label, dude.

about a year and a half ago

WWVB Celebrates 50 Years of Broadcasting Time

Telecommando Re:And (97 comments)

No, that's WWV on those frequencies.

about a year and a half ago

New Drugs Trail Many Old Ones In Effectiveness Against Disease

Telecommando No evidence, but... (230 comments)

Perhaps the older drugs were manufactured for maximum effectiveness and the newer ones for maximum profit.

about a year and a half ago

New drugs trail many old ones in effectiveness against disease

Telecommando No evidence, but... (2 comments)

Perhaps the older drugs were manufactured for maximum effectiveness and the newer ones for maximum profit.

about a year and a half ago

Head-mounted displays / sensors like Google Glass are:

Telecommando Myopic (321 comments)


about a year and a half ago

Sergey Brin Says Using a Smartphone Is 'Emasculating'

Telecommando Emasculating? Seriously? (325 comments)

If a smartphone is all it takes to emasculate you, well... let's just say it was hardly worth the effort.

about 2 years ago

Ron Paul Asks UN For Help Geting Control of RonPaul.com Domain From Fans

Telecommando Typical Libertarian (611 comments)

They're all for "free market" economics until it actually impacts them personally. Then suddenly they want government intervention and special treatment.

What a hypocrite.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Name Conflicts In Automatically Generated Email Addresses?

Telecommando No First Names (383 comments)

Eliminating an identifiable first name prevents random creeps stalking the female employees. (Yes, it can be a problem, both internally and externally.)

Our company eliminated first names and went with first initial, middle initial, last name with no separator: John C. Doe becomes jcdoe@domain.com.
For duplicates, the longest-term employee is assigned jcdoe, the next is jcdoe1... etc. Over 10,000 employees and only 7 conflicts that I know of and 3 of them are rcsmith. One is R.C. senior, one is R.C. junior and one is an unrelated woman.

The online company directory uses this policy as well: J. C. Doe - Director of purchasing, J.C. Doe 1 - Legal aide.

about 2 years ago

Slashdot Asks: What would you like to see at CES?

Telecommando Me (102 comments)

I would like to see ME at CES.

Ain't gonna happen.

about 2 years ago

Favorite unit of length?

Telecommando Obvious choice (8 comments)

The Potrzebie!

more than 2 years ago

FTC Whacks "Rachel From Card Holder Services"

Telecommando It's a start (289 comments)

But I'm disappointed they wouldn't implement my suggestion: to make all robo-calls add an option to their menu.

Here's how it would work:

"This is Rachel from Cardholder Services. There is no problem with your account.
Please press "1" to protect your account,
Press "2" to hear about our other exciting offers,
Press "9" to have 10,000 volts applied to the owner of this company's genitals."

9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 ...

I suppose they were right to reject my suggestion, though. The country couldn't afford to repeatedly replace all the "9" buttons on everyone's phones. /only half-joking

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

Telecommando Re:Yes (712 comments)

A Pentel 0.3mm mechanical pencil with an HB lead is my personal favorite writing instrument.
For pens, I buy either a Pentel Energel 0.5mm or a Pilot V5 series.

I bought a box of Japanese-made 0.3mm gel ink pens about 10 years back at an office supply store that was closing down but can't remember the brand name to save my life. When they ran out I never could find them again. They were some of the best I've ever used, but if you dropped one (even capped) you might as well throw it away. The tips (I think they were ceramic) were that fragile. Beautiful lines, though.

more than 2 years ago

Nestle's GPS Tracking Candy Campaign

Telecommando What you'll get (172 comments)

"the GPS-enabled bars looked just like normal chocolate bars"

So, broken in 3 or more pieces and melted on one end?

more than 2 years ago

Drinking Too Much? Blame Your Glass

Telecommando My personal favorite beer glass (115 comments)

has always been a schooner. But it's been years since I've seen a bar that has one. (I have 3 at home; 2 glass, 1 wood.)

Second favorite container is the liter mug, followed by the half-liter.

After that I really don't care. I'll drink out of a jelly jar if that's all you've got.

But never plastic. Lord no, never plastic.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Comes Clean, Admits To Doing Market Research

Telecommando Big surprise... (221 comments)

Rich people lie.

I hear rumors that water is wet, as well.

more than 2 years ago

What Is Your Beverage of Choice In the Morning?

Telecommando Hair of the dogs (209 comments)

I have multiple, shedding dogs in the house, so EVERYTHING I drink includes hair of the dog.

more than 2 years ago


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