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$200 For a Bound Textbook That You Can't Keep?

The FNP Re:What if you want to keep it? (252 comments)

They say that you can mark it, highlight it, etc. But unless someone is going to put bookmarks, post-its, and highlighting in the electronic text in EXACTLY the same spots as you, the electronic version is not as good of a reference item as the text that you used to learn the material in the manner that works best for you.

--The FNP

about 7 months ago
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Tesla Used A Third of All Electric-Car Batteries Last Year

The FNP Re:The only question left? (236 comments)

Right now, the ONLY thing that is preventing me from getting a Tesla is that I have to travel longer than 500 miles a few times a year, and renting a car for a week, three times a year is too expensive an option

OK, so the serious answer is that in a decade, when someone wants to get rid of their Tesla and get the latest model, you will look at it, and decide that since you still have to occasionally rent a car a couple times a year, that you will have to spend more than $1000 per year on it and so therefore you are not interested.

I understand wanting to save money on the car, but that still doesn't bring a $90k vehicle down into the $1k per year range. On the other hand, for the last several years, I have deducted over $10k per year in vehicle expenses, while driving vehicles that cost me less than $6k (and last for several years). My point is that the gas savings should be a much bigger piece of the pie than the measly $1k per year of a rental. When I spend way more in gas, than I do for the vehicle, anything to reduce that becomes a possibility.

Once the Teslas enter the used market, I'm going to be seriously looking at them, but by then, I'll also be VERY concerned with how much life the battery packs have left.

--The FNP

about 9 months ago
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Your Phone Number Is Going To Get a Reputation Score

The FNP Re:So... (136 comments)

On Slashdot, it's called Karma.

--The FNP

1 year,11 days
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Arizona Approves Grid-Connection Fees For Solar Rooftops

The FNP Re:Sums it up (363 comments)

If they have 6000 solar panel connections at $5 per month: 10 1/3 years to repay $3.7 M. (Or with 60,000 solar connections, just over 1 year.) Since the utilities have to look decades into the future in order to make sure they can be profitable then too, its a small price to pay.

Plus, who's to say it stays at $5/mo.

--The FNP

1 year,11 days
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Apple Launches iPhone Trade-In Program

The FNP Fanbois are waiting with antici ----- pation! (116 comments)

It's not so much that this is a slow news days, but that with the new iPhone announcement in less than two weeks, the Mac Fanbois (and Fangirls) are waiting to see how much they are going to have to spend on the new latest greatest iDevice (now with cheese grating apps). This announcement means that they can save 200 - 300 out of the thousand they could spend on the new device, new cases, new screen protectors, all the other new accessories, carrier ETF, new apps, etc.

--The FNP

about a year ago
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FCC Reserves the Right To Search Your Home, Any Time

The FNP Re:Knowing Government "Intelligence"... (589 comments)

Yeah, but I'm sure that for everything up until the trial, being a lawyer would provide several advantages, especially being one of the US's foremost lawyers in the field of "defense against unfair overreach by incredibly wealthy/powerful entity".

--The FNP

more than 5 years ago
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Slashdot Launches User Achievements

The FNP Re:Unexplained Achievement "The Maker"? (1582 comments)

yeah, what about those of us who
a) don't play WoW;
b) have a girlfriend;
c) don't live in our parents' basement;
d) take regular showers;
e) less than 40% of our body weight is excess Cheetos and Jolt;
f) can actually have "normal conversations" with non-techies.
g) et cetera . . . . .

Is this achievement system designed to make us revert to wearing pocket protectors?

--The FNP

more than 5 years ago
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Mythbusters Accidentally Bust Windows In Nearby Town

The FNP Re:And finally... (500 comments)

See the problem here is that you were doing this near Cincinnati OH. If you had been doing this at Burning Man, everyone for three miles would have come running, some of them already naked.

--The FNP

more than 5 years ago
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FSF Files Amicus Brief In RIAA Case

The FNP Re:NewYorkCountryLawyer (73 comments)

Because those of us who have been following along with the RIAA and MPAA and Pirate Bay and Microsoft and Psystar and the EFF and Apple and AT&T and Verizon and Comcast and every other technologically relevant entity who can hire a lawyer and a PR person has now given us a basic understanding of the way these cases work.

Ray may have already helped me skip the first year of law school, just because of the sheer volume of information he has provided to the /.ers who have been paying attention. If you're new here, read his blog archives and get an idea of what he's already contributed to the community.

--The FNP

P.S. I apologize for feeding the A.C., but I've got Karma to burn.

more than 5 years ago
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Kentucky Officials "Changed Votes At Voting Machines"

The FNP Re:Election Fraud (494 comments)

They could have been caught much sooner if the machines had been using a paper trail. My local machines print out each selection as it is made. Then if at the ballot review screen I change a vote, then it prints that on the paper trail. So if even 10% of the paper trails from a single precinct shows significant and consistent changes at the review screen, that's a huge red flag!

If the machine had a paper trail, the 2002 election could have been the only one that was affected. And the 2004 and 2006 elections would have been unaffected. As it is, it took over three election cycles to catch these guys, ***BECAUSE THERE WAS NO PAPER TRAIL***.

As for the question of how did they catch these guys, there are any number of methods, including, the wrong person talking; or an actually smart and observant voter who was waiting in line and noticed that they were given incorrect instructions and the poll workers seemed to be spending a lot of time in the booths after each voter; or a candidate being asked for bribe money; or a poll worker being approached to join the scam; etc, etc, etc, ad nauseam . . .

So the people who say that the voting machines will always reflect the will of the voter are idiots. I don't think that the machines need to be fully open source, but they need to be certifiably as secure as possible and part of that includes independent penetration testing and a paper trail ***AND PAPER TRAILS SHOULD BE REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW***

--The FNP

more than 5 years ago
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Kentucky Officials "Changed Votes At Voting Machines"

The FNP Re:Election Fraud (494 comments)

Right, because this wouldn't confuse the poor bastards in KY who couldn't even follow the directions on the screen after they pushed the "Vote" button that clearly told them that they had to push the "Cast Ballot" button too.

I'm fine with not having a receipt (except for my collection of "I voted" stickers) , but my polling place has ES&S machines with the additional paper trail module, and yes, I do check the paper trail after each selection.

--The FNP

more than 5 years ago
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Kentucky Officials "Changed Votes At Voting Machines"

The FNP Re:Election Fraud (494 comments)

Actually, it clearly says that WW and CW were the Democrat and Republican election officials for a certain precinct. Meaning that both Democrats and Republicans were in on it.

--The FNP

more than 5 years ago
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Rocket Hobbyists Prevail Over Feds In Court Case

The FNP Re:Build your own Quassam at home! (546 comments)

Go look at the Interwebs and see the Bomb Shelter BUS STOPS they have in areas bordering Gaza and the West Bank. It's not just the rockets, its the fact that Isralis are living in a land where when they hear the rocket warning alarms, they have mere seconds to be inside the nearest bomb shelter. These people are as trained in what to do when a rocket is incoming as members of the US Military and they have daily "drills".

more than 5 years ago
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Rocket Hobbyists Prevail Over Feds In Court Case

The FNP Re:Build your own Quassam at home! (546 comments)

Shouldn't you use putrescine or cadaverine to ensure proper levels of horror and distaste in the sheeple, I mean, human test subjects, when subsequently casting a mere gaze upon the logo of the defeated conglomerate?

Also, congratulations on assassinating SpongeBob in a manner practically guaranteed to get you arrested by not only your local cops, but the DHS, FBI, and probably also the BATF.

more than 5 years ago
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South Korea Joins the "Three Strikes" Ranks

The FNP Re:It's fairer than suing people left and right. (278 comments)

I hope that when Mom ventured and was greeted with "Look mum, I'm watching Lord of The Rings in ASCII art!", she could recognize that as the ultimate geek cry for help. I hope her next impulse would be to run to the phone and call the producers for Queer Eye for the FUCKING HOPELESS!

more than 5 years ago
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Google Buys Finnish Paper Mill

The FNP Re:Media has it Wrong (166 comments)

Yeah, I mean this is /., where you get modded up for not reading TFA!

--The FNP

more than 5 years ago
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Italian Red Lights Rigged With Short Yellow Light

The FNP Re:Technically it shouldn't... (353 comments)

Ok, but how about we try a real-life scenario. More than one car in a lane. If the driver in front knows that the yellow is shortened, and he covers the brake while approaching the intersection in order to stop if it turns. And it does. And the driver behind him isn't prepared for this, because the light was GREEN.

I don't know about where you live, but here I know the timing of all the lights I use reguarly. I could see the above situation happening to me one day if they fscked up the current timing system.

more than 5 years ago

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