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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

YrWrstNtmr My 20 year old pickup truck (615 comments)

Only using it, because my 13 year old pickup truck got totaled last year. By some idiot on one o' them newfangled phone-text thingies.

3 days ago

$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

YrWrstNtmr Re:33 Bucks?!? (83 comments)

Well...the original comment seemed to be based on " does make and receive phone calls". So yeah, it does.

5 days ago

$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

YrWrstNtmr Re:33 Bucks?!? (83 comments)

You do know that you can trot on down to WorstBuy and get a $40 LG tracfone. And yes, it does actually make phone calls. And text. And all that other crap.
Is it limited as compared to your $300 smartphone? Sure. But its only $40.

5 days ago

Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

YrWrstNtmr east coast hurricanes (191 comments)

Bottom 1/2 of the garage fridge is frozen water.
Always plenty of foodstuffs around
Propane and charcoal grills to cook on
In the event of actually having to bug out, one of the laptops and the main USB secondary drive that normally lives attached to the house HTPC/server. In addition to a few things in cloud storage.

Anything else...home owners insurance.

about two weeks ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

YrWrstNtmr Re:LOL (421 comments)

Well gee, Sparky. Why don't you tell us what pseudoenlighted country you live in. So that we may delve into some random idiotic episode that happens in your hinterland and make fun of it.

Everywhere has some stupid crap going on.

about two weeks ago

When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

YrWrstNtmr Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (257 comments)

That "15 pages" is very misleading. I don't think RackSpace Hosting (#12) and a cellphone case store (#16) count as "ISP's"

about two weeks ago

$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

YrWrstNtmr Re:The three made some mistakes (231 comments)

And in June 2012, it was constitutional in NYC. I agree with you....that is a completely wrong concept. But wrong or right, it was the law of the land.

As far as the Black/not Black may think it is deeply offensive/racist. Others may look at it as getting shot or not getting shot.

about two weeks ago

Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

YrWrstNtmr Re:We already solved this one! (442 comments)

EG: a solar panel installation could dump unused power to a heating element or something.

That is "storage"...what the article supposes we can do away with.

about two weeks ago

Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

YrWrstNtmr Re:No More Limited Upload Globally (234 comments)

No monthly bandwidth limit on FiOS, up or down. It has been that way for years.

about a month and a half ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

YrWrstNtmr Re:Yes (381 comments)

I can easily imagine all the things you mention, and more.

But do I want/need to do them? No
So no, I don't want a 'smart watch'. My life is not diminished by not having one.

about 1 month ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

YrWrstNtmr Re:The main problem with all elec (247 comments)

Where I live (mid Atlantic) leaving the car(s) outside is very, very common. So common that many people convert the actual garage into actual living space. Removing the garage door and walling it off. Adding insulation and flooring. Man cave, or workshop/toolroom.

about 2 months ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

YrWrstNtmr Re:The main problem with all elec (247 comments)

When I bought this house, I had a minivan. Kids, etc. There was zero stuff in the single car garage, besides the water heater, washer, dryer. Which is where that stuff lives in this market.
Day 1, I opened the garage door, pulled the minivan in..."OK, this isn't going to work well"

lawnmower, bikes, tools....or the car. One or the other. The cars, being hardshelled devices, survive outside much better than all the other things.

about 2 months ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

YrWrstNtmr The main problem with all elec (247 comments)

The main problem with all electric cars, so far, is needing to have a personal garage to park it in to recharge. If I live in apartment, I can't charge it. If the garage of my single family home is otherwise taken up with 'stuff', I can't plug it in.

Eventually that issue will change. But for today, how can I buy an all electric if I have no where to plug it in?
Even if it were sold for $300, I still cannot plug it in!

about 2 months ago

The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

YrWrstNtmr Re:Rich? Ok. For the good of the society: Never. (228 comments)

The U.S. is becoming a country in which only the rich get what they want.

The U.S. is becoming a country in which only the government gets what they want.

And the difference is.....?

about 2 months ago

Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

YrWrstNtmr Re:Uh... Yeah? (242 comments)

I have never heard of other countries that put bugs in UN offices of other countries etc


about 2 months ago

Facial Recognition Might Be Coming To Your Car

YrWrstNtmr Re:What Security? (131 comments)

Is ti really that hard to just use bluetooth prox and pairing.

Yes it is. That requires owning a bluetooth enabled phone or other device, having it with you, and having it on. Operating my car should not require my phone as well.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

YrWrstNtmr What would it take? (427 comments)

You pay me $50/month, with the proviso I can leave it turned off 24/7.
And by 'off', I mean in a metal box so it can never phone home accidentally.

about 2 months ago

The Revolutionary American Weapons of War That Never Happened

YrWrstNtmr Re:Helicopters (133 comments)

Helicopters operate from the treetops down. Fixed wing operates from the treetops up.

about 2 months ago

SpaceX Delays Falcon 9 Launch To Tuesday

YrWrstNtmr This is news why? (43 comments)

Launches get delayed all the time, especially for weather.

about 2 months ago


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