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Plantronics Helps Make Remote Workers' Lives Easier (Video)

adavidw Re:Robin 'Roblimo' Miller (233 comments)

I have asked the people who run Slashdot these days to handle videos differently, and I am refusing to have my name anywhere near the more blatantly promotional ones.

From above:
"Posted by Roblimo on 07:26 PM April 4th, 2012 "

more than 2 years ago
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Plantronics Helps Make Remote Workers' Lives Easier (Video)

adavidw Re:FOADIAF (233 comments)

I'm not quite as low of an ID, but I'm right there with you. I'm out.

Goodbye, everyone. Last one out of here, shut off the lights.

more than 2 years ago
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The Kindle Skews Amazon's 2011 Best-Seller List

adavidw Re:Hardly a fair comparison (135 comments)

Well, on Linux you can use the Amazon Cloud Reader to read Kindle books right in the browser. For whatever reason, the Nook's browser isn't supported by Cloud Reader right now.

more than 2 years ago
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Users Want Matte LCDs While Glossy Screens Dominate

adavidw Re:Also see, Full HD resolution (666 comments)

Those are some f-ing huge monitors you're talking about. In comparison, my monitors look like they're in danger of being trod upon by a dwarf.

more than 3 years ago
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Military Pressuring Vendors On IPv6

adavidw Re:Well (406 comments)

Well, Steve Jobs spent at least a few years pitching macs while running NextStep on his personal ThinkPad (1998 to around the time of OS X release in 2001). Not quite the same, since NextStep in a way represented the future of the product. But still, there's no better to way to reinforce the perception that the current direction of the company is a dead end than for the CEO to not use the company's products.

more than 3 years ago
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Full-Body Scanners Deployed In Street-Roving Vans

adavidw Re:If it violates an amendment (312 comments)

I don't believe a constitutional amendment has ever been amended. But I am seriously considering going to law school to find out.

You don't need to go to law school, only high school. Crack open a history book (they still teach history in schools, right?), and read about Prohibition and its repeal (specifically the 18th and 21st amendments).

about 4 years ago
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EFF Assails YouTube For Removing "Downfall" Parodies

adavidw Re:Mirror of "Hitler Finds out his videos are remo (294 comments)

So, do you spell your name Sairam or Sariam (it's spelled both ways on your story's page). Doesn't matter, I guess. It'll be gone soon enough.

more than 4 years ago
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Toyotas Suddenly Accelerate; Owners Up In Arms

adavidw Re:Floor mat, really? (1146 comments)

Um, no it doesn't. I can't speak to the 2010, because that's a total redesign, but on the 2004-2009 tapping the power button at speed does absolutely nothing.

more than 4 years ago
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Toyotas Suddenly Accelerate; Owners Up In Arms

adavidw Re:PEBAAC (1146 comments)

I can't begin to tell what the GP post was trying to say. I will say this, however: Cars don't have emergency brakes these days. They have "parking brakes". Sure, you can try to use it in an emergency, but it's not for nothing that all references in the manuals and other documentation call it a "parking brake".

In the case of the 2004-2009 Prius, the pedal for the parking brake is hooked directly to a cable that goes straight to the rear drum brakes. That means it will work fine in an emergency, but remember, these are only the rears, and they're drums (except the touring edition). It still might work in many emergency situations, but I don't know if that's enough to stop a car that thinks you're flooring it.

more than 4 years ago
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Toyotas Suddenly Accelerate; Owners Up In Arms

adavidw Re:Not driver error? bzzt - wrong! (1146 comments)

The Prius is a hybrid. It can move with the electric motor without ever starting the gasoline one.

And yes, that could be done completely by the computer.

Problem is, it can't be done when the battery is physically disconnected from the electric motor. When you turn the Prius off, there's a big honkin' relay that actually cuts the supply from the traction battery to the motor. That relay doesn't get connected until the start button gets pressed with a valid key present, plus about a couple of dozen more checks. For a Prius that's actually shut off to start moving would require a cascade of failures to occur just to even get the battery reconnected to the motor. Then, once that happens, the ECU would have to shift itself out of park, which it's designed not to do unless the brake pedal is depressed. So, again, a couple of failures have to occur simultaneously for that to happen.

A much more likely scenario is that someone gets out of the car and forgets to turn the car off because the engine's already stopped. Not saying it's impossible for what the GP described to happen. It's just about a billion times more likely for the driver to screw it up. Occam's razor and all that.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Stop Businesses Storing SSNs Indefinitely?

adavidw Re:Broken by design. (505 comments)

I have actually seen this happen at least a dozen times. Basically, the insurance company's processing software sees the parent as the subscriber, then sees the patient as the dependent with birthdate xx/xx/xxxx, sees the second service for a dependent with the same birthdate, and immediately denies the second service. They never think to check the name or flag it for review or anything. If their software even checked the gender on the 2 patients, that would at least let the cases of male/female fraternal twins through.

more than 5 years ago
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Stephen Hawking Is "Very Ill" In Hospital

adavidw Re:RIP Stephen Hawking (413 comments)

No, this is Stephen Hawking we're talking about. You're thinking of Stephen King.

more than 5 years ago
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CFLs Causing Utility Woes

adavidw Re:Still... (859 comments)

There's radioactive americium in smoke detectors? Shit! Why didn't anyone tell me? Now I gotta figure out a way to get these things out of my house...

more than 5 years ago
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German Doctor Cures an HIV Patient With a Bone Marrow Transplant

adavidw Re:Quick answer (639 comments)

  You do yourself a disservice by approaching scientific topics with blinkers on.

My grandfather approaches most things with his blinkers on. He pretty much leaves those things on whenever he's driving.

Still, I can't figure out how that would impede his understanding of scientific topics.

more than 5 years ago

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University of Arkansas buys Second Life "Islan

adavidw adavidw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

adavidw writes "University of Arkansas bought an "island" in the virtual world game Second Life to use for "research and educational purposes". An Second Life "island" is a very large plot of in-game land dedicated for the exclusive use of it's owner, and hosted on a dedicated server at the game's creator, Linden Labs. U of A will be using their island as a combined effort of their Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Art departments to research various projects. Some projects proposed for the island include "using SL to recreate Ostia Antica, the ancient port city of Rome and mirroring a real healthcare facility in SL and instrumenting it with RFID and smart devices that communicate with each other"."
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Has allofmp3.com finally gone down for good?

adavidw adavidw writes  |  more than 7 years ago

adavidw writes "Allofmp3.com is down this weekend in both its English and Russian versions. Is this the end? The Moscow Times is reporting that it is. The site has been down for "maintenance" a few times before, each time leaving people to speculate that it was an actual shutdown. However, with legal options rapidly disappearing and virtually no payment options remaining perhaps this time really is the end for the beleaguered music site."

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