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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

almitydave Re:No (388 comments)

You must be some paid shill, because that wasn't even REMOTELY the point of the GP post. The point is that the existing cost of the Tesla Model S already hits Anderman's price range, so the Model 3, being smaller and another three years out from now to improve battery manufacturing costs, should easily sell for a lower price point. But you wouldn't understand because you need it explained in one-syllable words, written in crayon.

The new car: it's not as big, has less range, and its charge pack is made in bulk. How could it NOT cost less? (provide your own crayon)

2 days ago

Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android

almitydave Re:finally (77 comments)

UPDATE: It works now on my Galaxy Tab 4 8". Here's what I did:

-Uninstall the Amazon app I got from the Google Play app store.
-Install the Amazon app store by downloading the apk from using a web browser.
-Using the Amazon app store, install the Amazon app listed there and the Amazon Instant Video app.

Now, from the Amazon app, I can peruse the Prime Video selections, and watch free items.

A word of caution: after doing this, it enabled 1-click purchasing (it was previously disabled for my Amazon account), which I disabled, but forced on 1-click purchasing for digital items with no way to disable. Be careful what you click.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

almitydave Wrist-centric use cases (471 comments)

A successful smartwatch app would need to be one that was most usable in the same way you use a wristwatch - glancing at it occasionally, non-complicated UI interaction, etc.

Aside from the obvious fitness apps, there will be infinity variations on telling time - one that uses the number system from "Predator" would be neat - and calendar/agenda apps would be the most useful. If they support NFC, you could share schedules and contacts with a fist-bump and give new meaning to the phrase "synchronize your watches."

GPS navigation might be useful as a wrist-based app too, especially when on foot, bike, or when driving in jurisdictions that prohibit use of cell phones.

The key is they have to be apps that are better suited to a wristwatch form factor than a phone, although I'm sure there will be tons that aren't, just because devs will want to cash in on the latest new thing.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

almitydave Re: The Measure of Man (471 comments)

Also number of Twitter followers and Facebook friends.

about two weeks ago

Appeals Court Clears Yelp of Extortion Claims

almitydave Re:Don't try this in Europe (63 comments)

Check out the context for yourself. The quote is from Starship Troopers.

It's not that Heinlein doesn't understand or is deliberately obfuscating, he's simply using a perspective different from your own, IMHO. The way I interpret Heinlein here is that rhetoric and flowery prose doesn't *give* us freedom, and that freedom is something that needs to be fought for, to get, and to retain. Read (or re-read) the novel -- I think you might learn something.

I read it during my formative years, and it was influential in the shaping of my political views; but that was so long ago I couldn't tell you what it said or what I liked about it (the politics part - what's not to like about powered armor?). In the given context, it's not a different perspective from my own - it's what I was saying here and elsewhere: that simply recognizing rights doesn't secure them. Out of context, that quote sounds like Heinlein doesn't even believe in the concept of rights inherent to a person, or that it's irrelevant.

What the Declaration states, and what I believe as well, is that these rights are real and exist; whether respected, trodden upon, forgotten, or codified into law; and the moral corollary that everyone has a duty to respect the rights of others; disagreeing with the assertion that rights are arbitrary, not transcendental, and can be revoked by a society. Ultimately it's a philosophical question: what's a "right", how do we get them, and how do they relate to morality in the context of society?

about two weeks ago

Dell Demos 5K Display

almitydave Re: in the meantime : (204 comments)

Heh, some mod doesn't like the 2560x1440 options, apparently.

Sadly all (or almost all) 2560*1440 monitors are 27". That's too big for my tastes; I find I have to move my head (and my neck) to look around the screen, and that is NOT good.

24" would be MUCH better.

That's a good point - I was considering one of those when I got my 24", and the dpi on the 24 is about as high as I'd like for a desktop monitor (using standard scaling levels). I currently have two displays connected, both at home and work, so I'm used to having to move my head to look around. I consider 2560x1440 a single-monitor upgrade from two 19" 1280x1024 displays, and at 27" should be less head & neck movement than the dual-monitor setup, but for that dpi to be legible might require you to sit too close. You'd need 30+" to match the dpi of the dual-19 setup, and that might require too much vertical craning.

...which is where 29" 2560x1080 comes into play!

about two weeks ago

Dell Demos 5K Display

almitydave Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

when will we finally get hihger than 1920*1080 resolution monitors at a decent price ????

What do you consider a decent price? I got a 24" 1920x1200 IPS monitor (HP zr2440w) this year for $300 - it's fantastic. Newegg has several 2560x1440 screens for less than $400. 20 years ago a decent 17" CRT cost $1000. That's only 786 pixels/$. My current screen is almost 10 times that. 15, counting for inflation. And they're much better pixels.

If you're only looking at the sub-$200 budget monitor market, you're going to have to accept compromises.

(all prices USD)

about two weeks ago

Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

almitydave Re:Oh, Argentina (165 comments)

Huh. "Illiquid" has been a word for more than 300 years. The more you know!

about two weeks ago

Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

almitydave Re:IRS Planning the same (165 comments)

Well, I work at Morningstar, and I haven't heard anyone talk about the risk of government seizing retirement accounts, so GP is wrong.

(I'm going for the ultimate logical fallacy hat trick here: appeal to authority of the anecdotal strawman).

about two weeks ago

Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

almitydave Re:IRS Planning the same (165 comments)

Corporations with deep pockets can write it off as the "cost of doing business", but an unstable individual who was depending on that money being available later to survive may not take it in stride.

about two weeks ago

Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

almitydave Re:I wish there was a way to disable images onTwit (81 comments)

There should really be a tag in HTML5. Is it too late to propose it?

<meme img="troll" caption="u mad bro?"/>
<meme img="therocksurprised" caption="twitpic isn't owned by twitter??"/>

about two weeks ago

Appeals Court Clears Yelp of Extortion Claims

almitydave Re:Don't try this in Europe (63 comments)

The legal philosophy in the USA is laid out in the Declaration of Independence: all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with inalienable human rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Ah yes, [life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness]... Life? What 'right' to life has a man who is drowning in the Pacific? The ocean will not hearken to his cries. What 'right' to life has a man who must die to save his children? If he chooses to save his own life, does he do so as a matter of 'right'? If two men are starving and cannibalism is the only alternative to death, which man's right is 'unalienable'? And is it 'right'? As to liberty, the heroes who signed the great document pledged themselves to buy liberty with their lives. Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost. The third 'right'?—the 'pursuit of happiness'? It is indeed unalienable but it is not a right; it is simply a universal condition which tyrants cannot take away nor patriots restore. Cast me into a dungeon, burn me at the stake, crown me king of kings, I can 'pursue happiness' as long as my brain lives—but neither gods nor saints, wise men nor subtle drugs, can ensure that I will catch it."

--Robert A. Heinlein

I love Robert Heinlein, but that quote makes it look like he either doesn't understand the concept of human rights, or he's deliberately obfuscating the topic. I'll have to assume the latter.

about two weeks ago

The Quiet Revolution of Formula E Electric Car Racing

almitydave Actually... (116 comments)

Although the current regulations allow Formula 1 engines to rev up to 15,000 RPM, they don't because that would exceed the maximum fuel flow requirements. I believe the practical limit is around 11,000. F1 introduced a new hybrid powertrain this year that ironically has caused some uproar because it's perceived as too quiet, compared to the screaming V8s and V10s that ran at 18-19,000 RPM. Audi's diesel LMP cars are also quiet compared to other ICE race cars - you don't need earplugs around them - but they're not silent.

I'd love to check out a Formula E race if I have a chance, and I hope the series does well. I think there's the potential for an all-electric racing series to contribute toward the technological development of powertrains in electric road-going cars, just as traditional gas-powered auto racing has with ICE road cars.

about two weeks ago

Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

almitydave Re:sensationalism, ahoy (237 comments)

"using the fabric of spacetime as your communications medium, it becomes rather quite difficult to prevent interception"

I've heard that if you use plaid for your space-time fabric that interception is much more difficult.

It's ludicrously more difficult.

about two weeks ago

Appeals Court Clears Yelp of Extortion Claims

almitydave Re:Don't try this in Europe (63 comments)

Rights are created by the government / the governed.

You could say (as I do) that morality transcends human institution, but the concept of a right as something transcendental makes no sense; rights are revoked by society in the case of a crime, so theyre clearly not absolute, and they dont really exist outside of a society (what meaning is a "right" to be free in the absence of a threat to that right?).

The legal philosophy in the USA is laid out in the Declaration of Independence: all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with inalienable human rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This isn't a statement about religious faith; rather that rights are inherent in the human person and not granted by any civil authority (it is a statement of belief, since you can't prove it). It's the duty of society to recognize the rights of all men and the job of government to protect them. Obviously they wouldn't matter much to one living in total isolation who never encounters another person, but that's not really a common scenario.

The downside to this model is that it doesn't create an easy way to resolve what is or is not a right, which has been the cause of much strife since the founding. Like Sentrion says, anyone can claim a right, but you have to fight for recognition. And not all claims are necessarily valid.

In practical terms, the government effectively grants rights, since we've conceptually moved from the attitude "the Constitution doesn't say the government can do that" to "the Constitution doesn't say you can do that", thus effectively limiting our freedoms to those spelled out in the Bill of Rights.

As for criminals, we curtail their freedom because they've violated the social contract by not respecting the rights of others or as a form of group self-defense, but we do still acknowledge that they have rights. For example, prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment are based on the concept of their right to justice.

about two weeks ago

Appeals Court Clears Yelp of Extortion Claims

almitydave Re:Don't try this in Europe (63 comments)

Sure they can. What is murder but an infringement of one's right to life by a private individual?

about two weeks ago

First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

almitydave Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

My point is that the constitution isn't some magic document, it's just a piece of paper that has no power beyond what one enforces.
Unless you are willing to go up against the government and enforce the constitution with violence if necessary the constitution is irrelevant since the government can do as it pleases.
If you are willing to take up arms against the government and have the resources to succeed then the constitution is still irrelevant since you then can enforce whatever rules you seem fit, constitutional or not.

So yes, it might be unconstitutional, but that doesn't mean anything, it's just a word.

Nothing has meaning until we give it meaning. Our entire society is just a bunch of agreements and customs. There is no God that will enforce the Constitution from on high. But the Constitution is understood to express our values as a society. It is an attempt to lay the groundwork for a stable, just and equitable civilization.

So yeah, unconstitutional is just a word. But it has meaning. That's actually inherent to words; they have meaning. It means that something is contrary to our values. But it also has the power of law. So saying that unconstitutional is just a word and has no meaning is to invalidate the concept of law. Of course it only has as much power as we enforce. Congratulations, you just described every law in the world.

GP is misunderstood, and is mostly correct. He's not saying the Constitution is meaningless; he's saying it can't in and of itself restrict the power of government. TFS lays it out: unconstitutional surveillance has been approved by all branches of government. So was slavery. Condemning a government action as "unconstitutional" doesn't have any direct effect unless someone enforces it. The one method of enforcement he doesn't cover is the ballot box. If the voters of the country cared about the government being restricted by the Constitution, we could choose representatives that made that a priority.

about two weeks ago

Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

almitydave Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

Yeah, I did too :)

Slashdot cracks me up
"Beware the surveillance state!"
"Give all cops cameras!"

As for the poll topic, I voted "It's not needed" because it was the closest to "It's not always needed all the time". Specifically, it's generally only needed when officers are interacting with the public (which is a lot of the time, but not 100%). Supposedly the Ferguson police chief had ordered body cameras, but they hadn't been deployed yet (that article cites unnamed sources, so the info is questionable).

But there are many times when cameras can help, both in protecting citizens from abuse, and protecting cops from false claims of abuse, and this is more important in some areas than others.

about three weeks ago


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