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

asylumx Re:the usual question is, who will buy it? (386 comments)

I want to agree with you so badly but this line is unforgivable:

You wrecked the economy, crushed the housing market, and saddled me with student loans that can never be forgiven and that will garnish my wages even after death.

I don't know who you think "you" is but when I'm reading it, it's me, and I resent that you would try to blame me for these and one of them, I resent that you'd try to blame anyone other than yourself. It's unfortunate you took that approach because the rest of your post was fairly reasonable.

2 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

asylumx Album sales numbers? (609 comments)

Doesn't this artificially inflate album sales for U2? I mean, it sounds like iTunes has record of millions of customers "purchasing" their new album. Sure, it was $0 but the charts don't ever talk about how much the average price for an album is.

5 days ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

asylumx Re:The wrong problem (263 comments)

Um... The summary talks about fitting this on people out of jail on parole. Those (generally) aren't cops. The idea of putting it on cops themselves is an afterthought in the summary.

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

asylumx Re:Lacking data (486 comments)

Yes, but it could have a large effect considering the small number of vehicles that need to be affected, which might make it more reasonable.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

asylumx Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

I agree with you, but that doesn't mean I think they shouldn't make & market them. Who knows, maybe this will turn into something I find useful in a few years. As for now, this is overpriced for its capabilities and I don't like the extreme level of vendor lock-in we're seeing here -- but other people won't mind those factors and they are welcome to be the guinea pigs!

about two weeks ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

asylumx Re:Independant Press in America (188 comments)

That may matter to the 5 people who watch MSNBC...

about two weeks ago
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Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

asylumx Re: No deaths? (174 comments)

I want to agree with you so badly because the GP is an obvious troll... but... Don't have to wait to do what until your kid is dead? There's no vaccine. Are you suggesting everyone should take their kids for asthma therapy right away?

And THAT is why it's news. Because it's a surprise and we are caught unprepared for it.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

asylumx Re:+ operator for string concat? (729 comments)

"1" + 1 in Java or C# will give you 11 just like it does in Javascript. I don't understand why Javascript is getting blamed for this one.

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

asylumx Re:Outdated...? (359 comments)

How does that make it outdated?

about two weeks ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

asylumx Higher Resolutions in Bigger Screens (204 comments)

This may not be practical, but I'm still glad to see companies driving bigger displays with higher resolutions. It wasn't that long ago that our cell phones had better resolutions than our 55" TVs. I can't wait to see where technology takes us next!

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

asylumx Outdated...? (359 comments)

"How the outdated hammer still holds a monopoly on garages" What makes it outdated? It does everything it needs to do without being bloated. Not everything has to have a touch screen and wi-fi, you know.

about two weeks ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

asylumx Re:Ineffective advertising (149 comments)

I *do* think the mac pro looks like a trash can, and I worry about things being set on top of it and causing worse heating problems. Just saying, the alienware doesn't have those problems but it is going to be hard to fit the alienware design in with most decor.

about two weeks ago
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E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

asylumx Re:It is much smaller than the iPads screens (116 comments)

Ya, I have to imagine they were talking about iPods and typoed the iPad --- I'm pretty sure there never was a 3.5" iPad, at least not on the market.

Also, agreed, this sounds like a very obvious slashvertisement for the specific phone they are referring to. Especially this part:

the $20 phone can do Acapela TTS, includes a 4GB memory card and works with cards of up to 32GB--easily enough for scads of pre-loaded books. Plus, the WiFi is great.

Either way, this is a terrible story.

about two weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

asylumx Re:My weight loss diet last January (588 comments)

I still did the same activity I always do, with no loss of strength

What activity do you always do?

about two weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

asylumx Re:A change in diet - from what? (588 comments)

I have completely stopped drinking sweet drinks (including fruit juices and artificially sweetened drinks).

Just want to point out, I think this is the big thing that everyone seems to miss. You can cut out soda all you want, but fruit juice can be just as bad for you and you should cut back on it, too. It is chock full of calories and sugars and sometimes acids -- Orange Juice has the same effect on your teeth as Coke, for example.

about two weeks ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

asylumx Re:Ineffective advertising (149 comments)

I'm anything BUT an Apple fan, but I think their new design for the Mac Pro is better looking and probably more functional from a shape perspective than this idea from Alienware. Glad to see manufacturers trying new things, but I hope they keep looking.

about three weeks ago
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Google Testing Drone Delivery System: 'Project Wing'

asylumx Google, though? (52 comments)

I don't understand how this fits in to Google's business model. Amazon, I understood -- but Google is an advertising firm. They don't sell tangible products that require delivery. Why do they care about how things are delivered when they don't deliver anything?

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

asylumx Re: Her work (1262 comments)

Thanks, I thought it was funny, too. Wasn't looking for up mods, but I think whoever modded down must be having a bad day.

about three weeks ago

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Italian Earthquake Scientists Convicted for Missed Prediction

asylumx asylumx writes  |  about 2 years ago

asylumx (881307) writes "Six seismologists and one public official in Italy have been convicted of manslaughter charges for failing to correctly predict a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in 2009 that killed at least 300 people. During a meeting a week before the quake, the scientists declared it was unlikely but not impossible for a major quake to occur, even though the area had been experiencing recent seismic activity. From the article: The Italian geophysics institute expressed "regret and concern" about the verdict in a statement Monday. It said the ruling "threatens to undermine one of the cornerstones of scientific research: that of freedom of investigation, of open and transparent discussion and sharing of results." Let's hope other countries don't follow suit!"
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US Supreme Court weighs on on Warrantless GPS Trac

asylumx asylumx writes  |  more than 2 years ago

asylumx (881307) writes "We've been following this story on Slashdot for a while now, well the US Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously that the police violated the Constitution when they placed a Global Positioning System tracking device on a suspect’s car and monitored its movements for 28 days. While the vote that the tracking was illegal is unanimous, there is some disagreement whether it simply constitutes a search (which should require a warrant under the 4th amendment) or if it was a breach of reasonable expectation of privacy. The latter seems to imply that GPS Tracking without a warrant is sometimes legal."
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US Eavesdropping Couples' Intimate Phone Calls

asylumx asylumx writes  |  more than 5 years ago

asylumx (881307) writes "Congress is looking into allegations that National Security Agency linguists have been eavesdropping on Americans abroad, including military officers in Iraq who called friends and family in the United States. One former linguist said military intercept operators would often share recordings of what he called "phone sex" and "pillow talk.""
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