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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

chmod a+x mojo Re:If I own the car (266 comments)

Wrong way. You are paying the hotel to stay there with a reasonable expectation of (semi)privacy. The Valet is not paying YOU to drive your vehicle, YOU are paying the valet ( both in tips and through their wages being rolled into purchase prices ) to drive your vehicle.

Playing devils advocate:
It's been argued here and elsewhere that employers are justified in recording employees using the employers equipment at work; the valet is just another subcontractor that you hire while he/she works for the hotel / restaurant / wherever you go. Since the valet is an employee you should be able to record them, especially seeing as there really shouldn't be a difference in recording voice versus recording text ( email / IM ) from a computer.

That said, it should be an interesting court case if it gets argued. It has the potential to affect OTR truck drivers as well since some companies record audio / video of them. Again, it will come down to employment definitions, since the employer of the truck drivers must disclose that the employee is being recorded. It may mean that even a small sign in a prominent location in / on the vehicle would be all that is needed, something like the "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear" signs on cars.

4 days ago

Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

chmod a+x mojo Re:Anonymous public peer review (167 comments)

I have a real problem with the concept of anonymous peer review without editorial oversight or not included in a due peer review process.

You mean it wasn't a good idea to basically make a 4chan for scientific paper review?

Who would have thought it, after all, 4chan turned out to be such an awesome, wholesome, and welcoming place... do I really need to add the huge sarcasm tag after that statement?

about a week ago

Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

chmod a+x mojo Re:Good. IndieGoGo should do it too (203 comments)

I haven't looked into it in quite a few years, but I believe the European roadways last ~2x as long as the American roadways but cost roughly the same to maintain over the same time period ( meaning it costs the same to repave the road twice with half the thickness as it does to pave once at 2x thickness... + maintenance over the same time periods). The main reason, at east used to be, that the European roadways where laid down in mats double the thickness of the American pavings.

So the only real advantage Euro-roads have is full deconstruction / reconstruction times are further apart, while having to do roughly the same minor repairs at maintenance times similar to American roadways. Basically cost wise it was a wash, with the American roadways having a lower initial cost layout to pave previously unpaved areas, a huge advantage when you think of the geographical areas needed to be paved per country.

Now of course things may have changed in the intervening time, but I doubt it. It was actually an interesting study to look at how similar the differences actually turned out to be in the end.

about a week ago

Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

chmod a+x mojo Mine looks like an ugly hack (286 comments)

My personal setup is a frankencenter. I have everything from an old Cyrix300Mhz to a P3 733Mhz HP Netserver to random P4 / Prescotts serving up a combined total of ~12TB + 6TB for desktop / laptop backups. Some of these "machines" are not even in a physical case...

The main trick for the power hungry crap is only keeping what you really need powered on at any time. Most of the old really power hungry stuff is deep cold storage and rarely powered on except to test data integrity. That way I only need to provide cooling ( in the summer at least ) to the P4 / Prescott machines that have the bulk of my more accessed data.

So, all in all it's ugly, hackish - since it is all cobbled together from spare parts from other jobs, and works like a charm.

about two weeks ago

Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

chmod a+x mojo Re:Problem? (286 comments)

Oh yeah?

Well those cops that planted cocaine on you can get a slap on the wrist, but you still get Felony possession since it is still technically illegal to be in possession of any amount of coke.

Sound absurd? Thats exactly what you are advocating, taken to an extreme.

about two weeks ago

Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

chmod a+x mojo Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

Unless you've can point out specific problems with his solution

Hmm, how about just of the top of my head:
1: requires DATA since it sends stuff to servers "somewhere" which leads to...
2: big time invasion of privacy, who is this stupid company, why should I trust them with the location of both myself and my kids ( as in the "example" )
3: why should I trust some unknown yahoo to keep my data secure when no one else seems to be able to... and exact times family members are separated from each other / the house is empty are even worse than CC# leaks.
4: It can only stop phones that are registered to it, so that second burner phone is the one that gets texted on.
Annnnnnnnddd after all that there comes the absolute biggest flaw:
5: It's opt-in, the people that would normally text and drive anyways aren't going to buy it.

There, that took all of 5 seconds to think of.

about two weeks ago

Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android

chmod a+x mojo Re:video is OS specific.... why again? (77 comments)

Would you prefer that mega-corps not make their videos available for streaming at all?

If it's going to be like this, where devices are more than capable of playback and it is an arbitrary decision to promote their own hardware then yes... fuck it, why should I care if that company offers streams.

Other than that older hardware platforms might not have enough CPU power, enough GPU power, GPGPU functionality, or the correct video decoder ASIC. Or that the company that funded the video's production wants some assurance that a subscriber won't just tee a rental into a capture program and distribute it without charge to the public.

Yeah, all of my devices[1], which can play Netflix just fine, are too damn weak to play the mighty Amazon Prime videos.( according to you and Amazon).. right. It's not like they stream in a supported format that almost... wait, as far as I know ALL android devices have support for H.264/263/ and a few other encodings right out of the box, I know my Droid that was one of the first gen Android phones did.
Not that the selection is really something to write home about anyways, I'm a prime member and there really isn't anything that Netflix doesn't have in a much easier layout to boot.

[1]: Nexus 7 both gen1 and gen2, Nexus 10, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note2, Motorola Bionic ( no clue about Netflix on this one, don't care either ), and a OG Moto droid original ( probably no Netflix either ), Oh yeah, and a Nook Color.

about three weeks ago

Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

chmod a+x mojo Re:Feedback loops (273 comments)

There is a feedback control that may help mitigate a small portion of the effect already, humidity. Water vapor concentrations in the atmosphere contribute to warming.... until they are concentrated enough so that the albedo effect kicks in ( clouds reflecting sunlight away ).

That isn't to say that it will be the panacea in any way, shape, or form though - since it will barely have an over-all effect short term. I was merely pointing out one tiny feedback check that is going on as we speak.

about a month ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

chmod a+x mojo Re:Infrastructure? (727 comments)

One other question: why would it matter if I got a copy from TPB (other than the obvious danger of malware)?

Because the people that actually pay for PhotoShop are the ones who are much more likely to use the more powerful features instead of just being an amatuer ( no matter how good SOME of them are ) just fooling around with it. We can tell you the limitations of the software ( gimp actually can do a fair amount of what PS can, it's mostly the horrid UI that holds it back). Part of it is also plain old cussedness on the users part, we KNOW the shortcuts and where the tools / actions we need to do are in PS... when we look at gimp it looks like the UI threw up and we can't find what we want without a detailed search that breaks our concentration away from the project.

I beleive you are sincere, and I'm curious. Have you used GIMP 2.8 in Single Window mode? How about Blender?

Yes, I checked it out when 2.8 first came out ( the floating windows wasn't a deal breaker, only annoying ). It's the rest of the UI, it's very cluttered* and un-intuitive*.

One example from working on OS/X a few weeks ago when I checked it out again:
I select the 1px brush tool expecting a one pixel brush like I would get by default in PS. My "1px" brush was actually 3px in a horizontal bar by default ( and the brush shapes toolbox was out constantly cluttering up the UI ) and couldn't' for the life of me figure out how the hell to just get my brush to be 1px just by looking at the UI ( there was no 1px square in the shapes toolbox).

*In PS all tools are grouped by function( with the most commonly used on top with press and hold to bring up the lesser used tools) and the tool selection toolbox is user selectable either 1 or 2 tools wide, in gimp, at least by default it is a more scattered something like 5 tools wide and no grouping + other toolboxes embedded within the tools toolbox. This is in addition to some filters and adjustments being in odd places ( at least to a long time PS user ). One that I seem to remember all the time is the DeNoise filter not being grouped with other filters that deal with noise in gimp.

I don't use Blender, I use PhotoShop and Lightroom for photo editing, not the modeling / animating stuff Blender was meant for.

I actually LIKE Creative Cloud now, for $10 a month ( which is something like 5 minutes of work ) I get the most up to date PS and Lightroom instead of 300+ every few years. Obviously I would rather not pay anything ( hey $10 is a couple drinks a month ) but so far gimp just doesn't work out yet... and judging from the time it took to get single window mode, even if someone came up with a truly nice UI the devs would fight implementing it for years to come.

about a month ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

chmod a+x mojo Re:Infrastructure? (727 comments)

I can tell you from first hand experience: Photo wise the Linux equivalents are complete and utter shit, which is unfortunate since I would love to have a free cross platform alternative. For anyone who has actually worked with PhotoShop, not just played with a copy grabbed from the Pirate Bay, GIMP = shit (ungodly cluttered horrible looking UI), Krita = shit ( no where near as powerful), Picasa ( if you can call it a full fledged "editor" even ) = shit. Hell even on OS/X iPhoto is shit compared to PhotoShop... even as old as PS7.0.

And that is completely ignoring LightRoom.

about a month ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

chmod a+x mojo Re:Nobody else seems to want it (727 comments)

if it is about the drivers not having a stable API / ABI he does have a point though. If a company already has doubts about releasing a driver for Linux, then finds out they have to tweak their driver every couple months when there is another point release they will be more likely to just say screw it and not bother with a driver.

If the API / ABI was stable for a sane set amount of time ( like Win9x / WinNT lifetimes, or even say 1-2 years ) companies probably would invest in building a codebase of drivers.

Hell even the FOSS driver crews could probably be further ahead on their drivers if they didn't constantly have to tweak stuff to match up to the kernel every. single. damn. release.

about a month ago

Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

chmod a+x mojo Re:Easy, India or China (303 comments)

Wow, you either have guts or a serious lack of brains if you are trying to lecture a person on how Science works while not even knowing the difference between hypothesis, theory, and law.

Here's a hint: for something to become "only a theory" all hypothesis aspects of it has to have undergone extensive testing as well as being an accurate description of the observations being studied.

There is zero demonstrable practical output or progress in terms of human progress or human suffering to show for all the work and money that has gone into this field over the last 30 years, and anyone who puts any stock in it is no better informed than the creationist who believes that the world is 6,000 years old, because all of the world's leading bible scientists sat on their hemorrhoids and confirmed the same values while trying to infer the entire history and trajectory of the universe using a single pre-scientific-method cultural document transcribed from one culture's oral tradition, that described some details of some other culture's cultural events.

Yeah, all of us scientifically trained people are stew-pod right? Just because we didn't directly observe the clown that threw the pie in our face it must mean that there is no pie on our face huh? Face it, there are tons of people smarter than you, me, and everyone else out there... thousands of them from hundreds of countries saying the same thing after studying the wide spread of data available VS something like 50, maybe 100, all with shall we say... interesting ties to funding provided by parties with a vested interest in denying any sort of involvement with the environment.

Hmmm, wonder who seems more trustworthy to me?

about a month ago

Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

chmod a+x mojo Re:Fatsos (88 comments)

I would still argue one point then: weight stability has nothing to do with internal absorption.

If a person is gaining weight that means their caloric intake is in excess of what they are using. If a stable weight is desired they must either reduce intake or increase calorie usage into a balance. Even if they have a high hunger response and can't reduce caloric intake they could do more activities that burn calories rather continue a more sedentary lifestyle.

The thing that really sucks is that moving around more ( burning calories ) is much much more difficult to start once obesity has set in due to how obesity affects the body. Stresses on joints and support bones are much greater, Oxygen absorption is generally lower, and depending on how obese the person is pressure on the diaphragm may make hard breathing even more difficult.

Between the difficulty in getting started exercising and the difficulty in breaking bad eating habits makes it very hard for many obese people to lose the weight. This does not excuse them from giving up before trying though.

about 2 months ago

Is the App Store Broken?

chmod a+x mojo Re:It's not a marketplace.. (258 comments)

The next step of a bubble is the "pop" where everyone realizes there's not much of a market left, and flees.

Well, only the get rich quick hunters will flee. The ones that stay will be the ones that realise that providing something "boring" but essential are the ones that will make it big and stay on top, just so long as they aren't sleeping at the wheel and let someone else do it better.
That, and those who are dedicated to making good games / timewaster applications that people will actually want to play... not just the floods of "me too" copy apps.

about 2 months ago

The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

chmod a+x mojo Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

ummm, yeah, back up and think about it for a minute.

1: Hypothetical situation where the biggest military in the world by orders of magnitude is breaking a "stupid software license" ( their terms ).

2: your answer is "sue", either in US court / foreign court. Which then gets told "state secret blah blah blah" and to talk to the shiny new warhead if there are any problems.

3: You apparently think the biggest military is just gonna roll over because the software says they can't use it....

Premises 2 and 3 are just plain foolish, especially premise 3. It's not like there is rampant copyright violations worldwide... oh wait, I must have been thinking of the RIAA / MPAA dream world for a second instead of the real world.

TL;DR version: all that license is is a bunch of words to be ignored if you don't have the power to actually enforce it. And no, I highly doubt the rest of the world will declare WW3 over a copyright violation.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

chmod a+x mojo Geology.... (509 comments)

I may be a bit biased here, but the need for Geologists is not going to go away until the Earth does. The sheer range of jobs available with a Geology degree is staggering, everything from a naturalist at a county park to Oceanography all the way up to the oil & gas industry or the USGS ( or insert your country name in front of the Geological Survey ) Federal government jobs.

about 2 months ago

How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

chmod a+x mojo Re:Come now. (104 comments)

Actually you can, you just need short refuel times to avoid burnoff in a LWR and some reprocessing. Also with proper cooling you can use reactor grade Pu in weapons ( late 50's it was successfully tested ).

I would think you could also separate the Pu-239 from the "useless" Pu-240 with a well tuned cyclotron, much like grabbing the U-235 from U-238. It would probably be easier and faster to just short fuel cycle a LWR and reprocess than separate the fuels with a single neutron mass difference though.

about 3 months ago

Linux Mint 17 KDE Released

chmod a+x mojo Re:What? (61 comments)

The "feature" is just icing on the cake. It was always possible to change the greeter backgrounds... individually in each greeter settings file.

From the way it sounds in this press release you can set the background once in a centralized space and it will automatically change the background for you in the event you switch your greeter for any reason ( not a very common occurrence barring major bugs being introduced) , saving you the "hassle" of having to go through and set up the new greeter background.

In other words it's polish, not a new killer feature.

about 3 months ago

UK Man Sentenced To 16 Months For Exporting 'E-Waste' Despite 91% Reuse

chmod a+x mojo Re:The headline is juicy, but hides a real problem (212 comments)

Probably whatever OTA Analog broadcasts are around ( no digital receivers so older analog is fine), VHS / DVDs from players from the same era, and whatever the local market that wants the damn things has available ETC.
Just because you are privileged and can afford cable / digital OTA / blueray ETC doesn't mean there isn't a market ( which there obviously is ) for older tech in less privileged areas.

Besides, I would rather see the stuff being used than have to have plants built for stripping the old crap of anything useful; I don't want the acids, bases, and assorted other harsh chemical shit needed for reclamation anywhere near me.

about 3 months ago

Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

chmod a+x mojo Re: They've been doing this for a year (202 comments)

No, I haven't. I have a chatzilla profile I have set up ( and copied between machines so all are the same ) to log in with my credentials and join the channels I need to join. Plus I like / am used to the chatzilla interface, it's clean, tabbed in a sane way ( to me ), and generally doesn't get in the way.

XDCC is another factor, we do use XDCC for some group sharing since it is "easier" than sharing via FTP - you can just say "grab pack 59 for the updated blah blah blah" rather than having IRC ( or any chat program ) + a separate FTP client ( and setting up FTP access rights for each user, much easier done in iroffer-dinoex... only send to ops / half-ops in channel "X" and only if they are logged in and registered on the IRC network ) and typing out the path and filename. This way also avoids having to install apache or lighttpd and having to have either a domain name or cryptic IP remembered.

about 4 months ago


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