top With an Eye Toward Disaster, NYC Debuts Solar Charging Stations
This is a nice amenity but is not a smart model for disaster preparedness. People should rely on themselves, not a solar charger that may or may not work and may or may not be available.
I always have three phone batteries good for over a week of normal use, charged and ready to go. This cost me $22.
You can buy 10,000mAH external batteries / chargers for cheap as well.
If having a cell or tablet available is important part of your disaster preparedness plan, you should not rely on stuff you don't own that may not work and may be in use by 7,000,000 other people.
about a year and a half ago
top One Bitcoin By the Numbers: Is There Still Profit To Be Made?
Is there really any practical way to short bitcoins?
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: No-Install Programming At Work?
Most bigger companies have Powershell on client systems to help manage them. There's a lot of tinkering to be done there.
top Is the Business Card Dead?
Slashdot editors are really, really wearing out the tired, sensationalistic "Such and Such is Dead" headline.
Is the Business Card Dead?
The Death of BCC
Comics Code Dead
It's supposed to be dramatic and sensational but it's lazy and annoying; cut it out.
top The 5-Year Console Cycle Is Dead
I know it's supposed to sound dramatic but it just comes across as sensationalistic and trite.
top UK Pressures the US To Takedown Extremist Videos
Just because there's a combined form doesn't mean it's always correct.
Takedown is a noun: The wrestler scored two points for the takedown.
Take down is a verb phrase: Take down that video please!
See also: login, singin, setup, everyday, etc.
Confidential to Facebook: "Logout" isn't even a word at all.
top Consumer Reports Can't Recommend iPhone 4
The real crime here in my opinion is that Apple charges $30 for the "bumper case" which amounts to a glorified rubber band. There's no way the
total cost on the part is more than $.50.
top Brain Surgery Linked To Sensation of Spirituality
Being High As Fuck Linked To Sensation of Spirituality
top Bing Gaining Market Share Faster
Before Bing went live, CTRL+ENTER in Internet Explorer was a shortcut to surround the text in the address field with "www." and ".com" and then go. So I could type "amazon" then hit CTRL+ENTER and it would go to www.amazon.com. I used that shortcut all the time.
After Bing went live, this shortcut magically changed from a useful tool to a Bing query for "amazon".
I know it's possible to change it back with a reg hack or something but 95% of IE users aren't going to do this. Instead they'll just use Bing and click the first link, gaining ad revenue and perceived market share for MS.
This is the kind of underhand crap that MS does that ticks me off. The fact that they were able to remotely change my keyboard shortcut without asking me or notifying me or telling me how to change it back is pretty shade.
top Using a House's Concrete Foundation To Cool a PC
What an incredible waste of time and effort.
top David Pogue Wants to Take Back the Beep
Not sure what their motivation was, but AT&T turned off the annoying and insulting 30 seconds of instructions for people who call their iPhone customers. All it does is play the message, then beep.
top Nine Words From Science Which Originated In Science Fiction
The term "avatar" as a representation of a person in virtual space was coined in Snow Crash.
top How Do I Provide a Workstation To Last 15 Years?
If he bought a 486-66 in 1994, he probably spent $2500+ on it.
Now he can buy a system that is 20 times faster for a tenth the cost.
Spending a bunch of time and energy and cash to bullet-proof a machine to last through 2024 would we a retarded waste of time.
top Samsung Releases Solar-Powered Phone
You people who shit all over every single new product need hobbies or something.
Just because it doesn't work for you or isn't exactly what you need or can't play Ogg Vorbis files and doesn't run Ubuntu 8.08.12-a build 2108-c doesn't mean that it lacks value.
If it isn't your perfect product
... don't buy it.
New features are steps toward better features. Every idea has to start with a single product, usually one with an imperfect implementation.
I applaud Samsung for doing something interesting and different and giving their customers more options.
top Saving Energy Via Webcam-Based Meter Reading?
Agreed. What a stupid waste of effort, unless you're just looking for a practicum.
Brains are still a lot more efficient for a lot of tasks than a computer is or will be in the next n years.
Just go downstairs and look at the damn meter once a day. Or put a webcam there and save a screenshot each day and spend the 1 minute per month logging the value from the pics.
How long does it take to look at a picture of a number and write the number down? 3 seconds?
Even if you managed to code the entire thing, start to finish, in one week, it would take you 131 years to break even on man-hours for this project.