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Google's Business Plan For Nest: Selling Your Data To Utility Companies

danlor Re:How granular is power company metering currentl (167 comments)

In fact the meter is a far more accurate measure than the thermostat ever could be. It only controls one appliance in a household, and you have no idea what kind of appliance they are actually hooked up to. It could be super efficient, or an old clunker... gas or electric...geothermal? There has to be more to this.

about 9 months ago

Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

danlor Re:Don't blame others for user error. (394 comments)

I disagree.

I feel that pressing the brake pedal should stop the car, no matter what other pedals or switches are engaged. To me, the brake pedal is the god pedal. It rules all others.

about 10 months ago

Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

danlor Bad Design, simple fix (394 comments)

No need to re-engineer. Just need a simple rule.

All cars should cut gas as soon as the brakes are engaged. Imagine the effect that would have had on Toyota a few years back. Double-pedal is a failure, and should be interpreted as such. Gas should not override/overcome the brakes. What if there was a mechanical failure in the gas pedal that led to a Full on position? Not to mention the energy wasted during such a maneuver.

Why hasn't this happened?

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

danlor Re:LastPass (445 comments)

The select the option on the website that allows you store your database in europe. (requires paid version currently)


about a year ago

Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?

danlor Google already offers a lower than lifeline option (259 comments)

Google offers a free fiber internet connection with monthly cost guaranteed for 7 years. There is a 300 dollar install fee to cover the cost of the modem, but thats it. Seems pretty damn reasonable.

about a year ago

House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

danlor Re:Whose phone is banned? (366 comments)

It's very likely the airlines or the companies that provide the current phone technology heavily lobbied for this. It would be interesting to track the money pushing this.

about a year ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

danlor Well, since you are listening (2219 comments)

1) Please stop the never ending slide towards making slashdot into a "modern" graphics heavy website. If I want gizmodo or nbc.com I'll go there on my own.

2) I don't come here for wizbang buzzword features. I come here to READ about them.

3) My preference would be to even scrap the current implementation and go back 4-5 years when the site was much faster and more usable.

4) On the mobile side... you just need to start over. I find it very frustrating to use and have honestly almost removed it from my bookmarks.

about a year ago

Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

danlor Study directly reflects my personal experience (237 comments)

The only thing I found flawed in the study was how many seagate drives actually made it through the warranty period.

My personal experience shows a failure rate of seagate drives at around 300-400%(pool of 20-30 drives). What I am saying is that not only did the original drives fail, but the "refurbished" replacements failed as well, numerous times. Not a single drive got through warranty without the nice green border. The amount I spent on advanced replacements could have bought me quite a few new drivers from another vendor.

I no longer buy seagate drives. I do not have any abnormal failure rates on the other brands I use.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Are There Any Good Reasons For DRM?

danlor Re: Art doesn't need remuneration (684 comments)

If I fix a computer, I don't get royalties for life. Drm is a false economy where infinite supply is a given, so consumption is metered. How could you possibly justify this

about a year and a half ago

Radioactive Water Found In Two Reactor Buildings

danlor Re:I'm fine with nuclear power. (442 comments)

I'm not.... not sure I ever will be again. I have long supported nukes for power as a good alternative to our many other heavily polluting technologies. But I was over looking a major detail. The systems are not and cannot be fail safe.

At the same time, there is no other competing technology that has anything close to the potential downside that nuclear energy has. I always worried about reactor control, and never really gave much thought to the holding pools. But the pools have much more fuel, and are not heavily protected. If cooling is disrupted, even when everything is "shut down", you are looking at a horrible disaster. Its not worth it.

more than 3 years ago

A "Never Reboot" Service For Linux

danlor Re:Huh? (321 comments)

You run a server of any kind. In the old days of novell, we had severs with 6 year uptimes. Not possible today simply from patches, not crashes.

This service has the potential to get us closer to that ever distant 100% uptime. It could definately stack another 9 on 99.999

more than 4 years ago

Where Should We Focus Our Space Efforts?

danlor Re:The Moon (703 comments)

space craft do not need to operate any where near a full atmosphere. The earlier Apollo and Gemini programs ran at only 1/3 normal atmosphere.

more than 5 years ago

Making a Child Locating System

danlor Re:Holy Crap! Calm down (1092 comments)

As a parent with a mentally disabled child, I do not agree.

Our children live in a world still devoid of danger and threat. They expect us, their elders to protect them from harm. That falls to the caretakers as well as us parents. Since we parents have little choice as far as where our children are housed everyday, we have to make other choices and decisions.

I do not see this as an over reaction. I see it as well thought out, and keeping the idea of the child's privacy in mind. The solutions that are out there and available to us today are poor worst, expensive at best. Considering whats available off the shelf, this should be doable on your own.

Does anyone here have any valuable advice other than satire and sensationalism? I could use it myself. I'm just as lost as the poster, and in desperate need.

more than 5 years ago

IE8 Released As Critical Update For XP

danlor I don't see it here (409 comments)

has anyone else actually checked to see if this article is true?

more than 5 years ago

Uproar Over Netflix's New Instant Viewer

danlor I'm a Netflix instant Viewer (575 comments)

There is nothing wrong with the viewer. I find it comical that you would think that I would WANT to go "back" to windows media. It's basically the same thing in a different DRM wrapper.

Anyways. I'm not "up in arms". Just streamin my TV seasons the same way I have been for months.

more than 5 years ago

Authors Guild President Wants To End Royalty-Free TTS On Kindle

danlor Re:Let's do a reality check (539 comments)

Decent TTS in a widely-used device will basically kill the audiobook market, and authors should be compensated in some way for the revenue lost there. What's wrong with that?

No. They should not. Society moves on. Those left behind need to ask themselves why. Maybe they were never needed in the first place?

I see no reason AT ALL to ever protect dead markets OR the people who steadfastly insist to keep working in them.

Let them go down with their ship. It's their ship after all. It's their choice.

more than 5 years ago

Capitol Records Flooded Internet With MP3s, Says MP3Tunes CEO

danlor Re:Here we go..... (168 comments)

orly? Price fixing? Extortion? Abuse of power? Collusion?

Does this open your eyes?

about 6 years ago

NFL's First Broadcast In 3-D, Still Has Work To Do

danlor Re:Polarization (178 comments)

This actually isn't true, although it was the exact analogy I was always taught.

It's much more complex, and beyond the scope of a sd post. Mind boggling actually.

more than 6 years ago

MS Says Windows 7 Will Run DirectX 10 On the CPU

danlor Re:From the summary: (503 comments)

Well... then they better try again. It still sounds like a complete failure to me. Since the integrated graphics is equivalent, there is no advantage, and no resolution to the problem. What exactly are you try to get at?

more than 6 years ago



George Lawrence Photography Revisited

danlor danlor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

danlor writes "We were all taken aback 4 years ago when someone linked us the history of George Lawrence and his photos of the 1906 aftermath in San Fransisco. I personally thought to myself... man I would LOVE to make one of those cameras. The idea of flying 2,000 pound cameras with kites... Well guess what. Someone actually did. They even provide links to getting original sized prints of the original and recreated scenes."
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