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A Computer-based Smart Rifle With Incredible Accuracy, Now On Sale

fotbr Re:pfftt... (551 comments)

If there are whales living in the rather-small man-made and reservoir several hundred miles from any ocean, I think there are bigger problems than fishing with dynamite.

On the other hand, even if it were legal to do so, I think the Corps of Engineers that manages the reservoir might have some pretty legitimate objections.

about a year ago

The Days of Cheap, Subsidized Phones May Be Numbered

fotbr Re:Where can I find where to buy a paper map? (329 comments)

Without a smartphone or other means of Internet access, where can I find where to buy a paper map for a particular city that I will be visiting?

The same way people did for decades of motoring before the internet.

about a year ago

Wal-Mart To Join Amazon In Providing In-Store Locker Service

fotbr Re:Where will they be located? (112 comments)

On the rare occasion that I have to get something from walmart, I use the door by their automotive service department (yes, I know, not every walmart has one). Quick in, quick out, the register at the automotive desk works just as well as the ones up front, and often with no line. The only real downside is that only works when the service department is open.

about a year and a half ago

Three-Mile-High Supercomputer Poses Unique Challenges

fotbr Re:Altitude Sickness... (80 comments)

Taking off in an unpressurized small plane and flying up to that altitude (granted, starting at about 400ft) in a lot less time than 4 hours (we took about 15 minutes) didn't "get" me or the other two folks I was flying with. Then again, we didn't get out and go for a walk at that altitude either.

about a year and a half ago

Degree Hack: Cobbling Together Credit Hours For Cheap

fotbr Re:It takes only four years depend on your lifesty (368 comments)

Roommate of mine had a couple semesters in an engineering program that on paper were 27 hours, because he tested out of some low-level humanities classes. In real life, they were more like 18 hour semesters.

about 2 years ago

Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

fotbr Re:Everyone loves a winner. (881 comments)

Isn't it funny how when your guy wins, the election was fair and free from influence, but if the other guy wins, the election was "bought or stolen by special interests" as if special interests and bought-and-paid-for politicians are unique to one party or the other.

I don't care which figurehead wins. Either way, "big government" and "big business" win, and individuals lose.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Often Do You Push To Production?

fotbr Yearly. (182 comments)

We'd like to push stuff to production faster, but our client usually only has one window a year when we can take production systems offline for upgrades.

As for keeping it organized...hah. Two weeks of pure chaos while the hardware folks are trying to get all their upgrades and replacements in place at the same time the software guys are trying to figure out when systems will be back together so they can do their upgrades, followed by a weekend of praying that everything comes back online the way it should.

about 2 years ago

Boeing's X-51 WaveRider Jet Crashes In Mach 6 Attempt

fotbr Re:travel from New York to London in just one hour (190 comments)

A warhead could be considered a kind of cargo on a one-way trip, signature not required. Depending on who you're talking to, a scramjet powered cruise missile might be very meaningful.

more than 2 years ago

iOS 6 Beta 3 Jailbroken Already

fotbr Re:So in other words... (68 comments)

Should be called "Y-Combinator Startup News" - very little of interest unless you follow "web-fad-of-the-week" companies and have a raging hard-on for social media bullshit.

more than 2 years ago

Why Kids Should Be Building Rockets Instead of Taking Tests

fotbr Educators aren't missing the punchline... (381 comments)

They're doing exactly what they've been told to do by the system that politics has created. To fix our schools, you need to keep congress's nose out of the process, return responsibility to the individual states and local boards of education.

more than 2 years ago

Canadian Copyright Board To Charge For Music At Weddings, Parades

fotbr Re:Who is receiving the money? (349 comments)

If you're listening to the radio, however, they do attribute the songs they play.

That's rare around here anymore.

more than 2 years ago

I typically interact with X-many OSes per day:

fotbr Even counting major OSs, not versions, 5+ is easy (280 comments)

OSX (macbook pro), IOS (personal phone & ipad), Windows (work), Android (work phone), Linux (work, home).

If you count versions, variations, and individual distros, the count goes way up, due to interactions with various virtualized servers.

more than 2 years ago

Dot-Word Bidders In Last Minute Dash

fotbr Re:My choices.... (51 comments)

.slashslashcolonptth (just to mess with people)


more than 2 years ago

Minutes spent on the phone, on a typical day

fotbr Re:None not very likely (126 comments)

It's not an average. On a typical day, I don't even touch my phone. So, none.

more than 2 years ago

Blackboard Buys Moodlerooms and Netspot

fotbr Re:GRAB THE CODE! (95 comments)

No need to. Blackboard only bought two companies that provided Moodle hosting.

The code is fine. The Moodle organization is fine. The only thing that is happening is that schools are learning yet again why it's better to host it yourself than to outsource.

more than 2 years ago

Google: IE Privacy Policy Is Impractical

fotbr Re:Impractical to who? (258 comments)

The fee is probably not from his bank. My gas company charges a $2 "convenience fee" for paying online, and closer to $5 for the paying by phone. The electric company adds an additional > $5 for paying online.

more than 2 years ago

Yes We Can (Profile You): a Brief Primer On Campaigns and Political Data

fotbr Re:Profile away (48 comments)

Actually, I vote in every election, and have since I turned 18 and could. I vote on the local ballot issues, since they're the only things that directly affect me.

more than 2 years ago

Yes We Can (Profile You): a Brief Primer On Campaigns and Political Data

fotbr Profile away (48 comments)

Here, I'll help get you started.

I get my most of my news from Europe, specifically the UK and Germany, and the rest of my news from Japan. Our media in the US is a wasteland that isn't worth reading, and hasn't been for at least the last 20 years.

I read slashdot for the comments, prefer the BSD license over GPL, and prefer OSX and *BSD over Windows and Linux. I avoid computers whenever I can, even though I make a living dealing with them.

I watch Formula 1, love sailing, and follow most of the major sailing races. I don't watch movies, or television other than F1. I prefer J-Pop and EDM over anything that gets played on the radio in the US.

I don't care which, if any, god(s) you worship, but would prefer you keep it to yourself and don't try to change my beliefs (exactly what they are or aren't, you don't need to know).

I don't care about climate change, warming or cooling, man-made or natural, because I don't think humankind as a whole is worth saving. Eventually, we'll kill the human race off anyway. Life will go on in some form, somewhere, even if it's reduced to single-celled organisms and has to evolve all over again.

Also, I absolutely hate career politicians of every stripe, and always have. There's a 99.9% chance I won't vote for any of you assholes who make a career in politics. I don't think I'm all that unique, but I hope that helps you figure out which box I fit in.

more than 2 years ago



fotbr fotbr writes  |  about 8 years ago

Fotbr (855184) writes "The Disability Rights Advocates press release picked up by Yahoo says a retailer may be sued if their website is inaccessable by the blind.

FTPR: "The court held: "the 'ordinary meaning' of the ADA's prohibition against discrimination in the enjoyment of goods, services, facilities or privileges, is that whatever goods or services the place provides, it cannot discriminate on the basis of disability in providing enjoyment of those goods and services." The court thus rejected Target's argument that only its physical store locations were covered by the civil rights laws, ruling instead that all services provided by Target, including its Web site, must be accessible to persons with disabilities."

Besides the obvious benefits, here's hoping it leads to fewer flash-only websites."



fotbr fotbr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Sorry to disappoint, but I am neither a commie, nor a Christian. I'm very much a conservative, though not a Republican. I like the BSD license and propriatary licences, but I dislike the GPL. I like most of the open-source movement, but I cannot stand Stallman. I like BSD, but don't care much for linux.

If I don't fit into your nice little world view, too bad.

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