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Smartphones More Dangerous Than Alcohol, When Driving

fred fleenblat Re:Show me the actual accident data (358 comments)

there was a suggestion a while back that overall accident rates have remained about the same, slightly decreasing as cars become safer from airbags and whatnot, but the choices available for officers to make when writing up accidents tends to be more dynamic.

what might have been written up as "driver lost control of vehicle" 10 years ago perhaps now the officer asks if they have a cell phone and then writes down "driver distraction" instead. the actual accident rates and situations may have changed less than our descriptions of them has, so the statistics that we get are measures of semantics rather than mechanisms.

more than 2 years ago

AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves

fred fleenblat no opt-out either (406 comments)

I like the way AT&T mandates that all smart phones on their network have a data plan. God forbid someone have a smart phone, do smart phone stuff over wifi, and just use it as a regular phone the rest of the time not eating into AT&T's precious bandwidth.

about 2 years ago

Terahertz Wireless Chip Will Bring 30Gbps Networks

fred fleenblat Re:The Future (177 comments)

You can run through your comcast monthly bandwidth cap in 8.3 seconds.

more than 2 years ago

Ballmer Slams Android As Cheap and Overcomplicated

fred fleenblat Ballmer's accuracy deserves respect (645 comments)

Just negate each statement that Ballmer says, and you will start to value him as a source of information.

more than 2 years ago

NASA Briefing on New Mars Finding This Afternoon

fred fleenblat Re:This better be good, NASA (231 comments)

just for the record, it was arsenic-based DNA, not cyanide.

more than 3 years ago

How Do You Keep Up With Science Developments?

fred fleenblat don't skimp on ye olde science (337 comments)

If you find a contemporary publication you like, seek out some back issues and set aside some time to read the interesting articles in depth. Very rewarding.

more than 3 years ago

Book Review: The Clean Coder

fred fleenblat here, have some cynicism (196 comments)

If management would reward clean code, they would get it.

Instead they reward doing many simple tasks quickly until they realize you are getting in the way of people doing real work, and then they promote you to management.


more than 3 years ago

Engineers Find Nuclear Meltdown At Fukushima Plant

fred fleenblat Re:Nuclear power arguments (664 comments)

safety costs money, people don't purchase energy on the basis of safety, management and engineers have to make compromises to deliver product at a price that doesn't include a safety premium.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Going Beyond Comment Threads?

fred fleenblat my wish list item for comment threads (393 comments)

what I'd like is a comment system where the comments are shared across sites.

If a popular news item comes up, I might be interested in the editorial slant at theregister, but perhaps I first saw it on digg, and there's a tech angle at slashdot that's interesting too. It's the same *story* and I want different news outlets to do their own research, conclusions, and editorializing, but it would be cool if the comments were shared so that if someone posted a witty +5 remark on slashdot, people on digg would see it and could respond there, even if they don't have a slashdot account.

more than 3 years ago

White House Explains Transport-Energy Future

fred fleenblat Re:Oil company "subsidies" (358 comments)

4) free military interventions in oil-rich but politically unfriendly nations.

more than 3 years ago

Does Microsoft Need Bug Bounties?

fred fleenblat Free bug report, no charge! (100 comments)

the person running your company is a borderline-retarded monkey with a persperation problem.

pls fix ASAP!

more than 3 years ago

JavaScript Gets Visual With Waterbear

fred fleenblat snooze button (220 comments)

wake me up when waterbear is implemented in waterbear.

more than 3 years ago

An IP Address Does Not Point To a Person, Judge Rules

fred fleenblat Re:Finally (293 comments)

since when is a MAC per-person either?
might be a NAT, might be a server, might be spoofed.

more than 3 years ago

Figuring Out Why Android Wins On Phones, But Not Tablets

fred fleenblat it's not about "fanbois" (451 comments)

a 2 year old can use the iPad, as can non-techie grandparents. that's why apple is selling them by the millions.

nothing to do with platform loyalty or netbooks or supply chain or anything. it's a good product that appeals to millions of people.

more than 3 years ago

Hotel Tracks Towels With RFID Chips

fred fleenblat these aren't the towels you're looking for (173 comments)

notice it was specifically *pool* towels. i have to wonder if they were just counting towels removed from the pool area as losses. what i've often done is take a pool towel back to my room and leave it there for the maid to whisk away with the bath towels.

possibly they weren't actually losing that many pool towels from the premises overall, they were just being diverted to the wrong pile. if they need RFID to tell a pool towel from a bath towel, i would suggest color coding or size/weight differences instead.

more than 3 years ago

Crowdsourcing the Censors: A Contest

fred fleenblat censorshipbook (111 comments)

It is jarring for me to realize that pages are being taken down because they merely *offend* others. These aren't kiddie porn or drug dealer pages, it's just people talking about stuff. They talk about their friends, their enemies, their schools, their governments. It's not all flowers and happiness. If they want real people on facebook, they need to realize that some people are going to say unpleasant things.

Maybe have a counter at the top of the pages that says "this page has received N complaints" but leave the content there so all can judge for themselves.

more than 2 years ago

Why Mac OS X Is Unsuitable For Web Development

fred fleenblat yes, let's shoot the messenger this once (831 comments)

I was going to trash talk Mr. Dziuba, just like everyone else, but you know what, he didn't actually submit this to slashdot. He ranted on his own blog own his own private website. Someone ELSE submitted it to slashdot, not Ted. Someone ELSE approved it and posted it, not Ted.

He's probably laughing his ass off that everyone's got their panties in a wad over something he probably wrote in less than 15 minutes and has already worked around all by himself already.

more than 3 years ago


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