Smartphones More Dangerous Than Alcohol, When Driving
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.
AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves
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.
Why the NTSB Is Wrong About Cellphones
hand phone to 3 year old.
Terahertz Wireless Chip Will Bring 30Gbps Networks
You can run through your comcast monthly bandwidth cap in 8.3 seconds.
Ballmer Slams Android As Cheap and Overcomplicated
Just negate each statement that Ballmer says, and you will start to value him as a source of information.
NASA Briefing on New Mars Finding This Afternoon
just for the record, it was arsenic-based DNA, not cyanide.
How Do You Keep Up With Science Developments?
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.
Book Review: The Clean Coder
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.
NO I'M NOT BITTER WHY DO YOU ASK?!?!
Engineers Find Nuclear Meltdown At Fukushima Plant
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.
ICANN Wants To Change Rules For GTLDs
it puts the cheeseburger in its mouth
Ask Slashdot: Going Beyond Comment Threads?
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.
White House Explains Transport-Energy Future
4) free military interventions in oil-rich but politically unfriendly nations.
Does Microsoft Need Bug Bounties?
the person running your company is a borderline-retarded monkey with a persperation problem.
pls fix ASAP!
wake me up when waterbear is implemented in waterbear.
An IP Address Does Not Point To a Person, Judge Rules
since when is a MAC per-person either?
might be a NAT, might be a server, might be spoofed.
Figuring Out Why Android Wins On Phones, But Not Tablets
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.
Hotel Tracks Towels With RFID Chips
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.
Crowdsourcing the Censors: A Contest
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.
Page Can't Turn Back Clock At Google
i'm having a difficult time getting past the 70's porn mustache.
Why Mac OS X Is Unsuitable For Web Development
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.
fred fleenblat hasn't submitted any stories.
fred fleenblat has no journal entries.