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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Earns One Million Dollars In Less Than a Day

jelwell Re:Two Problems (164 comments)

Indeed, if you read the Kickstarter, there is no mention of "Universal Access". Instead you're helping fund a private company to build a product they want to sell to kids and schools. Sure, they'll give away some free copies to some people. But there are over 98 thousand schools in the United States alone and they want to give away 1,500 copies to classrooms (not even schools) at the million dollar level. Their stretch goal is "free access" to 7,500 classrooms. How many classrooms are in a school?!
Joseph Elwell.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

jelwell Rationale of the accused (427 comments)

From another article,
"Humphreys told the FCC he used the jammer to keep people from talking on their cellphones while driving. Talking on a cellphone while driving is legal in Florida, even without a hands-free kit, though texting while driving is banned. Using a cellphone jammer is illegal for everyone but federal law enforcement, regardless of intent, according to the FCC."

http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/...

A moving jammer, that doesn't center on the phone caller seems more disruptive rather than less. If your call drops while in motion you're going to retry. This is more helpful to prevent calls in the first place - but even that means they go for their phone. It seems to me the talking isn't the distraction AS much as the dialing.
Joseph Elwell.

about 3 months ago
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Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

jelwell Keep Austin Weird (193 comments)

Keep Austin Weird!

about 4 months ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

jelwell Horrible reactions to predictable problems. (465 comments)

For starters the main story is down, and no cache appears to be available. But from the other 3 viewpoints here's what I takeaway:
A person whose job it was to make the "story" aspect of the videos engaging asked a purposefully hurtful question to incite conflict (since conflict sells). Rather than consistently using that as a launching point into educating the masses (people who will be watching the videos - obviously the person asking has no need for education) the teams decided to SHUT DOWN. First they shut down by ignoring future incursions. Then they shutdown entirely. Seems like the guy was giving you a soap box for you to talk on.
Joseph Elwell.

about 5 months ago
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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

jelwell Re:Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (330 comments)

But smog in unpopulated locations (plants) is much easier to live with than smog in the cities.
Joseph Elwell.

about 5 months ago
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Tesla Says Garage Fire Not Charger's Fault; Firemen Less Sure

jelwell Garage Smoke Detectors (253 comments)

I'm wiring up a smoke detector in my garage. Smoke detectors aren't often found in garages due to the false positives they sound off on - because of car exhausts. I have an Plug in Electric Hybrid, and this guy has a Tesla. Perfect for a Nest Protect. No exhaust to trigger false positives.
Joseph Elwell.

about 8 months ago
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EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal

jelwell Re:Most fireplaces also inefficient. (1143 comments)

Wood burning stoves and fireplaces are not the same thing.

That's why they have different names. Anonymous Coward to the rescue: points out two words spelled differently are different!
Thanks for the insight,
Joseph Elwell.

about 10 months ago
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Users Revolt Over Yahoo Groups Update

jelwell Re:Change is hard (331 comments)

Perhaps everyone who needed Yahoo Groups to be different had already left.

In the groups I participate in, this is exactly what is happening. People are leaving. I can't imagine any successful business model that involves no new users, AND the current userbase shrinking.

By forcing current groups to change they didn't necessarily give them any new functionality that they wanted,

Inline attachments seems like a pretty big deal. You no longer have to mention, search the files for this picture that only relates to this post. This seems especially useful for email users (seemingly the core of users) - which I am not one of.

and might have taken away functionality that they did want.

There are only 2 features listed as having been removed. Everything else is implied to be bugs, I suppose that is the definition of "might", it might be a bug, it might be a feature removed.
http://yahoogroupedia.pbworks.com/w/page/68466246/Yahoo%20Groups%20Neo#MissingFeatures
Joseph Elwell.

about a year ago
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Users Revolt Over Yahoo Groups Update

jelwell Change is hard (331 comments)

Change is hard for a lot of people. Yahoo Groups, unfortunately is stuck running some really ancient "forum" software that really isn't designed to be a forum at all. It's designed to be an email list. I use Yahoo Groups daily, and it really needs to incorporate modern features. Neo brings a lot of basic forum features to Yahoo Groups, like inline attachments. The people asking for the old format back, change is hard, embrace it and move forward. Ask Yahoo to fix bugs you find in Neo, that will be much better for the community than to continue being stuck in the old ways.
Joseph Elwell.

about a year ago
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The Golden Gate Barrage: New Ideas To Counter Sea Level Rise

jelwell Why not just move? (341 comments)

Why not just move? Sea barriers is literally pushing the problem around. That solves nothing.
Joseph Elwell.

about a year ago
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Boston Cops Go Undercover Online To Crack Down on Concerts

jelwell Or Not. (229 comments)

If you read the entire article, there's no proof that cops are going undercover. There's only proof that DIY show producers are paranoid. I'm more inclined to believe the latter.
Joseph Elwell.

about a year ago
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What Did Google Earth Spot In the Chinese Desert?

jelwell Go there (257 comments)

Is it really too much to ask to just go there? Ex-CIA agent has no money to fly, no license to kill, but plenty of time to kill; especially yours.
Joseph Elwell.

about a year and a half ago
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John McAfee Collapses At Guatemala Detention Center

jelwell Oldest Trick in the book (219 comments)

That is the oldest jail cell trick in the book. I'm glad it still works.
Joseph Elwell.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Become Informed In Judicial Elections?

jelwell Rule of Thumb (153 comments)

Here's a good tip a friend of mine gave me.

In my county, usually their prior job titles are listed.

If you're "tough on crime" vote for the candidate who used to be a Prosecutor or District Attorney.

If you're for "fair trials" vote for the candidate who used to be a public defender.

Another way would be to say "tough on innocent victims", instead of "tough on crime". Or "weak on crime" instead of "fair trials", depending on which way you swing. ;) Maybe someone else can come up with labels that aren't as emotional.

The rationale behind this rule is that former prosecutors and district attorneys were motivated by guilty sentences (whether the person is guilty or not), while former defenders were motivated by innocent sentences (also unrelated to guilt).

Does this rule work all the time? No, does it work some of the time, I have no clue. But it's one rule I use when electing judges now.

Joseph Elwell.

about 2 years ago
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Hulu To Require Viewers To Have Cable Subscriptions

jelwell Antenna Login info (648 comments)

Can I login with my Over The Air Antenna information? Doh, I don't need a login to watch TV for free in my neighborhood. ;) I pay 0$ for network TV, how do I convince Hulu that paying nothing for TV is actually legitimate? My guess, I can't. It's bad enough that, the paid, Hulu Plus has less content than Hulu Free. Now there will be no such thing as Hulu Free. Hulu is on a path to self destruction - and just like Netflix these changes are likely out of their control - i.e. the content providers are forcing these changes with licensing restrictions.
Joseph Elwell.

more than 2 years ago
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Makers Keep Flogging 3D TV, Viewers Keep Shrugging

jelwell Re:I will never adopt 3D (457 comments)

I hate having to wear glasses just to watch something. More so, it looks and feels like a gimmick.

Can you imagine if you had to wear glasses every minute of your waking life? Those people with bad eyesight must think the whole world is a gimmick!
Joseph Elwell.

more than 2 years ago
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The Problem With Windows 8's Picture Password

jelwell Only reliable for hackers, not users? (206 comments)

Has he even tried this? I can't reliably login using the picture password setting, and I'm the one that set up the "password". I'm not convinced a video recording would suffice. I could, just as easily, video record your keyboard from a distance, but that's not going to net you my password very reliably either. Not unless you're a chicken pecker.
Joseph Elwell.

more than 2 years ago
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Lost Hour-Long Jobs Interview Found

jelwell Sell it for monies! (120 comments)

Sell it for monies!

more than 2 years ago

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