top Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Earns One Million Dollars In Less Than a Day
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?!
top FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate
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.
top Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again
Keep Austin Weird!
top Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"
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.
top Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars
But smog in unpopulated locations (plants) is much easier to live with than smog in the cities.
top Tesla Says Garage Fire Not Charger's Fault; Firemen Less Sure
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.
top EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal
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.
top EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal
In other news, most fireplaces are inefficient anyways.
Currently home builders have little incentive to put an efficient stove into their buildings. At least in my neck of the woods. This is just a step in that direction: Efficient wood burning devices that pollute less.
top Users Revolt Over Yahoo Groups Update
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.
top Users Revolt Over Yahoo Groups Update
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.
top The Golden Gate Barrage: New Ideas To Counter Sea Level Rise
Why not just move? Sea barriers is literally pushing the problem around. That solves nothing.
top Boston Cops Go Undercover Online To Crack Down on Concerts
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 and a half ago
top What Did Google Earth Spot In the Chinese Desert?
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.
top John McAfee Collapses At Guatemala Detention Center
That is the oldest jail cell trick in the book. I'm glad it still works.
top Ask Slashdot: How To Become Informed In Judicial Elections?
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.
top TomTom Flames OpenStreetMap
TomTom has excellent customer service. Google has none, and can lead to numerous deaths:
OpenStreetMap suffers for the same reason, customer service is self serve. That's actually a step above Google.
top Hulu To Require Viewers To Have Cable Subscriptions
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.
top Makers Keep Flogging 3D TV, Viewers Keep Shrugging
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!
top The Problem With Windows 8's Picture Password
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.
top Lost Hour-Long Jobs Interview Found
Sell it for monies!
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