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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

justthinkit Re:German speed limits (324 comments)

The 2 mph above = a ticket. Many cars have Mickey Mouse speedos that display in 5 mph increments. Good luck avoiding a ticket. Talk about a money maker...

2 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

justthinkit German speed limits (324 comments)

Wiki:

General speed limits in Germany are set by the federal government. All limits are multiples of 5 km/h. There are two default speed limits: 50 km/h (31 mph) inside built-up areas and 100 km/h (62 mph) outside built-up areas. While parts of the autobahns and many other freeway-style highways have a posted limits up to 130 km/h (81 mph) based on accident experience, congestion and other facts, many rural sections have no general speed limit. The German Highway Code (StraÃYenverkehrs-Ordnung) section on speed begins with the requirement which may be rendered in English:

Any person driving a vehicle may only drive so fast that the car is under control. Speeds must be adapted to the road, traffic, visibility and weather conditions as well as the personal skills and characteristics of the vehicle and load.

This requirement applies to all roads, and is similar to the "reasonable speed" legal obligation levied in other nations.

Speed limits are enforced with a small tolerance. Driving merely 3 km/h (2 mph) or faster above the posted or implied speed limit is considered a punishable infraction in Germany.

I'll take the American approach any day.

2 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

justthinkit But (324 comments)

But cell phone using drivers don't drive like this. They drive slower, if anything. They don't speed, if anything. They don't weave, if anything. They don't run traffic lights or stop signs, if anything.

What they do is not pay attention. They don't realize the light has changed. They don't realize they are going slow in the fast lane. And they suddenly change lanes -- typically from the extreme left to the extreme right lane -- when their cell phone GPS tells them that they need to turn right now.

Cell phone using drivers are 50% "just" annoying other drivers, and 50% the deadliest thing on the road.

2 days ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

justthinkit This is in part (223 comments)

This is in part because we can sense that future, even worse, shocks are coming.

Now that they have all the money AND have devalued the currency by a factor of 100 AND have all the power and control over every aspect of our lives, there is only one way for things to get better for THEM.

And that is to find ways to get rid of most of us.

People randomly pulling us over and stealing from us is designed to provoke a backlash. There will be more of it, and worse. It is time to stop using the "Welcome to the..." phrases. It is all about goodbyes now.

4 days ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

justthinkit Re:It should be (363 comments)

How about this...Faraday cage the car, then provide a cell phone antenna. To use it, you have to jack-in. And each jack has a separate IP address, so that all subsequent communication on that address can be tied to an individual. Maybe you have to dock your phone in your door, so that you can't steal someone else's jack. Ok, this is getting complicated. How about you take a hammer, and smash everyone's phone before they climb in your car?

about a week ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

justthinkit Re:Empirical Data Trumps Information Theory (211 comments)

It can't violate...a theory, and QM (i.e. another theory)? How do you figure? Theories get violated all the time.

about a week ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

justthinkit Re:Like Coca-Cola? (368 comments)

You are confusing shelf space with successful products. It is like Microsoft with their Windows product. It is their Coke. You don't carry their Coke, you don't succeed in the computer market.

You don't do everything Coca-Cola wants, you don't get to carry Coke.

You are also missing the time element to this comparison. Coca-Cola is a trifle older than Mojang. Did Coca-Cola have 500 products when it was 5 years old?

about a week ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

justthinkit Like Coca-Cola? (368 comments)

Like Coca-Cola?

about a week ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

justthinkit Re:Not quite (228 comments)

I think we are saying the same thing, or at least aware of the same effects.

Both caffeine and alcohol have one or more positive effects at low dose, then undesirable symptoms at "medium" doses, and then fatal effects.

Regarding the 1000mg of caffeine level, this roughly corresponds to the recommended "no more than 6 cups of coffee in a day". I think the only thing I disagree with you on is the use of the word "toxic" to describe someone consuming 1000 mg of caffeine.

about a week ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

justthinkit Re:Not quite (228 comments)

Two words: Spring Break.

about a week ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

justthinkit Re:Not quite (228 comments)

Does the fact that people suffer from side effects before dying surprise you?

Not really, mainly because the two things we are talking about are consumed for their effect. Maybe I am not understanding your question?

about a week ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

justthinkit Re:Not quite (228 comments)

This is the first hit I get on Google for "dsm iv caffeine intoxication". Immediately under the title text it says "These criteria are obsolete"

about a week ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

justthinkit Re:I don't drink coffee. (228 comments)

But I find I can only take a single drink of beer in general and it's good but the second drink is hard to get down and I need to hold my breath to get the rest down or just not drink it

You realize that alcohol is a toxin, right? And that more than the average -- i.e. 4 drinks a week -- is not healthy? Then just say "no" to that second drink.

about a week ago
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

justthinkit On the contrary (185 comments)

On the contrary...fastest wake-ups in town!

about a week ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

justthinkit Re:The Trouble with Physics (203 comments)

Lee Smolin is one of the tiny minority of physicists who are genuinely thinking about the major problems of the field. I would also recommend Three Roads To Quantum Gravity.

Another I quite respect is Frank Close. I found Nothing: A Very Short Introduction to be quite thought provoking. And that is the point, by the way. Good physics, and in general good science writing, should be above all thought provoking.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

justthinkit What about microphone usage? (131 comments)

Facebook now taps into smartphone microphones "just to get a 'fingerprint' that we don't save". This will drive up data usage as well, and is also being done clandestinely.

about two weeks ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

justthinkit Re:Why would I care (152 comments)

Because it doesn't work the same. images.google.com, for example, is noticeably worse in "retro" mode. (1) less images (and those in the old spaced-out-grid display), (2) less images vertically, (3) and when you click on an image, you go to the web site (i.e. you are not given the choice to just load the image).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

justthinkit Re:Eudora (635 comments)

I use Opera 12 also. I like it for its incompatibility -- it basically warns me when sites are up to something, Agreed about the crazy email folders -- this also impacts RSS feeds, so I have thousands of folders with one small file in each. Maddening. I use Yahoo email but don't pay them the $19. After a rocky bit these past few years, Yahoo email seems to have settled down and...touch wood...I actually like it.

about two weeks ago

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CDC caught in scientific fraud

justthinkit justthinkit writes  |  about a month ago

justthinkit (954982) writes "With a full headline of "CDC caught in scientific fraud, perpetrating vaccine violence against blacks in shocking eugenics cover-up", the waiting begins. The evidence is coming from a whistleblower, and will be "made public in mere days." The story continues with "MMR vaccine causes autism"...and the CDC knew it. For 12 years. So are Slashdotters still going to say vaccines are harmless? This is almost sacred ground for some."
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Tattoos and why we love/hate them

justthinkit justthinkit writes  |  about a year ago

justthinkit (954982) writes "For years I've pondered why people get tattoos. I've studied them, laughed at them and admired them. I've watched several tattoo reality shows and watched friends and closer get tattoos. But if I became Emperor I would ban the word "tattoo" and replace it with the word "mistake", as I think that is usually what they become, sometimes immediately. Still I'm occasionally open-minded and would love to hear other perspectives on the subject. What are your thoughts on tattoos? Do you have one or more? Are they visible? If you have tattoos, do you have piercings? How much have you spent on tattoos? Do you have any tattoos that you regret? What tattoos were painful? Do you have a favorite tattoo, on yourself or someone else? Which area of the body is the best place to have one? And the worst placement for a tattoo?"
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Have they discovered a new particle?

justthinkit justthinkit writes  |  about a year and a half ago

justthinkit writes "Live Science reports on the findings of researchers from Amherst College and the University of Texas at Austin that speculate there might be "a new fundamental force of nature". Having alleged long-range effects it may turn out to be electromagnetism in disguise. Still, the prospects are interesting. Thus far there are 3 possible explanations, including an "unparticle" and a Z' (pronounced "Z-prime"). Does anyone have a simple(r) explanation of the "long-range spin-spin interaction" observed?"
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Best 32-bit System In 2012

justthinkit justthinkit writes  |  about 2 years ago

justthinkit writes "I have a number of applications that will not run on 64-bit Windows, but I would like to gain the benefits (most better caching) of having more than 4GB of RAM. Am I stuck with these Windows operating systems? And why is Windows Server 2008 Datacenter and Enterprise not included on that page? Should I go with a Linux or Win 7/8 system, and run a VM of Windows XP? Is this a solved problem or a lost cause?"
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Why do you hate your printer?

justthinkit justthinkit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

justthinkit writes "After buying the big black ink cartridges for my Canon Pixma printer, only to have them be ignored while I use up the other inks, despite having my printer set to "grayscale", I am ready to buy another printer. Thanks to Slashdot I've learned to go back in time to the era of laser printers, only now I need to choose the best one of those. We need to print & scan, with almost zero faxing. I have narrowed my search down to an HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf or a Canon MF4450 but there seem like dozens of printers I could choose from. Since printers are practically free, and their supplies practically gold-plated, it comes down to which printer will I hate the least?"
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Have you Bumped someone today?

justthinkit justthinkit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

justthinkit writes "You can now give other drivers a piece of your mind without the limitations of horns and high beams, or the risk of road rage. Bump lets you connect your email address to your license plate, allowing you to harass the chick in the red convertible from the comfort of your barcalounger. Does anyone see any opportunites or problems with this kind of service?"
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What gadgets go on your pedalled ride?

justthinkit justthinkit writes  |  more than 6 years ago

justthinkit writes "Bicycle ridership is rising faster than the Shuttle, but is safety (and comfort) improving as quickly? What toys and tools are you using to have a safe, more comfortable commute? Anyone using the compressed air horn that fits in your closed fist and taps a supply of air in a bottle the size of a water bottle? I could see semis & dump trucks flipping over when they heard it. How about an electric motor add-on — is it worth the weight? Share your best bike secrets and maybe save a life."
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What does Ubuntu mean to you?

justthinkit justthinkit writes  |  more than 6 years ago

justthinkit writes "Apparently, Ubuntu means a lot more than "easy to use Linux" to Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics. For the NBA team it has become a rallying cry. Translated as "I am because we are", the Celtics break huddles with UBUNTU! (and have made it all the way to the NBA final as a result). So what does Ubuntu mean to you? Is "collective success over individual achievement" what Linux is all about? Or is this moment going to be more like what happened to Tux at Indy?"
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Favorite application of all time?

justthinkit justthinkit writes  |  more than 7 years ago

justthinkit writes "Slashdot readers, you are the most technical people on Earth. You probably average a decade or more of computing experience. What, in all your years of hacking, have you found to be your favorite application of all? What is the one program you would like to have with you on a desert island? And why?

The catch is it has to be a single file and no dependencies other than what the OS of its day provided by default. This is a blast-from-the-past seeker. I am sick of OSes today shipping with hundreds of thousands of files, on install DVDs. I am looking for the most useful yet tiniest ever. Small is indeed beautiful (and Word.exe's chief architect should be President).

I'll kick things off by stating mine — Microsoft Word for DOS, version 5.0a [Version 5.5, patched for Y2K, is available from MS for free]. My choice: Word.exe, 622,428 bytes.

Some of the reasons I love Word.exe? Ran native on OS/2, had a shallow mouse-and-keyboard accessible menu tree (that negated the need for obscure WP-like macros or keyboard templates, although it had one of the best keytemps ever), integrated support for a powerful yet readable macro language, RTF support, embeddable images, CR or CR-LF text file support, changeable screen resolutions (including a half readable graphics mode), first DOS application with native mouse support. And practical things like a hefty 8MB file size limit, auto-created backup files, auto-generated "DOC" file extension, automatic on-screen pagination and absolute 100.0% stability. Pity that XP broke the clipboard access...

At one point I worked at a 500 person engineering firm that was still running Word.exe right into the Windows 98 era. I've written applications that depended on automated calls to Word.exe. Low tech, high age friends of mine use Word.exe to write, manage contact lists and convert documents — for almost 20 years now [timeline]. They bought a new printer 6 or 7 years ago and the dealer installed Windows to install the printer drivers. On their next trip to British Columbia, on route to Hawaii, I was called upon to put it back to "just DOS + Word" for them. Word.exe keeps on keeping on.

If we allow more than a single file but still limiting things to what shipped with the core application, then I would also cite: postscript support (30KB), superb help file (105KB), the most complete spell check database at that time — that allowed user and global add-on dictionaries (180KB), full thesaurus (320KB), excellent tutorial system for mouse and keyboard (900KB)]. Heck, if you excluded the thesaurus & tutorials you could be fit it all on a single bootable 3.5" floppy.

Ok, I think I set the bar pretty high but I am really looking forward to other all-star submissions."

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justthinkit justthinkit writes  |  more than 7 years ago

justthinkit writes "John C. Dvorak is at it again, but this time he might be making sense. In a brief piece on pcmag.com he writes about Windows copy issues, calling the words "Preparing to copy" the "Windows' words of doom". His observations range from show-stopping bugs like the "The Long-Filename Anomaly" to annoyances like poor time-to-completion estimates. He doesn't add Vista's new copy slowdown feature to the list, probably hoping that Vista will just go away altogether. So is it time to cut him some slack?"
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justthinkit justthinkit writes  |  more than 7 years ago

justthinkit writes "ZDNet reports that "Microsoft has sold nearly 40 million copies of Windows Vista in the first 100 days, twice as fast as the introduction of Windows XP, Microsft [sic] chairman Bill Gates said in a keynote address Tuesday." Is it just me or do the words "Reality distortion field" come to mind? Bill Gates then added that "sales of Vista in the first five weeks have matched 'the entire installed base of similar software'. Given there are 300 million+ computers in operation, each of which has an operating system, what are we to make of such a bizarre statement?"

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Top program of all time? I choose Microsoft ________

justthinkit justthinkit writes  |  more than 7 years ago What, in all my years of hacking, is my favorite application of all? What is the one program I would like to have with me on a desert island? Brace yourself...

The catch is it has to be a single file and no dependencies other than what the OS of its day provided by default. I am sick of OSes today shipping with hundreds of thousands of files, on install DVDs. I am looking for the most useful yet tiniest ever. Small is indeed beautiful (and this program's chief architect should be President).

My choice: Microsoft Word for DOS. Specifically, version 5.0a, 622,428 bytes. [Version 5.5, patched for Y2K, is available from MS for free].

Some of the reasons I love Word.exe? Ran native on OS/2, had a shallow mouse-and-keyboard accessible menu tree (that negated the need for obscure WP-like macros or keyboard templates, although it had one of the best keytemps ever), integrated support for a powerful yet readable macro language, RTF support, embeddable images, CR or CR-LF text file support, changeable screen resolutions (including a half readable graphics mode), first DOS application with native mouse support. And practical things like a hefty 8MB file size limit, auto-created backup files, auto-generated "DOC" file extension, automatic on-screen pagination and absolute 100.0% stability. Pity that XP broke the clipboard access...

At one point I worked at a 500 person engineering firm that was still running Word.exe right into the Windows 98 era. I've written applications that depended on automated calls to Word.exe. Low tech, high age friends of mine use Word.exe to write, manage contact lists and convert documents -- for almost 20 years now [Word timeline]. They bought a new printer 6 or 7 years ago and the dealer installed Windows to install the printer drivers. On their next trip to British Columbia, on route to Hawaii, I was called upon to put it back to "just DOS + Word" for them. Word.exe keeps on ticking.

If we allow more than a single file but still limit things to what shipped with the core application, then Word.exe gets even better because of: postscript support (30KB), superb help file (105KB), the most complete spell check database at that time -- that allowed user and global add-on dictionaries (180KB), full thesaurus (320KB), excellent tutorial system for mouse and keyboard (900KB)]. Heck, if you excluded the thesaurus & tutorials you could be fit it all on a single bootable 3.5" floppy.

Word.exe. I don't leave home without it.

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