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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

kelemvor4 Re:Short answer - No. (111 comments)

Not unless Tesla can outspend the dealers lobby.

They do have a considerable budget to work with. Here's to hoping!

11 hours ago

Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

kelemvor4 Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

If you're going to have crime then it's better to have it organized and out in the open. Easier to keep track of and keep from getting too out of hand.

I'm sure John Gotti and a few others would agree.

about a week ago

To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

kelemvor4 Re:Wireless charging (486 comments)

This has to be one of the best use cases I've seen for wireless charging stations. Put one at every bus stop where it's practical. Just by sitting there, while letting people on and off or just waiting to get back on schedule, the bus can be recharging. Also, buses are long, so the density of power sent through the charging coils doesn't have to be as high as with a car.

Related: Longbus is Long

about two weeks ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

kelemvor4 Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (527 comments)

If you asked them not to change the definition because "broadband" technically refers to how data is transferred (10gbit ethernet is not broadband, despite the speed, it is baseband) then ok, you can be cpt pedantic.

However this is just you lying. 4mbps is not "enough" for the modern Internet. Currently I find the breakpoint to be about 20mbps. That is the point after which normal users won't notice much, if any, improvement. As such, that is my baseline for recommendation to people. 10mbps is serviceable I guess, but is a pain for video streaming. 4mbps would be a real issue, even low bandwidth streams wouldn't work well.

The minimum needs to keep rising. We keep finding more to do with our net connections. These companies are just whiny because they don't want to have to roll out FTTH, they want to keep doing DSL and pretending like that works.

TFS mentions high quality video. You're not streaming high quality video with 10 or even 20Mbps.

about two weeks ago

Facebook's Auto-Play Videos Chew Up Expensive Data Plans

kelemvor4 Re:autoplay sucks anyway (108 comments)

I keep Slashdot on the whitelist to try to help support the site, but just today an ad auto-played. If advertisers don't knock it off, I'll sadly have to remove Slashdot from the list.

Slashdot is part of a big conglomerate these days. They're publicly traded which means their every thought must be about how to make more money for the shareholders. There's no need to feel guilty about blocking ads here. Do it, and be proud.

about two weeks ago

Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

kelemvor4 I watched the video (362 comments)

I watched the video and I learned:

1. Today we have roads
2. In 1995 we had electronics
3. in 1985 we had pedophiles
4. in 1975 we had the waffle house.

In short; the world hasn't improved much since 1975.

about two weeks ago

Intellectual Ventures Sheds At Least Part of Its "Patent Troll" Reputation

kelemvor4 Re:Hello Cum Lovers (75 comments)

Long time no see :)

(btw, I was watching Linux crash on a friend's PC the other day. Looks like it's still a PIECE OF SHIT)

You must be from IV, here to troll us in another way.

about two weeks ago

Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

kelemvor4 Too much (1134 comments)

What is going on with slashdot lately? "Politically Correct" is a different type of PC.

about two weeks ago

How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

kelemvor4 Oh how times change (359 comments)

A calculator became popular because of what it could do. It remained popular because of what it couldn't.

Sounds kind of like the Apple business model, really.

I still have the HP 48G I used in college. Now my son brings it to middle school and uses it to pick up chicks.

about two weeks ago

First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

kelemvor4 Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

Our entire government seems to think the constitution can be superseded by any other law whatsoever, as if the constitution being the highest law of the land doesn't actually overrule anything that contradicts it. It's as if the constitution is completely meaningless. Sigh.

Stop throwing the constitution in our faces, it's just a goddamned piece of paper.

about two weeks ago

New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

kelemvor4 Re:waste of time... (161 comments)

They're already putting 2k displays on phones.. it's just a matter of time until they put 4k displays on phones and then there's no way a browser is going to download a lower resolution image for the device. The screen is 4k so just download the big picture....

Never mind that you can't see the difference unless you're extremely nearsighted and don't have your glasses on.

Low res is the new "thin".

about two weeks ago

New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

kelemvor4 How useful (161 comments)

Because you couldn't do this without yet another tag, right? Oh yeah.. I guess you could have done it with IMG.. oh well.

about two weeks ago

Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

kelemvor4 Excuse me mr. horse (220 comments)

Excuse Mr. Horse, but what were your feelings about that fall?

about two weeks ago

Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

kelemvor4 Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

well to be fair, im sure a civil case is going to happen. Its just sick. I wonder if there will be any riots over this one

Nah. It was wrong, but people generally don't riot over the death of a rich dude.

about two weeks ago

NASA's Competition For Dollars

kelemvor4 Acid Bucket Challenge (78 comments)

They should create an acid bucket challenge. Participants would get challenged to dump a bottle of hydrochloric acid on their heads or donate to NASA.

about three weeks ago

Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

kelemvor4 Re:Someone with no brain is running NASA (162 comments)

Pic of the wheel ...

The first time when I saw the wheels I was wondering why the hell they spend so much money to send up a robot to Mars and then equip that thing with such flimsy wheels

And I did post question here on /, and there were people (NASA fanbois, perhaps) defending those flimsy wheels

Obviously the engineers designing the wheels had just come off a Livin' The Low Life marathon and felt inspired.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

kelemvor4 Re:Why? (132 comments)

open source, with a community following ;

Why? So if you find one that fits every other requirement but this one you will refuse to use it?


Probably because if there is no community following it there is not going to be much in the way of development going on.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

kelemvor4 Re:IRS (116 comments)

Contract with them. They destroy everything.

Oh no they don't destroy everything. They have tax records going back for a decade or more from both what you, your employer, and financial institutions reported and trust me they can pull these records out of the hat when it suits their purpose. (Such as when they decide to audit you.)

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

kelemvor4 Ask yourself what you want to do. (637 comments)

Do you want to go work somewhere and write Java programs for a living? Maybe you'd like to go write games or work on an office suite? Then learning high level languages like Java will serve you well. Do you want to write low level stuff and do "real" computer science? Maybe you want to develop a new high level language, or do hardware development or other significant development. If that's what you want to do, then you're right. High level Java and other languages should just be a footnote. Focus on Math, assembler, maybe some C/C++. Other low level work that provides a good foundation would also be wise.

Both of those are "Computer Science" disciplines in the modern sense. Obviously they are significantly different from each other in both required study and expected results.

about a month and a half ago

EFF: US Gov't Bid To Alter Court Record in Jewel v. NSA

kelemvor4 Jewel vs NSA? (78 comments)

And I thought she was just a has been singer? Who knew?

about a month and a half ago



Microsoft outed for attempting to hire shills

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about 3 months ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "On sites like Slashdot that large corporations such as Microsoft pay shills to post on their behalf. Here we have someone who Microsoft would have liked as a shill outing them for the practice. A Twitter employee named Paul Stamatiou outed the scheme in a tweet. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch fame also outed them for the same activity. However he went so far as to post a screenshot with the proof."
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Burglar breaks into Microsoft, steals only Apple products

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Despite Microsoft's offices being presumably filled with the best MS tech on the planet, the thieves instead chose to steal only five Apple iPads that were in the office. As the paper notes, no Microsoft products were stolen."
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Smart Automotive Headlight for Seeing Through Rain and Snow

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Standard vehicle headlights improve driver visibility at night by illuminating the road and the surrounding environment. Unfortunately, they also illuminate raindrops and snowflakes making them appear as bright flickering streaks that are distracting to the driver. We propose a headlight capable of avoiding precipitation to improve driver visibility while adequately illuminating the road. This reduces driver stress and makes roads more safe during rain and snow storms. We have conducted simulations and built a prototype system to show that the approach is feasible and effective. Demonstration of the prototype system with an artificial rain drop generator is encouraging making the falling rain disappear in front of the observer.

A write-up on the subject is available here:"

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Supercomputer predicts revolution

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about 3 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "A study, based on millions of articles, charted deteriorating national sentiment ahead of the recent revolutions in Libya and Egypt.

While the analysis was carried out retrospectively, scientists say the same processes could be used to anticipate upcoming conflict.

The system also picked up early clues about Osama Bin Laden's location."

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EA's Origin may be a little too intrusive

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  about 3 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "One of the most intrusive EULA agreements I've seen to date is that of EA's ORIGIN:
“We or third parties operating the advertisement serving technology may use demographic information such as age and gender as well as information logged from your hardware or device to ensure that appropriate advertising is presented within the site, online or mobile product or service and to calculate or control the number of unique and repeat views of a given ad, and/or deliver ads that relate to your interests and measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns. We or third parties may log data for this purpose including IP address (including for purposes of determining your approximate geographic location), unique device I.D., information about your software, applications and hardware, browser information (and/or information passed via your browser), hardware, machine or device make and model, advertisement(s) served, in game location, length of time an advertisement was visible, other Internet and website usage information, web pages and mobile internet sites which have been viewed by you (as well as date and time), domain type, size of the advertisement, advertisement response (if any), and angle of view. The foregoing data may be used and disclosed per this policy and the privacy policy of the company providing the ad serving technology and to other third parties in a form that does not personally identify you.”"

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Can a virtual currency do away with banks?

kelemvor4 kelemvor4 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "Bitcoin is an electronic currency that can be traded directly on the internet, members don't even need to have a bank account.

Its value is fluctuating significantly, but creators claim it will do to the banking system what emails did to the postal service."

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