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You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

klwood911 2013 Hyundai Sonata (437 comments)

My car already has options such as this. I have a remote car starter that only works if you pay the annual fee. Mind you, this fee covers remote monitoring, gps and emergency services as well. So, what would it take to make the seat heater or the mirror defroster or the driving lights an after purchase option, not much. Just a few more things attached to the internal computer.

Now if someone can figure out how to permanently configure my starter to run without paying the fee and installing another unit, I'd be excited!

Now, for the devils advocate. What happens if the company goes out of business? Who maintains the database that states that you bought that option? What happens when they decide that they don't like an option or it gives them problems they just shut it off without notice? I'm sure a class action would resolve that, but something to think about.

1 year,7 days

Apple Granted Patent For Slide To Unlock

klwood911 I have an idea (622 comments)

I call first dibs if it is not already taken. I will patent the "pinch to unlock gesture". Most screens will recognize a two figure gesture (Multi-touch) Instead of sliding your finger to the side, bring both fingers together on the screen to unlock. I understand it may be difficult for a user missing fingers, and we may be able to come up with a resolution for that, but this will correct the issue for now. When it is pattented, I will open source the patent and then anyone can use it. Sound like a plan?

more than 3 years ago

Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

klwood911 Re:the tea party and libertarian view of the usa (950 comments)

Why is everyone pushing universal healthcare? Have any of you talked with anyone from a country that provides universal healthcare? Everyone I have ever talked to says it sucks. You are either waiting in line to get to the doctor or you are waiting six months to get treated.
The only way to make insurance affordable to to make it cost money. This will stop people with the sniffles from going to the doctor all the time. Get a health savings plan and a high deductible insurance policy. Pay cash, negotiate with the doctor over costs to get the price down and have the high deductible to pay when there is a high cost issue (Transplant, bypass, etc.).
In turn, keep the physicians code that if you can't pay, they have to trear you anyways.

more than 3 years ago

Adding an Olfactory Dimension To Games

klwood911 Ooooh that smell, can you smell that smell.... (108 comments)

Imagine the following games with smell added:

Terminator (oil and electric)
Half Life (Creatures and chemicals)
Need for Speed (Oil and Gas)
Army of Two (Gun Powder and Burning wreckage)

And these are the tame games. I'm sure I could come up with some others that would smell worse. Have a good gaming session and no one would come to your house anymore or they would call the cops figuring you were burning the place down with your new maserratti.

about 4 years ago

Tales From the Tech Trenches

klwood911 2 Stories for You (99 comments)

The first story comes from an old admin I worked with. Apparently he worked for a hospital as a helpdesk person and received a call from one of the higher ups. The issue expressed over the phone was a request for a larger mouse pad as he kept running out of room. When he heard this, he shook his head and decided to take a walk up to the office to find out what was going on, When he got there and looked in the door, he had to turn around and walk away, because he was laughing so hard. The executive would use his mouse and hit the end of the mouse pad. Instead of picking the mouse up, pulling it back and then moving the mouse again, he would pick the mouse up, slide the mouse pad forward, set the mouse down and then move it. Anytime it hit the edge of the pad, he would do the same thing.

The next story comes from my old beowulf days. I was working for a company as an admin. They staff were programmers that designed DSL Modem Processors and the software that run on them. One day another admin and myself decided to play a prank on the staff. I remebered a tool that we used when creating beowulf clusters that would allow me to issue a command to multiple machines at once. We used it for configuration. Well, it is also good for ejecting cd-roms. We loaded up an inventory of machines and typed eject cdrom. Its amazing the sound of 35-40 cdroms drives opening at the same time. It's even more funny when you hear the expressions of 35-40 staffers saying "WTF?"

Good Times

about 4 years ago

France Planning Non-Windows Tablet Tax?

klwood911 I question the comparison.... (227 comments)

That's like saying that every car that isn't Chevy isn't a car (but ironically all can carry people?). Someone needs to strung up for this definition.

more than 4 years ago

IE6 Addiction Inhibits Windows 7 Migrations

klwood911 XP Mode Anyone? (470 comments)

Its called XP Mode, microsoft ships it with IE6 installed and can be legally run on any Windows 7 Professional PC. Just download and install for free. When the sites are upgraded, swap back over to IE8 and uninstall. Plus it has the added benefit of running all your old software that won't run under 7.

more than 4 years ago

Generic PCs For Corporate Use?

klwood911 Hardware vs Total (606 comments)

One thing you are not taking into account is labor. By buying a Dell (I don't like Dell, but this applies to any manufacturer), the time and expense in building is included in the cost. When you look at parts, it looks less, but add your time in building, time to diagnose an issue when the machine doesn't boot, and time to RMA parts and repair said machine when it breaks. This adds up quick. I work for a company that built its own machines for sale and we found a company that could build and warranty them for $10 more. That $10 extra was very well spent. So remember, you are getting more than just parts, you are getting the time to assemble, repair and replace.

more than 4 years ago

Australia Air Travelers' Laptops To Be Searched For Porn

klwood911 Hidden Drive (647 comments)

1. Why not just setup a dual boot system. Hide the offending partition and boot into a clean OS. They're not CS majors and most won't have a clue anyways.

2. What if I have bath shots of my kids on my laptop. You know, blackmail for when they are in their teens or getting married. Many of my customers have swapped over to laptops from desktops and keep this kind of material on them. Are they instantly child porn offenders when they walk in the country?

3. As far as encrypting the drive goes, that may be counterproductive. I'm sure the minute they see a drive that is encrypted, they pull you aside and get a manager involved. Flip side is like I said with #1, they're not CS majors and may figure the drive is blank.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Investigates Windows 7 "Black Screen of Death"

klwood911 BSOD (351 comments)

I guess they don't have to change the acronym then. Saves on Apple and Microsoft's marketing budgets next year! First Post!

more than 5 years ago

Simple, Free Web Remote PC Control?

klwood911 showmypc.com (454 comments)

Come on guys, why haven't you come up with showmypc.com. It uses SSH and VNC in a small utility that they can download from a webpage. Works everytime. It is a free service unless you want to run it as a service. I use it with my clients all the time. The only thing you have to tell the person to do is go to the website, run the software and tell you the passphrase.

The only downfall is that it does not sustain a connection through a reboot. Logmein has this capability. If they could fix this, I would be very happy.

more than 5 years ago

Worst Working Conditions You Had To Write Code In?

klwood911 College Anyone? (1127 comments)

Try coding in a language that MIT designed (LISP) that no one uses outside the classroom, with a bunch of college guys, up all night, no showers, in a computer lab, on monochrome serial terminals, when you are a commuter and home is better than half an hour away. AND, you have to work full time an hour away the next day. AND your attractive live in girlfriend is waiting breathlessly for you at home.... Torture that even Gitmo couldn't beat...

more than 5 years ago

New Laser System Targets Mosquitoes

klwood911 Need bigger Laser here in NH (354 comments)

Remember the movie Real Genius? We in NH, would need something that size to unload our Mosquitos. They get big enough up here to carry you off.

more than 5 years ago

On-Call-IT Assists In Government Data Destruction

klwood911 I'm not sure what to think of this...... (163 comments)

All these thoughts come to mind:

1. What did they charge the GOVERNMENT to do this?
2. Should I be upset that this guy needed to use my tax money to hire an outside company to do something when my tax money goes for a goverment IT person making $100K+ that could do it or that the person could have used the theoretical $700 hammer to get the job done?
3. Did Geeks on Call have licensed software to do the job? (OK aBB reference)
4. Did Geeks on Call backup the data to a portable drive to take back to the office (Yes I know this was BB, but who else does this?)

So many questions and no answers. I'm sure I could think of more.

more than 7 years ago



They finally made a real lightsaber!!!

klwood911 klwood911 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

klwood911 (731463) writes "Back in September, Slashdot published an article about Wicked Lasers producing a 1 Watt Green Laser. Well, they have now turned it into a Light Saber!!! With the addition of a new polycarbonate blade attached to the Spyder 3 Laser, you too can have your own Light Saber. In the attached video, they explain how it all works. On your mark, get set, get your Jedi Master on!


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Creative Christmas!

klwood911 klwood911 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

klwood911 (731463) writes "What do you get when you combine a former Disney imagineer, Guitar Hero, a house and 21,268 Christmas Lights? Probably one of the coolest light displays you will see. Ric Turner turned his house into an interactive Guitar Hero Display.

As he explains:

Christmas Light Hero is using 7 light controllers from Light-O-Rama built from kits to control 21,268 lights and LEDs. Each controller has 16 outputs and 2-3 TTL level control inputs that are used by the game system to fire different programmed light sequences depending on what happens in the game. It relies on the fact that the game sequence is very consistent. If the game and the lighting sequences start together, they will stay in very good sync through the length of the song. The light program allows branching and overlays for fail, star power and "ready." I have some ideas to automate the initial show/game sync, but for now you have to push doorbell buttons at the right moments."

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What happens when we make it into space?

klwood911 klwood911 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

klwood911 (731463) writes "I would like to pose this question to the Slashdot community. It is not a technical question, but will have technical impacts. If and when we get to outer space, what time will we base our civilization on? Here is why I ask. We submit our taxes on April 14th. We have our religious holidays on their respective days. We have our birthdays on, well our birthdays. Now translate this to a new planet where hours in the day and days in the year will differ. A person on earth might be 30 years old, but on another planet would be only 18. Would that person still be legal to drink? I ask as these don't seem to be questions that are brought up when we talk about inhabitting another planet. The technical part comes in when judging time and location. Imagine picking your time zone based on the planet you are on. This would have huge implications in software design, almost like the watches that were specifically designed for the engineers working on the Mars rovers. What are yuor thoughts?"

Tell me about a few good movies/books/websites!

klwood911 klwood911 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

klwood911 writes "Many times I have read a Slashdot story or a reply to a slashdot story and found references to various things (movies/websites/books) and I am finding that I am hunting down the references to find out more about them. Goatse (ewww!), Cats Cradle (Great Book) and my most recent exploration, Donnie Darko (Interesting Movie!) I have a few backlogged (Dark Star, Westworld & Soylent Green), but I am afraid I am going to run out. I'm big into the sci-fi, thriller, science and technology type things, but anything that has an interesting premise is up for grabs. Obscure movies that really aren't mainstream are great suggestions too as I am finding movies that I haven't even heard of being very interesting. What I would like to ask slashdot is, if you were to suggested a Movie, website or book (or anything else for that matter) that is of interest to a slashdotter, what would you suggest? Winter is coming and I want to stock up. Thanks for the help."

SunRocket Dumps its Customers!

klwood911 klwood911 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

klwood911 (731463) writes "As quoted from Sunrockets homepage "After significant effort by the Company to avoid this result, SunRocket is in the process of discontinuing its operations as you know it. Therefore SunRocket will no longer be able to provide its customers with the phone service that its customers have been accustomed to." At this point, it would be good for customers to contact their credit card companies and file a dispute. Sunrocket refered customers to new providers, but they will be new contracts and not provide credit for existing balances."

klwood911 klwood911 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

klwood911 (731463) writes "Windows chief Jim Allchin said Microsoft signed off on the code less than an hour ago. "It's rock solid and we're ready to ship. This is a good day," Allchin said in a conference call.

Allchin said Vista will go on sale to consumers January 30. He said that Microsoft is releasing Vista in five languages. The French, Spanish and Japanese versions were actually signed off on before the English version, Allchin said.

Full story can be found at CNET: http://news.com.com/Microsoft+Vista+is+ready+to+ro ll/2100-1016_3-6133660.html"


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