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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

lister king of smeg Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (279 comments)

Considering the benefits, bring on the laws that mandate that each stop light wifi/bluetooth/whatever broadcasts its state .

Good luck with that. Most stoplights are still using incandescent bulbs and run simply on timers that don't take the actual amount of traffic at the intersection at the time of day into account.

Based on some of the light were I live I am pretty sure some of them are using a random number generator rather than timer to decide how goes next and for how long.

yesterday
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

lister king of smeg Re:ex microsoft shill (72 comments)

The CD problem you refer to is not a fault of the operating system, but rather the drive and the motherboard bios. I've had similar issues on both Linux and iOS with optical media

how the hell did you have an optical drive failure on iOS?

yesterday
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

lister king of smeg Re:In later news... (661 comments)

it is more than just removing decals though it is more like they welded shut the ignition and broke the key off in the door locks and then say not our problem because we removed the decals before we broke it

what they did not only is refusing to fix some one else’s product but they broke some one else property for because third party made a knockoff. attack the producer sure but that does not give you the right to break other peoples shit maliciously

yesterday
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

lister king of smeg Re:In later news... (661 comments)

car anlology time.

Its like you taking you car into a dealer them finding you got a oil change at a non-dealer mechanic so they brick engine control chips on your cars on board computer and saying its you problem you can fix it you just need to overhaul then engine to get at it and re flash the firmware and it will work fine. So its not broken even though it won't start and requires special equipment and non trivial time money and knowledge to fix.

for all intents and purposes it is broken and they are responsible for breaking it

yesterday
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

lister king of smeg Re:Dear Canada.... (519 comments)

Just deport them to the USA. Dearborn, MI is the largest concentration of Muslims in the world outside of the middle east.

Actually Indonesia is the largest.

Islam is the dominant religion in Indonesia, which also has a larger Muslim population than any other country in the world, with approximately 202.9 million identified as Muslim (88.2% of Indonesia's total population of 237 million)
---wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Where Dearborn is only 40% of Arabic decent many of whom are Lebanese Christians called Maronites, and Armenian Christian immigrants also a large part of Dearborn Arabic population.

The city's population includes 40,000 Arab Americans... In the 2010 census, Arab Americans comprised 40% of Dearborn's population; many have been in the city for several generations...
The first Arab immigrants came in the early-to-mid-20th century to work in the automotive industry and were chiefly Lebanese Christians (Maronites). Other immigrants from the Mideast in the early twentieth century included a large Armenian-American community, who are Christian. Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs have also immigrated to the area. Since then, Arab immigrants from Yemen, Iraq and the Palestinian territories, most of whom are Muslim, have joined them. Lebanese Americans are still the most numerous group. (they are the Christian ones just saying)
---wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

I think you have been watching to much Fox News and thats coming from an admitted conservative.

yesterday
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

lister king of smeg Re:Dear Canada.... (519 comments)

Compare and contrast the First Commandment with the First Amendment.

Not to incompatible really the first commandment is aimed at the believer him/herself for their personal exercise not to be inflected on others. The first amendment is aimed at government and society so that we will tolerate each others existence. In fact all of the ten commandment are aimed at the believer and limit their actions. The only one of the ten commandments that says anything about what others may or may no do is the one about the Sabbath which read;

"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."
— Exodus 20:8-11

Which while relating to others just says they shouldn't work for you the believer on the believers holy day or sabbath.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

lister king of smeg replying to undo bad moderation (142 comments)

Moderating on a touch screen is horriblely easy to hit the wrong mod option

2 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

lister king of smeg Re:Confucius say: (354 comments)

I spent $1,200 on my Black MacBook and got eight years of use ($150 per year). Prior to that, I spent $1,200 on a Dell laptop that gave me three years of use ($400 per year). Do the math.

Yeah and I have had a Toshiba laptop last 5 years at 400. Thats 80 bucks a year. Both of our accounts a merely anecdotal though.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

lister king of smeg Re:Wonder How Much? (294 comments)

Wonder how much the dealer franchises had to pay in bribes for a unanimous vote. Seems a bit overkill when you only need a majority.

They didn't have to Michigan is the home of Detroit the "Motor City". Any one voting against it would have been shooting themselves in the foot come time for election funding.

about a week ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

lister king of smeg Re:Who's in charge? (279 comments)

No but The Doctor, of Doctor Who did previously play a WHO Dr.

about two weeks ago
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Kmart Says Its Payment System Was Hacked

lister king of smeg Re:social security? wtf (101 comments)

why would Kmart even have your social security number?

Because they ask for it to look up your Sears credit card if you don't have it with you. Yes it is stupid

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

lister king of smeg Re:And some say Obama isn't a Republican (425 comments)

Every time I hear that I think the same thing:
"Hey look, another knucklehead who doesn't actually pay attention to politics but says what ever group think crap he pulls out of his ass so he can feel important."

Really both sides want ongoing endless war in the middle east, both sides want to increases surveillance and move toward a police state, both parties side with big media, both sides want internet censorship,... need I go on. Its not crap when its true. Look at the debates what gets argued, abortion which has been in an endless stalemate since the 60s the. health care well some movement but not in a direction that anyone other than the insurance companies wanted, they argue about war in the middleast but both sides do the same thing go arm extremist topple government then go fight extremists that we armed earlier, controll/access has made no real movement either way. where is the real difference?

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

lister king of smeg Re:And some say Obama isn't a Republican (425 comments)

Your both wrong the democrats and the republicans are exactly the same. They are just two sides of a authoritarian expansionist kleptocratic coin.

about two weeks ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

lister king of smeg Re:Tech Companies have become warring fiefdoms (161 comments)

I was carrying a smartphone 10 years ago, my new one is faster, prettier and better integrated, but does it do anything the other one couldn't... nope. Just polishing there, no innovation that I can see. In fact the battery life is significantly worse.

Yeah only back then we called them PDA's

about three weeks ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

lister king of smeg Re: How about... (482 comments)

It's not creepy if it works. It's kind of like real spam - try millions of times and if one works it pays off.

Dick pics/crude messages work for a subset of women as do really well thought out messages. But a really good message costs 30m-1h; a bad one .5 minutes even if the response rate is 10x worse it is still worth it.

I wonder if there is actually a biological factor here?

Hear me out, the predominate male animal biological strategy is to inseminate as many females as possible, each insemination involves injecting millions of sperm after one or two eggs per female. Is it possible that this digital mating-dance-span as it were, is just a logical exstension of the biological stratagy.

about three weeks ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

lister king of smeg Re:In Theory? (274 comments)

Why should she not be simply because she is friends with the President? We see again that our Republican rulers do not treat us fairly.

Republican rulers?

Why should she not be simply because she is friends with the President?

Republican - I don't think that word means what you think it means.

about three weeks ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

lister king of smeg Re:You are DAMN RIGHT she should be charged (274 comments)

isn't the cloud service provider for these phones technically in possession of all the kiddie porn anyway?

has this issue been resolved yet?

No they are protected by safe harbor laws one of the few good things to come out of the dmca

about three weeks ago

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ESR on Clang and GCC no plugin policy

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  about 9 months ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "Eric S Raymond writes in the GCC mailing list that GNU's GCC no plug-in policy may have been a good idea before open source won the compiler war but it now acts as an artefact of the past and that is now hindering its adoption in the face of more open compilers such as Clang. He argues that GCC should adopt to more current needs so it may be more closely integrated into other tools so it can stay competitive."
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not enough garbage?

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  about a year and a half ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "Oslo, a recycling-friendly place where roughly half the city and most of its schools are heated by burning garbage — household trash, industrial waste, even toxic and dangerous waste from hospitals and drug arrests — has a problem: it has literally run out of garbage to burn.
The problem is not unique to Oslo, a city of 1.4 million people. Across Northern Europe, where the practice of burning garbage to generate heat and electricity has exploded in recent decades, demand for trash far outstrips supply. “Northern Europe has a huge generating capacity,” said Mr. Mikkelsen, 50, a mechanical engineer who for the last year has been the managing director of Oslo’s waste-to-energy agency."

I have to wonder why we would sell our garbage when we could be doing this ourself?"
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Gnome Project is Understaffed

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "

I suppose I can’t just leave my last post standing there as-is. I’ll start by listing a bunch of things I consider facts about the GNOME project. I don’t want to talk about solutions here, I just want to list them, because I don’t think they are common knowledge. People certainly don’t seem to talk about them a lot. core developers are leaving GNOME development. The most recent examples are Emmanuele and Vincent. Both cite the need to look for something different, there is no hard feelings. GNOME is understaffed. This is hard to explain in a short and concise way. For anecdotal numbers: GTK has 1 person working full-time on it (me). Glib doesn’t even have that. I think evolution is in a similar situation (a complete email client). We can also try Ohloh’s statistics for GNOME (they include 131 packages, including GStreamer and NetworkManager). You’ll see a sharp drop off of committers on the first page already which suggests around 20 full-time developers at most. GNOME is a Red Hat project. If you look at the Ohloh statistics again and ignore the 3 people working almost exclusively on GStreamer and the 2 working on translations, you get 10 Red Hat employees and 5 others. (The 2nd page looks like 6 Red Hat employees versus 8 others with 6 translators/documenters.) This gives the GNOME project essentially a bus factor of 1. GNOME has no goals. I first noticed this in 2005 when Jeff Waugh gave his 10×10 talk. Back then, the GNOME project had essentially achieved what it set out to do: a working Free desktop environment. Since then, nobody has managed to set new goals for the project. In fact, these days GNOME describes itself as a “community that makes great software”, which is as nondescript as you can get for software development. The biggest problem with having no goals is that you can’t measure yourself. Nobody can say if GNOME 3 is better or worse than GNOME 2. There is no recognized metric anywhere. This also leads to frustration in lots of places. GNOME is losing market- and mindshare. I don’t want to point out Linus’ bashing, but a bunch of very pragmatic facts that all together lead to fewer GNOME users and developers: Distros are dropping GNOME for other environments instead of working with GNOME. Previous supporters of GNOME are scaling back their involvement or have already dropped GNOME completely. Most important desktop applications have not made the switch to GNOME 3. From talking to them, it’s not a priority for most of them. The claimed target users for GNOME are leaving desktop computers behind for types of devices GNOME doesn’t work on.

Maybe if the higher ups in gnome would listen to the users and quit chasing the elusive Joe-Sixpack by trying trying to be a tablet gui they would be doing better."
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Ask slashdot, Privet chat server

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "I am wanting to build and setup a chat server that i can run on a Linux based preferable Debian/*buntu (where i have the most experience). I want the traffic to be encrypted between my sever and clients, it would be nice to have file transfer capabilities between clients. It needs to use a protocol that has clients for windows linux mac android and ios seeings as my friends all have devices on those platforms. Does anyone know of a descent easy to administer configuration, or any suggestions or advise on what use or how to configure such a set up? Also this may end up on a virtual machine seeings as i have a limited number of available physical boxes and several other internet facing projects i am going to be working on so it needs to be as light weight as possible."
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EA releases two games for linux

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "In a rather unexpected move, Electronic Arts has added two web-based game titles to the Ubuntu Software Center of the popular Linux distribution, and although they're far from the newest games, Linux users will likely welcome Command and Conquer Tiberium Alliances as well as the Lord of Ultima with open arms.

Before Linux fans get too excited, it isn't the full game installation, but rather a loading web-app. That said, the move does suggest that the game developer has potentially spotted the currently untapped opportunity of using Ubuntu Linux as a another channel for delivering its content."

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what DHS is looking for in your posts

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "As we all know The Department of Homeland Security monitors social networks ,in an attempt to expose Items Of Interest. as it turns out many terms including seemingly benign words such as flu, agent, response, cops drill, and many more words are on the list of words that set off warning bells for the government spooks. Many of the terms make since to be on the list mind you but there are some real stupid one on the list to like "social network".

animal new york has a compiled and indexed list of words that were provided to a DHS contractor that were released by epic.org"

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