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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

m3000 Re:Competition (907 comments)

Yeah, that doesn't happen:

" So as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, the federal government began losing an estimated $25 million a day in tax revenue.

But did airlines simply pass on this savings to customers?

No, they did not.

Last week, evidently in anticipation of the taxâ(TM)s expiring, some airlines quietly began raising fares â" on average, roughly by the same amount as the federal taxes. Others did the same over the weekend, and most of the rest joined in on Monday. "

If a customer is willing to pay $X for something, and has for years, and the cost to make that something decreases, why would they ever decrease $X?

about a month ago

Facebook Cleans Up News Feed By Reducing Click-Bait Headlines

m3000 Automated Clickbait Answers (61 comments)

Often there may be an interesting tidbit in the clickbait articles, but it's obviously annoying to have to actually click on them and find the actual sentence of info buried in 5 paragraphs of fluff and 20 ads.

There are some Twitter feeds that spoil the clickbait from it ( is probably the most "useful" at this) but it'd be nice to automate the process so that when someone posted any headline with clickbait, Facebook would just drop the answer right below. Actually a browser plugin would work even better, since it could work on any site.

about 2 months ago

Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

m3000 Re:Compare it with a nook (105 comments)

I think he meant the Kindle Fire, which is marketed (among other things) as an e-reader.

I can read on an LCD in a pinch, but e-ink really is just vastly superior for reading.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

m3000 Re:IBM/Rational Innovate (131 comments)

Yes, but if you're already invested in that technology, then those types of conferences can be really beneficial to get far more indepth knowledge and trade tips/horror stories with other users of said product.

It's not like you're changing your key vendor every single year. At some point it'd be nice to get into depth into one of them.

about 2 months ago

Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

m3000 Re:Obvious (163 comments)

This is why I'm frustrated we can't have a semi-autonomous car for highway driving already. 99% of long distance driving is just not hitting the car in front of you and staying in your lane, and having the car replace hours of monotonous highway driving would be awesome.

about 3 months ago

Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

m3000 Re:Hands and feet? (163 comments)

Which is fine until the car in front slams into a broke down semi trailer and the sliding distance turns to zero.

about 3 months ago

Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

m3000 Re:It would be cheaper for everyone.... (182 comments)

This continues to show China is a pay for play game, in that you are well connected enough in the communist party and laws and environmental rules just don't apply and it doesn't matter if it kills the little people.

The same could be said about the US too.....

about 3 months ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

m3000 Re:People think you're smart if you have glasses (550 comments)

This. Also I like the way I look in glasses, and like the way other people look in glasses.

The annoyance of having to bother with contacts during some activities (swimming in particular) has made me tempted at times to get LASIK, but I'd really miss the way I look in glasses. And on a somewhat personal level, I think it'd be hypocritical that I love women in glasses but wouldn't want to wear them myself.

about 3 months ago

Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

m3000 Re:The double standard at work (824 comments)

At last check... gay individuals had the same rights as straight ones... and while sometimes those rights may not line up with preferences (ie right to marry someone of the opposite sex where desire is to marry someone of the same sex), the right remains the same regardless... you purposely try to pain the issue as something more than its not.

Wow, what a hackneyed bullshit argument. "You have the right to be in a loveless fake marriage with someone you aren't attracted to. Why aren't you happy!?!" Yes somehow I don't think people who think this is a ligament argument would feel the same way if heterosexual marriage was outlawed.

Again... you prove my point of intolerance from the left... and that one need only call something a 'human rights' or 'civil rights' issue until you make enough people agree through education & politics... or fear mongering and blacklisting.

How is this not a human right issue?

History tends to be written by the victors... yet up until just two years ago, the President of the United States claimed to be against same-sex marriage... does that mean up until then he should have been viewed as a homophobic and anti-gay bigot? No? Interesting the continued double standard... or do you think history will record it that way?

Yeah, he kind of was a homophobic bigot. Just like all the presidents who didn't push for inter-racial marriage or who tolerated slavery are kind of racist bigots. And yeah, history has shown us time and time again that denying people basic dignity will always go down as terrible policies we should be ashamed of.

Intolerance of perceived intolerance is still bigotry

Just keep telling yourself whatever you have to make you sleep better at night I guess. Not recognizing that gay people should have the same rights as everyone else is bigotry, regardless of if you want it to be or not.

As far as if this matters if Eich should step down is debatable and I'm a bit on the fence on it to be honest, but this is much bigger and more important issue than him saying that his favorite color is red and mine is green.

Also try to actually meet some gay people. You'll discover they're just like everyone else, and you'll have a much happier life not being in fear of them.

about 7 months ago

Supreme Court Overturns Defense of Marriage Act

m3000 Re:What now? (1073 comments)

But Alabama doesn't care what the federal Justice department doesn't enforce. It'll still enforce it at a state level.

about a year ago

How Ubiquitous Autonomous Cars Could Affect Society (Video)

m3000 Re:My car will work for me (369 comments)

Which is why you secure it via a credit card and an agreement. Otherwise why would anyone return rental cars without (noticeable) damage?

And with an automated car you wouldn't have to worry about them driving over speed bumps at 50MPH like my high school friends did to their leased cars.

about a year ago

How Ubiquitous Autonomous Cars Could Affect Society (Video)

m3000 Re:No thanks. (369 comments)

1) With sensors in the front bumper, your car could "see" far better than you could from the drivers seat and help make that dangerous situation much safer. And with any even decent AI it would recognize this is a tough way to exit and see if there might be a better way.

2) I'm very certain the car could react FAR quicker than you could. And that it would have seen that car running the red light way before you even realized it (as you admit). You're looking just forward and to the left to make your turn. An autonomous car is looking everywhere, at all times, and calculating the speed of that red-light runner to see that it's not stopping, and can apply the brakes before you even realize what is happening.

I've talked with some of the people working on these autonomous cars, and it's pretty amazing what they can do even just today.

about a year ago

TiVo Series 5 Coming This Fall

m3000 Re:Great, now I just need 6 cablecards (178 comments)

THIS! My cable card install with Time Warner was a nightmare. No one knew anything at all about Cable Cards, the techs who installed the cable card were clueless but yet TWC required a visit to plug it into the back of the Tivo (they refused to let me install it myself), but then had no idea how to activate it, and neither did any of the tech support people. And it took 4 calls to figure out that I needed a Tuning Adapter as well.

Only when I did enough Googling to find their Tier 3 Cable Card only tech support phone number on a Tivo forum did everything finally start working. It only took about 30 seconds once I got the right people on the phone.

It's actually against FCC rules to make it so incredibly difficult to use a CableCard, so I ended up writing up a complaint to them, and then TWC got really nice to me and gave me a few months of free cable. And at least I haven't had any issues since.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Work On Projects While Traveling?

m3000 Re:bah. (273 comments)

Do they even make travelers checks anymore? I've never heard of anyone using them in the last 10 years, and me and my friends go all over the world.

But to add to the other good advice on your list, I found that having a chip+pin credit card is becoming essential in Europe. They're pretty hard to find from US credit card companies, but Flyer Talk made a list. There's also a few chip+signature cards available too, but those aren't near as useful apparently as chip+pin. So make sure you get one of those.

about a year ago

Spoiler Alert: Smart Kids Become Successful Adults

m3000 Re:You missed mod points (256 comments)

While I believe (as a "leftist") that being rich is not evil, I do recognize that over the last 30 years it has become far harder to break out of the class that they're born into. While at one point in US history economic classes may have been fluid, that's no longer the case for the most part. And that is why I think our current system is so farked up.

about a year and a half ago

Spoiler Alert: Smart Kids Become Successful Adults

m3000 Re:False. Intelligence is a myth. (256 comments)

It's a lot easier to get the time and attention of a parent if they're not working two crappy minimum wage jobs to try and make ends meet. Privilege is incredibly relevant.

about a year and a half ago

T-Mobile Ends Contracts and Subsidies

m3000 But does it have the same limitations as pre-paid? (404 comments)

I left T-Mobile at the end of last year when my contract expired, and have been using the MVNOs that use the T-Mobile airwaves on pre-paid (PTel specifically) to save money. It's been working well, and was much cheaper than T-Mobile's previous pre-paid offerings for what I needed. However I discovered there's some missing features that pre-paid doesn't give you and no one really points out until you already switched:
* no call forwarding (for google voice voicemail)
* no visual voicemail
* no short code sms texting (except often they'll allow Twitter and Facebook)

Now that T-Mobile's prices are more in line with their MVNOs (and cheaper if you have multiple lines) and they don't even offer contracts, does this mean all those features that you lost going pre-paid would be available again? While none of those features would have been worth the extra cost of a contract, it would be a great reason to pick T-Mobile over the other smaller pre-paid operators. I'll have to call them and see if their CSRs even know the answers to these questions (I doubt it yet, someone will have to be the guinea pig), but it does make me want to switch back if that's the case.

about a year and a half ago

Intel's Pentium Chip Turns 20 Today

m3000 Re:Ahh, Pentium. (197 comments)

I actually still use one of those keychains today. Got it in my pocket as I type this.

That and my giant Itsakey metal USB stick gets peoples attention when I hand them my keys.

about a year and a half ago

We The People Petition Signature Requirement Bumped To 100,000

m3000 Re:IOW, we're making it harder get a response... (337 comments)

They did respond to the marijuana one. They just didn't give the answer the people who signed it wanted.

I'm kind of baffled why people were shocked they got a response that said they weren't interested in legalizing marijuana, when that was ALWAYS his point of view. It's not like they didn't already know some good percentage of people want it legal, but a petition of 25,000 people isn't going to automatically change policy all of the sudden if they don't want to do that.

I always saw the petition site as a way to force a response from the administration on some topic, not a way to force them to change their minds on that stance.

about 2 years ago


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