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Ask Slashdot: Is There a Modern IP Webcam That Lets the User Control the Output?

ourlovecanlastforeve Maybe answer the question? (185 comments)

Is anyone going to answer the fucking question instead of shitpicking over the phrasing and implementation?

6 hours ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (462 comments)

Yes, it gets people to slow down until immediately after the speed trap, then they speed up again.

So the only result is traffic congestion and speeding tickets.

5 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (462 comments)

> It's not a cop locating app,

That is literally all I use it for.

I'm just saying.

I speed all the time and I use Waze to know when to slow down.

5 days ago
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Chinese Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around the Moon

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:Great to see (152 comments)

You mean the sound stage?

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Viruses Altered Human Brains

ourlovecanlastforeve subject nobody reads (110 comments)

Could this be where religion comes from?

about three weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

ourlovecanlastforeve Retrocharging (450 comments)

Yeah, this is a thing companies are doing to consumers now.

It's also a big topic of conversation at the dinners I have to sit through with money-grubbing shitfaced sociopathic CEOs.

It's called retrocharging.

It works on the same model as MMORPG's and DLC except it's more insidious: The company threatens to take away something you already have unless you pay them more money.

Comcast does this. They are now doing "account audits" after which they send you a letter telling you they're going to start charging for features they claim you have always had but haven't been paying for.

about three weeks ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:Are speed cameras bad? (335 comments)

Speed cameras are bad because the speed people drive is determined not by the law, but by the speed other people drive.

It is collective reasoning that decides how fast people drive.

That's why when you're driving down I-280 the speed limit is 65 but everyone drives 80.

If you put speed traps all up and down I-280 it's not going to slow people down, it's just going to punish poor people who are driving the same speed as wealthy people.

about a month ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

ourlovecanlastforeve Sounds legit (335 comments)

"...a nonprofit scientific and educational organization funded by the insurance industry."

Sounds legit.

about a month ago
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The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:Well duh (420 comments)

Mostly managers complain about open floor plans because they have to actually prove that they have an entire day's worth of work to do and justify their salary.

about a month ago
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Comcast's Lobbyists Hand Out VIP Cards To Skip the Customer Service Wait

ourlovecanlastforeve The cards they do nothing (131 comments)

Hi, former Comcast support representative here.

Those cards do nothing, they're just placebos.

You dial the support number and punch in the code, and the switch drops you right into the same queue with everyone else.

At the call center we called them "idiot cards" because you'd have to be one to think they were any benefit to you.

We usually handed them out ironically to the least deserving customers.

about a month ago
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"Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:This is old technology (123 comments)

Another problem is that response goes way down when you get close to the bezel. I have a touchscreen monitor that uses this technology that I can't use with Windows because I can't drag in from the screen edges.

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

ourlovecanlastforeve The thin end of the wedge (589 comments)

As Doc Martin once said "it's the thin end of the wedge."

Now that terrorists have successfully prevented a movie release with threats of "911-like attacks," everything they want done will be done using that threat as the basis.

about a month and a half ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

ourlovecanlastforeve Knowledge is power (611 comments)

This is a simple case of knowledge as power.

Telling people they shouldn't use software to avoid freeway traffic is like telling black slaves they can't read because they might learn what it's like to have a life outside the plantation.

Knowledge exists whether or not you want it to and you can't force ignorance.

If someone discovers a way to improve their life in a way that is perfectly legal and legitimate, such as driving down a street in front of your house, you have no right to complain.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

ourlovecanlastforeve Dead market (110 comments)

Microsoft has intentionally made their mobile devices expire after a few years.

They have done it with every iteration of their mobile platform from Windows CE all the way to Windows Phone.

It works like this:

1. Buy our new mobile device! It's amazing! It does everything and we'll support it forever and ever, we promise! It's okay, go ahead and put all of your contacts and data on our devices. What could possibly go wrong?

2. New generation of our mobile platform is out! Buy our mobile devices! It's amazing! Oh and also we're dropping support for existing devices tomorrow and closing the app store. You will never receive another software update and your old device is now a brick. But new platform!

They did this with Windows CE, Windows Mobile 1 through 6 and they'll do it with Windows Phone.

They even had a phone that was entirely cloud based in Europe and when they shuttered the cloud service the device literally refused to boot.

about a month and a half ago
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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

ourlovecanlastforeve It's rotten barley water (130 comments)

Beer is rotten barley water.

Beer was invented to create a use for grain that had sat too long and gone off.

It's been a successful marketing ploy for hundreds of years.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:Comcast Business Class (291 comments)

Former comcast employee and Business Class customer here. They tell you that you have to use their modem so they can market VOIP phone service to you once it's installed. You can use any modem you want as long as it supports DOCSIS3. Go buy any DOCSIS3 modem and plug it in, then call them and tell them you want a modem swap.

about 2 months ago
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Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

ourlovecanlastforeve "Malfunction" (127 comments)

What an astounding surprise that voting machines malfunction so frequently.

That's totally not what I would expect from the US government.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:Squarer is better. (330 comments)

Notice that widescreen monitors became popular right about the time televisions and monitors started being advertised by their diagonal dimension.

By that measure if you have a monitor that is 1 inch tall and 50 inches wide you would have a 50-inch monitor.

about 2 months ago
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Some Early Nexus 6 Units Returned Over Startup Bug

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:What's old is new again (39 comments)

I don't know why it's 2014 and error messages still don't just tell you what the actual problem is.

Why not have the error say:

"The application that displays the navigation bar stopped because of an error it couldn't recover from. I will now restart it. [OK]"

Because restarting it is the only action that could possibly be taken.

It doesn't make sense to tell the user that "system UI has stopped." The user doesn't care that "system UI has stopped." The user wants to know what the problem it is and have the only logical action taken for them.

Saying that "system UI has stopped" and waiting for the user to perform some action breaks one of the fundamental principles of software design: Never make the user do something the software can do for them.

about 2 months ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

ourlovecanlastforeve IT professionals..? (186 comments)

You don't see many IT professionals hanging out in front of the Home Depot.

I'm just saying.

about 2 months ago

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iPhone 6 Plus case bent by casual carrying in a front pocket

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  about 4 months ago

ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "Stories are pouring onto the Internet today from early adopters of the new iPhone who report that their new iPhone 6 Plus case is being deformed when it's carried in their front pocket, whereas other smartphones do not have this problem. Users point out that there appears to be a bend point in the case near where the volume keys are located."
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Do specs even matter anymore for the average smartphone user?

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  about 4 months ago

ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "While reviewing a recent comparison of the Nexus 5 and the iPhone 6, OSNews staffer Thom Holwerda raises some relevant points regarding the importance of specs on newer smartphones. He observes that the iPhone 6, which is brand new, and the Nexus 5 launch apps at about the same speed. Yes, they're completely different platforms and yes, it's true it's probably not even a legitimate comparison, but it does raise a point: Most people who use smartphones on a daily basis use them for pretty basic things such as checking email, casual web browsing, navigation and reminders. Those who use their phones to their maximum capacity for things like gaming are a staunch minority. Do smarphone specs even matter for the average smartphone user anymore? After everyone releases the biggest phone people can reasonably hold in their hand with a processor and GPU that can move images on the display as optimally as possible, how many other moons are there to shoot for?"
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Wal-mart files a formal complaint about employee demands for fair wages

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "In a delicious spout of irony Wal-Mart has filed a complaint with an unnamed federal agency claiming unfairness of actions by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and its subsidiary known as OURWalmart; that they are trying to force the store into collective bargaining."
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Ask Slashdot: Is it morally/ethically wrong to ask people to "like" a product?

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "Many of the tech blogs I read will sometimes feature a sweepstakes where you can win an iPad, an Android tablet or some other toy or gadget by "liking" them on Facebook or otherwise promoting them in a way that you normally would not do if you weren't trying to win something. Is it morally or ethically wrong for those people to do so? If you're clicking a button that indicates you like something but you really don't care for it, are you lying for personal gain? If so, is the company behind the sweepstakes asking you to lie to promote their product?"
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Ask Slashdot: When Will Our (US) Own Needs be More Important than Afghanistan's?

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve writes "AP reports that NATO's big players have settled on a leisurely date of 2014 to stop killing our children, "affirming they will close the largely stalemated conflict at the end of 2014 but keep their troops fighting and dying there for two more years in the meantime." So my question is, at what point does it become important to stop throwing human lives and trillions of dollars at Afghanistan's problems when we can't afford to pay our own bills? Where is the altruism in this proceeding; why are we really wasting all these resources, when there are plenty of other nations that would be grateful for our aide that we could easily throw just as much money we don't have at?"
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Jaguar and Land Rover to be built in China

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve writes "Those of you still hanging on to Jaguar and Land Rover as the last vestiges of the truly British automobile in the States may find yourselves grasping at straws as Chery announces a nearly two billion dollar joint effort with the auto brand to move production to Changsu in China."
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Judges Order Apple to Talk to Competitors Instead of Suing Them Out of Business

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve writes "US judges have clearly had enough of Apple trying to build their market share by throwing phalanxes of lawyers and patent claims at competitors who might have a product that would compete and reduce their market share. After two HTC launches were delayed and and before Apple is to meet with Samsung executives Magistrate Judge Sherry R. Fallon tells Apple to sit down and talk it out with competitor Samsung instead of dragging them into yet another court battle."
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80 Percent of Americans Do Not Trust Their Government

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve writes "The US Government's trust among US citizens is at an all time low according to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center. Factors of this distrust include extended infighting between political parties in congress, continued job loss, the recession that we are only now admitting is a recession. Trust is down 5% from 1981 to a staggering %20."
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