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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

schwep Traffic Furniture (579 comments)

We have the same problem where I live (spoiler: not LA), and the solution is pretty easy. Traffic furniture (aka concrete obsticles in the road) and anti-traffic flow patterns both work very well. Make it hard to get through your neighborhood (lots of 1 ways and blocked roads) for people trying to parallel the 405 & your traffic problems go away. Of course, work with your city government to make this happen.

2 days ago

Viruses Boost Performance of Lithium-Air Battery Used In Electric Cars

schwep What could possibly go wrong... (66 comments)

Fred: Dude, where's your car?
Sam: I don't know - I parked it hear like 2 hours ago.
Fred: Did you patch against the latest virus they found?
Sam: What?
Fred: Yeah, it caused the batteries to eat all the metal parts.
Sam: Crap.
Fred: Now if only you could download a copy of the car...

about a year ago

French Police To Switch 72,000 Desktop PCs To Linux

schwep OSS - with 100% less big brother then commercial (183 comments)

So not only do they get lower TCO, they also get 100% less built in spyware (literally) by the NSA.

It's truely a win-win!

about a year ago

DoD Descends On DEFCAD

schwep Chris Rock was right (496 comments)

We should control bullets and not guns.


about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would You Look For In a Prosthetic Hand?

schwep Upgradability, replaceability & interchangabil (173 comments)

Technology is moving very fast. State of the art today won't be in 5 year. I would want a system that I could disconnect the replacement part(s) and connect up new ones without surgery. This also allows for custom limbs for specific tasks. Holding a brush may be a custom limb. I may also want a custom chainsaw arm, too.

I want flexibility for change & all the specifications for the mating connector to my body to be open source or license/patent free so I can have custom limbs made. I want a copy of the specs for the same reason.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Flagged Channels For XBMC PVR?

schwep Basic services are often free over the air (328 comments)

Get a pair of digital rabbit ears - you should be able to pick up many local channels (which is what it sounds like you want). Depending on where you live, a TV antenna either out doors, or in your attic might solve the problem. Then you can pretty much cut the cable completely - and still be legal.

Alternatively, look for other (smaller) providers. I have family that lives in an area where there is one big cable company, and 2 or three much smaller companies that offer very similar & competitive products.

about 2 years ago

Hurricane Sandy Damages Space Shuttle Enterprise

schwep And... (126 comments)

that's why we can't have nice things.

more than 2 years ago

Alan Cox to NVIDIA: You Can't Use DMA-BUF

schwep Re:Honest Question (946 comments)

Being open about drivers for the hardware that is made up of your IP is very different then needing to open their hardware up. This is a subtle but important detail. It is completely reasonable to have an open interface to a closed piece of hardware.

Personally, I was fed-up enough with the hacky, buggy nvidia linux drivers to switch hardware to intel graphics.

more than 2 years ago

Giving Your Computer Interface the Finger

schwep Hmm, I may have to clean my desk... (63 comments)

Now that the computer overloards can measure how messy my desk is I better make the place look respectible!

Does this mean I need to dress up to use my computer now?

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Unveils First New Company Logo In 25 Years

schwep ... and made with MS Paint (378 comments)

Really? This looks like the last thing you drew before you thought, "I should try out the circle brush."

more than 2 years ago

If You Resell Your Used Games, the Terrorists Win

schwep Re:used or bust (423 comments)

Or we can boycot the industry completely for a year. Make them feel the hurt & maybe they'll realize that they're not something important like, say, the food industry.

more than 2 years ago

Library.nu and Ifile.it Shut Down

schwep Re:I propose an end to book sharing as well! (336 comments)

End information sharing! Everything must be self taught, or you must pay for the knowledge each time you think about it.

more than 2 years ago

Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

schwep Re:It is about time (1271 comments)

It's not that simple. Research is showing a correlation to the large number of vaccines as a child and autism. We don't know for sure.

A few years ago we put aspestos on/in everything & thought it was safe. Science isn't perfect.

To the point of the article: fine, go somewhere else & tell your friends. Money talks & no patients = no house or boat payments.

more than 2 years ago

GNOME 3: Beauty To the Bone?

schwep Mock Up How A Kernel Dev Works (647 comments)

Hey, GNOME team - I really want to like & use your stuff. It looks neat. But - I earn my living with this 'user interface' each and every day. I don't spend the day playing music and splashing paint on brick walls wondering what bark is made of...

I write code. Lots of code. I have 10-15 editor windows open on 2 or 3 desktops. I deal with 200 emails a day, while on conference calls with customers, while trying to 2 other things (usually poorly, but that's not the point). My computer life isn't as simple as opening 1 program.

I need the ability to be productive all the time. Please, write up user-stories based on what your kernel developer friends needs. Look at what people like Linus need. Please help us!

more than 2 years ago

Amazon To Collect Indiana Sales Tax In 2014

schwep Re:The Little Guy (413 comments)

The only reason Indiana is collecting is because Amazon has 3 (soon to be 4) distribution plants in the state. They have a physical local presense & are 'part of the community' therefore they must pay the state taxes. If they want to be tax free for Indiana folks, close the plants, lay the workers off & stay in Washington.

more than 2 years ago

Fedora 15 Released

schwep Re:Is it better? (171 comments)

I tried Gnome 3 with a pretty open mind (I also liked Gnome 2 interface), and couldn't cope with it. I was not able to configure anything of value to me. Despite being a Fedora contributor (just 1 package), I dumped F15 for Scientific Linux 6.

Gnome 3 would be really cool on a tablet, just not a desktop where you actually do work. In fairness, I was unable to switch to either of the other window managers (KDE, etc.).

I liked the rest of Fedora 15 because it worked well on my laptop (hardware support-wise). I just couldn't make the UI work for me.

more than 3 years ago

National Security Jobs To Rival Silicon Valley Over the Next 10 Years?

schwep We're going to IPO in 3 months... oh, nevermind. (136 comments)

No chance of becoming independently wealth, just quite literally a long term government job, with little real chance of advancement.

No thank you.

more than 3 years ago


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