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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

sh00z Re:Most unlikely technology in 1981: Handheld GPS (272 comments)

Actually, to me, most impressive of all was the fact that something *in my lifetime* actually has to account for both special and general relativity. I remember studying them in my college sophomore physics class and having the standard student complaint, "When am I ever going to need to use THIS?" (By the way Mrs Morton, I still have not diagrammed a sentence in real life).

2 days ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

sh00z Re:where is the controversy? (639 comments)

Turtles all the way down.

about a week ago
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A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

sh00z Re:Gimmicks gonna gimmick. (180 comments)

Maybe they learned what they wanted to learn, and didn't "need" (in the first-world sense) the device any longer. I put a power meter on my bicycle. After about a year of riding and reading it, I could estimate from my perceived exertion just about what my power output was, so I removed the device.

about two weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

sh00z Re:13 deaths? (518 comments)

Cars would probably be a lot safer if they were made more simply, and they didn't change the design ever 2 or 3 years. Stick with time tested designs and get all the bugs out and you'd end up with a car that was reliable and safe.

That is a strong assertion. Can you back that up? Over the years, cars have become safer both for the people inside and other road users (well, the latter probably doesn't really hold for SUV monsters), and also got much better fuel economy. A lot of that you can't achieve by debugging an existing design. Think of aerodynamics and crumple zones, which are integrated into the entire car design. Over here (Netherlands), the minimum age and frequency for mandatory technical inspections of old cars have been relaxed over the years, apparently because of the increase in durability.

The problem is the additional requirements/hardware, and the weight impacts. The 1989 Honda CRX HF had an EPA highway rating of 50 mpg. Today's CRZ is essentially that same form factor with "bugs worked out," but once you've added crumple zones, front and side impact airbags, ABS, traction control, the energy removed from the gasoline by substituting 10% ethanol, and whatever other requirements that have evolved, even a hybrid can only get 39. It would be interesting to see what a gas-only version of this car could do.

about two weeks ago
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Security Evaluation of the Tesla Model S

sh00z Re: "Vulnerable"? (93 comments)

As an aside: We worked with CAA (Canadian version of AAA) and once every month or so we'd get a fax to unlock a vehicle (usually a Ford for some reason) who's keyless entry fob's battery had died. We would arrive and they are holding their key in their hand, pressing the button to unlock it and they are getting frustrated the vehicle isn't unlocking. I would calmly ask to see their key, walk up to the door and stick it in the door's keyway and turn it. The look on their face was always priceless. I even had one lady confess she didn't know that was even possible.

But if the car has an alarm system and it's active, this doesn't help much. If I unlock my car with a physical key, there's a three-step process I need to do in order to disable the alarm and engine kill. If your owners didn't realize their keys would work, what's the likelihood they'd then remember everything else required before driving away?

about two weeks ago
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A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

sh00z Re:New Mac Pro sans Windows 7 (199 comments)

Why would Apple want Office on iOS? the iWork suite is just dandy.

about a month ago
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New Facial Recognition Software May Detect Looming Road Rage

sh00z Re:Not that much more dystopian... (133 comments)

...and not dystopian for some. I have a friend who lost a brother who fell asleep at the wheel, crashed and died. Fatigue (or at the least, closed eyes) should be detectable with current technology, and could save lives now.

about a month ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

sh00z Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

Churches could limit events to traditional weddings and reject things like dom/sub 'bondings', civil union receptions (even when they aren't legally weddings), plural marriage additions, and the rest. But now in some states they are compelled to take them all. Their banners, logos, signs, and name are being associated with something contrary to their religious standards. This is not right.

The way around this is to set a generic, non-discrimatory policy that they will perform marriages only for members of their own congregation. Everything else is just a money-grab. If a minister is out there in the world at large, offering to sell his or her services as a marriage officiant, then that minister has forfeited all right to pick and choose who they will marry. Similarly, if I were of a persuasion that is discriminated against, do you think I would WANT a photographer or caterer or florist who disapproved of me or my lifestyle? No way! I wouldn't try to hire that person in the first place, because they're not going to put their best effort into the product, whatever it is.

about a month and a half ago
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Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"

sh00z Re:they exist but do not have titles? (312 comments)

Matches my experience. Good managers in particular know when the hell to shut up and get out of the way of the engineers.

True, when the engineers are doing what they're supposed to do. Better managers are listening to the customer and re-directing the team when they either veer off course or the goal changes. And to be the buffer between the engineers who have to deal with the customer's moving target and the customer who doesn't understand the havoc he or she is wreaking.

about 2 months ago
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Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

sh00z Re:Just bought a puppy (279 comments)

So, that shows that there's really no difference health-wise, so both of our experiences anecdotally are skewed. I also never asserted what you said in claiming of cross-breeding as a panacea--I was just trying to make the point that "accidental" breeding can result in a dog that is just as wonderful as anything with a 200-year pedigree. AND that in the realm of pets or companion animals, making room in your heart and home for a mixed breed is of more benefit to society than going out to find the "best" in terms of bloodlines. I do see the benefit of consistency in dogs to shepherds and others whose livelihoods depend on the dog performing to a certain standard, but the rest of us shouldn't care. We'll see how the mixed breeds fare in the agility trials at Westminster this week...

about 2 months ago
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NBC News Confuses the World About Cyber-Security

sh00z Watched the video (144 comments)

Bonehead reporter couldn't even open the Macbook Air box! It shows him *tearing* one end open like it's a mailer. I would venture to say that every Apple product made in this century has pretty elegant "Frustration Free" (TM-Amazon) packaging. What an idiot.

about 2 months ago
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Chromecast Now Open To Developers With the Google Cast SDK

sh00z Re:Everybody drinking the Google-Aid now? (104 comments)

It's probably because of the usual logic they attach--the fact that only Apple makes iPhones. Therefore 40% of the smartphones are made by Apple. Of the 51% Android, no other single vendor has more than 25% overall market share.

about 2 months ago
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Chromecast Now Open To Developers With the Google Cast SDK

sh00z Re:More HDMI dongle devices coming (104 comments)

Which would be great, but the Insignia I tried with that feature*also* refused to HDMI handshake with my Panasonic Blu Ray player (which, if you know VieraCast, you know why the add-on media stick is needed). Back to the store it went. There's no way I'll ever drop the Panny, because it has my critical feature of 5.1 analog audio outputs.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

sh00z Re:Duh? (219 comments)

Its more like marketing. BTW the only MP3 player I ever bought was from Creative Labs and at least their bundled headphones weren't a complete POS. I plugged it in and i looked just like any other USB pen and I can drag and drop MP3 files into it easily. Much better than having to use iTunes.

Two words: smart playlists. I can and do have iTunes populate my iPod based on metadata--play count, last played date, genre, personal rating, whatever. I haven't had to drag and drop anything in over a decade.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

sh00z Re: Apple tests everything (219 comments)

I would love a true solar watch that looks good and will last forever. Screw all that smart stuff.

Check out the 'Eco-Drive' models from Citizen. There are some beautiful solar models, and even a few that will synchronize with the atomic clock broadcasts, so you never have to touch anything (like for Daylight Savings Time, 30-day months, leap days).

about 2 months ago
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Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

sh00z Re:Just bought a puppy (279 comments)

I don't know what kind of 'canine professional' you are, but it's clearly not in the area of veterinary science. Yes, it's true that mutts don't 'lose' bad genes, but they have DIFFERENT bad genes than pure-breds do. The probability of expression of recessive traits is reduced drastically through hybridization. It's basic Mendelian inheritance. If both 'pure bred' parents carry an autosomal recessive disorder, the probability of expression in the offspring is 1/4, and the probability of the offspring also being carriers to the next generation is 1/2. If one of the parents is without the allele (different line or a 'mutt'), then the chance of expression is zero, with a 1/4 chance of the offspring being a carrier. Just look at human equivalents like cystic fibrosis or sickle-cell disease.

The problem with the canine industry is that people continue to breed dogs that are carriers of recessive disorders endemic to their breeds. It appears that the worst abuses--breeding of dogs actually afflicted with the diseases--has gone down, but your observation of a 90% 'problem dog,' medically, does just not line up with what veterinarians have told me and what I have observed in my 40 years of owning and loving dogs. I have NEVER seen a mutt with tear staining or cherry eye, and yet both are extremely common in the pedigreed animals I've encountered.

about 2 months ago
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Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

sh00z Re:Just bought a puppy (279 comments)

2.) My dog isn't from a puppy mill; she's from a reputable breeder

There's your problem. Get a shelter mutt. They are healthier, more easygoing, and you can feel like you're contributing to the solution, not the problem. Says the former owner of a cocker spaniel from a "reputable breeder" that developed cataracts at three years old.

about 3 months ago
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CES 2014: Stefan Lindsay Demonstrates the gTar (Video)

sh00z Re:"First?" (104 comments)

Yeah, but for $400, it should include a discounted upgrade path to a "real" guitar...

about 3 months ago
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Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

sh00z Re:Uh? (734 comments)

I just don't see your system working. If I have a stand-alone solar array, and I charge my car with it using none of your resources -- on what basis do you think you can tax me? Because you feel entitled to it?

Road usage--wear and tear on the surfaces, lights and signage. That's rolled into a gasoline tax now. You expect to get it for free if you don't use gas?

about 3 months ago

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Why?

sh00z sh00z writes  |  more than 10 years ago Do I always get freakin' moderator points on a FRIDAY AFTERNOON?!!!

Sorry. I just had to vent. This is the third time in a row.

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You know you read too much Slashdot when:

sh00z sh00z writes  |  more than 11 years ago You see a banner ad and can't stop yourself from thinking that it's missing the words "In Soviet Russia..."

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