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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

sh00z Re:Color? (426 comments)

I was totally interested until I saw the color they used for their demo. Eww!

On a positive note, I suppose gaudy orange could be considered an anti-theft feature.

It's certainly better than the color that ALL of the Nissan Leaf demos/brochures contained. I saw a black Leaf last week--it's only half as ugly as that blue.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

sh00z Re:casey kasem top 40 (790 comments)

casey kasem top 40....

I keep Nagativland's "U2" on my iPod, mostly to hear Casey and a long-distance dedication at its finest.

about two weeks ago
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Thync, a Wearable That Zaps Your Brain To Calm You Down or Amp You Up

sh00z Re:Wirehead? (154 comments)

Hmmm .... suddenly I'm picturing Louis Wu with his droud attached.

I shall pass on this.

Because I'm sure nobody can actually tell you this is safe and have any science to back it up.

Silly me, I was thinking Iran Decker and her Mood Organ.

about three weeks ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

sh00z Re:And that's still too long (328 comments)

Does it sound fair to someone who has never created a single patentable invention in his life? Or written a best-selling novel? Or composed a symphony? Or written a screenplay?

I'm sure it does sound fair to parasites who think they are entitled to other people's work without compensation.

Parasites like Walt Disney, who didn't have to pay a penny for the rights to Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and many others that they continue to withhold from the Public Domain. The Disney Corporation has now held the copyright on their version of "Alice in Wonderland" for more than TWICE as long as Lewis Carroll did for the original work.

about three weeks ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

sh00z Re:It is not new. (349 comments)

Not a person who was late--one who was booked all the way through, showed up for the first leg of the flight, and then deplaned at the layover without bothering to inform anyone that he wouldn't be back. Since there's no legitimate reason that such an individual couldn't make it back in time for the second leg, I'm sure the airline had to stop and make sure that (1) the individual wasn't having a coronary in a restroom or smoking lounge somewhere, and (2) that there was no terror threat due to the vanishing (unattended luggage in the cargo bay or cabin).

about a month ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

sh00z Re:It is not new. (349 comments)

This is just about the most selfish, self-centered, obnoxious behavior I can imagine. I was a passenger on one of these flights in October. Our departure from SFO was delayed by 30 minutes because a "through" passenger was missing. Sure, *you* get a cheaper ticket, as the cost of inconveniencing the airline and 150 other people. This asshat shouldn't just be sued by the airlines; I'd be willing to join a class-action suit. If you want to try this crap, you better make sure it's not just a layover--that it's a plane change, and you *don't* check in for that last leg. Or, on return, that you only check in at the point where you actually plan to board.

about a month ago
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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

sh00z Re:Stone Age diet ? he wants to live all 20 years? (441 comments)

Isn't HGH illegal unless it's prescribed by a doctor for a specific medical condition? This sounds like a [at best] "I paid a doctor a bunch of money to prescribe it for me" situation.

The word "illegal" applies only to sheeple. This guy's a fucking Randian superman: he's going to live forever, he's paid his guys to find a cure for cancer and his primary residence is almost certainly inside a hollowed out volcano.

He's going to live as long as he can afford bodyguards. I can't believe that this joker doesn't comprehend the intrinsic disconnect between being able to stay healthy until the age of 120, and simultaneously escalating class warfare through "no welfare, looser building codes, no minimum wage, and few restrictions on weapons."

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

sh00z Re:I am cynical (589 comments)

I have the feeling the reason the show was cancelled , was because the pre-release feedback was very negative, that it was a bad film, but with those threat they saw an opportunity, and now they are priming the US market for a massive "buy it to spite terrorrist !" direct to DVD.

Then the next round of threats will be against Amazon, BestBuy and Walmart. Bittottent is the only real solution.

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

sh00z Re:Edited for Slashdot (589 comments)

Post it on a torrent site. That's about the best possible PR they could do.

Looks like it's already available.

about a month ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

sh00z Re:Huh? (191 comments)

They should have been punished and punished hard for the antitrust violations inherent in using their music store to force people to buy iPods if they wanted the full quality music for use away from their computer.

How did they do that? It was entirely possible to insert a CD, rip it with iTunes to high quality AAC, and put it on your iPod.

Even better, you could rip a CD entirely losslessly, and put a bit-for-bit copy on your iPod (or your Nomad or your Rio). As you could with WinAmp in Windows. Apple never FORCED anybody to do anything remotely like GP claims.

about a month ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

sh00z Re:Huh? (191 comments)

...This is not about DRM on the songs, it is about DRM on the connection between iTunes and the devices. That is, you can't use a non-apple device with iTunes. And Apple can go out of their way to make that happen.

That's not what the case is about at all. I've owned non-Apple devices that worked just fine with iTunes. The case is about Real writing software that tricked iTunes into thinking that their DRM was Apple's. After the way the music labels strongarmed Jobs into including DRM in the first place, the simple defense would have been to show those threats, and describe their worries about losing access to the music if they couldn't detect and reject counterfeit DRM. Note that at the same time, Audible.com was working *with* Apple to get their DRM into the iTunes ecosystem.

about a month ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

sh00z Re:I'm shocked. (191 comments)

Apple hardware/software stack is proprietary and owned by one company, so this decision is correct.

True enough, which is reason #2 that I will never own Apple anything. Reason #1 why I will never use Apple music devices is that would force me to use iTunes, which sucks beyond measure.

And does your reason #2 also carry over to Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, all of whom use similar tactics to prevent outsiders from developing and releasing games for their platforms? This case is exactly the same premise.

about a month ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

sh00z Obligatory joke... (388 comments)

uhm, regular old dotted quads (ip addrs) work fine and cannot be 'taken down' since they are not lookup based but topology based.

and even with ip alias and redirects, a dotted quad can be just about as good as a dns name. better, in some ways, since it cant' be faked like a name can, and does not require another fetch for the name->ipaddr lookup.

...about the awesome library of stuff hosted at 127.0.0.1

about a month ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

sh00z To Kill a Mockingbird (410 comments)

Also now available as an e-book. My local library picked up 22 copies.

about 4 months ago
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5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

sh00z Re:In the USA we pay to receive texts (203 comments)

You can download a list of single-use codes you can use instead of SMS. Of course, if you print the list and put it in your wallet, there's a path to compromise the security.

about 5 months ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

sh00z Re:How does he (226 comments)

rationalize a smoking hot chick hanging out with nerds?

Apparently, you've missed the running gags in which this is explained. To provide her with free wi-fi, and to set up her printer.

Like others, I had hopes that this show would break down some stereotypes, but it just reinforces them for big laughs.

about 5 months ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

sh00z Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (441 comments)

These are the same companies that as part of setting up shop, extorted millions of dollars in tax exemptions out of the cities and states in which they operate their businesses, thereby depriving the public education system of the revenues needed to help their students achieve at the level the companies "require." They created this problem, and it's wholly disingenuous to claim that the only viable solution is to look outside of the country for talent. I'm not exactly a proponent of Big Government, but if President Obama is the only one who can make this point to them, and get them to wake up to the ethics of their situation, then he should absolutely clamp down on tech-driven immigration.

about 5 months ago
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

sh00z Re:Not without warning. (267 comments)

I've used Skype a grand total of two times, and I got the email notice on July 22.

about 6 months ago
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

sh00z Re:Nazis over Scientology (165 comments)

Occultist? You're scared he's going to spill state secrets to Satan? .

Not occultist, OP said oculist. You know, a 17th-century optometrist.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

sh00z Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

... With the ebook you get a ... license to read the book but only in the format you purchased your license for.

This applies equally to physical books.

You left out the word "revocable" in the original. With a paper book, the publisher cannot come into my home and take the book back.

about 6 months ago

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Why?

sh00z sh00z writes  |  more than 11 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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