Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?
TI-36 solar version. Came with the vinyl flip case which still has part of its spine holding on like grim death.
Bought it just out of high school (back in the day) and recently used it for my stats class (about 2 years ago).
I still take it with me every time I go grocery shopping to keep track of how much I'm spending.
The Internet of Things and Humans
Based on what I've seen, to make humans lazier.
I'm not a luddite, but this continual drumbeat that technology solves all ills is quite clearly shot down when we see the downward spiral of common sense and critical thinking on a daily basis as a direct result of technology.
The Internet of Things and Humans
the consumer end of the Uber app as it is today, and on the other end, a self-driving car.
I'm quite capable of driving myself, including shifting gears. I don't need or want to rely on software to get me where I'm going. It's bad enough we have rearview cameras being shoved down our throats because people are too lazy or fat to turn around and look behind them, we don't need more technology to try and solve a human problem.
Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site
Once you can get past the Indian's odd "your a stupid American" attitude
Such as using your instead of you're or their instead they're, right?
Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers
that takes intelligence and aptitude that most people don't have.
Including people whose job it is to write code based on the shitty software I have to deal with every day.
Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings
You're missing the point. You will routinely hear from the right side of the political spectrum (and private industry) people claiming the government doesn't create jobs, it only takes from the masses.
In their next breath they whine and complain whenever the government cuts back, such as with the Printing Office or elimination of military projects (the Abrams tank comes to mind) because it will cost jobs, completely ignoring the only reason theses folks in private industry have a job is because of the government.
I only bring this up because I like to throw things back in people's faces when they make blanket statements such as this, just like all government workers are lazy or how private industry always does things better than the government.
Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings
a story I heard on NPR not too long ago. The head of the Government Printing Office was talking about how their headcount was less than half what it was 20 years ago due to heavier use of digital forms. She mentioned how few copies of the federal budget they print every year and so on.
All of this sounds great because she's helping to keep costs down while increasing the availability of government documents to he masses. Who would think that's a bad thing?
The paper industry. They had the head of an umbrella group for the paper and forestry groups who cautioned about moving too fast to go digital, how some people still liked paper forms and so on.
So the next time you hear someone say the government doesn't create jobs, ask them why private industry is up in arms every time the government tries to cut costs by not purchasing things. In this case, the literal tons of paper that used to be used to print government documents or, as in the case of Intuit, all the work they would no longer have to do if the tax filings were simplified.
The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight
Tell me about it. I'm East Coast as well and I am trying to remember the last time we had good weather to see such an event.
I do remember we had good weather just long enough to see the transit of Mercury, but aside from that, I'm at a loss.
The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight
shoots a laser at the moon and bounces the beam off of five retroreflectors.
Big Bang Theory quote time:
Zack: One question. How can you be sure it won't blow up?
Leonard: The laser?
Zack: The moon.
Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?
how dare you expect the rest of us to pay for your health care because you don't want to.
Such as the smokers, the obese, alcoholics and drug users who can continue with their merry lifestyles, safe and secure in the knowledge everyone else is forced to hand over their money so they don't have to take personal responsibility for their actions, right?
Obamacare (as well as Romneycare) does nothing to lower health costs or ease the burden on the system so long as people are not forced to live healthier lifestyles. All they are doing is extracting money from people simply for the sake of extracting money and giving it to insurance companies who have gotten a huge financial windfall.
Considering how people on here rant about big bad corporations, this point should have been obvious, but I guess when you can take money from people, simply because you can, that never enters into the equation.
Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield
any vehicle with relatively low ground clearance is going to have trouble in this sort of scenario
That's why when I'm driving through a parking lot and some ricer with their "ground effects" car is grumbling behind me, I speed up just slightly so they're paying attention to me and not the speed bump which they can't see because they're so close to me.
I always get a pleasure hearing a sustained, "CRUNCH!" as their car scrapes over the bump.
Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients
Astrology should be banned,
In my U.S. states, astrologers must use some form of, "For entertainment purposes only" so people (the ones not so gullible to visit an astrologer) are warned astrology isn't real.
as it probably affects human relationships in an even more negative way.
You mean more than preventing someone with a serious affliction for getting real medical help?
Homeopathy does not, and has not, ever worked. Under any circumstance. The best that can be said about it is it gets people to drink water (which conveniently "remembers" whatever substance was diluted in it but not the piss, shit, radioactivity and dead carcasses that have been lying it).
Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law
Exactly. And as far as we know, he wasn't forced to resign. He did so so the company could move on as his presence would have been a distraction.
Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms
I do remember that time but the difference is the Japanese actually did implement better products. Witness the historic rise of Honda (and their recent epic fall) in the auto industry.
The same with camera lenses. Even today there are people who ask where a lens is made for Nikon or Canon, preferring those produced in Japan over those in China. Whether there is a true qualitative difference is debatable, but the perception remains. On this same subject, I'll leave out Zeiss and their lenses because they explicitly design high-quality lenses and the costs reflect that.
The difference, however, is that the Japanese do make quality products whereas Chinese made products are, for the most part, of inferior quality with either shoddy parts or lax quality control. Or both.
The same with Russia. While they might now be able to mass produce products, their quality is nowhere near what the rest of the industrialized world produces (with few exceptions).
European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs
Where I live in the U.S., I have two choices: Comcast or Verizon.
Both charge $75/month for 15/5 which is the package available.
You will this situation in many parts of the country where competition is defined as two companies charging the same high price for the same slow speeds.
Fukushima Photo Essay: a Drone's Eye View
Personally I was trying to find pictures taken from the drone. From what I can tell the pictures were taken on the ground of the drone and a bit of the countryside.
Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light
This article presumes people give a rat's ass about saving fuel or driving safely. As those of us who drive on a regular basis can attest, more and more people seem to be of the mindset that no matter what, they will accelerate as hard as possible just so they can slam on the brakes as hard as possible at every opportunity.
This morning I had a guy literally on my rear bumper (less than 1 meter) and when it looked like there might be an opportunity for him to jump into the lane next to get around around me, he tried to take it. Unfortunately for him he misjudged the line of cars in that lane and had to swerve back behind me.
He wasn't going to get anywhere faster as there was a red light for us (a left turn), and he would have only gotten one car ahead, but by golly he was going to use every drop of fuel he possibly could just to try and do it.
I, and others, can relate story after story about people like this, and the only thing this proposal will do is add costs to vehicles (and those driving them when the system breaks down), cause more people to try and beat the red light which means more accidents, as well as people slamming on their brakes when they misjudge the timing, also causing more accidents.
Once again, we are trying to find a technical solution to a human problem rather than fixing the human problem.
Threatened Pandemics and Laboratory Escapes: Self-fulfilling Prophecies
Wouldn't want these folks making a pinky swear when a petri dish of genetically modified super-virus goes missing after they crossed Ebola with the common cold.
Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory
All because people are too lazy or too fat to turn around in their seat and look behind them or check their side mirrors.
I can't count the number of people I see every week who, when backing up, only look in their rear view mirror to see what's behind them. It is a rare sight indeed to see someone do what they're supposed to and turn around both ways to look behind them.
This is the result. Another piece of useless cruft shoehorned into a car just waiting to implode and cost the owner hundreds of dollars in repairs.
Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates
The reason I mentioned vaccines is because of people, including some on here, who continue to trot out this disproved notion.
As the article relates, whatever is happening to cause autism happens long before the kid is born and given a vaccine.
To me it seems just another genetic defect like Down's Syndrome or ALS so what we do as far as vaccines would have no effect since the person is already afflicted.
Woz: Android is better
All you Apple fanboys prepare to gnash your teeth, rip out your hair and throw tantrums, the Woz has spoken.
Essentially, Android is more versatile and does things better than the iPhone, including Siri which apparently has problems connecting Woz to one of his favorite steak houses. Woz also doesn't like the fact the you need a connection, at all times, to get voice commands to work.
In short, the iPhone seems to be a violation of Rule #1 of the Three Rules of IT That Should Never Be Broken: never let programmers design your applications.
Woz also isn't thrilled about the short battery life, though Android has its own problems with battery life.
It's official: Google sucks like Microsoft
No, not in the search field. Bing has that sown up quite nicely. I'm talking about getting the version of the software you want.
I had a request to install Google Earth on some machines here at work. Why, don't know considering who will be using it but that's my orders and I carry them out.
So I go to earth.google.com and get the message that I can download Google Earth 6. I select the option and find that 6 is a beta but, and this is key, they do offer the stable 5.2 version.
Obviously I select the stable version because this is a production environment. I also uncheck installing of Chrome and making Chrome my default browser.
I check the "Yes, I Agree" option and right before I click the button to download I notice something. My option for 5.2 is not available. In fact, I am now forced to download the version I didn't want.
Thinking I'm missing something, I go through the entire process again but this time, I watch how the screen changes before my eyes.
Yup, it doesn't matter if I want the 5.2 version, Google is going to force the 6 version on me. In addition, I am forced, yes, forced, to accept that Earth will check for updates automatically. I cannot unselect this option. There was another option I could not unselect but I'm so pissed I can't remember what it was.
So I forgo getting the beta and ask around at work until I find someone who has kept one of the old installers to use.
So there you have it. Google is officially as sucky as Microsoft when it comes down to getting the file you want.
This is precisely why I don't have gmail or signed up for anything Google-related. I don't want them to tell me what I want, I know what I want. Don't tell me otherwise.
/. is once again screwed up
Ok, so the title isn't telling you anything you didn't already know. However, this is a somewhat critical issue for those of us who get mod points.
Apparently, even though I have set my threshold to -1, I don't see anything below 1.
Having searched through all the nooks and crannies of the craptacular 2.0 (or is it 3.0 now?) version, there are no other settings to set to see low posters.
Normally this wouldn't be an issue as most people at 0 or -1 are just trolling, but on occasion there is that one comment which is unfairly knocked and I like to upgrade them.
Yeah, I COULD send an email and ask that this be looked into, but what are the chances that this would be given a high priority when one considers how much they listened to people about the new design.
So for now, those of you who get a 0 or -1 mod, sorry, I can't help you.
Just a quick Fox News faux paus
We all realize that Fox's distortion of reality is well known. We also know that terms such as "homicide bomber" or "homicide shooter" are an attempt to "update" ones vocabulary.
However, it seems that in their effort to widen their distortion field, they have unilaterally removed an entire country from the world map.
I give you (via Minyanville), the new map of the Middle East
It's that time again. The Japanese Auto Show booth babes are back
Once again we are graced by the sights of young, nubile asian women in what are mostly Hooters outfits. Oh, and there are cars in some of the pictures as well.
Creating domain list is bullshit Microsoft!
Trying to get newly imaged machines on the network is an exercise in bullshit. After the initial settings (turn off restore points, turn off OS selection, etc) and restarting, without exception when I changed from local machine to network the message about creating the domain list comes up.
Bullshit, bullshit, BULLSHIT! There is no need to create the ENTIRE domain list when all you need is to log onto your local domain. Having to wait MINUTES for the information to be updated is just BULLSHIT!
It's like dealing with the bad programming of certain games (*cough*Alpha Centauri*cough*). I don't give a flying fuck if the odds are against me. Make the fucking attack! I've turned off all notifications, just fucking attack.
It's the same thing with this shitty domain list creation. Just fucking log onto the current domain. There is only one option. Create the list later.
Fuck I hate programmers. This is why I will never be involved in a project dealing with programming something. I don't want my name associated with this shit.
And no, I did not get things off my chest. This is only the beginning.
Anime women are real!
From time to time I mention the Japanese and the unique differences they have compared to us (most aren't obese for instance). From time to time I also mention finding articles related to anime such a life-size Gundam or the Argo.
This time, I have come across something so disturbing (in a good way) that it truly boggles the mind. I'm sure you are all familiar with anime and the characters therein. If not by name, you can at least recognize when you see an anime-drawn character. In particular, the women of anime are drawn as having HUGE round eyes (except if they're evil in which case the almond shape persists), thin, lithe bodies and possibly lots of bouncy hair.
In that regard, I give you a real anime woman! No, not the first picture, the second. And third. And fourth. And so on. The main page for her is http://blog.crooz.jp/xx1xx/
So who is she? Believe it or not, she works at the Wakatsuki Chinatsu concession in the teen paradise of Shibuya 109. At least according to this article from whence I came across her blog.
Seriously, does she or does she not look EXACTLY like the women of anime (including the adult variety)?
I don't read kanji but if you hover of the various links, you can at least get an idea of where you're going. Start below the Hair Nail link to see the articles and the associated pictures.
Tron Legacy = Fail
As a rule, I don't watch commercials. As soon as I see one, I change the channel. However, there are a few that I do watch and with the sequel to Tron coming out, I've noticed a few promoting the movie.
Let me say straight away that if the commercials are representative of the movie, the remake is a failure. With the exception of blue and red lighting around the edge of things, everything I've seen leads me to believe this is going to be one big shitfest of explosions interspersed with some touchy-feely scenes (though one apparently doesn't get to touch Olivia Wilde).
And speaking of Olivia, the few words I've heard her speak are delivered in as bland a style as is possible. There doesn't seem to be any emotion behind her words.
While the first movie was ground breaking, this one seems to another in a long line of movies which takes a perfectly good story and tramples the lineage into dust. I'm looking at you Transformers. >:
Based solely on the commercials, I fail to see one redeeming reason to watch it unless it comes out on television.
The Argo is real!
Depending on your definition of "real". For those of you who watched the original broadcast series, StarBlazers was probably the first anime you saw. You watched as they fired the Wave Motion Gun for the first time and saw it obliterate a floating island. You held your breath as the relentless assault of the Gamalons threatened to destroy them. Your eyes, like mine, were probably as big as saucers as they found out they had to go into the Gamalon homeworld and take them out before they could acquire the device from Trelana.*
Now, for a mere $277, you can own The Argo. Well, a 1:625 scale model at least. One thing it has going for it is that it's metal, not plastic. Judging by the picture, it seems to be very true to the series.
I still have a soft spot for the final confrontation of The Argo inside planet Gamalon. When I decide to watch the show, I do so at night, lights off, volume up. The effect of The Argo's main guns firing every which way, the exploding bombs and rockets trying to find their mark, the sound of everything, is something that I thoroughly enjoy.
Mozilla takes a page from /.
Installed a new PC for one of the higher ups and was going through the process of configuring the newest version of Firefox (3.6.11). I wasn't able to do a copy and paste into the new, empty, profile directory of the users profile so I had to create one from scratch. After that, I figured it was easier to just go to the four web sites and rebookmark them rather than trying to do a copy and paste.
However, in my travels, I found that the option to not submit crash reports would not stay unchecked. I would uncheck it, click OK then come back in and it was rechecked.
I don't want to submit crash reports from this user's PC. They wouldn't know what to do with them anyway.
So I went to look for the 3.6.10 version. Found the ftp link but get this server message:
ISA Server: extended error message :
200 Switching to Binary mode.
200 PORT command successful. Consider using PASV.
550 Permission denied.
If one follows Mozilla's own directions on how to get an older version, you can't (at least I can't). Add in the fact that a simple checkbox won't stay unchecked and that when you delete some of the extraneous entries in the bookmark directory you are still left with lines, one begins to wonder if Taco and Company are giving advice to the Mozilla folks.
No, I'm not submitting a bug report. I'm not creating ANOTHER account somewhere just to let them know. This is my bug report. Anyone with connections or who has an account can submit it for me.
And more P.S. Taco
I guess there's someone who will fall for this
Everyone reading this should be aware of what the Nigerian 419 Scam is all about. You've probably received one or two of them (I've only ever received one). As more and more people wise up (or the older ones die off, depending on your point of view), these scams, while still raking in millions, are becoming less and less effective.
So, in good Evolutionary style, those who want to make you part with your money have come up with their newest ploy. I give you, the Enron letter.
I have a software firm named after me!
Ok, so it's not really named after me, but I was looking for a decent pizza place in lower Manhattan (if you know of any, let me know) and happened to see the following name at 55 Broad Street:
Wombat Financial Software
Funny how those things come about, isn't it?
See, we're not luddites!
With that little bit out of the way, nearly everyone I told the following piece about me seems shocked, especially when it is revealed that I am employed in the IT field. What is so shocking that people's mouths fall to ground in surprise? What is so unbelievable that they have to call their friends to spread the news?
I don't own a cell phone. Just as some on here will say they don't have cable, I don't own a cell phone. My job doesn't require it, nor do I want or need one. I don't want people to be able to contact me at a moment's notice. I most certainly don't people to be able to track me down.
And I'm not the only one. As the following article relates, many people, of both high and low stature, don't have cell phones. And it's not because they're luddites. They don't have one because they don't need one. Which is something I have said all along. The number of people who truly need a cell phone is insignificant compared to those who own one (or more) phones. Besides, as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of La Verne says in the article, "He says he has never overheard a cell conversation that wasn't banal."
So when you find out someone doesn't own a cell phone, don't think they're living in a backwards mentality. Think of them as being on the cutting edge of being a power broker.
Gundams are finally here
I'm not talking about some reproduction made in the basement of an agoraphobic teenager. No, I'm talking life-size, possibly functional, Gundams. You know, the kind that go bang and boom as they destroy things.
For your viewing pleasure: Gundam!
The Road Ahead, by Bill Gates, 15 years later
It's been 15 years since Bill Gates wrote his book, The Road Ahead, in which he talks about how technology would shape the future. In the intervening years, technology has changed most aspects of our lives for better or worse. So how did Bill Gates do on his predictions? The Atlantic takes a look at the good and bad of some of his prognostications. Overall, it appears Bill let optimism guide his thoughts, except when it came to the Internet"
Finally, a use for cigarettes
Go ahead, get on my case about harping about the evils of smoking. You may like to smoke, but I don't want you around me when you do. And if do you come around me, take a shower first. Just don't expect a good night kiss.
With that out of the way, it seems the country with the largest amount of smokers has potentially come up with a use for the filters of used cigarettes. You drop them in water, extract the volatiles from the water and use those volatiles to coat the inside of oil pipes and prevent them from rusting.
Weird, huh? Use known carcinogens to prevent pipes which carry oil from springing leaks. Who knew?!
You know you're bored when...
you're too lazy to write porn.
Yes, on rare occasions I write porn. Not well and not often, but enough to satisfy some people who frequent Literotica.
Currently, I am caught up on work stuff, too lazy to study for my quiz on Saturday and too bored to continue working on one of three different stories.
People talk about depression being bad (I'm not depressed). It's not. It's the boredom.
It would be nice...
if there was one time I could take a piss and not have someone else stop by. It's not that I'm shy, but dealing with people all day makes one want a moment of peace and quiet.
Standing there and having someone else come in and go take a dump with noises like something from Dr. Seuss does not allow one to decompress. Nor is it possible when someone comes in and tries to talk to you (yes ladies, there is a code in the bathroom). Of course there's always 'The Whistler'. Annoying is the word that comes to mind.
Peace and quiet are one of the two reasons bathrooms exist. If only solitude would be a third reason.
Never had a teacher like this
With Sunday being Pi Day, CNN is running a quick blurb about the whole affair. That's not what caught my eye (don't care about the day anyway).
No, what caught my attention was the picture they use(d) to accompany the story. For your reference.
Headlines that need a bit more work
This was the headline for a story on The Japan Times Online web site:
JBA sketches out plan for bj-league, JBL merger
It makes you think, don't it?