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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

snsh Re:Dial up can still access gmail (220 comments)

A few years ago, Microsoft released a Windows security update that changed the default autorun/autoplay behavior, prompting the user to select either browse/execute when media is inserted instead of executing automatically.

5 hours ago
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Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers' Permission

snsh Re:Fair Use (102 comments)

Gotta love the analog loophole.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

snsh Re:"He's really not an expert" (362 comments)

When it comes to history, experts are just people convinced their version of the facts is better than everyone else's versions.

about two weeks ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

snsh Forum choice? (226 comments)

Why are you posting an AMA on slashdot instead of reddit?

about two weeks ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

snsh Re:you, sir ... (212 comments)

Why are wild game hunters deserving of compensation? The world does not owe them a living. If a third of boars are contaminated, then just stop hunting boars and do something else with your life.

about two weeks ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

snsh Re:The backup-camera rule (261 comments)

"VERY FEW accidents involve a driver backing up and hitting cars/kids"

That should be "very few FATAL accidents involve a driver backing up and hitting cars/kids". I think the national total is around a dozen fatalities a year. On the other hand, scuffed and dented bumpers are probably a daily occurrence and many malls, parking garages, and city streets around the country. Heck, just look at the bumpers of your own car and count the dings.

about three weeks ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

snsh The backup-camera rule (261 comments)

Is this the same DOT that for years defied US legislation mandating backup-cameras becoming standard equipment in vehicles?

In 2008, Congress passed a law (signed by GW Bush) requiring the DOT/NHTSA to put together rules requiring backup-cameras in cars. The law set a deadline of 2011 for the DOT. And 2011 was just a deadline, so they could have implemented the rule in 2009 if they wanted. Instead they put off the setting the rule until just about six months ago in 2014. It won't be finalized until 2015 and won't take effect until 2018.

The reason DOT dragged their feet? The stated reason was that they needed more time to calculate the cost-benefit ratio of prevented deaths caused by cars backing up. Never mind that Congress already decided that matter, and that most of the measurable benefit is not going to come from personal injury, but from property damage averted when you don't dent your car backing out a parking spot because you can see how much space is behind you in the video-monitor. The unstated reason is that mandatory backup cameras would cost PROFIT for Detroit auto manufacturers.

And keep in mind these are lousy backup cameras which are mature, uncontroversial, and easy-to-implement tech. This V2V tech is still under development.

So what's the deal with this rush to mandate V2V? Is this Obama trying to establish legacy?

about three weeks ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

snsh Re:Finally!! (409 comments)

Instead of using solar PV to run an electric water heater, how about a solar water heater?

about a month ago
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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

snsh Trailer not HFR? (156 comments)

It's too bad the trailer is not being released in 48fps HFR just in ordinary 1080p. My local theater is on the HFR list, and showed Journey in HFR but got so much negative feedback that they didn't do a single screening of Smaug in HFR. The next closest HFR-capable theater to me is 3 hours away.

Since the online trailer is just about the only chance most folks will have to see any of the films in HFR, it's a shame that it's not been made available.

about a month and a half ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

snsh Re:Treatment sort of worked (299 comments)

Those are the side effects of Khan blood.

about 2 months ago
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Hierarchical Membrane For Cleaning Up Oil Spills

snsh Solved problem (32 comments)

Easier to follow Exxon's example and dump tons of dispersant into your oil spill, and watch the globs disappear from plain sight.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

snsh Make watches thinner (427 comments)

Watches are still way too thick. You still can't find a digital watch (except for some ridiculous e-ink devices) less than 5mm thick.

While they're at it, why do dial watches still have crowns? You should be able to hold them up to a computer screen to set the time and date like those old databank watches. All they need is a sensor or solar cell and a tiny bit of logic.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

snsh Alito voted against the cops? (249 comments)

During his confirmation hearings, Ted Kennedy noted that Sam Alito "never saw a police search he didn't like."

Alito wrote up his own opinion on this decision, not-quite agreeing with the rest of the bench, but still voting against this particular search. I guess there's a first for everything.

about 3 months ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

snsh Re: You know ... (358 comments)

If he used the jammer selectively, when he was next to a distracted driver, that would one thing. But he left it running all the time. That's going too far.

about 3 months ago
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Zazzle.com Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property

snsh Re:Which trademark? (264 comments)

I think a diligent trademark examiner would approved the trademark registration, but would have inserted the line "NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE THE SYMBOL 'PI' APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN"

about 4 months ago
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Zazzle.com Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property

snsh Which trademark? (264 comments)

The original deep link to USPTO.GOV is broken. Are we talking about registration# 4473631? That specifically covers the stylized "pi mathematical symbol followed by a period." There is no exclusive right given for the symbol pi by itself or in other contexts.

about 4 months ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

snsh Re:Comment from a Chemist (432 comments)

i thought it was to siphon money into corn-producing states in the midwest, states which are obscenely overrepresented in the US Senate.

about 4 months ago
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An MIT Dean's Defense of the Humanities

snsh Re:Little known MIT fact (264 comments)

They require you to take 8 subjects, of which several are distributed among predefined categories. I believe they discontinued the most ridiculous requirement of having a specific HUM-D/HASS-D subset of 20 or so subjects which were frequently oversubscribed because everyone in the school had to take ~three subjects from that subset. Those HASS-D subjects often covered obscure topics like "fairy tales".

Years and years ago, MIT's humanities department had a simple mission to "teach these nerds something about civilization" but since then it's grown and tries to compete with Harvard. They give out minors and majors. From what I've seen, half the the students who major/minor in HASS do it on top of a STEM degree, since it's not that hard to complete the extra subjects if you work efficiently. The other half of HASS majors are mostly dropouts from STEM courses.

about 4 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

snsh Re:My biggest gripe (338 comments)

I challenge you to print out a first class envelope with (or without) a 49-cent stamp from click-n-ship.

about 5 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

snsh My biggest gripe (338 comments)

USPS is still about 15 years behind in adopting the Internet. Today in 2014 you still cannot go online and print out a stamped (or unstamped) first class envelope or address label. You still have to fill out silly ink forms to send mail certified, registered, or proof of mailing. USPS has self service kiosks in a few post offices, but not any supermarkets. It's far easier to get a zipcode from a search engine than USPS.com.

USPS needs to just buy Stamps.com for a billion dollars or whatever they're worth, and make it a free service available to the public.

about 5 months ago

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TSA stops Chewbacca at aiport over light saber

snsh snsh writes  |  about a year ago

snsh (968808) writes "Transportation Security Administration agents in Denver briefly stopped “Star Wars” franchise actor Peter Mayhew recently as he was boarding a flight with a cane shaped like one of science-fiction’s most iconic weapons."
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Police reinstated after failed drug test, arguing mixup with powdered donuts

snsh snsh writes  |  about a year and a half ago

snsh (968808) writes "The Boston Herald reports that a Massachusetts state board has reversed the firing of six police officers whose hair tested positive in routine drug tests. The officers successfully argued that they were inadvertently exposed to cocaine from brushing what was assumed to be "confectionery powder from doughnuts" from the seat of a car, from eating a cookie kept in a pants pocket where confiscated drugs were also put, from living next door to crack smokers, and from Lidocaine administered during surgery, among other things."
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Gov official complains to too high quality work

snsh snsh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

snsh (968808) writes "When a computer scientist in North Carolina petitioned the state for a new traffic signal in his neighborhood, a transportation official replied with a complaint about what "appears to be engineering-level work" done by someone who is not licensed as a professional engineer."
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Amazon prevails in state sales tax dispute

snsh snsh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

snsh (968808) writes "A US judge has ruled for Amazon.com against North Carolina's request to turn over the names of its customers to state tax officials. The ruling was focused on privacy grounds, so the state can still re-request less detailed sales data which does not identify items purchased."
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