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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

stevegee58 LOL I do that now with my brain (364 comments)

Instead of going the speed limit until the last second and braking at a red light, I take my foot off the gas and coast up to it. Frequently I never have to use the brake at all.
Unfortunately it drives the type-A drivers behind me crazy. :p

about two weeks ago
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Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

stevegee58 Truecrypt (243 comments)

The only thing I store in my dropbox folder is a truecrypt container file. Have at it.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Student Aid Requirements At For-Profit Colleges Overhauled

stevegee58 Re:How about we disband the Dept of Education? (295 comments)

Libertarian? Maybe. But nonetheless there's nothing about education in the US Constitution
In fact:
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

about 1 month ago
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Federal Student Aid Requirements At For-Profit Colleges Overhauled

stevegee58 How about we disband the Dept of Education? (295 comments)

There is no justifiable federal role in education. Education has traditionally been and should be locally managed.
We don't need more regulation surrounding student loans, we need less. In fact there shouldn't be any federal student loans at all.

about 1 month ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

stevegee58 Re: Nuke bomb theory (436 comments)

dry run for a bigger attack

The 9/11 conspirators didn't bother with any dry runs and succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.
Terrorists aren't a cautious or methodical bunch; they're audacious. Dry runs are not only for wimps but they also alert your adversary to your intentions.

about a month ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

stevegee58 Re:Shill (545 comments)

Here's my favorite: "If God didn't mean for us to kill animals for food, then why did He make them out of meat?"

about a month ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

stevegee58 Re:Shill (545 comments)

MEAT IS MURDER

about a month ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

stevegee58 It's their network (417 comments)

It's their network and they can do what they want with it. Don't want to use it? Tether a smartphone then.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?

stevegee58 How About SecretarySort? (195 comments)

Dude, you need to let people who are paid less than you to do menial tasks like this. Seriously.

about a month and a half ago
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What Would You Do With the World's Most Powerful Laser?

stevegee58 First "pew! pew! pew!" post (143 comments)

Unless someone spelled "pew" differently.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?

stevegee58 Re:I suppose, but (149 comments)

I second this. I'm in a specialty like OP, embedded software in C/C++. Like OP I've been feeling the heat due to economic slowdown, defense cuts, sequestration, etc.
After looking into switching software fields to web/database I decided to stick with embedded. The fact is that there is still a demand for embedded software and I'd have to take a significant pay cut to switch out of it. I guess it boils down to if you want more *perceived* job security at lower pay or to take your chances at higher pay.

about 2 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

stevegee58 Bullshit! (597 comments)

How about the federal government and higher education address the root causes that contributed to a 1000% increase in tuition and fees since 1980?
Low cost federally subsidized student loans are a major part of this problem. It's bad enough that this is a huge overstepping of federal authority. The availablility of billions of dollars of cheap money has fueled the fire of educational hyperinflation. Take away the cheap money - tuitions go down.
Maybe more people in Congress should go take EC101 again (for the first time).

about 2 months ago
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NZ Govt May Gut Privacy Laws For US Citizens and Ex-Pats

stevegee58 Re:Cannot disagree (134 comments)

There's no tax dodger like an Italian tax dodger.

FTFY

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

stevegee58 #1: Ask for a raise (308 comments)

#2: Use it as leverage at review time

Things like this are opportunities, not burdens.

about 2 months ago
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Rome Police Use Twitter To Battle Illegal Parking

stevegee58 Hahaha! Fining Italians? (157 comments)

Italy is notorious for its culture of tax evasion and insane driving.
In a country where almost no one pays their taxes (rendering it unenforceable) why pay fines too?

about 2 months ago
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Russia's Dyatlov Pass Incident May Have Been Explained By Modern Science

stevegee58 Wait. Died from panic? (110 comments)

Maybe if you're old.

about 2 months ago
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The Scent Rhythm Watch Tells Time By Releasing Fragrances

stevegee58 Poopie time! (79 comments)

Oh, that's just dog shit on my shoe.

about 3 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

stevegee58 Another simple solution (293 comments)

1) Go to "Account Settings"
2) Press "Deactivate you account"
3) Get an effin' life.

about 3 months ago

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"Whizz Kids" Discover Optimum Male Urination Angle

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  about 5 months ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "Ever wonder while standing at a urinal what is the best target to minimize or maximize splashing? Ever wonder where the big puddles on the floor come from? Well wonder no longer; science once more comes to the rescue.
Fluid dynamics researchers at Brigham Young University have determined the optimum distance and angle for minimal splashing. (Hint: don't aim at the urinal cake)"

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ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging NSA's Patriot Act Phone Surveillance

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  about 10 months ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "File under "Good Luck With That" but still it's good to know someone's rattling the cage of our increasingly intrusive government.

From the ACLU's press release:
"In the wake of the past week's revelations about the NSA's unprecedented mass surveillance of phone calls, today the ACLU filed a lawsuit charging that the program violates Americans' constitutional rights of free speech, association, and privacy.""

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Girl Launches Hello Kitty Into Space

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  about a year ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "It's a "yet another kid launches high altitude balloon with camera" story with a twist.
Californian middle schooler Lauren Rojas launched her Hello Kitty in a little silver space ship sporting the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon dangling from a balloon.
Still looking composed at over 93,000 feet, Kitty was recovered (with science project instruments) 47 miles away after the balloon burst."

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Rare Earth Elements Found in Jamaican Mud

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  about a year ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "Jamaica was once home to a thriving bauxite (aluminum ore) industry. While Jamaican bauxite mining may have fallen on hard times, it seems that the bauxite tailings in the form of red mud are rich in rare earth elements.

Japanese researchers have discovered rare earth elements in high concentrations in this red mud and have already invested $3M in a pilot project to extract them. Perhaps Chinese dominance of rare earth deposits is on the wane as global manufacturers continue to search for and find other deposits of these valuable minerals."

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Oops! Taliban Accidentally Disclose Entire E-Mail Mailing List

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "Like something right out of Dilbert, a Taliban spokesman accidentally cc'ed his whole mailing list in a routine news release e-mail.
The Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmedi is gonna have some 'splaini' to do."

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Website Calls Out Authors of Racist Anti-Obama Posts

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "A tumblr blog entitled "hellothereracists" is publicly identifying other online posters who make racist/assassination comments about President Obama.
Beyond merely identifying online usernames, the blog's author is uncovering and publishing the real names and locations of offending posters.
It's an interesting mess of legal issues. The outed posters are at risk of a Secret Service visit, but the trouble may not end there. The hellothereracists blogger himself may have some problems publicly posters who are frequently underage teenagers."

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Romney Campain Accidentally Launches Transition Web Site

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "The Mitt Romney presidential campain accidentally launched a transition web site the day after the election. Sporting a "President Elect" seal and a catchy new tagline ("Smaller, Simpler, Smarter") , the site was up briefly before the gaffe was discovered and the site taken down.

Fortunately an alert blogger, Taegan Goddard, found the errant site and published some screen shots."

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Supreme Court won't hear body-scanner appeal

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "After a long string of legal setbacks, the case brought by Jonathan Corbett challenging TSA's use of full body scanners and enhanced pat-downs has come to and end.
Today the Surpreme Court declined to hear the case so current TSA practices will stand."

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Apple patent could remotely disable protesters' phone cameras

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "Apple's recently granted patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,254,902 would enable certain entities to selectively shut off features of cell phones.

Yes, enabling a restaurant or movie theatre to shut off the phone of that loud annoying idiot sounds great. But what about the police shutting off the cameras on phones during a protest?
Granted in late August, the "Apparatus and methods for enforcement of policies upon a wireless device" would allow phone policies to be set to "chang[e] one or more functional or operational aspects of a wireless device [...] upon the occurrence of a certain event.""

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Refugee from Facebook questions the social media life

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "The Washington Post published an interesting article about Facebook's employee #51, Katherine Losse. As an English major from Johns Hopkins, Losse wasn't the typical Facebook employee. But after starting in customer service, she later became Mark Zuckerberg's personal ghostwriter, penning blog posts in his name. The article traces Losse's growing disillusionment with social networking in general and Facebook in particular. After cashing out some FB stock, Losse resigned and moved to a rural West Texas town to get away from technology and focus on writing. Her book, "The Boy Kings: A Journey Into the Heart of the Social Network" was recently published in June of this year.

The article provides an interesting vignette of life inside Facebook and is well worth the quick read."

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Lying Online No Longer a Crime in RI

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  about 2 years ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "In an outbreak of common sense, Rhode Island repealed an obscure law enacted in 1989 that made it a crime to lie in online postings. Violations of this law carried a maximum penalty of $500 and up to a year in prison.

From the article:

""This law made virtually the entire population of Rhode Island a criminal," said Steven Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union. "When this bill was enacted nobody had any idea what its ramifications were. Telling fibs may be wrong, but it shouldn't be criminal activity."

The law aimed to stop fraud, con artists and scammers, but also outlawed the "transmission of false data" regardless of whether liars stood to profit from their deception or not.""

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Police using YouTube to tell their own stories

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  about 2 years ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "Posting videos posted on YouTube allegedly showing police misconduct has become commonplace these days. Now the police themselves are posting their own videos to refute misconduct claims.

"After a dozen Occupy Minnesota protesters were arrested at a downtown demonstration, the group quickly took to the Internet, posting video that activists said showed police treating them roughly and never warning them to leave.

But Minneapolis police knew warnings had been given. And they had their own video to prove it. So they posted the footage on YouTube, an example of how law enforcement agencies nationwide are embracing online video to cast doubt on false claims and offer their own perspective to the public.""

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NPR's "Car Talk" Closing

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  about 2 years ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "After 25 years on the air, Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka Click and Clack, The Tappet Brothers) are calling it quits in September.
With their nerdy humor, explosive laughter and geek cred (both MIT alums) Tom and Ray will be sorely missed by the average NPR-listening Slashdotter."

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Plan X From Cyberspace

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  about 2 years ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "The Washington Post reports that the Pentagon is seeking to spread U.S. military might to cyberspace with an ambitious effort dubbed "Plan X":

"The Pentagon is turning to the private sector, universities and even computer-game companies as part of an ambitious effort to develop technologies to improve its cyberwarfare capabilities, launch effective attacks and withstand the likely retaliation.""

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Teacher Earns $700K Selling Lesson Plans Online

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  about 2 years ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "Teaching isn't known to be the highest-paying profession. However at least one teacher made $700K selling her lesson plans through teacherspayteachers.com.

Through this new e-commerce site some 700,000 subscribers can buy and sell lesson plans, typically for $5 — $10 though some are free. Teachers Pay Teachers makes money by taking a commission on each sale.

If sites like this take off it begs the question if it's truly good for education, or merely for lining the pockets of a few teachers willing to sell."

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Maryland Bill Bans Employers From Facebook Passwords

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  about 2 years ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "The practice of employers demanding Facebook passwords as a condition of being hired or maintaining employment has been making headlines lately.

Most recently reported here, a teacher's aid was fired and Congress lost the nerve to ban the practice.

Now Maryland has entered the fray, banning the practice of employers demanding passwords in that state."

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Electric cigarette explodes in man's mouth

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "We all know smoking is bad for you but this should really convince you.

"A faulty battery caused an electronic cigarette to explode in a Florida's man's mouth, taking out some of his front teeth and a chunk of his tongue and severely burning his face, fire officials said Wednesday.""

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Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant for GPS Tr

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "Just when it seemed like no one in government can agree on anything any more, the US Supreme Court unanimously agreed that police need a warrant before tracking a car with GPS.
A (faint) ray of light in our bleak political landscape."

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Netflix Down

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

stevegee58 (1179505) writes "Netflix appears to be down. I went to watch a streaming movie and couldn't log in any more. I tried changing my password to no avail — no password reset email was sent.

So I figured it was me, but I searched Twitter just to be sure. Sure enough, lots of other people are having the same problem.

Bankrupt finally?"

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Shuttle Discovery, red shirts, William Shatner?

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

What the hell is NASA thinking???

The second I saw that the shuttle Discovery crew were all wearing red shirts I had a bad feeling. I'm an engineer, yet I still don't see why you'd put a finger in the eye of fate like this.

And then the shuttle crew's wake-up call was the original Star Trek theme followed by a pre-recorded message from William Shatner???

Bad, bad mojo.

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Slashdot web site weird behavior?

stevegee58 stevegee58 writes  |  more than 3 years ago It seems that sometimes I have to double-click links on slashdot, otherwise the click is ignored.
Is it just me, or is anyone else experiencing the same thing? I'm using Firefox 3.6.8.

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