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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

tazan Just when you thought vinyl tops where gone. (138 comments)

Now the whole car will be covered.

Incidentally, Richard Petty had a vinyl top in '68 and NASCAR outlawed it after everyone else complained of the extra advantage.

about 3 months ago

Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

tazan Re:Old tech is new news? (128 comments)

My 95 Buick station wagon has variable assist power steering, so yeah, I don't see what the excitement is about. It works by using a steering box that varies the ration as you turn and a sensor on the steering column and a variable output pump.

about 5 months ago

Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

tazan Re:How do you disable audio ads on /. (390 comments)

Yes, I got woke up at 6am this morning with a repeating swiffer comercial. I know what the solution is though, and am about to implement it. On a windows machine go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc edit the host file and add this line to the bottom.

This should improve my general productivity as well.

about 7 months ago

Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

tazan I think they have to. (304 comments)

The only one I've looked into is the Nook, but it seems to me like it is fundamentally flawed. It has a lot of bits so it can't be brute forced. But, they use a pass phrase to generate the key. The phrase is your name and credit card number, so it's not as many bits. But if I get a hold of your Nook I can get your name from one of your screens. And the last four digits of your credit card. The first 6 digits of your card are not secret either and are determined by your bank and card company. If you don't know it at least many can be eliminated. So the only really secret part is the middle section of 6 numeric digits. I'm not sure how long it would take to brute force but it doesn't seem like it would be too long and it's easily parallelizable. So if you leave your Nook somewhere not only could I copy your books, I can have your credit card and name as well.

about 9 months ago

Third Tesla Fire Means Feds To Begin Review

tazan Help is available for Elon. (375 comments)

Maybe he can get the Boeing engineers to help him figure it out.

about a year ago

Nasdaq Fined $10M Over Facebook IPO Failures

tazan Re:Why bother? (91 comments)

According to the article NASDAQ made 10.8 million profit by shorting Facebook in just one of their rule violations. So they aren't even getting fined as much as the profits they made violating the rules.

about a year ago

A Tardis Art Piece at the Austin Mini Maker Faire (Video)

tazan Re:My one major question: (25 comments)

Because when most of started watching it, it was THE SciFi show. There really wasn't much else.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft's "New Coke" Moment?

tazan Re:New Poke (786 comments)

The other 2 central principles of Discoverability and Visibility, Metro fails at both of these as well. I accidentally opened a PDF in metro and after 5 minutes had to google how to close the app.

about a year and a half ago

State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

tazan Re:RTFA (976 comments)

Roads are usually paid for with a gasoline tax. This worked out great when everyone drove cars as the more you drove the more you paid. The problem is as we move to alternative fuels there will be no one left to pay for the roads.

Bike lanes cost money to build, and money to maintain. They may not get worn out by the bicyclists but they still need to have the street sweeper run, the lines painted, signs posted, cracks sealed, etc. Around here the bike lanes are not used nearly as much as the rest of the street, I would say probably the bike lanes cost more per mile used than the rest of the street.

about a year and a half ago

For Sale: One Nobel Prize Medal (Slightly Used, By Francis Crick)

tazan Re:Vegas Trip (179 comments)

More likely, he has 12 of them in the back they just aren't selling, and $20 to have it cleaned and $20 to have it framed, $10 tops.

about a year and a half ago

Economists Argue Patent System Should Be Abolished

tazan Re:Furthering class warfare (376 comments)

Robert Kearns

Invented the intermittent windshield wiper. Showed it to the big 3, they said no thanks, but then installed them anyway. Successfully sued Ford, but it took 12 years. Spent the entire amount suing Chrysler who took it all the way to the supreme court. Lawsuits against other manufacturers were dismissed for technicalities (by then he was acting as his own lawyer).

about a year and a half ago

SCO Wants To Destroy Business Records

tazan Re:Who the hell is SCO? (113 comments)

In this community SCO is as well known as Wal-Mart. It's been mentioned literally thousands of times on this site. (8300) vs. only 5000 hits for Wal-mart.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Keeping Your Media Library Safe From Kids?

tazan Re:Knowing more than parents... (307 comments)

A generation or two ago they probably said the same thing about cars. Used to be you could overhaul your engine in your garage and people often did. The technology improved and you didn't have to know anything about a car to use it. People moved from tinkerers to consumers, the old timers complained about the kids who couldn't change a tire or set of points, and the kids saw no reason to learn it as there was more interesting things to learn in the world.

The cycle continues. The things we spent a lifetime learning don't seem valuable to our kids. And that's probably the way it should be. By now computers, like cars, should be a solved problem for most people.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?

tazan Re:code reviews (683 comments)

If he's the only one complaining then he's probably the only one on the team who knows what code is supposed to look like. Getting standards written and having code reviews could very well make things worse. You'll have to write your code like him.

I missed a meeting one time and the team decided to write some standards. I came back and found some great new standards. e.g. Always declare all variables at the top of the method. Every function must have a try catch. All variables are set to nothing at the end of the method. etc. etc.

about 2 years ago

Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft

tazan Re:Good time to move on. (417 comments)

I accidentally opened a metro app and had to google how to close it. There is no excuse for that. But other than that I've been fine with just ignoring the metro part and treating it like a win 7 machine.

about 2 years ago

States Face Huge Task In Tracking Meningitis-Tainted Drugs

tazan Re:Recalls aren't that complicated... (99 comments)

I think the main difference is it wasn't a drug company involved, it was technically a pharmacy that botched it. So it's traveling down an entirely different path.

about 2 years ago

Mysterious Algorithm Was 4% of Trading Activity Last Week

tazan Re:Truth or dare... (617 comments)

You can say the same about leaches. Over the course of a life time the few cc of blood won't make a difference. It might just as easily be good for you if you happen to have certain medical conditions.

You can protect yourself easily with antibiotics, so why worry.

Finally, it could make someone else sick, and you'd be in a great position to pick up stuff cheap at the estate sale.

about 2 years ago

Scientists Speak Out Against Wasting Helium In Balloons

tazan Re:The actual solution... (589 comments)

I'm confused. How can it the government be selling off massive stockpiles and driving the price down and there be a shortage at the same time. Surely they can't both be true.

about 2 years ago

Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit

tazan Re:There's nothing Darwin about it. (992 comments)

Thing is, this isn't a politician, scientists, or institution saying this, it is the insurance companies. They tend to do a pretty good job of cutting through the BS since their profits are directly connected to actually things right.

On the other hand the insurance companies would benefit if we all went 20 MPH everywhere and never had a major accident. Actually getting to a destination in a reasonable amount of time is of no benefit to them. So maybe they aren't the most objective.

more than 2 years ago


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