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Why the NTSB Is Wrong About Cellphones

tiksi Re:Only sort of wrong. (1003 comments)

This would be perfect along with a tiered system depending on how well you do on the simulated test. The higher you score the more privileges you have, and have some sort of symbol on your car to indicate your tier. Allow higher tiered drivers to reasonably, legally exceed the speed limit, allow them to make a phone call, etc etc. If you can prove that you can safely perform these tasks, why shouldn't you be allowed to? Also retests every 3 years.

more than 2 years ago
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Why the NTSB Is Wrong About Cellphones

tiksi Re:You are lucky. (1003 comments)

woosh!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Tech Gear From Smash-and-Grab Theft?

tiksi Re:you can track your laptops (514 comments)

In your case, what would happen is the perp would break into your car to grab the fake laptop, discover it's a fake laptop, and then he'd notice the black cloth and you would be out the real laptop. :)

Jason

And probably a couple more windows because you just pissed him off.

I had my car broken into once, had my girlfriend's purse stolen and my new speakers stolen. They couldn't get the radio out so they just smashed it and much of the dash.

Best way to save your stuff is to not be a target. Don't give them a reason to even consider that there is something in the car. Keep everything clean, and dont make it look like you're hiding anything. My friend had his window smashed out for a pack of cigarettes once.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Yahoo Should Abandon Email Scanning

tiksi Re:And GMail gets a pass? (94 comments)

Yes, I also find myself booting into safemode more than I would like.

more than 3 years ago
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Debian, OpenSUSE, Arch, Gentoo and Grml Merge

tiksi Re:And then... (117 comments)

Most April fool jokes from the likes of slashdot and google just make me go "I wish this was real" more than being funny.

*Still waiting for my TiSP hookup*

more than 3 years ago
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China Embargos Rare Earth Exports To Japan

tiksi For once I am glad... (470 comments)

... that all of our electronics are made in china. At first I was worried about what this would mean for electronics, then I remembered that nothing is actually made in Japan, just designed there, sometimes.

more than 4 years ago
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Rackspace Shuts Down Quran-Burning Church's Sites

tiksi Re:Stupid (1695 comments)

Rackspace is not a carrier though. It is a hosting service.

In real world terms, lets say the road is the internet. Some municipality owns this road, you have to pay a toll to drive on it. But no one is going to stop you from having a car full of for instance, swastika pins.

On the other hand, say you rent a store front at the mall and decide to sell these pins. When you sign the lease, there is a clause that says "....You agree not to distribute hate material or propaganda, or anything else deemed offensive...". If you don't agree with this clause, don't sign the contract. Buy your own land and open a store.

You have no right or entitlement to be able to rent that store, and if you break contract, they can shut your store down. In this same way, Rackspace should NOT be forced to allow you to keep your site hosted. If you want to do something that isn't allowed by contract, run your own host.

more than 4 years ago
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NYT Password Security Discussion Overlooks Universal Logins

tiksi Re:What about using your phone? (127 comments)

So all someone has to do to access ALL of your accounts is steal your phone? But that would never happen, who's ever heard of a phone get stolen?

more than 4 years ago
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NYT Password Security Discussion Overlooks Universal Logins

tiksi Re:The password metaphor (127 comments)

For those 4000 years, those keys have been easily stolen or copied, allowing me access to your house, car, PO box, etc.

Every day i see people leave their keys laying around. How is this system any better?

more than 4 years ago
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RIAA President Says Copyright Law "Isn't Working"

tiksi Re:What a coincidence (473 comments)

In fact, every study not funded by an RIAA label has demonstrated that music pirates spend more on music than non-pirates.

Could you cite these studies? I have heard this repeated time and time again, and while I agree with your argument as a whole, I'd like to actually read over one of these studies that people keep referring to.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Patent Points To iMac Touch Running OS X and iOS

tiksi Re:app store lock in will kill macs and the law ma (239 comments)

There are PLENTY of other tools other than visual studio that can be used to develop for windows. Free. In many different languages too!

A bit off topic, but Microsoft actually offers Visual Studio and many other tools for free to students via DreamSpark. Not old and outdated either, newest versions and such. I have always been anti-MS but this actually seems like a sensible move to encourage develpment.

more than 3 years ago
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Throwing Out Software That Works

tiksi Re:Too scared to say that the iPad sux, I guess .. (622 comments)

My netbook:

Does it weigh less than two pounds?

Yes

Can you just turn it off with a single button and toss it on the couch or chair without worrying about hard disk damage?

SSD, so yes.

How well does it work with just touching the screen as an input device.

Why would I want smudges all over my screen when I could type on a physical keyboard with tactile feedback and control it without tiring my arm?

No, you are comparing laptops to tablets, like comparing a Cessna 172 to a Boeing 737.

"Yea, but you can't fly from Anchorage to Portland nonstop with 137 people, so it's not really an airplane..."

No, its more like comparing a roller coaster to an airplane. You are in the air, and it's kinda cool but entirely useless, and in the end you cant choose where you're going and end up back where you started.

Yea, right now I'm on my laptop because I'm running BT and yep, my iPad won't BT, but since I've gotten my iPad it's used for about 85% of my casual surfing and my other laptop, the 17" gaming rig sits alone because I don't want 8 pounds on my lap.

Im Guessing those other 15% have flash?

more than 4 years ago
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Trojan-Infected Computer Linked To 2008 Spanair Crash

tiksi Re:What operating system was used? (324 comments)

Many. But most linux infections I've seen were specifically targeted at that system. A clueless user on linux is still a clueless user that will install and run things as root with moderate SE

more than 4 years ago
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The Recovery Disc Rip-Off

tiksi Both? (551 comments)

AFAIK dell hasnt been shipping a disc since at least 2005. I was actually quite surprised when my lenovo laptop came with a disc last year and also had a recovery partition. Paid no extra, didn't ask for it, and it probably cost an extra $0.05 to lenovo to press the disc. I have no problem paying the premium for them to press the disc if it is included in the product price.

more than 4 years ago
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To Ballmer, Grabbing iPad's Market Is 'Job One Urgency'

tiksi Re:D'oh. (764 comments)

To each his own I guess, but I find it far more comfortable to place my netbook on my lap and angle the screen perpendicular to my eyes.

more than 4 years ago
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To Ballmer, Grabbing iPad's Market Is 'Job One Urgency'

tiksi Re:D'oh. (764 comments)

I find adjusting the screen to stay at an angle of my choosing to be more ergonomic than holding a slate for hours or contorting my neck.

more than 4 years ago
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To Ballmer, Grabbing iPad's Market Is 'Job One Urgency'

tiksi Re:D'oh. (764 comments)

and a netbook fits in where? AFAIK, other than a touchscreen, an Ipad is a crippled netbook.

more than 4 years ago
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What To Do About CC License Violations?

tiksi Re:Why ask? (437 comments)

I did not say that anything was right or wrong, other than it being wrong to compare personal use with profit when personal use can be compared with personal use and profit with profit. Not once did I say downloading a song or any form of piracy was ok.

more than 4 years ago
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What To Do About CC License Violations?

tiksi Re:Why ask? (437 comments)

I dont think that the 'pro-piracy' comments refer to people who steal music/movies/games and sell them. Downloading say, a song, without paying for it and listening to it, is more analogous to printing this picture and putting up on my wall to look at it. On the other hand, downloading a song and selling it is analogous to what happened in this case with the picture. So before you get all high and mighty, please compare the like scenarios instead of skewing things to fit your needs.

more than 4 years ago

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