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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

v1 Re:Maybe driver vs passenger doesn't matter (363 comments)

I can see other issues, like not being able to use it while in a cab or bus

I really don't see that as a problem. Very few text messages are so urgent they cannot wait a little while.

But how would you like to find yourself on a bus that's been hijacked by a wacko with a gun or knife, (happens from time to time) and no be able to call 911 until he decides to let the bus stop?

about a week ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

v1 Re:Maybe driver vs passenger doesn't matter (363 comments)

My suspicion is that they will simply not bother discriminating.

Every GPS I've laid my hands on in the past two years has had a motion-lockout enabled on it. (all garmin... maybe it's a Garmin thing?) It won't let you into most of the menus while it senses it's in motion. So me as the passenger, trying to plug in the destination, I have to dig through the menus to find the option and disable it. (I think they bury it on purpose)

One that's off, all the gps functions return to normal and it can be used while in motion. I can't imagine them doing it any differently on a cell phone. Just a matter of not giving the owner the option to disable it.

I wonder how that'll get along with the "any cell phone must be able to dial 911 even if it has no service and is locked" law? They got that one supported by all the manufacturers, and this wlll probably require a similar amount of effort to pull off.

I can see other issues, like not being able to use it while in a cab or bus. But waaaah all you want about that, you shouldn't have used your phone illegally in the first place, endangering the lives of others. That's just part of your punishment.

about a week ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

v1 Re:How about... (813 comments)

I'll forgo my mod pts today to make a comment on this I've been wanting to say.

The problem is the first time you fly with an airline you have no idea how crammed they are versus the competition.

What they really ought to be mandated to do is provide physical examples of their seating and storage at the terminal. No more of this guesswork as to what's going to fit in the bin, what's going to fit under the seat, whether or not SirEatsAlot can squeeze into a cattle class seat without "spilling over". No questions as to whether or not my knees can clear the seat in front of me. Seats shown with seat in front in reclining position with a "this is what your fellow passenger is allowed to do to you" sign.

This is mainly an issue of not being able to see the product before paying for it and only after your purchase is non-returnable. This ought to already be illegal. You ought to be able to sit down in a demo seat at the terminal, get out your laptop, realize there is NO space to use it, say "screw that!", get a refund, and get up and walk to the terminal across the way and rebook on another airline.

about two weeks ago

First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

v1 Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

Our entire government seems to think the constitution can be superseded by any other law whatsoever

That's just what I was thinking. It seesm they're arguing "Now that we have the patriot act on the books and it allows this, the constitution doesn't count.'"

Wait, what?

about two weeks ago

Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

v1 Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

quoting the report:

"a person s negligent if he does something that a reasonably careful person would not do in the same situation or fails to do somethign that a reasonably careful person would do in the asme situation". ...
"to establish the crime of vehicular manslaughter, the People would be required to prove that Wood's encroachment into the bicycle lane, nuder the circumstances, was negligent." ...
"the fact that Wood did not apply his brakes or swerve to avoid the collision indicates that he did not see or notice Olin until the moment of impact." ...
"Wood's entry of 'Yes I...' followed by '][\NOKKO' is also consisten with him utilizing his MDC at the time of collision" ...
"Based on all of these circumstances, the People cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Wood's momentary distraction in the perfomance of his duties constituted a failure to use reasonable care"

So... he was negligent, he was negligent, he was neglegent. But in summary, he wasn't negligent. Either that or texting while driving isn't negligent. Which I'm pretty sure has gone onto the books in most states by now. If he felt he had to respond immedidately to a message with obvious indications of serious urgency (such as keywords like "bro") he should have done like the same advice he would have given anyone else while ticketing them for texting while driving, "next time, pull over and do your texting from the shoulder".

I also found this particularly insulting in the latter part of the report:

"It is significant to note that the driver in the vehicle directly behind Wood's patrol vehicle, Andrwe McCown, also failed to see Olin in the bicycle lane prior to the collision"

Look back at the witness accouns and see "something equally significant that we aren't going to mention again":

Ashley McCown was the passenger in that vehicle. (the one following Woods patrol car) She stated that she noticed Olin in the bicycle lane prior to the collision"

Of course the driver of the following car didn't see Olin, he doesn't have xray vision to look through the patrol car, his passenger is in the correct place to see around into the right bicycle lane. It look s like the person writing that report was making a number of stretches trying to justify not pressing charges?

Someone with more time on their hands needs to type up and post that report online in searchable format. I can't help but wonder if they deliberately put it up in image format to meet their legal requirements without making it easily quoteable and searchable...

about two weeks ago

RAYA: Real-time Audio Engine Simulation In Quake

v1 Re:About time (89 comments)

there's really very little difference between optimizing audio and video. back-culling polygons and all that magic to increase framerate by lowering processing overhead. Same thing with audio. It's just that it hasn't really been taken very seriously in the past.

When Marathon came out, it had "ambient sounds" that changed as you moved in relation to their source. They were also in stereo. (these were new, no other fps had it) Sound effects from map features, weapons, and ordinance were adapted based on distance from you and were also in stereo. Sadly, lery little has changed since then.

about two weeks ago

Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

v1 Re:"Against a wall" (149 comments)

In other words, it's ok to place this directly agains the wall, because the shape ensures it cannot be placed agains the wall. Well done.

That's actually completely accurate. Towers do tend to get placed under desks, or more commonly, in a corner where the desk meets the wall. Ventillatoin back there is crap, and the system overheats. So rather than make another case that will just generate a lot more support calls and broken harware in warranty, they just made it physically impossible to keep installing it like retard.

y'know... for their retarded customers ;)

Knowing your customer is key to a successful business.

But all sarcasm aside, I do like the new design. I'm a mac fan but I can see some thought went into this both for functionality and for original and interesting design. Even if they fail at both, at least they're trying. It's not just another boring beige / black box.

I think the biggest concern for me though would be how much floor space this is going to take up, plus how little or zero space there is to set anything on it. I don't even think you could set the keyboard aside on it without risking it falling over. And imagine the users setting drinks on top of it! At least with a box, if you knock your drink over, it's on the floor. HERE.... it can drain your entire soda into the mobo ports (back) or fan intake. (front) I think that will be the biggest problem this case has, getting users out of the habbit of setting things on top of their case.

about three weeks ago

Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight

v1 Re:Exactly! (113 comments)

Look at the top of any manned rocket. see that "mini rocket" looking thing strapped to the top? that's an "escape tower". It IS a mini rocket. if there's a catastrophic faulure on a rocket massive enough to go to the moon, you REALLY don't want it hitting dirt before it explodes. The cabin module separates from the top with explosive bolts, and the escape tower pulls them a distance away from the main rocket and after awhile a parachute goes off.

Probaby still a heck of a close call though, being so close to the rocket when it blows up. But you still have a chance.

about a month ago

"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

v1 Re:good (364 comments)

lol they must have really screwed up for all three of them to be fired at once

My money's on "they asked for more pay for the next signing and couldn't reach an agreement". That will always boil down to some point between "you shouldn't have demanded more than you were worth" and "we probabably shouldn't have broken the cash cow's leg".

Only time will tell.

about a month ago

UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

v1 Re:Thoughtcrime (391 comments)

Making it should be illegal. Viewing it arguably does no additional harm

The best arguement made against that is that if you are a "supporting audience/consumer" of the "product", you are a part of the demand, which encourages the supply. Making viewing something like CP illegal doesn't proactively prevent the harm that has already occurred in the course of its production, but does give the perps less incentive to do it again, or others to get into the business.

In other words, people tend to stop performing when they don't have an audience. (some are in it for the benjamines, but others are simply content to have an audience) Law enforcement applying the above reasoning however definitely demonstrates that other means are proving insufficient or powerless to stop the original offense. Makes you consider alternate motives for the law, as though it was enacted due to the general frustration of law enforcement. Being unable to adequately stop the crime head-on, they're taking to trying to suffocate it out from the other end. Maybe a defensive strategy taken up by the politicians and police chiefs to deflect the criticisms of the public that is frustrated that their police are unable to stem the crime. "LOOK, we're doing *everything* we can!" (including arresting YOU because you're encouraging them!)

CP and terrorism are pretty different animals, but in the end, more viewers does encourage them. They'll both keep doing it even with no audience, but it's easy to show that a growing audience does encourage them. Specifically, terrorism has little point when there's no audience to terrorize.

about a month ago

Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

v1 Re:Machismo... (371 comments)

So you're saying you lied and didn't actually get a notice the first time?

Basically. (in those cases, there was a notice the first time, but he completely blew it off, so I told him it was now required before it actually WAS) I really don't like having to do that, but I had so much experience with him on these sorts of issues. We'd get plenty of warning, often six months or more, that we were going to need to be doing something a specific way or do an extra step. No amount of poking or prodding would motivate him to get practices changed, until the day the hammer fell. Things would go down hard for days, and be very spotty for the next 3-5 weeks, while staff dragged their cans refusing to do the additional work. (despite the problems, said manager refused to put much crack in the whip, even after it was manditory) He'd just whine and moan about unfair this all was and how unreasonable, and how they should have given us more warning etc etc. I'd spend 1-2 hrs a day on the phone trying to shimmy things through that weren't done right.

The only solution was to translate the "we'd like you to start doing.." into "you need to do this, starting today". Then he could spend the next three months actually working to get the staff to change their procedures, getting close to 100% when it actually became manditory. Then, the odd 3-5% of non-compliance that remained could be managed without creating significant business impact.

Don't think I just went ahead with this as a kneejerk reaction. This was the only remaining solution after everything else practical had been tried. He simply didn't want to change his ways.

about 1 month ago

Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

v1 Re:Machismo... (371 comments)

Nonetheless, as an engineer, I've had to prove beyond any doubt that a certain problem existed to get business people to move on it. So I think there's another layer there: If the evidence goes against the businessperson's gut, it needs to be 100% iron-clad.

"translating for your listener" sometimes requires an even more aggessive approach. Me: "I just got a notice, we need to start doing XYZ immediately". Boss: "That's a pain in the ass." Me: "It's manditory." Boss: (piss/moan/grumble) "I didn't read anything about that, you sure?" Me: "Positive. Starts today. Make sure everyone's doing it, 100% of the time."

Two months pass, during which reliability of actually doing XYZ goes slowly from 2% to 95%. Boss: "I just got a note on XYZ, you were right, the memo says it's manditory. I must have missed the first notice". Me: "ayup."

I had to play that specific game with him on numerous occasions because he expressed so little authority over the staff when things needed to change. Saved our company enormous non-compliance headaches. I don't especially like it when I have to do that, but part of my job is making things happen, on schedule, so it's sometimes necessary to "plan ahead" a little bit to compensate for lag (due to bad management) on the back end.

about 1 month ago

Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

v1 explorer is VERY useful (426 comments)

for downloading firefox on a new windows install

about a month ago

Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

v1 Re:Perfect (171 comments)

Or clean it with fire. Put it in a red hot flame and it should clean right up.

Take a (dirty?) pad of real steel wool outside with a box of matches and "clean" it with fire. Report back.

I guarantee you we will be very interested to read your followup. (be sure you are in the open over some concrete)

about a month and a half ago

Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

v1 Re:Perfect (171 comments)

Cleaning it will only be a problem if the product is soft. If it can support being hit with 90PSI air without bending at all it will be easy to clean. Depending on the type of copper used it should sustain 90PSI very easily.

The hardness of the structure can be many times lower than the hardness of the material when you're talking turning it into FOAM. Compare the hardness of steel wool and steel.

If this is anything like I'm envisioning, you could probably take a 3" block of the stuff and step on it and crush it down to about 1/4-1/8". And unlike traditional material foam, this stuff isn't going to spring back.

Even if it can survive the blast of air, it may just serve to drive the particles deeper into the block. A filter has to be thin or very porous to insure air pressure can drive most of the trapped materials out.

I'm betting the best way to deal with dust/dirt in this case is to simply filter the air very well. Very fine dust should be removable with air, but you don't want anything at or above large dust particle size getting into that foam or you'll never get it out.

about a month and a half ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

v1 Re:The American Dream (570 comments)

The minimum wage around here nets you $1492 a month before tax and the average apartment costs nearly $1300

If you're making minimum wage and trying to live in your own apartment without roommates or gf/bf, you are an idiot. I can't even think of anyone I've known recently that's been naive enough to try to make that work. Two roommates and scratching for a job above minimum wage is the most common formula I see people use to build up momentum for independence. At that point even at minimum wage everyone can start accumulating some savings fairly quickly.

That usually evolves into just gf/bf small apartments for awhile, then on to a larger apartment, or renting/buying a starter house, as both find better jobs.

Also your 1300/mo apartment cost does vary from place to place, it's quite a bit cheaper here, $650 easily gets you 2 bedroom if you're not too picky, and minimum wage isn't lower here. If you're just getting started and on minimum wage, where the cost of living is high, roommates or moving to lower cost-of-living is essentail. None of this is difficult if you just use your head and don't get stupid or unreasonable.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

v1 Re:Best Wishes ! (322 comments)

They've been pursuing the dream of one windows to rule them all since the days when

No, not really.

When you decide it's time to "unify" a single product, clearly you've made a serious, long-running mistake.

Having a dozen different versions of a single product is just a short-term way to milk a few more dimes out of your customers, and has a pretty severe long-term cost. It's most lucritive in software though, because it doesn't cost a penny more to manufacture the $300 version than the $100 version once you're finished with development. If it were a car for example, that leather interior is going to cost more to produce. But those "better bits" are free to produce. So it's creme, pure profit.

And eventually the customers get pissed. Which is OK if your'e not in it for the long haul. Which unfortunately is what Windows is. Bad match.

about 2 months ago

States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

v1 bad maths (778 comments)

Raising the minimum wage doesn't cost jobs any more than inflation creates jobs.

It's a never-ending cat-and-mouse in a freemarket. Wherever they happen to be at this moment in the game, it reqiures the same people to play it.

Govt raises minimum wage. Consumer prices go up. Rinse, repeat, forever. Consumer prices are going to go up due to greed (as well as increases in minimum wage) so raising the minimum wage occasionally to offset it is necessary, even though it contributes to its own need.

Since the only way to offset inflation in a free market is to raise the minimum wage, it cannot be considered as a method to slow it. It's all just a shell game, aimed at trying to food the greedy into being less greedy, by doing things like lowering federal interest rates etc. They'll never stop it, all you can do is hope to keep its pace slow so you don't have runaway inflation. But it's a difficult act to balance, because retarding inflation tends to slow the economy.

about 2 months ago

Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

v1 Re:This just illustrates (365 comments)

Lower prices "leave a trail of blood in our balance sheet" according to Bernhard Guenther, CFO at RWE, Germany's biggest power producer

Sounds to me like "our production costs are so close to our competition's retail price, we're having trouble staying in business, pity us!"

No, this is not something for me to pity, and it most certainly isn't my problem to help you solve. You need to innovate and improve efficiency of your business, or close your doors. We don't do the "buggy whip" thing anymore. And your existence isn't critical enough to justufy subsdies/handouts. Innovate or die. (quietly if possible)

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

v1 Re:This is telling (365 comments)

I don't think it's so much the "style" aspect as it is the "comfort zone". Particularly with less-adept users, once they fight their way through the frustration of learning a technology, they feel a lot more comfortable with it "now that I have it figured out". These people aren't going to be able to make anywhere near as fluid of a transition to any different interface, on or off their platform. Even if the interface is "better", it won't look that way to them unless they're forced to use it for awhile.

It's very frustrating for them to go from having some (hard-fought) understanding of tech to getting reset back to "I don't know how to do anything". Can't really blame them for their apprehension.

That's how I try to explain it to prospective switchers. "For the first two weeks, you're going to hate it". It just can't be avoided no matter what you're going from/to.

about 3 months ago



How to handle a wifi leech camping in your store?

v1 v1 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

v1 (525388) writes "I work for a small computer sales/service shop, in back as one of the repair techs. We have a private wifi here for our store demos, on the same "public lan" we use for no-check-in service like running updates for customers. A grubby older gent had his computer here for such service and his laptop got our wifi password saved on it. Now he's here waiting at our door at open every morning, and stays in the store at least several hours every day, camping in one of our two front courtesy chairs browsing etc, spooking our customers. Sometimes he's here all day long till close. How do you kindly shoo away someone from camping your wifi like this? We could change the wifi pw but the gm doesn't think that would be courteous."

Susan Crawford for FCC Chairman

v1 v1 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

v1 (525388) writes "Susan Crawford is trying to get onboard at the FCC as chairman, and looks determined to restore common sense and competition to broadband in the USA. “The rich are getting gouged, the poor are very often left out, and this means that we’re creating, yet again, two Americas, and deepening inequality through this communications inequality,” Check out the video, sign the petition, and maybe the USA's internet will climb out of the gutter. Her main focuses are to break up collusion between the providers and content providers, and to break up franchises, monopolies, and local barrier laws that have blocked competition, raised costs, and stifled speed in most of the american market."

Jobs resigns from Apple

v1 v1 writes  |  about 3 years ago

v1 (525388) writes "Looks like all the news outlets are picking up on the big story today, Steve Jobs has resigned from Apple. He's not giving specifics, but says he's no longer "fit" to run the company. It's probably fair to assume it's due to health reasons. Jobs offered Tim Cook as his suggested replacement at the board meeting."
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Radio Shack solicits DYI'ers for feedback

v1 v1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

v1 (525388) writes "It looks like someone has managed to wake up The Shack as to their complete loss of DIY customers, and they're asking for your feedback on how to get them back on track as the local do-it-yourself parts source. They appear to be drawing heavy fire for the same few issues, low part inventory, high prices, no kits, pushing common junk. (cell phones etc) Stop by their feedback blog and give them a piece of your mind. Maybe there's still a chance of them regaining their sanity."
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Microsoft fingers Yahoo for Windows 7 data overuse

v1 v1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

v1 (525388) writes "The glitch apparently exists in the code which tells Windows Phone 7 how to fetch new messages from Yahoo Mail, one of the world's largest free e-mail services. The error means that the system downloads up to 25 times more information than it needs to."
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How often do you reboot your primary computer?

v1 v1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

v1 (525388) writes "- many times a day — a few times every day — once a day (don't count sleeping) — a few times a week — a few times a month — a few times a year — what's this "reboot" you speak of?"

Poll: How do you track your bank account balance?

v1 v1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

v1 (525388) writes "How do you track your bank account balance?
* keep a balanced checkbook
* significant other balances the bank book
* check current balance when depositing paycheck
* use computer to track balances
* it doesn't matter, I'm always overdrawn
* mom/dad transfer in money whenever the balance gets low
* Cowboy Neil balances my bank book for me"

Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto assassinated

v1 v1 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

v1 (525388) writes "Yet another assasination attempt was made on Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, this one finally successful, the latest in a string of assasination attempts by suicide bombers. Quoting CNN, "Bhutto, who led Paksitan from 1988 to 1990 and was the first female prime minister of any Islamic nation, was participating in the parliamentary election set for January 8, hoping for a third term." Bhutto's comments regarding investigations into the recent attempts on her life were charitable at best, "The sham investigation of the October 19 massacre and the attempt by the ruling party to politically capitalize on this catastrophe are discomforting, but do not suggest any direct involvement by General Pervez Musharraf." The attacks are widely believed to be coordinated by the military who are currently holding power in Pakistan."
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smile for the day

v1 v1 writes  |  about 2 years ago

you have the distinct honor of having the first nick I've seen on slashdot that actually managed to pry a smile from my face :) thx


fear and government

v1 v1 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

V for Vendetta: People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

Sadly, this results in the government passing laws in self-defense, that turn the tables. Which is basically where we are now.


v1 v1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

>> My user number is probably lower than yours.

ahhh but my username is probably shorter than yours.


do we count starting at 0, 1, or 2?

v1 v1 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

just looking at your sig

> Slashdot dupes an article SIX TIMES

It appeared to be six posts, so that would be five dups, wouldn't it? (would you call something posted twice, "two dups"?) Though I suppose if you want to get all mathemagical about it you could call any two "dups", so that'd be what... 15 dups?

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