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Should California Have Banned Checking Smartphone Maps While Driving?

wubti Re:Bad Ruling (433 comments)

So, does this mean if my Garmin GPS connects wirelessly to the cell network, that I am guilty under this law if I use it? What is the difference between turn by turn directions on my smart phone (not allowed by the ruling) vs a GPS device (Still allowed)? When is a device "an electronic wireless communications device" or not? And how will the average citizen know the difference?

about a year and a half ago
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Texas High School Student Loses Lawsuit Challenging RFID Tracking Requirement

wubti "We wont track you off campus - Promise!" (412 comments)

This reminds me of the school district who gave every student a laptop with a built-in camera that they could turn on remotely. They promised never to use it when students were off campus... Except they did: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/02/23/2030207/federal-judge-orders-schools-to-stop-laptop-spying

This is just another step towards an Orwellian state (not that we are too far away).

about 2 years ago
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Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest

wubti Re:another point of view (555 comments)

It is not clear from reading the NYT article that it was pulled simply because the GOP said to pull it. The article points out that

“There were a lot of problems with the report from a real, legitimate economic analysis perspective,” said Antonia Ferrier, a spokeswoman for the Senate Finance Committee’s Republicans. “We relayed them to C.R.S. It was a good discussion. We have a good, constructive relationship with them. Then it was pulled.”

The GOP also argued that the report might not be entirely non-partisan:

"Senate Republican aides said they had protested both the tone of the report and its findings. Aides to Mr. McConnell presented a bill of particulars to the research service that included objections to the use of the term “Bush tax cuts” and the report’s reference to “tax cuts for the rich,” which Republicans contended was politically freighted."

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?

wubti My list (700 comments)

Asimov: foundation series. Heinlein : the moon is a harsh mistress. Or how to lead a revolution Rand: atlas shrugged. You may not agree with her philosophy, but it makes you think about the roles of people in your life. Neil Stephenson: any The Fish! Book... Www.charthouse.com Alan cooper: The inmates are running the asylum These all have had a profound affect on my life... Good luck to you!

about 2 years ago
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Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?

wubti Look for group coverage a different way.. (1197 comments)

When I did this, I hooked up with a group like the National Association for the Self Employed. (http://www.nase.org). They were able to provide group coverage for individuals at discounted rates. This is because the average health of the self-employed is significantly better than in other groups. It has been more than 10 years since I did this with nase, but it was a very positive experience. You can look at other "Fraternal Orders" like Thrivent or other group insurers and see if they have a similar program for self-employed. This is not a specific endorsement of these groups over others. YMMV

more than 4 years ago
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Squatters Abusing iPhone App Store

wubti Apple should limit squats per account (121 comments)

Paying $100 a year, you can publish any number of apps, but you can only have X (say 5 or 10) apps that have only name and no submission. At $10-20 per squat, you prevent just plain squatting, especially (as has already been argued) considering that there is no financial incentive to do so.

about 5 years ago
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The Hidden Cost of Using Microsoft Software

wubti Yeah, we should count the TCO (691 comments)

Microsoft is driving the planet to ruin with its wasteful high carbon footprint. All those employees driving and flying to work just for Micorosoft... While FOSS is typically done from the home office... no driving involved. You can include linux as part of your Company's "Green" initiative!

more than 5 years ago
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Sony Pondering Game/Phone Hybrid

wubti Wait... They said this before (80 comments)

I was there at the E3 where they announced the PsP, where it would have phone, GPS, Camera, movies and a game console.... uh.... We waited for years while none of this came to fruition, the games got crappier, the movie thing bombed (because you could watch a whole movie on a single charge).... Back then (what 2001, 2002), they could have been the leader. Now they are the retarded loser.... The iPhone has all of these AND the delivery channel... who cares what Sony does in this space? Not me.

more than 5 years ago
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The More Popular the Browser, the Slower It Is

wubti Re:FF may be faster than IE.... (367 comments)

I turn my computer off every night and then the next day the first load just takes too long. I am not sure what FF is doing all that time (and I admit I exaggerated a bit, its only 15 seconds, while chrome loads in 3). I have been using chrome now for 2 days, generally its pretty good... But of course the real reason for my rant is, I really just want FF to work. I dont want to have to learn another browser and I dont have time to figure out why FF is so slow loading.

more than 5 years ago
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The More Popular the Browser, the Slower It Is

wubti FF may be faster than IE.... (367 comments)

when it finally starts. I am able to start IE and Chrome and browse to the page in both in the time it takes FF to grace me with it's presence. Just yesterday FF was ejected as my default browser. It may have a faster javascript engine, but who cares if I have to wait 40 seconds for the dog to load.

more than 5 years ago
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US Pentagon Plans For a Spy Blimp

wubti Re:As safe as a satellite... (374 comments)

Can you cite a source for this? AFAIK, from close sources, the SR-71 had a near miss at 5 miles as its closest. (I ask because I am interested, not because I believe you need to cite a source).

more than 5 years ago

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