Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 5, Insightful) 1009

It seems to me that the old-fashioned communists in Russia [and their modern day descendants] were much worse towards their population that towards foreigners

except for Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria.. and every other country that they were able to occupy.

I don't know what kind of world revisionist history you've been smoking but if you can't tell the difference between what happened in western and eastern Europe after WW2 then there is no reason to discuss anything. No one can argue with that kind of crazy.

Comment Re:Is This a Joke? (Score 3, Insightful) 271

The crisis is self perpetuating. We have people coming from all over the country now because of the lax laws and generous public assistance. At this point we have more homeless here because they choose to be here than we do because they are down on their luck. I've been patient I've talked to people on the street.

And by Homeless hate on reddit you are talking about the people complaining of being assaulted in their own homes the needles in the parks or the aggressive and sometimes verbally sexual comments that people now have to live with on a daily basis because of the massive increase of homeless people in Seattle that have flooded here from all over the country.

People say they care about homeless.. you have a home let some homeless people stay there.

Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 1) 536

The port wore out on my galaxy s3 and then on my nexus 4. On both those phones it was about a year and a half before the jack started cutting in and out no matter what earbuds I used. The all metal frame on my note 4 has actually been holding up very well. I think it was just the plastic frame wearing and allowing to much movement over time breaking the solder connection.

Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 1) 536

Here is how it's done. Step one: download the Audible app. Step two: listen to audiobooks at work all day every day while walking around and working. Step three: replace the headphones every three to four weeks due to the wire breaking inside the housing at the jack end. Step four: Suddenly realize that you have to hold the jack in a specific position for it to work...

I've done this to several phones. The jack comes out of the phone right at the bend in my leg while the phone is in my pants pocket. The Jack gets a crazy amount of torture. I've learned to try to find earbuds whose jack comes out and does an immediate 45 degree turn but they are surprisingly hard to find. One of those sets will usually last me several months as apposed to weeks.

I've tried bluetooth headsets, but the batteries are uncomfortable, they never last that long and the bluetooth sucks the battery life of my phone

Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 1) 536

I've never had a modern 3,5mm headphone port wear out.

I have. I listen to audiobooks while I work. I usually go through a pair of earbuds every month. (the wire breaks right at the connector) The newer aluminum edged phones are better but the old plastic edge phones the jack hole :) would inevitably stop working.

The point is USB type-C earbuds are over $40. I can't even imagine paying that much for something I'm going to throw away in three or four weeks, and I can't see that little USB connector holding up either.

Comment Re: Wow, open source is a disaster (Score 4, Interesting) 124

I think what he is talking about is how KDE has lost it's way. KDE3 had a very solid foundational philosophy based on everything is a file. That no matter what you accessed or how you accessed it or where it was in the end all you are accessing is a file. So from the user perspective you just needed a browser to access textFiles-documents-websites-media-NFS-SMB-SSH.. you name it. You could split the app into non overlapping windows ad infinitum and copy and paste from anything to anything as if there were no such things as different access or format types. That was goal. If you wanted to open that file with another tool it was right there in the left-click drop down menu or could be selected from the full list of applications available without having to search for the file from the application menu or application file browser.

KDE4 s-canned that whole schema instead creating a just-like-everyone-else file browser and web browser (pushing konqueror to the background with no more development) and focusing instead on little desktop gizmos that never really took off. And while I admit the KDE activities thing is pretty cool it doesn't make up for the fact that it takes longer for the desktop to load than it does for the rest of the OS. KDE has really just become a big just-another-desktop..

Comment Re: Heck yes, (Score 1) 351

seriously.. if you completely forgot history ok. We were looking at a food shortage. The government could not calculate in innovation so they took in to account what was available.. They realized that if food production went below a certain level we would all die. Not having the money to maintain higher than needed food production levels they created a false need for food production in the hopes that if we needed it.. food production would be available. That was the reason for the corn-ethanol debacle. Now you can look back on it 20-20 but if you had been there looking at current food production you might have agreed that it was a good idea. Of course once in place is turned into a cash cow that should have dissipated with the need for all that corn.. but we live in an oligarchy. That's just the way things are until we vote outside the two parties.

Comment Re: How much will it cost. (Score 1) 398

And the engine maintenance?

Was that free too?

According to the Nissan Leaf has the lowest TCO of any car over five years.

No Engine, no transmission. The braking system powers the battery which greatly reduces the amound of time your pads actually contact the disk. What equipment there is in the car is fully enclosed from the weather unlike an ICE that is fully exposed to the road and weather while you drive, corroding wires and hoses.

Comment Re:Monitoring isn't peace of mind. (Score 1) 212

Not me. I'm lazy. Zoneminder sends me a notification if a zone alarm goes off. It records zone movement outside the house and sends me a notification if one occurs inside the house. So far, other than testing, I haven't gotten a notification. The fact is that even a security company has to call you first, before the authorities can be notified. I just cut out the middleman, and the monthly payments, no extra hassle for me.

Comment Re:Slower, Same range, within 5 years?!? (Score 1) 213

The BMW i3 is a weird car. However the issue with EREV's is that unlike full BEV vehicles you still have standard vehicle maintenance. You might and in fact not believe this but the Nissan Leaf has the lowest TCO of any car in recent years. No oil, no exhaust, no transmission (relatively speaking). The brakes ride on the recharge system prolonging brake pad life. No wiring exposed to the elements. In fact all of the components are in an enclosed space making them much less susceptible to the environment.

My point being that a fully BEV (battery electric vehicle) can potentially make back the money you've invested in the car initially, by the time your payments have expired. This may not be True for your EREV (extended range electric vehicle)

Comment Re:Monitoring isn't peace of mind. (Score 4, Insightful) 212

My house was broken into with the alarm blaring. It's happened to a couple of my neighbors too. Someone pulls up they smash in the front door. Then spend about 30 seconds rifling through the house looking for valuables and then get in their car and run. The security system did nothing but make noise, and yes the cops were called. So what. Even if they would have been able to react immediately they would never have been able to get here in time.

So I put up some cameras in places outside, totally visible in areas that you can't walk around behind them. I have a small linux based home server/backup system that is built into a cabinet downstairs anyway, so I put zoneminder on it. If someone actually enters the house I get a message, and I can call the police. But it doesn't happen. No one wants to walk up in front of the cameras, and yes I know they could wear balaclavas or some crap, but they can't walk around the neighborhood like that without someone calling the cops, and the whole idea is to be inconspicuous.

There is no sure fire cure, and anyone who really want's in will get in. The idea is to make it more difficult than it's worth.

Comment Re:How is this legal? (Score 1) 311

Technically what AM was charging for is to remove accounts that people suddenly regretted making. There are a lot of unhappy marriages out there, and who knows the motive of every person that signed up for that site. However I'm pretty sure that people figured out pretty quick that the women weren't real. Then they were left with the realization that they made a stupid decision. So AM would happily remove their account for a fee.

The thing is it looks like in most cases they actually didn't remove the personal information, and that may in fact be what they get sued for in the end.

Slashdot Top Deals

If you can't learn to do it well, learn to enjoy doing it badly.