Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 374

by BlueStrat (#49515683) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

If so it might well completely collapse the economy.

You say that as if some in power don't see that ideologically as a feature, rather than a bug. Many in positions of power/wealth have set themselves up so that they would benefit hugely in various ways such as politically/ideologically and financially from such a disaster, and in fact use it as a catapult into total authoritarian takeover.

George Soros, as one example, has made a pastime of profiting, and many say working to cause, national currencies and economies to collapse. There are many others who would stand to benefit enormously in various ways both inside and outside the US from it's economic/political collapse.

Bottom up, top down, inside-out.


Comment: Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 1) 493

by BlueStrat (#49507861) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

Think about your circuits class.
1)You have a battery and some lights. Then someone else starts attaching more power to your system. Your bulbs start popping because you can't stop them from attaching more power than your grid can hold.
2) You are now a lineman. Go to replace a light on your circuit board. You turn off the power and grab the bulb, BUT someone has hooked up another power to your board without you knowing. ZAP!.
This is a safety issue for the linemen as well.

How dare you bring logic and facts into this political/ideological low-info Donnybrook!


Comment: Re: 'fail-dangerous' device. (Score 1) 191

An unexpected and unwanted text message from a wireless company prematurely exploded a would-be suicide bomberâ(TM)s vest bomb in Russia New Yearâ(TM)s Eve, inadvertently thwarting a planned attack on revelers in Moscow, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Explains why more terrorists don't use Verizon.

Achmed the Dead Terrorist agrees! (But at least he took that Verizon bastard with him!)

(At 8:08) https://www.youtube.com/watch?...


Comment: Re:If I Were Tesla Motors... (Score 1) 197

Just create two other "car companies" that sell re-branded Tesla cars and have the three of them open up a permanent auto trade show in which they would be allowed to sell directly.

Why bother creating other companies? Just create a trade show for electric-only cars. If Nissan and Fiat (is there anyone else selling 100% electric cars?) don't show up, it's still a trade show. Tesla doesn't compete with the Nissan or Fiat electric cars, yet.

Think outside the box!

Why not use the IRFA that's been so much in the news lately?

Being able to legally purchase any product directly from the maker if said maker is willing and offers to sell is part of your religious beliefs and practices as a member of the Teslaticular Church of Gedouddamahface.


Comment: Re:Executive orders are not law in and of themselv (Score 5, Insightful) 289

For this to be true, there must be some law passed by Congress making the donation illegal, presumably when the recipient is a member of some group as determined by the executive branch.

How 1980's!

There is only one branch of government, the Executive, then there are the minor agencies and departments like the Congressional Dept. and Legislative agency, all closely overseen by the Executive branches' all-seeing intelligence and monitoring apparatus.

Any who buck the status quo are destroyed.

But hey, there's rumored to be a new Marvel Comic-based movie in the works!


Comment: If I Were Tesla Motors... (Score 1) 197

If I were Tesla Motors (owned it, whatever) I'd park a new Tesla across the street from every new car dealership with large signs saying things like "This Is The Car $DEALERBRAND Doesn't Want You To See Or Drive!".

I'd take a page out of the Saul Alinsky playbook and bus-in protesters to march in front of every dealership every day, plus full-page ads in every paper..

Use a buggy-whip as a symbol for the car makers/dealers to frame them as outmoded and obsolete in the public's eye.


Comment: Re:This is all great, but... (Score 2) 42

by BlueStrat (#49401891) Attached to: The Unlikely Effort To Build a Clandestine Cell Phone Network

How is that compatible with the construct of a free and open society based on the rule of law, which has allowances for "search" of a person's private effects?

Short of a Judge's orders in a particular ongoing investigation and/or court case, there is no obligation on the part of citizens to create/store/retrieve their papers/data and effects so as to make a search easier. Or even possible.

If I and someone else creates a language only we understand and converse over the telephone, we are not obligated to teach any TLAs/LEAs that are recording/monitoring how to understand our new language.

Any such requirement would likely fail court challenges due to it's prior-restraint nature.


Comment: Re:the next Kickstarter project (Score 1) 114

by BlueStrat (#49398623) Attached to: DHS Wants Access To License-plate Tracking System, Again

The license plate is registered to you, right?

Mount the plate with quick-release bolts. When you park somewhere take it with you, or store it inside the vehicle.

Or, you could find the motor pool where they park the plate-reader parking enforcement vehicles and set them all on fire.

Or, you could find the politicians/bureaucrats responsible and set them on fire.

Depends on your style, I suppose.


Comment: Re:Not using social media is like never using a kn (Score 1) 394

by BlueStrat (#49394871) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?

You'll also find that there are many tasks which are far more difficult to accomplish without one.

Such as? This is a serious question. I'm trying to think of anything that is more difficult to accomplish without social media, and I'm coming up blank.

Although results are admittedly mixed and vary widely depending on the ability/savvy of those running/maintaining it, having a performing/touring/recording band FB page....or not...can make a difference these days.


Comment: Re:Christian Theocracy (Score 1) 1168

The only hate in this discussion is held by people who don't want to treat others as normal human beings because their religion teaches them to despise others for being who they were born.

But you can twist it in to some sort of attack on "the right" if you wish - it only serves to make you look rather foolish and encouraging the very hate you pretend to not like.

So then you're in favor of skinheads and Westboro Baptist-style nutjobs forcing LGBT and ethnic owned bakeries to provide cakes with Nazi/KKK/skinhead themed cakes.

Be very careful what you wish for. A law forcing people to participate in, enable, and/or advocate for things they are fundamentally opposed to have historically demonstrated a nasty habit of being turned around and used against the very people who thought they were a great idea.

You're a special kind of stupid. The kind that enables tyranny.


Comment: Re:Christian Theocracy (Score 1) 1168

Your examples need to be equivalent and the same thing: hate speech is not protected speech last time I checked.

"Hate speech" is a completely arbitrary, subjective, politically-driven, and constantly-changing standard, meaning it is no standard at all.

As I said above, bake them a cake, sure. But, to *force* a person under threat of deadly force to include symbols/symbolism, slogans, etc which convey support for or against any religious, ideological, political, or ethical subject/topic/party/etc to which they are fundamentally opposed is WRONG.

No matter the motive, it is wrong.

The next time there's some Bill or Proposition seeking to restrict rights of a protected class like LGBTs before a legislative body over which there is much contention, would it be OK for some anti-LGBT group to force an LGBT baker to provide them a cake with the graphic symbol being used to self-identify by that group? Like a swastika, maybe?

Sorry, you cannot force free people to participate in and/or advocate for things they fundamentally oppose. That's one of the reasons people came to colonize America, to escape exactly such tyranny by the churches and the monarchies of the Old World.

Only an ideological Luddite would want to turn history back and destroy basic pillars of individual liberty and freedom that so many have died for.



Google Unveils the Chromebit: an HDMI Chromebook Dongle 50

Posted by Soulskill
from the still-waiting-on-hardware-called-chromedome dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Today Google unveiled a new device: the Chromebit. It's a small compute stick that contains the Rockchip 3288 processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB of storage — much like a low-end Chromebook. It connects to a TV or monitor through an HDMI port. (It also has a USB port for power and plugging in peripherals.) Google says the Chromebit is their solution for turning any display into a computer, and it will cost under $100. Google also announced a couple of new Chromebooks as well. Haier and Hisense models will cost $150, and an ASUS model with a rotating display will cost $250.

Comment: Re:Christian Theocracy (Score 1) 1168

Being a hate-filled Christian is a choice, being gay isn't. What's so difficult to understand about that?

So, you're in favor of the Westboro Baptists forcing LGBT-owned bakeries to bake cakes with "God Hates Gays" and other equally disgusting slogans? You'd like to see black-owned bakeries forced to bake cakes with "Niggers Are Monkeys" for the KKK?

That is what you're advocating for.

Of course to realize this you would have to have spent some time actually "thinking" about the subject rather than simply "emote" your way through logical problems.


Comment: Re:Christian Theocracy (Score 1) 1168

This is another power grab by the religious right. It is connected to their efforts to restrict sex (through access to contraception, sex education, abortion, etc) and control the lives of Americans in the bedroom. But you know what? Every article, every boycott and every protest is pushing them back. Similar bills are stalling or failing. The outrage at actions like these are causing more and more Americans to leave their religion in disgust. The more we drag this bullshit into the light, the more the theocrats feel the heat.

Just, wow. This is not about some vast right-wing religious conspiracy or hatred for some group or groups.

This is about not being forced to advocate for a religious/ideological/political belief/position to which one is fundamentally opposed.

From my post here: http://slashdot.org/comments.p...

Sell somebody a cake regardless of race/religion/sex or sexual orientation/etc/etc fine. No problem.

Being forced to *participate in and/or advocate* for or against a religious principle or political/ideological position, *there* is where the problem lies.

For example, an LGBT-owned bakery should not be forced to provide a cake with "God Hates Fags" on it for the Westboro Baptist nutjobs. Provide a generic cake? Yes. Provide the message? No.

Same thing here. Provide a cake, yes. Participate in advocating LGBT practices, no.

Why is this so difficult a concept to understand? What gives anyone the right to force someone else to participate in and/or advocate for something they are fundamentally opposed to?


In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.