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Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 391

Cellphones must be a godsend to 911 in this regard.

Cellphones were a bloody nightmare in this regard. Before cellphones, your phone was tied to a physical phone line, and emergency dispatch knew where that line was for your phone number.. Knowing what cell tower you were using helped a little, but the problem really didn't go away until cells started having GPS.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 4, Insightful) 391

You're better off having GPS than not having it

Depends on how you're defining it. Following word-by-word directions as seems to be so popular today--you're better off without that. Having a map, on which GPS will show you where you are, that's great. You know where you are and what's around you. But following directions blindly--and you don't have any choice but to follow directions blindly if you don't have a map--you're not better off with that.

Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 1) 1833

We need an explicit "disagree" mod to allow mods to express their intent.

No, we don't. All mods are +1 or -1; that is their purpose. The tag is just there to indicate why you wanted to mod the post. People should not be downrating posts because they disagree with them. The fact that some people are misusing mods to do so anyways does not mean the system should starting endorsing it.

We really need to emphasize the idea that someone can disagree with you, but be sincere, not trolling, if we want to be different from the non-geek sites.

And you can. Hit the "reply" button. Posting a "disagree" tag on a post without stating any reasons or arguments is meaningless.

Comment Re:Electronic Engineer Here (Score 1) 220

Also has anyone figured out how to fix lonesome smartphone syndrome? You know where your droid gets lonely when left unattended and starts calling people at random by itself?

I'd recommend stop keeping your smartphone in a back pocket. A belt case would be ideal--it'd prevent the screen from being cracked, too.

Comment Everything fail at once? (Score 1) 220

That is, I'm sorry, stupid. It would take a large amount of effort, much of it directed towards making parts fail faster just so that the consumer can feel good about not having to throw something out just because one piece failed.

The correct answer is, of course, to make things repairable, and arrange so that the failed part can be replaced. But that would cut into profit margins.

On an unrelated note, have the new Slashdot overlords fired everybody but Timmay?

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