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Comment Re:suggestion (Score 2) 283

Or wait until the iPad Air 3 comes out, and get one of those. You want as much RAM as possible in these devices. I have a first-gen iPad mini (512 MB of RAM) and you can't even have multiple browser tabs open without it dropping the inactive tabs from the cache so it has to reload when you go to one of the other tabs. It's maddening. The on screen keyboard frequently has delays, and using a Bluetooth keyboard is no better. It is much slower than my Nexus 4 phone.

I like my Android phone but also prefer iOS on a tablet. The newer iPads are better and faster than mine. Now that the full-size iPad is thinner and lighter than it was at the time I got the mini, I think I might go with that instead. We'll see what happens on Tuesday.

Comment Re: Google blocks their own Flash content (Score 1) 92

I got the latest Chrome update (45.0.2454.85). The default new tab page shows a Google search box at the top and my frequently viewed sites at the bottom. The Google search box at the top is partially opaque and you have to click a "play" button to show the cute little Google search animation. I can only conclude that Google Chrome has blocked Google's own content.

Comment Re:Hyundai did something similar (Score 1) 406

From viewing the disclaimer on Hyundai's video, it appears that their system is designed to disengage if it believes the driver is not present/not paying attention/dead. It says: "Lane keeping assist system - modified not to turn off." Also, did they use a Porsche Cayenne as one of their camera vehicles instead of a Hyundai? Weird.

Comment Re:Editors Won't Won't Edit (Score 2) 114

Looks like the editors won't won't work either. Maybe they're all at Starbucks (which, by the way, editors, has no apostrophe).

How much does being a copy editor at Slashdot pay, and where can I pick up an application? Does the job include complimentary room and board at the Geek Compound?

Comment Slashdot is dying (Score 2) 136

I've said this before and I'll say it here again, since it's on-topic: Slashdot is dying. It began its death spiral before Malda left. Once he quit, its fate became certain.

A bunch of shit has happened over the years, from FIRST POST!, Natalie Portman, and hot grits in the early days; to Roland Piquepaille's story spamming in more recent history. Eventually, ZDnet or Gizmodo or some other tech site will buy Slashdot and begin integrating it into their own website. Eventually, Slashdot's URL will be only a redirect to the website of its corporate overlords.

Comment Did the article author actually attempt to apply? (Score 4, Interesting) 333

Because I'm on my fourth online application and kynect had me in some sort of infinite loop purgatory (in which I wasn't allowed to complete the application process) for the past three weeks. This morning, I finally got a message asking me to upload additional documentation.

For what it's worth, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is in charge of Kentucky's exchange. The same Cabinet which is responsible for child welfare and has a history of hiding information about child fatalities which occur under their watch.

Comment Re:First we get browser shortcuts (Score 1) 282

I've said this many times before, but when CmdrTaco left, it was the beginning of the end for Slashdot. The writing was on the wall for a long time before that, but Malda's departure was a very clear demarcation of where the site was headed. We're witnessing a slow death spiral. Within 10-20 years, Slashdot will no longer exist in its current form. It will be gobbled up by Gizmodo, Techcrunch, CNet, or the likes, and eventually merged into their conglomerate and redirected to the parent company's site.

Comment People will hate it until they try it. (Score 3, Interesting) 662

You wouldn't believe how many people I know were dead set against satellite navigation systems, how they would be forced on us, etc. Every one of those people now owns one, by their own choice.

I think people have a similar visceral reaction to autonomous vehicles, but once they experience not having to deal with the stress of everyday driving, will change their opinion.

Comment No candy for you! (Score 1) 437

Trick-or-Treaters who visit will get asked why the hell they rang my doorbell when all the lights were off. I used to give out candy, but stopped after over half the kids failed to say a simple "thank you." Many of them didn't even bother to say "trick or treat," and just held their bags out. I'm not going to invest effort into providing candy to kids who fail to express even basic manners.

I have no delusions that my non-participation will make the ungrateful little shits behave any better, but I'll feel better because I don't have to deal with them. Now, get off my lawn!

Nothing recedes like success. -- Walter Winchell