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

by CmdrPorno (#47620087) Attached to: Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

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

by CmdrPorno (#47225211) Attached to: Starbuck's Wireless Charging Stations Won't Work With Most Devices

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

by CmdrPorno (#46182483) Attached to: These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones

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

by CmdrPorno (#45268537) Attached to: How Kentucky Built the Country's Best ACA Exchange

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

by CmdrPorno (#44647565) Attached to: Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom

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

by CmdrPorno (#41639223) Attached to: Hallowe'en is coming. Trick-or-Treaters who visit ...

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!

Comment: Five sided screws (Score 5, Funny) 181

by CmdrPorno (#39891099) Attached to: Botched Repair Likely Cause of Combusting iPhone After Flight

The report says the shop that performed the repair was not an authorized Apple repair shop, and shows the device as having the old, dangerous standard Philips screws. Now we know why Apple has been so adamant about switching from regular Philips screws to five-sided screws--with the five sided, tamper-resistant screws, there is no chance that an unauthorized repair facility would be able to create an explosive condition by leaving a screw inside the iPhone.

Comment: Re:Reminds me of an old scam (Score 1) 270

by CmdrPorno (#39152675) Attached to: The Dark Side of Digital Distribution

"There was something on Slashdot a few years ago about people buying a service, then having to pay more to disable advertising."

Kind of like the new Garmin GPS I got for Christmas with free lifetime maps and traffic. The free traffic service has ads that appear when you reach your destination. You can disable the traffic function and remove the ads, but is it only a matter of time until the free map updates include ads? This limitation was not well disclosed.

Comment: EDGE should be free (Score 1) 406

by CmdrPorno (#39049011) Attached to: AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves

I've had an AT&T iPhone since the beginning, and have lived through their dicking around with their data plans. I was fine with the 200 MB plan and switching to the 2 GB plan when I go on vacation and consume a lot of data. With their latest data plan revisions, I will be locked out of my current 200 MB plan if I ever try to temporarily switch to a plan with increased capacity, and would have to switch back to the 300 MB plan which is $5 per month higher.

I live in a rural area that is slowly being upgraded to 3G. I propose the following: AT&T's data limits should only apply to 3G service. Anything downloaded over EDGE should be free. If you run out of your limited data plan, you should be able to switch to EDGE and download as much as you want. Texts should be free or something reasonable like $5 per month for 1,000 messages, not $20 per month for an unlimited plan. I'm tired of paying $80 per month for a phone I seldom talk on in order to get a limited data plan and texting capabilities.

Since I know they won't do this, I'm planning to switch to one of the MVNOs once my contract is up. Either Republic Wireless if they open their beta again, or TracFone's "bring your own phone" program which recently launched (yes, it uses AT&T's network, but at a lower cost to the consumer).

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