In Ann Arbor, the "smart" meters are susceptible to an exploit where if you add 5 cents of time to a meter, you remove all the existing time on that meter. For $1, a prankster can reset 20 parking spots and watch everyone get parking tickets. More info at this screenshot of a now-deleted comment on AnnArbor.com.
Sorry, but everyone doesn't carry quarters. I, for instance, am one of those crazy people who sometimes doesn't carry any cash at all, let alone a dozen quarters rattling around in my pocket! Weird, huh? Well, I assure you, I am not alone, and parking machines that take credit cards are a godsend.
That's sort of like saying that Google is destroying Microsoft by building a better desktop OS. Cringely is talking about something disruptive, either in terms of technology (rich web apps being good enough to replace some desktop apps) or business models (a software company making money through advertising).To destroy Google, someone would have to beat them at what they make their money on - search and ads.
You don't beat the 800 lb. gorilla by being a 750 lb. gorilla, you beat it by building a gun.
First, I wonder why I can't select politics as a topic.
Second, now that Slashdot has a politics section, I wonder if there will be any thought to turning the fury of Slashdot comments into actual change. The EFF has an action center that allows people to contact their representatives on important issues. Why can't Slashdot do the same?
I'm trying to find a comment I posted where I bitch about how the story had bad links, and then suggest general rules for linking. Does anyone know of a way to search through all my comments? I scanned the subjects in my profile but they weren't helpful.
So, I just launched the public beta of my new site, SongBuddy. It's a social networking/mp3 recommending site. Think of it as either Friendster with links to mp3s or as LiveJournal with mp3 links instead of journal entries (and without the drama). For more info, check out my writeup where I talk about some other geeky things like FOAF and Creative Commons
2003-09-03 04:32:40 eBaying a Purchased iTunes Song (apple,music) (rejected)
Now that paid subscribers can see into the Mysterious Future, I assume that TotalSlashdotters see many sites before they are slashdotted. Would it be possible for someone to post a mirror of the site to Freenet and then post the key in the discussion? Freenet responds to a slashdotting with more bandwidth, so wouldn't that get around the problem of slashdotting altogether? And yes, I'm aware that everyone and his brother points out that