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Comment Kinda Pricey... (Score 1) 511

Given that I never paid more than around $20/year for their print subscription, that's a bit steep. I'm all for subscription models for my favorite sites (Wired's one that I go to for entertaining tech news). $5-10 a year, and I'm in.

Heck, for that price, I'll even be OK with static ads that I know are sourced by Wired directly. Wired's demographics are people who like geeky toys. A few car companies could probably fund the whole site. You don't need targeted tracking and all the schemes to make sure everyone who ever showed an ad to the user gets a cut of the sale. Keep it simple!

-Chris

Submission + - EPA to Attempt Destruction of Aftermarket Automotive Industry (sema.org)

drinkypoo writes: The EPA is proposing to make it illegal to convert street vehicles into race cars, and to make it illegal to sell certain automotive products used for that purpose. This has severe ramifications for the right to repair and modify other types of hardware as well, but the direct impact alone would affect the activities of millions of Americans.

Comment And they want you to trust them, too (Score 1) 62

The latest JRE updater elevates permissions before it even needs to, so the first inkling you have that something is taking place is the UAC prompt. Only after denying it did I find out that it was from the Java updater... the prompt only said "Java". I don't know about y'all, but my first impulse upon getting a mystery UAC prompt from Java is not to grant permission to rape my PC

Comment Needed to assign fault (Score 1) 529

We need the line to assign fault in a collision so that we can figure out who pays. They don't have the line in Panama (cities and Interamericano aside) and people do not slow down. They instead glide towards the edge just as you meet, unless they're drunk and then there is a collision. They do have interesting traffic laws there, though. If you hit a horse during the day, you are automatically at fault. But if you hit one at night, you're automatically not at fault...

Comment Re:Cores Schmores (Score 1) 134

x64 actually runs x86 code more efficiently than classic x86 due to the large number of registers available for renaming on x64 which is why you can see significant improvements switching from the x86 to the x64 build of any of the MS OS's on exactly the same hardware with exactly the same applications (no recompile needed). The only thing you give up is a bit of storage (on the OS side) and a bit of ram so it won't work for $200 tablets but for anything with reasonable specs it makes sense.

Comment Re:The one lesson developers should learn (Score 4, Insightful) 39

There's nothing wrong with depending on 3rd party tools and products. The problem is that most of the REST APIs that people are more and more dependent on are services, not traditional libraries.

If a library vendor goes out of business, I still have the last copy of the library and possibly even the source code. My product can continue to function until I find a suitable replacement. This is an acceptable cost of doing business, especially since commonly used libraries rarely just disappear.

If a service API goes down, my product is essentially bricked until I find and implement a replacement. This is one of those risks that most modern (er, young) developers don't appreciate. We haven't had a bust yet that shuts down a number of services over a relatively short period of time (hint: if you're using the service for free/at-a-cost-less-than-power-consumption or if it's not the vendor's core business, such as Parse, there's a good chance it will go away at some point). When that happens, the successful apps that relied on less successful services will be in a tough spot.

It'd be fun to do an analysis of the various API services people use and their interdependencies. I bet we'd find a few really scary single points of failure...

-Chris

Comment Re:The technical problems with this are immense. (Score 1) 343

Why not go all out and just evacuate the wings for maximum lift? Moron.

AFAIK the problem is if you make it big enough for the effect to be meaningful, it takes up too much space. So my question phrased more properly is, can you just stack them, or is there some property which makes that infeasible?

Comment Re:Slashdot hates technology? (Score 1) 50

For all I know those doing the dumping have a point or maybe they don't but it doesn't matter because the assumption made is dumping must be bad or there can be nothing systemically wrong with the current market resulting in reflection of disproportionately negative opinions

Yeah, sure. I guess I just miss the time when the balance was a little more optimistic. If 2003 Slashdot was discussing VR, you'd have people talking about cool things they wanted to try, or speculating about how they could do even more if they just had this extra bit or whatever.

Comment Re:Establishment clause (Score 1) 271

No, sorry, that's not true. "Your community" has no input into whether you build 300 ft structures on your 1000 ac of private property out in unincorporated land.

HAW HAW HAW

Tell you what. Go forth and give it a shot, and see how it goes — make sure to defend it to the bitter end. You won't have to get back to us to let us know how it went, because you'll be on the news.

Comment Re:Anything the US does is suspicious (Score 1) 277

Is there any evidence that Un is actually insane? He maintains a power structure that benefits himself, by having it also benefit those around him so that they have a vested interest in maintaining it too. That is rather different to mental illness though.

They're going down a road with nothing good at the end, and they have ample examples to see that. How is it not mental illness?

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