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Comment: I dunno about unusual (Score 2) 155

by drinkypoo (#49825093) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Your Most Unusual Hardware Hack?

I get a lot of crap at yard sales, thrift stores, etc. Eventually the stuff makes its way into projects. Got some of those NHT transducers out of some toy cardboard guitar amplifiers. Used one of them to make a lunchbox into a speaker, it sounds a little tinny... Got a LCD backup mirror with a broken mirror for $10, nice source of a backup camera (with range marks) and a 4.3" LCD. $10 later and I've got a touch panel to go with it, I plan to attach them to my R-Pi soon.

Outside I've made a table for my (yard-sale acquired) lathe out of pallets and I made a 4x8 table saw by making a wooden frame for a portable jobsite table saw I got for ten bucks missing the extending fences and whatnot but with the pusher.

I don't depend on this stuff for livelihood, it's just a hobby, but you can live better on the trash in this country than you can on normal wages in some others. There's just valuable shit going to hell everywhere. If you could line up end-to-end all the cars that people would have liked to fix up which have been parked in people's yard and just rusted away, they'd probably reach across the country.

Comment: Re:Annoying (Score 3, Interesting) 140

I dread having to constantly explain to non computer savvy people that, yes that connector is a USB connector and your computer has USB ports, but that is a thunderbolt device and your computer doesn't support thunderbolt.

And I look forward to getting a bunch of stuff at yard sales and flea markets that "doesn't work" for basically free.

Comment: Re:Missing option (Score 1) 179

by drinkypoo (#49823673) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison, and ...

America really needs to stop thinking of itself as a free society with a legal system which isn't about political persecution instead of actual facts.

Well yes, yes it does. That's the only way people will get mad enough to demand change... so we can "have nice things". Like a functioning justice system. Or at least, functioning in a way that benefits the citizenry.

Comment: Re:...and get this off the top of the page (Score 1) 179

by drinkypoo (#49823613) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison, and ...

Putting it at the top of the page forces me to look at the same (effectively a) story over and over until it changes.

It forces you? Man, if you don't learn to ignore things you don't want to look at on the internet, you're gonna have a bad time. How many times do you look at the Slashdot front page in a day, anyway? I mean, I have the same illness, but if it offended my eyeballs I just wouldn't do that.

Comment: Re:A poll is not a news story (Score 1) 179

by drinkypoo (#49823575) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison, and ...

A poll is not a news story and shouldn't be in the news feed. Please put it back in the sidebar where it belongs.

Slashdot is no longer either "news for nerds" nor "stuff that matters", as evinced by the front page. What the front page tells us about Slashdot by making declarative, self-referential statements is the following:

  1. Slashdot journal entries can be automatically submitted as stories — tells us that Slashdot is a blog service which also has "stories" on the front page.
  2. Polls on the front page of Slashdot? Is the world coming to an end?! Nope; read more about it — Ugh, slashdot, learn to WWW. The link anchor should be the text "Polls on the front page of Slashdot". Anyway, I read the link (heresy!) which is currently, temporarily floating atop the front page, and it's a feature they hope you will like. heh heh. They missed that one.
  3. Slashdot is a DHI service. — Make of that what you will.

So just to be clear, the front page is not a "news feed", because Slashdot is not a news site. Slashdot is a blog with integrated forum, with stories on the front page. They could call it "news", because Fox News went to court for the very important journalistic right (</snark>) to call anything they want by that name, but they don't. I find that, at least, refreshingly honest.

Feel free to rant on about how polls don't belong in the feed, but don't get it twisted — Slashdot is not a news outlet. Don't expect them to behave by "old media" rules.

Comment: Re:Desktop replaced by laptops, pads and phones? (Score 1) 129

I guess all those computers in offices are just for show?

I guess you can't read? Those computers belong to the businesses, not the people using them. On their computers, they typically just browse.

All the people who schedule and calendar with their cellphones are faking it?

What exactly does that have to do with what they do with their desktop? ADD much? Stay on topic.

My friends laptops at home which absolutely have to have Office and a VPN aren't real?

"most people". Learn to read.

This exact, elitist, "I'm an IT Guy" sentiment.

I'm an IT guy, you illiterate ignoranus.

Comment: You gave them the power (Score 0) 102

If you wait to buy a phone until it has a working recovery, and maybe an AOSP port, then you won't get into this situation. Motorola failed to bring out the upgrade for my Moto G in a timely fashion, but I was able to download and install SOKP because the phone has a proper bootloader so there's a community around it.

If you make intelligent purchasing decisions, you will have better results than if you buy LG, which is shit and has always been shit. I forgot this and bought a Nexus 4, which turned out to be something of a turd. Radio died (on stock ROM, mind you) and digitizer went faulty and let's face it, the design was a bit shit anyway, with all the broken rear glass in precisely the same place proving that it's a design flaw. But the phone did have a proper bootloader, which means there were tons of alternate ROMs.

While I'm on a soapbox, LG optical drives are pure shit, too. The only thing worse is Sony. Besides just being shitty in general, both companies have absolutely idiot behavior. The LG drives tend to try to eject forever even if the tray is blocked. The Sony ones too, right up until they close forever and refuse to eject no matter what you do that doesn't involve power-cycling.

Comment: Quality of thought from nuclear playboys (Score 1) 137

by drinkypoo (#49822641) Attached to: Cool Tool: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator

When someone points out a problem with your beloved scheme, mod down! Because you know that there is no rational response which you could make, you must behave irrationally. You are married to nuclear power, and it's an abusive relationship. You can leave any time you want, but you've convinced yourself you can't find anything better, so you stay for the beatings. The problem is, you're making sure everyone else gets beaten, too.

Comment: Re:Desktop replaced by laptops, pads and phones? (Score 1) 129

disagree. These mobile devices are useful when on the move but next to useless for doing real work.

Most people never do real work on their computing devices, so it is difficult to understand your objection, which seems to be based on a total lack of understanding of how most people use them. The majority of people spend almost literally 100% of their time in the browser, and would be best served by a Chromebook, tablet, or phone, depending on whether they write much and how much screen real estate they need. For watching larger media, there's Chromecast.

I am not actually a big fan of the everything-is-connected-we-know-what-you're-watching Chrome video ecosystem, but for the average person it's probably a very good choice.

If it wasn't for Newton, we wouldn't have to eat bruised apples.