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Comment: Re:cordless phone charger (Score 1) 75

Yeah, my mouse had similar tech. You dropped it into a cradle and it would charge...

Unfortunately, it had the nasty problem of the contacts corroding or wearing off, preventing it from charging. Given that it was corroding in a mostly temperature and humidity controlled environment, I won't give good odds to these things lasting in a hot and muggy car.

Comment: Re:Higher, at first ... (Score 1) 142

As an ancillary comment to this, you'll sometimes run into this issue with cheap or older hardware as the components begin to heat up. Turning it off after a little while would allow it to cool down or putting the modem in a location where there's more airflow would keep it cooler.

In particular with Centurylink, their cable boxes will freeze and reset if they get too hot, and their power tolerance is really low - to the point where we had to plug it directly into the wall because the voltage / resistance difference from a normal power strip would cause it to lock up.

Comment: Re:Prove it! (Score 1) 226

by Quince alPillan (#48945939) Attached to: There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe

Yes, because they will realize that being a mouthpiece for a propaganda machine and catering to a small core of their demographic is alienating to a large segment of the population.

Some day, those people that are making the decision to pander to their base will be replaced, and hopefully there will be a culture shift towards moderate. At that point, we will stop thinking of that as clever, because it will no longer be true.

Comment: Re:Still a niche company (Score 2) 111

by Quince alPillan (#48326449) Attached to: Tesla Delays Launch of Model X Until Q3 2015

I live in a metropolitan area of a red state on the east coast, and not only have I seen Teslas in person, but I know people (friend of a friend) that have them. It helps that there's a supercharger at a nearby mall that I almost always see a Tesla parked at, but I've seen them parked around town, too.

Your anecdotal evidence is just as good as my anecdotal evidence, and neither one is indicative of the actual popularity, supply or demand of the car.

Comment: Re:Sound waves as quantum particles? (Score 1) 66

by Quince alPillan (#48130323) Attached to: Hawking Radiation Mimicked In the Lab
Well, we already know that individual atoms have sound so they're probably talking about sound in a way that the layman wouldn't consider is sound. At this level, they're probably talking about the vibration or movement of energy within the rubidium Bose-Einstein condensate traveling at the speed of sound and generated from the Hawking Radiation at the Sound Event Horizon.

Comment: Re:Not a boycott but a confirmation (Score 1) 469

by Quince alPillan (#47964439) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

I think his point is that an ASCII log is human readable with any text editor without needing an interpreter program.

Binary logs tend to be full of garbage to the average human and transferring the log file and/or running the log program aren't always feasible when you're in recovery mode.

Given that systemd is the boot up daemon for the entire system, being able to read the logs when the system won't boot properly is incredibly important.

Comment: Re:Franchise laws = Racket laws (Score 3, Insightful) 157

by Quince alPillan (#47825397) Attached to: Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

If you only read the laws themselves, you wouldn't think that. In theory, the laws are there to give you better service through a dealership because the evil large corporation gives you poor service at a steep price. They're there to prevent a monopoly on service so that you're not required to go to a Ford Garage so that a Ford Mechanic can fix your car with Ford Parts and price gouge the hell out of you.

In practice, they still do it and with the kickbacks and other ties to the parent company, they might as well be the same thing. The dealer ends up being the middle man that takes his cut and raises the price by thousands of dollars. The laws have effectively enshrined the dealership business model and Tesla threatens that.

Comment: Re:oh (Score 1) 306

by Quince alPillan (#46814487) Attached to: Our Education System Is Failing IT

Actually, he's parroting a cultural stereotype. Yes, there are great workers that don't fit the stereotype, but the stereotype is common enough for it to actually be a stereotype.

Have I known workers form India that were awesome? Hell, yes. Have I known workers from India that were patriarchal and biased toward other workers from India because they came from a lower caste than they did? Also, unfortunately, yes.

Its a bit like saying that being in the southern United States in the 50s determined that you were racist. Were there people that weren't racist? Absolutely. Was it common enough that it was a problem? Also absolutely.

Comment: Re:Only works if the teacher isn't the one in thre (Score 2) 470

by Quince alPillan (#46668989) Attached to: It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

Well, he was partially right. Some of voodoo magic is chemical or potion based. See for example zombie powder which is actually a combination of drugs (one to induce a coma in a death-like state and another to make the person pliable and open to suggestion in a trance-like state).

Now if he was talking about voodoo dolls and curses? No, that's bunk. They only work on people that fully believe in it, giving a huge placebo effect that has been scientifically researched and documented. In fact, one scientist when confronted with someone "cursed" and suffering from a life threatening placebo effect had to "uncurse" the man, "curing" him by convincing him he wasn't cursed any more. It wasn't the curse itself that was killing him, but his belief in the curse was so strong that his brain was shutting down his own body.

+ - Alternatives to Slashdot post beta? 8

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An anonymous reader writes: Like many Slashdotters, I intend to stop visiting Slashdot after the beta changeover. After years of steady decline in the quality of discussions here, the beta will be the last straw. What sites alternative to Slashdot have others found? The best I have found has been, but it has been a while since I've looked for tech discussion sites.

+ - Slashdot BETA Discussion-> 60

Submitted by mugnyte
mugnyte writes: With Slashdot's recent restyled "BETA" slowly rolled to most users, there's been a lot of griping about the changes. This is nothing new, as past style changes have had similar effects. However, this pass there are significant usability changes: A narrower read pane, limited moderation filtering, and several color/size/font adjustments. BETA implies not yet complete, so taking that cue — please list your specific, detailed opinoins, one per comment, and let's use the best part of slashdot (the moderation system) to raise the attention to these. Change can be jarring, but let's focus on the true usability differences with the new style.
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Comment: Re:Box with blinking lights... (Score 2) 102

by Quince alPillan (#46039305) Attached to: ShapeShifter: Beatable, But We'll Hear More About It

Funny you should mention this. I used to work for a company that actually made one of these boxes (blinking lights and all) out of painted plywood and put important sounding labels on it like "Main AC", "Generator", "Battery Backup", "Firewall", and "Rack A/B/C" with a simplistic diagram of how the power management system actually worked. They installed it into the server room and hooked a bunch of thick cables to it but didn't actually do anything (the lights were powered by AA batteries).

Occasionally marketing would bring customers (read: CEO/CFO, etc) into the server room to show them the blinking lights to prove that the system was "top notch" and monitored 24/7.

It was later replaced by a wall of monitors showing Nagios graphs that didn't actually measure anything important.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.