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Comment: Not censorship (Score 2) 163

by Quixote (#35469276) Attached to: Flickr Censors Egypt Police Photos
Flickr just removed the photos from its own site. The people who uploaded the photos are free to host them on Picasa, Imageshack, Yfrog, etc. etc.
This is not censorship. Flickr is not saying that they (users) can't host the photos anywhere; they're just saying that, for whatever reason, these photos are not welcome on Flickr.
When we throw words like "censorship" around willy-nilly, we weaken the real meaning of the word.

Comment: Plain BS (Score 1) 188

by Quixote (#29409147) Attached to: First Algae Car Attempts To Cross the US On 25 Gallons of Fuel
First, it's a 5% blend of algae fuel. Big fuckin' deal.

Second: it's a plugin hybrid. Crossing the US with a plugin hybrid is no big deal. Heck, if you belive the Chevy Volt's "230MPG" number, you should be able to cross the US with about 12 gallons of fuel, right? Hell, I can drive across the US on almost no fuel, if you let me re-charge the batteries every 150 miles in a motel along the road!

I hate such gimmicks. Just tell the truth, dammit!

Comment: Re:Whoops (Score 1) 111

by Quixote (#28510547) Attached to: Controversy Over San Francisco Public Transportation Data
Someone in SanFran City Hall is doing a piss-poor job of contract management!

THIS! I live in SF, and almost all of the City government is utterly inept. Good example: a psychiatrist nurse who makes $360K per year. When asked why, his manager replied: because he puts in overtime since we are understaffed. And yet it doesn't occur to the manager that hiring a second person would be cheaper than paying 2x overtime to the most senior person! Despite it being pointed out numerous times, the city continues to make this nurse the highest paid city employee year after year.

Another example: anyone who has ridden the SF Muni knows how rarely they are cleaned. And yet there are several MUNI cleaners who make over $100K/year , according to the City's payroll records. Imagine that: janitors making over $100K, and then we wonder why nothing gets cleaned.

At last count, there were over 4300 people in the City government who made more than $100K/year. In a city of 700K, that is a pretty large number. But hey: it's public money. So what if the government runs out of money? They'll just raise taxes or fares! (Yes, MUNI fares are going up on Wednesday).

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 3, Insightful) 76

by Quixote (#27582935) Attached to: Tyler Bell On Yahoo's Open Location API
Wow! If only they'd talked to you first.

BTW... can you point me to which TIGER/ZIP file contains the information for Istanbul? Or how about Casablanca, Morocco? And which county (district) contains the town of Aleppy, Kerala, India?

Thanks! Much appreciate it.

You know, America isn't the center of the known world.

Comment: Re:Googling through TOR = nearly impossible (Score 1) 93

by Quixote (#26111547) Attached to: Google's Mayer Says Personalization is Key To Future Search
I am a privacy nut too, but there might be something else to it here. TOR, by its very nature, makes it easy for people to run lots of automated queries against Google. So it's natural that Google will clamp down on what it sees are automated accesses from the same IP.

If there was a way to use Google on a peer-to-peer fashion so that only humans used it, I'm sure Google won't block you.

I'm not associated with Google in any way, and regularly clean out my cookies.


Lessig's "In Defense of Piracy" 218

Posted by Soulskill
from the landlubbers-just-don't-understand dept.
chromakey writes "The Wall Street Journal is running an essay from Lawrence Lessig about the fair use of copyrighted material on the Internet. He makes the case that companies who go to extreme lengths to squash minor videos, such as Universal, are stifling creativity in the modern era. Lessig makes specific reference to a YouTube video that was hit by a DMCA takedown notice, in which a 13-month-old child is dancing to a nearly inaudible soundtrack of Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy.' Lawrence Lessig is a board member for the Electronic Frontier Foundation."

+ - Are laptop batteries the next "printer ink"

Submitted by Quixote
Quixote (154172) writes "Sometime back I bought a Dell Inspiron laptop because Dell was offering a very good deal on it. A few weeks after the warranty expired, the battery suddenly died. It was as if the battery was non-existent: the laptop would shutdown if unplugged even if the battery had been in the laptop the whole time. When plugged in, the battery charging light would keep flashing. This seemed quite puzzling, since just days before this, the battery used to give me a good 2 hours or so of use.

Searching around on the web to see if the flashing lights meant anything, I came across this page. It seems like lots of people have been reporting the same symptoms: just after the warranty expires, the battery mysteriously "dies". Even the Dell forums are replete with posts from unhappy users.

The solution from Dell is: buy a new battery. But they aren't cheap: a Dell one runs you about $100.

I know I should have known better than buying a Dell (cue the "Dude!" jokes). But this begs a bigger question: is this legal (it certainly doesn't seem ethical)? How many of these (working) batteries end up in the landfill? Have laptop batteries become the next "printer ink", forcing us to keep buying new ones?"

Journal: Anonymity at Slashdot 2

Journal by Quixote
I just found something interesting. I had posted a cheapshot as an AC on a thread. Later, I got moderation points; and when I moderate, I browse at level 0. To my utter surprise, I saw that the comment I posted as AC did not have the moderation dropdown box; the other posts did. This leads me to believe that somewhere at /., they keep your ID attached to AC postings.

I wonder what would happen in case of a subpoena or other such judicial order?

"Who alone has reason to *lie himself out* of actuality? He who *suffers* from it." -- Friedrich Nietzsche