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Comment Tesla is right on track and wtf Slashdot I'm gone (Score 1) 523

Tesla's plan, from the very beginning of the company, was to create the Roadster (an overpriced concept), to generate the seed money to develop the technology further. Thanks to the rich folks who spent the 100k+ and supported this company, they were able to take step two which is the 50k luxury sedan. Step 3 is the 30k sedan, which was still part of their plan and where I have always hoped to come into the picture. I'm removing Slashdot from Google reader and not coming back. The site has been "on the decline" for a very long time, but it's just complete trash now.

Comment Marketing double-speak or not, they are right. (Score 4, Insightful) 332

I have 10+ devices that could play a DVD and several that can play Blu-Ray. I didn't "intentionally" buy any of them with that express intent. If it *actually* lowers the price on the thing, I am all for this. I do not have the desire to pay for functionality which I do not need.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 5, Interesting) 534

"Following this, the team declared Sony's security to be EPIC FAIL!"

Is it really necessary for everybody to talk like complete dicks nowadays?

To be honest I'm not sure how you can call Sony security a failure. As far as popular consumer devices go, the PS3 lasted for eons. I am both a Sony and Apple fanboy (somewhat), and have to laugh at the hours (literally) it takes any Apple product to be cracked while Sony (as dysfunctional as any company there is) makes a product that lasts for years. Cracking the keys was inevitable, but Sony should be recognized for making it more difficult than anyone else :) I still sit on the side of the fence where the damn thing should have been open from the get-go...but meh

Comment Re:Anonymous Coward (Score 2, Insightful) 356

Only in your world. You do realize that reverse engineering for interoperability is actually a textbook case case of fair use?

I didn't know "fair use" included charging people monetarily to view the portion you are supposedly "fairly using". Also fair use does not stipulate you can use 100% of the source.

Comment Re:Yeah, but where does this get ME? (Score 1) 973

ME. Right now. Why would I want to have my tax dollars on this. I have to pay the mortgage. I have to pay the $320 Comcast bill. Going to Mars isn't going to get me anywhere. Human mentality...

You're the problem. Go ahead and extend your attitude to everything which has ever been done or researched and let us know how humans progress.

Comment Re:Diesel (Score 1) 1141

Honestly, most Amercians would say "No one don't make a diesel car do they?"

I know it is popular to make fun of Americans...but at least do it in such a way that doesn't make you look like an idiot. I live in nearly the most impossibly redneck area in the country (southwestern Missouri), and not even a two-toothed grease monkey would say what you just typed.

Comment Re:Diesel (Score 1) 1141

How the fuck do you go 90k in 8 years?

Are you aware the terms of a typical lease are for 12k miles per year? Ever heard of a "3 year / 36,000 mile warranty" ? 90k is damn close to what the industry says you should drive in 8 years.

Myself...I drive 45k-50k per year. I like newer cars and could never afford to lease one.

Comment Online courses at most colleges are very simple... (Score 2, Informative) 428

They are a cash cow. Little to no resources are put into them, and students gain (at most) some busy work to do while reading the book on their own. I have taken online courses at three universities. Each one of them charged more per credit hour (~50% more) while I felt like I learned much less from the course. I'm sure there are good programs out there somewhere, but none in the institutions where I have had experience. In order to do well in online courses, you need to be a self-starter. MUCH moreso than in a typical classroom environment. My advice, if it applies to your courses, is to use the heck out of MIT's OCW program. Those lectures have gotten me through many online courses where the professors had (for the most part) not even read the current text we were assigned to use. I have donated several times to MIT because of OCW, it is fantastic.

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 200

Good point. This is partly why we can't have an emotional reaction to a single data point. Showing the arctic ice as melting quickly has to be balanced with the fact the antarctic is melting very slowly. Perhaps TFA is describing a more complex issue than a simple CO2 change, similar to melting ice caps being more complex than most believe.

Comment Re:Wow manually edit configuration files. (Score 1) 223

I had a chuckle at the "manually edit" part, as well.

The fact is, editing by its vary nature is manual, so the modifier is redundant. The shopping list or letter to grandma in Word, or the one-liner email in Gmail are all manually written and manually edited.

If you've ever worked any sort of support you'd understand that a solid 95% of the American public are terrified to edit anything they didn't write themselves. I completely agree that it's very similar to editing that grocery list, and this would even come with directions!

However, there is a funny thing about directions given to the average person. If they get above 4 or 5 steps (this includes mouse clicks), people see too much and get overwhelmed immediately. I am so blessed as to spend my day job supporting a service force who have been given their own laptops for the last 12 years. I still get many calls every day from technicians (who spend their days disassembling and repairing printers) saying they can't follow a 5 step process for loading firmware into said device.

My favorite ever feedback was "You think in too many steps, please simplify this." The moral of the story is... if there's more than 3, even mouse clicks are hard.

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