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Comment: Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (Score 3, Insightful) 288

by Scorch_Mechanic (#47896379) Attached to: California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

We already did. Seemed to work out okay.
Not saying we should do it to the extent you describe, but surely there's some room in there to make the whole thing suck less. People don't use services that are bad, and lots of people are using Uber, Lyft et al. There must be a middle ground between cab cartel protectionism and the the fly-by-night-itude of these services.

Comment: It's a Dang Shame (Score 3, Interesting) 172

by Scorch_Mechanic (#47603767) Attached to: Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

I'm kind of sad to see these devices fall off the market, though I can't say I didn't see it coming. They closed their "Sony Reader Store" for ebooks on the 20th of March, and sent another email detailing how to switch to Kobo. I've had a PRS-T1 for years now, and I love it. It's got a super nice feature where you could long-press a word you don't know and it would show you its meaning on its internal dictionary, or you could try searching google and wikipedia for it (if you were connected to wifi). It's so handy that when I switch back to regular books after a couple sessions with my ereader, I find myself trying to look up words in regular books by putting my finger on them. With the wifi off (or set to standby), the device supposedly will go for a month of regular (read: three or four hours daily) use. Never tested it, but boy it was nice, especially in an era of charge-nightly smartphones.

By far the best feature was that my PRS-T1 seems to be perfectly sized for my hand. I can hold it in my left hand and swipe the screen (to change pages) with my thumb, comfortably. Combined with the fact that it only weighs a couple of ounces, and it's actually possible to do extremely comfortable one-handed reading. I should go plug in the thing. And find more books for it. And read more.

Sigh.

Comment: Re:OR (Score 1) 579

by Scorch_Mechanic (#47372633) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

You must not drive in California.
Here in California, the first lane on the eight-lane freeway to come to a complete stop always seems to be the one second from the leftmost. After a few harrowing complete stops from the speed of the flow of traffic (approximately 55 MPH), I've decided it's simply not worth the trouble.

Keep in mind, when this happens all the other lanes are still happily percolating along. Even if it never slows down badly or comes to a halt, it always seems to run slower than the other three lanes. My hypothesis is that it tends to chug along so poorly because of all the arrogant California drivers diving in and out of it from the left lane (to get to an exit only 1/4 of a mile away) and from the number three lane (gotta go fast!). With the huge amount of car exchange, cars that are already in the number two lane have to create space cushions (remember, in California what other drivers call a space cushion, Californian drivers call "a space to change lanes into").

Comment: Re:Changing my mind (Score 1) 127

by Scorch_Mechanic (#46585233) Attached to: NASA Puts Its New Spacesuit Design To a Public Vote

Why aren't they worth a poll? Awareness and support of NASA in the U.S. is low. Anything that NASA can do to raise awareness about themselves to the public is a Good Thing. You remember Mohawk Guy? His stupid hairdo brought a brief surge of positive public relations to NASA by way of meme. If NASA can get this (yes, silly) poll into the internet and circulating for a few weeks, they'll have gained positive PR.

Besides, this actually makes the public feel like they're involved with NASA. Directly. Even if they're not affecting anything truly material, it's a definite step up from being several dozen steps removed from influencing NASA. If NASA can increase support for themselves in the public, maybe that public will be a little more inclined to vote for candidates who support space missions.

It's all a game of perceptions. I hope NASA succeeds.

+ - Kim Jong Un, Ghost of Hitler, Announce Approval of Slashdot Beta

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the ghost of the former leader of National Socialist German Workers' Party have approved of the new Slashdot Beta site in a rare instance of agreement amongst the two. The two strong personalities have a history strong disagreement of the most mundane of things but united today outside the Great Pyongyang Unicorn Lair with Slashdot Editor Samzenpus to show support. "Morale at Dice [Slashdot's parent company] is at an all time low, but the show of support from such great world leaders is an encouragement to the entire team", said Samzenpus."

+ - CowboyNeal Locked In Basement For Opposing Slashdot Beta-> 23

Submitted by Robotron23
Robotron23 (832528) writes "Slashdot's finest editor to date has been mercilessly locked in a basement filled with fuzzy dice Dice created to furnish Google's self-driving cars. Screaming, followed by sounds of frenzied masturbation, have been reported from the subterranean dungeon. "There's no way enough ejaculatory fluid is getting sprayed on our dice to make us care about this deluded protestor's opinion." a Dice executive commented earlier. Former Slashdot owner turned professional millionaire Robert Malda, expressed support: "No porn. More dice than a casino. Lame.""
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+ - Owner: Vote, your choice: Get rid of Slashdot:Beta OR everyone goes elsewhere-> 1

Submitted by Ying Hu
Ying Hu (704950) writes "Slashdot Beta is not Slashdot: http://slashdot.org/journal/63...
What was loved about Slashdot does not appear in the new design — those creating the latter, please fire yourself and go work for a commercial consumer site (which we never read, and never will). OUR site should work without JavaScript, and JavaScript that IS used should to do something actually desired by a reader or commenter, not waste our bandwidth and CPU, and electricity, sending CRAP onto our computers. Improvements/ plugins, http://userstyles.org/styles/9..., won't be enough."

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+ - Ask Slashdot: Opinion of slashdot beta? 9

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "What are your thoughts about slashdot beta? Post your complaints here so that I don't have to see them elsewhere. Additionally, if the beta is so bad that you don't want to stay, what other news website do you recommend?"

+ - Slashdot creates beta site users express theirs dislike-> 4

Submitted by who_stole_my_kidneys
who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes "Slashdot started redirecting users in February to its newly revamped webpage and received a huge backlash from users. The majority of comments dislike the new site while some do offer solutions to make it better. The question is will Slashdot force the unwanted change on its users that clearly do not want change?"
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