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Comment: Re:Less apple more ISO standard interface please (Score 1) 193

by Skater (#46762539) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

They failed to mention it only supports apple products.

Are you sure? Android phones now use something called "MTP", which most devices don't seem to support (neither of our car stereos do, one is a factory Honda, the other is a Pioneer; similarly, my Macbook Pro *still* can't connect to my S3, a year and a half after I bought the phone). Did you try a standard USB drive? I bet it'll work.

Comment: Just with back catalog of paper... (Score 1) 730

by TigerPlish (#46737505) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

I think in the event of total collapse, enough paper books would exist and enough nerds will be around to read then, and make use of them to get back to where we are. Or some reasonable faximile.

So it's less about chosen profession, and more about hobbies. What a paradox.

You know, like all those people that nerd out on steam engines. They could prove useful, no?

You get the idea.

Comment: Cheap (Score 4, Insightful) 341

£5.5M for a year's support for hundreds of thousands of of XP systems is extremely good value, and far cheaper than any other option.

Of course, they'll still be in the same position a year from now. But in government, if you pass the buck for long enough, it becomes someone else's problem.

+ - What THE FUCK is up with autoplay on story pages? 2

Submitted by ScuzzMonkey
ScuzzMonkey (208981) writes "I'm not here often enough to bitch about all the other poorly-considered site changes that are apparently in the works, but the autoplay audio summary? Not cool. Maybe this is the April Fools Joke this year, I don't know, but if so, it's not funny, particularly with no readily apparent means of disabling it.

If there is nothing else showing how much this site is changing for the worse under new management, there you go. There are some transgressions that every geek knows to be verboten. Audio playing automatically when you hit a web page is one of them. Bring on the blink tags if you want to try for retro funny."

Comment: Self-induced pilot error (Score 1) 394

by TigerPlish (#46568337) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

I just went from an Rx-8 to a Mini, both 6-spd manual boxes.

I find myself stepping on my clutch foot with my brake foot. That didn't happen with the 8. Disconcerting, to say the least.

I'm getting better after a month (2000 miles), but that does tell me there are differences between the two cars that my muscle memory is trying to overcome.

I'm not blaming the car, I'm changing how I drive.

Maybe that's what's going on here, except they're not changing how they drive?

Comment: Re:Does it really cost $100k? (Score 1) 461

by Skater (#46462329) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

They have those already - at least the sonar one. It pings for up to 30 days once it hits the water. The issue is that you have to be relatively close to the plane to hear the pinging. Even with Air France 447 when the ACARS data told us where the plane was as it was crashing, it still took almost two years and several searches to find the hull of the plane. In this case, it appears everyone spent the last several days looking in the wrong place, because the military either didn't report or no one listened to their report of spotting the plane in a very different, unexpected location over an hour after it disappeared off the civilian radar. I hope someone in charge wrote down that lesson.

As for the cost of the devices: How much is this search costing the countries involved? It's probably enough to pay for installation on quite a few airliners at this point...

Comment: Re:Shazbot! (Score 1) 352

by Skater (#46412217) Attached to: Vast Surveillance Network Powered By Repo Men

What I find amazing is there is a large segment of the population who will get up in arms over this kind of collection, dig out their pitchforks and storm the castle, but will willingly post GEO tagged photos online to document their "privacy" protest activities. These same people will run Google maps, Wayze or other applications on their smartphone to navigate their way to the protest, then do the same to find someplace to eat, while cranking up the coupon application to find a deal on the sandwich they are hungry for. These folks don't think twice about their privacy in any other context.

You don't see the difference? Google Maps, Waze, etc. provide a useful service to the user in return for that information. Repo camera databases don't.

Comment: Re:COST (Score 2) 473

by Skater (#46214419) Attached to: Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

Yep. Also, I recently got life insurance, and one of the questions they asked me was, "Have you been aboard an aircraft other than as a passenger on a commercial airliner?" I wonder how much a "yes" answer would've cost me each month. I'd love to do it, but we're talking about $6000-$8000 just for the license, daytime, single engine only. How much more for any of the other certifications? I drive past an airfield every day on my way home from work and look longingly...then remember how much it costs.

Sport pilot would be cheaper, of course. But as you pointed out there are quite a few expenses aside from just the license.

And, it's not like you can, say, fly yourself to vacation to save money. A friend of mine has his license and his own plane (owned one before he even could drive, in fact), and still flies commercial whenever he needs to actually go somewhere.

Comment: Re: Why? (Score 1) 2219

by Skater (#46198501) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

That's the point of a protest though; to get the attention of people who might otherwise not notice that there is a problem. They are effectively picketing slashdot; inconveniencing the normal readers like you and I, to put pressure on the management to take their protest more seriously, and offer something more than just platitudes and empty promises.

It's not working...this is the first I've noticed ANYTHING, and I usually check /. a couple times a day. I have tags turned off, because they're useless, and I'm logged in. I may have looked at beta once or twice a while back.

I just looked at it and didn't care for it, though. What's with the useless, unrelated pictures - a compass for the article about GPS dead reckoning in cars? A picture of LEGO on an article about coding? Useless. I don't get the top "block" of three stories or whatever... what happened to the summaries of those? The menu bar is of little use to me - I don't browse by topic, and I doubt many others do, either. And the narrow comments isn't good, either - as deep as this thread is, my comment would be about one character wide in beta...all kinds of fun for reading! There is a trend amongst web designers to make everything very narrow, ignoring that the interruption while your eyes move to the next line makes the text harder to read and comprehend.

+ - SPAM: FUCK BETA 2

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On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design. Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott


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