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Comment: Re:They are stagnant (Score 3, Informative) 157

by Xenolith0 (#47825943) Attached to: Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

Other than the Tesla, only Nissan has a pure electric generally available on the market

That's not entirely true, currently available full EVs include the:

  • Tesla Model S
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • Nissan Leaf
  • BMW i3
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Volkswagen e-Up!

That's not an exhaustive, but those are commonly available to buy today in the US.

Comment: Enforcement Bureau - 2013 Orders (Score 5, Interesting) 188

by Xenolith0 (#47277433) Attached to: Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

To see others the FCC has gone after, check out their website. Some of them are really interest; such as:

$49K for this guy: Thiscompany got dinged 29K for operating a cell phone jammer in their warehouse.

Comment: Re:plain short scripts (Score 1) 445

by Xenolith0 (#46311377) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

In your p script you can actually remove the entire if-statement and replace it with a single line. Doing this will also give you the benefit of allowing you to pass any number of arguments.


if [ -z "$2" ]; then
                grep -ni "$1" /media/truecrypt1/p
                grep -ni "$1" /media/truecrypt1/p | grep -i "$2" | grep -i "$3"


grep -niE "$(echo ${@} | sed -r 's/ +/|/g')" /media/truecrypt1/p

Comment: Still on Firefox 8... (Score 2) 246

by Xenolith0 (#43727691) Attached to: Firefox 21 Arrives

Since Firefox has started their crazy version numbering, I've given up on upgrading. I use 27 different addons and perfectly configured to make my web browser do what I want. It is near impossible to do an upgrade without spending hours reconfiguring the addons, some of which need to be manually downloaded and have their "MaxVersion" incremented so they will install. Maybe in 6 more months when we reach Firefox 50 I'll give it a try, but until then. Firefox 8 all the way!

Application: Firefox 8.0 (20111104165243)
Total number of items: 27

- Active Stop Button 1.4.10
- Adblock Plus 1.3.10
- BetterPrivacy 1.68
- ColorfulTabs 7.1
- Cookie Monster 1.1.0
- Copy Link Name 1.3.2
- Download Statusbar 0.9.10
- DownloadHelper 4.9.14
- DownThemAll! 2.0.8
- Export Cookies 1.2
- Find Toolbar Tweaks 3.0.0
- Firebug 1.8.4
- Greasemonkey 0.9.13
- HeaderControlRevived 1.1
- Hide Caption Titlebar Plus 2.4.1
- Menu Editor 1.2.7
- Movable Firefox Button 1.4
- NoScript 2.1.7
- OptimizeGoogle 0.78.2
- RequestPolicy 0.5.27
- Screen Capture Elite
- Searchbastard 1.5.5
- SkipScreen
- Status-4-Evar 2011.07.20.21
- Tab Mix Plus
- Text Link 4.0.2011021601
- Uppity 1.5.8

Comment: Re:What Material Is the Pantacene Sitting On? (Score 4, Informative) 169

by Colonel Korn (#29230533) Attached to: IBM Images a Single Molecule

Sorry to reply to myself, but here's the most important reason for the lack of substrate heterogeneity in the image:

"The AFM images (Fig. 1, C and D) were recorded in constant-height mode; that is, the tip was scanned without z feedback parallel to the surface while the frequency shift {Delta}f was being recorded (16). In this and all of the following measurements, the tip height z is always given with respect to the STM set point over the substrate."

In school, when I ran AFM I allow feedback from the tip to adjust the height of the probe so that it maintains contact with the thing I'm imaging, regardless of topography. Here, they had a very smooth substrate and then set the height of their probe to a fixed position above it.

Comment: Re:That might not be safe enough (Score 2, Insightful) 329

by TheCarp (#29230313) Attached to: FBI Investigating Mystery Laptops Sent to US Governors

Then again.... maybe this is just QA.

Put in your malbug, send the laptops out in a high profile way... see what happens. Do they investigate? Do they even find what you did? That, in and of itself, could be valuable information, and possibly worth 5 laptops.

Though I do enjoy the double standard. Someone breaks into your systems, with evidence. Think the FBI is going to care unless they can be shown to have done massive damage or stolen real money?

Here someone does something that is, on its face, perfectly legal and straight up, but the suspicion of potential wrongdoing and the FBI are all over it. I am pretty sure that if someone sent me a free laptop and I called the FBI, they would just laugh at me.



World Privacy Forum's Top Ten Opt-Outs 162

Posted by kdawson
from the do-not-want dept.
Ant writes in to mention the World Privacy Forum's top ten information collector/user list, which shows opt-out instructions (or at least a starting point): "As privacy experts, we are frequently asked about 'opting out,' and which opt outs we think are the most important. This list is a distillation of ideas for opting out that the World Privacy Forum has developed over the years from responding to those questions. ... Many people have told us that they think opting out is confusing. We agree. Opting out can range from the not-too-difficult (the FTC's Do Not Call list is a fairly simple opt out) to the challenging (the National Advertising Initiative (NAI) opt out can be tricky). Our hope is that this list will clarify which opt out does what, and how to go about opting out. In this list, some opt outs can be done by phone, some have to be sent in a letter via postal mail, and some can be accomplished online. Some opt outs last forever, some have time limits, and others can be changed at will. If an opt out is on this list, it is because we thought it might be important enough to be worth whatever annoyance it may pose. "

Inside Factory China 135

Posted by kdawson
from the making-it dept.
blackbearnh writes "While China is attempting to pull its industry up out of mere manufacturing mode, for now the country is the production workhorse of the consumer electronics industry. Almost anything you pick up at a Best Buy first breathed life across the Pacific Ocean. But what is it like to shepherd a product through the design and production process? Andrew 'bunnie' Huang has done just that with the Chumby, a new Internet appliance. In an interview with O'Reilly Radar, he talks about the logistical and moral issues involved with manufacturing in China, as well as his take on the consumer's right to hack the hardware they purchase."

Square Enix To Buy Eidos, Midway Files For Bankruptcy 88

Posted by Soulskill
from the finish-them dept.
arcticstoat writes to tell us that Square Enix has been revealed as the potential buyer to Eidos, developer of the Tomb Raider franchise. Eidos had been shedding workers and studios in an attempt for financial stability. This comes alongside news that Midway Games is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in order to stave off creditors while they sort out what's left of their resources. World of Goo publisher Brighter Minds Media also filed for bankruptcy last month. Free Radical, a UK studio recently put in a similar position was snapped up by Crytek, and we discussed news of Sega's financial turmoil as well. It seems that claims from late last year suggesting the games industry may be "recession proof" are quickly being proven wrong, though Kotaku suggests that most of the blame falls on the developers.

When some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it.