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Comment Re: It has begun! (Score 1) 145

depends on how smart your cruise control is. typically it switches off because traction control kicked in. the car has no way to detect if you're slipping because of bad road conditions or because you were just hit from a 90 degree angle. what it does know is that cruise control will try to accelerate if you are below speed. when the ecu detects differing speeds on wheels outside of the norm it should disengage as a safety feature. it just so happens the safety feature protects the manufacturer from liability as well.

now in your smarter nissan, maybe it knows to slow down to regain control and, depending on objects around the car, return to original speed. but there are not enough use cases where that would be even remotely safe so better to err on the side of caution.

Comment Re:Damn Ads! (Score 3, Interesting) 83

The problem is us low-uid drones keep coming back and reading (and some of us continue posting to the comment section). Ergo, nothing will change. Just like the anti-beta team that was slowly silenced by the developers forcing the problematic design on us all. Solyent News picked a horrible name and just faded into obscurity (yes they have very similar content but the comment section is desperately lacking). So where else do we have to go.. Reddit? ha. IRC? I know a few that have. But must that I've talked to have just given up. They never login anymore and continue to read slashdot and give into the ad viewership. Which, what is up with that ?autorefresh and waking up to blaring audio ads because I left slashdot open in a tab.

If my ADD didn't need a fix, slashdot would be dead to me now. At least OSNews hasn't strayed from it's path in over 15 years.

Comment Re:Still too much (Score 4, Insightful) 114

Your post advocates a

( ) technical ( ) legislative (X) market-based ( ) vigilante

approach to fighting spam. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won't work. (One or more of the following may apply to your particular idea, and it may have other flaws which used to vary from state to state before a bad federal law was passed.)

( ) Spammers can easily use it to harvest email addresses
(X) Mailing lists and other legitimate email uses would be affected
( ) No one will be able to find the guy or collect the money
( ) It is defenseless against brute force attacks
(X) It will stop spam for two weeks and then we'll be stuck with it
(X) Users of email will not put up with it
(X) Microsoft will not put up with it
( ) The police will not put up with it
( ) Requires too much cooperation from spammers
(X) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once
(X) Many email users cannot afford to lose business or alienate potential employers
( ) Spammers don't care about invalid addresses in their lists
( ) Anyone could anonymously destroy anyone else's career or business

Specifically, your plan fails to account for

( ) Laws expressly prohibiting it
(X) Lack of centrally controlling authority for email
(X) Open relays in foreign countries
( ) Ease of searching tiny alphanumeric address space of all email addresses
(X) Asshats
( ) Jurisdictional problems
(X) Unpopularity of weird new taxes
( ) Public reluctance to accept weird new forms of money
( ) Huge existing software investment in SMTP
( ) Susceptibility of protocols other than SMTP to attack
( ) Willingness of users to install OS patches received by email
( ) Armies of worm riddled broadband-connected Windows boxes
( ) Eternal arms race involved in all filtering approaches
(X) Extreme profitability of spam
( ) Joe jobs and/or identity theft
( ) Technically illiterate politicians
( ) Extreme stupidity on the part of people who do business with spammers
( ) Dishonesty on the part of spammers themselves
( ) Bandwidth costs that are unaffected by client filtering
( ) Outlook

and the following philosophical objections may also apply:

(X) Ideas similar to yours are easy to come up with, yet none have ever been shown practical
( ) Any scheme based on opt-out is unacceptable
( ) SMTP headers should not be the subject of legislation
( ) Blacklists suck
( ) Whitelists suck
( ) We should be able to talk about Viagra without being censored
( ) Countermeasures should not involve wire fraud or credit card fraud
( ) Countermeasures should not involve sabotage of public networks
( ) Countermeasures must work if phased in gradually
(X) Sending email should be free
( ) Why should we have to trust you and your servers?
( ) Incompatiblity with open source or open source licenses
( ) Feel-good measures do nothing to solve the problem
(X) Temporary/one-time email addresses are cumbersome
( ) I don't want the government reading my email
( ) Killing them that way is not slow and painful enough

Furthermore, this is what I think about you:

(X) Sorry dude, but I don't think it would work.
( ) This is a stupid idea, and you're a stupid person for suggesting it.
( ) Nice try, assh0le! I'm going to find out where you live and burn your house down!

Comment Re:Beta sucks (Score 1) 234

you work for slashdot and you're just sitting around accepting this. with such a low uid, either you're not truely a low uid user, or they gave you a fat pitcher of koolaid and you can sip on it throughout this storm.

you're not helping the cause here..

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What's there to like about the BETA? ( 7

Narnie writes: I come to /. not for the nearly interesting pseudo-tech articles, but for the lively, self-moderated discussion. Today I'm bit surprised to see every discussion summarized to fuckbeta. Popping up all over the place there's discussions about beta and even alternatives being revived and created. As I tend not to RTFA, I haven't sampled the beta myself. So, I ask you guys, what's there to like about the BETA and what's there to loath?

Submission + - Slashdot users give new beta design a huge Bronx cheer 2

Presto Vivace writes: Alice Marshall reports that:

Slashdot users are extremely unhappy with the new Slashdot Beta design. The comment section of every single post is devoted to dissatisfaction with the new design. ... ... The thing to keep in mind about community sites devoted to user generated content is that the users generate the content.

Submission + - Slashdot Beta SUCKS (

DroolTwist writes: My scoop? Slashdot beta sucks. I'm definitely joining slashcott. Thanks for the years of entertaining and knowledgeable discussion, slashdotters. While I mainly lurked, I learned so much from discussions.

Comment Re:Fuck the beta (Score 1) 206

Just want to add, this is not the voice of the truely concerned slashdot users. But likely being done to detract attention from the more sensible posts about classic slashdot. If posts like these are going to dominate the comments then the true reason for the other slashdot site will be silenced.

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