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Comment: Re:Even more confusing (Score 1) 7

by Bill Dog (#49156843) Attached to: just think how some conversations could go

unable to add more gas

(Or you can, it just won't do any good.)

I guess you're saying these cars have no under-hood starter battery like ICE vehicles, that's user-swappable with a replacement from any auto parts shop. And I guess neither can these cars be jump-started, simply by using another vehicle (with a battery of equal or greater cold cranking amps). Wow.

I guess the same would be for all-electric vehicles. Professional roadside assistance providers will need to start carrying around mega batteries and quick-charging apparati, in addition to being able to provide a gallon of gas and a jump.

Comment: Re:Even more confusing (Score 1) 7

by Bill Dog (#49156781) Attached to: just think how some conversations could go

1. The only reason to run the gas engine under 25 miles an hour should be for recharging and generating, period. EV mode only at low speed.

And Toyota may have started out planning on along those lines, but may have gotten focus group research that indicated people preferred a little more acceleration.

2. An expert mode should be available wherein "creep ahead at stop" is disabled

Having switched to owning only manual transmission cars, I only miss that on a metered freeway onramp, that's uphill. I imagine it's added behavior when in electric-only mode, to simulate a slush box, so not sure how it could be universally defeatable. There's no "neutral" on those smug little cars?

3. Cruise control should also be able to be set by a numeric keypad, and should be able to handle values lower than 23.

That's an awesome idea, rather than having to bring the car up to the desired speed manually. But I wouldn't be surprised if it's the government disallowing the latter.

4. Sport mode should be available that disengages the traction control and enables all three motors for acceleration (you can get the second half of this in a gen2 by angrily stomping on the accelerator, it takes a second to engage, but you suddenly go from 34 HP to 174 HP as the second electric and the gas motor kick in).

Why would a Prius owner want this?

5. Finer resolution than 5 minutes on the average MPG consumption graph.

6. Ability to download trip data onto an SD card.

Likely never, directly. Companies want your personal info to go to "the cloud" first, so that they can mine it and monetize you further.

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Journal: gun garbage [long]

Journal by Bill Dog

Someone kind of set me off at work on Friday. Gotta work on that. She was apparently reading something about an idea to arm teachers. Or more specifically, offer concealed carry licenses for the classroom. And indicated that she was appalled by the idea.

I said one of the beauties of concealed carry is that not everyone even has to have a gun, to still have the effect of discouraging bad people.

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 2) 446

by ncc74656 (#49144359) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

The new machines lack LPT ports? WTF kind of machine did you buy without an LPT port? A laptop, sure, a desktop? You have to look hard, even today to find a machine that doesn't have a printer port.

Pretty much anything built in the last five or so years won't have serial or parallel ports. If you're lucky, you might have some headers on the motherboard that can be brought to the slot cage with connectors in brackets like what were common before ATX, but I've run across plenty of motherboards that don't even have those. Notebooks are even less likely to have them. This Dell Inspiron E1505 I'm typing on is a bit long in the tooth...main reason I'm keeping it going is its 15" 1680x1050 screen. No serial or parallel ports on it.

When I saw a sufficiently-old notebook come through my office a while back that had a serial port on it, I hung onto it for talking to our switches and routers. I forget what model of HP it is, but it's old enough that it runs on an Athlon XP. It's probably the better part of 10 years old at this point. The last emerge -uND world took a couple of days to run, but it's fast enough to run Minicom and Firefox, and to do traffic captures from the switch: serial connection to the management port to enable SPAN, Ethernet to the SPAN port for capture, and WiFi to talk to the whole thing from my office instead of the server room.

Comment: Re:Fuck you Bill fucking Nye... (Score 2) 672

by ncc74656 (#49109001) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

Hey Bill. Kindly go fuck yourself. Seriously. If you believe (and apparently you do), that only Ivy League universities can provide any education of merit, then you really are more of a mindless tool than I suspected.

QFT. Consider how well the Ivy Leaguers mismanaging the executive branch of the government are doing as further proof of the uselessness of credentialism.

Comment: Re:Horribly misleading summary (Score -1) 672

by ncc74656 (#49108921) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

He's using climate change as an example to demonstrate his point. (A near-unanimous consensus among scientists maintain that climate change is happening and is a serious problem; over 50% of the US population disagrees. This demonstrates that the US population is largely science-illiterate or science-hostile.)

O RLY? (The Google link should bypass their paywall.) In addition to "consensus" being inherently unscientific (was Copernicus "science-illiterate" when he proposed his heliocentric theory of the solar system when the consensus view was in favor of a geocentric theory?), there is much to suggest that the "97%" number is as overcooked as most of the recent temperature records have been.

Comment: think bigger (Score 1) 21

by Bill Dog (#49108041) Attached to: Might explain some of the behavior here

First off, I think you've got reversed those accusor(s) who are trying to set you straight with those who would only be trying to further confound and knock you down (since you're not one of them, on the solid Left). For me it's the latter that I've removed from my sight here, because I want to be more right/correct, not less.

But you seem to think the way to wisdom is via the wicked. And it partly is, as one half of one's studies towards that. But they're like the Medusa, where direct interaction, like you pine for, is death; you have to examine them indirectly or askew, to not be affected by them.

Secondly, that quote is absolutely brilliant. I like to think I'd gotten close to it, realizing of course that Political Correctness was essentially about bullying.

But I had mostly been considering the Left's constant variations of "the emperor is fully clothed" as the movement's/religion's way of checking how far they'd currently come at any given point. That is, I had assumed that the chief purpose of the non-stop peppering us with untruths, of wide-ranging obviousnesses, was to gauge how either converted or dumbed-down the society had become so far.

I thought the Left's goal might be to make gullible sheep out of all of us, however long it took. But no, I think that Theodore is right and there'll always be those who'll never give in intellectually, and the best the Left can hope for with us is to make us feel like we've sold our souls behaviorally.

And to feel like the scum that they are for doing so, which is then also giving in, feelings-wise.

Thirdly, this truth is a helluva lot bigger than just stupid Slashdot. This is going on full-bore of course in America, and the world in general.

But don't lose sight of the bigger picture -- neither communism nor a Caliphate is the be-all-end-all -- it's just Satan trying to unravel God's order in the world. Satanism, effectively, comprises facets of economic, political, and religious beliefs, whichever ones in those categories that leads to the most misery. But the individual isms, and the people that push them, are really just part of one strategy.

America was a formerly powerful, formerly pretty headstrong nation. BHO doesn't love Muslims. He's not a Muslim, despite what stupid Right-wingers say. He's an atheist (despite what your moderate-to-severe HappyThoughtisis says). And atheists aren't really anti-religion, despite what stupid Slashdotters say. Ever hear of an atheist group putting up billboards saying there is no Allah and Muhammad was not actually a prophet?

It's that those who are against God, of the Jewish and Christian religions, feel they're aligned on a fundamental level. Against Israel, and against a nation under God being supreme in the world. America has to be knocked down several pegs, and be fundamentally transformed away from our Judeo-Christian heritage and values and beliefs. When everyone is even and subdued, then the Antichrist can come and rule.

p.s. I'll be waiting for your singular "Lord bless your heart" response.

Comment: Hey now (Score 1) 1

by Bill Dog (#49103435) Attached to: Revolution 60: A game review I can get behind.

less personality than the cockroach from Wall-E

I liked that little character!

But on the characters shown in that game, I don't care that they're all white, because skin color doesn't matter a whit to me. (Neither do I care that they're all women; why would someone be bothered that other races aren't represented, when a whole gender is missing as well.)

But body image to women (and men) does matter a little bit to me, so it wouldn't have killed them to design more than one body type, if somehow so-called women's issues really is their side cause. Granted this would've taken more time, and more resources on the device. Even the cast of Scooby Do for example contained stereotypes (the tall, thin, non-bespectacled girl of course could not be the smart one!) but exhibited more creativity than this.

p.s. Way in which Slashdot sucks total ass #457: It's 2015; how about displaying Unicode characters or whatever, instead of polluting text with small strings of garbage.

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Journal: fun with CSS 3 I guess 2

Journal by Bill Dog

So go to (I just type in the middle part and use the Ctrl-Enter thingie, a lot), presumably in a modern browser, and type in "askew" without hitting Enter.

It probably only works in the mode where upon typing the first character into their home page it automatically jumps to the search box being in the upper left and intermediate results being displayed as you type, so might require JavaScript being enabled.

It is not for me to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence. -- The Earl of Birkenhead