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Comment: Good riddance to bad rubbish (Score 0) 153

by mrsam (#47941535) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

I should say that Tesla's offerrings are nowhere near what my pocketbook could accomodate. Having said that, I wish nothing but good luck to them.

Dealerships are useless, blood-sucking parasites, and I won't shed a tear for them, if those massive wasters of useful oxygen will disappear from the face of the earth. Even though I've gotten the art of buying a car down pat, keeping my actual interaction with those vermin to an absolute minimum, and even if, by my own estimates, I reasonably avoid having to deal with maybe 90% of the bottom feeders a typical car buyer would be subject to, I'd still wish them to burn in flaming pits of hell.

I have to laugh at their PR spin, when they claim how dealerships are the best way to buy cars. Blah, blah, blah. I can safely safe that, having bought 3 cars in the last ten years, dealerships are always just a waste of my nerves, they add absolutely nothing of value, and only inflate the price of a car through their markups. I wouldn't actually even mind if all that having these dealerships around do would add a modest markup to the price of a car, in exchange for a little bit of service. If that was all to it, then I don't think I'd mind it at all. But that's just a small part of the problem, and I'm sure it's quite clear what I'm talking about, so enough said...

Let's just say that I'm rooting for Tesla, even though if they win it would do absolutely nothing for me directly. Indirectly, yes: not having to deal with those parasites, the next time around, would be a big plus.

Comment: Look for summer internships (Score 1) 309

by mrsam (#46975267) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

$Dayjob$ hires talented interns from local scrools of higher learning, every summer. Many of them come back for a few years, as they finish up their bachelors.

Your university most likely has a few beaureaucrats in some kind of a career placement office, of sorts, that are likely have leads to local companies who have open summer internships.

A few of the best $dayjob$'s interns get a job offer, after they graduate. And all of them earn some beer money during the summer, and have something to go on their resume.

Comment: Learning lessons from the failed Bell breakup (Score 4, Interesting) 56

I've been saying this for many years. The reason why US broadband sucks is because the original breakup of Ma Bell has mostly failed. The fault line of Ma Bell's breakup was set to be the local service vs long distance. What should've happened instead was that the Bell system should've been broken up at the physical plant level. ILECs should've been left owning nothing more than the physical plant, selling access to it, at tariffed rates, to any CLEC that wants to provide voice or data service over the last mile.

I'm at pessimist at heart. At best, we can hope that this mega merger is going to get canned. But of course, one can dream about FCC saying to Comcast and Time Warner: "You want to merge, ok, but you end up owning only the physical plant, and anyone who wants to provide video, voice, or data service, can pay you for maintaining the coax, and other than that, butt out."

Comment: Google implements RFC 2369, film at 11 (Score 1, Interesting) 129

by mrsam (#46312603) Attached to: Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds

All that Google did here is implement a fifteen year-old RFC. As Benny Hill would've said: "Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig"

This is nothing earth-shattering. I coded an unsubscribe link in sqwebmail, for exactly the same thing, circa 7-8 years ago (too lazy to trawl a bunch of dusty CVS logs to get an exact date). Really, every time Google goes ahead and does something related to an obscure, unimportant RFC, it's front page news, these days.

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

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) 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.


+ - slashdot drives away people with beta 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "For many months now, people have been quietly redirected to slashdot's beta site ( Any negative feedback of the beta is ignored and/or disavowed. The majority of viewers do not like the beta — resulting in major loss of viewership.

Will slashdot alienate existing users of the site and keep pushing the beta OR will it keep the users and boot the beta?"

Comment: Re:Beta (Score 1) 127

by mrsam (#46170009) Attached to: NASA Pondering Two Public Contests To Build Small Space Exploration Satellites

Agreed that beta blows chunks. It's nothing more than change for the sake of change. It doesn't add any more features, it nothing but eye candy. Well, it's intended to be eye candy, but the problem is that eye candy is in the eye of the beholder. I challenge anyone to find any actual change in beta that's not eye candy.

Having said that, I'm going to demand my money back. Oh wait...

Thinking about this situation, a bit: as much as it sucks, I see no reason to really get excited about it. It's not like I'm paying for this shit. I looked at that eyesore briefly. and I figure this: if, and when, its the only way to waste time, around here, if I find that I can live with it, I'll live. If not, I'll find some other place to waste some time on. I've got plenty of stuff bookmarked. Dropping one entry won't make much of a difference, in the grand scheme of things.

Comment: Wrong left-wing extreme (Score 5, Interesting) 683

by mrsam (#46072349) Attached to: VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

I do agree that the "99% versus the 1%" movement in American politics has some striking historical parallels. However, I don't think that Nazi Germany is the best comparison. A more appropriate historical equivalent would be the Bolshevik/Communist movement that culminated in the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 (

The contemporary rhetoric from the left wing of America politics: i.e. "the 1%", "make the rich pay their fair share", etc... Is nearly word-for-word the same rhetoric heard on the streets of Russia, adjusted for a century's worth of elapsed history, urging the "proletariat", the working people to rally against the "bourgeoisie", i.e. the rich, and the "kulaks", the ultra-rich. Led by the Bolshevik movement, it culminated in the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. The word "Bolshevik" is directly translated as "ones belong to the majority". In other words, "the 99%". All the great unwashed I saw on the boob tube at various "Occupy " events, in the last couple of years, are the sons and daughters of the Bolsheviks a century ago. Whether they realize it, or not.

Comment: Re:The Limbaugh Doctrine (Score 1) 280

by mrsam (#45251451) Attached to: German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010

Well why should the President know about most of this? If some guy in shipping fucks up your order, are you shocked when the CEO of the company isn't personally aware of the status of your package?

Splendid. So, when "some guy in shipping fucked up", and told that president that Iraq has obtained weapons of mass destructions; and the president went ahead and made some decisions based on that information which later turned out to be wrong -- when that happened, I'm sure you were also defending the president, because he was only acting on the information he received from his subordinates.

Comment: Re:The Limbaugh Doctrine (Score 1) 280

by mrsam (#45251437) Attached to: German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010

That's what his Secretaries of State are for.

I'm genuinely curious: when the president's cabinet, which includes the Sec Of State, and other Cabinet members, informed the president that Iraq has obtained weapons of mass destruction; and the president acted on that information which later turned out to be wrong -- when that happened, were you also defending the president because he was merely acting on the information that he god from his subordinates, and "that's what his secretaries of state are for?


Comment: The Limbaugh Doctrine (Score 4, Interesting) 280

by mrsam (#45250917) Attached to: German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010

...the President told German Chancellor Merkel that he would have stopped the tap on her phone had he known about it.

A textbook example of the Limbaugh Doctrine. For those of you in Rio Linda, CA: the Limbaugh Doctrine states the president had absolutely no idea that something bad was going on, he's just as shocked as everyone else, at the turn of events, but he's going to put a stop to it.

The president had absolutely no clue how big of the train wreck the web site was going to be, until the day of the launch. As far he knew, everything was going just fine, and he was just as shocked as everyone else, how big of a botch it turned out to be.

The president had no idea that the IRS was harassing his political opponents. He read about it in the papers, when the story broke.

The president did not know that our troops on the ground in Libya called for help several times, when the barbarians attacked the Benghazian embassy, but someone in the military chain of command told them to stand down, and that no help was forthcoming. The president found that out only after the fact.

The president did not know that the Dept. Of Justice was sending illegal firearms to Mexican drug gangs. He was shocked, just shocked, to find out about it, in the papers.

Etc... etc... The president never has any idea what's going on in his administration. Who's running the government anyway?

Comment: Symbolism over substance (Score 2, Insightful) 378

by mrsam (#44882371) Attached to: Obama Asks FCC To Make Carriers Unlock All Mobile Devices

Although my phone is unlocked, if it weren't, and it got unlocked, my choice of a wireless carrier will increase by exactly one carrier. As Benny Hill would've said: biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig

I'm just curious if anyone in the administration actually knows that US wireless companies use different, incompatible technologies. A phone that works on one carrier would, at most, have a chance of working on only one other carrier, and would, most likely, lack the ability to take advantage of the additional carrier's full spectrum, resulting in degraded service.

Comment: Step 1 of the evil plan is complete (Score 1) 87

by mrsam (#44474271) Attached to: Japan Launches Talking Humanoid Robot Into Space

Here comes step 2:

We'll beam him cheesy movies,
The worst we can find.
It'll have to receive and record them all,
And we'll monitor his hard drive.

And because our robot can't control
Where the movies begin or end.
It'll try to have enough free disk space
With the help of its human friends.

"The chain which can be yanked is not the eternal chain." -- G. Fitch