Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?
Back for a limited time - Get 15% off sitewide on Slashdot Deals with coupon code "BLACKFRIDAY" (some exclusions apply)". ×

Comment Tell me why I should care (Score 1) 385

Let me preface this by stating that I do believe in AGW, thus not a denier. HOWEVER, in my part of the world, southwestern BC, it was a warmer and drier winter than normal, therefore less natural gas used to heat my home. Even though it is hot now, and my A/C is on, electricity here is hydro-electric, so it's quite green.

Also, there was an article in the local paper talking about the warming, and what it means. It stated that we can now have a longer growing season, and can grow food not normally grown here (there is someone growing rice around here). Also, the article stated that this part of the world is one of the few places in the world that would see a net benefit from the warmer temps.

Having said that, why on earth should I work against myself, or care about the other side of the planet. I know it sounds selfish, and I do actually make every effort not to be wasteful, and to recycle where ever possible.

The bottom line is, I like what is happening where I live, and short of another country invading us, I don't see this as a bad thing.

Warmer winters = less fossil fuels used for heating
Longer summers = better and more diverse growing season.

It's all good, and the selfish part of me simply doesn't care about the rest of the planet. Yes it's a fluke, and I'm lucky to be here... but it is what it is.

Let the flames begin.

Comment Gigabyte minus UEFIware works (Score 3, Informative) 294

I just upgraded to an i5 with a GA-Z87X-D3H mobo. I've got it triple-booting (GRUB has LinuxMint 17 or Windows Loader). If I select Windows, then the windows loader gives me the option of XP-32bit or windows 7-64bit. I can attest to the fact that it is the UEFI crap in the BIOS that causes issues, but once you turn it off, all the problems disappear. All in all, money well spent and I'm quite content

As always, YMMV

Good luck

Comment Re:Why not just fix car design? (Score 1) 153

If this car has so many negatives that annoy you, why did you buy it? Shouldn't most of these annoyances shown up in your test drive? You DID take it out for a test drive, didn't you?

A major purchase, such as a car should have much more thought put into it than you seem to have done.

Anyways, it doesn't affect me one way or another, I just got very perplexed by your post.

Enjoy you car, if you can.


Comment Re:Even worse (Score 1) 286


I bet my life that the main cause of traffic jams, where there is no incident, whether freeway or not is the result of some fucking retard not knowing how to merge. Here's a couple of pointers:

1) if you're the one merging, speed up to the speed of traffic before changing lanes. DO NOT slow down and wait for an opening.. this fucks it all up
2) if you're the being merged into (make your own jokes), don't do anything to assist other than getting out of the way, if possible, before the merge point. Keep driving the same way and speed you have been. It makes it very predictable to the person doing the merging.

Drive Safely... and properly

Comment No 'Net For You (Score 1) 162

I think a simple solution to this asshattery should be a policy, or a law, among all Belgian ISP's and Wireless providers to refuse to take on SABAM, their members, and their families as customers. If they cannot get internet service, besides begin really fucking funny, it should send a clear message to the rest of the world.
Also, given this level of mental retardation, what are the laws in Belgium surrounding having someone committed to mental illness facility. Surely they qualify?


Comment I'm Selfish (Score 1) 212

As the subject line notes, I'M SELFISH.

Allow me to elaborate.

I believe the world needs a 'reboot'. There is far too much wrong in the world that I think we need to start over.. not as cavemen, but the governments of the world need to be replaced, as does the allocation of wealth. I don't mean wealth resdistribution, as I am a capitalist, but the way things are now, capitalism can't work... too much control (patents, copyrights, barriers to entry) for people to bring themselves up. Too many roadblocks. Not to mention the problems (yes I consider them problems) of surveillance, too much government control, taxes, over-population, censorship and so many other ills of the world. Of course this could blow up in my face, but I do belive most of the world is corrupt and in need of rebuilding.

Secondly, as has been noted recently, it would appear that Russia and Canada could very benefit from climate change. As a Canadian, I would welcome some warmer weather, and I VERY resent having to pay someone, somewhere for alleged damage, without considering the good, for something that I can benefit from, and actually want. Notice that I'm not denying it, or skeptical of it... I am looking forward to it, and I hope I live to see it.

I also have a wife and 2 kids, including a 3 year old whom I love very much, but I fear for their future the ways things are now.

Call me selfish, but I want the world rebooted, and my home just a touch warmer ;)

Comment Re:Why Do You See This as Anti-White? (Score 0) 622

I believe the OP point is that being racist in America is OK and acceptable as long as being white is disadvantageous... not necessarily that this policy is anti-white.

Not being American myself, the most glaring example of this that I can think of is 'Affirmative Action'. As I understand it, and correct me if I'm wrong, the point of AA was to encourage, even by quotas, the hiring of aborginals, minorities, women, people with disabilities. This of course will leave white males at a distinct disadvantage, through no fault of their own, even if they're qualified for the position. This was acceptable and Ok because the common belief was held that white males had it so good for so long, that now they have to pay the piper. This is the kind of racism that the original poster was alluding to.

All of this is more commonly called 'reverse racism', and there is no outcry about it.. because 'whitey' needs to pay in perpetuity for the injustices of their ancestors.

Comment Re:Just get rid of tolls completely. (Score 1) 349

from your comment..

The most fair way to finance roads is to pay by the mile traveled with the weight of the vehicle factored in

so does that mean government odometer checks every few months... being required to keep a logbook (as truckers do), or have some monitoring equipment in the car (that you of course can't hack)?

Also, the criteria you describe 'pay by the mile' and 'weight of the vehicle' are exactly how gas taxes work..

more distance > more gas > more tax
more weight > more gas > more tax

It already works that way.

The one question I have, especially from the non drivers/environmentalists is.

When all personal vehicles are electric, and gas tax revenue drops by 50% or more, are you willing to make up the difference on your personal taxes?

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.