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Comment: Re:BUT IT'S NOT MOWING ANYTHING! (Score 1) 20

by zcubed (#33865870) Attached to: The World's Fastest Lawnmower
I don't know all the rules for being declared the fastest lawnmower in the world, but from watching the video:
1. It has to be fast
2. At some point it has to mow some grass

You now have all my knowledge on fast lawnmower competitions. Get your pinto take it to the salt flats and see how you do. Keep us updated and good luck.

Comment: Re:Great, still doesn't fix the Houston problem. (Score 1) 494

by zcubed (#30822688) Attached to: The Year of the E-Bicycle
So you as the driver of a motor vehicle ALWAYS follow EVERY law? I highly doubt it.

The stop lights that you state are being run by cyclists are also being run by cars. I will bet if you sit at any traffic light you will see far more cars running the light than cyclists. Both drivers and cyclists are breaking the law, but you seem to only take exception with the cyclists.
So you are saying that a cyclist should have to pay the same amount as a large SUV to use the same road? How much wear and tear does a bicycle and rider put on the road? Most cyclists own cars, so they are paying for their share of the road since their vehicle is sitting at home. I think you need to re-evaluate your hatred of cycles. The guys in the funny outfits are getting into shape and helping to decrease the cost of health insurance, but you seem to be too narrow minded to think how someone taking care of themselves might benefit you in other ways so you can keep your almighty dollar in your pocket.

Have I ever ran a red light on a bicycle? Yes, when there are no cars around early in the morning since it was that or wait for a car to come to trigger the light. I commuted downtown for years and there were 4 lights on my route that never changed even when the pedestrian walk button was pushed.
Have I ever ran a red light in a car? Yes many times, sometimes I was a distracted idiot and didn't notice the light or pushed the yellow a little too much, late at night in certain parts of the city I have done many rolling stops to get the hell out of there, and while driving an emergency vehicle to an emergency.

You, of course, follow ALL the rules. Completely stopping at EVERY stop sign. NEVER pushing the yellow or running through red lights. Not going over the posted speed limit EVER. NEVER getting angry at other vehicles on the road. Model driver you are, I'll bet.

Comment: Re:Can someone explain this guy's logic to me (Score 5, Interesting) 367

by zcubed (#28909763) Attached to: Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users
Here in Colorado we have net metering, so two meters aren't needed. If my solar generates more than I use the excess is sent back to the grid, "State 3" in your post, I sell my electricity back to Xcel at wholesale prices, not what I pay if I get the power from the grid, "State 1" from your post. Lets say I need power from Xcel, I would pay them (for simplicity) 10 cents per kw, but if I generate more on a sunny day I sell it back to them for 6 cents per kw. Please point out to me how are they getting screwed again?

Us fine folks here in Colorado passed a law several years ago that 20% of electricity has to come from renewable resources by 2020, so Xcel would benefit from having more people getting solar on their houses, but they want to have the generation facilities to keep their monopoly.

Plain and simple, this is just a money grab by Xcel as they are going for the triple bonus of not having to generate as much electricity (less money spent on coal), getting a "connection fee", and getting closer to the requirement of 20% renewable without any capitol outlay.

I think most all power companies are scared that their monopoly on electricity production and distribution is in jeopardy with advances and the new smart grid. Power companies are the single biggest roadblock to any advancement of our aged and ailing electrical grid. They refuse to look at any other way of doing business other than having huge power plants and huge power lines feeding. (sound familiar? Music industry anyone?) I realize that there will always be a need for power plants and lines, but there are many ways to get the job done better.

I am guessing that you work for a power company?
Portables

+ - Are laptops OK on bicycles?->

Submitted by bshell
bshell (848277) writes "I commute to work by bicycle and I've been strapping my PowerBook to the bike rack carrier on the back of my bike. It's enclosed in a typical computer carry bag, and strapped down by bungie cords, but it gets all the road vibrations on there. After years, there seems to be no adverse effects. Do other Slashdot readers concur? Does anyone think that subjecting a laptop computer to the daily bumps and bangs of a bicycle commute is harmful to the machine, or are laptop computers fundamentally constructed to handle this sort of treatment? Your experiences might be instructive to other readers."
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Security

+ - Keeping Emails->

Submitted by
mgv
mgv writes "In a rather fascinating admission, the government of Western Australia has stated that they do not back up email for longer than three months. This came to light when the director general was identified as having email communications with Mr Brian Burke, the ex-premier of Western Australia (equivalent to a state governor). Mr Burke is more famous for the time he spent in prison for corrupt deals with companies, whose subsequent collapse cost the state government around $600 million dollars. However, this leaves the interesting question of the missing emails. Which poses questions for Slashdot: What can be done to get the emails? How many mail servers can even be configured to delete the body of a message, but not the headers? And what justification could there be for a 3 month message deletion policy? It seems hard to believe that anything this recent is gone, especially when the government claims it still has the email headers, just not the body of the messages. For the record, the government uses microsoft exchange server."
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The Internet

+ - Is it time to abandon traditional domain names? 2

Submitted by
jadin
jadin writes "We started with .com .net .org .gov .edu etc which worked as a good way to remember URLs, as well as to a limited degree identify the type of website. Things have since expanded to include countless others. We've more or less abandoned a general identifying system. In addition many of the best website names are registered, not by people making websites, but by people looking to make a future profit. So is there any reason we can't abandon it completely to allow unlimited domain name types? This would provide endless possibilities for unique and interesting domain names. This could encourage a lot more creativity in thinking up the perfect domain name. While unlimited domains won't eliminate squatters, it would definitely open up a lot more opportunities to people actually producing websites, and make it a lot harder to monopolize .coms etc. Some random examples: http://micro.soft/ http://google.search/ http://campbells.soup/ http://slashdot.dot/ Is there any reason why this wouldn't work? Technical or otherwise?"
Businesses

+ - Europeans get vacations, Americans get the shaft.

Submitted by End Program
End Program (963207) writes "According to this article, American workers are getting the shaft when it comes to vacation time and perks. http://www.alternet.org/workplace/56523/ I also noticed the same sentiment is echoed in the new Michael Moore movie Sicko.

I have been working in the tech industry for almost 10 years now and have not passed the two-week mark for vacation time. I also tried to convince my latest employer to start me with three weeks vacation but to no avail. Has the Slashdot community seen the same stingy attitude while working for American corporations?"
Sony

Sony Takes on YouTube with Video-Sharing Site 82

Posted by Zonk
from the because-when-i-think-sony-i-think-wacky-video-clips dept.
thefickler writes "According to Reuters, Sony has announced that it will launch a video-sharing site in Japan as part of its 'quiet software revolution'. Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo, Sony CEO Howard Stringer said that the new site will be 'an opportunity to transmit user-generated video anywhere you want to, anytime to anybody, in a protected environment.' The new site, which will be called eyeVio, will be first launched in Japan, although Sony hopes to also launch it overseas should the Japanese version prove a success. It will be free to users, and the idea is that Sony will eventually generate revenue through advertising."

Comment: Re:I can hear it now (Score 2, Funny) 168

by zcubed (#18860251) Attached to: India's Successful Commercial Satellite Launch
SpaceCo: Thank you for calling SpaceCo technical support, my name is David (pronounced Dahveed) how may I help you?
ISS: I am having trouble with my 2nd lab computer
SpaceCo: What I need you to do is make sure the power cord is plugged in. I will wait while you check.
ISS: Yes, it is plugged in! The mouse pointer isn't moving when I touch the touch pad.
SpaceCo: Ok, now what I need you to do is to plug the power cord into a different device to confirm that is is working correctly. I will wait while you check.
ISS: WTF? I just told you that the mouse pointer isn't moving! The computer is powered on and I can see the screen!
SpaceCo: Ok, now what I need you to do is make sure that the lights are green on the monitor and computer. I will wait while you check.
ISS: Listen skippy this shit isn't funny. The computer is powered on and everything seems fine except for the mouse!
SpaceCo: Ok, now what I need you to do is...
Networking

+ - Ubuntu problems?

Submitted by LWATCDR
LWATCDR (28044) writes "It seems that that Ubuntu Version 7 is having more than it's fair share of WiFi problems. When I installed the release version of Feisty Fawn I couldn't get log onto my WAP. My system is using a well supported (prism 2.5) chip set and I can find the WAP but no luck in logging on even with all security on the WAP turned off. Of course I figured that I was just doing something wrong so I hit the forums. Ubuntu WiFi Poll It seems like a lot of people are having problems with Feisty Fawn that had no problems under the last version. Was Feisty rushed out the door? Are other people having the same issues? And although I have seen a lot of comments about WiFi issues on the Ubuntu forum I haven't seen a lot of news on it."
Power

+ - How do you use your battery?

Submitted by
mcorner
mcorner writes "As part of a University research project my group is studying, how, when and why users charge their devices (laptops, phones, music players, etc.). We have been looking at this in a variety of ways, including having users install a battery logging tool on their laptops (we have done phones as well). After studying some of the preliminary results we saw that users frequently leave a lot of energy left in their devices when they plug in. So one way of taking advantage of this observation is to try and predict when users will have "excess" energy when they recharge, and use that energy proactively to benefit the user (screen brightness etc.). We have had some success in building such a system. At first blush, many people say: "but I just want my device to use as little energy as possible!", but in reality people are always trying to balance their experience with battery life, and usually are using more than the minimum. At this point, we thought AskSlashdot would be a good place to look for: (i) you opinions on using "excess" energy, (ii) what other things to do with "excess" energy (synchronizing, etc.) (iii) how and when do you recharge your other devices, and (iv) more volunteers for the logging survey. If you are interested in installing our tool (Mac 10.4.x or Windows XP, I promise it is quite innocuous, with source available) please download it and install."
Linux Business

+ - Linux's target: 1Bn users by 2015

Submitted by bWareiWare.co.uk
bWareiWare.co.uk (660144) writes "Microsoft's business plan is to double the number of Windows users by 2015. What is stopping Linux winning these new users instead and breaking Microsoft's monopoly?

Most of these users will be from markets where Microsoft's current monopoly is easier to overcome, and have a large incentive to keep there money in the local economy rather then flowing out to a US firm. The growing tend for copyright protectionism is making even pirate copies of Windows less attractive.

Surely Linux evangelists could do more could here then fighting on Microsoft's home ground."
Digital

+ - Geek gifts for non-geeks?

Submitted by
guruevi
guruevi writes "I have a simple question for my fellow geeks and geekettes. Are geek gifts accepted these days by non-geek members of society or is it still a niche market reserved for geek girl- and boyfriends, coworkers or self?

Geek gifts are sold everywhere from the Apple iPod to Caffeinated Soap on ThinkGeek and I can imagine the iPod being a popular gift. But do people accept the fact that we are geeks and thus bring in things from our world to theirs (like the exchange of beads for gold and firewater in the 1500's) or do they just chuckle at it or do they get a glaze in their eyes as to say "why didn't you just get me some cologne"."

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