Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment Re:Chrysler & Fiat deserve one another (Score 1) 462

Craftsman is now universally junk. Treasure the old ones you've got cause if you break one, the new one will last like a MTD mower.

Nah, they've still got lots of good stuff. They do have non-Craftsman tools which are pure shit. Maybe you meant power tools, those are crap. But Sears is looking very like it's going away...

Comment Re:Wouldn't be worth it anyways (Score 1) 462

Another example? The seat belt warning alarm activates even if the car is in park, within a second of turning on the car. I've had to get into the habit of buckling up before even turning the key.

Uh, my $45k Volvo does the same thing. How is this possibly a measure of the value of a car?

It's an example of bad UI design. It is somewhat ubiquitous, but not all cars do it.

If you said that Tesla was low class or cheap because of when the seatbelt warning buzzer goes off you'd have been modded troll.

That much is true.

Comment Re:Indirect tax (Score 1) 462

If Tesla can make a full-sized sedan with a 265 mile range (85KWh battery) for $73,570 while averaging a 25% profit margin there's no reason why Fiat shouldn't be able to make a profit selling a much smaller car with a much smaller battery and a much smaller range.

Yes there is, and that reason is range. And range isn't cheap. People won't buy the car without lots of range. All the ones who would already bought a Leaf.

Comment Re:I'll get flak for this (Score 1) 552

Are your assertions based on a careful controlled study or are they an article of faith? I'll take someone who is deeply religious but believes "to each his own" over an atheist who thinks they need to tell everyone else what to (not) believe every day of the week.

So would I, but no religion that is not pushy goes from zero to ca. 2200000000 followers in 2000 years or 1600000000 in 2600 years for that matter. That is of course not to say that every member of that religion is pushy, but it means there's some very strong built-in push to go out and convert non-believers, strong discouragement from abandoning it both religiously and from the society around you usually through required public displays of faith, pushing education and laws based on religious rather than secular reasons and so on. The futility of arguing with "{deity} says so", which has no weight for me yet is absolute truth to others is frustrating. The deep personal relation between you and whatever deity/deities you believe in is none of my concern, not really all those small tribal religions who don't feel like pushing it onto others - which is why they're small tribal religions.

Once the world is free of people who can't stand to have others believe differently from them, it will be a better place.

An atheist is not out to save your soul or help you find God or save you from eternal damnation or any of the other reasons religious people try to recruit me to their religion. Some will belittle you but apart from an annoying smugness they'll mostly be overbearing with you, like a child who still believes in Santa Claus. The militantly aggressive atheists are that way because religion has tried to dictate their lives, so they are trying to snuff it out at its roots, it's a defense to an offense. Here in Norway missionaries has become very rare and most find it extremely odd to be walking around pushing religion on people, even Jehovah's Witnesses have stopped knocking on doors. And with that the whole tension level is way down too, if you want to go to church well good for you. It's one non-pushy corner of what is still a very pushy world though.

Comment Re:Auto-save is NOT your friend (Score 1) 521

But that wouldn't have helped the GP's problem, you have the saved version and the auto-saved recovery version. If you start a new email = no saved version, type up a bunch of stuff, it gets deleted through act of dog and auto-saved then that's gone in any system I know. Nothing here said he was saving drafts, he thought the auto-save would do it for him. The only other way I can think of to avoid that would be to store the whole sequence of key strokes and commit that to disk often so you'd have the undo history as well. And how often do you want it to write to the disk, after every key stroke? And do you really want everything you accidentally pasted or reconsidered writing stored? With documents not clearing it of all past edits before publishing it is often a source of much embarrassment, a full key logger is even worse.

It's a last ditch resort because of some entirely unanticipated error condition or in case the whole system goes down outside your software's control - and for the OS maybe outside any software's control like power loss or bad hardware so you lose a minute or two's work instead of an hour. It's not meant as a lazy man's save function, if you use it as such you will get burned because the point is just to commit whatever's there right now, even if you're in the middle of something and it's completely inconsistent as it is, worse than both the old version and where you were going with the new one. If you want to have sane checkpoints to go back to, the answer is still to save. The auto-save is just to keep you from hitting Ctrl-S every minute in case something bad happens.

Comment Re:Or (Score 1) 250

Have you ever walked into a hobby store on a Saturday with gaming tables set up? Fucking unwashed pigs.

The real problem often ain't the gamers themselves, but their laundry habits or lack thereof. If you're gonna work around the house, sure, put on yesterday's pants. If you're going to sit right next to someone else, put on a full set of clean clothes, you goddamned savages. And, you know, actually do your laundry.

Comment Re:Commodity of the future (Score 4, Interesting) 213

This ain't the first kind of waste they've taken on, either. A lot of the plastic people think is getting recycled is getting landfilled in Australia. It's stable for long periods and eventually we'll figure out how to recycle it in a profitable fashion, and they can get paid to sit on it. Win-win.

Comment I've gone without product (Score 4, Interesting) 250

At first I was stinky and greasy. Later I was just greasy. But hey, I've got greasy skin. So I went back to product, because I didn't want to be greasy. But I have hippie shampoo and soap, no patchouli involved — unscented shampoo, and peppermint soap. No deodorant, I smell at least as good now as I did when I used it in conjunction with a bunch of toxic crap.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 411

Many factories are heavy electricity users, so they would benefit from solar panels by decreasing their electric bills.

Right, but they won't benefit from being able to sell back power during the weekend when they're not using it if the utilities don't have to buy back their power. Or, for that matter, the time from 5pm-7pm when there's still useful output.

Slashdot Top Deals

"Of course power tools and alcohol don't mix. Everyone knows power tools aren't soluble in alcohol..." -- Crazy Nigel

Working...