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Comment Re:Texas? (Score 2) 172

Not so much. They need to build the plant anyway. Even if Texas doesn't start making it easier for Tesla to sell directly, the plant will still function. It's not like building it in a another state will make Texas happy. It's a Win/draw situation for building in Texas to help the Texas and southern market, not a win/lose.

Now of course there are lots of other factors at play about where the factory will be built, but I'm pointing out that revenge is an absolutely terrible metric to use when making business decisions.

Comment Re:Texas? (Score 5, Insightful) 172

This is why you're not a CEO or politician. Building this factory in Texas would make it harder for politicians to fight "Texas Made" cars. Sure the mouth pieces and opposition will still be there, but the mouth pieces promoting the cars would get a lot louder. Once you get Texas on board, a lot of southern states are easier. They are looking how to move forward, not punish for history.

Remember the next round of Tesla cars will be SUVs and bog standard sedans. Not pick up truck territory, but certainly Texas soccer mom and Austin city car markets.

Comment Wafer thin almost apology. (Score 5, Interesting) 160

Ah... the apology that puts blame on the victim. A hall mark of abusers and sociopath's everywhere.

Now everyone would of notice that they are only apologising for the mis-communication, not the act of physiological experimentation (as if we would be OK with it if they had told us). But it goes deeper...

Notice that they put the action and apology in two difference sentences, followed quickly by a "We never meant to upset you." Putting the emotional blame back on us. As if we were just accidentally bumped bystanders, not the actual targets of the actions.

And never ever use the word "Sorry". Only the big weasel phrase "we appologise". This apology goes right along with the classic phoney apologies...

I'm sorry you that you got upset.
I'm sorry that you feel that way.
I'm sorry that you made me do that.

Comment Re:Funny (Score 1) 191

And every modern browser sandboxes the fuck out of those environments. Google and Microsoft will give you cash if you can show how running any of those technologies can get you 0wned.

The biggest security problems at the moment are tracking from Facebook buttons and Google ads. But this is not getting "0wned", it is simply the websites you visit behaving as intended. They are the ones who happily put these features there. If you don't like the way these websites work you have some choices...
1. Don't visit them.
2. Install one of the many, many blockers.
3. Disable cookies, or have them trashed on page exit.

And the number one rule of the Internet. If you type information into a website, that company has that information, and what you clicked on.

That company may share that information with anyone they want. Generally assume: User data goes to marketing and parent corp., clicks go to Google and Facebook, everything goes to DHS/NSA/CIA/FBI/(redacted).

tl;dr Don't worry about the information or the technology, worry about YOUR information.

Comment Re:Why can't passengers fly the plane? (Score 2) 437

I just got back from my run. I pass 3 robot lawnmowers along my path. The Swiss love their robot mowers even though they only need them 6 months a year. Husqvarna is by far the most popular brand. I can count another 4 or 5 houses in my head with robot lawn mowers. that are within a 10 minute walk.

Comment Say hello to your neighbour. (Score 5, Insightful) 245

Surely there is one person in your street or at work that you can ask to crash on a couch for a night. Not every problem is solved by the cloud. Human interaction will get you a long way.

FYI: Banks, courts, and the Government issued ID have processes for people who have lost everything. It generally involves someone signing a document that vouches for your identity. It's not a big deal. If you really want to speed the process, a couple of scans of your documents emailed to yourself will help them simply look up a record and reprint the documents.

Also for the hotel problem. If you really don't have a neighbour that would let you spend the night (just what did you do to them?) the fire department and police department have contacts of places you can stay and worry about the bill later.

TLDR; You live in a society, when your house blows up, it is time to redeem your credit. Relax.

Comment Re:Total map size (Score 2) 77

Don't forget that every time we try to count them, there turns out to be more than expected.

While this telescope is focused on high accuracy of closer stars, so it may not be finding any more galaxies, I wouldn't be surprised if it finds even more stars in the Milky Way than we previously estimated. This seems to happen every time we take a closer look.

From the article

it is likely also to see a colossal number of objects that have hitherto gone unrecorded - such as comets, asteroids, planets beyond our Solar System, cold dead stars, and even tepid stars that never quite fired into life.

It seems even the definition of star isn't always clear.

Comment Re:To what end? (Score 4, Informative) 178

$200? Nope. And you have to within range of a base station that transmits the differential signal. And they aren't cheap.

Most of the error (enough to turn meters into mm) in GPS is identical for a few km, so a base station is placed statically, spends some serious time with a high quality antenna getting its true location and then transmits the error to a compatible receiver. Base stations and GPS receivers with radios are not cheap. ($2000- $20000).

It's not quite the easy solution AC makes it out to be above.


Comment Re:Arianespace (Score 0) 127

While I understand your sentiment, if I was an astronaut aboard the ISS I don't think I would appreciate a unknown, unexpected, untested, unverified rocket hurtling towards my fragile little home.

"Don't worry, the boosters will shut-off in time. I wrote the code myself!"
"How hard could it possibly be to hit a 1 meter capture ring? And if we miss it'll bounce right off those solar panels."
"Com'on! Open your pressurised habitat to our craft. We used like a whole tube of silicone to seal it up."
"Oh... You might not want to eat the chilli-dogs I packed you after all. Uncle Billy has spent a week on the toilet after eating three."

And these are some of the best case scenarios that I imagined.

Comment Re:Just goes to show you . . . (Score 1) 99

We could spend the entire GDP solving potential or theoretical problems.

OT I know.
I think it is cute that there are still people who think that government spending is limited to the GDP.
Get with the times man! Free your mind from the inferior thinking that spending must be less than income.
Why with modern financing we could spend hundreds of times the GDP on solving the problem of getting politicians elected.

Comment Fascinating. (Score 1) 159

Does anyone have any insight into these electro-static orbits.

I'm curious if the orbit would decay naturally if this was done in a vacuum. Is the air friction the only thing stealing the droplets velocity or is there a change in the droplet (and needle) charge, resulting in a electromagnetic force against the droplet?

Woman Trademarks Name and Threatens Sites Using It 273

An anonymous reader writes "Be careful mentioning Dr. Ann De Wees Allen. She's made it clear that she's trademarked her name and using it is 'illegal... without prior written permission.' She even lists out the names of offenders and shows you the cease-and-desist letter she sends them. And, especially don't copy any of the text on her website, because she's using a bit of javascript that will warn you 'Copyright Protect!' if you right click on a link."

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