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Comment The best accidental feature (Score 1) 8

The best accidental "feature" is that yellow ad at the top (currently reads "Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! ...").

Don't get me wrong, I don't like the ad itself, but more the weird bug that emerges out of the combination of firefox + pentadactyl and perhaps noscript.
The bug is that the top of the ad is anchored to the top of the (main) page, while the bottom seems to be anchored to just above the first story. So when I initially open /., it's sitting at the top. But as the main page auto-reloads over time and new stories appear, the bottom of the ad is /not/ relocated to just above the /new/ top story -- it remains anchored to the top of the first story it used to be. That and the fact that it's semi-transparent give me a nice indicator on what stories have newly appeared (all those overlaid by a semitransparent yellow box) and which have already been there last time i manually reloaded the site. It's win-win and i urge our new /. overlords NOT to "fix" this because it is useful as fuck. Not kidding.

Submission + - Zuckerberg sues hundreds of Hawaiians to force property sales to him. (msn.com)

mmell writes: Apparently, owning 700 acres of land in Hawaii isn't enough — Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, has filed suit to force owners of several small parcels of land to sell to the highest bidder. The reason? These property owners are completely surrounded by Zuckerberg's land holdings and therefore have lawful easement to cross his property in order to get to theirs.

Many of these land owners have held their land for generations, but seemingly Mr. Zuckerberg can not tolerate their presence so close to his private little slice of paradise. Landowners such as these came to own their land when their ancestors were "given" the land as Hawaiian natives.

If successful in his "quiet title" court action, Mr. Zuckerberg will finally have his slice of Hawaii's beaches and tropical lands without having to deal with the pesky presence of neighbors who were on his land before he owned it. Who knew that Hawaiians were just another kind of Native Americans?

Comment Re: This is stupid (Score 1) 161

It's a no-brainer if you think about it. If enough people do have a RDS-enabled stereo with an actual antenna hooked up to it, most of them will get the warning. That means that a good portion of the cars in front of you will slow down/form a passageway/drive onto the shoulder/whatever. I'd say seeing that happen in front of you *might* give a subtle hint that something's up which in turn *might* be sufficient motivation to briefly shift your attention from the smartphone to the rear mirror to notice an oncoming emergency vehicle at which point you can consider the out-of-band RDS warning delivered. :)

Those people driving with headphones? They don't have an aux-in jack on their car stereo.

Comment Re: Vision for VR (Score 1) 48

If you're suggesting people meeting up in VR (using their avatars or whatever), then still no. Yes, interesting, but no, not the real thing. There's something to human-human interaction that you simply cannot reproduce with VR that's less advanced as what they have in the Matrix.

Think of a party. (I know, we're on slashdot, so just pretend you have ever been to one). Sure I could (if the technology was there) simply stay at home, meet up with my VR buddies on a VR dancefloor, tune the VR to try and reproduce the effects of whatever drugs seem appropriate and Have A Good Night. Will it be able to produce the same hot, sweaty atmosphere, will it properly recreate the feeling (not to mention the sound) of a row of 18" subwoofers? Will I be able to hit on that cute girl over there?

Talk about myopic(sic).

Comment Re:Vision for VR (Score 2) 48

If done right, you won't even miss the energy of the crowd because you will be as good as there with them....

Sure, if you're fine with a crowd that consists of NPCs.

Will anyone still want to physically go to these events?

Yes. It might be difficult to understand, but some people might go to these events mostly because of other people going to these events.

Submission + - Law for Autonomous Vehicles: Supporting an Aftermarket for Driving Computers (perens.com)

Bruce Perens writes: How will we buy self-driving cars, and how will we keep them running as self-driving software and hardware becomes obsolete much more rapidly than the vehicle itself? Boalt Hall legal professor Lothar Determann and Open Source Evangelist Bruce Perens are publishing an article in the prestigious Berkeley Technology Law Journal on how the law and markets might support an aftermarket for self-driving computers, rather than having the manufacturer lock them down or sell driving as a service rather than selling cars. The preprint is available to read now, and discusses how an Open Car, based on Open Standards and an Open Market, but not necessarily Open Source, can drive prices down and quality up over non-competitive manufacturer lock-in.

Comment Re:In other news (Score 1) 277

Yes, all three(TM) BSDs have nvi in base, and call it vi, so you're right that it's technically not historical vi.

However, the very same man page you referred says nvi is "intended as bug-for-bug compatible replacement[] for the original Fourth Berkeley Software Distribution (4BSD) [...] vi program[]". So in my opinion it's fair enough to call it vi.

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