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Comment 2013 Hyundai Sonata (Score 1) 437

My car already has options such as this. I have a remote car starter that only works if you pay the annual fee. Mind you, this fee covers remote monitoring, gps and emergency services as well. So, what would it take to make the seat heater or the mirror defroster or the driving lights an after purchase option, not much. Just a few more things attached to the internal computer.

Now if someone can figure out how to permanently configure my starter to run without paying the fee and installing another unit, I'd be excited!

Now, for the devils advocate. What happens if the company goes out of business? Who maintains the database that states that you bought that option? What happens when they decide that they don't like an option or it gives them problems they just shut it off without notice? I'm sure a class action would resolve that, but something to think about.
Star Wars Prequels

Submission + - They finally made a real lightsaber!!! (gizmodo.com)

klwood911 writes: Back in September, Slashdot published an article about Wicked Lasers producing a 1 Watt Green Laser. Well, they have now turned it into a Light Saber!!! With the addition of a new polycarbonate blade attached to the Spyder 3 Laser, you too can have your own Light Saber. In the attached video, they explain how it all works. On your mark, get set, get your Jedi Master on!


Comment I have an idea (Score 1) 622

I call first dibs if it is not already taken. I will patent the "pinch to unlock gesture". Most screens will recognize a two figure gesture (Multi-touch) Instead of sliding your finger to the side, bring both fingers together on the screen to unlock. I understand it may be difficult for a user missing fingers, and we may be able to come up with a resolution for that, but this will correct the issue for now. When it is pattented, I will open source the patent and then anyone can use it. Sound like a plan?

Comment Re:the tea party and libertarian view of the usa (Score 1) 950

Why is everyone pushing universal healthcare? Have any of you talked with anyone from a country that provides universal healthcare? Everyone I have ever talked to says it sucks. You are either waiting in line to get to the doctor or you are waiting six months to get treated.
The only way to make insurance affordable to to make it cost money. This will stop people with the sniffles from going to the doctor all the time. Get a health savings plan and a high deductible insurance policy. Pay cash, negotiate with the doctor over costs to get the price down and have the high deductible to pay when there is a high cost issue (Transplant, bypass, etc.).
In turn, keep the physicians code that if you can't pay, they have to trear you anyways.

Comment Ooooh that smell, can you smell that smell.... (Score 1) 108

Imagine the following games with smell added:

Terminator (oil and electric)
Half Life (Creatures and chemicals)
Need for Speed (Oil and Gas)
Army of Two (Gun Powder and Burning wreckage)

And these are the tame games. I'm sure I could come up with some others that would smell worse. Have a good gaming session and no one would come to your house anymore or they would call the cops figuring you were burning the place down with your new maserratti.

Comment 2 Stories for You (Score 1) 99

The first story comes from an old admin I worked with. Apparently he worked for a hospital as a helpdesk person and received a call from one of the higher ups. The issue expressed over the phone was a request for a larger mouse pad as he kept running out of room. When he heard this, he shook his head and decided to take a walk up to the office to find out what was going on, When he got there and looked in the door, he had to turn around and walk away, because he was laughing so hard. The executive would use his mouse and hit the end of the mouse pad. Instead of picking the mouse up, pulling it back and then moving the mouse again, he would pick the mouse up, slide the mouse pad forward, set the mouse down and then move it. Anytime it hit the edge of the pad, he would do the same thing.

The next story comes from my old beowulf days. I was working for a company as an admin. They staff were programmers that designed DSL Modem Processors and the software that run on them. One day another admin and myself decided to play a prank on the staff. I remebered a tool that we used when creating beowulf clusters that would allow me to issue a command to multiple machines at once. We used it for configuration. Well, it is also good for ejecting cd-roms. We loaded up an inventory of machines and typed eject cdrom. Its amazing the sound of 35-40 cdroms drives opening at the same time. It's even more funny when you hear the expressions of 35-40 staffers saying "WTF?"

Good Times

Comment Hardware vs Total (Score 3, Informative) 606

One thing you are not taking into account is labor. By buying a Dell (I don't like Dell, but this applies to any manufacturer), the time and expense in building is included in the cost. When you look at parts, it looks less, but add your time in building, time to diagnose an issue when the machine doesn't boot, and time to RMA parts and repair said machine when it breaks. This adds up quick. I work for a company that built its own machines for sale and we found a company that could build and warranty them for $10 more. That $10 extra was very well spent. So remember, you are getting more than just parts, you are getting the time to assemble, repair and replace.

Comment Hidden Drive (Score 1) 647

1. Why not just setup a dual boot system. Hide the offending partition and boot into a clean OS. They're not CS majors and most won't have a clue anyways.

2. What if I have bath shots of my kids on my laptop. You know, blackmail for when they are in their teens or getting married. Many of my customers have swapped over to laptops from desktops and keep this kind of material on them. Are they instantly child porn offenders when they walk in the country?

3. As far as encrypting the drive goes, that may be counterproductive. I'm sure the minute they see a drive that is encrypted, they pull you aside and get a manager involved. Flip side is like I said with #1, they're not CS majors and may figure the drive is blank.
Input Devices

Submission + - Creative Christmas! (gizmodo.com)

klwood911 writes: What do you get when you combine a former Disney imagineer, Guitar Hero, a house and 21,268 Christmas Lights? Probably one of the coolest light displays you will see. Ric Turner turned his house into an interactive Guitar Hero Display.

As he explains:

Christmas Light Hero is using 7 light controllers from Light-O-Rama built from kits to control 21,268 lights and LEDs. Each controller has 16 outputs and 2-3 TTL level control inputs that are used by the game system to fire different programmed light sequences depending on what happens in the game. It relies on the fact that the game sequence is very consistent. If the game and the lighting sequences start together, they will stay in very good sync through the length of the song. The light program allows branching and overlays for fail, star power and "ready." I have some ideas to automate the initial show/game sync, but for now you have to push doorbell buttons at the right moments.

Comment showmypc.com (Score 1) 454

Come on guys, why haven't you come up with showmypc.com. It uses SSH and VNC in a small utility that they can download from a webpage. Works everytime. It is a free service unless you want to run it as a service. I use it with my clients all the time. The only thing you have to tell the person to do is go to the website, run the software and tell you the passphrase.

The only downfall is that it does not sustain a connection through a reboot. Logmein has this capability. If they could fix this, I would be very happy.

Submission + - What happens when we make it into space?

klwood911 writes: I would like to pose this question to the Slashdot community. It is not a technical question, but will have technical impacts. If and when we get to outer space, what time will we base our civilization on? Here is why I ask. We submit our taxes on April 14th. We have our religious holidays on their respective days. We have our birthdays on, well our birthdays. Now translate this to a new planet where hours in the day and days in the year will differ. A person on earth might be 30 years old, but on another planet would be only 18. Would that person still be legal to drink? I ask as these don't seem to be questions that are brought up when we talk about inhabitting another planet. The technical part comes in when judging time and location. Imagine picking your time zone based on the planet you are on. This would have huge implications in software design, almost like the watches that were specifically designed for the engineers working on the Mars rovers. What are yuor thoughts?

Marge Simpson Poses For Playboy 413

caffiend666 writes "'Marge Simpson is posing for Playboy . The magazine is giving the star of The Simpsons the star treatment, complete with a data sheet, an interview and a 2-page centerfold. 'We knew that this would really appeal to the 20-something crowd,' said Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey. Playboy even convinced 7-Eleven to carry the magazine in its 1,200 corporate-owned stores, something the company has only done once before in more than 20 years." Worst issue ever!

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