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Comment Re:About time! (Score 1) 266

I'm not egregiously overweight. I'm just a large man. 6'5", 250 lbs.

Coach class on some airlines (hello Delta) is like torture. My knees press against the back of the seat in front of me, god forbid they recline it. My shoulders are so wide (and I'm not giant that way) that if I sit besides another person who is not "challenged of stature", there is not room for my shoulders or arms. I will almost always pay for "premium economy" to get the leg room, but there is still the matter of fitting my shoulders in. My butt fits in the seat just fine, it's just that my butt is not the widest part of me.

I'm all for smaller seats for smaller people. The airlines can fit them 10 abreast for all I care. But I feel bad for the person sitting next to me, because I am wider than the seat is, and it is not because I am overweight.

On the last flight I booked, premium economy was 24% more than coach, so it's not as cheap as you claim. I cannot afford first class for personal trips. First is usually 2.5 times the price of coach. I'm just an engineer.

Also, the width of shoulders of the *average* American man is 18.5" -- quite a bit more than the 16" seat width that is typical in most airliners. Do you want to jockey with me for that 2.5 inches? I didn't think so. If you have not noticed the silent battle for the arm rest, I'm guessing you don't fly very much. Seat cramping is a problem on most airliners.

Comment Chrome has made a giant leap. Bravo! (Score 4, Interesting) 132

I say "bravo!" for the Chrome team. Their results are significantly better than the prior test.

in the last test, Edge lasted 70% longer than Chrome. see https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

in this test, four months later, the laptop with Edge lasted only 11% longer than Chrome. If I were the Edge team, I'd be watching my back and not crowing so loudly.

Note that they only tested on Windows 10, because Edge only runs on Windows 10.

Comment Re:good luck with that. (Score 1) 276

A US CBP Agent absolutely can prevent a U.S. Citizen from entering the country. So can a ICE officer. But more likely they will call your device "contraband" and seize it, and you may be subject to extensive "interviews." (read: interrogation).

Remember that CBP has a long memory -- if you do anything off-color, you will be flagged for extra attention forevermore. Argue with them once and you'll be on their shit list forever. Don't declare something and get called on it and you'll be on their shit list forever.

It is best not to fuck with immigration officials.

Comment Re:good luck with that. (Score 1) 276

Nope. Not really. Because you have willingly interacted with enforcement agents, your rights are different. Suggest you read this: https://www.eff.org/wp/defendi...

Here's the pertinent part:

"If a border agent asks you to provide an account password or encryption passphrase or to decrypt data stored on your device, you don’t have to comply. Only a judge can force you to reveal information to the government, and only to the extent that you do not have a valid Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.38

However, if you refuse to provide information or assistance upon request, the border agent may seize your device for further inspection or consider you uncooperative, which the agent may take into consideration when deciding whether to allow you to enter the United States."

The case cited in the Ars Technica article is a different situation because the plaintiff/defendant unwillingly interacted with law enforcement. By approaching the US Border and "willingly" interacting with CBP and/or ICE you give up a certain amount of rights. Same is true with a TSA checkpoint.

So... "Good luck with that!"

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