Huh? (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in S & P sets Tesla's credit rating to B- on 2014-05-28 12:45 (#1XY)

Compared with larger, more established automakers, the company is less likely “to successfully adapt to competitive and technological displacement risks over the medium to long term,” [S&P analysts Nishit Madlani, Dan Picciotto and Joseph Lin wrote in the report].
With Elon Musk leading the company, seems to me that the opposite would be true.

Re: Choice is good (Score: 1)

by in Story Images on 2014-05-27 12:51 (#1XJ)

This. Options, options, options. Most of us wouldn't be here if a certain other site had choices that weren't shoved down our throats.

Series (Score: 3, Informative)

by in Colorado River Delta on 2014-05-21 14:02 (#1TG)

National Geographic has a series of posts about the Colorado River Delta with a lot more information.

Re: Feature request (Score: 1)

by in WYSIWYG Editor on 2014-05-13 14:05 (#1J9)

Agreed. The parent post disappears after you hit Preview.

Awesome (Score: 3, Funny)

by in Read It on 2014-05-13 14:00 (#1J8)

Much idea. Really sense. A lot help.

And now ... page two (Score: 1)

by in Saving Nintendo the Ars way on 2014-05-12 20:32 (#1HQ)

There is a second page to that article which has two contradicting points: stop making hardware and make better hardware.

Between those two options, I would choose to make better hardware. I don't want the console wars to turn into a two-horse race, and no other players are big enough to go head-to-head with Microsoft and Sony.

I might end up buying a Wii U to replace an aging Wii just so the family can keep playing all the Nintendo games we own. But I really hope something better is coming down the road soon.

Re: Eyes (Score: 1)

by in Wearable Computing: Boom or Bust? on 2014-05-08 12:51 (#1G1)

Unfortunately, if you start talking about accessibility uses, then insurance companies get involved and the price skyrockets.

Boom (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Wearable Computing: Boom or Bust? on 2014-05-07 22:20 (#1FE)

If you include peripherals like Bluetooth headsets, then "wearable computing" is a boom. Of course, there a lot more misses than hits, just like in any other industry, sport, lottery, or lightning storm.

Cell phones started out as mostly single-purpose devices, and they evolved into handheld computers that can do almost anything. I think wearable computing will probably succeed better as single-purpose devices like the FitBit. Google Glass tries to do too much too soon. It might gain traction faster if it were just the equivalent of a Bluetooth headset for your eyes.

Re: Not the only choice (Score: 1)

by in Ubuntu 14.04: don't touch those buttons! on 2014-05-06 20:06 (#1EB)

Since Mint is based on Ubuntu, will their upcoming 14.04 versions also have this restriction?

Re: congratulations on an awesome achievement! (Score: 4, Informative)

by in Pipecode source released on 2014-05-06 19:59 (#1E9)

I asked that question when this story got posted over there. NCommander replied with a pretty detailed explanation.

Oldies but Goodies (Score: 1)

by in The Lure of Retro Computing on 2014-05-06 15:02 (#1E5)

TRS-80 Model III ... I picked up a ton of shareware games and other utilities at a local user group on 5.25" floppies. I probably still have them in a shoe box somewhere if my wife hasn't discovered them yet and thrown them out.
Commodore 64 ... I discovered BASIC and color!
Timex Sinclair 1000 ... Worst keyboard ever! I got the one with 2K of RAM and remember loading a flight simulator from audio tape. The refresh rate was about one frame per second.
TRS-80 Model 4 ... More user groups, more games, more utilities.
TRS-80 Model 100 ... Now this is the machine I wish I still had. I maxed out the RAM/ROM to 32K and got the 3.5" floppy drive. I also got a 300 baud modem and would read SarText as fast as the the text would download.

Support (Score: 1)

by in Pipedot USB Drive on 2014-05-02 15:35 (#1AX)

I wish I could support the site more. I've submitted a couple of stories, but lately I've been too busy to even comment. Stupid job.

Awesome (Score: 2)

by in Comment Reply Notification on 2014-04-28 14:43 (#17T)

Very cool! Thank you for all the hard work on this site.

Re: pfft (Score: 2, Funny)

by in Netgear Hides Router Backdoor Instead of Fixing It on 2014-04-25 17:34 (#164)

i slap my ballsack in protest.

Duly noted.

Re: pfft (Score: 1)

by in Netgear Hides Router Backdoor Instead of Fixing It on 2014-04-25 16:55 (#161)

The bottom of the summary says ...

(Cross posted on Soylentnews)

So the comments are relevant and on-topic, but I don't see SN being lambasted. SN simply falls short on many comparative elements.

Re: Pipedot Needs People! (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Netgear Hides Router Backdoor Instead of Fixing It on 2014-04-25 16:49 (#160)

This. Notifications are essential. We can't be expected to go back and look at every single post to see if someone responded.

Re: School Computer Lab (Score: 1)

by in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr Released on 2014-04-18 16:46 (#14A)

Well, I've got plenty of desktops to test with. I could almost put a different distro on every desktop in the lab and then just see which one gets the most use!

School Computer Lab (Score: 1)

by in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr Released on 2014-04-17 21:04 (#140)

I have to replace about 40 Windows XP desktops in a charter school with almost no technology budget. I updated two of the desktops to different versions of Linux Mint to see if they were similar enough to Windows that the teachers and students could use them.

Would Edubuntu be a better option, or is there another flavor of Ubuntu that would be an easy transition from Windows?

Heartbleed Hit List (Score: 3, Informative)

by in Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability on 2014-04-10 15:40 (#11M)

Mashable has a page listing passwords that need to be changed.

Stand Back, I'm Going to Try ... (Score: 2)

by in Where to find credible, interesting science and tech stories to submit? on 2014-04-05 20:36 (#ZS)

Innacurate Icons (Score: 1)

by in Logo Contest and Other Updates on 2014-04-01 18:42 (#XM)

The gun icon has a couple of problems. It has a single action trigger but has no hammer, and the ejection port is on the wrong (left) side.

Off Topic (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in Autism Rate Rises in US, May Begin In Utero on 2014-03-28 20:04 (#VE)

Cross-submitted by the author at Soylent News.

I "cross-submitted" a story yesterday but then wondered if that was appropriate. Since many people visit both sites, would it just be seen as a duplicate? Would people comment on both stories?

What is the best way to support both sites?

"Techno-Doping" (Score: 1)

by in Bionic Olympics to be Hosted in 2016 on 2014-03-28 19:09 (#VC)

Ars Technica has a good article today with a lot more links. Robert Reiner, principal organizer of the Cybathlon and sensory motor systems professor told Ars, "We are allowing 'techno-doping' in order to deliver the best possible assistance for paralyzed humans, thus trying to improve their quality of life."

Motorcycle Weather (Score: 1)

by in Spring is here! But this winter was... on 2014-03-26 20:53 (#V0)

I was only been able to ride to work a couple of times this winter. I'm glad I can finally climb back in the saddle.

Re: what??? (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Electronic Cigarettes May Not Help Smokers Quit on 2014-03-26 20:48 (#TZ)

it's the only break from work I get during the day

This always annoyed me. Why do smokers automatically get to take more breaks than everyone else?

Re: Costs :-( (Score: 5, Informative)

by in Temporarily Offline? on 2014-03-11 18:35 (#FR)

from irc ...

[13:24] in the end it was because linode hosed our dns on migration

Re: DDoS (Score: 1)

by in Temporarily Offline? on 2014-03-11 16:50 (#F2)

I can't find that in the logs anywhere. Am I missing something?

Offline (Score: 1)

by in SoylentNews held to ransom on 2014-03-11 16:08 (#EJ)

The site (including is offline now:

Error 503 Service Unavailable
Service Unavailable
Guru Meditation:
XID: 1060599780
Varnish cache server

Re: What about (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Windows Finally Gets a Shutdown Button on 2014-03-10 15:44 (#CP)

"It takes no less than 6 clicks and several full screen transitions to get to it using the default UI."

Swipe in from right or point mouse in right hot corners, (click 1) settings, (click 2) power, (click 3) shutdown.

Re: Current state of market is changing (Score: 4, Informative)

by in Time Magazine thinks iOS won the app war on 2014-02-26 19:26 (#75)

"Developer Revenue Per Download is 5x Higher on iOS Than Android"