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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

AF_Cheddar_Head What's Technology (231 comments)

Does home-made gunpowder qualify as technology?

about two weeks ago

How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

AF_Cheddar_Head Simle fix (111 comments)

If you can't vote in the election, you can't contribute to the candidates in the elections. Eliminates outside money.

about three weeks ago

How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

AF_Cheddar_Head Subsidy for the win (111 comments)

So you are saying that you have no problem with the city folk subsidizing you. Sounds like that's what you are saying.

about three weeks ago

The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Different era (180 comments)

Yes, Yes he is.

Union breaker
Deficit balloons
Trickle Down
Ollie North
Nancy making decisions when he gets Alzheimer's

You fucking got me started

about three weeks ago

Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Why is this treated differently (161 comments)

Nope, as a carpenter I bring the hammer (phone) but sure as hell don't pay for the nails (minutes/GB).

See the difference now?

about a month ago

Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

AF_Cheddar_Head Another reason to avoid BYOD (161 comments)

Just because it's an accounting cluster fuck doesn't meat that the company should get out of paying.

It's an accounting cluster fuck to determine your vacation eligibility so guess what, no vacation for you.

about a month ago

My degree of colorblindness:

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:I am not colorblind (267 comments)

Sure you would have, just been excluded from some jobs. 25 year retiree and red-green color blind.

At my induction physical I failed 14 of 15 color cards. Tech told me I was color blind and I replied all you had to do was ask me I could have told you that.

BTW: Purple does not exist and is a conspiracy by the color-normal people against the disabled.

about a month and a half ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Answer needed (390 comments)

How about so that Verizon customers can access Internet resources at something near the speed advertised and paid for.

I think Verizon customers have a case to sue Verizon for non-performance.

about 2 months ago

Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Walled garden? (171 comments)

Not really, worked a consulting job for Rolls Royce a couple of years ago (Derby). Twenty network design guy in the room (FUCK open offices) and as the only American I was the only one not wearing a tie every day.

about 2 months ago

ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

AF_Cheddar_Head GPS on Mars (104 comments)

Really, are you sure it isn't Galileo?

about 2 months ago

Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Laugh-worthy (138 comments)

Yeah, the jumping back and forth doesn't happen when you wear the uniform, or did you miss the General part. Not defending General Alexander here just commenting on the lack of moving from government to industry and back.

about 3 months ago

I typically start my workday ...

AF_Cheddar_Head Military (141 comments)

Had the same sort of experience working at a Headquarters for the military.

There was this Lt. Colonel that would occasionally stand be the entrance recording and reporting on all the guys that arrived even one minute after 0800. Somehow never saw him at 1900 when those of us that were a bit late in the morning finally got to leave for the day, mostly because he was out the door at 1630 share.

Definitely don't miss those types of idiots. Now is show up sometime between 0800 and 0900 and leave when the work is done.

about 3 months ago

IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

AF_Cheddar_Head Hippocracy much? (682 comments)

All of you TP types that want the IRS to retain e-mails forever refuse to give the government a dime to build the system to retain that e-mails forever. It ain't cheap to build a backup system to maintain all the e-mails generated by a decent sized business or government agency. That's why retention dates are established and followed. Also why so many users have PST files on their local computer that violate the retention policy and gets the company in trouble with the lawyers and get deleted when a computer is rebuilt or the drive crashes.

about 3 months ago

IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

AF_Cheddar_Head Major IT departments and lost e-mail (682 comments)

I thing the whole thing reeks of conspiracy BUT having worked for multiple government agencies many of them severely limit the size of a users Exchange mailbox and because network storage is scarce they routinely counsel users to keep archived e-mail in a PST stored on the local drive. They tell the user that Outlook runs better this way (mostly true). Problem is this violates government policy on maintaining permanent records (not that the user cares) and means if the local drive crashes or is wiped for a new user all the old e-mail is lost.

Many corporations do the same BTW.

For my money the excuse is just a bit too convenient but plausible.

about 3 months ago

Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:The actual appeal (240 comments)

On thing that working in film does for a student, not for a pro or hobbyist but for a student, is make them pay more attention to the process of taking the picture. With the cost and time of processing film the student has more incentive to pay attention to framing the picture and getting it right in camera. Digital has very little penalty for taking several shots just to "get it right".

For the pro and hobbyist I completely agree with your comments.

about 3 months ago

US Government OKs Sale of Sharper Satellite Images

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Oh...they have access to better imagery... (82 comments)

Yep a 30% increase in distance with a good share of that extra distance through that messy atmosphere. Insurmountable, probably not but not a trivial problem either. The main advantage of aerial photography versus satellite photography is the reduced amount of atmosphere that is in the way so yeah extra distance can be a real issue.

about 3 months ago

How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:The Real Story Should Be... (286 comments)

Ex-Firefighter here. Part of the problem is having working room at the pumper panel for the driver. You need space at the hydrant to connect the couplings and also working room at the pump panel for the driver to connect and run the pumps. All this depends on how you lay the hoses out but yeah working room at the hydrant for both hydrant hook up and the pumper is necessary.

FYI you can have multiple types of pumper setups:
- Reverse lay (Pumper is closer to the hydrant)
- Straight-in lay (Pumper is closer to the fire scene)
- Relay (Multiple pumpers, one at the hydrant and one at the scene)

And many variations.

I have never done it myself but witnessed the infamous smash the windows and put the hose through the car once.

about 3 months ago

Spanish Conquest May Have Altered Peru's Shoreline

AF_Cheddar_Head Your Tequila is showing (94 comments)

Especially on that post.

about 4 months ago

Spanish Conquest May Have Altered Peru's Shoreline

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Weren't the Peruvians altering the coast? (94 comments)

I agree with your premise but will say this regarding human alterations to the environment:

-- Slow changes allow the local flora and fauna to adapt, aka the oyster shell accumulation occured likely over many decades if not centuries allowing different plants to make their way in and establish themselves resulting in an environment that animals can then inhabit.

-- Fast changes are more likely to cause local flora and fauna to disappear, aka plowing up the prairie in North America in the space of a few decades resulted in the loss of many native plants and animals without the opportunity for replacement or adaption, unless you consider corn and wheat a suitable replacement for the prairie plants.

Man altering the environment slowly results in a more stable adaption versus quick alteration.

about 4 months ago


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