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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Adam Appel Re: jerk (1440 comments)

Warren v District of Columbia. Police are not obligated to "protect" you. It all about revenue.

about a year ago

Apple Sued For Dividing Final Season of Breaking Bad Into Two On iTunes

Adam Appel How not new (458 comments)

I've seen this down with Walking Dead and Doctor Who on iTunes. Probable others, but I don't remembe them.

1 year,13 days

How Ubiquitous Autonomous Cars Could Affect Society (Video)

Adam Appel Hack the car, hack the future! (369 comments)

How about installing agressor apps for driving? Jailbreaking the car AI? I see a darker side to all this.

about a year ago

What Modern Militaries Can Learn From Battlestar Galactica

Adam Appel Don't know about you... (272 comments)

I found that Battlestar writers to be utterly ignorant to military issues from big to small. They may have had some consultants early on, but they either didn't ask them questions or ignored to what they were told past the first 4 openers. And those first shows you had to get past this network issue that seemed a massive exchange of Easy for Security. For me it often blew my suspension of disbelief. Nobody top to bottom acted as though they were in a war that held a zero survivability outcome. I couldn't believe what I was seeing for planing of military ops. Of course the other option in a story about a technology advanced race battling is a show that lasts 10 minutes with a Struss-ian outcome via some sort of gravity bomb deployed to the starts of the inhabited worlds. Anyway.

about a year ago

Gov't Report: Laser Pointers Produce Too Much Energy, Pose Risk For the Careless

Adam Appel another thing to buy (260 comments)

Now here is one more thing I have to buy before it's banned for "public safety" reasons.

about a year and a half ago

Han Solo To Reportedly Return For Star Wars VII

Adam Appel Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (329 comments)

To add a thought. I think it's an artiest mindset. They are having such a good time making the film that they go to far, add to much.... Didn't you do that to art projects? I did.

about a year and a half ago

Pushing Back Against Licensing and the Permission Culture

Adam Appel Re:Uh ... What? (320 comments)

Eloquent short version: Sure you can fuck big business, but they'll fuck you way harder.

about a year and a half ago

Class-Action Lawsuit Goes After Instagram Terms of Service Changes

Adam Appel Re:Umm... Don't use it? (59 comments)

Like you I have privacy concerns with Facebook. But after X years I have to wonder what damage FB has done to in any regards to my information? I get less junk mail then ever before, I don't see targeted web ads (does anyone?) and I am not a huge consumer other then my esoteric areas of interest. Where is the harm of Facebook? So for you not worth it and for me it is. Both are acceptable positions but a class action lawsuit seems not applicable? How could the criteria for harm be shown?

about a year and a half ago

New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

Adam Appel States issue. (1232 comments)

This kind of thing is only possible in places that have firearm permits. Those federal yellow forms that we fill out to buy a gun legally can't have the gun buyers information transcribed. We have no state permit system here, the yellow form must stay on file in physical form in storage at the gun shop (ideally in a poorly wired connex)

about a year and a half ago

Battery-Powered Transmitter Could Crash A City's 4G Network

Adam Appel it would be more fun (121 comments)

Far more fun and a better use of money to disable the police band. Every easy in the US for police departments that do not encrypt their communications.

about 2 years ago

Is Non-Prescription ADHD Medication Use Ever Ethical?

Adam Appel Re:Is this different from sport? (487 comments)

I think every combat soldier we (USA) have should be being doped as part of their readiness program. Controlled of course like all medications for risk factors, abuse, etc.

about 2 years ago

No Microbes In First Sample From Lake Vostok

Adam Appel Re:Not fooled (60 comments)

I noticed this about a year ago when my kids were watching Fern Gully. They are almost exactly the same movie.

about 2 years ago

Recording of Recently Shut-Down Telemarketers In Action

Adam Appel Who are the customers? (104 comments)

I can't believe anyone in this day will give any information to someone that cold calls them.

about 2 years ago

Goodyear's 'On TheGo' Self Inflating Tire

Adam Appel ah.. (207 comments)

About 5 years until they hit the market?

about 2 years ago

China's Alibaba To Outsell Amazon, eBay Combined

Adam Appel Re:What's the big deal (177 comments)

Anecdotally, I used Alibaba more in the last year then I did eBay (I live and work in the US).

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Ad-Hoc Wireless Mesh Network For Emergency Vehicles?

Adam Appel My Volunteer EMS service (200 comments)

I am in a Volunteer ambulance service we are also a USA Medical Corps member so we have a response to MCI's and natural disaster events. We mainly work sporting events, fairs, festivals and so on. Some are loud (Cage fights, heavy metal concerts etc) so voice comms are not very useful. Some are spread across hundreds of miles vast sections lack even cell service (like the Fireweed 400; Sheep Mountain to Valdez, AK). And some we run a field clinic with 3 exam rooms and 5+ roaming teams of medics and 2 fast response team in a non-motorized setting with a tight HIPAA compliant comm net. So our needs are quite varied. Several of us in leadership are IT or comm pros (our comm director owns a industrial communications sales/service for oil and gas exploration companies) and have gone though a number of potential solutions. This is what we do: Our backbone for disaster work is the ALMR radio system some of which can carry data or will soon. We have a few SAT phones for bush work. Over that we have our own VHF/UFH simplex/duplex radios with repeaters and FCC assigned channels (however that works) for our day to day work cupeled with regular data plans with a ATT MiFi type divice for PCR's, SCAT forms and as much paperwork as we con do electronically.

I have to wonder why you need the local networking?

I know I didn't address the question of the best way to set up an EMS/Fire network, but that's what I got. Good luck.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Use For an Old Smartphone?

Adam Appel Dedicated for the CAR as nav/diagnostics/sound (301 comments)

I have my old iPhone 3G mounted in my Land Rover. Its mounted on the dash and hooked up to the OBD II port. Charges while my LR1 is running. I use GOPOINT's cable and software to monitor my systems. I have WiFi installed so I have GPS and stereo functions (use the headphone jack so the iOS is not captured by the stereo). Doesn't matter if it's a iOS or Android. Better functions then all but the big screen GPS and entertainment systems. Install your messaging apps of choice and you will never be out of touch if you forget your phone at home. lastly, take some thought as to what data is onboard. It's a lot higher profile if somewhat permanently mounted on or around your dash. Not an issue for me. No one would ever think to break into my overland LR1 just based on it's slightly intimidating looks (I know it could still happen, but....)

about 2 years ago

Ex-Marine Detained For Facebook Posts Deemed "Terrorist in Nature"

Adam Appel Fine line.... (593 comments)

Remember the First Amendment doesn't protect you IF you are inciting violence. "I am starting the revolution" is pretty thin and then he went and said he was going "to sever heads" and "come for the generals". It would have to show in his other posts he had the Means, Motive and Opportunity to start issuing violence to the good ole USA. So yeah, I say it quals are terroristic threats. He's page being "private" has nothing to do with it, that is way different then in his head.

more than 2 years ago

eBay Bans the Sale of Spells and Magic Items

Adam Appel What about magnets? (295 comments)

Cause you can't explain that. (must be magic)

more than 2 years ago

Mac OS X Mountain Lion Gets Three Million Downloads In 4 Days

Adam Appel I gots mine (397 comments)

I had Lion on three machine because 2 new and one replaced HDD. Lion was so-so so new features but nothing I would have gone out to get. I am quite happy with Mountain Lion some of the features required me, a long time IT person to go and read/learn not just learn by fiddling around.

more than 2 years ago


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