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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

Amtrak Re:Then there was War Plan Red (308 comments)

Who says the Canadians don't do that. If I was them I would because if they didn't they would look pretty silly if the USA ever did declare war on them. Just saying.

4 days ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

Amtrak Re:Application installers suck. (324 comments)

Microsoft has tried to kill normal installers twice now. The first one was with Click Once, which only installs things in a non-privileged mode. The other one is Windows Store in Windows 8. They tried to even force this in Win RT and everyone bitched.

Microsoft is damned if they do and damned if they don't. They can't take away normal installers because people will go "WTF!! Why can't I install Super Coupon Bug!" and they can't leave them in because people will go "WTF!!! Why did you let Super Coupon Bug install a virus!".

Though I have to say at my company we are happy to remove the ability to run all installers except for signed click once installers through our group policy.

about two weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

Amtrak Re: Nosedive (598 comments)

My kid only makes a phone call when she's mad about something. Because, apparently, text messaging isn't loud enough. Or something.

So I had this explained to me by my much younger brother. He said that people his age (18) don't like making phone calls because they see it as intruding on the receiving parties time by forcing them to answer now. Where as a text message is more of an answer when you can affair. This makes total sense with your kid calling you when mad. Because he/she is mad calling you is there way of inconveniencing you with there anger just like an angry child might throw a toy at you.

about three weeks ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

Amtrak Re:Tablet? (328 comments)

Like I said, anecdote alert. But I think that aside from computer professionals, many people can be more than suited by an ipad + tablet case. The number of edge cases where a laptop works but an ipad doesn't work keeps on shrinking. Rumor mill says Apple will be updating the MacBook air to be a tablet/laptop hybrid, possibly like the set up I described. That would be cool!

I know this is Slashdot so this is a little against the group think but isn't what you described exactly what Microsoft is trying to do with the surface? They made 2 versions, one that is stripped down with great battery life that runs office and a web browser. Then another one that is for professionals that is a full fledged ultra book.

I have used a surface pro 2 and it was a pretty good laptop for data viewing, though I still like a real laptop for coding work. I can see it being the only computing device someone like my wife would ever need.

I think in the long run the tablet market will be squeezed out by phones taking away the bottom and laptops taking away the top. Because lets be honest an iPhone 6+ is a great personal Netflix viewer and a Surface Pro or Convertible Mac Book Air would be better than a tablet with a keyboard case.

about 1 month ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Amtrak Re:Killing us with rent (496 comments)

Move the the Midwest. You can buy a 2000sqft house for less that 2K a month.

about 2 months ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Amtrak Re:"Getting whiter" (496 comments)

To be fair Scandinavia does have it's fair share of political unrest.

about 2 months ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Amtrak Re: This is silly (720 comments)

Did people argue against the automobile because buggy whip workers would turn to a life of crime when they lose their jobs?

There are always Luddites so probably.

We call them environmentalists today. Now someone build me a fusion reactor that works so I can afford heat my driveway and never shovel snow again! Waste heat destroying the environment be dammed! /Sarcasm

about 3 months ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Amtrak Re:This is silly (720 comments)

You can take this as anecdotal but my wife works closely with people on welfare through a charity and it is quite common for them to get 1 or 2 free phones from the government. These are not iPhones but cheap android or feature phones like you would get with a pre-paid plan. However, the people who get them treat them like burners. It's quite ridiculous yet at the same time my wife says that not giving them phones is basically resigning them to poverty because if you don't have a phone number to put down on your application no one will take you seriously and when you choices are a phone or food the decision on what to buy becomes obvious.

about 3 months ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Amtrak Password reUse (549 comments)

While I agree with the researchers point that dictionary attacks are the biggest risk for passwords and that you shouldn't use the same password for every account you have I don't think that a password manager is required for all situations. For example I use the same password for Slashdot, Engadget, Toms Hardware and a few other entertainment accounts. None of these accounts can really cost me money so who cares if someone gets the password? I can just make a new one. So I don't think that sharing passwords in this case is bad. I call this password my "Insecure" password. Now for other services such as my bank, email, windows log in, work password. All of these passwords are unique but I don't have many of them so it isn't hard to remember them.

about 4 months ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

Amtrak Re:Discovery? (742 comments)

Which goes to show that you should record all conversations you have with a company that is knowingly recording you as well. If it is legal for them to record you with a notice playing in front just get your own notice. If they hang up well don't talk to them.

about 4 months ago
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MIT Study Outlines a 'Perfect' Solar Cell

Amtrak Re:Uses blackbody emission (110 comments)

I wonder if it could use the waste heat from an internal combustion engine though? It would be interesting to see that put into a hybrid to try and gain back some efficiency from a gas burning engine used to charge a battery. Probably not small enough or efficient enough though.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

Amtrak Republic Wierless (209 comments)

So my wife and I both switched from Verizon Unlimited to Republic Wireless this past January and I've already saved enough money to cover the cost of the two Moto X's I had to buy. I can see Republic Wireless not working well for everyone though. I happen to live in the Chicago Area where coverage from every major provider is basically the same. I actually get better service in the loop with my Republic Wireless phone than I did with Verizon because Sprint's towers are less congested.

However, I wouldn't ever tell my Mother-In-Law to switch to Republic since she lives so far north in Michigan that they deliver the mail by snow mobile and talk with Canadian accents. Sprint basically has zero coverage up there and when my wife and I visit we have to put our phones on airplane mode with only WiFi so the battery doesn't die really fast. Verizon has full coverage with 4G LTE there so the choice is obvious.

about 4 months ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

Amtrak Re:This is what happens.... (274 comments)

I think you are confusing professed members of a faith refusing to follow a moral code laid out over thousands of years with not having a codify morality. Trust me the Catholic church has a written down expressly codify morality. It's called Cannon Law. You can get a brief introduction to it in a book called the Catechism. Look it up some time.

Also, just because some members of a group don't follow the rules of the group doesn't mean the groups rules are all bad. It just means some members should be kicked out of the group.... but they didn't do that and it is a shame.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Amtrak My Solution (268 comments)

So, I did this with all of my movies, VHS, DVD, BluRay ect.. I ended up with a very large library of video on my computer. In my computer I used an Adaptec 5805 RAID controller with backup battery and 4 3TB WD Red HDD's to store all the data in a RAID 5. I am also running a PLEX Server to organize and add meta data to all of the video files as well as serve them to the HTPC and Roku 3 in my house. As for backup I purchased an account with Crash Plan.

With all of this I get a nice organized library for all my video files with meta data. The ability to stream them around my house and to my phone on the road. Data redundancy both local via the RAID 5 and remotely through crash plan.

  • Total cost
  • Raid Card: $250 (Yay Ebay! This card is $480 in newegg plus $120ish for the battery.)
  • Hard drive cage with Hotswap bays: $40
  • Server: Just used my gaming computer so $0 but would be $2.5k to rebuilt the computer but you don't need a computer that fast as a file server though it is a transcoding champ.
  • HDDs: 4x $125 = $500
  • Plex: Lifetime $75
  • Crash Plan: $5/month
  • Total: $945 + Computer + $5 a month
    • The initial backup took a really long time. (Almost 2 weeks.) Even with my 25mbps up stream so you may want to pop for the seeded backup option if your internet isn't very fast but it is limited to 1TB so it wouldn't have saved me too much time. I've been satisfied so far but I've been lucky and haven't needed the backup yet. Though I guess it's like insurance I pay for it but I don't ever want to use it.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Amtrak Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

They are still storing your credit card number somewhere. How is that different from storing a photo? Unless they are guaranteeing that the credit card number is never stored on Apple's servers I don't see how you could trust this service any more than there photo cloud.

about 5 months ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

Amtrak Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

Let's not forget that Christians and Muslims are both religions with divergent sects. As such it might be helpful to see the following list:

  • Christians (General) 2.5+ Billion
  • Catholic Church: 1.2 Billion
  • Islam (General): 1.2 Billion
  • Sunni Islam: 0.9 Billion
  • Protestantism: 0.8 Billion
  • Shia Islam: 0.3 Billion
  • Eastern Orthodox (Christian): 0.25 Billion
  • Other Christian: 0.2 Billion

By that account the Catholic Church is still the biggest religion.

about 5 months ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Amtrak Re:The real crime here (465 comments)

Advancements in medicine (drugs) have reduced crime (they have almost eliminated the need for insane asylums)

Tell that to all the homeless schizophrenics on the street due to deinstitutionalization. We have not eliminated the need for forced institutionalization we have limited it some but mental health is a seriously neglected part of american society. Here's a less sensational article if you don't like the other one.

about 5 months ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Amtrak Re:The real crime here (465 comments)

At the bottom of the reference I linked to, they mention that there are conspiracy theorists that say that Lay faked his death and he's still alive.

I got a fake I just made it up conspiracy theory. His heirs killed him by inducing a heart attack because they knew him dying before appeal would complicate the civil suits so they might be able to force settlement and keep more of the inheritance. That seems much more plausible than he faked his own death. But like I said I just made it up so it's probably not true.

about 5 months ago

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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Amtrak Amtrak writes  |  about 9 months ago

Amtrak (2430376) writes "MIT has created designs for a nuclear plant that would avoid the downfall of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The new design calls for the nuclear plant to be placed on a floating platform modeled after the platforms used for offshore oil drilling.

A floating platform several miles offshore, moored in about 100 meters of water, would be unaffected by the motions of a tsunami; earthquakes would have no direct effect at all. Meanwhile, the biggest issue that faces most nuclear plants under emergency conditions — overheating and potential meltdown, as happened at Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island — would be virtually impossible at sea."

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