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NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong

Archfeld Re:Corporate sponsors ? (52 comments)

If it would get some more cash for NASA to do real science independent of the nitwits we call Congress I'd put up with it...

about a week ago
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NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong

Archfeld Corporate sponsors ? (52 comments)

Couldn't NASA find a generous corporate sponsor to shell out some $$$ to have their name on the side of a building or rocket ?
Stupid companies pay for namespace on sports facilities why not take advantage of the side of the gantry.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Archfeld Still have to have water to begin with (242 comments)

Recycling, and re-using are great but that assumes the water is there to be used and re-used in the first place. The Colorado river doesn't even reach the gulf anymore without artificial aid.
 

about two weeks ago
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Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

Archfeld Still play weekly (127 comments)

Been meeting with the same group for more than 30 years now on Saturday night. I started playing the when the 1st red-book with crayons came out, I was like in 6th grade, and yes I still have the boxed set and nearly EVERY other book, module, and accessory. I'm 46 now and NO other form of RPG online or other can compare to the fun and comradeship of a face to face pen and paper RPG. More imagination, more interaction, and for those of you who doubt it is family fun, our group consists of 2 single ladies, 3 single guys, 2 married couples all my relative age (mid 40's) and 3 much younger players in their mid 20's ( 2 guys and a girl. We have 3 players who rotate as Game Master and we play in a long standing organically customized world. We have been at several Gen-Cons and we ran a full tourney game that was very successful several years ago.
Long live D&D

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Archfeld Re:What? (753 comments)

and if I visit a retailer that won't accept cash you lose the sale. I have credit and debit, but I prefer to pay cash for what I want. As for the criminal economy, I'd say corporate America is doing just fine with credit and cash. I also do a healthy side business dealing in barter for services, even more anonymous and generally tax free.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Approves Subsidy Plan to Upgrade School and Library Networks

Archfeld Re:Why - why $1 billion a year? (70 comments)

Do you have experience that points to other sources ? I've done this for several years now and I've yet to have to work a teachers or admins workstation for anything but a part failure, while I spend more time cleaning up student workstations and shared library stations with the software filter and the tampering students...

NOTE : quite often I learn NEW and interesting things fixing stuff after the kids are done, things I never would have considered or thought of trying :)

about two weeks ago
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FCC Approves Subsidy Plan to Upgrade School and Library Networks

Archfeld Re:Why - why $1 billion a year? (70 comments)

WOW I wish more people thought like you. I volunteer and manage a network and wireless setup for a high-school in my area, the bandwidth is provided free of charge by AT&T, I know it surprised me as well. Kids can and DO break things in ways I never even conceived of before taking on this responsibility. I work as an admin for a very LARGE business and do this professionally and I've never seen the cluster-fsck that 2 dozen high school kids can make of a network in 10 minutes without even really trying.
Hardware and software companies need to get these kids to be beta testers.

about three weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Archfeld As if any of it mattered... (502 comments)

When you are listening to low definition mp3's. It always makes me laugh to see folks with hi-fi head phones hooked up to an mp3 player listening to 64kbs - 128kbs music.

about three weeks ago
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YouTube Issuing "Report Cards" On Carriers' Streaming Speeds

Archfeld needs a few tweaks... (110 comments)

like user feedback... display test results from users of the listed ISP's in the area...

about three weeks ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

Archfeld who will regulate (273 comments)

and ensure the cars are safe, registered, and are not ripping people off ? "Haven't we been around the park already driver....?" While I agree cabby licenses DO restrict who can run a cab or taxi, without some regulation you will soon be riding in a car you'd see on the road in India. I've been a cop and inspected cabs for the county. The owners and drivers of cabs would do without insurance, seatbelts, windows, doors, tread on tires, ANYTHING to make a buck.

about 1 month ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

Archfeld feeding the trolls again ? (454 comments)

you make good points but you are wasting them and your effort feeding the trolls.

about a month ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

Archfeld discrimination ? (548 comments)

Our local schools won't support this because it is GIRLS only. I am all for getting women involved in anything really, but sexual discrimination is sexual discrimination regardless of whether you allow only boys or only girls, or only handicaps etc...

about a month ago
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Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

Archfeld Re:So how is that going to work (188 comments)

Individuals who are on call need to make sure they go places they are open to cell phones, much the same way they need to remain within a certain distance of their work. Why should the rest of the world suffer for these few special needs individuals ??
My house is an AT&T black-hole anyways. I had to switch carriers after many complaints because I couldn't receive call in the back of my house. Verizon has NO SUCH problem in this area apparently.

about a month ago
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Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

Archfeld Re:So how is that going to work (188 comments)

I throw people out of the theatre all day long for using their cell phones...
There are places it should be legal and my business or home is one of them.

about a month and a half ago
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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

Archfeld Re:Hardware sampling rates (121 comments)

I swear on some late night upgrades I've heard the machines talking to me, but NOW I know it was true...

about a month and a half ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

Archfeld Asphixiation ? (483 comments)

Why not use gas asphyxiation. A simple carbon monoxide mixture would put people to sleep and then they would die from lack of oxygen.

about 2 months ago
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Game Industry Fights Rising Development Costs

Archfeld I call BS... (111 comments)

Somehow they have convinced themselves that advertising dollars is part of development costs.

about 3 months ago
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Anti-Surveillance Mask Lets You Pass As Someone Else

Archfeld At some point... (196 comments)

It becomes impossible to avoid surveillance. If you can't hide then overload the DB with volumes of irrelevant data. I make a new Safeway member card every time I shop. I create one use Hotmail accounts, sometimes 3 and 4 per day. If you could get together with a group of geographically diverse people and all agree to swap faces on a regular basis you could seriously reduce the viability of facial recognition systems all over. It is similar to adding all the NSA trigger words to the footer of your email.

about 3 months ago
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Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

Archfeld Re:Making a Safer World... (342 comments)

I was 20 something, 25 years ago...

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

Archfeld from a Dedicated omnivore (466 comments)

If it is so good,STOP marketing it as a meat-substitute and market it on its' own merits and strengths. I am not looking to go vegan or vegetarian for that matter but I could always use a tasty new treat. You are only taking on years of fruitless arguing by trying to 'replace' meat.

Note : I love salads, tofu, and egg plant, but also cheese, eggs, ice cream, and BACON...

about 3 months ago

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Time out for exxcessive MODS ?!?!

Archfeld Archfeld writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Got to say I am dissapointed, I've been here at /. for a long time, posting as both a reg'd user, and as AC depending on at home vs work and topic, my Karma is excellent, I subscribe to slahsdot and have for quite a while.
Recently I posted a comment on an Apple article, an opinion, granted but not obscene, or off-topic but apparently quite controversial. It received 5 down mods and 3 up mods and as a result, the IP or my USERID, not sure which yet was placed in TIME out ??? While I can appreciate the need to mod, the post was NOT a troll, nor off-topic and yet silenced I am. I sent an email to /. for info and received a reply and then sent follow up..they are attached :

I have replied again and am awaiting response :(

Would that be me, or one of the 75 or 80 other registered users from this place ? Does it include an ID # or just the IP ?
Basically, someone doesn't like my opinion and I am being censored because of it ? I do not troll, or post anything not general audience safe, I use AC occasionally to post things that might conflict with my work's stated opinions or such, as many other people I work with also post on slashdot.

Nice just checked my account : 7 flamebaits on a single apple article, gee nice system, post an opinion and get bounced from the audience.
BTW During the same period on the same posting there are 3 POSTIVE MODERATIONS AS WELL, so essentially 3 people decide what is suitable for everyone to view, what happened to the SET your BROWSE LEVEL to avoid the noise ?
"Perspective is skewed..Wed August 18, @02:53PM 3 1, Interesting
what do you expect from rabid Wed August 18, @02:12PM 1 0, Troll
      attached to Real Feels iTunes Backlash"

  I have talked to several other users here and we all beleive there is a problem with that kind of censorship, but if it is working as designed we will of course work within the system, after all the net is about community :)

Note : KARMA EXCELLENT, subsciption ACTIVE, EMAIL available for response, instead I get modd'd down anonymously and gagged by automation...

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Rozeboom [mailto:samzenpus@akane.blockstackers.com]On
Behalf Of Robert Rozeboom
Sent: Friday, August 20, 2004 7:28 AM
To: Duffield, Robert L
Subject: Re: new ip moderation is censorship any way you look at it,

You have been downmodded too many times and are in time out.

On Thu, 19 Aug 2004, Duffield, Robert L wrote:

> it is your web site and you are free to run it the way you like of course but,
>
> If you think this is unfair, please email moderation@slashdot.org with your MD5'd IPID and SubnetID, which are "fb1a0da8eeb758c77e86486ba4501552" and "4d56937246936127aabe0e1618fd7391" and (optionally, but preferably) your IP number "171.159.64.10" and your username "Archfeld".
>
> This is one of the firwewall IP's for a very large tech company, there are like 100,000 users coming from behind 3 possible IP's. It is very likely that is the cause of so-called excessive posting. I have been a /. registered member for a LONG TIME,note the 4 digit CONTINOUSLY USED ID, but if I cannot post anonymously on certain topics I'll just go elsewhere, thanks.

http://slashdot.org/~Archfeld

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Weapons of Mass Destruction

Archfeld Archfeld writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Where are the Weapons of Mass Destruction ? The US government scrambles to cover its' ass, unfortunately they are ALL ASS...
Tom Ridge and John ASScroft continue the facist run thru Amerika, and Jeb Bush has appointed a guardian to a retarded womans' fetus, in addtion to her state appointed guardian, so what happens when they conflict, does the court decide the mother is in fact just a warm breathing baby carriage ?? Obviously is can't be considered in the fetus's best interest if an abortion is prescribed....Thanks Bush Clan, is there one of you who isn't a lying cheting piece of human feces ? and Barbara doesn't count...she married in.

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Brave Soldiers directed by Morons

Archfeld Archfeld writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Sigh, I am torn by the 'war' or more properly $75 Billion (that's US billion) police action in Iraq. There is no doubt Saddam is a capital fubar but our government led by his Royal Ineptness GWB scare me more than anything I can remember.
I just hope that between the protests and the stripping away of our freedoms bit by bit by this Facists regime the supreme court has inflicted upon us, that the only people truly deserving of our support and sympathy don't get pushed aside. Those poor souls eeking a living in Iraq, and the brave men and women who volunteered to serve this country not knowing they would be so poorly used.

While not a normally very religious guy God Bless us all, we need it.

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Sigh...moral at work blows

Archfeld Archfeld writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Time to rant..as one of the survivors of the recent wave of corporate separation, aka firings
MAN things suck even worse around here. Thanks to the wonderful legislators in California, I am back on a time sheet and have lost my coveted 9x80 workweek with Monday's off. Then to add insult to injury we pick up 3 new contractors who have yet to produce ANY work of value, but seem to require more handholding to get the simplest of tasks done. Somewhere I really hope a staffing consultant is choking on a ham sandwich. I am off to Dallas to inspect a lab and try and figure out how you support hardware from 2000 miles away. Sadly but the economy is making me pine for the Clinton days, when all you had to worry about was who Bill was Fscking. Now we have to worry about GW, A$$Croft, Ridge, and Congress, and the concerted victim is US, not some willing intern.

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the friends thing is cool

Archfeld Archfeld writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I've recently began actually following the web of friends, and yes sadly freaks here. It is a really cool function, and following it one step further to friends of friends and foes of friends, etc shows a hugely complex web of relationships, and by far the best way to track intelligent discussion and lower the noise to signal ratio.

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MsGeek going away

Archfeld Archfeld writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Sad to see...If you need help with the security issue to stop a crap flood let me know...otherwise good luck and I'll see ya around here :)

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