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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Art Challenor VPS (405 comments)

All the "Virtual Private Server" VPS suggestions seem to be AC so may not make the viewing cut. I'd recommend taking a look at:

http://lowendbox.com/

should be able to find something cost effective that will resolve your issue.

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Art Challenor Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (693 comments)

A little old school, but the original Little Boy would easily fit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

Weight 9,700 pounds (4,400 kg)
Length 10 feet (3.0 m)
Width 7
Diameter 28 inches (71 cm)

I suspect that you could find something smaller and lighter in the modern arsenal.

I have to wonder about whether the AC comment:
I whole-heartedly disagree [that there should be any restriction on what weapons a person can own]
is serious. If you could legally own WMD in the US there'd be a nutjob or religious fanatic (local or imported) willing to level every US city. Is it possible that there are people who have not actually realized this? (The only way to stop a bad guy with an A-Bomb is a good guy with an A-Bomb??).

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Art Challenor Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (693 comments)

Nah, that literally would preclude having a handgun under the seat of your car or a semi-automatic in the gun rack. If it fits in the back of my dually pickup and I can still drive it to the grocery store, then it should be covered.

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Art Challenor Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (693 comments)

The Constitution specifies "bear Arms" and yet I'm precluded from owning small atomic weapons, dirty bombs, SAMs, etc. So we're clear that some restrictions are acceptable. Sane restrictions would include keeping guns safe from school shooters.

about two weeks ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

Art Challenor Re:I donated (114 comments)

Actually, it was a good win by GNOME. That they had the money to defend the trademark (and I think that Groupon understood that they would be successful) caused Groupon to back down. GNOME gets the win and the money goes to something useful instead of lawyers fees.

about two weeks ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

Art Challenor Re:CYA (127 comments)

I'm not so sure that armoring POS systems is the cheaper option.

The cheapest thing is to buy off politicians so that they can continue doing what they are currently doing, but shift the blame to the consumer. This, I assume, is the purpose of the legislation. (Cynicism is almost always the model with the most accurate predictions of political outcomes in the US).

about two weeks ago
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Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber

Art Challenor Re:Typical muslims (389 comments)

I'm not really analyzing motivations, Jihadist, the Christians in the federal goverment voting to invade Iraq, not expanding medicaid - they have the same effect, innocent people die.

I would question priorities. We have enough money for a war in Iraq and to arm ISIS (OK that wasn't quite the goal of arming the Iraqi defense force, but since the leadership of that organziation had been destroyed, the outcome is not unexpected)

Single-payer universal health care would save everyone money (that's a CBO estimate, not mine). The ACA "Obamacare" was, basically, written by the insurance industry. Single payer was never on the table and the insurance industry lobbists spent big to remove the "public option". It'll be interesting to see what happens with Republicans in both federal houses although they can probably continue to hold useless votes on repeal knowing they'll fail and so not jepordizing the campaign funds from the insurance lobby.

about two weeks ago
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Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber

Art Challenor Re:Typical muslims (389 comments)

No, but opposing Medicaid expansion is and many Christian Governors of US states are doing exactly that. Estimates are between 7,000 and 17,000 (http://healthaffairs.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/Dickman-Exhibit-3-copy.gif) preventable deaths in states that declined the expansion. There's no good way to die, but dying of a treatable disease has to be one of the worst.

And these are Governors that claim to be "pro-life".

about two weeks ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Art Challenor How about ATM cards (130 comments)

It's really good that the security of the credit card system is being improved. I'm sure that the same thing will happen to the ATM network and operation just as soon as the banks are made liable for consumer losses through ATM fraud. (Today's election day in the US, good luck voting for a candiate that will even propose that solution).

about three weeks ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

Art Challenor Poor candidates also (574 comments)

From the other side, there are MANY "programmers" out there who can't program and certainly have no problem solving skills. Copy/Paste from StackOverflow does not result in working programs.

about three weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

Art Challenor Re:Nope, can't be "Dem policies don't work" (485 comments)

Yes and no. It depends WHY those people are not participating. If it's because they have a spouse or similar providing for them then lower is better. If it's because people have just given up hope, it's a bad thing. If you go back to the era of "stay at home Moms" (and I'm not advocating that) then the numbers would be lower.

Ideally, the unemployment rate would be a better number - the number of people who want work but can't find it, but that's subject to hopelessness also.

Job creation should give you some reasonable measure, but the benefit system is politicised to the point where there are many people working multiple part-time jobs.

On the whole, the system is rigged in favor of big businesses and is all in favor of screwing the working stiffs - and that's regardless of who's elected.

about three weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

Art Challenor Re:Nope, can't be "Dem policies don't work" (485 comments)

WTF, do you get all your "facts" from FOX news?

Can't be Obamacare failures

20M more people have health insurance: http://time.com/2950961/obamac... Lives are being saved in states that accepted the medicaid expansion (which is why even some of the deepest red states are moving to accept). Jobs are being created in health care. Some premiums are decreasing, but most are going up by a modest (2-5%) rate, much lower than before Obamacare.

loss of press freedom

Who are you going to vote for to fix that? Wasn't it Bush who introduced the "Free Speech Zones" at rallies?

lowest labor force participation in many decades

Employment tanked as Bush left office and banks destroyed the economy. (No one was regulating the banks, so we'll go with them just happening to tank under Bush - could have happened under any president).

If you look at job creation it consistently weak under republican leadership and much stronger under democratic. 5000+ jobs created under Obama vs just over a 1000 under Bush. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...

incompetence on Ebola

Despite the right wing terrorizing the population with the treat of Ebola, there is no threat from Ebola. Nigeria, hardly a bastion of high tech medicine and good government manged to contain a real attack. Sequestration and cuts at the NIH have slowed efforts to create a vacine (it's not profitable to create one since most fo the people with Ebola are poor). I trust you favor reinstating funding for that (and the many other) governement efforts.

lack of plans for ISIS

See "Ebola". ISIS is not a threat to the US and, frankly, there's almost nothing the US can do to help (unless you consider Iraq an overwhelming success)

overweening regulation

Tell that to the people you were killed in the West Fertilizer explosion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Fertilizer_Company_explosion)

Or to the people of West Virgina. (http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/dont-drink-the-water-west-virginia-after-the-chemical-spill-20140312)

politicization of DoJ and IRS

Listen, the IRS investigated many political non-profits of all stripes, it was not just the right wing groups. This is what the IRS is SUPPOSED to do, investigate possible tax fraud. They did it, and (despite the political disinformation) it was non-partisen.

extrajudicial killings of US citizens

Come on, that completely crossed party line. Extraordinary rendition and redefining torture as acceptable started under the Bush administration, but nothing has been done to fix that and it won't be for the forseeable future. The 100ml bottles on planes has the same problem.

crony capitalism bailouts of banks and GM

The banks collapsed under Bush and (even though it stinks) a bailout was the least worst evil. GM turned out to be a good investment, certainly for the people who now still have jobs.

increasing levels of poverty, highest levels of food stamp use ever.

Easy, raise the minimum wage. Good for the economy, good for people working at that level. (Again, who you going to vote for who will do that?).

Naaah, none of that. It's gotta be just Harry Reid.

I don't know about just Harry Reid, but it sure seems that politician are going to have to take more care to see who's offering the highest bribe (sorry, campaign contribution).

about three weeks ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

Art Challenor Remain political fodder in US midterm elections (349 comments)

Missing Option: "Remain political fodder in US midterm elections"

It's really pretty terrible (but not unexpected) that the politicians don't care at all about the impact on the nurses/doctors who are helping with an epidemic in Africa and so their ability to help in those countries. These health care providers really are heros - risking their lives to save others. That the politicians are trying to score political points at the expense of these poeple is a new low.

about three weeks ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Art Challenor Wireless Charging... (415 comments)

"Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances" http://hardware.slashdot.org/s...

Now if only there was an appliance that could be put into lonely tech-geeks bedrooms that would also charge a smart watch. Nope, got me, I can't think of anything...

about three weeks ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

Art Challenor Wow $100 Million (143 comments)

How about we just have Apple (and many other mega-companies) pay taxes at a reasonable rate then we won't need to fund education from "charity" (plus don't forget that the $100M is tax deductable, so it part of another tax loophole. Details here: http://www.americansfortaxfair...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

Art Challenor Looking at the problem differently... (170 comments)

Can you find her a better way to get to the senior center? Staying at home entertaining yourself on the Internet is possibly not the best lifestyle. Spending time around other people and possibly participating in some of the other activities, not to mention getting out of the house may all be better for her. Then again, depending on her age/health it may not much matter.

about three weeks ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Art Challenor Re:This is silly (720 comments)

If Walmart paid all their 1.4M US employees $100/ hour instead of the Walton family splitting $16 BILLION at then end of the year they ONLY be splitting a little over $15B . $15/hour minumum wage would make no difference to them, but would make a huge difference to their employees and the country at large. However, I'm good with taxing capital instead of a minumum wage increase. When Google/Walmart/Microsoft etc. pay tax at a minumum of half the percentage I pay then we'll be making progress.

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

Art Challenor Re:and they use cash businesses as examples (424 comments)

Depends, does the accountant work for Google, Microsoft, Chevron, etc. etc. all companies that pay very little in taxes. I'm sure that the same accountant could legally engineer the scenario.

about a month ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Art Challenor Banks CHARGE for ATM usage (720 comments)

Will McD's be charging a premium if you order from the automated system?

It has always pissed me off that banks used automated tellers to cut down on the number of paid tellers an then charge for foreign ATM usage. I really don't have (much of) a problem with the ATM owner charging me for using their ATM, but that MY bank charges me for using some other ATM is outrageous. They save all the way around, no need to maintain a real person or a machine and no need to deal with any of the cash. Greedy bastards.

about a month ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Art Challenor Re:This is silly (720 comments)

There's actually a really good reason why raising the minimum wage helps the economy. You take some of the money that would have gone to the likes of Sam Walton's heirs and put it back in the economy.

If you give money to less well paid people, they tend to spend it. If you give money to someone who's already extremely wealthy they tend to hoard it.

An alternative solution would be to reverse the recent trend of taxing labor at a higher rate than capital. With that change, for the extremely wealthy, creating jobs would be a good investment.

As Henry Ford famously observed, your workers are also consumers. If you don't pay them enough to consume then the system breaks.

about a month ago

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