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Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

Bucc5062 Re:Do away with the commute (362 comments)

You actually get a choice? Your response kills it fo those of us who do enjoy working at home. Fewer distractions, then in an office? You must work in a monastery.

There will come a time when from an energy stand point, telecommuting or work at home will be the preferred way to save energy. That we ahve the technology today to do this is a reflection of the 19/20th century mentality of middle/upper management. Try this next time, say "I love telecommuting" and when it is offered then and only then say no thanks. If they insist then please please just say yes.

about 6 months ago
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Online Database Allows Scientists To Recreate Early Telescopes

Bucc5062 Re:Last Post (52 comments)

Finally, a three digit ID. Strange to be starting back at zero karma. My only beef, the red. Its rather jarring to the eyes. I know they could not sue /. color scheme, but even a IBM blue would be less alerting to the eyes. Still, I think I'm going to fade over to the new neighborhood more and more and keeping saying to myself, change is good.

about 6 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

Bucc5062 Re:Not so simple (357 comments)

In the summer Olympics, Idon't think you'd be able to run Evetning all with the same horse so you make a good point overall. However in sailing, they do run the same boats, same gear though the crew (or sailor) can adjust per his/her style. In this case then they do take teh equipment out of the equation.

The problem I see with toiday's Games is that money is the driving factor. I know, an obvious statement, but still one to be made. THos with the money get the best equipment. Got $100,000 then you get the better horse then another with maybe more talent, but less lucure. Better high tech boards, bob-sledes designed by NASCAR engineers help to skew the competition.

In sports where equipment is not the main part of the action (suits for example) then everyone where the same outfit. In sports where equipment is a factor, there is a moment when teams/players have to switch equipment and play again. Jamacia gets to ride with the US sled, the US with Irans. The better team will over come equipment issues. Even with Eventing this could happen though I'd lower the jumps a little to save lives.

Back when the Olympics was about amatuer athletes was when it was worth watching. Now it just is an extension of continuiong world sport events where I watch the same professional compete agaisnt each other....boring. There is not sotry in Bodie Miller any more, Shawn White is not who I want to see in an interview. Even my own sport Eventing has been corrupted to the point where I don't care to watch it. Given the amount of corruption embedded into the Olympic machine, why do we want to support it any more.

about 6 months ago
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Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice

Bucc5062 Re:Where I live, that's normal weather (290 comments)

You're comparing apples to oranges. Bridges flooding out and getting fixed in time for ski season is a different effort then then immediate issues of snow/ice covered roads and little to no DOT equipment to handle it. The NE is prepared for snow because it is always there, each winter. The last two years we went sans snow all winter. Why pay for what you don't need.

I will give props to our local DOT this round for they really did respond better and the roads are much better and more important, people did not try to drive around.

about 7 months ago
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Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice

Bucc5062 Re:Where I live, that's normal weather (290 comments)

. However, I do look in amazement at scenes of the roadside carnage in the south caused by what I perceive as a dusting of snow.

That is a dusting of snow normally on black from the freezing/thaw the night before. Folks here in the south do not normally, if ever, drive with these types of conditions. These are the people that live by "Hey, Bubba, watch this?". These are people that feel no guvmunt is going to tell them to not drive by God...thus we get carnage.

As an ex-pat northern I know better and stay safe in my home (I'd say warm, but the heat pump stops working well when the temps stay 30 for three days.). By this afternoon it will warm up enough to start the melt. Then I can drive without worrying about some DIxie Yahoo thinking he's driving at Daytona and putting a four wheel slide into the side of my car.

about 7 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

Bucc5062 Re:How is presenting all theories a problem? (665 comments)

No. I looked it up to be sure

a coherent group of tested general propositions, commonly regarded as correct, that can be used as principles of explanation and prediction for a class of phenomena: Einstein's theory of relativity. Synonyms: principle, law, doctrine.

Creationism is not testable so it cannot be a theory. It is a good story, it is a anecdotal way to try and explain our origins, but it is not a theory. Creationism cannot explain, nor establish tests to show here. As this link mentions, you can look at the question of Cain's wife from either a literal (were did she come from other then incest) or interpretive which really cannot be tested. God wiped out humanity after the flood and from just the loins of Noah;'s son came all of humanity? Not even possible or testable. So how then can Creationism be a theory? it is a set of stories meant to interpret the origins of man (and do so poorly). We might as well say that these stories are alternative theories about the creation of man and the world.

about 7 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

Bucc5062 Re:How is presenting all theories a problem? (665 comments)

No, creationism is not a theory. It is a belief. It is a belief based on one sect of religious belief. While many religions have a variation of the beginning of man, only one is trying to shove it down the throats of rational humans. That group cannot set up experiments to test the hypothesis, they cannot perform any test to give credence to such a supposition so creationism does not even come close to being honored with the word theory.

about 7 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

Bucc5062 Re:How is presenting all theories a problem? (665 comments)

Sure it is. It just isn't a *scientific* theory.

No, it is not even a theory. Creationism or the belief cannot be a theory for it comes from an act of faith which is not testable outside one's own perception. IT is not even a hypothesis since its basis is found on the "Word of God" which cannot be tested, just accepted or not. Let us stop giving creationism any foot hold on the notion is is more then a belief created by one religious sect and irrefutable by any rational means.

about 7 months ago
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Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

Bucc5062 Re:Cost (473 comments)

I own a horse (well two)...think again. Note, I use to fly and hold an inactive PPT. I wish I could do both (sigh)

about 7 months ago
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EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

Bucc5062 Re:Slice of the pie... (367 comments)

Could it be then that Joshua was right, "The only way to win is not to cheat" (altered version for modern times)

about 7 months ago
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EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

Bucc5062 Re:What is this post about? (367 comments)

Thank you. Only after a gazillion FUCK BETAs (though it does suck) I get a good explanation to the post. That is a pretty shitty thing to do. If people can rate outside the game at google play then perhaps those rating will start to drop. I'm guessing there is no rule stopping EA from doing such an act.

I'm trying to imagine the programmer who got told to do this:

Bob, put this code in the rating class
But sir, it directly emails bad ratings to us and not to Google Play. Isn't that unethical?
Bob, You like your job? Consider that question first.
Yes, sir, the code will be in place tomorrow.

I love the smell of Corporate Ethics in the morning.

about 7 months ago
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A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

Bucc5062 Re:Kill Beta! (144 comments)

To be clear, I looked at the Beta site and am in line with the general thinking. Having been a /. member since 2000 there is something solid about the look and feel that has not changed much in over 14 years. Clearly the beta site is trying to look like other sites (presumably held by Dice?) and it does not work (or look good).

I made my comment before I read some posts that advocated a protest/boycott. How funny though, with all the "we need to boycott" statements i've read in /. over the years taht was met with "grow up, boycotts don't work", here is now one called on the fertile soil of /. ... will this one work?

I'm going otu on a limb and say, boycotts never work unless you can truly convince the vast majority to join in and I'm guessing that demographics of /. have changed. Current owners figure they can weather the storm.

As for me, I may check out this very young upstart I just read about here on this site. Though I'll hang with this ship for a bit, I'll check out the upstart and at the least, add my voice (I cannot help code as I don't do python).

about 7 months ago
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A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

Bucc5062 Re:It's been done before - It was the "G" button.. (144 comments)

Now if they make it operate by pressing 'G', that will be cool. Something interesting stuck me watching that clip (besides the memories, I loved Speed Racer), the Mach Five was a little environmentally unfriendly. Cutting down trees without concern about the impact of the forest, for shame. I think later on there was a dump oil mod (or maybe that was the bad guys) which certainly did not help the environment either. Watching Speed Racer did not turn me into a race car driver, but in an odd way, I thunk it made me a better driver. At the least, it taught me to be aware, have good situational awareness otherwise the bad guy is going to run you off the road.

Great post....and the obligatory "BETTTTTTAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaa"

about 7 months ago
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A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

Bucc5062 Re:Kill Beta! (144 comments)

To be fair, many of the posts are variations of "BETA IS TEH SUKZ" and little in suggestions (other then shut it down). Perhaps constructive criticism would not hurt.

about 7 months ago
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These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones

Bucc5062 Re:What's important is the lack of beer (136 comments)

I think in the original article (and as an aside, I submitted a story about this two days ago...bad timing beta) there was a suggestion that instead of LMB (Lakemiad Brewery) "owning" the BDV, the local ice fishermen purchase the equipment and loan the operation to LMB. Thus, while the purchase of the beer is commercial, the delivery is not. I akin this to having a friend pick up the beer for a night watching TV. The distributor cannot be held accountable for the operation of the BDV. To take it one step more, LMB could make a donation to the local community fund for maintaining the health and happiness of the community for each and every delivery is made. Really, the FAA went way over the top on this one.

about 7 months ago
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These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones

Bucc5062 Re:Just how is this harassment? (136 comments)

Because in the case of lakemaid Brewery, they were technically not breaking the law, they we looking to advance the technology of beer delivery to a "new level".

Seriously, skimming around led me to this article which indicates that FAA does not have regulations in place, only guidelines. Forgetting the technological issues LMB would have to over come, they were operating in a line of sight manner, with the idea of GPS positioning being overridden by a human pilot *(yes, there is tech for that).

Since there would not be multiple companies operating in that environment, the FAA could have used LMB asa tast bed to see how such a business would work. The clientele was perfect, the location fantastic...stupid on the FAA to try and shut them down and shame on LMB for giving in so quick.

oh and... BETA!!!!

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

Bucc5062 Re:ONE OF THESE DAYS (822 comments)

In your case, it tells me you are a poorer cousin to Superdave, the astounding and adventurous stunt man and provocateur. As camperdave, you are more Winnebago to Superdave's private jet. You are state parks and camp fires to your Cousin's North Pole trek and Burning Man experience. So indeed the AC is correct, our user names tell all about us ... or so heshe/it thinks ...

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

Bucc5062 Re:at this point (822 comments)

"Snowden released a lot of material that has nothing to do with eavesdropping on US citizens, and that's what changes him from a whistleblower to an alleged criminal"

ftfy

He is not nor can he be, by any stretch, be considered a traitor (please stop with the knee jerk reaction statements and read the actual definition). It is also apparent that what he disclosed was (1) actual violations of the Constitution by a government agency and (2) potential crimes committed by a government agency that had nothing to do with national security.

the NSA stinks worse the a dead skunk on the side of a hot Texas highway. it seems to easy for our government to throw the word "classified" onto actions that they feel or know may be illegal so the actions cannot be shown the light of day. All of us passed by that spot on the road and said "something stinks". Edward Snowden made the effort to stop, point to the spot and say "This is what stinks, fix it". My fervent hope for this man is he gets his life back at some point and, as a Society, we keep working to remove the stench that is draped over this country. he did his part, let's do ours.

about 7 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Local Cloud Options for Andriod Mobile to PC

Bucc5062 Bucc5062 writes  |  about 7 months ago

Bucc5062 (856482) writes "A previous mobile phone, a Motorola Razr, had a very nice program call Motocast. With it any pictures and videos would be automatically uploaded to a local/home PC running their version of a cloud service. This was great tool for I did not want to store files in the greater "cloud".

the razr moved on and I currently have two phones at home, a older Motorola Droid 2 Global and a Nexus 4. Neither have the same ability to push files to a local PC automatically. I did some reseach and did not find any good substiture for local cloud type backup so I am putting this out to one of the most diverse crowds I know, Slashdot readers.

Zumocast did not look like it did the trick (I don't want streaming to my mobile device) and delite studios had local cloud, but they make no reference to automatically pushing files to the server. I have people at home who are not tech savy and would never remember to do it manually. Rolling my one is a long term option though it would require me learning the APIs for Android and I guess Windows. Is there something out that that works as good as Motocast?"
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No Beer for You, Courtesy of the FAA

Bucc5062 Bucc5062 writes  |  about 7 months ago

Bucc5062 (856482) writes "

A Minnesota brewery's airborne solution to the preventable yet apparently prevalent problem of running out of beer while ice fishing has been shot down by the FAA.

It seems the FAA frowns on beer runs by drowns for lake fishermen in Minnesota. While there were some minor logistical issues, the FAA threw cold water on the project. They frowned on the notion of a beer distributor using autonomous flying objects (AFO's) from performing the deliveries. It seems the activity

runs afoul of the agency's current ban on the commercial use of unmanned aircraft and it didn't take long for the operation to be grounded.

Ice fishermen got a little frosty when they discovered that, instead of having a case of Lakemaid brew dropped down next to the shack, thus saving a trip, they now had to miss some prime fishing time and go get some cold ones from the shore store. This is the marketing video that got them into trouble."
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Has God been found in Higgs

Bucc5062 Bucc5062 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bucc5062 writes "In a breaking news story, scientists report results from the LHC indicating physical evidence of the Higgs-Bosen particle.

Physicists are announcing the latest results from the proton-colliding experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and are widely expected to declare that they have evidence for the existence of the Higgs boson

In an odd twist, at least one physicist expressed hope that the particle is not where they expect it to be.

The Higgs particle will, of course, be a great discovery, but it would be an even greater discovery if it didn't exist where theory predicts it to be.

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Net Neutrality: Fact or Fiction

Bucc5062 Bucc5062 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Bucc5062 writes "On Tuesday the FCC will vote on the new net neutrality rules to be put into place to protect US citizens from large Internet providers. According to Al Franken, Senator from Minnesota, what the FCC will be presenting is far from true net neutrality, but would seem to lean more in favor of primary providers like Verizon and AT&T:

Although Chairman Genachowski's draft Order has not been made public, early reports make clear that it falls far short of protecting net neutrality.

Senator Franken's position indicates displeasure with not just the FCC, but with the President's backing of the ruling as it seems the President provides a Trojan horse approach to supporting the basis of Net Neutrality. In a related article, Network World makes a similar statement regarding presidential backing while hinting that perhaps the rules need to provide more safety to the consumer. In its current implementation it would seem the rulings will make net neutrality look like Swiss cheese to any major ISP trying to get around an open network."
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In role reversal, CRIA sued for 60B dollars

Bucc5062 Bucc5062 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bucc5062 writes "In a twist of fate, four major recording studios (Warner, EMI, Sony, and Universal) are being sued to the tune of 60 billion dollars for copyright infringement. Since the late 1980's the recording studios in Canada have used songs in compilation albums and CDs and did not pay royalties on the use of the song immediately. Instead they created a "pending list" of the songs with the "intent" to pay later. They never payed. The estate of Chet Baker, a late 1950s jazz musician, is leading a class action suit against the four studios along with small time names like Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, and Sarah McLachlan.

From an article written by Michael Giest:

The class action seeks the option of statutory damages for each infringement. At $20,000 per infringement, potential liability exceeds $6 billion. These numbers may sound outrageous, yet they are based on the same rules that led the recording industry to claim a single file sharer is liable for millions in damages

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LaserMotive Climbs to the Top

Bucc5062 Bucc5062 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bucc5062 writes "LaserMotive has achieved the first step towards the creation of a working space elevator by qualifying for the $900,000 prize in a contest sponsored by NASA. To achieve this 1st level, laserMotive needed to propel a platform at over 4 meters per sec. They hit a top speed of 4.13 m/s. The next level of qualification will be to achieve a climb speed greater then 5 meters per sec.

LaserMotive (Tuesday, Nov 3, 2009) beamed roughly 400 watts of laser power to a moving target at a distance of 1 kilometer, as part of the vertical laser alignment procedure. The target was a retro-reflective board a little larger than 1 meter on a side. I don't know offhand if that is a record; I will have to check once things calm down. (It's a record that will likely be broken tomorrow by one or more teams, of course.)

The contest will continue for another two days with at least two other teams challenging for the prize. The grand prize of 2 million is within the sights of the LaserMotive team:

To win the Power Beaming competition, the LaserMotive system uses a high-power laser array to shine ultra-intense infrared light onto high-efficiency solar cells, converting the light into electric power which then drives a motor. Our system will track the vehicle as it climbs, compensating for motion due to wind and other changes. Building on our experience from last year’s competition, we are designing an improved system able to capture the full $2,000,000 prize.

The future looks up for laserMotive as they climb higher in obtaining the ultimate prize of ground to earth orbit with a space elevator. Next floor, International space station, satellite maintenance, and ET wear."
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The downside of Monopolies

Bucc5062 Bucc5062 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bucc5062 writes "About two months ago I was discovering an new old band called October Project which had success in the mid 90's. Great sound, amazing vocalist. That got me to looking for any video on the band. I found two MTV style videos from their hit songs on YouTube (now google video). I then found two live videos from a show called FX. (Live on FX 11/29/95). I watched the videos and reveled in seeing this band live, even in the TV studio.

A couple of weeks go by and I would like to see the live videos again. Shocked I am as the Live FX shows have been suspended. What? I try a general search and almost every link leads back to YouTube and no ability to see the videos. Why? No reports as to why. No statements, just that these two videos are not unavailable for viewing.

So I discover a problem with centralized data. Once any large entity takes over a pool of data, removing it from the public control is subject to the whims of the very small minority. Every link I could find save two was linked to YouTube. Social networking is good, but when it is co-opted like YouTube then it is not good, because a few can now censor the many.

In the case of October Project and (Live on FX 11/29/95), I cannot see how blocking these videos would be good for any one. Google suspended the account that held the videos, but what is even worse, everyone linked to YouTube thus in one chop, Google cut access to some great video of a great band. I ask the Slashdot community, is there an alternative to YouTube Is the a way to stop censorship of data by the few, and is there way to get those two videos back into the public eye?"
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Bucc5062 Bucc5062 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bucc5062 writes "With all the attention on DRM, DCMA, *IAA arm twisting and their effect on the music industry, an area of digital music that is been less talked about, but important to diversification of music listening is Web Radio or streaming radio. Congress has started to impose higher and higher fees on each song "performed" such that within a year, smaller internet radio stations may have to go off line.


Those affected by the new rates, which change the royalty paid to a song's performers from a percentage of revenue to a per-song, per-listener fee, include not just Web-only outfits mimicking traditional radio stations, but also more specialized digital music services such as Pandora (pandora.com) and the Internet streams of traditional broadcast stations. "It's absurd," said Hanson. "Under this, our royalty would go to $600,000 for the year, which means we would be bankrupted."

SaveTheStream.org http://savethestreams.org/ has established a site to information and promote the fight against these rate hikes. The Chicago Tribune http://www.chicagotribune.com/technology/columnist s/chi-0703070314mar07,0,6077662.column?coll=chi-bu siness-hed covers this lesser known but important story. Internet radio is a grass roots system to hear music from around the world or the local home front. It needs to be saved."

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