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For US Customers, Text Access To 911 Slowly Rolls Out

Camaro Use cases (58 comments)

I read the article (gasp! Shocking, I know) and recognise there are certainly important use cases for texting 911. But I work in EMS on a volunteer basis and I would think that in most cases voice calls would work far better, especially in medical situations. There can be a lot of helpful information that can be transferred in a more timely manner that way. Symptoms, time of onset, if situation changes during time of response, number of patients. Working in a rural area it can also be challenging to get an accurate location. In some situations, the 911 operators will also guide the caller in providing early care, such as CPR in a cardiac patient. So yeah, if one is physically able, and it's safe to do, take the time to talk to 911. They know what questions to ask and they will pass that information to the responding agencies so they know what to expect on arrival. Doing the same thing by text would only slow things down.

about 4 months ago

Streaming and Cord-Cutting Take a Toll On the Pay-TV Industry

Camaro Re:Here is why... (261 comments)

I agree completely. I watch a fair bit of retro programming (mostly series from the 70s and 80s). Remember when the show itself was 49 minutes long? And the theme song itself was a whole 90 seconds? The cable/satellite companies seem to believe we'll blindly keep paying for LESS content. Yeah, right.

about 9 months ago

ITU Standardizes 1Gbps Over Copper, But Services Won't Come Until 2015

Camaro Re:Still won't fix monopolies (153 comments)

Just a little info here from an xplorenet user (indirectly). SaskTel resells xplorenet's "4G" satellite service to rural customers. It has been a bit better than the previous version we were on before. The introductory program was free hardware and installation and 5Mb/30GB for $55/month for a year. After the year the price went to $85/month. Recently they reworked the packages and we moved to 5Mb/40GB for the same money. One can also go to 10Mb speeds for more $$ or less monthly transfer amounts. With these plans there is no throttling. Theoretically if one goes over their cap, you pay more for whatever you use. I haven't tested this yet, though.

about 9 months ago

Leak: Almost a Third of Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatches Are Being Returned

Camaro Re:Why is anyone surprised? (365 comments)

There are important use-cases for wearing a watch and perhaps even an analog one, at that. I'm involved in the EMS field. Taking a pulse requires a watch, not to mention recording times of procedures and treatments.

about a year ago

Dr. Robert Bakker Answers Your Questions

Camaro Re:Wall of text (47 comments)

I do not recall seeing a reply from Rasterman for the E17 interview either. I read /. daily myself. A search doesn't bring it up so I don't think I missed it.

about a year and a half ago

BigDog Robot Grabs, Lifts, and Throws Cinder Blocks With Its New Arm

Camaro Coming soon...Ballmerbot! (91 comments)

That can grab, lift and throw chairs!

about a year and a half ago

Amazon Patents the Milkman

Camaro Re:It's official (365 comments)

I love pasta. May I license your patent?

about a year and a half ago

How Much Beef Is In Your Burger?

Camaro Re:Go Vegan (709 comments)

No, vegans just have to worry about all the salmonella and e. coli that seems to be popping up in vegetables these days.

about a year and a half ago

How Much Beef Is In Your Burger?

Camaro A European problem? (709 comments)

While I don't have numbers at hand, it is my understanding that there are very few horse slaughter facilities in North America. There is a certain horse culture that are very opposed to seeing any horse slaughtered, even for food.

about a year and a half ago

Call for Questions: Rasterman, Founder of the Enlightenment Project

Camaro Design philosophy (124 comments)

As a longtime Enlightenment user (since 0.9 I think!) I have seen a lot of changes to it's look and feel over the years. Has your design philosphy changed over time or is it more a matter of changes in technology?

about 2 years ago

Navy Seals Disciplined For Revealing Secrets As Consultants On Video Game

Camaro Re:slap on the wrist (204 comments)

And you think Bin Laden would have kept quiet if he hadn't been killed? He would have had one of his videos out pretty damn quick with a copy of the current New York Times and pointing to the date saying "Haha, sorry guys! Better luck next time!"

about 2 years ago

Roundup Tolerant GM Maize Linked To Tumor Development

Camaro Re:Awful headline. (356 comments)

I am a farmer in southern Saskatchewan, Canada. I do not, and have never worked for Monsanto or any other pesticide company. I have in fact used pesticides including some of Monsanto's glyphosate products (Roundup, Rustler and most recently RT540). Rates of application I have used range from 0.5-1.0 liters (0.13-0.26 US gallons) per acre of product mixed in 5-10 gallons of water. My use, though, is restricted to pre-seeding burnoff as I do not grow any glyphosate-tolerant crops.

about 2 years ago

German Cable ISP First To Deliver 4700Mbps Internet Connection

Camaro Modest? 100Mbit? (121 comments)

It brings a tear to my eye to see the "modest" and "100Mbit" used in the same sentence. Yes, I realize that compared to 4700Mbit it is but I just got upgraded to 5Mbit so I still think you're insensitive clods!

And yeah, I'm sure I could find a use for 4700Mbit.

more than 2 years ago

Dell To Acquire Wyse

Camaro Re:Wyse? Wow. (95 comments)

I had one, too. It was my first "real" computer and I bought it at an auction for a farm equipment dealership that was going out of business in 1991. It was a cool machine with the CPU on a card plugged into a daughterboard. It aso has a 70MB hard drive which was pretty big for those days. I had to pull a tape drive to install a 3.5" floppy drive. I still miss the keyboard.

more than 2 years ago

Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens

Camaro "Loveable?" (481 comments)

Do is this going to be the Teenage Mutant Alien Carebears?

more than 2 years ago

Looking For iPad, Police Find 750 Pounds of Meth

Camaro Re:Crime solved when Police do their job, News at (195 comments)

This is so true. I live near a major highway and hear all the time about major drug busts that occurred because less-than-intelligent traffickers got pulled over because of something stupid like speeding. They never seem to learn. If you're going to haul a metric shitload of dope across the country, make sure all your lights work and stay close to the speed limit!

more than 2 years ago

Test-Tube Burgers Coming Soon

Camaro Re:Excited (276 comments)

Damn. I could have sworn I was logged in when I posted the comment above. Sorry.

more than 2 years ago

Kobo To Release Android Tablet E-Reader

Camaro Re:Less US-centrism maybe? (80 comments)

Agree completely. First I wanted a Nook Color. Sorry, not in Canada. Then I wanted a Kindle Fire. Sorry, not in Canada. If Kobo can get this thing selling in Canada, they might just get my hard earned money just to save me jumping through fire-ringed hoops to get one of the others.

more than 2 years ago

Alcatel-Lucent Boosts Copper Broadband To 100Mbps

Camaro And distance? (129 comments)

I would be interested to know if the technology to boost bandwidth on copper might also help push bandwidth out further. A lot of us rural folk still don't have a lot of choices when it comes to broadband and all of them are expensive.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Streaming-Only For Home Entertainment?

Camaro Would love to but... (697 comments)

I've got two strikes against me before we can truly be free of subscription TV (BellTV satellite service). One, we're in Canada, so we lack much of the "Hulu-type" streaming options. Two, we're on a farm well away from decent bandwidth, stuck with satellite internet service. We do the best we can with torrents downloaded overnight (the FAP doesn't cut in in the middle of the night), DVD rental-by-mail and recently discovered there's quite a lot of true FTA content on the old C-band dish (using an Openbox S9 receiver) and have really gotten into watching the RTV affiliates that way. Emergency! and Magnum PI are far and away better viewing than Survivor and Dancing with the Stars!

So anyway, the BellTV subscription is just the minimum plus sports and threatening to quit made them give us a better rate for the next year.

more than 3 years ago


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