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Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

Electrawn What days (229 comments)

The article doesn't list the days in question.

There are certain days in the winter where there are icy conditions and cars slide through lights or rolling right turns for safety reasons. Of course, the cameras don't care.

about 2 months ago
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Grace Hopper, UNIVAC, and the First Programming Language

Electrawn Re:That's ADMIRAL Grace Hopper (137 comments)

Whoosh. (You guys are +5ing bad facts again). The point the AC is trying to make is that Admiral Grace Hopper has a title, and it should be used to honor her career.

Also, the Commodore to Rear Admiral changed occurred in 1985, and Admiral Hopper was involuntarily retired in 1986.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about 4 months ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

Electrawn Re:Solution - Face-saving way out (482 comments)

Compelled vaccination would fall under implied power. Random fact of the day: ICE's jurisdiction is an implied power.

Here are the relevant parts of the constitution:
"Implied powers are which can reasonably be assumed to flow from express powers, though not explicitly mentioned. The legitimacy of these powers flows from the "General Welfare" clause in the Preamble, the "Necessary & Proper Clause", and the "Commerce Clause." " (Quote from Wikipedia)

about 6 months ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Electrawn I have left companies over coffee... (769 comments)

One company I worked at had a Flavia machine. Flavia is expensive as hell but the packages always work. Then they got rid of it for regular coffee. I left. (One of many reasons).

The next company had regular coffee and then "upgraded" to a Keurig machine. Every other day the machine would overflow is some spectacular fashion. I left.

My current company had regular coffee,was acquired and a perk of the new megacorp is Flavia machines in every office. Happy bee.

The patent on the Keurig has run out, so they are going to try and borrow the playbook from HP/Lexmark/et all? Hahaha. Sell short.

about 6 months ago
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POV-Ray Is Now FLOSS

Electrawn AGPL ... DOA License (121 comments)

Nasty, nasty license. GPL used to cause lawyers to run around with the flamethrowers, then they learned all the nuances and all was well. AGPL? Now they run around with flamethrowers and nukes. As they should...

about 10 months ago
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Urban Terror Code Stolen

Electrawn How can you "hack" a git repository? (264 comments)

The entire source tree for a git repository is in git clone, with the magic sauce of "--mirror" to get the full repository. This is an advantage for open source distributed teams, but not a great methodology for closed source development like this was.

Deeply amusing.

1 year,27 days
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Microsoft: Xbox One Won't Require Kinect To Function

Electrawn Re:Rock and a hard place (216 comments)

Quite simply, the main feature Microsoft has been touting to advertisers is the ability to detect who is in the room and target ads accordingly. The gold mine is not in Kinect for games, its for the TV/Video/Music/Netflix/Hulu consumption and the "big data" of being to tell that there is a 30-35 white male (recognized and tracked via Bing), 30-35 white female (Not logged in but we know her profile), and another 25-30 female guest that we have an 90% confidence is person Y who has a bing account. Lets target Ad X, Y and not Z.

MS will put Nielsen to shame with all that mineable data. There will be still be people who leave the MS eye on all the time, at least now you have the option to unplug it.

about a year ago
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Oracle Quietly Switches BerkeleyDB To AGPL

Electrawn This is an embeded library database (219 comments)

Why is this not LGPL? (Keep the "viral" self contained to the library), or GPL (Application level viral-ability). AGPL? That "infects" everything (Airborne meta-viral!)

Either the developers/lawyers at Oracle don't understand their own product ... or worse that they are nefariously trying to end of life BDB.

about a year ago
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Wordpress Sites Under Wide-Scale Brute Force Attack

Electrawn Re:Seems like..... (110 comments)

No, the wp-admin folder is rather hard coded.

about a year and a half ago
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How That 'Extra .9%' Could Ward Off a Zombie Apocalypse

Electrawn Re:Statistics 101 (204 comments)

You do realize that the SRB bands were completely redesigned following Challenger? Not just add a third O ring and be done?

http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/technology/images/srb_mod_compare_3.jpg

A retainer band around the pins, longer pins, changing the mating feature (Clevis and Tang) from a U to more an S to further prevent gases from escaping. And joint heaters for cold weather.

about a year and a half ago
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New Bill Would Require Patent Trolls To Pay Defendants' Attorneys

Electrawn While you are at it... (196 comments)

Create a federal patent court circuit with knowledgeable judges, and be specific to exclude the eastern district of Texas for systematic bias.

about a year and a half ago
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Dell Going Private In $24.4 Billion Agreement

Electrawn Substitute the players for a history lesson (217 comments)

Substitute Michael Dell for Sam Zell, and Dell Company for Tribune Company. Here lies the future...

Never trust guys with names that end in 'ell'

about a year and a half ago
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Senators Seek H-1B Cap That Can Reach 300,000

Electrawn Re:A better approach (605 comments)

I cited this comment in a letter to my constituent senators. Makes much better sense than what Hatch is spewing.

about a year and a half ago
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AT&T Buys More Alltel Operations For $780 Million

Electrawn Re:I am an Alltel Authorized Agent (28 comments)

Thanks for yet another business example of why you don't put all your eggs in one basket. I.e. Zynga -> Facebook relationship, or sort of similar situation in Chicago with Areawide Cellular and Cingular. At least the family that ran Areawide Cellular also ran nursing homes. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-04-28/business/0304270544_1_wireless-carriers-cingular-wireless-at-t-wireless

I am sure you also tried to sell Dish/Direct for that same commission hit as a diversification measure. Problem is the carriers and satellite have no intrest in developing agent businesses as a franchisee/ franchiser would.

Just being in the "agent" business is at most a decade business run.

about a year and a half ago
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Java Vs. C#: Which Performs Better In the 'Real World'?

Electrawn Re:Language is hardly relevant (437 comments)

I also add the tests were run on cloud servers, which is a time share environment.

Also, I would have used TC server instead of tomcat. Or another java enterprise JSP container.

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Test Will Let You Message Strangers For $1

Electrawn Ok...Questions (325 comments)

Since you are now selling access to me, why am I not getting a fiscal benefit as a result?

Is this different from Linkedin's paid messages as those are work/career context that has a precedent?

Is this different from Postal mail?

about a year and a half ago

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