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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Gramie2 Re:The simple solution is make them document it (322 comments)

I suppose it's theoretically possible that vandals are risking arrest to remove -- and not break or damage -- a single antenna (out of the several on a cruiser), the one antenna that could embarrass or implicate officers in inappropriate/illegal behaviour, but it's ludicrous to suggest that it is likely or even probable.

about a week ago

LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Gramie2 Re:Nobody should be constantly monitored (322 comments)

I'm pretty sure that people who work in retail are basically on camera all the time, certainly when they in the public areas of the store. In private, of course they should not be monitored. Unless, perhaps, you count ankle monitors that some convicted felons wear as an alternative to being in prison.

If you were in England, you would be on some of the estimated 6 million surveillance cameras: 70,000 operated by the police, 300,000+ by schools, 13,000 by the London Tube, etc., and most of the rest private individuals and corporations.

Given the track record of police abuses in the U.S., and the dramatic [fall in complaints about police behaviour](http://www.policefoundation.org/content/body-worn-cameras-police-use-force), plus the usefulness of having on-the-spot video evidence against criminals, I would support mandatory cameras for all of them.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

Gramie2 Re:Not a good idea (246 comments)

But there's a lot of really good stuff that your old books aren't covering, and so you may not be using. OOP in PHP, media queries in CSS (for responsive layouts). The old books can be good if used for occasional reference, but you need a lot of other sources too (kind of what the second half of your comment was saying).

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

Gramie2 Re:The answer is obvious (134 comments)

I believe that the Kobo is an Android device, and can easily be rooted. So that may work.

about 2 months ago

Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

Gramie2 Re:Misunderstood? (664 comments)

Agreed I was working for Japanese companies (in Japan) for seven years, and it was soul-destroying.

about 2 months ago

Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

Gramie2 Re:Dune (691 comments)

I read that book a few months ago, and really enjoyed it (especially the early, near-future part). He's a very thoughtful writer.

about 4 months ago

Piracy Offers Heavy Metal a New Business Model

Gramie2 Re:You Are Not Special (246 comments)

Also note that in Japan CDs are still commonly $30-40, about 3x what they sell for in North America. You'd have to be stupid to willingly be gouged like that.

about 4 months ago

Piracy Offers Heavy Metal a New Business Model

Gramie2 Re:Piracy as people think about it is an invention (246 comments)

When I started going to concerts in about 1980, an arena show (Rush, Molly Hatchet and Nazareth were three bands that played at the arena near me) cost about $6-8 ($16-20 in today's money) per ticket. Nowadays, a typical show at the arena near me costs 3-5x as much, and big names 5-10x. Where is all the money going? Surely a tripling of the gate should compensate for a lot of lost recorded music sales.

about 4 months ago

The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

Gramie2 Re:Old silent SIM firmware (352 comments)

For over a hundred years, people have been using the power of radio waves to generate enough electricity to operate a radio with earphones.

about 5 months ago

Top US Lobbyist Wants Broadband Data Caps

Gramie2 Re: Help us Google Fiber! You're our only hope. (568 comments)

So you are saying that an ISP pays $50,000/month for an OC-48 line, and charges 100 users (let's say) $100/month? So they have $10,000 in income and lose $40,000/month just on the bandwidth, not to mention all the other costs you mention?

Sounds like a crappy business model to me. Or maybe you don't quite have your facts straight.

about 6 months ago

Surgeon Simulator: Inside the World's Hardest Game

Gramie2 Re:1988 Version: Life & Death (64 comments)

I'd love to see that too. I played it with my younger brothers, and one ended up becoming a surgeon!

about 6 months ago

Forrester Research Shows Steep Decline in Free Office Suite Stats

Gramie2 Re:Peope use what works (337 comments)

The problem isn't that Office 2003 doesn't work for you. It is that people around you have newer versions, and your copy of office will not read the newer formats. From office.microsoft.com:

Although you can open Office Word 2007 files in previous versions of Word, you may not be able to change some items that were created by using the new or enhanced features in Office Word 2007.

about 6 months ago

Cost of Healthcare.gov: $634 Million — So Far

Gramie2 Re:Everything the government does, it does poorly (497 comments)

Because the private sector has a proven track record of delivering (for the majority of Americans) shittier healthcare and a higher cost.

Oh, and what "decision" are you talking about? The death panels?

about 6 months ago

Administration Admits Obamacare Website Stinks

Gramie2 Re:92 separate files (516 comments)

The CMS I use merges CSS and Javascript when I check a box. Surely to God this website is at least as capable.

about 6 months ago

Administration Admits Obamacare Website Stinks

Gramie2 Re:Computer ? Website ? (516 comments)

But on the other hand, I can search my library's catalog from the comfort of my own home (or car, or while I'm walking...) and reserve items, and receive an e-mail when they are available.

about 6 months ago

Why Are Japanese Men Refusing To Leave Their Rooms?

Gramie2 Re: Universe 25 (770 comments)

I also lived in Japan. I would say that Japan is far less tolerant of mistakes than most countries (possibly not some other ones in Asia). They are less tolerant of minorities, people on welfare, the homeless, and people who have criminals in their family. (It's quite common for a policeman to have to resign if one of his close relatives is convicted of -- or even arrested for -- a crime.)

Why else would my ex say that if people in the neighbourhood find out that she is divorced and doesn't have custody of our children, she and her mother might well have to move?

about 9 months ago

Microsoft Confirms Xbox One's Phone Home Requirement, Game Resale Rules

Gramie2 Re:Why do they call it the Xbox One? (581 comments)

turn around 360 degrees and walk away.

Ummm, I think you mean "turn around 360 degrees and walk straight into it".

about 10 months ago



Gramie2 Gramie2 writes  |  about 7 years ago

Gramie2 (411713) writes "Codegear (now a subsidiary of Borland) has just released version 1.0 of Delphi for PHP, a RAD development environment (running on Windows) that produces standard PHP code. It features a large set of built-in components, including ones that use AJAX for database access, and Codegear is encouraging users to develop their own components. The framework, VCL for PHP, is open source, and documentation follows the PHP model.

Initial database connectivity is for MySQL and Interbase (Codegear's commercial database that spawned the open-source Firebird), but more are promised."

Gramie2 Gramie2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gramie2 writes "I was toying with the idea of throwing my son in the car and driving for two days to watch the latest shuttle launch. I didn't, but it occurred to me that I don't know the logistics of going to watch a launch. Where is the best place to stay near the site? Where do you view from? I imagine that there are restrictions, so do you have to make get tickets or make other arrangements ahead of time?

And how do you find out the launch schedule? What about smaller launches? How do they compare? Is there one time of year that is better than another? Any other recommendations for the whole experience?"


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