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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Jhon Re:DVD (250 comments)

I've got 3 2 TB USB drives (encrypted -- about 700GB free). (1) Main drive with my data. (2) Backup (which get's synced nightly) and (3) one at my mother-in-laws house in a drawer.

Every year I buy a new drive to replace the (1). The old (1) becomes (2), the old (2) becomes (3). And (3) gets wiped and either given to friends/family or ebay. Also, drive (2) and (3) get swapped every week or so the "off site" drive is never more than a week or two out of sync.

I've been following a version of this procedure for 15 years (starting with IDE drive drawers) and increase size as necessary. So far I haven't had a drive completely fail once, although at the tail end of the life cycle of one I was begging to get some SMART errors.

3 days ago
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For New Yorkers, Cablevision Introduces a Wi-Fi-Centric VoiP Network

Jhon Re:Cable company still doesn't get it (43 comments)

Freedompop also offers free service. 200 mins/mo, 500 text and 500mb of data. Free. As in zero ($) dollars.

I picked up a cheap iphone 4s (sprint), activated it on FP and it is decent. It doesn't do great on the move (driving), but stationary, the voice quality isn't bad. Data speeds are around 1mbps +/- 500mbps.

Their app also offers a similar free service via an app (wifi only) sans data (for obvious reasons).

4 days ago
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Interior of Burnt Herculaneum Scroll Read For First Time

Jhon Re:Science Fiction as Fact... (66 comments)

SURE there was... And I bet they found it on the moon, too. Geez. Crazy talk.

about two weeks ago
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Star Trek Continues Kickstarter 2.0

Jhon Re:So how are they (108 comments)

They aren't bad at all. While I won't say they are "great", I enjoyed watching them and they certainly weren't a waste of my time.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Jhon Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

"Only 115 of those cases were classified as a stereotypical kidnapping "

That's right. And there are hundreds of unsolved child homicides each year that may or may not be part of that number as they are only provided to the FBI on a voluntary basis. And the stats you listed were with regards to ONLY that number.

There's also the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) which currently has something like 50k active missing juvenile cases which are not part of that classification because of unknown variables. 115 per year is a low ball number by any reasonable observation.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Jhon Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

"Kidnapping as we general think of it (a stranger taking a child with nefarious intent) is exceptionally rare. In the United States, there are some 100 incidents per year."

That's not really accurate. it's some 100 incidents per year that are IDd as "stranger kidnapping". There are hundreds per year on top of that which are unsolved child homicides that are not included in that statistic.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Jhon Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

http://www.deseretnews.com/art...

"But crime experts warn that statistics about child homicides and how often such cases are solved are imperfect. Participation in the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Report program is entirely voluntary. Many police departments decline to report how many cases they've solved or how many cases involved juvenile victims."

You are only as good as the numbers you are given to work with. I'd rather go with reported missing numbers (which are more accurate) then try to whittle it down than look at numbers that aren't consistently or completely reported to the FBI. This is one of the issues I have with these numbers and reports of how the numbers appear today.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Jhon Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

"Despite the fact that crime rates are less than half of what they were 20 years ago and that you were are far more risk than your kids would be? "

~150k reported missing in 1980 vs. almost a million last year. Granted, most of those are resolved, but the numbers suggest kidnappings aren't the same type of crime as gang, theft or violence. They are not going down. You've got about 800k which were juveniles (half of which were runaways). 200k of the other half were abductions by relatives. That leaves about 200k missing kids that weren't resolved quickly or at all.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Jhon Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

" What distance is appropriate, then? I think it's much more an "either/or" - you are either too young or old enough to walk home alone. Distance is immaterial."

For a 10 and 6 year old? Across the street. With a parent or guardian waiting on the porch as they exit the school. Or any distance with an older kid present (say 13 or older). And distance is NOT immaterial. You cannot remove risk entirely, you can only reduce it. Distance adds time. The less time they are walking alone, the lower the risk.

"That said, the neighborhood/region may be more than safe enough. I know I wouldn't sweat it in many locales, but others I wouldn't feel safe walking alone..."

I mention that in my original post. However, I feel 10 is just too prime a target for a number of peds.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Jhon Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

"It bears repeating though that it is also terribly unusual - more so now than it was in the '80s. We live in a far, far safer (although not perfect) world today then we did when we were kids by almost every possible measurement."

It's not safe enough. We have predators stalking our children. We wouldn't send them in to the hills alone with known mountain lions -- why on the streets? To do is is playing a type of roulette with your kids. Sooner or later green double zeros are going to come up and someone is going to lose their chips.

I'm not saying to disallow independence. What I am saying to to be "smarter" about it. The FA mentions that the children walked together. Great. That shouldn't happen until the eldest is 12 or maybe 13 and preferably there's more than just two of them walking home. Two -- and two that young is just too much risk. You'll never get the risk to zero, but somethings can dramatically reduce that risk.

 

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Jhon Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

Every town/city in the US is different as far as risk. That said, the risk that a child will be kidnapped is not zero.

My daughter was kidnapped*. She was 10 years old at the time. I feel I have "some" input to offer...

I feel the parents were stupid to allow their children at this age to walk that distance alone. My opinion of this can be argued to be colored by the events in my families life, yes. Yet I believe I'm right on this issue. I also believe that the decision to allow their children to do this was THEIR choice. The kids were together which is a plus. The eldest was 10 years old which fills me with concern. I do not believe they irresponsibility put their children in danger to the level of calling CPS on them. This was just over kill.

Background: At 10 years old I was getting up at 4:30 in the morning to deliver newspapers (1980's Los Angeles County). I would never allow my children to do this today. I also walked and/or rode a bike to/from school from 3rd grade-9th grade. The distances were all less than 2 miles. I got a ride TO high school (10th-12th) and took a bus back -- it was a hike. I'd be hard pressed to allow my kids to go to/from school on their own before high-school.

*My daughter was recovered some 12 hours later alive. The monster who took her is facing 3 life sentences + 300+ years on various counts and has yet to go to trial (probably will happen within the next 3-4 months)

about two weeks ago
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Ancient Planes and Other Claims Spark Controversy at Indian Science Congress

Jhon Re:Not equivalent (381 comments)

" I am fairly confident that some Asian, long before the Write brothers, had a decent working flying machine."

And it wouldn't matter if they had. The Wright brothers are the fathers of modern aviation. Period. It doesn't matter that the Vikings may have "discovered" the Americas centuries before Columbus -- or the Chinese centuries before that. What matters is who "discovered" it last and in a way where the discovery "stuck".

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Unveils Nokia 215, a $29 Phone With Internet Access

Jhon Re:It may not be for me... (150 comments)

I picked up a Nokia 520 (Windows Phone 8.0 -- upgradable to 8.1) brand new for ~$30 on Amazon. You can find it around at that price (for example. Fry's has it for $29 after their "promo code" takes off $10). It's a "prepaid go phone" but just drop an ATT sim in it and you are golden with any type of account.

I picked it up as a spare in case my iphone 5 dies (son somehow talked me in to giving him my old 4s).

It's actually a decent phone. Snappy, responsive, light and decent battery life. The interface takes some getting used to, but it's not terrible.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

Jhon Re:if it doesnt work (464 comments)

Yes. She refuses until I remove them. (heh).

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

Jhon Re:if it doesnt work (464 comments)

"I am over 50 and have always had astigmatism, and deal with the lingering and ever-changing effects of a shingles scar on one cornea, so my glasses are anything by simple. "

I got lucky. My eyes were originally astigmatic (and at 90 degree axis difference per eye) but for some reason they magically went normal around my 30th birthday. Further, I was slightly nearsighted in one eye and slightly far sighted in the other. Again, they magically changed around my 30th birthday. One of my retinas does sport a scar from looking at a solar eclipse back in the 70's (I was a stupid 5th grader) -- not much I can do about that.

Then around my 40-something year, my arms stared to grow short... My solution is a single, short lens pair of glasses that sit on the tip of my nose which I push up for "normal use" when sitting in front of a computer or reading a book. My guess is I'll be moving on the progressives or bi/tri focals eventually, but for now, this works very well for me.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

Jhon Re:if it doesnt work (464 comments)

"They are for older individuals who still can focus at distance, but who have lost the muscles and lens plasticity to focus their eyes on closer objects."

I made certain assumptions which I believe to be valid based on the original author of the article.

From the AC author: "I'm at the age now where I need reading glasses,"

My assumption is that he is "an older individual" and understands why he needs reading glasses. Further, I am an "older individual (47 in my case)" and I understand why I need reading glasses. I provided my solution for his/her consideration.

"One practical solution for computer work is 40" 1080p monitors at a farther distance."

You have an odd definition of 'practical'. Not many people have a desk or work space where they can position a 40" monitor far enough a way that they can focus with presbyopia -- particularly if they are at a +1.75 or more. I'll agree with you that it is 'one solution' but I would argue about how practical it is.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

Jhon Re:if it doesnt work (464 comments)

She calls them that because of the WAY a wear them. They actually look fairly decent when they sit normally and as designed. But when they sit on the tip of my nose and I'm looking over them, not so much.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

Jhon Re:if it doesnt work (464 comments)

AC author should go to his nearest CVS (or rite-aid or whatever) and pick up a cheap pair of reading glasses to try. Hell, you can find some at your local $0.99 store. Test them out for reading.

I opted for a pair of Birth Control Glasses (as my wife calls them). They basically look like 'Santa' or 'Ben Franklin' glasses. Little half-sized rectangular lenses that sit at the tip of my nose most of the time. I just look over them for EVERYTHING except reading. When I sit down to work or read a book I push them back up to the bridge of my nose and read comfortably. They ran me something like $4. For "events", I have a normal looking pair of bi-focal glasses (not progressive). They are just clear glass on top and 1.25 mag on the bottom (those I spent ~$40 -- they are also transition lenses). They look decent for weddings and parties where I wont embarrass my wife (heh).

The reason why *I* opted for this is because I HATE taking glasses on/off all the time. This works for me. You might find that glasses with some type of string or cord that hangs at your neck works for you. Or glasses you hang on your collar when you aren't reading/working works for you. The point is that there are cheap alternatives and it's easy to test.

I've also tried progressives and don't have a problem with them -- you just need to learn to use your neck in place of your eye muscles. Tilt replaces eye focus. I prefer my little glasses right now, but I may move to progressives eventually.

about a month ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

Jhon Re:No group "owns" any day on the calendar. (681 comments)

"Whoever was offended apparently wants their beliefs to not only be the universal truth; but to get all the airtime, when they want it."

I'm a Christian and the tweet didn't offend me. I thought it was cute and I had forgotten Newton's birthday.

However, It was obvious by the language Tyson chose that he was deliberately using terms a Christian would use to celebrate the birth of Jesus. "On this day a child was born...". That's just not how we talk about ANYONE to celebrate their birth -- particularly on the 25th of December. To say that it was "entirely orthogonal" is just fabrication. He MEANT it to SOUND like a "Christian" statement about Christ and then added a surprise twist. This is where some Christians may feel offended. It CAN SOUND like you are elevating Newton to that of a deity. People can get very up-tight about their beliefs -- particularly when it can appear they are being mocked.

This "race" to be offended is one of the problems we have right now in our government. Everything is seen in terms of "good" and "evil" so that if one side (say the Democrats) have a position, the opposite position is evil (that held by Republicans). Vise versa.

about a month ago

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Goodbye Spirit!

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Jhon (241832) writes ""Last night, just after midnight, the last recovery command was sent to Spirit. It would be an understatement to say that this was a significant moment. Since the last communication from Spirit on March 22, 2010 (Sol 2210), as she entered her fourth Martian winter, nothing has been heard from her. There is a continued silence from the Gusev site on Mars."

Goodbye, and thanks for all the bits!"

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"The Olympics Stole My Game"

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jhon (241832) writes "
What should the original author Cadin Batrack receive (if anything) for his stolen work, considering the penalties the Beijing Olympics Organizing Committee threatens for anyone violating THEIR intellectual property and how Batrack backed up his claims of piracy?

What court would he appeal to?"

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Jhon on Text Messaging

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Isn't modern technology amazing? We're able to take a simple conversation which would take about 2 minutes and extended it out to 2 hours by just using our thumbs!

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Godiva Chocolate

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

For Valentine's day, part of my "husbandly duty" was having a box of my wife's favorite chocolate arrive for her at work -- Godiva Chocolatier.

I placed the order on Feb 11th. It was shipped Feb 12th (2nd day air) and was scheduled to arrive at my wife's work on the 14th (along with flowers, a CD and cards from our kids -- all different vendors). UPS screwed up and shipped the Chocolate 90 miles north by accident. They rescheduled delivery for the 15th.

I was ticked off, but I understand mistakes happen. I call up Godiva on 02/14 at 11:25 am to request a refund of the SHIPPING -- I paid for 2nd day air and wanted them to credit me the difference for standard shipping.

I was shocked and surprised when while on the phone, the Godiva rep called a local store and had a box couriered over (which arrived at 2 pm on Feb 14th)! Fantastic customer service. They made me a customer for life (more of a benefit for my wife -- I'm not a huge chocolate fan).

The only problem was billing. I needed to make 3 separate calls to customer service after that to resolve the two items I was billed for. Not the end of the world -- and I was never on the phone more than 10 mins. It was resolved to my satisfaction.

Forget See's Candy -- go with Godiva. It's more expensive, but the quality of the candy AND service is far greater.

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Netflix

Jhon Jhon writes  |  about 8 years ago

I finally broke down and subscribed to Netflix. I've been a "paying" member for about two weeks. That's added to their 2-week trial membership.

So far, I'm very pleased with the service. I'm impressed with their turn-around-time and surprised that the DVDs aren't scratched up beyond use by the time I get them.

Benefits:

  1. Cheaper than local rental (which is around $4/movie)
  2. Cheaper than PayPerView (around $4)
  3. Huge selection
  4. Haven't come across a movie yet that is "rented out"

Hassles:

  1. Regular trips to the local MailBox/PostOffice
  2. Anxiety that a movie will get "lost" in the mail
  3. Anxiety that when something HAPPENS that requires I speak with 'customer service' that it will be a nightmare

For me, the benefits out-way the hassles.

For the record, We got 8 movies over 1 month. At that rate, the cost is $1.25/movie.

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Life is full of little bits of self discovery.

Jhon Jhon writes  |  about 10 years ago

Tonight I was putting all my DVDs (and a few tapes burned to DVD) in order. I don't have a huge collection, but it's full of mostly movies I've enjoyed and thought were worth owning.

What I noticed was quite interesting. I have a facination for court-room themes. Here's a list of courtroom-related movies in my collection:

12 Angry Men 1957
Anatomy of a Murder 1959
Inherit the Wind 1960
Judgement at Nuremberg 1961
To Kill a Mockingbird 1962
And Justice for All 1979
From the Hip 1987
A Fish Called Wanda 1988
My Cousin Vinny 1992
A Few Good Men 1992
Philadelpha 1993
Primal Fear 1996
Red Corner 1997
Liar Liar 1997
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997
Devil's Advocate 1997
Liar Liar 1997
A Civil Action 1998
The Insider 1999
Erin Brockovich 2000
Hart's War 2002

Each one of these movies has a 'courtroom' themes. What I find interesting is that I never realized I was drawn to such movies.

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On Adolescents and Cell Phones

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I have often wondered why I see younger and younger folks with cell phones. Is this just parental doting? Or is there a real need?

I'm a parent of two young children (age 5 and 2). My recent experieces have led me to doubt if I ever will dote on my children in such a fashion. I have come to the conclusion that cell phones should NOT be in the hands of children (younger than 21 who do NOT pay for the service).

Why? I have recently taken over many mondane tasks for my sister -- who suffered a stroke a few months back. Including her cellphones/bills. Her two children (16 y/o girl, 14 y/o boy) each have a cell on the plan.

Their usage has been unbelievable. Some 800+ text messages each (at $0.05 each), 100+ hours each on the phone. Staying on the phone until 2am, 3am or even 6am on school nights. It has taken some serious effort to cut them down to what I consider to be 'reasonable'.

The 14 y/o has lost his cell phone all together. Consistent lying and late-night usage on school nights we well as stealing a cell phone out of his grandmothers purse, left me what I consider no alternative. He is unable to use the phone responsibly.

The 16 y/o lost her cell usage for about 2 weeks (I shut it off). She's allowed 1000 minutes per month TOTAL. 300 text messages per month TOTAL. As much as I would like to remove her cell phone completely, she has shown enough self-control -- particularly when I check the usage every day and see how long and how often she has used the phone.

Between these two kids, they have cost me close to $400 on cell phone abuse. The 16 y/o is paying me back her share and I've enslaved my nephew on all saturdays and some sundays to work it off at $5/hour.

Post Script: My niece almost lost her cell phone usage for the remainder of the month. She went over her 1000 minutes by a half-hour. I told her as long as I see NO usage (other than checking voice mail), it'll stay on.

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Big time scare.

Jhon Jhon writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Two weeks ago, my sister had a stroke.

She's 49, mother of 2 children (16 y/o girl, 14 y/o boy), very active and independent.

I was the first to arrive at the hospital -- about 10 minutes after she arrived. This was about 30 minutes after the stroke. She was lucky that it happened in public and it was recognized quickly.

I can never adequately express the fear and anxiety I felt as I received the phone call from my neice. She said that she just got a call that her mother was taken to the hospital and she wasn't talking. I don't know why, but I immediately thought STROKE. When I arrived at the hospital, they were asking me questions about my sister that I knew she could answer. This increased my fears. They told me she was receiving an MRI and an asprin enema. That essentially confirmed it, for me.

Before my sister returned from her MRI, her Dr. approached me and told me that he suspected a stroke, and "a massive one, at that", he said.

They wheeled my sister back in. She looked asleep. I took her hand and spoke to her. She squeezed my hand.

Over the next 30 minutes, my sister regained consciousness. She couldn't talk, she was paralized on her right side and it wasn't clear if she was understanding anything that was said to her. I kept reassuring her that I'll make sure the kids would be fine, the bills would be paid, the pets would be fed, etc -- until she was better.

After the first hour, she was actually lifting her head and looking around. She was able to nod and shake her head in responses to questions -- but not always consistant in her answers.

I'll fast-forward a bit and skip where I passed the news to my mom and my sister's kids...

The first day saw the most dramatic improvement. She was moving her right side (albeit barely) and she was more consistantly nodding and shaking her head. From then on, she has make significant improvement every day.

As of yesterday, she can speak -- but her words are haulting. She's stuck on about 10 phrases. "Yes", "No", "I don't know", "I know", "Maybe", and a few others. She can fully understand everything spoken to her. She can't find the words yet, and she has trouble reading. She KNOWS the words, and can clearly identify their meanings when shown pictures of things and actions -- but when the words are put in sentences, she can't make out the meaning.

Also, she is nearly paralysis free. You can see a SLIGHT droop in her lip when she smiles and she's just a little weak on her right side. That's it. She's able to do EVERYTHING should could before (except drive -- but that's by Dr's order -- she'll need to be evaluated for that in the future).

I've taken care of all her bills and will continue to do so until her disability kicks in. Money will be a little tight for her, but I can supplement it as needed.

She's home now. Last week, she was released as an in-patient at a local rehab clinic and then released for home just yesterday. Her insurance will pay for at-home speech therapy and I'll be working with her on that, too. She's going to get annoyed with me pushing her to read/talk -- but hey. I have a thick skin. I post on slashdot!

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