top AT&T Introduces "Sponsored Data" Allowing Services to Bypass 4G Data Caps
top The Best and Worst From CES 2013
So just how long before I can expect this to be the next big POS offered from T-Mobile?
Since they seem to have an issue getting better quality handsets, its inevitable that this Huawei phone will be theirs exclusively. I give it 4 months before it's their next "flagship" phone.
top USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication
1 mm is roughly 1/32 Inches - so right off the bat there you've got have the accuracy that you asked for.
1/32 is approximately 26% smaller than 1mm. How is that even remotely accurate?
Consider, if you want a 3ft shelf and you estimate it using your method you would want a 1153mm shelf when what you really want is one approximately 914mm. That's a pretty big difference. Nevermind how that would scale to anything larger.
top USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication
10mm of rain falls over a 1km^2 drainage area. How much volume does the drainage system have to dispose of?
Now do it for imperial with inches of rain and acres of area. Oh, and did you choose gallons or cu ft?
Proper measurement of rainfall like that would be acre-ft. So neither gallons or cu-ft would be appropriate.
top Insurer Measures Driver Safety With Smartphone App To Calculate Premiums
Seems to me that this program is missing some critical metrics of driving safety. As an app it has the potential to monitor other phone activities while driving. I think that beyond the basic GPS based speed / location measurements and the accelerometer data they should be interested in how distracted the driver is by their mobile.
Say they're texting or browsing the web while driving but still doing the speed limit. The way this program is being described there would be no penalty. In reality the driver is by far more of a hazard to those around them and should pay a higher premium as they are more likely to be involved in an incident.
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Linux Support In Universities?
Linux is supported. They even have Linux versions of MAPLE and other software on the school FTP for the students to download.
I can't comment on their systems because I honestly don't remember. I just recall having access to the software and the availability of support if needed.
top Speed Tickets Challenged Based On Timestamped Photos
I understand that speed limits are too low, but you're comlaining about getting a ticket for doing something illegal, because the exact extent to which you were violating the law was off by a fraction?
The thing is with speeding tickets magnitude matters. There is a graduated scale for the fines with larger fines and more points for exceeding the speed limit by more. So yes it makes sense to challenge the magnitude. If you get a ticket for 12 mph over the limit the fine is say $150 plus 2 points (numbers I'm pulling out of my ass but are fairly representative), now if the automated camera is adding 4 mph more on top that puts you at 16 mph over which would then put you at a $225 fine and 3 points. This is a nontrivial difference.
On a side note, as a designer of roads and bridges I can say that the speed limits are influenced by the geometry of the road and the location (i.e. while it may be geometrically possible it is a bad idea to have a residential street posted for 50 mph). There are some cases where unscrupulous towns/villages/cities will post a lower speed limit than the surrounding areas as a way to increase revenue. This is can be challenged court and is frequently overturned. Also in areas where there are lower posted speed limits for things like curves (black on yellow) and construction areas (black on orange) the lower limits per MUTCD are not enforceable as those signs particularly the black on yellow are just suggestions. To lower the posted limit the signs must be the standard regulatory black letters on white they can only jump 10 mph at a time (i.e. you can't go from a 45 to a 25 in one jump) and there must be advance warning signs "reduced speed ahead". When in doubt about a speed limit or regulatory sign or even a traffic light timing consult a good highway engineering text and the
top Ask Slashdot: Privacy Paranoia
recieving one rejection letter after another
Whoa, you mean people still send out rejection letters? Generally I never hear back from prospective employers (I've applied to probably 12 different companies over the last year heard back from 1), even when I try to follow up myself I get nowhere. After enough time passes I just give up hope completely.
top Smart Phone Gets Driver Out of a Speeding Ticket
Plus, they have the incentive of getting a day's pay for just sitting around in court surfing the web on their laptops until the case comes up and gets dismissed.
As a side note, police districts typically pay officers time-and-a-half or double-time for Court time.
Having been involved first hand with several Law Enforcement Agencies and actually knowing people in the courts who are the traffic clerks (they process all those tickets etc.) I can say that at least in my small end of PA the LEO's are not on overtime of any sort while in court. Typically the court block schedules the officers hearings (may attend several hearings back to back) on a day he is on his regularly scheduled shift. The officer then goes "out" at the court, meaning that he is occupied and will not be responding to other calls. After the hearing(s) the officer will then go back "in" and continue responding to incidents as needed. If he is off duty, he comes in on his own accord, most officers will not do that, on extremely rare occasions if you did something crazy or the officer has a bug up his ass will you see them not on a regular shift. If the prosecuting officer cannot attend because they are occupied with another incident or they are off the case is dismissed.
top Sony's Official Statement Regarding PS3 Hacking
to create an alternate to PSN that people with hacked/homebrew systems can access? I see no problem Sony wants to lock you out from their network to preserve the playability/integrity of it, in fact that kinda makes sense to me. Just develop and manage a network just for the people who want to cheat/exploit and then everybody can still play. Access to the alternate network would probably require you to install some sort of patch redirecting your connection there which should be easy enough if the system is already rooted.
That's just my $0.02 if somebody wants to explain I'm more than happy to learn something new.
**Disclaimer** I am not a gamer and know nothing about the PS3
top Sony Updates PS3 Firmware To 3.56 To Stop Jailbreaking
Would you accept a locked-down device that offers a cheaper product, or is it 100% about the principle? For example, armed with the knowledge that Amazon can pretty much delete any book they want from your device at their whim, is there a price low enough that you'd be willing to pay? $1 / book, $20 for the device itself, for example.
Sure we all have our price. For the device if it is a locked down single purpose device I can't see paying more than the cost of the actual plastic and silicon it's made from plus maybe 10% for profit after all they did develop this wonderful device. For something open I'm willing to be more reasonable and I'll pay what would be expected, with the exception of if you are charging me 100% markup above materials, but that's not really reasonable anyway.
For media that I cannot control I would be willing to pay up to and no more than absolutely nothing. If I paid for it and you can take it away, I may as well not have paid for it because I sure as hell will NOT pay for it again. Give me a product that I can control and use the way I want to and I'm willing to pay a fair price for it whatever that may be $0.75/song $15-$20/book etc.
top Italian Consumer Watchdog Sues Microsoft Over 'Windows Tax'
HPs hardware isn't what it used to be, and we've been really underwhelmed with it.
Absolutely agreed. I will never buy another HP laptop or a Dell laptop for that matter. HP because their hardware is garbage and prone to all sorts of failures (3 of the last 3 HP's I've had died within one year of ownership). Dell because they are also crap, if something breaks and I can repair it I want to have that option. I have a hard time doing that with Dell machines because of they use a proprietary combination and I'm not willing to pay their markup to get the parts.
I guess that old adage of buyer beware is more appropriate than ever before.
Frogger Ends In Hospital Visit
I was thinking more like this one
here . I never had to be told don't try that yourself.
top Level 3 Shaken Down By Comcast Over Video Streaming
We want to let you know about two important changes to the Netflix service.
1. The price of your current plan, which includes access to Blu-ray discs, is changing from $16.99 a month to $17.99 a month. This new price will be effective with your next billing statement on or after January 2, 2011, and will be referenced in your Membership Details. With your current plan you can both instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies on your computer or TV and receive unlimited DVDs by mail........."
If I ever get a choice, I'll be dropping Comcast like a hot rock; its not bad enough that they raise the prices and cut the services they provide every year, but now on top of everything else, they are going to cause the cost of everything I do and/or subscribe to online to go up too? Jesus what a bunch of fuckin' douchebags....
This was a Netflix wide price increase. I don't have Comcast anymore and neither do several of my friends (not even in the service area) and we all got the same email. If I remember I think I got a letter in the snail mail too.
top Underwear Invention Protects Privacy At Airport
A hot woman wearing this underwear hits a scanner and
TSA Agent: *snickers* "Ma'am I'm afraid there appears to be an anomaly with your underwear. I'm going to have to ask you to take them off."
Woman: "Take them off?!?!"
TSA Agent: "Yes please go right over there behind that one way see through privacy shield and oh don't mind the cameras they aren't HD capable."
FOX News: "Local woman arrested for refusing to take off her bomb concealing underwear for the TSA. She must be a terrorist otherwise she would have cooperated like and good American. It is Un-American to keep your underwear on."
top US Marshals Saved 35,000 Full Body Scans
Next time a terrorist blows up a plane, stand up and say, "yeah, it is sad and tragic. But we as a country have gone through far worse. We lost a million soldiers in WW II. 50K in Vietnam. Dresden, Berlin, Tokyo, London were all bombed mercilessly. We survived. Compared to that it losing two buildings and 3000 people is nothing. If we cower in our shoes and crap in pants, the terrorists have won. Just let us go back to normalcy."
Absolutely agreed. I've said the same thing before so you are not alone. But just like sex makes society uncomfortable so does death so this is a big pill for people to swallow. Thank you.
top US Marshals Saved 35,000 Full Body Scans
images are being saved in the interests of national security and to use as evidence when and if potential threats are intercepted, and the perpetrators brought to justice".
Now I won't say that somebody in the interest of trying to sell the system to the masses didn't lie and say that the images are not stored. But, IIRC the answer from the people making the decision to implement and writing the spec was and always has been that an image is recorded and stored whenever an alert is triggered to be used as evidence in a trial.
I would suggest that given the need to keep the images from alerts as evidence that the gross failing of the system is the fact that these images were not encrypted and stored securely or destroyed after the person was cleared / the alert declared false.
top US Marshals Saved 35,000 Full Body Scans
Anybody know if all the TSA passenger regs apply to pilots of small aircraft?
No, but it’s really expensive to get a pilot’s license and rent or buy a small aircraft and pay for the fuel.
Not to mention you get on "the list" for being interested in obtaining a pilots license.
top The Story of My As-Yet-Unverified Impact Crater
I'm not from USofA and thus have no idea if You will need to $$ to get it.
You don't always need to pay for a topo map. They can be found
online here for free. I use these at work all the time and they are decent if not really out of date sometimes. All you need is the coordinates (can be had from google earth or maps).
Also I agree with previous poster RWarrior(fobw) it is probably a ferrous carbonate such as siderite or something similar and you have most likely found a sinkhole. Now if they are uncommon in your area you may have something special there.
top TSA Bans Toner and Ink Cartridges On Planes
Really now that actually taking control of a commercial aircraft is all but impossible, those aircraft are no longer the really high value targets.
It's not so much that it is a high value target anymore. Hell these people really aren't after high value targets, if they can get one in the process that is gravy, but otherwise they are only in it to sew the seeds of fear. Their only discernible goal is to cause as many people as possible to be inconvenienced or waste as much money as possible. The whole goal is to degrade the value of western society as we know it. The fact that the US and the world for that matter has reacted they way it has means they have been successful. The leaders have even publicly stated they consider these "failures" to be successes because people are scared and more money is being wasted on "security measures".
It may sound callous but I think that the only way to defeat these idiots is to not change anything and to just go about our lives. Yeah they blew up a plane and a lot of people died. OK we mourn the dead, get over it, and move on. No costly changes to procedure no fear of what will be next. Eventually services to the areas they infect will diminish, i.e. no air travel or cargo in or out, etc. They can go back to living in the stone age and the locals will suffer and eventually rise up and better themselves or continue to live blissful and ignorant.
I do believe in equality for ALL people all over the world and I work towards a peaceful secular society in my actions daily but until that happens what else do we have but life, liberty, and happiness?
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