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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Kevin by the Beach Where should I buy land to offset these changes? (506 comments)

I believe that the climate will change (getting warmer & sea level rise). So, my question is... If I want the best property for possible self sufficiency where would that be? My first thoughts would be a minimum of 50' above sea level, and on the windward side of a large geographic feature (plateau / mountain) . The problem I haven't worked out is the variability of Ocean currents and prevailing winds? Will a currently Dry region increase in Precipitation, or should I stick with regions that get 20+ inches of rain on annual average? (and hope it doesn't change). I grew up on the "Tug Hill" plateau in New York, and their micro climate is influenced by their latitude, altitude, prevailing winds, and proximity to the Great Lakes. It may be a good place to track their micro climate going forward.

2 days ago
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Facebook Cleans Up News Feed By Reducing Click-Bait Headlines

Kevin by the Beach "facebook", if your not paying for the ad... (61 comments)

If you don't already know, the real value of facebook is the content that people post and the data mining that takes place behind the scenes. These social networks are a huge "SELL TO ME" sign that glows brighter with every like, repost, and share. I'm not surprised that the $$$ machine want's to control the content, they don't need us urinating in the same well we drink from.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Kevin by the Beach Re:Code less, get out more (548 comments)

Amen, and Amen. I wasted so much of my life meeting meaningless deadlines. When my children were growing up, the wisest advice I gave them was to NOT choose a computer career. (both are Social Workers like their Mom) Sure, It's less money but they will live longer and be much happier with a life worth living. Programmers come in two shades... Green and Jaded

about a week ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Kevin by the Beach The Night Bus (701 comments)

"Take it away Ern" , "Yea, It's going to be a bumpy ride"

about a month ago
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An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

Kevin by the Beach Not everybody carries a weapon in the military. (192 comments)

Years ago, I was an Air Force enlisted programmer AFSC 511/491. Sure, I was in the military but I didn't have a combat rating. I haven't looked at the citation that accompanied my medals, but I wouldn't be surprised to see obscure programming references like Ada, PL/1, and CP/M. The one sad change is that it was an awesome career path for people to go high school to military and get their computer training on the job. I've never completed my college education, but hold a job as an Enterprise Data Architect. Unfortunately the beltway bandits now do the same job I was payed less than $1500 a month to perform. And they only gouge the tax payers low-mid six figures to perform the same task (SAIC,GE,SAP,Oracle,etc..). The day's of the low paid high performing enlisted programmer are part of history. Congress and the DOD will never willing cut off a funding source and perpetual wealth through the revolving contractor door.

about 2 months ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

Kevin by the Beach Re:They shouldn't have immunity then (534 comments)

I have to agree. They are going to need to be prepared for civil/criminal prosecutions of the SWAT team members if they are claiming to be a corporation and not a law enforcement entity. Do they have all the requisite permits, local tax, zoning, etc... did they get a variance for explosive storage ... I believe not only in equal protection under the law, but equal prosecution under the law.

about 2 months ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

Kevin by the Beach Re:How is that the security industry's fault? (205 comments)

Today during an architectural review.... (Architect) Where is the performance data? (Developer) I planned on doing that during a later sprint. (Architect) Can you guarantee that it will get done? (Developer) We can just roll this to production, it's not used anywhere. (Architect) facepalm, facepalm, facepalm....

about 2 months ago
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Plastic Trash Forming Into "Plastiglomerate" Rocks

Kevin by the Beach Re:Typical AAAS tripe (123 comments)

We can lump this in with climate science and prove that mankind has no impact on the environment. /* snark snark */

about 3 months ago
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UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

Kevin by the Beach Haven't they heard of "parallel construction" (240 comments)

Maybe they haven't quite perfected the "parallel construction" that our intelligence agencies coach US law enforcement on. You need a good cover story that establishes probable cause so that you don't need to rely on illegally gathered intelligence as evidence. Ship them to GITMO I hear there are a couple empty bunks. That will allow you to avoid those pesky civil courts all together.

about 3 months ago
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New Federal Database Will Track Americans' Credit Ratings, Other Financial Info

Kevin by the Beach Re:the Putin stage (294 comments)

Amen (translation.... I Believe)

about 3 months ago
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New Federal Database Will Track Americans' Credit Ratings, Other Financial Info

Kevin by the Beach Re: the Putin stage (294 comments)

thank you, well said. I see other "good" that can be accomplished with this data. For example it places a copy of payroll information outside the "black box" of the IRS. so, a reasonable query would be "show me a list of people (including gender) who work for 'SOME BIG COMPANY' that have the same job title ordered by salary." I wonder how many class action lawsuits would come out of that :-)

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

Kevin by the Beach Caveat emptor (185 comments)

I agree that 35K users are not a statistically significant sample on a national scale. It may be possible that with adequate market segment size of renters in smaller geographic regions the numbers would be telling. (and compelling to a business associate) If you were upfront and explained that the free (included internet) had monitoring, redirection, and limitations included you shouldn't get in trouble. I don't know if you could achieve any economy of scale to compete with Comcast/AT&T, and they may even be one of your installed carriers... These monopolies have invested heavily in "Big Data" collection of their customer base and have their infrastructure installed in millions of homes today. So you could possibly partner with the big fish and provide some supplemental meta data upstream and lower your connection costs. In return if it's structured as a reciprocal agreement these partners may be willing to share their gathered intelligence with your organization.

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Jennifer Granick What You Will

Kevin by the Beach M&A of TV/Internet providers (58 comments)

Do you see our government acting in the interest of the ( individual / corporation ) with regards to mergers of TV & Internet providers?

about 3 months ago
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How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

Kevin by the Beach A simple survey to get the conversation started. (224 comments)

I've noticed that the more thoughtful posts have involved the realization that once the conversation has been started the survey itself is meaningless. I agree that the visionary or golden questions like "what would you do if bandwidth wasn't an issue?" don't come about until somebody has already stated the obvious.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Offers To Shed 3.9 Million Subscribers To Ease Cable Deal

Kevin by the Beach Re:Worth of a cable subscriber (154 comments)

Don't forget it's not the immediate revenue recognition that drives the bottom line. The real money is the residual value of the demographic and social data being collected on all of their customers.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Offers To Shed 3.9 Million Subscribers To Ease Cable Deal

Kevin by the Beach The one question I've never seen anybody ask. (154 comments)

The one question I've never seen anybody ask. (so, I'll ask it) Do you trust one company to know all of the following: (and who will they share that with? and how much money is that pile of data worth?) 1. What time(s) your TV set(s) are turned on/off 2. What channels you watch (and with multiple sets, your families viewing habits too (each cable box is uniquely identified) 3. How do your viewing habits compare to your neighbors? 4. How do your viewing habits compare to your extended family? 5. How many children are in your home, and what time of day are they there? 6. Based on your street address are you likely to watch (FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Al Jazeera, RFD-TV, BBC)? 7. What is the correlation between your web surfing habits and your TV viewing habits? 8. You have been observed at https://whitehouse.gov/some_sp... on your Safari browser while 1 TV in your home was tuned to the annual State of the Union address. 9. You just watched an advertisement for Viagra on NBC , national news, commercial break 3. You open your web browser on your iPad and start surfing midget porn. The next week you begin receiving spam related to "news junkies who have ED issues resorting to midget porn and there's an app for that". 10. With silly season 2014 almost underway and sillier season 2016 just around the corner, do you really want any political party, special interest group, PAC, or mega company knowing when you wipe and what brand of TP you prefer?

about 4 months ago

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