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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Lumpy Re:I like... (593 comments)

IT seems we had a successful program selling guns to Mexican DrugLords a few years back... I'll be they will gladly buy them.

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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

Lumpy Re:Epic fail... (133 comments)

Epic fail, routing protocols on 170+ POP routers all at the same time? Again, epic fail on design and implementation.

yesterday
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Lumpy Re:Don't Worry! (472 comments)

Herp Derp there much?

yesterday
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Lumpy Re:I like... (593 comments)

News flash: they already do.

yesterday
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Lumpy Re:I like... (593 comments)

Simple solution. cop disabled camera? instantly fired and blackballed from ever being a cop again. Maybe he can be a mall cop.

yesterday
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Lumpy Re:I like... (593 comments)

They can sell the M16's and assault vehicles they dont need to fund the cameras.

yesterday
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Lumpy Re:I like... (593 comments)

They already have this, cop cars already have cameras so expansion to hold compressed H323 video is not hard.

yesterday
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Lumpy Re:I like... (593 comments)

I want tazers connected to the cameras and citizens live monitoring.. if over 100 people monitoring think the officer is out of control they can taze him remotely.

Officer Johnson you need to cool down, you have 5 seconds to comply......

yesterday
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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

Lumpy Re:Epic fail... (133 comments)

then you explain how a single point failure will take out service across the country. There is no way in hell that can happen if the network was designed properly.

2 days ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Lumpy Re:Don't Worry! (472 comments)

here is the kicker, anyone with an IQ over 100 and not lazy can make their own wind generators. In fact if you are not completely inept you can easily generate all the electricity you need with low cost parts that are available. All of the knowlege you need is right in front of you, you just have to take the time to search for it and read it.

Drilling for oil, then refining it yourself with todays available devices and parts is significantly harder than a solar,wind and battery installation.

2 days ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Lumpy Re:Beyond what humans can do (472 comments)

" can you please tell me how we are going to deal with all of those people displaced by this natural phenomenon?"

That is all a part of his trickle down economics on how the wealthy's cast off cash will flow down to solve that problem, we just need to give the wealthy a LOT more money.

2 days ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Lumpy Re:What? (472 comments)

Tree Farts? can we PLEASE start that one so we can at least get some laughter out of it.

2 days ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Lumpy Re:Interesting slam of Judith Curry (472 comments)

I want to know what the Witch Doctors of New Orleans think about it. We all know that that is the real authority on what is happening in the world.

2 days ago
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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

Lumpy Epic fail... (133 comments)

The fact they have ONE backbone connection is an utter and epic failure. Who designed their network because that person needs to be fired.
Each major section or city needs it's own backbone connection. At least that is how we did it back in the old @home days, one failure can not bring down all services across the nation. Some cities had multiple backbones going into the area's OTN.

2 days ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Lumpy Re:Sigh (328 comments)

Of course they will, while comcast is telling them this, they are stuffing wads of money in the senators pockets. The longer they talk the more money goes into their pockets... Senators need to keep warm during the upcoming winter....

2 days ago
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Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

Lumpy Re:Society also does this.. (128 comments)

Where were the population centers? How many farmers lived in NYC?

30% were farmers so 70% were not farmers. Thus the Bulk of workers were NOT farmers.

2 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Lumpy Re: What's so American (501 comments)

We publicly shame those that do things that we deem wrong, A 30 year old man that marries a 16 year old woman, while completely legal in many states he would be at times violently shunned by the masses. I know of one couple with a disparity in two ways. She is 21 and he is 42, she is black and he is white. They are very happy together and a wonderful couple yet they suffer heavily from society's horrible underbelly of what is "normal".

As a society we celebrate ignorance and conceal it under the guise of "opinion". We also tend to hide racisim under the same "opinion" concealment.

2 days ago
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Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

Lumpy Society also does this.. (128 comments)

WE have some wierd fetish with letting kids be kids for as long as possible. Sorry but at 13 you are biologically an adult so you need to have adult responsibilities and adult expectations. these teenagers need to get off their asses and work, build, etc.. Instead we extend this out to age 20 before we expect them to get a job and start being responsible.

Less than 100 years ago it was not uncommon for marriage at age 16 and that young couple working hard to build their family Average age of a woman getting married was around 21 years of age. Today it is far higher at 26 years of age and insanely uncommon for a 16 year old marriage, Although outside the USA it is far lower. Mexico has a median for women at around 18 years old. Many states in the USA still have the age of consent at age 16. This means that 16 year olds can make decisions as an adult, yet for some reason we think they cant today and are still children.

Note on marriage ages, some of this is economics, back 100 years ago it was a lot easier to make a living as you made about $35.00 a month working at a foundry or smelter and typically renting a house is $5.00 a month less that 20% of your income was your rent. today most of the young pay 60% of their income as rent and have to split that rent with room mates because they can not even hope to even meet rent with their meager income. So 100 years ago it was easier for young and uneducated to make it in the world with the sweat of their brow.

2 days ago

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Steve Jackson Games to Re Release OGRE by using kickstarter.

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "IT seems that many geeks late night prayers have been answered. Steve Jackson Games is going to re release O.G.R.E. as a super deluxe verswion and he is using Kickstarter as a way to get the ball rolling.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/847271320/ogre-designers-edition

I for one remember a lot of time spent playing OGRE with friends at school, on the bus, etc.. IT was a dirt cheap paper game back then but was unlike anything else ever released."

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Linux and Windows H.323 Videoconferencing apps?

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "I work with businesses that have Tandberg and Polycom H.323 Videoconferencing gear every day. Many of them are medical companies or research companies here in the USA that communicate with doctors in 3rd world countries that don't have the resources we do here and have asked me if there are any free or open source H.323 video conferencing apps available for linux and Windows. I was able to find one for Mac OSX, xmeeting but It seems that the offerings for Windows and Linux are either nonexistent or hiding.

What do you use for real videoconferencing?"
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Satellite collision might cause problems in space.

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Lumpy writes "reading my morning RSS feeds I saw this article at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090212/ap_on_sc/satellite_collision about a Russian and American satellite collision in space that has debris that is worrying the ESA and NASA. From the Article — "Scientists are keeping a close eye on orbital debris created when two communications satellites — one American, the other Russian — smashed into each other hundreds of miles above the Earth. NASA said it will take weeks to determine the full magnitude of the unprecedented crash and whether any other satellites or even the Hubble Space Telescope are threatened. The collision, which occurred nearly 500 miles over Siberia on Tuesday, was the first high-speed impact between two intact spacecraft, NASA officials said." Is this a precursor of the fabled "cascade" that everyone has been worrying about might happen in orbit? Granted it was in higher orbit than the ISS and where the shuttle operates, but it may have a HUGE impact on communications if the debris cloud rips apart other satellites."
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Great games to put on a Free PC.

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "I am giving several new Pc's to a local charity that will be giving them to needy kids this Xmas. They are not powerful, basically baseline Dells that have intel graphics and Celeron, but more than enough to do homework and other studies on. They are going out with XP on them, and a Ubuntu CD. as well as a bunch of OSS software like OO.o and the others.. But I would like to include some games for the kids. Strategy, fun, etc... Great freeware games that are fun to play. Anyone have a list of the best games that a 13-16 year old will like to play that are free and legal to give away?"
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Comcast loses lawsuit over moving analog channels

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "Comcast Lost their lawsuit to move analog channels to the digital tier. http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2008/01/lawsuit_seeks_to_block_comcast.html#preview Comcast has been trying to move channels around in Michigan claiming they need to move analog channels to the Encrypted digital channels. Their latest attempt was to move the community access channels in the detroit area. Comcast keeps claiming they NEED to do this, but in fact can simply move channels to Unencrypted QAM channels giving them the space they need while eliminating the required Comcast cable box. Almost all TV's sold in the past 5 years can receive unencrypted QAM channels over cable-tv."
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Best USB thumb drive for keychain

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  about 7 years ago

Lumpy writes "After having to replace my 8th USB thumbdrive I have had attached to my key chain in 2 years because of failures I was starting to wonder,What have other slashdotters found as their best choice in a USB thumb drive?

I love having one on my key chain, but 95% of these things have a port cover that gets lost in the first 10 minutes, have a really bad design for attaching to the key chain so you lose the drive completely, or are incredibly bad quality, my last designer leather on with leather cover strap comes to mind.

What do you use for your always with you most important usb thumb drive? What is the most durable that will take getting dropped in a puddle or survive living on a key chain?"
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Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lumpy writes "Lately there has been a HUGE push by Certified Microsoft Professionals and their companies to call clients and warn them of the dangers of open source. This week I received calls from 4 different customers that they were warned that they are dangerously insecure because they run Open Source Operating systems or Software because "anyone can read the code and hack you with ease" they are being told. Other colleagues in the area also have noticed this about 3 Microsoft Partners or so they claim have been going out of their way to strike fear of OSS in companies that respond with "yes we use Open source or Linux" when the sales call comes in. I know this is simply a sales tactic by these companies that will remain nameless, but how do I fix the damage caused by these sales tactics? I have several customers that now want more than my word about the security of the systems that have worked for them flawlessly for over 5-6 years now with minimal expense outside of upgrades and patching for security. Does anyone have a good plan or sources of reliable information that can be used to inform the customer?"

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