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Obama To Veto Anti-Net-Neutrality Legislation

Lunatrik Re:ACTA will pass, so who cares? (355 comments)

I'm not sure the ACTA is exactly a Trojan horse. More a tank, with trumpets, that ALSO has anti net-neutrality hidden inside it.

more than 2 years ago
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A Custom Objectionable Word List Ate My Homework

Lunatrik Far scarier is the "concern" list... (386 comments)

Banning words is pretty bad, but what do you think the admin staff can do with a "concern" list? If you click through to the North Carolina google doc filter, you get the following set of words:

gun shoot stab knife kill hurt fight murder attack punch hate suicide cutting drug drugs pot weed marijuana grass blunt toke stoned beer alcohol booze drunk gay lesbian porn sex molest molested molesting naked nude

Based on the site, admins are forwarded messages with those terms but they are still delivered. If I was a parent I would not let my kids play in this sandbox...

more than 3 years ago
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Why Beatrix Potter Would Love a Digital Reader

Lunatrik Re:huh? (98 comments)

E-ink for me, but I think I might be in a minority. LED reading for >3 hours gives me a heck of a headache....

more than 4 years ago
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US Climate Satellite Capabilities In Jeopardy

Lunatrik Re:Historical Record... (127 comments)

"Resolution isn't important for science"

Spatial resolution is very important in my field (Land Use/Cover analysis), mostly due to Modifiable Areal Unit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modifiable_areal_unit_problem) / Ecological Fallacy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecological_fallacy) issues.

That being said, I do agree Spectral resolution is very important as well, and a difference I shouldn't have omitted in my original post. Even radiometric and temporal resolution matters when you get down to it.

more than 4 years ago
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US Climate Satellite Capabilities In Jeopardy

Lunatrik Historical Record... (127 comments)

One thing that is frequently overlooked is the importance of comparable satellites through time for long-term environmental monitoring. This makes collaboration with other countries /sensors challenging, as to say Landsat ETM data's ~30m (for example) is comparable to SPOT data's ~10m (again, for example) is quite a stretch. Common tools for taking care of these differences are fraught with problems, and worse still many people don't care about or just ignore these problems during analysis....

more than 4 years ago
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Amazon Kindle Fails First College Test

Lunatrik Re:Odd choice (256 comments)

I owned an iLiad for a while and, while it was GREAT for reading, its note-taking capabilities were not at all up to snuff for heavy useage. So, yes, while it CAN do it, I certainly wouldn't recommend it - the tech just isn't there. A few of the note-taking issues:

Slow to load sometimes
Had to specially format PDFs to give enough room to write in (a big deal if you read dozens of articles/week!)
Not all articles (in fact, not nearly enough) worked well with the special formatting
Pages are "smaller" than an actual notebook
Highlighting didn't really work

Now, again, the iLiad is a solid product, but I use composition books again now alongside a PRS-300 for leisure reading. I would argue NO solution is adequate yet for digital note taking.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Has Passport Confiscated

Lunatrik Re:Assassinated (197 comments)

No, most of us can read.

Citation Needed!

more than 4 years ago
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Judge Chin Says He Will Cut the Google Book Settlement

Lunatrik Re:SlashDot is Dying (38 comments)

*Woosh*

more than 4 years ago
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Venezuela's Last Opposition TV Owner Arrested

Lunatrik Re:Lordy lord, it's not that bad (433 comments)

Citation needed, really. I WANT to believe you and find this hard to stomach!

If anyone has a cite for this it would be appreciated.

more than 4 years ago
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Digitizing and Geocoding Old Maps?

Lunatrik Re:University cartography or geography department (235 comments)

I second this - if you happen to live near Atlanta, GA Georgia State has a nice cartography / GIS lab. UGA used to as well. Most state colleges will have a geography program or GIS certificate, either way you go you should find people ready and willing to help!

more than 4 years ago
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It's 2010; What's the Best E-Reader?

Lunatrik http://www.mobileread.com/ (684 comments)

Thought this would be a nice time to throw out a website:
http://www.mobileread.com/
is a great community of e-book fanatics. Lots of research comparing different models, a nice flea market for deals, and the forums attached to Calibre, an awesome book-managing software.

more than 4 years ago
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It's 2010; What's the Best E-Reader?

Lunatrik Re:The Sony (684 comments)

I've owned an Illiad and a PRS-300 now, and the PRS-300 wins hands-down for reading books. The Illiad was handy for taking notes, but really just wasn't up to snuff for heavy note-taking, and was generally slower than the PRS. The PRS also wins on price and battery life. And, yes, Calibre is a must with Sony's.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Teach a 12-Year-Old To Program?

Lunatrik Klik and Play (799 comments)

I hope whoever is writing this sees it, but when I was growing up my parents turned me on to an oolldd program called "Klik and Play", designed for exactly this.
http://www.stevenchan.us/programming/klik

more than 4 years ago
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How To Send Email When You're Dead

Lunatrik Free Trial! (165 comments)

My favorite part of the site: 30 day free trial!

more than 5 years ago
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The Dilemma of Level vs. Skill In MMOs

Lunatrik Re:usage based (463 comments)

I think Star Wars Galaxies tried something like this - e.g., healers got XP for healing ect., but it made different classes *far* easier to level and thus they ended up with a dramatic shortage of some classes. Its no fun LFG for two hours!

more than 5 years ago
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Judge Says Boston Student's Laptop Was Seized Illegally

Lunatrik Re:Need Massachusetts tags (190 comments)

Yes, deep spending and tax cuts is precisely what our state needs - after all, who needs welfare programs (only the irresponsible, right?), decent schools (only those with.. irresponsible parents unable to put their kids into private school, right?), *better trained* police forces, firemen, public transportation (some of the best I've used in the country, despite the various flaws with the MBTA), extensive crews to salt / deice during the winter, road and pothole repair folks to avoid soil creep issues, ..... ect?

Also, I hate to break it to you, but in November us citizens voted overwhelmingly *AGAINST* a tax decrease. Sure, we have corruption, waste and other such problems, but the corruption found in our government is *nothing*, and I mean *nothing*, compared to the waste we have seen on Wallstreet. If I'm going to throw my money somewhere, I'd much rather it be to an institution designated to provide services to me rather than the capital-hungry fellows on Wallstreet that got us into this mess.

more than 5 years ago
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Alienware Refusing Customers As Thieves

Lunatrik Re:Transfer (665 comments)

My brother has an alienware system, and you can have multiple systems associated with the same account. Thus, it wouldn't even make sense for someone to list another person on your account as a rights-holder -- what if they stole another of your computers?

Bad system all around, bad company in my experience. Sad, too, because they started off overpriced but friendly.

more than 5 years ago

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Need more Tubes: Internet at Capacity in 2010

Lunatrik Lunatrik writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lunatrik writes "The fear-mongering techniques that ISPs are using to push against net neutrality have come to a new pitch, with AT&T's declaration that the internet, without investment in infrastructure, would hit full capacity in 2010.

When pressed further on the issue of net neutrality, AT&Ts spokesman described it as "a solution in search of a problem"."

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US Government : Listening in on your Lawyer

Lunatrik Lunatrik writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lunatrik writes "The New York Times is reporting on the Monitoring the US Government is performing on lawyers dealing with "terrorist" clients. Citing two officials from the Justice Department:
"If a terrorist suspect living in a foreign country is calling into the United States and all of his calls are being monitored, the calls to his lawyers here might be intercepted, as well," one of the officials said. "It's not as if we're targeting the lawyer for surveillance. It's not like we're eager to violate lawyer-client privilege. The lawyer is just one of the people whose calls from the suspect are being swept up.""

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1 out of 100 US American Adults in Prison

Lunatrik Lunatrik writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lunatrik (1136121) writes "The New York Times in reporting that 1 out of every 100 American Adults are in prison, setting the stage for state budget woes and some hard decisions on how to handle both violent and nonviolent inmates. Taking this into account, is our legal system due for an overhaul? Alternatively, does our society simply need to get better at "rehabilitation"?"
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$83,000 Cellphone Bill Shocks Canadian Father

Lunatrik Lunatrik writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lunatrik writes "Data Transfer costs are apparently worth more than gold in Canada, or at least that is what cellphone providers would have you believe. Having not read the fine print of his contract, a Canadian father provided his cellphone to his son to use in the field to browse the internet. Little did he (or his son) know, the "unlimited" $10 a month plan he had signed up for would end up costing him $83,000 in fee's at the end of the month. Kudos to the phone company, though, for reducing the charge to a mere C$3,400 out of "goodwill"..."
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Federal Agent's Raid Homes for Modchips

Lunatrik Lunatrik writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lunatrik (1136121) writes "Invoking the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, Federal Custom's Agents have raided over 30 homes and businesses looking to confiscate so-called 'mod chips', or other devices that allow the playback of pirated video games. This raises an important question: Are legitimate backup copies of a piece of software you own illegal under the DMCA?"
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