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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Mitsoid Re: Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

The personal gain is the recording of them breaking the law being deleted, ensuring they keep their job. In many cases the recordings being deleted show violent acts against their policies.

The alternative is to allow the recording, with a very minor possibility of losing their job...

So they gain something for their acts, this is the equivalent of keeping the amin password to yourself... It's ethically wrong, probably illegal, and a poor war to ensure job security, unless you are a police officer... In which case you can probably get away with murder.......

about a week ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Mitsoid Re: I never thought I'd say this... (353 comments)

Yes, but at the same time, paying for an internet line to be run to your house can actually cost more than your house in rural areas... Note: The price of the work, and for the final service, is often determined by the monopoly carrier for your area.

My grandfather was quoted $4000 to run a coax cable 500 feet to the street (which was up and running) to his home. His only other option was 36k dial up (too far north, and too many trees, for satellite). He's retired now (has been for decades), and while he lives comfortably in his home on his retirement, he can't afford an extra "luxury" expense like this.

Recently, my co-worker was quoted $60,000 to get internet brought to his rural community... per home... and required 2 dozen people within a 3-mile radius to sign a 3-year contract and agree to also pay that 'set up fee'. Their other option? Satellite (which has a 25GB download limit). The area is sanctioned monopoly.

Now, if you are ALSO living in a rural area where the average ~5 yr experience IT/programming/database job is $45-55,000, spending $60,000 for internet is a bit ridiculous... and not offset by your 'city wages in a rural area'

about 3 months ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Mitsoid Re: Three thoughts... (436 comments)

It does...

The problem is the range of the transponder broadcast is roughly 100 miles (1ghz frequency). When a plane goes off the coast, they quickly go out of range off any listening posts...

The US and Europe are both working on a new system for taking over water... Using satellite support probably... But for now, after 100 miles out to sea, radar is the primary method of tracking

about 9 months ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

Mitsoid Re:If Comcast were Exxon (520 comments)

Basically this. And Oligarchy's..

I'm house hunting, and it's very hard to find a place that has 2 ISP options. So it's either:

1) Fiber-optic, 50Mbps/sec service for $90/month, offered by 2-3 different providers
or
2) Thicknet Coax shared cable connection with a theoretical allotment of 30-50Mbps but probably a realistic Friday night@7pm limitation of1Mbps connection. No other providers operate in the area. Costs twice as much as fiber.

about 10 months ago
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More Bitcoin Exchanges Forced Out of Sync After Massive DDoS Attack

Mitsoid Re:Don't we see this all the time? (135 comments)

easier than manipulating the price of Oil.. Free of any sort of real protections.. seems like an amazing market for those with money, equipment, and desire to manipulate for greed

about 10 months ago
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L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

Mitsoid Re:The building owner is at fault? (158 comments)

If the manufacturer is not a US company, the FCC can't do much to stop them directly.

Yes, they could go after other places that use the bulbs, but it could also be a factor of:
1. Bad batch
2. Interaction with local device/electricity
3. age-related

Either way, the manf. will know there is a problem, and will likely address it since they may get bad publicity in the circles that matter to them (business building owners) much like a bad HDD story would circle around slashdot, I'm sure the people owning buildings communicate as well... Or own a few dozen other buildings....

Ultimately, I think the "Fine Owner" solution is great.. There is an immediate requirement to fix an issue, and costs/blame is done after. Much better then assign blame then work on a solution!

about 10 months ago
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James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

Mitsoid Re:Scholarships, you mean (321 comments)

along the same lines..

We need to stop this education-for-profit business model that is encouraging schools to over-populate classrooms by providing very small scholarships and encouraging loans. Pointless required classes are another great thing to trash (I'm not talking Gen Ed, I'm talking 2-3 classes that could be merged into 1).

When I went to school for IT, I had 3 classes that discussed (in roughly the same detail) the *theory* and *standards* of how various communication mediums worked. Pointless. Make 1 of them a hands-on class at least!

about a year ago
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David Cameron Says Fictional Crime Proves Why Snooper's Charter Is Necessary

Mitsoid Re:David Cameron (179 comments)

You realize you're arguing, on SLASHDOT, about how people live in TV fantasy worlds?

TV Fantasy/SciFi encouraged a heck of a lot of technology development over the last few decades. TV Crime Drama's are only a few years ahead of us with their crazy non-sense. 5x enhance (i.e. zooming in) is the future when we can mount 100MP cameras at intersections, or on buildings. Modern consumer cameras take pictures you can't even view on a 1080p desktop at their actual resolution.. (41 MP = 7264 x 5440 ... you could 'enhance' (zoom) this 3-4 times in photoshop before you got to the actual native resolution on your monitor)

about a year ago
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David Cameron Says Fictional Crime Proves Why Snooper's Charter Is Necessary

Mitsoid Obvious bias is obvious (179 comments)

Instead of pointing out what is wrong with the proposed law(s), the article jumps to name calling and insult throwing.

I suppose they could not be bothered to read the law and provide a meaningful response... Must not be a bad law if they can't provide an example of abuse, or problems, the law would create.

TV can show us what may be the future all the time. Everyone on slashdot (should) appreciate this concept, Star Trek/Star Wars, and many Sci-Fi programs. TV may blow it out of proportion, but not always. Sometimes shows us what, ideally, would happen. Crime happens in the middle of nowhere? Dump the cell tower for the 5 names on the list. Presto, you may have solved an otherwise unsolvable crime because they had a cell phone on them. (Yes, serious criminals may turn off their phone, or use burners, but there are solutions to that too)

about a year ago
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Chinese Firm Can Now Produce 500 Cloned Pigs Per Year

Mitsoid Re:Ok. (156 comments)

However, if you were doing a study on the effects of Drug X on Pigs (or any other animal).. having a dozen genetically identical pigs would be a huge benefit. I imagine it would make the statistical margins smaller.

about a year ago
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Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.

Mitsoid Free market.. (383 comments)

The free market, especially in the broadband sector, has shown time and again, across all state lines, through cities, and in local neighborhoods, to be a fair, equal-service provider to all customers.

When I had Cox Cable, and they were the only provider available other than Dial Up, i was treated with respect, my calls were answered promptly, and my network node was NOT overloaded for months.

As soon as Verizon FIOS moved in, however, it was hell. Prices doubled, speeds were cut to 1/5th what they used to be, and service calls took 2 weeks longer to get answers on...

I, for one, wish they'd bring back the monopoly carrier. At least then I was treated fairly. I mean, just look at what Google is doing -- they moved in, and prices went up 3-4x ! and the speeds are 10x slower!

about a year ago
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AT&T Introduces "Sponsored Data" Allowing Services to Bypass 4G Data Caps

Mitsoid Re:Clever? (229 comments)

In theory it's possible to provide more bandwith if there's more revene coming in topay for the infrastructure.

Since the wireless market is a cartel enforced by licensing AT&T has little to no incentive to behave well.

Well, if companies would fight back it would overpower the cartel.

IMO, Google should have youtube throttle and only play at 240 to AT&T Wireless customers (including laptop broadband). Claim it is to "Assist AT&T customers in reducing wireless bandwidth"

That might interfere with net-neutrality.. even if it's a stab back at someone else trying to destroy it too.

So instead, offer a toggle checkbox that lets customers limit their bandwidth to mobile devices (either by kbps or MB/month).. with a YouTube on-page pop-up asking users if they want to enable this (For people it knows use AT&T phones, suggest on by default, for everyone else, off)

about a year ago
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The Rise of Hoax News

Mitsoid Re:A natural reaction to Faux News i think (181 comments)

I'm also curous what "Liberal Media" outlets exist. PBS or my super-local news station are the most "liberal" stations I've seen... I think they are closer to Independents (which, actually, I prefer), but it would be nice to get a polar to Faux news on some stories, as opposed to a completely middle of the road story to combat a purely one-party "opinion piece" (since, it really can't be called a journalist news article anymore.. They cite sources of opinion quotes but never of scientific data...)

about a year ago
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Bitcoin Token Maker Suspends Operation After Hearing From Federal Gov't

Mitsoid Re:SHOCKED! (258 comments)

That's a good point. I'm sure the feds would still have a problem if banks trade IOU's and dont actually move the money, but do it entirely in not-dollar-values...

Bank A: I'll pay you 500 Monopoly bitmoney for that loan package. But lets leave it to monopoly money so there's less taxes
Bank B: Okay. Sounds Good. Here.. have a 'free' gift.
Bank B: I want to cash in my 500 Monopoly bitmoney for your Widgets and such.
Bank A: Sure, here, have them for 'free'.

Seems fair that he has to play by the same rules. I dont care about bitcoins, but people claiming bitcoins are above any and all laws (including laws of the country they are being used in, and converted to physical objects in) is plain silly.

1 year,8 days
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Bitcoin Token Maker Suspends Operation After Hearing From Federal Gov't

Mitsoid Re: Far from harmless fun... but (258 comments)

If he sold wallets, he wouldn't have issues. He's selling wallets with other peoples money in it, or could be (the no one knows, there is no oversight... and that's the problem). And he's not keeping track of who gave him the money, or where it's going, and he's not providing the information to authorities. It's possible he's pre-loading these coins with values (e.g. $25, 50), and mailing them to people after he takes his fee.

It's basically the formula for money laundering, as the bitcoin trail ends with him, and 'clean' money can come out.

1 year,8 days
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US Military Settles Software Piracy Claims For $50M

Mitsoid Open Source Troll much? (127 comments)

it could have also paid for the software... and probably be a lot cheaper then $50 million on open source...

I only say this because there is an obvious 'zomg go open source' vibe to the post... Obviously, it would be nice id governments threw money at open source software development, but then o then taxpayers would probably complain since it doesn't directly benefit them in a way their minds can comprehend

1 year,22 days
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Chinese Bitcoin Exchange Vanishes, Taking £2.5m of Coins With It

Mitsoid I don't see a problem.. Follow the... (346 comments)

Why not just follow the bitcoin trail? Perhaps call the local authorities and ask them for help?

>.>

Actually, I do feel sorry... Just had to say it.

about a year ago
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Music Industry Issues Take Down Notices to 50 Major Lyrics Sites

Mitsoid Re:Greed! (281 comments)

(Assume sarcastic tone for this post)

The value in lyrics is their ability to pull in customers to identify a song and, hopefully, convert them to a customer. They want to steer customers to their 100% legal platform, that encourages customers to purchase the song legally through approved* channels. (* = Big corporations)

Unfortunately, it costs money to make such a website, and the music industry can't afford to create a website to promote their business! They'll probably spend $400 million on lobbyists (& congressmen.. er.. as a DONATION.. to their private anonymous funds.. not to the congressmen.. this isn't a BRIBE... No no no.. that's unethical...) and ask congress for a tax on Flash drives instead.

I for one look forward to hear how--after 90% of the sites go offline--there is a 20% drop in music industry sales due to ""pirating"". Most songs on the radio are unannounced (or are announced 12 minutes later in a string of band names and song titles), so casual listeners type in lyrics to find songs.

No lyrics sites? Average Joe's like me that listen to the music radio stations for 10 minutes a day don't buy the songs they are playing on the radio.

about a year ago

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iPhones May be sold at Best Buy

Mitsoid Mitsoid writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mitsoid (837831) writes "If you can find them in stock, From Yahoo's news:
Wednesday's announcement by Best Buy expands the availability of Apple's vaunted phone to 970 full-size stores and 16 smaller Best Buy Mobile stores. It's also a coup for the Minneapolis-based chain, which has been upgrading its cell-phone departments.

"We had a lot of work to do, obviously, to get in a position where Apple and AT&T would feel good about Best Buy Mobile carrying it, and that's what we've done in the last 18 months," said Shawn Score, president of Best Buy Mobile."

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