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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Nethead Re:the usual question is, who will buy it? (383 comments)

Fuck you Nimbius. No one made you take out those student loans. You were smart enough to get into collage, one would guess that you were smart enough to actually read and understand the loan forms you signed. You rant at some nebulous "you" in your post but never take any blame for the decisions you made to put you where you are in life. Now get off my lawn you whiny brat.

2 days ago

California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Nethead Re:hmmmm (275 comments)

Jess at Ocean Crest Resort could give a class on how to respond to negative (and positive) comments.

about a week ago

Apple iPhone and Watch today

Nethead Retro (9 comments)

I remember back when I considered a coat good is if it could carry 5.25" floppies in the pocket without letting them get wet.

Fashion maven, I was not.

about two weeks ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Nethead Re:Wait a minute (542 comments)

I think his objection is to the cost of Sandvines or the like to filter and monitor that amount of band with. Wouldn't be surprised if this was just a card played in negotiations with a hardware vendor.

about three weeks ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Nethead Re:Anything that wrests away control (542 comments)

No, they are just pissed at having to buy new Sandvines and support contracts to filter traffic. Trust me, they ain't cheap.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Nethead Re:Morse code straight key (635 comments)

Not near as old but my packet station running on a Leading Edge XT and a Motorola Syntor still works.

73 de w7com

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Nethead Re:Oh, too much to mention here...but (635 comments)

User port on the SX-64, eh? Be careful not to short the 9VAC pins and blow the fuse INSIDE the transformer that has a lower rating than the one on the case. If you do, you can unwrap the tape around the xformer and solder a wire across the diode sized fuse in there.

I had an EPROM burner for the 64 and edited the font 2716 so that I could actually tell the difference between 6,8,and 0. That JVC screen was nice but the default Commodore font sucked.

My other mod was to replace the keyboard cable with a six foot flat ribbon cable. My eyes were so much better back in the 80s.

about three weeks ago

Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Nethead Re:Not so sure (369 comments)

It's the Brotherhood of God's People that I fear the most. Just last month they topped 512k members.

about three weeks ago

Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

Nethead Re:Eww.. (266 comments)

Seen that too, and the guy found the pipe. This was on an Indian rez and a tribal utility worker. Not that I go for that stuff but it was an impressive display of what the subconscious can do.

about three weeks ago

Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Nethead Re:Flip the switch (247 comments)

We're just a screen saver.

about three weeks ago

33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Nethead Re:The real crime here (465 comments)

You simply don't have any clue. You can't relate do doing any kind of hard time.

Yes I can. I did about the same amount for stealing long distance calling from Sprint using a C64.

about a month ago

Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Nethead Re:As long as... (376 comments)

Which is why I'm glad my ISP is run by the Tulalip Tribes. See how far you get sending lawyers after them!

about 1 month ago

Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

Nethead Re:simple! all it takes is... (166 comments)

That too. and the NRC or folks that design Interstate bridges. But I think he might be talking about local gov. I know in my area there is a local radio wingbat that loves to rake any minor mistake that the local governments make over his personal coal BBQ just to flame the outrage (the outrage, I say!) of underpaid professionals working in a very aggravating environment for not getting everything exactly right each time. FSM knows we don't in the commercial world.

73 de w7com

about a month ago

Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

Nethead Re:Lawn mowers (406 comments)

Reminds me of driving my old '67 microbus. You don't see them rear-ending things often with only maybe an eight inch of sheet metal between you and the bumper in front of you.

about a month and a half ago

Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

Nethead Re:Good Thing (195 comments)

Quincy, Washington, US. Get on Google Maps and see if you can see which large buildings are data centers and which are potato warehouses. Hint, potatoes don't need backup generators. The big one is Microsoft.

about a month and a half ago



Once you have a SWAT team the only thing to do is kick some ass.

Nethead Nethead writes  |  about a year ago

Nethead (1563) writes "On Alex Halperin talks with Radley Balko, the author of Rise of the Warrior Cop. They discuss [TFA] the rise of police SWAT teams, even in small towns. Balko show the political mechanisms behind why it is almost impossible to stem the tide of militarized police forces and the effects it is having on our communities. Though US centric, I'm sure that these same mechanisms play out worldwide."

Missing keyboard symbols

Nethead Nethead writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nethead writes "Why don't we have a cents and degree keys on our modern keyboard? I know that on a typewriter one could hit lower case c, backspace and then hit / to make the cent symbol, and one would often move the platen back a half notch to make the degree symbol with a lower case o. But to be honest, if it wasn't for getting back to my home directory I would hardly ever use the ~ symbol. That keyspace (literally, key space) could have been used for the degree symbol. With 100+ key keyboards, that have many redundant keys (think number pad) and symbols that are seldom used, or only used in programming because they were on the keyboard anyway, what symbols would you replace?"

T-Mobile WiFi (UMA) Calling Down Nationwide

Nethead Nethead writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nethead writes "As noted by myself and TmoNews T-Mobile UMA service is down nationwide at this time. Calling T-Mobile support found that due to an "enhancement" that went awry service could be down for the weekend."
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A Vigorous Discussion of "Our Future In Space"

Nethead Nethead writes  |  about 2 years ago

Nethead writes "At TAM 2011 presented by The James Randi Foundation (JREF) a panel with Pamela Gay, Lawrence Krauss, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, and moderated by Phil Plait, discussed our future in space in an environment where they could freely express their opinions. This is an hour video (so lay off first-posts until you've watched it) with humor, depth and frank realism. Where do we spend our dwindling monetary science funding, manned or robotic exploration?"
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How do you educate a prodigy?

Nethead Nethead writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nethead writes "When he was 8 years old, Gabriel See got a score on the math part of the SAT that would be the envy of most high-school seniors. When he was 10, he worked on T-cell receptor research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He's built a Genomic Lab Liquid Handling System out of Legos. He's studied chaos theory, string theory, quantum mechanics and nuclear science. He's 13 now. How do you fit him into the American school system?"
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top President charged in fatal DUI

Nethead Nethead writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nethead writes "Alex Peder, the president and director of, know for their pop-up ad reign of terror, will make his first court appearance Friday in connection with a crash that killed two teenagers. Investigators said the Honda Civic that the teens were in was rear-ended by a Ford Explorer. The Civic had become disabled and had its emergency hazards flashing. Police arrested the driver, Alex Peder who they say hit the teen's car. Troopers say they could smell intoxicants on the suspect. Peder has a history of DUI arrests."
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LInux games for non-gamers

Nethead Nethead writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nethead writes "Due to some down-time I'm looking for some Linux games to pass the time. I've been playing BattleMaster, a PHP web game but it's only two turns a day and I'd like something a bit faster. I've not really played PC games since the Doom era so I'm really out of touch here. I don't have a real gamer box, just a simple video card. What do the slashdotters think I should try? A simple FPS or some type of networked game would do. What's out there for Linux?"

Nethead Nethead writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nethead writes "The Everett (Washington State) Hearld reports that tribes could gain trademark control over all future use of native plants. Tulalip Tribes claim that the Treaty of Point Elliott guarantees their world patent rights on native trees, flowers, shrubs and even weeds — the DNA of every plant that naturally grows on tribal land. The tribes already have put the case before the United Nations.

If the tribes have their way the future could hold virtual borders through which the plants — and their genetic codes — could not pass without tribal permission. "We not only have a property right to the plant, but also an intellectual property right to the use of the plant," said Terry Williams, a Tulalip tribal leader on environmental issues. "Any breakdown of that plant to look at what generates medicinal purposes of that plant in the genes, that's our right as well.""



Zonk days

Nethead Nethead writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Why do I only get mod points on Zonk days?



I guess that I'll just go mod up some garcia posts ;)

27 Dec 2005: 7 Zonk posts today and I get mod points.


Just so I don't have an empty journal entry

Nethead Nethead writes  |  about 9 years ago

If you want to see the sites I visit often access on TCP port 80. If you're a ham then I'm at w7com de CN87tt. My old nic handle is JH484. I use now (commercial version of GoDaddy.)

I had once had my domain stolen via fax and it was wrote up in Wired.,1283,33571,00.html?tw=wn_story_related

I've used the 'net since before the WWW stuff came along (dial-up at 14.4 (on a good day) with a login to a SunOS box (and trying to figure out what the new fangled SLIP stuff was.))

In '96 when I was working at an ISP ( I found out about this new site called slashdot. I was a Suse Linux user then (had reg'd as a domain even) and called Rob Malda and offered a box for images (we had a hunkin' Sprint T3, massive bandwidth back then.) He wondered how I got his phone number.. whois dude :) Anyway, was a Pent 133 with Suse and a 10baseT connection to a cisco 7507 (they spelled it with a small c back then.) I offered the same to freshmeat but he wanted me to load it with slackware and I didn't have the time.

I had a phone appointment Kevin Mitnik to tell him my story but I decided not to. I didn't need it published. Basic gist: C64, Sprint, $30M in phone calls, Secret Service, Ivan Boesky, "free long distance for $100/month", 1987.

As far as internet stuff I've worked at, (,,, and now at a All these jobs have been as a network engineer. Before the intraweb I was a broadcast engineer in Washington State.

You can find a picture of me here:

I host the site and it's lived through a few slashdottings (the back yard monorail article.)

If, for some perverted reason, you want to know more about me or contact me, send an electronic mail to:, or,.org,.us,,.whatever. (Charlie Fox in .au has Gimmie Charlie! Please?)

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