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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

Peter Simpson KC-135 (110 comments)

They can carry jet fuel, too.

4 days ago
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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

Peter Simpson Re:One way to avoid (160 comments)

If the buyer is not able to meet in person (I don't care why), a US Postal Money order is available anywhere, up to $100 per m.o. If the buyer or his agent) wants to pick up in person, cold cash. If they can't or won't agree to either of the above payment methods, sorry, but I won't sell to them. I've never had a legitimate buyer unable to pay in one of those two ways, and everyone I've bought from on Ebay will accept a Postal MO.

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

Peter Simpson Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is NOT Islam (246 comments)

This is important: terrorists who claim to be fighting for Islam...are criminals using religion as an excuse and justification for their crimes.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

Peter Simpson Comcast (145 comments)

I've had Comcast cable since it was Cablevision (then MediaOne, then AT&T), and it has been pretty much trouble free, except when they try to reconfigure their network. I find their internet acceptable but would never rely on their telephone service(friends in town have had month-long outages when amplifiers on their trunk line fail and there's no one competent to troubleshoot the problem) .

about two weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Peter Simpson Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (1262 comments)

*My* first instinct is to call out the person making the threats. Folks, it's a stupid video game! If the gaming scene is so important to you that you feel the need to threaten violence to someone who is raising the issue of anti-female attitudes, maybe you need to put the keyboard down, climb out of your basement and smell the fresh air. That, and spend more time relating to real people, because you seem to be part of the problem she's talking about.

about three weeks ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Peter Simpson Got one of these once (251 comments)

I kept the guy online, playing dumb, for about 15 minutes, until he finally gave up and told me to call Microsoft.

At which point, I asked him if I should tell them I was running Linux.

His reaction was priceless...and unprintable!

about a month ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Peter Simpson I remember when the Internet had no ads (611 comments)

Well, minimal ads, anyway. So...what are the benefits of having ads, again? I use AdBlock, so I don't see them, but when I use another machine, I see loads of ads for Progressive Insurance (don't need it, have a deal through my wife's union), Ancestry.com ($20/mo...forget it), and a bunch of other stuff I'm never going to buy. Likewise, the stuff that shows up to the right of my Google searches is hilariously inappropriate. I've clicked on a few of them and they're just link aggregator sites, for the most part. There seems to be an economy in ads, but as to actual useful links that are of interest to me, there's a real shortage there.

about 1 month ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Peter Simpson Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

Victim goes to nearest Target, picks up burner PAYG phone and continues leaking.

The Man has a whole team dedicated to subverting your phone. Why would he need a "brick" feature, when he can reload the OS with his own hacked version?

Someone's tinfoil hat is on too tight today.

about 1 month ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

Peter Simpson Only drones and police helicopters? (200 comments)

The good council members need to find a more important topic to occupy their time. Flying a drone over someone's yard is bad, but flying a news helicopter over it is just fine? How about kites with cameras on them? Balloons? African swallows?

about a month ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

Peter Simpson Re:Time for medicare for all in the usa (171 comments)

the million-dollar heart transplant is loaded with markup where you can likely go out side of the usa and pay way less for it.

Yeah. With heart transplants, as with anything else, you get (more or less) what you pay for. Sure, that discount heart transplant you paid $30 for in Mumbai *might* be just fine...but I'd bet my life against it.

about a month ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

Peter Simpson Easier option (158 comments)

There are many published references to the fact that most US $20 bills have traces of cocaine on them... http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH... So why don't they just use cocaine sniffing dogs (of which, I am sure, they have plenty)?

about a month ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Peter Simpson Re:Look at *why* people are pirating (143 comments)

Exactly. I offer Netflix only as a legitimate source of "all you can watch for $20/mo". The fact that they carry only a very limited selection of movies (not even the old B&W ones from the 40s) leads me to consider using other, less legitimate means, to obtain the films I want to watch. I'd be happy to watch them on Netflix (considering that I'm paying for it), but, for whatever reason, they choose not to offer them. And we're not talking about current films, either. There's really only one alternative: $60/yr for a Hide-My-Ass VPN and torrents.

about 2 months ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Peter Simpson Look at *why* people are pirating (143 comments)

It's because there's no convenient way (other than pirating) to get the media you want to watch/listen to, when you want to watch/listen to it. If the media companies would make *everything* available under a subscription model (like Netflix), there would be no need to go to Pirate Bay to get it. I suspect much of what is pirated is watched once. Figure $60/yr for a VPN, or $20/mo for Netflix (which, sadly, doesn't have a tenth what's available by torrent), and the media companies could do pretty well...if they would only do it.

about 2 months ago
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Brazil Nut Effect Explains Mystery of the Boulder-Strewn Surfaces of Asteroids

Peter Simpson Re:That's how I clean my cat's litter box. (58 comments)

I shake 'er up. The big pieces float to the top. I scoop them out. Brazil nut effect. Asteroid problem solved. It took an international team to sort this out? Come on! :D

It's the same in an organization -- shake it up -- the management rises to the top.

Any similarity to a litter box is purely coincidental

about 2 months ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Peter Simpson Re:Not me... (753 comments)

As someone who has had a recent issue with a certain major bank(they closed the account and sent cashiers checks to me for the balance. Waiting 2-3 days without money wasn't pleasant)...I will never go cashless. Relying on these financial institutions for every transaction is something I will not trust. I won't get into the whole NSA/FBI/etc. potential tracking of all my purchases.

Nor me.

Cash is anonymous.
No fees to use cash (yet, I guess)

about 2 months ago
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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

Peter Simpson Having solved all other earthly problems... (181 comments)

Words fail me. Almost. I realize that Congress needs to do appear to be doing something, while avoiding all possible controversy, but this seems like a press release that should never have gone out. Perhaps if they concerned themselves less with asteroid mining and more with the immigration issue, pollution, healthcare, and any number of more important issues, Americans might have a smidgin more respect for their elected officials. This seems like an issue that could wait...or maybe they could let the interns handle it.

about 2 months ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

Peter Simpson Drone position log? (310 comments)

Do these drones keep a log or recording of their flight path? That would be interesting to present at the trial.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Peter Simpson Re:A win for freedom (1330 comments)

Further, Hobby Lobby still provides coverage for more than a dozen kinds of birth control. Just not the ones that can induce abortion of an already fertilized fetus.

Do they alow gay people to work for them? Just as religion should have no place in government (hah!), it has no place in the commercial world, either.

about 3 months ago
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EDSAC Diagrams Rediscovered

Peter Simpson Donate them (37 comments)

Either to the National Museum of Computing (UK) or the Computer History Museum (US), and scan them so they can be put online.

about 3 months ago

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