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FCC Mandates Text-to-911 From All US Wireless Carriers

Random Destruction Re:Changing nature of 911 (80 comments)

choking child

I don't think that's the intended use at all.

I'm guessing they're expecting texts more like "someone broke into my house, and I'm hiding in the closet", or "my husband is abusing me, and thinks I'm just cleaning up in the bathroom, but I need help", etc. Situations where being discreet is important, situations where people currently try to text 911, and often get no response.

about 4 months ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

Random Destruction Re:Heh, slave to the rythm.... (135 comments)

"how do I edit a file on Linux" (really!). So I replied "vi

really? You suggested a noob edit a file in vi? At least point the poor shmuck to nano or something else a mortal can use.

about 5 months ago
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Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

Random Destruction Re:Pangu (136 comments)

they install some nastyware on your phone

Any source on that? I'm using their JB and haven't found any reason why not to so far, but I'm always glad to read someone's analysis/complaints.

about 5 months ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

Random Destruction Re:Hipsterism at its finest (worst?) (288 comments)

The local power company sells "Green Power" but, as best as I can find out, they just shove the "Green Power" into the lines and everybody gets some of it. The people who pay the inflated price don't actually get "Green Power"--false advertising and a bait-and-switch.

Do you expect them to track the individual electrons or something? This is exactly how a system like this should work.

Users purchase x kWh of 'green' energy, so the company produces x kWh and puts it on the grid. Sure "everybody gets that energy", but it was funded by and produced for those subscribing to the 'green' power service.

It's about producing power the way a customer wants, not tracking individual joules as they float through wires. That would be madness of the highest order.

about 5 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Random Destruction Re:Minimalistic smartwatch (381 comments)

That's where I am too. I love the idea of smart watches, but I don't want anything clunky, or with poor battery life.

Simple notifications or apps (compass/GPS, weather, sunset/sunrise, heart rate monitor) that are useful when out and about, but not too clumsy on its tiny interface.

And ideally some sort of interoperability with various phones.

I don't have very high hopes of this type of device existing any day soon. So for now I'll stick with my Citizen WR200 atomic.

about 5 months ago
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Feds Confiscate Investigative Reporter's Confidential Files During Raid

Random Destruction Re:I donâ(TM)t suppose... (622 comments)

most people, journalists included, barely even know what encryption is, let alone how to use it properly.

She doesn't need to know how to use it, really. She just needs to know that its possible to "put a lock" on files (and probably a good idea, considering her subject matter), and then ask a tech-minded individual to help her implement it.

Hopefully this news story makes at least one journalist ask about that process.

about a year ago
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Metadata On How You Drive Also Reveals Where You Drive

Random Destruction Re:Traffic analysis (81 comments)

Traffic analysis only gives you an upper bound. That's why spy stations read numbers every day, even though they (likely) only rarely send messages.

about a year ago
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Researchers Reverse-Engineer Dropbox, Cracking Heavily Obfuscated Python App

Random Destruction Re:Waste of resources (242 comments)

Then your client would lie to the server.

You wouldn't want to create a liar would you?

about a year ago
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Ohio Zoo Attempts To Mate Female Rhino With Her Brother For Species Survival

Random Destruction Re:Like in the Bible! (272 comments)

Can you show your work? What prediction are you referring to? If it legitimately proves god is real, you'd think it'd be a little more commonly known. But I'm willing to hear you out.

about a year and a half ago
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The Aging of Our Nuclear Power Plants Is Not So Graceful

Random Destruction Re:NIMBY (436 comments)

I have no idea where your 1.2 GW per person figure comes from

Turn in your nerd card.

about a year and a half ago
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New Technique For Optical Storage Claims 1 Petabyte On a Single DVD

Random Destruction Re:Blow through your cap (182 comments)

how will you fit your 3D 4K movies across a home Internet connection

With uncapped internet (a few of us still have it) and next-next generation codecs

about a year and a half ago
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Mozilla Launches Firefox OS 3.0 Simulator

Random Destruction Doesn't simulate very well (75 comments)

This simulator doesn't seem to simulate very well. I installed a couple apps, and wasn't able to interact with them as if it were a phone.

Though the native apps seem to work alright, and it feels like a modern phone to me.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

Random Destruction Re:Who needs a wrist watch? (322 comments)

Agreed. I also like having a convenient chronometer for cooking food, or measuring how long I'm spending on something. Sure I could use my phone, but the wrist is more convenient.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

Random Destruction Re:A battery that doesn't suck. (322 comments)

Putting a watch on in the morning is a lot easier than pulling a phone out of your pocket every time you want to tell the time for the rest of the day. I remove my watch for extended computer use, sleeping and showering. I just find it more comfortable. Though I also tend to remove my glasses before I eat, so I may be the weird one here.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

Random Destruction Re:A battery that doesn't suck. (322 comments)

Citizen Eco Drive!

I just recently picked up one of those. Perpetual calendar, sets itself via radio signal every night, automatic daylight savings adjustment, and recharges via sunlight. Plus It's got a sapphire crystal and I paid under $400 for it. For me it's the perfect quartz watch.

about 2 years ago
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iOS 6 Adoption Tops 25% After Just 48 Hours

Random Destruction Re:Good luck with those new map service. (513 comments)

Did someone rewrite history and eliminate pocket pcs and similarly-equipped phones? Or did the iphone retroactively invent this concept?

about 2 years ago
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The Laws of Physics Trump Traffic Laws

Random Destruction Re:Partially Blocked View (378 comments)

His version of 'Physics' claims that its possible he could have stopped.

However, he relied on the assumption of 10 m/s^2 acceleration.

(60 mph) / (10 ((m / s) / s)) = 2.68224 seconds

Wasn't he driving a yaris? That has a 0-60 time closer to 9-10 seconds.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ideal High School Computer Lab?

Random Destruction Re:Ask the students (268 comments)

I really like the hardware idea. A torn apart hard drive and cd-rom and an old computer with the side off helps people understand that they aren't using a magical black box.

Theyre using a magical black box full of neat-o spinning and buzzing things.

about 3 years ago
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Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?

Random Destruction Re:Stupid claim (851 comments)

If you're including 3 years of service costs, then the phone only costs $100 or so since it'll be subsidized. And you really need to work that out for yourself. For me, having internet everywhere is worth a lot. I live in a city where I walk around and get lost a lot. If you go to a store and find something is out of stock, your phone can tell you who else might have one, and show you a map of how to get there.

If I'm in one of the large box stores and I can't find a price tag, I just scan the item with my phone and get all the details.

When my internet goes down at home (fucking rogers), I just tether to my phone.

If I need to rent a car, I can arrange a zipcar through my phone, and even honk the horn to help me find where its parked.

There are a million small uses, and to me, they're worth the $30/month I pay for data.

about 3 years ago
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'Vocal Fry' Creeping Into US Speech

Random Destruction Re:Nothing new (331 comments)

A self-professed pedant who uses the non-word "irregardless"? Turn in your card, it's time to retire.

about 3 years ago

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Random Destruction Random Destruction writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Random Destruction writes "Thanks to the UK's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, MSN messenger will be getting a "report abuse" button. The idea is that after being harassed, a user may click the button to recieve "advice about how best to capture evidence and take copies of online discussions." The service is to employ "police and intelligence officers who have been trained to tackle child sex abuse". The CEOP doesn't exprect any misuse of the service, since the reporting is not anonymous."

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