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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

Shadow99_1 Re:As a Time Warner User (133 comments)

I'll add that this was the case at around 6:30 AM EST when I was getting ready. The TW comment says "As of 6am ET services were largely restored", so it may be DNS was just the only thing left not working when I was still at home.

3 days ago
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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

Shadow99_1 As a Time Warner User (133 comments)

I am on Time Warner at home and when I got up this morning I found I couldn't check my email like I do every morning. I spent a bit of time on it trying to figure out what they had done to the connection and found I could not connect to their DNS servers, but I could connect to remote IPs and even trace route them just fine.

I had to head into work, so I didn't stay to actually call them... But I'm hardly surprised if they have screwed up their DNS. I had changed my DNS settings to use Google's DNS servers for a long time because theirs had issues. More recently I rebuilt my PC and I hadn't changed the settings again so they still use Time Warner's DHCP settings to pull DNS server settings.

3 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Shadow99_1 We need more women in STEM why? (329 comments)

Just the other day we had a story about how american tech companies only want the top 1-10% of available tech workers in the US and everyone else they hire is a visa worker... This suggests that maybe 1 in 10 STEM workers in the US actually can get a job in the US in tech... So for the love of god we need more women to enter this often dead end field why? So more women can remain unemployed, underemployed, and otherwise in debt?

As fundamental as computers are today I can sort of understand a certain level of computer competency/literacy is probably a good thing... But this drive to force more women into STEM seems a bit silly to me... If they want to sure, if not that's fine....

about a week ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Shadow99_1 Re:What about nursing?? (329 comments)

I know tons of female doctors... Most recent my doctor is a woman and the one before that was a man who had a female intern who I saw more than him. Women tend to like medicine in general, but while they are found equally in nursing and as doctors men are rarely nurses. A lot of this goes to society. Men are distrusted in occupations like nursing, teaching (elementary mostly), and secretarial fields. All fields long dominated by women because they were the only jobs available for women.

about a week ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Shadow99_1 Re:Left or Right? (475 comments)

I actually zipped past a state trooper in my state going a bit over a 100 mph once on a interstate rated for 70... I hadn't even realized how fast I had gotten to while going downhill for an extended period and slipping in and out between cars. I only realized what my speed was when I saw the cop flip on his lights for a half second, then turn them off again. I was already nearly a mile past him and I'm pretty sure he figured I was in no way worth chasing down especially as not ten miles later traffic was nearly stopped.

So yes, it can often just be 'how hard would it be to go after this guy?'...

about two weeks ago
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DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

Shadow99_1 Re:How is that possible? (127 comments)

I'm surprised their are passenger trains at all in other parts of the country... Here in PA, Philly I think is the only city with passenger train service through Amtrak. Oh sure, we have lots of rail lines (I drive over 6 sets of tracks every day), but those are exclusively industrial transportation and not passenger lines...

about three weeks ago
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Patents That Kill

Shadow99_1 Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (240 comments)

The best way to fight that is to have a copyright extended by further derivative works by the author. So for instance if we have a ten year term then given ten years to make money on it you release the sequel or next part in the series extending the copyright on the whole series to ten years from this new entry. Obviously this works best for Video and Writings and not so much for Music (at least outside of the written form), however I'd be ok with extending the copyright on a musical performance for as long as new music is being created by the same 'author'.

Of course I think the biggest thing that needs to happen in copyright is that a author(s) should not be able to 'sell' their copyright to a company, bar none that is the biggest issue copyright currently has.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Shadow99_1 Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

Most teachers are salaried and paid even during the summer as long as they are coming back in the fall. I can't recall ever meeting a teacher who was not paid during the summer unless they were not returning...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

Shadow99_1 Re:Congratulations! (131 comments)

While I was a K-12 admin I never got to attend the conferences, but I had always wanted to visit ITSE... And I live in PA which seems to do a lot of ITSE workshops in various parts of the state. However I was 'to valuable to let attend' right up until they replaced me, so I never got to go...

about three weeks ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

Shadow99_1 Re:Qatar follows a Previous Model (402 comments)

One problem with terrorists in general (at least smart ones) is you generally can't tell them from anyone else. Hence letting people 'flee' could be expanding the scope of the conflict. Right now all the potential people who could be Hamas are at least generally contained.

Really I'm just waiting to see what nutty neighbor decides it must 'rescue' the muslim Hamas of Gaza and decides to fight Israel again over it... It would only be the fourth of fifth time their neighbors have attacked them under the guise of aiding the muslim population of the country... All of which is thanks to the British in the first place who promised the same land to both sides when they left.

about three weeks ago
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LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation

Shadow99_1 Re:If only we had a union (108 comments)

I have been a hourly worker, rather than salaried, as a network admin before. To make it more complex my yearly pay was worked out and then it was divided down to provide an hourly rate. I didn't actually want that situation, but the company did because hourly employees got different considerations for things like days the place was not open. See salaried workers got paid for all days the place wasn't open (usually around 21 per year, or three weeks worth), while hourly had to use their own vacation time for them. That meant hourly workers had to give up large chunks of pay during times the place was shut down if they wanted to take vacation outside of those time periods.

The opposite end of that is that I was not allowed to work over even a minute... At least and claim it. They loved to try to get me to stay extra and just not pay me for it. Which is pretty much like what went in in the article in effect.

about three weeks ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

Shadow99_1 Re:What about... (155 comments)

As someone allergic to some chemicals released in the burning of plants (from bonfires to cigars and everything in between)... Smokers are typically my enemy. Especially since smoking fosters special 'circles' where ever they work. I can't even claim my mandatory 15 minute breaks and the smokers get dozens of 'smoke breaks' every day because management tends to also be smokers. Also the cloud hanging around any entryway as the smokers are not allowed to smoke around the buildings is oh so fun for me to walk through...

I'm not militant about it and usually don't make a fuss about it, but willingly harming yourself and others with cigarettes is not rational behavior and should not be encouraged.

about a month ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Shadow99_1 Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

The reason it's a problem now, is the fact that the dealership method conflicts with anything new. Normal dealerships don't want anything to do with Tesla. Especially when they basically sell one model of car right now and there is no stratification. If Tesla offered the Roadster, S, and their upcoming E it still would probably not appeal to most dealerships. So for Tesla to sell it's cars it needs it's own method for getting sales.

The last example of this I can think of is Saturn. Saturn was not sold in my state because it did a bit of an end run around conventional dealerships as well. However Saturn is still much closer to a dealership experience then what Tesla wants and that scares the dealerships shitless.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

Shadow99_1 Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (174 comments)

I have long been annoyed by google maps lack of offline mode on my tablet, as my tablet only has wifi and bluetooth for connectivity. Which is good 2G/3G is spotty where I live and 4G does not exist yet, this btw is right next to and within one of the top 300 US cities by population. I don't own a smart phone for the same reason. But get away from internet connectivity and google maps just stops working.

about 2 months ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Shadow99_1 Re:19,000 (401 comments)

They will milk us dry at higher prices and then simply stop selling to us when they cannot make enough money form us anymore. In the meantime they will try to do as they are now and start selling to countries like China (Though that has had extremely mixed results).

However we are unlikely to ever see deflation as long as the many big businesses cause constant inflation to the prices of goods and services here. It doesn't matter that fewer and fewer americans can pay those increased prices. It's one of my issues with Kansian economics where inflation is good and deflation is bad, regardless of the people that actually make up the bulk of the economy by population.

about 2 months ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Shadow99_1 Re:19,000 (401 comments)

What I have always found funny about not hiring americans in america is that they don't seem to realize the worse off our personal economy is for the 'have nots' the less americans can afford to buy (even with insane debt). So the 'american market' constantly shrinks and we buy less vehicles, sugar wheatie puffs, and fancy cell phones because of that. Eventually the lack of good paying jobs for americans will gut the 'american market' for products and goods and we will look more like modern south african than the US of A.

Heck if you look at the wealth distribution (by percentile) in the US the lower class, lower middle class, and middle class are all in serious decline and look more like each other than anything else. The upper middle class is stagnating and only the upper class is growing. Eventually all that will be left is that top 20% or ~62 million of ~313 million 'amercians' that can be sold to and everyone else will be starving (Especially with the heavy intent to kill welfare). I'm sure even that 20% will not be enough for those at the very top and they will gut the bottom of that group as well.

about 2 months ago
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Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

Shadow99_1 Re:Google should talk with Tesla (236 comments)

The reason it's not trains (or other forms of rail) is for two reasons:
1. Need to buy huge tracks of land in roughly straight lines.
2. Up front cost to actually build a rail system.

America is horribly bad when it comes to modern rail, because it's been effectively dead for decades outside of a handful of Amtrak commercial runs and industrial tracks. So any effort to really make use of rail is going to need to build new rail. Even short runs of light rail track these days costs billions and can take decades to build. You also have some really big players like GE which build most of the locomotive engines in use today and a single locomotive engine costs millions of dollars to build. In comparison one self-driving car only costs hundreds of thousands at most.

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Shadow99_1 Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

Actually with Aereo they make a point of renting you a 'specific' antenna, not some random antenna (unless you cancel your service and then activate it again)...

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Shadow99_1 Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

Having read both majority and dissenting opinions even the other dissenting justices feel this was not anywhere near 'narrow and specific' and that was the primary reason they refused to accept the majority opinion. If 3 of 9 Justices don't even think it's all that narrow or specific why the hell should we?

about 2 months ago
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The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

Shadow99_1 Re:Tuning it out? (254 comments)

Social Media advertising when it works well is often the users _wanting_ to partake in the brand they favor. Their was a really good recent documentary on the social media advertising world, both regarding products and people. For products most are already established brands that want to milk their following for potential expansion to the friends of the people who partake. For people it's all basically getting someone known to showcase people who are not yet known. 'Expanding circles' and all that.

The first works especially well for large brands... Movies, soft drinks, shoes, etc. The second works well for things like actors, singers, and others needing or wanting to be a celebrity. The second is also the reason for some of the 'youtube millionaires' and I don't exactly mean money, but some have gotten rather good amounts of money for becoming popular online.

about 2 months ago

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Shadow99_1 Shadow99_1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Shadow99_1 writes "I work at a charter school as their network administrator, however in the next few months I've been tasked with coming up with a way of teaching the middle school kids about computers and technology. Or at least coming up with a plan for teaching them computers and technology as I'll be working with one of the teachers to implement this. The problems I'm having with this are the requirements to tie in with their general education: reading, writing, math, etc. So I'm curious has anyone in the Slashdot community done something like this? And if so how and what did you decide to do? Also how did you keep the costs down?

I want to start with the basics by teaching the parts of a PC and having them use some of our spare parts from machines no longer under the service contract to put together a PC from scratch in teams. Then I figure on getting into Operating Systems, preferably by installing Linux on to the machines they have built. The problem here comes in with finding a modern flavor of Linux that will run ok on a P2 400 with 64 MB of ram. Ubuntu has had issues with my test system I tossed together. So I will need suggestions here as well.

I'd also like to teach some programming to the kids. However I'm six years out of date on my programming skills and I only learned BASIC, COBOL, and C++. It needs to be something that has a good English syntax (C++ doesn't really have this and even BASIC and COBOL aren't really what I want here), can generate output that the kids would be interested in (anything that can output to the screen easily or is easy to generate interactive content with is good), and also it needs to be a fairly low cost solution. It also should hopefully be easy for me to pick up as well.

I'd like some other fun projects as well, like maybe some simple robotics stuff (the Lego variety or something similar), some digital photography, etc. However the other things are a higher priority since I think I can apply them to their general education than the more fun projects.

So what would those of Slashdot do if given this project?"

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