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Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving

SoCalChris Old news (151 comments)

Over a decade ago, Siemens offered a system that offered all of this. It would automatically alert dispatch if a vehicle left a specified area, the shotgun was dismounted, lights were on, vehicle was exceeding a certain speed without lights on, etc... I worked with the public transit version which had similar features, but the local PD was there with us for quite a bit evaluating how we were using it to possibly start using it on their fleet. This was in 2004.

about three weeks ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

SoCalChris Re:I'm fine with a fine (179 comments)

That would be a horrible formula for the consumer. By design, the throttle will limit the percent of data that's throttled vs what was used.

about a month ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

SoCalChris No touchscreen by default (182 comments)

The new Stream laptops by default have no touchscreen

I wanted one, until I read this part. Could you really consider it a tablet if you have to plug a mouse in for it to work?

about 2 months ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

SoCalChris Re:Google has 20 apps? (427 comments)

But why should they be a part of the OS? They can be, and frequently are replaced with third party apps with different functionality. Having those remain apps that are separate from the OS allows this, as well as allows people to keep their phones up to date easier since they're not as reliant upon the manufacturers and carriers to push out updates to the OS. This is Google's way of dealing with the version fragmentation that has plagued Android. This is a good thing, in my opinion.

about 2 months ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

SoCalChris Re:Google has 20 apps? (427 comments)

Camera, calendar, chrome, hangouts (messages), clock, google+, dialer, people (Contact manager), photos are all apps that are a pretty central part of an android phone. Not to mention the suite of Play apps (Movies, news, store, music, etc.) and other google services that aren't required but are very useful such as translate, google+, sky map, goggles, etc.

about 2 months ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

SoCalChris Re:To Kill a Mockingbird (410 comments)

A portion of it was required reading when I was in high school (Early 90's). The entire section of the book dealing with the trial was omitted from what we read though, not like that was a major part of the book.

about 2 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

SoCalChris Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (981 comments)

You are also not considering that within the Christian context, the children's lives would actually be better in the afterlife.

This line of thinking is how we end up with people like Andrea Yates, Jim Jones, and countless others. This thought scares rational people.

about 2 months ago
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Endeavor Launch Pad Being Rebuilt Piece By Piece

SoCalChris Re:Shuttle was OK, I suppose. (48 comments)

This is a textbook illustration of trying to get people, and especially kids, interested in science. If people can't see things like this, they will lose interest. Kids won't study with aspirations of doing things like this. Adults won't approve taxes to help fund the sciences. Our economy will continue to lose ground to the countries that are making science important.

Seeing pictures and videos of the shuttle in action is impressive. Actually seeing it in person, and the displays set up at the Science Center are even more impressive.

about 8 months ago
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Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business

SoCalChris Re:So who is left (204 comments)

Well, Packard Bell will tell you that it's a new computer.

about 10 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

SoCalChris Re:Move on (573 comments)

Panasonic, or Slashdot? Are we talking about their app rejection reason or site redesign here?

about 10 months ago
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Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

SoCalChris Re:FIRE! (457 comments)

About a year ago, I was pulled over for speeding. (Incorrectly, a similar vehicle had driven past me at the speed that the officer said I was going). While I was pulled over and the CHP officer was talking to me, someone who was driving past reported the police there. It piped up and helpfully told me that police was reported ahead, in 0 feet. The officer found it kind of amusing, and I was able to talk my way out of the ticket.

about 10 months ago
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Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

SoCalChris Re:Participation not exactly "voluntary"... (562 comments)

California has mobile SMOG checks that are also "voluntary". Vehicles are flagged out of traffic by a CHP officer, at which point you're allowed to choose whether you want to have your car smogged. Although if you refuse to have your car checked, your license plate is recorded and logged for later analysis.

-Section 4.3

"The license plate numbers of vehicles whose operators decline to participate in the Roadside Inspection Program are recorded and entered into a laptop computer for later analysis."

http://www.epa.gov/otaq/regs/im/roadside.pdf

about a year ago
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Big Jump For Tablet Storage: Seagate Intros 5mm Hard Disk For Tablets

SoCalChris Re:no thanks (201 comments)

At that point in time, the iPod had around 10 GB of storage, which may not sound like a lot, but a lot of other MP3 players at the time had something like 64 MB of storage.

Less space than a Nomad.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

SoCalChris Re:Start Button in 8.1 is useless. (543 comments)

You can also get a mechanical keyboard that will rival the Model M.

But can I beat someone to death with this like I can with a genuine Model M? Also, is the knockoff dishwasher safe for easy cleanup like a genuine Model M?

about a year ago
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Hands-On With Windows 8.1 Preview

SoCalChris Re:Why would anyone want Windows 8.1? (505 comments)

Windows is cheap. The myriad of other servers, and their licenses that businesses require aren't cheap.

about a year ago
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Hands-On With Windows 8.1 Preview

SoCalChris Re:the return of the Start button (505 comments)

A MUCH smaller subset actually wanted the old start menu back. I know I don't. There are elements of the old start menu that I liked, but most of it was a bad idea. Start -> All Programs was a complete disaster -- lets put a hierarchy of everything installed on your computer in a small non-resizable popup menu.

Most users don't use the heirarchal menu very often. They usually either type the first few characters to search, or use one of the recent programs listed. But if you're in one of the instances where you're trying to access a program that you don't use very often, and don't remember the exact name of it, the hierarchical menu is light years beyond the start screen.

For example, take a look at what my Windows 8 start screen looks like. It's an absolute mess, and nearly unusable in my opinion. The Start8 menu that I installed is much easier, quicker, and far more intuitive to use. I suspect that many users feel the same way as I do.

about a year ago
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Hands-On With Windows 8.1 Preview

SoCalChris Re:the return of the Start button (505 comments)

Except that they totally missed the point of what everyone wanted.

Yes, there is a start button there now. But all it does is bring up the start screen, the same as pressing the Windows key. The start menu, which is what most people really want back, is still missing from the OS.

about a year ago

Submissions

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SoCalChris SoCalChris writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SoCalChris (573049) writes "Montana's governor signed a bill yesterday saying "no, nope, no way, hell no" to the Real ID Act. House Bill 287 (pdf) requires the Montana Motor Vehicle Division to not implement the provisions of the Real ID Act, and to report to the governor any attempts by any agent or agency of the Department of Homeland Security to attempt to implement the bill. Montana is the first state to implement such a law, the Billings Gazette has more info"

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How to change Slashdot's (And other sites) color scheme

SoCalChris SoCalChris writes  |  about 11 years ago Tired of Slashdot's weird colors, and how each section is in a different color scheme? If you're using Mozilla or Firebird, you can change this by modifying your userContent.css file.

The sample I attached changes all of the section colors to black background for titles, with a light grey background for other areas. You can easily customize it based on what you want to see, just change the RGB color values.

Add the following to your userContent.css file. If you're unsure how to do that, check out the instructions, here.

If anyone knows how to replace images (Like the specialized Slash title in the Apple & Games sections), or make the link color change, please post a comment and let me know. This just shows the flexibility of Mozilla, and open source products in general.

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/* Make Slashdot look decent
* By Chris Wilson
* Append to your userContent.css file, and restart your browser to take effect
*Sections*/
/*Main*/
*[bgcolor*="#006666"] {background-color: #000000 !important;}
*[color*="#006666"] {color: #000000 !important;}
/*Apache*/
*[bgcolor*="#660066"] {background-color: #000000 !important;}
*[color*="#660066"] {color: #000000 !important;}
*[bgcolor*="#cc6666"] {background-color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
*[color*="#cc6666"] {color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
/*Apple*/
*[background*="stripe_background.gif"] {background-image: url(http://www.hanstkd.com/images/belts/white.jpg) !important; background-color: #d3d3d3 !important}
*[background*="slashbar.gif"] {background-image: url(showNothing.gif) !important;}
*[background*="apslc.gif"] {background-image: url(showNothing.gif) !important; background-color: #000000 !important;}
/* - For the top left Slashdot title
img[src*="games-title.gif"] {img-src: url(http://images.slashdot.org/title.gif) !important;}*/
*[bgcolor*="#006666"] {background-color: #000000 !important;}
*[color*="#006666"] {color: #000000 !important;}
/*Articles - Same as main page, for now*/
*[bgcolor*="#006666"] {background-color: #000000 !important;}
*[color*="#006666"] {color: #000000 !important;}
*[bgcolor*="#cccccc"] {background-color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
*[color*="#cccccc"] {color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
/*Ask*/
*[bgcolor*="#666666"] {background-color: #000000 !important;}
*[color*="#666666"] {color: #000000 !important;}
*[bgcolor*="#CCCCCC"] {background-color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
*[color*="#CCCCCC"] {color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
/*Books - Same as main page, for now*/
*[bgcolor*="#006666"] {background-color: #000000 !important;}
*[color*="#006666"] {color: #000000 !important;}
*[bgcolor*="#cccccc"] {background-color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
*[color*="#cccccc"] {color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
/*BSD*/
*[bgcolor*="#990000"] {background-color: #000000 !important;}
*[color*="#990000"] {color: #000000 !important;}
*[bgcolor*="#cccccc"] {background-color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
*[color*="#cccccc"] {color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
/*Developers*/
*[bgcolor*="#336699"] {background-color: #000000 !important;}
*[color*="#336699"] {color: #000000 !important;}
*[bgcolor*="#e0e0e0"] {background-color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
*[color*="#e0e0e0"] {color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
/*Features - Same as main page, for now*/
*[bgcolor*="#006666"] {background-color: #000000 !important;}
*[color*="#006666"] {color: #000000 !important;}
*[bgcolor*="#cccccc"] {background-color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
*[color*="#cccccc"] {color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
/*Games*/
*[background*="games-slashbar.gif"] {background-image: url(showNothing.gif) !important;}
*[background*="games-slc.gif"] {background-image: url(showNothing.gif) !important; background-color: #000000 !important;}
/* - For the top left Slashdot title
img[src*="games-title.gif"] {img-src: url(http://images.slashdot.org/title.gif) !important;}*/
*[bgcolor*="#3300cc"] {background-color: #000000 !important;}
*[color*="#3300cc"] {color: #000000 !important;}
/*Interviews - Same as main page, for now*/
*[bgcolor*="#006666"] {background-color: #000000 !important;}
*[color*="#006666"] {color: #000000 !important;}
*[bgcolor*="#cccccc"] {background-color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
*[color*="#cccccc"] {color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
/*Polls - Same as main page, for now*/
*[bgcolor*="#006666"] {background-color: #000000 !important;}
*[color*="#006666"] {color: #000000 !important;}
*[bgcolor*="#cccccc"] {background-color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
*[color*="#cccccc"] {color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
/*Science - Same as main page, for now*/
*[bgcolor*="#006666"] {background-color: #000000 !important;}
*[color*="#006666"] {color: #000000 !important;}
*[bgcolor*="#cccccc"] {background-color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
*[color*="#cccccc"] {color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
/*YRO*/
*[bgcolor*="#663300"] {background-color: #000000 !important;}
*[color*="#663300"] {color: #000000 !important;}
a:link[link="#663300"] {color: #006666 !important;}
*[bgcolor*="#CCCC66"] {background-color: #d3d3d3 !important;}
*[color*="#CCCC66"] {color: #d3d3d3 !importa

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Any comments or ideas are welcome.

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Good SQL manager for Linux?

SoCalChris SoCalChris writes  |  more than 11 years ago Does anyone know of a good SQL manger for Linux? I am looking for something like Enterprise Manager for Windows that will allow me to design/edit tables, stored procedures, and views in MS-SQL 7 & MS SQL 2000 databases. Right now this is the only thing keeping me from being able to switch to Linux exclusively since most of our database servers here are MS SQL and I work with them constantly.

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