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College Students Hijack $80 Million Yacht With GPS Signal Spoofing

Stephenmg Re:dangerous and illegal (140 comments)

Illegal? How do you figure? What country has jurisdiction? Dangerous only if they guided the yacht into unsafe waters. Completely relying on GPS is very unsafe.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Setting Up Non-Obnoxious Outdoor Lighting?

Stephenmg Commercial lighting (445 comments)

At work (school district in a low income area), we have been looking at Totus Solutions LED security lighting platform. totus-solutions.com Each LED is aimed and they can be programmed to be dimmed when no one is in the parking lot. Looking at a demo model and pictures of installations, they produce very little light pollution if any.

about a year ago
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IRS Spent $60,000 Producing Star Trek Parody

Stephenmg copyright (280 comments)

Wonder when they'll receive the DMCA take down notice? I know they called it "parody" but I don't think they where trying to be funny. Plus, I've seen better parody videos fall victim to dmca. Either way, I hate what this video implies, our tax code needs updated and the IRS needs to go away.

about a year and a half ago
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A Subscription-Based Movie Theater

Stephenmg Movie Pass (308 comments)

This kind of sounds like Moviepass only moviepass is better because it works at almost all theater chains. I pay $35/month (price varies depending on location) and can see any movie once, one per movie day. www.moviepass.com. My referral link: http://movi.ps/Tudu57 I get a free month if I get 3 people to sign up. Its worth it it me, but wouldn't be worth it to everyone. We also have a new Alamo Drafthouse that took over an old AMC theater in an entertainment district in Kansas City. They have an interesting model that seems to be breaking away from normal theaters. They show cult classics, saw a Back to the Future marathon last night, reserved seating, and all dine in theaters. They also are very strict about talking and texting during movies which I love. Theaters are going to have to do new things to get people to spend money.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Extreme Cable Management?

Stephenmg wireloom and velcro (242 comments)

I use a nylon wireloom and a roll of bulk velcro that I cut off. Keeps all the cables straight and tangle free.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Best Setup a School Internet Filter?

Stephenmg Alternatives (454 comments)

Facebook is near imposible to filter. My suggestion is use something else such as Moodle, MyBigCampus, or Gaggle that either is filter for you or that you would have complete control.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Announces Plans, Pricing For Kansas City Fiber Network

Stephenmg Re:Hanging Fiber? (263 comments)

Its a lot cheaper and quicker to repair a break in areal fiber then buried cables. Easier to find the break and no holes to dig. City of Kansas City has cut our fiber twice in one summer.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Announces Plans, Pricing For Kansas City Fiber Network

Stephenmg Re:Hanging Fiber? (263 comments)

Not true, the odds are a lot lower because cities tend to take up a lot less space then farm land and small towns.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tips For Designing a Modern Web Application?

Stephenmg Re:Nothing wrong with PHP. Don't be a language big (409 comments)

I completely agree and don't understand the hate that php gets. PHP is a language for web dethronement. You should be fine going from Java to PHP due to PHP being mostly based on Java. I would have modded the parent up, but didn't see the point since it was posted as AC, so decided to post in support instead.

more than 2 years ago
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Sprint To Shut Down Nextel iDEN Network Next Year

Stephenmg Re:PTT over CDMA? (53 comments)

Its some VoIP thing, it requires data. Maybe qChat or something new. The new CDMA PTT works fine, call setup is not noticeable and coverage is better then iDEN.

more than 2 years ago
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Sprint To Shut Down Nextel iDEN Network Next Year

Stephenmg Re:BEEP (53 comments)

Nope, the CDMA PTT do it as well. Its kind of needed though, that beep lets you know your connected, occasionally, it doesn't always connect.

more than 2 years ago
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Sprint To Shut Down Nextel iDEN Network Next Year

Stephenmg Re:Good riddance (53 comments)

Until late last year, I never had much trouble with PTT over iDEN depending on what building I was in, always worked fine outside. No carrier guarantees coverage inside a building plus these are old buildings that are built like bunkers and no network works. We have iDEN repeaters to solve this issue that we'll be switching to CDMA. Also, not all phones are equal. One thing I will miss about having an iDEN phone, had a tornado warning about a year ago (no touchdown/damage) shortly after Joplin, MO was hit not far from me, the non-iDEN phones couldn't get through.

more than 2 years ago
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Sprint To Shut Down Nextel iDEN Network Next Year

Stephenmg Re:Middle of this year? (53 comments)

I have already seen a few iDEN towers go offline. They are sending a letter to iDEN customers June 1, 2012 telling them to move to CDMA phones (I have one and it works great, much better PTT). The iDEN network will cease to exist as early as June 30, 2013. As June 30, 2013 approaches, customers will get even more notifications. http://www.androidcentral.com/sprint-set-shut-down-its-iden-network-early-next-summer

more than 2 years ago
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Missouri High School Principal Resigns After Posing As Student On Facebook

Stephenmg Re:This happens more than you think (190 comments)

Could also be someone is just ratting people out, or your using school computers to post it, which is most likely monitored.

more than 2 years ago
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NYC Teachers Forbidden To "Friend" Students

Stephenmg They tried this in Missouri (238 comments)

and everyone from the teacher unions to the ACLU started to file law suits until it was repealed. I work for a Missouri school district IT department and this is a big issue right now. The two biggest issues is what counts a social networking site, a lot of the web classroom programs share social networking aspects. The other issue is it is impossible to enforce unless someone rats them out or its discovered after the teacher did something else.

more than 2 years ago
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Expect Mandatory 'Big Brother' Black Boxes In All New Cars From 2015

Stephenmg Re:Reminder: Source is Infowars (628 comments)

should be obvious, but unless the police/government is told no directly, they'll do as they please with the threat of force.

more than 2 years ago

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Sprint to shut down Nextel iDEN network next year

Stephenmg Stephenmg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Stephenmg (265369) writes "Sprint will be shutting down their iDEN network from its merger with Nextel and will migrate users to Push to Talk over CDMA. It will then use the 800mhz frequency to build out its LTE network."
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European Judge Issues Rules That 3G Apple Products

Stephenmg Stephenmg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Stephenmg (265369) writes "A judge in Germany has ruled that 3G-enabled Apple products (including the iPhone, iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, iPad 3G, and iPad 2 3G, but not specifically the iPhone 4S) infringe on a Motorola patent. Consequently, the judge has issued a preliminary injunction against Apple, resulting in a Europen sales ban on the aforementioned iPhones and iPads."
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Sheldon Cooper of Big Bang Theory Uses Ubuntu

Stephenmg Stephenmg writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Stephenmg (265369) writes "I was shocked to see a television series mention linux, even more so for it to be Ubuntu. "The Big Bang Theory starring a group of four friends, all of whom have unusual habits has been a hit with the student and the geek culture." Sheldon Cooper's favorite linux distro is Ubuntu."
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Rogue McAfee update strikes police, hospitals

Stephenmg Stephenmg writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Stephenmg (265369) writes "A detection update from McAfee (DAT 5958) falsely labelled the svchost.exe as the Wecorl-A virus, sending a core Windows system file into quarantine in the process. Infected computers became inoperable and went into a continuous reboot cycle. Reported victims include Kansas City Police Department and and the University of Kansas Hospital and about a third of the hospitals in Rhode Island. PCs also went haywire at Intel. Personally, I think it was correct."
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CCP Announces Dust 514 console mmofps

Stephenmg Stephenmg writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Stephenmg (265369) writes ""CCP today revealed DUST 514(TM), a console-based hybrid MMO/FPS set within the EVE universe. DUST 514, featuring first-person shooter and RTS-style gameplay, will interact directly with EVE Online, CCP's critically acclaimed flagship MMO. This interplay between the two games opens the EVE universe to console gamers and gives them a chance to become part of one of the most massive cooperative play and social experiences ever." More information can be found at massively.com"
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