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What To Do With a 1,000 Foot Wrecked Cruise Ship?

Trailwalker Re:I'd start by shooting the Captain.... (416 comments)

For all you youngsters, the sinking of the Andrea Doria.A bigger disaster and a huge contrast with this sinking. I remember well watching all this unfold on B&W TV and seeing it in the movie newsreels.

more than 2 years ago
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Police Encrypt Radios To Tune Out Public

Trailwalker Once upon a time in the south... (242 comments)

Once, while on a hike in the southern part of the Appalachian Trail, I met a local fellow who was kind enough to give me a ride to a nearby town to do some resupply. He drove a small non nondescript car that had six or eight pieces of electronics mounted in the front. Several were scanners tuned to the Forest Service, County Police, State Police and other law enforcement agencies. And a CB radio to talk to his friends. As we drove along, he spotted several forest service crews and knew all of their names, what they did and their schedules. He waited while I did my business and drove me back to the trail crossing. Later that night, he showed up at the shelter I had stopped at with a few of his friends, all a bit intoxicated. He said they had thought of me and had brought a mason jar of local produce for me. I declined the gift, since I don't drink, but we talked a while. They were in a real talkative mood. Turns out they ran a distilling operating on National Forrest land and use the scanners to track law enforcement whenever they seem to be interested in them. He said the equipment was more for avoiding mutual embarrassment since law enforcement was not really interested in small scale producers of untaxed alcohol. Just a bunch of good old boys.

more than 3 years ago
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Malls Track Shoppers' Cell Phones On Black Friday

Trailwalker Re:Opt out (198 comments)

Short Pump mall is in Henrico County, Va, home of the world's greatest Used MacBook distributer. Last night, the local Richmond news broadcasts mentioned the tracking and the opt out method. I doubt anyone paid much attention to this.

To my mind, a better method of dealing with this would be transmitters that feed false data to the system, poisoning the data set, or if several are used, launching a DOS attack. After all, it is better to give than receive. I will add that there are four malls there that are contiguous and tracking traffic will be rather difficult and (imho) pointless.

more than 3 years ago
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Malls Track Shoppers' Cell Phones On Black Friday

Trailwalker Re:Brainstorm ways to screw with the data (198 comments)

There is probably nothing funnier than a bunch of ferrets chasing a RC car. We have three ferrets and they will gang up on the car and follow it everywhere it goes. They go into a full ferret frenzy and try to "attack" the car, considering it to be prey. The thought of that happening in a mall is a real mind blower.

more than 3 years ago
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5.8 Earthquake Hits East Coast of the US

Trailwalker Western Henrico County, V a. (614 comments)

About 40 miles from Mineral. Home to the world's greatest Used IBook distributor.

Wife and I were taking an afternoon nap. Building starts vibrating and rattling.

Asked the wife (california girl) Earthquake?

"Yes, do you have them here?"

She didn't want to hear about Virginia seismologic happenings or the thermally active areas in the state. She just went back to sleep.

I got up and googled for info, which was abundantly available, then turned on the TV. The local channels were into full info mode and went on for hours about the quake. Various politicians and other vultures put in their expected appearances and offered mostly uniformed opinions. The worst consequence seems to have been the early let off of all government workers in DC which jammed transportation in NVa.

more than 3 years ago
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The Machines That Sparked the Beginning of the Computer Age

Trailwalker Re:Allies were the villians in WWII (139 comments)

At no point in history has the United States of America run a concentration camp. EVER.

We called them "Reservations".

more than 3 years ago
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A New Human-Seeking Drone, Much Cheaper Than a Predator

Trailwalker Re:Other uses? (178 comments)

It can transport small valuable cargoes. Fly it to your dealer and back with coke or other drugs.
There might be a few sales to our Mexican friends who want to expedite international trade.
Cue: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds......

more than 3 years ago
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Consumers Buy Less Tech Stuff, Keep It Longer

Trailwalker Re:You have to keep buying (507 comments)

The Elbonians will become illegal immigrants either here or in the European Union. Why should they clean up their own mess when they can mess up another country.

more than 3 years ago
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Employer Demands Facebook Login From Job Applicants

Trailwalker Re:Why the password? (434 comments)

More likely, "Crayon"

more than 3 years ago
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The Case of Apple's Mystery Screw

Trailwalker Re:Yay! (845 comments)

I have encountered many "security" screws. I used a dremel tool and files to change the profile of available screwdrivers to make a good fit. It is easier than it looks.

more than 3 years ago
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Daniel Ellsberg On WikiLeaks, Google and Facebook

Trailwalker Re:An admirable man (87 comments)

Assange was simply trying to embarrass the U.S.

If this is true, Julian was wasting his time. The U.S. government does this regularly, all by itself.

more than 3 years ago
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Recalling Windows 1.0 At 25 Years

Trailwalker OMG (384 comments)

Recalling Windows 1.0

Does this involve drawing pentagrams and chicken blood?

more than 4 years ago
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Nicaragua Raids Costa Rica, Blames Google Maps

Trailwalker Re:Yeah... (285 comments)

Not to mention that trying to reduce the birth rate would address overpopulation, an issue I consider to be a far greater threat to civilization than climate change.

War is a good start on reducing overpopulation. Add in a bit of famine, unchecked disease, and destroyed housing, and the problem is solved. Read history, and you will see that this is an old and proven solution.

As resources dwindle, there will be more war and more destruction. Sic transit in aeternitas.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Sues US Gov't For Only Considering Microsoft

Trailwalker Re:Smart Move? (407 comments)

Precision gauges are designed to work within a specific temperature range. My granite register plates are flat within .0001 between 70 and 80 degrees f. Higher or lower temperatures cause distortion. Fortunately, these are bench tools and are not moved about, much less taken outdoors.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Sues US Gov't For Only Considering Microsoft

Trailwalker Re:Smart Move? (407 comments)

Contact these people. I have woodworking tools that are this precise. My register plate and Starrett tools are used to gauge my other tools.

more than 4 years ago
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Early Kinect Games Kill Buyers' Access To Xbox Live

Trailwalker Re:Meanwhile, back at the ranch... (111 comments)

Urban Terror proves the existence of intelligent life in the world of online gaming. About 1300 servers hosted by the players themselves and always new maps. A very large and vibrant community.

more than 4 years ago
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British Airways Chief Slams US Security Requests

Trailwalker Re:YES YES YES! (335 comments)

Sadly, the Jerk with the knee was in the White House at that time.

more than 3 years ago
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British Airways Chief Slams US Security Requests

Trailwalker Re:Lithium batteries? (335 comments)

Polyester work clothes are avoided by welders and anyone else who works around a fire or burn hazard. This is the subject of many safety lectures and bulletins given on job sites.

more than 3 years ago

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Trailwalker Trailwalker writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Trailwalker (648636) writes "The Penobscot county, Maine, Sheriff's Department is starting an Iris Scan program for school children. Parental permission is required for children to be in the program. Data is stored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and kept until the child is 18. Adults, such as Alzheimer's Patients, can also be scanned."

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