top Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals
"and the Department of Justice argued that they had the right to do so". People have rights, not governments. I thought the government existed to protect and enforce OUR rights, not the other way around. What they need to figure out is a way to convince us that they have a "duty" to do so in order to protect our rights.
top It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...
Most of the others were good reads as well...
top AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough
Synchronous 4 Mb per person, I might go along with...For basic broadband. I believe 4 Mb upload is the recommended minimum upload for both Skype & Google Hangouts. I had forgotten that even AT&T's advertising recommends 6/3 to start.
about a month and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?
I have had good luck with Ray-O-Vac batteries from there for laptops, cameras, & cellphones. For one camera I have though, all they had was some cheap, no-name, Chinese manufactured battery that didn't work so well. I've had pretty good luck at the store for the most part though.
top Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View
If they do get this accepted by the traveling public, it seems like it is just a short hop to locating the cockpit anywhere. The airlines corporate offices comes to mind. Heck, maybe your pilot will just work from home?
top Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light
This idea was being bounced around back in the 80's. Wouldn't be surprised if someone with a good collection of Byte Magazine from back then could find mention of it.
top Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?
When they first started running oxygenated fuels in cars, ethanol & MTBE, it was damaging engines. Mostly eating the seals out of the fuel system. The automotive industry changed the problem materials and have mostly countered this, at our expense. Similarly, changes had to made to engines to cope with the removal of lead.
Now, we're running up food costs because we're driving on what we were eating. I also question how much good it's doing. Alcohol only contains about 85% (check out BTU/gal) the energy per gallon as gasoline, so we are paying more for a lower value fuel. On top of this, cars that have their engines controlled by computer (almost anything since 1985) see that oxygen rich exhaust and respond by making the air/fuel ratio as rich as possible. This is why your milage goes down about 10% when running on oxygenated gasoline. If you are driving something that is bordering on underpowered to begin with, you can also feel a "seat of the pants" difference in the engine power.
top Favorite Star Wars Movie?
I was alway a SciFi fan, but until this came out the best I'd seen were reruns of the original Star Trek & 2001. In 1977, this just blew us away.
top Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast
This is fine if it's just me, I don't us my ISPs DNS anyway, but when you're trying to run a business and a significant portion of your potential customers can't find you...This can be a REAL issue.
top Time sucked into Netflix or similar, weekly:
I currently view no broadcast, cable, or satellite. I used to time-shift to be able to view what little there was worth watching on cable and broadcast at a time convenient to me, not them. When my VCR finally died, I decided they simply wasn't worth my time and trouble anymore to set up something else.
I need network anyway and a $7.99/mo Netflix account supplemented by YouTube and whatever works just fine.
top Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast
They're always distorting the way Alaska looks as well.
Many maps still show Alaska as an island in the Pacific, just North of Hawaii. The ones that don't, show us in a way have an exaggerated "foreshortening" the likes of which Scottland can't even dream of. If a proportional map of Alaska were overlaid on one of the contiguous 48 states, it would overlay about 1/4 the landmass with arms protruding from Los Angeles to new York City..
top Why Is US Broadband So Slow?
These companies have a lot of money invested in what they have. A lot of is amortized out over many years to come. They want to protect that investment. Their stockholders also want that investment protected. Along comes Google with a different agenda and no existing infrastructure investments to protect... A clean slate as it were. Of course AT&T and the cable companies are resisting Google Fiber.
That said, I'd love to have a way to partner with Google to bring fiber to my area. I don't have any money invested in our area's carriers. They used to be local, but anymore are faceless corporate entities from another state. I have no vested interest in them and no reason to protect them.
top Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?
Put together a Home Owners Association and collect dues. Use the money collected to pay for moving the utilities underground. Or, you may be able to get your city to bond the project. This would mean higher property taxes, at least in your area.
With a 22 home subdivision, there is no way it is going to pay for the utility Companies to do this on their own.
top No. of vehicle license types I hold:
1 terrestrial, 1 non-terrestrial. That choice doesn't seem to be available.
Not complaining, just commenting...
top I wish my cell phone was...
So I'll go for faster
top F-Secure's Hypponen: The Internet Is a 'US Colony'
Exactly!! I don't know that colony is particularly accurate either. When a place is "colonized", you usually go someplace already existing and take it over. There was no internet before America built it.
America built it, then opened it up for others to play. Now the others seem to be complaining because we're still there. Let 'em build their own.
top Ask Slashdot: Attracting Developers To Abandonware?
Never could figure out why it didn't catch on better than it did. I think it just lacked proper advertising.
top The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox
I agree. To argue 5th Amendment in this case makes no sense.
I thought this type of thing was normally argued under "Freedom of the Press". I'm not sure I agree with letting press people not reveal sources. Yes, I realize it makes their job harder, but I don't recall an amendment saying their job is supposed to be easy.
top Google Breaks ChromeCast's Ability To Play Local Content
I don't remember Google ever advertising the ability to play local content. Allcast essentially reverse engineered their own, undocumented, API. To the best of my knowledge, the device still does everything Google advertises.
top Should Cops Wear Google Glass?
If we force police to wear something like Glass all the time, we might as well just have robots doing the job. This would make things to "black and white" for me, and I suspect most people, once it was actually implemented.
I know a lot of people don't trust police officers, but I think we need to leave an avenue open for making common sense judgement calls. If they are forced to wear Glass all the time, every step they make will be scrutinized and second guessed, I believe this is more than can be fairly ask of anyone doing any job.
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