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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

aklinux Since when does the government have "rights"? (213 comments)

"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.

6 hours ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

aklinux The Adolescence of P-1 (410 comments)

Most of the others were good reads as well...

about a month ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

aklinux I'll call BULL-SHIT on AT&T's bs statement!! (533 comments)

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
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

aklinux Batteries+ ? (131 comments)

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.

about a month ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

aklinux Only a small step (468 comments)

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?

about 3 months ago
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Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

aklinux Everything old is new again,,, (104 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

aklinux They did have to change the way engines were made (432 comments)

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.

about 5 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

aklinux I was 22 or 23 when this 1st came out (457 comments)

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.

about 5 months ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

aklinux Re:Stop (349 comments)

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.

about 7 months ago
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Time sucked into Netflix or similar, weekly:

aklinux Only video-type entertainment I have currently (146 comments)

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.

about 7 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

aklinux What about us in Alaska (286 comments)

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..

about 8 months ago
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Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

aklinux Protecting the infrastructure they've been investi (513 comments)

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.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

aklinux Offer to help pay for it... (324 comments)

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.

about 9 months ago
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No. of vehicle license types I hold:

aklinux I hold 2 (312 comments)

1 terrestrial, 1 non-terrestrial. That choice doesn't seem to be available.

Not complaining, just commenting...

about 10 months ago
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F-Secure's Hypponen: The Internet Is a 'US Colony'

aklinux Re:Yeah, so? (263 comments)

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.

about a year ago
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The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

aklinux Re:Self Incrimination (452 comments)

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.

about a year ago
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Google Breaks ChromeCast's Ability To Play Local Content

aklinux Re:Well that's that (329 comments)

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.

about a year ago
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Should Cops Wear Google Glass?

aklinux Bad idea (223 comments)

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.

about a year ago

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Been Scroogled Lately?

aklinux aklinux writes  |  about a year and a half ago

aklinux (1318095) writes "Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write

http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Skype-with-care-Microsoft-is-reading-everything-you-write-1862870.html

Anyone who uses Skype has consented to the company reading everything they write. The H's associates in Germany at Heise Security have now discovered that the Microsoft subsidiary does in fact make use of this privilege in practice."

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