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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

bobjr94 Seattle does the same thing (152 comments)

In Seattle they have patrol cars parked around the city with special license plate reader equipment than scan and record all passing cars. They say its only for finding stolen cars and wanted felons. But when asked by news media how long they keep these records, they said forever. They don't see a reason why they should not keep a database where a person drives and how often. http://seattletimes.com/html/l...

4 days ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

bobjr94 XM radio is next (247 comments)

Wife bought a car, xm called upto 4 time per day trying to get us to subscribe once the free trial ran out. We flat out said we are not interested stop calling and 15 minutes later they would call back.

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

bobjr94 Re: a better question (592 comments)

That was my first thought as well. Why buy one when you can get a nice pc for 1/3 the price. My second thought was oops, I bought a Mac, maybe I can find something to do with it.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

bobjr94 Many people still have No real internet (417 comments)

For years companies have been getting billions in incentives to provide high speed access to rural areas, they often just pocked the money and then go ask for more.
We live in one of those areas, no cable service (tv or internet), no dsl, only dial up(yes they still exist), satellite or 4G wireless. We have had both satellite and 4G, both are very expensive for the bandwidth you get and both have small limits or expensive overages. Satellite worse point is the lag, no vonage or skyping (its gets very confusing with a 2 second delay) and its its raining somewhat hard you loose service until it clears up. Also peak time slowdowns were horrible, in early evenings speed would droop down to 10-20k per second, hardly better than dial-up. 4G wireless is fast enough but you can burn though your monthly limit in just days, forcing you to keep raising your plan each week to avoid overages.

about two weeks ago
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Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

bobjr94 Re:If it wasn't internet bandwidth... (196 comments)

Yes, this would actually be of Zero use to us. We live in a rural area and are stuck with vierzon lte @home, tiny bandwidth limits or super expensive overages. No netflix, hulu, amazon streaming and hardly any youtube. Paying $100 a month for internet we cant use sucks.

about three weeks ago
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Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

bobjr94 Can I leave out ESPN and CNN ? (196 comments)

then get a lower rate ? Ive read espn is the most expensive basic channel to carry, I havent watched it for years (ever ?) along with 80% of the other channels.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

bobjr94 Re:Dupe (840 comments)

It all depends on how its made. Some cars, you pull out 1 or 2 pins and the assembly pulls out, a 10 second job. And yes, some cars you have to pull a battery, bumper, grill. inter fender cover or use a tiny socket on a 2 ft extension trying to get a bolt out you cant see.

about a month ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

bobjr94 Re:Dupe (840 comments)

But my grandfathers radio's and tv's didnt use surface mount IC's with 20-80+ contacts on a chip. To put a jumper wire over a burned out trace or replace a burned resistor or capacitor isnt that hard and Ive done it many times. But when my motherboard dies, I order a new one.

about a month ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

bobjr94 What was her hardware & OS ? (463 comments)

This story fails to say anything about her hardware, what OS she was using, what browser she typically used or any antivirus software that was running. The title of How My Mom Got Hacked isnt really a good title for this story. More like My Mom Got A Virus.
First, was she using IE ? That probably accounts for a 75% chance of how her machine got infected in the first place. Just running firefox or chrome with an ad blocker plugin will filter out a majority of the malware scripts and sites. Then since its not tied into the OS there is less chance of anything being able to get in to cuase damage. Then keep flash and java updated, if its installed.

about a month ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

bobjr94 I agree. Handy but not a PC replacemet (328 comments)

Tablets are handy, great for playing games that would be to small on your phone. Great for kids to watch movies on (i have a 32gb card with about 40 movies in the 10 year olds tablet). Good for a coffee stand that has 10 menu items and a credit card swiper plugged into it. But for real work (involving typing, connecting to other devices) they just dont seem to do it well. You can get a flipopen bluetooth keyboard case but then you have 2 seperate devices with 2 different connectors to charge. My wife school gave her an ipod to use for work, besides watching netflix on it, it never get used. A regular $350 laptop works much better.

about a month ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

bobjr94 Thats why we have modem & router seperate (291 comments)

Thats why we have 2 separate devices at my office. A non-wifi modem plugged into our own router. Faster, no unwanted traffic, no security issues and no monthly rental fees. Just buy your own equipment then you can stop complaining about what comcast is doing with their router in your home or office. They can not force you to rent from them, if they say so ask to talk to someone else.

about 2 months ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

bobjr94 Re:TIE-Fighters flying in Atmosphere?!?!?!?! (390 comments)

Remember this was a long, long time ago. Maybe ion's were heavier back then and could produce more thrust. The ion cannon on the ground at the start of EP 5 seemed to pack quite a bit of punch.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

bobjr94 Yeah WMP, now supporting 2004 formats (313 comments)

Not a reason to upgrade to Win 10. A tiny (180k ?) free download adds support for these if you want to use WMP.

about 2 months ago
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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

bobjr94 Who would need that ? (215 comments)

The average new computer being sold today sits on a desk in an office or is a facebook machine at home. It will have in it 500GB to 1TB of storage on average ? Then whats the actual usage, 20% or less ? I have people asking me all the time, my computer is slow do I have too many pictures on it ? I look at their drive, 482GB capacity, 404GB free.

Sure there are some users who have hundreds of movies stored on their computer and businesses and datacenters who would love a drive like that but by number of computers, thats a small percentage. A majority of computers would do much better with just a SSD 1/4 the size of the HDD they currently have. A faster system overall, bootup times cut by 60%, 20-30 minutes more battery life in laptops....

about 2 months ago
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Introducing Slashdot Deals

bobjr94 Thanks goodness (37 comments)

It's about time, since there is no place else to buy electronics and gadgets on this internets.

about 2 months ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

bobjr94 I bet half the answers are wrong (236 comments)

I would bet many people saying surge protector are actually just using a power strip with an on/off switch or a power strip with a fuse or breaker. Their 'surge protector' has no surge arresting ability at all, just over current protection, to save it's self from someone drawing to much power though it.

about 2 months ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

bobjr94 Re:Basic jobs, but not to avoid talking (307 comments)

Yes but half the time the TPMS comes on, the sensor it self has gone bad and the tire is fine. More systems monitoring more things = more things breaking. Same with self driving cars, even more things to break and more cars in the shop for even more expensive parts.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

bobjr94 End of firefox ? (400 comments)

I thought mozilla was not for profit, so who's getting the money ? Then whats next, suggested (sponsored ) web pages, killing extensions like ad blockers and more annoyances. It just takes a second to say make chrome the default browser.

about 2 months ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

bobjr94 Re:Meh (257 comments)

Thats why I buy from newegg, they never charge me tax. Amazon charges tax but not newegg, if they both have the same price I order from newegg since Im saving almost 10% in tax.

about 3 months ago

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