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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

bobjr94 Data overload (320 comments)

What is mid size city to do. Say with 50 officers, maybe 40 of them are on duty on any day. 40 cops x 8 hours per day is 320 hours of video to store per day, 2240 hours per week, 8960 hours per month and 107,000 hours per year.....Say they shoot SD video at a (very conservative) bitrate of around 1200kbps combined video/audio. Thats over 4gb per officer per day, or around 160GB of video to store per day using my previous estimations. 1.2TB per week, 4.8TB per month or 57TB per year. You would need perfect backups, so double or triple your storage. Want HD triple that again at minimum. A gopro on a average setting will use a GB per 20 minutes.

2 hours ago
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Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

bobjr94 They already do (83 comments)

A few months ago I added some car parts to my wish list and never bought them. When visiting some web sites on my phone I get amazon ads for these exact same items along with other items I looked at and never bought. I say on my phone because I have ad block on all my desktops and laptop and never see these ads.

about a week ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

bobjr94 Only 16% use ad blockers ? (609 comments)

Why are all these people still looking at ads ? Ive been using firefox with adblock for I dont know how long, must been someplace like 8 or 10 years. As as bonus you don't get any virus or malware or super loud video ads popping up while your at work.

about two weeks ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

bobjr94 Slippery path (71 comments)

There are many websites now you copy and paste a youtube link, then gives you an mp3 file. And there are browser ad-ons that download full videos for later viewing and can also do conversion to mp3 audio. Anyway, I don't like how this is sounding, next youtube will want money to view videos in HD or some other type of premium feature. Thats how XM radio started, you pay a low price for ad free music, then after several years more and more channels started playing ads and prices went up.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

bobjr94 Still tied to OS = Virus path (426 comments)

The boss is the only one at my work who still uses IE on his computer, he is also the only one who gets viruses on his computer several times per year. One of his last viruses came from a pop-up on MSN, so it's not just back ally web sites. IE is just an open gateway for all kinds of malware from even trusted sites.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Prepares To Ship Gaming SSDs

bobjr94 Same speed as everyone else (110 comments)

For the past year or two more and more drive are stuck at the 550mb/second mark. Where is sata 4, running at 1200mb/s or better ?

about three weeks ago
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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

bobjr94 We have untouched 3DS's and a WII, why buy more ? (203 comments)

Why keep paying 30$ - 50$ for each game the kids may play for a few hours to a few weeks at most. They can download tons of free to 3$ games on their tablets or phone.

about a month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

bobjr94 Re:speech to text (544 comments)

Because people dont want to walk around talking to their phones. Half the time people are texting, they are talking about how much they dont like the people around them or how dumb someone is.

about a month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

bobjr94 Re:Not (544 comments)

I know many people who want phones with a keyboard and avoid buying a touch screen only phone. Touch screens suck for typing, with out autocorrect they would be totally useless,that's when autocorrect actually gets the words right. Ive had my current phone for over 2 years, been dropped 100 times, keyboard still works fine.

about a month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

bobjr94 I always have and will always buy a keyboard phone (544 comments)

I had an original sidekick, then a sidekick 4g, a BB for a bit and now a galaxy relay. I''ve never owend an Iphone for this very reason, Before smart phones I had the cheap slide open keyboard pre-paid type phones too. The Relay I have is over 2 years old now, still working along but there is no replacement for it. Ill change carriers if I have to in order to keep buying a keyboard phones.

about a month ago
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Point-of-Sale System Bought On eBay Yields Treasure Trove of Private Data

bobjr94 I got someting like this (68 comments)

A dentists office bought all new workstation computers, they are friends with my boss and gave him the old computers to see if we could use them or give them away. The were password protected, so I downloaded an easy to find password reset cd from a pirate site, cleared the passwords and booted it up. While it did not have detailed patient information (that was still on their server) it had many patient pictures showing work they have done, word documents with patient names and addresses saying what work was done and the amount due, or now past due and other random letters. It would have been easy for some scammer to go though the word files, call or mail the patients that were late paying, saying they were a collections agency and if you pay me 50% now Ill clear your record.

about a month and a half ago
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Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

bobjr94 Re:Real-world conditions (238 comments)

Here in the US, mileage estimates are usually slightly less that real world. Most every car Ive owned have gotten better that the epa estimate. Our current cars are a 04 subaru wrx sti, it's rated 16-22 under the new ratings. I average 24 in mixed driving and get 27 on long freeway trips. My wife just got an 15 wrx, rated 21-28, she has averaged 27 in mixed driving and over 32 on one long trip.

about 3 months ago
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GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

bobjr94 Re:GM: Welcome to 1995 (216 comments)

Well, I'm sure the gm board room is full of suits near/past retirement age. They have little knowledge of things like this work. They were likely approached by a mobile internet provider, told we have this great deal for you, you get 30% of sales and all you need to do is put this little box in your cars. You can keep making money on each car after it leaves the show room. They said yes, that's been the problem, we only make money off a car 1 time, when it sold, now we can keep bringing in money for years.

about 4 months ago
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GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

bobjr94 Re:"GM thinks" there's your problem. (216 comments)

No different than the cars that come with xm radio, after the free 3-6 months almost no one continues and pays for a subscription. Many people don't even know about the free trial when they buy their car. My wife's new Subaru supports bluetooth audio, wired ipod/Iphones, usb drives and hd radio. So do many mid-range and up aftermarket radios. You can play internet stations though bluetooth on your phone to the car for no extra charge and what ever songs are in your device's storage. They even shows the audio track tags on the display when on bluetooth or usb.

about 4 months ago
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What Was the Greatest Age For Indie Games?

bobjr94 I remember the old shareware stores (92 comments)

Back before the interne, I remember going to little stores packed with thousands of disks ranging from 99 cents to maybe 3.99 of programs and games from indy developers. Some games were free, you just bought the disk and some you cost a bit more. Most of the time the games were pretty bad, if they even worked, but now and then you came across some pretty good ones. At worst, if you didnt like the program, just delete it and you now had an new blank floppy disk.

about 4 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

bobjr94 Re:Contracting? (477 comments)

I bought a blu ray player once. It took a minute or longer just to start playback, before the forced fbi warnings and unskippable previews & intros. Hardly ever used it and when it died never bought a replacement.

about 4 months ago
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Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator

bobjr94 Re:Is the essay generation software available? (187 comments)

I have checked a bunch of websites and some searching and found no link to this babel generator or even a small excerpt from the submitted paper. I would have expected at least one if not both to be easily found.

about 4 months ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

bobjr94 Re:Chromecast? (117 comments)

My sister has a chromecast stick, it's kind of a pain, we are staying with her for a week. You need to keep your phone nearby, keep netflix or whatever running all the time, cant use your phone for anything else and can only see apps that support chromecasting. You can't just display anything from your phone on your tv. Movies will cut off half way though if your phone goes dead and if you want to run to the store, you have to leave your phone home or whoever is watching netflix will have to wait till you get back. So after 2 days I bought her a roku 1 box at walmart for 48$, it's much better. Has its own remote (or you can use your phone) plays netflix, hulu plus and more, streams content from local networks (movies from my laptop, with a upnp server, xbmc in my case) and it's always there. Spend the extra 10$ and get a set top box and skip the chromecast. It's a neat gadget but long term not very useful.

about 5 months ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

bobjr94 Re:nope! (496 comments)

Back in the 90's people started playing with cheap geo metros to see just how much mileage they could get (because 54mpg just sucks). They took of outside mirrors in a gas saving effort and gained around 3-4mpg. Course on a tahoe it might be 0.3 mpg, a civic 1.3mpg, it all depends on the weight and original mileage. They also put on smaller (narrower) tires, smaller alternators (or removed them altogether) and took out weight (door panels, spare tires).

about 5 months ago
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FCC Boosts Spectrum Available To Wi-Fi

bobjr94 Re:We need more at 2.4ghz (73 comments)

They should have opened more channels 10 years ago and yes, they need more on the 2.4 band as well.

about 5 months ago

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