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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

brainchill Absolutely worthless .. and overpriced (698 comments)

We really need 100k of tech to tell that someone is inside a school building shooting? Really? This is just stupid. Also, this system was designed for use in the field and relies largely on many channels of audio from different sources to converge and tell where a shooter is at a distance. The application here is way, way more simplistic. All they need is a sensor with microphone in each large open area with a trigger to alert for it's sector alone not a massive, complicated computer driven system meant to triangulate point of origin for a bullet moving through though the air. You could build something like this easily with one raspberry pi or old sun microsystems sunspot per open area with a microphone attached to it and one central server.

about a month ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

brainchill Clearly said by someone that has never been .... (875 comments)

I'd like to take this man to a real "war zone" just to see his reaction. If he thinks that the couple of little outbreaks that we've had in this country make it a war zone he's got a lot of reality check time due.

about 6 months ago
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Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

brainchill Within 5 years? Comcast is doing this NOW!!! (475 comments)

In the southeast region we are already subject to this draconian policy ... it's ridiculous that they sell you a 100+Mbps internet connection and then set a bandwidth cap on the connection that, at full speed, can be consumed in a matter of hours.

about 7 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

brainchill Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

Clearly you don't understand what bear arms means .... it doesn't mean own it means CARRY ... the second amendment specifically says that our US governments can pass no law or policy that infringes our right to keep (own) or bear(carry) firearms ... period .... and as you say restrictions that make it harder clearly DO infringe these rights. And more importantly ANY state or municipality that pass a law preventing someone from not just owning but CARRYING a firearm are breaking this ultimate law of our land

about 8 months ago
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Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

brainchill Re:Took them long enough... (934 comments)

HAHAHAHAH You are very, very wrong. You need to spend a while reading the real crime statistics ... you are 1000% more likely to be robbed, raped or murders in ANY major metropolitan area than you are in ANY rural area .... but gun ownership in rural areas are 300-400% higher than they are in the inner city.

about a year ago
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New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

brainchill No one should BELIEVE in evolution. It's a theory. (1010 comments)

No one should BELIEVE in evolution. It's a theory. It's a field of study. It isn't for believing it's for understanding and researching. If you want to believe in something, which suggests faith rather than the acquisition of or pursuit of knowledge you might as well just be reading a bible rather than a science text book.

about a year ago
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Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

brainchill So we're supposed to let them loose to roam? (641 comments)

So we're supposed to let them loose to roam about the US countryside? I can't see this ending badly at all ;) I suppose as legal people we must teach them all sign language? Give them the right to vote? Does it also mean that they go to regular prison when they eat people's faces? Remember this? http://www.nydailynews.com/news/man-lost-face-05-mauling-hell-new-chimpanzee-victim-article-1.364450

1 year,16 days
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HealthCare.gov: What Went Wrong?

brainchill What went wrong is very very simple ... (400 comments)

Idiots wrote the spec. They devised a system that was sized to accommodate 750k simultaneous users and at it's lowest point it's seen between 1-7 MILLION simultaneous users. They drastically undersized the offering.

about a year ago
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When the NSA Shows Up At Your Internet Company

brainchill So gun websites should be monitored? (309 comments)

It started out sounding like an interesting article but I wanted to stop reading and write the guy off as an bigot and an idiot here ... "The customer they were monitoring was a particular website that was very benign. It seems ridiculous to me. It was beyond absurd. It wasn’t like a guns and ammo website."

about a year ago
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L.A. School District's 30,000 iPads May Come With Free Lock-In

brainchill Re: Crippled crap... (232 comments)

No ... Tablets are thr perfect replacement for textbooks and homework paper and much more durable over time than a folding laptop. Tablets shine in the area of viewing and consuming data they just arent good for data creation.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses

brainchill Engineers are pre-wired with doubt and skepticism. (564 comments)

You say we need this to learn uncertainty, doubt and skepticism? .... silly, silly, silly ... Maybe you missed the obvious but real engineers and scientists are pre-wired with doubt, skepticism and an every questioning, non-believing nature. We end up being what we are because we question everything, we want to know why the things are the way that they are, why things work the way that they do etc. I don't know any real engineer or scientist that is willing to leave well enough alone or do something just because it's "the way things are supposed to be" As for uncertainty ... that's a science unto itself. We all know that the world is chaos incarnate but that doesn't keep us from trying to spot the patterns :D

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Hired As a Self-Taught Old Guy?

brainchill Lie .... was that really that difficult? (472 comments)

Simple .... you lie. You don't lie about your accomplishments or your capabilities but you exaggerate the details.

about a year and a half ago
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Analyzing Climate Change On Carbon Rich Peat Bogs

brainchill Like they need another alarmist plot point (163 comments)

Ok, climates chage, this happens. It happened before people and industry were here and it will continue to happen when we are gone. Deep ice core data even shows the similar increases in atmospheric CO2, etc during times that temperatures rise long before humans ever had industrial activities to create this effect ... it happens. No one has ever even proven conclusively whether these gases in the atmosphere are anything more than anecdotal evidence of human effect on the climate or even whether, for certain it's presence is actually a cause or an effect of climate change just that they appear to occur together. There are many ideas that try to prove that it's these gases that are trapping heat in the atmosphere but just recently (as reported on slashdot) it was proven that significantly less heat than was thought or expected was being trapped and most was being reflected and passed back out of the atmosphere ...... So here's the point I'm getting to ..... cleaning up trash, keeping the earth cleaner is never a bad thing but they are going significantly overboard and turning just this idea into a multi-billion dollar industry all of it's own and using it and regulations surrounding it as a method for controlling companies and altering their methods of production and it's gotten a bit out of hand. We need to understand that climates change and there is absolutely nothing that we can do about it .... if all of the people on earth disappeared this phenomenon would continue to happen so rather than trying to change it we need to learn to adapt to these changes.

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix CEO Accuses Comcast of Not Practicing Net Neutrality

brainchill This is just a stupid complaint ... (272 comments)

The bandwidth used to get the data from comcasts servers is only transmitted across comcasts network and doesn't consume upstream bandwidth from peering connections so I would argue that the xfinity data isn't really "internet" traffic at all. It's like arguing that one apartment watching a tv show stored on a server in an apartment complex should be counted as consumed internet bandwidth to the upstream connections.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

brainchill No it's just the wrong solution to the problem (798 comments)

The unity interface turns every computer into a netbook interface that just isn't appropriate for regular computer use or users ....

more than 3 years ago
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How Can I Justify Using Red Hat When CentOS Exists?

brainchill Re:Support them from your own money (666 comments)

You say it over and over again in your response but apparently you don't get it FOSS means FREE/Open Source Software. It was never something that companies were meant to be built around providing ... it is the anti-establishment but it also happens to have become the establishment. It was meant to replace the need for big, bloated, EXPENSIVE proprietary operating systems AND the ridiculously expensive support contract model by the likes of IBM AIX, SUN Solaris etc .... GETTING RID OF THE ANUAL MAINTENANCE COST of running unix systems was have the point of linux for most people to begin with .... then comes this company who's sole financial model was built on building that maintenance cost back in ... and that's great for people who need it but for companies that have significant mindshare in using/maintaining linux systems it's just stupid to pay.

more than 3 years ago
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Devices on my home network (less modem):

brainchill Eery, I was just talking about this on facebook (374 comments)

I was rebuilding my firewall this evening, converting it to new software and re-setting up all the static dhcp mappings ... uggh ... It really blew me away how many devices there were between ipods, ipads, phones, tv's, dvd/bluray players, internet media players, video game systems, iphones and finally ... computers. When I was done I posted this on facebook "t's eye opening when you audit and realize how many internet connected devices you actually have in your home ... between wireless and wired = 42 (it really is the answer to everything)" And then a friend that read it pointed me to this poll that showed up the same night!!!

more than 3 years ago
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US Troops To Leave Iraq By End of Year

brainchill Re:Unilateral withdrawal (386 comments)

The agreement did not say that we couldn't withdraw any time that we want .... just that we could only stay so long .... the agreement says we cannot stay beyond dec 31 2011 in a combat roll without their expressed permission ... which our president has been asking for for 6 months.

more than 3 years ago
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US Troops To Leave Iraq By End of Year

brainchill This date was set in 2008 and not by Obama (386 comments)

It bothers me that all of the "announcements" that I am reading make this look like a decision made for the good of the country by the Obama administration. This is just not the case. As much as I am not a GWB fan the truth of the matter is that the Dec 31 2011 date for removing combat troops from Iraq was set by a a strategic framework and security agreement between the Bush administration white house and the Iraqi's in November of 2008. http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2008/11/20081127-2.html Pentagon officials under the Obama administration have actually been trying to get the Iraqi's to extend this date since may/june of last year but they (Iraqi government) will not ALLOW us to stay any longer in combat capacity.

more than 3 years ago

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The Constitution and What it really meant

brainchill brainchill writes  |  more than 3 years ago

brainchill (611679) writes "I just finished reading the book "The Original Constitution: What it Actually Said and Meant" and thought it was appropriate for this audience. The author, Robert Natelson, is a historian and has been a practicing lawyer and law professor for more than 25 years. He does a fantastic job of providing no-nonsense conversion of english of the 1700s translated directly to present day english. Anywhere that it becomes ambiguous he has painstakingly researched other writings by constitutional framers that explain their intent and also the common construction of thousands of other legal documents of it's day for comparison. He also does a fantastic job of remaining objective and presenting real intent rather than partaking in the party line politics that even our supreme court justices are often guilty of adhering to when rendering opinions."
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