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How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

careysb I've had som VR goggles for almost a year now (202 comments)

I bought a pair of VR goggles almost a year ago for flying my drone. It permits me to see what the drone sees in real-time.

about three weeks ago

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

careysb Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

And because Wal-Mart's a horrible corporate "citizen", *we* get to make up the wage difference for their employees in the form of food stamps & other government assistance.

If they raised wages, we would have to pay more on food stamps, because they would hire different people, and their current employees would likely be unemployed. Have you ever been to Wal-Mart? My local store employs a woman in a wheelchair, and two people that appear to have Down's Syndrome. Most of their other employees don't look much brighter. These people get paid $10 per hour because that is what they are worth. If Wal-Mart is forced to raise wages, then they will pull more capable people from other more useful employment, and their current employees would get pink slips.

While there may be a slight element of truth to that I feel that it's more of a corporate management argument. IF the government would raise the minimum wage to a 'living' level then we'd see a slow move away from food stamps. It would also level the low end wage earner playing field and put Walmart (et al) in a position of not being able to lower prices because their employees' salaries are subsidized by taxes (you and me).

about three weeks ago

ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops

careysb Netflix vs Google (289 comments)

It seems that ISP's are so concerned with Netflix's bandwidth suck that they try to get away with throttling. What about Google? Supposedly Google's web crawlers account for the largest single chunk of Internet bandwidth. (Ok, educate me)
Sent from my IBM 360 mainframe

about 2 months ago

California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction

careysb Reduce usage - pay more (362 comments)

In Denver we suffered through a drought that lasted a few years. There was a big campaign to get people to reduce their water usage - and it worked! People significantly reduced their water usage - so much that the water board was no longer getting the revenue that it said it needed. So, the rates went up.

Funny how the rates didn't go back down when the drought was over.

Also, not surprisingly, the golf courses got all the water they wanted.

about 2 months ago

U.S. Border Patrol Drone Goes Down, Rest of Fleet Grounded

careysb WOW! $12 million ??? (138 comments)

You can buy a whole load of DJI Phantoms for that price. Quantity over quality.

about 3 months ago

MIT Develops Inexpensive Transparent Display Using Nanoparticles

careysb Cool (87 comments)

Cool, p0rn while I'm driving.

about 3 months ago

US Senator Warns Against Political Surveillance By Drone

careysb Peeping Toms (150 comments)

After her admission, one cannot help but wonder if peeping toms the world over are not weeping for joy of this new technology?

I have a drone (DJI Phantom) and it sounds like a small weed whacker - hardly a stealth device.

about 3 months ago

FISA Judges Oppose Intelligence Reform Proposals Aimed At Court

careysb The solution (187 comments)

The whole solution is to slash the NSA budget and let them figure out where to get the most bang for their buck. They'll never tell you the truth about what they're up to and the "secret" courts are a joke. Cut their budget in half and they may have to choose between spying on their citizens and spying on foreign nationals.

about 3 months ago

PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

careysb Re:Custom Builds (564 comments)

I replaced my Vista machine 1-1/2 years ago with a custom built. I had no problems with Vista but I was getting deeper into video editing and my old machine couldn't handle it. So now I have a gaming machine that handles it very nicely. Should last me a while, or until I transition to 4K video.

about 3 months ago

I think wearable computing will take off...

careysb Re:First! (254 comments)

Don't we already have this? It's called a smart phone, and I wear it all the time.

about 3 months ago

No. of vehicle license types I hold:

careysb Drone license (312 comments)

I have a driver's license. That's all, until such time as I'm required to license my drone (DJI Phantom).

about 3 months ago

New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

careysb Re:I believe it (1010 comments)

This is a sad reflection on our education system. Unfortunately we are a country of many education systems and they are extremely localized and the locals have gotten what they've asked for.

about 4 months ago

Member of President Obama's NSA Panel Recommends Increased Data Collection

careysb Re:Change you can believe in! (349 comments)

I didn't actually "believe" that Obama would make things better. I did hope though. On the other hand, I did believe that Romney would have made it worse.

about 4 months ago

Member of President Obama's NSA Panel Recommends Increased Data Collection

careysb Re:WTF?! (349 comments)

Seeing as how I haven't really heard anything to the contrary, this is what I expect will happen. And even if I had heard something to the contrary, this is what I would expect.

about 4 months ago

Data Broker Medbase200 Sold Lists of Rape & Domestic Violence Victims

careysb "They" (168 comments)

Who are the "they" that are selling the list. Let's see names, addresses, phone numbers, family member names, etc..

about 4 months ago

Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo Form Alliance Against NSA

careysb That's our job (293 comments)

How dare you collect and analyze personal data on our clients! That's our job!

about 4 months ago

Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

careysb Why are you spying on your ex-girlfriend? (841 comments)

Washington Post:
"Last month, we reported on LOVEINT, the facetious term used to describe NSA analysts who misuse their surveillance powers to spy on romantic interests instead of terrorists. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) asked the NSA to get more specific about the misconduct the NSA had uncovered. So the NSA sent Grassley a letter with details of the 12 LOVEINT incidents it has uncovered since 2003.

The incidents have a number of things in common. Almost all of them involved spying on foreigners outside of the United States (one man targeted his American girlfriend, and a few others spied on communications involving both Americans and foreigners). In seven of the 12 cases, the misbehaving employee resigned while the disciplinary process was ongoing. The rest received letters of reprimand, got demoted, lost pay, were denied security clearances or faced other punishments. None of the individuals were prosecuted for their actions."

"Not prosecuted"? No wonder they're not getting any support. (amongst many, many, many other reasons)

about 4 months ago

The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

careysb Re:"Can you hear me now?" (582 comments)

Absolutely! Talking on a cell phone is often like talking on a walkie-talkie, --over-- The pauses and delay are extremely annoying --over--

So, if the phone companies will save "vast" amounts of money by doing away with POTS, they why aren't they upgrading their lines already on their dime? Are they waiting for the tax payer to foot the bill? And by "lines", I mean replacing the last mile of copper with fiber, not cell phones.

about 5 months ago



Poll - Prepared for Retirement?

careysb careysb writes  |  about a year and a half ago

careysb (566113) writes "Prepared for retirement?
I'm still in school
I'm still young, lots of partying to do
I have a college diploma but school loans to pay
I have my retirement accounts to take care of me
I have it invested in the market
I've received a large inheritance, so no worries
I have all my money in off-shore accounts
The government will take care of me
Are you kidding? On a McDonald's salary?"

Regex tricks (and the programs that use them)

careysb careysb writes  |  more than 5 years ago

careysb (566113) writes "I've really enjoyed "*nix tricks" and "VIM tricks". How about one on regular expressions and the programs that use them. Carey"

Can email content be copyrighted?

careysb careysb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

careysb (566113) writes "I've just gotten so used to every email that I send from my place of employment being modified to add "for business used only" and "proprietary" notices to the end that I barely noticed that my ISP had started to append their own advertising to the end of my personal emails. Can I consider my email content to be copyrighted and that their use of my material for advertising purposed is in violation of my copyright? (IANAL's need reply)"


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