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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

coastal984 Should be sent.... (349 comments)

...to live in very close quarters with patent trolls, child molesters, and politicians.

about a month ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

coastal984 Overblown Story About Nothing (111 comments)

After reading TFA, this is much to do about nothing. One piece of "news" requested by the White House to be removed included paring down an article of the President's visit on the "Tonight Show" based on an agreement with the show not to release too much about the content of the show before broadcast - a common show biz rule. Another was a line about the First Lady working out in a hotel gym, while another was a piece about the President honoring a retiring long-time White House journalist with a cake and a humorous quip. The only thing of possible substance here is the 4th mentioned report where a reporter had sour grapes about being left out of a photo op, and wrote a piece comparing his treatment to a freedom of the press speech the President had given days earlier.

In fact, they quoted other reporters saying they've never had a problem, and have never been corrected besides "spelling and factual errors".

What a sham post. Editors should be ashamed of themselves for trying to start a boiling political argument over nothing. Smells thickly of corporate motives, which is blatantly unacceptable.

about a month and a half ago
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HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

coastal984 HPSupport transferred me to a car dealership in NY (137 comments)

I really wish I was making this up - I called asking about bulk replacement for my organization, and the email address they gave me was not working. So tier 1 said they would "transfer me to the team in charge of the recall." Well, I was connected with Scott, the service manager of a Chevrolet Dealership in upstate New York. Besides a good laugh, he obviously wasn't able to help me very much. *sigh*

about 3 months ago
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Who controls the HVAC at work?

coastal984 Immutable Powers... (216 comments)

...who must be a woman in menopause. It's either Hell or Antarctica, and spends little time in between.

about 6 months ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

coastal984 Missing Option (307 comments)

Can we send the Slashdot Beta?

about 8 months ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

coastal984 Not unlike the colonial settlers from Europe (307 comments)

No, it's not exactly the same, but when Europeans set sail for the Americas, they had no intention, nor any guarantee, of going back. I'm not in favor of a "suicide mission", but if there's a reasonable expectation that we can keep them alive for the rest of their natural lives, then yes, we should consider investigating it. That being said, that's a massive financial commitment, and I'd much prefer a return method be an option.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

coastal984 Don't do it. (451 comments)

I'm the exact opposite of you. I'd love to get out of my IT shop and get into working with kids. I'm 29. Trade? Haha

about 9 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

coastal984 Re:Antitrust lawsuit? (303 comments)

No, it won't eliminate consumer choice because most often Cable companies have a government-authorized monopoly on a geographic area.

What this will do is create a powerhouse negotiator with the content companies as they would represent about 1/3 of all cable households. Who really hates this deal is those content companies, and the satellite companies. If allowed, Comcast will have the power to negotiate substantially lower TV subscription costs than Direct/Dish, and take money out of the content producer/broadcasters coffers.

The other side is internet... but I'm not sure that this is going to affect their DSL/FIOS competitors that much. Maybe I'm wrong on this, but I think this is likely a secondary concern that lags behind the concerns of the networks/sat providers.

about 9 months ago
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Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

coastal984 Re:Self Taught (655 comments)

This. I did a solid 5 years of traditional college... Majored in Architecture, Communications, and finally Business before saying "screw it" and sitting for my A+ exam after a couple of nights in a study guide book. Did a 6 month term on a corporate help desk before moving on to a municipal IT shop, where I've been for nearly 5 years, and have gained a TON of knowledge and experience. I'm simply a better learner by doing and figuring than I am by sitting in a classroom.

about a year ago
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Is It Time to Replace Your First HDTV? (Video)

coastal984 Re:TV? You mean, single-use device? (418 comments)

TV's arn't going anywhere. If I were a single apartment dweller who never entertained, I'd be inclined to agree that I might never need a big TV and would watch everything on my laptop and/or tablet. But I'm not. The family watches TV together. Groups come over to watch games. Not to mention, hooked up to my 7.1 Onkyo system, I have my own little theater that just isn't replicated by my laptop in my lap. TV's have a long, long future ahead of them.

about a year ago
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Is It Time to Replace Your First HDTV? (Video)

coastal984 9 years later, still won't trade my Pioneer Plasma (418 comments)

9 years ago, we shelled out 4-figures for a 43" Pioneer Plasma. Today, I swing through a Best Buy and HH Gregg once every month or so, and glance at the TV's, and simply put, the LCD's on the market that can match it's picture. (I couldn't care less about 3D). It's the perfect size for our den (sure, it could take a 48", or even a 52", but the 43" doesn't leave me wanting for any more picture).

Got what we paid for: Awesomeness and longevity.

I'm going to go knock on some wood now.

about a year ago
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Home wireless security level?

coastal984 Open, because... (438 comments)

I live on a large tract of land in the middle of freaking nowhere, and if you're close enough to pick up my network, you're within my range for me to legally shoot you. And even if the legality is questionable, there's plenty of acreage for them to never find your body.

about a year ago
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Apple Updates MacBooks and Mac Pro Desktop With Haswell, "Unified Thermal Core"

coastal984 Re:cylindrical (464 comments)

Did we just get NeXTcubed?

about a year and a half ago
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First Looks At Windows 8.1, Complete With 'Start' Button

coastal984 Re:Not good enough (800 comments)

I wish I had mod points right now for this. It's very true - end user support staff are asked to support a massively wide range of applications and end user environments. Rebooting is almost always a go-to to make sure something the user has done during the session isn't causing the issue. It gives you a fresh instance of the computer to try and recreate and troubleshoot the issue. I suggest gstoddart get in the trenches one day and allow us all to laugh as he languishes with backlogged tickets as he tries to "figure out why something doesn't work" instead of just rebooting the damn thing.

about a year and a half ago
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Has Google Shut Down SMS Search?

coastal984 Re:Killed because it wasn't a revenue generator (118 comments)

Actually no, all you needed was a dumb phone with text messaging. Some of us have no desire for a smartphone... I hate touch screens... I hate the size of the smartphones themselves... all I needed was my little dumbphone and a text messaging plan to, gasp, make phone calls, and send/receive text messages. Now, I lose a lot of functionality for finding basic address/phone number information with my phone because this service is gone. I have no problem with people who want/use smartphones. However, I for one, like many others, have no desire for their size/expense.

about a year and a half ago
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Has Google Shut Down SMS Search?

coastal984 Re:Killed because it wasn't a revenue generator (118 comments)

Exactly. I have been using my Samsung Alias 2 for 4 years now. I LOVE this phone. I don't WANT a smartphone, with it's larger size and attached data plan I won't use. I'd actually have gladly paid maybe $1.99/month to have SMS search from google, because I use it at least once a week. It was so simple - Send a text with "business/city/state" and it sends you a text back with the address and phone number. Very efficient, simple, and I don't need a "f*ing handheld computer" to do it.

about a year and a half ago

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Yahoo! Sports re-design sparks controversy, disdain from users

coastal984 coastal984 writes  |  about a year ago

coastal984 (847795) writes "Yahoo! launched their latest redesign over the past couple of weeks, revamping their utilitarian Yahoo! Sports section with a new-age, modernized look, which features a much darker, graphical background, and light, larger text. Only problem is, the sports buffs that frequented Yahoo! Sports loved the basic, easy to read and comprehend presentation that the old site used (Which was a predominately plain white background, and smaller, dark text. Thousands of users took to Yahoo's uservoice page to express their discontent, begging for the old design back. How will Marissa Mayer and her team respond to the swell of negative criticism, if at all?"
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High School Web Design Competition Topic

coastal984 coastal984 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

coastal984 (847795) writes "I coordinate a high school web design competition for a national Career & Technical Student Organization. The competition is weighted towards content and presentation, with the content being an annually changing topic. Past topics were, for example, Future of NASA Manned Space Exploration, Web Accessibility for the Visually Impaired, Open Source Software Alternatives, and "What Will Web 3.0 Be Like?".

I've been spinning ideas around for a new topic, but they all seem bland and uninteresting (This past topic on NASA wasn't exactly a thriller. The Accessibility, Web 3.0, and Open Source ones received far better responses and deep thinking/research.) What might the Slashdot crowd suggest for a competition topic for high schoolers?"
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ACLU Questions Privacy of Virginia Police License Plate Scanners

coastal984 coastal984 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

coastal984 (847795) writes "The ACLU is questioning the usage and retention of data by the Virginia State Police and various local police agencies in the Commonwealth as part of a 35-state inquiry into license plate scanners.
"ACLU chapters in 35 states announced Monday that they are querying law enforcement agencies through Freedom of Information Act requests about how they are using the scanning technology and about the extent to which the information may be used to compile "movement histories" of people. "Automatic license plate readers make it possible for the police to track our location whenever we drive our cars and to store that information forever," said Catherine Crump, staff attorney with the ACLU's Speech, Privacy & Technology Project."

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Facebook changes your email listing to @facebook.com without permission

coastal984 coastal984 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

coastal984 (847795) writes "Facebook has rolled out a sweeping change to profiles few have noticed, without users' permission: Your email listing has been changed from whatever you had posted to an @facebook.com address. You have to go and change it back manually to undo the change. One would have thought Facebook would have learned it's lesson by now, but apparently they have not."
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Officials Accidently Crash RC Boat into Wrong Boat

coastal984 coastal984 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

coastal984 (847795) writes "NBC12 in Richmond, Virginia recently reported how officials from the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, in a first-ever test of crashing two full-sized boats into each other, accidently hit the wrong boat — instead of the two remotely controlled vessels colliding, they missed, and one veered off and hit a manned chase boat. From the article: "At first the two [remote control] boats were heading straight at each other. Then something went wrong." No people were hurt, but a 225 horsepower engine is a new reef for the fishies at the bottom of the James River. The article has video showing the crash from two different angles."
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coastal984 coastal984 writes  |  about 8 years ago

coastal984 (847795) writes "CNN is covering the announcement of talks between Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics and Cisco to build "The Stadium of the Future". The ballpark will pack one wireless technology feature after another, namely through the use of Smart Phones. From the article, "Fans will swipe electronic tickets stored on cell phones. Bleacher bums will view instant replays at their seats with laptop computers. And digital advertising displays will be able to switch images based on the buying habits of the people walking by through data embedded in their cell phones." Fans could also order pictures of themselves from crowd cameras, and pay to have those pictures shown on stadium jumbo screens. At the earliest, the ballpark could open by the 2011 season.

My question is this: Is technology invading things it shouldn't? Arn't there some areas of our culture that arn't meant to be exploited by technology? Shouldn't these areas be left pure, to preserve the experience of old?"
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coastal984 coastal984 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

coastal984 (847795) writes "Facebook, the college (and now, high school & professional) networking site originally started as a small, one school site which has expanded to nearly every college and university in the United States, launched changes to their web site this morning, provoking a massive and immediate response, and not the one they had hoped. Hundreds of "Groups" formed, the largest of which have between 2,000 and 15,000 members, and sites like this student portal have put up pages detesting the recent changes. What do the college members not like? Alot of things, but the main issue is the new "News Feed" on every page which tracks recent changes, activities, and comments made by everyone the user is connected to, such as a change in a users relationship status."

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