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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

ethanms Re:His defense will fail... (1431 comments)

He went out to his car and retrieved his firearm. The question will be asked, if you were concerned for your safety....why did you return to the theater?

This isn't insightful, it's conjecture.

We don't know that he left the theater to retrieve his firearm, he may have had the firearm on him the whole time and had gone to get the manager... I find it far more likely that he was already carrying his concealed firearm vs. that he was leaving it in a vehicle and went to get it. The whole point of carrying concealed is to defend yourself, the firearm does you no good out in your car and it only becomes a liability if your car is stolen or broken into...

We also don't know that he felt threatened before he left, or when he returned.

From the story so far it doesn't sound like he walked back in and simply shot the younger guy, it sounds like he came back in, sat down, an argument or fight started, and THEN he shot the guy. If the guy was concerned for his life/safety it will be what happened after he returned that caused the concern.

Surveillance footage and testimony from witnesses will start to put this together. We'll know where the older guy went when he left the theater, and we'll start to get a better idea of what happened after he returned and potentially some insight into what could possibly have escalated this from an argument over texting to a fatal shooting.

about 8 months ago
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British TV Show 'Blackout' Triggers Online LOLs

ethanms Re:actual advice (222 comments)

S10, even with the larger 4.3L engine, has the same 105A alternator used in most GM cars.

1 year,4 days
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British TV Show 'Blackout' Triggers Online LOLs

ethanms Re:actual advice (222 comments)

That 100A is probably when the engine is turning somewhere near 1800-2200RPM or greater as well. At "idle" speeds, 600-700rpm, you might only receive 20-25A.

Prior to the insert of a "high idle" mode into the computers, police cruisers used to end up with dead batteries WHILE RUNNING because the power needed to run the on board lights, computer, radio, etc would be more than the alternator produced at standard idle.

My 3500W continuous generator, with a Honda small engine clone, was $275 on sale. It takes up less space than my gas lawn mower.

1 year,4 days
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Cab Hailing Service Uber Collected Just $9M of Fares During 15 Months In Boston

ethanms Re:It seems that (112 comments)

Let's not forget that in many cities the dispatcher is also getting kick backs from the drivers to get the choice calls. It's rampant in Boston to the point that several exposés have been written about it in recent history--don't pay the dispatcher at the start of the shift, you either don't get calls at all, or you get lousy ones...

If the (dispatch) system were far more automated the potential for human intervention and exploitation starts to dwindle.

about a year ago
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New York Times Sells Boston Globe At 93% Loss

ethanms Boston Globe vs. Boston Herald (178 comments)

I see a lot of people talking about local investigative journalism--or at least reporting.

To be fair many of you may not know the local Boston market, there are two papers: Boston Globe, and Boston Herald. Globe is the corporate-faced paper (up 'til now) owned by national media conglomerates. Herald is considered more local these days. Generally the Herald is the paper you read when you want to hear about all the dirty BS the local government is dishing, although they can be too conservative and preachy at times for my taste.

about a year ago
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Full-Size Remote Control Cars

ethanms Re:Anyone know who operates airport subways? (91 comments)

Those trams and subways amount to not much more than sideways elevators. I'm guessing that someone monitors these things at large airports/etc just like someone monitors that the elevators are going. But otherwise they are easily automated because they are on rails, their paths are exclusive, secure and well controlled. There are generally double doors so no one can get in/out when they shouldn't, etc...

about a year ago
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Full-Size Remote Control Cars

ethanms Re:Trucking? (91 comments)

I'm sure they'll hire experienced drivers, remote Teamsters?

This will end up being a lowest bidder situation and just like call centers, you'll have "simulators" over in China, India, wherever filled with remote drivers.

about a year ago
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Obama Praises Amazon At One of Its Controversial Warehouses

ethanms Re:America the beautiful (435 comments)

That mit site is ridiculous. Where can you get an apartment in Boston for $1000 that isn't an unfinished studio in a basement?

What they call a living wage is actually poverty level, or below...

about a year ago
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New Shrew Has Spine of Steel

ethanms Re:way to go slashads (93 comments)

My ad is for a "water hammer arrestor" device that screws into a washing machine... ...that started me wondering just how powerful Thor's Water Hammer would be... blow the faucets right off the tops of the sink... fire the shower mixing valve out of the wall at high speed right into your junk...

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden Still Stuck At Airport, May Be Permitted Entry Into Russia Soon

ethanms Re:He should just go to America and face the music (205 comments)

Ghandi, Mother Theresa, etc...

You die for your principals--

As in I love this country (USA) so much, and believe what has been done is so bad, that I am willing to leak this information to world, but of course I will keep the true secrets out of anyone's hands that could harm the US and it's citizens.

I think that is the OP's point and I don't think it's "Flamebait" at all.

about a year ago
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MIT Uses Machine Learning Algorithm To Make TCP Twice As Fast

ethanms Re:For a second there (250 comments)

Just watched that... completely unsatisfying ending, though I do wonder if it gave birth to a few items that have come to be familiar, or if they were around at the time and re hashed..

about a year ago
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

ethanms Re:33,544 Times (587 comments)

5KB to 16GB would be

3,355,443.2X as much wouldn't it?

5KB x 3,355,443.2 = 16,777,216KB

16,777,216KB / 1024 / 1024 = 16GB

about a year ago
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

ethanms 32767X as much (587 comments)

128KB Apple --> 4GB Dell

about a year ago
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Small Town Builds Its Own Gigabyte Network; Cost To Citizens $57/month

ethanms Re:That's socialism (269 comments)

Too much government control is bad.

Too much corporate control is bad.

Now let's sprinkle in corporate control of government through lobbying dollars and astronomical consultancy fees for former government officials...

People suck.

about a year ago
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Small Town Builds Its Own Gigabyte Network; Cost To Citizens $57/month

ethanms Re:That's socialism (269 comments)

It's probably worth pointing out at this juncture that one of the things that spurs competition, growth and new technology is the fact that stuff is sold for a profit--sometimes a really huge one.

There would be far less drive to push further and further if it were not for the profit carrot being dangled... if everyone were buying from a municipal ISP for just about break-even costs, we might end up stagnating.

about a year ago
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TSA Orders Searches of Valet Parked Car At Airport

ethanms Re:well when you don't tip valets like to (453 comments)

The few times I've been forced to use valet parking I will usually hand the guy taking the car $2 or something... the idea is that you're saying, hey I'm giving you $2 so that you'd don't destroy my car. It makes no sense to be honest because anyone in that type of a job should want to do a good job in order to keep the job itself--either because of the paycheck or access to other tips.

But I also drive an 11 year old Honda Civic that has smelled like spoiled milk for the past 2 years that I've owned it, so honestly, there's not much you can do to it that will make me upset...

about a year ago
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Comcast May Put Wi-Fi Transceivers On Cars, Buses, Humans

ethanms Re: 3G and 4G can run down the car battery (85 comments)

I assume you're not in the US? Never heard of a rental agency in the US with manual transmission, at least not mainstream rental within the past 20 years.

As a person who has rented many cars and had a share of problems, I have never had to pay for a mechanical breakdown--including flat tires or batteries--in the 50+ rentals I've done over the past many years. I've only had a dead battery once though, but I called the rental agency and they sent a tow truck to jump the car. I had a flat once they sent a guy out with a different rental car, I took the new one and he presumably changed the tire on the old one and drove it back to their lot...

So I'm surprised to hear that someone had to pay for a dead battery--the exception of course would be if the rental returned the car and left a light turned on or something, in that case I could potentially understand them trying to hit the renter for a fee...

about a year ago
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Comcast May Put Wi-Fi Transceivers On Cars, Buses, Humans

ethanms Re: 3G and 4G can run down the car battery (85 comments)

WTF are you talking about?

Why would a rental car company charge you, the renter, for a dead battery in their vehicle as a result of equipment they allowed to be installed? Further, I seriously doubt a dead battery in a rental car would be considered "damage", I've needed a jump in a rental before, they usually apologize profusely and send a tow truck to get you going again.

about a year ago
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Comcast May Put Wi-Fi Transceivers On Cars, Buses, Humans

ethanms Re:rule #1 (85 comments)

AT&T hot spots exist on Boston's commuter rail trains... AT&T also has hot spots in cafes which are at the train stations... The routers are inside the train vehicle and the signal is generally not that strong outside of it. I would guess a bus will be similar. I think the likelihood of a bus driving by you kicking you off your existing connection is pretty low. Or at least, that's been my experience using AT&T hot spots while trains pull up, passengers exchange happens, and they pull away...

I suppose MAYBE if you're sitting right next to the bus and using one of the Xfinity outdoor hotspots the bus' signal could rival it so you might end up with a hiccup, maybe...

about a year ago

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Afghan cell phones silenced by Taleban

ethanms ethanms writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ethanms writes "The BBC reports that Afghan cell phone providers have decided to comply with the Taleban's terrorist demands by shutting down their towers from 5PM to 7AM every night.

From the article:
Ten mobile phone masts were attacked in recent weeks, the latest on Tuesday night, the Afghan government says. Last month the Taleban threatened the companies, alleging that the networks were being used by Afghan and Nato troops to target them. Mobile phones are the only form of communication for many Afghans. Since a threat by the Taleban last month to target the towers unless the phone companies switched off their signals at night, 10 such facilities have been attacked, six of them completely destroyed. Afghanistan has four mobile phone companies, all privately owned, and they now appear to have begun complying."

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