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At $250, New Chromebook Means Competition For Tablets, Netbooks, Ultrabooks

gone.fishing Lots of blind opinions (283 comments)

Lotta people who haven't even seen it yet are sure rendering authoritative opinions. Me thinks the proper thing to do is to wait and see and decide for myself, or at least to talk to someone with real experience. I like Googles stuff in general and hope I would like their Chromebook and the Chrome O/S as well.

more than 2 years ago

Subject To a "Stop and Frisk"? There's an App For That

gone.fishing Police in the hood (201 comments)

I live in the toughest part of Minneapolis which is a fairly large city. It is bad enough so I have a carry permit and carry my pistol whenever I go out, even to mow the lawn. I've had to go for my weapon to avoid being robbed in the busy parking lot of a local store.

Watching drug deals going down is a normal thing to see, some bus shelters serve almost as drive through windows. The weekly police reports always reveal multiple felon in possession of firearms charges, guns taken away from juveniles, and people arrested for other crimes having weapons. Every week there are people shot, stabbed, and gravely injured.

I see police stops and searches all the time and sometimes stopped and filmed them. I keep a respectful distance, always make it apparent that I am taking pictures or video. I never try to interfere with or distract the officers while they are doing their job. I've never been asked to stop taking pictures, I've never been asked to step back or leave.

There are bloggers in this same neighborhood who have not had the same experience, some have had their phones/cameras seized as evidence, been threatened with arrest, and other things (or so they say on their blogs). But I have to say, these bloggers are loudmouths in their blogs and I have to believe that they probably push the envelope in real life as well.

more than 2 years ago

No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

gone.fishing What I saw wasn't punnishment (948 comments)

I watched the video straight through, it was hard to do. What I saw was clearly not punishment, it was flat out inexcusable abuse.

His life as he previously knew it is over. And that is good. He deserves worse than he will get and I have confidence that Anonymous will be very effective. Then there are all the professional responsibility and ethics boards that are all chomping at the bit to get at him.

more than 3 years ago

State Dept. Employee Investigated For Linking To WikiLeaks

gone.fishing Freedom of Speech (172 comments)

Since when does being a government employee interfere with your freedom of speech?

more than 3 years ago

Why We Don't Need Gigabit Networks (Yet)

gone.fishing Never say never (359 comments)

"640k ought to be enough for anyone." "There is a world-wide market for about fifteen computers."

Time and time again people have been deeply mistaken about anything having to do with the future of computing. The first time I saw a VGA display I was so smitten that I thought "this is the best it can be". Well I was wrong and so were a lot of other people who thought that there would never be a need for something more advanced than what technology has to offer today.

We expand technology by pushing against the current limits, finding things that cannot be done as the technology exists today and figuring out how to get it done and then proposing that solution as a standard. Meanwhile someone else has found a different solution and they too have submitted it as the standard. Then the wrestling begins perhaps one solution is accepted or maybe the solutions are married or an entirely different standard is found or maybe everything is rejected and they become proprietary products.

I'm 55 years old with lots of gray hair yet I still hold out hope that before I die I will be able to play, just once, in a holodeck, maybe with someone overseas. That could require something more than gig lines.

more than 3 years ago

Will Graphene Revolutionize the 21st Century?

gone.fishing Cautiously Optimistic (345 comments)

I think graphene will probably fulfill some promises and fall flat with others. Since carbon (which graphene is) is a semiconductor I am more hopeful for it to become an efficient electronic resource. Because it is a semiconductor, I am less hopeful that it will become a better battery (carbon has been used in batteries for years but it's electrical leakage eventually drains an unused battery). As a material I expect that it will have the same shortcomings that carbon fiber has - in order to be strongest it needs to be pure which has proven difficult to achieve and therefore expensive. Graphene itself is expensive to manufacture. Is it even possible to chain it together to make long chains of it? I don't know but do know it is hard to do it with carbon fiber. What are the health consequences of making it, using it, or wearing it? So many things seem promising but end up being very bad (asbestos, lead, VOC's) that I am not sure it will launch. Seems like a submicroscopic sharp hard item may cause problems in the lungs.

more than 3 years ago

IBM Files the Patent Troll Patent

gone.fishing I can see an Abbott and Costello routine in here (109 comments)

IBM: "I'd like to File a Patent Application on how to get a Patent"
Patent Examiner: Okay but what is the patent application for exactly?
IBM: How to get a patent.
PE: Let me get this straight, you want a patent on patents?
IBM: Well not exactly, on how to get a patent.

I'm not feeling funny enough to take this all the way but you get the idea.

about 4 years ago

Diabetic Men May Be Able To Grow Their Own Insulin-Producing Cells

gone.fishing Now (148 comments)

That takes balls.

more than 4 years ago

Net Pioneers Say Open Internet Should Be Separate

gone.fishing Dirty feeling (216 comments)

It makes me think of separate but equal. Man the internet wants to be open, let it be open.

more than 4 years ago

In Florida, a Cell Phone Network With No Need For a Spectrum License

gone.fishing Does this mean (107 comments)

that Slashdot now needs a "Florida" tag?

more than 4 years ago

Humans Will Need Two Earths By 2030

gone.fishing SSDD (738 comments)

We've been on the verge of running out of oil, running out of fresh water, and killing our oceans how many times now? I have no doubt that some day humans will go the way of the dinosaurs but it will probably be a long time from now unless a killer virus morphs into something that spreads uncontrollably and kills off all of earth's connected humans. If that happens then the lost tribes in the Amazon and on some Asian islands will probably still be isolated enough and will be able to repopulate the earth.

more than 4 years ago

Minnesota Moving To Microsoft's Cloud

gone.fishing Re:Ugh, I unfortunately am a Minnesotan. (345 comments)

He has raised taxes on things like cigarettes and alcohol.

We have a crumbling infrastructre. The 35W bridge is simply a glaring example of that. The fact is that we are not doing a good job of maintaining what our forfathers built. Replacing is generally far more expensive than maintaining.

Yes today they would not build a bridge the same way they did in years past.

I'm pleased that our administration can sleep at night but I don't understand how they can do it. They are causing our neediest citizens a much poorer life. The cuts in welfare are deeply affecting people in nursing homes. It is forcing changes in their medication and even restricts some of the "hardware" that they need for health and comfort (catheters and so on). I know one person who was required to change plans only to discover that a specialist they needed could no longer treat them.

more than 4 years ago

Minnesota Moving To Microsoft's Cloud

gone.fishing Ugh, I unfortunately am a Minnesotan. (345 comments)

I guess this news should have floored me but it doesn't. We have an entrenched administration that has the mantra "No new taxes" which has a nice sounding ring to it but the result has been less pretty (like a major interstate bridge that just decided to fall into the Mississippi river). I was drivng down the freeway today and the truck was bouncing around so badly I had to slow down (and I was not speeding).

How does all this relate to moving to the Microsoft cloud? I am sure the state is getting a low cost price to get them in the door. Once hooked the price will go up and it will need to be paid and some other service will be asked to do more with less. Maybe the old lady in the nursing home will have to cut back on someting like drugs or catheters. Maybe a school will have to put off buying science textbooks (for the tenth year in a row).

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Changing Users Router Passwords

gone.fishing Don't Drink and Drive; Don't Use Default Passwords (545 comments)

You sound just like someone who got a DWI and is whining about how unfair it is. You got "Busted" - deal with it.

I think Verizon did you a favor and I am 99.999% sure that their conduct is allowed under their Terms of Service.

That said, I would have done things differently. I would have redirected you to a page telling you exactly what you need to do to regain access. I don't like doing things like changing the user's router settings or passwords. I figure if you have to do the work maybe you will remember it a bit better.

Verizon did you a favor; STFU and get over it.

more than 4 years ago

Retrieving a Stolen Laptop By IP Address Alone?

gone.fishing Try your county sheriff (765 comments)

Try your county sheriff. The cops are appointed and their boss is the mayor or in the case of the college the dean. The sheriff is elected and reports to the people. Go there and tell them that you are not getting decent help from the campus cops.

It is also true that you can go to the courts yourself and get the court to subpoena the ISP's records. They will cooperate.

more than 4 years ago

Behind Cyberwar FUD

gone.fishing And now for an entirely different tack (98 comments)

I'm not the brightest bulb on the block and that manifests it self as fear when I don't understand something. I am petrified of cancer and of some sort of sudden brain injury (my dad suffered many strokes before his death and my mom died of cancer). The author of the article probably has a couple of fears too. Couple that with his 'marching orders" which was probably something like "Write a doom and gloom article about the cyber-security risks to America's infrastructure for July 4th" and you get a superficial fluffy article that is intended to scare people who read The Economist.

The author probably read a lot of background matterial and understood about 20% of it (like when I tried to read about cancer in medical jounals). He was left concernd and still not understanding most of what he needed to know. Bear in mind he writes for a magazine called "The Economist" and not one called "Slashdot". On top of that there do seem to be a lot of authorities that sound terribly concerned about security (and sell products to protect you).

Anyway the editors got what they wanted and he got published.

more than 4 years ago

Is the 4th Yellow Pixel of Sharp Quattron Hype?

gone.fishing Open Mind (511 comments)

At first blush it appears to be hype but I am trying to keep an open mind because of something that happened to me when I saw my first HD TV picture. I was of the opinion that HD couldn't be that much better than SD. Shortly after I saw my first HD images I was ready to admit that I was wrong. From the moment I laid eyes on HD I knew there was a whole new world out there! I am now a certifiable HD snob. I don't know what I did before but I do know I watched less TV.

I haven't seen one of the new TVs yet to day I think it makes a difference or not. I will know, and probably rather quickly when I see it if I believe it or not. The first place I will look is at white/black interfaces. That should tell me a lot.

I really do hope it is hype. I think the 47" TV is a little too big to be moved into the bedroom.

more than 4 years ago

9/11 Made Us Safer, Says Bruce Schneier

gone.fishing Re:No, just more paranoid (280 comments)

But are you really paranoid if they are out to get you?

I don't buy into the fact that all of the changes since 9/11 have made us safer. They have caused us untold inconvenience and hassle. There is little doubt that the entire TSA is a waste of time, effort, and money. The billions of dollars that have been spent on upgrading the civil defense structures (police, fire, EMS and so on) have maybe helped communities out by having some additional equipment but they really aren't doing much to deter terrorism. All in all what 9/11 did was made a bunch of government providers very rich (example a 24' boat costing almost $250,000 was recently ordered by the Ramsey County MN Sheriff's Department. It was approved by the County Commissioners because it would be paid for out of Homeland Security and Stimulus funds. The boat is justified because it can be used to fight terrorism on the Mississippi River!

But there are some very nasty people out there who are out to get us. Good old fashioned vigilance goes a lot further than all these high tech toys and making us take our shoes off at the airport.

Maybe some of that stimulus money should go to hot dog cart vendors?

more than 4 years ago

Judge Lowers Jammie Thomas' Damages to $54,000

gone.fishing Re:3 - 5 years? (390 comments)

Bravo! There are many forms of prejudice and I suspect that Ms Thomas has felt more than her share. Thank you for so skillfully pointing out that people are making assumptions.

Also for what it is worth, Brainerd is not really in the iron range.

You can get a pretty decent place near Brainerd for $54 grand (as long as it doesn't have shoreline footage).

The Mille Lacs Band is not known for paying high wages...

about 5 years ago

Truth Or Dare — What Is the Best US Cell Company?

gone.fishing Opinions (395 comments)

What you read here should be taken with a grain of salt (except for my post of course).

Opinions are like assholes; everyone has one and most of them stink.

about 5 years ago



RIAA: This case is about to get interesting

gone.fishing gone.fishing writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gone.fishing (213219) writes " Stay tuned: This case is about to get really interesting If you would enjoy seeing what a federal judge looks like when he's hopping mad, drop by the federal courthouse in Duluth August 4th. The RIAA lawyers forgot to tell the judge about a couple of details he might have wanted to know: One, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, which presides over the District of Minnesota, had previously ruled that you can't have liability without proof of actual dissemination, and secondly, one of the two authorities the record company lawyers were relying upon, an Arizona case named Atlantic v. Howell, had been vacated a week before the Thomas trial."

gone.fishing gone.fishing writes  |  about 8 years ago

gone.fishing (213219) writes "According to this article: http://wcco.com/watercooler/watercooler_story_0110 53731.html In a U.S. government warning high on the creepiness scale, the Defense Department cautioned its American contractors about what it described as a new espionage threat: Canadian coins with tiny radio frequency transmitters hidden inside. The mysterious coins were found on contractors with security clearances on at least three separate occasions as the contractors traveled through Canada. The report doesn't suggest who might be tracking the contractors or why. It doesn't explain how the Pentagon discovered the coins or how the transmitters function."

gone.fishing gone.fishing writes  |  more than 8 years ago

gone.fishing writes "A Lawsuit challenges government's right to read your e-mail. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting in this article: http://www.startribune.com/789/story/884388.html that a seller of "natural male enhancement" products sued after a fraud indictment based on evidence gleaned from his electronic mail. Federal prosecutors say they don't need a search warrant to read your e-mail messages if those messages happen to be stored in someone else's computer.

Guess Bob's not smiling now."



Compaq Armada 1130T

gone.fishing gone.fishing writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I just inhereted a retired Compaq 1130T. Cool little laptop with a P133 processor, 32MB RAM and a 1GB HDD. Not much of a computer really but it is something that I see has a few possibilities. She does not have a CD-ROM but does have a FDD.

I want to make her run Linux with X-Windows and a couple of applications (Spreadsheet, Word Processor, Browser). I'll use a PC Card to hook her to the network.

Here is my problem. I will need to install the base Linux from FDD and then connect to a shared Windows CD-ROM drive to get the rest down (or I could go straight to the net I guess). I really want the install to be simple and basic. But I don't know much about Linux and it strikes me that what I am attempting would almost send shivers down the spine of even the Slashdot Sysadmins!

Gotta make this happen. Summer is comming. Summer means time in the woods. Summer means many miles in the van. This computer is something that I could carry with and not worry too much about. My other laptop is really too good to risk in these environments.


My Lexmark repair experience

gone.fishing gone.fishing writes  |  more than 11 years ago

My Lexmark X73 printer decided to quit feeding paper. Looking into the machine from the top or the bottom, I could not see anything jamming the printer but the paper simply wouldn't feed (however, it made lots of noise).

The printer is just 13 months old, has worked well and meets most of my needs in the Windoze environment (there are NO *nix drivers available).

No "disposable" income although I do lust after one a those Epson printers with the colorfast technology.

Time to tear it apart. There are only four screws available to the outside. Pulled all four screws and started unsnapping panels. These machines must be assembled by robots. Everything just snaps in and out so precisely.

Got the machine apart in a few big chunks and a couple of smaller pieces. Not much hassle at all. Started poking around and finally found a fuzzy little piece of lint jammed between a roller and the base - it could not be seen without taking the printer apart. It was really wedged in there! Finally managed to disconnect the roller from the frame and fish out the stuff.

Turns out to be toilet paper. How on earth could toilet paper find its way into a printer? There were two possibilities. The kids or the kitten. Grilling the kids, they claimed they didn't do it so I guess that leaves tha cat who does enjoy kleenex and toilet paper a whole lot.

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