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Illinois University Restricts Access To Social Media, Online Political Content

hallkbrdz Re:More about Indoctrination (130 comments)

Precisely!

Any educational value is just incidental.

about 1 month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

hallkbrdz Too thin! (550 comments)

I would love to have laser surgery - however my cornea is too thin to do so.

So I wait, until the sleeping FDA approves better lenses for lens replacement - since that is the only kind of eye correction I can have. :-(

about 2 months ago
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Fixing China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Them

hallkbrdz Re:Rights tariffs, then? (322 comments)

...and I'd take tariffs on imports over the IRS any day of the week.

about 3 months ago
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Fixing China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Them

hallkbrdz Re:Rights tariffs, then? (322 comments)

And the problem with that is?

Elected officials should always do what is best for their country's citizens, not someone else's. The problem is, most of the time they just do what is best for themselves instead.

about 3 months ago
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Brownsville SpaceX Space Port Faces More Regulatory Hurdles

hallkbrdz The heavy hand (78 comments)

A great example of the heavy hand of government.

Amazing anything ever gets done in America.

about 3 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

hallkbrdz Good for them (661 comments)

National or UN derived standards (common core) are wrong - keep education control local to meet local requirements. Way to go Wyoming.

about 4 months ago
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Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

hallkbrdz Re:Good PR Move (250 comments)

Well done Fluke.

Still use my 1985 Fluke 77 MM all the time.

about 6 months ago
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

hallkbrdz Re:Control... (926 comments)

Right. As it is they could care less what we think or want. They buy votes with our own tax dollars and do whatever is necessary (completely lie) to get re-elected. They completely ignore the Constitution (our laws for them) and no one (the free press) holds them accountable.

We must ensure that they fear us instead. We must remind them they are public servants - and we are their masters, not the other way around.

about 10 months ago
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The Cost of the US Government Shutdown To Science

hallkbrdz Re:Better model needed (355 comments)

Exactly.

The answer is first SHRINK IT. Then bin the horrible excuse of an income tax and replace it with a national sales tax so everyone pays tax.

Look at this list of departments and agencies and tell me you have even a clue at what half of these do for us taxpayers - and how they don't overlap other federal or state agencies. The size of the federal government is obese and needs to be put on a diet. Simply getting rid of departments and agencies that do not have to be at the federal level would be a good starting place (e.g. Dept of Education). Others like pure science, NASA, etc. should remain at the federal level.

http://www.usa.gov/directory/federal/

about a year ago
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The Cost of the US Government Shutdown To Science

hallkbrdz Re:Why? (355 comments)

> Did Obama let it happen?

Let?

Congress - the House and the Senate must work together to pass a BUDGET before the current one expires. That is then signed into law by the current President.

This CR business is a real problem, and the Senate seems uninterested in actually doing to work to create one. Instead of normal, yearly budgets passed in the spring, in plenty of time - we just keep taking onto what we had the previous year in a "crisis" mode not long before 1 October. That honestly IS in a good part Obama's fault. The democrat held Senate has not passed a budget since April 2009! And democrats still had the majority in spring 2010, so no excuses there.

about a year ago
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How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?

hallkbrdz Re:Never gonna happen. (472 comments)

Right - that will never fly with me.

Wait - I'm still waiting for my flying car...

about a year ago
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How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?

hallkbrdz Re:Never gonna happen. (472 comments)

Slightly disagree, but it could be a regional thing. Here SUV drivers are the worst offenders - and mainly Lexus ones at that, with Range Rovers right behind. Pickup trucks (mainly with lift kits) come in second.

Motorcycles, and sports cars are near the bottom of the jerk list from what I observe. Mainly, because motorcyclists don't last long if they are, and sports car drivers soon get run over by semis or get tickets if they drive that way.

about a year ago
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How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?

hallkbrdz Re:Never gonna happen. (472 comments)

Its a combination of MANY things. Brake effective force, tire grip, mass of the vehicle, number of tires, drag, etc.

To say that it will be smart enough to always stop within 1 inch - is insane. Way too many variables to include to be that accurate. We are dealing with mechanical components in the real world that are always less than ideal, not some ideal lab condition.

about a year ago
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Producing Gasoline With Metabolically-Engineered Microorganisms

hallkbrdz Re:This solves nothing (233 comments)

Actually the problem is that 3rd world nations burn a lot of wood (bad since it both pollutes AND reduces a carbon sink - trees), coal, and animal dung with no pollution control equipment at all. On the other hand, our cars and power plants here put out so much less pollution than we did 50 years ago, that there is not much more we can do to make them cleaner. In fact, today's diesel engines actually clean up the air since what goes out the tailpipes is cleaner than what goes into the engine.

So - want to get rid of bulk CO2 sources? Wipe out 3rd world nations. Problem solved.

Yes - that is harsh, but that is the simple truth.

about a year ago
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Producing Gasoline With Metabolically-Engineered Microorganisms

hallkbrdz Re:Defund Obamacare. (233 comments)

If the ACA is so good, why doesn't Congress beta-test it first and let us know how they like it in a year?

Why? Because it is a huge turd, and they know it. It was written by a committee of lawyers and insurance companies, and then patch-worked by Senators in closed door meetings. Then it was voted on, without being completely read or understood (because it was yet another crisis that just had to be solved NOW), and then only after bribing certain wavering Senators with special exemptions for their states.

So it kills jobs, raises prices, reduces coverage, and essentially eliminates marketplace competition. Not to mention the complete elimination of privacy between you and the government. I mean, they are SO good at keeping private data - private, right?

What could possibly go wrong with that?

Why not start with say, Doctors - to write a healthcare bill?

They would do things like - limit malpractice, so they don't have to run every test in the book to avoid being sued for missing something. They would tell you to ditch insurance all-together for non catastrophic events, so they can again practice medicine, instead of medical billing.

No, that would make sense - and not line the pockets of politicians, trial lawyers, and favored insurance companies. We can't have that... can we?

about a year ago
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The Other Pong

hallkbrdz Re:Bong Pong (98 comments)

Ping-Pong and Foosball WERE our sports at Colorado Technical (then) College.

I played on both teams... ;-)

1 year,1 day
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Making a Case For Cyberwar Against Syria

hallkbrdz Re:!Seems likely (203 comments)

Not that we would actually go to "WAR".

That last happened on Dec 8, 1941, and so we actually then had a Commander in Chief, unlike now.

But facts and laws being pesky things are all but ignored by the ruling class, they are just for us peasants.

1 year,17 days
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Syria: a Defining Moment For Chemical Weapons?

hallkbrdz Re:I never understood the principle. (454 comments)

It became a puppet for the whims of administrations, more of a Department of Offense. Not that we actually have wars any more - they are all conflicts or "peace keeping" missions, as declaring war is more difficult politically.

If we really had a DoD, we would close all foreign bases, and protect our own boarders.

1 year,22 days
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Administration Seeks To Make Unauthorized Streaming A Felony

hallkbrdz Re:A sort of betrayal (398 comments)

Never vote for someone because they are a Republican or a Democrat. Those are useless labels.

Vote for Constitutional Conservatives - that is - near anarchy, extremely limited (federal) government. Do this for all levels of Government.

They are few and far between - but if we can get voters to vote for people instead of parties, we can change that and get rid of crap like this!

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Tracking Fiber Optic Networks?

hallkbrdz CVC is what you need (75 comments)

Request from the USAF (hey - if you are in the US, you paid for it's development) a program called CVC (CIPS Visualization Component) from the 38 EIG. It is used to track copper and fiber outside plant world-wide and can easily do what you want. If is all FOSS (beyond requiring Oracle). Supports multiple fiber types, ducts, innerducts, fabric ducts, etc. Supports raster tile backgrounds - supply your own or use Bing or ESRI's online. Supports as many users as you want, but is highly tuned to require very modest server specs.

Requirements:

Oracle database (just needs basic Oracle with locator)
Java server (take your pick) - we last used Weblogic
Java on the desktop - It uses Java Web-Start to create an ArcGIS like full desktop client for fast multiuser editing.

about a year ago

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