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Police Capture Second Marathon Bombing Suspect in Watertown, Mass.

ilo.v Re:Small tidbit (773 comments)

Maybe you would have been happier about 60 years ago in a time when they could lock you away because your neighbor said you might be a communist.

Maybe you would have been happier about 320 years ago in a time when they could burn you at the stake because your neighbor said you might be a witch. Salem is only 20 miles from Watertown.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Smartest Way To Transfer an Old Domain/Site?

ilo.v Re:Are you selling the brand? (113 comments)

No matter what you should switch for personal use (which is what I consider banking, health, etc) to a gmail/yahoo type email account that will always be there no matter what your hobbies or attention span are.

No. Then Google / Yahoo own the domain name. Bite the bullet and buy your own domain name that you use only for personal stuff like email. It is ok to use Google to provide the service (like Goodle Apps for your domain), but YOU own the domain. You can then change providers at will over the next 50 years without ever changing your email address again.

more than 2 years ago
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Inside a Last-Ditch Effort To Save the Space Shuttle

ilo.v Dumb design (134 comments)

It was a dumb design from the beginning.

1) You don't haul cargo in the same vehicle as humans. Cargo doesn't need the super-expensive "last 1%" reliability that a human crew demands.

2) You don't put the vehicle next to the rocket. You put it on top, where ice can't hit it, and exploding booster rockets are survivable. The astronauts on the Challenger, as least some of them, survived the explosion and died on impact with the water. A small crew capsule perched on the top, with a parachute system, might, just might, have survived.

3) You don't need humans up there at all. The future, for a generation or two at least, is unmanned exploration of the solar system. Look at where virtually all the meaningful scientific knowledge has come from in the last 20 - 40 - 60 years: unmanned probes.

more than 2 years ago
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Hybrids Safer In Crashes — Except For Pedestrians

ilo.v Re:This annoys the hell out of me ... (392 comments)

Even with lights and pedestrian signals, you are still going to cross my pedestrian cross walk when I have the green walk light (your right and left turns)

See also: parking lots.

more than 2 years ago
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Hybrids Safer In Crashes — Except For Pedestrians

ilo.v Re:This annoys the hell out of me ... (392 comments)

Yep. We need pedestrians to adapt to the cars, not the other way around. It's a ROAD. Try opening your fucking eyes...

I completely agree. In return, your car should stay off the pedestrian paths. Good luck getting anywhere more a few hundred feet in my city without being blocked by a crosswalk. Even with lights and pedestrian signals, you are still going to cross my pedestrian cross walk when I have the green walk light (your right and left turns) You need to go back to preschool and learn how to share.

more than 2 years ago
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War Texting Lets Hackers Unlock Car Doors Via SMS

ilo.v Re:Feature bloat vs. the KISS principle... (128 comments)

If I want to unlock the car, presumably I want to drive it. For that I'm going to need a key anyway, so...??

My car doesn't have a key, just a button to press. (Volkswagon, not a Ferrari or something else fancy). It just has a fob that needs to be in range for the "start" button to be enabled. This would be more convenient if my cell phone could be the fob, but only if it can't be hacked like this.

about 3 years ago
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NH Man Arrested For Videotaping Police.. Again

ilo.v Re:Wait until the boys get home from the war. (666 comments)

Check out "Starship Troopers" by Robert A. Heinlein. The scenario you describe is virtually identical to the political backdrop of that story. Good book. TERRIBLE movie. Not a bad idea for a democratic form of government. I just would like to skip the chaotic transition phase.

about 3 years ago
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NH Man Arrested For Videotaping Police.. Again

ilo.v Re:Wait until the boys get home from the war. (666 comments)

There will be panic, riots, more riots, cultural clashes if not mini-wars.

Lex, you forgot to take your medicine this morning.

about 3 years ago
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NH Man Arrested For Videotaping Police.. Again

ilo.v Re:If Live Free Or Die are your choices (666 comments)

"There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo. Please use in that order". - Larry McDonald

about 3 years ago
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Women Arrested For Refusing TSA Search of Children

ilo.v Re:Get scanned and get cancer (1017 comments)

Even the TSA workers aren't too happy about the possibility of getting cancer from the scanners.

It should be a crime that these TSA workers don't get to wear simple film dosimeter badges when they work near those scanners. It is routine practice in health care.

about 3 years ago
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Women Arrested For Refusing TSA Search of Children

ilo.v Re:Bingo! (1017 comments)

A jump seat at the front and rear of every plane occupied by a uniformed marshal with a clearly visible assault rifle would stop pretty much all of this nonsense.

Wow. Really? Do these Marshalls have special magical unicorn tear bullets in their assault rifles that make it impossible for a bomb to off? They are looking for explosives on the kid.

about 3 years ago
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Women Arrested For Refusing TSA Search of Children

ilo.v Re:They really need to figure out what they're doi (1017 comments)

in the case of children, they need to have actual medical staff like RNs and MDs on hand to handle children

Or we could use other respected professionals. I hear that some Catholic priests have extensive experience in the field of child groping.

about 3 years ago
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Women Arrested For Refusing TSA Search of Children

ilo.v Re:Don't Fly (1017 comments)

My family has chosen to drive to our destinations the last couple of years

Wow. Great idea. You sound technically oriented, can to tell me why my GPS navigator won't give me driving directions to my daughter's grandparents in Tokyo?

about 3 years ago
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Yet Another "People Plug In Strange USB Sticks" Story

ilo.v Re:Not PEBKAM (639 comments)

Typo. PEBCAM (Problem exists between chair and machine)

more than 3 years ago
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Yet Another "People Plug In Strange USB Sticks" Story

ilo.v Not PEBKAM (639 comments)

I suspect some of these people do it simply because they want to figure out who the owner is so they can return it. Storage devices should be untrusted. This is an OS problem, not PEBKAM.

more than 3 years ago
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Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands

ilo.v Re:Well there you go (1855 comments)

Oops. Mea culpa. You are exactly correct. I will retreat back into my ignorant "acts like a Texan" cave now.

more than 3 years ago
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Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands

ilo.v Re:Well there you go (1855 comments)

No, just ask GHW Bush how well that works out. Short answer: it doesn't, especially when the economy goes to shit

You are forgetting: Bush WON reelection. It worked out just fine for him.

more than 3 years ago
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Police Using Apple iOS Tracking Data For Forensics

ilo.v Re:Whoa, whoa. (208 comments)

Even if I were the undisputed dictator for life, an autocrat with absolute power, a sovereign whose orders are always obeyed without question and without hestiation, a ruler without rival, the man in charge of everything ... I still would not want to live in a dictatorial police state.

Sure you would. Otherwise men and women who would rather be free or die would kill you.

more than 3 years ago
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NYTimes.com Reports 100k Subscribers

ilo.v Re:No need here... (117 comments)

I read them there for free after done skiing or simply take them home after which I shred and compost

Hey! So YOU are the shmuck who keeps stealing the newspapers from the gym (when other people still want to read them). Are you also the guy who steals all the toilet paper from the bathroom and takes it home?

more than 3 years ago

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