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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

jeffy210 Texas already has them (525 comments)

I don't see why not. SH130 (the toll road from San Antonio to Waco) and I-10 from Kerville to about Fort Stockton both have 85mph speed limits (I10 might be 80), but either way as long as the road is designed for it and generally is a straight run there are no issues from it. That and when you're that far out in the middle of nowhere it's a real blessing.

about a month ago

Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

jeffy210 CurrentC does not solve for the Customer (631 comments)

Looking through CurrentC it does everything for Merchants, and nothing for customers.

- Requires to be tied to checking account or debit card
- Customer assumes 100% of liability for fraud (?!)
- Retailer can gather all purchase data on a customer
- Requires multistep actions including scanning QR codes

What benefit is in there for the customer? You know people are going to freak out around the liability part. I know the retailers want to reduce their transaction fee, but unless they throw some level of enticement (such as a discount) you probably won't see adoption of this. Conversely a discount will just nullify the transaction fee. I'm of the belief CurrentC is DOA.

about 3 months ago

20 More Cities Want To Join the Fight Against Big Telecom's Broadband Monopolies

jeffy210 Re:Oh boy, even more oversubscription. (97 comments)

So I'm looking at it a slightly different way. The municipality runs the "last-mile" fiber, then they aggregate the links at some level (larger than neighborhood, smaller than city, preferably with minimal over-subscription). For each ISP who wishes to provide service, they co-locate in said facility and plug in to the aggregation layer, you can use things like MPLS for example to segregate the links. At this point, it's up to the ISP to decide 1) who they want to peer with, 2) where they want their connections to go, 3) what services to offer, 4) how much bandwidth is available, etc.

This way any ISP can come and go, and you've now only laid one set of fiber. Additionally ISPs now only have to deal at the POP level instead of down to each individual home (which in theory should lower costs, but you know how they'll spin it)

about 3 months ago

Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

jeffy210 Re:I forced myself to watch it (300 comments)

Honestly, I'd probably get a kick out of it. And my mother probably wouldn't care either. We're both of the belief that once you're dead, you're dead. The only sad part would be you wouldn't be able to do anything useful for living people depending on how she died.

Not everyone takes death ultra personally, and are ground enough that they can enjoy a laugh even in a grim time.

about 5 months ago

I suffer from jet lag ...

jeffy210 Re:FOF (163 comments)

Nice try being hipster there. Honestly the issue with the TSA is quite overblown as of late (and even from years past). You are hearing about the extreme edge cases that affect 0.1% of passengers. Look at the number of people that get harassed while driving. Do you still drive? I'm hispanic, and have been traveling regularly since 2001 and have not had any issues. I had 1 pat down and that was quick and they did not "grab my junk". As long as you're not acting overly suspicious or nervous they'll be fine. Make eye contact with them, act like you belong there (you do) and they generally just want to do their job and get you through.

Is it security theater? Yes, to a degree, but "petite bullies", that's just going off of stories you've heard from others and have blown out of proportion.

about 7 months ago

Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

jeffy210 What I don't get... (293 comments)

is all of those people who are saying that people are searching in the wrong area using uncorroborated data. Is this a last ditch want of hope from people, or is there something seriously scientifically missed? And if the latter, why are they searching where they are?

about 9 months ago

Nokia Shareholders Approve Sale To Microsoft

jeffy210 Re:Increasingly irrelevant tech dinosaur.. (182 comments)

Tenant - a person who occupies land or property rented from a landlord.
Tenet - a principle or belief, esp. one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy.
Pedant - left as an excercise for the reader.

(It is 100% sure that this post contains an gramatical, spelling or numerical error).

Tennant - The Doctor

about a year ago

TSA Orders Searches of Valet Parked Car At Airport

jeffy210 Re:And the story is...? (453 comments)

1. It's all security theatre
2. Enjoy getting arrested for this threat, or hope a canadian woman isn't reading this site and reports you to the cops :-\

about a year and a half ago

YouTube To Offer Subscription Service This Week

jeffy210 Re:Ads (189 comments)

Yeah, youtube has nothing that anyone wants to watch. They ought to just shut it down already, its just a wasteland with no viable content at all.....

Can't tell if troll, sarcastic or informative....

about a year and a half ago

If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...

jeffy210 URAT (456 comments)

The one thing that I always thought would be an awesome implant was the URAT (Universal Reader and Translator). Be able to translate any language that you see or hear on the fly. Speaking it would still be a problem, but can you imagine being able to understand most anyone on the planet and the barriers it would remove. If everyone had them it wouldn't even matter about the speaking because your native language would be translated for them as well.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Google Project Didn't Deserve To Die?

jeffy210 Re:iGoogle (383 comments)

Yup, that's the one I was going to post. It's been my homepage for years. It's a nice simple web based RSS aggregator that I could get to from anywhere.

about 2 years ago

ITU To Choose Emergency Line For Mobiles: 911, or 112?

jeffy210 Re:112 (354 comments)

So is metric, look how well America uses that :-\

more than 2 years ago

Hackers Stole Information From IAEA Servers

jeffy210 Decommissioned Server (55 comments)

"...but that it was of a decommissioned server."

Um, who cares if it's live, going, or in a pile in a room. If it has valid data on it it is still a viable target and needs to be secured in whatever way is necessary. It's even worse if it was a system that was still online, supposed to be marked for decommissioned and they just didn't keep up on securing it anymore.

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Mobile: Now For Tablets As Well As Phones

jeffy210 Select Comment Score Threshold (123 comments)

I like the new mobile site it is very clean, but the biggest problem I have is you can't select your comment score threshold. I like to browse from 2 to 4 depending on the number of comments I get back, but the "Top Rated" link doesn't give me as good of control over what I want to see at the time and quite often I'll get 1's in there.

My only other issue is that it is *very* touchy and sometimes trying to grab the screen to scroll gets interpreted as a tap and it loads up the article.

Other than that, great job guys!

more than 2 years ago

OnStar Gives Volt Owners What They Want: Their Data, In the Cloud

jeffy210 Re:OnStart is getting old (92 comments)

Already has once. I had a '01 Intrigue with OnStar that required an upgrade because it still used the old AMPS system. Plus side was it had a 3-watt transmitter (unlike the normal 0.6-watt on a cell phone) and the analog network covered damn near 99% of the US even in the middle of nowhere you'd have perfect signal. Downside was I think they wanted something like $400 to do the upgrade and I was getting rid of my car anyway.

more than 2 years ago

Brazilian Newspapers Leave Google News En Masse

jeffy210 Let them (223 comments)

They'll see what happens when their visits drop. People can't be expected to remember every paper that there is and go to each individual site when attempting to find a specific story. This will only be to the papers' detriment.

more than 2 years ago

The Case That Apple Should Buy Nokia

jeffy210 Re:These companies are going opposite directions (286 comments)

You have got to be kidding. I was in a meeting yesterday and 6 of us had iPhones on the table, only 1 had a case on it. Most tech people I know don't use cases because they know how to handle their phones and not drop them.

more than 2 years ago



Edward Snowden Interviewed by Germany Television

jeffy210 jeffy210 writes  |  about a year ago

jeffy210 (214759) writes "This past Sunday evening former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down for an interview with German television network ARD. This interview was not covered by many (if any) American news outlets and provides some insight views into why he did what he did and how he views his actions.

"He states that his “breaking point” was “seeing Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress” denying the existence of a domestic spying programs while under questioning in March of last year. Mr. Snowden goes on to state that, “The public had a right to know about these programs. The public had a right to know that which the government is doing in its name, and that which the government is doing against the public.”""

Link to Original Source

Version to switch to GSM

jeffy210 jeffy210 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jeffy210 (214759) writes "On the heels of Version's earlier announcement to open up their network to other phones, it looks like they are also going to swtich to a GSM based network. In the article Verizon's CEO hinted at:

Verizon Communications and Vodafone, joint owners of Verizon Wireless, plan to use the LTE (Long Term Evolution) standard backed by GSM industry players rather than the UMB (ultramobile broadband) standard backed by Verizon's current partners.

SAT Scores Slide

jeffy210 jeffy210 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jeffy210 (214759) writes "Scores on the revamped SAT test continued to slide this year after posting the largest drop in decades last year, while Texas students bucked the national trend with slight gains in reading and math."

jeffy210 jeffy210 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

jeffy210 writes "It seems that Dell has release a new "laptop" weighing in at a whopping 18 pounds, the M2010 is a powerhouse that is meant to be a desktop replacement. It has a 20.1" screen, detachable wireless keyboard, and folds up basically into its own briefcase. This reminds me of some of the first laptops, just with more power and a sleeker design"


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