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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

kilodelta With a couple billion in investment (449 comments)

The copper plant is still usable. Taking the bridge taps off means you can sling data pretty fast and far over a copper twisted pair.

I say if they want to walk away let groups use it for their purposes. For example, it'd be a good backhaul for a little data project I want to do in my district.

about three weeks ago
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Aaron Swartz and MIT: The Inside Story

kilodelta I can just imagine (106 comments)

That the MIT IT people must have been frazzled about this. I've been in similar situations and my answer pretty much echoes theirs in that I too told them so.

But the case against the kid did i fact have several exploitable holes in it. That whole guest access thing. I've been in places where we've had to have public access. I made sure that the screws were torqued tight regarding security on those public machines. You could get on the web but you were blocked off from things the content manager didn't like, and you could print. That's it.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Word Zero-Day Used In Targeted Attacks

kilodelta More interesting (88 comments)

Is that Google is the one exposin the flaws in Microsoft office. I've recently ditched all things Microsoft. Went over to the dark side, Ubuntu. Why not? It has all the applications and functionality I had on my ancient XP laptop plus a whole lot more. Plus it comes bundled with Firefox and Thunderbird which I was using on my XP box to begin with. All I had to do was copy over my documents, music and profiles for both and I got everything back. And Libre office has come a very long way. Plus I have my NNTP reader, my astronomy program, it's all pretty sweet.

about three weeks ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

kilodelta If we had a kid(s) (278 comments)

If we chose to have kids I'd certainly help them. Why? Because during my education I received what I consider a quality education. More in the math and sciences though I do enough editing of manuscripts and such that I could probably get them used to the right way of doing it and have many aruments with teachers.

But on the math side, I'm all over the common standards movement. To the point where I read the standards for math and agree with most of it and also added that we should start in 2nd or 3rd grade teaching kid alternative numbering systems like binary, octal, and hexadecimal. Once you learn the symbols for them it's easy.

about a month ago
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China's Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover Officially Declared Lost

kilodelta Oh well (131 comments)

They can get the rover to the Moon but they can't get it to work. Meanwhile the United States has successfully put four rovers down on Mars without much issue. Sojourner, Opportunity, Spirit, and Curiosity. All of them deployed successfully and in the cases of Opportunity and Spirit both performed WELL beyond expectations.

And Curiosity is doing a bang up job too. I guess it sucks that the Chinese spies couldn't infiltrate the groups that developed those rovers.

about 2 months ago
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Google Sells Motorola Mobility To Lenovo For $2.91 Billion

kilodelta The big question (172 comments)

I thought the very purchase of Motorola Mobility was the patent trove. It would protect Android from attacks by Apple and the like.

So I wonder why they're selling to Lenovo now. It's kind of odd when you come right down to it.

about 3 months ago
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Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

kilodelta It's a rare moment (383 comments)

When I'm in agreement with a Republican but it's pretty clear that Clapper did nothing but lie. And I find it amusing that congressmen in general are getting their underwear in a bunch because they found out the NSA is spying on them too. Oh well.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Educating Kids About Older Technologies?

kilodelta The best era in the Bell System (208 comments)

Was about the time the #5 Xbar system came about. It was the very first Common Control switching system. The way it works is fascinating. The crossbar elements too - a single crossbar frame could switch multiple calls due to holding magnets activated by the system.

Of course the era spans to about 1970 when the first electronic switches were put into place.

about 3 months ago
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SCOTUS To Weigh Smartphone Searches By Police

kilodelta I got a hint for the USSC (201 comments)

It's called the 4th Amendment! You know, Secure in your person, papers, things and places. That smart phone counts as thing that is PROTECTED from unwarranted search and seizure.

That it actually got all the way up to the USSC is appalling. It should have been vigorously quashed at the district level and affirmed by the appellate and that be the end of it.

about 3 months ago
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Thousands of Gas Leaks Discovered Under Streets of Washington DC

kilodelta In my case (292 comments)

I keep getting these notices from my gas provider telling me that they need to change out my meter and inspect for leaks. Thing is, I watched them dig up the streets about 3 years ago and put in new PVC for gas service. So it's not a leak. I just failed to tell them I heat with gas.

I failed to tell them because they want to charge extra on the customer charge and then the therm factor (Which in my thinking is a money grab and nothing more!) goes up significantly. To hell with them. And the language used in the letters - that my gas service COULD be discontinued - not that it will, but it something more nebulous that they COULD. I pay the bill every month. So what the hell do they care?

about 3 months ago
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Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please

kilodelta I have to wonder though (340 comments)

About how many signed the petition to the FCC to implement Common Carrier status on ISPs.

about 3 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

kilodelta Re:But what if it were used in a good way (599 comments)

The last change if you will - and that's a good one, is that I-295 got raised to 65MPH. That's it.

And if you want to take your life in your hands I invite you to get on I-95 in Providence and try to do 55MPH.

about 3 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

kilodelta Re:But what if it were used in a good way (599 comments)

The limits were set in the 1950's. Cars of that era were boats with drum brakes all around and no power steering, rear wheel drive, etc. Where I live speed limits only changed on the highways in the 1970's. Other roads haven't had their speed limits changed. Road I live near is four lanes wide and the speed limit is 25MPH. I dare you to find a car doing that speed.

about 3 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

kilodelta Re:But what if it were used in a good way (599 comments)

I wasn't aware that the fines were according to income. Pretty cool! And yes, when I do speed I don't get on your bumper, I tend to leave a fair distance. So maybe if we changed drivers ed in this country to really stress that instead of adherence to speed limits our highways would be a little bit better.

about 3 months ago
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Google Begins To Merge Google+, Gmail Contacts

kilodelta Gee that's nice but (339 comments)

I just get Gmail via IMAP in Thunderbird. So it ain't gonna work.

about 3 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

kilodelta But what if it were used in a good way (599 comments)

Is that they adjust speed limits accordingly. After all if Ford sees the 90th quintile regularly exceeding posted speed limits maybe they could put some pressure on the NHTSA and the Federal Government to stop dicking with speed limits on highways.

Many of our speed limits are set artificially low. The reasons for this are many, including of course ticket revenue and ostensibly 'safety'.

But cars today are a very far cry from cars that were around back then. Think for a moment, cars now have ABS, passive restraint, traction control, and many have semi-autonomous control of breaking and even steering. So by that argument speed limits should go up.

Add to this - I remember when speed limits in urban areas in the late 1960's and early 1970's were 70MPH.

Puzzle me this though - why is it in Germany where much of the Autobahn has now maximum speed limit the highway deaths are lower than in the United States where we have these artificially low speed limits? Could it be it costs around $2,000 in Germany to get a license?

about 3 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

kilodelta It's all about liability (937 comments)

And the liability will shift to the manufacturer of the autonomous vehicle more so than the person riding in it and owning it.

about 3 months ago
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The Geek Group's Hacker-Oriented High Voltage Lab In Michigan Damaged by Fire

kilodelta Saw the vid earlier (65 comments)

It's a shame. I would imagine that's all insured and such. But they're going to need cleanup supplies, etc. Just go hit their amazon page to donate those.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

kilodelta Re:This should be good! (611 comments)

Same sentiment here. I'm pretty sure that Nye will handily defeat the arguments of Ham. But I can't wait to see this.

about 4 months ago
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53% More Book Banning Incidents In US Schools This Year

kilodelta These people would all go into a snit if they knew (360 comments)

That my freshman reading list for high school included books such as:

Brave New World, Black Like Me, A Kiss Before Dying, 1984, Animal Farm, etc. Yes, a fairly subversive Catholic high school. Then of course during my years there we read the Greek Tragedies, one that stands out is Lysistrata, then of course The Hobbit, The Canterbury Tales, and Beowulf. Yes, read them.

about 4 months ago

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