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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

mikem170 Re:Disable moving phones at the tower (363 comments)

I think that the best idea in this sub-thread is that in a post by funwithBSD, an immobilizer.(Presumably similar to a breathalyzer. If you are convicted of texting-while-driving you must put a device in your car that will disable the car/cell phone of the car occupant. A cell phoen app won't do the trick, but maybe a car-based device would.)

I guess your post and my post prove how typically polarizing these cell phone issues are. I am not a nanny state fan, but I am infuriated by how stupid and inattentive people are hurting others and the toothless laws that currently exist. I don't have a cell phone glued to my ear and would rather not be wacked in traffic by someone who does. Other people see it differently, and flip if they can't use their cell phone everywhere all the time.

The same issue comes up if a private party wants to block cell phones in their movie theater, for the benefit of other patrons. Half the of everyone loves the idea, the other half hate it.

I am shocked at the scope of the distracted driving problem and that nothing effective is being done to deter and punish violators. And I'm concerned that the problem will probably get worse.

about a week ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

mikem170 Re:Disable moving phones at the tower (363 comments)

I looked it up a few months ago, a bit over half as many people are killed each year by distracted drivers as by alcohol involved accidents, which amounts to about 35000 people per year (about 60000 per year die in alcohol related accidents, at least according to MADD). Fun fact, removing health related deaths (smoking, heart disease, etc.), it's the number two cause of death in the US, behind drunk driving. Yup, more people are killed by idiots not paying attention while driving than by firearms. Impressive, since firearms are designed to destroy things.

I think the statistics above, if accurate, indicate that we would be justified having the cell companies knock down all voice and data on moving cell phones.

My two cents: GPS apps can sync data before you are rolling. You can pull over to download new data, or call/text someone. You can read a book on the train or listen/watch any of your local data (32+ gigs, right?). I don't think that anybody whining about not being connected/addicted while a passenger outweighs the loss of life. That's just as wrong as me justifying a road trip after six beers. You'all didn't have a cell phone 20 years ago!

about a week ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

mikem170 Re:Disable moving phones at the tower (363 comments)

Couldn't the cell phone companies disable cell phones that are moving? I do wonder what is the accident/injury rate due to cell phones and distracted drivers. Based on what I see on our roads I'd be fine with disabling every moving cell phone in the country. Would solve a lot of problems and annoyances, and we all survived it before.

about a week ago

Happy World Backup Day

mikem170 bootable, scripted and encrypted (154 comments)

I have a script that can setup a bootable partitioned usb drive, set it up to be encrypted, then dd/rsync all my system and data files to it.

I keep a couple of these bootable-backups around, one of them off-site.

I can connect the usb drive to another pc and boot my system up on it. If I need to I can run the script and have it copy everything from the usb drive to the new pc internal drive.

This system has served me well for a number of years, and a number of computers.

I'm running Freebsd and I use GEOM for encryption. I did do a new system install to go from 32 bit to 64 bit. Otherwise this system has served me well for a number of years, through a number of computers, with minimal effort.

about a year and a half ago

Banking On Your Personal Online Data

mikem170 Re:um, no (106 comments)

I wonder if one could obtain a copyright on their own personal data, then anyone who stores a copy is in violation...

more than 2 years ago

The IT Certs That No Longer Pay Extra

mikem170 Re:Good, Because Certs Are Worthless (267 comments)

Most CCIEs I've met are sharp, however I've bumped into at least one glaring exception. He couldn't edit then copy/paste a simple standard access-list into a router - he didn't understand the access-list, nor did he know how to copy/paste into the session!!! We checked, his cert was legit as far as we could tell. I figured it had something to do with him working for a telco at the time (10+ years ago). I believe he had a lab. I also think he was grandfathered in - he didn't need to recertify or something. I changed my interview style after that. I ask a bunch of simple nitty-gritty tech question now, no matter how impressive the candidate sounds. You would be surprised how often someone whose resume looks stellar can't answer multiple simple questions - like what is a /24, a tcp reset packet, port used by http, etc.

more than 2 years ago

Pentagon: 30,000 Pound Bomb Too Small

mikem170 Re:you're a troll but even so.... (612 comments)

Why do you think the commies were an different? At the time I remember the word was that they were led in lockstep by a bunch of megalomaniacs that wouldn't stop until they ruled the world.

It is a bit far-out to say that Iran would commit suicide by launching a first strike. How often does a country commit obvious suicide? Sure, we don't want them to have nukes. But they live in a dangerous world. Much more dangerous (to them) then our world.

And don't forget that the US has been the only country that has used nuked another country. We've destroyed a number of countries in other ways, too.

No, this stuff is pure risk analysis. Are they really crazy enough to destroy another country? If so, then it makes sense to be able to defend yourself at all costs. And this is what Iran is trying to do!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Inexpensive VPS Provider?

mikem170 ARP Networks (375 comments)

I'm with ARP Networks and I have a US $10 per month VPS with 256 megs memory, 4 gigs of drive space, and 100 gigs of network use on a 100 meg ethernet. (All upgradable, for a cost.)

I installed a current version of OpenBSD from a list of system images they have. I have console access, a fixed ip, and root. I run ssh and a web server, etc. I've been running this VPS for a couple of years and I'm very happy with it.

more than 2 years ago

Smallest space my belongings could fit (unbroken):

mikem170 Re:bah (312 comments)

Interesting. I consider the the significance of property size to be how portable it is, versus the need. It's a shame when some people are tied down (in a bad way) by their junk, their pets, their payments, etc.

more than 2 years ago

MIT To Expand Online Learning and Offer Certificates

mikem170 Khan Academy (96 comments)

This is awesome. I remember hearing that India would be doing something like this with the Khan Academy youtube lectures. It was a way for them to educate more people.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Metrics For a Small IT Team?

mikem170 ask (315 comments)

I'd try to find out what they really want. Are they concerned about head count? Customer satisfaction? Having a good answer to justify their budget?

more than 2 years ago

Verizon's Galaxy Nexus To Launch Tomorrow

mikem170 Re:Tether detector can see your DNS requests (123 comments)

carrier un-detectable tethering

Hard to do, unless you do everything though ssh - which is fun!. I'm able to run ssh server and client apps on my cyanogen mod'd rooted Samsung Galaxy II S (with some quirks, but supporting tunneling and both ipv4 and ipv6).

I start an ssh client from my phone to desktop. The vnc port from my desktop is forwarded to my phone. I ipv6 ssh from my tethered laptop to my phone, forwarding that vnc port to my laptop. The from the laptop I vnc to my pc. All the phone company would see is ssh from the phone to my pc. They wouldn't see the encapsulated forwarded traffic. There would be no leaking dns traffic - nothing (only vnc inside of ssh). The packet sizes may reveal tethering (i.e. fragmented encapsulated packets, perhaps? unless the mtu's were adjusted, which might be possible a couple of ways but might be inconvenient...)

I have not had a problem with AT&T. I have a pay as you go plan. I pay for my data, and I get what they sell me. They've never asked me what I'm doing with it. A few years ago T-Mobile changed the price of my data plan when I told them the model of my phone - because it was a smart phone. I left T-Mobile over that.

Data is data - tethered or not.

more than 2 years ago

Was Russia Behind Stuxnet?

mikem170 Re:Government responsible says, 'Look, commies'. (281 comments)

> Iran knows the clock is ticking and if they don't have the bomb some neocon is gonna come into power and squash them like a bug, if for no other reason than they don't get along with Israel and too many neocons are of the "Jesus won't come back if there aren't Jews in Zion! Come back Jesus come back!" variety. i don't know what is scarier, the Mullahs wanting a bomb or the fact that one of the most highly weaponized countries in the west have a large power base that believes the ME policy should be based on 1800 year old words written on a sheep's ass by goat herders about some 2000+ year old dead guy and how he needs a certain race in a certain place so he has a spot to park his fluffy white cloud.

>> What you seem to disregard is that Iran is now ruled exclusively by a religious leader [], and that his dog Ahmadinejad doesn't just not get along with Israel, but calls out for the destruction of Israel pretty much any time there's an open microphone nearby. He does so even though Israel has never done anything bad to Iran and the two countries even had strong military relations prior to 1979.

Sounds like both countries have issues.

more than 2 years ago

Should Composting Be Mandatory In US Cities?

mikem170 decision for each city (861 comments)

I think that's a great idea, if the decision is made on a city-by-city basis. I'm in favor of each municipality making this decision for themselves.

I'm opposed to a federal mandate to do this. It should be a local decision. This avoids a lot of potential future problems.

If it's a good thing, it will be copied. Just like the article says is already happening.

more than 2 years ago

Can Analytics Help Fix Your Love Life?

mikem170 No! (73 comments)

Love and analytics have little to do with each other.

Emotions and logic are separate domains.

more than 3 years ago

Court Filing On How 2004 Ohio Election Hacked

mikem170 Re:oh please (504 comments)

I don't think that it is unusual for a state's election officials to be partisans. The governor gets to appoint them. It's patronage. Yay!

(not saying this is right, just that's how it is...)

more than 3 years ago

RSA Admits SecurID Tokens Have Been Compromised

mikem170 Re:Dear Customers... (219 comments)

After the the tokens were seeded, there was no further need for RSA to have them anywhere that they could be accessed electronically.

Possible reason: government back door...?

more than 3 years ago

Duplicate RSA Keys Enable Lockheed Martin Network Intrusion

mikem170 Re:Does RSA store usernames and pins? (138 comments)

I always saw these RSA tokens as protecting against compromised end user installations.

It you can log keystrokes on an end user's PC, then you can grab their user id and pin. That goes nicely with a compromised/duplicate token.

Done deal!

more than 3 years ago

Japan Earthquake May Have Shifted Earth's Axis

mikem170 physics explanation (253 comments)

The site startswithabang has an excellant description of why this happens.

What happens, basically, is that during an earthquake heavier rock is being pulled from the crust towards the center of the earth. The radius of the planet shrinks a tiny bit and, like a skater pulling in their arms, causes it to spin faster.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

mikem170 Re:Normally (811 comments)

"Under our current system, the economy has grown by about 20% in the last ten years. And yet, the wages of the lower and middle classes have been virtually unchanged. Guess where all of that wealth is going?"

Municipal, state and federal government spending?

more than 3 years ago



Amazon drops California associates to avoid sales

mikem170 mikem170 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mikem170 (698970) writes "NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Amazon said Thursday it is terminating its relationship with thousands of California associates because of a new law that would require the online mega-retailer to collect sales taxes if it has affiliates in the state."
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