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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

moehoward Well, yeah.... (278 comments)


about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

moehoward Fastest Way to Carnegie Mellon? (370 comments)

A lot of practice!!


No seriously, there is a shortcut... Private colleges who are funded by shady government-backed loans. Didn't we just have this discussion? Or was the answer "Plastics!"?

about 6 months ago

Famous Breast Cancer Gene Could Affect Brain Growth

moehoward Re:In My Experience... (31 comments)

Yes. Quite a bit. Diet and exercise for one in a major way, but really slowly over time. Screening programs for pancreatic, prostate, colon, and other cancers. Involvement in long-term studies. Chose not to have any more kids after I found out. How I will approach reproduction/adoption discussion with my own kids in case they are carriers. Makes ya think...

about 6 months ago

Famous Breast Cancer Gene Could Affect Brain Growth

moehoward In My Experience... (31 comments)

I have one of the BRCA1 mutations (there are several known varieties) that causes a greatly heightened risk of some cancers. Not just breast cancer in women, but a very high risk of ovarian cancer as well. For both women and men, the risks of pancreatic, colon, and others are raised. For men, the risk of prostate cancer is greatly increased. The pancreatic and ovarian cancers are especially nasty, but all risk factors here require heightened vigilance for continual screening throughout life.

I have quite a few family members with the mutation and many without it. There are just as many idiotic, brain defective family members both with it and without. I am not one of them.

So, that pretty much solves the science on that one. Next?

about 6 months ago

Volt Vandalism: Charging Cord Cut For Electricity Cost, Or Electric-Car Hate?

moehoward Parking Preference Anger? (11 comments)

Too many places allow "eco-friendly" cars better parking spaces, much like disabled. So, I could see anger directed due to that reason.

I disagree strongly with the parking space preferential treatment.Why should a business/municipality want gas guzzling cars to drive even further up the parking garage or parking lot burning all that fuel and warming globes even more? Shouldn't we want gas guzzlers to park ASAP so that they get turned off quicker? The electric cars should be parked furthest away. Besides, they are such a joy to drive as they result in the driver's farts not smelling.

about 6 months ago
top and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

moehoward Where was the Press? (494 comments)

While there is plenty of blame to go around, I am still left wondering where the investigative journalism was regarding the true progress of ACA implementation as the 3 years progressed up to this point.

So, while the press is justifiably having a field day with the sheer incompetence displayed here, where were they while all this was developing?

about 10 months ago

New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

moehoward Re:So Proud of Gun Ownership (1232 comments)

I have a FOID card, but do not own a gun. Sorry that so many here do not understand the difference. There is no gun in my home, but I would appear on such a map. Is that really right? I think not. Why not an "armed robbery" registry? Murderer registry? Speeding ticket registry? Drunk driver registry? Car accident-causer registry? Etc., etc. ...

At least the fact that I have a FOID card indicates that I have been vetted by the state police. To me, that makes me a safer neighbor than one who has not been vetted by the government. Right?

about a year and a half ago

Maryland Teen Wins World's Largest Science Fair

moehoward Re:Good and all but... (193 comments)

You would follow up with an ERCP, which is expensive.

The current CA19-9 blood test is not reliable in many individuals, but is a relatively inexpensive blood test to check for pancreatic cancer. If you baseline with CA19-9 and use the test on a regular basis, it seems pretty good right now. I guess I can't see this kid's test being 28 times cheaper than a CA19-9 test, but I could see it being 28 times cheaper than an ERCP.


more than 2 years ago

Losing the Public Debate On Global Warming

moehoward Hansen Must Go (1181 comments)

Hansen needs to resign. He is abusing his post at NASA and tainting the agency with his political activism. His problem is that NASA gives him a platform, and he feels that he can't give it up because he will lose his voice with the press. He is exactly the type of scientist that the public despises. Scientists that I know obsess with finding out why their theory/science/findings are wrong. They want to be proven wrong. Hansen comes off as a nut job and does not possess the skepticism that makes a good scientist. Almost everyone sees right through his charade.

The fact that most climate science is not peer-reviewed causes folks like me to just toss it all to the side. Back in the Kyoto talks, we were TOLD that if no action was taken, then the point of no return was something like 2007. Well? Based on that "science", nothing we do can help anyway. Your Prius just makes your farts smell like roses, according to "science".

more than 2 years ago

Boycott of Elsevier Exceeds 8000 Researchers

moehoward Duh. Liars Lie. (220 comments)

I worked for these folks many years ago. The "entitlement" culture bordered on paranoia. If a corporation could be labeled with DSM criteria, then the upper echelon certainly made sure the company met such a diagnosis. E-mails were repeatedly sent to all employees regarding how to vote and how to petition your government representatives. Walking in the door at 7 in the morning often meant mandatory (or seemingly) signing of petitions for government action. Don't sign? Well, an after coffee 9am phone call from HR was in works for you. Or better yet, a sit down with the local HR droid.

I did quit, but not before actually being promoted twice for speaking my mind both publicly and privately, in an anon coward sort of way.

This sort of pressure will bring this company down. They thrive on crap. Their shareholders are tossing money in to the legal game. They knew 15 years ago that the day of reckoning was closing in. The business model is unsustainable, but it is a freaking huge business.

F them and the horse they rode into town on.


more than 2 years ago

Verizon's 'Can You Hear Me Now' Fleet Testing 4G

moehoward Re:And the Point is What? Testing Illegal Stuff? (81 comments)

Well, nobody uses their Bluetooth headsets or hands-free mode. So, your point is moot.

But, it is a fact that you can be ticketed for using your phone in hands-free mode. You also can be held responsible for using your phone in hands-free mode if you are in an accident. Distracted driving is an offense in many/most places in the US/world. Even in Chicago, IL, US, it is illegal to use your phone while biking. There is a proposal in Chicago to ban using your phone while walking.

FYI - My car has been hit twice (each over $5,000 in damage) by people who were distracted. One on a cell phone and the other reading his day planner. Both were ticketed for the same offense... distracted driving or whatever it is officially called. Even though the cell phone law was in place, the police/troopers did not/would not issue a citation for that offense because the distracted driving law had a lot of history and was more enforceable. I 100% agreed with them on that. The cell phone laws are duplicate laws made for political points.

more than 2 years ago

Verizon's 'Can You Hear Me Now' Fleet Testing 4G

moehoward And the Point is What? Testing Illegal Stuff? (81 comments)

So, what is the point of this???? It is illegal to use cell phones while driving in a whole bunch of places, and the list is growing all the time. I need coverage in my home, client's offices, tall buildings with offices not near windows, airports, city parks, restaurants, etc. Not my car. So what is the big deal with focusing so much testing doing something that is both dangerous and potentially illegal???

more than 2 years ago

Researcher Predicts Your Next Facebook Friend

moehoward Can We Have a Story from 2011? (66 comments)

I quit Facebook all three times. Can this guy predict my first friend on Google+? It has been a lonely, lonely 6 weeks.

I don't want to pay the research cash for a Stanford guy to make this prediction for me. So, maybe I can get a discount and have some MIT geeks figure it out for free?

And yeah, you don't have to mention the MIT grads I know who won't accept my G+ invites. We don't need to discuss that. I just want to know who and when!!!!!!

So, so lonely here online. So lonely....


more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You File Paper Documents At Home?

moehoward File Cabinet and Electronic (371 comments)

I follow IRS rules and keep 7 years of documents. When possible, I have bills electronically sent to me and I simply file them in folders in G-mail.

Each January, I create a new set of file folders (physical) that mirror the previous year's folder structure. Then, I shred the files from 8 years ago. Takes an entire hour. My files for current year and past year are in the top drawer of a 4-drawer file cabinet. The other 5 years' stuff is stored 2 drawers down. The 2nd drawer holds things like insurance info and instructions/directions (indirections??) for house-hold "stuff". The bottom drawer is for home-owners stuff, personal stuff. etc.

My work files are stored under my desk in a double-drawer horizontal filing cabinet. It holds all things work-related. But, the top drawer closest to me holds anything that is currently going on in my life, so that I have instant access when I get phone calls, e-mails, etc. On top of that, I have an organizer on my desk that holds really, really current stuff that would include stuff that I will be working with on any given day.

I have been doing this for years, and it works, as long as you keep a maintenance routine. Easy habits to get into and I am never searching through piles like I see others doing. My desk stays neat and organized and I always have what I need for any day right in front of me.

Being organized like this is essential to increasing personal productivity and producing quality work.

It is stupidly easy, but I would say that maybe less than 5% of people can achieve a high-level of organization.

Your question might come across as dumb to other slashdotters, but I find it incredibly relevant.

more than 3 years ago

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II

moehoward No Loyalty from Samsung (161 comments)

As a Galaxy S (Sprint) owner, I am outraged at the lack of upgrade to Android 2.2 that was promised 6 or 7 months ago. Yup, I got the point back then and it is reinforced now. Sprint AND Samsung have no loyalty to existing customers. They want to churn us to the Galaxy S2, which has even less battery time because it is so "slim". I'll take triple the thickness if it gives me double the battery time. Period.

At least freaking Apple tries to do upgrades. Sure, original iPhones can't be upgraded, but this sure beats what Samsung and Sprint have colluded to do regarding using the full hardware capacity of the phone that they promised to upgrade for me.

I use Sprint because they have the best coverage in my area, 4G and all. I'll suffer with Verizon after being a 14 year loyal customer to Sprint.


more than 3 years ago

French Use Space Tech To Find Parking Spots

moehoward Ditto in Chicago, But Less French (112 comments)

We have the same thing at some commuter train parking lots in the Chicago area. Between two lots I know of, they combine for over 3,000 spots. And we didn't need freakin' NASA to create the technology

Ours are better here because they are not so outrageously French.

more than 3 years ago

Best Open Source Genealogy Software?

moehoward BYOB (292 comments)

Do it yourself. There is no substitute for creating your own database/worksheet. Why in the hell would you even trust what was given to you by a subscription fee? Just because you pay you trust it? In my experience, it is much more rewarding and valuable if you do the work yourself. We took a ton of time and effort, but our family has the real truth with real documents (copies) and contacts thousands of miles away.

If your ancestry is important to you, do it yourself. Don't take shortcuts. The risk of being misled/wrong are too great. Even doing this ourselves, we were taken down false leads. Imagine someone who does not have a stake doing something so important for you.


more than 3 years ago

Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

moehoward Re:AAAAAAAAA (828 comments)

Because their liberal bias is seething for some reason. I suspect Taco hated the mid-term results. It was like the weird 6-week period that Jon Stewart did after Bush's second election. He was almost in tears every night, despite being a "comedy" show. Taco needs to reign things in. Or else, risk being marginalized. I read Slashdot, but the past few months are making me rethink. I use Slashdot as a professional resource as, well, someone who needs technical resources. After 13 years, I am having an honest discussion about this.

Slashdot is showing its colors. It needs to sit down, shut up, and smile. Period.

First order of business for Taco is to get some honest reporting regarding wikileaks. For god's sake, there are really good reasons why this is a bad thing and Assange may be a really bad guy. Not such coverage is found on slashdot. People die in the future for mirroring this stuff. Not my problem. Yours?


more than 3 years ago

Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

moehoward Re:DD (828 comments)

Yup. Exactly. I have no idea why the "movement" sees this as some victory. We go back to the past. Which was fine. As much as I am a gay-rights person, I see this as a victory in the sense that folks can now be discharged for homosexuality. I am OK with that.

Don't ask, don't tell was a huge victory for the "movement" in the Clinton era. Repealing it takes us all back to square one. My goodness. Queue the Benny Hill music.


more than 3 years ago

Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

moehoward Re:Happened Before (828 comments)

Stupid, idiot, right-wingers who won't allow polygamy.

Why is polygamy wrong here yet accepted in a rather large part of the world? Or do we "have to draw a line"? We almost had a huge hole in the US, known as Utah, due to this issue over 100 years ago. Utah, um, relented (haha). OK. We twisted their arm over "don't wive's, don't tell".

Gosh. Why are there laws in the US against bestiality? Live and let live. Right? So if someone finds that bestiality is inherited, then we need to have "civil rights" laws/protections. I am 100% not against homosexuality. I have zero problem with it. I do have a problem with it as a civil rights issue. Absurd.

I agree that we have spent way too much money on separate bathrooms based on gender. Which, is based on sexual orientation. So, separate bathrooms inherently are discriminatory. Unisex bathrooms should now be the norm and we should potty together. As a man, I look forward to couches and hang-out areas in my bathrooms. Especially because I now will be able to hit on hot chicks in the bathroom. Yes, I have been hit on by not-so-hot guys in bathrooms in the past and it is as weird as a woman might feel being watched or hit on in a women's bathroom. But, this opens up a whole new avenue for me on my dating front.

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more than 3 years ago


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