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FCC Rural Phone Subsidies Reach As High As $3,000 Per Line

n-baxley Rural land lines are going away soon (372 comments)

As someone who lives in a rural area, even though I'm not rich, I can tell you that the quality of phone lines in rural areas are pretty much crap and you're better off going with a mobile phone. If the phone companies are being paid per active line, this whole thing will go away in a few years anyway.

about a year ago
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Professors Rejecting Classroom Technology

n-baxley Re:The funny thing at my university (372 comments)

Speed? Really. You're going with the speed improvements of paper? Wow, how can you stand to be so progressive.

about a year and a half ago
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Professors Rejecting Classroom Technology

n-baxley Re:The funny thing at my university (372 comments)

Wow, 4 hours of extra work during initial setup. How do you stand it!? Of course with your course material online, getting setup for the next semester's course should take no time at all. Students are now able to access course material when and wherever they are, and can take their course work with them into the field. But let's focus on the 4 extra hours of work you had to put in

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Source Software To Manage Student Grades?

n-baxley Re:Moodle. (120 comments)

Moodle HQ (run by the founder Martin Dougiamas) manages the project, though MoodleRooms does contribute a lot of code. I wouldn't fear about Moodle going away any time soon.

more than 2 years ago
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US Army Completes First Test Flight of Mach 6 Weapon

n-baxley Re:Whats wrong with that? (230 comments)

Well, that's not making a sweeping generalization and failing to think beyond stereotypes. Bravo for your clearly thought out remarks.

more than 2 years ago
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Book Review: Moodle 2.0 First Look

n-baxley Re:Security concerns (32 comments)

I haven't used sans before, but going there and searching for Moodle brought up a list of issues. The most recent was just over a year ago. There were only two in all of 2010, and 4 in 2009. You've got some pretty high standards there dude.

more than 3 years ago
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Could the US Phase Out Nuclear Power?

n-baxley The dangerous bits will still be with us (657 comments)

Even if we shut down production now, the "dangers" from nuclear energy are not going anywhere soon. Spent fuel rods stored on-site at the reactors and piles of nuclear waste that don't have a planned home will not go away by shutting down the existing plants. 20% of US power comes from Nuclear and it won't be easily replaced in the short term by renewables, so that means Coal or Natural gas. Neither are a panacea. I recently wrote an article to try and clarify some of these issues for myself and found the research to do it right really informative. Might help clarify some of the angles for people. http://www.baxleys.org/in-defense-of-nuclear-energy/

more than 3 years ago
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Obama's Goal: 98% of US Covered By 4G

n-baxley 4G with 5GB caps is not vaible internet (324 comments)

I'm someone who lives in the sticks and would benefit from this, having only a WISP now that charges $60 for 765k down. I'd love to have some real competition out here. That being said, access from a cell carrier that is capped at 5 GB a month is not something that's viable. Sure it's enough to check your email and surf around, but if you want to watch movies and backup your files with services like Netflix and Mozy, it just won't cut it. I've been contacting my local rep and I'm just not sure what to tell them. How do you think the government (state or national) could better spend to move forward access for everyone?

more than 3 years ago
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Google's Free Satnav Outperforms TomTom

n-baxley Re:good investment? (242 comments)

I have to agree with you. The people who need GPS in a rural area are the people visiting, not those who live there. That's the only thing I can think he meant. Or he assumes that people who live in rural areas get lost easily.

more than 4 years ago
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A High-Res 3D Video of the Embryonic Heartbeat

n-baxley Re:Individual rights. (207 comments)

Good. Use your aggressive feelings, boy. Let the hate flow through you.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Staffers Followed Palin's Email Lead On Inauguration Day

n-baxley Re:Kind of a side note... (407 comments)

>>>the White House IT people dropped the ball. When the Obama staff walked in at 12:01 to take over, they had phones that didn't work, computers that didn't work, users couldn't log in
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So things have improved.

When the Bush staff walked-in 8 years ago, they had phones that were glued "shut", computer keyboards with keys missing, users forced to stare at walls covered with offensive language, and messages etched into wooden desks and cabinets with knives. $17,000 dollars of damage.

The Clinton IT staff didn't just drop the ball - they left behind vandalism and chaos. Obama had it much easier, thanks to a cooperative president.

>>>the White House IT people dropped the ball. When the Obama staff walked in at 12:01 to take over, they had phones that didn't work, computers that didn't work, users couldn't log in
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So things have improved.

When the Bush staff walked-in 8 years ago, they had phones that were glued "shut", computer keyboards with keys missing, users forced to stare at walls covered with offensive language, and messages etched into wooden desks and cabinets with knives. $17,000 dollars of damage.

The Clinton IT staff didn't just drop the ball - they left behind vandalism and chaos. Obama had it much easier, thanks to a cooperative president.

Parent doesn't seem trollish. I'd mod you up if I could. Not everything about W was evil. At least not the first year :)

more than 5 years ago
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FCC Considering Free Internet For USA

n-baxley Let's hit the underconnected areas first (502 comments)

Before we go giving free internet to everyone, let's spend a little money on building out the infrastructure in the underconnected areas. Sure it's still giving away some money, but by taking on some of the startup costs, the government can encourage new businesses in areas that could use more connection options. At my house, I currently have 1 option for getting online at decent speeds. And that is expensive ($50 for 768 down and 200 up). Competition!

more than 5 years ago
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Plasma Plants Vaporize Trash While Creating Energy

n-baxley Re:Conservation of energy (618 comments)

I'm showing my ignorance here, but I hold faith that I can still learn something from posters on Slashdot :) Can you explain what the difference between power and energy is? Is it electricity vs energy that is the distinction? Also, in your last sentence, you're saying that megajoules per hour is the same as Megawatts? So a watt is equal to a joule per hour? There's so much I don't know about electricity.

more than 5 years ago
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Researchers Claim To Be Able To Determine Political Leaning By How Messy You Are

n-baxley Re:An interesting study. (592 comments)

The fact that the national debt is so large proves the point that the Republican party has veered so far away from true conservative values that they are more like Democrat Lite than the republicans of old. A more traditional conservative approach is to reduce the size of government. Maybe not to the level that Libertarians would but in the past 30 years, we've seen a decided move of Republicans to much more liberal tendencies. Remember, Republican and Democrat are not the same as conservative and liberal.

about 6 years ago

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n-baxley n-baxley writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well, since this will be in my permanent record, I want to state that I am permanenetly testing out this journal thingy. Sounds like you could easily create your own discussion here.

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