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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

penix1 Re:u wot m8 (568 comments)

emerge -uD world

Do it right... ;-)

3 days ago
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44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

penix1 Re:Probably typical (120 comments)

And a third group people are totally forgetting.... Parents and students where the schools has said it will use Twitter to tell them of emergencies. They get the account solely to receive these notices.

4 days ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

penix1 Re:For God's Sake, Internet is a LUXURY not a UTIL (223 comments)

*GASP* Whatever did people do before the internet???!?!?

Let's see:

Except for banking.

Brick & Mortor at their local bank. Many still do it this way today given the security nightmare that online banking has suffered recently.

And filing some legal papers.

Again, a trip to the lawyer's office...

Education

That's why God invented schools...

Weather reporting.

NOAA Weather Radio...

Checking commodity reports, which is very important to farmers.

Phone call to broker...

Rapid shipping of design documents to job sites.

USPS/ UPS/ FedEx Same Day Delivery...

Those are just a few I can think of.

Keep thinking since there is nothing that truly requires the internet.

about two weeks ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

penix1 Re:Ya know ... (325 comments)

So what's your point?

That a politician is beholden to the corporations? No news there thanks to the conservative Supreme Court's decision in Citizen's United.

That corporations do everything they can to decrease costs and increase shareholder value? They are required by law to do this. It is their sole purpose for existence.

That a corporation that pays substandard wages has to be forced to pay a wage that allows their employees to survive? I think it is sad that they have to be forced to do that. They scream they can't get talent when in truth what they mean is they can't get talent on the cheap. If they had their way, slavery and child labor would still be practiced.

about two weeks ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

penix1 Re:Sure, Just Require Universal Cell Service (449 comments)

It gets it from the external wall wart but since it is right next to the router there is a power source right there. If power goes out, I have a whole home generator that kicks in 1 minute after it goes out. Gotta love Generac!

about three weeks ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

penix1 Re:Sure, Just Require Universal Cell Service (449 comments)

If you have reliable internet then I recommend a VoIP service like Magic Jack. That is what I use with the added benefit of wiring it to the incoming existing service box meaning all the phones in the house are using the same device without rewiring the whole house. All for $19.95 a year. Not too shabby.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

penix1 Re:We already knew this way back in 2013 (275 comments)

And if he was such a danger, why didn't the Russians detain him when he was there instead of letting him come back? I haven't seen that question asked yet.

about three weeks ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

penix1 Re:Go after em Nate (335 comments)

We still are. Basically fighting with FEMA over expenses.

about a month ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

penix1 Re:Go after em Nate (335 comments)

Well then here is another piece for you...

Every state that receives federal assistance for disaster is required by the Stafford Act to have a FEMA approved mitigation plan. It can be one of two flavors. Standard all hazards mitigation plan or enhanced all hazard mitigation plan. Larger states go for enhanced because it gives up to 20% instead of 15% but to be enhanced a state has to demonstrate a capability and dedication to running their own programs. Smaller states like mine don't have the staffing to pull that off properly so we go standard. These plans are public documents (sensitive critical infrastructure mitigation may be redacted) so check with your State Hazard Mitigation Officer who is responsible for those plans. (WV citizens can find theirs here: http://www.dhsem.wv.gov/mitiga... )

Add to that each local unit of government must have an approved local plan if they want to participate in mitigation funding programs. (Again, WV citizens can use the link above for their regionalized plans).

State plans have an update cycle of 3 years while local plans have an update cycle of 5. SHMOs nationwide have been arguing this update cycle is backwards. After all, which is more likely to change over time, local or statewide?

about a month ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

penix1 Re:Go after em Nate (335 comments)

Well from what I am seeing from the comments here and the bitchfest going on over there the science isn't very trustworthy either...

about a month ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

penix1 Re:Go after em Nate (335 comments)

One of the criticisms I've seen of this paper is that Pielke doesn't take into account the fact that we've built more resilient structures in response to past natural disasters so the fact that the costs remain about the same means either those responses haven't been very effective or that the natural disasters have been getting worse but the additional resilience keeps the costs about the same.

Disclaimer: I am the State Hazard Mitigation Officer for my state...

Having said that, I can vouch for the fact that every state gets 15% of the cost of the disaster just for mitigating future damages. Everything from acquisition / demolition and elevations for flooding to safe rooms and wind resistant construction for hurricane and tornadoes. This has been going on since the late 80's and is part of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Public Law 93-288) as amended. Section 404 covers the Hazard Mitigation Assistance and 406 covers Mitigation for Public Assistance (infrastructure).

http://www.fema.gov/robert-t-s...

Currently, our state has over 1,500 properties that are under deed restriction preventing any structures from being built there ever again.

Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations stipulates how the Hazard Mitigation Grant programs are to be implemented.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/C...

Add to that the newly (and controversially) enacted Biggert Waters National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and it makes the NFIP risk based as it should be.

http://www.fema.gov/flood-insu...

So yes, this nation has been actively seeking ways to make communities much more resilient to natural disasters.

And from an anecdotal point of view having been in emergency management for 15 years, I can say from personal experience that storms are getting more frequent and more powerful.

about a month ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

penix1 Re: How can you trademark a color? (653 comments)

The standard used for Trademark is will a similar product cause confusion in the marketplace? Here we are talking about the same product (which there are only so many ways to make a multimeter) that color and design characteristics may be the only way to distinguish products.

about a month ago
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First Automatic Identification of Flying Insects Allows Hi-Tech Bug Zapping

penix1 Re:Millions of people. (99 comments)

In some cases I have. For example, I stopped trying to rid myself of the flu virus through the totally ineffective flu vaccine. Haven't had a single instance of the flu in the ten years I stopped getting the vaccine. But the thousands of strains of the flu virus is exactly the kind of mutations I am talking about. Nature will always find a way.

about a month ago
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First Automatic Identification of Flying Insects Allows Hi-Tech Bug Zapping

penix1 Re:Millions of people. (99 comments)

Nobody said nature was "intelligent". It is resilient though. And if it was advantageous for a species to survive to have laser defenses, then that is what will happen in some form or the species will go extinct. In both cases upstream dependent species will be effected.

about a month ago
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First Automatic Identification of Flying Insects Allows Hi-Tech Bug Zapping

penix1 Re:Millions of people. (99 comments)

That depends on the quality of life I will have after the treatment and what is involved in the treatment in the first place. If the quality of life goes below my standards, then yes, I would refuse treatment and live life to the fullest for the time I have left. If the treatment is worse than the disease then yes, I again would refuse treatment and live what life I have left to its fullest.

about a month ago
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First Automatic Identification of Flying Insects Allows Hi-Tech Bug Zapping

penix1 Re:Millions of people. (99 comments)

...Flying insects kill millions of people each year. ...what? This goes beyond hyperbole.

Even if it wasn't, our constant struggle to defy nature is astounding. The thing is, nature will always win. Death is inevitable and frankly, things like disease and famine are natures way of population control. Just look at some of the modern day diseases and their resistance to antibiotics for an example of nature getting around the problem. Until humans can face the fact that death is around the corner, the more waste of time and resources we have trying to outwit nature. Just because we can do a thing doesn't mean we should. We have no idea how this technology will upset the balance nature has struck. Wiping out an insect species may very well wipe out others that depend on them for food. Eventually, that can lead right up the food chain to us.

It will be interesting to see how nature gets around this problem.

about a month ago
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Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA

penix1 Re:The root of the problem lies with ... the peopl (273 comments)

The fact is that Dems. and Reps. *both* are very sensitive to opinion polls.

Umm... No they aren't or they would pay attention to the polls that rate Congress in the single digits to lower teens.

about a month ago
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Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA

penix1 Re:sNOwden Listen to this (273 comments)

sNOwden decided to make our nation look completely idiotic in the eyes of the world , decided to put its citizens at risk further...

I would say those that dreamed up the spy program, implemented it, got it sanctioned and enshrined in law and defend it made our nation look bad in the eyes of the world. All Snowden did was leak it's existence. If you don't want the US made to look bad, then maybe the US shouldn't be doing things that make them look bad.

about a month ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

penix1 Re:Probably not Illegal. (417 comments)

Ummm... No...

After Charles I of England became king in 1625, this religious conflict worsened. Parliament increasingly opposed the King's authority. In 1629, Charles dissolved Parliament with no intention of summoning a new one, in an ill-fated attempt to neutralize his enemies there, who included numerous lay Puritans. With the religious and political climate so hostile and threatening, many Puritans decided to leave the country. Some of the migration was from the expatriate English communities in the Netherlands of nonconformists and Separatists who had set up churches there since the 1590s.

The Winthrop Fleet of 1630 of eleven ships, led by the flagship Arbella, delivered 800 passengers to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Migration continued until Parliament was reconvened in 1640, at which point the scale dropped off sharply. In 1641, when the English Civil War began, some colonists returned to England to fight on the Puritan side, and many stayed, since Oliver Cromwell, himself an Independent, backed Parliament.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

The Quakers had the same issues and they too migrated to the US to escape religious persecution. Look it up.

So to say it was "religious freedom they were running away from" is totally false.

about a month ago
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Deadly Avian Flu Strain Penetrates Biosecurity Defenses In Seoul

penix1 Re:Lock up the wild birds! (49 comments)

That's pretty funny! If I hadn't posted already you would be getting mod points from me for that one...

about a month and a half ago

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