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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

redmid17 Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (693 comments)

Not since the early 90s. Find me a working Mosin for under $50. You won't be able to. Those things run several hundred dollars for the most part.

about two weeks ago
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Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

redmid17 You guys are all missing the most pertinent issue (214 comments)

Now Bennett can finally find a phone that will let him buy a movie and download it directly to his phone!

http://features-beta.slashdot....

He can finally gt rid of that LG Optimus, assuming Dice pays him enough money to buy a new phone! (or he has enough money left over after paying them to be his personal blog).

about two weeks ago
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Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

redmid17 Re:Lucky for Stripe (353 comments)

Animal House was an awesome, irreverent movie that has stood the test of time and become one of *the* classic comedies.

Animal Farm is a dystpoian, allegorical novella about government overreach and oppression, which is what I think you're going after here.

about two weeks ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

redmid17 Re:Anyone still going to the movies? (357 comments)

Where the fuck are you going to see movies? Seriously I have no idea.

Are you going to a circle of hell that only caters to people who don't like movie theathers because almost nothing you've described accurately resembles a movie theater run in the last 50 years except maybe the price and cleanliness.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

redmid17 Too dumb to google? (170 comments)

The least you can do is give us a ballpark location so we can look at a coverage map. Sprint or T-Mobile have have deals going with unlimited data.


Personally I'd go with Sprint, but I know their coverage can be spotty in certain places, though it has gotten a lot better since I signed up for it 5 years ago.

about three weeks ago
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Google Search Finally Adds Information About Video Games

redmid17 Re:I don't like (47 comments)

It's not really a direct competitor. The smart search answers have 3-4 sentences topically explaining something. Wikipedia has, almost always, exponentially more data.

'Smart search' is great for questions like "Who won the World Series in 1987" or "How many Grand Theft Auto games are there". It's not so great for "What is the plot of GTA V".

about a month ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

redmid17 Really? (205 comments)

Google is so large and has such a massive need for talent that if you have the right skills, Google is really enthusiastic to hear from you

Well color me shocked. Is the army looking for people who can accurately fire rifles and follow orders? What about the FAA and air traffic controllers?

Whoever wrote that and whichever (copy) editor let it through need to reevaluate their life choices.

about a month ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

redmid17 Re:It's not just Sweden (346 comments)

No I understand that, and the US model is not great shakes. Needs more municipal broadband.

That doesn't mean that Sweden's particular use-case is applicable to the US. It's roughly 5% of the lower 48 states. The economies of scale for distance blow the Swedish model out of the water.

about a month and a half ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

redmid17 Re:It's not just Sweden (346 comments)

2/3 of Sweden is empty. When you can concentrate your population in 1/3 of the country, the population density flies out the window:
http://www.nordregio.se/templa...

The sheer distance makes it exponentially more difficult and expensive

about a month and a half ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

redmid17 Re:not complicated...monopology (346 comments)

Not if you look at the population density. It's mostly on the coast and in the south. 2/3 of the country is devoid of anything but Møøse and possibly squirrel

http://www.nordregio.se/templa...

about a month and a half ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

redmid17 Re:Simple answer (942 comments)

You are using the wrong word. Hostile, yes. Unlivable, no. If it were, there would be a lot fewer people left in the US.

about a month and a half ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

redmid17 Re:Lost opportunity? I doubt it (554 comments)

Well I will just say, like the others, that you do not know what you're talking about. I installed win 7 on a few PIII netbooks with 768 MB RAM, with the typically office image. Worked fine. I've used it on Dell D410s and D430s with 1 GB of RAM. Did absolutely everything I needed and wanted it to do.

about a month and a half ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

redmid17 Re:Simple answer (942 comments)

Wow really? I can't remember a year of my life where I didn't experience sub zero temperatures and 100+ in the same year. There might be a few years where it was from 0-5 degrees or upper 90s, but that's pretty much the climate in most of the US Midwest region.

about 1 month ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

redmid17 Re:Rich like the Twinkie Filling (354 comments)

Some courts, not all. It varies by district. Most do not in the US.

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

That is, unless you're outside the US. I'm not super familiar with laws in other countries, but I believe most require a defendant to provide the password.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

redmid17 Your employer (182 comments)

They should be bearing the cost of the training and conferences. The only time I've shelled out cash for anything was when I didn't prepare enough for a certification test and needed to retake it. That was all on me though. Had I studied a bit more, I'd have passed on the first time.

Companies that want to retain talent need to shell out for training and conferences, especially if the budget isn't a concern for the time being. It's not as if they squirrel that money away for a rainy day. If the conference is as relevant to your work as you say and isn't insanely expensive, this should be a slam dunk.

about a month ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

redmid17 Re:Why just guns? (264 comments)

There's essentially no difference between purchasing a firearm in the US vs CH, assuming one is not a prohibited person in either country*
The only real substantive difference is the statutory vs constitutional issue. The universal militia service is a misnomer, since the majority of swiss can purchase a firearm but don't serve in the military. There are even parts of the US where you get a purchase permit (MN, NJ, CT, CA, DC, IL). I live in a state where I have to have a permit/license to purchase a gun. Frankly I think it's a bit ridiculous as the process to get said permit is identical to what I need to do to purchase the gun. Lots of redundancy that doesn't really accomplish much.

* Swiss law bans several nationalities/ethnicities from purchasing firearms (primarily Balkans peoples). They can do that as its firearm ownership is a statutory allowance in CH versus a civil right in the US.

about 2 months ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

redmid17 Re:Why just guns? (264 comments)

"We" didn't cross talk. You can't read the conversation properly. What is required to get that 'license' in CH? A instantaneous background check? By the way, it's not a license, it's a permit. Literally the only difference is stopping at the police station and forking over some cash. The US simplified the process, most likely because it's a civil right in the US to bear arms and it's not in Switzerland. And once again, there is a difference between a carry permit and a purchase permit

about 2 months ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

redmid17 Re:Why just guns? (264 comments)

That's wasn't the point of the OP or my refutation. That's something you invented out of thin air. It's more or less as easy to get a gun in Switzerland as it is the US. It requires a passed background check (and some additional cash in CH). Muzzleloaders are free of background checks in both countries. No militia or firearms training is required to own a gun in either country. Only difference is point of sale versus at the police station. If you want to get into carry permits, well you'll find it very similar in the US. In the big cities and a lot of states, carry permits are impossible to get. In other, especially rural states, they aren't difficult to get at all (or you don't need them period). Same with urban vs rural cantons in CH.

about 2 months ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

redmid17 Re:Why just guns? (264 comments)

Good for you. Doesn't mean you're not wrong as shit.

I've visited a few times and saw people carrying guns on the train (ostensibly for militia training or a shooting competition). Weapon shops weren't out of the way either. The only real difference between Switzerland and most of the US, is that you need to buy a "purchase permit" which is when they run their background check (identical to the US one) instead of running it at the time of purchase and they require private sales to be tracked, which is something that needs to be happen in more US states.

about 2 months ago

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