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Passive-Aggressive Wi-Fi Hotspots

retro128 Re:Other issues (263 comments)

Hang on a second. All wireless clients I've see do not automatically connect to an SSID unless its already set up in the wireless profile. The only way I could see the scenario you describe possibly happening is if you and your neighbor had matching SSIDs. Did it occur to you to change yours?

more than 4 years ago
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DARPA Wants a 19" Super-Efficient Supercomputer

retro128 60,000 watts? (200 comments)

Is that all they're allowing? Power nazis.

about 5 years ago
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Old-School Keyboard Makes Comeback of Sorts

retro128 My rule (519 comments)

My rule for input devices - If I can't kill someone with it, it doesn't belong on my desk.

more than 5 years ago
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Student Arrested For Classroom Texting

retro128 Hang on... (1246 comments)

Before everyone goes spouting off about how we're becoming a police state, has anyone (including submitter) bothered to read the linked police report? The cop refers to "prior negative contacts" with this person for both him and the administration. The chick ignores the teachers, lies to the cops, and brazenly continues to text in class. It's too bad the cops had to waste cycles getting involved, but judging from the police report the school personnel were at the end of their rope.

more than 5 years ago
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Flying Car Ready To Take Off

retro128 Re:we will NOT have flying cars (315 comments)

I'm still up in their air as to whether Moller's creation is going to get legs, but you can't really compare what he's doing to a Harrier. Moller's Skycar uses fans powered by rotary engines, NOT vectored thrust from a turbofan like the Harrier does, so there's no surface blistering.

As far as the public being "too stupid" to own flying cars, they were saying much the same things about those novel playthings if the rich, the horseless carriage, when they first started rolling out. Too complicated, too expensive, and too difficult to operate for the average person, they said. Until Henry Ford came along, that is.

I contend that not only will flying cars happen, they are inevitable. In our lifetimes though? That's another story. The biggest hurdle is that the air traffic control system is set up a certain way that doesn't facilitate controlled skylanes. Training, enforcement, where to take off and land, systems to deal with IFR conditions, computer guidance, etc are all factors that need to come into play to make it happen. The FAA is the biggest hurdle to all of this, and if anything will kill the flying car for the foreseeable future, it's them.

more than 5 years ago
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Who do you blame for the US Financial Situation

retro128 Re:The real culprits? (1104 comments)

I was wondering when the do-no-wrong neocons would come out and try to pin it on the Democrats. Yeah, that's it. It's Clinton's fault. It couldn't possibly be the fiscally irresponsible dimwit in charge of this country for the last 8 years, or his lapdog Congress pushing his Reaganomics plans through without question for the last 6. It couldn't possibly the OTS, which was created after the S&L crisis as a watchdog to avoid exactly the sort of crisis we're having today. It couldn't be the Fed, who kept interest rates low in the best interest of the banks. Nor could it possibly be the banks, who were creating and buying bad paper like there was no tomorrow and repackaging them as high yield securities. It couldn't be the loan brokers themselves who were given larger incentives to push those loans and had no reason to make sure the buyer could afford it. It couldn't have been the home buyers, who didn't think it the slightest bit strange that they we're getting a $600,000 loan for $2,000 a month, and thought it was OK to use HELOCs to max out the equity in their house and use the money to buy stupid toys.

And for the record, deregulation was the banking industry's idea, and it was their payoff of Congress that made what we have today possible. I think we can say everyone involved is to blame, but let's not pretend that Bushco's economic policies and outright mismanagement aren't a large part of the problem.

more than 5 years ago

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