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Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?

rrossman2 Re:designated driver (650 comments)

Not in PA. You can get a DUI just for walking up to your car with your keys in hand and unlocking the door (I know people that has happened to). Even if you're in the back seat you can be nailed if the keys are in the car too. The one area I've always wondered about is if you're in the back seat sleeping and the keys are in the trunk as the keys aren't readily accessible... but my guess is yes as you can also get busted if you're under the legal limit of .08... in PA that's a soft limit and they can (and have) busted people who were under that. Its basically at the officers discretion. There was a guy I know who got nailed with a DUI at .04 because he didn't use his turn signal while making a right turn.

more than 2 years ago

Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?

rrossman2 Re:no does the speed limit today on most roads (650 comments)

Pfffff... that's just how us PA folks drive on the interstates and highways.

I drive 75-85 depending on the speed of the rest of the traffic and if there's a "rabbit" ahead of me about 1/8-1/4 of a mile going about the same speed (with the hope they get nailed and not me lol).

Maybe its because I'm the son of an ex trucker and routinely went on trips with him cross country from about the age of 8 to the time he quit driving when I was around 14.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Documenting a Tangle of Network Devices?

rrossman2 Re:we use epic where i work (165 comments)

I should add there's well over 5000 devices in our epic setup

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Documenting a Tangle of Network Devices?

rrossman2 we use epic where i work (165 comments)

Its a cms setup for this task.

We input machine name, make, model, serial number, host name, IP, physical location, wall port #, where the funding comes.from, role of the machine, and it to attach devices together (say you have a monitor in epic and a scanner, and a PC... and the monitor is attached to the PC as is the scanner.. epic to add those devices to.the base unit).

Every piece of equipment at the 6 libraries on the main campus as well as all the branch campuses of Penn state are in the database. We also have it linked to big fix so it will list any machines big fix finds that isn't in our epic database as well as the other way around.

You can then search and filter via criteria and download any "reports" via a csv file.

We log I listed (like Mac address etc) but that gives you an idea

more than 2 years ago

Google Trying New Strategy to Fix Fragmentation

rrossman2 Re:how 'bout that samsung kies? (355 comments)

My Galaxy S GT-i9000 had no issues. Granted the carrier wasn't pushing stuff out, so I'd just go to or whatever it was and download the offical Samsung firmware, and flash using ODIN. Very easy to do. Last I did it that way, samsung was up to 2.3.5 if I remember correctly.

Since then I've just ran CyanogenMod 7, and later 9 which is Ice Cream Sandwich. About a week ago I gave AOKP a try, which I like better. While they both just work (had no issues in the later releases of CM9), AOKP comes with the Glitch kernel stock which allows you to overclock. My i9000 runs at 1200MHz just fine.

Honestly, my next phone will be another Samsung. Now if you compare my wife's Verizon Fascinate (which is another Galaxy S with the same specs as mine), you'd understand why I'll never get another carrier branded phone. I just lucked out as Immix (a small local carrier) picked up the international version of the Galaxy S (The GT-i9000T I have) and didn't screw with it at all. As soon as they get the S III, I'll be picking it up.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Add New Tech To Old Van?

rrossman2 Re:Do it HAM style (212 comments)

Sorry, but this is wrong on many levels. An inverter isn't any harder, and most likely easier than going without because anything that would normally plug into the wall will.. Well... Just plug in and work.

Now the issue is you don't want to use just any old inverter as there are major differences between them. Get one with voltage stabilizing (does a good job of keeping a steady output voltage, just like the some home theater power centers do), and also make sure it's a pure sine wave. Pure sine waves run a bit more, but are much safer for sensitive electronics vs a non-pure wave system. The last one we did at the stop was a 2000watt RMS/4000 max pure sine wave that ran about $800-1000 (can't remember exact figure), but you can fine similar setups with less watts for a lot less money.

Also, use a good deep cycle or dual-purpose marine battery all the way around. Try to use the same battery in all locations, as using different batteries (different in style as in deep cycle vs a starting battery, or a smaller capacity vs larger capacities) can cause issues as one battery may fully charge before the other, but because of the load imbalance one may over charger or one may remain undercharged.

Also look into the after market audio areas for an alternator/generator. The same RV van I put the power inverter into above we also put a tsunami alternator which produced around 240amps at a fairly low rpm. We also used one of their heavy duty relays (500amp rated) to isolate the rear batteries from the one under the hood when the key was off so the main battery wouldn't drain and leave you stranded.

The setup used all home equipment (made a custom flip down mount for the 36" tv we put in), including the directv receiver and home theater system.

more than 2 years ago

Bryson Crash Reveals Threat of Headless Government

rrossman2 I never really understood it all... (308 comments)

For example, the president. Before they are anything, they are a normal citizen like the rest of us. They run for the position and get elected it. Every 4 years they are possibly replaced with a new person. So I ask, if something happened to them, why would we care any more than if something happened to a relative, friend, etc? Why is it really do important to protect them and others "in office". They get replaced all the time (well should anyhow instead of sitting in congress/senate forever). The older I get the more I question the need for all that.. Why they should be protected than any other citizen.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Low Cost Free Software For Protecting Kids Online?

rrossman2 Re:OpenDNS (646 comments)

Just give them a limited access user account (even if you have to knock their access down a little bit yourself) so they cant change that stuff....

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Comparing the Value of Skilled Admins vs. Contributing Supervisors

rrossman2 It's easy to find the value of the position.... (171 comments)

There are tons of sites (heck even the government has a site but now I forget it for the life of me) that lists the min to max pay via a bell curve chart (well most times it ends up being a bell curve) for a certain job title in the city or area you're located in. Then you can also see how that city compares to other cities in the state, etc to see what the average pay is and all that.

I believe it also tells you other info about typical reauirements, average educations, etc... But it's been so long since I took the business management classes that I n to only forget the address and name for the site, but also all the information you could extract from it...

Maybe someone else knows of the gov site that lists all this and can post it up

more than 2 years ago

Canada No Pirate Nation: Global Leader In Music Download Sales

rrossman2 Say goodbye to CD tax? (179 comments)

Since apparently the legit digital market is growing leaps and bounds, would it be a good time to suggest repealing any CD-R and SD type card taxes the CRIA managed to get passed into law? It only seems fair and makes sense to me.

more than 2 years ago

Startup Skips IE Support, Claims $100,000 Savings

rrossman2 IE can just be a pain... (273 comments)

On my internship I had to convert a flash site over to just HTML keeping the same format etc (using flash can cause a screen reader to have issues which could have brought a ADA lawsuit).

Anyhow, to make the menu list they had on the left side I just used one type of div for the buttons, and another div to act as a spacer between the buttons. While every other browser like opera, firefox, chrome, safari, etc handled the spacer div size via CSS correctly, IE (versions 6, 7, and 8) would completely ignore the CSS height size of the spacer div, making the menu take over a page and a half of scrolling for something that should only have been half a page.

more than 2 years ago

Options For Good (Not Expensive) Office Backbone For a Small Startup

rrossman2 Re:zimbra (204 comments)

Absolutely... it works good enough to be used by the University I work at (I don't think the students use it.. at least not yet... it's more of a faculty/staff deal right now)

more than 2 years ago

Options For Good (Not Expensive) Office Backbone For a Small Startup

rrossman2 Zimbra would work! (204 comments)

Zimbra fits your roll perfectly. It's able to scale to the levels of the University I work at, so I'm sure it could handle a 10 man team.

It also supports ActiveSync pushing so it can automatically send appointments to your iPad/iPhone/Android device etc. It also web browser based so no need for a stand alone email client (but you could still use one if you wish).

Also, you can view other peoples Calendars, etc.. and push invites to those people (which my boss does.. she'll push out maintenance calls etc to all of us which automatically get added into our calendar)

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Monitor Traffic?

rrossman2 Don't (338 comments)

"and some game called 'words' which has message capability"

So the guy wants to wire tap everything they use, period. Even a freaking games? Most of those games already filter "bad words".

One thing you can do is set all their DNS servers to use OpenDNS's FamilyShield. It will do a pretty good job of filtering bad sites/etc at the DNS level.
As for logging, I wouldn't. That just sounds like not only violating your family's privacy (okay so they're under-age? That may be okay) but should anyone else happen to use the device and have no clue the things they were typing or doing were being recorded could pose a big issue.

It's a thought anyhow.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Make My Own Hardware Multimedia Player?

rrossman2 ffmpeg (140 comments)

Most of the devices use the ffmpeg libraries to handle the decoding (and encoding on those that can rip or record).. which always made me wonder why some don't support certain formats/codecs while others do considering they're nearly all built using ffmpeg...

more than 2 years ago

Algorithm Finds Thousands of Unknown Drug Interaction Side Effects

rrossman2 Re:not surprising (121 comments)

You can gget a drug interaction app for android and I assume others. You can also download the full blown deal on your PC... or go to a bookstore (maybe more so one on a campus) and purchase the "official" book off of the shelf....

more than 2 years ago

White House CIO Describes His 'Worst Day' Ever

rrossman2 Re:White House IT: thumbs down (333 comments)

I guess the secret is to use Google Services... let them host the email, use their Calender system, Google talk, etc.
You don't get the spiffy BES service, but the encrypted email is enough, right? Or switch to android and use TextSecure and RedPhone, problem solved (until they are cracked, although TextSecure uses AES).

After a month or so getting that all setup, you now get to sit on a beach sipping drinks as the IT support mostly falls on someone else... issue solved!

more than 2 years ago



Best option for printing digital photos

rrossman2 rrossman2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rrossman2 (844318) writes "With the birth of our son (who is now just over 2), we have snapped and accumulated a ton of pictures. The issue is, the wife uploads most of them to Facebook. I have them on panoramio, picasa, Facebook, etc.

My question for the slash dot croud is what is the best option for bulk printing the photos to a physical format? We all know with how fast technology advances, as well as sites come and go, I want a way to have these pictures for my son when he is older... just like my grand father has photos of his self from world war II, my parents have photos of me when I was little etc.

Are there any affordable services that you can upload the photos to that print and deliver long lasting pictures? How well do today's photo ink jets last and what's the best type of paper?

I do have a cheaper Samsung color laser printer, but color lasers don't make the most color rich prints, and using normal photo paper you can find in big box stores doesn't work out too well as the laser toner seems to peel off on the rollers and gum things up... is there a good long lasting paper that seems to work well with laser printers?

I can see what's going to happen in the future.. all of the digital photos people take now are going either end up on a website that won't be around in 20+ years or get stuck on disks (hard drives, CDs etc) or flash memory that won't last or become dated where interfacing with the media will become difficult or impossible. (An example is I have some old 100MB hard drives that still work, as well as floppies from my C64, but newer drives seem to crap out more often or in ways you can recover at home... and IDE ports are thinning down and may eventually go the way of ST506, ESDI or other older interface connections)

Any help/insight any of you have used that have worked out well would be fantastic. I guess this is the danger of going all digital vs old film cameras where the prints lasted for an extremely long time as well as ghe negatives."

Samsung Vs Apple War Set To Explode

rrossman2 rrossman2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rrossman2 (844318) writes "A top Samsung executive says the company will take a bolder stance in its patent battle with smartphone and tablet rival Apple, which Samsung claims has been "free riding" on its patented wireless technologies.

Lee, a senior vice president at Samsung, did not say what form the South Korean company's stronger stance would take or if there would be more lawsuits. But her remarks suggest a definite change in tone. She described its previous approach as "passive."

Lee said that Samsung has kept that relationship with Apple (over hardware) in mind amid the dispute with the Cupertino, California-based company, and has largely been pulling its punches."

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Don't study the video game, study the gamer.

rrossman2 rrossman2 writes  |  about 3 years ago

rrossman2 (844318) writes "" Video games — especially violent ones — are constantly under scrutiny from parents concerned about negative effects. Now, research suggests that those worries should focus more on the player's personality rather than the content of the games.""
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Qualcomm Releases And Ships Dual-Core Snapdragon

rrossman2 rrossman2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rrossman2 (844318) writes "Qualcomm has released a press release revealing they have started shipping their new Dual-Core Snapdragon chipsets. These chipsets run each core at up to 1.2GHz, include a GPU which supports 2D/3D acceleration engines for Open GLES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1, 1080p video encode/decode, dedicated low power audio engine, integrated low power GPS, and support for 24-bit WXGA 1280x800 resolution displays.

These chipsets come in two variants, the MSM8260 for HSPA+ and the MSM8660 for multi-mode HSPA+/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev B. The press release also lists QSD8672 as a third gen chipset like the two mentioned, but doesn't go into any detail of what it's roll is.

With this announcement they they are shipping, how long until HTC makes a super smart phone?"

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Deal gives Verizon users access to Skype

rrossman2 rrossman2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rrossman2 (844318) writes "Skype on Tuesday announced a major deal with Verizon Wireless that would make its inexpensive online-calling service available to up to 90 million Verizon users, vastly expanding Skype's presence on smartphones.
The deal gives Verizon customers with smartphones and data plans the option of making unlimited calls to hundreds of millions of Skype users worldwide, beginning next month. It extends to BlackBerrys and Android smartphones that run on Verizon. Those calls would go over Verizon's network, not using cellphone plan minutes. Minutes would be deducted to use Skype to call regular phone numbers in the U.S., Verizon said.

It doesn't work over WiFi, and Verizon's version of Skype won't call landlines/mobile phones without eating up your regular minutes, but I'm betting now that Verizon isn't blocking SIP it's only a matter of time before someone releases a Skype client that supports Skype-out for the Blackberry"

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Microsoft drops payback demand on ex-workers

rrossman2 rrossman2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rrossman2 (844318) writes "According to Reuters: 'The Redmond, Washington-based company, which announced a plan to cut up to 5,000 jobs in January, acknowledged on Sunday that it had tried to get the overpaid workers to return the extra money. But late on Monday, it reversed course.
"This was a mistake on our part," said a Microsoft spokesman in an e-mailed statement. "We should have handled this situation in a more thoughtful manner."'
All said and done, it was only 25 employees that had been over-paid."


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