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FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

sacdelta Re:In the absence of an effective goverment... (427 comments)

If the total doesn't change, that really doesn't prove anything. Other technologies help reduce accidents. 1 in 4 accidents were linked to cell phone use. If all of those accidents could have been avoided, you would probably have seen a drop in rates.

I do honestly believe that some people can drive and talk on a phone at the same time safely, but they should have to prove they have that skill rather than just let everyone do it and hope for the best.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

sacdelta Re:In the absence of an effective goverment... (427 comments)

That's the point. While it may be legal, it has been shown in studies to be unsafe (hands free or otherwise). Government has failed to act to address this safety issue.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

sacdelta In the absence of an effective goverment... (427 comments)

If the government had actually dealt with known issues regarding driving and cell phone use, his vigilantism would not have been necessary. I know I have thought about doing the same thing myself. And I wonder how many politicians receive contributions from the cell phone companies.

Still... he committed a crime and should be punished. Civil disobedience requires a willingness to accept the punishment to help solve the problem.

about 2 months ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

sacdelta Re:It's not all about the recording (921 comments)

If they were simply confiscating it, they would not have felt the need to run.

about 5 months ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

sacdelta Re:It's not all about the recording (921 comments)

Wow. You must be superman or something to jump that far.

I'm simply positing where some of the hostility may be coming from. Nothing in there about whether or not you should own one.

While it does not excuse their behavior (theft and violence are rarely excused), it is meant to explain it. If you ignore what motivates people, you open yourself up for unexpected reactions.

I wish we lived in a society where people ask questions before they react to things they don't understand, but that is often not the case.

about 5 months ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

sacdelta Re:It's not all about the recording (921 comments)

Not really a valid comparison. Most people don't go running around wearing their $500 video card everywhere they go. Flaunting is not owning something, it is showing it off. By the nature of the device, it is visible and goes everywhere the user goes. The user may not be intentionally doing it, but to people around them it may come off that way.

Most people see the value in paying more for a good camera. While there may be value in Google Glass, most people don't see it. As such, they see the device as frivolous. It may be worth that much, or even more, but they don't recognize it. People understand "saving up" for a good camera. I have yet to hear of anyone saving up for Google Glass.

Additionally, someone who can't afford your expensive camera can opt for a cheaper version of similar technology. In the case of the Glass, if you can't afford it (or are not "invited" to purchase it) you can't just buy a cheaper version of something similar. Once other similar cheaper products are available a lot of the stigma will
go away.

While for a lot of people, the issue is the potential for recording secretly (though most of that is just not understanding what the product is primarily for), I believe (opinion) for many people that is just the convenient excuse they give so that they don't come off petty.

about 5 months ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

sacdelta It's not all about the recording (921 comments)

While I would prefer to see a red led indicating that it is actively recording, that's not the only issue.

The early adopters are also actively running around flaunting that they had an extra $1,500 just lying around. It is also similar to the hostility growing about the elite companies busing their employees. There is a level of elitism that is being flaunted about by these people and that doesn't sit well with many people. Especially with a growing divide of haves and have nots.

In this case it seems that since they eventually just grabbed the device, that all of the bluster was probably just show to get them in a position to steal it.

about 5 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

sacdelta Re:So..... (445 comments)

35 incidents where pilots required medical attention. There's your damage.

There are generally two ways to approach safety.
1) Wait for consequences and then try to fix the cause
2) Identify dangerous situations and fix them before people get hurt

Either approach can be taken too far to the extreme, but in this case there have already been issues and the frequency of the incidents are increasing. I would rather stop the problem before a plane falls out of the sky. At 11 incidents PER DAY, statistics favor something happening.

One could argue that "kids will be kids", but at what point is a kid playing with matches not considered safe. Tools exist and many tools are dangerous and it takes education and awareness to help people know how to use things properly.

Personally, I think they should make an example out of a few of them and have them charged with 200 counts of attempted murder. It would certainly get some awareness to the issue.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Data From a Carrington Event?

sacdelta Give him what he wants. (386 comments)

Shhh! Don't tell him that stuff. I plan on offering him my patented optical disk Carrington Event protection device. To the untrained eye, it may look like a paper bag, but for the low low price of $999.99 you can own it today.

about 2 years ago
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Poll Finds Americans Think the TSA Is 'Doing a Good Job'

sacdelta 51% of readers think this was a good article (523 comments)

Why is it, if a poll shows an approval of over 50%, the media takes that to be overwhelming support? Taking into account that many polls are biased to provide the answer they are looking for, a narrow margin is not really something that major decisions should hinge upon.

about 2 years ago
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Comcast Launches Superfast Internet To Fight FiOS

sacdelta And my car gets 60 MPG going downhill (209 comments)

So you get 305 Mbps during the 15 minutes out of the day when they aren't throttling. What is it the rest of the time? Speeds should have to be reported as average access speed not peak potential.

about 2 years ago
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Al Franken Calls for Tight Rules on Facial Recognition Software

sacdelta Re:Yeah, another Slash***'s Platitudes is the answ (158 comments)

Citing criminal behavior as a reason to require more legal restrictions doesn't really work well as a convincing argument. Someone who has decided to engage in a high level crime is not going to think twice about committing a lesser crime in the process.

That being said, I believe the restrictions would be good to prevent a company from providing that service and making it easy for said criminals.

about 2 years ago
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Soda Ban May Hit the Big Apple

sacdelta Save us... from us. (1141 comments)

Please! Take action so we don't have to take responsibility for our own lives. Heaven forbid we ever have to think for ourselves.

A better solution may be to force anyone who complains about how this type of thing negatively impacts them to take a class in self control.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: At What Point Has a Kickstarter Project Failed?

sacdelta Re:Trust (247 comments)

The only requirement to receive funding is that it meets the project guidelines and that they receive the target funding. Kickstarter is an all or nothing goal. Once they receive the money there is really nothing to control them but their own drive to complete their project.

Most projects are being done by inexperienced people and they learn things along the way. There are usually delays because of unexpected hurdles. Most projects are on KS because they could not receive traditional funding and some of them for good reason. Most don't get funded. Sometimes they fail even after funding. And that is nothing odd. Just look at the statistics for failed small businesses. That is part of the risk. It is also part of the allure and reward is to help people accomplish their goals.

Many projects have few updates because they only think to report milestones. Once a month after the campaign for complicated technology is pretty good.

As with anything that involves money, there are people out there trying to get it without working for it. Those projects are usually easy to spot. No updates, no prototypes/sketches, poor description, copies existing product or recently successful KS. If it sound too good to be true, it usually is.

If you want your assured reward, you should wait for the product to hit the market and buy it then. KS is not for the skittish.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Are Fantasy World Accents British?

sacdelta Re:Star Wars Accents (516 comments)

And the use of those accents led to accusations of ethnic stereotyping. It's a very dangerous path to traverse in our hypersensitive society and I don't blame filmmakers from avoiding the subject altogether.

more than 2 years ago
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Warner Bros: New Program To Digitize Your DVDs

sacdelta Re:huh (371 comments)

...that you can play on your internet-connected computers.

Ah... now it's all clear!

The only place where the cloud could possibly be useful to me is to use it with my phone. However, the restrictive data limits for my unlimited data plan phone make that option worthless too.

Secondly, if I'm going to have to take the time to rip the file myself. I'm going to do it myself. At home. For free.

more than 2 years ago
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Science and Engineering Workforce Has Stalled In the US

sacdelta Re:Young people. (433 comments)

Don't forget that a lot of those positions are State and Federal jobs. You know. The ones that are being squeezed by budgets because we don't dare cut entitlement programs or raise taxes.

It's not just one thing. You could go into more institutional issues like science based careers requiring a longer and more committed education (most people really don't wake up one day and decide to be a scientist - there are fundamental concepts that have to be learned before you can be trained in useful activities). The work load during school limits the amount of partying and who wants to give that up. Weakened science programs up to and including high school reducing interest or preparedness to even enter into a science based major. Stuff like that and a few others all help reduce the numbers.

more than 2 years ago
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After Complaints, AT&T Solidifies, Increases Data Limit

sacdelta Self fulfilling usage (211 comments)

If anytime someone gets close to 3GB of usage they get a threatening text telling them that they will be throttled, of course most people will use less than 3GB. They need to let it go unthrottled (and unmessaged) for a few months to see what the true usage would be if people were not being threatened. I rarely use a lot of data but discovered this last month that if I watch a half hour of video every day, that is enough to throw me into the 5%. Apparently a half hour of video a day is considered unreasonable.

more than 2 years ago
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Seattle Library Lets Man Watch Porn On Computers Despite Complaints

sacdelta Re:Nudity in Public? (584 comments)

Whether or not it could actually be enforced, I would make a point of mentioning to the gentleman that if there were anyone under the age of 16 in the library that he might find himself arrested for lewd acts involving children, something that gets you put on that wonderful Megan's Law forever list. The threat alone should be sufficient to stop the activity. If not, start dialing the local police and see what happens.

more than 2 years ago
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Discouraging Playstation Vita Details

sacdelta Re:Sony is not the only one. (275 comments)

Yes, but you can function with one of the cheaper cards, you don't have to have the most expensive option.

more than 2 years ago

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