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The Magic of Pallets

sumdumass Re:could still use improvement (218 comments)

This already exists in sorts. Many pallets are shrink wrapped and have corners added that increase the rigidity of them. These corners are anything from wood slats, cardboard slats to other materials as needed/determined by the shipper to ensure the products arrive safely. Some are banded using metal or nylon straps and use tops that lock the products into place using their casing material as sort of walls.

Most material is placed on the pallets in interlocking patterns that allow the weight of the level on top secure the layer below. This stabilizes the layers and sort of creates the same wall type thing. Add some shrink wrapping and it will take a lot of abuse before falling.

yesterday
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Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

sumdumass Re:Not seeing the issue here (198 comments)

Actually, there is.

Police can speed and break all sorts of traffic laws in chasing criminals as well as rushing to a scene. They can and have broken into buildings and houses in pursuit of suspects/criminals fleeing. There is actually a long list of things- some of which even cause people to lose their life that the police seem to be absolved from which if you or I had done would be instant jail time.

You may be correct that there is no law or principle allowing that. But the reality is that the prosecutor and the police share common interests and prosecution is not likely even in extreme obvious cases.

yesterday
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Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

sumdumass Re:Not seeing the issue here (198 comments)

When the outcome it the same, what is the difference?

Seriously? What is the difference between having a steller lawyer defend you who doesn't have the time to do it correctly and an imbecile who passed the bar because his uncle was giving the examination if the outcomes are the same? Now I'm not saying all people with poorly executed defenses are innocent or anything. I'm just wanting to know what the differences are when neither the "far better than decent" defenders cannot spend enough time to prove their worth and those defenders who don't care or are incapable of doing a good job.

yesterday
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Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

sumdumass Re:Not seeing the issue here (198 comments)

Please, by all means, tell us how the "Just us" system is supposed to work and how reality differs?

and yes, I said "Just us" because at this point in time, I do not think Justice is even close.

yesterday
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

sumdumass Re:"Could", (396 comments)

The taxes are for finding solutions.

No they are not. It's to subsidize the pet flavor of alternative energy of the month. That and off-shoring manufacturing is how it has been used everywhere it has been implemented.

No one is sitting around and finding solutions for nothing. You find a solution because you figure it is cheaper than paying the tax.

Yes, you create artificial hardships until the people bitch loud enough for someone to do something about it. Great concept there, except for the concept in and of itself. Like I said previously, if the governments who are worried about it would actually do the research themselves and then make the tech available as it is discovered and/or implemented by regulation when it is feasible, it can all be fixed without creating hardships on the populace. Except this isn't about a fix, it's a political solution about power and control over people.

The rest of your post is simply idiotic unscientific phantasy, or science fiction.

No more so than the entirety of your post. Or are you admitting that science will not find the answer to alternative energy and it is just wishful thinking for those of us who think some honest research would go a long way?

We as well could have cold fusion and hot fusion tomorrow. That is as likely as finding an economic industrial scale process to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

You could get AIDs or Ebola tomorrow and die for all we know. You not getting it is just as much fantasy as you getting it. No one can predict the future. The best we can do is assess the likelihood and take steps to either avoid it or encourage it. You sound like you want nothing to do with a future where we do not need to oppressively tax people, restrict their behaviors while causing hardships in the process. Perhaps you are in it for other reasons?

Growth is not restricted.CO2 production is.

Yes, and no reliable and efficient form of energy exists on the scales in use that does not produce Co2 (exempt Nuclear but that too has it's booger man). So yes, while you are technically right just as the idiots who say a square peg fits into a round hole when everyone paying attention knows its not supposed to.

LThat s a no brainer ... no idea why you believe it is super easy to remove CO2 (at some point in the future, when it is probably to late) from the atmosphere but it is not possible to have an economy that uses less energy. Hint: Europe already is showcasing it. It is possible, and it is rather simple.

Actually, no Europe is not. They are exporting their Co2 production to China and India where imports from them have increased over 10 fold and Europe is facing de-industrialization issues not only with those two countries but with former soviet countries who have no restrictions. The only thing Europe is showcasing is how to export Co2 production and tank their economies.

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

sumdumass Re:Joe Biden for President? (426 comments)

I doubt, Joe Biden will score even so much as a nomination â" despite his desires â" which will, of course, be even more embarrassing for the Democrats, than him losing the subsequent election.

This is likely the number one reason why no one has attempted to assassinate Obama. They know we would get Biden in his stead.

4 days ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

sumdumass Re: Blame global warming for everything (187 comments)

Then take it up with the several articled snd scientific research they cite. And no, it is not just one article, it is several that say the same things.

And i do not believe any of these articles address three years of tornados. They are linking global warming to them which is opposite of yhr premise originally replied to.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

sumdumass Re:"Could", (396 comments)

Physics laws don't change over night, nor do they in 200 years.

You are correct, this is ROFL.. Physics laws do not change but our abilities to harness and utilize them for our own benefit does. Sometimes this can be overnight, sometimes it takes 200 years.

So what if in 50 years, we find a way to take the Co2 from the atmosphere, separate the carbon and manufacture fibers from it that replace steel in automobiles and bridges and other uses we now spend a lot of carbon energy on. What if in 100 years, we become more efficient and are able to do this with methane too?

This is the problem with the global warming crowd. Instead of finding solutions, they want to claim oppression of people via taxes the will severely strain their ability to enjoy lifestyles as they already know it and disrupt business while forcing their own agenda onto everyone is the only way. The fact is, there are several ways global warming can be addressed and these ways will be added to in the future as out knowledge increases. If the governments of the world were actually worried about global warming, they would be creating research teams devoted to finding solutions like efficient, reliable, and cost effective energy sources as well as ways to make use of emissions in a productive way and then make this knowledge available to the world so that it can be implemented. But instead, it's about restricting growth in first world nations while forcing investments into third world nations, it's about power and control of the populous.

about a week ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

sumdumass Re: Blame global warming for everything (187 comments)

1: I am a scientist, and while I admit I don't know everything ( who does ? ) about climate change I have seen enough data to be concerned, not panicked mind you, but concerned; especially so since anything on a global scale has so many variables as to be be possible to accurately model.

I think the problem is that concern is too often turned into political advantage by panicking people. Some of the original scientists came along with political motivations like James Hansen and his support for Jubilee2000 which dispersed with the creation of the Kyoto accords (too long of a connection to make in this short post to why that is suspect).

2: While those people you linked may be ranked high in their fields, the pages you linked to don't cite papers published in a reputable journal for peer review... probably because they are not reproducible as science demands.

Actually, they do cite sources. It's those underlined strings of words that look like those annoying popover ads but are actually links. For instance, the mother jones article says the change was from a paper published here http://www.pnas.org/content/11...

The New scientists article actually cites at the bottom of the page. It links to an article called climate dynamics The increasing efficiency of tornado days in the United States.

3: your third link is just braindead political bashing.

Did you think you were pointing out something I didn't already know? Or were you answering my challenge to which link was a conservative site? Anyways, I think you completely missed the point even though I spelled it out. It doesn't surprise me seeing how you missed the citations in the articles too. But the point was that political entities have been claiming Climate change does make predictions about tornadoes. So this idea that it is unheard of for claims if climate change or global warming and tornadoes being linked is fabricated. That was the only point, that the claims have been made.

about a week ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

sumdumass Re: Blame global warming for everything (187 comments)

That conclusion fell into question late last year, though, with a paper by Diffenbaugh and two colleagues in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Using a suite of the most state-of-the-art climate models, the researchers found, once again, that wind shear decreases under global warming. However, they also found that that didn't really matter, because the number of days with both high CAPE and high shear nonetheless increased. "We find that in fact, at the monthly or seasonal scale, that decrease [in shear] does occur over the US," Diffenbaugh says, "but it's concentrated in these days with very low CAPE." That means that the net number of days with high CAPE and high shear was still projected to increase in the future.

It goes on to explain how this cape and shear will increase tornadoes.

You really should learn to read the entire article and perhaps the links within the article further than just finding what you want it to say when someone points out that it says something other than what you want it to say. The mother jones article does indeed say

Diffenbaugh and his colleagues looked at this parameter too, and they found an "increase in the fraction of severe thunderstorm environments that have high CAPE and high low-level shear," as Diffenbaugh puts it. As the authors wrote, this result is suggestive "of a possible increase in the number of days supportive of tornadic storms."

The paper by Diffenbaugh and his colleagues represents "the first significant evidence that we might expect to see a change in tornadoes," says NOAA's Brooks.

More generally, the upshot of this research is that tornadoes must change as a result of climate change, because the environments in which they form are changing.

And you can follow the same link, that was selectively copied from it. Please, in the future, absorb all the information presented, think about it for a while, then think again before spouting something silly about it.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

sumdumass Re:Your argument is devoid of facts (396 comments)

HE didn't miss it. Didn't you know that when you are hiding from reality, things like Nationalist and International can make almost otherwise identical organizations politically opposite as in left verses right. So by focusing on the geographical structure of national verses international, the person can completely ignore the political ideology of nationalism and socialism and conflate the similarities of other words in order to provoke any misunderstand that fits their desired worldview that they can imagine.

And yes, Nazi Germany was very progressive. They had free university education, instituted minimum wages and lead the science front. In fact they advance Eugenics to the point of the Aryan race being the true race and made a foundation for the final solution to the inferior races. But we won't let facts bother some people. They are happy with their misaligned worldviews and history will repeat itself. It's like the constant calls for more funding for failed institution. If only more money was thrown that way and they could try the same things again, it might work this time. Get used to it.

about a week ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

sumdumass Re: Blame global warming for everything (187 comments)

hmm.. A simple google search shows that nobody is a lot of organizations that appear to be somewhat scientific in their approach and presentation.

Also, the new scientis or articles on their site seem to attempt to make predictions about tornadoes

http://www.newscientist.com/ar...

Mother Jones does another story connecting it too.
http://www.motherjones.com/env...

Of course one article is dated march of 2014 and the other august of the same year. But of course politicians have been making claims about the links for a while now. Here is an article presented in october of 2014 which examines political discourse about the global warming tornado threat somewhat.

http://www.americanthinker.com...

Now note, one of those sites is a conservative site. Can you guess which one that might be? Well, it doesn't matter because the information is not inaccurate and came about before this was even on the radar. In fact, it was attempting to impeach the credibility of the political hack appointed to oversee the ebola fiasco and manage political fall out from reported cases reaching American shores.

So lets not ignore the fact that connections have been made.

about a week ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

sumdumass Re:Screw you white boys (307 comments)

Having someone - anyone - in a class that screws up the bell curve makes others feel bad.

I think the bell curve is likely the entire problem. There simply should not be one. If kids are failing the subjects, they shouldn't be getting C and B grades because the smart people got removed to be in their own class. If the smart people excel, by all means have the ability to push them further and if that means another class, fine. But if the not so smart people are failing, the options should not be adjust the grading scale, but to supplement the education in ways that make them satisfactory students.

People learn in different ways. Perhaps the answers might be in sending teachers more gifted to smarter kids to those smart classes and concentrate more efforts on the no so smart kids with teachers and course material better prepared for their abilities. I was that way in school, I could read something and pretty much tell you where in the book the information was covered a week after. But after a lecture, I could tell you what color the teacher's socks were but nothing about the topic covered. I remember one teacher that I nicknamed king crab because he always had chalk dust on his pants near his privates if there was a lecture and I knew it was going to be a bad day. Other students need told instead of reading and some might need a varying mix of it and other things like hands on practice too.

about a week ago
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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

sumdumass Re:Got it backwards? (130 comments)

This isn't really a new anti-foaming measure, it's making them more effective. That was the point, the magnetic field made the particles tinier so they could disperse and bond more per unit.

But you appear to be wrong about hops only to do with flavor, aroma, and preservation as at least one beer maker and several scientists seem to think it has to do with combating too much foam also.

about a week ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

sumdumass Re:American wastefulness at its finest (143 comments)

It still works out in the wash.

Japan and Germany has benefited greatly over the years from the US wasting energy. The obvious is the lack of military needed by them because the US wasted energy, the investment the US has directly put into them by bases and such. But there are other ways they benefited like economic stability (trading with the US) and tourism dollars. Welcome to the new world order I guess. It's the same as the old world order except someone not as innocent as you thought.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

sumdumass Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

You would have to talk with an attorney but you should be able to expunge that. "Breaking and Entering" is a fifth degree felony in Ohio and as long as there are no violence elements attached, should be allowable.

Of course what should be is often not the same as what is in practice. You need a reason to expunge and ability to find a job/make an honest living is just as good as any as far as I know. I do know a guy who used that excuse specifically to get a felony "cultivation of marijuana" over a bulk amount conviction expunged and now even has his gun rights restored. Of course Ohio has relaxed it's laws a bit and the same charge with the same amounts, if it were to happen today would be a misdemeanor so that may have had something to do with it too.

about two weeks ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

sumdumass Re:BAD idea... (207 comments)

Not only that, the phone can run any app that displays any image. Remember those joke downloads that pretended to delete all your shit on the computer by faking the dos window and motions?

So what happens when your credit card was used by you because i checked your ID and the photo matched. Oh,, i'm sorry officer, that warrant is for my cousin, not me- even though we look exactly alike, i'm someone else.. i can see all sorts of problems with this.

about two weeks ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

sumdumass Re:American wastefulness at its finest (143 comments)

It all works out in the wash. Your vegan all natural food benifited from the same cheap energy costs that my fast food did. Your prius takes advantAge of the same exteralities that my diesel truck did. Your solar pannels are the same. But in the same sense of "you didn't build that", the exact proportipns aren't the exact same but it works out kn the wash.

about two weeks ago

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Computer glitch halts air travel

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sumdumass (711423) writes ""A computer failure in the system that processes flight plans has delayed flights nationwide"

— There is no word if the cause is hardware, networking, software, or if it is related to the older (National Airspace Data Interchange Network) NADIN 1 systems or the newer ftServer 6600 4-way symmetric multi-processing servers with triple CPU redundancy which was supposed to of been phased in starting in mid 2005 and final by the end of 2008. While the later systems sounds like a turbo charged powerhouse that could survive an alien attack, keep in mind, it runs windows 2003 server as an operating system.

My guess is that it is the windows systems because reports I have been hearing is that the initial fix was to reboot it several times before they realized something serious was wrong."

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Selling your vote could be a felony,

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sumdumass (711423) writes "Offering your vote for sale is a felony in Minnesota as one 19 year old University of Minnesota student recently found out after pulling a prank. He listed an offer on Ebay to sell his vote for the upcoming presidential election on Ebay with a minimum of $10. He now faces up to 5 years in prison and a possible $10,000 maximum fine. I wonder if the ACLU will take this on like they did the vote swapping in 2000. It would be interesting if their win for the vote swapping sites play any role in this or if this law can be used against anyone participating in the vote swapping sites. Outside of direct payment of money being asked for, I'm not sure there would be much difference when the payment is a vote for a specific candidate in a specific area. Maybe everyone should check out their state laws before thinking about participating in something like this."
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Supreme court rules against DC gun ban

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sumdumass (711423) writes ""The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense in their homes, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S." This is interesting not only because of the second amendment debate but we seem to be in times where rights are being taken away and now, one of those attempts have been halted. In the opinion an ruling, clear and intentional statements like

The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
And possible my favorite

But the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policychoices off the table. These include the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home. Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces provide personal security, and where gun violence is a serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what isnot debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct
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Obama breaks campain promise on public funding.

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sumdumass (711423) writes "Obama decided to forgo the federal matching money that would limit campaign contributions and campaign spending for an exchange of around 85 million dollars in public money after already promising a commitment to it in the primaries. He claims it is because of unregulated republican sources and special interest groups like the swift boat campaign against John Kerry. I hope he isn't going to start claiming service in Vietnam or something to attract their attention. Is this the change we are looking at? Breaking a campaign promise, one that was once at the heart of campaign finance reform and once a big democrat charge?"

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overrated again.

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Wow.. took a break from slashdot for a while and already the mass down mods are happening again. Its no wonder why almost every story has posts with people crying about how slashdot has turned to shit. I guess it is a sign of how desperate someone's position is when they have to downmod with overrated just to stop an opinion they disagree with from being seen.

What's that saying about reality is everything that remains when you close you eyes and stop choosing to believe in something? I guess the same is true with the downmods. Just because they attempt to hide the comment doesn't mean the statement stops being true, it only means it stops being seen as easily. I can imagine a group of idiots sitting around plotting and planning thier down mod adventures in a comic book esq setting with them laughing about how they will win the war of whatever they deemed important at the minute, by not letting others speak or letting their speech be seen/heard. Then they stop to pop their zits and return to the plotting while declaring that if they are the only ones heard, they would always win,.

Of course the reality is probably much simpler and less sinister. It is more likely someone got but hurt by a comment made and while sitting in their mom's basement reassessing the pathetic life they live, decide to take their anger and frustrations out by mass downmodding someone they disagree with. They might pause for a minute to wipe the tears from their eyes, but are set to teach someone a lesson about having opinions contrary to their own.

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once again

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 4 years ago

It happened once again. After this round of mass downmodding, I haven't been able to post from this account for about 2 weeks. The email complaint that the posting denial page gives is useless. Well, that is unless an editor is behind the mass down modding. That wouldn't surprise me because much seeing how the down mods are coming in at something like 10 and 15 at a time. I know some mod points are awarded at 10 instead of five and editors have unlimited points. I guess it's either a pissed off editor abusing their power because he or she cannot win an argument on the facts or a tightly knitted group of idiots who think quieting anything apposing their viewpoints is somehow winning an argument.

Oh well, it's ok, I can still post from my other accounts and have done so since the down modding. It's sort of interesting that almost identical posts under other accounts are either modded up or untouched by moderation. This and the fact that the downmods all come within a day or so each time locks the entire mass modding just to quiet an apposing viewpoint theory. I remember when slashdot was about conversations not who can yell the loudest or stop someone else from being heard. And my points weren't all that controversial either, things like there is no reason why someone cannot separate science from religion and practice both within their respective natures without being stupid or ignorant, that evolution as in speciation is still just a theory and not an observed fact even though the evidence points to it being likely, and the last one was that just because it's written in the bible doesn't mean it's mandated to certain religions to do. Oh, and I forgot about the conversation with the guy who wasn't aware that Microsoft was a separate incorporated company from Microsoft's licensing division which is incorporated and operated in an entirely different state altogether. Of course with that last one, once the guy discovered that they were two separate companies being run as separate companies, he agreed with my original assertions that it would be difficult if not impossible for Washington to apply a tax on the MS licensing operations.

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Trolls with mod points.

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I find it funny that I'm constantly being group modded by trolls who seem to think that ruining someone's karma is a legitimate way to counter an argument they do not agree with. This is probably the tenth time since late '09 that I have received an attack on messages I have posted. This time, in less then 24 hours, I went from having no comments moderated at all on my comment page to comments posted over a week ago with no mods at all and comments posted a few days ago being modded down for reasons obviously counter to the mod claim.

As for being obviously counter to the modded claim, Here is a post modded redundant when it is explicitly addressing the person I replied to about his misunderstanding of the post I mentioned. Could someone please explain how replying to someone about their inaccurate understanding of a post is redundant? And it isn't like I fifteen other people corrected him either, it was a dialog specifically between me and another person who admitted to mistaking my post for saying something else.

Anyways, this has typically happened only after I comment to someone who is commenting on some sort of religion or evolution post who has it wrong in some way. Is it really that important to people who do not like religion or people who have placed evolution as their religion the they need to take steps like this in order to suppress opposition to their wrongful opinions? I mean it's not like I'm saying Creation is correct or anything, I'm generally pointing out that they are doing the same things they blame the religions of doing when they make absolute statements about Evolution being an undisputed fact instead of composed scientific theory or when they have some sort of incorrect interpretation of the bible or whatever. I find it's typically easy to trip them up when I ask if anything could come along and make evolution different as in for our understanding of speciation or common descendant thoughts. When they say no, then it's obvious they are not following science because science allows for that regardless of how improbable it might be. For instance, the posts I believe that started this round of mass down-modding stems from some idiot who reposted a bunch of nonsense from a few websites about a few bibles verses they found and then took everything out of context in order to create some demonesque image of God. There are plenty of verses in the bible which one can legitimately question the compassion or loving nature of a god, but to take something completely out of context in order to make your point is a little intellectually lazy as well as dishonest.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised about the down-modding. When dealing with idiots who want to cite a few verses and ignore the context before and after it (whether they are for or against the bible) and draw completely one sided conclusions that do not remotely fit the story context, we aren't really dealing with articulate or intelligent people. It really does seem that the less intelligent the person is, the more dirty and underhanded shenanigans you should expect from them and like minded people. Maybe slashdot should have a system for their mods where someone could complain about the mass modding or a script that checks mods made to a single account within a certain time frame and then flag the comments for further review. It wouldn't need to be anyone special reviewing it either, just make sure they come up for metta moderation.

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When all else fails

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 5 years ago

There is a time when everything you prepare for comes true and you find it still lacking. Recently with the ice and Snow storms, A remote site I do IT work with suffered some power outages. The battery backups held, the Generator kicked over and the only problem was that we needed to change to hold time before the generator shuts off after power was restored to around 10 minutes instead of 5 because of failed attempts from the power company lasting only 6 or 7 minutes.

Anyways, things went down hill from there, the phones went out but we still had internet. A T1 line that somehow is routed from another direction then the regular phone lines. Verizon isn't able to set up VoIP or run the phones through the T1 in the area so the 6 lines were completely dead even though we still had the T1 working. I had a backup plan though, we have the 800 number forwarded to the home office of the owner and used VoIP that I connected with a Asterix to forward some calls and a VPN to run programs and all. This worked well the first two days but now the T1 is out and Verizon is telling me that it won't be until Monday (I talked to them last on friday morning) before they can do anything about it. We do have a business contract with them that states something about 24 hour turn around for techs but it appears the problem is something like a Tree fell through the CO and they have some major repairs they need to do before anything between me and them will make a difference.

So off to plan C, we hacked together a cell phone amplifier using a combination of a mobile amp I use in my truck and a internal building amplifier kit that was used at another site I administrate until they relocated and I scavenged the equipment and got cell phone service in pretty good shape at the facility. It normally has spotty reception but between the two kits, we got all the major services covered and started using employee phones as "extensions" by answering the 800 number being forwarded to the owners cell phone and then doing a call back from an employees phone at our expense. This went swimmingly for about 3 hours until the cell towers took a total dump in the area. Apparently, it has been going on and off and with our spotty reception, we didn't notice it.

For now, we have "voice mail" at Verizon's facility giving a message describing the problems and people two towns away checking the voice mail and doing call backs but they are severely limited because the computers and data can't be transferred without disrupting what little in house work that can be done and without internet access, we can't even sync the data. Last I heard, someone was going to run price sheets and availability requests ever couple of hours until something comes back on line.

I've done everything I can think of outside of using the CB radio which would limit what we could do anyways because I couldn't legally put enough power across them to connect the sites as well as transmitting personal information. I need to know, is there something like that in which I can use a radio or something for relatively cheap when all else fails like this? We can't even get emergency services in the area without driving 6-8 miles away on a still snow covered and icy road that twists and turns quite a bit so I hope no one has a heart attack and nothing catches on fire.

I'm thinking there has to be something that could be done using radios of some sort. Another Client uses parts of the 800mhz spectum for county services and they have the ability to send data as well as patch calls from the office to the radio in the vehicles. But, they are a government office and their equipment costs quite a bit. What I would need is something that I can either send data over in a protected way to give network access like a VPN or to carry "phone lines" from about 20 miles away where the phones actually work to the office. They will probably lose about 250-300 grand in sales if the phones or something close to it goes back up by Monday morning. Cost is an issue but there is no need not to expect to spend money- especially when public safety is involved. However, we can't be doing a million dollar investment or anything like that for a worsts case scenario situations. This is the first time I have had it get this bad. I have a truck that I can mount an antenna mast on for the remote location, fixing an antenna at the site won't be a problem, I can be hidden in the trees on the back side of a hill.

Any thoughts on what else could be done? It doesn't have to be something to cover this situation but I feel lost when I can't pull a rabbit out of my hat and make everyone smile. I'm not against looking into different radio tech myself but I think for what we need, I would have to get licensed at both places which makes a mobile state sort of hard to accomplish, I'm pretty sure I would have to purchase a channel or channels to operate on, and I'm not even close to knowing what would be needed as far as equipment goes or what the terminology to use when asking. I'm not even sure if I can get the speeds needed to accomplish what I want from radio either.

Another thought I had was using dry wire or the lines used to remote alarm system monitoring and patching voice over it with an Asterix box or something. It doesn't depend on power from the CO and is supplied by the customer much like an ISDN line. I think it can be connected point to point similarly to a T1 but without the need for the equiptment on the telco side of life. I'm still not positive on that though. However, I'm afraid it might have been effected by the same issues that the CO has with the tree and all knocking everything out. I'm not sure there is equipment was damages or if it was just power issues though.

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port scans WTF?

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I was looking over my firewall logs and I have noticed that Slashdot is doing port scan on my ip adress. Or at least that's what my firewall thinks. I'm thinking what the fuck is this. It is coming from 66.35.250.150 .

I wonder if they let the site get infected with something or I pissed one of the ops off. It would be severely foolish if it was something intentional. Who or whatever it is, it seems to happen shortly after I cease activity on the site.

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political bias

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Wow, I have been making some observations that the stories on slashdot have been comming in politicly slanted leading into the fall elections. I made some of these observations known in several posts.

Now recently, I have been locked out of commenting on several threads. Not by being modded down, Not by being labeled as a troll and getting those too many comments from you subnet ordeal. But by something on the systems stoping me from seeing a reply button in those threads. I have as few pages in a tab that let me post to the stories by when going into the user's post section of the profile or checking email notifications I cannot reply.

Now I though maybe the the story has been locked or something even though it has only be one day. So i checked it from another computer not logged in. It let me post anonymously. So I called a friend and asked him to post something to one of my posts, Sure enough it posted. So I went to his house, Logged in as my user name and poof- no reply button.

I'm sure my comments that the democrats have been already making statments that they won't be able to do much of what they claimed when running for office. Things like the war in Iraq, different survailence programs and such. My position is they are doing this now because they are either going to wait until 2008 and claim we need the presidency to maek a difference or they actualy cannot do much of what they campaigned on. Of course in the later, It means they told the voters "i will do this" when they knew they couldn't and are probably afraid pointing it out now won't look too good in 2008. The previous means they aren't going to try anything major so they can keep it as an issue in 2008. Either way, My comments of things won't be too different because they won't change to much is true.

So, I am writing this because some one in a position of power at slashdot has back doored my comments that are critical of the democrats expected performance after winning the elections. I am wondering how long this will last. My karma is rated as "excellent". Non of the usual too many complain messages have appeared- nothing except not being able to find a reply button on any of the messages associated with the threads I posted in concerning the democrats. And they apear if i'm not logged on or logged on as a different use.

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