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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

whizbang77045 An alternate use (401 comments)

There's an obvious use for empty prisons. Use them for summer church camps.

2 days ago

Linux Foundation Launches Open Source Dronecode Project

whizbang77045 Easy! (24 comments)

That should make it a lot easier to hack, and sieze control of the drones!

about a week ago

Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data

whizbang77045 How stupid can you get? (60 comments)

How stupid can you get? Oh, it's the Department of Defense, Never mind...

about two weeks ago

A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

whizbang77045 It's been done before... (203 comments)

Flying cars have surfaced many times since at least the 1950s, and several have made it to production. The problem is, everybody thinks its a good idea, but almost no one will actually buy one. Molt Taylor's "aerocar" is a prime example.

about two weeks ago

Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

whizbang77045 Re:No redundancy? (223 comments)

Unless somebody has changed the rules since I last looked, center handles all enroute IFR (instrument flight) traffic in a larger area, not just that above 10,000 feet. There are significant numbers of remoted radio transmitters and receivers so center can talk to all the aircraft over a wide area. Relocating the whole thing to another area doesn't just mean re-routing the radar replies, and coming up with another fully manned center, it means rerouting the audio and control to all those transmitters and receivers. It's not a trivial job at all.
To give an example of just how far away center can be, I live in far west Texas, about 70 miles from the Mexican border. When I call up center, I'm talking to people in a room in Albuquerque, NM. I believe their remote transmitter for this area may be in Ft. Stockton, TX, about 70 miles from here.
A nasty problem it is, and quite possibly one with no affordable solution.

about three weeks ago

FAA Clears Movie and TV Drones For Takeoff

whizbang77045 iT'S FINE UNTIL.... (50 comments)

All this drone stuff will be fine until one manages to crash into an airliner, bringing it down. Then the FAA will be swamped with people demanding to know why the drones were allowed in the first place.

about three weeks ago

TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

whizbang77045 More fun.. (251 comments)

Sometimes I ask them which specific machine they have in mind, as there are several. That usually addles them fairly well. Alternately, I tell them all our machines run Linux.

about 2 months ago

Interviews: Dr. Andy Chun Answers Your Questions About Artificial Intelligence

whizbang77045 Too much, already... (33 comments)

The best comment I think I have seen on artificial intelligence was at a company I worked for in the 1960s. The company advertised for "artificial intelliigence," when what they meant was that they wanted a specialist in artificial intelligence. Someone pinned the ad on the bulletin board, circled the desire for artificial intelligence, and wrote under it: "too much in the company already."

about 2 months ago

Geographic Segregation By Education

whizbang77045 Isn't this common knowledge? (230 comments)

I really thought this was rather obvious, and that everyone already knew it, whether they discussed it or not.

about 3 months ago

FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

whizbang77045 No safe uses (199 comments)

I doubt there are any safe uses for a drone. Do we really want a remotely controlled small aircraft flying around our homes and communities?

about 3 months ago

NASA Beams Hi-Def Video From Space Via Laser

whizbang77045 No escape.... (38 comments)

What? I can't even escape the internet on the moon?

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

whizbang77045 Why bother? (516 comments)

Why would anyone want to start anything on Windows 8?

about 5 months ago

For the First Time Ever, the FAA Is Trying To Fine a Drone Hobbyist

whizbang77045 We need more governent controls! (297 comments)

We just can't have things flying in populated areas without hte proper goverment controls. Pigeons and starlings are next!

about 6 months ago

Scientists Give Praying Mantises Tiny 3D Glasses

whizbang77045 It's a passing thing... (55 comments)

It won't last. 3D has never managed to keep the attention of the masses, and mantis' will be no different. Soon, they'll be preying for normal vision again.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

whizbang77045 I can't speak for Grandma, but .... (287 comments)

My wife and I are grandparents, although a few years short of the 82 mark. I'm hesitant to recommend any flavor of Windows to anyone who just wants email, a web browser, and maybe a spreadsheet or word processing capability. I've had fair luck getting older XP users to transition to Zorin, which I believe may be intended for that purpose. Mint Linux, which I use, would come in a close second. But some Windows users just must have Windows, possibly because they think they're familiar with it. Being forced to use Windows 7 or 8 may change a lot of that.

about 7 months ago

Terrafugia Wants Their Flying Car To Be Autonomous

whizbang77045 Poor precedents (94 comments)

I've lost count of the number of flying car designs I've seen over the years. It's always seemed a good idea on the surface, but almost no one buys them. Is there a reason to believe this will be different? Other than a "smoke and mirrors" or "whisling in the dark" answer.

about 8 months ago

Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance

whizbang77045 Oklahoma's business (304 comments)

It strikes me that this is Oklahoma's business, and they can do it however they want to.

about 8 months ago

NASA Knows How Mars Got a Jelly Doughnut

whizbang77045 Common knowledge (61 comments)

Everyone knows Mars is just the Venusian's Area 51. It's just a remnant of some secret high tech project.

about 8 months ago

Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

whizbang77045 Who cuts the barber's hair? (597 comments)

And who pays (and how?) for the initial students who will later pay the tax?

about 8 months ago



Weather Channel Loss: A bad thing?

whizbang77045 whizbang77045 writes  |  about 9 months ago

whizbang77045 (1342005) writes "I find myself wondering what impact – if any – Directv dropping the Weather Channel is having on Slashdotters (

Since it's purchase by NBC Universal, I've noticed more and more reality programming, and less and less actual weather. How it may be in other areas I don't know, but in our area, the forecasts are usually wildly inaccurate. A forecast low of say, 32 degrees, will appear side by side with a current temperature of 25. Precipitation forecasts are no better.

Radar appears to be a work of fiction. It's 150 miles to the nearest weather radar, and nothing below about 22,000 feet is detected. If one goes to the National Weather Service radar site, the imagery cuts off perhaps 5 miles west of us. But while that is happening, the Weather Channel would show radar imagery as much as 150 miles beyond that. There is a huge gap in weather radar coverage beyond where we live. I'm forced to believe the radar the weather channel shows does not in reality exist.

Weather alerts have been equally silly. We were cautioned of a severe storm, which turned out to be about 100 miles away!

Claiming loss of their channel would cause a lack of weather information in our area does not appear to be valid in this area. We're really better off without thinking we know what the weather will be, 3when that's not what usually happens.

What are the feelings of other Slashdotters?"

1 Sale a Day may have had its site hacked

whizbang77045 whizbang77045 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

whizbang77045 (1342005) writes "The popular website,, may have had its server hacked. After a purchase, some buyers report receiving an apparently bogus email from the shipper DHL, reporting a problem with the shipping address, and asking the addressee to click on an attachment for further details.

The attachment contains a trojan. In some cases, a check of 1SaleaDay's site status shows the order in question has not shipped, indicating that the DHL email is bogus.

It also suggests 1Saleaday has had their site hacked, possibly including purchaser credit card information. If you are a user of this site, you may wish to delay until their problem is known to be resolved."


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