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Comment: Re: This is silly (Score 1) 720

by Amtrak (#48221943) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Did people argue against the automobile because buggy whip workers would turn to a life of crime when they lose their jobs?

There are always Luddites so probably.

We call them environmentalists today. Now someone build me a fusion reactor that works so I can afford heat my driveway and never shovel snow again! Waste heat destroying the environment be dammed! /Sarcasm

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 2) 720

by Amtrak (#48221777) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes
You can take this as anecdotal but my wife works closely with people on welfare through a charity and it is quite common for them to get 1 or 2 free phones from the government. These are not iPhones but cheap android or feature phones like you would get with a pre-paid plan. However, the people who get them treat them like burners. It's quite ridiculous yet at the same time my wife says that not giving them phones is basically resigning them to poverty because if you don't have a phone number to put down on your application no one will take you seriously and when you choices are a phone or food the decision on what to buy becomes obvious.

Comment: Password reUse (Score 2) 549

by Amtrak (#48134371) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct
While I agree with the researchers point that dictionary attacks are the biggest risk for passwords and that you shouldn't use the same password for every account you have I don't think that a password manager is required for all situations. For example I use the same password for Slashdot, Engadget, Toms Hardware and a few other entertainment accounts. None of these accounts can really cost me money so who cares if someone gets the password? I can just make a new one. So I don't think that sharing passwords in this case is bad. I call this password my "Insecure" password. Now for other services such as my bank, email, windows log in, work password. All of these passwords are unique but I don't have many of them so it isn't hard to remember them.

Comment: Republic Wierless (Score 2) 209

So my wife and I both switched from Verizon Unlimited to Republic Wireless this past January and I've already saved enough money to cover the cost of the two Moto X's I had to buy. I can see Republic Wireless not working well for everyone though. I happen to live in the Chicago Area where coverage from every major provider is basically the same. I actually get better service in the loop with my Republic Wireless phone than I did with Verizon because Sprint's towers are less congested.

However, I wouldn't ever tell my Mother-In-Law to switch to Republic since she lives so far north in Michigan that they deliver the mail by snow mobile and talk with Canadian accents. Sprint basically has zero coverage up there and when my wife and I visit we have to put our phones on airplane mode with only WiFi so the battery doesn't die really fast. Verizon has full coverage with 4G LTE there so the choice is obvious.

Comment: Re:This is what happens.... (Score 1) 274

by Amtrak (#48049935) Attached to: Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

I think you are confusing professed members of a faith refusing to follow a moral code laid out over thousands of years with not having a codify morality. Trust me the Catholic church has a written down expressly codify morality. It's called Cannon Law. You can get a brief introduction to it in a book called the Catechism. Look it up some time.

Also, just because some members of a group don't follow the rules of the group doesn't mean the groups rules are all bad. It just means some members should be kicked out of the group.... but they didn't do that and it is a shame.

Comment: My Solution (Score 1) 268

by Amtrak (#47911307) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

So, I did this with all of my movies, VHS, DVD, BluRay ect.. I ended up with a very large library of video on my computer. In my computer I used an Adaptec 5805 RAID controller with backup battery and 4 3TB WD Red HDD's to store all the data in a RAID 5. I am also running a PLEX Server to organize and add meta data to all of the video files as well as serve them to the HTPC and Roku 3 in my house. As for backup I purchased an account with Crash Plan.

With all of this I get a nice organized library for all my video files with meta data. The ability to stream them around my house and to my phone on the road. Data redundancy both local via the RAID 5 and remotely through crash plan.

  • Total cost
  • Raid Card: $250 (Yay Ebay! This card is $480 in newegg plus $120ish for the battery.)
  • Hard drive cage with Hotswap bays: $40
  • Server: Just used my gaming computer so $0 but would be $2.5k to rebuilt the computer but you don't need a computer that fast as a file server though it is a transcoding champ.
  • HDDs: 4x $125 = $500
  • Plex: Lifetime $75
  • Crash Plan: $5/month
  • Total: $945 + Computer + $5 a month
    • The initial backup took a really long time. (Almost 2 weeks.) Even with my 25mbps up stream so you may want to pop for the seeded backup option if your internet isn't very fast but it is limited to 1TB so it wouldn't have saved me too much time. I've been satisfied so far but I've been lucky and haven't needed the backup yet. Though I guess it's like insurance I pay for it but I don't ever want to use it.

Comment: Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (Score 4, Informative) 246

by Amtrak (#47833455) Attached to: Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

Let's not forget that Christians and Muslims are both religions with divergent sects. As such it might be helpful to see the following list:

  • Christians (General) 2.5+ Billion
  • Catholic Church: 1.2 Billion
  • Islam (General): 1.2 Billion
  • Sunni Islam: 0.9 Billion
  • Protestantism: 0.8 Billion
  • Shia Islam: 0.3 Billion
  • Eastern Orthodox (Christian): 0.25 Billion
  • Other Christian: 0.2 Billion

By that account the Catholic Church is still the biggest religion.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 2) 465

by Amtrak (#47732435) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Advancements in medicine (drugs) have reduced crime (they have almost eliminated the need for insane asylums)

Tell that to all the homeless schizophrenics on the street due to deinstitutionalization. We have not eliminated the need for forced institutionalization we have limited it some but mental health is a seriously neglected part of american society. Here's a less sensational article if you don't like the other one.

The tree of research must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of bean counters. -- Alan Kay