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Comment: Re:What is it you want again? (Score 1) 212

by Bing Tsher E (#49755381) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

I use Airplane mode, with wifi turned back on, exclusively on my smartphone. Because it's not used as a phone and actually has never been activated. It's a Boost phone that was $40. I've rooted it, but not so far been able to figure out which activation binaries to rip out. It screams at me with popups after every reset that it's in Airplane mode, because it really wants to be activated. It's a really nice pocket wifi computer and a very low cost android flavor iPod Touch.

Comment: Re:And I wish (Score 1) 339

by Bing Tsher E (#49748281) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

go read "A People's History of the United States". Pretty much everything you were taught in grade school was bull shit.

Likewise, a bunch of what you read in that book was bullshit. The use of "A People's... " in the title should have been a dead giveaway. History the way China would have us interpret it.

The fact that you say such ignorant shit about The Constitution clenches it.

Comment: Re:More than PR (Score 2) 339

by Bing Tsher E (#49748233) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

Check the Buckley-flavor Conservatives at places like National Review. They favor scaling back the War on Drugs too.

Who doesn't favor a scale back of the WoD? People in the pockets of 'Big Prison' among others. People who are beholden to the 'Treatment Industry'. Some of the religious zealots. The Big Businesses (tobacco and alcohol) who have perfectly good legal drugs for you to buy. The people who want to spend all the tax dollars that the legal drug businesses pay. And of course, lots of big government types in general.

Comment: Re:Wrong Authority (Score 1) 37

What are the constitutional bounds of this 'empowered communications authority'? If, as you say, it could 'escalate up' to a federal investigation, you are implying it would be something with lesser authority.

We don't need 'World Cyber Police' yet. There isn't a democratic framework for it to operate within.

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 817

by Bing Tsher E (#49740951) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

We will always need trucks for short haul. But long haul trucks can be eliminated quite effectively by rail transport. The warehouses and distribution depots can be located along the rail lines, and trucks can be restricted to driving no more than 100 miles from the depots. Or a formula like "trucks can only drive to the halfway point between depots".

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 817

by Bing Tsher E (#49740929) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

The tax is to pay for maintenance because of road wear. Spewing 5x more pollution is bad, but it isn't the point of the tax to 'punish' anybody for anything. It's to tax everybody who uses the road equally for the wear they cause on the road.

And a heavy hybrid with the big battery might be causing more wear than, say, a VW Beetle that is in such bad shape it only gets 9 miles per gallon. So if anything the hybrid should pay more.

Comment: They Probably Don't Need To Be Online (Score 1) 150

The aforementioned 2/3 of 'workers' probably don't need to be online to do their work. The simple fix is for their connection to the outside world to be snipped. Physical security measures can be used to ensure that the data is then 'protected' for the most part.

Obviously there are other means and ways for data to be stolen and leaked out, but the first order of business needs to be:

"You're too casual about security for any hardware you can access to be connected to the outside." Take away their connection. Several public shared kiosks can be set up in the office area they work in for essential needs.

Sorry, Facebook. Sorry Google.

Comment: Re:You've probably got a spindle in your closet, (Score 1) 121

by Bing Tsher E (#49735715) Attached to: Jason Scott of Textfiles.com Wants Your AOL & Shovelware CDs

The hardware producers deprecate drivers and eventually take them offline. So if you're working with an older version of hardware or need the drivers for an older version of the OS, you're out of luck.

That doesn't matter in the least for the 'shiney-new' crowd. It's 'easier' to just download the official approved drivers, and when the drivers are no longer available flash some plastic for the new hardware.

Why would anybody want 'old' stuff? Isn't it illegal to use 'old' stuff since it takes away from the producers who want you to pay them for 'new' stuff? (the boys in Washington need to get working on this issue)

Comment: Re:Not dead (Score 1) 121

by Bing Tsher E (#49735661) Attached to: Jason Scott of Textfiles.com Wants Your AOL & Shovelware CDs

If the teens DO use something, it's about to be dead. Or eventually will.

Physical distribution won't ever go away. There are entities that wish it would. But a TRS-80 Model 100 still has everything you need to write a novel. An HP-95 pocket computer still has everything you need for most mobile calculations.

Heck, an old Olivetti manual typewriter and a ream of paper is still a powerful set of tools for idea capture and creation.

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