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Comment: Today I realized... (Score 2, Insightful) 60

Only today, I realized that slashdot is actually over. I've been wondering why I get 15 mod points every time I log in, and only now does it hit me. I'll bet that I'm one of probably 5 people that are moderating, and I'll bet that there's less than 50 people that are actually participating in slashdot at all (commentators and moderators). Looking at the last few stories, it looks like there are less than 30 comments to most stories these days, and I haven't been seeing many posts even getting points, most (that aren't AC) are staying at 1 or 2, depending on karma I'm assuming. The stories are crap, and no one is actually participating.

I'm out. It was fun.

Oh, and to "I kan reed" it was me that modded you flaimbait today. :)

Comment: Going to the Himalayas and you need what? (Score 1) 223

by BringsApples (#48389561) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

I will be traveling to a remote Himalayan village for year and won't have access to the internet. What offline resources would you all recommend to help me continue to develop my coding skills?

How about a book and a laptop? But why not use the time to learn about a higher meaning to life itself?

Comment: Re:Same issue... just relayed all outgoing mail (Score 1) 405

by BringsApples (#48382977) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?
Typically the ISP will relay mail from any IP on it's network, performing it's own spam checks. I know AT&T used to not allow any traffic whatsoever out of it's network on port 25, so even trying to get another SMTP server to relay for you is impossible, unless you're using something other than port 25. Comcast's relay is smtp.comcast.net (96.114.157.81). And you should have a user/pass with comcast, given at time of setup. That's the user/pass that you'll need to present their SMTP server with. If you're using Sendmail then you'd add:

define(`SMART_HOST',`[smtp.comcast.net]')dnl

to your (MC) config file. Here is some info on how to pass the user/pass. But of course you're not using Sendmail...

Comment: Re:Microsoft losing to the school what? (Score 1) 219

by BringsApples (#48376971) Attached to: Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks
"Hear, hear" (usually with a comma and set apart as a self-contained sentence) is the conventional spelling of the colloquial exclamation used to express approval for a speaker or sentiment. It’s essentially short for "hear him, hear him" or "hear this, hear this", where these phrases are a sort of cheer.

"Here, here" is widely regarded as a misspelling, although it is a common one, and there are ways to logically justify its use. But for what it’s worth, "hear, hear" is the original form (the Oxford English Dictionary cites examples going back to the 17th century) and is the one listed in dictionaries. English reference books mention "here, here" only to note that it’s wrong.

Comment: Re:Microsoft losing to the school what? (Score 1) 219

by BringsApples (#48376957) Attached to: Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks
And let's not forget that the only reason that these computers are given to the kids is simply to get them accustomed to the interface. The companies that are giving these laptops to the schools are not interested in the kids' learning progress, unless you're talking about learning the OS. They just want to get their product well understood in the kids' minds so that later in life, they'll automatically choose that OS. And all of this is expected to happen, as if nothing in the world is going to change in 10 years or so.

But who knows, maybe the whole thing will back fire. Maybe kids will grow out of computers like they grow out of toys.

Comment: Re:We already have laws to cover this (Score 1) 301

by BringsApples (#48365435) Attached to: Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

Why do you think we don't want that?

Dunno, but who'd be in charge of watching all of that video, to check for illegal activity/wrong doing? (I think it'd require a bunch of lawyers because normal people are not trained in practices of law, and wouldn't know when something illegal happened) Then who pays them for their services? This camera idea, although a good idea in theory, is a slippery slope in practice. You'd have to double the current number of police employees in order to be able to sift through the data that the first half creates.

There are corrupt police officers, no doubt. But a camera isn't going to make them act in the way that we want them to.

Comment: Re:We already have laws to cover this (Score 2) 301

by BringsApples (#48364051) Attached to: Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation
There would have to be some sort of way that the officer could turn off the thing, they have bathroom duties like the rest of us.

Also, if you really want this type of oversight into governmental activities, then you should want this same sort of camera on all of your senate, congressmen/women, judges, jury, and all the way down to local mayors and governors, and most importantly - the president.

Comment: Re:Should be confidential/private (Score 1) 301

by BringsApples (#48363837) Attached to: Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

Keep the videos for 180 days or a year and delete unless they're part of a court order to keep.

I think that if they kept these videos for a year, that would be enough. Unless, like you say, there's a court order of some kind.

Only release to the public (including press) via court order. If citizens want to record the police, they're (usually) free to do so with their own equipment and on their own time.

That's just it, this is their (The People's) equipment. The People buy the cameras, pay the cops, and should have access to any/all of the data generated. If there is some reason to have public outcry due to something revealed by the videos, then, if you ask me, the system is working fine. Why not have a Youtube channel devoted to publishing all of it? Hell of a thing to do with your time. If you want to sit around spending hours of your life uploading and/or watching Youtube videos that cops took, go ahead. But, I can't think of a better way to have oversight of the police dept.

The technology-enabled all-seeing-eye should be (owned by) that of The People, not some single person in some place of power. After all, The People are the ones paying for the whole thing to take place, being that it's for their own protection.

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