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Comment: OFF TOPIC: Mapping and Calendar (Score 0) 55

by Jonah Hex (#46911553) Attached to: How To Find Nearby Dark Skies, No Matter Where You Are
OK this is tangentially on topic, especially if you're talking about cool map tricks.

There are many individual groups holding related events throughout my state, however attempts to create a shared calendar for them have not had all the features we'd like. We've tried shared Google Calender, Wordpress plugins, etc, and none have had all the features we'd like. We'd also like to avoid existing large sites like Meetup, as we'd like to only have our own events displayed on the Calender/Map. And we want to make sure individual organizers have full control over their own event's calender and can link to an existing Google Calender/iCalender. Ideally this could be ramped up for larger than state usage, but for now we're trying to replace a myriad of individual calenders spread all over the place, and a single Google Calender that attempts to gather them in being maintained by one person.

An example: Magic the Gathering has many individual groups and stores running events, with many individual organizers. Ideally the Calender/Map system would be able to pull in many individual calenders and display them in a shared Calender/Map with filtering by City, Region, and even by Event Sub Type such as Game Type, Ranked Games, etc. It should hopefully be embeddable on any other website and provide it's own (filterable) export in standard calender formats.

Any help is appreciated!

Comment: Re:Hard to verify (Score 1) 548

by Jonah Hex (#46911545) Attached to: Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts
This has been linked to as the "start of Operation Chokepoint"

Supervisory Insights - Summer 2011 - Managing Risks in Third-Party Payment Processor Relationships

Some merchant categories that have been associated with high-risk activity include, but are not limited to:

Ammunition Sales Cable Box De-scramblers Coin Dealers Credit Card Schemes Credit Repair Services Dating Services Debt Consolidation Scams Drug Paraphernalia Escort Services Firearms Sales Fireworks Sales Get Rich Products Government Grants Home-Based Charities Life-Time Guarantees Life-Time Memberships Lottery Sales Mailing Lists/Personal Info Money Transfer Networks On-line Gambling PayDay Loans Pharmaceutical Sales Ponzi Schemes Pornography Pyramid-Type Sales Racist Materials Surveillance Equipment Telemarketing Tobacco Sales Travel Clubs

...

Appropriate Supervisory Responses

In those instances where examiners determine that a financial institution fails to have an adequate program in place to monitor and address risks associated with third-party payment processor relationships, formal or informal enforcement actions may be appropriate. Formal actions have included Cease and Desist Orders under Section 8(b) or 8(c) of the Federal Deposit Insurance (FDI) Act, as well as assessment of Civil Money Penalties under Section 8(i) of the FDI Act. These orders have required the financial institution to immediately terminate the high-risk relationship and establish reserves or funds on deposit to cover anticipated charge backs.

As appropriate, the examiner will determine if financial institution management has knowledge that the payment processor or the merchant clients are engaging in unfair or deceptive practices in violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. In those cases where a financial institution does not conduct due diligence, accepts a heightened level of risk, and allows transactions for high-risk merchants to pass though it, it may be determined that the financial institution is aiding and abetting the merchants. This also could indicate a disregard for the potential for financial harm to consumers and, as a result, the financial institution may be subject to civil money penalties or required to provide restitution.

Comment: Re:Nothing new - Always had tech jobs (Score 1) 336

by Jonah Hex (#46793139) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown
Correct on many points, just adding:

Delphi came through bankruptcy due to these "supply chains can't fail" issues. It should of been broken up and replaced with something better, but it would of caused way too much turmoil in the industry.

There may be many unions in the area, but there is no tech union, and you're right I've never had to directly interact with one. The closest I've EVER gotten is having to call a certain office to get union guys to move furniture in the RenCen. Once in 25+ years.

Side note: these tech jobs don't exist, they're the same ones that have been posted over and over to bring in new visa holders, for the last 10+ years in some cases! (Ford/GM are especially bad at posting these never filled positions)
HEX

Comment: VK might have vested interest (Score 1) 304

by Jonah Hex (#46763439) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers
A photographer in a forum I frequent has been trying to get VK to remove his pictures from their site where a user uploaded them, and received this answer to his requests:

By publishing content in free access, every user grants it freedom to spread across the Internet and there's no way to stop that process. Even if we're talking about posts plagiarism we need official copyright proof in order to take actions. This is Internet after all. Everything belongs to everyone and any information becomes public sooner or later. VK Support Team.

I wonder if their location puts them in Crimea, the Ukraine, or Russia, and if their policy to ignore copyright laws plays a part in their decision.

Comment: Differentiate (Score 3, Interesting) 184

by Jonah Hex (#46737757) Attached to: The Case For a Safer Smartphone
How are these going to differentiate between drivers and passengers? And if, as many studies are finding, even talking hands free involves the same risk as texting/etc, does that mean all phone usage would have to be turned off? How about using cell phones as GPS nav devices, something I do often myself, are actual GPS systems somehow magically less distracting? Do we ban all screens in the driver's view, including radios, nav devices, and the instrument panel? I find passengers distracting sometimes, how do they impact accident rates? Or is this getting a bit ridiculous... - HEX

+ - Ask Slashdot - Combo Calender and Map for Distributed Groups

Submitted by Jonah Hex
Jonah Hex (651948) writes "There are many individual groups holding related events throughout my state, however attempts to create a shared calendar for them have not had all the features we'd like. We've tried shared Google Calender, Wordpress plugins, etc, and none have had all the features we'd like. We'd also like to avoid existing large sites like Meetup, as we'd like to only have our own events displayed on the Calender/Map. And we want to make sure individual organizers have full control over their own event's calender and can link to an existing Google Calender/iCalender. Ideally this could be ramped up for larger than state usage, but for now we're trying to replace a myriad of individual calenders spread all over the place, and a single Google Calender that attempts to gather them in being maintained by one person.

An example: Magic the Gathering has many individual groups and stores running events, with many individual organizers. Ideally the Calender/Map system would be able to pull in many individual calenders and display them in a shared Calender/Map with filtering by City, Region, and even by Event Sub Type such as Game Type, Ranked Games, etc. It should hopefully be embeddable on any other website and provide it's own (filterable) export in standard calender formats.

Any help is appreciated!"

Comment: Related: Calender (Score 1) 52

by Jonah Hex (#46490213) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Easiest To Use Multi-User Map Editing?
If we have many different groups posting events all across the state, what is best for not only showing them on a calender but also locations on a map?

Think Magic/Game Events!
Each event may have a different owner, or group of owners posting them.
It should be easy to view on the map for people to easily see what Events are close to them for any particular day.

Currently we're thinking multiple Google Calenders but it loses all coloring and requires everyone who wants to do a calender to have google. Plus, no mapping.

Comment: Gnomoria (Score 1) 669

by Jonah Hex (#46289733) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?
Gnomoria may be "Dwarf Fortress Lite 3D" to some, but to me it's the best mix between in depth orders and possibilities and playability. http://gnomoria.com/ Lots of updates and support.

Gnomoria is a sandbox village management game where you help lead a small group of gnomes, who have set out on their own, to thrive into a bustling kingdom! Anything you see can be broken down and rebuilt elsewhere. Craft items, build structures, set traps and dig deep underground in search of precious resources to help your gnomes survive the harsh lands. Build your kingdom and stockpile wealth to attract wandering gnomads to your cause, but be wary of also attracting enemies!

Comment: Integrating Game Voice/Sound into Music (Score 1) 66

by Jonah Hex (#46282427) Attached to: Ask "The Fat Man" George Sanger About Music and Computer Games
I, like so many, was blown away by the soundtrack for 7th Guest and a big part of that was the voice clips integrated directly into the music. Question: What do you think about integrating a games voice acting clips and/or sound effects directly into the music tracks?

Comment: Infrasound for fun and profit! (Score 2, Interesting) 110

by Jonah Hex (#46130597) Attached to: Russia's Dyatlov Pass Incident May Have Been Explained By Modern Science
Well now I know why it's not used for effects in movies, I always thought it was just because speakers to produce infrasound would be too large and expensive for anything except theme parks. I suppose even a horror theme park wouldn't want to cause actual illness. I wonder how close to causing unease and discomfort lower frequencies that modern theaters can play over their sound systems comes to causing these types of effects. *runs off to layer a 20-30hz waveform over a youtube video of kittens* - HEX

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