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Comment: Cameras to monitor the house infrastructure (Score 4, Interesting) 372

by MinistryOfTruthiness (#41798995) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Ideas For a Geek Remodel?

In light of the approaching hurricane, and during heavy rain in general, I like to make sure my sump pump is keeping up (I live in an older house). Rather than continually going down to check on it, I installed a WiFi IP Camera in the room pointed at the pump. That way I can check on it periodically from my phone without actually going in there. Of course, infra-red LEDs are a must on such a setup, but they come with most cameras anyway. To generalize, cameras wherever you might want to monitor the state of the house. This would be separate from security cameras.

Comment: Re:Ready, fire, aim (Score 2) 529

by MinistryOfTruthiness (#38224842) Attached to: Anonymous Threatens Robin Hood Attacks Against Banks

Ah, now it's $100k, eh? The definition of "rich" really keeps coming down. When Obama started his class warfare schtick, it was over a quarter million or something, then it was $200k, now it's apparently $100k....

Who the hell are you to decide when someone makes too much money and should pay more? In your infinite wisdom, are you adjusting for cost of living per geographical area? How about inflation? Seems as inflation increases, your standard keeps getting lower. How DOES that work anyway? Is there a formula?

Maybe you need to stop picking numbers out of your nose and exposing your jealousy for the world to see. By the way, in most major metropolitan areas, $100k would barely get you by. Certainly you'd never own even an average house, and you'd probably need a second income if you had kids to support. Just because a number *sounds* big to you in your area of the world doesn't mean that it is for everyone.

Comment: Re:So fix it! (Score 1) 357

by MinistryOfTruthiness (#37683490) Attached to: Linux Kernel Developer Declares VirtualBox Driver "Crap"

Oddly enough, I just did this about an hour ago. It wouldn't PXE (boot media not found or some crap), but if I generated an etherboot iso image from rom-o-matic.net and set that up in the virtual CDROM drive, it boots up just fine.

Now if I could just get it to give me something other than 4:3 ratio resolutions in the guest, I would be a happy camper. I want 1900x1200, dammit, not 1600x1200!

(For a bit of context -- Using VBox as a PXE-booted LTSP workstation client on my Mac. Works pretty well, after a significant amount of tinkering.)

Comment: Re:Guilty until proven innocent (Score 5, Interesting) 379

by MinistryOfTruthiness (#37244238) Attached to: Environmental Enforcement Agents Targeting Guitars

Lagging behind? The issue here is a law that's two years old, stating that importers must abide by all of the laws of the country from which they are sourcing the materials. Sounds like a good idea on the face of it, but unfortunately, it's very much open to interpretation.

There are several problems here:

1. The government has confiscated over $1M of materials, *and not given a reason for it*
2. The government did the same thing two years ago re: Madagascar woods, and the trial is still dragging on due to government dragging its feet, missing deadlines, requesting stays, etc.
3. The government has claimed that *any* guitar sold by Gibson can be construed as obstruction of justice, and that this can be applied to the BUYER and the RETAILER. So, in other words, they've threatened criminal charges against anyone who buys a Gibson guitar. Because they have not stated a specific infraction, Gibson does not know which guitars this may apply to, and so must assume *all* of them.
4. Gibson assumes that this has to do with an Indian law stating that if any finishing work is done in India, that ALL finishing work must be done in India. Gibson buys half-finished fingerboard blanks from their Indian suppliers, but has all of the proper sign-offs and paperwork to show that this was approved by the government.
5. The government raided a factory using fully-armed SWAT team. This alone is a disturbing trend that must be stopped. They weren't raiding a pot house or a meth lab, they're raiding a guitar factory. Suits, pens and clipboards were much more appropriate than kevlar and automatic weapons.

Here's a video of the CEO talking about the raid. It's a bit long, but the guy seems genuinely baffled as to what could be the cause of the raid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_-taqM5Sk0

Comment: Re:Outrage (Score 1) 230

by MinistryOfTruthiness (#36893134) Attached to: Google Grabbed Locations of Phones, PCs

yet. It's not like nobody could ever come up with that smart idea.

I'm thinking any popular social networking site that has a smartphone app. Fortunately, I don't know any like that.

Well, later guys. Time to fire up Google+ and Facebook apps on my way to work so I can see what my friends are having for breakfast!

Comment: Re:AZ isn't anti-immigrant (Score 1) 835

by MinistryOfTruthiness (#36566014) Attached to: LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

That really seems to me to be a non-sequitur. It doesn't follow that, if one opposes illegal immigration that one also opposes legal immigration simply because the legal caps are lower than one would like. It ignores the main thrust of being anti-illegal immigration: supporting the influx of legal immigrants. I think I see what you're saying -- that if certain people aren't allowed in and I don't want them to come illegally, then I'm against them coming. Well, true, I'm against them coming "illegally," but if the government were to raise those caps to a reasonable limit and allow them in legally using appropriate background/health checks, I wouldn't be against it.

The key difference is the solution. Some would say, as many do, that they then have no choice but to come illegally, when the correct solution is to respect the laws of your new home and wait for a diplomatic solution. That's why these things exist. To break the laws of the country from the word "go" puts you on the wrong foot to begin with, and makes any kind of success very difficult to achieve.

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