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Comment: Re:backup for 911 (Score 1) 107

by ShaunC (#48209067) Attached to: Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

If you care enough about 911 and emergency situations to be reading this article, and you don't have a landline, then that's on you for being irresponsible. People spend more on texting than it costs to have a landline.

Every line in the US is required by law to be able to dial 911, even if you aren't paying for any service at all. This applies to landlines and cellphones. I often keep the police scanner on as background noise, and I can say at least a quarter of the 911 calls in Memphis originate from disconnected cell phones. If your landline gets a dial tone or your cellphone is charged and has a signal, you can dial 911 whether you have a phone plan or not.

Of course that doesn't help in the event of a 911 outage but those are, fortunately, quite rare. I can't justify $50 a month to pay for landline service in the extremely unlikely event that both the cell network and the local 911 network go down. If something like that occurs, there's been a catastrophic event on a scale where emergency officials aren't going to be much help anyway.

Comment: Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (Score 5, Interesting) 712

by ShaunC (#48197907) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

The only thing responsible for a "lack of women coders" is that fewer women than men are interested in software development as a career path. So what? I have yet to hear a convincing argument as to why this is a problem, why this is something to be concerned about, or why millions of dollars are being thrown around in an attempt to change the situation.

Comment: Re:Children. (Score 2) 227

by ShaunC (#48196287) Attached to: Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

And had her children been targeted and harmed or killed because of this irresponsible bullshit, the DEA would be singing a hell of a different tune.

Yeah, just like the cops who permanently disfigured a baby with a flash-bang grenade. The only tune they wound up singing was "Couple Days Off" by Huey Lewis.

Comment: Re:So you have to install an app... (Score 1) 112

by ShaunC (#48196011) Attached to: Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

Apple's App Store has plenty of apps available without charge, too, but they sure hope you buy some that cost money. I don't think I know anyone with a smart phone, regardless of OS, who only has free apps and hasn't purchased at least one. F-Droid isn't really an app store, unless you want to get clever and interpret "store" as a storage facility as opposed to a marketplace. It's a curated library, not a store. F-Droid is a registered nonprofit and relies on donations to survive.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin ATM is pointless (Score 1) 117

by ShaunC (#48156369) Attached to: The Great Robocoin Rip-off

They make gold ATMs, too, and the same arguments apply. There's absolutely nothing practical about it, and you're going to be ripped off by the fees no matter what. I guess it's a fun novelty for some folks, "Press Button, Receive Bitcoin." No one who's serious about using Bitcoin for any quasinonymous purpose will get them this way, especially considering that these ATMs tend to be in locations that have cameras everywhere.

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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView" 367

Posted by samzenpus
from the the-camera-that-broke-the-camels-back dept.
First time accepted submitter flopwich writes Google used a camel-mounted camera to get a 'street view' of a stretch of desert in the United Arab Emirates. PETA's director Ingrid E. Newkirk is upset about it, saying they should have used jeeps. "These days, jeeps are in common use in the desert, as are light planes and even dune buggies, and satellite images could also easily have been taken instead," she said. "(Google) should leave camels out of its activites altogether."

Comment: Re:Journalists have less time... (Score 1) 165

by ShaunC (#48122113) Attached to: How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

Ever hear the expression "yesterday's news"?

That was a brand of cat litter I used about 20 years ago, it was made out of recycled newspaper and I always liked the name. Looks like they still make it, I wonder how long before it gets discontinued due to a lack of raw materials.

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