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Comment: What an irrelevant statement. (Score 1) 172

"We’ve got a permanent space colony, inaugurated a year before the setting of the iconic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey."

Sorry but this is one ludicrous comparison, it's akin to saying a man on the moon was inaugurated long before the 7 wonders of the world.
And where I quit reading as the rest was just going to be sensationalism.

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 4, Interesting) 267

by Trax3001BBS (#48683151) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

How about involuntary DUIer's?

I took the sleeping aid Lunesta (Ambien(eszopiclone)), I remember just about to hit the pillow and "came to" in a police station for DUI. Not only that, but I sideswiped one parked car and destroyed another within 500 feet of my place, with no memory of it.

The report claimed my pants unzipped, belt unbuckled and generally unkeep, hell I was lucky to of been dressed at all. I blew a 0 three times on a breathalyser which takes 45 minutes to recalibrate after each test (I have to take their word for any of that); it was the blood test that took me down, apparently I Ok'd it; a breathalyser is all I'm required by law and I knew that.

I had an ignition interlock installed that I had to blow into before the car would start, it was nothing but problems, from it's aluminum wire interface to the copper of the cars main power line to getting the blow down, I've sat many times trying to get the interlock to accept the "blow".

When I had it removed (a year later) they acted like it was the first time one was ever removed, it took my new drivers license as proof and even then they weren't that sure. As soon as I drove home I checked the splice and sure enough a 28 gauge wire was used to join a 10 gauge wire, and by it's connections I figure this persons first electrical experience.

$100 a month it cost to drive down and have the interlock read. Now they've gone to "ankle bracelets" that monitor a person 24/7 at $100 a week to be read.

I post this in my attempt to warn others of the side effect of "sleep walking" when taking Ambien/Lunesta or the like, If I hadn't driven (and where to?) I might of never known. I'll never take it again and do advise others to avoid them.

+ - Sony Accused of Pirating Music in The Interview->

Submitted by the simurgh
the simurgh (1327825) writes "As the controversy surrounding Sony's handling of it's hack, the movie The Interview and it's aftermath continues, a singer is claiming that after failing to reach terms with Sony, the company put her music in the movie anyway. Yoon Mi-rae (real name Natasha Shanta Reid) is a US-born hip hop and R&B singer who currently releases music on the Feel Ghood Music label. she and her label claim that her track we learned that the track 'Pay Day' has been used without permission, legal procedure, or contracts. So, while Sony is trying to destroy the internet to combat piracy, it’s now facing copyright infringement allegations of its own."
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Comment: Re:Need time to come down from the Adderall (Score 1) 152

by Trax3001BBS (#48680921) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

MDs are wacko prescribing PEP PILLS to kids. And adults! Neuro-enhancers these are not! They are drugs. And drugs are bad. Mkay?

"My kid isn't doing well in school", is all that needs to be said and they are on Ritalin. Ritalin is a catch all and being over prescribed by a factor I can only guess at.

Comment: Re:It should start later, esp. for high schoolers (Score 1) 152

by Trax3001BBS (#48680889) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

No need for school to start at the absolute butt-crack of dawn. It's actually been shown to be harmful

4 hours of school here (at times)

Being an Air Force dependent I spent a lot of time overseas. The schools we attended couldn't handle the load, so the school days were split in two.

8-12 and 1 to 5 pm's it was so nice, in the Philippines I had the second "shift" and the base swimming pool was across the street, I'd swim all morning and then off to school.

My brother and sister had the first "shift" so we never saw each other till the evening.

Comment: Re:Need time to come down from the Adderall (Score 1) 152

by Trax3001BBS (#48680845) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

You're correct about Adderall, they've had data on that going back to the '70s that it causes Parkinson's disease.

Adderall is just a mixture of right handed and left handed molecules of Dexedrine, but Adderall can also cause seizures Dexedrine doesn't.

Ritalin though, is perfectly safe when taken in therapeutic doses for most children with ADHD.

Nasty stuff that Ritalin. I took it right into depression, messes with the mind.

Comment: Re:Stamps? (Score 3, Interesting) 93

by Trax3001BBS (#48650321) Attached to: Librarians: The Google Before Google

> Can you tell me the thickness of a U.S. Postage stamp with the glue on it?

A: Get a pile of stamp sheets, measure the height, and do a calculation. (You did go to school, didn't you.)

A history lesson for you young-uns.

Back before the internet, guys like this were generally only found in the back room of libraries, sorting incoming books and handling interlibrary loans - safely sequestered from the rest of society.

(My college job was at our university library, way back in the 1980s... no, at the front desk!)

Before public Internet access it also cost 10 a minute for a long distance phone call, but one could call into the modems at the Library to access the Internet (being an educational institute). Being safely sequestered from the rest of society (at home) I used to call into the Library modems then log into another Library at a different city/state, calling out from there to the BBS's found in that area; cost nothing for me or the Library.

(My college job was at our university library, way back in the 1980s... no, at the front desk!)

Yep my College job was being the "computer tutor" for a small room with maybe 10 computers, slack times I'd man the front desk which is a bit of fun.

Some older lady saved a blank *.Doc over her mid term assignment due that day, I told her it was gone and just work fast. Thinking about it Word kept a lot of backups, I ran undelete on her floppy and retrieved her assignment, I was her best friend for a few weeks :}

Comment: Re:Identifiable enough that Google targets ads (Score 1) 160

by Trax3001BBS (#48599249) Attached to: How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Now if someone can tell me the full list of domains I need to block to prevent DoubleClick (also from Google) from serving ads, I'd appreciate it.

I use a HOSTS file, it serves me well; quite large at this time. I also take the time to read a sites TOS they will tell you what to block (though one link says they don't mention Flash Cookies (or one of the three mentioned).

Read the TOS of ROVIO.COM (Angry Birds); "sent overseas" well where?
When I last read it long ago it gave me a lot of sites to block; the most important being

Angry birds (all of ROVIO.COM programs) collect your information then sells it to (It's Google) who in turn sell it to parties who wish to target ads to you.

Ever wonder why there are so many free game for your Cell Phone, they make money off of them selling to at the least. The information being sent or collected will or should be listed in a sites TOS. Most of the time you need to use your browser for Google's "Play Store" to get the website of the program your looking at.

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 0) 377

by Trax3001BBS (#48570917) Attached to: Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

I have always been under the impression that Jpg's and other graphic formats are already compressed (i don'thing BPM's are), and will sometimes grow larger if compressed again. Try this with a batch of Jpg or another graphic's format, it will be larger than the batch total. Sometimes by just a little; sometimes by a great deal.

Can't argue though as BPG seems to compress,while I figure with just more loss of the data you can see anyhow - JPG's line when it first came out.

Comment: Re:What about XFree86? (Score 1) 172

by Trax3001BBS (#48558251) Attached to: Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

Man, don't scare me. What should i consider "old"?

It's a state of mind really. I'm 61 and could be called old, hell I get senior discounts now.

I have no illnesses and feel as well as I ever have, or I could dwell on every ache and pain and start acting like I was 61 instead of a "kid" (say 35 yrs old : } ) still.

+ - AdNauseam browser extension quietly clicks on blocked ads

Submitted by stephenpeters
stephenpeters (576955) writes "The AdNauseam browser extension claims to click on each ad you have blocked with AdBlock in an attempt to obsfucate your browsing data. Officially launched mid November at the Digital Labour conference in New York, the authors hope this extension will register with advertisers as a protest against their pervasive monitoring of users online activities.

It will be interesting to see how automated ad click browser extensions will affect the online ad arms race. Especially as french publishers are currently planning to sue Eyeo GmbH the publishers of Adblock."

Comment: Re:Deal with it, advertisers (Score 1) 699

by Trax3001BBS (#48552073) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Advertisement / marketing organizations that want the status quo to remain should not press the issue. Some simple facts are going to come out of any meaningful conversation on the topic:

1) we don't want your cookies. we didn't ask for them, and we don't like them.
2) we'll be happy to pay a small fee to not see your ads, and you won't see any of that $.

I have a stupid 4 second video that was part of a much longer post; Posted to a MineCraft website my son and I played on.

I had forgotten all about it till the e-mail started to come in, at this time it's seen around 430,000 unique views and nobody likes it (go figure), It's being seen out of conetxt.

I refuse to put any ads on it or screw with it in any way, it's as it was when it was first posted (other than it's description).

If you want to hunt it down, search for badactorep on youtube - of all my Gmail accounts that's the handle Google (gmail) stuck me with (and the worst of em all).

The demographics one can get from that amount of views is just amazing, one can really zero in on their visitors - and why I don't log onto sites unless I have a real need, like posting a new video to another account that is my main site (also no ads or overlays, just videos),

Trax3001bbs - always ad free :}

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.