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Comment: I am elated over this. (Score 1) 85 85

I've found a straight talk (Tracfone) is the only way to go as I see it. No contract, no free phone either. But I do have a MyTouch that's contract was fulfilled and given the number to use a different carrier.

Why is it so important to me, I can add a HOSTS file to it for one.

Google for one didn't care if one unlocked their "stuff", my Zoom tablet was rooted (I do hope the same as unlocking) and the ad blocking programs usable, as well as so much more ability, like changing ROMs on a whim.

Comment: RFC1812 has become unreadable as well (Score 1) 281 281

This is the RFC that handled three reserved IP4 address blocks 10.X.X.X which Goggle uses or any large organization is able to use; one for semi large companies can use; as well as the 192.168.x.x a small group of users are to use, and most of us are familiar with. https://tools.ietf.org/html/rf... I've read it many times in the past for those reserved blocks. Now can't make sense of it, it's grown by many many pages.

At least the HOSTS file is safe (I think) " is an obsolete form of the limited broadcast address".

A Router setup, I'll wait and see:
  "A router MUST allow a metric to be assigned to a static route for
  each routing domain that it supports. Each such metric MUST be
explicitly assigned to a specific routing domain. For example:
route via rip metric 3
  route via ospf inter-area metric 27
route via egp 123 metric 99"

And against all advice: "A router MUST support ICMP".

+ - Aussie ISP bakes in geo-dodging for Netflix, Hulu->

ste7en7 writes: A new Australian ISP is integrating geo-blocking circumvention into its broadband service, allowing customers to access streaming services like Hulu, Netflix USA, BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime. When Yournet launches in August, customers will be able to sign up for broadband that allows users to instantly change the country they are supposedly surfing from.
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Comment: Re:Been There (Score 1) 302 302

Early on I built industrial scale robots for universities to train engineers and other professionals. This was about 1985.

If I remember right that was about the time auto makers were introducing factory robots, and the people were having a fit over losing their jobs to them. To this day it's still the battle cry when mechanized labor is introduced into a work place.

They need a different reason, the old tried and true one just doesn't work.

Comment: A written procedure is needed (and followed). (Score 1) 302 302

One for every repair or action to be taken on the "robots", so someone who has never done the required repair has not only a guide but safety requirements noted that need to be done prior and during it's required needs.

If a procedure was used, it and the rest need to be updated.

+ - Teachers granted power to 'confiscate and destroy' unhealthy lunch->

schwit1 writes: The British government is urging school leaders to use their "common law powers" to search student lunches and potentially confiscate any items they deem "unhealthy or inappropriate."

Education minister Lord Nash tells Express, "Schools have common law powers to search pupils, with their consent, for items." There is nothing to prevent schools from having a policy of inspecting lunch boxes for food items that are prohibited under their school food policies.

"A member of staff may confiscate, keep or destroy such items found as a result of the search if it is reasonable to do so in the circumstances." The government's foray into lunch inspections began when Cherry Tree Primary School in Colchester banned a Peperami sausage snack and scotch eggs from a six-year-old girl's lunch. Manchester's Manley Park Primary School seized cereal bars from lunches, according to the Huffington Post.

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Comment: 10 Times The Military Mistakenly Dropped Nucks (Score 1) 122 122

Hell any day now http://listverse.com/2014/11/0...

Each time it mentions the bombs detonated it was due to conventional explosives that exploding out of sequence tossing or only blowing the core into dust (the explosives must blow up at the same time imploding the Plutonium core).

This wasn't the article I was looking for as there are many more, When loading a nuclear missile into a sub it was dropped, these are listed in the "Family Almanac" Volume 1

Comment: Re:Just run your own (Score 1) 146 146

Someone may correct me if there's more to it, but I think it's just that some people are uncomfortable with Google having so much access to information about us. Any DNS server you access will have the potential to keep records of which IP addresses made which queries, which potentially gives Google even more tracking data. As far as I know, there's no real sign that they're using that data, but to some extent, they're a company that makes money from collecting data about their users, so...

I just happen to use and dare say trust Goggle, no matter what search engine you use with the exception of https://duckduckgo.com/ will track you. I do read the ToS's and privacy policies of any site I'm about to register on it's the data collected that your being informed of, I've refused to register on some sites over it or had second thoughts and bailed (Microsoft's Insiders program).

It's many features or abilities is why I use Goggle - and they give back to the community, the only company I know of that does it on their scale, Goggle Earth while very useful was first seen as incredible; it's now Goggle Earth Pro.

Above all you have to remember they make their living off of your data, Goggle Earth Pro was once sold (mostly to companies doing demographics), it will show you the tax assessment of every building I've check but one. I have an unlikely video hit on youtube.com the demographics given me are vast, and varied - while myself I'd never put an ad or overlay on any video; it's interesting the ages of people who are most likely to participate in a specific activity.

Angry Birds (www.Rovio.com) has or had (it's been awhile, and now have it blocked) what was the most informative ToS and privacy policy I've ever read. They list where your data is being sent, the only one left in question is what does "data sent overseas" mean. The data they collect they sale to Flurry.com (Goggle) who with that data and what Goggle has collected are combined and sold to advertisers who wish to send ad's that you would be interested in (targeted ads). It's important to get your mobile devices opt'ed out of Flurry.com

Bottom line, I trust Goggle to a point, as I won't use their DNS's, while tracking is ok within reason, I don't need to give it to them, and what's collected going through their DNS's? All ToS's and such claim unidentifiable information (but they've got your IP address) they don't need to know who you are, just your interest. There's a reason another Goggle sever center is being built, they need more space for what they do.

Comment: Re:Bugs on a plane (Score 1) 117 117

Got it. Bugs in the airplane's airflow decrease fuel economy, but aren't considered a safety concern.

Safety my first thought, but in respect to the stealth aircraft, and it's pilots. Missions launched from the U.S. to say Iraq, they should accumulate a lot of bugs, - I did check, Hemolymph being a copper-based protein https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/..., not so stealthy when they arrive at their destination. I know they also fly patterns to avoid areas known to have radar coverage, but those times they are in an area of radar coverage.

"May Berenbaum says pilots have long known insects can fly very high." http://www.npr.org/sections/kr... with the bumblebees as high as 18,000ft, so many that from China to the U.S. "They are likely to be burning a ton of energy to maintain flight." http://www.independent.co.uk/n... (Kool picture of a Bumblebee about to get high).

So maybe it's already been done (finding a way to reduce bug splatter), but would be a security risk if revealed, as anything to do with the Stealth aircraft is.

Comment: Re: I believe one already exists. (Score 1) 117 117

Rain-X! Lots and lots of Rain-X!!!

I've used Rain-X before. It's great stuff, (having some wax type properties) at and above 35 mph I never had to use my wipers and didn't. Any slower and there was no force (wind resistance) to move the rain/water, but at 35+ it was outstanding.

Buying it at Costco I did indeed have lots of it, one purchase and I was bulked up with Rain-X for a long time.

Comment: Re:It's not sacred (Score 1) 304 304

Our atoms will return and be re-used so, in some respect, it could be considered reincarnated... I am reincarnating as a star.

Going full circle eh.

My son's dog I was keeping was run over, having to bury it, I drove till I found soft soil but could only dig down about two-three feet.

I saw my son on the weekends when he would stay with me, so had to make "that call". I wasn't going to say he's in a better place or something against my view. I told him the truth, Coyotes would most likely dig him up, eating him. This being a good thing as he would live on forever, through the Coyotes.

While almost a awful thing to tell him at that age, it was the truth, a very real possibility and I didn't lie to him.

Comment: Re:Had no idea indians ever lived in Hawaii (Score 1) 304 304

Custer surely would have never ever gotten that far. It takes a telescope to rile them up. Blankets? Do they need blankets?

Depends upon how far back you wish to go.

Hawaii was found by Polynesians who's DNA has proven them the discovers of America, I figure Columbus was the last person to of set foot on it's shore, yet gets all the credit.

From South America they migrated along it's coast, to Central America, and spread out into North America, becoming the Indians we know today.

This still agrees with the land bridge theory, yet A Clovis point was found to be allegedly older than possible by a land bridge crossing.

The Kennewick Man was found so far out of place (and not and Indian), that made him so special. No reason there wasn't a spread of information by just that sort of person. History refuses to acknowledge the transfer of knowledge rather than inventing themselves.

While mayhaps a bit off your topic, an interest of mine that I couldn't help but reply to.

I have not yet begun to byte!