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Comment: Re:Gutted (Score 1) 762

by UID30 (#34593198) Attached to: Stargate Universe Cancelled
I enjoyed SGU as well. Watched pretty much all of the previous series as well, and SGU was by far the least "campy". The episode that started out with the Flogging Molly track hit the nail on the head ... a bunch of unprepared people in a REALLY bad situation, each struggling with their own personal demons just to make it to the next "worst day since yesterday."

I will be sad to see it go, feeling that it was (by far) the best thing SciFi had going for it. I guess now they can concentrate on more wrestling shows... *sigh*

Comment: is the problem notification or detection? (Score 1) 351

by UID30 (#31733848) Attached to: Tsunami Warning From Space?
If the root of the problem is notification of the event, then the solution can be had much more cheaply than launching a dedicated satellite, can't it? What about simply renting the transponder space on an existing satellite and installing simple receiving stations in coastal areas that are hooked to early warning alarms/sirens? Build the ground stations as passive listeners and you might even be able to run the thing from solar power alone.

I don't think the problem is technical, however ... there are 12 different ways of skinning that cat. I think the real question is "who is going to pay for it?" Sat/transponder space/ground stations/engineering aren't free. I could see an international organization footing the bill for the NOC which transmits warnings and the specs for protocol ... that would make most sense I guess. Then leave it up to the central government or individual communities to buy receivers from 3rd party vendors? Is this an untapped business opportunity?

Comment: Re:the correct solution (Score 2, Funny) 403

by UID30 (#31363004) Attached to: Throttle Shared Users With OS X — Is It Possible?
What is this "b-ack-ups" you speak of? and a "fi-le ser-ver"? isn't it easier for everybody to just keep the most recent copy of their own work? if you need a file, you just have to wait for everyone to reply to your email saying when was the last time they edited the file and then you can look on their computer, copy the file, make your changes, and drop it right on the production server... amIright?

Comment: Re:Too many possible holes (Score 1) 243

by UID30 (#30700016) Attached to: MagicJack Femtocell Gates Cell Traffic to VoIP opposed to, say, the wonderful encryption we get on land lines and wireless headsets nowdays? This is certainly no LESS secure than the technology the public has used since 1877, and has the capability to be much more secure if, indeed, MJ has any encryption on their internet protocols.

I am currently a UMA user thru T-Mobile, and I find this new MJ technology very intriguing ... not particularly useful, but still interesting. They seem to imply that you get the full MJ service ... sooo I get a new phone number to give out for my home number which, when my cell phone is within range, might possibly connect to it if I don't have a good signal to my primary provider? *boggle*

I don't have a land line now because I got tired of the extra expense and the phone number juggling ... but now I can get phone number juggling back for much less! yay! I wonder what their next product will be? A CRT monitor that only weighs 1/20 as much as the old ones, but requires you to plug it into PCI graphics adapter?

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