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Comment Re:Caller ID Blocker (Score 3, Interesting) 235

I strung him along by responding literally to his questions while using a handy FreeBSD server I had sitting there under the table until he gave me their logmein url(which I later reported to logmein support, who promised to close their account), then allowed him to finally make sense of my somewhat responses (I don't see a Start button, but I do have a window I can type that command in... What version am I using? The OS says version 10, etc...) when I finally asked him what kind of computer engineer has never heard of FreeBSD before...

Comment Re:legalism is a crap philosophy. (Score 1) 558

I used to live in Northern VA and had to commute (like most people there) 50+ minutes each way, and that was only traveling 20 miles, but it was mostly north-south. I'm sure you can do the math on average speed there. The "fastest" route for me took me about

Other than the two east-west freeways, there are typically one, or sometimes as many as two streets which "go through" from one city to the next. It's all small winding highways at best in a North-south direction. That's it. So all the traffic dumps through those north-south streets, even if they're residential streets and even if the drivers are just passing through town. Four-way stops become nightmares at some of those intersections.

They really do need to just bite the bullet and purchase/tear-down some houses to make multiple real routes between towns, rather then have all the traffic hitting mile after mile of residential areas.

But because of the focused money/population/expanding government agencies around the DC area sucking the rest of the country dry, property values are ridiculous the closer you get to DC, on the order of millions of dollars per small house, so you can see why they don't want to have to pay to demolish in order to put new roads in.

Comment Re:Think? (Score 2, Insightful) 521

The summary is BS. It says the Republicans are trying to change the definition, when what's being argued with is the FCC arbitrarily changing their previous definition:
    "As part of its 2015 Broadband Progress Report, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to change the definition of broadband by raising the minimum download speeds needed from 4Mbps to 25Mbps, and the minimum upload speed from 1Mbps to 3Mbps, which effectively triples the number of US households without broadband access."

You may want people to have faster speeds, but changing what terms mean isn't an honest way to go about it. Anything over dial-up or ISDN speeds is technically broadband. If you want to have a standard for 25 MBs internet, call it "4K TV speed" or something, but don't pretend that suddenly the definition of broadband has changed and thus overnight there are 3 times as many people "without broadband" as there were the day before, even though their access speeds didn't change.

Comment They're still running... outdated story (Score 3, Informative) 81

The issue was the landing site wasn't properly approved for helicopter landings. Fortunately, the local officials are reasonable and Uber made an agreement with the County to use the Sheriff's landing pad instead so that flights could continue during the festival.

From a follow-up story: "Thanks to the county's proactive outreach, we have developed an alternative landing site for uberCHOPPER that serves riders and accommodates residents," Patterson said.

Comment Re: I can't wait... (Score 1) 251

I can think of at least on prominent Republican who is against it.

The story is about NY and CA. You don't get more Democrat than that. It's not like they'll pass anything without the Dems.

If the Republicans are worse, we'd see similar bills across the GOP-controlled states, yet we don't. Republicans aren't perfect, for sure, but wake up a bit to the Dems, eh?

Comment Re:Its appalling! Can we correct it? (Score 2) 133

NASA officially had a policy not to list female contributors to papers as co-authors?

Nope. In fact, if you read the gutenberg link in the summary, it clearly states that she was listed as a co-author. i.e.:

NASA TND-233, “The Determination of Azimuth Angle at Burnout for Placing a Satellite over a Selected Earth Position” 1960. Authors: T.H. Skopinski, Katherine G. Johnson

The link says her contributions were greater than the mere "computers" and proves it by stating she co-authored 26 papers, so while there may have been a policy not to list the people who did the underlying math for you (Seen a TI-30Xa listed as a co-author recently?), they clearly listed female contributors.

Trying to get the facts on something through the media is like playing a game of deliberately biased "telephone", however.

Comment Re:Disagree (Score 2) 133

She co-authored 26 papers and was listed as an author in a NASA peer-reviewed report. I know the summary makes it sound like she didn't get any credit for her work at the time, but actually following and reading the gutenberg link provided makes the point she was more knowledgeable than the rest because she was credited when normally someone who was just a "computer" wouldn't have been, implying she was more than just another "computer".

The whole "NASA policy" part of the summary is clearly wrong with regards to female "contributors", as she was both female and listed as a co-author in a NASA paper in 1960. It's a confused mishmash of "computers" not being credited, trying to imply that was because they were predominantly female at the time, which simply isn't true. Seen any papers lately where a TI-30Xa is listed as a coauthor? Yeah, me neither.

Comment Re:Looking for ideas - what's the answer? (Score 1) 935

Something like 80% of the population supports stricter gun laws

You're apparently stuck in a left-wing bubble somewhere. Even right after a mass shooting, a majority of the population opposes stricter gun control laws.
Here's the first reference I found in Google from CNN. Care to cite your 80% number study?

Comment Re:Looking for ideas - what's the answer? (Score 1) 935

Shootings by bad guys tend to last until the first good guy (cop, or not) with a gun arrives.

More guns in responsible private hands in the U.S. results in fewer mass shootings with less victims.

The bad guys will get (or make) guns if they want to. Even in prison. The technology is well understood by anyone who wants to learn it.

So yeah, we'd like to limit mass (and other) shootings by increasing the number of people capable of stopping them. As it turns out, no increase in stricter gun laws is known to have resulted in a lower crime rate.

What's amazing is that even though the Democratic process by which laws are passed in the U.S. is clearly not in favor of stricter gun laws, somehow a supposedly Democratic President refuses the "will of the people" and wants to do anything he can to unilaterally and potentially unconstitutionally (with the mental health stuff) circumvent it.

If the issue is new laws need to be passed that clarify and fund enabling people who are an actual threat to others to have due process of law and have their rights taken away (including getting locked up in an institution, a process the folks with a D after their name destroyed about 30 years ago or so), then yeah, let's have that debate in Congress where it (and other new laws) are supposed to begin.

Comment Re:A UNIX like system? (Score 2) 108

BSD Unix predates the existence of Open Group UNIX certification by 18+ years. Your contention is that Unix didn't exist before 1995?

Here, have a chart from them showing that BSD is Unix, predating their "single specification".

Owning a trademark to say what is certified as a particular specification doesn't override the history of the code in software.

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