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Comment: Screw ET, how about malfunctioning missiles? (Score 1) 498

by alangerow (#33669176) Attached to: Former Military Personnel Claim Aliens Are Monitoring Our Nukes
I'm more concerned that a number greater than 0 of nuclear missiles can simultaneously and inexplicably malfunction more than I am of an extra-terrestrial probing me. We have weapons that can obliterate an entire city ... and they can mysteriously malfunction? You'd think they'd work out the bugs BEFORE creating enough arsenal to destroy the entire habitability of our planet. I'm not a perfect coder, but I can say with all honesty that my code isn't putting billions of lives at risk.

Comment: Re:Power from the people (Score 1) 926

by alangerow (#33374012) Attached to: GPS Tracking Without a Warrant Declared Legal
There are "Citizen Arrest" statutes. It's not the bosses permission police officer's have to enter someone's home, it's a court signed warrant, and if you can get a court of law to give you rightful access to a property, then you can enter someone's home without their permission. (Good luck with that, though) Though you can enter someone's property in case of an emergency, i.e. saving a baby from a burning building, just as the cops can. And you have the right to protect yourself and your property, so you can taze people who get unruly and present a reasonable danger to your own personal safety.

Comment: Re:Cut the cable (Score 5, Interesting) 539

by alangerow (#32829474) Attached to: Sidestepping A-to-D Convertors For Town Government's Cable TV?
In the summary it says: "Being a municipality, we are entitled to free expanded basic cable as a part of the franchise agreement back in 1982." Ditching basic cable will save the tax payers a whopping $0. Comcast signed a deal ... their town granted Comcast a monopoly on cable infrastructure, in return for free service. Now, it looks like the municipality is learning the joys of monopolies. They don't like Comcast's new policies, yet their own policies prevent competition from stepping in and offering them a solution. Now, they have to come to Slashdot for help.

Comment: Re:I don't understand (Score 5, Informative) 90

by alangerow (#32782986) Attached to: Diaspora On Schedule, One Month In
Because the system will be decentralized. You can control your own seed, meaning your own data, and who it gets shared with. They aren't making a Facebook clone. Actually, there will be Facebook interaction, so you can host your own profile and connect with Facebook users ... it's listed in their timeline if you actually read their update.

Comment: Re:The Plus stands for Ads (Score 1) 434

by alangerow (#32735980) Attached to: Subscription-Based 'Hulu Plus' Is Now Official
But you aren't paying for the content, just the access to those channels. The cable bill pays for the wire in your house to the cable company. The ads on TV are from those networks themselves. With Hulu, I'm paying $10 to the networks themselves, not a middleman, since Hulu is owned by the networks.

Comment: Google doesn't charge for an opinion (Score 2, Interesting) 368

by alangerow (#32242884) Attached to: Doctors Seeing a Rise In "Google-itis"
When I can get a free estimate from an auto mechanic, but have to pay a specialist just to ask me 10 questions and take my pulse & blood pressure (which I can do for free at most super markets) ... I'm going to Google my symptoms first so see if I can save $100+ from a doctor just telling me "take some aspirin and drink plenty of water." If doctors are so concerned, maybe they should offer preliminary screening services at a competitive price as Google ... free.

Comment: Re:IMO E-Ink is way over hyped. (Score 1) 584

by alangerow (#31459678) Attached to: Here Come the Linux iPad Clones
"B&W, low contrast, 1 second refresh. Let's just say I wouldn't buy stock in E-Ink." Because technology never improves and always remains exactly the same as its initial consumer level implementation? I guess people who didn't buy stock in PC companies because they had 320x200 B&W text-only displays are sitting smugly now because they didn't waste their money on that worthless PC market.

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