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Comment: Wiimote Whiteboard (Score 1) 164

by andrew_d_allen (#49155105) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Whiteboard Substitutes For Distributed Teams?
These guys made their own, with a projector, a screen, an infrared pen, a Wiimote, and the Wiimote Whiteboard program. Pretty cool results. Seems like a great market opportunity for someone to package it up in a self-contained plug-and-play unit (although you have the "big videoconference touchscreens" as an upper limit on your price point):

Comment: fairly predicatable (Score 5, Insightful) 106

With most surveillance footage it's pretty easy to spot what's going to happen next: the customer will pay for their items, receive change, and walk out of the store. Unless you're watching it on the internet. Then, a car will drive into the storefront or a botched hold-up will occur.

Comment: Re:Big Red Will Still Get Their 2 bucks (Score 1) 281

by andrew_d_allen (#38545480) Attached to: Verizon Backtracks On $2 Convenience Fee
My partner got caught by one of these bill collector scumbags. They just troll through credit histories and call folks with delinquent balances and browbeat them into giving them a debit card or checking account number to "settle" it. Any amount of verification will show that they have nothing to do with the debts they're trying to collect (which we, thankfully, did). Very frightening experience.

Comment: Re:Can Anyone figure out what he's arguing here? (Score 1) 240

by andrew_d_allen (#38508992) Attached to: Why American Corporate Software Can No Longer Be Trusted
Oh, so it's just the slippery slope fallacy: "seizure of internet domains now = legislators will do anything for political leverage at the expense of US customers and suppliers" Yes, SOPA is misguided. It does not mean the US Congress has a death wish for our country, but rather they are bumbling, and largely paid-for, fools.

Comment: Extra-judicial enforcement (Score 4, Insightful) 283

by andrew_d_allen (#38427480) Attached to: Law Professors On SOPA and PIPA: Don't Break the Internet
The real problem, as I see it, is the "accusation = guilt" and extra-judicial enforcement methods of these laws. It just floors me that our congressmen, sworn to uphold the constitution, thinks that laws where all you have to do is file some paperwork and "poof" the website gets blocked without having to present compelling-enough evidence to a judge under penalty of perjury (and with oppposing counsel's arguments) for him or her to issue an injunction to block the DNS entry. It shows they have absolutely no respect for the Constitution or even knows what "rule of law" means.

Comment: Slanted Summary (Score 5, Insightful) 591

by andrew_d_allen (#37160824) Attached to: Verizon Employees End Strike
I don't normally find such slant in Slashdot summaries (except when it's pro-open-source, obviously, which is part of the reason I come here). Using the word "illegal" and "criminal" repeatedly to describe one side of a labor dispute is just beyond the journalistic pale. I know this is "citizen journalism", but it doesn't have to read like some anti-union blog.

Comment: Re:wait (Score 1) 138

by andrew_d_allen (#36467014) Attached to: Organized Crime Cleaning Up With Nuclear Waste
No private insurer will insure a nuclear power plant, due to the extremely large (albeit with rather small risk) amount of damage that they can do (and insurance companies are designed to measure risk (not as-calculated, but as-observed) and turn it into profit). Insurance is necessary to avoid externalizing the risk of a nuclear power plant in a "true" free market system. Therefore, there's no such thing as a "free market nuclear power plant". They're _all_ backed, implicitly or explicitly, by governmental insurance.

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