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Comment: But what IS the point they're making? (Score 5, Insightful) 342

Who says that the authors are trying to make a point, versus simply drawing conclusions based on observations? The derision in this thread and dismissal of the (ludicrous!) idea that any change in modern society's behaviors may be a good idea strike me as a defensive lashing-out by people who don't take climate change seriously and won't modify their behavior, humanity be damned.

Comment: Re:Lotus suite sucks (Score 2) 101

by beamin (#45060587) Attached to: Whirlpool Ditches IBM Collaboration Software, Moves To Google Apps

The other repliers to parent need to fall into line. Everybody hates Notes! No exceptions allowed!

I worked with and supported Notes for 10 years at IBM, and really liked the product. There were some frustrations, but I was very positive about it on the whole.

Now that I work for a small municipal agency, I miss Notes' flexibility and app development capabilities a great deal. But there's no way we can afford it for so few seats.

Comment: Local coordination not terribly likely (Score 5, Interesting) 154

by beamin (#44316433) Attached to: ACLU Study Says Police Cameras Create Database of Our Movements

I manage IT for a small city whose police department has two patrol vehicles equipped with LPRs. Officers download an updated hotlist of expired and stolen plates daily to the PCs in those cars and have the LPR software running while they patrol and answer calls. Our official policy is to let data expire from the PCs after 40 days. While the software has the optional capability to centrally gather reads and archive them, we've never bothered to implement it. The only inquiry we've had regarding plate reads in the last three years was from the NYCLU, wanting to know our data handling policies.

That's not to say that there isn't a very creepy Orwellian aspect to the proliferation of this technology. With enough zealots in the right places, this stuff is odious.

You can be replaced by this computer.