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Comment: Re:jerk (Score 5, Insightful) 1440

by duiwel (#44934575) Attached to: Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights
I'd bet that 90%+ of your statistic is 99.9% made up! You should probably work on being less jaded. I'd say a large majority of people are reasonable enough to only text at a red light and stay off their phones while driving. From my own car or from the sidewalk I still catch far more people talking with the phone up to their ear than I do catch people texting. Not being able to touch your Navigation for a couple seconds if its mounted to your windshield because its a 'phone' and not a separate $100+ device (that requires yearly subscriptions) is absolutely ridiculous, though.

Comment: Re:Do these places have TV and Radio (Score 1) 50

by duiwel (#44111123) Attached to: Satellites Providing Internet To the 'Under-Connected'
I work for a bit of a larger WISP then what your friend was doing. The business model and technology we use would be great in third world countries. WISPs have been around for a good chunk of time now, so there's a lot of tech around from the first couple generations of equipment that affordable and well documented. And you don't even need an established antenna site, there are tons of military surplus and commercial mobile tower rigs out there.

Comment: Everything in the light of partisanism!! (Score 1) 2

by duiwel (#41355349) Attached to: How the liberal critics of the Apollo program were proven wrong
I hate to break it to you, but just because some liberals were against the Space Program it doesn't mean that its suddenly some sort of win for conservatives. You can't look at history in the black-and-white ultra-partisan view of today. If anything the Space Program was a nationalist progressive movement brought on by a combination of a belief in the superiority of USA in technology and our social-political system, as well as a healthy dose of fear and paranoia about the Russians getting a leg up. The Space Program in fact goes deeply against what both a traditional conservative would support as well as what the twisted "conservatives" of today would support as well. It's big government doing something that the private sector could do. I don't care to do the research because I'm simply not going to spend my day trying to disprove such a small minded approach with more than a few sentences here, but I imagine that there were serious anti-space program legislators on both sides of the aisle (Although, I can imagine once the Space Program was whipped up into a leading nationalist project the presence of McCarthyism made it a bit harder to voice objections). Again, you can't just pull any old historical situation where a few liberals or a few conservatives were against and lump them in with all the rest. That mentality is a huge portion of what is wrong with out country today, we've taken all the voices out of politics and given ourselves only two very simple minded and very corrupt voices to work with instead - and damn anyone who deviates from the party path!

Comment: Combat Training? (Score 1) 2

by duiwel (#31446120) Attached to: Department of Education Purchasing 27 Shotguns
"LOP are designated as the only shotguns authorized for ED based on compatibility with ED existing shotgun inventory, certified armor and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts."

I understand that there are definitely schools in this country that are almost like war zones, probably more-so after these last few years of economic depression. But are we really at the point where DoE officers have training and protocols for 'combat training' to go along with their shotguns and armor? Aren't there a number of less intense training programs, like bank-security-guard-level? or hell even riot-police-training-level would be better than take-what-you-learned-in-Fallujah-and-apply-it-here-in-this-inner-city-school-Combat-Training....no?
And I understand that this is a document from the gun manufacturer and not from the schools dept itself, but I'm very interested to learn exactly how the term 'combat training' made it into that document.

Comment: Outrageous (Score 1) 1

by duiwel (#31445998) Attached to: Prom Cancelled To Prevent Lesbian Date
This is just outrageous. First of all, they're 18 years old and seniors who will be leaving in 3 months anyways... Does this school really thing they've successfully brushed this issue under the rug and they won't run into it next year or the year after?
I'm still young enough where I can remember high school, and I can't imagine the administration ever putting such a huge target on someone's back, let alone a student who is already going to be in a high risk group. (Lets face it, its a sad state of affairs but gay/lesbian/etc teens are way more at risk to be hurt or to hurt themselves). Granted, I also can't imagine my school going so out of their way to limit my exposure to what is basically a social norm. Its just outrageous.
I almost look forward to the time when my son is in middle school and high school, it sounds like every PTA board across this country needs some sort of voice of reason to prevent themselves from wallowing in their own insanity...

Comment: Use everything you can throw at that scumbag! (Score 1) 3

by duiwel (#31429154) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How to Counter a Domain Squatter?
That seems like an incredibly skeevy move on your competitors part. I would do everything I could to put this guy in his place, and save yourself money in the process.... send them some legal looking letters, complain to your city and state commerce boards and better business bureau... I would even write a letter to every paper and any sort of reporters in your area who are known for 'shame on you' or 'keeping them honest' type investigative journalism, you never know who's whistle you'll wet. I also have to imagine that your competitor posting a website cloning your name with the soul purpose to propagate the mis-information that you went out of business has to be considered slander or libel in some way, no?

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