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Comment: Re:Intractable issue (Score 2) 40

You're making the (perhaps flawed) assumption that the purpose of such a mesh network is to access the greater Internet.

If I want Internet access, I'll just pay for it: Basic and relatively slow (or relatively fast, depending on point of view) always-on ISP service is cheaper than it ever has been.

If I want mesh network access, I'll just build a node and find some folks to peer with.

If I can't get to the Internet from the mesh, and can't get to the mesh from the Internet, I'm OK with that.

If Google elects to organize a mesh's data on their behalf, then they can co-locate on that mesh. If this results in poorer performance than they expect, they can add more geographically-diverse nodes of their own until they meet demand.

If someone wants to monetize or give away a path to interconnect the meshes to eachother or any other network (including the greater Internet), they do so on their own accord.

Comment: Re:Expectation of privacy? (Score 1) 177

by slew (#49625577) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

Is it legal for MetroPCS to hand over the data, presumably in violation of their privacy policy and CPNI laws?

Most policies have a convenient *out* in that they allow themselves to give out this data so that they can stay on the good side of the government. CPNI deals with sharing data with other private parties, not government.

FWIW, Here's what a MetroPCS's subscriber agrees to let the company do with private information when signing up for their service (basically anytime anywhere they feel it's worth it for them)...

We may disclose Personal Information, and other information about you, or your communications, where we have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary:

* to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request;
* to enforce or apply agreements, or initiate, render, bill, and collect for services and products (including to collection agencies in order to obtain payment for our products and services);
* to protect our rights or interests, or property or safety or that of others;
* in connection with claims, disputes, or litigation – in court or elsewhere;
* to protect users of our services and other carriers or providers from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful use of, or subscription to, such services;
* to facilitate or verify the appropriate calculation of taxes, fees, or other obligations due to a local, state, or federal government; or
* in an emergency situation.

Comment: Re:Lives be damned (Score 2) 286

I don't know if sloppy practice explains the earthquakes in Oklahoma, though.

Apparently the common practice of injecting waste water (which predominantly originated from waste water used to help reactivate conventional oil wells, and only sloppy hydro-fracking waste water processing to a lesser extent because it is more recent) deep underground into other depleted oil wells which were targeted for storage can explain the uptick in earthquakes in Oklahoma and around the Midwest.

The theory goes that when this injection practice started years ago the storage wells were empty, but as these storage wells filled up, more pressure had to be used to inject the water and this triggered the more recent seismic activity. Apparently this theory was corroborated by researchers correlating existing known faults and the locations of storage wells.

Sadly, this "sloppy" practice of injecting waste water into depleted wells continues unabated...

Comment: Re:The review, it does something... as does sandbo (Score 1) 69

Android Apps don't ask for permissions, they list demands. Once you've installed the App, you're just forced to just live with all their demands, uninstall, or root your phone. iPhones, on the other hand, allow you to grant and revoke permissions on the fly.

I realize that here on slashdot, rooting your phone may not seem like a big deal, but it's a pain and violates my agreement with my carrier--not something I'm willing to do.

Comment: Re:Possible explanations (Score 1) 367

by slew (#49617423) Attached to: No, NASA Did Not Accidentally Invent Warp Drive

AFAIK, the main theories bandied about for how a reaction-less drive might work come down to basically harnesses some sort of Mach's principle effect (e.g, Woodward effect) which would be analogous to using "friction" from fields (usually EM) setup by the rest of the universe and/or somehow exploit the creation of quantum vacuum virtual particles to supply some local reaction mass and using a form of magnetohydrodynamics for propulsion.

The physics loophole that they seem to exploit is that in our description of physics, not all vacuums are created equal (e.g., a vacuum in one frame inertial of reference is generally not actually a vacuum in another frame of reference when a vacuum is thought of as a volume of space where distant fields cancel each other out). This indirectly questions the nature of the frame of reference in the asymptotic limit of space from which we might define an "absolute" vacuum. You might also think of it as asserting that maybe there is actually an aether of some sort?

To provide a car analogy, people are suggesting that wiggling in an asymmetric way and effectively using vanishingly small amount of friction supplied by the rest of the universe can get you moving in one direction kind of like getting your car moving when it's stuck in snow with (almost) no traction. It doesn't take much traction to get you going in the right direction as long as you are wiggling the right way...

Comment: Re:Nothign new here (Score 1) 529

by slew (#49615873) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

I thought it's outright illegal to ask age-related questions to candidates?

Unless it relates specifically to the job (e.g., if you need to be 21 not 18 to get a professional car license, or if you are near a mandatory age of retirement such as being 60 when a pilot must retire at 65).

However in this specific case, I suspect Comcast may be under a government consent decree to collect this information to verify compliance with prior age discrimination investigations by the EEOC (e.g., DeJoy vs Comcast)...

Comment: Re: "The Ego" (Score 1) 543

by slaker (#49615013) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

My read on the "IRS Scandal" is that conservative groups with iffy not for profit status are upset that laws still applied to them in ways that they hadn't under the Bush Administration. I don't believe the matter will be otherwise resolved while the current administration is in office and moreover, I'm not particularly surprised that executive agencies might have differing methods for enforcing their mandate from one executive to another, especially given the free pass given to some groups under a previous administration.

Comment: Re: "The Ego" (Score 3, Insightful) 543

by slaker (#49613453) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

Actually, if you were of voting age during the 1992 Presidential elections, you might remember that Bill Clinton was open that he would be working very closely with his wife on the matter. That might have been overshadowed by the spectacle of Ross Perot being a general-purpose sideshow, but it definitely did come up at campaign events and the like.

With regard to scandal or the lack thereof, the closest thing the Obama administration in general has had to one is probably the standard of care for veterans and specifically at Walter Reed. Benghazi has just been an ongoing conservative circle jerk and the Snowden disclosures have really just highlighted the overreach available LEGALLY to the administration.

You might say that the State Department under Obama has allowed relations with Israel to sour in favor of greater ties to other states in the region, but it might also be said that Israel is a big-boy country now that doesn't need the USA to enforce its will. Putin's expansionist aims been an ongoing issue since before Obama took office and the case can certainly be made that the US did not need to intervene on the ground in Iran, Libya or Syria in spite of whatever amount of sabre-rattling conservatives have wanted to do to the contrary.

Bearing that in mind, where do you see scandal in the Obama administration or more specifically in its foreign policy?

Comment: Re: "The Ego" (Score 3, Informative) 543

by slaker (#49613065) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

She crafted and presented a workable health care bill that was torpedoed for political reasons and would have avoided the current clusterfuck the USA has now.

She also served successfully as secretary of state in an essentially scandal free administration, no matter how much republicans wish it were otherwise.

I'll probably vote green party regardless (that's as much throwing away my vote in Indiana as voting for a democrat), but I do recognize that she has foreign and domestic policy experience in government.

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov