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Comment Re:To Fight Car Theft (Score 1) 258

Of course they will. Governments are historically quite benevolent about giving up broadened surveillance and other sources of information when actual evidence surfaces it might not be as effective as first thought. I'm sure they are happy to eat the loss of funds for purchase/installation/maintenance of said systems, too.
sigh.

I really DO NOT get California. If there was ONE state I thought you *might* be able to get an anti-government-monitoring consensus in....

Comment Re:Third Dimension (Score 2) 1197

I've seen this first-hand. A guy locally was going around with an up-skirt camera rig in his duffle-bag. I saw what was going on and alerted security, they called the cops... They said it was a public place with "no reasonable expectation of privacy" so as much as they wanted to get him, they didn't think it would hold. (The guy was long-gone by the time the cops arrived)

Comment Wait... what cabling? (Score 1) 384

So he's going to run up to 16 cables to 8 peds of 2 pumps each...? I guess if you're OK with doing that each time, sure...
Also, if it's only you/your company doing these, why can't you change the IP's on the pumps? Sure, if there was some other application or device needing them to be on a set IP, that would nix that idea.... but as said... they're not networked anyway.

Submission + - Cutting Edge Equipment : Good Performance, or Good GUI? Both?

irving47 writes: As more and more server-level systems are coming from overseas, the development teams can't always be expected to know perfect English spellings... Having a Mac or even Windows-like finish to their GUI's seems unreasonable... But at what point does it start to concern you and what are the key indicators that this is a quality problem bound to rear its head in performance issues, not just a few web pages that only you, the sysadmin, are going to see? One example I've seen is Security Camera DVR's I've set up for customers because of the pricing... The interfaces have misspellings on nearly every page, but they work, for the most part.
So, even in higher-end, commercial settings, GUI "mistakes" : Indication of changing times, or a warning sign of equipment that's just too cheap?

Comment Re:That House episode (Score 1) 30

Yeah, he had lost the lower half of his arm. House set up a box with a mirror in it that when both arms were inserted, made it look like he had two complete arms/hands.
When House told him to clench as tight as he could, and soon after relax, I guess his brain finally told the bad limb to stop clenching or doing whatever it thought it was supposed to be doing.

Comment Re:NO it won't stop anytng (Score 1) 162

Yeah, but a business owner that receives one of those letters is still going to fear going to court... If it were me, I'd fear the size and integrity of the trolls in question. What if the suit takes MANY months or years? I still have to pay lawyers in the meantime... When I DO come out victorious, how long will it be before a patent troll is on the up-and-up and pays the fees in question? Or will they just disappear into the night via some fakey bankruptcy or dissolution by a parent company?

"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman

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