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Comment: Necessity of search (Score 1) 81

by jtara (#49154399) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

I guess they are doing it because descriptive TLDs makes search a tiny little bit less necessary.

On the other hand search - or at least search that might deliver relevant results rather than the spam that Google delivers - would make DNS almost completely unnecessary

Google isn't likely to give us that kind of search. Ever.

Google Scholar notwithstanding.

Comment: Re:HT? (Score 2) 131

by jtara (#49133127) Attached to: Developers Disclose Schematics For 50-1000 MHz Software-Defined Transceiver

I think HT actually came from Motorola's designation for their hand-held transceivers, e.g. HT-100. And "Handie-Talkie" is the term that Motorola used, check old product literature.

Motorola trademarked the term (in different forms) in 1948 and 1960.

http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/...

Comment: Re:Extradition? (Score 1) 88

by jtara (#49084081) Attached to: Russian Man Extradited To US For Heartland, Dow Jones Cyberattacks

The absence of this from the summary is what led the GP to ask his quite reasonable question.

You're supposed to read the actual article before opening your yap.

And, as others have noted, ..tse would have been rude. I was relatively nice, but unforgivingly direct. I mean, not even Linus-rude. Heck, I might not even have been Matz-rude, and that's not very rude! It's /. Respect the culture.

No, he wasn't "nabbed" without process.

The GP never implied that he might have been

Yes, he did. He asked if the guy was "actually" extradited.

Comment: Why aren't you doing it yourself? (Score 1) 289

by jtara (#49040789) Attached to: Autism: Are Social Skills Groups and Social Communication Therapy Worthwhile?
Why hand the job off to somebody else? You've admitted that the ability of the therapists is variable. How much time do you spend with your son? Do you explain to him the silly rituals that most people go through that he does not understand? Do you constantly reinforce that if he goes along with these silly rituals, (shaking hands, looking people in the eye when talking to them, not fiddling when engaging in conversation, not suddenly changing the subject, graceful exits, etc. etc. etc.) that life will go much more smoothly? Maybe it makes more sense for YOU to go to some special class. Why don't YOU learn to teach these skills to your son? He'll probably eventually figure it out himself. Personally, I think the more interaction with the "normal" world the better. He will figure it out. "I do this, they do that, I don't understand why, but they do." The more doing, the more he'll figure it out. Putin, though, geez, just give back the ring, dude! Like my friend who will just grab your slice of pizza without asking, and doesn't understand why you would mind. OK, maybe socialization won't fix everything.

Comment: The signs... (Score 1) 101

by jtara (#48983737) Attached to: Georgia State Univ. Art Project Causes 2nd Evacuation & Bomb Squad Call

Based on the appearance of those signs, the police should have immediately rounded-up all of the five-year-olds in the area.

Some of them had signs. Some of them didn't. And I doubt anyone was crawling-around under bridges looking for the signs. Of course, police would have seen the signs once they investigated. Or maybe their bomb-sniffing robot might have.

Did the police over-react? I dunno. You'd have to be there. I wasn't.

It remains that placing the objects was begging the response. It was stupid.

If I were a conspiracy theorist, I'd say perhaps it was a test - by officials or by nefarious interests - to see how alert the public is. Now we know: the public is alert!

Comment: Unauthorized Suspicous-Looking Art in Public Place (Score 2) 101

by jtara (#48982793) Attached to: Georgia State Univ. Art Project Causes 2nd Evacuation & Bomb Squad Call

"Students were instructed to take their cameras home and to place them in locations that would provide interesting scenes with bright sunlight,"

What part of "home" did these students not understand?

Although I think most of us would not think that placing the cameras in a public place for art's sake is some horrible offense, it might be a violation of privacy, and it is certainly not prudent in a terrorism-obsessed world.

It should have been done with some sort of official approval, and placed with some kind of sign. Perhaps a simple: "What is this? It's part of an art project. For the sake of art, please do not disturb! Go to this website to find out more: [Insert URL here]

Of course, that would probably take months of rigmarole to get approved.

I've seen similar signs on weather stations, wildlife projects, "what's happening to the bees" projects, etc. Here around San Diego, we often come across stuff like this along the beach. (Measuring sand erosion, wildlife, etc.)

Comment: How about Slashdot honoring their own opt-out (Score 1) 619

by jtara (#48970751) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock
Slashdot has (partially) stopped honoring their own ad opt-out. (You can opt-out of ads if you account is more than n old or something.) It still opts-out banner ads. But now they have added AdSense, and it does not block that. Since I opt-out of targeted AdSense, all I get is ads for removing dark spots. Ewwwww! Please report these ads to Google, since SlashDot is not honoring their own opt-out policy. That can't be consistent with AdSense rules. Opt-out means: "opt-out". And, of course, that goes for AdBlock as well. You are PAYING for a service that removes ads. If advertisers can pay to get around that, it is a fraud.

Comment: Use France as a prototype? (Score 3, Insightful) 224

by jtara (#48953809) Attached to: Nuclear Safety Push To Be Softened After US Objections
It's been a log time since I worked in the industry (I did programming in Health Physics at San Onofre many years ago) but I know that at the time, France was considered to have the safest reactors, operating rules, and procedures. Their Health Physics rules were particularly admired. Of course, this makes sense, because historically, isn't France the country with the widest deployment of and most reliance on nuclear reactors? But, now France has decided on a long-term goal of phasing-out nuclear power. Perhaps the best way to win this game - is to not play at all.

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