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Comment: With a couple billion in investment (Score 1) 449

by kilodelta (#46615185) Attached to: WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever
The copper plant is still usable. Taking the bridge taps off means you can sling data pretty fast and far over a copper twisted pair.

I say if they want to walk away let groups use it for their purposes. For example, it'd be a good backhaul for a little data project I want to do in my district.

Comment: I can just imagine (Score 1) 106

by kilodelta (#46615163) Attached to: Aaron Swartz and MIT: The Inside Story
That the MIT IT people must have been frazzled about this. I've been in similar situations and my answer pretty much echoes theirs in that I too told them so.

But the case against the kid did i fact have several exploitable holes in it. That whole guest access thing. I've been in places where we've had to have public access. I made sure that the screws were torqued tight regarding security on those public machines. You could get on the web but you were blocked off from things the content manager didn't like, and you could print. That's it.

Comment: More interesting (Score 1) 88

by kilodelta (#46572907) Attached to: Microsoft Word Zero-Day Used In Targeted Attacks
Is that Google is the one exposin the flaws in Microsoft office. I've recently ditched all things Microsoft. Went over to the dark side, Ubuntu. Why not? It has all the applications and functionality I had on my ancient XP laptop plus a whole lot more. Plus it comes bundled with Firefox and Thunderbird which I was using on my XP box to begin with. All I had to do was copy over my documents, music and profiles for both and I got everything back. And Libre office has come a very long way. Plus I have my NNTP reader, my astronomy program, it's all pretty sweet.

Comment: If we had a kid(s) (Score 1) 278

by kilodelta (#46552631) Attached to: Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework
If we chose to have kids I'd certainly help them. Why? Because during my education I received what I consider a quality education. More in the math and sciences though I do enough editing of manuscripts and such that I could probably get them used to the right way of doing it and have many aruments with teachers.

But on the math side, I'm all over the common standards movement. To the point where I read the standards for math and agree with most of it and also added that we should start in 2nd or 3rd grade teaching kid alternative numbering systems like binary, octal, and hexadecimal. Once you learn the symbols for them it's easy.

Comment: Oh well (Score 1) 131

by kilodelta (#46235469) Attached to: China's Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover Officially Declared Lost
They can get the rover to the Moon but they can't get it to work. Meanwhile the United States has successfully put four rovers down on Mars without much issue. Sojourner, Opportunity, Spirit, and Curiosity. All of them deployed successfully and in the cases of Opportunity and Spirit both performed WELL beyond expectations.

And Curiosity is doing a bang up job too. I guess it sucks that the Chinese spies couldn't infiltrate the groups that developed those rovers.

Comment: The best era in the Bell System (Score 1) 208

by kilodelta (#46068681) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Educating Kids About Older Technologies?
Was about the time the #5 Xbar system came about. It was the very first Common Control switching system. The way it works is fascinating. The crossbar elements too - a single crossbar frame could switch multiple calls due to holding magnets activated by the system.

Of course the era spans to about 1970 when the first electronic switches were put into place.

Comment: I got a hint for the USSC (Score 1) 201

by kilodelta (#45996005) Attached to: SCOTUS To Weigh Smartphone Searches By Police
It's called the 4th Amendment! You know, Secure in your person, papers, things and places. That smart phone counts as thing that is PROTECTED from unwarranted search and seizure.

That it actually got all the way up to the USSC is appalling. It should have been vigorously quashed at the district level and affirmed by the appellate and that be the end of it.

Comment: In my case (Score 1) 292

by kilodelta (#45988687) Attached to: Thousands of Gas Leaks Discovered Under Streets of Washington DC
I keep getting these notices from my gas provider telling me that they need to change out my meter and inspect for leaks. Thing is, I watched them dig up the streets about 3 years ago and put in new PVC for gas service. So it's not a leak. I just failed to tell them I heat with gas.

I failed to tell them because they want to charge extra on the customer charge and then the therm factor (Which in my thinking is a money grab and nothing more!) goes up significantly. To hell with them. And the language used in the letters - that my gas service COULD be discontinued - not that it will, but it something more nebulous that they COULD. I pay the bill every month. So what the hell do they care?

Comment: Re:But what if it were used in a good way (Score 1) 599

The limits were set in the 1950's. Cars of that era were boats with drum brakes all around and no power steering, rear wheel drive, etc. Where I live speed limits only changed on the highways in the 1970's. Other roads haven't had their speed limits changed. Road I live near is four lanes wide and the speed limit is 25MPH. I dare you to find a car doing that speed.

Comment: Re:But what if it were used in a good way (Score 1) 599

I wasn't aware that the fines were according to income. Pretty cool! And yes, when I do speed I don't get on your bumper, I tend to leave a fair distance. So maybe if we changed drivers ed in this country to really stress that instead of adherence to speed limits our highways would be a little bit better.

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