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Comment: Re:33 Bucks?!? (Score 1) 67

by Bing Tsher E (#47771807) Attached to: $33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

Keyword is 'plan.' I like having zero commitment.

I take weeks at a time off from having a smartphone. My 30 days starts up again as soon as I plop down another $35. If you don't renew, you've still got a good wifi pocket computer, far cheaper than an iPod touch, and with an sd slot.

But anyways, all cheap mobile data options rock, it's great that they exist.

Comment: Re:Development cycle (Score 1) 201

by thule (#47771499) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest
RedHat has options for you. There is Software Collections that package multiple versions of python and ruby. The versions can be pivoted at will. Then there is Docker in RHEL7 which allows shipping of containers as apps. Not to mention Fedora is heavily supported by RedHat and offers very recent packaging of almost everything.

Comment: Re: UDP/broadcast only (Score 1) 206

by mi (#47770967) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

You can't turn it off even now. The GPS tracking is built into the circuitry and there is no way to disable it.

I doubt, that's entirely true. While I'm sure, cell companies keep track of each phone's approximate position (relative to their towers), the phone's battery drains considerably quicker, when the "location service" (an iPhone term) is turned on. If it really were on all the time, there would not have been such a pronounced effect on the batter from starting the "Maps" application or "Uber"...

Comment: Re:It's all a matter of energy (Score 0) 91

by ScentCone (#47770159) Attached to: Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

but the actual neutrino's observed then (and until now) were high energy electron neutrinos

I don't know why these observations are being thought of as a big deal. Why go to all the trouble of building some big underground Italian detector when we can see, right here, that passing neutrinos hit the /. servers and cause apostrophes to appear randomly (but due to a quirk of quantum behavior, almost always right in front of the letter 's').

+ - Comcast allegedly trying to block CenturyLink from entering its territory->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "CenturyLink has accused Comcast of trying to prevent competition in cities and towns by making it difficult for the company to obtain reasonable franchise agreements from local authorities.

CenturyLink made the claim yesterday in a filing that asks the Federal Communications Commission to block Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) or impose conditions that prevent Comcast from using its market power to harm competitors.

Comcast has a different view on the matter, saying that CenturyLink shouldn’t be able to enter Comcast cities unless CenturyLink promises to build out its network to all residents. Without such conditions, poor people might not be offered service, Comcast argues."

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Comment: Re:The death of leniency (Score 1) 513

by ScentCone (#47769343) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

If cops couldn't let thousands of people off per day on minor things, those minor things would cease to be illegal and our legal code would finally have some semblance of sanity.

You're right. If a cop sees you step outside the crosswalk at an intersection, he should have NO choice but to cite you for jaywalking, and generate all of the paperwork and costs involved, whether or not the reason you stepped out of the cross walk was to avoid walking through a big puddle of hydraulic fluid that was just spilled by a trash truck. It's situations like that where a cop's body cam might very well record such an infraction, and in the name of ridding society of any potentially abused judgement calls, we should use that technology to make sure that everyone involved toes the line, literally and figuratively. We can't have judgement calls! Your judgement call that we shouldn't is good enough for me.

Comment: Re:The death of leniency (Score 2) 513

by ScentCone (#47769291) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

It seems to indicate that the poor, defenseless disenfranchised police officers are the victims in all of this

No, the victims are the residents and business owners in a trashed place like Ferguson where a bunch of idiots decided that wrecking the place is the right reaction to events like that lovable big lug, Mike Brown, being shot for no reason whatsoever. We know it was for no reason because thoroughly reliable witnesses (like, the guy who was within him when Lovable Big Mike, the 6'-4" 300-pound Gentle Giant was intimidating a retail clerk) said so, and the witness who said he was "shot in the back, execution style" said so. Except both witnesses are full of crap, and they know it. The cop who got his face mashed by this giant guy would indeed have had an easier time of it if Lovable Giant Mike's altercation with the cop inside the cruiser had been recorded. But more importantly, there's a chance that a lot of people's businesses wouldn't have been wrecked by people who came in from out of town specifically to trash the place and steal stuff with the tacit blessings of guys like Al Sharpton.

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.