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Comment: Rural land lines are going away soon (Score 2) 372

by n-baxley (#44252457) Attached to: FCC Rural Phone Subsidies Reach As High As $3,000 Per Line

As someone who lives in a rural area, even though I'm not rich, I can tell you that the quality of phone lines in rural areas are pretty much crap and you're better off going with a mobile phone. If the phone companies are being paid per active line, this whole thing will go away in a few years anyway.

Comment: Re:The funny thing at my university (Score 2) 372

by n-baxley (#42870763) Attached to: Professors Rejecting Classroom Technology

Wow, 4 hours of extra work during initial setup. How do you stand it!? Of course with your course material online, getting setup for the next semester's course should take no time at all. Students are now able to access course material when and wherever they are, and can take their course work with them into the field. But let's focus on the 4 extra hours of work you had to put in

Comment: The dangerous bits will still be with us (Score 1) 657

by n-baxley (#36387842) Attached to: Could the US Phase Out Nuclear Power?

Even if we shut down production now, the "dangers" from nuclear energy are not going anywhere soon. Spent fuel rods stored on-site at the reactors and piles of nuclear waste that don't have a planned home will not go away by shutting down the existing plants. 20% of US power comes from Nuclear and it won't be easily replaced in the short term by renewables, so that means Coal or Natural gas. Neither are a panacea. I recently wrote an article to try and clarify some of these issues for myself and found the research to do it right really informative. Might help clarify some of the angles for people. http://www.baxleys.org/in-defense-of-nuclear-energy/

Comment: 4G with 5GB caps is not vaible internet (Score 1) 324

by n-baxley (#35176962) Attached to: Obama's Goal: 98% of US Covered By 4G

I'm someone who lives in the sticks and would benefit from this, having only a WISP now that charges $60 for 765k down. I'd love to have some real competition out here. That being said, access from a cell carrier that is capped at 5 GB a month is not something that's viable. Sure it's enough to check your email and surf around, but if you want to watch movies and backup your files with services like Netflix and Mozy, it just won't cut it. I've been contacting my local rep and I'm just not sure what to tell them. How do you think the government (state or national) could better spend to move forward access for everyone?

+ - Mozy unlimited backup - no more->

Submitted by MoeDrippins
MoeDrippins (769977) writes "Mozy has killed off their unlimited space offsite backup and has moved to a tiered model. I received an email this evening detailing the new pricing, along with what my new price will be given my current volume of backed up data.

Luckily (or perhaps, legally), they were good enough to honor my current unlimited plan through its expiration for no additional fee."

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+ - DMCA take down advice

Submitted by CBung
CBung (1572609) writes "Hello Slashdot readers, I am involved in an open source Java strategy game engine hosted on SourceForge. We have existed for many years and our development is volunteer based. We use the engine to play clones of a popular WWII board game as well as many community created mods and maps. The popularity of the board game is the driving force behind the successfulness of our application. Most users have "been playing that board game for 20yrs", and most of us own at least one of the board games. We love being able to play on line and develop our skills on the board game maps at an international level. Unfortunately, we've recently been hit by a DMCA take down notice from the rights holder the board game that we clone. The IP holder did create a PC version of the board game in 1998 which was poorly maintained and another reason our application was created. At this point, our initial reaction is to simply remove the specifically cloned maps, and maintain our application with many of our user mods. However, many of our mods use the same units and game mechanics/rules as the board game. Is there any way we can keep our application, including the clones of the board game maps, alive?

I will also note that the rights holder recently released an on line version of their board game thats playable on line. However it is very specific and limited in options. It seems more then coincidental that we've received this notice now that their own game lobby is on line. Can our application take refuge in another country? Is there a way to keep our application alive since it is significantly more feature full?"

Comment: Re:Kind of a side note... (Score 0) 407

by n-baxley (#26574193) Attached to: Obama Staffers Followed Palin's Email Lead On Inauguration Day

>>>the White House IT people dropped the ball. When the Obama staff walked in at 12:01 to take over, they had phones that didn't work, computers that didn't work, users couldn't log in
>>>

So things have improved.

When the Bush staff walked-in 8 years ago, they had phones that were glued "shut", computer keyboards with keys missing, users forced to stare at walls covered with offensive language, and messages etched into wooden desks and cabinets with knives. $17,000 dollars of damage.

The Clinton IT staff didn't just drop the ball - they left behind vandalism and chaos. Obama had it much easier, thanks to a cooperative president.

>>>the White House IT people dropped the ball. When the Obama staff walked in at 12:01 to take over, they had phones that didn't work, computers that didn't work, users couldn't log in
>>>

So things have improved.

When the Bush staff walked-in 8 years ago, they had phones that were glued "shut", computer keyboards with keys missing, users forced to stare at walls covered with offensive language, and messages etched into wooden desks and cabinets with knives. $17,000 dollars of damage.

The Clinton IT staff didn't just drop the ball - they left behind vandalism and chaos. Obama had it much easier, thanks to a cooperative president.

Parent doesn't seem trollish. I'd mod you up if I could. Not everything about W was evil. At least not the first year :)

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