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Comment: If it makes the news, it's unusual (Score 1) 525

by rbphilip (#43328555) Attached to: Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers
I've traveled a lot in the last 2 years (50+ different airports in multiple countries, mostly the US) and I've never had a security/border experience take more than about 10 minutes. No hassles, no problems. It's easy to smile, be friendly, and give them the answers they want to hear. Or, you can be disapproving and intolerant and get that reaction back from the person you're dealing with. Hundreds of thousands of people pass through American airports every year and you see a few dozen reports of TSA misbehavior, and it's always someone who's either being aggressive back at them, or someone in an abnormal situation who is touchy about it. My diabetic friend with an insulin pump needs a pat-down as the scanning machines may damage her pump. Always easy, never a problem. Not flying because of the TSA or the occasional nasty border guard is like not driving because of he occasional jerk on the road.

Comment: Re:link (Score 1) 267

by rbphilip (#36415556) Attached to: Netflix's New Web Interface Gets Thumbs Down From Users
Except for the sorting. Sorting on ratings is very important. You can still do it on DVDs but not on streaming video. I was sufficiently irritated that I phoned tech support and asked how I can turn sorting back on. The gal was very nice and promised to forward my views to the developers. She said they'd been taking calls for days complaining about the new interface. It has to cost Netflix oodles of money if their tech support people are constantly dealing with complaints about their broken interface.

Comment: Re:Will txt and data rates apply? roaming? (Score 1) 374

by rbphilip (#36089276) Attached to: Cellphones Get Government Chips For Disaster Alert
My cell phone provider doesn't send me text alerts after I turned off texting on my account because I was getting $0.20 random crap text. It wouldn't bother me to get the occasional alert from Verizon when there's a legitimate reason, but not at the expense of paying for text spam.

Comment: Re:scary for net neutrality (Score 1) 400

by rbphilip (#34600706) Attached to: Look Forward To Per-Service, Per-Page Fees
Yawn. I'm an ordinary working person and I have a small (by McMansion standards) house covered with solar panels. And I drive a car that gets 34 mpg. I don't care a bit what gasoline costs ($8-10/gallon would be fine, to encourage SUVs off the roads) and I like not paying for electricity. And the 75% of the cost of my panels covered by various government entities subsidized my panels from other *electric* customers, not gasoline taxes. You too could invest a paltry $15K to avoid electric bills for the rest of your time in your house, ordinary working person though you might be..

Underwear Invention Protects Privacy At Airport 325

Posted by samzenpus
from the protecting-the-goods dept.
Thanks to Jeff Buske you don't have to be embarrassed while going through the full body scanners at the airport. Buske has invented radiation shielding underwear for the shy traveler. From the article: "Jeff Buske says his invention uses a powdered metal that protects people's privacy when undergoing medical or security screenings. Buske of Las Vegas, Nev.-Rocky Flats Gear says the underwear's inserts are thin and conform to the body's contours, making it difficult to hide anything beneath them. The mix of tungsten and other metals do not set off metal detectors."
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US Army Develops Tooth Cleaning Gum 160

Posted by samzenpus
from the forget-the-brush dept.
pryoplasm writes "To help deal with some of the hygiene issues on the battlefield, the US Army worked on a gum to take the place of brushing your teeth. This might be eventually released and marketed to the public. While there are many gums out there that aren't so detrimental to your teeth, this one promises actually to help them out."

What sin has not been committed in the name of efficiency?