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Comment IP cameras (Score 1) 212

A lot of IP cameras will record on motion and store clips to an FTP server. How easy is it set up an FTP server on Linux. Pretty easy. You can even have the cameras email you on alerts. And of course, the IP cameras are running either Linux or a BSD, so not only is this setup easy to do, but meets your requirements almost all the way around.

Comment Re:Ban the phones (Score 1) 74

Oddly, I'm much more comfortable with Chinese spyware than the American spyware that is installed here. I have used two THL phones, and was mostly really happy with one of them, and one of them was a piece of junk. What does China care where my location is or that I read Slashdot?

Comment Re:What I don't like (Score 1) 474

This exchange from Buffy the Vampire Slayer seems to fit tech work so well:

Buffy: Mom, I hate that these people scared you so much. And I-I know
that you're just trying to help, but you have to let me handle this.
It's what I do.

Joyce: But is it really? I mean, you patrol, you slay... Evil pops up,
you undo it. A-a-and that's great! But is Sunnydale getting any better?
Are they running out of vampires?

Buffy: I don't think that you run out of...

Joyce: It's not your fault. You don't have a plan. You just react to
things. I-i-it's bound to be kind of fruitless.

That's tech work. Problems pop up, you undo them. There is no plan, and yes, it's kind of fruitless. :)

Comment What I don't like (Score 5, Insightful) 474

A lot of tech work is reactionary. And if all you have to do is put out fires, it isn't terrible. But you are usually expected to work at other things between fires. Which means the second you start doing one thing, you have to stop and go fix six other things. Always feeling like you are getting pulled in eighteen different directions sucks.

Comment Re:Microsoft already did it (Score 1) 141

My son picked up a cheap Windows phone. I told him he was crazy. He used it for less than a month and is back on Android. Just as I expected, he hated the Windows phone. Not only the lack of apps, but it was flat out buggy.

It's not really saving you any money if you have to spend money on a bunch of cheap phones before you find one that actually works! And I know this from experience. :)

Comment Re:Pre-installed Malware on Chinese phones & t (Score 1) 84

And oddly, I somehow feel safer with the preinstalled Chinese malware vs. the preinstalled NSA malware. Really, it isn't the Chinese that are going to come knocking on my door. But alas, they probably share their data anyway, with some free-trade like spy agreement.

Comment Re:Sugar, Fat to become Schedule 1 restricted drug (Score 1) 244

While always causing a heated debate, Asians generally score higher on average than Americans on IQ tests (Among white Americans, the average IQ, as of a decade or so ago, was 103. Among Asian-Americans, it was 106). I would argue that Asians aren't by in large more intelligent, but that they eat better and get more exercise.

See the recent study: The new five-year study of more than 2,200 adults claims to have found a link between obesity and the decline in a person's cognitive function.

Since 3 out of 4 Americans are overweight, what we are probably seeing in these IQ tests are diet and lifestyle in action on the national level.

And yes, I too agree that IQ tests aren't all they are cracked up to be. However, go to a Chinese buffet and look at the thin people in the restaurant. They usually work there. All the Americans are large, with plates piled up to the ceiling full of food.

Comment Obvious solution (Score 2, Interesting) 69

Everyone just needs to pool their phones and then everyone use a random phone for the day. Sort of a TOR operating at the physical level. An app that made encrypted VoIP calls could probably allow you to even use the same phone number by just logging in through the random phone of the day.

Comment If all they have is a hammer (Score 2) 27

It seems exercise, in an actual trial, worked as good (or better) than a stent:

November 16, 2011 (Orlando, Florida) — Adding a supervised exercise program to optimal medical care can improve walking performance better than performing stent revascularization in patients with symptomatic aortoiliac peripheral artery disease (PAD), a small randomized trial suggests [1].

So...why would we do stents if exercise works as good or even better?

"It's also notable that, at least in North America, stent procedures are reimbursed, [and] supervised exercise is not," Hirsch noted.

Comment This (Score 2) 297

Spend some time looking into the OKC bombing. That this was a sting gone wrong is incredibly possible. It doesn't have to be the way it happened, but certainly toward the top of the list of what really happened. There were government agents involved all over the place, and this has been proven in court. They either knew it was going to happen (possibly with their own involvement?) and thought they would stop him at the last minutes, or they knew about it but didn't have enough information as to when it was going to be, or they had government agents all through this group of people yet somehow didn't know about it. But several government agents that were undercover in the group have testified in court that they warned the FBI about a plan to blow up a federal building, so there is no way they didn't know about it to some degree before hand.

Let's say this time had went south and this guy was able to set off his bomb. Would the FBI admit they had been working with him? Or would they go into cover up mode...and everyone on here badmouth Alex Jones when he points out obvious holes in the official story? I actually can't stand Alex, but from time to time, a conspiracy theory turns out to be true.

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