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Comment Re:Other states do it as well (Score 1) 366

We have these red light cameras in our city (in Ohio) and the whole thing was passed by City Hall very quickly without much room for public comment. There is a measure on the next voting ballot to make it necessary for a police officer to be present and personally issue the ticket if the red light cameras will be used to enforce traffic violations. The current arrangement makes it a civil issue, not a moving violation, so you are presumed guilty and have to pay the fine in advance even if you want a hearing. At first, the cameras were issuing right turn on red violations when there was no violation. Talk about the public getting incensed over all of this! And there was supposed to be a law enforcement officer checking the video clips before the violation was deemed to be valid. It looks like the city council and mayor are now lame ducks and will be voted out of office over this. One thing that bothers people is that the owner of the vehicle gets the ticket, and if the owner isn't driving, he or she has to rat out the driver or pay the fine as if they did the driving. That will be fixed if the law passes about requiring a police officer present to hand the ticket to the driver. There's also a court case over this because the contract the mayor signed may be invalid. And all of this was supposed to make our streets safer and had nothing to do with revenues for the city! (Right!)

Comment Most difficult yrs in marriage R after the Wedding (Score 1) 110

A few words of advice from someone who is in a similar marriage and has been since 1974. The most difficult years in marriage are after the wedding. :-) I say that because so many people think that marriage will bring eternal bliss. It doesn't. But it doesn't have to be a living hell, either. Marriage isn't so much about how compatible you are but how well you deal with incompatibility. It helps to find common interests that you can share in together. Look at disagreements as a challenge to work out together, not a reason to terminate the marriage. When people divorce and remarry, they don't realize that often they are taking with them into the new marriage the same problems that led to the failure of the previous marriage. It's better to work out those problems and not divorce in the first place.

Submission + - Firefox 3.5.1 released to patch TraceMonkey vulner (

t2000kw writes: 'Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox 3.5.1, the first minor point release in the 3.5 series. The purpose of this release was largely to patch a critical security vulnerability that was found in the browser's new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine. You can access the update from within Firefox by clicking on Help, Check for updates.' A restart of Firefox will be required to install the update.

Comment Re:Bloated (Score 1) 459

I've fixed several infected systems that have been running Symantec AV. I use the free Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to clean up the problem, then install Avast or PCTools free version. AVG is also OK, but I had some issues between it and Windows Vista. For a firewall, I use the free version of ZoneAlarm. As for bloat, that was the first reason I turned away from Symantec products, even though I could pick their products up for less than a third of their price. McAfee wasn't much better with the bloat issue, either, but was a bit faster in my opinion. As for Symantec's recommendation to not trust free products, there's a conflict of interest in them telling me to use their products instead of free ones, isn't there? So why should I trust their statement(s) when they stand to profit from my following their advice?

Comment Linux? (Score 1) 699

Some here suggested using Linux, which is a good idea if the college permits it. If they don't permit it, what about installing Wine or Crossover Office and set up a few Windows programs using that, including their snooper tool? Then you could surf from within Linux. I would think that their snooper tool would get caught in the synthetic Windows system created by the Wine installation and never see beyond there. Or, as others have suggested, you can run virtual machine software to run Windows in Linux, or vice-versa. Ubuntu even installs into Windows, but I never tried doing it that way. Or run XP in Vista with a virtual machine. That should allow you to hide at least part of your system from the spy software. Another thought crossed my mind also. Why not use your connected PC as a gateway to the Internet and connect to it from another PC that doesn't permit file sharing? You could use an older Windows system to do the connecting and set up a second Ethernet card in it and connect through the gateway PC to the college network. I don't know if their software would allow for that or not. Perhaps you can use a router as long as one PC has the software on it? You do have options, and you can probably beat the system with some of the suggestions here. If you ask too many questions, though, of the IT people there, you may cause some trouble for yourself.

Comment We don't get "the paper" (Score 1) 75

Not only do we not get the local paper, but many here have given up on it. I would not be surprised if it goes belly up soon. I talked with a fellow who was getting it for FREE and he canceled it! I think that publishing thing in the local paper and NOT on the city web site is a way that the city hides what it wants to do. We had a red light camera ordinance that was tabled and everyone thought it was dead brought to life quickly without additional public notice even in the paper. Most of the local officials in the city are about to be voted out this year in elections because of this and a new ordinance is about to be put before voters to make it mandatory that any violations that the red light camera detect be given to the offender by a policeman on the scene. So it makes it necessary for a policeman to be present, making the use of the red light cameras inconvenient and impractical. But not that many residents even knew anything was going on with these cameras in the first place because the first notice was posted in the local paper that few even read. I'd like to see it made mandatory that governments publish news, laws, etc. that affect the average person on official web sites. Maybe also in local papers, but definitely on the web. Maybe even provide it in an optional RSS feed.

Submission + - Whole Body Airport Scanners a Privacy Concern (

t2000kw writes: The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is now using whole body scanners at 19 different airports and no doubt more to come. "TSA spokesman Kristin Lee told CNN that more than 99 per cent of passengers chose to use the machines when given other options for security clearance. What isn't apparent is if they knew how much of themselves was being revealed to TSA employees operating the machines behind the scenes." The scanner reveals all contours of the body in a way that would make many of those scanned blush cherry red. The article mentions another technology that costs only a little more ($180K vs $170K per scanner) but addresses some of the privacy issues and has a much lower operating cost since only one (not two) person is required to operate it.

Comment Re:How about.... (Score 1) 361

That would work for *most* people, but not every one has caller ID. I didn't until last month when I switched to telephone service provided by the cable company. The telephone company charged too much for phone service to begin with, and add a few dollars for touch-tone (yes, I used pulse dial until last month), caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, and other features. It was not uncommon for people to have a $50 telephone bill. I get all that for $25 per month ($20 for the first year). I also don't have a cell phone, but I would guess that caller ID is standard for them. So those who don't have caller ID would have to pay for that feature if they don't have it already in order for the caller ID screening idea to work. I received a call from some auto warranty place the night before the court injunction on those companies. The caller ID told me that. I waited a couple seconds then picked up the phone and said "hello." When I don't hear a response within about 1.5 seconds, I hang up, since that means that it's usually a telemarketer. I am on the federal DNC list but these people called anyway. I think that's what got them in trouble so quickly.

Comment What about a good reporter (Score 1) 471

Maybe contact a nationally famous reporter who likes to cover things like this? Or 60 Minutes, Dateline, or even 20/20?

I liked the idea of Wikileaks the best, though, using an anonymous torrent file transfer to them. Then use a utility to wipe any drive that might have the file(s) on them. You can use one that does a DOD level deletion, or just use a wipe program. Some defragmenters will wipe the free space for you using your choice of wiping of the area for security purposes.

If you keep the files on a USB flash drive, you can either burn it, hide it somewhere safe away from home or work, or mail it to someone far away to hold it for you.

You can delete the torrent program (if you use one) and its folders before you do your file wiping or defragging with a wipe of the free space.

Maybe you can even mail a package with a DVD or CD to wherever it's going to end up, shipping it from another city or state even.

Posting here may flag you as a possible source for any release of information about this news, of course, so you may want to find a new home for your computer equipment so it's not taken and kept as possible evidence to mess with you.

If there is actual illegal activity going on, the feds will get wind of the information from Wikileaks or wherever it's posted or aired and take whatever action they care to do.

Best wishes on this, and I hope the results are posted here.


Guitar Hero 5 To Allow Duplicate Instruments, Easy Switching 43

Activision confirmed the existence of Guitar Hero 5 last week, and now they've released details about some of the game's new features. Quoting 1Up: "... the new Party Play mode allows players to swap instruments and difficulties on the fly — even in the middle of a performance. You'll also be able to play Guitar Hero 5 with any combination of instruments, be it four drum kits, two microphones and two guitars, or any other possible configuration of four players." They also listed a few of the songs, which include "All Along the Watchtower" by Bob Dylan and "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash. Meanwhile, their music-game rival Harmonix has revealed the full set list for Rock Band Unplugged, coming out early next month for the PSP.

Hosting a Highly Inflammatory Document? 471

IndianaKim writes "I have been asked if I can host or assist in hosting a highly inflammatory document that reflects poorly on a Police Department. I want to help, but I also do not want the headache and possible subjection to search warrants and/or illegal searches. The document is so inflammatory that it could interest the FBI and DoJ and cause them to investigate the government officials involved. I live in the same county, but not the same city, and therefore could be subject to a search (legal or not) by some of these government agencies. I have been asked to host it on a server outside of the US. At this time, I do not have the ability to do that, but I could set it up if I needed to. My question is: would you host it if you were asked? How would you go about protecting the document and yourself?"

Comment MBA, perhaps (Score 1) 834

An MBA might qualify you for management in your field, and it also gives you a parachute to use if you either don't like the field or find yourself out of work. Also, there are 17 month MBA programs available. I got mine at Franklin University, Columbus, OH, in 17 months with one evening class per week and a fair amount of homework, mostly essay writing and group projects. I spent at least a few hours one evening a week for homework, sometimes on two evenings. Most group work was done by email. Most of the time I was the editor of the group papers to pull it all together so that it appeared to be written int he same style by the same person (which helps get a better grade than something that is hastily thrown together and doesn't transition well between the contributed parts).

Be aware that with a master's degree of any sort, you should expect to see more group work, something that I didn't care for since the group can pull you down and some might use the group to try to get a free ride with their work. If that latter thing happens, make sure that the instructor knows about it, make up for that person's lack of contribution to the project, and move on. That way the group is less likely to take a hit on the grade, but someone must make up for the slacker.

Also, don't expect a master's degree to make a big entry level salary. But it should get you more respect from interviewers and probably a somewhat higher salary over what you would get without one. If you get an MBA, you can work into your career interviews that you would like to get into management eventually once you have proven yourself to your superiors.

One other thing I would mention if you have any elective credits to earn yet is to look into experiential learning credits. I earned about a year's worth of college credits in my undergrad work that way and it didn't cost me anything but the effort to document my experiential learning. I got into a routine where I could crank out one documentation "booklet" in a day or two and get 3 credit hours for the work, even a course waiver if it was for one of my required subjects. I got out of a lot of schooling by doing that!!!


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