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Comment I don't have this problem but... (Score 1) 383

I admin the mail servers for a company with two domains for email. Almost all of the company is under the main domain as first.last@domain.tld and the few in the other domain is mostly for business reasons (marketing). Anyways, we haven't had this problem. There's one common last name that three unrelated employees have now and probably 12 employees total since I started but with different first names so yeah, no conflicts. This is all beside the point, the suggestion I would make to help keep things legible and minimize (but maybe not eliminate) the conflicts is to use a sub domain relative to the user, for example at a company we could use and I know most companies probably wouldn't like this but it's better then john.smith5@company.tld. I'm sure for a university it would be more aptly accepted then at a company. Haven't given any thought on how you would segregate the sub domains at a university but I leave that to you. Maybe offer choices like it could be set by their major or user selection of fun sub domain names to add such as for majors and choice sub domains like or or whatever. I'd say given them a choice for the sub domain via a web page would be efficient and just don't show the choices for sub domains already used by students with the same first/last name. I'm just brain storming here. It's an idea you could use, or not. Hope it helps.

Comment Sounds like a disability (Score 1) 246

"assistive communication device" sounds like a disability. If so you should speak to the providers yourself as they typically offer better deals for people with a disability. Case and point, I am deaf and with both AT&T and now Sprint I don't pay what a hearing person would pay and get a good deal. I don't know if that is a disability for sure for you since you didn't elaborate and I'm on a plan instead of pay as you go but it's worth it to talk to these companies and ask for the specialists in this area and find out what your options are if she's disabled. If she is disabled, make sure you find the specialist for it and don't take the word of someone in general support. Both Spring and AT&T have departments for just this and general support doesn't know all of the details.

Comment Re:Freezy Freakies (Score 2) 174

I've seen this in New York (years ago the last time I visited) and it's almost everywhere where I live now in South Florida from the Florida Keys to at least West Palm Beach and likely beyond. We have these little plastic reflective mounts spaced regularly on the road / lanes to show the lines and at the same time it creates a light thumping as you drive over them to provide tactile feedback that your changing lanes. They are about 2 inches by two inches, reflect white on one side and red on the other so you can see red on them for the oncoming traffic lanes and white on the lanes you drive in (just based on which direction they mount them on the road). They work great. They have been around forever. The glow in the dark paint seems like it would be re-inventing the wheel here. I just got back from visiting Toronto where I grew up and I wish they had them there as these really help with night driving, lane identification, etc even where there are no street lights.

Comment Re:Treaspassing (Score 1) 376

I absorb your argument (on the placement of cables), and, in fact, agree with it completely. What I hadn't considered before replying initially is that you don't see this downtown which is right on the bay. Most of Miami's cables were put in place a long time ago. They didn't put them underground either because the technology wasn't available at the time or it was too expensive. Why do they still exist? Probably because replacing them with underground wiring would be too expensive.

I'm not from Miami and I honestly have never liked the city. I agree regarding how blighted the average street is. I live in a good neighborhood, one of the few where I don't have to worry about running into drug dealers, hookers and general thugs plus homeless people begging for money 2 blocks from a homeless shelter. This is not a city worth visiting. I'm only here for work. Miami is a cesspool.

Comment Re:Treaspassing (Score 1) 376

Oh and also the city of Miami Beach as well as the beach in Fort Lauderdale and all similar areas in south Florida (and probably all eastern sea side cities in Florida) are on what is known as the barrier island. It's basically a small width of land running up the eastern coast that ranges in width of 3 city blocks to 20 city blocks with the ocean on one side and the intercoastal waterway canal on the other side.

Comment Re:Treaspassing (Score 1) 376

Miami cannot place their electric cables or much of any cables underground because ground level is about 5 - 50 feet above sea level. I have a boat dock on the intercoastal canal in my back yard. I live in a city in Miami-Dade called Bay Harbor Islands (google it). I lived on the street Hendricks Isle. in Fort Lauderdale a few years ago which was literally a street and a island at the same time. We also don't have basements here for the same reason and puddle flooding is common during heavy rains and hurricanes. South Florida is flat, there are no hills and there are canals everywhere. This is probably a big reason why Ft. Lauderdale is the yachting capital of the world. Now tell me this is a safe place to put electrical cables underground. Hurricanes and tropical storms are common in south Florida. It's been a quiet hurricane season since 2005 and I've been surprised but I remember before 2005, we'd typically get hit with at least one hurricane a year. So yeah, underground wiring is a high hazard where I live. I remember where I grew up in Canada, just outside of Toronto and everything was underground but I understand why underground wiring cannot be easily run at sea level ground.

Comment Re:Treaspassing (Score 1) 376

You have some good points about why they would prefer to identify the drivers but in a state without front facing license plates, identifying the front of the car without the back just means they have a picture of you without actually knowing who you are or what car you were driving? I think that makes it pretty hard to actually identify who the driver is. I have not seen these front facing cameras in the same neighborhoods (or under the same jurisdiction) as the neighborhoods that have red light enforcement cameras. For example I have seen these front facing cameras all over Fort Lauderdale (I have family there and used to live there for a few years). Fort Lauderdale is part of Broward country, one county north of Miami-Dade county. I have also spotted a couple (literally only a couple) in Brickel village which is part of Miami-Dade just south of downtown Miami (some consider it part of downtown) these cameras are always mounted on the traffic lights facing the front of a car that only has a license plate if it's from outside of Florida. Now the red light ticker cameras on the other hand, which are actually newer as I have watched them appear in many spots all over the city of "North Miami" as well as on the northern part of US1/Biscayne Blvd in the city of Miami. These are pole mounted and produce a bright flash for every picture taken. Additionally there are intermittent street signs advising of red light enforcement where the red light enforcement cameras are. Anyways, my point being, if I was to run a red light where I see these front facing cameras, they will have a picture of my face and that is all of the identifying information they will have on me. They will not have a picture of my plate as it's inaccessible and I find it hard to believe they are off running photo matching on drivers license pics based off of these cameras but I could be wrong.

Comment Re:Treaspassing (Score 1) 376

Thanks for the info. Though I still have a few questions, I can google it when and if I want them answered. I don't plan to have a future in electrical engineering and plan to either stay with systems engineer or programming. Either way, while I don't completely understand your answer, it seems that you have demonstrated that you enough that I should accept it. Thanks.

Comment Re:Treaspassing (Score 1) 376

The "amps" have nothing to do with it

You may be right. I am not an electrician but from what I have read, I know that amperage is a measure of the amount of electric charge passing a point in an electric circuit per unit time. Again, I am not an electrician so you may be right but to me it seems like this means it's a measurement of how much of the 110 volts my body would receive in the time frame of a shock.

I also know that when I have had to purchase industrial power wiring before that the wire gauge had to be proportional to the amount of amperage I would be passing through the wire as too many amps over an inadequate gauge could result in wire failure and present a fire hazard. Again, I'm just basing this off of items I've read and my experience purchasing industrial electrical wiring. I am not an electrician so please feel free to correct me.

Oh! I also just remembered fuses too. A traditional fuse is a piece of wire in a vacuum sealed glass container where the wire is designed to melt and break if too many amps pass through it. Circuit breakers cut off the electricity if too many amps pass through but I'm under the belief that fuses and circuit breakers exist so that in the event that excessive amperage is pulled through either one, it shuts off the circuit to avoid the fire hazard that can result from sending more then X amps through a wire designed to carry no more then X amps. Now if higher amps are responsible for melting wire as they pass through it then lower amp alternatives would be, it seems to me that higher amps would more likely cook you more thoroughly then lower amps would but I'm just guessing.

I'm open to any and all information and clarifications on this. I'm curious about how the measure of amps relate to the safety of a circuit and how relative potential damage based on the amperage used would be.

Comment Re:Treaspassing (Score 1) 376

It's called a removable battery and virtually all cellphones have one

When I referred to people who don't carry a cell phone, I didn't think I really had to get into details here. My post was informative about a lot of information that you're average reader doesn't know. I think we'd be pretty hard pressed to find someone old enough to read who wouldn't consider removing the battery from the cell phone to disable tracking but your post seems almost like you're trolling. It's not so much that you recommended another method but in a measly sentence you seem like you're stating a riveting alternative in a condescending manner.

Anyways... I already discussed the untraceable cell phone aspect of the situation but kudos for mentioning another method that cell phone triangulation can be averted.

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