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Comment By the numbers... (Score 2) 397

At least by my experience...

"Properly" being defined as, the same as or equivalent to the majority, sane."

There are plenty of so-called adults, over 25 years of age in this context, that as you say "can not properly estimate risks, come to a rational conclusion, so on and so on". I am not joking.

I'd say there are way more adults with this sort of deficiency than teens.

Shall we bring up the topic of a citizenship test, even for the native born?

Comment distributed.net (Score 1) 948

I've written for that and gotten published through Seti@home, Linux kernel, gcc, leafnode, the list goes on.

You are telling me that none of your itches ever crossed any of the very public and accessible projects out there. I don't believe it.

Just like you, the vast majority of what I've coded has never been published, but some jewels have been. It is very nice to be able to tell the prospective boss to "just google for xyz@yahoo.com and you'll find my *real* resume".

Comment Agreed (Score 1) 207

Considering some extremes...

Using the satellite link on my RV, he'd only be able to resolve my position down to a hemisphere(actually you can do better than that, but not by his techniques).

Using the packet radio available to hams, there would also be considerable variation, perhaps even a day-night cycle of delay times.

My friend has a wifi link that spans part of a lake. It's at least a 1000 yards(greater than my laser rangefinder can measure). He shares service with a friend on the other side who, due to the geography, cannot get DSL.

Comment You know Apple and the service providers (Score 1) 239

Don't you?

You know you'd be required to give account information and authorize Apple/ATT/Verizon/etc. to access(withdraw from) your account in order to use *any* feature of your phone.

Hell, they might even require you to open a special account in the Apple I-bank and of course make a minimum deposit, and require that you maintain a minimum balance(which they earn interest on)...the list goes on.

Apple lovers will dive right in regardless.

Other than that, how about if I don't like it, I don't have to buy/pay for it?

Comment Re:Wrong again (Score 1) 239

Actually it is easier to just walk by and keep moving.

Since most users of the busy metro system don't have NFC equipped phones, there's no reason for NFC to be installed.

In fact, I'd wager my current(non-NFC) equipped phone, that most users of *any* busy metro system don't even know what NFC is.

So...you have to install the "old tech" terminal anyway, or it is actually already there and paid for and revenue strapped gov trans agencies will not want to spend the millions to equip all the terminals with the NFC tech which will currently be used by less than 0.001 % of their users and by less than 10% of their users in 10 years.

In ten years they will have facial recognition and admission/billing based on that anyway. You just go to the trans office, give your contact/banking info, they take a pic, and you're on your way. Then they drain your account as you walk by the terminal.

NFC is a pointless waste.

Comment You've got to be kidding (Score 1) 315

"Good online content can be pretty hard to find."

Billions are spent on online subscriptions every year. It all depends on what you want. What will people pay for "Good Online Content"?

The answer is at your nearest pr0n site. What's the going monthly rate these days for an online porn "magazine", $10/20/30 per month?

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Russian Scholar Warns Of US Climate Change Weapon 415

According to Russian political scientist, and conspiracy aficionado Andrei Areshev the high heat, and poor crop yields of Russia, and other Central Asian countries may be the result of a climate weapon created by the US military. From the article: "... Areshev voiced suspicions about the High-Frequency Active Aural Research Program (HAARP), funded by the US Defense Department and the University of Alaska. HAARP, which has long been the target of conspiracy theorists, analyzes the ionosphere and seeks to develop technologies to improve radio communications, surveillance, and missile detection. Areshev writes, however, that its true aim is to create new weapons of mass destruction 'in order to destabilize environmental and agricultural systems in local countries.'"

Comment In the same league (Score 1) 375

I still have(why???) some 8 inch "really floppies" and some paper tape reels that were once fed into PDP-8s and -11s via teletype, but I no longer have the hardware to read them.

With a different interpretation of timestamp, I just found one of my dad's old child books "What's new in the Aircorps" , copyright 1941.

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