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Comment Re:Probably Wind Incentives to Companies (Score 1) 303

I'm surprised that SD isn't ranked higher than it is. According those maps, quite a bit of the area near the Missouri river and west of it would be good places for wind generator farms. I suppose they could feed into the same grids that are supplied by the four Corps of Engineer dams that are on the Missouri in that state.

Comment Re:imaging issues (Score 1) 417

I used to work at a site that archived this sort of data, so I know what types of orbits these things are flying. There already are civilian satellites that are collecting data with sensor packages that are better tailored for environmental monitoring. The computer resources used to declassify & process these images so they would be useful for these scientists is a waste of the agency's time & money when NASA & NOAA are doing the same damn thing.

Comment Re:imaging issues (Score 1) 417

It would be trivial to run the image data through a program that would average an NxN block of pixels to reduce it to the resolution available from commercial/public sector sources. But what's the point? The satellites that are a part of NASA's Earth Observing System were built for the purpose of monitoring the planet. Not to mention that the light wavelengths that are sufficient for collecting intelligence data may or may not be that useful for generating land cover/sea surface classification maps. Also, why take up valuable satellite and computer resources to track ice floes? If there is free time on those platforms, it is a failure of CIA management to properly schedule them for tasks that are a part of that agency's objectives. There are civilian agencies that are supposed to be doing that stuff. To me, this sounds more like a "feel-good" PR stunt than anything else.

Comment Re:Exploitation is the most prized product (Score 1) 944

How is paying for network bandwidth access and then being able to use it in any way I want, socialism? All companies making money via their websites (google, ebay, amazon, etc) are paying for network bandwidth and aren't 'exploiting' the ISPs, nor does regulations requiring them to remain open indicate a government take over. The people fighting net neutrality just want to create a new generation of "walled gardens" that their customers are locked into. If that was the model that people preferred, everyone would still be using AOL. If the telecommunications companies want to create services for their customers, that's fine. Charge them for these premium services and leave the people everyone else alone.

Comment Re:This is the Sound of (Score 1) 815

Not yet. What hw and environment information is normally requested for cases like this? I'm guessing this also needs to go to fedora's bug tracker so it can be determined whether or not something that the distro maintainer can handle or if it needs to get passed further up the food chain.

Comment Re:This is the Sound of (Score 1) 815

For me, the sound seems to be 'sped up'. I can listen to a video or a music file on a different machine and it sounds fine. On the pulseaudio machine, it's about 1/4 of the way between 'normal' and 'Alvin and the Chimpmunks' mode. Prior to that, it would lag and hang up watching videos (youtube, vlc, etc).

Comment Re:This is the Sound of (Score 1) 815

except when it breaks use cases that just worked for years. The following 'feature' was quite annoying. I'll have to try this out at home. I sort of got it working, but it wasn't what was outlined here (I have NFI how, actually) - too bad it took 3 months to get a real answer. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=505676

Comment Re:Advert for the verizon network? (Score 1) 423

I like how at first the OP mentions that the Droid has the same hardware as the Pre and later in the post says that users aren't impressed with the Pre's hardware.

I have had no problems with the Pre's hardware other than where they put the USB port. The other people I know that have Pre's like them too and have had a few blackberry users mention that it's a cool phone. The iPhone users say it would fit in pockets better then their phone does and they like the multitasking. The Touchstone has been worth every penny.

Comment Re:Advert for the verizon network? (Score 1) 423

That depends on the area. Data roaming is available in some areas and you can check Sprint's coverage maps to find out where they're located. I've used a data connection on my Pre in 'roam mode' several times when on trips. The catch is the contract specifies that Sprint can cancel your account for that phone if you consistently do too much of it.

Comment Re:Advert for the verizon network? (Score 1) 423

That's true for a plain Pre. Out of the box, it has the options: Sprint only network and roam when Sprint isn't available. However, the people at webos-internals.org have created a 'roam only' patch that gives the user a 3rd option: roam on non-Sprint networks even if the Sprint network is available. There are lots of other patches that they've created for the device too. Many of which just enable features that Palm has commented out for some reason, others are additions to the javascript files to enable new functionality. IMHO, anyone that's on Slashdot who owns a Pre should check it out.

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