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Comment Re:Umm ... (Score 1) 51

open source has to be vetted and checked before it is allowed to be used, most software I see being developed for DoD, is really just for one group and they normally do not vet the code. But the use of foreign programmers is handled thought the contact and FAR. Like we can use over seas programmers on our project, but the software has to be sent to the DoD test range before implemented, if we use cleared US programmers, they do no security checks. Is it right.. no all software should be checked but its the rules, and surprisingly we get in trouble if we go beyond the contract and implement a security check the Government did not ask for, as they will say we charged hours to unauthorized work.

Comment Have been using Thin Clients World wide (Score 1) 450

I have a customer who has 1,500 desktop all have been using thin clients for five years now. Now these are Trusted Solaris using Sun Rays, giving them access to multiple classified systems from a single thin client and we replaced five physical desktop under each desk. So we reduced cost, and given the customer more flexibility. Plus now they have 2 24" monitors on each desk with multiple "Desktops" open. Another customer likes the ideal of not having to replace workstations every 2 -3 years. It all matters on the Goal.

Comment Re:Surprise move? (Score 1) 1505

you could buy a bond and not insurance http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr18.htm Types of financial responsibility A motor vehicle liability insurance policy A cash deposit of $35,000 with DMV A DMV issued self-insurance certificate A surety bond for $35,000 from a company licensed to do business in California. so no, you are not required to buy car insurance from anyone in CA just to drive a car. You just have to have money to pay for an accident.
Patents

8-Year-Old Receives Patent 142

Knile writes "While not the youngest patent recipient ever (that would be a four year old in Texas), Bryce Gunderman has received a patent at age 8 for a space-saver that combines an outlet cover plate with a shelf. From the article: '"I thought how I was going to make a lot of money," Bryce said about what raced through his brain when he received the patent.'"

Comment definition (Score 1) 257

I thought the definition of Dwarf Planet was: Large Enough to be round (that is enough mass to create a Spheric shape). Both meet this requirement even if Pluto is bigger Orbit the Sun. Only Pluto Have a clear Orbit no on Pluto and no on Eris Ceres is the only other object that is unquestioned as a Dwarf Planet. If Pluto is seen as bigger than Eris, then given that it is dose not have a clear orbit for as much as I know.. which is not much, means it should not be listed, or never should have been, as a Dwarf Planet.

Comment Re:NT 7.0 or NT 8.0? (Score 1) 337

Depending on DOD system, The New DISA Gold Disk and the WASP should have Win 7 as a part of the check. I am testing this week to see if the Aug versions did indeed check. This would take care of you SRTM and testing Phase. If its Navy, I am working on adding it to DDAMS, once testing is complete. Slow I know, but getting there.
Crime

The Bomb Squad Olympiad Starts Today 43

The bomb suit relay and the robot obstacle course are just two of the events you can enjoy at the Bomb Squad Olympiad. Over the next three days squads from across South Carolina will compete and showcase their bomb defusing capabilities for the public. I hear the deep fried dynamite is especially good.

Comment Re:really (Score 1) 258

Wow so you spec out a system twice as powerful and this means something, Dell E6500 Sucks.. Work pays for it so it does the job paid for, but playing SC2 nope. IT stutters playing Age of empires Probably the crappy Quadro NVS 160m video card. But seriously comparing 4 cores to a dual core? How dose your system @ all relate? Plus this is a Laptop, and a Dell for that matter.. Slow ram, Slow harddrive. Run VMware well, SC2 stutter, hell AOE III stutter.

Comment Re:Hogs? (Score 1) 276

As has to be pointed out over and over again until it gets through the thick skulls of people like you "unlimited" meant that you have unlimited data restricted by rate. I was offered 15mbs, that is 15 mega bits per second unlimited I asked if I would use my connection 24/7, which is different that just have access to your system 24/7 under any contract. . X seconds in a in an hour (3600) time hours in a day (24) times days in a year (356) = 461,376,000 Mb a year / 8 for MB = 57,672,000MB / 12 to get monthly limit = 4,806,000 MB / 1,048,576 to get TB = 4.5TB month time arguments come from people have no real clue, AOL and other used to charge us by the hour of connection. Users took up time on a single modem port blocking other users, and @ 28.8Kbs (later 56.6Kbs max unachievable by FCC rules) limited how much data someone could download in the time alloted. Then people started offering unlimited, but did not worry about caps because you were limited by modem speeds. This was the start of rated unlimited access with no caps. When broad band, my first was Road Runner, we had unlimited at a rate, as how much data could you possibility download, there was not much out there, plus they were competing with AOL. Today they keep the same type of contracts but complain because the ISP's never upgraded their back ends and now have problems providing what they offer. If we had true competition in Broad band internet we would not see this, it would be like the old AOL fight. We can do a car analogy, you have unlimited highway rights limited by rate. You can drive on the highway all you want, as long as you restrict yourself to posted speed limit.

Comment Re:uh.... (Score 1) 232

9 years before we started this campaign 400,000 civilians were killed by the Taliban. in the 9 years the US has been there 16,000 civilians have been killed by both Taliban and NATO forces. (source Christian Science Monitor) your right, its not about the truth its about perception, but perception can be changed by telling the truth.. the people in Afghanistan would back up the US and NATO overwhelmingly if they did not truly believe that we are going to leave them, and the same old regimens of corruption were going to take back over. They just want to be on the wining side when we leave. Talking to people there, it clear that they know we don't want their country and they do not believe we are willing to stay no matter the cost and life will return to as it was before we got there.

Comment Campus Cable systems... (Score 1) 539

You will most likely need a few signal combiners, and few boxes as source and a distribution switch. you will need one box per channel you want to broadcast to your tvs. of course you can time share, example from 1pm - 4pm channel 3 is cnn and the rest of the time is another channel. but this will require planing and probably cost more up front than just using a box at each TV, but in the long run you would be able to handle changes better than you do now with what I assume you are just amplifying and routing the raw cable to each TV. something like this http://www.campuscablesystems.com/system.php
Science

Empathy Is For the Birds 201

grrlscientist writes "Common Ravens have been shown to express empathy towards a 'friend' or relative when they are distressed after an aggressive conflict — just like humans and chimpanzees do. But birds are very distant evolutionary relatives of Great Apes, so what does this similarity imply about the evolution of behavior?"

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