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Comment Financially Yes, Mentally NO (Score 1) 524

4 years ago I was a cop. I loved the job, made roughly $30k per year. Had lots of cop friends. Because I could hardly pay my bills, I resigned and went back into IT. Now, I make roughly $100k per year, telecommuting 100%, chasing carrots that the CEO dangles in front of me and getting $10,000 bonuses. But, I'm not happy. I think it is because I'm a social creature and I live in the middle of the NC mountains where intelligent conversation and perspective is elusive here. Perhaps if I move to say, Miami Beach I'll be happier. Or I was thinking, since I am not tied down to one place, renting places for a month at a time or longer on airbnb.com and traveling the world until I find some place that is free from politics, religion and ignorance. Any places come to mind? lol, didn't think so. Anyways that's kind of why I was looking at Miami Beach, it's like being in another country, but not. And everyone is a tourist. And happy.
NASA

NASA Delays Discovery's Final Launch To February 62

Velcroman1 writes "NASA has postponed the launch of space shuttle Discovery's final mission to no earlier than early February — the latest in a long string of delays that have kept the spacecraft grounded for more than a month. Discovery is now slated to launch no earlier than Feb. 3, with the delay allowing NASA engineers more time to analyze why small cracks developed in the shuttle's huge external fuel tank. The cracks have since been repaired, but NASA wants to make sure similar issues don't pose a future concern."
Security

TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old 1135

3-year-old Mandy Simon started crying when her teddy bear had to go through the X-ray machine at airport security in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was so upset that she refused to go calmly through the metal detector, setting it off twice. Agents then informed her parents that she "must be hand-searched." The subsequent TSA employee pat down of the screaming child was captured by her father, who happens to be a reporter, on his cell phone. The video have left some questioning why better procedures for children aren't in place. I, for one, feel much safer knowing the TSA is protecting us from impressionable minds warped by too much Dora the Explorer.
Graphics

The First Photograph of a Human 138

wiredog writes "The Atlantic has a brief piece on what is likely to be the first photograph (a daguerreotype) showing a human. From the article: 'In September, Krulwich posted a set of daguerreotypes taken by Charles Fontayne and William Porter in Cincinnati 162 years ago, on September 24, 1848. Krulwich was celebrating the work of the George Eastman House in association with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Using visible-light microscopy, the George Eastman House scanned several plates depicting the Cincinnati Waterfront so that scholars could zoom in and study the never-before-seen details.'"

Comment Re:I'd rather make peanuts telecommuting (Score 1) 470

I'm in Boone, NC. I moved here to be "in the mountains" from "the city". Now that my kids are in college, I want to get the hell out of here where I can be anonymous. My kids were terrorized in this town because they weren't "religious". They are in college now, in bigger cities. They had the advantage of a good school system here, but all their friends are either pregnant or driving pick up trucks. Since I work from home it doesn't matter where I live anymore, but driving an hour to get to Moe's really, really sucks. I feel really sorry for anybody that takes one of the Google jobs in Lenoir, NC...that place is the Fast Food capital and gourmet food is Ruby Tuesday's!

Comment Re:What happens if you destroy it? (Score 0, Flamebait) 851

They are usually from lower income backgrounds, with a chip on their shoulder. They love to look at gun magazines and porn, yet they are super religious. Cops take the low pay given to them because the job is fun and they don't normally have the intellectual capacity to do anything but be a cop. It is a tight knit group with much bravado. Don't forget they take every crime you commit, personally.

Comment Re:What happens if you destroy it? (Score 5, Informative) 851

You would hope that they would charge you for it, meaning they will just put an entry into the US Treasury to withhold your next 10 tax returns until the unit is paid for. Otherwise they can simply put you on the "No Fly List" ..that is what they mean by "making it difficult for you". They will simply label you a terrorist or send your name to ICE..the world is their oyster, and you are nothing but a pawn. As a (former) cop, I've watched other cops label innocent people as "Scumbags" and their life was hell in this jurisdiction from then on. A cop just has to "say" you did something to cause you irreparable grief. He doesn't have to prove anything until you go to court. I could only imagine an FBI agent and what his ego could do. Anybody in law enforcement, at every level, is an infantile egomaniac.
Government

College Student Finds GPS On Car, FBI Retrieves It 851

mngdih writes with this excerpt from Wired: "A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online. The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real, whether the young Arab-American was being targeted in a terrorism investigation and what the authorities would do. It took just 48 hours to find out: The device was real, the student was being secretly tracked and the FBI wanted their expensive device back ... His discovery comes in the wake of a recent ruling by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals saying it's legal for law enforcement to secretly place a tracking device on a suspect's car without getting a warrant, even if the car is parked in a private driveway. ... 'We have all the information we needed,' they told him. 'You don't need to call your lawyer. Don't worry, you're boring.'"

Comment Filtering (Score 1) 107

Slashdot is about the only news I will read anymore because it has a minimal amount of political and entertainment news, the two things I could really care less about, and the comments I find are very entertaining. I had set Google News, at one point, as my home page but not being able to remove categories is a very big negative. Not all of us care to feel manipulated by article titles written to inspire hatred, greed and ignorance. So now I bounce back and forth between Slashdot and HappyNews.com lol Ahhh yes, ignorance, to a point, is bliss!!

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