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Comment Re:Dragnet (Score 2) 129

Well, they'll just claim you're out in the public eye and don't have any expectation of privacy.

I mean it's not like the Civil Forfeiture laws where they can take any cash/property on your person without cause or due process. You're not even required to have been *charged* with any crime. Stop & Frisk has been replaced with Seize & Threaten.

They're betting that you'll walk away from lengthy, expensive legal fight to get your property/rights back.

Submission + - MagicJack Inventor Dan Borislow Dead at Age 52 (

Nightwraith writes: Dan Borislow, whose “MagicJack,” peddled in television infomercials, helped pioneer free phone calls through the Internet, has died. He was 52.

His death was confirmed by Brad Shewmake, a spokesman for MagicJack Vocaltec Ltd., the maker of the device. Borislow was the founder and former chief executive officer of the company, based in Netanya, Israel, and West Palm Beach, Florida.

He died yesterday of a heart attack after playing in a soccer game in West Palm Beach, according to an e-mail today from his friend, Douglas Kass, founder of Seabreeze Partners Management Inc. in Palm Beach, Florida.

“Dan was a true telecom pioneer whose vision, creativity, energy, passion and single-minded focus was the driving force behind the success of MagicJack,” the company’s CEO, Gerald Vento, said today in a statement. Vento replaced Borislow as the company’s chief executive on Jan. 1, 2013.

Comment Re:Bravo! (Score 3, Insightful) 56

It was certainly nice that this was approved with a great deal of speed by all the agencies involved. Good news too that they were able to preempt other previously approved projects.

But in reality, it sounds like they had an excellent plan and at least some proof-of-concept design done when it was pitched to those agencies. Also, it's pretty time-sensitive and a great PR win if it succeeds, which the space industry desperately needs right now.

When the grease is available, all those wheels of government can turn pretty quickly!

Comment Re:Yes.. (Score 2) 130

You hire someone to check it in and out.

Wish I had mod points for a 5-digit uid reply which should have been obvious to the OP.

As mentioned below, surely there can be a work-study position funded for an inventory clerk. I'm sure there are already people being paid to check-in/check-out books & videos at the library or equipment at the gym/fitness center.

Comment Re:High school doesn't prepare you for college (Score 1) 841

Mod Parent Up!

I was fortunate enough to attend a college prep school. A number of classes had homework counted as the number of problems you attempted, but was NOT included in your grade. Some folks lied, others would say they attempted 0 questions. Your level of participation was usually directly related to your understanding and ease with the material.

The best college math professor I had simply asked if there were any questions about the homework that was assigned at the last class. No questions? Class dismissed.

The trick here was that the homework assigned was on NEW MATERIAL. You weren't expected to know how to do the assignment, you were expected to ATTEMPT the assignment and try to work out the process on your own and bring your questions about the process to class.

Learning needs to be an ACTIVE process. Simply attending class should not be enough to graduate.

Comment Fill out the requirements! (Score 1) 170

So many things missing from the OP's requirements like:

Must work in ALL weather conditions (fog, rain, snow, dust)
Must be accurate to 1 ms
Must identify which DRIVER is in the car as more than one person may be driving any given car, and drivers may have full face helmets
Must handle backward/spinning/sliding finishes
Must process in near realtime ( 20sec between finishes)
Must handle multiple cars on course at once (at least 3 running)
Must handle GoKarts and other strange pieces of machinery that may not have roof/hood/doors

What else is my caffeine starved brain missing?

Comment Re:an engineered crisis (Score 1) 734

Ah, but how many of these other businesses are still paying their pensions? Too many simply went bankrupt or just closed up shop and the benefit recipients were told to pound sand.

Most people would be thrilled to have a pension for retirement, but most would rail against the idea that part of their benefits they EARNED were simply stripped away years later due to a cash flow problem.

Here, with this law, the problem has simply presented itself earlier in the life cycle.

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