...and Massachusetts did this as recently as . 2014.
Mother moto wrote the code for the infrastructure of the times, and many older radios require a 286/386 dos environment to allow suitable speeds of data transfer. USB / high speed processor cache / Pentiums / 16550s need not apply.
I'm sure that one bloke who missed work that day because of his niche product not working, due to some large multinational company decided to cut losses is going to be very happy Timothy made him front-page famous on the Slashdots.
"...we must avoid clinging to the edifice of a decadent past" doesn't seem to apply to a knockoff product of something that was popular between tuesday night and a wednesday morning, half a dozen years ago.
OMG Ponies! was great, time for some new material, not this crud.
Slow news day? This is just as slashdot worthy as some putz buying a refurbed computer or HD and finding someone's personal info, or a "My Documents" full of NOT THEIR DOCUMENTS.
My money is on most readers here aren't stupid enough to unload any data storage device w/o appropriately clearing it, or using throwaway credentials.
Won't take much work for someone to go and hack the flash pattern to go and mimic Opticom traffic pre-emption signals, and then start pre-empting local traffic control. Some asshat will do this, get smashed up - or worse use it in aiding/abetting a crime, and then blinking flashlights will become illegal, if some DA gets their way.
A quick mod to it makes it an infrared LED, and then all of a sudden you have an invisible device that you can attach to your vehicle and roll thru town causing all kinds of chaos. You're only talking about 6hz / 11hz or something like that, my Droid device does that already on a smaller scale.
...and Debian won't see this in sta(b)le until 2013.
If you're looking at IPCop, you're looking back several years, at an unstable kernel and unmaintained packaging....the newer, modernish flavour is www.ipfire.org [ipfire.org].
You are correct, he is not the government...but he was CT's Attorney General for 20 years, and has long championed consumer rights and technology . So, him picking this battle as a freshman senator is technically accurate, but it does not reflect his multi-decade experience in the arena.
+5 Interesting? Repairing? Those are units that are over 30 years old, and are approaching end of life. Considering the amount of work that goes into decommissioning a nuclear power plant, burying "the whole damn thing in concrete" is an idiotic solution to a devastating emergency. If it was that simple, wouldn't they bury all the old nuclear reactors in concrete all over the world? Even the ones that lived accident free lives, and are newer, take decades to decommission and break down, and recover.
I'm disappointed in the +5, but then again, this is
Congratulations, you want to seize control of your own computer, to send non-emergency mass-alerts
update your antivirus when you read this.
+1 to DrugCheese.
This brian has not seen the video, as it becomes immediately apparent that the perspective places the object going away from the viewers, and not travelling towards.
It appears to be in the shape of Bob's Big Boy, sir.