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Comment I used this system recently (Score 4, Informative) 277

An associate got jailed and I "visited" him twice in Glynn county jail in Georgia.

That was the only quick way I could initiate contact from outside. Other ways include sending postcards by mail... The system uses low-end webcams and offers no privacy to the inmate. They don't use a handset, which means audio gets overheard by other inmates. Camera was aimed too high. I could see other inmates. "Visits" at that facility need to be done at specific times and are limited to 15 minutes. I gave him some vital information and setup schedule for for when I would be available to accept his calls.

By contrast, inmates can make a phone call that gets billed to the person outside seemingly at any time. They can make repeated phone calls and the amount of contact seems to be limited mostly by the wallet of the person outside. They use a phone handset, which offers improved audio quality and privacy with regards to other inmates.

My phone bill from PayTel was allegedly 21 cents per minute, but the actual blended rate once you incorporate all the fees is 36.6 cents.

Comment This is a real threat (Score 5, Informative) 242

The PDF explicitly mentions DD-WRT as an example of what should not be permitted:

Third-Party Access
1. Explain if any third parties have the capability to operate a US sold device on any
other regulatory domain, frequencies, or in any manner that is in violation of the
2. What prevents third parties from loading non-US versions of the
software/firmware on the device? Describe in detail how the device is protected
from “flashing” and the installation of third-party firmware such as DD-WRT.

Wrote a comment.

Comment Re:Natural light (Score 1) 421

Sounds like a good idea.

If you are investing in LED lighting, which is superior to CFLs, please be sure to also match your screens with LED backlighting. You want the highest CRI on your light sources. Sunlight color temperature is 5500K, incadescent is 3300K. The post about 4200K is spot-on.

Dimmable light sources are a must.

Oh, and consider screens that are color-correct. I have 2 monitors on my desk right now and only one of them is easy to calibrate for colors properly. 42" industrial panels for the video wall will probably be more cost-effective and easy to replace without mounting headaches as the standards are well-established now.

I am designing a NOC as well, so I am looking into this as well.

Comment Re:Let me get this straight... (Score 1) 359

That would be the silly "Legal Notice" in the local paper. It generally serves no purpose beneficial to the business owner. It helps data miners who sell this data on newly created businesses to their customers.

I've never bothered complying with that requirement when creating businesses.

A corporation would have to file that legal notice as well.

Comment Re:What the? (Score 1) 241

That statement likely means "You normally have to pay for it, but now you can access at no extra charge from a Starbucks-hosted network in addition to the rest of the Internet". I don't think that's a bad thing. :)

Comment We had this happen in California (Score 1) 976

Please see for details (it's a site about how to beat these tickets).

Short version: these cameras decrease safety. Someone was kind enough to rear-end my vehicle for stopping at the end of yellow. In another case, a police vehicle nearly smashed into me. If there was no such camera, I would have behaved differently.

Comment While this may well be a joke... (Score 4, Informative) 170 reality there are 3rd party smiley add-ons that work with IM software. You can recognize them by the "Your buddy sent you a smiley, to see it you need to install X software" type of IMs.

That software is not exactly good for your computer either.

For example:

And its EULA

Choice quotes from EULA

UNIFIED REGISTRATION: As a service to our users, we may consolidate registration data for Webfetti, My Fun Cards, Kazulah, Smiley Central and certain other specified websites, services or applications accessible via the Toolbar, so that users are only required to provide registration information once, and would then be able to use the same unique ID and password to access all such websites, services or applications.

Passwords. In order to access certain services, you may be required to accept additional terms and conditions and/or establish an account including an unique ID and password

After reading that EULA, which references a bunch of other EULAs... that's enough to send my head spinning.

Comment StarTrek dealt with this once (Score 1) 374

Brief summary -

Voyager gets stuck in the night sky of a planet and creates seismic disturbances.

The planet rapidly develops technology to blast it out of the sky.

Missiles are necessary to shoot high speed targets. A stationary target can be eliminated far less expensively. :)

Comment Re:Scarce wifi? Not really. (Score 1) 175

Well, I listen to premium stream on my Windows Mobile phone while driving. It's as simple as going to and selecting mp3, wma, or aac. If you are a premium subscriber, you can login and get your premium options. The thing plays using Windows Media player.

I would expect syncing up a PLS file from Shoutcast would enable similar functionality on the Apple platform.

I can also listen to SiriusXM on my phone. :)

Comment Re:NOT "Reverse Engineering" (Score 1) 298

Given fragment 0.5"x1"x2" figure out the curvature of a portion of a payload of unknown shape and size.

If that's not reverse engineering - recreating the initial object from a tiny fragment, I don't know what is. :)

Given a large quantity of misleading, inaccurate, and downright incorrect data figure out the reasons for anomalies. Sounds like reverse engineering to me.

I've read the entire article, have you?

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