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Comment Re:Analyzing... (Score 1) 79

Satellite communication is only required for long distance pager networks. A pager network with a local coverage can be done on site along with the other IT infrastructure. The antenna can even be installed on site as well depending on the coverage needs. Pager networks do not require public infrastructure at all.

Comment Re:sea-fiber + microwave towers = partial fix (Score 1) 101

While towers tall enough for line of sight is ideal, microwave communication can also occur with what is called Tropospheric Scatter. This is a propagation mode where signals are transmitted above the horizon of the receiving station. Some of the energy is reflected by water vapor back to the receiving station completing the link. Troposcatter links can work for a few hundred miles and used to link remote communities such as Nome, Alaska. A troposcatter link was also used to connect West Berlin to West Germany during the cold war since cables could not be laid on East German Territory.

Comment Re:Poll Ideas (Score 1) 301

Obamacare - Repeal
Immigration reform - Make legal immigration easier
Same-sex marriage - Leave it alone
Abortion - Leave to the states
Gun control - Revert to Second Amendment, replace federal gun laws with a law prohibiting states from restricting guns
Building a wall - Why didn't we do this a century ago?
Death taxes - Repeal
CowboyNeal - Transfer ownership of slashdot to

Comment Re:Fabricating an assualt rifle in California... (Score 1) 391

Under Federal Law you can as an individual manufacture a firearm without a serial number or a FFL, HOWEVER, you may not transfer the firearm to another owner and the firearm must still follow the regulations set out in the National Firearms act (meaning you still need to get a tax stamp to make a short barreled shotgun).

Submission + - SourceForge assumes ownership of GIMP For Win, wraps installer in adware (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that SourceForge is assuming control of all projects that appear "abandoned." In a blog update on their site, they responded saying in part "There has recently been some report that the GIMP-Win project on SourceForge has been hijacked; this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current. "

SourceForge is now offering "to establish a program to enable users and developers to help us remove misleading and confusing ads."

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