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  • Apr 19th, 2014 @ 8:31pm

    Chairbot -- in the real world we call that a bar foot rail

    Standing for long periods of time - you need to move your weight from one leg to another. The Bar Business developed the bar rail for just that reason. To keep folks comfortable at the bar so they would stay. Basically that is pretty much what the chairbot is. You can do the same thing with a couple of wood foot stools or boxes for a lot less than 2700$.

  • Mar 21st, 2014 @ 4:24pm

    Rules for Reading Room - so folks don't pic pages

    I am betting they have a rule against photography in the reading room so researchers don't photograph pages, etc... not meant for someone taking pic's of the room as a whole. Just a TWIT_NIT_WIT that is probably making min wage and thinks they are important, but doesn't understand the rule and why it's there, just reading his/her script like they were told to.

    Thank god for those keepers of the gate preventing terrorism and book copying -- same thing right?

  • Mar 21st, 2014 @ 4:20pm


    yes he/she is... (you don't know it's a he?)

  • Mar 19th, 2014 @ 7:28am

    Hide it in the fine print....

    Anyone ever wonder if the scenario in the Devil's advocate (lawyers being the devils way to take over) might just be true.

  • Feb 11th, 2014 @ 8:30pm

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    Ping of NetFlix.Com -- via VPN/Corporate Network vs Via Comcast Direct within 2 minutes of each other


    7 59 ms 60 ms 60 ms []
    8 135 ms 125 ms 132 ms vb2000d2.rar3.washington-dc.us.xo.net []
    9 135 ms 141 ms 140 ms te-11-0-0.rar3.sanjose-ca.us.xo.net []
    10 149 ms 136 ms 131 ms []
    11 126 ms 132 ms 129 ms []
    12 142 ms 141 ms 138 ms xe-2-2-0-955.jnrt-edge02.prod1.netflix.com []
    13 140 ms 136 ms 133 ms te1-8.csrt-agg02.prod1.netflix.com []
    14 136 ms 138 ms 141 ms netflix.co.uk []


    7 28 ms 30 ms 30 ms he-3-2-0-0-cr01.ashburn.va.ibone.comcast.net []
    8 27 ms 28 ms 26 ms he-0-12-0-0-pe07.ashburn.va.ibone.comcast.net []
    9 84 ms 32 ms 34 ms dcx2-edge-01.inet.qwest.net []
    10 * * * Request timed out.
    11 104 ms 102 ms 102 ms
    12 102 ms 103 ms 101 ms te1-8.csrt-agg01.prod1.netflix.com []
    13 102 ms 102 ms 102 ms netflixinc.com []

    First 6 entries almost identical just local hops, but when it get's handed off to the backbone it gets interesting. Note the different destinations depending on the backbone when it get to the same IP address but different domains resolved based on the backbone it rode? Not all that surprising but also when I route local via comcast - look at hop 10 when it's handed off to Qwest (not surprising in my experience with Qwest networks).

    The VPN definitely increases the latency across the board as expected. But the fact that netflix is resolving different FQDN's to the same IP from different aggregate ports in their network, a touch weird but then I don't work much with networks with that kind of capacity.

    Ever wonder why they call it a CLOUD?? Fully opaque, easy to get lost, only god/buddha/allah know how it works and they aren't really sure. So as much as I hate big ISP's I never ascribe malice to what most likely is based in incompetence.

  • Feb 6th, 2014 @ 7:29am

    Take all the fun out

    If we do that, how is the cop going to get to strip search and violate 2 women, shoot at a car full of kids, taser a 14 year old or kill a man who's trying to get help after he wrecked his car. They can't perform illegal searches, violate someones rights, racially profile them too. It will give them more time to patrol the schools and arrest 8 year olds for blowing spitwads from a straw or sexual harassment.

    Sounds like a good plan to lessen the issues of folks getting abused by the armed police forces since they don't even have to talk to you to fine you.

  • Jan 10th, 2014 @ 12:58pm

    GPS inside a factory??

    How are they getting GPS to work in a lot of locations? Many many industrial locations have so much interference or physical blockage that GPS won't work. How do they account for that. I can take you a brass extrusion company where the ovens, smelters and electronic interference make cell phones useless in the parking lot. Good luck with GPS.

    This sounds bad and it really is, But as was said, I am much more worried about what happens if they go out of business. Since I've worked on CNC's that are 20-30 years old w/control systems that are from companies that don't exist anymore. Old software, mod's, on and on and on with possible problems.

  • Jan 7th, 2014 @ 1:31pm

    Open Access and Input Anyone??

    We complain we don't have public representation at standards/treaty negotiations.. but as soon as someone with a different view wants a seat that table of the open up everything crowd, we all bitch? Sauce for the goose?

  • Jan 6th, 2014 @ 4:39am

    Looking at the numbers??

    If you want to look at the numbers, then kill more civilians = less cops dead. That would be a successful outcome to a lot of policeman. If that is what they are seeking, making it safer for cops with their tactics, well you have to admit it's working.

    Now again, we can consider VietNam a pretty big success if you consider that the actual reason given for the war was to stop Communist expansion into SE Asia -- it did that. It's all a matter of what you criteria are (hope you can see the sarcasm here!).

  • Dec 17th, 2013 @ 4:36pm

    What is discrimination?

    What if they gay couple in question picked that photag just because they knew he was anti-gay and wanted to force him to provide service for their wedding? Stupid I know, but are they discriminating? If a person makes it's clear they don't want to work for you - for any reason, if you force them to aren't you discriminating against them based on the same reason they are discriminating against you... Why does it only go one way?

  • Dec 17th, 2013 @ 4:33pm

    RE: -- what about the cake bakers

    There was a recent lawsuit forcing a wedding cake bakery to do a cake for a gay wedding even though they felt it was wrong based on religion. Is designing and providing a wedding cake "free speech" .. if the art of photography is found to be free speech, any artistic en-devour would be similar no? Dress makers, party decorator's, wedding singers? What is 'free speech' in artistic impression?

  • Dec 16th, 2013 @ 10:53am

    Peter & Paul

    If you rob Peter to pay Paul -- one thing you can always count on is the un-wavering support of Paul in your endeavors.

  • Nov 18th, 2013 @ 8:46pm

    The Obvious Reasons to Avoid SCOTUS

    It should occur to anyone that the NSA,CIA,FBI, etc.. have access to probably all the private data on both the SCOTUS and all elected representatives. Not to mention it's all under the control of "non-elected" bureaucrats or maybe we call them King Makers... you don't think for a single moment they won't play those cards, do you? This will never be dealt with at the any court level.

    Why do you think some these so-called defense arguments that seem so ludicrous and defy logic, have staunch defenders in elected officials and judges. Are you really all that naive to think the fix isn't already in?

    The good old American "Just-Us" system....

    Mike C

  • Oct 10th, 2013 @ 3:36pm

    Re: God it took an Allstate commercial to say it right!

    Here is the link to full commercial ... I might have to switch my insurance back.


  • Oct 10th, 2013 @ 3:33pm

    God it took an Allstate commercial to say it right!

    "Man-eating sharks live in every ocean, but we still swim. Lighting strikes somewhere in the world, but we still play in the rain. So many things can happen. However, bad things in life can't stop us from making our lives good."

    Text from an Allstate Commercial!

    This should be an anthem for our kids.

  • Oct 10th, 2013 @ 7:24am

    Re: You miss a crucial point in the story

    To pay attention to this part of the story:

    The school district, in a press release, said that due to construction going on at the school, there is "limited space" for the children to play during their 20-minute recess period. "With children in close proximity to each other, it is not safe for them to be engaged in unstructured play with hardballs," said the district.

    Would not lead to the hyperbola of the moment that ever news source (even Mike) loves to see. This is on case where most everyone has it wrong. Now if they should not raise the ban when the construction is done, we have a legitimate discussion point.

    Mike C.

  • Oct 4th, 2013 @ 8:56am

    Re: Letters

    How would sending some business thousands of letters be illegal. They publish an address, accept mail. Don't see how that would be illegal and by your analogy a ddos attack isn't either.

  • Sep 13th, 2013 @ 8:45am

    In a conrete/technology world you have to be Stainless Steel Rat

    Slippery Jim Digriz knew this -- you can't be any kind of rat today.. in this world you have be a stainless steel rat. More technology - easier to track just seems obvious.

    How 'bout conspiracy theory here? (got to put on my new tin foil hat)

    It's obvious - the next step is you can track and fake locations, simple to frame anyone. The holders of this technological data are king makers. They can make it appear you are somewhere your not, link you to things you couldn't have done, everyone believes in technology.

    Think how this could affect political ambitions, elections, etc. Everyone is only worried about collecting data, but when you take it to some logical conclusions, based on how we already have secret interpretations of laws, etc.. No ethics, no morals, it's a small step to manipulating events. You know what they say about absolute power!

  • Sep 9th, 2013 @ 1:48pm

    Decreasing Yelp Value both perceived & monetary

    Yelp in the business of collecting and consolidating reviews of businesses. Yelp provides value and creates income by providing a central repository that is searchable.

    If a business is posting fake reviews not only are they violating TOS and guilty of false advertising (since they are promoting their own company), they are materially decreasing Yelp's value in their central business activity. At a minimum an organized process to fake reviews should have incur a civil liability for a legal response in Yelp's point of view. Not sure how much it's actually worth but it's a solid argument in Yelp's favor.

  • Aug 21st, 2013 @ 1:41pm

    Re: Re: Scouts -- I can see this one

    Actually in this case I don't see at bullying - not that I haven't seen BSA bully and whine in many ways including trademarks and I have to admit I am against the law highlighted in this story. In this case though I can see the BSA point of view.

    The 'baiters and troller's hammering on scouts was the direction of the idea folks might have had a bad experiences with scouts. I've seen a lot boys drop out or never go above 1st class. That is our goal in the troop, everyone makes it to first class - just for the skill sets - otherwise it's up to them. If the just want to enjoy scouts, that's fine, if they want to progress, that is hoped for.

    Mike C.

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