* Posts by MacGyver

465 posts • joined 29 Jan 2008

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

MacGyver

Re: All this spying for marketing and advertising....

You must not ever get called upon to fix the relative's computers.

They usually have no Ad-blocking software, no cookie clearing, are using IE 7, have every swinging toolbar known to man installed. They also put their singular AOL email in everything that has ever asked for it.

I bet that's a lot of people. I'm betting that those users are like prize winning cattle to these marketer types. I also bet that they click on their milk-fed ads as often as they're shown to them.

Watch a mouth-breather use a computer for a bit and see what I mean. If you get bored, ask them to do a very specific search for something, like: "number of dollars spend on non-violent first-time offenders in prison". Now sit back as they click on the first search result Google gives them, then number two, then three, and so on.

The fact you know what an Ad-block program even is puts you in a different category, one that makes it hard for you to even imagine how they use a computer.

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MacGyver

Re: I wonder....

@Timmy B. (wanting worst case results)

Ok, I bite.

Let's say I work at Microsoft and I'm a psycho and I want to date a specific girl I saw at the store. I can find all her interests, her likes, her movements.

Let's say some foreign government wants to compromise you because you work at a powerplant. We'll all they need to do is get a job with some company that has access to your data. Now they can find out through your online habits that you've been giving it to an office co-worker. They won't tell your wife if you just install this USB stick for them.

Or, I can review all your data, figure out that you have a gambling problem, then bombard you with temptations, then send you lots of "cash for cars", "pay-day loans" and whatever to drain you as far as I can.

I see you have bought an Epinephrine injector, I can send you send all kinds of "Worst bee problem in decades" articles and then my links to those pens. Basically ramping up your fears to sell you something.

I can raise your health care price because you like windsurfing sites.

I can see you looking up cancer and target you with homeopathic "cures".

It gives people power over you, period. If there is a way for it to be used against you, someone will figure it out and it will be. We will need to be re-trained to understand how our lack of privacy puts anyone with access to our information in a position to manipulate us in ways we can not even begin to think of.

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MacGyver

Re: neatly summarised in one image

Worried your keys might get hacked? HA! Those keys are there so they can be handed over to whatever agency might ask for them, the end, no hacking required. (I'm guessing that if you "delete" said key from OneDrive, it will still exist as a backup on the server. Unless someone somewhere has read just how Microsoft "deletes" things from OneDrive and corrects me.)

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MacGyver

Re: Some steps

Turning off Cortana? Easier said than done.

I had to turn off just about every Search related service to get Cortana to disappear. (not that I wasn't going to do that anyway, I've used Agent Ransack since they implemented search back in Vista anyway)

BTW, thanks for the host file URLs.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

MacGyver

Re: Quite clearly

One man did all of this. Steven Sinofsky. He was the one pushing for this "style" of Windows interface and removed anyone that wouldn't drink the Koolaid. Now all they have left steering the boat are his followers. Office Ribbon bar, that was him, Vista, him, Windows 8, all him.

I'm guessing he sold the investors on a "it will be easier to direct all the sheep to the App Store once all the interfaces are the same" and then all their eyes lit up and filled with $ signs.

Microsoft needs to start trying to un-feck their GUI and soon.

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MacGyver

Just one question for now.

Why the eye-searing white on white with a 1-pixel wide light-grey area separation line?

I had to hack a theme to be able to tell where one window stopped and the other started. I mean at least the suck-fest called Office 2013 gave us three theme choices (eye-searing white, eye-searing slightly darker white, and ultra-light grey). Why? Did they fire the guy that knew how to code different color schemes? How is less choice an improvement?

I'll bitch later about the endless privacy nightmares and the fact I can't uninstall/de-feature their One-Drive (or anything else "built-in" for that matter).

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

MacGyver

I don't feel lucky.

I will agree, however, I now simply have 4k of eye-searing white surrounding all those better scaled text areas.

Saw VII should have a scene where some poor bastard is forced to stare at a Windows 10 File Explorer window at full brightness.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

MacGyver

Re: I have no problems with dress codes

I'd show up in a 3-peice polyester leisure suit everyday. I would get all the department employees to play along until the policy was changed.

"Why does your R&D department look like they are developing fondue pots?"

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MacGyver

Re: @ Matt Bryant

I guess it's a good thing that long ago the suit was decided upon as the "adult" clothing choice and not a full body leotard. There is no reason to wear a suit, none. A lab coat, overalls, tracksuit, and any other article can serve a purpose, but a suit serves no purpose other than to let higher paid personnel out buy lower paid personnel.

If you believe it is anything other then a man-sized peacock outfit please state your case.

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Apple's mystery auto project siphoning staff from other divisions

MacGyver

Re: Where are they going to drive?

You forgot that they have also replaced the normal two pedals with a single pedal.

They will also be replacing the steering wheel with a touchscreen.

And every year the cigarette lighter shape will be changed.

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Screw you, ISPs: Net neutrality switches on THIS FRIDAY – US court

MacGyver

We need the FCC involved.

People don't understand that this is an attempt to protect ISP customers from the unregulated rules of the ISPs.

Without these rules the company down the street can buy 60% of the bandwidth leaving everyone in your small town to share the remaining %40 because the ISP doesn't want to cut into their profits to lay down more lines. (under these rules everyone's traffic is equal, and if they want to sell a quality of service they have to invest in expanding the bandwidth for everyone)

Without these rules there is nothing to keep every ISP between a small upstart and their customers from throttling their traffic unless they give them a cut. (or Facebook, imagine Facebook being charged for the bandwidth you are already paying for or else they get blocked from sending it to you)

Without these rules there is nothing that says they even have to give that small upstart a chance to pay, they could just block their competing services outright.

Without these rules there is nothing that would keep the ISPs from throttling or outright blocking any kind of traffic that they don't like. The ISP is not a government agency and can do what they like without rules. (and if there is only one ISP in your area then I guess you don't really have a choice)

Without rules the ISPs will continue to merge until we have only one choice, and then your internet will be in whatever shape they choose for you. (They only merely collude to give you one choice now by not "expanding" into areas controlled by each other)

Without rules there will be no reason to ever expand bandwidth (aka cutting into profits), because whatever the bandwidth is now can simply be cut up into smaller and smaller packages, and once bandwidth is scarce they can charge whatever they want)

People are fighting against their own best interests because they are scared of "the gubberment", but they don't realize that at least in FCC government control they have a chance to have decisions made in their best interests, but in private hands, the choice legally will have to be whatever makes the ISP more money. (it is the legal requirement for a company to make decisions in the best interest of shareholders over customers in all cases)

Why can't people understand this?

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Microsoft to Linux users: Explain yourself

MacGyver

Re: They WILL listen.

Yeah, because it was the lack of their users simply not requesting a "convert lease to reservation" function in their DHCP server snap-in during the 15 years it took them to implement. //sarcasm

I can think of multiple things that have given me grief for years that Microsoft clearly hasn't cared about fixing.

I agree with the original poster, they want to create a whitepaper for their sales division.

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Undetectable NSA-linked hybrid malware hits Intel Security radar

MacGyver

Re: So...

I don't write firmware-virus-hiding-malware so I just assumed it read out the target devices original firmware, inserted itself into the same memory area as the original, and then loaded the original firmware after (and this was possible because the firmware wasn't using the whole memory area in the first place, so there was room for both files in the same space). It seems hard to believe that someone has the time and ability to recreate the factory firmware for so many different devices without access to the original firmware's sourcecode.

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MacGyver

So...

Why not have vendors use all the available flash space so that there is no "extra space" to hide anything. Something simple when they write it like "what is the XOR of these two huge numbers (the numbers being the space-taking elements), if the answer is 1, goto next function". Or fill the space with compiled code that doesn't do anything, but looks like the real functions of the firmware. Obviously the bad guys could still just use the harddisk to store their malware like they always have done, but then it could be searched for in the traditional way, and a low-level could clean it off easily.

Like putting your bag down in the empty seat next to you on the bus to stop the crack-head from sitting there.

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Screw you, Apple! We're still making phones no one wants – Samsung

MacGyver

I've been wanting a new Samsung

I just can't stomach their attitude on aftermarket OSes and rooting.

I'm all for my warranty becoming void, and even certain "trusted" apps uninstalling, but to brick or prevent the original OS that came on my phone from running ever again is a deal breaker. (Knox fuse)

I'd settle for even a "Click here to send an SU unlock code email that will forever void your warranty", and then entering said code giving me a factory installed SU app. All of this dependent on whether or not I have paid for my phone outright or if I am just leasing it of course.

They actively attempt to stop me from using my property the way I want, and if I wanted to be treated like that I'd have just bought an Apple device in the first place.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

MacGyver

Ok, Ok, Ok..

I get it, only a non-1337 admin needs a GUI, but in the real world GUIs add value. Yes you can script this and that, yes you can install server with no GUI, but why? A GUI displays information to the user in a more useful way (and makes that information interactive). There is a reason most OSes have them (other than it not being 1983 anymore). I will agree that no GUI could have less of an attack surface, but that is not going to keep it from needing to be patched 12 times a week anyway, so let's just tell the truth, that console-only servers will intimidate some, and those that is doesn't can get off on that. The end. There is nothing a non-GUI version can do, that a GUI version can't do too, in that any script you run a GUI-less system can also be run in a PowerShell window on a GUI system.

If I wanted a pure non-GUI environment why would I pay Microsoft for it? They need to watch who they piss off. Why would I want to use a flawed Policy-Server from Microsoft, when I could build from source something comparable on Linux, and either write or find someone's code that will let me do exactly what I want with it?

So people hate Windows 8, now will hate Server 2016, and hate Windows Mobile. What's next making the Xbox ONE controller shock people with each button press.

Is there a bet going on inside Microsoft as to who can disenfranchise the most customers?

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Siri, dim the lights and warm us up: First gizmos for Apple HomeKit love-in emerge

MacGyver

How about..

"Siri, please turn on the lights, but this time don't tell Apple about it please."

Or.

"We noticed that you go to bed at around 23:30 every night, here is an ad about melatonin."

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IT-savvy US congressmen to Feds: End your crypto-backdoor crusade

MacGyver
Big Brother

If you've done nothing wrong...

You know the adage, but I often wonder why the people that spout it still buy curtains. I mean if they have nothing to hide, then why use curtains to block the police from looking inside? I'm guessing it's because normal people could then see in too. If I develop a curtain that lets only the police see through the curtains I could make a lot of money, right? Come to think of, we could do away with the whole "selectable curtain" problem by just hooking a camera up inside of the house, and have it only display to the police. So, I wonder how many of the "no encryption" advocators we can get on-board the camera-in-the-house idea? I mean, if they are doing nothing wrong, then they have nothing to hide, right?

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Your CAR is the 'ultimate mobile device', reckons Apple COO

MacGyver

Sorry, no upgrade for Car 2.0

Imagine a walled-garden car, because that's what Apple will be selling.

Only works with Apple phones (Android phones will work for calls only, but the car'sscreen will be blank).

Only works with Apple's special square charger.

Only air from an approved Apple air-compressor with an approved Apple nozzle will work on the tires

Quick charge units that work only at 55hz (additional adapter from 50 or 60 to 55hz coming end of year).

Non-replaceable batteries.

Only one door on the drivers side (for design reasons) and no trunk.

Only available in gray or white for the first 5 years.

Made with slave labor from China.

All body panels made from glass (including the bumpers).

No firmware updates for last year's models.

Available in 8gb and 16gb music storage models (sorry no upgrade vector from model to model).

Thanks, but no thanks.

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South Korea mandates spyware installation on teenagers' smartphones

MacGyver
Headmaster

The more you know.....

When you are born in Korea (as most East Asian countries), you are a 1 year old. So a 19 year old in Korea is actually really 18 (or even 17) mostly everywhere else (or on some official documents).

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Open source power-up on the way for arcade game emulator MAME

MacGyver
Megaphone

Re: Doorway drug.

Had to go check that my ROMs were still in my cabinet with all these ROM thieves running about as you say. It's OK, they are.

Funny thing is that if someone really did steal my ROM chips, I could use the ones the MAME users have to re-program some real ones for me. I'm curious, how much does Nintendo charge for a new set of Donkey Kong replacement ROMs? Oh, wait, that's right they don't sell them anymore.

If it wasn't for a lot of those MAME programmers (and their ROMs), a lot of old games would just be gone.

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MacGyver

Re: Would love

"I wish I was clever enough to put a nice GUI on it"

Google MAMEUI, then simply add the source of it to the source of MAME, and compile with MAME 64 compiler and 45 minutes later out pops MAME with a shiny new interface. Modify the mame.lst in the source folders to remove any of the 30,000 unwanted games if you are feeling froggy.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat

MacGyver

Until I hear from an expert..

Seriously, what did he do, add an extra line to the engine-thrust.ini file under "c:\windows\system32"? I'm no electrical engineer, but I'm pretty certain that the engine does not have a cat-5 jack that you can send URL-based thrust instructions to, nor do I think the they send control data across the same VLANs as the in-flight entertainment (if they are even using IP for that data at all and not some manufacture specific control language).

Do I think he looked up on-line how to enter "diagnostic mode" on the in-flight entertainment, probably, do I think it got him anything other then free pay-per-view, no.

I'm open to a real engineer telling me how wrong I am, but I would hope that a multimillion dollar plane has better security safeguarding the lives of 200+ people than an 1999 Xbox has at blocking copied DVDs.

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Australia cracks tech giants' tax dodge code

MacGyver

Re: Still Seems simple

Then it doesn't enter the country. Take a hardline and watch the number of obstructions drop to zero shortly thereafter. It's not like Apple is bringing them in due to the kindness in their hearts, they want to make money of the country's citizens.

As far as the manufacturing cost differing due to location, well it seems like this would solve the problem of "outsourcing" as well. Pay a lower cost to make something, then pay higher import taxes, pay a higher cost to make, then you pay lower import taxes. Looks like it would level the playing field and make locally made goods a more viable choice over slave-labor.

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MacGyver

Um,

So you want every country in world to play "I'm the cheapest whore pick me."? It seems like the corporations would just play it continuously until they found the one that gave them the tax amount they want to pay, zero. I wouldn't put it past them to purchase one themselves (some corporations make more than some country's GDPs).

If they use a country's infrastructure to make money (roads, bridges, shipping ports, law enforcement), then they can pay their share of the upkeep of that infrastructure in the form of taxes.

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MacGyver

Seems simple

Have an independent 3rd party (or two) determine the objects actual cost to manufacture, and allow for a percentage of discrepancy in the "purchase price" from one subsidiary to an other.

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'Rombertik' malware kills host computers if you attempt a cure

MacGyver

Extension? What's that?

Well if you leave your computer in "grandma mode" a la "Hide extensions for know types" then you get what get. We should blame Microsoft for still making it the default after all these years, the least they could do would be a warning about "This file has 2 extensions, this is indicative of a virus!"

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Hey, Woz. You've got $150m. You're kicking back in Australia. What's on your mind? Killer AI

MacGyver

With a wimper

We will build an AI give it some (seemingly) benign task like make a better mousetrap, and it will end up turning all matter in the universe into mousetraps and mousetrap-manufacturing machines.

There is no need to inject malice or feeling into any of it, if we don't build in safety boundaries into our AIs they will "literally" kill us to accomplish any task we give them.

Above is paraphrased from an interesting article at:

http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-1.html

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

MacGyver

Re: DVD ripping is still a thing? And controversial???

FYI, Hollywood bastards (and any ultra-rich) long ago stopped having those problems.

Do a search on Kaleidescape media player. They put them in their yachts and private planes, it lets them stream their DVDs and Blurays around their toys at will. Their literature even says something along the lines of "When a drive fails a crewmember can replace it easily." Must be nice.

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FCC chair heads into two-week political hazing period

MacGyver

Pretty simple

"particularly following what appeared to be a sudden change in approach following President Obama's unexpected intervention."

I would like to think that the President said something along the lines of "If you don't step in and do the right thing, not only will your children and grandchildren suffer from the current trend, but your name will be the one they said should have done something. Do the right thing for all Americans not just a select few."

Let's not forget the volume of Americans that asked for this ruling.

We're taking about a guy that actually got to hear the ISP CEOs talking behind closed doors when he was their lobbyist, he knows exactly how bad it could have really gotten had the FCC not stepped in. I would like to think he did the right thing for the right reasons.

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

MacGyver

Re: oh lord... what?

I think I've been misunderstood, I was not talking on behalf of a home user, I was talking to the point that he is some sort of IT guy in charge of at least 22 users. I even tried to make it clear that even an under-funded SA could "manage" patches with the lowest form of tools I could think someone could acquire, DOS and PSEXEC.

Should home users leave their PCs set to auto-update, absolutely yes. Should an "SA" be letting MS push whatever the catch of the day is to the machines they "manage", no.

There are a billion ways to manage patches, and when your Java-based data entry program stops working because Java pushed an update, it is the SA's fault for having them auto-install and not testing that patch on at least one test machine to know if it is going to impact their company's ability to work.

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MacGyver
Facepalm

Re: No-fly list

"locating sources on the LAN"

The first time MS uses a machine on my internal network to circumvent my firewall rules for the other machines on my internal network I'm going to be very angry. Using one machine as a proxy for the others without my permission has to be some sort of agreement violation.

I'm sure there are bad people in every region, and I want no record of my machine talking to any of them. Ever.

At the minimum an attacker could watch their own outgoing connections to find other machines, machines that they now know are missing specific patches. Facepalm. I don't think they've thought this through.

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MacGyver

Re: oh lord...

"You most definitely should unless you have a regular review / patching process in place."

If it's at the house, no problem, that's your risk and you are assuming it for yourself. If someone is paying you to "manage" their machines, then maybe it shouldn't be on MS's shoulders to keep your systems patched. You also can't complain about bandwidth usage if you have a way to negate it.

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MacGyver

No-fly list

"I don't know why my computer was in communication with that known criminal's computer officer, but could you please take me off your watch-list and no-fly-list anyway?"

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MacGyver

Re: oh lord...

You don't have to download 22 patches, simply download them once and remote push them onto your boxes via scripts.

You really shouldn't let Microsoft push whatever they want to your boxes anyway, it's just a bad idea. (even if you do have enough money for WSUS or SCCM)

For instance, say you have 22 ASUS 8.0 boxes and MS decides they are going to update them to 8.1 for you, well that's great if you have updated graphics drivers that won't make every single thing you have into a BSOD display, but you don't, so now everything you have needs to be re-imaged back to 8.0 until your vendor can create a driver that works correctly under 8.1.

Do a search for PSEXEC and save yourself some trouble.

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

MacGyver

what's the number to 999 again? oh yeah, 0118 999 88199 9119725 3

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MacGyver

Think of the children.

What if my robot assisted surgery is more important than some other person's robot assisted surgery (i.e. I make more money), with net neutrality, how will I pay to make my more important packets get the priority that someone of my stature expects? /sarcasm

They can divvy up bandwidth from now until the cows come home, but the real solution is to expand their bandwidth. Maybe they shouldn't oversell their real capacity, or maybe, just maybe, things requiring 9 nines of connectivity shouldn't be dependent on a shared network filled with cat videos in the first place.

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

MacGyver

Samsung are you listening?

I have wanted to replace my aging phone for some time now, here are the things keeping me from buying an S6 phone from you:

1) Knox. Void my warranty if you want, but not allowing me to run the OS that came with my phone because I wanted root access is going too far.

2) No SD card, sorry but whatever size storage you may find it in your heart to bestow upon us is never going to be enough, so leave it up to us to choose.

3) No removable battery. Fail, not just because I can't swap it for a new one in a year when the current one is only charging to 85%, but because now I'll have to wait until my battery dies if my phone locks up to be able to use it again. Did you know some people use 2 physical batteries and swap them out when charging is not an option. I guess not.

4) Glass back. Are you freaking kidding me? What's the bezel made out of? Egg shells? How about you make the back out of a material that would let the device survive an accidental drop better and not the stuff they made Cinderella's slippers out of.

5) Curved screen? Who cares. Talk about a solution to a made up problem.

6) Not waterproof? Are you from the past? Because in the past phones weren't waterproof. I thought we were moving forward. Especially since you cannot take out the battery now if it does get wet. Fail.

7) Not giving me a choice of launchers. Fail. Especially since you'll break my phone if I try to change it myself.

8) Root. I want root, would you buy a computer if you didn't know the administrator password? No. Either would I. Just make it part of the EULA "I realize that if I press Root that I can't cry to anyone about anything. Yes/No" I mean is it my phone, or your phone Samsung? If it's your phone then why am I paying for it?

/rant

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

MacGyver

This TV is for Netflix and this TV is for Hulu.

People really should stop buying TVs with these kind of "features" in them. Manufactures are slow to fix issues related to third party "plugins" and even if they get better at it, why would I want to be able to choose only from the plugins that they happened to be able to get everyone's lawyers to agree with this week? It adds cost and complexity, and to suffer those two things for a sub-par experience is dumb. I would like a TV with many HDMI inputs, some old-timey analog ports, the ability to read the occasional USB stick, and lots of adjustment features. Not some half-baked "Smart" TV. "Oh sorry, your TV is too old to run Youtube 4.3, please buy another TV and try again."

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MacGyver

Re: I agree

I will simply not give it my Wifi password and not plug it into a CAT5 cable, so unless they put a SIM and transceiver in my TV it can't ever phone home. They can want it connected all they want, but we decide whether to let it into our data network. Who cares what crappy players they put in their TVs, I would never use it anyway, they never support every codec and usually have menu systems created by morons anyway. Add in privacy issues and the choice becomes clear, just don't use those features.

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MacGyver

Re: I am hoping for a stupid TV to become available.

But for a more powerful solution (for fancy skins with fancy menus), use a cheap <$150 Intel NUC (with built-in IR) and OpenELEC (Linux+Kodi [previously known as XBMC]). It will play every swinging file you can throw at it (and decode it in hardware if your kit can do it), it can even decode H.265 in software if you are running something a little more beefy.

If you run Windows there are ways (addons) to use Amazon and Netflix too.

I imagine you already know all that Dan55, I was just sharing because I really like Kodi.

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Why IP telephony is about more than just saving money

MacGyver

Re: VOIPity VOIP VOIP

We can go round and round all day. Who keeps the 802.1x certs updated when they have no staff? What does a company with one media gateway "test" the new IOS on? How does a small company ever hope to have the ability to test a new IOS and how it will react with all the different daughter cards they may have installed? In most places the idea of a "spare" Cisco 3945 would cause the IT guy to laugh out loud.

I was not trying to sway anyone away from VOIP with its "insurmountable problems", I like VOIP, I think people should setup VOIP in most places, I was just trying properly weight the con side of the argument. The article will send a marginally knowledgeable person racing straight to their IT department (or guy), so I was providing some real-world worries for them to chew on and think about. This site is read by both SAs and managers alike is it not?

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MacGyver

Re: VOIPity VOIP VOIP

I didn't intend to make my questions sound like actual questions? I know all too well the virtues of UPS (and their 5-10 year lead-acid battery lifespans). They were meant to be more of a heads-up to the VP that says "hey we should switch to VOIP?" when they long ago out-sourced their tech staff to some temp agency and now have zero technical staff on-site. I have seen many places where some pseudo-tech-savy department head gets taken out to lunch by a gentleman in a nice suit selling Cisco phones and comes back with lofty ideas about how all we need to do is buy this $4,000 router and we will all be running VOIP tomorrow.

I was going for more of a devil's advocate roll.

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MacGyver

VOIPity VOIP VOIP

What happens to your phones when your power goes out? What about when you loose your PS in your VOIP switch? When your IOS update for your media gateway goes south? Or when a user sets their BYO phone to the gateway's IP? There are also a lot of hidden yearly costs with licenses and the price differences from one tier to the next can be steep. Do you have a team of people always available to reset your users voice-mail pins? If you out-source the install and setup, how much are they going to charge you to add one more phone later, for adding a new area-code rule, another telco trunk?

I'm all for VOIP, but running your own phone network is a lot like being your own pilot, it's great if you're good at it. It does allow you to do some cool stuff, but you need to have techs that know what they are doing.

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Net neutrality crunch poll: Americans want to know WTF it is

MacGyver

Big surprise

It should come as no surprise that Republicans don't want government regulation. They have had this concept drilled into their minds for years by the leaders of their party. They'll scream all day about deregulating this or that, never once making the association that clean water, safe food, and the ability to use whatever phone you want all come FROM regulations. Ask them if they want the internet to change, they'll say no, then try to explain that the "regulations" in question were perceived to have always been there, it's only now that the ISPs have gotten so big that they are chewing on the leash and we need to better define the rules. I mean this is the party who's actual presidential candidate was advocating disbanding the EPA.

Why is it again that we don't give IQ and personality tests to candidates prior to letting them run for office?

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'Net neutrality will turn the internet communist – and make Iran's day'

MacGyver

Wow!

Sounds like McDowell is a complete lap-dog. He is saying "You don't want the government to 'regulate' the internet do you? Like China does." But he knows full-well that what he is really saying is "If ISPs aren't free to first create monopolies and then be able to do what ever they want forever, how will they be able to make infinite money?"

The "regulation" the FCC is taking about is basically (as far as the consumer is concerned) ensuring freedom, freedom from being at the mercy of whatever pricing and usage terms the only ISP in your town decides you will be offered. Things like caps, and throttling, tracking your data usage. Without that "regulation" ISPs can do whatever they please.

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

MacGyver

Re: In space, no one can hear you say "cut"

"self-sustaining"?

How did that whole Bio-dome thing work out again? Oh, yeah, it didn't (twice). We don't even know how to do that, let alone launch, fly, land, build, and live on a foreign planet.

I say put them under the ocean and see if they can even do that, if they live THEN spend a couple billion dollars to lob them at Mars.

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

MacGyver

Re: Privacy and policing

"for those that promote untraceable financial transaction systems, be aware that this is the enabler"

That right there.

Where did the popup come from? Irrelevant. (it's not the computer of the bank account holder, and in the end after trace after trace, it may have simply come from some random WEP secured wifi anyway)

The only reason this persists is that at some point a government or police department can't gain access to the bank account holder. Period. The end.

I agree with the commenter above that the only real way to combat this is with education. Educate people that the police will never "bill" you with Bitcoin or Paypal and the problem goes away. I mean really educate, not some PSA played 3 times at 23:56 in the middle of the night in-between infomercials, but in the paper, on the local movie theater ads before the movies, and billboards.

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Microsoft brings SUNSHINE – but it's a CLOUDY DAY

MacGyver

I think you mean Vista-nentially.

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MacGyver

Not really a Luddite either.

I will never buy a subscription to Office 365, I will use my current copy until I can longer use it, then switch to an opensource. I'm not sure why ANYONE would back themselves into a "Pay Forever" strategy but it's not for me. I'm not really a Luddite either, I just like having equity. If a business is "renting" their building, and "renting" their rackspace, "renting" their software, and basically "renting" their employees, how much value can they have "in" their company?

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