* Posts by Fatman

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Verizon flogs off 29 data centers, pockets $3.6bn

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Verizon "concentrating" on its wireless and FiOS efforts?

<quote>For Verizon, the sale has been expected for some time, as it has sought to shed much of its wireline business services and infrastructure in order to focus on its more profitable wireless phone and FiOS consumer broadband services.</quote>

Really??????

If THAT is the case, they WHY did Verizon flog off its FiOS plant to Frontier?

http://www.macnn.com/articles/15/09/03/deal.awaiting.state.regulatory.board.approvals.to.proceed.130252/

Living in Flori-duh, I recall Frontier's handling of the rollout all too well:

http://stopthecap.com/2016/04/04/frontier-takeover-verizon-landlinedslfios-texas-florida-causes-big-outages/

and

http://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/frontier-lost-40k-potential-customers-during-botched-verizon-cutover-mccarthy-says

Unfortunately for the former Verizon customers, the April Fool's Joke was on them.

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Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

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Re: Other Intel Chip

<quote>This is what happens when you are a big company and you throw out your older engineers in order to increase shareholder value.</quote>

Edited for clarity.

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VCs to Trump: You know what would really make America great? Tax breaks for VCs

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Re: And so it starts

<quote>Unfortunately the bull is in the china shop now, and the ropes come off on January 20th, so hope is all that remains.</quote>

Edited for additional clarity.

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Lenovo: If you value your server, block Microsoft's November security update

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Re: End user ...

Is that YOU, Loverock Davidson?????

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Passengers ride free on SF Muni subway after ransomware infects network, demands $73k

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Re: Design failure

Colin,

You forgot:

Throw manglement under the bus at each and every opportunity I get.

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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

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Re: When you've done the penalty, that should be it.

<quote>If you allow companies to fire anyone with a criminal record, then you're effectively saying they should never work again. </quote>

You fail to understand the ramifications of this specific situation.

IIRTAC (if I read the article correctly), the candidate inquired IF having to pass a 'records check' was an integral aspect of being hired, he was told NO.

That did not absolve of his responsibility to disclose it, and, in the eyes of the employer, such a failure to disclose a criminal conviction offers insight to his honesty and integrity. It may also open him up to being blackmailed; which for people in IT, open up avenues for all kinds of mischief in a corporate setting. Without knowing exactly what the responsibilities and duties were; he could be interacting with the employer's customers systems and have access to sensitive data. Any risk manager would cringe at this prospect.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Re: Can you hold down the power button

<quote>Some people are just morons who shouldn't have passed the interview for the job in the first place.</quote>

NO, just skip the interview, and directly promote them to manglement.

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Lad cuffed after iOS call exploit knocks out Arizona 911 center

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Re: AZ sheriff

<quote>Just did a Google and found that the Sheriff himself is now being charged with contempt of a Federal court order, so might soon be enjoying a little camping out himself. (Or would that be at a Federal campsite?)</quote>

I would hope not!!!

I have a much better place for Sheriff Arpaio in the event he gets convicted - A Federal SuperMax prison. Drag that arrogant son of a bitch into the cell, and weld the fucking door shut. He can rot there until he finishes his entire sentence.

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Good luck securing 'things' when users assume 'stuff just works'

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Re: Stop training users not to update!

<quote>Or had the UI needlessly changed because of an update?

Most users see updating as something that breaks what works, adds crap they don't need nor want, and makes their device harder to use. Of course they're not going to run the updates.</quote>

Mozilla, I AM looking at YOU!!!!

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RE: something you "have" and the last is something you "know".

<quote>Once the person has returned the keys, they are no longer able to access. </quote>

BUT what IF they had them duplicated???

Then all bets are off.

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Oh God, here comes the artificially intelligent boss bot – look busy!

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Re: Code Executing Officer

<quote>Does one of those have the power to put nasty bits of code in front of a firing squad?

I can see a use for that.</quote>

So can I.....

Like the people behind systemD.

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Take it away, ICANN: US States drop internet handover lawsuit

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WTF?

"""Motivations""" for stopping the transfer?

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) (Oh, look at this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Paxton )

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R)

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) (Oh, take a look at his Career as AG: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Pruitt )

Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt

Could the motivations be political in making???

Enquiring minds want to know.

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WD gives My Passport spinning rust drives a lick of paint

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Re: Help Desk: Q: What kind of disk drive do you have? A: Blue

<quote>(That said, I wish power cables weren't all black, having different dark colors would make sorting through my surge protectors at home easier.)</quote>

Then I guess that you have never heard of ty-wraps or colored electrical tape?

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Cheer up Samsung! You might get back $400m for copying the iPhone

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Re: Samdung deserves to pay the fullest amount

Nah!

You have drunk too much APPLE cider!!!!!

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It's executive whack-a-mole at Big Data replicator WANdisco

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"Karma" is such a B*tch!!!!

It is pleasing to see the beancounters on the losing side of a corporate cock fight.

Someone forgot the first rule of corporate power: Make SURE that you have the stockholders backing before you fire a CEO.

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These diabetes pumps obey unencrypted radio commands – which is, frankly, f*%king stupid

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RE: "Cost of doing business"

<quote>Not so sure about that. The potential losses in the resulting court case could offset the savings by several orders of magnitude.</quote>

And one such mechanism to get the manufacturers interested in implementing safety protocols would be a multi-Billion dollar "hit" (lawsuit).

Recently, I noticed legal advertising for patients who take certain blood thinners who suffered varied injuries as a result of the software in a PT-INR1 testing machine producing the wrong results. Just the ticket to prod manufacturers....

1 In layman's terms: the time for your blood to clot.

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No surprise: Microsoft seeks Windows Update boss with 'ability to reduce chaos, stress'

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RE: Why don't they just summon a daemon?

<quote>No, no, they're strictly for senior senile management.</quote>

FTFY!!!!

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USB-C is now wired for sound, just like Sir Cliff Richard

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Be careful what you wish for.....

<quote>Are (simple) USBC to 3.5mm TR(R)S splitters and straight adaptors really beyond our scribe's powers of imagination? </quote>

Only to have the MAFIAA required DRM baked in to the converter.

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Hubble spies on Europa shooting alien juice from its southern pole

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Water on Europa

If When humanity ever reaches Europa, one of the most likely first opportunities for exploitation of Europa's water will be by one of the global conglomerates that sell bottled water.

I can picture the 'tag line':

OUR bottled water is TRULY out of this world!

And those with more money than brains will engage in 'conspicuous consumption'.

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Unimpressed with Ubuntu 16.10? Yakkety Yak... don't talk back

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Re: 16.04 Long Term Support

<quote>then you either have to follow each subsequent release until the next LTS, or else somehow jump back to the previous LTS (not sure if you can do that without re-installing).</quote>

Here is a hint: 'IF you can afford the space, set up at least 5 partitions (6 if you must have 'swap'), and keep your data files separate from /home. Load the O/S into its own partition, and set up the data partition to be 'automagically' mounted at boot. Like this:

/dev/sda1 : Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

/dev/sda2 : Ubuntu 16.10

/dev/sda3 : Ubuntu 17.04

/dev/sda4 : Ubuntu 17.10

/dev/sda5 : data

/dev/sda6 : swap

You might 'adjust the location of 'swap' if you want it in between the O/S partitions. You get to the other O/S installs by embedding the GRUB bootloader for in that partition in that partition and chainloading it. In essence, you 'boot twice' for any of the non LTS installs. It isn't the easiest thing to do, but once you "get it", you are free to blow away an outdated O/S partition, and experiment with something else.

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Moron is late for flight, calls in bomb threat

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Re: Only 1 year?

<quote>Seems pretty light.</quote>

But, he could be put on a life long NO FLY LIST which would be the best karma possible.

I wonder what he did for a living? Did it involve travel?

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BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

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<quote>What about the 4a?

4a

A person who is so full of his or her self importance that every single IT issue they have is urgent and must be looked at first. Forget about everybody else, they are just not as important as these people.</quote>

Do you mean senile manglement???

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Public masturbation not a crime declares Italy’s top court

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Re: Oh stop

WELL DONE!!!

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EU court: Linking to pirated stuff doesn't breach copyright... except when it does

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Re: Barking up the wrong tree?

<quote>Dude. This is the EU. DMCA is US law. I'm not sure why you think one matters to the other.</quote>

You must have forgotten that Team America acts as the World Policetm.

'Merkin law applies world wide.

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Printers now the least-secure things on the internet

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Re: Do printers really need to be connected to the internet?

You must not work for a large enterprise organization, not to comprehend WHY this would be desired.

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Ten-year-old Windows Media Player hack is the new black, again

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Re: Improving Security

<quote>Simply fire it at the user's groin prior to displaying security warnings.</quote>

And repeat several times if the (l)user is in manglement.

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HPE crams unloved software down Brits' throats – then charges them $9bn to swallow it

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HP's """machinations"""

All I can say is: Thank $DEITY I never owned any HP stock.

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US tech college ITT is not pining for the fjords. It is no more. It has gone and met its maker

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Re: On The Job Experience

Dammit, you beat me to it!!!!!!!

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Lightspeed PoS vendor breached, sensitive database tapped

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Re: Remind me ...

WRONG!!!!

Try

Piece

Of

Shit!!!!

which describes the security often found in such systems.

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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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Re: Adult conversation

<quote>"I wanna toy!"

"No."

"I wanna toy!"

"No."

"I wanna toy!"

"No."

"I wanna toy!"

"No."

"I wanna toy!"

"No."

"I wanna toy!"

"No." Adult, fed up with petulant child whining, takes out 3 inch wide leather belt, and gives child deserved ass whipping. Child gets message.</quote>

FTFY

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Windows 10 Anniversary on a Raspberry Pi: Another look at IoT Core

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Windows Update on a Ras Pi

<quote>As I type, I am watching Windows 10 IoT Core apply a system update on a Raspberry Pi 3. It is taking ages, whereas when I have done Linux updates on a Pi it is generally quicker and does not require a reboot.</quote>

More evidence of the bloatware that Windows has become.

And WHY would one WANT to use it?

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Reports: Autopilot will go on strike if you're not paying attention

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Re: Self Driving Cars ...

<quote... aimed at the kind of people who think that their data is safe in the Cloud.</quote>

Are best utilized to impress upon manglement what can go wrong if you are not paying attention.

Picture this:

Your typical pathetic mangler, out driving around in his (or her) latest self driving car which has been hacked to accelerate at top speed into a brick wall, and the only way to stop the looming crash was to jam on the brakes. Mangler """trusts""" his (her) life to the self driving car, and gets a rude awakening.

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Shock: AT&T totally not OK with FCC saying it ripped off US schools

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Re: To operate in an area

Which is all fine and good on the surface, but, when you come down to defining a 'school', you may be looking for trouble.

Does a very small group of children meeting for religious services at a house of worship constitute a 'school'?

That is the core problem with loosely drawn statutes, their interpretation is in WHO does the interpretation.

A very recent case in point. In Flori-duh, state law requires students 'participate' in state assessment tests; but that statute does not explicitly define PARTICIPATE. Thus a student who takes the state test, breaks the seal, writes their name on the form, but answers no questions is considered to have participated. Recently, due to the state's third grade retention policies, this issue has been thrust in front of a judge.

So, be careful of what you wish for, the Law of Unintended Consequences may rear its ugly head.

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US Treasury to launch pre-emptive strike on EU's Ireland tax probe

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Re: I don't think so. The US has a huge debt that they need to address sooner or later.

No. sir, they don't.

That can will just be kicked down the road for someone else to deal with.

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Google broke its own cloud by doing two updates at once

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Re: Still planning to have these clown in your infrastructure?

<quote>Who do you sue? Simple answer to both of your questions - Google.

Dear Google, I am a small business owner and your outage caused me to lose so much business I've ceased trading, I plan to sue you for £1m. Yours, Small business.

Dear Small Business, Bring it on you soon to be unemployed layabout. We direct you to the Terms and Conditions of Service, Section (blah) Paragraph (blah): "Limit of Damages". You will note that those Terms of Service do not provide for compensation for Lost Revenue or Profit. Tough Luck! Yours, Google's Army of Lawyers.</quote>

FTFY!!!

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NASA tried turning lost spacecraft STEREO-B off and on again... but it didn't work. True story

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Re: Time for an early version of R2D2?

<quote>If the bot were to fail, we could include a special bot that's designed to repair the defective bot so that it could repair the satellite!</quote>

No, that is what ejection mechanisms are for. Then you report to manglement that the spacecraft is hopelessly fucked.

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Systemd adds filesystem mount tool

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Re: I am stupid

<quote>Sorry, bazza, I can only update once.</quote>

Don't worry, because I also upvoted him.

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NASA to begin first asteroid sample mission: Seeks 'pristine' specimen

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Re: 2010

2016

AFTER MORE THAN TWO CENTURIES OF PLANET WIDE DESTRUCTION

WE HAVE FINALLY HAD ENOUGH

YOUR WORLD NO LONGER BELONGS TO YOUR SPECIES

HERE IS YOUR 'EVICTION NOTICE'

YOU HAVE ONE CENTURY TO COMPLY

ONCE YOU ARE GONE

THEN PERHAPS YOUR PLANET WILL RETURN TO THE BEAUTIFUL PLANET IT ONCE WAS

LEARN TO LIVE IN HARMONY WITH THE PLANET YOU TRAVEL TO

OR ELSE YOU WILL BE ERADICATED AS A GALACTIC PEST

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Re: Genesis-style fiasco

<quote>Consider it a quarantined planet... and a forbidden subject.</quote>

Now, here I have always thought that it was Talos IV that was quarantined.

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NSA's Cisco PIX exploit leaks

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"Whose" interests?

<quote>Wouldn't it be nice if governments actually tried to look after our interests? :)</quote>

Are you speaking of Joe Sixpack, or the businessmen that have bought the politicians?

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$100m settlement snub: Super Cali goes ballistic, says Uber deal atrocious

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Re: Total Recall

He most certainly has:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz3YSGzLciY

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FireEye warns 'massive' ransomware campaign hits US, Japan hospitals

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Re: It is a very frustrating situation regarding the averge PC user.

<quote>Frankly I am at a loss to suggest any measures short of electric shock treatment that would get the average punter/employee to show a modicum of common sense.</quote>

Now, if you really wanted to send a message, you would have security summarily execute the next offender as they sat in their chair.

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'Flying Bum's' first flight was a gas, gas, gas

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Re: i wonder...

A rather insidious thought occurred to me when reading your comment.

I could picture a fleet of these simply "dropping off" parcels for delivery. (Think "parcel bombing" of neighborhoods.)

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Re: Sorry how much?!

<quote>but what the hell has cost $100 million?</quote>

Lots of defense department """pork""".

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EFF vows to take up muni broadband cause after FCC denied

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Overturn state laws..

Not going to happen.

The communications oligopoly has only to <sarcasm>remind</sarcasm> politicians of who owns them.

After all, corporations are people too, and politicians have a duty to <sarcasm>protect the public</sarcasm>.

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Vodafone: Dear customers. We're sorry we killed your Demon

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RE: the company's £2bn investment

<quote>She said the move was part of the company's £2bn investment in its network and services intended to address issues around customer experience.

A 2bn investment and you penny pinch like that.</quote>

<sarcasm>They have to think of the shareholders <u>think about not decreasing the executive bonus pool</u>.</sarcasm>

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How do you securely exchange encrypted-decrypted-recrypted data? Ask Microsoft

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Re: Fuck Off!!1!!

Camilla,

Take a deep breath

now hold it for a few seconds....

breathe out....

breathe in again....

hold it......

breathe out......

Better???

Now you can take that Linux Live CD and nuke that fucked up WindblowZE 10 machine that has caused you so much stress.

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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Re: Not the biggest problem...

<quote>Perhaps the F-35 is equipped to be remotely hackable (let's face it; practically everything else these days is) but that would not alter the fact that the aircarft were on "foreign" soil with little or no chance of recovery.</quote>

You underestimate the deviousness of some TLAs, and their profit from war comrades.

Do you honestly think something as <sarcasm>advanced</sarcasm> as the F-35 doesn't have a "Repo" function hard coded in. The ultimate in DRM.

I can picture this now, Turkey gets their F-35's, tells the USofA and NATO to fuck off thinking that they have pulled one over. They take the planes out for a spin afterward, only to have the pilots automatically ejected, and the planes diverted to a friendly air base.

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Judges put FCC back in its box: No, you can't override state laws, not even for city broadband

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Re: Reg said that States cannot be pushed around by a federal regulator...

<quote>As to wired communications, that is a mix of private/regional/state/federal authorization. Almost nobody owns all the property that their wires traverse. Those right-of-ways can be revoked in many ways.</quote>

Which is why there are regional monopolies/oligopolies - that is called franchise rights.

Local governments (be they state, county or municipal) gave many 'cable companies' exclusive or virtually exclusive franchise rights in exchange for the investment in building out the systems. The point the lobbyists made was that investment will not be made if there is little potential for return on that investment. Often, the 'virtually exclusive' component was achieved by allowing an incumbent telco to offer cable TV service. Thus leading to a duopoly. And, in markets with such duopolies, competition often was a case of one never seriously undercutting the other, price increases often in lock step.

There are some core services for which the duplication of investment needed in order to provide a service is ridiculous. Can you imagine duplicate sets of roads, with drivers of Ford manufactured vehicles restricted from accessing 'Chevy' or 'Dodge' roads? Can you imagine the clusterfuck that would result if you had multiple sets of sanitary sewers going down a street? Or water lines?? Or electric lines??? Or telephone lines????

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the skylines of large cities were a rats nest of wires and cables; not unlike some I have seen of what can be found in India. Local officials determined that duplication of investment is a waste of investment, and thus the concept of a regulated monopoly was born. To some extent that needs to be extended down to the provision of wired communications services.

It will be necessary to separate the internet, video and voice services provider from the communication services provider (i.e. separate the 'service' from the infrastructure providing the service). It is time that provisions of the Communications Act of 1996 that forced incumbent telco operators (ILECs) to open up their wired networks to competitors (CLECs) be applied to the provision of cable and fiber optic communications services. Telcos made a lot of promises while that bill was going through Congress; most of them are still not fulfilled. One of the more shitty aspects of that bill was that "opening up to competition" was applied to wired copper networks only, fiber and cable networks were exempt. ISPs had 20 years to recoup those investments, so what excuse are they going to pull out of their asses this time.

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Samsung: Hackers can't pwn our NFC payment kit. No way, nuh-uh, not true (Well, OK, maybe)

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Re: Run for the Hills

<quote>Whenever a company asserts that something is their "top priority" you know it's time to run for the hills that they are full of shit.</quote>

There!!!

FTFY

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