* Posts by Kevin 6

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When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer

Kevin 6

@andy

Think that is bad when I worked helpdesk at a technical college that teaches programming, and repair I was called up by staff that their computer wasn't working.

ME: Did you turn it off, and back on?

Them: Yes its not starting

ME: ARE YOU SURE you hit the power switch?

Them: I'm not an idiot I know how this works!

Go over there the "power button" they were hitting was the picture adjustment knob gateway had on their monitors back then(this was around 2001)... I told them the computer is under the desk, and showed them the real button.

They got mad at me, and filed a complaint with my supervisor that I was treating them like an idiot... Note I didn't say, or do anything inappropriate... well that was till my boss called me in, and I told my boss I treated them with respect, and they were only mad cause they were embarrassed by their stupidity as they were a worthless piece of shit in a flesh suit.

I wish I could say that was the only call that would make me lose all faith with humanity, but it was a more mild one, and one of the early ones which is why I remember it so well... Ever have a networking teacher unable to log in as he forgot his password? Even when he never changed his password from his username, and have to show him how to turn off the caps lock key? I got a lot of complaints on me, but luckily the bosses figured out after awhile it was due to staff trying to cover their embarrassment after awhile.

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Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'

Kevin 6

@ imanidiot Re: The entire concept of the NORKs ...

true they have a massive standing army... but lets face it the US has been developing remote control death machines for a reason. The US's predators, and reapers have done quite a bit of remote control havoc on places the US has fought with just imagine what new toys are making.

I wouldn't be shocked if the military wasn't working on(or have made already) fully remote control tanks that could run for days on end, along with fleets of newer designed drones that could launch bigger missiles more silently then the old ones.

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

Kevin 6

Did want to add this, but my edit time passed by 1 minute...

Now I don't agree with how Manning was treated as Manning seemed to have some severe psychiatric problems, and should have been kicked out of the military years prior based on what I read(and how correct it was). Even Snowden in all honesty I don't think he should be treated with the disdain as he was do to how the news painted him.

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Kevin 6

God seriously the US don't care about him cause if the US wanted him out of the picture he would be gone, and possibly the whole embassy from a freak "accident" from natural gas igniting, or something. Or hell they would just snipe him lets face it the US hasn't given a damn about pissing countries off in the past, and wouldn't now to get what they want.

All we have here is a guy trying to wait out the statue of limitations on all his rape charges so he can get off scot-free. That or he is completely insane, and requires a trip to a mental health hospital.

People bringing Manning, and even Snowden up are pushing it. Manning broke military law, and gave out classified documents. Snowden stole confidential documents. I've seen US papers publish documents Snowden leaked, and none of them have been shut down, or imprisoned which is exactly what Asshat did.

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Stop the music! Booby-trapped song carjacked vehicles – security prof

Kevin 6

Re: The stupidity is you

@Dave 126

From last section my original post

"I'll admit the booby trapped music is worrying(well not to me as I drive a late 90's vehicle with an aftermarket stereo that only has power ;)), but the OBDII port isn't as much as if they have that much access to the vehicle they can do anything they want."

My comment was more on what sounds like blaming of the standard of the OBDII port as some super insecure attack vector as they said "once you get access to that, the cars network is entirely open to you".

I agree completely on the WMA issue, and in all honesty find it absolutely stupid a radio can talk to the rest of the vehicle in these modern cars.

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Re: Maybe coder drones could learn how to write code...

You just don't understand how else would they introduce these idiotic potentially dangerous security flaws other then poor coding, and stupidly interconnected hardware(that really shouldn't be connected) designs?

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Kevin 6

Re: The stupidity is you

I said PHYSICAL access to the server sherlock or don't you know how to read.

This is pretty much the same as to access the OBDII port as you need to have 100% physical access to it (which involves breaking into the vehicle), the software to use it, and if the vehicles I've accessed the OBDII port on are anything to go off you also have to have the car on to use it so that would involve hot wiring it. At this point unless you stole the owners keys you have done some physical damage to the vehicle that would make the person suspect something.

So at this point for your plugging in the laptop to be similar that would also assume you broke into the server room, broke/reset the login passwords via some method, and at that point yes you would have access to the CEO's e-mail. But at that point seeing your entry will be detected why not just take the server, and run like you already will have the car on so just go.

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Kevin 6

My god some of the stupidity

"Part of the problem is that late-model cars now have to have a government-mandated OBD-II port (typically under the steering wheel above the pedals) and once you get access to that, the car's network is entirely open to you, Savage said."

You know what else getting physical access to a server in a company means all its data is available to you. OMG STOP THE PRESSES

I'll admit the booby trapped music is worrying(well not to me as I drive a late 90's vehicle with an aftermarket stereo that only has power ;)), but the OBDII port isn't as much as if they have that much access to the vehicle they can do anything they want.

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

Kevin 6

Re: Oh, Jesus...

How can they win back what they never lost in the 1st place?

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Japan unveils net-wielding police drones for air patrol

Kevin 6

Did they just watch the South Park episode titled "The Magic Bush"?

as this idea sounds pretty much exactly what that episode was about.

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World needs 252,288,000 seconds to decide fate of leap seconds

Kevin 6

With all the problems plaguing the planet they are wasting time on this?

Ohh wow some clock will be off a minute in almost 200 years I'm sure life will come to a collapse due to that.

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Microsoft scares the bejesus out of Skype users with x12 price hike

Kevin 6

Yea I used to use it all the time prior to MS purchasing it out. I tried it for a bit after then my calls were breaking up all the time, and after an upgrade it stopped working completely(I mean the program would crash on launch) so I just gave up.

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We're getting kick-ass at seeing through walls using just Wi-Fi – MIT

Kevin 6

Seems like a great tool just imagine now crooks can make sure no one is home before they break into houses.

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Shocker: Net anarchist builds sneaky 220v USB stick that fries laptops

Kevin 6

Re: WTF?

I've done it in the past, but then again I keep a machine I don't care what happens to it(as I would throw it away otherwise), and use for experimentation.

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Android users left at risk... and it's not even THEIR FAULT this time!

Kevin 6

Samsung is pretty good

at pushing its users under the bus that is concerning updates.

The Samsung phone I got (Samsung Galaxy Centura ) I don't recall getting a single update since I got it. It currently has android 4.0.4 in it...

Sad thing is I do like their hardware I have a LG that I was going to switch to that I found no where near as robust.

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

Kevin 6

Re: Hmmm

Its actually pretty simple to remove 1/3rd(or more) the population. All they have to do is remove what should be common sense warning labels off products like for example the do not put on your head one for plastic bags. Then just let Darwinism take over again.

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

Kevin 6

Re: Doesn't pass the smell test

Well I can't talk for the whole US, but at least where I am diesel is very rare in automobiles. Part of the reasoning I'm guessing is for some reason diesel at gas stations in my city is generally $0.75- $1.50 per gallon more expensive then gasoline. So while they might get better mileage that increase is offset by fuel prices, and initial cost(as diesel vehicles costs more to buy).

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VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies

Kevin 6

Gah I wish they would stop listening to hippies

Its been proven hippies have no idea what they are against many times as science is out of their grasp

For evidence hippies signing a petition to ban water using the vocabulary, and tone hippies love to use to scare people.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yi3erdgVVTw

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The last post: Building your own mail server, part 1

Kevin 6

Re: @ moiety Check for blacklists

Ditto

Years ago I used to run my own mail server on a 800mhz atom board(was also my personal web, and fileserver) when I had a static IP with my old ISP. When they went bust I ended up on a dynamic IP ISP, and found I could no longer send e-mails from my server as they would all get rejected.

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Confession: I was a teenage computer virus writer

Kevin 6

Re: I wrote a password snatcher...

Me, and my buddy did similar in my old programming class in qbasic.

We left an account logged in we found that no one used

made a fake login that passed the username, and pass to the account logged itself out, and actually passed the login arguments the person typed to novell while hiding everything before quitting to the dos prompt like it should have.

We managed to nab the entire classes logins(for our class, and the one after) including the network admins pass cause we logged in on a PC he regularly used right before he came in that day.

college it was way easier to use other peoples accounts as 85% of students(and 98% of teachers...) the username, and password were the same... just had to hit cancel on the novell login on win95, and it would give the prior username.

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Kevin 6

Re: Viruses are all very well...

Yea remember that trick a guy I know did it to someone in highschool long ago who claimed to be a master hacker, and claimed he could defeat any kind of threat to his PC. He didn't expect his drive bursting into flames.

Still talk to the guy that pulled it, and its always funny when we reminisce about high school.

I also still remember the disk box that I kept of floppies that were infected with numerous different viruses that I collected, and would give to people that pissed me off :D

Then there was the macrovirus I wrote when I was attending/working in a college that only would infect our PC's, and targeted another macro virus someone I knew wrote, and would over write it. Did it as I got tired of having to go PC to PC to clean it off.

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Jeep Cherokee 2.2: Capable, comfortable ... but just not very Jeep

Kevin 6

Re: City car

Dunno man with how low that sucker looks I think it would have problems getting over the speed bumps in my city.

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Kevin 6

Re:Re: Hmmm

Well that is pretty true it seems for 99, and up cherokees from what I read. Only read bad things when I was looking for a truck about the 99+'s, but found the pre 99's were generally reliable, and cost more.

Side note agree with the original poster in that it looks like a Kia :(

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

Kevin 6

Re: ".....your product is not a choice, it's a necessity."

Its wasn't a necessity unless you wanted to run 98% of programs which started relying heavily on MS's library files.

It also wasn't a necessity when I was in college... if I planned to fail out as none of the needed software could run on anything else.

Then there is the whole computer game issue with how the extremely vast majority of them will only run on windows.

Gaming is actually the only thing keeping me using windows still on my main PC as I migrated my personal web server from an older windows box to linux(on a raspberry pi 2) a few months back.

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

Kevin 6

Re: Tech Coordinator

Well its a non-profit company which runs a charter schools (should have probably clarified that a little)

Essentially(to quote wikipedia) a charter school is a school that receives public funding but operates independently of the established public school system in which it is located. To show how far they can get in the organization 2 of the schools(which were also the most backwards design wise) were schools which had religious classes as part of the curriculum they were also 100% privately funded. The other 2 were partially funded by the city so they couldn't have any religion classes.

In the UK from what I read on the wiki page the similar version is something called foundation schools.

As for dropping outta IT that was just the end of it. I just fell out of love with it as I've worked for a few companies, and pretty much every one treated the IT guys like crap even though without them there is no way they could do their jobs. Add in competing for jobs with new people in IT whose skill sets only seem to be being able to color with a box of crayons, and it gets quite annoying also due to the low pay. For instance that last job I did the pay was so low I could have made similar cash flipping burgers. The pay would have been a tiny bit lower, but wouldn't have the level of stress that helps cause health issues. The pay, and treatment I will say could just be a regional thing though.

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Kevin 6

forgot this

This should be above the final paragraph as to why we quit without warning.

Ohh remember the turd I said signed a contract, and I got the blame? Well he was good friends with the secretary that ordered ludicrously overpriced laptops. She didn't trust me, and my buddy so she gave him access to the network remotely(yes the secratary was required to have the admin passwords by the organization), and let him dig around, and change settings. He screwed some stuff up, made a few backdoor accounts(which we promptly deleted, and banned his ISP) and when we went to complain to the head of the organization he accused me, and my buddy of crap as he trusted his idiotic secretary as she claimed her friend knew more(yup hub in the middle of the room guy).

For the finale we found out like a year later that the organization lost faith with all the backers(their main backer really liked me, and my buddy), and got broken up, and most the idiots lost their jobs that gave me hell :D

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Kevin 6

Re: Tech Coordinator

Sounds like a temp job I had at a non-profit school district 3-4 years ago(which got me to quit IT altogether)

Their prior IT director(guy who barely know how to install windows) quit, and someone I know got the job so he called me up saying he needed help fast. I decide to help him.

Get on site to the one school... network cables are thrown on the floor where students walk on them, and roll their chairs over. Actually the one room had a friggin hub flung on the floor that was all bent up with footprints on it, and that was the best part of their network design...

They were wondering why their server was acting up, and randomly failing, and the backup system was not functioning. Their backup system was some proprietary automatic tape library thing that the company disappeared that manufactured it, and the last known software for it was windows 95... Best part this was all stored in the friggin JANITORS CLOSET with absolutely 0 ventilation. I opened the door I felt like I was in some sauna that reeked of dirty mop water. No no reason at all for a server to randomly shut down, and fail.

OK main organizations office's server completely failed(their power line got hit by lightning 2 days prior, and took the server with it)... This one had a working backup system though. Problem is the only thing that was set to backup for 5 years was the backup software's directory... Yup the last admin/IT director did every other day backups of the backup software directory only. They got mad at me that I couldn't restore 5 years worth of financial data...

Next school... This one actually had a decent layout as it was done by an IT company. The last IT director signed a contract with a tech company to have a T1 installed for it. They needed it running for when school started, problem is though the last IT director signed a contract for it to be ready 2 months AFTER school started. Guess who was at fault? yup mine cause some idiot signed a contract 4 months before I got hired... It also didn't help that the principle was a complete fuckin idiot who seemed to enjoy making my life hard. He complained he needed a bigger monitor(he had an 18 inch) so we ordered him the next size up from the distributor we had credit with which was a 22inch monitor. How many people would complain about getting a 22inch monitor? Instead of telling IT anything he instead went and complained straight to the head of the organization claiming we weren't doing our work. I wanted to beat this guy so hard upside the head it wasn't funny.

Next school... Server room is a coat closet with 0 ventilation in the main office. Difference is this school had a principle smart enough to know computers don't like heat so he had a door stop holding the "server room's" door open. This place didn't cause me much issue till their projector they never tested didn't work. Well last IT director had it installed by a company, BUT had the wrong wire ran for it... He had RGB ran for it while the projector they had only had a VGA port on it. Had to buy a long ass VGA cable, and re-run it. Still no where near the pain of the other buildings I mentioned as like I said the principle wasn't completely technologically retarded, and understood it took more then 25 seconds to get stuff working.

Last school was built by me, and my buddy ground up. We picked servers, routers, and did everything to get it running. Only issue I had was some software they demanded for their library that they wanted on the server wouldn't work so I grabbed a spare workstation, installed the stuff on that, and put the computer in the bottom of the server cabinet(yes we bought a real cabinet unlike the others) that was in a climate controlled room, and let it run on that. Also made a script to auto backup all data to the main server so it would get on the tape nightly. I liked working in this building as the only issues that ever went wrong was the teachers couldn't remember their passwords(which were all 12345...)

outside the last school which I built all the workstations were also donations from companies so they were old beat up workstations. I would have to respond to an inquire by the head of the place EVERY single time I needed ANY part as IT depts budget was blown. Thing is it wasn't blown by us the secretary, and her friends decided they all needed $5k laptops, and took the cash for it out of our budget.

Then after we finished they demoted my buddy without notice, and hired some other dude to be IT director. We both quit the next day as I only did the job to help him, and they kept blowing off hiring me as full time(was supposed to be temp to full).

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Antiques in spaaaaace! Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts

Kevin 6

Re: Next time: the 8086

They purposely used them as they were reliable, tried, and tested. Lets face it you don't want you flight control computer making a computational glitch when calculating your orbit, or the computer freezing when you are coming in for entry. Its not like they need to run a pretty GUI like desktop users do. Also remember the computer that got astronauts to the moon had less processing power then most wristwatches have today.

I remember reading like 11 years ago Nasa was paying $400 or was it 600 per processor for new 486 SX chips's this was well into the P3 era.

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Want Edward Snowden pardoned? You're in the minority, say pollsters

Kevin 6

Re: Distorted news coverage

can't argue this last thing I saw on snowden completely ignored what he really did, but made him sound like some russian spy. Sadly it wasn't fox news either. Gotta love the 6, and 10 o'clock nightly propaganda show

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Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth

Kevin 6

so for the people in the US with a metered low data cap does Microsoft pay for their internet if they go over the cap?

Like my old ISP was limited to 100 gigs which I was hitting easily per month with steam video games, people watching netflix, and playing MMO's with huge updates(one reason I quit them). I went over the data cap once they slammed me with a $10 fee for every 5 gigs over...

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

Kevin 6

Re: @Turtle @Phuq Witt I sort of agree

Agree

I would have done the same. Well outside shooting it down with a gun I would a got it wet, and dismantled it trashing the transmitter 1st ;)

But as for dealing with the 4 guys yes you have to show you are armed with something to deter people. Trust me I see it all the time with multiple people vs 1 unarmed guy they are more likely to get physically violent when they are in the majority, and have minimal chance for injury.

I bet if the guy didn't have a gun on hand they would have beat the living crap out of him possibly damaging him for life.

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

Kevin 6

Wow windows 10 sounds really fun... just like getting a full frontal lobotomy.

I'm just hoping more game makers start making more(and eventually all) games so they can run on Linux as Windows is getting worst, and worst every iteration. Hoping Valve pushing steam machines will help this along as video games are the only reason I still even use Windows.

As for the updating breaking things. One MMO I play from what people said worked fine on the preview edition of windows 10, but the final version broke the game.

As for $10 a year for solitaire(I thought this was a joke till I looked it up)... could always go buy a pack of cards, or play one of the thousand free editions on andriod, and not have to look at the unskippable ads. Seriously idiotic I swear MS is just trying to cause a mass Linux exodus.

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

Kevin 6

Well damn glad I got a shiny old jeep cherokee which only had an exploding gas tank recall

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

Kevin 6

as someone who works 12 hour shifts I have to ask are the people in charge of this completely out of their fuckin minds?

Everyone I know at work once we hit hour 9-10 our concentration drops faster then a penny off the Empire state building hell people also start having issues keeping their eyes open(work night shift), and the toll is quite high stress wise. Now add in the stress of having to be alert non-stop... honestly they should be in 6 hour shift rotations at max 4 days one week, and 3 the next. Sure they would need more pilots, but the results would be drastically better.

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If hackers can spy on you all then so should we – US Senator logic

Kevin 6

What we really need is a law that prohibits the ability to staple some other law to a piece of legislation which has nothing in common with the law they are trying to pass..

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

Kevin 6

Re: The view from Silicon Valley

I'm not really sure what IT people have against Macs - it seems to be that they cause fewer user headaches, so less support burden. And, for whatever reason, they seem to get less infected by bad crap (again, lower support burden), the hardware is usually better quality and it retains it's value/usability for a longer period of time.

Try repairing them.

Hint they are not fun specially the new ones where every single damn thing is glued together.

Where I used to work we had Dells if one failed dell sent us a board to swap out so we could get it done fast. Actually they sent us a few extra boards as we had hundreds of laptops which when one died we sent the board back, and they sent us a replacement on the side. All in all if the MB failed on the laptop it took me maybe 15 minutes to replace it so the laptop was down for under a half hour(including diagnosis).

Try that with a new mac book as to dismantle them you need a heatgun, but good luck getting parts for repair you have to send it to apple which can take a week or so.

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Kevin 6

Yea my web server/file server (it does dual roles) which runs XP is so unusable that the last time it went down was when there was a power outage, and the time before was another power outage (something like 1 year prior).

My current PC with windows 7 I think has crashed 1-2 times in the past 3 years, and that was strictly due to the software having issues that I was using at the time.

Windows 8 I'll give you that sorta works as it's a royal PITA to get to do anything.

Your IT support sounds mediocre, and needs replacing.

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Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

Kevin 6

wtf

"Other games omitted were The Oregon Trail Pokemon and Sonic the Hedgehog, both of whom were nominated but didn't quite make the cut based on their lack of impact on popular culture. "

They are saying Pokemon had a lack of impact on culture? It had way more impact then Doom

Wolfeinstein 3d more deserved to be in then Doom as wolfeinstein pretty much started the 3d shooter craze.

Hell I could ask a pile of people who play games if they ever heard of Doom, and they would say no, but ask about pokemon everyone knows that.

WoW I can only imagine should be in it for going from an epic game to a money grubbing pile of crap in record speed.

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Science teacher jammed his school kids' phones, gets week suspension

Kevin 6

What?

"The consequences could have been dire," Pasco County school district spokesperson Linda Cobe told WTSP. "If he was jamming the signal so 911 calls can't be made. It would affect an emergency in the school."

Last time I was in a school working which was 5 years ago they had something we call LAND LINES which could dial 911 in case of an emergency, and even dial the parent when the idiots would act up...

Lets face it if anything did happen we all know the kids wouldn't call 911, and instead be tweeting it, throwing it on instagram, and uploading video to youtube...

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FTC to scavengers: Radio Shack corpse doesn't include customer data

Kevin 6

Yea the telephone dealer really irked me I used to shop there often, but got fed up with being asked if I wanted a new phone, and being pestered by employees who didn't know anything. Then there were the insane prices I remember once paying $5 for a friggin blue LED when I needed one at the last minute. Online I was able to order them after that 100 of the same LED for $6 shipped...

Then they reduced all their part inventory to one friggin drawer system... that was when I really stopped going as I had to order 80-90% of the parts I needed from places online anyways why not order all the stuff, and save $10 while I'm at it.

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Major US news organisations to develop ROBOT JOURNALISTS

Kevin 6
Flame

Wow were getting physical robots that will scour for info instead of what could be done with automated scripts?

Seriously any web programmer could make a script that will scour AP for news, and run a thesaurus on a few words(something a good chunk of journalist don't bother) to change it up a little, and repost it as theirs.

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

Kevin 6

sounds like a guy I knew in highschool in the 90's I remember he blew his bathtub up trying to make something out of the book

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Firefox hits prime time as version 37 manifests

Kevin 6

So does it change search engine settings, button layouts, and basically fuck up every other setting known to mankind like most the prior updates in the past few months?

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FCC sexes up, er, sextuples 'broadband' speed to 25Mbps in US

Kevin 6

Now only if they would make it illegal to have data caps as I see with the upgrade in speed will be a downgrade in the already ludicrously low data caps a lot of ISP's already got.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Kevin 6

Re: Is it getting worse?

Rimpel in the same boat.

Been reading the news here for many years, and think maybe its time to find a new news site as this place seems to have lost touch with the people who read it.

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Kevin 6

Re: El Reg Redesign

Even if the giant pictures actually were for the article, but no they usually are some crap picture they just flung on for the fun of it that has nothing at all to do with the article.

Perfect Example the Bong Ventures LLC: We've been cyberhacked on the side why in the fuck do we need a gigantic picture of a pikachu from pokemon? Its not funny, it has absolutely nothing to do with the article.

Or even the one on printing from a chrome book do the writers here think we have no fuckin idea what a printer looks like?

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Re: How's this for irony:

Yea thought that was pretty ironic

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Kevin 6

Re: I'll check back later --> Mine protects me from Pron

sadly almost find that layout better then the shit they put up here

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Kevin 6

Re: Crap Crap Crap Crap

Barry PLEASE don't give them any bright ideas.

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Looks like crap

Should fire the guy who did it. Preferably out of a cannon into a brick wall.

Hell do the same to the person who suggested it.

I thought the site got pwned by some ha><ors when I first saw it, but then thought they usually have better layouts.

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