78 posts • joined 22 Feb 2010
Re: The chocolate is still shit, though.
.....do you really, really have to come over to America? ....isn't there somewhere else you can visit?
Not only Comcast....
Try getting a straight answer from Verizon on why your 10Gig/USD80/mo. MiFi "plan" is way over the agreed upon $80.00 when your data usage page indicates that you've not exceeded your allowance.
They'll tell you that "...you made a change in your plan mid-month" or some such, and there'll be a "prorated" adjustment made. Then, try to get an explanation of exactly what "prorated" means in their lexicon....on and on and on.
Then, lo!, if a "credit" is reluctantly and belatedly granted, it's because Verizon, or any of 'em, has had the use of that extra bit of income, multiplied by the thousands upon thousands of their customers with the same question, for whatever length of time they've stalled.
This is the modern telecom ethic. They don't seem to know any better.
Re: What fools
Believe it: Snowden is chortling at all of the dis-information he's been dishing out with more to come as he sees the opportunities popping up.
BiiiiG Pair Needed! Ready To ShooT!
It's those inept, disorganiz[s]ed Ameddicans! [sic], yet again........they seem to be the only ones f**kin' up?...head spy ejected from Tchermany, of all places...hordes of little invaders buzzing up from Mexico....while the rest of the World moves serenely on its lovely way?
These biases are obviously racist, sexist, and prejudiced. They simply must stop.
Re: Turmeric's not a root ...
"Reg commentards approximately equally appreciate punning to pedantry. Who knew?"
....it also leads to a lot of smartassininedness.
Re: Don Jefe Muslim president
"@ FormerKowloonTonger. Please, let me give you a shorter explanation...."
I'm assuming here that you mean why not impeach this Obama figure right now. The realistic obstacle to Impeachment/Conviction is the Democrat controlled Senate. It won't pass the Senate, they simply won't convict Obama, even if a few Democrats use some common sense and vote for the good of the nation rather than their personal vote seeking for tenure. When pigs fly.
That very vocal Palin woman is a lightweight. Remember she resigned her Governorship of Alaska in mid-term; she simply doesn't belong in any responsible position, elected or otherwise, in either Party.
Re: Not surprised
Indeed, by that shy, shrinking violet of a liberal president named Franklin Delano Roosevelt. How times have changed.
Re: Something else to think about.
"I think most Americans don't care about respect from the rest of the world,...."
This American agrees wholeheartedly. Do/did the former colonial powers, [read Sykes-Picot as a currently appropriate example....] give two hoots about "respect" other than to be called "sahib" in public, while their colonial subjects held them in contempt behind their backs except while they were sympathizers/sycophants/quislings?
And, I'd guess that most other mature nations share that opinion.
Those most in need of "respect" are the likes of the Palestinians, the North Koreans, and and the ilk of those ambitious nouveau arrivistes proclaiming themselves the new "caliph".
It's called "bombast", no punning intended, but that certainly seems to follow, as in the Iranians.
Re: Why Should I Believe Anything You Say?
"I honestly don't think your agency is protecting anyone from anything."
How would you know one way or the other?
Re: How utterly pathetic.
Agreed; unless the person you're calling has their phone in hand/on wrist ready and waiting to respond/ speak, the whole thing about even having one of these wrist phones seems centered on wanting to be looked at while walking down the street....or how about in a crowded elevator?
Silly. What on Earth has become so urgent?
Wrist phones for military use might be interesting, if shockproof.....in other words, Apple and these other trendy designer/manufacturers seem to be laughing all the way to their caches-banks.
Music Preferred?, or Shrieking Vocals/Guitar and Earth Shaking Bass?
What's changed from that old, old layman's analogy of "digital" music being like the flickering florescent light bulb in that the harsher "digital" sound is transmitted as separate 1's and 0's while "analog" music is warmer and smoother because it is transmitted and received as a continuous "wave"?
Isn't this the reason for the continued interest in vacuum tubes and vinyl discs despite all of the hyped-up digital verbiage? Ask people who remember awesome "HiFi" when the term was first popular. Ear structure and sound physics haven't changed, but it seems the hype certainly has been "upgraded".
If all you want is earsplitting guitar twangs and thumping bass with a shrieking vocal, fine. But for classical music lovers, digital transmission is still harsh-sounding.
Good Grief, Charlie Brown.....you knew I was going trip up ol' Linus while he was carrying those eggs! Why all of this, "I'm so shocked, shocked" stuff?
Looks as if that hooded, oh-so-clever Zuckerberg might now be "hoist on his own petard".
There are two all-dominating, and I mean ALL-dominating ALL social interactions in that part of the world:
1. The word, "Responsibility" and who in particular is the target of the pointed fingers.
2. The concept of "Face" and who loses it and who gains it.
Caveat Emptor LTE
That headline about the Verizon LTE "Faucet" really, really grabbed me. Other Verizon customers seem to be peeved also, if for different reasons.
I'm six weeks' into using [am very disgruntled] Verizon's MiFi LTE Mobile device, it's mouse-sized device instead of a book-sized router with a big fat wire connected to my iMac. Now I'm wireless. Nifty little gadget. Fits in your pocket. Goes anywhere. But there's a lot of potentially costly detail that remains semi-hidden or unmentioned in all of the Verizon blurbs here and there, and on their website.
The staff in their shops give the impression that they're not interested in your questions unless you're in there to actually buy something.
So, caveat emptor, potential buyers .......it suuuuucccckkkks up, vacuums, Hooooovers DATA. Yes, one can monitor one's usage, yes, I - t h i n k - accounts can be decreased. But you must sign up for two years. Do your research to see if this freedom of movement is worth the potential surprises at billing time. The speed is addictive after DSL [at least here in America] but avoid streaming movies, uploading pictures, and all data -heavy apps unless you really, really don't care about surprise monthly overage charges.
Re: Ughh... bad news
This is pregnant ......" an interval described as "peculiarly long" by I-don't know who....."
----and I maintain that this interval is the primary cause of all of this face-saving-over-to-you-Aussies-right-back-to-you Malaysia, all based upon this engine ping analysis.
Let's face it [no pun intended here] the main thing is to penetrate this Malay/Vietnamese vacuum.
Good luck with that.
And, that's a vital seventeen minutes at modern jet transport speeds. More than enough time to be well to the NorthWest and Bangladesh or elsewhere in Muslim controlled territory.
Re: "transponder"......thanks, I remember now.
Re: Ughh... bad news
Agree with the comment nearby of Glostermeteor's.
There are two major all-trumping concepts in Asia, "Responsibility" and "Face". All else is secondary.
1. The "filed" flight plan here was not necessarily the "intended" flight plan.
2. Anyone familiar with the Midnight to Eight shift knows the physical and mental conditioning required to stay alert, particularly necessary inside any radar aircraft controlling/surveillance operation.
3. IMHO, this was a hijack with unintended consequences.
4. The Malay and/or Vietnamese en route traffic controllers were not up to European standards. The major flight path deviation/alteration on the radar scopes went unnoticed for an unknown period of time during which the aircraft's IFF or whatever it's called now had been turned off.
So, all of this futile west-of-Perth search effort, based upon those increasingly vital "pings" from the engines has been, and remains a tragic wast of time and expensive facilities.
Methinks the intended destination was an abandoned Brit colonial airfield in Muslim Bangladesh. Dispose of the asphyxiated/dead passengers after a short-field landing after jettisoning unnecessary fuel, remove all passenger cabin fixtures/galleys/etc. Then effect a short field takeoff with vastly reduced weight. Head for another Muslim/Terrorist controlled facility for refitting as an aerial bomb.
The wise and wonderful Aussies are most sensibly having nothing to do with being the sole arbiters of what went wrong and bearing the sole party expected to yield results/opinions. Hence, their wise referral back, right back to the Malay Civil Aviation authorities for the official conclusions. The Malay authorities have the ultimate responsibility here.
There is no shifting away of this to save "face".
Adolescent snarks still smoldering out there while fondling their gamer joysticks.
Re: The warfighters...
Tom Ridge is making good sense, but he's being uncharacteristically naive in even thinking that there can be even the merest crumbs of shared security information volunteered by those smug folks out there in the peoples' republic of california who belittle all efforts of anyone waaaay back East in Washington having anything to do with their physical, much less, cyber security. They out there in california simply know all that there is to be known.
This is apparently shown by the "it's not my problem" attitude indicated by the two year lapse of the Bleedingheart affaire where HAL 2014 is out of control, but the august I.T. moguls in california point their fingers elsewhere, even though the human error causing this fiasco was manfully admitted by that German guy. There is no "how can I help?" from I.T. in california which is a separate galaxy.
There needs to be less insular thinking all around, but Glasnost from the I.T. folks is not something they "do", it's for all others to "do". The allocation of funds for mutual security along with the suggestion that profits will be nibbled at is out of the question. It's not their problem out there in california. So they think.
Then, the likes of this Bleedingheart shit hits the fan and it's blown all over the place, and great wails and shrieks of "WTF!" are heard in the land.
Re: Playing with the fire
Snowden has a super elevated sense of his being very necessary to right all of his perceived wrongs of his former employers. But he's a very successful mole, Cold War style, while he's too young to know what the Cold War was all about.
Snowden has been played like a marionette ever since he stepped off of the jet delivering him from Hong Kong.
This whole scene is ripped out from the pages of George Orwell's "Animal Farm". Orwell's copyright lawyer/agents should sue Snowden and Putin.
Wait for the TV movie starring a brand new Hollywood stud with his shirt off in the ads.
Re: Buy the Best and One Can Never Justify Being Disappointed. What Price a GIG Base Stranglehold*?
"..... Mass Media Manipulation of Monitoring Meme and Mentoring Message"
Love that alliteration! More! Mo! Mo!
Computer Generated Greed Rules! HAL 2014.
This merchant point of sale information theft is HAL 2014 out of control. And, HAL is smugly out of control because the reach for corporate profit trumps all...all. Th' Computer Rules. All prostrate themselves before Th' Computer! [Remember that delicious Pat Oliphant cartoon of some years back?]
If more corporate cash were to be allocated to R&D to create the necessary firewalls at all of the steps of purchase from Customer card scan to bank and return to vendor, rather than permitting that odious "it's not my problem" to rule all phases of accepting responsibility, we'd have noticeable security. [note cap "C" for Customer]
This is a tradeoff and/or choice which apparently no Corporate Board wants to decide to dilute profits, or divert cash to Security R&D on a change in priorities. Computers and cash flow are now in jeopardy.
Something has to give.
Captain Google has yet another example of a very smart Canadian teenager .....
"RCMP charge London, Ont. 19-year-old in Heartbleed theft ...
by Matt Hartley - in 727 Google+ circles
4 days ago - RCMP charge London, Ont. 19-year-old in Heartbleed theft of 900 SINs ... Arthuro Solis-Reyes was charged with unauthorized use of a computer ... from the Canada Revenue Agency's Website, a 19-year-old London, Ont.
Missing: scammer...." End Paste.
We're permitting Teenagers to exploit computer weaknesses, and all we hear is "We at the [...fill in the blank...] Company take computer security very seriously, and have taken all steps necessary to prevent further occurances....blah blah blah."
Close! Those! Doors! HAL!
Close these openings, HAL!
....here's a better paste.....and a challenger of a Chicken-Egg question....which came first, the Yahoos! or th' GCHQ......Willy Wankers want to know!
"News for yahoo and google all reading emails
Yahoo, Google and Apple also claim right to read user emails
The Guardian - 2 days ago
Microsoft is not unique in claiming the right to read users' emails – Apple, Yahoo and Google all reserve that right as well, the Guardian has ..."
This! Just! In!
From of all leakers!....th' Guardian!.....what a wonderful punning op!
.....pasted here for convenience!
....."The Guardian home
Yahoo, Google and Apple also claim right to read user emails
Like Microsoft, other webmail giants all reserve the right to read user emails, if 'deemed necessary'...."
All ye wankers!...drop yer pants!.....th' World is a-waitin'!
Re: The truth at last?
Re: tom dial's excellent thoughts.......
When I lived out in the Far East so many years ago we used to say of some of the locals that they had "tunnel vision". The best example of this is the waiter in a restaurant with a tray held high so studiously avoiding the raised eyebrows [or lifted fingers] of his other waiting customers vainly trying to gain his notice as he wends his way through his tables.
Such folks simply were not able to see anything not literally in hand, or in our cases here, at the ends of their fingers.
These contemporary lads here and now so feverishly dedicated to their computers are like the prostrated submissive figure before the looming monolith of a computer in Pat Oliphant's cartoon of some years ago. [ I don't know how to reproduce it here, but it's worth researching.]
What wondrous tools [apps] these supremely complicated machines present to us. But how parochial and limited in the daily nasty brutish and short business of our real World life so acutely threatened by our resident and subversive Muslim enemy is the approach of so many of the owners of the fingers typing their witty comments here. Their clever wit is an end in itself, but simultaneously being a demonstration a dangerously limited and naif view.
The intelligence agencies of all of the World's governments are dedicated to the protection of their perceived broad national interests. Crassly put, this boils down to National survival. This is true of the Chinese, Russians, the French and the Brits, and also of us Americans.
Our mutual enemy [believe it or not] of this century, these deadly and literally explosive and throat slitting Muslims infiltrated and embedded right here amongst us all....all of us.....need to be found out and their tool of communication is the Internet.
So I'd pose a question to these witty parochial posters here so adolescently rebellious against the NSA's of their own Nations what they'd do if they were saddled personally with the 24/7 responsibility of protecting their Nation? Critics ought to proffer well thought out solutions to deadly problems, not snarkisms du jour.
Re: @John Smith
......"timed out", but here's the rest...
Besides it gives these wanker-kids a whipping post. [Note: terrible pun alert....] for exercising their wit. They've focused their tunnel vision only on the nitty gritty of their portion of the whole Internet aspects...the broader objective of rooting [pun alert #2] and squeezing out [ gasp!....#3] Muslim terrorism never enters into their "thinking".
Re: @John Smith
....don't waste time here with commonsense replies. These parochial guys are only concerned with the 'privacy" of their pics of their genitals which they twitter and tweet and and they seem to be more concerned about potential hilarity resulting there than anything else.
Nowhere here do we read that the N.S.A. and the Brit equivalent are scooping up tons of uninteresting names and addresses trivia in our mutual war against our Muslim enemy .....what? ...a Muslim enemy?...where?......because of the very effective Muslim technique of lawfare and endless suits based upon cries of "profiling", prejudice", and racism".
Besides it gives these kids a whipping post. [Note: terrible pun alert....] for exercising their wit.
Re: @John Smith
The lopsided negative thumbs here simply reflect the resistant mindset of 97.775 of the naif posters here who need lots more exposure to the real nasty outside world of our Muslim enemies' designs on the rest of us. They [the posters here] willfully ignore today's stark reality. The posters here are strident ostriches with colorful feathery tails in the air.
What's of interest is not the contents, but the addresses of the senders and the receivers of emails.
Because, at lest here in America, post our being so bloodily attacked in 2001, we have the vigilant C.A.I.R and the A.C.L.U. who shriek, "Racism! Prejudice! Profiling!" at every scented provocation and they're very adroit at their "lawfare", so....Grandma with her colostomy must be groped along with everyone....everyone....at our airports to ensure that there is no "profiling". No one singled out. No bearded young, dark skinned Muslim male nervously fingering his prayer bead strings in the check-in line run the risk of having their feelings hurt at being groped while so few others have that strange feeling.
This has been most appropriately called, "Political Correctness" here in our America.
Ask the Israeli's why they haven't had a hi-jacking since, I think...1968 or so. They....gasp!.....profile very, very effectively. How many posters here have checked in at Ben Gurion Airport?
The same thought process applies, in due course to our Internet. Gazeeeeelions of emails and Twitter-Tweets and such are scooooped up......
Relax, dear posters. No one really wants to actually...... see! ......those pics of your penises and testicles, but those who have the thankless responsibility 24/7 of keeping these literally explosive Muslims from blowing us up do indeed want to see messaged names and addresses. They have their lawyers, too, along with just about all of these pressure [ no puns] groups.
Try to care responsibly.
Rejoice! Those pics of you wankin' yer weenie have gone viral [pun alert!] .......they're causing hilarity in unimagined circles in cubicles.....heh heh.
Re: sudo criminals
"This 'study' is biased nonsense."
....Tut-Tut....you should address that comment towards those doing the study. Posting it here, you're only preaching to the choir.
How would you know, one way or the other?
Re: Best intentions != right
This Ameddican [sic] might add right here, now, that it is such short sightedness as the 'analysis' presented here by the rather [most probably] young Editors and the obviously quite young commentators here, that had earlier driven, and is now driving a growing feeling here in America towards a policy of Isolationism among some of us [gasp!] who remember vividly [still!] the Second World War and who had family members in France in 1917; my father was a U.S. Army Field Surgeon in France, 1917, 1918.
Then, as the years too soon had passed - that turned into "Yanks Go Home". Then, and again after WWII.
Then, after all of the the Second horror came the Marshall Plan which, in effect, re-built all of Europe destroyed yet again by the Germans after 1939.
Then, some few may remember the Ameddican [sic] umbrella over Europe all during the Cold War.
I know, I know, that was all "so very yesterday"....perhaps in some of the currently trendy 140-character-limited mindsets.
But it would be well to remember that those two earlier desperate cries for help from France and England were answered by us Ameddicans [sic]. If reluctantly, it was because the European slaughters from the trenches and elsewhere were not to be foddered by young American blood and limbs and minds destroyed "over there" across the Atlantic without much anxious thought. Why was their [the English and French] fight against the Germans to be ....our .....fight?
Now, it seems that some avant garde [!] 21st Cent StarWars electronic defensive means that are being applied on our [-and-your] behalf by the likes of our N.S.A. are all of a sudden knee-jerkily and shrilly proclaimed, "Invasions! Of! Our! Privacy!" by.......the Europeans...some of the quite young ones who gleefully post pics of their genitals via the Internet.
O.K. Our new global World War against our well penetrated and subversive Muslim enemy has created severe frictions among some quarters among the English and French and....ironically....the Germans.
...........Goodbye......We'll defend our Homeland, you defend your Homelands.
Think Tank Alert!
My, oh my, oh MY!
All of these obviously youthful China "experts" pontificating.........wonder how many could actually find China on a map, or have had any lengthy exposure to "Sino-stuff"?
Re: Proving His Enemies Right... ExCUSE me?
"And, once again, so long as China OWNS most of the US debt and can plunge the sanctity of the "full faith and credit of the Dollar" down the commode....."
Why would the wily Chinese want to destroy the value of all of those U.S. Treasury Bills they're holding?
Re: Proving His Enemies Right
Re: "To believe they are motivated by some urge to keep us or Taiwan or anywhere else safe is naive at best."
Silly snarky posting made even more so by using the name-handle, "Spoddyhalfwit". Or, was that deliberate?
Grammar Daemons, Arise!
Re: ..."....includes the newest client OS, is expected to start shipping [?] a year later, ...."
Is expected to start shipping [?]....what...exactly?
WTF happened to old fashioned sentence structure? We see this, "....will start shipping [fill in the blank yourself] ..." all over the place in these techie articles.
Where'd they go to grammar school? Did they?
Those Dark Stains In Google-Pants.
These Google engineers with those spreading dark stains in their pants are a bit short sighted and parochial. They're pissing and pissed because their best efforts have been revealed as being wanting. Plus they've probably never had 24/365 hands-on responsibility for others' very lives....not merely jobs [alert: punning op.].
These Google monetizing guys can continue their "privacy" hypocrises and continue expanding their advertising vehicles in combination with the N.S.A. and their cooperating English Speaking Union friends if they'd just mature up and realize that our mutual Muslim enemy is very, very good at their own penetration activities and camel's-nose-under-the-tent-flap blood-drawing, these preliminaries as part of their continuing World-wide jihad.
Tut-tut, Google engineer guys......your enemy is not the N.S.A. and associates, your enemy is Islam....which is bigger than.....gasp!......even......Google.
Having finally yielded to that magnetic claw inside the local Best Buy, and getting used to, finally, a small screen albeit with that "retina" clarification which is excellent, my previously "THE IT" [pun alert!] iPad only three months old still seems fine.
And, despite gasps of dismissal coming from sophisticated readers here, I'm convinced that this "Apple Thing" is based upon a primal snob appeal....plus their obviously superb Marketing/Publicity Department.
Caveat emptor, babies.
Re: @Dodgy Geezer (was: And there was me...)
"Vice President and Information Superhighway" via Captain....sssswwoooooshhh! Gooooogle.
Re: As if!
.......heh.....heh.....heh.......[gasping through glee....]
Actually, and deliciously, you're responding to dis-information.
We Yanks, pausing for breath in our wanking, have had another glorious orgasm. Now for a bit o'rest.
Re: Any decent journalism on the subject?
This is soooooo applicable to most of the snark-smugness posted here......thanks for saying this...
"Are there any decent journalistic articles on the subject -written by real journalists and not bloggers with opinions- anyone could point me to?"
Re: US government crooks?
......may I add here that they [ Muslims already resident in our America] are very skillful at "lawfare" against anything in our America which these Muslims here already perceive to be potentially anti-Muslim......keep an eye on the progress for/against that mega-mosque planned in Middle Tennessee in anticipation of further Muslim growth there.....in our "Bible Belt"....
These Muslims are a burrowing, infiltrating formidable enemy....we Americans have yet to wake up to that fact.
Re: US government crooks?
.........And.......in related news......
"Pamela Geller: Darkness descending in England
Oct 27, 2012 11:53 am | Robert [- Spencer's Jihad Watch]
In "Darkness Descending in England" in the American Thinker, October 26, Pamela Geller details the British government's extra-legal persecution of those trying to defend England from jihad and Sharia: The arrest of over 53 people in the United Kingdom is the beginning of the end for once-great Britain. The leaders...
........and, in directly related "Other News"......,
pasted here from Robert Spencer's "Jihad Watch"......
.......Pamela Geller: Darkness descending in England
Oct 27, 2012 11:53 am | Robert
In "Darkness Descending in England" in the American Thinker, October 26, Pamela Geller details the British government's extra-legal persecution of those trying to defend England from jihad and Sharia: The arrest of over 53 people in the United Kingdom is the beginning of the end for once-great Britain. The leaders..."
And, A Bit More Still......
Here's another pregnant item from "Jihad Watch" of Robert Spencer.
"UK: Muslims misunderstood Islam, planned "another 9/11"
[...image excluded here....] ThreeAQ.jpgL-R: Moe, Larry and Curly
Here again we see the high cost of misunderstanding the Religion of Peace: it leads young Muslims to plot mass murder. Yet nary a mosque in the U.K. or U.S. teaches against the jihad theology of al-Qaeda, and shows young Muslims why it represents a "highjacking" of Islam. How odd!".....
....read the whole thing.....this situation won't be going away because of fluttering ostrich feathers.
A Bit More Of A Reality Jolt Needed Here.
Try.... just try.....reading this from...Gasp!....the Wall Street Journal......
" GLOBAL VIEW
October 22, 2012, 7:10 p.m. ET
Stephens: Iran's Unrequited War
The mullahs are at war with us. Maybe we should return the favor."
Another! Gasp! Politically Incorrect! Paste!....for those who ....DARE!
"The Islamic Schoolyard-Bully and Obama's America
by Raymond Ibrahim
October 18, 2012
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