* Posts by ecofeco

2595 posts • joined 15 Jul 2010

Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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Re: if the Chattanooga voters want the city to run an ISP

"On a Constitutional basis, Tennessee is correct and the FCC is wrong. If we had a non-politicized court system, SCOTUS would slap down the FCC so hard it would make El Reg commentard heads explode.""

Er, no.

Article I, Section 8, Clause 3:[3]

[The Congress shall have Power] To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

PERIOD

The "alphabet agencies" are how Congress does this.

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Ah the The American South

You really can't fix the American south's special flavor of stupid.

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

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Their creators are surplus?

"...computers in the future could determine their creators are surplus to requirements."

So basically the way CxOs treat employees, right?

This would be different, how? If anything, I look forward to at least more rationality for my redundancy instead the blithering narcissistic sadism that passes for "leadership" these days.

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Google and Obama: You’re too close for comfort

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What horrors lurk in the future: Networks without sysadmins

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Networks without sysadmins?

Will that be like "the paperless office" then?

Yeah, I'll just hold my breath for that.

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Premera healthcare: US govt security audit gave hacked biz thumbs up

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BOFH is real. Most folks I know in IT are trying like hell to make things right and their managers are trying like hell to fuck it all up.

Don't even get me started about internal politics and how many upper level execs will gladly throw everyone to the wolves to get their way.

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So?

Just because something has been inspected doesn't mean the owner isn't going to screw it up after the inspectors leave.

BOFH is real. Very, very, real.

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If you can explain what 'an API management platform' is, you too can be worth $700m

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Re: *Boogle*

Simple. They know the right people.

That's not cynicism, that's the truth.

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"I know that, In Amurrica™, one can "pull into a gas station". But how do you "pull into more customers"? Sounds painful."

It's kinky Murica pr0n. See, sex sells, doesn't it?

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API's

Definition - API, an abbreviation of application program interface, is a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications. The API specifies how software components should interact and are used when programming graphical user interface (GUI) components.

So they've just added another, what, layer? How... convenient.

/sarcasm

I say we all go back to Assembly!! Separate the talent from the poseurs!

/RANT

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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Re: pinhole cameras are fun

" Retro analogue things are back in fashion (vinyl records, film cameras including instant, knitting, making stuff like furniture, cooking). Is this because we want to leave marks in some way through the process as a kick against the pixels?"

No. It's because it was (mostly) a lot simpler and more durable to use.

When the high tech works it works great. But when it fails, it is non-repairable by the average person and often very, very costly to fix. Do not get me started about incredibly stupid interfaces, including mechanical ones. Black on black, anyone? 5 level nested menus? "Press 4 for more options"?

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Re: Dust to (bloody) dust.

"The real joy of 35mm was that a good lens was all you really needed -- the rest of the hardware had little bearing on results."

Exactly. Or most any other film camera. The magic was, and still is, in the lens.

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BOFH: Mmm, gotta love me some fresh BYOD dog roll

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Re: BYOD

BOYD

Bring Out Yer Dead

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Guardian: 'Oil reserves will soon be worth NOTHING!' (A bit like their stock tips, really)

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The map is NOT the terrain

The map is NOT the terrain.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Re: Correcting the facts

Let us know when you finally get the facts.

IE sucked and has always sucked. Netscape fucked themselves around 1998 when the browser became slow and buggy.

The author was making a joke about winsock because it was the most common point of failure.

Microsoft spent 20 years trying to bend and break Internet standards. .NET ring any bells? IIS? Frontpage? Word to make websites and the shitty, shitty code it created? ASP? Goddamn fucking ASP?!

Compliant my ass.

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Re: IE 4. Oh gods, no...

Oh yeah, Craptive Desktop. That was the name.

The single best thing to ever happen to Apple at just the right time.

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Re: A point has been missed...

Got that right, Mark 85 and so are most of the "developers" these days.

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The other part of the fun

For your modem to || Command

End test || AT&T0

Local analogue loopback || AT&T1

Local digital loopback || AT&T2

Not used (error) || AT&T3

Grant Remote Digital Loopback request || AT&T4

Deny Remote Digital Loopback request || AT&T5

Request Remote Digital Loopback || AT&T6

Not used (error) || AT&T7

Local analogue loopback with test pattern || AT&T8

Local digital loopback with test pattern || AT&T9

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Got that right. Seen the requirements for being a website "front end developer" these days? (what used to be called a "Webmaster"?)

WTF is all that shit? Can no one even remember how good old HTML works and that you use the fancy stuff sparingly? What browser will ever be able to keep up with the total, utter, shit that is webpage mark-up these days?

The answer: none.

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NYPD cop in court for allegedly hacking into the FBI

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Re: How did he come to be charged?

Most likely reason why, yes.

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Re: My, my ...

“the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

To bad the Orwellian reality is exactly the opposite for the average person.

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GoDaddy float values puppy-bothering hosting company at £1.9bn

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You have got to be kidding

Worst. Hosting. Company. Ever.

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Adobe lifts sheet on Dropbox-style doc sharing cloud

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Re: It will be as reliable as Creative Cloud

You beat me to it.

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

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Is this the same BBC?

Is this the same BBC that also has a rather poorly organized website?

Oh. The. Irony.

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SpaceX to deliver Bigelow blow-up job to ISS astronauts

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Game changer

This is going to change everything about building in space.

Too bad El Reg didn't have a more recent picture of the new structure.

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/bigelow-aerospace-shows-its-expandable-space-station-future-n322521

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We're not sure what it is, but we like it: Lexus NX300h hybrid SUV

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40K?

You lost me right there.

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'Just a kid' Zuck's word is his bond ... but NOT in his backyard, lawsuit claims

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Wow, some people

Some people really need to get a life. And all that money as well. Sad. Just sad.

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Musk: 'Tesla's electric Model S cars will be less crap soon. I PROMISE'

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You make fun, but the reality is that on many used American cars, you really CAN'T trust the gas gauge. The more miles, the less you can trust it.

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This ISN'T Net Neutrality. This is Net Google. This is Net Netflix – the FCC's new masters

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Re: Something to consider...

You have a point Ian, but compared to others countries, Americans have been getting screwed and screwed hard.

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Re: Just smoke and mirrors

Consumer protection and rights were gutted in the 1980s.

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Could have been worse

People love to rail against Google and while they aren't perfect, they have and continue to provide useful services to me that cost me nothing.

It could have been worse. It could have been a LOT worse. It could have been Microsoft in the catbird seat. Or HP. Or Comcast or at&t.

Think about that for a minute.

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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Re: Interesting reading

They are and have been for quite some time.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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Self correcting

Inbreeding will eventually fix that.

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'Why Digital?' Seriously? You plainly don't Get It enough. Or at all

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POTD!

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What a hang-up: AT&T dumped from Dow index, Apple installed

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at&t hasn't been innovative in decades

at&t hasn't been innovative in decades. When they sold Bell Labs, they clearly signaled that they were now a service provider and no longer in the innovation game.

Serves them right.

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Bank of America wants to shove its IT into an OpenCompute cloud. What could go wrong?

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You really can't...

... fix that kind of stupid.

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Re: Why don't they actually try to solve something useful?

HERETIC! How dare you question the hipness of tech bling?!

/sarcasm

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Re: Count me out

BIG security risk. And it WILL be hacked.

Just ask that teenager who hacked a BMW for less than $20 of electronic parts.

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Re: This is just stupid

"Anyone able to afford such fridge would have enough brain cells to estimate when he's going to run out of beer."

I am often surprised, neigh, agonizingly frustrated, at how many people who can afford things like this are incredibly, incredibly stupid outside of their area of expertise.

Money truly does cover up a multitude of sins.

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Re: All your pizzas are ours

You can literally bank on it happening.

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Netflix: Look folks, it's net neutrality... HA, fooled you

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How many angels can dance on that pin?

The NetNeut "activists" you quote seem more like fanatics and are therefore NOT representative of the majority of NetNeut supporters.

But more than anything else, this articles seems more like two fanatics arguing over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

"In practice this means you can slurp as much of the company's OTT TV box sets and movies as you like without worrying about filling up your bandwidth bucket."

Not seeing a problem for the consumer or vendor here.

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Want to find LOVE online? Make sure your name is high up in the alphabet

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The ONLY scientific dating model I need

The ONLY scientific dating model I need is the one that weeds out the crazy ones. I've learned how to spot the batshitinsane ones. The crazy ones are more subtle.

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In assault on American values, Lockheed BLASTS PICKUP with RAYGUN

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Skynet sez

"Thank you"

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You're outta here! Baseball star strikes out sleazy trolls who targeted teen daughter

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Re: get yer pitchforks

It's called "shaming" and as long as it doesn't involve slander or libel, it's a perfectly legal and time honored way of dealing with assholes.

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£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns

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"Miscalculated"?

Is that what they call it these days?

I'd love to legally "miscalculate" about 200k in my favor.

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Mummy, what's the point of Evgeny Morozov's tedious columns?

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Reduced inequality?

85 people have the same amount of wealth as all the rest of world population combined.

Yeah, that seems more equal to me. (I have nothing against being rich, just against dirt poor poverty and artificial, gamed and rigged markets)

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

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It had to be said

Skynet became self-aware on August 4th, 1997

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How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

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Re: Trevor, sign it. Because it's not just your skills that matter.

AC is right. The mandarins run everything.

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Self doubt? Vacillating? Have seen the average wages these days?

Most of us are hardly making a living, let alone the big money, while we see utter, utter morons fuck up project after project.

Only the completely deluded would not have doubts.

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