* Posts by usbac

77 posts • joined 4 Oct 2010

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

usbac

Re: Well...

Using TAB is fine and great until you get to a web form like my banks. Somehow, some idiot web designer laid out the form such that you have to press TAB FIVE f**ing times to get from the username to the password box!!

I somehow think their web designer is the reach for the mouse type.

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Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

usbac

Re: SO VERY TRUE!

It really can be done right.

Several years ago, we needed to replace our primary system (ERP/Accounting/etc.). We researched vendors extensively. Once the top three vendors were chosen, we involved each department lead in the demos.

Once the vendor was chosen, we had the software company send technical people, not sales people, for a week of training/gap analysis. During these sessions, EVERY SINGLE employee that would ever need to use the system attended the meetings and ere allowed to ask any questions they wanted. The software company wasn't terribly thrilled about all of this, but if they wanted to make a six-figure deal on software, they didn't have a choice.

The result of all of this was that three days after deployment, almost all of our staff was working productively. The up front costs of doing things this way paid off big in the end. The senior management of our company is very supportive of the IT department, and their support helped make for such a successful project. Ti's really too bad management at other companies just doesn't get it.

We run our company with about 50% of the staff that other similar companies in the same industry would have. We do this through very good systems and good management of these systems. Fortunately for us, ownership of the company knows this. That's why they support IT so much. They see the value, not just the cost.

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Veeam kicks Symantec's ass over unpatentable patents

usbac

Patentable?

If all of these patents were shot down by the USPTO, why in the hell were they issued in the first place?

It looks like they approve anything applied for, and then wait for the courts to sort them out?

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Hell Desk's 800 number was perfect for horrible heavy-breathing harassment calls

usbac

Slightly off topic, but...

Many years ago I worked the graveyard shift at one of our local network affiliate TV stations. I was there to record programming that came down from the satellites late at night for airing the next day.

It was a very boring job, so me being the very curious sort, started exploring the station. I decided to check out the news set. I thought it would be cool to see what it would be like to be a news anchor on the set.

Sitting at the desk, I noticed there was a phone just below the top of the desk. Now, this being the era of Centrex phone systems, all extensions actually had outside numbers attached. Someone had the forethought to turn the ringer off on this phone. Being the helpful sort that I am, I decided that someone might want to call them sometime, and that they wouldn't know about it, so I should be helpful and turn the ringer back on. I also jotted down the phone number for that extension.

Several nights later (and, remember I was very young at the time) I'm at home eating dinner and watching the 6:00 news, and decided this was the time! I grabbed the phone and dialed the number. It was hysterical!!! Both news anchors were sitting there and all of a sudden, ring, ring, ring... They both looked at each other with this horrified look of what do we do? Finally one of them sheepishly answered the phone. I started "I would like to order a large pepperoni pizza with..."

You should have seen the look! I so wished that I had the VCR running. Thank god no caller ID in those days. I think some people suspected it was me, but no one was sure.

The stupid stuff we do in our youth.

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The new FCC privacy rules are here, and nobody is happy

usbac

Re: Partisan lines?

It's really simple:

BOTH parties are power crazed, bought-and-paid-for sleezebags that don't give a flying fuck about ANY of the people that elected them!

The republicans would sell us all out to big business, and watch cheerfully while we are being anally-raped by the mega-corps, all the while sending our jobs overseas.

And, the democrats would take most (or better yet, all) of our income and hand it out to people that don't want to work. After all, someone has to pay for the free housing, free groceries, free health care, free internet, free cell phone, etc.

Neither party has the best interests of working middle class people in mind. We desperately need a viable third party. But, the one thing both the republican party, and democratic party can agree on, is that they can't allow a third party to get established. And, they both work very hard to keep it that way. Notice that none of the other parties were allowed into the debates!

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Casino cops are coming if we can't move all this cash in a hurry

usbac

Unfortunately I don't think so. Having worked IT for a very large casino myself, I can tell you that they pay shit, treat you like something worse than shit, and expect you to live there 24/7. If you have the "nerve" to go home to sleep a few hours every few days, "you are not a team player".

After 26 years in IT, that was the very worst job I have ever had. To see the pallets of cash coming in every day, then to get paid crap and treated like property, you want to get out of this hell on about your second day there!.

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WTF ... makes mobile phone batteries explode?

usbac

Re: Dense energy storage can be dangerous...

Just remember what happens when a phaser overloads!! Very bad news.

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You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

usbac

Re: Replace tape

@ Zippy's Sausage Factory

This is a little bit off-topic, but still relates to tapes...

Way back in the mid 80's I was in school in Los Angeles to be a recording engineer. Our school had a very high end recording studio. Some of us that had earned the trust of our professor were allowed access to the studio on off hours. We had friends with bands that wanted to record demos to send in to record companies (those were the days).

The problem was that reels of 2-inch tape were very expensive for us poor students. A reel of good quality tape could be as much as $200-300. Our professor told us where to get really good tape for cheap. He explained that the high-end recording studios sell reels of "used" tape for really cheap. The reason is that when well known bands come in to record an album, they run many takes of the same song. Since they are paying thousands of dollars per hour to use the studio, they just keep grabbing new reels of tape. When the project is over, the studio bulk erases the tape, and sells them off cheap.

A friend and fellow student had some friends of his that wanted to record a few demos. So, he went and bought a few reels of this used tape. We arrange to use the studio ofter class one afternoon. His friends aren't quite there yet, so we start getting things ready in the control room. I take one of the reels and start loading it up on our 24-track deck. I notice that a bunch of the VU meters twitch as I'm winding the tape onto the take-up reel. We both look at each other, and realize this tape wasn't erased. So, we quickly re-patch the console for playback instead of recording.

We start listening to the tracks, and make a rough mix. As we are listening we're thinking we've never heard this song before, and are trying to figure out who is the band. About this time Richard's friends show up. They come into the control room and say "Cool.. The Bangles... where did you get this?" It turns out we had an un-released song.

There was one mostly usable take on the tape. We quickly unloaded the tape and put it away. I don't know what Richard ever did with the tape. These days, we could have done a decent mix-down, and posted it on the net. We were both too honest do anything unscrupulous with the tape. It would be quite an artifact to have these days, however.

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Ad-blocking ‘plateaus’, claims hopeful ad industry

usbac

Is it really smart doing these surveys?

I'm just wondering what the effect is of polling thousands of users (especially no-techie users) and asking them if they use an ad blocker? How many of these people think "Hmm, what is an ad blocker? (a quick Google search later) ...hey, this is cool, no more annoying ads... (ad blocker installed)"

I would think these polls would be very risky to ad companies.

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

usbac

Re: Laura's Tale

Many years ago I had a phone number that was very close to the office number for one of our local District Court judges. I would get phone calls all the time from lawyers. I had great fun with that.

A lot of the calls would be asking if a hearing or trial could be postponed. I would reply "so what date works for you?". Then, whatever the date, I would pause and rustle some papers, and answer "Okay, that date will work fine for his honor..." With all of the "failure to appear" rules, I wonder how it worked for them? God I hate lawyers!!

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How to make the move from ISDN to SIP

usbac

I agree completely. If you do SIP, you have to do it right. We run a retail call center. We moved from a PRI to SIP a year and a half ago. We have an actual fiber Internet connection running QoS with about 15% of our bandwidth reserved for VoIP. We have very few problems with call quality. As a matter of fact, I think when we do have poor call quality, it's on the other end.

The point about getting sales calls for VoIP that have very poor call quality is so true. Before the move to SIP, our at the time phone provider was trying to sell us their SIP service. We had a conference call scheduled with one of their sales guys, and one of their tech people. The problem was that that we couldn't hear either person because they were breaking up so badly! We told them to get lost right then and there.

That experience made us stay away from SIP for several years. If a major telco can't even make a sales conference call without call quality issues, what should we expect from SIP service?

We are with a provider that has good tech support, and has had fairly good service, at a great price. We are saving about $1500-$2000 per month in usage compared to the PRI we once had.

Add to that the savings of not making our $1100 per month lease payment on our phone system. We went with FreePBX/Asterisk, and bought our phones outright. We used an older Dell server we had as a spare (you don't need much server - you can run 10 phones on a Raspberry PI). In all we spent about $6000 for the new system (36 phones + 48-port POE switch). Full ROI in less than three months.

If done right, SIP can be great.

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Flytenow's other wing clipped: second appeal fails

usbac

Re: Hypocrisy

Way back when I got my PPL, the regulations just said it was legal to "share expenses" with no definition of how much of a "share" the passenger paid. It was technically legal for me to pay $1, and the passenger to pay the rest.

My dad was an insurance claims adjuster. In our state there are a lot of small towns separated by hundreds of miles. I would take my dad on rounds by plane where we would visit several cities in one day, and be back by the early afternoon. The insurance companies paid him a mileage rate based on the road distance between these towns. Usually that would pay for almost all of the plane rental (which included the fuel). I basically got to fly for free.

A few years ago, the regulations got "clarified" by the FAA with the whole ratio calculation thing. Now the sharing of expenses needs to be calculated correctly. Back 20 years ago, this whole Flytenow thing might have worked. Not now for sure.

Bruce

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Quad-core coffee table trumped by dual-Mac garden furniture

usbac

Re: re O'Reilly etc

I have an original Apple ][ manual from 1977 in good shape!

Complete with schematics and an assembler listing of the OS. Man, those were the days....

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

usbac

I have no ethical problem with ad-blocking

Our security subscription allows us to ad-block at our corporate firewall. I just had to enable the category "Advertisements".

It's funny, we have had a content filter available on our firewall for years, but never enabled it. Management has always been fairly liberal with filtering/tracking here at the company. They have always had the opinion that if they thought they had to nanny employees that much, they shouldn't be working here. In fact, they did terminate an employee a while back for abusing (and I mean really abusing) Farcebook.

It was finally the annoying ads that made us enable the content filter. So far, the only content we block is ads! It took a while for me to get the okay. There were some discussion about the ethics of ad-blocking, since we are a business that needs advertising. But, the recent stories of malware spreading via the ad networks finally sold it. It's the lack of policing their content that led to the blocking of ads at our company.

Everyone that works here is finally seeing how the web really should be!! People are coming to me to see how to get an ad blocker for their home PC.

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FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

usbac

Re: A legal work around?

@ Bob Wheeler

Most modern network drivers allow you to change the MAC address within your OS. No need to change hardware.

This all happened when network hardware vendors started recycling MAC addresses. All of a sudden, it was theoretically it's possible to have duplicate MAC addresses on a network. Very, very unlikely, but because of this, the ability to change mac addresses was added to drivers.

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

usbac

Re: Choice

I agree completely. I use Palemoon because I simply hate the new Firefox UI. Chrome is out of the question because of the UI.

It's really a shame most of the web these days won't work if your browser is more than a few hours old!

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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

usbac

Re: Irredentism

@ Naselus

I work for a mid size company. Actually, I kind of like doing the stupid little stuff. I really don't mind changing a wall thermostat, installing the new dishwasher in the break room, or changing batteries in emergency lights. The kind of stuff that somehow seems to fall under "IT".

It gives me a nice mental break from trying the figure out why Microshit's latest server OS is doing something strange. Or trying to figure out why the shipping software I wrote four years ago screws up only when shipping a 3 pound package to Kurblackistan and the recipient has two K's in their last name!

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Call the Cable Guy: Wireless just won't cut it

usbac

57 Drops in my home

Our home builder let me come in on the weekend and wire my house. He just said "don't hurt yourself on my job site". It was very nice of him to do that.

57 drops might seem excessive, but the walls will only be open once (I hope). At that time Cat-5e was really cheap. It took five 1000 foot boxes, but Cat-5e was only $31 a box then.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

usbac

Re: Even Windows 7 has sometimes weird UI behaviour

This reminds me of a good story.

At my former workplace, we get a support call from the director of corporate finance (a total uptight b***h - I mean she probably goes home and tortures kittens for fun). Since I really hated the place, and had already given my two-weeks notice, I didn't take things too seriously. It turns out this woman had accidentally hit the hot key sequence to flip the video upside down. So, with two of my co-workers from IT, in tow, I walk into her office and without saying a word pick up her 21" CRT monitor and flip it upside down on her desk, and walk out.

My co-workers were laughing their asses off. No one would dare cross this b***h before this. I think my co-workers were actually following me around just to see what strange shit I would do. I would never do anything malicious or unacceptable in the work place, but I did have a bit of harmless fun.

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Behold, Microsoft SQL Server on Linux – and a firm screw-you to Oracle

usbac

Re: More spyware ?

By Microsoft's own admission, you can't turn off ALL of the spying. Any spying that can't be turned off completely is unacceptable in a corporate environment.

Windows 10 will NEVER be seen on any desktop within our enterprise! Senior management here agrees that any spying is totally unacceptable. Even with the enterprise version of Windows 10, you can't completely disable all "telemetry". Not going to happen here!

Even with all of the "telemetry" settings turned off, Windows 10 phones home over 2000 times per day. This isn't a bunch of FUD, this is reality. The world may look different from your cubicle in Redmond, but in the real world, we aren't the product!

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Romanian ATM hacker exploits vulnerability in FENCE, escapes jail

usbac

Re: I dont care what he did

Yeah, me too...

It must be a "stick'in it to the man" thing!

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'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

usbac

Re: Who the hell...

Someone that works for a company that can afford to burn bundles of $100 bills to heat the building?

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

usbac

@ jelabarre59

Same here. We used one in high school to connect to the local university's CDC Cyber 730.

I think I still have a few Basic programs on paper tape in a drawer somewhere. The youngsters have it so easy now!

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Rap for wrap chaps in crap email trap: Chipotle HR used domain it had no control over

usbac

Not exactly the same problem, but similar

I work for a mid sized e-commerce company (that will remain nameless). A few years ago I received a phone call from the manager of a small company asking if I know why they are getting flooded with calls asking for our company. Customers were calling thinking they were getting our customer service department. After a few days of head scratching, we still couldn't figure out why our customers were calling them?

At this point, I called the manager back, and asked them to ask one of the callers where they got the phone number. The customer answered that it was printed in a big numbers on their pick-ticket (invoice) that was in the box. It turns out that someone here just used 1-800-(company name) on the pre-printed forms. The problem was, that wasn't the correct toll free number. We had sent out tens of thousands of orders with this printed on the pick-ticket.

Nobody ever admitted to being responsible for this. Fortunately for us, the owners of the poor company that kept getting slammed with calls was very understanding. We gave them and their staff codes for some huge discounts on our products, and everyone just laughed it off. Being the US, I was really surprised we didn't get sued! It says a lot for the owners of that company.

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Apple 1 goes on sale, expected to fetch £300,000 to £500,000

usbac

Re: That much $$$: fool, money...

Yeah, but try to find a modern board-house that can make a PCB that looks that poorly made!

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Windows Server 2003 and the industry refresh that never was

usbac

Re: None of the above?

In our case, none of the above!

We are moving our Windows servers to FreeNAS. We will still run a couple of Windows servers where we absolutely HAVE to. But, we have a few existing Win 2008 server licenses for servers that are running Win 2003 now. Those servers (only three) will be upgraded to Win 2008, and will be the only remaining Windows servers. They will be moved off of Windows by the time support for Win 2008 ends.

Our current ERP system (accounting, inventory, invoicing, etc) already runs on Red Hat. Serving files can be done with FreeNAS. We are currently working on moving any in-house developed apps to MySQL/MariaDB. We have the source for all of them, so moving off of SQL server is not insurmountable.

There are no plans for ever seeing a Windows 2012 server in our data center.

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How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

usbac

Not going to happen

The problem is that the environmental impact studies would take decades.

Then you would have dozens of environmental wacko groups suing the municipalities that are trying to build the plants. The lawsuits would take many more decades to get through the courts.

You have to remember this is California we are talking about here! It's the highest concentration of environmental activists (wackos) on the planet.

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Did you almost prang a 737 jet with a drone over Dallas? The FAA would like a word

usbac

Funny, x 7 just proved my point. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KhZwsYtNDE)

If you believe Naughtyhorse, that plane should have fallen out of the sky and exploded! Strange how it just kept climbing. Almost like the aircraft designers planned it that way?

A bird strike to a cessna windscreen is a very bad thing. I've seen it first hand. When you fly light aircraft, you are very aware of this fact. Fortunately, with single engine aircraft, the prop usually gets the bird before it comes through the windscreen. Not so with twins.

Large jet aircraft have much stronger windscreens than light aircraft. They will usually take a bird strike without complete failure of the windscreen (maybe a little cracking).

Way back when I was learning to fly, we hit a Red-Tail Hawk on short final. Luckily for us, the bird hit the wing at about it's midpoint. The impact actually caused the plane to yaw hard to the right. It caused some damage to the plane, but it was still flyable. If it had hit the windscreen, I wouldn't be writing this.

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usbac

Re: Could a drone hurt a 737?

From someone that IS a pilot.

First of all, the Airbus that went into the Hudson had multiple bird ingestions into each engine. Unless the 737 flew into a "flock" of drones, it would only take out one engine. Even on short final, a 737 is quite capable if performing a go-around on a single engine. There is adequate rudder authority to counter the asymmetrical thrust.

As to damaging a control surface, that's very unlikely. On short final, with full (or nearly full) flaps and leading edge slats extended, the airflow would likely push the drone away from most of the control surfaces. A bird strike to control surfaces rarely makes an aircraft "uncontrollable".

Hydraulics are inside the wings and fuselage, and are generally routed through well protected areas when possible. Aircraft designers are not idiots. Again it's extremely rare for a bird to make it deep enough into the wing or fuselage to get to hydraulic lines.

And lastly, if hitting a light plastic drone can damage a landing gear strut (or tire), I wouldn't try to land 45,000 Lbs of aircraft traveling at 130+ knots on it. The loads on a landing gear at touchdown are massive!

As for the other items "Or even if it wasn't landing, it could damage the nav or weather radar. Or break the pitots which detect airspeed (giving you no idea how fast you are flying)", if the aircraft isn't landing, what the hell is it doing below 400 feet?

As a pilot, I'm not defending what this drone operator is doing. There a plenty of things that can kill us pilots, we don't need idiots trying to kill us with their drones!!

I just thought I should shed a little light on reality, not what someone who plays a little flight sim on their computer thinks...

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iTunes snafu: DNS fail borked Apple's app & iTunes stores for 10 HOURS

usbac

Remember, when you are in the Reality Distortion Field, time passes a different rate than for us on the outside...

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Netadmin wanted for 'terrible, terrible, awful job nobody wants'

usbac

Re: Microwave

Yeah, somehow installing our new dishwasher came under "IT support".

Not a big deal, though. Something like this sure beats trying to fix fucked up Windows. Make a nice break from dealing with users complaints (Except every time there is some issue with the dishwasher, it's "call IT")!

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Dongle bingle makes two MEELLION cars open to exploit

usbac

Re: Actually that's rather a non-issue here...

I've actually been thinking about building one. CAN bus isn't really that complicated. I figure it's only a matter of time until all insurance companies require them (or make rates so high, you can't afford insurance without using one). I would never install such a thing on my car.

I could move offshore, and sell them on Ebay. I'm really surprised no one has started doing it yet? I would have thought some Chinese company would already be making them? All you need is a simple dongle and some software for the PC.

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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

usbac

Re: Good, the deserve it

@AC

It's not just because of the root-kit fiasco that I will not buy anything Sony ever again. The root-kit thing was just a small example of the viscous, immoral, greed-driven corporate culture of Sony corp.

The fact that they have nothing but utter contempt for their customers, and see all of us as their enemy, is reason enough not to give them any of my hard earned money.

Yes, I'm one of those horrible people that hopes Sony does fail. Sony's employees will ultimately be better off working for another company that's not such a bunch of corporate scumbags. I can't believe they treat their employees any better than their customers (much worse, most likely).

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You'll go APE for our new Gorilla Glass 4, Corning reckons

usbac

Re: Just a thought

Yeah, my head took out a windshield back in the 80's. Who wore seat belts back then?

Come to think of it, it might explain a few things...

Maybe there actually was some brain damage, after all I chose to work in IT?

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Windows 8 or nowt: Consumer Win 7 fans are OUT OF LUCK

usbac

Re: Merry Christmas

I've already moved two of my co-workers home PCs off of Windows to Mint. They didn't want anything to do with Windows 8.x, but wanted to get off of XP.

So far, the feedback has been very positive.

I have waaaay too much Windows only software that I need to run, or I would make the move completely myself.

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COMET 67P is basically TRAILING a HORRIFIC STENCH through space

usbac

Re: Time to rethink the old one-liner?

Another reason you don't want to fart in a space suit...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8pd32WZt4Q

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

usbac

Re: Rights restriction systems

Same here. I won't buy anything with DRM that I can't easily break. The way I look at it is that I'm not really buying something with DRM, I'm simply renting it for an undetermined amount of time (however long some corporate suit thinks I should use it).

I have a lot of friends that seem to be okay with it. I really don't get it?

I ask them "would you buy a car for $20K+, with the idea that the car manufacturer could come and take it back at any random time?" The answer is always no, yet they keep pumping money (thousands a year for some people) into all this DRM protected crap!

The real problem is that no one seems to have a problem with it. Very soon there will not be any content that is not DRM protected. I'm buying used CDs as fast as I can.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

usbac

Re: Maybe unintended, but fitting nonetheless...

Yeah, look what happened to Sony! They kept kicking their customers in the balls, and now they are in big trouble...

http://www.cnet.com/news/sony-expects-489m-loss-this-year-as-financial-woes-continue/

Funny how that happens! I stopped buying anything from Sony after the root-kit fiasco.

Are we sure a bunch of Sony execs haven't defected to Microsoft?

We can only hope Microsoft follows the Sony example...

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Dairy Queen cuts the waffle, says bank cards creamed in 395 eateries

usbac

Re: PowerSC & encryption

Yeah, that's what we all need is more proprietary crap.

We used to run a retail system on AIX. We couldn't get rid of it fast enough. Anytime IBM is involved, you just add a few of zeros to all of the prices.

Your idea of "IBM knows how to make it secure, just give us tons and tons of money, we'll fix it" doesn't work for most businesses.

It's not the "low cost Dell servers" that are the problem, it's all of the crap code running on them that was written by some third world, lowest bidder outsourcer that's the problem.

Running Windows on any POS system seems to asking for trouble to me. When I ask vendors why they use Windows as on OS for point of sale, they tell me that all of their developers know how to code for Windows. My suggestion is always "get better developers, then".

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

usbac

Re: memory evolution

I've already converted three of our user's home systems to Linux Mint. They wanted to get off of XP, but expressly didn't want Windows 8.x

They looked at buying new PCs/Laptops, but couldn't find them with Windows 7 anymore.

I have one person bringing her home desktop in on Monday for me to load Mint on it (I already converted their laptop to Mint several months ago, as a test for them).

So far every single one of them has been happy with the change.

As IT people, we can promote the move away from Windows. We just need to show everyone we know that you can live with a non-Microsoft OS.

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NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'

usbac

How come every mission update from JPL makes me think of this scene...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Zj2fwZetoE

Very bad movie, but best opening scene ever!

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Ice cream headache as black hat hacks sack Dairy Queen

usbac

Re: @ Mike Flugennock

An added plus of using my AMEX card is that they automatically double the manufacturers warranty on almost everything you buy (with some limits). It's saved me a bundle a few times.

Also, I have a cash back card, so at the end of the year, I get almost a grand back in cash. That's money I wouldn't have if I used cash everywhere! I pay off the card every month, so I don't pay anything to use it.

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Who will kill power companies? TESLA, says Morgan Stanley

usbac

Re: NW Nevada

And, it was in our local newspaper (Reno, Nevada) that a local construction company just finished a land clearing and grading project that was described unprecedented in its scale. It was also mentioned that it was about the right size for a 5 million square foot facility.

When asked if it was for Tesla, the official of the construction company told the newspaper that they were under an NDA (wink, wink). I think it's fairly clear to everyone in Reno that Tesla is the customer.

Tesla says they haven't made a final decision yet, but they paid to have over a million cubic yards of dirt moved. That's a lot of money to spend on something you're "not sure about"!

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

usbac

Re: I've posted a rant here before

Have another up-vote from a fellow pilot!

I agree with you completely.

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FCC headman Wheeler calls for an 'open internet' – but what the %$#@! does he mean?

usbac

...he said. "One can only conclude that the Founding Fathers must be looking down and smiling at how the republic they created has been carrying out the ideals they established."

No, Mr. Wheeler, our founding fathers would have marched into your office with a rope, grabbed a your ass, and looked for the nearest to tree to hang your corrupt, sleezey ass from!

A coworker of mine once speculated that a good portion of "global warming" is from the friction of our founding fathers spinning in their graves. I tend to think he must be right.

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WTF happened to Pac-Man?

usbac

Re: Play on emulator

@ Ugotta B. Kiddingme

I love Battlezone. I actually have a working original 1978 Atari Battlezone arcade machine. I also have an original Asteroids Delux of about the same time.

Both work (most of the time). Between Atari's cheap IC sockets and trying to keep capacitors fresh in the old Electrohome monitor chassis, it takes a bit of work to keep them going. Guests really seem to enjoy the nostalgia of playing the old games, though.

I got both of them for free in non-working condition. I passed on an opportunity to buy a sit-down Star Wars arcade game years ago, and sometimes wish I didn't. Then I have to move these things, and remember why I did.

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

usbac

Re: Not just from getting home from the pub

@ AndrueC

On our commute to work every morning, we pass a number of school bus stops. At each stop, there are between 3 and 8 cars, sitting idling, with the children inside waiting for the bus. The moms are standing around bullshitting. None of these bus stops are farther than a mile from the school!

In the meantime, we have to follow the bus as it stops about every 100 yards. To make matters worse, sometimes the woman driving the bus gets out and chats with the waiting moms! I see my tax money is put to good use.

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You TWITS! Facebook exec erects billboards shaming texting drivers

usbac

Re: Mixed signals...

The law here in Nevada says that you can't have your mobile phone in your hand while driving.

I agree with an above post that the fine should be a lot more than $20. If it were up to me, it would be $1000 for a first offense, and no license for a year on the second one. I commute about two hours each day, and I'm f***ing tired of dodging all of the idiots doing something on their mobile phones.

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

usbac

Re: Are they running on XP Embedded ?

@AndrueC

I built this system, working on it part time, in about two weeks. Debugging took another three days. My day job is not embedded programming, this was just a side job. The argument that real code takes too long is just complete BS.

I do Windows development for my day job (and no, the pay isn't that great). I have several friends the are .Net programmers, and I doubt they would write a similar piece of code for Windows that much faster.

My first computer was an Ohio Scientific C1P. It had a 1MHz 6502 and 4K of RAM. I learned to program on this system. These days, new developers learn on Pentium class PCs with gigs of RAM and multicore processors. Younger developers just give me a blank stare when I tell them about my first computer. I still have it, bye the way! I was so excited when I upgraded to an Atari 800. I didn't know what I would do with all of that power!

Bruce

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usbac

Re: Are they running on XP Embedded ?

@AC

Not exactly true.

I just finished coding an embedded system with a graphical screen including touchscreen, a full web interface with IP stack, all kinds of special motor control hardware, a full command line interface via USB virtual comm port, and a FAT file system for the SD card. All of this runs on an 8-bit microcontroller with 32KB RAM at 32MHz and fits into about 100K of flash. No OS. All hand coded (a lot of it in assembler).

Those of us "old guys" that grew up coding on 8-bit computers can build real system with very little hardware behind it. These days it seems coders think they need 2GB of RAM and a 3GHz dual core with a full OS to print "hello world"!

An ATM machine could certainly be built with a thin embedded Linux on an ARM processor. Personally I would consider that overkill, but the cost of that kind of platform is so low now, why not?

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