* Posts by swschrad

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Microsoft sprints to finish, emits possible Windows 10 RC build

swschrad

it's already here

I have a friend who is no nerd in any way, whose computer came up this morning on Windows 10. "I can't find anything!"

so, if you don't have things off the desktop and findable through standard Windows trickery, either do it or search on "remove gwx.exe" and do the conversion on your own time, after all the shrieks and eeks are over, and the upgrade path is well known. there's a year to update for free.

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China makes internet shut-downs official with new security law

swschrad

China threatens OUR security

so they should take themselves off the net immediately if they're serious about this, they'll never get back on.

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Verizon outage borks phones, TVs, internet for hapless East Coast folk

swschrad

loss of backup does NOT take down networks

VZ is disseminating.. if a fiber cut took out their 911 wireless capability, they had both primary and redundant communications in the same fiber duct. even for 911, the cost and complexity of engineering full redundant alternate path communications, in which nothing in the stream at all is ever within a shovel cut of any other part of the primary path, means it isn't done.

911 centers connect to 911 routing services, which are connected to phone companies, which you connect to when you grab the phone. to cut costs, increasingly, the routing services are contracted out to whomever. whomevers are not required to be as robust as phone companies.

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HP is 80 per cent closer to breaking up. Now, about the IT estate...

swschrad

success will be measured by how many "he did it"s are realized

you know, the old finger-pointing exercise that has been endemic in IT forever. "oh, no, the issue is over there with BlatherCo." "well, actually, you need to talk to VitaHost."

how much of the crudware resident on corporate PCs ends up in Enterprise, and how many apps in Enterprise evolved over in PC, that is. "uhhh, it appears the core middleware in our disk hives came from PC, and they got the developers. we're in countdown to a fatal exception here."

I'm glad I'm miles away from a front row seat these days.

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IoT DANGERS: BYOD’s trashier cousin becoming a right tearaway

swschrad

much better idea... NO connectivity

The Internet of Trojans stops at our door. we did install a security system, but we filter its call-home abilities. the "smart TV" that only gets smart if you link to Yahoo Video, not connected. Samsung posts no upgrades for the thing.

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KFC takes legal axe to eight-legged mutant chicken claims

swschrad

ya, sure, ya betcha then. Sven. Re: It's China!

a cross between a chicken, a melamine factory, and air you need to slice with a machete to walk through.

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swschrad

there are three legged chickens, I am told...

problem is, nobody has been able to catch one to see if they taste good.

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Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks

swschrad

Re: Rent a door lock?

there is also the possibility that if you don't pay and John Q Robber does, then somebody you don't want in your house will take it over and take what they want.

or Billy Joe Hackathon will hit the database and auction off whole cities of locks.

we have three effective technologies to secure our homes. (1) my own lock. (2) big-ass dog. (3) New Orleans Mastercards, with numbers like .38, .45, 9mm, etc.

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

swschrad

not just for hams

the noise also pips across the radio spectrum where police, national defense, and other useful services live. in the UK, those services use less power than they do here across the pond in the US, so the interference from PLD is more noticeable. in the US, the "smart meter" set at the power companies have been pushed into VHF shared services for their transformer monitoring and air-conditioner remote shutoff gear because of trying and failing to get their stuff to work without burying everything else where they wanted to park their transmissions.

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Mt Gox LEAKED Bitcoin for years before heist, says WizSec

swschrad

how about, insolvency

because that BiteCon just slips away mysteriously

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

swschrad

the solution is....

don't buy IoT devices until they put some security in them. really simple. simple enough for me to implement.

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Verizon to world: STOP opening dodgy phishing emails, FOOLS

swschrad

effiin eff Flash

they're still 2 years or more behind patching known hacks. since we're talking about hacks. my company has now banned flash, and I have turned it off at home now as well. not missing anything except Killfrog.com

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swschrad

you know, these guys could deep-inspect links

and if their inspection bot crashes into dust, block those sites.

when ISP-whatever is blocking themselves, then they might decide to check out their hosted customers.

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SMACK! EU set to hit Google with 'abuse of dominance' rap

swschrad

well, heck, just block EU both ways

problem solved. let them drop off the Internet map and settle their little whine.

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

swschrad

more likely...

post bulletins that young and virile athletic girls be bussed to Broadcast House posthaste.

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swschrad

better than eggs in the umbrella

serves the Falklands right. at least the surviving shepherds will have enough light to see if any of the skeletons, formerly sheep, have disappeared.

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Ping-pong sueballs: Bankruptcy dogs LightSquared's chances

swschrad

this spectrum was guard bands for GPS

and why the FCC got mindbent enough to think of selling it off in the first place makes me pick up the rope, put down the rope, pick up the rope, put down the rope.....

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

swschrad

yeah, their cards get hacked all the time

that makes it tech. stop the hacks, become a financial stock.

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Google pumps $60m into music company Kobalt

swschrad

We start... with infringement.

Kobalt is a registered trade mark for tools sold by Lowe's, and that trademark is at least 10 years old. This music outfit is infringing from its inception.

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Are you ready to ditch the switchboard and move to IP telephony?

swschrad

uh, set priority on services on the net?

it's very old hat now to set priority low for IP data, high for IP phone, and top priority for internal network management, you know. then somebody downloading 450 Mb of manuals from a vendor is not going to hammer your conference call with market analysts.

if you're REALLY important, dual-path your IP the right way... separate networks, different physical paths, entrance points on opposite sides of the building, stout battery backups, nothing duplicates anywhere or lies parallel. monstrously expensive. but in cases of life-safety communications, like airplane control, it's routine and has been for decades.

at least it is over here in the US

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How's this for customer service: Comcast calls bloke an A**HOLE – and even puts it in print

swschrad

more like CommieCrap

you don't like what they're doing to you, you go to the gulags. lovely business plan.

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Spavined RadioShack to file for bankruptcy next month – report

swschrad

ah, retail space.

look around the mall. it ain't valuable any more. over here in the 50 states, most malls are half leased, something to do with building 5 times more stores than people use.

I agree, if RS had gone Maker last year, they'd be growing. there are at least 5 3D printers under the $1000 mark, for instance. 3 bucks for a roll of filament, which the machines eat like popcorn. Raspberry PI headquarters and take that phone space, put in a round table and a big power supply, and hold Saturday afternoon "make it do something" classes. get the parts back on the pegboard.

nah. down at Tandy Tower, all the suits want slick phone apps. so that's what everybody wants, new phone every 5 months and push cute apps.

gurgle, and the drain is clogged again with another power tie.

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swschrad

actually, RS did NOT shut down 1000 stores

lenders wouldn't let them. for sure they've closed about 300. I saw a report early this week that said about 700. but I rather doubt they had the cash to do that, and again, lenders don't want them to waste cash on silly things like mall rental buyouts and legal staff separation payments. they'd rather The Shack buys more robot toys and push them to... uh... I don't see anybody coming in...

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

swschrad

gets more exciting when you set off the radiation detector

got tied up an hour crossing the Canada/US border a few years ago one month after a radiation stress test. told the guys at the heart clinic the next year. now they have signs up all over the place, check website thus-and-so if you have to leave the country within 3 months of a test.

oh, and bacon? should set it up so you have to do a breath test, and no entry to the US if there is no yummy bacon detected. this is our heritage, and we will fight to the last man for a rasher.

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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

swschrad

we can make more Sony haters right now...

(whispers) ROOT... KIT... (glass globe rolls down stairs and breaks)

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swschrad

Sony could lease a theater and show the darn thing

take on all responsiblity, etc.

or it could be shown at National Guard armories.

considering it got mixed reviews at best in the California premiere, I'm betting they use the movie to sacrifice the torrents to the wildmen.

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swschrad

nah, all eyes are on Sony's next move

they DO have one. the most likely, considering one of the papers dislodged by the Nut Koreans referred to a MafIAA plan to freak the DNS servers as a piracy retort, would be to seed The Interview direct to torrents.

the Nut Koreans, wild and kicking out walls, would then wage war on the torrents.

so Sony wins in the end in their phantom war against the wrong guys, and the MafIAA would let them back in the club for liquid lunches.

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Heyyy, you seem to be trying to post a DRUNK PICTURE. You know your boss looks at this?

swschrad

Clippy is my Zero.

"Hi, it looks like you are trying to get fired and scuttle all chance of acquittal in court by posting a picture. Do you need help with that?"

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

swschrad

article: two root causes, and one's easily fixed

the harder one: comms failure.

the easy one: borked flight plan submissions. answer: spit it back in the pilot's face, like we do in the US. fix your problem, then resubmit. anybody who ever put a card deck in the pigeonhole and got a barfed printout back from JCL with no program on it should understand that. I am advised the US flyboy system says where the problem was when a flight plan is rejected. the stack of NOTAMs tacked on the wall (or that's how it worked back when I found these things out) needs to be read again to avoid hitting the next issue.

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

swschrad

sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

perhaps just leave notes on their home TVs... "Hi, Whisperer. Don't try to patent snooping without disclosure."

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Lenov-OUCH! 500,000 laptop cables recalled in burning mains cock-up

swschrad

investment opportunity!

sell your Radio Shack stock and buy LS-15.

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Kaspersky: That 2 years we took to warn you about Regin ? We had GOOD REASON

swschrad

and. oh, by the way... those "five eyes" guys with no infections...?

two explainations. one... they use a different set of sneakies to spy on their own. two... the sneaks from Nonameistan are using a different set of sneakies to spy on the "five eyes" guys, in hope of drawing all attention to the "five eyes" nations so they can keep the game going as long as possible and amass the money and tools to have flying cars.

the spy game is like that. redirection and red herrings.

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Juniper whips out knife, slices off security products

swschrad

so Juniper's in the gin again, then

it's a nice thing to be "not Cisco" when you are pushing the envelope. it's a crappy thing to be "not Cisco" when the envelope is empty.

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Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then

swschrad
Megaphone

the fix is really quite simple

if the EC cannot stand the Google business model, they can apply to be delisted from search results. and then EC nations will not be indexed or reachable from Google or its Chrome browser. simple. effective. final. how about it, pinheads?

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All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing

swschrad

actually, if the seats were filled

this would certainly be a hell of a mess.

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swschrad

what's that phrase...

if wishes were horses, all would ride?

keep your road apples in the rear of the bus, please...

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That's all folks! US TV streaming upstart Aereo files for bankrupcy

swschrad

did anybody get their tiny antenna back before bankruptcy?

you know, the one you bought, the size of a stamp? if so, now you can test the technology in your own home!

if not, then it was the "special sauce" which is approximated by the Slingbox.

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

swschrad

Ethernet already addressed that.

conflict? "shut down the road, start timers, and one gets delayed."

don't have room in the ROM? engage brakes, disable engine, "recalculating..."

this is not rocket science.

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Popular Science site shrugs off malicious code infection

swschrad

YOU HAVE WON A FLYING CAR! CLICK HERE !!

not.

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FCC boss Wheeler clears way for internet TV and cable unbundling

swschrad

what we have now is segregation by wire type

if you are on an antenna lead, you have one kind of access and one type of regulation and pricing (free, regulate at source.) if you are on a cable-tv or satellite, you have another (regulation at middleman, whatever pricing the market will bear.) if you are trying to stream, still another (market controls access, pricing is whatever this experiment is looking for, plus subscriber pays for the network at whatever cost the market will bear.)

there is no competition, there are various oligarchies dictating your lifestyle.

I have always believed that you need a flat regulatory environment, where the type of wire you have doesn't mean a damn thing about how you pay for and use a service. hopefully the FCC is going there. it is going to stun several of the oligarchies who are milking their piece of the system to the last drop. if they had to compete on a flat playing field, they'd be long dead working like that. I shed no tears, as they usually have the shittiest service, too.

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Security Avengers team up to take down Chinese hacking group

swschrad

bah

if this was an actual takedown, there would be a smoking hole or two in China someplace, and they'd be screaming

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#Help. There's a STRANGER in my Twitter timeline

swschrad

Get rid of the nonsense

how about that ad for General Genocide? click their icon, look for the gearwheel, click it, and select BLOCK OR REPORT. in the past, I have been clicking BLOCK. I am now also going to click REPORT, and join me in flooding the twits who are censoring the reported users until they stop this fulminating foolishness.

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

swschrad

When we can read your files, you can read ours

it's just that simple, Director.

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In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE

swschrad

shame you broke continuity here

I'll tell you, those executives are steamed beyond wrinkles, and there's no spinning the facts. better lock the door on this kind of behavior and come clean. I predict a delicate cycle of negotiations.

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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

swschrad

Dear Mr. or Mrs. China:

It has come to the attention of our legal department that your laws infringe upon the ability of Microsoft to lock your users in and screw them over. This will never do, and as a result, we are rescinding your ability to exist as a nation. You are required to turn over the keys within 7 days and leave the territory, except for those workers who are grinding out wireless mice and Xboxes. Failure to do so will require stern measures.

Sincerely, Microsoft

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Microsoft parts Azure cloud, reveals NoSQL doc database

swschrad

sounds like a front-end to Excel

the alternative technology would be data-in, random scraps - out. Prior Art Exists (tm) ... any CompSci student's 100-level projects, or the "test your luck" search option in Google.

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Trundle, trundle, FLEEEP: iPhone 6 production grinds to halt

swschrad

next they'll say there aren't enough Intertubes to use the phones on

I think we have to have a miracle here. All pray to the great Steve that gave us the nonreplaceable battery...

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Bitcoin on ATM? Pfft! We play DOOM on ours

swschrad

GTA on your car's entertainment/control console

but not using anything stupid like an Idrive handle, use the paddle transmission shifter controls on the steering wheel. this permits maximum carnage for the court charges!

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Things that make you go hmm: GlobalFoundries hires ex-IBM chip fabber

swschrad

300mm fab? what are they making, power tubes?

that's some hefty silicon, folks. forklift chips? 100,000 watt Zeners? IBM concert amps?

I could believe 30 nm, perhaps. but that's 2000 technology, too.

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Fridge hacked. Car hacked. Next up, your LIGHT BULBS

swschrad

I should think that would be the Ti-D-Bowl man

lose the little boat from the ads, gain a printer for all the helldesk tickets. "weak flush at 85th and Central, mens, 3rd stall." "low paper, Edgington Court Starbucks, mens." "geysers and Sharknados, use extreme caution, 10th Crossing subway station, you can't miss it."

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