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

swschrad
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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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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

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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

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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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swschrad

why, the National Electric Code, of course

those are your AFCI arc-fault detecting breakers. but you don't need to put ethernet on the power line to whack those. all you need is a reasonably good 17 meter ham rig in a car. 17 seems to be the hot ticket based on the length of house wiring to the AFCI breakers.

the good news is that vendors have figured it out and are reconfiguring their filtering.

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swschrad

they'll fix it when New York City starts strobing

or maybe when generating stations start playing Mozart, speeding up and slowing down.

or when self-driving cars start line dancing on the freeway.

if they still can...

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Judge says there's no such thing as a 'Patent Troll'

swschrad

how about "greenmailing shitbastard."

that OK with the court?

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

swschrad

ALL source material is compressed

vinyl? RIAA curve in/out. digital? hacked and (occasionally) regenerated.

this on top of the compression/expansion, noise gates, preamp distortion, microphone effects, and multistage processing loss of definition all throughout the recording and duplication chain. tape has a 50 dB range with nonlinearities on the low end, and processing like dbx adds additional artifacts. digital recording is itself a series of compromises.

so to start with, there is no "true" fidelity in a commercial source.

I have always had my doubts about the 30s and 40s RCA research that "7% distortion is the point at which the human ear detects." that's as good as they could measure pure tones. and every improvement such as the feedback loop, beam-power tetrode, and differential amplifier stages iimproves on that.

in the beginning and the end, we have analog. careful use of analog technology across the chain provides fewer machine artifacts and a more realistic experience.

I'm smelling more ways to try and push 1-inch transducers and chips and calling that excellent.

when it's just another ploy to get me to dump all my stuff and buy new.

the push side of the market is looking desperately for another gimmick, while the pull side is way tired of "it's all crap, but this is better." we don't want to stuff the landfills and spend all over again out here.

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Apple abruptly axes Aperture ... Adobe anxiously awaits arrivals

swschrad

GIMP runs under OS/X, they say

free-as-in-beer and real spiffy. I have it on my WinSlows box, and like it.

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Dell exec: HP's 'Machine OS' is a 'laughable' idea

swschrad

wouldn't you like to replace all that legacy with one OS, too?

not to mention, The Machine is the perfect way to kick underperforming, overcosting Itanic out the window into a dumpster conveniently parked underneath.

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swschrad

suppose MachineOS is actually a selector?

friend IBM probably has ten OS running on a Z-series mainframe by now, from JCL to containers holding windows, linux, and the like. if MachineOS is the manager for a bunch of system-containers like that or like Citrix, it looks like a chameleon, it shifts like a chameleon, but the user thinks they're running a native whatever. if the core and memory are agile enough, why the heck not? that's not new. not a 10-year project, either.

we've had a lot of new OS developed since the Univac 1, and there are always a bunch of young guys who want the chance to gin something up from scratch and get their name in the books.

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AT&T: We will right many of world's wrongs if allowed to slurp DirecTV

swschrad

how can they say that?

practice. they have yet to work up to saying with a straight face "we will also put 4D in your flying car and pay off your mortgage if you bundle satellite, landline, and Uverse with our beer of the month club." but I'm sure the training sessions are scheduled...

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When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?

swschrad

and that forces you into their naming scheme?

actually, if FumbleNet slips you 50 IPv6 addresses and says have fun, you can still private 6000 machines behind one of them if you want. use one for web servers. one for mail. one for arranging those secret stock trades. and bank 46 of them.

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swschrad

like all those local news videos coming out of ow.ly?

surely it could take down the net! film at 11 on WACK.TV

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swschrad

just create a new .azure domain

and keep reusing the same old 10... addresses behind another bank of next-up routers

yeah, it's the same thing as a Stephen Fry joke, but has enough detail to prompt a meeting, so they can't do any real damage during that time

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

swschrad

so every new domain/user generates another server farm, eh?

BZZZTTT.

a new domain name creates a new table in the core DNS servers.

a new domain entry for a new destination creates a redirection record.

the redirection record can be pointed to any IP address, V.4 or V.6, generally through a MX record. if it points to an existing web site, no IP address is created, the old one is used.

if it's a service on a hosting company, it may be a virtual server within the private network of the hosting company, and everybody in the world is using 10... private networks without bothering anybody else, because they never go to the net itself. the internal link is in the hosting company routers.

so, BZZZZT. your suitcase can fit in anybody's car without making a new car for it.

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HP: Customers, partners are fleeing IBM x86 since Lenovo System x bid

swschrad

HP is in step with the times.

they understand spying. hell, the board has done it on each other.

((typed on the work HP because I'm not at home with my HP laptop, just so you know))

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Livermore lab opens Catalyst super to industry users

swschrad

turn that machine RAPACIOUS

Really Awesome Pictures About Cats International Official Universal Server.

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Latest IE flaw being actively exploited

swschrad

don't get the shakes

you'll drop your card deck

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Sony bosses will return bonuses as firm preps for BILLIONS in losses

swschrad

because the goofs just keep on coming without being fixed

that's why Sony is now Baloney.

but don't worry, as soon as we roll out our 5D Hyperspace interactive TV that puts you in bed with that fancy lass, it will all pick right up again. promise. really. trust us.

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

swschrad

an endless spiral of bad choices here

and the worst one was programmed in, "keep searching, dammit."

at some point, to stay real-time and operational, the ATC system should have just flagged the U2 as a bogey and red-boxed it on radar. controllers could either contact it for intentions, or notify Air Defense Command.

which brings up the question, why fly a U2 through LAX controlled airspace anyway? aren't there enough TV station helicopters chasing white Broncos down the highway, they have to put a U2 up as well? all that blank Nevada test range they could turn and burn in, and they decide to fly over LA.

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NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012

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Alert

obviously, the sun is a terrorist!

but they're having trouble lining up volunteers for the mission to take Old Sol out...

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Hello Moto: Lenovo grabs Motorola biz for $3bn. But Google's KEEPING the patents

swschrad

for those who said buying Motorola was all about the patents...

buy yourself something nice tonight, you earned it, you gypsies, you.

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Amazon patents caches for physical goods

swschrad

prior art exists.

it's called "branch stores" and "warehouses" depending on the depth of the shelves.

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Thanks for suggesting eBay should flog PayPal. It's not happening, CEO tells Carl Icahn

swschrad

Arrr, me mateys, now ye friends all hand over yarrr loot, too

Icann is just a greenmailing pirate, that's all he does. buy some stock and bring a gun into the boardroom. other men, better men, send two guys who look around, flick ashes on the ledger, and say, "Nice little business ya got here. shame if anything happens to it. we'se here to sell ya some insurance, cabish?"

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Intel shutters BRAND NEW chip factory as PC market storm rages

swschrad

more like pining for the fjords

in any event, Intel has one hell of a woodshed now, in case they need to take some project planners to one. and no witnesses!

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FCC honcho: Shifting our crusty phone network to IP packets starts now

swschrad

not for now

present IP interconnects to the global PSTN are done by translation to a TDM backbone. you can keep that for the forseeable future, as long as equipment is made and supported, fake it on breakout cards that tie into gigabit ethernet backbones that are well-proven in the field, or replace it all, as SS7 replaced signal tones to kill the Captain Crunch era. plenty of technology to plod along with.

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swschrad

what 48V?

power over Ethernet is not supplied from the central office. an IP phone that has a wall wart is not powered from the central office. you can't deliver office battery tens of thousands of wire feet to a DSL box, because the current it needs is way beyond what you can run that distance. remote-power DSL stuff typically uses line power on multiple pairs of 300 volts delta at low power, which is the capacity of the wire plant, and typically takes 6 to 8 pairs to supply enough current. there is still not enough for a fiber-controller DSL system.

with IP phones, you don't have central 48V battery, which last disaster I heard of when even battery plant died, in New Orleans, only lasted 6 days when AC and generator fuel all ran out during a hurricane and flooding.

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swschrad

not for 911 location

911 is the big bugaboo for IP. with wireline, somebody picks up the phone at 123-666-6666, by definition it is within up to 100 yards ($40 wireless handset) of the connection point at 123 Anywhere Street. it is NOT with IP, you can unplug the phone and set it back in anywhere, assuming the building infrastructure doesn't tie specific ports on the data switch to specific cubes.

consider BigCo, office complex two blocks long, with operations in 60 other US cities. the network is collapsed going into the IP phone network, so the San Fransisco branch office, East, looks to be in the same location as Puerto Rico's devices plant. so where do you send the ambulance if the guy on 111-666-6666 calls, gasps, groans "my chest!" and the phone hits the floor.

that one has NOT been sorted out, and CANNOT be sorted out unless the IP phonesets use GPS. which incidentally does not work inside buildings.

not just disconnected from geography, but disconnected from reality, as far as emergency services is concerned. a tough issue.

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swschrad

not so fast, there, cowboy

in fact, the legal structure now in the US is such that the legacy telcos are open to all with a business card and a tie on the legacy networks at wholesale rates as competitors... and everything else is closed. so WhoopieNet doesn't get to compete with fiber-connected TelcoNet customers, because that is not a "legacy network."

at present, this is a minus for the telcos and a plus for the cable companies, because they are not "legacy network," either. unless it is ALL opened up to competition, perhaps based on c-tags or SNAP headers to route the billing, anything else is discriminatory and prohibited by monopoly law of 110+ years duration.

so that's a big political can of worms the FCC has in front of them, and no mustard to ease the path.

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Report says Microsoft has divided CEO list into possibles and probables

swschrad

Elop has fine credentials

he was sent as a missionnary to Nokia to spread the smallpox blankets among the savages, plunder the treasures for the Softies, and leave shiny baubles and firewater. later, of course, he brought the natives under control and came home to great applause again.

another merger conquered. perfect Microsoft leader credentials.

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Fancy knocking off early? Just run our fake computer crash 'virus', say admen

swschrad

not the first time

I've had a screensaver stashed for a decade that rotates various BSODs, the spitting image of a paranoid motherboard. but it got old fast. in a real crash, the phone queue system would go away on the desktop, and without a proper logout. so that is no dodge.

in my old TS days, I would just put another yet another VT240 keyboard under my arm, adopt a stern expression, and walk quickly out of the building for a little calm and reflection ;)

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Acer kills CEO job before CEO starts: All goes Wong after Wang pull-out

swschrad

uh, adopt cow boxes?

worked for one holiday season for Gateway ;)

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FCC: How we'll RIP 'n' REPLACE OLD phone system for new IP tech

swschrad

about time FCC got off the dime

ATT first asked for a rulemaking and standards two years ago. inside the telcos, the IP phone has been popping up on desktops strongly the past year plus. I was playing with a "now it's abandoned, now it's back" Centrex/IP interconnect system 6 years ago, but our company couldn't sell it because internally, business had committed to IP telephony. if ever you get a chance to get inside a central office with permission, you will probably see rack on rack on row of ESS systems turned off, with power lights on only occasional cabinets. the rest are kept for "spares in place,"

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Classic telly FX tech: How the Tardis flew before the CGI era

swschrad

on ChromaKey (tm)

which was availiable in the mid-60s in NTSC, and was a patented and trademarked development of RCA. as usual, what was beastly expensive in the 60s became affordable to local stations by the early 70s, and widely licensed. our little TV stations in Fargo and Grand Forks, ND had Chroma (the licenses did not convey ChromaKey (tm)) on both Visual and Grass Valley switchers.

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'It seems that the OSes and devices are based on the Devil'

swschrad

hot date with Ms. DOS

let me make your weekend complete: Int51

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Moody's eyes up Sony's debt: Hmm... junk? Bam! Shares drop 11%

swschrad

all the bond rating companies are whores

all we're arguing about now is the price.

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