* Posts by swschrad

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AT&T tries broadband over power lines again

swschrad

more than familiar

any radio signal will induce wired signals when crossing a wire. and any wired signal will induce radio waves over its distance, diminishing as the LRC damps them. this is older than Tesla, it goes back to Edison actually.

and Marconi and Popov and deForest and Fessenden and on and on and on. there is so much prior art that ATT can be blown out of the financial waters on this over the patent alone.

and yes, as a ham facing enough freakin' interference from crud plasma TVs and puck lights under cabinets powered by junk switching wall warts, I will support efforts to slap this nonsense down hard.

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Larry Page snuffs out ‘too expensive’ Google Fiber project

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Welcome to telco, Google.

costs a million bucks a mile to lay fiber. without lighting it up. you can't white-box your way out of that one.

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North Korea unveils its home-grown Netflix rival – Manbang

swschrad

nothing new here...

the Nut Koreans keep waving their Dongs (their word for missle) around, and they are inevitably the Rong Dongs.

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CenturyLink punishes hogs

swschrad

cat videos. it's now cat videos, not porn.

everybody watches cat videos. especially grannies. (wink wink)

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HPE dumps software biz into the bargain bin

swschrad

The HPE Way... shrink your way to profits!

RA here, demerger here... pretty soon there's only one headcount and profit

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25,000 malware-riddled CCTV cameras form network-crashing botnet

swschrad

locate the port. block it for outside your network.

even the simplest DSL router/modem allows you to see what devices are on the net. many can show the ports in use. more sophisticated commercial equipment has more sophisticated tracking.

if the security system/fridge/DongleFromHell is always using port 666, don't let that go outside.

if you always want to check remotely from your smartphone what is going on, that doesn't work. if the device you are thinking about does not have good user-managed security, don't buy it.

if the vendors don't make that information availiable, don't buy it.

if there are hardcoded factory access items you can't disable, don't buy it.

(short version) don't buy iotThingies. they are wide freaking open.

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Spam King sent down for 30 months

swschrad

Spamford, meet Bubba...

Bubba got a life sentence plus 40 for burning down a business that took his money........

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Lexus cars suffer Purple Screen of Death – code bug turns the air blue

swschrad

round these parts, center console borked, you freeze to death

maybe the Conifornians don't read the papers, but there are places where if you don't get heat in the car, you freeze. perhaps they should keep all the damn things in Lotus land.

or, you know, knobs, switches, and sliders. just saying. go full mechanical and promote its safety.

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Verizon! to! bid! $3bn! for! Yahoo!'s assets!

swschrad

my two bucks are hard currency, and fair market value.

OK, $2.50, but I get my choice of large screens first. final offer.

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Speaking in Tech: Old wrestlers, billionaires, open source and cloud

swschrad

Ya-who???

last use in 2002, I think.

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Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform? It's an uphill battle, warns key partner

swschrad

back in the day, when Micro-Soft was 8 bit...

the first mantra was Microsoft on anything. S-80, Apple, 6800, whatever you got that doesn't have acolytes in a sterile room dropping your card deck.

now they're going back.

the slogans change faster in telco.. even years, push decision/access out, odd years, pull it in. took Microsoft 40 years.

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Rats revive phones-and-cancer scares

swschrad

yeah, well, I have my Trinitite sample in a baggie in the ham shed.

and I suspect you have crappy wifi service.

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swschrad

hey, no problem, give rats their own smartphones.

what's the worst that could happen, Pinky and Brain rule the world? even that's not as bad as Trump.

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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

swschrad

the real issue is GCHQ is too busy to keep guessing your new ones

so keep using strings of cuss words, and shift-right one letter every 30 days.

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

swschrad

ach, mein Gott

it is now widely known that Siemens is a money pot for any huckster who claims to be a branding specialist.

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Yahoo! sale woes

swschrad

hmmm... I'll take them if paid ten billion dollars. cash. daily.

sorta sounds like a whole bottle of poison pills all of a sudden over there.

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Chilling evidence emerges of Kilocat weapon

swschrad

uh, in America, we do those stories on April 1st

your beer may be too strong. certainly too warm. ditch Lucas and get better refrigeration.

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Can you hear me now – over the picket line? Verizon workers strike

swschrad

VeryZoned even sold their west coast FiOS

imagine, star service in the data-centric west coast states, and Verizon sold it to Frontier (and Frontier can't run their new purchase until end of April.)

folks, that smells like "screw everybody, grab cash and run" to me.

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swschrad

why? because their jobs are at stake

if you would do a little research, you would find Verizon wants to make "temporary reassignments" last months, send more classes of jobs overseas to the lowest cost/usefulness places possible, and they are trying to let the copper side rot so badly they will be allowed to abandon it. as well as big takebacks on health, pension, and job security. so, yeah, it's a strike. VZ will be on emergency repair status only, and limited installs. there will be cut-off ties hanging from splice cases as desk jockeys who push spreadsheets try to fix things they have marginal backup training on.

"can you hear mq290--asfd4ra

-- modem disconnected

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

swschrad

my problem is that GWX malware, and it's apparently self-modifying

month after month, Microsoft has put me through spells of being unable to apply critical security packages, then relenting but trying to sneak their mal-OS into my Win 8.1 machine by another devious path.

I DO NOT WANT IT. I WILL NOT INSTALL IT. GET THAT THROUGH YOUR GODDAMNED FUCKING HEADS!!!

I barely got 8.1 tamed, and now you weasels want full time phone-home spyware unstable SAAS crap OS windows 10 on everything? I have a fire pit. if that slop gets on my machine, it goes in the fire pit, and I get an up to date Mac. the Power eMac doesn't cut it any more.

got it? quit it. QUIT IT !

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Axe to fall on staff at IBM's Global Technology Services 'this Friday'

swschrad

no doubt to be finalized after Friday

because that's how it works.

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swschrad

to I-bummers, "resource action" = fired

now, if they would can the top two tiers of upper management at IBM, and bring in somebody whose sole purpose in life is not to read from the "Soviet Five Year Planning" resource workbook, but to whistle up and sell products and services, they might turn the ship onto the straight.

away from the circling the drain thing.

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Cisco forgot its own passwords for seven weeks

swschrad

another default password now in script kiddies cookie box

if this got used anywhere, else, all your net is pwned.

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Imation sells off the family jewels

swschrad

same for RCA, GE, Philips, etc

so many honored companies have just licensed their name, and while there may be winces as the occasional bomblet hits the market and blows a hole, they really don't freaking give a damn. as long as the quarterly checks don't bounce, hey, WonHungLo LLC PTY M-O-U-S-E whatever, let's go for an offsite.

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swschrad

weasels

Imation was created when 3M decided they wanted nothing more to do with floppy discs and tape, but wouldn't like seeing residual money from a spinoff. history will show that 3M cleared the warehouse just in the nick of time.

nobody has bothered to paint over the sign on the side of I-694 yet. actually, a bulldozer would be more like it, and could be finished and back on the hauler in an hour. just the kind of thing investment weasels would be pleased to do.

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Bookstore sells some data centre capacity, becomes Microsoft, Oracle's nemesis

swschrad

are users so dumb they can't click right instead of left? really?

I have plinked around in a number of Office alternatives, Mac and WinSlows.

unless you are doing something like running a dangerous petrochemical synthesis plant from Excel 97 spreadsheets' macros, LibreOffice and the separate Mac suites (foregoing any discussion of Office for Mac, which is usually the Windows offering plus/minus a half major version) will do ya just fine. and there are minor changes, on the order of difference of Windows vs Xwindows.

a day of fumbling, and most users are adept at substitutions.

this will not crash any company.

batshit insane pricing models can.

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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

swschrad

for much better comedy wallpaper

search on BSOD screensaver

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

swschrad

spyware is more trustworthy than Microsoft

these weasels lock you out of other upgrades when they set the gorilla WNX back in your life. I have been muttering for a few years how Microsoft thinks they own MY machine, MY files, MY preferred setups. now they have proven it. bastards should send me the money I paid for the laptop before they do this crap. at the courthouse, I might very well win with a claim of class-B theft.

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And the reasons for buying new IT gear are as follows ...

swschrad

"Remember BubbleCo? they just disappeared. hacked."

"Curious thing is, they were the poster boy on your equipment brochure. The stuff that can't be patched or secured any more. Looks like it caught up to them, and they're in forced liquidation.

"And you still have that equipment installed. About time to consider changing it, don't you think?"

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Senate asks DHS: you don't negotiate with terrorists, but do you pay off ransomware?

swschrad

NostrilDrippus Predicts! (tm) has their answer!

"Uh, like, security means we can't divulge that, you know. You expected anything else?"

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

swschrad

don't know, don't hack fortune 50 corporations

and you'd have to do that to really see if your liasons are saved and watched over and over

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swschrad

cannot trust MonsterSlop any more

sneaky little weasels, I have had to pry the GetWinX gouge off my machine three times to get critical updates. and now I have to chase their spyware. hey, Redmond, call Sony and see how that kind of shit works for building reputations.

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Nokia publishes offer for remaining Alca-Lu shares

swschrad

Alucatellent + Nokia = ??

Noalucatellentaik, or Onalucatellentaik, depending on your preferences.

it really doesn't matter as long as they support the 20-year-old networks.

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FCC revises router update rules after outcry

swschrad

the FCC's mandate ends at regulation of the RF component

so, don't make the antennas removeable. folks who want a mesh network around the block will have to scrape a little plastic and use clip leads. BFD.

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Drones are dropping drugs into prisons and the US govt just doesn't know what to do

swschrad

take 'em out

if you can't use shotguns, then have dancing lasers. CO2 lasers. drop the little buggers outside the fence and have the locals dust them for prints.

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

swschrad

hackers are more trustworthy than Microsoft now

what, did the Softies hire a bunch of old Sony IT guys? Win10 is a rootkit

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El Reg celebrates Back to the Future Day

swschrad

I'm drinking ther piss out of this coffee today!

brown in the pot, yellow in the glass, you see

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Like your job at Sprint? Yeah, about that ... $2.5bn in cuts coming

swschrad

and then there's that 1500 store deal with formerly Radio Shack...

quite likely that means most of those outfits will shutter again. investment trashed.

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These US Presidential contestants can't even secure their websites – what hope for America?

swschrad

he took over IBM's web site

you haven't heard about it yet because, well, security. and sneaky. once it gets hosted in Belize, the facts will be out.

((and other fairy tales, the likes of which McAfee is never out of))

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swschrad

grab for the green

hard, broke losers "suspend" their campaigns so they can fundraise to pay off the monstrous bills they ran up being losers. if they closed their campaigns with a trail of red ink behind them, the Federal Election Commission would sic the lawyers on their dessicated wisps, demanding payments and reports of why they didn't file reports, and all the truck that follows hiring losers to manage their losingness.

but Perry and Walker are still, in life, losers.

the folks who give money to dead-meat losers, that's a special kind of loser. and hey, guys, I can harness the sun and enrich your sex life for half that price with my special power of "meh," send some over here....

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

swschrad

Response: erase the sites from Favorites

hey, you. the gatekeeper. we don't hate you. much. what we hate are the singing, dancing, sparking and screaming autoplay ads that go full screen when we mouse down to shut them off.

hate that crap like we never hated anything before.

so we don't get to see your news stories unless we allow that nonsense? hey, son, fixed it. deleted your URL from favorites. not subscribing. you are as dead to me as Pets.com.

in conclusion, with millions or billions of other netizens... die, bastard, die.

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US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018

swschrad

go, hogs, go

first test... can a F-35 take some 50-cal fire on an overhead pass? like about 3 nests worth?

the Hog can just ease over, latch down the firing button, and go back on course.

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

swschrad

OMG, robots.txt was deleted!

and there y'go

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Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

swschrad

heh, almost the only boy in the room

and one irritating day I whacked the carraige return of that Royal 400, and the unbreakable handle, guaranteed, skittered all the way over to the other end of the room. so jfjfjfjfjfjfjf yo'Momma.

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swschrad

author never saw/used a Correcting Selectric

it had white-out ribbon on it, and a special backspace key that went back, placed the white-out ribbon down, and let you type your one character correctly, blocking out the old oops.

I presume also never used a Mag Card Selectric, which was perhaps the earliest stored program typewriter that didn't require a supercooled machine room of computers.

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Poor Imation's revenues continue their never-ending death spiral

swschrad

there is a reason 3M spun Imation off

and there is a reason they can't pull it out of the spiral. offline storage ain't cool.

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

swschrad

they're barefooting, not using skis

which is why every barnacle on the shark drives them batshit insane.

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swschrad

8.1 can be mostly tamed

it ain't NT 3.51, but it works. except occasionally you have to pop the battery out because it won't shut down. and occasionally won't really start after you log in, and you have to pop the battery out.

come to thing of it, it's cranky as hell and makes me want Windows 98 again.

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swschrad

surprise! you really thought there was perfection there?

the last beta release is always the first general release. which means the last of the beta bugs will the first of the public bugs.

and eventually when they run the first general patch, something they surprisingly don't do in beta, guess what? there be dragons here.

I have seen that so many times since I started dealing with these infernal machines in 1980 that it's no surprise at all.

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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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