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CSI: Let's get out of the lab, interview the suspect, then do a warrantless search

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Re: To summarise

No, he's going with the Brave Monkey Approach or BMA - Brave Monkeys aren't creative, they just fix the broke shit and go no further. You know them, just good enough to keep kit going but not imaginative enough to be proactive in their IT approach, so the author proposes another IT position (additional CTO or Dreams Manager).

It sounds like area specialization as IT is becoming more of a commodity.

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Irish kids get first-person view of 1916 uprising... via Minecraft

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Scale vs Detail

As someone who spent 10 hours building seawall/battlements last night on the family Minecraft server and still have so_much_to_do, looking at the detail of the Mindrising project is incredible...

I like it.

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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Re: I've got a bit of a soft spot..

Aspire One 532h here - was inspired to see if my old CF-53 4GB stick I had laying around would fit. Didn't but I did find out why she's been reluctant to use it lately - she killed the Windows 7 installation messing around trying to get her games installed... Debating whether to linux her out of spite...

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Re: Netbooks had one good use

They are still good for education. I picked up a later model Aspire One* with Win7 starter, 2GB ram, 250GB HD, from Craigslist for homeschooling my 12/yr old daughter for $40. Gave it a new battery, reconnected the wireless antenna lead (guy thought he had a sucker, he didn't), and it runs great. Perfect for doing her homework, hates it because it's not powerful enough to play her games when she decides to fuck off instead of doing work.

Evil, mean, DAAAaaaad! +1

*replaced cheap $199 Staples Gateway Win8 laptop that she stepped on somehow, some way.

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FTC: Duo bought rights to Android game – then turned it into ad-slinging junkware in an update

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Re: Ok FTC. Turn your guns on MS

'HINT: Well-known OS, begins with "L".'

Actually there was a program called 'Oil Change' introduced at COMDEX in 1995/96, that would scan your computer and fetch drivers, updates, etc from your OS, to programs, to Soundblaster drivers. Revolutionary at the time. I sat on one of the booth bimbos for hours until I got a couple of copies.

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

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I'm pretty sure it would have to be disassembled to blend*.

*Sent via Toughbook CF53... too bulky to blend.

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

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Two items...

1. A homicidal pilot who has a Top Gun flashback moment and hits the pass eject button.

And

2. I don't suppose running down to Petco and grabbing a bunch of parakeets to huck into a jet engine for bird ingestion tests would fly.... Could use pigeons in NYC if you had a net, but they would run into consistency issues. Is there a medical supply company with scientifically identical pigeons for testing?

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Research: By 2017, a third of home Wi-Fi routers will power passers-by

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Re: Non-starter, at least here in the US

Does_Not_Matter - Comcast has been rolling out xfinity routers all over East Tennessee - dual purpose for drive-by wireless, all you have to do is log in. Amusingly, I've been reliably informed that not paying your bill doesn't kill the xfinity side of the router.

;)

What a bunch of bastards.

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

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Re: All of you are fuckered...

I'm sorry, Chivo, but your answer must be in the form of a question - I'll remember you though, keep the faith!

;)

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All of you are fuckered...

Ya'll didn't exist before I became aware of you and will all disappear when I move on to the next plane of consciousness.

Sorry.

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Holy sh*t week forces Twitter top brass to go on ‘retreat’

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Re: Ads

While I see your point, in all honesty why would anyone sub Twitter*? Place is just an echo chamber with occasional name & shame to vent your displeasure at company/politician.

*Stupid question, of course they would get subs - the US has a surplus of surface dwelling idjits... but not enough to support the company indefinitely.

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Uber driver 'pulls handgun' on passenger

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Re: Interesting

Would make for a more polite society though if you had to back up your bullshit with facts, not feelings.

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Kentucky to build 3,400-mile state-owned broadband network – and a fight is brewing

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Been on an AT&T DSL waiting list since 2007

Now what do you lying bastards have to say about competition?

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Re: 6. 3D printing

Keep saying that ;)

<awaiting $600 DYI Prusa i3 steel kit as we speak>

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Furniture is not sexy

However, furniture observes/hears many things that Sexy IT Person never would.

That, and my sweet style...

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Someone please rid me of this turbulent Windows 10 Store

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Re: Wondering where the time went...

Minecraft. Microsoft bought Minecraft - there is your Corvette.

And not a single Pocketmine update since then - running on dev builds here...

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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Re: May I be the first

How do you activate it?

Tried to install a brand_new_still_in_cellophane Office 2003 the other day, no activation server, no phone number available. Curious cuz I deal with some old farts too*.

*and I'm 51....

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Celeron? Sure you didn't mean Cyrix? They had a hell of a design, ran hot as fuck too with their 586 line.

I may still have one out in the shed.

EDIT: Not my downvote - hate people who do that, downvote and don't say *why*...

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Boat Anchors

I've got this bigass Dell PowerEdge tower server under my desk that runs Server 2008(original) - sounds like a jet starting up/running and was purchased back in 2005 for just under $6k. Has four 73GB SCSI drives, Xeons, 4GB ECC mem, redundant PS'sss, etc. Good machine that ran a Win 2003 AD. SQL, engineering programs for many years.

Now I have it and don't know what to do with it... Fill the bays with eight NOS 500GB SCSI drives and make it a NAS? Prolly not, have a WD 4TB Cloudy thing for that, but damn it's serious iron.

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Re: Pah! Fly-By-Nights!

Horseshit. That Babbage boiler will have stress cracks, corrosion, and I highly doubt it can maintain enough pressure to do higher calculations.

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Re: Windows not running for longer than 49.7 days.

TIL.... Never knew about this bug since I never knew a Windows 95/98 machine that wasn't rebooted at least weekly...

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Fears of fiber cable cuts, rogue drones menacing crowds at Super Bowl 50

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Re: well...

I learned everything I know about football from British tv:

'Hooray. He's kicked the ball. Now the ball's over there. That man has it now. That's an interesting development. Maybe he'll kick the ball. He has indeed and apparently that deserves a round of applause...'

See? I'm well rounded.

;)

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Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

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Meh...

I'll raise you a Pentium 1 133mhz, 512MB ram, 20GB HD, Dictaphone server running NT 4.0 in a lawyer's office. It's_still_there.

Made blood shoot out of my eyes both times I had to work on it - first making the recording software work with XP and then later with Win7 Pro. Did you realize Dictaphone doesn't support it anymore? Not for any real reason other no one left in the company that remembers this particular version. Probably all dead and passed on. Thank God I'm no longer responsible for that office, it really made me hate life.

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Probe launched after mischiefmaker invades US spyboss's Verizon broadband account

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Heh...

Sucks, doesn't it?

;)

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Intel admits Skylakes can ... ... ... freeze in the middle of work

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Re: Can't remember doing 88 mph this morning...

My memory must be failing - was thinking that happened around the time Computer Shopper had the headline 'Is The Pentium 166 All a Business Will Ever Need?'....

Note to El Reg - there is not an icon for 'You kids get off my lawn'....

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Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

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You don't let *them* do it FFS - you use the GWX Control panel as a tool* to save *you* time rather than dicking around in the registry on every machine.

Then when the user asks 'How did you do that?', you can give them the 'Ancient Microsoft White Paper Incantation. If I told you...' spiel. How the hell are we going to get mythical priesthood class for IT if you inform the great unwashed of details of exorcisms we perform? Geez**....

* I try tools on my own kit before experimenting on clients, that's just professionalism.

** This is one of the few Mondays of the year where my hair isn't on fire, there is peace on my clients networks, and I'm relaxing by the fire with some warm cider ;)

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American cable giants go bananas after FCC slams broadband rollout

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Fsck all of them...

... I've been on an AT&T DSL waiting list since 2007... So I pay $90/month for 15GB worth of satellite 'broadband' - already out of data and Exede can't explain why or show me logs of my internet traffic... Oh sure, I can show them mine, but won't show theirs...

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Brit cuffed for Kyrgyz 'horse penis' sausage quip

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Meh

it IS a big deal...

The scene of the crime: My back yard.

Time: Memorial Day, 2006.

Report: I was cooking brats on the BBQ when my dear old dad stared making comments about penises on the grill, which offended my wife, who decided that day was the day to go off on said dad. Dad didn't take it well and began a family fight the extends to this day ten years later.

Attempted to patch things up in 2012, no deal. Haven't spoken to him or a huge majority of my family since. I really shouldn't be surprised, there are folks who are 40 years old today who still flip each other off when they see each other over a girl in high school they dated. Long memories over really stupid shit.

Sigh.

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Five key findings from 15 years of the International Space Station

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Providing you'll be using material from asteroids...

... delivery into the gravity well would be inexpensive as it is all downhill...

Hell of a business plan to use essentially free material, unlimited solar power to produce product, then chuck into the gravity well for delivery. Get there first and $profit$.

Then would come tourism and serious exploration as a result. Human $win$

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Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock dead at 42

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Re: RIP

I know exactly where he was going and I'll use the terminology: 'The creative class within the open source community in general is subject to societal pressures that make them less likely to deal with a non-linear problem in a non-destructive way.' There. Pure drivel. But it sounds good and sciency.

Suicide is private and very immediate, been there but have considered since that i would prefer an honor guard with my passing. Anyone notice an uptick in shootings lately? It's universal, we dun gone crazy.

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US Marines kill noisy BigDog robo-mule for blowing their cover

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Spot should have roomba skills....

And a unit marker to home in on when activated - no user control required. Add a little hoverboard (non-flammable ones) tech and bamm! Only charge $3.2M for guidance since I'm feeling pretty charitable...

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North Korean operating system is a surveillance state's tour de force

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Hey, don't disparage the mighty Raspi2 - I have six of them running 150' automatic truss table lines...

;)

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Oklahoma bloke cuffed for Chrimbo caprine coupling

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All this bleatin' about cheatin'...... Oklahoma is the Sooner State... cuz sooner or later.... this time goats....

I'm out....

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

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Re: Funny world

Meh.... I'm going back to my BB Storm 2 after my Note3 goes away...

One thing you never had to worry about with Blackberry was that BB wouldn't be looking over your shoulder like Google (unless you set BES up that way of course ;)

I am liking the Priv, just not the Google part.

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The Police Chief's photo library mixed business, pleasure and flesh

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Re: My favorite floppy story...

Frisbees.

Also, if you carefully cut saw edges into them, IT throwing stars.

pfffht!....STICK! 'Get your hand away from the mouse...'

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Re: This happened not three weeks ago

Solitaire would be a bit advanced, I'm sorry to say. He knows it exists should he get adventurous.

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This happened not three weeks ago

Not an IT horror story per se, but so fucking hilarious I don't even care if he finds this some years from now...

I have this friend, 49 years old, who's been trying to get disability for what seems like forever (I think he can work, but thats just my opinion). For the last few years I drop in on him a few times a week, see if he needs a ride, food, etc. Pretty pathetic really, but he's shown signs of improvement in the last year, running 4 Obamaphones with FB on borrowed wifi. Well, he started trading baseball & football cards online, showing a profit, so much so that it was becoming difficult to keep track of.

Enter me, with a surplus half-a-Gateway laptop that my lovely daughter stepped on weeks before, hook him up with an HDMI cable to his tv, wireless kb & mouse, borrow some more wifi, and show him the wonders of 1995 via a Windows 8.1 Pro half-a-laptop. Spreadsheets, tracking, getting a paypal account so he would leave me alone about it, better pics of the cards, etc, etc, etc.

Three weeks later, I come by to see the laptop with a nice doily-type thing on it, kb and mouse turned off and tucked away under the sidetable, I ask him WTF? I was expecting Moneybucks here to be conquering the internet via collectible cards. Nope. Problems with the mouse, with the computer, Excel was tripping out, etc, etc. Mkay. Show Me. He then proceeded to log in and USE BOTH HANDS TO CONTROL THE WIRELESS MOUSE. < shellshock > Wait. What year is this? Who am I? What is this place? < I come to my senses > WTF are you doing Jr? "I can't make it work right'. I guess so. Sigh.

I patiently explained/demonstrated/made-him-do-it operations with a two-button scroll mouse and started him on Minesweeper with a huge 3" icon in the middle of his tv.

It is almost 2016, right?

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Gaming souk Steam spews credit card, personal info in Xmas Day security meltdown

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Re: I can only imagine

Untrue statement.

We all know IT 'Professionals' with MCSE's,Netware (remember how important that one was back then?), Cisco etc etc certs that are completely useless because reality isn't always covered in Microsoft's KB's. Business owner's sons who didn't know dick about IT yet got paid for it and my all time favorite: The Office IT Guru Who_Installed_Office_That_One_Time...

IT has been and will increasingly become a commodity with increasing Great Ideas That Are Horribly Bad decisions as a result.

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hehe Amazon.... They fuck up and I'm flying in with a Lvl90 mace - spend a lot of money there.

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Does life as a hostage change your attitude to life as an IT contractor?

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Merry Christmas.

Moving video - we've been waiting all day to stream this - it did not disappoint.

Most honest and primal moment was the 'No Shit' in reference to 'showing stress'. Interesting body language throughout, don't blame him a bit.

Cheers, Mr. Peter Moore

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Sanders presidential campaign accuses Democrats of dirty data tricks

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Re: Trump or Hillary or Sanders?

No, Obama got his Obamacare in his first term, with Democrat majorities in both houses, in the middle of the night, with zero Republican votes.

Get your history straight.

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Researcher claims Facebook tried to gag him over critical flaw

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Yep, yep - told a doctors office next door to a client about something as simple as an open access point on their network, they came unglued and threatened to call Homeland Security... Just don't have time for that anymore, fsck.exe

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13,000 Comcast customers complain to FCC over data caps

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Re: Yeah I'm here for the suspicious data use

We need to have a beer - how long ago? I've been with these guys since 2012, before that it was Hughesnet.

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Yeah I'm here for the suspicious data use

Damn fine idea! I'd love to hear the silence from Exede Satellite when faced with that one. I've sent logs, banned the kids from the network, switched out routers for the sake of those logs, spoken with corporate, had them out to replace the modem three times, transmitter/dish twice, and pretty much all they do is add data in one GB increments. Simply cannot be using 15GB* a month, I schedule everything to occur during unlimited data time from midnight to 5am, tight access control for the kids, and stern looks to outright WTF's at the wife over that damn FuckerBerg page of hers. They make it tough get through, there will be a lecture on data use, which I can quote verbatim before they do, before anything useful will get done.

Brilliant. Unplug the damn thing.

*Cry me a river, Comcast customers. I'm paying $90.90 a month for 15GB, then it's back to dialup speed until the end of the month unless you pay $10 a GB for more. Welcome to the bandwidth fuckyou game, it sucks.

Quick edit: Yes, we're moving someplace with infrastructure if we can find the right sucker.

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Cisco forgot to install two LEDs in routers

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Re: "why the quiet "L" in the American use"

Lieutenant as in 'lew', like 'in lieu of' - you don't say 'in lef of', correct?

Example of Southern craziness: They pronounce bedroom suite as 'bedroom suit' - I'd hear them advertising bedroom suits on the car radio and I'm WTF is a bedroom suit? Pajamas? Some damn expensive pjs... They don't use 'peTIT' for the word petite...

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FAA introduces unworkable drone registration rules in time for Christmas

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Bill Nye the Science Guy...

... the administration's Go-To Guy, Expert in Everything Sciency, Proud owner of a BA in Mechanical Drawing, will be by shortly with a presentation...

Dr. Nye will not be accepting questions, the science is settled.

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Microsoft to OneDrive users: We're sorry, click the magic link to keep your free storage

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Marketing = Drug Dealing 101

The first taste is always free...

Disclaimer: I'm anti-cloud - I figure if you can't fold, spindle, and mutilate your data when your internet connection is down, it ain't your data. Call me crazy, but I learned that back in the 90's when US Robotics was still making modem racks, high density modem cards, and flashing to 56k were something new and exciting. Sure was a wondrous thing to turn the lights out in the largest Qwest datacenter colo, watch all the lights on 100's of modem racks blinking from folks connecting/disconnecting in the dark. Didn't take too much imagination to wonder what all those folks were doing at 2am in the morning while we were doing maintenance, porn without Playboy was new, and it probably pissed them off to lose connection in the middle of a download - didn't have a resume function back then lol. Used to wonder how much damage one guy with a supersoaker water gun could do since all our competition colo-ed in the same datacenter, just separated by chainlink fencing.

On topic: My office and my home networks back up to each other on NAS boxen at each end (30 miles or so apart as the crow flies), with a fiber connection (had the supplies/equipment, figured why not? Overkill is good.) to a larger NAS sitting in a power/climate-controlled Amish-built shed in my back yard. My desktop data drives are hot-swappable so I can fling them out the window in case of fire*, I even make a few bucks reselling remote back up services for select local clients who were overly impressed by the big tits... I mean cloudy sales representative... and accepted my compromise to give them 'Cloud' bragging rights** at the local Chamber of Commerce.

*I began my career in IT by screwing up State of Arizona workstations to such a degree and with such regularity (I was a meddler, the kind I have a love/hate relationship with now, but they pay the bills), that the main state IT director came down and had a one-on-one talk with me in a closed room with no witnesses. After that, I had to do my own research and fix whatever I broke software-wise, which led to working for free putting workstations together at a local computer shop on the weekends. I attribute my back up fetish to a death threat from the wife years and years ago - not only did I destroy her computer and lose all her data, I did it TWICE. Men have been killed for less and I believed her when she said men die in their sleep all the time. I know numbers and statistics - married men dying in their sleep *does* seem abnormally high.

**That's a big deal in a small town in the South - I know of a lawn and garden center with a higher security network than most banks, tech bragging down here seems to be a subconscious reaction to the general world belief that the southern US states are backwards in every way. Interesting to observe if you've ever been anywhere in your life.

Mine's the antistatic coat with encrypted SSD backup drives filling every pocket...

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National Crime Agency: Your kid could be a nasty interwebs hacker

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Re: Signs for Parents

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*How quaint, El Reg forums don't do binary...

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Google snoops on kids via Chromebooks, claims EFF in FTC filing

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<no catchy title>

So many paths crossing lately - El Reg ran a story 'Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes' a few weeks ago and I said then that my local school district was using tablets and chromebooks to replace paper, pencil, and textbooks - not really addressing 'digital' literacy.

I've been bitching for a while now about it because of serious concerns I have about the loss of certain aspects of my kids education due to the total reliance on electronic gadgets and huge issue with their privacy via Google. Appreciate El Reg for giving me another stick to use at the next school board meeting.

;)

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Connected smart cars are easily trackable, warns infosec bod

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Re: Well doh!

'Who the F*ck thought Vans need to look more aggressive !!!!!'

Those poor emasculated dads suffering in family mini-vans need all the help they can get - don't take what little pride and self-esteem they have left, if any.

That's just cruel.

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