* Posts by James O'Shea

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Is your career lacking growth? Become a porn inspector! Hint: It sucks

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Re: China's censorship dilemma

"Now the population is only protected by perverts with bad attitudes."

You say this as though it were a Bad Thing(tm).

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India plans space telescope launch in second half of 2015

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Re: Optional Title

Repayment for centuries of putting up with first the (dis)Honorable East India Company and then the British Raj. Next question.

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US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

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Re: don't listen to McCain

"Don't listen to old man John McCain yelling for the kids to get off his lawn. He hardly represents the majority of anything. His family is famous for being military fsckups (his granddaddy caused the worst US naval defeat in WW2) who somehow get away with it and gain power after doing so."

Er. Which US Naval defeat do you refer to?

I'm rather interested in finding that out, too. So far as I can see, John S. McCain Sr. was in charge of air ops around Guadalcanal for several months in 1942, during which there were several major American naval defeats, including the one where HMAS CANBERRA was sunk, resulting in an American cruiser being named CANBERRA in abject apology. As McCain was not in command at sea, it's hard to see how those defeats could be considered his fault.

After Guadalcanal he was moved to a staff position in Washington for a while, serving as head of air ops for the entire US Navy. It's difficult to see what naval defeats he was responsible for then, either. In 1944 he went back to the Pacific as a task group commander under Halsey. When Halsey (not, repeat, NOT) McCain swallowed the bait of Ozawa's aptly named Decoy Force and charged north after Ozawa's empty aircraft carriers, leaving the San Bernadino Strait uncovered and therefore allowing Kurita and multiple dreadnoughts, including YAMATO, to roam freely, McCain,acting against orders, turned his task group to try to close the strait. He was too late to stop Kurita from slapping Clifton Sprague's TF77.4 around, and too late to stop Kurita from getting away, but the near-disaster off Samar can't possibly be blamed on him. Sprague's escort carriers were launching aircraft while being literally inside anti-aircraft gun range of Kurita's ships, and Sprague's aircraft were mostly older, obsolescent machines armed with depth charges and rockets for anti-submarine work, not torpedoes and heavy bombs for anti-ship; Oldendorf's dreadnoughts were all south, in Surigao Strait, massacring Shima and Nishimura. If Kurita had pressed on south from Samar he would have had MacArthur's invasion fleet under his guns and could have slaughtered them. As it was Kurita got an escort carrier, a destroyer, and a destroyer escort before withdrawing. It could have been a lot worse, and probably would have been if it hadn't been clear that the American destroyers were more than willing to charge dreadnoughts and ram.

I would really, really, REALLY like to know which US Naval defeat John S. McCain Sr. was responsible for. I really would.

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Are we looking at the first domain name meme? Neigh

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Re: .ass

Too late. .gov covers that, nicely.

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The Mexicans. With refried beans. Canadians eat moose.

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Not an UZI

"The website, owned by one Sarah Mendenhall who claims to live in the Clinton's hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, features an extraordinary pastiche of Hillary and Bill Clinton with Hillary hanging out with a goofy cartoon horse while Bill sprays passers-by with an Uzi and a saxophone strapped on his back."

That's a squared-off pistol of some type, possibly a Glock, not that I care given that there hasn't been a good semiauto pistol designed since John Moses Browning died, with an extremely extended magazine. http://www.surplusstore.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/8e94b9347e01b77eb5544a09ce3e947a/k/w/kwa-glock-extended-magazine2.jpg It's not an UZI. This https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzi is an UZI. (Note ALL CAPS...)

Bill, being an Arkansas goodolboy, would probably use a Genuine American Gun, such as a Colt ACP or, if he had to use something in 9mm, a Browning Hi-Power, even if the Hi-Power is anything but highly powered, being, after all, designed to a French military requirement. More likely he'd use an Ingram gun or a Thompson.

Exit, stage right, to the tune of "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner".

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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It seems that Jeb is not, after all, the smart Bush brother.

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Pop-up pest MacKeeper patches 0-day remote code execution vuln

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I've long been of the opinion that MacKeeper is the single most widely spread Mac malware. Ever. Even when it works 'properly' it causes problems.

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Extreme community policing: West Virginia crook pepper-sprays HIMSELF mid-robbery

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Re: picky error in headline

They bailed from Virginia when Virginia bailed from the Union and never went back after Virginia was hauled back into the Union at cannon-point. Something about there being damn few slaves in that part of Virginia (and damn little money; this is not a co-incidence) and (most of) the locals didn't see any particular reason to die for someone else's right to have slaves. Virginia was most upset; there's a bit in the Constitution of the United States that member states can't be split up without their consent. West Virginia and the other states which dragged Virginia back into the Union pointed out that at the time West Virginia bailed, Virginia was, by its own testimony, not a member of the Union, and so all kinds of constitutional guarantees no longer applied. If Virginia had wanted to remain unsplitup, then it should have stayed in the Union. (Yes, some are _still_ blathering about this. Mostly boyz waving a flag, red with a blue cross of St Andrew upon which are white stars. Somehow I don't think that they got the message: Lee _lost_.)

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Not pro-Bono: Russian MP wants Apple to face stiff action for cramming 'gay' U2 into iCrevices

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He is the law. Just ask him.

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I thought that that pic of him on the pony _was_ him coming out...

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SECRET PROTOTYPE iPAD 'stolen from RANDY Apple employee'

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Re: 5 days ?!?!??!

"I'm guessing he was going to make a porn with her, things went side ways, then he panicked because he was committing an illegal activity or didn't want his identity associated with pornography."

1 They took him back to his house (that's why they're charged with kidnapping) and stole stuff from there. The odds are good that he didn't take $7500 or the various pieces of electronics with him.

2 it's not illegal to 'make a porn'. They're in Kalifonicatia. Cupertino ain't that far from Porn Valley. (Look it up.)

3 Do you _really_ think that someone who's 'making a porn' deserves to be robbed and pepper-sprayed? Really?

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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Re: Survived by a monitor and a keyboard

http://www.swapmeetdave.com/Humor/Cats/CatMouse2.jpg

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Loose lips slip when Windows 10 ships: 'End of July' says AMD CEO

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Last I looked, Windows 8 and later shipped with 'Windows Defender', a.k.a. Microsoft Security Essentials. Neither WD or MSE are 'bloated', and neither require a 'momentous install'; WD is installed automatically with Win 8.x and doesn't require any kind of install on the part of the user at all. Both appear to work reasonably well. I have MSE on my Win 7 systems and WD on my Win 8.1 systems, both with Malware Bytes (which isn't bloated, either, and doesn't require a 'momentous install) as a backup. So far, no problems.

meanwhile, malware _does_ exist for non-Microsoft systems, you know. Not all that much of it, but it's there. Most of my OS X systems don't have anti-malware, but where there is a reason for it (usually a paper requirement that all systems attached to certain machines have anti-malware, period) I use Sophos. That's not a 'momentous install', either.

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Let’s PULL Augmented Reality and CLIMAX with JISM

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Re: The Joy Of PowerPoint

Only a half dozen? At the Daily Fail? Surely not.

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BOFH: Explain? All we need is this kay-sh with DDR3 Cortexiphan ...

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Re: Kay-shing, eh?

If the PFY was from Fargo, then the 'tragic workplace accident' would involve a wood chipper, not electricity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyPhsD1vHGk I always loved that movie.

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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Re: WTF?

And you _still_ dragged in the tropical diseases. I have great difficulty taking your position seriously when you have to go so far out into the deep end. it is _seriously_ reaching to go from Nvidia's declining to give a few neckbeards the power the neckbeards think they should have to Nvidia's creating a vast medical complex oppressing all of humanity.

just don't buy from them. Problem done.

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Re: WTF?

You're reading things that I have not stated. In particular, I simply can't see the connection between boycotting a video card vendor and neglecting tropical diseases.

What is evident is that you don't like the direction that Nvidia is going, and that they don't care about your opinion. And that you can't do anything about their not caring except boycotting them, but somehow doing that will cause mass death in 3rd world countries. No, they must be forced to do what you want... except that you have no power to force them to do anything.

it was a simple question: what's wrong with just boycotting them? Please try to answer _without_ dragging in tropical diseases.

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Re: WTF?

Interesting. I see numerous downvotes for suggesting that, perhaps, if Nvidia doesn't want to support Linux, it might, just might, be a good idea to stop buying their hardware. What, exactly, is the problem with simply not buying their devices? So far as this observer can see, that would solve the problem right there. Serious question. Why not simply refuse to buy Nvidia unless and until they allow the level of support you think you need? Why not just boycott them, and make your reasons for boycotting them plain to see?

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ISIS: You bomb us, we’ll interrupt your TV transmissions

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yes, and?

I've seen TV5Monde. (Well, actually, TV5Quebec. Same thing.) Those script kiddies deserve a medal and a bacon sandwich for knocking it off the air.

See further the current line-up for TV5 in the US (I couldn't get online access to TV5Quebec for some reason, and really can't be arsed to find out why) http://www.tv5monde.com/cms/USA/p-29774-s-z-lg3-TV5Monde-Etats-unis.htm

Warning: they want to dump cookies on your system and are excessively French about it.

Hey, ISIS scripters... do y'all take requests? I've got a long list of tv channels which really should face the Wrath of the Desert Scripter. And, as a reward, I've got some nice pix of Muhammed and a big plate of bacon sandwiches for y'all. Have at it.

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FCC taps CenturyLink on shoulder, mumbles about a fine for THAT six-hour 911 outage

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They didn't notice for _six hours_?!

"The problems started on April 9, last year, just before midnight at a 911 call routing station in Englewood, Colorado, which was responsible for transferring emergency calls to eighty-one 911 call centers in California, Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington.

There was a backup system for the 911 calls located in Miami, but the outage failed to set off an operator alarm, and so the switchover didn't happen. It was another six hours before the fault was noticed and the switch made, at which point normal service was restored."

The boyz.n.grrlz on 911 duty in places like Miami and Pittsburg and Charleston and Seattle DIDN'T NOTICE THAT THEY WEREN'T GETTING ANY CALLS FOR SIX HOURS? Or, worse, they did notice, and nothing was done? This doesn't call for a fine, this calls for prison time. And seeing as it's interstate, this means _Federal_ prison time. Lots of it. What the _hell_ happened to the failover system? Was it ever tested? Bigger fine, and more prison time.

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Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

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Re: Get a grip!

"Would you feel the same way about, say , a front door lock that appears secure because it appears to require a key then you discover that using a certain sequence of knocks, you can open it?"

There is (was) a certain no-longer-common model of Dell 'business-class' desktop which, like many others, allowed people to set up a BIOS password. However, if you really wanted to get in, and merely hit 'enter' three times in quick succession, you'd be in. It had to be three times quickly, take too long and it didn't work. Hit 'enter' four times and it didn't work. And it had to be the 'enter' key on the numeric keypad, hitting 'return' didn't work. This had to be the silliest backdoor ever set up.

Management at the place where I discovered this was Not Amused(tm). They now use HPs.

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

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Re: I went to buy charcoal

Some of the more hard-core re-enactors make their own black powder, and their own flintlock, matchlock, and percussion cap muskets, including rifled muskets. And cast their own bullets for 'em, including, of course, Minié balls. it is perfectly legal for them to do this. Every year the true hard core has little meetings, re-doing major American Civil War and American Revolution and even French and Indian War (Seven Years War, on the other side of the Atlantic) battles. Mostly Civil War stuff. They fire off blanks, and do target shooting, and generally have a fine time making things go 'bang!'. Should the good Senator attempt to mess with their fun, she'll find out what a 'well-regulated militia' is.

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Re: Only time I've ever written to my MP

Lenin wasn't Jewish.

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Re: Next week...

I spent most of my time in high school chemistry class working out how to play with explosives without getting blown up and how to play with toxic gases/aerosols without getting poisoned/dissolved/whatevered. It is _trivial_ to make nitrocellulose and not much harder to make nitroglycerin. (Making them in any quantity and without blowing yourself up or having some other wee accident involving nitric or sulphuric acid is a little less trivial.) Every time I hear that some poor boy has been arrested for 'possession of bomb-making materials' I laugh. Right now the following bomb-making materials are in my house or garage: gasoline, kerosine, powdered laundry soap, wax candles, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, liquid soap, chlorine bleach, lye, foam shipping peanuts, lots of paper of various grades, olive oil, coconut oil, ammonia, iodine, potassium permanganate, charcoal, butane, propane, sulphuric acid, assorted nitrates and nitrites, and substantial amounts of copper, magnesium, aluminum, ferric oxide, and the means to make those last four into powders. (Warning: you might want to be careful when powdering the magnesium or the aluminum. Just a thought.) And, oh, large amounts of chlorides, of which sodium chloride is but a minor component. And, of course, lots of insecticides. For those who know not chemistry, this means that I can assemble a wide variety of low, medium, and high explosives, plus a wide range of incendiary devices and several war gases.

Every single item is perfectly legal. Consult your local high school chem text for info on assembly. And the chem lab should have lots more fun stuff.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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"Erm, shouldn't fuses stop this sort of thing happening?"

No. Not at umpty-up kilovolts at currents in the tens of amps.

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the utility I worked with, many years ago, didn't have any 4 kV primary distribution lines, and topped off at 24 kV. At one point they did have 4 kV lines, but those had been decommissioned more than 20 years before I worked for them. And that was [mumble] years ago.

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It's PG&E. That spokesman is actually better than their average.

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disinformation

From the sound of things, PG&E were indulging in a common practice: putting the transmission cables on the same poles as the distribution cables, or perhaps just putting the primary distribution cables on the same poles as the local distribution cables. For those who haven't worked with an electric utility, transmission cables are the high-tension lines, typically starting at 69kV (that's 69,000 volts) for secondary transmission lines and heading up to 750 kV for really serious primary transmission lines. Primary distribution lines might be as high as 24 kV. Local distribution lines are typically around 400 volts. (Why? Ohm's Law. P=I*V. Line losses are P=R*I^2. This means that you want I, the current, to be as low as possible, which means that V, the voltage gets pretty high.) If it was that the primary distribution lines hit the local distribution lines, then something on the order of 9,000 to 24,000 volts at 10 to 50 amps dropped onto a 400 volt circuit. 24 kV at 50 amps would be 1.2 MW. Depending on how incompetent their system safety people are (hey, it's PG&E, I don't put anything past those bozos) the dead short might last for several seconds, resulting in multiple megajoules of energy being dropped onto a circuit expecting several orders of magnitude less. One kilogram of TNT releases around 4.2 MJ. Yeah, it'd sound like an explosion, 'cause that's what it was.

The smart meters, unlike regular meters, are basically small computers tapping into the local power passing into your house. (120 V single-phase in North America and Japan, 220-240 V two-phase in most of the rest of the world.) They would react just like any other computer which is exposed to a sudden surge. Unless PG&E is even more incompetent than I think they are (hard to achieve that...) they aren't using power line carrier for their smart meters. Instead, they're using wireless comms systems, like normal people. Here in Deepest South Florida, Florida Power & Light, better known as Frequent Power Loss, Florida Flicker & Flash, and other names which will get this post modded if I use them, are using smart meters which use wireless. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/business/smart-meters-touted-for-benefits-cause-concerns-fo/nSGrj/

Old, not-so-smart, meters don't have computers built in and don't care about the surge.

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David Cameron's Passport number emailed to footy-head

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Wanna bet?

"It's considered unlikely that the document reached the public domain. Even if it did, it would be of limited use: who could attempt to get through immigration with a passport for Barack Obama or Angela Merkel? "

People such as Jose Lantigua might try. See http://www.palmbeachpost.com/ap/ap/top-news/suspicion-surrounded-florida-businessman-who-faked/nkd2x/ Apparently one of the reasons why he got caught (after a delay of several years, something which speaks highly of the competence of the immigration authorities) was that, and I quote, "The passport he had used to get back into the U.S. had proved his downfall. The man whose name Lantigua was trying to steal was black — the photo Lantigua submitted showed he is white." And, oh, "Finding him wasn't hard — while the other information on his passport application was allegedly forged, he listed his supposed widow as his emergency contact and gave the correct North Carolina address." You can't make this up.

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Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

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Re: Indiana, WTF?

"Putting rich, egocentric, media hugging CEOs aside for a moment, if Indiana really has passed a law that legalizes discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, then what the hell were Indiana's lawmakers thinking of?"

You _do_ know that Indiana was the state which passed a law making pi equal to 3.2, don't you? There is nothing too bizarre for Indiana to do. Nothing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Pi_Bill

Indiana lawmakers do not, cannot, think.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Re: surely there was a reason that IE became so popular?

"Lost me at 'sheeple',"

You didn't miss much

"I'll never know if you had a brilliant point to make."

He didn't.

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Rocket Kittens target defence and IT bods from Europe & Israel

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Re: Internet...cats...kittens...

You need to visit Weapon Brown and have a look at the pages featuring Garfield, Bill the Cat, and assorted other felines. You really do. http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/weaponbrown/ This should link you to Chuck when he's playing with Garfield. http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/weaponbrown/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/gallery_11.jpg

I like good ol' Chuck Brown's attitude. I really do. Of course, there are some misguided souls who say that I have a bad attitude. I can't imagine why this would be so.

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Re: Almost word for word

Given that the pic appears to be of two MacBook Pros, they're saving up to buy a nice new iPad_with_Keyboard... ah,, that is, 'MacBook'.

Yes, they actually exposed an innocent (yeah, right) kitten to Apple kit. The fiends. Have they no shame, no shame at all?

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Winning a brand new BOFH T-Shirt is as simple as...

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Printer

That looks about the size of _my_ printer at the office. It's _my_ printer. Unauth persons are NOT ALLOWED TO USE IT on pain of... pain. Accountants and similar parasites can use the cheap inkjet they wanted to fob off on me. Or they can increase the budget and get their own Large Colo(u)r Laser Printer.

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Huawei preps to drop mobile & wearables lovebombs on U.S.

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Re: Chinese Concerns

"Meanwhile, Chinese PC giant Lenovo has been shipping laptops with American spyware since last year, signed with a security certificate that impersonates Bank of America."

Doesn't matter. What Joe User sees is 'Chinese' and 'spyware'. Everything else will be ignored. And all things Chinese will be tarred with the same brush. This may/may not include Taiwanese devices, depending on Joe User's [lack of] knowledge. (Indeed, it may extend to Korean and Japanese devices, too, as Joe User may not be able to tell the difference. I do a little instructing at a local community college and have discovered that Jay Leno's Jaywalking segments [http://videolicious.tv/2009/06/the-best-of-jaywalking-final-jay-leno-tonight-show/#.VPXmqeEWJfA] on the Tonight Show were actually far too kind. A substantial fraction of the American public lacks any knowledge of geography and history. And, no, it's not that they don't know about anything outside of America; they don't know anything about anything outside of their state and sometime out of their county. There really are, for example, adults who have actual bachelor's degrees who still think that New Mexico belongs to Estados Unidos Mexicanos, rather than to a rather different United States.) The fact that Lenovo used American spyware appears to make a difference to you; it absolutely will not make a difference to the vast majority of the buying public. No, Lenovo is an Evil Spying Commie Furrin Company, to be avoided at all costs.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: Let me be the first to say...

"My websites all now warn visitors (if Internet Exploder is detected) that they are using an insecure and unreliable browser on an insecure "operating system" and that the site is unlikely to render correctly on their defective web browser. Our visitors use of Internot Exploiter has reduced to under 3%. People are beginning to realise that M$ isn't the answer (except to some really stupid questions)!"

Interesting. You _do_ know that it's trivial to have your web browser spoof all kinds of things, including which browser it is and what OS its running on, should the user want to? Hint: right now this browser is pretending to be Firefox running on Windows 8.1. It isn't. I have it configured to pretend to be Firefox _precisely_ because I've just come from a site run by an idiot who thinks like you do. As of the end of the month (tomorrow! Hoo-rah!) I will no longer have to have anything whatsoever to do with that idiot and will avoid him and all his works forever.

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XenData’s storage Jurassic Park: PC tape backup is BAAAAACK

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"As for external drives, those didn't reach the domestic marked until after USB was released in 1998. Before that they were SCSI, and restricted to wealthy corporations."

Ah... USB 1.0 (which was nearly unusable) was released to a (yawning) public in 1996. USB 1.1 (slightly less unusable) was released in 1998. You may be thinking of USB 1.1.

And I was using an external SCSI drive on a Mac Plus in 1985. I'm neither wealthy nor a corporation, and at the time the combination of a Mac Plus, 4 MB RAM, two floppies (one internal, one external) and a 40 MB external SCSI drive cost rather less than an IBM PC-AT with two floppies (one 5.25" DSHD and one 3.5" DSDD) and a 20 MB internal drive. I had both. (There may be a reason why I'm not wealthy.) The last Mac to have SCSI was the beige G3; I still have one sitting on a shelf, occasionally used for its floppy drive. The beige's successor, the blue-and-white G3, had FireWire, but didn't have a floppy. My old beige has an aftermarket high-end SCSI card as well as its external SCSI port (internally it used ATA for the hard drive) and an aftermarket FireWire/USB 2 combo card. One of the things I used it for was to copy the data off SCSI drives onto FireWire or USB 2 drives.

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

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crapware free

Over the weekend I did some research.

1 it is not possible to purchase a laptop from Toshiba without crapware. Certain items, including 'free trial versions' of McAfee and Office 365 are, according to the sales drones I was in contact with (one on the phone, one using their chat) included on all Toshiba laptops, 'to enhance the user experience'. It is not possible to get bootable install media for any price. There is an option for creating 'recovery media'; this will make a full factory condition restore. (Yes, that means that the crapware will be reinstalled.) It is possible, for an extra $20, on a few select models, to remove all the crapware except McAfee and Office 365. You still don't get bootable install media for any price.

2 Apple doesn't seem to ship non-Apple crapware with their laptops. (It does ship _Apple_ crapware.) It is possible to generate bootable install media which doesn't include the crapware. (Except for iTunes. You're stuck with that, like it or not. I don't. Fortunately it's trivial to delete.)

3 Some (not many) Dell laptops can ship with bootable install media. (They also come with a separate disc or USB drive containing the crapware, but you can avoid installing that stuff.)

4 Some (not many) HP laptops ship with bootable install media. The crapware apparently comes on the same media (the sales drone was less than clear on this) but again apparently need not be installed if you don't want it.

It appears that Toshiba laptops are not in my future. Apple, Dell, and HP are all possibilities.

desktop systems, of course, with the possible exception of any Apple desktops I may get, will be hand-speced and custom-built. And crapware free.

I will not even consider Lenovo laptops for a long time. If ever. Nor will I be considering Samsung laptops.

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Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

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My main TV

is an LG, not a Samsung. It is not a smart TV. It is connected to a cheap desktop which I set up to do what I want (for example, to store certain shows on its 2 TB hard drive until I bloody well tell it not to, and not to bother the cableco's DVR's pretty little head while doing this) and neither the TV nor the desktop have voice recognition. They don't even have microphones or a camera.

Should I ever be forced to purchase a 'smart' TV, I will, first thing, perform a little surgery and physically disable the mic and camera.

But that's me.

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Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

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Re: Server 2003

A 'rouge' Wifi AP? Something special about French wireless APs, or about red wireless APs, or APs which are both red and French? Or are they just wearing makeup? Or, perhaps, the APs in question were set up by a certain bat from Sonic the Hedgehog?

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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Re: Wait a minute!

Pirate Dave, m'man... If you make it clear that only your wireless is allowed at your place of business, you'll do without my business. If you DON'T make it clear and then jam me anyway, prepare thou for close assault by my lawyers. Elsewhere you said that you were an admin for a university. If you _really_ think that you're stopping the students from doing whatever they damn well please by jamming them, I've got a nice bridge in New York City I can sell you. Cheap. And some oceanfront property in Utah.

You have no right to jam the public airwaves. Period. End of story.

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Re: Wait a minute!

Just how fragile _are_ these networks, anyway? I have my little iPad-based hotspot (I am typing on my laptop, linked to the Internet via it, right now,) In the year-plus that I've used it, I have yet to have any problems with interference anywhere. That includes hotels, restaurants, and assorted other places which have public wifi but which I've decided to avoid and just use my hotspot. (Usually 'cause either I don't trust their security or because my hotspot is faster than their system or both.)

And it's one thing to post a notice that you can't use your own hotspot. It's a whole other thing if you jam it. If you let me know in advance that my hotspot is not welcome, I'll figure that my money ain't welcome either and the sonic boom you hear will be me going to your competition. If you jam my signal (which I AM PAYING FOR) without warning you WILL be hearing from my lawyers.

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Because the freqs involved are _public_ freqs. Marriot (or other hotels) have no right to jam _public_ freqs.

Worse, Marriot has no right to jam public freqs _outside of its property_ and Marriot cannot stop the deauth packets at their walls. There _will_ be people who will get affected by Marriot's actions who are not on Marriot's property. It's a radio signal, it _will_ propagate beyond the building unless specifically blocked.

Now, if Marriot puts it in their terms of service that guests can't use their own hotspots, _then_ they can do something like block _all_ inbound (and outbound) signals. I suspect that a very large percentage of their clientele would not much care for the idea of not having cell service inside the hotel, and would take their business elsewhere.

No, they can't jam cell-service paid for hotspots.

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BYOD is NOT the Next Biggest Thing™: Bring me Ye Olde Lappetoppe

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Re: Corporate IT Management == PHB

Oh, it's quite reasonable to require that company machines be used only for company purposes. However, I have my personal iPad, and it is set up to generate a hotspot. And, depending on what I want to do, I can and will use either the iPad itself or its network connection sent to my (personal) laptop to do stuff like visit el Reg. Any attempt at telling me what to do with my personal devices which are not on the company network and are running on battery, not even using company electric current, will be treated with the contempt that it deserves. Any comments about company time will be dealt with by pointing out that Federal law mandates x minutes of break for every y hours of work. I'm on break. Go away, or do you want to look at a Federal lawsuit, twit?

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Interesting

I have had two cell phones for quite some time. One is my personal phone, one is the company phone. For years the company phone was supplied by the company, and was a Windows phone. We used Windows phones because of certain company software, which worked only on Windows phones. And, of course, which broke when Microsoft changed OSes. The company gave up on Windows phones and would allow all personnel to use other phones after successive 'upgrades' which broke compatibility; they went to web-based apps which worked with any web browser, instead. However, ,while we could use any phone we liked so long as the web-based apps worked on it, the company would pay for them, and would set up security on them. So I have an iPhone 5s which has been thoroughly locked down and can be a pain and half (Apple appears to have a problem with connecting to Active Directory networks, and not just from iPhones, either) and has complete access to everything on the company net. I also have a iPhone 5c, which is my personal phone (replacing an Android phone which froze far too often) and which is nowhere nearly as locked down and can only get to the guest network. Secure stuff doesn't fly on the 5c.

I thought that properly securing all devices which could reach inside the real network was what reasonable companies did... Silly me. I thought that the company phone was just that, the company phone, and that it was supposed to be used for company purposes, and that anything done with it would be monitored by those in charge of IT security (my guys, mostly...) so don't stick your pr0n on it, okay? (And, yes, that includes not having Arsebook and Twatter and all other non-company-approved antisocial networks. Which is all of them, without exception.) Company phones are like company laptops, only smaller.

Where are these companies which allow access from any random device any random new hire brings in? If any of them are competitors, methinks that spending some time in their parking lot(s) with an iPad or a laptop may be useful.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

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Cold calls?

I get cold calls all the time. Well, I used to. Not so much anymore, they no longer love me. Perhaps it has something to do with the way I'd answer them.

1 if i had some time to spare, I'd do my very best to keep them on the line for as long as I possibly could. Every second I spent talking to them was a second they weren't making money. I would drag the call out, and drag it out, and drag it out some more, until _they_ hung up on _me_. After a while, those twits would stop calling.

2 if I _didn't_ have time to spare, I'd use the air horn I kept near the phone. There's nothing like a nice high-decibel blast straight into the earpiece to get your point across. For some reason, those twits would stop calling after a few times, too.

A very nice young man cold-called me on Friday. Apparently I'd requested that he call when I registered at one of his company's 'affiliate websites'. By the time he finally hung up, I'd got a nice list of websites to never go near again, and his sales average for the day was shot. Poor boy. I'll bet that his supervisor isn't going to be happy with him after reviewing the recording of _that_ call. How sad. Too bad.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: Mine...

There was a Starship Troopers 2? Jesus Christ. And I thought that Starship Stormtroopers was bad enough, they made a _sequel_? <checks IMDB> No, they made _three_ sequels, and there's another one due this year. Bloody hell.

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Re: Two on the list are the worst.. one, maybe not.

Feh. Neither Barbarella nor Galexina were on the 'worst' list, which shows that it couldn't possibly be a list of the real worst films ever.

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Google: What this planet needs is INTERNET FROM SPAAACE

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Does anyone else

think that that pic looks kind of like 'Q' from Star Trek TNG?

(Note: one of the reasons why I watched DS9 was that a certain captain was NOT Picard.)

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