* Posts by jamesb2147

102 posts • joined 13 Apr 2012

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

jamesb2147

Funny thing about crime

"It's only the stupid people that get caught." -- Cop friend of mine.

The point I'm making is that it was worth checking because there are plenty of idiots out there, or even intelligent folk who know what they're doing but (spoiler!) make mistakes. In terms of logical argument, the fact that there's nothing on the phone changes absolutely nothing. The equation is the same. In the court of public opinion, this would have some weight... if it were reported on, if people cared, and/or if people weren't absolutely ignorant about basically everything.

People are idiots. He who commands the cognitive dissonance of the world controls it.

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Microsoft drives an Edge between Adobe and the web: Flash ads blocked

jamesb2147

Reg's a changin'

The ads, that is. For five years or so, I've used a Flash-blocking plugin in Chrome as a poor man's ad blocker. It's served me well enough. I don't actually desire to deprive my news sites of revenue, I just hate the distracting and patently ridiculous nature of autoplay ads with fucking sound (yes, I've now noticed your product, now FUCK OFF!!! -- IBM used to be great for these).

That all changed yesterday when El Reg started having HTML5 animated ads that were super annoying. I've now joined the horde of angry AdBlock+ users. Thanks, El Reg!

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Waleed Aly's NBN intervention is profoundly unhelpful

jamesb2147

I look forward to further reporting on the matter.

My bit to contribute is that fiber is vastly better for anything that requires upload capacity, whether it's Facetime or PC backups. And, if you get a fast enough connection, you should be able to run thin/zero clients at home/work with iSCSI connections over the internet, even on a rainy day.

Right now there aren't enough premises in the world for developing these platforms into consumer-facing products to be worthwhile, but if Australia had gone full FTTP perhaps things would be different. We might not know for another 10+ years.

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Apple Fools: Times the House of Jobs went horribly awry

jamesb2147
FAIL

So many gaffes

Decisions, decisions... What about refusing to let developers build apps for the iPhone for the first year or two? Or that crap "music phone" from Motorola that ran "iTunes" in some f'ed up Java mobile environment? Or blatantly violating labor law in the US by masterminding an illegal conspiracy among tech companies not to poach each others' employees (it still amazes me that so many CEO's went along with this... they deserve to be in prison and the behavior needs to be discouraged)? There are many more than are listed in this article.

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Call the Cable Guy: Wireless just won't cut it

jamesb2147

Re: Wired vs wireless

Have an upvote, but I rent as well, and my landlord was A-OK with me paying for improvements to his property. In fact, he sent maintenance up to drill the holes in the wall for me as I didn't have the tools for it. I think it cost $80, mostly for the in-wall cabling.

As for devices, near everything is Cat5E or Cat6, but a few older/crappier devices (read: cheap Android phones, game consoles, etc.) are 2.4GHz only. 5GHz is decent enough everywhere in the apt that I have a broadcast 5GHz network that I tell everyone how to use, and a non-broadcast 2.4GHz network for the peons (read: the aforementioned crap equipment). I'd rate-limit them, but they're suffering enough already.

What do you guys use at home? I've got a Dell 6224 switch, Ubiquiti ERL router, and am looking to upgrade my Ubiquiti AP to something AC-capable (considering Ubiquiti and IgniteNet for that).

FWIW, I do use my laptop wirelessly unless I'm specifically going to be transferring large amounts of data. I mostly avoid even that, though, by running most such apps on servers anyway, which are naturally all hard-wired.

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Re: The bottle neck is further up the chain

1) No, but many a crap device with its super crap antenna is trying to stream Netflix over the corporate WiFi. That's generally 5Mbps+ and when you get 10 on an AP, a few with tenuous connections... well, the math doesn't work out so well on an .11n network, at least.

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Some old SAP systems have default kernel user accounts. Guess what happened next?

jamesb2147

Humor and click-bait

Get better at it. It's still annoying, Ed.

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Google robo-car backs into bendy-bus in California

jamesb2147

Did anyone bother reading the linked report?

It's not clear the author did more than skim it.

There's nowhere that says the car was "backing up." The car was "moving back" into the center of the lane.

Take a look at the StreetView for this intersection, heading East on El Camino Real as described in the accident report: https://goo.gl/maps/ibea7E9dMFv

That's a wide lane, enough for two cars if they're small. The Google AV moved to the right side of the lane in anticipation of the turn and possibly to get around other traffic. This is a very common move for meatbag drivers, though certainly questionable of an AV. Said AV encounters random sandbags blocking progress. AV waits for other drivers to pass, out of caution. When the area appears clear, AV begins moving toward the center of the lane (presumably forward) at 2 MPH to get around the sandbags. Meatbag bus barrels down the road at a comparatively quick 15 MPH and does not yield to the vehicle in front of it within its lane. There is a collision and the report describes it as the Google AV making contact with the bus.

The damage to the left front wheel indicates this collision may have been moderately more severe than a "fender bender."

Let's review what we've learned from this:

Richard Chirgwin needs to read his source material before posting.

El Reg needs to do a quick fact-check based on the simple, provided source material.

There were questionable decisions on the part of both the AV (2, by my count) and the bus driver meatbag (1, but rather egregious, by my count).

This was a low-speed collision with no injuries, thank God.

Google needs more time to improve its AV fleet safety before mass adoption. I, for one, am glad we have a sensible system in place for developing and testing these technologies.

~SH

EDIT: Worth thanking El Reg and Chirgwin for providing the sauce to begin with. Without sauce, I would not have been able to fact-check his statements and enjoy my delicious Righteous sandwich.

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US Congressman calls WIPO 'the FIFA of UN agencies' at hearing

jamesb2147

Low hopes for change

In spite of US grandstanding and some fairly strong statements of "personal" belief from Britain, it is Colombia's ambassador that's penultimately responsible.

I strongly suspect the Colombian government is *thoroughly* corrupt, based on my own, admittedly limited, dealings with consulates and stories from citizens.

So, unless the UN as a whole takes up the cause and the US, Britain, et al manage to push through a resolution, I expect nothing to change. Hell, Gurry may end up with a few sexual assault charges levied against him and dismissed, if he starts feeling cocky.

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Is tech monitoring software still worth talking about?

jamesb2147

Interesting discussion of FOSS solutions

Here's my $0.02:

I wore the network and monitoring hats as part of an IT team of 15 supporting a university of 2000 students and ~500 faculty and staff. I was *the* network admin/engineer/architect.

Zabbix looked a bit strange, though I didn't invest much time in it.

Spiceworks is 80% terrible at network monitoring. Great for configuration backups on our network, though! Couldn't use it for desktops since we were mostly Macs.

Zenoss is has similar network monitoring functionality to Spiceworks but is 90% better at it. Seemed to have very limited server monitoring IIRC. We used this for a bit to monitor the network in between other solutions. Never got the trap receiver working properly.

Cacti was too limited for our needs, though good at what it did (if ugly).

MRTG was much the same as Cacti.

NAGIOS was, by all accounts, extremely powerful. Never did get it configured though as it all seemed too much of a PITA, Yes, we even tried a couple of wrappers that were supposed to address using the GUI to add monitors, etc.

Xymon was a PITA to configure and maintain though decent at what it did.

PRTG was what we eventually settled on. It was reasonably priced and did both network and server monitoring competently. There was a lot to learn but the system could be configured in a basic way with advanced configuration applied as time allowed for learning. It was not the best system available, and I wouldn't sing its praises from the hilltops, but it's probably worth checking out even if you hate proprietary solutions. It is reasonably competent, with alerts based on groups, dependency monitoring (router goes down and stop monitoring all the downstream switches and do NOT alert me again), SSL expiry monitors, frequent updates which occasionally add real features (and they fixed several SSL vulns in a matter of a few months), etc.

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UC Berkeley profs blast secret IT monitoring kit on campus

jamesb2147

Couldn't get past the paywall, but this sounds a hell of a lot like a bog standard Palo Alto firewall to me.

Don't get me wrong, people should know that their admins can see literally every site they visit, but it's par for the course in academia these days. How else is an admin supposed to keep those luddite English profs from downloading that FREE $manuscript_of_preference!?

(FWIW, I'm personally highly amused by English profs and others who will very loudly insist that "paper is better" right up until they've actually used a Kindle for travel. Srsly, luddites.)

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Hyatt says hackers took card data from 250 of its hotels

jamesb2147

Joy

is when you see your favorite hotel on that list.

Why did Hyatt have to make it a PITA to see the list of affected hotels? *sigh* Nothing really changes... ever.

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Google says Project Fi wireless network now slabable

jamesb2147

Welp, still haven't answered my question

This SIM is T-Mo only, I believe. I've not read anywhere whether it still supports the full international data network.

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NBN shows strong ARPU growth as users connect

jamesb2147

Re: 78% on FTTN, HFC, 4G speeds

In theory, sure. Let me know how that works out for you the next time it rains.

You sound a little too certain of your own convictions, and a little too interested in tooting your own horn, which in my book makes you a politician. Technical persons are generally not so interested in grand, sweeping statements that sweep important details like line quality under the rug. That's the purview of politicians leaving goose eggs for the next administration to clean up.

Also, I'm in the US, and haven't ever seen LTE top 30Mbps. Latency on wireless, even LTE, is generally in the 80ms ballpark. And as someone who uses SIP over top of his LTE connections (I've used Sprint, T-Mo, and Verizon for this), I can personally attest that this is a less than superb experience. Is the outback great for reception or something?

NOTE: I've only done this speed testing on Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, and never at the same time. Most of my tests have been on Verizon, and not in super urban areas (generally cities of ~100k-250k population). I've used various devices, generally phones, to test LTE speed using the SpeedTest app from Ookla.

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Now VW air-pollution cheatware 'found in Audis and Porsches'

jamesb2147

Clean mode?

Up up down down left right left right B A Start!

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Windows 10 is an antique (and you might be too) says Google man

jamesb2147

Note on Windows 8

<rant>

I do rarely see this mentioned: If you're going to make fun of Win8/8.1, do so b/c the OS is called Windows, not "a Window at a time" or maybe "two windows at a time" or "you can run as many windows as you like as long as only one's on the screen at a time."

The OS is called Windows. It had damn well better support real window management.

</rant>

I quite like Win8 on a touchscreen tablet with removable keyboard dock! It seems like the use case the OS was designed for, to the detriment of everything else.

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jamesb2147
Holmes

Sherlock

"Users keep voting with their feet on this issue. XP was simple, and a hit. Vista was confusing, and a flop. Windows 7 was simple, and a hit. iPhones are expensive, but simple, so users are willing to pay a premium. Android dominates the market for cheaper devices."

Nope.

Windows releases since XP have been more like this:

XP

Vista - Radical release (UAC EVERYTHING)

7 - Middle ground (UAC cranked way back)

8/8.1 - Radical release (TOUCH EVERYTHING)

10 - Middle ground (touchscreens are now supported as near equal citizens)

In the meantime, those radical releases often achieved a major goal for Microsoft. UAC being so persistent throughout Vista and nagging users encouraged devs to implement proper security to avoid unnecessarily causing a security prompt and annoying users. The worst programming practices were appropriately discouraged through this change. Touchscreen first interfaces in 8 meant that all future Windows laptops will be loathe not to include that feature (something even Macs lack today). Microsoft ensures their partners' fleet of hardware will be ready for the army of youngsters growing up with non-Windows touchscreen tablets today. If anything, I'd criticize Microsoft for holding back on the touch support in Windows 10, which seems to be designed more for XP-style convertibles with stylus than for today's finger touch, but I digress.

My big point is, Simon Sharwood, to not act like a holier-than-thou Pope when you're resting on an ass. Write an article about why XP's design is better (and no, your one sentence on that topic wasn't enough) instead of picking on Matias' tweets, even if he is a twat.

Full disclosure: I'm an old-skool webOS fanboi. :3

Icon relevant b/c I'm tired of seeing tech authors refer to Microsoft's "mistakes" with Vista and Win8 when those were all strategic decisions. Excepting, perhaps, for the driver crashes in Vista: Those were basically unforeseen b/c MS gave their partners access to code ~1 yr before release and the driver authors at partner companies did... not enough with that information.

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jamesb2147
Headmaster

For Ed.

Matias wasn't involved in PalmOS. Mr. Duarte was involved in Palm's (later HP's) webOS, a distinctly better OS. Prior to that, he worked on Helio phones, by my recollection. He actually carried over his ideas on UI/UX (I struggle to differentiate the two, even though I know it) to webOS and got to implement them from the earliest stages, which is partially how we got the "card" metaphor (later stolen by both Android and subsequently iOS). That basically means webOS was Matias' purest vision; even with Google he's had to work within the existing environment, merely making changes rather than radically redesigning the multitasking or windowing system.

...But I digress. Ed, please change PalmOS to Palm's webOS.

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'Get a VPN to defeat metadata retention' is good advice. Sometimes

jamesb2147

I'd disagree with your conclusions

People should still be advised to use a VPN, but saying "there, that fixes our shitty policy ideas!" isn't really something that is worthy of broadcasting on TV.

Average Joe: "Wait, if I can do this, can't the terrorists?!"

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Accidental homicide: how VoLTE kills old style call accounting

jamesb2147

Re: Just charge for QoS levels

The issue I can foresee here is twofold:

1) Communicating how this works to users. Talk about a nightmare.

2) Congestion is rare enough that you'd actually have to gouge users something fierce when it happens, and that's about the only time QoS matters, at least on wired networks. I suppose giving higher transmit priority to higher QoS levels would be an alternative, but current models aren't built for it.

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jamesb2147

QoS is the point here -- I have $10 tablet data plan I run my phone off of

The researchers' points were valid, El Reg is an entertainment organization because society doesn't know how to separate out information services and entertainment, and QoS will be what we probably all end up paying for because you can't fake that and it's easy enough to track.

My SIP calls are fine about 60% of the time without any QoS on my Verizon LTE connection in suburban USA. The rest of the time I have to repeat things frequently or ask the other side to repeat themselves. I'm actually thinking about getting a couple of wired SIP phones for the house and office for when I need a reliable voice connection (not as often as you'd imagine, given the prevalence of email, and I work at a University where people absolutely HATE email). I'd be willing to pay slightly more for a more reliable data connection for phone calls (read: better QoS) on a per-minute basis, but I doubt the telco business model will quite work out that way. I'm suspecting something more like $20/mo for voice-quality QoS and they'll never give up trying to keep me -- er, hackers, from abusing it and the call accounting system.

Certainly the above ideas about paying for a higher QoS on a per-unit basis interest me, though! I'd love to see a wireless ISP (see what I did there?) try that.

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jamesb2147

Re: Indeed

I have, unfortunately, seen GPRS on a smartphone. ATT's US network used to not be so great in my area. It's been years since I tried it, though.

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Child abuse, drug sales, terrorism fears: Why cops halted a library's Tor relay ... for a month

jamesb2147

I fear this has gotten out of hand

You don't live in a democracy, friends.

You live in a republic. A democratic republic, to be sure, but a republic none the less.

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What the Zeus? Nexenta beats VSAN, Nutanix and SimpliVity

jamesb2147

SDS and NexentaStor

This honestly baffles me. My employer was looking into NexentaStor solutions and after spending a few hours with the then-Nexenta CTO (who also worked for a startup vendor) working out a solution and walking us through the technical details of the product, he stumbled upon a feature that didn't occur to us as being particularly useful until he said it: we could stick our existing arrays into the NexentaStor box and manage it just like any other NexentaStor storage.

I don't know why they're so bad at advertising this. Being able to swap out the back-end storage while maintaining the software is a HUGE positive for the company and they didn't seem to realize what they were onto.

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VMware SMASH! Bad ESXi 6.0 bork-bug getting 'aggressive' fix

jamesb2147

VMware updates

I'm sure nobody has ever run into any bug with a VMware product, ever.

More seriously, the main improvement I see in VMware's version of Windows 98 is that the BSOD is now a PSOD, and there are actual log files worth looking at when it does crash (oh, so many files, to be honest).

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American Airlines: TITSUP computers ground US flights

jamesb2147

"Major Airports"

That's a bit of a misnomer.

ORD, DFW, and MIA are all AA *hubs* which is actually vastly more important than just being a "major airport." In fact, they're AA's three BIGGEST hubs!! Basically, AA has a handful of less major hubs left (if they're still operational, which I'm not confident of). Those would be places like PHX, PHL, CLT, and LAX.

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Why the 'Dancing Baby' copyright case is just hi-tech victim shaming

jamesb2147

Always appreciative of a contrarian view

I only hope most people disagree with the author's apparent view of fair use. It's an incredibly important doctrine for the creation of synthesized content, particularly when licensing is overly expensive or onerous, and it's a rare example of legislative progress in the public interest in the field of creative rights.

With that said, again, I really appreciate a well thought out contrarian viewpoint, and this is an excellent example of that.

Small note: victim shaming is a term I specifically associate with the treatment of rape victims. I don't particularly appreciate the author co-opting the term for his own ends, particularly when it's entirely apt. 'Victim shaming' seems only even somewhat appropriate to apply to the internet lynch mobs that inappropriately target rights-holders.

Attempting to bully other companies is simply par for the course behavior from machines designed specifically to extract as much money as possible from the economy, but with the rights (and anthropomorphism) of laws written to apply to people. (It's SO BAD here in the US that I'm not even sure of the appropriate term to refer to entered-the-world-through-a-vagina people.)

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Fed-up sysadmins beg Microsoft to improve pisspoor Windows 10 update notes

jamesb2147

Re: Feeling antsy

I'm no *nix blowhard, but I suspect you'll find many products to be superior for a power user.

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jamesb2147

SBS Diva strikes again!

I had no idea Susan was a reader of El Reg! Surprised you guys didn't toot on your own horn, so to speak.

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West's only rare earth mine closes. Yet Chinese monopoly fears are baseless

jamesb2147

Re: Bad luck Estonia

Here in the good ol' US of A, we commonly refer to anything "Western" (when we don't mean the Western US, of course) as anything from about Germany and westward. What we really mean is:

Anything in Europe that was West of the Iron Curtain.

The US and Canada.

Everyone else is a Savage, or, at least, not Western. Sorry, Estonian Savages and Spies.

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'I don't recognise Amazon as a bullying workplace' says Bezos

jamesb2147

I did a little research before interviewing there and it becomes really clear on Glassdoor very quickly that your experience there is "purposefully Dawinian."

It also becomes abundantly clear that your experience will be at least 50% dictated by your direct supervisor. So, a$$hole boss == crying at desk. Nice boss == competitive but interesting environment.

The guy I interviewed with turned out to be not that nice, so I ran. It was an interesting experience nonetheless and I am quite confident that a lot can be learned from working there.

Fun fact: one interviewer said he'd been there 3 yrs (he was the sole developer for one of their web products) so I joked that he must be a real veteran of the company. He immediately went to check and found he was in the 86th percentile for length of time at Amazon. Good grief, that place has turnover.

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Bitcoin can't be owned, says Japanese court, as Karpeles sweats in cell

jamesb2147

Re: Is it or isn't it?

I'd assumed that was intentional.

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How many Win 10 PCs were in distribution the week before launch?

jamesb2147

"...Here's three reasons why."

Tongue in f*$&ing cheek?! We can only hope.

FOR THE LOVE OF $deity, EL REG, STOP THIS CLICK-BAIT NONSENSE, YOU'RE KILLING MY SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUL!!!!!!

Seriously, though, if this shit keeps up without an explanation, I'm going to take your sorry butts out of my RSS reader.

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Chrome extensions crocked with simple attack

jamesb2147

"__________ with this one weird trick"

I can only hope this was meant to be humorous.

Please don't attempt this humor again. Click-baiting is not something to laugh about.

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

jamesb2147

Disagreement - Win10 is #%(*^#$ for one particular use case

That is, those who bought into the Win8 ecosystem. Windows 8 runs like a dream for those with "detachables", those laptops that can separate from their keyboards and covert into a touch-only mode. It's far from perfect, but it's clearly the best use case for a Win8 device.

Unfortunately, Win10 drops all the useful parts of that forced Metro world for these users. :/

PS - I personally quite like Win10 so far, but I use a full, non-touch MacBook Pro as my primary device. My mother, on the other hand, will not be downgrading to Win10, and that's a little sad.

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ICANN further implicated in .Africa controversy

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I wish more commentards were interested in this

I wonder when it will get sorted out... I suspect when ICANN picks the wrong side and ends up getting hammered by a Cisco or USG.

Apparently our fellow commentards don't care as much as we do. The optimist in me says that maybe the people who do care are busy changing things instead of being commentards. Hope springs eternal.

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How to keep track of your flexible workers

jamesb2147

Hey, Ed! - Correction

It's spelled Mayer, not Meyer.

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Apple snuggles closer to IPv6

jamesb2147

Re: IPSs who provide only IPv4

More likely: when no IPv6 address is configured, the extra 25ms wait will not be added. Of course, this is easily testable once the code gets out.

And again, as mentioned earlier and also in the article, that extra 25ms is only on the DNS lookup.

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Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

jamesb2147

Re: I refuse to worry

It's not magic that keeps those things people worry about from happening, though it is sometimes coincidence.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/18/magazine/shell-oils-cold-calculations-for-a-warming-world.html?_r=0

Believe it or not, there is some long-term planning in our society. You might not worry about it, but someone does, even if that's only because they see a profit opportunity (read: cleantech).

As far as your proclamation about CO2 output, you may be right, or that "new method of energy generation" may be nuclear generation in a few decades.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

jamesb2147

Slightly misleading

...or maybe it's my title that's misleading?

Anyway, the wording of the FAQ page and other Microsoft materials splattered about El Reg's article suggests that this only applies to PSK networks. In addition, the "friend of a friend" sharing appears to only happen if you manually give your friend the password instead of sharing it with them via Wi-Fi Sense.

IDK of a single corporate network using PSK that cares, and all the big corporate networks I've encountered use 802.1x.

Also, not having to actually share my (ideally random) password with friends (who might write it down or have to ask me several times for it) seems like a genuinely good idea and useful feature. Now, if someone walks in and wants the password, I ask if we're FB/Skype friends, and if we're not, then frankly I don't want them on my network and I communicate that politely. If I had kids, I wouldn't want them to know the password either, but I wouldn't care if they shared it with their friends (hope I don't regret those words one day). No more explaining a combination lowercase/uppercase/numeric password to someone who might miss a letter. :D

With all that said, the "opt-out" mechanism is @#)$*&@.

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Cisco account managers' sales bonuses slashed

jamesb2147

Re: Not a positive sign

BTW, is this a cost cutting measure or something else?

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jamesb2147

Not a positive sign

Without further changes or information on those changes, it sure sounds like a crap plan to save a few $$$. As above commentards have mentioned, it's a great way to convince sales people that they're not valued; your best will leave immediately, the others who stay behind will merely be demoralized.

Let's see what happens in a year. I'm guessing they lose a couple of % of that 70% marketshare in about a year, more if they keep this policy in the long term.

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Ready to go again, soldier? Final Fantasy VII remake revealed

jamesb2147

Re: 'bout time.

" think the last decent Final Fantasy RPG was ten . . . It's a no brainer that Squarenix would payroll this remake . . ."

This.

Anybody else notice that after the Enix merger Squaresoft's games went to shit?

The story in Kingdom Hearts, for example, was confused but cute. The story in all subsequent entries in the series were absolutely impossible to follow without a master's degree in Kingdom Hearts. Similar observations apply to every game released by Squeenix.

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United Airlines accounts open to mass lock-outs

jamesb2147

Re: 90's tech

I'm a little confused.

"I believe the testing is on a new beta version of their site that is a little better - but still aspx based."

They are testing a new beta website, but it *seems* (based on my limited exposure) to be a costmestic change with little to nothing changing on the backend. Great for mobile devices, I've been told, but not much different otherwise.

"But I'm stuck with them since miles that I can't use on overseas trips are worthless to me - and I've flown with delta and american just as much over the years and they are all as bad as each other."

Derp. Uhhhh, you do know that United has probably the lowest value points of any of the 3 big US airlines, right? A worthy argument could certainly be made that SkyMiles are worse, however, American's miles are certainly the most valuable of the Big 3 US. And if you're traveling in a premium cabin, then American's become *even more* valuable than the other two. God, United even blocks out award space on some flights completely unless you're elite or have their co-brand credit card.

If you're looking to travel internationally, check out AA's award chart and compare it to United's on partners. Yeahhhhhhh. Delta doesn't even publish an award chart anymore; they'll be revenue-based soon enough.

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jamesb2147

90's tech

United's code is ANCIENT and a carryover from a much smaller airline they merged with several years ago: Continental. The spectacularly failed integration of their two systems is considered the primary reason that American Airlines, in its merger with US Airways, is now working almost exclusively on a slow cutover to the reservation system of the *larger* airline (American, in case you were wondering).

What's worse is that United actually has much bigger problems than just its IT infrastructure and code. They were absolutely HEMORRHAGING cash, for example, before the economy recovered and oil prices dropped, to the point that investors were beginning to talk of ousting the CEO. They have a company culture problem, too, and old (read: inefficient) planes with poor on-time performance. And all this with the largest international network of any US airline. *sigh*

Anyone else here find it interesting that WorldMate is the company finding these bugs? I didn't even realize they were large enough to have a security officer. lol Srsly, though, if you travel a lot, check out their product.

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WTF is going on with the zombie NSA-friendly Patriot Act? Let us help

jamesb2147

Earlier legal decision

"The three provisions that will lapse include Section 215, which the NSA uses as legal cover for its blanket slurping of citizens' mobile phone records, and which a US court has found illegal."

This is poor wording, I think, and incorrect. The three provisions you're referring to are legal, Iain (did I spell that right?). The government's interpretation specifically of section 215 was found to be illegal (it's not clear to me whether this actually has legal implications, though, because it wasn't really prudent to comment on that particular aspect of the lawsuit), but more directly, the dismissal of the case was ruled to be inappropriate. The case was sent back to the lower court for reconsideration. This is FAR from being decided, and most likely the US government will avoid letting the judiciary make a final ruling by changing the program such that the plaintiffs no longer have standing. Actually, passing this law pretty well removes their standing. Where's the controversy that a court requires?

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Property developers face NBN build sting

jamesb2147

FTTP

Is this all going to be MTM or are they at least committing to FTTP for new builds?

Sorry for being so ignorant on the topic.

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Hi, Fi: Google JOWL-SLAPS mobile bigguns with $20/mo wireless service

jamesb2147

Re: Wow!

Not a misprint, we just like our Chocolate, and enjoy paying for it!

This is actually really interesting news. It's a hybrid of the business plans of Ting (variable month-to-month pricing without penalties), T-Mobile (free international texts and data), and Apple (special SIM card). It's also literally been a discussion since at least the original iPhone, when Jobs allegedly considered creating an MVNO for his network of iThings. That plan was probably scrapped when he had trouble even getting a single carrier to agree to Apple's *other* conditions for carrying the iPhone, like control over software updates, and prepurchasing millions of the suckers at a time.

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Speaking in Tech: How about that hacker guy thrown off a US flight for tweeting?

jamesb2147

"TSA really doesn't have a sense of humor"

Actually, the guy who tweeted specifically called out the TSA for being the most reasonable of the involved agencies, because they basically weren't involved. The FBI was the group that detained him.

Better coverage here: http://www.papersplease.org/wp/2015/04/20/does-an-airline-have-the-right-to-refuse-service-to-anyone/

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Republicans in sneaky bid to reauthorize Patriot Act spying until 2020

jamesb2147

If anyone can whip up the votes

It's going to be the majority leader (and their whip[s]).

Interesting point about the presidential candidates, though!

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