* Posts by swschrad

201 posts • joined 1 Dec 2010

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Amazing! Is WDC giving in to Tosh pressure?

swschrad

WD, sell out

sell your share, get a supply contract for chips, run like a rabbit. keep your money, keep your sanity. and look for a second source because Toshiba is falling down the Westinghouse rathole.

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Alert: AT&T customers with Arris modems at risk of remote hacking, claim infosec bods

swschrad

gaping holes for remote ATT service, no doubt

as in "upgrade firmware," "let me check your credentials," and "your printer is jamming the network, try turning it off and see if you can surf."

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No chips for you! Toshiba takes flash off the menu for WDC

swschrad

not going to matter soon

as Toshiba is so hung out to dry that bankruptcy is likely.

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Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical

swschrad

and rub hands on the sink afterwards

only thing worse is wiping your eyes after cutting onions, and they burn right out of your skull.

however, run a little water over the stainless steel sink, and rub your hands on it. apparently the nickel breaks the compound up.

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Sputtering bit-blasters! IBM's just claimed densest tape ever record

swschrad

wow, write-only memory has come a long way!

now you can write-only ten times more data than the world has on one reel!

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Creditors urge Toshiba to consider bankruptcy – reports

swschrad

what is Japan's equivalent of Chapter 7?

because with obligations like Toshiba's, once they are in the court, liquidation starts to become a real option for the creditors. in the US, three major creditors can flip a reorganization plan into the trash and start liquidation hearings.

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Broadcasters, advocacy groups and nonprofits weigh in on Microsoft's magical broadband

swschrad

2 meg, eh? that's a godsend (heh heh)

2 meg will get you on The Reg in about a minute and a half. similar money will get you higher power wifi, direct-link microwave or lightwave, lots of options. lots of power poles out there in Tumbleweed Corners to hang things on.

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Oh my Tosh: Western Digital takes Toshiba to arbitration

swschrad

assets are cheaper in Chapter 7

which is probably where Toshiba will end up at this rate. years of cooked books, nuke business meltdown (not the nukes, the business, due to brain-dead money tossing), and top-floor chasing after the next big thing that wasn't. even if they'd stayed with 50-inch TVs they couldn't mess up this badly.

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swschrad

they want to. they have a bid in.

unfortunately, it appears to be a bid based on fair market value, which makes it the lowest of the 4 or 5 reached in the first round.

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Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes

swschrad

try 1234

and thank you for flying the >bang<

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US spymasters trash Kaspersky: AV tools can't be trusted, we've stuck a probe in them

swschrad

don't be, Kaspersky is top-shelf security

better than the holes and backdoors in your computer and OS. I just dumped the slop on my wife's machine and bought a nice new install of Kaspersky for it. I've had 7 packages over the years. Kaspersky doesn't bug me until it needs to, and it blocks ad weasels with dodgy certificates as well as the occasional accidental click on bad stuff.

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Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...

swschrad

oh, for crap's sake, roll the bottle

why gouge the bottle and risk dropping a sparkly thing inside, amateurs and professionals alike have rolled the bottle a quarter-turn for multiple generations. no drips. these guys never caught on???

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Gift cards or the iPhone gets it: Hackers threaten Apple with millions of remote wipes

swschrad

where did you get a good browser for that Imsai of yours?

cause I could use one for my 1802

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swschrad

back the phone up early and often

and I see where glitches when upgrading to the next version of iOS can blow your data away, so, dittos

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Why are creepy SS7 cellphone spying flaws still unfixed after years, ask Congresscritters

swschrad

customer data does not hit SS7

the system only controls call set-up/teardown/billing. no user traffic ever hits SS7. the Kazaks can't get bank information from it because there is none in it. SS7 spits a bill stream to a telco's other systems to generate billing, it is not resident in SS7. I'm not going further.

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swschrad

uh, SS7 connects everything... VoIP, landline, cell, 911...

the core switching/billing protocol for all voice set-up/teardown/billing control is Signalling System 7. not just cell. if a call connects to anything public, on whatever mode, it hits SS7. the whole voice system worldwide is interconnected by SS7. VoIP has to gateway through it. cell. 911 calls. this is why you don't get a picture of a SS7 server. the security breach is going to be somebody's telco, probably some country like East Freaking Nowhereistan. the voice doesn't touch it, only the setup/teardown/billing. which in itself is data you don't want on the darknet.

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Kaspersky launches a range of perfumes to, er, defend your odour

swschrad

uh, folks, you DO realize it's a marketing stunt, right?

I doubt this is going to the counter at Macy's or Walgreens. although, maybe Fry's....

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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

swschrad

eh, feller, nukes kill op-amps. get off my lawn!

while tubes, on the other hand, will just keep on working.

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You're Donald Trump's sysadmin. You've got data leaks coming out the *ss. What to do

swschrad

or, don't be a dick, so folks don't try to undermine you

but that hardly applies to the Really White House, does it?

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Explain! yourself! US! senators! yell! at! Yahoo!

swschrad

Presidente Grandissimo El Chumpo likes waterboarding...

so, hey, new reality show! Executive Producers Moran and Trump... "Making Yahooligans Talk."

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swschrad

more like "you pay us $5 billion to take you over."

Yahoo! is a mystery floating thing in the punch bowl.

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I've got a brand new combine harvester and I'll give you the API key

swschrad

uh, you never saw front plates, then, have you?

the load of ag tools often makes it next to impossible to start from a dead stop without flipping the machine backwards. hence, for a century, front plates to put extra weight on the front axle. this keeps the tractor on all fours, and when you gear down and start flooding in the diesel fuel, those big lug tires will actually turn. forget to raise the blades once without front plates, ass over teakettle. with them, you either go, spin a new ditch, or stall out. all safer alternatives.

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swschrad

soil sensors and mapping pests saves chemicals, too

and we all know how costly and dangerous farm chemicals can be. "apply to label" can be wasting and overusing them in much of a field. if the soggy sector pushes up more weeds, that's where you need to spot the label amount.

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swschrad

you missed the point in the middle

that they need to use proprietary buzzwords as the ISO standardized ones are not approved yet.

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swschrad

we'll always have GPS

it's really interesting to watch a smart tractor cutting perfect, PERFECT, rows with 12 plow bottoms. brother-in-law's place has the usual interesting end of row wiggles, but then after the turn, punch in the GPS, and you can concentrate on looking for obstacles, letting the tractor guidance cut perfect straight parallel furrows.

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Ruh-roh! Rick Ruhl rolled out of Ham Radio Deluxe in software kill-switch aftermath

swschrad

hey, if you're fragile, you test all the time

not like he couldn't afford the test strips. that goes back to basic arrogance.

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Barcodes stamped on breast implants and medical equipment

swschrad

on the other hand....

I had an acquaintance whose wife needed two knee implants. doctors put them on the wrong sides.

so you can keep trying to make things foolproof, but there will always evolve a better fool.

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Real deal: Hackers steal steelmaker trade secrets

swschrad

does EVERYTHING need to be on The Connected Internet? Really?

common problem, easy fix. sales engineer gets a question, say, and delves deep into the inner workings to look for an answer. same computer, often out in the field. why? save half an hour? is it going to crash a corporation client if the answer comes in an email from the home office half an hour later? nobody's government is going to fix that, and asking them to is going to cramp your gizzards ten ways from Sunday if they try.

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Stay out of my server room!

swschrad

oh, yes, it comes with keys to change the combination

you might also get a carpenter in to add a simple $30 keyed doorlock. they won't have that key. if needed, hey, firemen have axes. stockers with pallet handlers don't.

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Researchers expose Mirai vuln that could be used to hack back against botnet

swschrad

there is another way... governmental recall of the devices

if you have a BitDropper 666 modem, or webcam, or baby monitor, or whatever that is known vulnerable, the FTC could order a recall. industry would wake up pretty quick if all their DVRs and Smart TVs were forced to be recalled and refunded because the software was shit full of holes.

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Low-power transistors hint at alternative to battery bonfires

swschrad

how's the bias load?

unless you are using transistors solely as digital switches, you have to bias them into a linear region of operation. that can take more power than an analog amplification. periodically I see bias applied across a digital switching transistor, probably for a speed profile. so, in a complex array of these new-based units, are they consistent in performance, and what's the bias or transient draw per X number?

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Actually, yes, Samsung, you do have to pay Apple $120m

swschrad

"we're sorry. here, have a free phone. loaded Note 7."

"and have a speed charger also. slip it in your briefcases, and we'll see you next week."

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AT&T tries broadband over power lines again

swschrad

more than familiar

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

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

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

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Larry Page snuffs out ‘too expensive’ Google Fiber project

swschrad

Welcome to telco, Google.

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

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North Korea unveils its home-grown Netflix rival – Manbang

swschrad

nothing new here...

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

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CenturyLink punishes hogs

swschrad

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

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

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HPE dumps software biz into the bargain bin

swschrad

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

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

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

swschrad

locate the port. block it for outside your network.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spam King sent down for 30 months

swschrad

Spamford, meet Bubba...

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

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

swschrad

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

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

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

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

swschrad

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

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

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

swschrad

Ya-who???

last use in 2002, I think.

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

swschrad

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

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

now they're going back.

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

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Rats revive phones-and-cancer scares

swschrad

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

and I suspect you have crappy wifi service.

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swschrad

hey, no problem, give rats their own smartphones.

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

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

swschrad

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

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

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

swschrad

ach, mein Gott

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

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Yahoo! sale woes

swschrad

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

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

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Chilling evidence emerges of Kilocat weapon

swschrad

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

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

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

swschrad

VeryZoned even sold their west coast FiOS

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

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

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