* Posts by FrankAlphaXII

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Infamous Silicon Valley 'sex party' exactly as exciting as it sounds

FrankAlphaXII

Re: My understanding is..

He'll just yell at you to get to da choppa.

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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Timeshift

Does the Linux implementation of OpenZFS not have snapshots? I'm seriously asking, I don't use Linux because of shit like that so I'm actually kind of curious. If it does, I'd say just use it and don't worry about distro specific crap that the developer will just abandon when their feelings get hurt or their attention gets distracted.

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Sex robot forum venue 'encrypted in a poem'

FrankAlphaXII

Well, there is such a thing as a "poem code". Its not exactly the best method of secure communication, but what do you expect out of people who get their jollies by fucking robots? They're not exactly cryptographic technicians.

Anyway, during the second world war, the SOE and OSS used them in the same manner that numbers stations transmit what seems like nonsense but in a far less secure manner.

At certain times, the BBC or VOA would have their people read a poem or a phrase that I guess you could loosely call a "cyphertext". The people receiving it, usually in German or Japanese occupied territory but sometimes in neutral areas, would have the "key", generally a book or piece of music, and be able to decrypt what the cyphertext meant.

It was fairly expedient, but wasn't exactly what you would consider a secure or all that stable one-way communications method because the enemy usually had the key too, and since the cyphertext was transmitted in the clear their counterintelligence people could figure out what was being said based on it, and sometimes due to variances in editions of books what the agents were receiving made no sense because they were using a different version of the key.

Using One-Time Pads and either morse or cleartext voice reading numbers or letters (like the Russians still do) is a much better method for secure one way communication but you run into the problem of key distribution, which is enough of difficult a problem in peacetime and can be an impossible problem during an occupation or conflict.

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They're baaaack: Avaya outlasts Chapter 11

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Stability is not their forte

Every call center I've ever worked in or for always used Lucent and later Avaya, same with most of the local governments that I do work for now.

When I was in the Army, we used their phones, gateways, and associated software for pretty much all of our non-classified stuff (and the classified stuff wasn't that far off, it was likely bespoke but I know there has to be Avaya code and hardware in it somewhere), they're really ubiquitous. Plus, they make a good product. And OneX is the only softphone software that I've ever seen handle a business continuity situation where a company is forced into using an alternate site for whatever reason seamlessly without constantly shitting the bed.

Thing is that they've always been financially shaky, from the Western Electric "restructuring" that led to Lucent's divestment onward.

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Guess who's developing storage class memory kit? And cooking the chips on the side...

FrankAlphaXII

Um...

You know it's pronounced "hwa-wei" right? I know that tones are hard, and probably even harder for Brits since you have like 50 different accents based on geography or even Socioeconomic class, but our future Chinese overlords really appreciate it when you don't mangle easy words.

Huawei South Africa has a video that might help, here

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Intel beefs up low-end line with Gemini Lake CPUs

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Gaming with a low-end Pentium Gold CPU?

True, and if you don't feel like giving Intel your money (like me) the Ryzen 7 1800X and Ryzen Threadripper are good for that too.

I don't think anyone would seriously consider a Pentium or Celeron for gaming regardless.

These things are more for thin clients, some PCs used in education, and POS systems that really don't need all the bells and whistles, they mainly just need to be able to handle running virtualized infrastructure software like virtzilla's vSphere or Citrix's XenClient, you're using but even then I wouldn't use Intel for it (and not because I hate them personally), Quaalcomm, Nvidia and AMD SoCs tend to work well for it and for far less money. Intel still has the stupid markup because of their name alone.

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Dirty COW redux: Linux devs patch botched patch for 2016 mess

FrankAlphaXII
FAIL

Huh?

>>Many other *nixes do have the bug: “Every kernel version with THP support and the Dirty COW patch should be vulnerable (2.6.38 – 4.14)”, Yaakov and Shapiro wrote.

Uh, It doesn't affect *nix. It affects Linux and Linux alone as it is a kernel flaw.

The BSDs don't use the Linux kernel and neither do the commerical UNIXes like macOS, AIX, Solaris and HP-UX. None of them are affected. Android, however, is a Linux (somewhere) in its guts and it is. Google's kernels tend toward the older side even on the Nexus/Pixel handsets so kernel flaws are an even bigger deal there.

Interesting that RHEL isn't affected though. Then again, there are probably a good number of systemd bugs that are likely just as potentially harmful to make up for it.

And this isnt to say that commerical UNIX or the BSDs are better, nine years is nothing compared to 25 years, like a bug in dir() that existed from 1983 to 2008.

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Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password

FrankAlphaXII

Re: This is a deliberate feature and it's because Apple cares.

That's likely because FreeBSD is designed so that you very rarely need root. I've been running FreeBSD and TrueOS for about three years now and I can count the times I've used root on one hand.

Thing is, last time I had to anything in the terminal for OS X and needed root, it took me awhile to figure out how to enable the root account as Apple has it disabled by default (or at least did a couple of releases ago around Mavericks) which is usually smart, most users have no need for it. It shouldn't be that easy to escalate privileges in any software. This is the kind of trick that I would have tried back in High School just to see if it'd work, trying root with a blank password, then with "password", and then "administrator" just for shits and grins.

Maybe Apple should hire some decent QA people and give external power users a reason to actually test for them. They won't because they're deluded into thinking that they're perfect, and a lot of that is because of Jobs' blamelessness ("You're holding it wrong"), Ive's very clear desire for form over function, and Cook's issue with keeping quality high so that they can justify their outrageous prices. But it'd be a really good idea.

Thing is, even despite this, I still want a Mac mini whenever they update the hardware. It'd be nice to have a UNIX that I don't have to constantly fuck with to use every now and then.

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HPE CEO Meg Whitman QUITS, MAN! Neri to replace chief exec in Feb

FrankAlphaXII

Mugabe and Whitman both quit on the same day. Both of them destroyed entities that used to be the example set for others, and both will totally get away with it.

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Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

FrankAlphaXII
Joke

Re: "yup"

I dunno about you there guy, but I'm not a fan of Santa Clause.

He gives all the deserving vampires and lawyers in the world blood, fat patent lawsuits, endless C&D letters, as well as bankruptcies and mergers and acquistions that unemploy thousands if they get together and sacrifice a virgin to him every year, which has become increasingly difficult as time has gone by but still happens often enough that neither the work, nor the blood has dried up.

Santa Claus, the communist looking dude exploiting an elven horde and some flying reindeer in the Arctic, is okay. I mean who doesn't like free shit built on the backs of elven slaves?

Santa Clause, however, is a injunction spewing bastard that only grants miracles to vampires and attorneys. He's also boning Santa Muerte on the side too.

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Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church... oh, and a little fight to preserve truth

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Truth vs Sheep

If you consider a massively contaminated cesspool an ecosystem, you'd be correct. Our current political climate is a lot like Lake Karachay.

My grandad always said that they're all a bunch of crooks. I used to love listening to him rail at dumbass local politicians who'd call him and he'd always finish with "Y'know what? You're all a bunch of crooks". He was from Chicago and it was indeed true, they were literally all a bunch of crooks, especially there and especially in the era he grew up in.

However after the past two years, I have to amend Grandpa's wisdom. They're too inept anymore to be crooks. They're all a bunch of fucking yes-man clowns led by psychopaths on both sides with no original ideas in their heads besides threatening to bomb people.

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Interesting that they keep a mirror at the modern reincarnation of the place that centralizing most of the Greco-Roman world's knowledge at that one location paid such great dividends.

Good on them though, someone has to do what they're doing.

I especially like the idea of the PDF readers automatically linking the cited papers in the footnotes. I have to read a lot of academic writing since emergency preparedness and response is in a constant state of evolution, and that would save a lot of time and there would likely be less time wasted getting pissed off at Elsevier and the rest of the academic publishing cartel if I could see which journal whatever paper is in (and if we pay for it or not) based on the linked URL alone.

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Is the FCC purposefully screwing up US school broadband projects?

FrankAlphaXII

As much as I loathe the FCC and Pai...

Using our Governor as any kind of example when discussing funding for education probably isn't a good idea.

She's done everything in her power to gut our already struggling schools. How nice of her to want more free money from the Federal government that her comptrollers will divert somewhere else or outright steal. At least we're done with her next year. And not a moment too soon.

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Oracle ZFS man calls for Big Red to let filesystem upstream into Linux

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Not going to happen

Thanks for that. I now have an image of Larry pissing in a well scorched into my brain that I don't have enough 100 Proof Mindbleach or 22% THC "Fuck-It" to get rid of.

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AMD sales soar, actually makes a profit, beats expectations, share price... decimated

FrankAlphaXII

Welcome news for sure. I had a choice between a Core i9 and a Threadripper, and I picked the Threadripper. The extra PCI-E lanes sold it for me. Then again, if I'm honest with myself, I've never been much on Intel for anything but Xeons.

I kind of wanted to check out Optane, but you're locked into Intel if you want to use it and I'm not a fan of that. Plus, regardless of their technology's merits or not, I kind of have a personal beef with Intel, they fucked over a family member (hell two if you count my sister's mother who had to go to Arizona to keep her job) who worked for them for 35 years earlier this year. For all their empty virtue signaling about women in technology they sure as fuck don't put their money where their mouth is.

Investors are usually idiots. Companies with no value and/or long term prospects or are circling the drain because their leadership are clueless get far overvalued (lookin' at you HPE, Twatter) while those actually doing something get shit on. Its nothing new.

AMD's in a good spot though, they've got good products. I'm looking forward to getting Vega video cards, my current RX cards are good but the Vegas look like they're going to be that much better.

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How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?

FrankAlphaXII

"Microsoft had released Windows 10 code for both desktop (x86/ia64)"

Dafuq do you mean by that? I can't recall any IA-64 Win 10 releases, at least not any available to the public or to MS' "insider" beta program.

IA-64 is Itanium which MS hasn't supported in quite a while (Windows XP and Win Server 2008). So, did you mean x86_64? Even then it wouldn't be completely correct because MS stubbornly calls it x64.

I really hope it was just an oversight by the editors knowing that it was getting toward Beer O'Clock when this got posted, because otherwise its just sad.

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FrankAlphaXII

Re: Clusterfcuk

Yeah, because we all want our phones calling us perverts.

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Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Think Different

Mister President, you can post under your real name here. Nobody's going to tell Ivanka or General Kelly, we promise.

Besides, I thought you used an America First Samsung (made in China and designed by Koreans) anyway?

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FreeBSD gains eMMC support so … errr … watch out, Android

FrankAlphaXII

Re: I use FreeBSD at work because...

I use it at home on my servers and my UNIXlike desktop for the same reason, out of the box ZFS.

I switched from CentOS and Fedora about three years ago and haven't looked back. Its nice to not have to constantly fuck around with broken bullshit (or listening to constant whining about how systemd is the spawn of satan, though those issues were more a problem with Fedora than CentOS) to get the OS to work the way I want it to.

I just wish that AMD had more than two people working on FreeBSD, but oh well.

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White House plan to nuke social security numbers is backed by Equifax's ex-top boss

FrankAlphaXII

And just how the hell is that supposed to work? Are they going to issue everyone ITINs? If they do, it'll just replace the SSN/SIN as something new for criminals to steal with the exact same results as getting your SSN stolen now. Ask anyone who lives in the US and pays taxes but isn't a citizen about what happens if someone steals your ITIN. Its more difficult to deal with than having your SSN stolen, and that's saying something as SSN fraud isn't exactly a walk in the park.

It'll never happen, especially with the group of clowns occupying both houses of congress and the white house but something has to give. When even a credit bureau can't seem to do the job right, it doesn't say much for any of these fools. And I'm in the same boat as the disgraced ex-CEO here, I've had my SSN (and medical files, and security paperwork, as well as biometrics with my military files) stolen four times in as many years, twice from OPM/NARA, once with Anthem and now with Equifax.

Instead of treating the symptoms, and giving us yet another number that's going to get stolen, they need to treat the disease itself, and the only way to do that is to make corporations that mishandle NPPI liable for the theft itself to the tune of a thousand dollars (or more) plus any losses incurred by their customers through their mishandling and make it an immediate discharge from Federal service for the agency directors if a Federal Agency mishandles NPPI. I'm sick of hearing how much they value my business and how seriously they take their security when its plain to see that they simply do not.

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IT plonker stuffed 'destructive' logic bomb into US Army servers in contract revenge attack

FrankAlphaXII

Wow. Just wow. What a moron.

Having been an Army Reservist (and Active Duty before that), this must have been the payroll system for Civilians that work at Army Reserve centers for the Army itself and maybe Unit Administrators when they're not called back to duty and militarized under Title 10 orders.

And given most UAs are retired First Sergeants and Sergeants Major, what a stupid target to fuck with. I would not want every UA in the country hot after your ass for making them miss a paycheck. At the same time, these people can likely handle missing a paycheck whereas a Private up to Specialist/Corporal really can't unless they're living in the barracks and most of their pay is disposable income.

Military pay for the actual servicemembers in an Army Reserve or Regular Army unit is (mis)handled by the Defense Financial and Accounting Service, which is an even dumber target to fuck with. The easiest way to wind up in prison if you have anything to do with the Department of Defense is to mess with Uncle Sam's money. They've even tossed the first commander of SEAL Team Six/DEVGRU into prison for misappropriating funds.

That being said, I'm amazed that the Clowns in Disguise (CID for the uninitiated, they're usually pretty inept) figured it out, and it didn't take the 902d Counterintelligence and NSA/CSS to do it, unless it did and the CID's just getting the public credit for it. Which could be the case.

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Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

FrankAlphaXII

You must be new here. About the only "vendor" they don't do that to when something half works is to the Linux kernel developers. And that's usually because the use case that gets affected is something on the far edges. They bitch about MS, Apple, Oracle, HP, etc. All the time.

In other words, the iJunk vendor isn't special for getting snark.

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Bespoke vending machine biz Bodega AI trips cultural landmine

FrankAlphaXII

Stupid Bay Area Hipsters...

It's not a bodega unless someone working there is selling low quality weed with pigeon feathers or pubic hairs added in on the side. And somehow I doubt the robots will be doing that.

Call it what it is, a rip-off of the Shadowrun universe's Stuffer Shack.

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Google is the king of "Jank"

Funny enough it does the same on a Pixel using Chrome.

Or displays "local" news from Mountain View, when I live about a thousand miles away, which the phone surely knows.

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Confirmed: Oracle laid off 964 people from former Sun building

FrankAlphaXII

Re: I need new glasses..

Glad I'm not the only one who thought they saw that. Though to be fair, shit and slowlaris tend to go together in my mind.

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FBI probing Uber over use of 'Hell' spyware to track rival biz Lyft

FrankAlphaXII

Re: RICO

A Cartel. But don't call it that. People like the godawful Taxis here because they probably don't have to use them. If the Taxi cartel would fix their product Lyft and Uber wouldn't exist. But that makes sense. Can't have that. I will say that Lyft is better to work for, they had tipping about a year before Uber ever considered it.

Anyway, a lot of drivers work for both Uber and Lyft (and some of the smaller companies), so l really wonder how useful tracking the competition would be. I don't see much of a need for it when the same people work for both.

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Networking vendors are good for free lunches, hopeless for networks

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Fuck E.A

But we're all supposed to like pay-to-win and day one DLC. Get with the program!

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Solaris update plan is real, but future looks cloudy by design

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Sparc Emulator?

What are the chances of IBM selling the IP to Oracle? I've never thought of them getting along all that well. Not to say you probably couldn't get Rometty and her board to bark like dogs if you waved a few hundred million under their noses as Lenovo has a few times.

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Uber sued by Uber for tarnishing the good name of Uber

FrankAlphaXII

Like Jello says...

We sure can be Uber Alles, as long as we're in California.

And Jerry Brown's the Governor (again, though sans moonbeams this time), so go figure.

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Gather round, kids, and let's try to understand the science of 3D NAND

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Useful

You can do the same in Firefox and I believe also in Edge.

No idea about chrome.

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Oracle's systems boss bails amid deafening silence over Solaris fate

FrankAlphaXII

Re: This makes me sad

They're doing exactly that with OpenVMS y'know.

Never say never if there's a use case for a product.

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Our day with Larry Page: Embedded with one of the world's richest men

FrankAlphaXII
Coat

Re: Truth is stranger than fiction

Well hey, nobody said that being one of the world's richest people and being a dumbass, or at least more than a little awkward, were mutually exclusive.

Mine's the one with the Pixel in the pocket, and I wonder why its smoking.

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FrankAlphaXII

Re: Biting the hand, indeed

Christ on a crutch, I feel like I'm talking to myself but Its called satire Frank.

Read the deposition. It makes about as much sense as known unknowns and unknown unknowns.

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FrankAlphaXII
Alien

Re: This is fiction, right ?

Hate to be the bastard the ruins the joke, but read the deposition transcript from last week.

It'll all make sense. Or not.

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Red Hat acquires Permabit to put the squeeze on RHEL

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Re: "Yes, FreeBSD doesn't have Wifi"

The hell? FreeBSD certainly has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

In regard to fingerprint sensors, libfprint exists but I've never used it. It probably works fine.

Maybe educate yourself before spouting a bunch of uninformed garbage. You Linux people used to get so pissed off about MS' misinformation about the capabilities of Linux to turn around and do the same thing is unsurprising, but still not acceptable when you should know better.

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Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Linus' biggest mistake

Its bastardized Mach, which they call XNU. And its also not a microkernel.

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Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

FrankAlphaXII

Are you sure it was Crapita doing their TV licensing bullying?

I'm an American so I don't know if you guys even have them, but could it be a Code Enforcement officer from your council? Happens here in New Mexico a lot. Code Enforcement stakes out building sites and sometimes even goes to check licenses for regulated trades like Electrical, Plumbing and Irrigation, as well as HVAC. Code enforcement are usually real dicks about it too, they like their threats even more than regular cops because usually the only way to contest anything is with an Administrative Law Judge who will side with the Government nearly every time.

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Intel is upset that Qualcomm is treating it like Intel treated AMD for years and years

FrankAlphaXII

Re: More nonsense "Oh poor AMD ... Intel is so evil" crap!

Yeah because Intel is such a shining beacon of light, cooling, quality and how they treat their employees, and because everyone just loves a monopoly. Moron.

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FrankAlphaXII

Re: Uh, *raises hand*

That's nice for their labs. AMD was first to market with something usable. If Intel had their way those chips would probably still be in the lab.

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Presto crypto: IBM releases gruntier, faster Z14 mainframe

FrankAlphaXII

Probably who they're targeting it towards, as well as banks, credit card companies, and others who need to do a lot of near real time encrypted transactions.

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Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that

FrankAlphaXII

Re: I Feel Safe Today

>>Good for me though. Job security.

Exactly. Dinosaurs will die. And good riddance.

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Roland McGrath steps down as glibc maintainer after 30 years

FrankAlphaXII

I know where he is

Prison

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FrankAlphaXII

Well in Linus' case, I'm pretty sure Greg Kroah-Hartman or maybe Andrew Morton would take over, or turn development leadership into a committee sort of like how FreeBSD governs itself.

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Migrating to Microsoft's cloud: What they won't tell you, what you need to know

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Days?

Im not British, but two words. OpenReach.Thats the explanation for their shitty speeds. And it's a pretty good one. There's less of an excuse in the US, I mean I guess you could blame AT&T for it considering they were promoting FTTP/FTTH in the early 90's and it's still really fuckin rare even with uVerse, which is generally overpriced ADSL that might potentially be FTTP one day in the distant future but usually isn't yet

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Yahoo! cleanup! will! cost! Verizon! half! a! billion! bucks!

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Mayer for Prez

She'll have a run for her money when HPE finishes its death spiral, same for IBM. Honestly our man Vlad has quite a few real winners to pick from next time.

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Situation normal, blurts T-Mobile, while network continues to crap itself

FrankAlphaXII

I don't seem to have been affected. I'm on Project Fi, switched when I got a Pixel, but I keep my phone locked on T-Mobile with carrier switching disabled because Sprint's network in Central New Mexico kind of sucks and US Cellular doesn't serve this area. I had no idea there was an outage until I read this actually and if prepaid was/is affected it probably should have affected Project Fi users, even though Fi is the most postpaid-like prepaid MVNO there is.

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FrankAlphaXII

Re: Time zones

No kidding. UTC exists for a reason.

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