* Posts by Old one

35 posts • joined 30 Sep 2016

Shock! US border cops need 'reasonable suspicion' of a crime before searching your phone, laptop

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A CITIZEN'S rights

The Fourth Amendment protects US Citizen's Rights. There is nothing in the Bill of Rights that extends those Rights to all people. NON citizens even with permission to reside in the US do not automatically qualify for those Rights. Giving those Rights to NON citizens only cheapens their value to those born with them or those who work to legally obtain them.

If you really can't let go of Windows 7, Microsoft will keep things secure for another three years

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other options

I guess being lazy that I have not switched OS but if MS has no security for Win 7 then I have no need to keep their OS. Know I have at least one Linux system on a USB drive here - may be a couple years old so need to refresh. Need a kick in the butt - maybe for my 70th birthday in a couple of weeks. Of course its the worry that a couple legacy programs will not work on a new OS. Just don't need any issues right now.

Truckers, prepare to lose your jobs as UPS buys into self-driving tech

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Just another player in a big field

Driverless interstate freight hauling will happen. Most likely drop off to drop off located just off the interstates. Current working hours restrictions are causing some issues when a driver gets hung up with either a delivery or pickup and then is stuck for a 10 hr Federal mandatory rest period. Someone picking up a trailer from a local yard and taking another back removes the need for them to push their limits and worry about stopping. Many locations have run out of parking for the number of trucks in a heavily traveled route for them to park while they take the mandatory rest period. Parking in many places is becoming additional expense out of the driver's pocket. Driver's don't control being stuck in traffic jambs or shippers not loading quickly & both are chargeable against their driving hours. Terrible fines can occur if an accident happens when a driver is just a 1/2 mile from his planned rest stop but the road is block by anything out of his control. Driverles is not a cure all but it can help relive the burden of an overloaded system.

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Re: Testing only in Arizona?

The real problem has become the lack of people willing to commit to being lifetime "long haul" drivers. Most want to get a couple of years experience and then find local regional work that gets them home nights or at least weekends. The people willing to go out for three plus weeks running freight coast to coast is getting hard to find. Inter-modal moves nice boxed delivery anytime products but time critical, oddball and handling needed loads are becoming harder to broker hence more expensive. People might like to think that trucks can be reduced but in reality we depend more & more on the driver's versatility to get loads where they need to be. Interstate drop point to interstate drop point will give many drivers that local regional access and free long haul drivers to do what they like - travel.

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Re: "...a human operator is still required to take over in emergency situations..."

During the testing phases just like the Freightliner/MB rigs and a number of others so far.

DEF CON plans to show US election hacking is so easy kids can do it

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All bull until real voter ID

It doesn't matter what hacking is done until PHOTO voter ID is universal just like India and Mexico. Buss loads of voters can be moved from location to location and totally screw real honest voting results. Tuesday night results can be challenged with ease but actual votes at individual polling locations are much harder to dispute unless people are stupid enough to openly admit double voting.

If these kids can find the issues then have the Sec of State for each state put bounties out for rewards on each state's systems. Probably cost a lot less than the $250M.

Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows 7, 8.1 support forums

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Oh where oh where

I really miss Gary Kildall....

Amazon scam trio primed for prison stretch after million-dollar fraud

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Joke sentences

Crime does pay...

Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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Really powerfull

People & media love to blame the NRA not allowing stricter gun laws and even some confiscation of certain types of weapons but have you REALLY looked at the numbers?

NRA membership is about 5M out of 365M Americans. So 5M of 220M eligible voters is 2.27% of the population tells the Congress and all state legislators what laws to pass..... It ain't the 1% but not much more. Not there is speculation that there are more than 300M guns of all types in private ownership in the US -- some go back a couple hundred years when there were no questions about who could own one. pretty hard to believe that all 300M guns are in the hands of just NRA members as that would be 60 guns for each member. So most likely thee are a lot of non-NRA members as gun owners and also believe in their rights under the 2nd. Otherwise the 97% of the population would have radically changed the laws and called for a change to the 2nd.

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Locking up guns not the solution

Just search "teen uses gun to stop burgler" to see exactly why "locking up" all guns from teens etc is not a good solution.

Being an old folk I remember gun racks and rifles in the back windows of trucks in the school parking lot. Going out shooting was a semi common place after school activity but no one even considered SHOOTING someone they had a problem with. Fist fights yes but guns never.

So what has changed? Violence in video format has become too glorified and in many case instilled at younger ages as kids compete to get better scores. The violence is also mitigated by a reset button that starts over with all the same players alive again. Be it movies or games or TV that the dead aren't really and come back next week to fight again seems to have removed the consequence of actual death even to those who have faced it in their neighborhood.

I wish I had a simple 20 word solution to the current problem. Florida was a kid bullied and TX was a kid rejected by a girl and then she apparently humiliated him in the class he killed her and 9 others. It seems that in most cases its a desperate revenge for how the shooter believes he has been treated like VA shooter of 32. maybe instead of soft comfort rooms these people need a "let the anger out room" where they punch the hell out of bags or some other let the pressure out relief.... I used to take a short piece of 2X4 and beat the he33 out of it with a hammer.... worked for me.

After repeated warnings Facebook bans Britain First for 'inciting hatred'

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you support the rape of a 16 yr old

Your comment would appear to support the rape of a 16 yr old girl and even the rapes of thousands of others that have been finally exposed across GB with the disclosure of a number of grooming gangs. All Britain First members did was to call out the rapists to increase the awareness. Might be the last round of women coming forward would not have happened without the efforts of Britain First and Tommy Robinson's efforts to bring the issue into the public eye. But it is so much easier to ignore than to admit one group in society seems to want to live by different rules than what the rest their community has deemed acceptable. The last group exposed had been raping girls for well over 20 years with threats of murdering their entire families if they spoke up. Thank god that there are people like Britain First to speak up as it is very clear that the Home Office and the Constabulary prefer to protect the criminals.

To Puerto Ricans: A Register apology

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Forgot to show up

The San Juan mayor just happened to forget to show up to ALL the FEMA meetings and then blamed anyone but her for her failures. Then she yells and commands news to blame the Trump administration vs taking responsibility. The Trump administration moved personnel and millions of disaster relief supplies in place before the hurricanes ever hit. The perverse inbred political corruption that is highlighted by the $113 MILLION in bonuses that gov't employees just received is endemic of the island's internal failure to deal with its own bad decisions that have been the hallmark of 50 years of Democrats in power.

Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

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Great

but I've got some ocean front property in New Mexico USA that would allow both Polar and Equatorial launches. Branson is investing here so maybe the British gov't should follow his lead and Amazon's Bezos is next door in Texas... Two pretty rich guys who are very successful. Bezos reusable launch booster has been very successful so ready technology and experience are close by... Some times its better to not start off re-inventing the wheel.

A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2

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MS missed the mark again

Lucid 3D was far better program and advanced over MS Excell capabilities. BUT again MS marketing of an integrated program led to great sales and hence use. Just as DR Dos offered the Gem Desktop two years before Windows 1.0 and the 22 following revisions to overcome the blue screens of death that were fairly common in "those days".

There were lots of open competition from various companies that created numerous excellent programs but they would not run without a operating system. Making the operating system quirky so that outside MS supplied programs had operating issues seemed to be part of the MS marketing plan. MS Dos had so many revisions for the first decade+ that for those who were experienced in other operating systems got very annoyed with the exorbitant time required to keep upgrading MS Dos.

MS won by being the bull in a china shop -- making compatibility hard for any non MS programs. Still today when MS updates the OS how many experience issues with existing programs?

Longing for Gary Kidall....

Chinese whispers: China shows off magnetic propulsion engine for ultra-silent subs, ships

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Re: Irelevantly

needed more white - not pink enough...

US Senate stamps the gas pedal on law to flood America's streets with self-driving cars

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Re: A dangerous hands-off approach to hands-free driving

Couple of questions - where in that tiny land you call home is the speed limit 85 MPH for hundreds of miles? How many places can you go where the road is dead straight for 20+ miles? How many times is the "next town" over 50 miles away? Where can you drive below sea level and an hour later be over 10,000 feet? (Opps sorry you max at 4,400 feet) Gee guess I can't ask how many cities you have that are over a mile high. Guess that you don't have any mountain ranges that you can see and 2 hours later still have not reached yet. How many times do you drive in +46C temps or -45C?

How much freight does it take to feed, clothe, provide construction materials, provide all other goods to a population that is 6 times and spread over an area that is 45 times the size. Per capita ONLY works on similar capita data. You are attempting to compare a grape to a pineapple.

Finally have YOU ever driven 6,000+ miles in one week? I have.... Coast to coast and back.... You can basicly drive your entire country between breakfast & dinner .

Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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Any invasion checking

So through all this article and comments I have not seen any mention of counter efforts that a user should do other then uninstall and download a new copy. Apparently its only 32 bit versions were affected but seeing they waited 6 days to announce being compromised could they also be holding back on it also have been 64 bit effected.

As it is Avast owned, I am surprised that they have not at least offered free scan for the malware that their product carried. Who better to know exactly what dirt needs to be cleaned up.

US government: We can jail you indefinitely for not decrypting your data

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Could have all been stopped

AT the very beginning IF he had stuck to the 5th and shut up there would be no issue. We can be our own worst enemy by trying to mitigate any situation. It is legal for cops to lie to you but not for you to lie to them. VERY first thing in any questioning is "I want to speak to a lawyer." Know when you MUST identify yourself and the extent of id needed. But other than that STFU & wait until a lawyer is present. If the lawyer tells you to respond to anything and it later backfires you can then claim you acted upon bad legal advice and are are not responsible.

Judge orders handover of Trump protest website records – DreamHost claims victory

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Only when convenient

IF IF IF IF the protesters did NOT ACTIVELY work to not only hide their identities but acted in concert to protect any & all individual law beakers I would agree that requesting all information would be an overreach. Is it not reasonable that if a society wants to exist under the Rule of Law that those who actively pursue violations of law be punished. It would take much more than knowing who MAY have attended to bring charges on any specific crimes. Fighting this subpoena further protects those who would violently pursue an illegal overthrow of the ELECTED government.

It appears by the reaction of most commentators that they back and support illegal activities as long as it doesn't hit their personal pocketbook not that apparently care what happens to the LAW. Apparent support for the illegal activities of a different agenda shows that they are no better than those who actually broke the law - cowards as they apparently hide behind the actions of others without the fortitude to use the Rule of Law to peacefully change what they disagree with. They advocate following the law only when convenient.

US spies hacked our phones over the air, claim pipeline protesters

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False protest

Funny that everyone seems to have missed one major point of this -- the LOCAL tribe did not want this protest and early on asked them to leave. This protest was totally organized from outside the local area. It was very well organized to distract from the real enviro-nazi agenda of crippling the US energy self sufficiency. These people behind this are the same enviro-terrorists that drive nails into large trees so loggers get injured.

This was also done on private property not public lands so they were trespassing. Surveillance of criminal activity by any means has been used for decades. Unfortunately some celebrities get sucked in by the "do-right left" and wrongfully enhanced the legitimacy of these illegal endeavors. Celebrity endorsement only serve to heighten the false narrative that the protest organizer want. Crying wolf is a common tactic for these groups.

NASA tells Curiosity: Quit showing off, no 'wheelies' please

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Re: Maybe we don't need too many humans in space yet...

Eric Olson - hell of a way to really make an old fart feel REALLY old. Reading you writing about "hearing about Mars missions while in school" just makes me wonder what it will be in the perspective of I remember when "sputnik" was a brand new never heard of name.

Possibly the only real regret of old age that is so lost on youth is what we will not get to see & experience in the coming decades. My grandfather lived from Wright Bros to "man on the moon" - time that included horror and devastation along with some really great leaps in data acquisition - I won't say knowledge because at this point I am not sure from all the mistaken conclusions of various "scientific experts" over the decades that anyone really has KNOWLEDGE.

It is great to see the seeds that we sowed so long ago still growing because the intellect that thought about what might be possible took the chance to build a better mousetrap.

You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

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Re: Awesome?

As someone well past that 65 delineation, I love the concept and progress of autonomous vehicles. BUT I also have a number of peers who are distrusting detractors that fear that which they do not understand. I love the "driver-less" tractor trailers for product distribution between warehouses. Part of the issue will always be the "what if" scenarios that a semi rig can encounter where the designated travel plan is shot by unforeseen obstacles. Other side of the coin is the question of jobs. Should semi rigs require a "qualified driver" to be on-board IF the computer runs up against a non programmed scenario or an component failure.

I went from a bag phone (1990) to the various stages of smart phones that I could log into my work computer without being "in the office" or even in the country for work. Today the only cell I have is an old out of service one carried as I travel because it will still call 911. So from the new cutting edge to nothing over 25+ yrs.

I haven't seen where any autonomous vehicles have a relinquish mode to allow a "driver" to enjoy driving when they want to. My daily driver is a 76 Ford Bronco and in 97*F temp yesterday its lack of AC and shall I say other creature comforts make me wish for a long few minutes a new autonomous vehicles that I could have sat back for an hour and surfed the web. But just like my 69 CJ 4spd Stang I WANT to drive many times or I would not still own these vehicles. I bought the 69 Stang in June of 1969 and it was/is the raw definition of muscle car. Nearly 50 yrs later there are more comfortable, faster, reliable modern vehicles but none will ever have THAT raw driver edge that is now so computer controlled.

Change happens - technology almost always advances...

Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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Just pushing people to move to Linux..

Trump lieutenants 'use private email' for govt work... but who'd make a big deal out of that?

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She was NEVER cleared. She just was not prosecuted and could still be IF enough congressional reps wanted to hold her to the standard that US Military has been held to. If anything she had a higher role to be an example of exemplementry conduct and not lying before a Congressional Committee. She committed

the crimes and then perjured her testimony making it two different sets of crimes. Yet she walks free. Only FLOTUS to have been officially charged with perjury while POTUS was in office and she gets away with it again. Remember Travelgate that she ruined many lives with her lying allegations? ALL allegations were found to be false... She has never been charged with the theft of over $200K from the WH furnishings when they moved out nor the theft of $27k from the State Dept for furnishings that were moved to her private DC residence. She single highhandedly has lowered the overall standards of honesty in gov't official positions to lows only equaled by banana republics.

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She apparently reset the bar - she ain't locked up so the rules and laws no longer apply to "high gov't officials".

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That has to be the funniest comment I have read in a week. Staffers do party business everyday. Anything that promotes any one congressperson promotes that person's party -- see what this repub can do for you or see how this demorat helped you....

I can easily say that the rotten two state senators only follow the party line and refuse to vote for a bill that could help millions of citizens. They will follow the party line even when doing so is clearly detrimental to the state that they supposedly represent. That makes them party lackeys and their staff back up the party's "official line of bull". I have written to a senator on Homeland Security and get a response on global warming... do you think that makes me want to support anyone of that party?

Zuck off: Facebook's big kahuna sues Hawaiians to kick 'em off their land

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Paid $30 million for a parcel and now only pays real estate taxes on an assessment of $18 million. Nice savings but just wondering who's pocket got lined in that deal? He gets to steal from the rest of the taxpayers who have to foot the bill he didn't pay.

Remember that amazing video of the whale leaping out the gym floor and splashing down? Yeah, it was BS

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ignores reality

I get concerned when a "tech" writer appears to be far behind the times in a publication like The Register. " It's why we don't have flying cars. It's why autonomous vehicles are still a ways off. It's why the most advanced robots in the world still can't turn a door handle." It may be a small thing to many but autonomous vehicles in the US are progressing at a very fast rate. Three states have licensed vehicles of which one has cleared some for driver-less use. Two states have approved driver monitored driver-less tractor trailer use and are currently running those actual deliveries. These specific items may not be on this writer's radar but considering the world wide potential impact of both the AI & robotics combination, it is significant technology hence before denigrating it with outdated comments check the current status.

We also have 2 flying cars that are going through the onerous safety regulations qualifications to be publicly sold & used. Both flying and driving testing has shown to be not just viable but probably practical to some people. Unfortunately overlapping issues create heretofore never seriously anticipated stumbling blocks. Its the A can't be approved until B but B needs A set in stone approval before B can certified. Just think what Branson and Bezos are working towards passenger carrying licenses are granted in their new areas of proposed flight operations. Bezo's use of both AI & robotics is space age reality not just set it off and hope it works if it lands.

Buck Rodgers & Star Trek & Asimov were all dreams of what if... without dreams of what if where would we be? Investing -- well its not only tech that has scammers. Ever hear of Nigerian 411? Most of those are scams of the heart.

Germany warns Moscow will splash cash on pre-election propaganda and misinformation spree

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Bigger concern?

Isn't Germany's need for natural gas a more critical influence on elections? Posturing is one thing and people freezing or factories not being able to produce salable products is just as important.

Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama

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Re: As far I can understand

Electoral College is an equalizer. Prior to 1778 the Republics of Rode Island and Delaware knew that they could never equal the population of NY, Georgia or Pennsylvania. As an equalizer the upper law making house - Senate - has two members from each state originally chosen by the state legislators not the populace. A system to balance the presidential selection was needed to get all the independent Republics to sign the new Constitution of the UNITED STATES. Rhode Island had stopped the signing the prior year because of concerns over personal liberties and state's rights.

BlackBerry-driven robo-car spins its RIMs across Canada

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Excellent test roads

Really have been wondering just how these systems will deal with snow slush & freezing rain. what happens when another vehicle splashes slush up as they are passing? Will radar and sensors go into panic avoidance and slam on the brakes so the normal car behind runs into the back of it.

Are sensors heated for freezing rain or freezing slush as most seem to be positioned at the leading edge and below the level of the hood? What parameters happen when you get into a heavy lake effect snowfall that effects everything including GPS signals. Is there a backup system... take someone who buys one and doesn't have the actual bad weather driving experience. Does the car pull over and send a message for help - need driver?

Could be a lot of pluses with these systems working correctly.

Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real

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divided highway

the 400 is an 8 lane DIVIDED limited access highway... NO pedestrians, NO parked cars & NO head on traffic.

British firm to build world's first offshore automated ship

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motovation

And it took the US from Jan 1958 to July 1969 to go from earth bound to moon landing, so how bad does the supply ship industry want this automation? There are robots that can replace engineers & other crew. If you must have a human as harbour pilot then it should not be hard to have a manual input station that then converts to the robotic controls. Within a year we will see the success or failure of motor racing totally driver-less vehicles & the heavy truck transport industry is currently running numerous autonomous truck tests. Guidance for ship need not be solely GPS based but possible resurgence of the Loran-C radio system or similar. Integrated camera systems that sense position through photographic, infrared, and radar in many cases would be better than the capabilities of any human crew. The quandary is not that of what are robotic's limits but is man's capability to to be needed? Intuition?

Ford slams brakes on sales spreadsheets after fire menaces data center

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Re: DR done right

Last I knew Ford's headquarters didn't keep track of people's medications, fire dept staffing, hospital staffing, air traffic control, the greater Dearborn power grid, US DoD communications, or the internet. So considering the job to be done, seems it did just what it was supposed to do.

And remind me but wasn't Ford the ONLY major automaker that did NOT take any Federal bailout money? Wonder if that was because Ford management knows how to MANAGE their assets.

Four US states demand restraining order to stop internet power handover to ICANN

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Its simple

Its simple - created with US taxpayer dollars. Initially expanded with US taxpayer dollars and US businesses. Expanded around the globe for US military with US taxpayer dollars.... do you see the very simple pattern? US TAXPAYER DOLLARS... That is why all other country domains have their country designation to differentiate from the originating country - the US. The US owns it and should not relinquish control to a 3rd world organization.

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