* Posts by Graybyrd

40 posts • joined 27 Apr 2017

Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship


Re: Explanation

The FCC justification has always been that the airwaves are a priceless public resource, thus subject to stringent government control with strict allocation policies. Historically, the FCC has been extremely punitive against any infringement, levying draconian fines and punishments against violaters of the airwave rules. Thus, "pirate" radio is regarded with the same contempt, fear and loathing as a turd on a State Dinner serving plate.

Community "free" radio gets an equally harsh regard; rules allowing limited range, low-power license-free community FM broadcasting are so stringent as to be a practical prohibition.

The FCC regards the US broadcast spectrum as its private fiefdom, doling out licenses and auctioning spectrum only to suitably qualified (wealthy) Corporate Oligarchy. It's an insanely paranoid and jealous, locked down bureaucracy ruled by autocratic overseers.

Imagine the FCC Commissioners' frustration that they have not yet succeeded in controlling the internet in similar fashion. View their actions through the lens of radio airwaves history and all becomes crystal clear.

Americans' broadband access is so screwed up that the answer may lie in tiny space satellites


Screw the satellites; relax the restrictions!

Here in the US, we don't need no steenkin' satellites! What we need is for the corporate-ensnared droids at the FCC to relax the rules to allow rural towns and counties to acquire and operate their own community broadband systems! There are any number of innovative ways to evade the cable monopolists, but the FCC forbids community competition. As for satellite, we already have two commercial providers. More of a last resort for desperate ruralites: exceedingly expensive, severely limited, and hugely unsatisfactory. So why would we want yet another? Insanity is defined as doing the same useless thing over & over, hoping maybe to finally get lucky. No thanks.

Grumbling about wobbly Windows 10? Microsoft can't hear you over the clanging cash register


Ominous foreboding...

"It will be all about maintaining the GitHub community and the ethos at the core."

Hang on... engineering reports a leak in the bilge.

US may have by far the world's biggest military budget but it's not showing in security


No need then to inconvenience our Chinese friends, or our Russian partners. Carry on. Business as usual.

FBI chief asks tech industry to build crypto-busting not-a-backdoor


Re: He's right, but no one here will accept it

Actually, the only thing he's "right" about is to continue holding the line on the FBI's (and LE in general) PM* with demands for FM*. To deviate from toeing the hard line, demanding open access, is to forego law enforcement's habitual self-embellishment and righteous posturing.

Of course, these days, nothing remains beyond the realm of unthinkable stupidity. Our esteemed Congress currently ranks somewhere between pissants and cockroaches in the American public eye.

*PM: pissing and moaning *FM: effing magic

UK data watchdog's inaugural tech strategy was written with... *drumroll* Word 2010


Re: Really?

Don't we have better things to get upset about?

Exactly. It's not like they used Microsoft Works ... or WordPad.

Why isn't digital fixing the productivity puzzle?


Re: It doesn't take a flashy report with pretty graphs...

Well, obviously the solution becomes one of getting rid of all those unproductive minimum wage people (who also constitute a burden on government services) by removing certain artificial props such as health care (we're well along that path in the US), food subsidies, rent subsidies, free public education, and other undeserved handouts. Hopefully they'll soon get a clue and up themselves via their own bootstraps (assuming they have boots) or they'll die off. Our esteemed Utah Senator, the Honorable Orrin Hatch (R) essentially said as much: "People don't deserve what they cannot pay for!" He was mostly referring to health care: no gelt for insurance, no healthcare. And don't EVEN ask about subsidies!

Problem solved. Then it becomes an "equality issue" of who's richer than whom. Gates vs Zuckerberg, et. al. Sorry, Sen. Hatch, you're not even in the same universe. Better luck next incarnation.

Of course, this may result in a bit of market distortion... but it's a free market, right?

If you've ever wondered whether the FCC boss is a Big Cable stooge – well, wonder no more


The usual stench...

Given this evening's New York Times revelation that Boss Trump ordered the special investigator Bob Mueller fired... (but the WH Counsel McGahn refused the order, with a threat to quit) the day is coming ever closer where the Republican Party will be faced with swallowing that Turd or flushing the decks clean. Either way, Pai's days as a cling-on are numbered. Shackled with his FCC track record, he'll be lucky to be considered as anything other than Toady-in Chief in the future. All of this is little more than the expected stench from the Swamp that Never Got Drained.

I've lived most of my life in isolated, US rural areas. When it comes to government actions, we're damned grateful if we're at least offered vaseline before they bend us over the barrel.

Under fire for its shoddy response, FCC finally wakes up to Puerto Rico


Re: Puerto Rico doesn't vote in presidential elections

Too true. Easily verified. Also:

She also noted that FCC chairman Ajit Pai had yet to visit the island and called for hearings.

Pai has probably not been approved for "foreign" travel by the WH; also, Trump disdains the disruptive loser hordes on that tiny, offshore, foreign island. He did make an effort to bolster their morale by tossing paper towels to eager hands, but then noted that they were obliged to fix their own problems. They haven't, so he's not responsible for losers on a shit-hole island!

Proof that Trump considers PR "foreign?" Why else did he impose the offshore 12% import-export tax on them following the disaster. The San Juan mayor exploded in protest: "He is destroying our economy!" Now, to discourage PR residents from turning to alternate electrical sources, he's just increased the cost of solar gear by 30% with an import tariff.

Perhaps PR's people should read "The Mouse that Roared," except with Trump, he'd most likely nuke the island as a military exercise.

Firms pushing devices at teachers that let kids draw... on a screen? You BETT


Re: I BETT they won't save you money

And here I was thinking that little Petunia would carry the 'magic slate' home so her proud mother could duct tape it to the refrigerator door so all could see her latest finger-painting art.

Upset Equation Editor was killed off? Now you can tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply: App back from the dead


Re: People who keep old cars and bikes going

Has anyone ever been prosecuted for making pattern spares for vehicles out of production?

Here in the US, prosecution would most likely result from failure to obtain the obscure but required federal and state agency permits, and for neglecting to submit an EIS* performed by an accredited firm. For software patches, the EIS may not be required.

Abandonware: logical follow-on to Caveat Emptor. "Oh, you thought we'd support that forever? And no, we won't release the code. We own it (lost it, sold it, destroyed it, misfiled it somewhere...)

*Environmental Impact Statement: months to perform @ multi-K $

Yay, it's power play day: Conaway prays USA says 'no way' to Huawei


Re: Here's a Great Opportunity (for HuaWei) to Bring Jobs To America

According to Conaway, the aim of the bill is to protect the US government from efforts by the Chinese administration to use the products of its largest companies as a way to collect intelligence on America.

If the good lawmaker follows the established career path, the next move will be to "retire" from Congress, set up an office in Washington, D.C., and become a megabucks Consultant/Lobbyist for HuaWei to "facilitate" their entry into the US market.

Not that elected office in the US is to be considered a stepping stone to rewards & riches, mind you. "Public Servants" they are, each & every one...

Black & Blue: IBM hires Bain to cut costs, up productivity


Re: In Summary

In summary, the Consultancy produces volumes of word vomit seeking to disguise the American-based multinational corporate Employment Plan Revisions, wherein the choice becomes: to reduce everyone's pay while demanding no decrease in production; or to reduce the staff and double up the surviving employees' workload. Or balance a combination of Plan A with Plan B. Sift through all the verbal crap. The end result rarely varies.

Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming


Re: "compelling new features"

Ah, yes... softly hum the hymn of "Compelling New Features!"

And shun, nay, excise all memory of the rotting remains of versions past.

Lest we forget... the sad fate of the Flagship Achievement of Microsoft Past:


Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out


Enhanced automobile experience

Wouldn't it be nice if car companies could make your car work when the battery gets weak?

Wouldn't it be even more interesting if car companies put the vehicle battery in a sealed compartment along with the charging components, accessible only for service by an authorized dealership? For a more reliable user experience, ala Apple.

Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes


Re: Stiffer Penalties

Plea bargaining is only one part of the process, in particular a 'relief' measure to more quickly flush the volume of prosecutions through an over-whelmed judicial system. An earlier question, "... and over there, the penalties sometimes seem extreme (do they have a preferred order of states in which to try cases to provide for maximum penalties being applied? It certainly seems possible that if they can get a stiffer sentence, they go for it!)" is equally applicable to the dysfunctional US justice system. It's well known that US prosecutors 'shotgun' the charges to overwhelm defense efforts. A defendant can face a dozen or three separate charges rising from prosecutorial interpretation of the offense. Each charge must be faced by the defense, and considered by the jury. Thus a jury may find you innocent of 23 various charges, but the 24th charge returned as 'guilty' (i.e., felonious mopery during commission of an unlawful act) will send you off to prison, labeled for life as a convicted felon.

As for prosecutors 'court shopping', that is also very common. It's almost routine that a federal charge incurred in WA state may be tried in an eastern court, say... New Jersey. This is conveniently rather inconvenient for defense witnesses to attend and participate, and adds a crushing burden to defense expenses. Also... New Jersey judicial authorities would have little affinity or understanding for WA state offenders. Just sayin... 3,000 miles of geography can be a handy thumb on the scales of justice.

Mozilla extends, and ends, Firefox support for Windows XP and Vista


Agreed. Which is the safe version?

Big Tech fumes over Prez Trump's decision to deport a million kids


Re: ...because we are a nation of laws

The guiding philosophy had formerly been, "A nation of laws rather than of men," which, of course, has been diminished by Him Who Would be King. Or... considering how he's washed his hands of the matter and dropped it into the legislative mire, perhaps Him Who Is a Trumpeting Pilate?

Might there be an enlightened western nation, perhaps in northern Europe or a certain offshore isle, that could recruit and absorb a highly educated, dedicated, energetic, young workforce? Perhaps 800,000 of them? Or, even more ambitious, the total estimated workforce of 1.9 million young 'dreamers' including those who wisely decided NOT to trust the word and good faith of the U.S by coming forward to register in the DACA program?

It's estimated the US will lose $40 Billion in the next ten years by shunning the DACA kids; perhaps another, more enlightened nation could increase their GDP by that amount? The Trumpeter and his minions have their millions & billions; they'll not suffer.

Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins


Re: America (today)

Worse than that... now the NAACP has issued a travel advisory, cautioning dark-complexioned or other obviously non-white motorists to exercise "extreme caution" while transiting the public highways in the State of Missouri. Fact: a dark-complexioned motorist in Missouri has a 75% greater chance of being stopped by Missouri cops; just recently, a young dark man who ran out of gas and wandered lost was detained, jailed, and three days later was pronounced dead by Missouri authorities of "undisclosed causes."

Hell's Bells: I'm 77, Male, and a Free White Landowner... and I'm damned chary of going anywhere near Missouri. Those folks are scary!


Re: The ignorant run amok

...and stop watching moronic TV law / police dramas and believing it's all real. Good grief.

Well said by someone who does not live in the US, who demonstrates complete ignorance of the US criminal justice system.

So-called 'plea bargains' are universally practiced at all levels: federal, state, district, and municipal. It has been so for at least three-quarters of a century, and has grown even worse in the near-half century since the 1970 US Supreme Court decision upholding prosecutorial plea bargain inducements.

I was threatened with a plea bargain by a city prosecuting attorney, in writing, which threatened "harshest possible punishment allowable by law" if I challenged a traffic citation for reckless driving... a very serious charge here in the US. The citation was issued on the basis of a complaint filed by a motorcyclist who, in a fit of road rage, attempted to force my car out of a traffic lane and into a concrete barrier. Two police officers showed up at my home, asked my version of events, and when I admitted to being accosted, they issued the ticket. I engaged a criminal defense lawyer, and shortly thereafter the city prosecution office sent me the plea bargain letter, and the direct threat of enhanced punishment if I refused.

The case never came to trial. In the months between charge and trial date, the city was forced to drop the case. The state refused to release the plaintiff from prison to attend the trial which his complaint had set in motion. He'd been re-incarcerated in state prison for parole violation.

My attorney had earlier attempted to persuade me to accept the plea bargain and not contest the case, for two reasons: first, the risk of a harsh penalty for refusing the plea bargain; and second, for reasons of personal safety. The plaintiff had a lengthy "rap sheet" including numerous violent assaults, including "aggravated" assault which is one step short of homicide. The situation was greatly exacerbated by the failure of the city police to conduct a simple background check, which would have revealed the fact that they were being "gamed" by an aggressive and vindictive convicted felon.

If you don't live in the US and have not experienced our criminal justice system, you have no basis of credibility for your statement.


Re: "98 per cent of people charged in America take a plea deal."

In a landmark 1970 case (Brady vs. United States) the US Supreme Court validated the plea bargain practice, which had since the beginning of the century grown to become commonplace. It has faced no serious challenge since, and it is generally accepted that without plea bargains, the US court system would collapse, overwhelmed under the burden of citizens demanding their perceived "Constitutional Right" to a jury trial, a right which is honored in theory but which--in practical terms--no longer exists. In essence, we, the American people, have accepted that it is preferable to sacrifice the rights of the innocent to more efficiently prosecute the guilty.

After all, we assume, if charges are brought, one is probably guilty of the crime; thus a possible three or four years in jail awaiting trial is simply "pre-payment" on the sentence to come. Thus a prompt plea agreement avoids all that messiness, includes time served in the final sentencing, and prevents a judicial backlog.

Moral of the story: do not, ever, be charged with a crime in the United States of America. It was once said that our system of justice grinds slow but exceedingly fine. Now, in this age, it grinds all within its grasp exceedingly fine, swiftly.

Trump-backed RAISE Act decoded: Points-based immigration, green cards slashed


Re: Actually

"Flatulent" used here to express displeasure with the winds of dishonesty wafted from the halls of the Executive Branch since January. One could have said "distaste" for endless lies, prevarications, deceptions, delusions, inventions, and endemic disrespect for truth and honor... but that's such a revolting mouthful, no? In truth, the deliberate distractions are real, and the "fake media" has yet to truly grasp the fat Gollum with the Golden Hair that defies all considerations of normal discourse and reason. The President has absolutely no concern for immigrant workers beyond playing the issue as a pawn to entice his base supporters and to distract his detractors.

Ask the national leader of the US Boy Scouts if he did indeed call Trump to congratulate him on "the greatest speech ever" to the Scouts. (No, he didn't.) Only in the alternate reality that lives under all that hairspray was it true. Lie about the little things. Lie about the great things. Lie about all things. Lies destroy trust. Without trust, there is nothing.


Re: Up to 140,000 a year will be allowed in.

Perhaps our exclusionary-minded President should consider a northern wall along the US border with Canada, to stem the flight. BBC reports that Montreal has opened its Olympic stadium to accommodate a flood of migrants from the US, who are overwhelming available holding facilities.


Another flatulent outburst

The legislation will require support from the House of Reps and Democrats in the Senate to proceed.

The chances of Congress acting on this proposal fall between zero and nil; it's another White House distraction from the Russia investigations. Legislative support for any new White House proposals in the face of a storm of flatulent Presidential rants has diminished to a vanishing point.

Fox News fabricated faux news with Donald Trump, lawsuit claims


Re: Interesting story

Here in the colonies it does give us a bit of perspective re: what the loyal subjects of good King George the III suffered at home whilst he pissed us off to the point that we disrespectfully legged it in 1776. Our mistake now: a disproportionate cluster of crazies has elected our own version of a Mad King. Damn, but it is painful...

Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested


Re: So you found a bug in a corporate system

So you found a bug in a corporate or government system. Expect no gratitude; rather, expect exactly what this young man received: retaliation and punishment for the exposure of an embarrassment to the authorities.

It's a common knee-jerk reaction here in the U.S. KILL Destroy the Messenger, cover up the mess, and... deny, deny, deny.

US Homeland Sec boss has snazzy new laptop bomb scanning tech – but admits he doesn't know what it's called


Re: They're not even trying anymore

Just ... stay away, okay? Just stay the f*ck away.

A GOP spend-nothing, do-nothing, know-nothing Congress critter has realized that it'd be a helluva lot cheaper to build a tall wall around each of 'merica's airports; all foreign visitors to conduct business & visitations from within said walled enclosure. No exceptions. When said business & visits are done, board a flight and leave. Nobody allowed aboard foreign flights but foreigners. Plane blows, so what?

Oh.... that pesky issue of the Great Southern Border Wall budget? A 300-yard zone utilizing recovered Iraq/Afghanistan/Syrian land mines will suffice. Budget problem solved.

America seeks security. So just stay the f*ck away.

US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon


Re: Riyadh

Wouldn't a woman with visible ears be porn by Saudi standards?

Only if they're hairy.

Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts


Re: Pressing shutter button != taking photo ?

There is a specific exception in law that the owner of the copyright is not the creator is he/she is acting in an employee status.

If Slater can establish that he laid out bananas and other tasty treats for the monkeys, and that the continuance of the rewards was contingent upon the monkeys coming around to fool with the camera, then the employer/employee relationship seems obvious. Slater owns the copyright. Monkey got the banana. Peta gets the lawyers bills.


Re: Just sayin'

I've yet to see a monkey create a startup.

Yet we've all seen a monkey as a corporate executive. One even threw a chair against the wall to intimidate an employee.

Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey


Re: The Truth?!

My son (brainwashed by drive-time talk radio) has simplified all this for me:

ALL the news is fake; there is nothing credible. Not only that, but the TRUE news is never reported. Big Liberal Media suppresses the truth. But if it WERE reported, all of that new news would be fake, too.

There is a Deep State conspiracy. The Radical Liberal Leftist Industrial-Military-Socialist Elite Intelligence Operatives are conspiring against Trump. And succeeding.

Trump is being stymied by a Minority Cabal of Recalcitrant Hard-Headed Republicans in the US Congress who are obstructing the Trumpian vision of Perfect Healthcare Delivery, Total Employment for All, Equitable Taxation, Right-Sized Government and a Return to Greatness for America.

Wake me when it's over. It's time now for my nap.

Human-free robo-cars on Washington streets after governor said the software is 'foolproof'


Warning flags

I think it's time to recall the early-days requirement for a jogging attendant running ahead of the vehicle, waving a red flag on a pole to warn of the approaching danger.

Uncle Sam drags feet on govt data center cull


Re: Or maybe, just maybe....

I wonder how State is going to handle this mandate with the broad range of bureaus and subordinate agencies under its umbrella.

Not to worry. When the Great Trumpeter has finished with his "Make 'Murca Grate Again" down-sizing plans for State, their IT needs will have diminished to a PC running XP and a 56K modem. We should be grateful that State's not likely to share the 'zero-funding' fate planned for CPB/PBS, purveyors of Liberal Pap & Deep-State Plots to the Dissident Masses.

FBI boss James Comey was probing Trump's team for Russia links. You're fired, says Donald


Re: Carrot with envy for a strong man

Yeah, and I heard he has only one testicle!

So not only does the Trumpeter have small hands, but he's not got all his marbles?

We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

Big Brother

Grandma Isis

Forget the quick 'walk-by snap' of the photographer. What of the hours-long detailed study & recording of the vulnerable Public Edifice by amateur artist Grandmother Iris Isis Weaverly-Smyth of Lower Upton-on-Estuary visiting family for a fortnight. She sets up her easel, sketch pad, pencils, paints & brushes and proceeds to study--in infinite detail--every feature, entrance, approach, hidden surveillance point, and traffic patterns. Obviously an ISIS advance scout!

Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors


Apple meet Corer

FBI Director Comey (re: I DID NOT screw over Hillary Clinton. It was purely professional and I came away slightly nauseated!) essentially frothed at the mouth during his open Congressional Oversight Committee hearing this week concerning Apple and encryption. He all but openly labeled Apple an "enemy of state security." During his remarks, it was made quite clear that both he as FBI director, and the Republican leaders of the Oversight Committee, will move forcefully and purposely to deal with the problem of backdoor-less encryption.

Please remember that Our Trumpeter-in-Chief and his Pygmy Bigot *, Attorney General of the US Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, have long ranted that all Human Rights are "contingent on State security" and they have a new portfolio of security safeguards. Encrypted communications is top of the list to eliminate (excepting Corporate & Shareholder Financial Data, of course.)

* JBS has no overt prejudice against those of the Pygmy persuasion, as there are too few in Alabama to fear/resent/oppress. He only resembles the pygmy.

Trump trumps US Digital Service with order to establish American Technology Council


Re: vision, strategy, and direction

...so why do I keep thinking this is evil?

Probably because the 'new technology direction' will promote trap-door encryption, keyword internet traffic monitoring, 'approved' government protocols, mandatory personal ID registrations, and other "Make America Great Safe Again" safeguards. Oh... and unregulated Open Source developments brought under government oversight for, you know... "standards compliance" purposes.

So, what's to fear about that?

Don't listen to the doomsayers – DRM is headed for the historical dustbin, says Doctorow


Re: DRM vs Property Rights

Just like windows and MSOrifice then?

It seems that (in the case of software DRM -- licensing & subscription models) that the end user, you & me, are in the 'go get fecked' category. Where we're really forced to pay is at the garage, the parts supplier, and at the local city or county offices (council, in your case) who simply pass along whatever extortionate costs imposed by extortionate demands & restrictions ... to US. We pay. I most especially resent the monopoly costs imposed on our governing bodies, whose reps don't give a rat's ass about the costs as long as they themselves don't pay them. We taxpayer chumps pay them, and we never have a voice in the matter.

'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'


Re: Bureaucracy

No, it's American culture. Years ago I read a voyaging journal by a young French sailor of considerable renown. (Damn, I wish I could remember more... but anyway) He had encountered bureaucracy around the globe, and got along just fine. Until the Panama Canal, controlled by the Americans. I remember vividly his statement, "When it comes to bureaucratic hostility, pettiness, and obstruction, the Americans are without equal!" (Thats paraphrasing, as close as I can remember.) It stuck with me. I'm a Yank, and I've lived with our native-born bureaucrats.

Oregon is NOT the exception. In all areas of bureaucratic practice at all levels in the U.S., it is more the rule. We pride ourselves in rigid, unbending enforcement of "the rules."

iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war


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