* Posts by Dimmer

16 posts • joined 23 May 2017

Goddamn the Pusher man: Nominet kicks out domain name hijack bid


Re: lesson ?

Yep, shure do. And every day I have emails from network solutions hawking some product. EVEN after explicitly opting out of it.

Cyber-insurance shock: Zurich refuses to foot NotPetya ransomware clean-up bill – and claims it's 'an act of war'


Re: An opposing point of view

In my past life I worked for a bank. We did have insurance IT audits.

It WASN'T the update, says Microsoft: Windows 7 suffers identity crisis as users hit by activation errors


Apple is just as bad on updates. Allow an update and your apps don’t work. Go to the App Store and that app is no longer a available. I have a phone they were able to get an update past me and it is now a tea warmer. It was all about how I need to turn off this or that. Wiped back to factory and it still will not hold a charge. We Are tired of it and fear any update from any vendor except a Linux box running on a VM with a snapshot.


And how many of those places did the original design include any wiring for the computers? The most used answer i get is “but, we planned on using wireless”. Or better yet, IF you get a server closet, you share it with the cleaning supplies and wet mops.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free


Re: "Democracy depends on politicians being able to keep their promises to the people"

He gave the generals 6 months to pull out. Didn't do it so he fired them, and now troops are coming out.

Now that the US does not need the oil, and we are losing our reserve currency status we don't need to stay in the deal of "you can only buy oil with US dollars" for protection racket.

The wall is to block illegals from setting foot in the US so they can claim asylum. Even with the republican controlling all 3 houses, they could not / would not do it. They both want cheap unskilled labor that the middle class will be taxed to support. Killing obomacare failed by one vote. The insurance companies keep on making a killing.

They all are in this together. We DON'T have someone representing us. This method is the same all across the world, screw the working class. France, the middle class is past the breaking point. Look at your pay, what happens if you miss just one paycheck? Was it the same with your parents?

They pit us against one another and create these "The Wall", "Russia Probe", "Global Warming", "Its a crisis". There are 2 sides, we root for one and are entertained and fight each other while more control, less privacy and our freedoms disappear - all the while we are told it is for our own good. You guys are smart, look past the distractions to what is really happening. I am not peddling doom and gloom or even violence, I am advocating we as individuals and as a groups say - NO MORE. Lets come together and push back.

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files


Re: Backups

Opps there goes $10 mil in bit coins,

US states join watchdog probing CenturyLink's Xmas data center outage that screwed 911 system


Doubt it, but ....

If it was a spanning tree issue, they might not have root guard on the core. I have seen a customers kit take the root away from an isp / farm supply provider.

I don’t work for these guys but I have seen them pull all nighters just like the rest of us. I would like to see the equipment vendor in the hot seat as well. When you pay that kind of money for networking kit, “odd, we have never seen it do that before” just doesn’t cut it.

Time for the window, cattle prod and roll of carpet.

Heard the one where the boss calls in an Oracle consultant who couldn't fix the database?


Re: RE: Getting one over on the boss

Just a question, how many IT guys are securing IP v6 or turning it off? And how many are ignoring it?

Security procedures are good – follow them and you get to keep your job


Re: Do as I do - as long as I don’t have to fix it

Users will wait till work to do things they will never do on their home kit. They think the PFY will fix it and the BOFH take the fall.

Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges


If what did what the say the will do

Jones, you are sort of right.

What we want IS net neutrality. What they put in place was their version so the big guys could control it via the government. Please read the rules document if you can still find on the net. Content providers were explicitly EXCLUDED from protection, by name, and excuse of “we don’t know enough about the market” to make rules. If the government were here to help, they would allow us the same info that 911 gets so we could block these fake caller ID marketing calls. The politicians were bought and paid for by the “phone” companies that make a **** load of money allowing the burning your time and cell min and they get away with it because they control it via the government.

Don't rely on us to protect the open internet, warns FTC Commissioner



Nope, it will be January new version of service they can offer at a slightly higher price. Ever try to get a QOS tag across the AT$T network? Only with a business class service.


Re: Why is this a surprise?

Ok, I will give you an up vote, at least you are giving an different viewpoint. In an earlier post i quoted from the "net neutrality " rules what they are not doing - like protecting content providers like net Flix from throttling. They and you were specifically excluded from protection. If you can find it, please read the ruling before touting what you are losing. It is all about control. For those outside to the U.S., do you want our government controlling the internet? They need to stay out of it and let the higher IQ folks like the readers of the reg that built and maintain it take care of it. Like clueless idiot IT managers, We don't need them.

Shingled out: 14TB helium-filled Toshiba drive floats to market


Re: RAID rebuild times?

And how many of you guys had consecutive serial numbered drives fail BEFORE the rebuild is finished creating a resume event?

FCC boss Ajit defends axing net neutrality by… attacking Cher


We are the goverment, Listen to what we say, not what we do.....

If I understand what I am reading from the "FCC 15-24 REPORT AND ORDER ON

REMAND, DECLARATORY RULING, AND ORDER - Mar 12 2015 (Net neutrality)" it is a bait and switch. They told us they were going to prevent carriers from degrading content providers, but not so if I read the reg correctly. It was about regulating the internet.


But this Order does not apply the open Internet rules to interconnection. Three factors are critical in informing this approach to interconnection First, the nature of Internet traffic, driven by massive consumption of video, has challenged traditional arrangements—placing more emphasis on the

use of CDNs or even direct connections between content providers (like Netflix or Google) and last-mile broadband providers. Second, it is clear that consumers have been subject to degradation resulting from commercial disagreements,perhaps most notably in a series of disputes between Netflix and large lastmile broadband providers. But, third, the causes of past disruption and—just as importantly—the potential for future degradation through interconnection disputes—are reflected in very different narratives in the record.


While we have more than a decade’s worth of experience with last-mile practices, we lack a similar depth of background in the Internet traffic exchange context. Thus, we find that the best

approach is to watch, learn, and act as required, but not intervene now, especially not with prescriptive rules. This Order—for the first time—provides authority to consider claims involving interconnection, a process that is sure to bring greater understanding to the Commission."

Supreme Court closes court-shopping loophole for patent trolls


Re: Let the down votes begin - US 4489303 A

In a perfect world optical might be the way to go but the reason for me to build this was because contact and optical joysticks, trackballs and buttons had issues with the harsh environment that coin operated games were operated. Dust was sometimes an issue, but most of the time they would just burn out. Contact switches had contact bounce (Dragons Lair for example) or just got dirty. I know any decent radio shack guy could fix "bounce" on the board, but the manufactures listened to the bean counters and removed anything that cost. Some to the point monitors would catch fire. (Tempest, Star Wars). This was invented out of necessity, hours on the road to replace a contact but being inexperienced, a very narrow view of its use.

I did spend a year testing and developing a version that would withstand spilled drinks and pissed off 250lb biker chicks that would drag Ms Packman out the door by the joystick. My greatest gain was from the experience. Lesson learned: Cheese makers, mouse trap builders and their who sales channel, don't want a better mouse trap. Coin op games were dying out by this point, so I move on to other things.

The intent of patenting the joystick was so that I could be protected when I manufactured it or had someone manufacture it and sell it for me. Unfortunately for new patent holders, that simple protection no longer exist from what I am seeing in the courts. They want it, they will invalidate it and then sue you for infringement.

In an earlier post, There was a discussion about the Tyler 4 Tech organization. I belong to that organization. Our intent is to create jobs and foster innovation - not create an environment for Trolls. Obviously need to work on our messaging. We believe that if you have an idea and the drive, we will provide resources to help you succeed. We are not waiting on government assistance and we do this out of our own pocket not expecting a return.

For the respondents; Thanks for taking a look an giving honest, informed feedback. I learn more from the post than the articles.


Let the down votes begin

I live and work in the Texas district.

Just out of school, (80) I patented an idea (US 4489303 A). Having no money to produce the device myself, I shopped this to manufactures. I was shown the door. It was truly believed that my device would replace the need for contacts in game controls and the profit from contacts was enough incentive for the carpet and bag of lime treatment from these companies. Within a year of showing this device there was a similar device they produced, much more complicated and parts to break and replace, screw the customer, they were in it for the money.

This was an obvious theft of my idea. At that time, it was well know that fighting a patent infringement would take years to resolve. The lawyers for both sides would milk it for everything they could. Just look at what they did to the guy that invented the Kodak instant film.

I dropped it. That was my choice. To me it was not worth it.

A few years later in the eastern district, we had a judge that had the balls to stand up to the lawyers padding their bank accounts and required them to bring the action to trial. That was why it is called a "friendly" court, that is to everyone but the lawyers. Are there patent trolls? Dam right there is. Every system has abuse.

For anyone that wanted to take an idea and make your way. Not going to happen - THEY NOW OWN IT. Look at your employment contract, they own any ideas you come up with in your spare time, even if it is not related to your employment. If you are independent and want to try it, you best have $200k for a patent. Then they will have it invalidated by the judges they own. Don't think the big guys are not spending a bunch on election campaigns, that's why they want it in their district.

The big guys will continue to do patents and duke it out, but if you produce something novel, maybe even patent it and they want it, you are just a $ risk assessment, and that has just gotten so small they will roll right over you. For the new generation that wants to develop their ideas, i am truly sorry. My generation has let you down. You are truly on your own.

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