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Comment: Re:Dear Michael Rogers, (Score 5, Insightful) 399

by LVSlushdat (#49122357) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

ANYbody who believes that either party has the best interests of the AMERICAN PEOPLE at heart, is living in a fantasy world.. Until about midway thru BushJr's second term, I was a Republican.. Then I began to realize that BOTH parties were out for NOTHING but their own power.. The ONLY thing they pay attention to is the big-bucks donations that keep them in office.. America is SCREWED...

Comment: Re:You younglings don't get it! (Score 2) 294

by LVSlushdat (#48994801) Attached to: Radioshack Declares Bankruptcy

I have a "Realistic" 7 transistor radio my dad bought from the original Radio Shack store in Boston by mail order, around 1957-58. Its case is red leather with a large tuning dial and a smaller volume dial and a metal plaque that says "Realistic". It ran on a -now-obsolete- cylindrical 9 volt battery, since been modded to work with the current rectangular 9 volt batteries.. Darn thing still works, although the case is kind of beat up. I'm pretty sure he paid over $100 for it, although I was only 7-8 at the time...


Comment: Re:I'll take an old computer, please (Score 1) 294

by LVSlushdat (#48994751) Attached to: Radioshack Declares Bankruptcy

After getting laid off from a large defense contractor in San Diego in 1986, a friend who managed one of the local Radio Shack stores turned me on to an opening at the local Radio Shack Computer Center, which did repairs of Radio Shack's TRS80 computers. Since I was a component-level electronics tech for 5 years with the defense contractor, it was a pretty easy "slide" over to working on the -then new- personal computers. I worked there for about a year, when the guy who quit, which created the job opening that I filled, decided he wanted to come back, and since he and the district manager were butt-buddies, I got shown the door. But that got me moved over to what I did for the rest of my working career, namely "computer janitor", cleaning up after Windows 3.11 up to Windows 7... So I'm kinda ambivalent about Radio Shark... err Shack going the way of the dodo...

Comment: Re:Application installers suck. (Score 2) 324

by LVSlushdat (#48806341) Attached to: How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

Which is what you get at Apps like WinSCP, Putty and a whole bunch of others have been modded to run from ONE locatiion and to NOT fuck with the registry...I see they even have Wireshark in portable form... not sure how they get past the fact you need Winpcap running as admin also to actually *do* live captures on a running system...

Comment: Re:This is SOP for the postal service. (Score 1) 182

by LVSlushdat (#48768973) Attached to: Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site

We've got some real morons in my local post office. Even though the USPS website has a "hold mail at postoffice" where you enter your name, address, zip and click a box to verfiy that your local office can do it, the maroons at my local office have gotten it wrong each time I've used it. For example, about 6 months ago, we were going to visit wifes' sister for a week, so I entered the info into the website, gave it the dates we'd be gone, and at the end of the hold period, to KEEP the mail at the postoffice and I'd come by and pick it up. Website even gave me a print out of what I'd just told it to do, along with a confirmation number... Fast forward to our return.. I went to the PO, armed with the printout from the website, clearly showing "hold for pickup". Guess what? they claimed they delivered a weeks worth of mail into my little mailbox... They told me to go and look... Went home and looked.. Nothing.. Fortuantly, our neighbor apparently intercepted the mail carrier and grabbed our mail, which never would have fit in the mailbox.. Which is WHY I chose "hold for pickup".. I went back to the PO and spoke to the Postmaster.. he could care less... Said the "hold for pickup" was merely a suggestion... WTF??

Comment: Re:/me is waiting for BBC iPlayer to do the same (Score 1) 121

by LVSlushdat (#48732681) Attached to: Netflix Begins Blocking Users Who Bypass Region Locks

I love watching/listening to stuff on the Beeb, so all it took was renting a 128mb vps with 500GB/mo transfer from one of the many UK vendors, putting OpenVPN and a squid proxy and voila! I'm now in the UK and the Beeb lets me catch all the great stuff they stream... The vps costs me a whole $25/year..

Comment: Re:What's the new hole? (Score 5, Interesting) 463

by LVSlushdat (#48732345) Attached to: Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

Best advice is GET THE HELL OFF WINDOWS!! I have a thriving little business upgrading people who are still on XP over to either XUbuntu or Mint. I've gotten calls after an upgrade with the user saying "I got this weird error when I open this email", and it turned out that the user had an email with the Cryptolocker vector, and the odd error was the malware *trying* (and failing) to encrypt files on an ext4 filesystem... At this point in time, THAT aint happening....

Comment: Re:With stinkers like Peter Jackson's Hobbit (Score 1) 400

by LVSlushdat (#48721051) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

Who *buys* DVDs?? That goofy looking little "redbox" you see EVERYwhere has said DVDs for a buck twenty a night... When a movie that meets our standards comes out, I wait for it to arrive at Redbox, then I rent it, and rip it to my Plex media server and then the wife and I can watch it on our 50 inch tv via the attached Roku box.. I've just put "Interstellar" into my "wish list" so I'll get a email from Redbox when its available..... Thats pretty much the only current movie worth it to us to see...

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