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DSL Installation Fail 371 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the job-well-done dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Here's an example of fine Qwest workmanship. In our business park, they just installed a DSL connection for our neighbors, for which we share an exterior utility space. They left: a DSL modem stuffed in a cardboard box, wrapped in a Wal-Mart bag, sitting outside in what will be below-zero (F) temps, on top of a bank of ten natural gas meters in some of the driest air of the year. They also left it plugged into an exposed exterior power outlet above a snowbank, with network cables running around the building, through snowbanks, coupled and protected by zip-lock baggies, and into our neighbors office. Not to mention the hack-job of patching the phone cable directly into the demarcation box. And if you're wondering — I was told upon calling them that this is not their problem, and I need to contact my primary phone service provider."

Comment: It's not cost effective. (Score 5, Insightful) 337

by OdoylesRule (#34539108) Attached to: SatPhones — Why Can't They Make It Work?
Sat phones are trying to solve a problem that doesn't really exist. Most folks are ok with terrestrial cellular service. If they need wireless comms outside that service area, it exists... it's just expensive. For something to be affordable it has to be mass consumed, and the masses just don't need it.

+ - See TRON Legacy in uber-geek style->

Submitted by OdoylesRule
OdoylesRule (1765008) writes "Debuting in 2010, TRON LEGACY will introduce a new generation of moviegoers to an entirely new realm of groundbreaking digital effects. Oakley collaborated with Disney to honor the reinvention of a legacy that began three decades ago, when audiences all over the globe experienced a digital world ahead of its time. Introducing “TRON” Limited Edition 3D GASCAN® eyewear by Oakley.

How many folks do you think you'll see on opening night wearing these?! My guess: not many!"

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Things You Drink Can Be Used To Track You 202

Posted by timothy
from the don't-hate-me-because-I'm-a-beautiful-spy dept.
sciencehabit writes with an intriguing story about the potential of figuring out where people have been by examining their hair: "That's because water molecules differ slightly in their isotope ratios depending on the minerals at their source. Researchers found that water samples from 33 cities across the United State could be reliably traced back to their origin based on their isotope ratios. And because the human body breaks down water's constituent atoms of hydrogen and oxygen to construct the proteins that make hair cells, those cells can preserve the record of a person's travels. Such information could help prosecutors place a suspect at the scene of a crime, or prove the innocence of the accused." Or frame someone by slipping them water from every country on the terrorist watchlist.

Comment: speaking of security being "known to fail"... (Score 1) 1318

by OdoylesRule (#32615094) Attached to: Pakistani Lawyer Wants Mark Zuckerberg Executed
When an someone wants to kill a professionally protected individual and get away, it can be made very difficult through means of a relatively small and skilled (and expensive) security force with sufficient resources (and legal leeway to use them). But if the perpetrator is willing to sacrifice themselves in order to accomplish their mission, it becomes MUCH harder to protect the person... it basically takes an army that has the ability to control EVERYTHING around the perimeter of the individual being protected (ie: The Secret Service). Rushdie could go into hiding and still make his living as an author. Zuckerberg would have a much more difficult time staying off the radar.

YouTube Is Down 152

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the what-it's-2012-already dept.
A number of readers have noted that YouTube is currently giving back 400 and 502 http errors, and has apparently been doing so for an hour or more. I suggest you use this window of opportunity to get something done: the dancing kitties will still be there when you're done.

Comment: Seems like a misleading headline... (Score 1) 135

by OdoylesRule (#31603700) Attached to: Microsoft To Distribute Third-Party Patches
Dang! I was excited, but alas WSUS isn't distributing the third-party patches, other software "Secunia CSI" is, which is not a free Microsoft download like WSUS is. You still need two different pieces of software (even if they ARE integrated) to accomplish this. Doesn't seem like big news.

Comment: Re:Like a backseat driver... (Score 0) 667

by OdoylesRule (#31598796) Attached to: Wikileaks Receiving Gestapo Treatment?
Sorry to burst your bubble: Notes: allegedly said by George Orwell although there is no evidence that Orwell ever wrote or uttered either of these versions of this idea. They do bear some similarity to comments made in an essay that Orwell wrote on Rudyard Kipling, when quoting from one of his poems. Orwell did write, in his essay on Kipling, that the latter's "grasp of function, of who protects whom, is very sound. He sees clearly that men can only be highly civilized while other men, inevitably less civilized, are there to guard and feed them." (1942)
Alternative: "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." - Winston Churchill (miscellaneous quotation, no date)
Wireless Networking

+ - Airport device follows fliers' phones->

Submitted by OdoylesRule
OdoylesRule (1765008) writes "The Transportation Security Administration is looking at installing devices in airports that home in and detect personal electronic equipment. The aim is to track how long people are stuck in security lines.

Information about wait times could then be posted on websites and in airports across the country."

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