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Comment: Re:Hardware Security (Score 1) 88

You could take pretty much any speaker you wanted to, run a jumper to the switch and listen to any phone call you wanted.

Back in the day I had a friend who worked for a phone company. As a part of their QC they had a speaker in their office that was connected to various random landlines in order to keep a check on call quality. (In hindsight the choice of lines is a bit suspect)

He told me a story of one call they heard, about the mother of little johnny calling up a phone sex line (but not knowing it was one) and wanting to know what all these charges were for. The phone sex worker tried to sidestep the issue by saying that little johnny was just talking to "friends". The mother replied "but little johnny has lots of friends". At that point the phone sex worker drop all pretense as to what the calls were about, and the last thing the mother said was "wait until little johnny's father gets home"

Comment: Re:Dubious because facts (Score 3, Insightful) 182

by OzPeter (#48625149) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

One thing mentioned in Marc Rogers article that I am also surpassed at is how do you miss that much data flying out of your network?

A couple of years ago I was a customer site and had to download and install some updates onto an HMI system. Less than 5 minutes after starting this, my client's IT people had connected to the system in question and were poking around trying see why that device had suddenly started consuming network resources. Their attempts to shut it down were annoying to me, but at least they were on the ball when it came to knowing what was normal and what was not normal on their network.

Comment: Re:few details digging into the articles. (Score 1) 99

by OzPeter (#48611163) Attached to: Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

I know enough Spanish and French to get by. If I need to learn another language, I will. No need for Skype to do the translations for me.

You are comparing Apples to Oranges, by saying you are fluent in english, but just get by in other languages. This Skype system has the potential to enable you to communicate fluently in other languages.

And yes I know what it is like to get by in other languages vs fluency having previously gotten by in Russian, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish and suffered various misadventures because of it.

Comment: Re:few details digging into the articles. (Score 1) 99

by OzPeter (#48609447) Attached to: Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

Besides, wouldn't it be easire to just learn Spanish - or English as the case may be - than have to put up with W8?

How many years did it take you to learn to speak english? Because that is at least what you will require to learn another language to the same fluency. And that's not accounting for not being embedded in the language or that children are wired to learn language more easily than an adult can.

So it's about $120 for and 8.1 license from Amazon vs a significant amount of time to learn that second language. Your choice.

"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.