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Comment: Re:Seems fair (Score 1) 108

by SgtAaron (#49450501) Attached to: ICANN Asks FTC To Rule On<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.sucks gTLD Rollout

I just keep adding these low-value (as in, user content) TLDs to blacklists, particularly for email. I'm sure I'm not the only sysadmin doing that, so the overall utility of all these stupid TLDs is basically as a spam-filter and nothing more. No serious business is going to operate on anything other than a .com/.net/.org even if they have to get a longer domain.

You are correct: you're not the only one. I noticed a massive increase in spam the last couple of months from snowshoe spammers using .science, .rocks, .cricket (cricket!), etc, etc, etc. And not a single legitimate message that I can tell. They're the new .infos

Comment: Re:Systemic and widespread? (Score 1) 489

by SgtAaron (#49441727) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"

That happened with this one as well. It doesn't show the previous action which led up to the officer and the suspect being out in the middle of the grass after a traffic stop

I don't think that was an edit. The man who recorded the video on his cellphone said he was walking to work and saw the beginning of the altercation, then got out his phone and started recording. He got in touch with the family and their lawyer, and handed over the video to them, which they then gave to the NY Times. If he had caught the start of the thing on his phone we would have seen it by now.

Comment: Re:Stop dragging it out (Score 1) 250

by SgtAaron (#49433371) Attached to: Verdict Reached In Boston Bombing Trial

Go ahead and give him a life sentence and get this over with. He'll die soon enough in prison, especially of the guards "accidentally" happen to be looking the other way. He's pretty recognizable, and he definitely won't be the most popular position no matter where he is sent to.

They might send him to the supermax prison in Colorado, where the federal government has sent many a high-profile convict. Interaction with others, even guards, is stricly limited and there is 100% (supposedly) video surveillance. The one hour a day they get to exercise is in a cage all alone.

Comment: Re:Obligatory XKCD (Score 1) 104

by SgtAaron (#49426279) Attached to: Google Let Root Certificate For Gmail Expire

Man I love

I do, too! We did run into a bit of a mess the other day, however, when a domain name somewhat important to us, that was thought to be on auto-renew, was expired. (I know, I know, big screwup) Our registrar then changed the name servers to their own. So we renewed it within a couple of hours, and we generally use our own caching servers, but some of our stuff out there is using google's DNS, and it seems they ignore the TTL for NS records, using their own TTL of, I think, 22600 seconds which equals more than 15.5 days. Ouch! The registrar sets a TTL on those of minutes.

I imagine it was a decision made to save resources. So, I think if google's DNS servers are being used widely, lesson learned from us if you ever need to change your domain's name servers.

Comment: Re:a little late to the game.. (Score 1) 211

I went to public school in Arkansas in the 80's/early 90's. Learned BASIC on TRS-80, Apple ][e, and IBM PS/2s. We had them then too.

I said the same thing a few minutes ago. Didn't read all comments first. And I forgot to mention my TRS! Writing BASIC and saving code on a cassette tape.. what a thrill that was. Until one had to read it back into the computer.

A fond memory, and I wish I still had the BASIC code, I programmed a Star Trek "simulator" in BASIC, complete with big red photon torpedo pixels. I put simulator in quotes because there was no way to code in user input, via joystick or the like, so you just basically watched things get blown up by torpedoes :) Ah, the memories. Our teacher put it up on the big screen for the other students to see. It didn't land me any girlfriends though. Heh.

Comment: Re: Its just common sense (Score 1) 211

Agreed. I'm doubting that statistic of only 1 in 10 schools having such courses.

Me too. Could it be 1 in 10 of *all* schools, including elementary? It's gotta be. But it seems as if computer classes are way watered down from when I was a kid, if others' comments are to be believed.

Comment: Re:Thank god they didn't drag gender or race (Score 1) 211

Into this. I'm glad they offer computer science classes. I would have taken one in high school if it was offered.

Indeed. Which I'm a bit flabbergasted to read "1 in 10" schools don't offer CS classes? On first read I thought that couldn't possibly be correct.

I was in high school 1986-1990, and we had a computer science class. Hell, we had Apple IIs in junior high, and we moved things around on the CRT using Logo programmong! Mind you, in high school we were instructed in BASIC and, of all things, Hypercard.. heh. Well we used Macintoshes.. IIe I think. But the class was there and it was a start for me.

Comment: Re:Let's do the Chicken Little Climate Change danc (Score 1) 235

by SgtAaron (#49206597) Attached to: El Nino Has Finally Arrived, Far Weaker Than Predicted

Regarding the melting glaciers: they obviously melt during spring and summer. And as you seem to be an rally badly educated man: glaciers exist in the Alps, in the Himalaya, in Africa on the Kilimancharo, in New Zealand, I bet you have them in the Rockies and in the Andes, too.

There are hundreds of glaciers in the Cascade range of mountains in the northwest US. And sadly to say, they all seem to be retreating. Just the other day news broke of a glacier cave on Mt. Hood, near Portland, OR, that had been around for ages but is now collapsing. Not that I venture into glacial caves myself :-) And we have had one hell of a weird winter in this part of the world, which did not help the cave. While we watch the news and see what our family and friends are dealing with everywhere east of the Rockies, I have flowers blooming in my front yard two weeks ago! And I'm in the middle of Oregon!

I guess if you live long enough, you really can see it all. Heh

Comment: Re:Let's do the Chicken Little Climate Change danc (Score 1) 235

by SgtAaron (#49206509) Attached to: El Nino Has Finally Arrived, Far Weaker Than Predicted

I believe that up until recently, what is currently called a "polar vortex" was called "arctic air" in a weather forecast. Polar vortex, while being a historical term dating to the 1800's, was rarely used to describe the phenomena of cold cyclonic polar air pushing south. Using it commonly now makes it seem like winter weather patterns have suddenly and drastically changed. They haven't, not in just a couple of years.

I believe this ties into the phenomena of the naming of winter storms by a certain cable weather channel.

Comment: Re:Thanks (Score 1) 23

by SgtAaron (#49135101) Attached to: 3 Million Strong RAMNIT Botnet Taken Down

In many of my posts, I have been highly critical of the seeming non-efforts by government agencies to deal with SPAM, malware, phishing etc. etc.

It is wonderful to hear this great news about good works being done for the greater good. Thank you to all the investigators for your many hours and hard work to shut this down.

Wow. You are very good troll. Heh, even getting a few mod points. The reply to this is pretty good, too.

Comment: Re: Look around you (Score 1) 95

by SgtAaron (#49109687) Attached to: Humans' Big Brains Linked To a Small Stretch of DNA

or me, "dumb" is just a label that closed-minded people apply to other people, so they can feel superior. Which seems to be fundamental to the human psyche : we need to be better than other people. It's our base drive to compete. I think this might also explain greed : possessing more resources is one way to be better than the rest.

My opinion: dumb people are those that have no idea how ignorant they are about a great many things. I don't think that opinion is new at all :-)

Disraeli was pretty close: actually, there are Lies, Damn lies, Statistics, Benchmarks, and Delivery dates.