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Comment: Re:My story with those assholes... (Score 5, Informative) 113

by The Cisco Kid (#47495793) Attached to: Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

Avoid using whois on registrar sites to check availability. It's trivial for them to hijack that info and then allow someone else to see what domains people have been checking, so they can pre-emptively register them.

The best way is to check the TLD server directly, using "dig"

Failing that, use a real whois client (NOT anything web-based)

$ dig ns

; <<>> DiG 9.8.4-rpz2+rl005.12-P1 <<>> ns
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NXDOMAIN, id: 39567
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 1, ADDITIONAL: 0



com. 899 IN SOA 1405884613 1800 900 604800 86400

;; Query time: 178 msec
;; WHEN: Sun Jul 20 15:31:01 2014
;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 117

$ whois

Whois Server Version 2.0

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to
for detailed information.

>>> Last update of whois database: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:30:55 UTC <<<

Comment: TAG: NOTNEWS (Score 0) 134

by The Cisco Kid (#47063509) Attached to: New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered

IE is a vulnerable pile of crap and always will be.

Everyone that doesn't live under a rock already knows this.

No amount of "ZOMG! NEW HACK FOUND IN IE!" announcements is going to get through the skulls of those that still use it.

Please, no more stories about IE vulnerabilities. Consider it a standing notice "IE is a POS"

Comment: Just one more wonderful benefit (Score 4, Insightful) 1037

by The Cisco Kid (#46674913) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

the Internet offers.

Learning about reality is a GOOD thing.

Learning that the silly myths and superstitions pounded into your head when you were a child are silly myths and superstitions, and NOT universal facts, is a GOOD thing.

I know it wont be in my lifetime and probably not in my children's either, but someday, humans will shed all religious superstition.

Comment: Microsoft (Score 1) 742

by The Cisco Kid (#46316701) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

is still a near-monopoly, and their platform still sucks and helps to fester malware and trojans.

I don't use MS software, I don't recommend MS software.

Its not (just) because of what they USED to do, its because of what they STILL DO and what they STILL ARE.

They stole the consumer PC by just happening to be in the right place at the right time. They had shrewd marketers and slick lawyers to make sure they got to keep it.

But they've never managed to dominate anything else. Zune is dead. Windows tablet will die. And the PC world is slowly (all-too-slowly) leaving them behind. I look forward to the day they are nothing but a bit player, relegated to the sidelines. Maybe all they will have left is heir gaming market, since that will the only thing helping them hold on to life when people mange to escape the lock-in elsewhere.

Comment: Ownersip of the copper POTS infrastructure (Score 1) 582

by The Cisco Kid (#45561231) Attached to: The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

along with the wirecenters/etc should be transferred to local cities and townships, to use for emergency communications. (Eg 911).

Every line should automatically have a number, every line should able to dial 911. Cost of maintenance should be covered by a SMALL tax, similar in amount to the "e911" charge already in use, per home.

In fact, this is what should have been done with payphones, too. But its too late for that I guess.

Comment: Re:Perfect meaning awful (Score 1) 174

by The Cisco Kid (#44494433) Attached to: MS Office For Android: Pretty, But Woefully Incomplete

I take exception to your "all of us use MS software", despite your being somewhat vague about which "us" you are referring to.

Believe it or not, there are a very large number of people that DO NOT "use MS software". In fact the readership of this site probably has a higher proportion thereof than other more "mainstream" sites do.

Unless by "us" you mean "clueless end users living under a rock" or "office drones locked in by their CIO's choice"..

Comment: Uhm.. So? (Score 0) 174

by The Cisco Kid (#44494411) Attached to: MS Office For Android: Pretty, But Woefully Incomplete

I cannot imagine anything that is becoming more and more irrelevant than "MS Office".

There is NOTHING I can imagine wishing to use those applications for, no information I can imagine wanting to enter, store, or process in those formats, on ANY platform.

There is also no reason to be "locked in" to those formats anymore. "Final output" can (and should) be in a format such as PDF regardless of whether its a business producing a report, or an individual submitting a resume. Anyone that sends some information blindly in ANY application specific format is an idiot, and deserves to have it returned or ignored. Anyone that has massive stores of information ("documents") in such formats that hasn't already at least started planning
to migrate it to a standard format (a format cannot be a "standard" if it is not fully and openly documented such that anyone can implement a 100% functional reader/writer from scratch)

MS porting Office to other platforms is a feeble last ditch attempt at remaining relevant, and that is the only reason it might be "News".

"In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -- Carl Sagan, Cosmos