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Comment: Re:Don't care either way (Score 1) 145

by cdwiegand (#47345489) Attached to: Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

Nope! Just because they're "opt-in" doesn't mean they're in compliance. You have to TRACK that optin, exactly which list, and you can only use that list for the SPECIFIC activity - not even a footer mentioning a new product you've come out with if that list's description on the optin page doesn't say ", and new products as released!" So if you sign up for a security patches/updates list, they can ONLY send you that information - absolutely nothing else commercial. Not even a single line. Want to mention that Windows 8.2 isn't affected? Could be seen by a judge as commercial - you're trying to upsell the customer. Also you can't email someone more than 2 years after getting their permission, so now you'll see annual "review your subscriptions or we'll cut you" emails to ensure the lists stay clean.

Comment: Re:So how is that going to work (Score 1) 188

by cdwiegand (#47281935) Attached to: Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

You **can't** physically do this. RF doesn't magically just stop at a boundary. Even miles away there's still some signal, it's just in the noise.

You can block signals easily - just build a faraday cage (or elementary school - all of the ones around here seem to sap signal to the point that my battery lasts only an hour) into your building design for your [ house | business | theatre | whatever ]. That's passive, and completely legal (I'm not your lawyer, nor is this legal advise, it's purely my personal opinion). But transmitting, that's when it becomes the FCC's business because **airwaves are public - they don't stop at your front door, they continue for quite some distance, so they're all on public "property"**.

Comment: Re:Jury duty sucks (Score 2) 389

This idea has merit... too bad it'll probably never happen.

I definitely think civics should be taught as a required pass/fail course in high school. I also think Logic and Home Ec (yes, you SHOULD know how to cook, balance a checkbook and do laundry) should be required to graduate.

Comment: Re: How does one determine the difference... (Score 1, Interesting) 389

Oh, please. Unions aren't there for "the workers" they are a separate management system trying to get themselves (the "union bosses") better control without having to do any actual work. I will _never_ work for a union. I worked at Lucent/Avaya for a couple of years as a contractor, and the union employees barely lifted their fingers to do any work - I had to work around them as much as I could just to get MY job done. Maybe back in the 1900s unions where useful, but these days I'm pretty anti-lazybutt, whether that's unions or just slacker coworkers.

That said, jury duty pay in America is crap - in Colorado the first three days are paid by your employer (so small companies are punished more than large ones, YAY!) and then after that you're paid by the government a paltry sum that wouldn't buy me my lunch and bus fare to/from said courthouse. It's embarrassing.

Comment: Re:So a bicyclist is safer..... (Score 1) 490

Really? It's safer for my 8 year old to ride in the middle of the street than on our sidewalk? Odd, I think those fancy metal boxes called "cars" deal much more damage, and run at higher speed, than the local pedestrians. Maybe my local townsfolk don't ingest enough iron... I'm gonna call BS on this one.

Comment: Re:Stopping and thinking (Score 1) 490

We aren't doing it for YOUR BENEFIT. We're doing it so you can get the heck off of our roads and far, far away from us. You are DANGEROUS. I hit you with my car, even if it's your fault, and I will LOSE MY LICENSE and my car. Here in Colorado, bikers are considered holy men (and women) and hitting one, even if it's just a scratch, is like murdering kittens - you will be lucky if you don't get your license taken away and your vehicle impounded until you cough up a couple hundred bucks to pay to get it back.

Honestly, I wish bikes would just keep to the trails, where it's DESIGNED for them and if anyone's at fault, it's them because they hit a pedestrian. Putting them on roads with cars just means accidents will ensue.

Comment: Re:And on many bands.. (Score 1) 180

What?? 70cm is alive in most places, since most places with repeaters don't have any free 2m frequency pairs for repeaters. Shoot, here in Denver even 70cm (440) is full, unless you want to deploy digital (DStar/MotoTrbo). Even then there's not a lot of room.

220 (222?) is pretty empty, according to my handy-dandy ARRL Repeater Directory. With almost as much room as 2m you'd think it would be better utilized.. :(

Comment: Re:80% of people working in a field (Score 1) 170

by cdwiegand (#46838691) Attached to: DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

Do you WANT ex-farm-administrators to decide how wireless spectrum should be sold?? ARE YOU CRAZY!? No, I want someone with some experience managing bandwidth. Someone who understands how commercial, public service, amateur radio and broadcast radio all interact. Someone who understands what broadband internet means (no, Hughes/Net is NOT broadband, Mr. Farmer!).

Comment: Re:but when you work with HVAC vendors who sub wor (Score 1) 236

by cdwiegand (#46264259) Attached to: Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management

Actually, I'd love to plug that kind of data into my zabbix instance, so I can plot temperatures, power usage, on/off cycles and analyse what's going on and why. But that should be strictly separate from any POS or corporate network - setup a VLAN or two for vendor stuff. Ideally each should be separate anyways. There's plenty of subnets under 10.x.x.x - use them!

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie