Where is this magical place you think the Social Security Administration should have been saving your contributions? In the stock market? Cubes of cash? Mutual funds? Maybe something safer? Treasury bonds? Well, that's what they did.
And any email system is a PITA to run. And if your spam filtering is not as good as Gmail's, you will hear about it. I'm surprised web host ISP's have not outsourced this stuff off their servers - except the 3rd party email companies cost as much as web hosting itself. That tells you it is expensive to run an email service.
Product page says "BoomerangIt Packs and Subscriptions are no longer available for purchase." I can't find anything written about it in the last seven years, except this: http://boomerangit.wordpress.c...
Even its offshoot the National Bike Registry seems a it moribund.
SamTrans runs an express bus between from SF and Palo Alto, but that's only halfway to San Jose. Too many counties!
NPR ran without follow-up a rail industry spokesperson saying "99.9997% of all rail trips occur without serious incident." Without giant fireballs in the sky? Yes, we knew that already!
The workers on the train managed to unhook some of the cars that had not yet caught fire. No free speech for them though, so we get the shill.
But did snakes specifically evolve to lie in wait for primates and their delicious x-factor blood? Snakes as we know them would not have evolved without delicious primate blood. Which also explains vampires.
Deplorable network competence there, but it does bring up an unrelated issue. Like most people I've been tending away the "www." in canonical site addresses, but it does have nice redundancy in meaning. Terseness is not always the bestness.
Let the puns begin. Isn't that just Pentium? Is that the same as unAMD?
Windows 8 has a command line.
So your dead Geocities site will probably be seen by very few if anyone, but it may be available to the diligent researcher. Whatever the space the Google does not index is called.
On that topic, have you ever noticed Google Books sometimes gives better results than Google?
Actually, Geocities sites are better archived than most dead content, due to the uproar. There are at least four projects, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeoCities#Archiving_GeoCities_Web_sites They are incomplete, since they rely on incoming links, but massive. And if you've used the Wayback Machine, which is one of the stores, you know archived pages in general are not always functional past the first link.
On Wikipedia it became controversial whether to allow Geocities archive mirrors as links and references, since... there is money at stake! Presumably for advertising, one of the archives ran a bot to mass edit change "Geocities.com" to its own domain.
Yep, the NSA action on sysadmin rights seems necessary. Not clear what they think they're going to automate though.
A related problem is who watches the watchers. When the Snowden story first broke, the NSA ensured us that only 20 people could(*) access to the top stuff and that all their activity was logged. Well, who reads those logs? Two of the twenty people? Is that exciting work for a top person? All bollocks. Made me wonder if Snowden had passwords via sysadmin keylogging. Until I saw the handy web interface that came out a few weeks ago and realized he didn't need any special access. That is the biggest story in this whole volcano of stories. Anyone with access - and it was surely more than 20 - only had to tell Skynet a reason from a dropdown select box. No human approval was needed to get a full data stream. Workers were encouraged to always get more data, not less. Sure, if you looked up your ex's emails, you might get in trouble some day. But if the bad guys were offering you a hefty sum to pay off the house she took from you, for a one-time breach and ticket to Tahiti - that approval system was a joke.
*But "could" meant "should."
Luckily Snowden still had his four laptops in Moscow.
1. Gov't security letters now demand the ISP cannot shut down its service.
2. Targets start using GPG, using flower pots for key exchange.
3. Gov't takes over DNS.
4. Obama appoints sleeper North Korean communist agent as Chief Justice.
5. New FISA court judges throw out security letters.
6. NSA sends 300 number theorists into space on a near-light-speed ship, to return in 60 earth-days (40 local-frame years) with a crack to GPG.
Seriously, after another big terrorist attack all bets are off. But Congress may change how FISA court judges are appointed if another Democrat wins the White House.
Still at play - and was mentioned in one of the first hearings - is whether that handy web interface we saw a few weeks ago could be used to get line recordings from inside the Capitol or a high court. Separation of powers is still a big deal in Washington.