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Comment: Re:Politics reminds of the Pentagon (Score 4, Insightful) 126

by cusco (#48919373) Attached to: New Google Fiber Cities Announced

Publicly run stuff doesn't have to be 'shitty', and in fact there are many of us old enough to remember when the city/county power company and other utilities were far and away better and cheaper than the for-profit utilities. The problem is that in order to make people think that government doesn't work and justify privatizing all the public infrastructure the conservatives (mostly Republicans but some Democrats) have spent the last three decades breaking as much of the government as they have been able to.

In three decades of watching privatization efforts all over the world I have yet to see a single one that ended up with better service at a lower price than the previous public system. None. Anywhere. Ever. Can you point at an example of a successful privatization project?

Comment: Re:Saddest line ever (Score 1) 140

by cusco (#48916315) Attached to: Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

Oh, you mean the upper class folks like Gloria Estafan's family (she once told an interviewer that "Before Castro everyone had their own car") and the hacendados? Yeah, I've talked to them. I've also talked to people who were of the vast majority who lived in poverty and (in rural areas) virtual slavery. Go look them up, you'll hear a different story about before/after.

Comment: Re:If by "some fucked up stuff" (Score 1) 140

by cusco (#48915805) Attached to: Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

There's a reason Cubans are more likely to expatriate

Yeah, Radio Marti tells them that if they come to the US they're guaranteed a free apartment, a good job, and a new car. They arrive, live 6-8 in a two-bedroom tenement, wash dishes for a living, and walk to work because they can't afford bus fare, but write home to their families that they're living the good life because they're too embarrassed to admit the reality. This is the reality of pretty much every rural migrant in Latin America to their country's capital city as well.

Comment: Re:Saddest line ever (Score 1) 140

by cusco (#48915459) Attached to: Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

Well, not really. Cuba was a totalitarian hell-hole **before** Castro, and the communist government has been considerably less repressive and violent than any of the pseudo-democratic or crypto-democratic countries that the US set up in Central America. The El Salvadoran government just in the 1980s killed more people out of its smaller population in the 1980s than the Cuban government has killed in all the decades since the overthrow of Batista combined. The Cuban government has improved the lives of the entire population of the island in the past half century, unlike the population of every other country in Central America and the Caribbean, and their literacy rates and infant mortality numbers are superior to even the US. Good luck finding anyone on the island old enough to remember pre-Castro Cuba who wants to go back to the "good old days".

Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 1, Troll) 253

by cusco (#48877283) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

They also targeted progressive groups, in fact more progressive groups than conservatives. Of course since the congresscritters specifically ordered the IRS to **ONLY** report on actions against conservative (well, really, radical right-wing rather than actual conservative) groups that's the only news that you saw on Glen Beck's show so you may not be aware of the reality.

Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 2, Informative) 253

by cusco (#48877199) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

You do realize that they also admit to targeting openly liberal groups as well, don't you? They also gave extra attention to any group with the word 'progressive', 'occupy', 'rights' and several other key words in its title. The paper they presented to Congress only mentions Tea Party groups because Congress specifically told them to ONLY report on attention that they gave groups with 'tea party' in the name.

The teabaggers could have easily avoided the entire issue by choosing one of the other non-profit statuses that **do** allow political activities (which they were openly engaged in before even filing the paperwork), but those statuses wouldn't allow them to hide their donors, and the fact that that they're Astroturf groups rather than grass roots.

Comment: Re:A reason to go with Open Source (Score 1) 156

by cusco (#48867173) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

The climate control system in the building that I'm sitting in uses some Linux version that's close to a decade old, if not older. Don't know what they're going to do when the current "server" (a desktop PC shoved under the maintenance guy's desk) dies. There are a lot of these out there, I know of an access control system running Win 95 in 2008, which hadn't been rebooted in over eight years because they weren't sure whether the machine would come back up and they had no way of getting the data off it. That box finally died a couple of years ago and they had to spend a week recreating everything from scratch, and replacing $18,000 of installed hardware that wouldn't work with the newer versions.

Comment: Re:MS FAIL (Score 1) 156

by cusco (#48866863) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

Place I used to contract had a knee-high pile of Compaq 386 laptops in the radio system engineers' office. When I offered to surplus them and get them out of the way they almost attacked me. They had a half million dollar radio tower that used a bleeding-edge control system when it was first installed. The manufacturer got bought out and the new owner didn't support the thing any more. The control system software would ONLY run on a 386 running DOS 3, nothing else, and that pile of laptops were their backup tower controllers. The last time I was there I noticed the pile was gone so they must have upgraded the tower.

There are a lot of expensive legacy systems that rely on outdated operating systems to function. I personally have encountered MRI machines, an access control system, metal lathes, a sawmill, and a factory floor automation system that will not run on anything higher than NT 4.0, a company isn't going to throw away a multimillion dollar automated lathe just because the OS is outdated (or at least they shouldn't). The security model in Server 2008 broke a lot of software, for companies that aren't on the continual upgrade treadmill Server 2003 is going to be around for quite some time.

Comment: Re:Very nice indeed (Score 2) 197

by cusco (#48861027) Attached to: The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

Panasonic, Sony, and a bunch of other very large manufacturers send out their **security** cameras with trivial username/password like admin/12345 (Panasonic) or admin/admin (Sony) and do not require the installer to change them. This is why we prefer cameras from Pelco and Axis, which at least require the installers to change the password from the factory default on first use (although they do allow idiots to change it back to the factory default if they're so inclined). A couple of the large manufacturers of very high-quality cameras (crappy software, but nice hardware) have only one user (root) and do not allow the password to be changed. It's a bit sad when a customer's security system becomes a security hole.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.