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Comment: Re:Regulation is always bad for everyone!! (Score 1) 60

by cusco (#49348337) Attached to: Amazon Blasts FAA On Drone Approvals, Regulations

I'm going to assume that you "never get tired of repeating this" because you're too young to remember the 1960s. One of the best examples of why government regulation is necessary is the situation of the Cuyahoga River. The several chemical and paint companies that lined the river banks dumped their effluent into the river since no regulations requiring their safe disposal existed. In the 1960s the mix and concentration of chemicals finally started spontaneously combusting, and the country was treated to the sight of the river burning on national television. That more than any other single event prompted the creation of the EPA.

People want to drink clean water and eat food that's not contaminated and breathe air that won't kill them. There is no market solution for these needs, that's why people want government to regulate society's activities.

Comment: Re:I just think drones will become a problem (Score 1) 60

by cusco (#49347671) Attached to: Amazon Blasts FAA On Drone Approvals, Regulations

That seems to be the model they have in mind, preload the drones at the Fulfillment Center, toss them in the truck, drive to the area where they'll be dispatched, and let them go. One truck then proceeds to make a dozen or more deliveries simultaneously. I still think it's pie-in-the-sky stuff for now, but if they can do something like deliver to a bin on the roof of apartment buildings instead of suburban doors it might make a lot of sense.

Comment: Re:Put it in a secure cage then. (Score 2) 252

by cusco (#49287869) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Building a Home Media Center/Small Server In a Crawlspace?

I rarely reply to ACs, but this one is right, especially if you live in the South where tropical cockroaches like to nibble on PCB boards. Cover the air inlets/outlets with window screening, and clean them occasionally. Keep the box up off the concrete, it sweats and the case will corrode where it touches cement. My advice would be to strap it to the bottom of the floor. That will keep it away from rodents and most of the roaches. A fanless case would be preferable, both to keep out dust and because otherwise the vibration of the fan will come up through the floor. Pay attention to orientation, if you ever have to swap out a drive or plug some USB device into it you don't want to have to take the thing out of its mounting to do it. What are you doing for power? Not many crawl spaces have power to anything but maybe a pull-chain light bulb. Run a decent grounded outlet, extension cords get brittle, corrode, fray and get munched on.

Comment: Re: a "COUNTRY that absolutely loves to censor stu (Score 1) 91

by cusco (#49235707) Attached to: Turkish Ministry Recommends Banning Minecraft -- Over Violence

At the time the intel looked good

Uh, no. Saddam's son, who had been in charge of the program to destroy the WMD, defected to the west, bringing 11 filing cabinets of documentation with him. The US/UK knew very clearly that they had been destroyed, and in fact 10 Downing Street was complaining internally that "the evidence is being fixed" to falsify the reasons to invade. Iraq was allowing the inspectors free rein by then, even allowing them to search his private rooms in the various presidential palaces. The inspectors said that they were "more than ninety percent finished" when the Bush Administration told them they had to leave because the Air Force was going to target their compound.

You do realize that the Westboro BAPTIST church is not Catholic right?

Way to miss the point.

Comment: Re:They tried... (Score 3, Funny) 229

by cusco (#49216873) Attached to: Listen To a Microsoft Support Scam As It Happened

Even more epic fail, I've worked on the MS campus a lot, and in fact installed much of the security hardware. I take them on a mental tour of the campus, trying to get them to tell me what building they're supposedly working in, ask them whether the Ms Pacman machine is still in that stairwell, etc. It can be fun.

Comment: Re:Funny thing... (Score 1) 229

by cusco (#49216789) Attached to: Listen To a Microsoft Support Scam As It Happened

One would think that when I tell them that I've done server and desktop support for close to two decades it should scare them off, but it doesn't seem to. The ones that I've gotten have a script, and they'll follow it off the edge of the Earth. I've kept them on the line for up to 23 minutes, and even then I only hung up because it was time to throw things in the wok and I needed both hands.

Comment: Re:Funny thing... (Score 4, Insightful) 229

by cusco (#49216741) Attached to: Listen To a Microsoft Support Scam As It Happened

why "Windows makes it so hard to do stuff"

It's what you learn on. I learned on Windows, when I use a Mac I'm utterly lost and think "Why did Apple make it so hard to find anything?"

I'll guarantee that if you and I spend the same amount of money on a Windows and Apple boxes that I *will* get superior hardware, but that yours is tested by Apple to be compatible with their OS. We'll both get operating systems that we understand where all the moving parts are and will both think that we got the better deal. If MS were to have full testing and approval of every piece of hardware and software and all drivers ever installed on every Windows workstation since the beginning of time it would be known for its stability as well. Instead MS went for maximum flexibility, with the result that their software is installed on most of the desktop computers and around half the servers on the entire planet.

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 1) 98

by cusco (#49216535) Attached to: Apple, Google, Bringing Low-Pay Support Employees In-House

We can only hope. It's not an easy job, and the pay/benefits tend to dissuade those most capable of doing it well. Application and network security get all the attention and all the budget, but what good are they if someone can just walk up to the server, download the database to an external drive, and walk out?

It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C. - A.D. 65)