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Comment: fax machine (Score 1) 193 193

tiny usb fax adapter put on the wireline for a couple of days a week seems to have gotten me dropped from most robo call lists. It is automatic so I assume it is the software that edits the list on the fly. The drones / scammers may not be able to remove you from a list but simple efficiency in programming certainly can.

My wireline reached the 100% scam level several years ago but cannot remove it due to dsl. The ringer is turned kinda low and I use it as a reminder to get up from my chair and stretch or walk a bit.

Comment: intractable comcast problem fixed. (Score 1) 479 479

Tool is called a pole lopper and it works great when comcast refused to fix a problem cased by wind damage to their equipment six months after the wind storm. Called qwest and ordered a fax line. After qwest fixed the bridge taps and gave me a clean line for a fax machine, I switched the dsl to it. Same copper works for 40mg now.

(former isp admin for DSL roll-out in the 90's)

Comment: Re:Why Americans Loathe Cable Companies? (Score 1) 229 229

I quit watching tv. I cut the cable drop off the house with a pruning saw and threw the wire over the fence. I quit buying music a decade ago when the RIAA decided it wanted to tell ya what you could play it on. I quit buying movies on dvd when the MPAA showed they were dicks and now I get physically sick when I see an AD on the net. I use adblock on every browser it works on. I don't even talk to old friends who became "marketers" I am looking for a replacement for advanced task killer on android since it started pushing ads. I quit using every program I can as soon as they start listening to UX dweebs from CMU.

I buy a lot of books and play online games that don't sell health potions for cash. :)

Comment: just installed it this morning. on a 2007 vista hp (Score 1) 554 554

I spent the last three days doing a recovery on an old mediacenter hp desktop with a core 2. I lost count but it was at least 200 updates plus two service packs. It ran like a dog on 4g ram. I had to chase driver updates and remove massive crapware.

This morning I installed the technical release on it and updated it and had basic apps installed before my coffee got cold.

The damn thing runs great. I am sure there are apps that will bring it to its knees but as a web browser, casual office use machine it could bring a lot of second hand stuff back from the dump.

Every single piece of hardware got a working driver. Event viewer showed no bizarre repeated log entries and the system no longer arbitrarily decided my wireless network was suddenly a public net.

I know it won't last but fully set up system only used 13.2 g of space. We shall see how that plays out...

Comment: Re:POLICE STATE AMERICA (Score 4, Informative) 396 396

Gen. Michael Hayden refused to answer question about spying on political enemies at National Press Club. At a public appearance, Bush's pointman in the Office of National Intelligence was asked if the NSA was wiretapping Bush's political enemies. When Hayden dodged the question, the questioner repeated, "No, I asked, are you targeting us and people who politically oppose the Bush government, the Bush administration? Not a fishing net, but are you targeting specifically political opponents of the Bush administration?" Hayden looked at the questioner, and after a silence called on a different questioner. (Hayden National Press Club remarks, 1/23/06)

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Landay: "...the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution specifies that you must have probable cause to violate an American's right against unreasonable searches and seizures..."

Gen. Hayden: "No, actually - the Fourth Amendment actually protects all of us against unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "But the --"

Gen. Hayden: "That's what it says."

Landay: "The legal measure is probable cause, it says."

Gen. Hayden: "The Amendment says: unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "But does it not say 'probable cause'?"

Gen. Hayden [exasperated, scowling]: "No! The Amendment says unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "The legal standard is probable cause, General -- "

Gen. Hayden [indignant]: "Just to be very clear ... mmkay... and believe me, if there's any Amendment to the Constitution that employees of the National Security Agency are familiar with, it's the Fourth. Alright? And it is a reasonableness standard in the Fourth Amendment. The constitutional standard is 'reasonable'" ( h/t Dale)
-- Knight-Ridder's Jonathan Landay questioned Gen. Michael Hayden at the National Press Club in January.

>> from my archive.

and the amendment in question.
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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

---

" Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment."

    "It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself."

    --- Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, the first woman on the Supreme Court of the United States of America. 1981-2005 (resigned)
---

Comment: Re:A sudden attack of reason (Score 3, Interesting) 238 238

Just as Gen. Hayden made the Bush administration position on the 4th amendment quite clear:

Gen. Michael Hayden refused to answer question about spying on political enemies at National Press Club. At a public appearance, Bush's point man in the Office of National Intelligence was asked if the NSA was wiretapping Bush's political enemies. When Hayden dodged the question, the questioner repeated, "No, I asked, are you targeting us and people who politically oppose the Bush government, the Bush administration? Not a fishing net, but are you targeting specifically political opponents of the Bush administration?" Hayden looked at the questioner, and after a silence called on a different questioner. (Hayden National Press Club remarks, 1/23/06)

--
Landay: "...the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution specifies that you must have probable cause to violate an American's right against unreasonable searches and seizures..."

Gen. Hayden: "No, actually - the Fourth Amendment actually protects all of us against unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "But the --"

Gen. Hayden: "That's what it says."

Landay: "The legal measure is probable cause, it says."

Gen. Hayden: "The Amendment says: unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "But does it not say 'probable cause'?"

Gen. Hayden [exasperated, scowling]: "No! The Amendment says unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "The legal standard is probable cause, General -- "

Gen. Hayden [indignant]: "Just to be very clear ... mmkay... and believe me, if there's any Amendment to the Constitution that employees of the National Security Agency are familiar with, it's the Fourth. Alright? And it is a reasonableness standard in the Fourth Amendment. The constitutional standard is 'reasonable'" ( h/t Dale)
-- Knight-Ridder's Jonathan Landay questioned Gen. Michael Hayden at the National Press Club in January.

--
(4th Amendment for those who are confused...)

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

" Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment."
  "It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself."
    --- Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, the first woman on the Supreme Court of the United States of America. 1981-2005 (resigned)
--

Comment: Re:I hope I am wrong (Score 1) 537 537

I quit my favorite mmo years ago when MS bought it and required a "passport" login. I have refused to create a "live" account or a hotmail account or a windows account of any kind since I live in Seattle and know some of the jerkoffs that have access to that account info.

I will buy one and refuse to register it just like I have since the days of dos 3.

Comment: I hope I am wrong (Score 5, Informative) 537 537

But I suspect win8 will continue the pattern of hiding useful menus and dialog boxes under more and more layers of what I consider obfuscated crap eye candy. My primary goal when using a computer is to get it back to functioning normally or at least how the client thinks is normally.

Each iteration of windows has placed more and more "purty" screens in front of the administrative tools and log files I usually need to fix something.

I will buy Win8 next week but mainly because I need to find where they have hidden the useful stuff before people start to bring the broken/mis-configured/AIO-printer install from hell, POS systems to me to fix or at least save their data/mail file from the only cost effective method of repair left open to the end user ie: (nuke it from orbit and reload)

Comment: Saw it in the mid 60's (Score 1) 123 123

I saw this demoed by the 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg on the mid 60's at the "Gabriel Demonstration" area (Dedicated to an early SFG member captured and killed in 1962 in VN) They used a dummy and I think a c-130

History of the 5th SFG and SP5 Gabrial: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=77533

Comment: Bush III Few wingnuts have read beyond the 2nd (Score 5, Informative) 326 326

Gen. Michael Hayden refused to answer question about spying on political enemies at National Press Club. At a public appearance, Bush's pointman in the Office of National Intelligence was asked if the NSA was wiretapping Bush's political enemies. When Hayden dodged the question, the questioner repeated, "No, I asked, are you targeting us and people who politically oppose the Bush government, the Bush administration? Not a fishing net, but are you targeting specifically political opponents of the Bush administration?" Hayden looked at the questioner, and after a silence called on a different questioner. (Hayden National Press Club remarks, 1/23/06)

---
Landay: "...the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution specifies that you must have probable cause to violate an American's right against unreasonable searches and seizures..."

Gen. Hayden: "No, actually - the Fourth Amendment actually protects all of us against unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "But the --"

Gen. Hayden: "That's what it says."

Landay: "The legal measure is probable cause, it says."

Gen. Hayden: "The Amendment says: unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "But does it not say 'probable cause'?"

Gen. Hayden [exasperated, scowling]: "No! The Amendment says unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "The legal standard is probable cause, General -- "

Gen. Hayden [indignant]: "Just to be very clear ... mmkay... and believe me, if there's any Amendment to the Constitution that employees of the National Security Agency are familiar with, it's the Fourth. Alright? And it is a reasonableness standard in the Fourth Amendment. The constitutional standard is 'reasonable'" ( h/t Dale)
-- Knight-Ridder's Jonathan Landay questioned Gen. Michael Hayden at the National Press Club in January.

----
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

" Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment."

    "It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself."

    --- Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, the first woman on the Supreme Court of the United States of America. 1981-2005 (resigned)

Comment: Re:BEHOLD! (Score 1) 313 313

I unblock a few sites I love but even there I will ignore the ads.
  Even if I receive a targeted ad via email or banner, I will go out of my way to buy it from somewhere else.
I always mistrusted marketers, but after spending 7 years supporting them as a tech, I now actively hate them all and hope more people figure out ways to make them suffer from their own lies, half-truths and misdirection.

We all live in a state of ambitious poverty. -- Decimus Junius Juvenalis

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