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Comment: Re:heres another lie. (Score 1) 237

by fred911 (#49102201) Attached to: Ten Lies T-Mobile Told Me About My Data Plan

"More to the point, most geeks object vocally when carriers try to look at what you're doing. T-Mobile doesnt. They provide a pipe."

  T-mobile's DNS server feeds you to THEIR custom add ridden 404 when there's no resolution, and by default ignores any DNS server you have set. I can't remember the exact details, but it takes a little brute force to make the device use the DNS you want. And if I remember correctly, it must be done with each and every address lease.

That's hardly "not looking at what I'm doing"..

Comment: Re:I hope so (Score 1) 252

by fred911 (#49099809) Attached to: No Tech Bubble Here, Says CNN: "This Time It's Different."

Wrong... any numbnut with as little as $10k can margin $30k to $40k worth of equity long or short. The minute the security (or what you're borrowed to sell short) falls out of cash value you have, the broker either sells it or covers the short.

  These days, selling short is even easier as you don't have to wait for a down tic to fill the order. Additionally, most brokers have sufficient inventory to loan for short sellers. The game's the same, the rules have changed to make it even less fair.

Comment: Seriously (Score 3, Interesting) 156

by fred911 (#49063365) Attached to: Bill Gates On Educating the World

We all have fun poking at Mr. Gates, warranted or not. And, we can all believe that the 31.6 billion dollars his foundation has GRANTED since inception internationally is not much of a personal sacrifice in relative terms. But a least he's taking a shot. Surely, figuring out how to grant money effectively is more than a full time job. Regardless of one's opinion of the effectiveness of his benevolent ventures, there's more than just a financial commitment here.

  I find it honourable and surely it has majorly affected recipients in a positive manner. Undoubtedly, he has made life changing or saving differences in this world. If you had the ability to do anything, anywhere, anytime, had the ability to make multiple errors, sans ANY change (personal, financial, etc), how long would it be before you would just disappear from any public exposure?

  If you plant seeds in every place in the world, some of them will produce fruit and some will fail. I see the motivation as benevolent and don't believe condemnation here is deserved or warranted.


Comment: Was a drone (Score 1) 51

by fred911 (#48995337) Attached to: Homemade RC Millennium Falcon Is the Drone You've Always Dreamed of Flying

Before he removed the GPS, and Gopro . Now it's an RC quad covered with a shell. Now it's impossible to fly without line of sight and is significantly less efficient than it was before the "show" mod.

  Personally, I rather have FPV, RTH and the ability to program autonomous flight. Show and no go!

Comment: Re:that assumes that "security audits" are worthwh (Score 1) 80

by fred911 (#48901393) Attached to: Ed Felten: California Must Lead On Cybersecurity

"Security audits are only worthwhile if the company being audited is actually serious about security in the first place".

  I guess what matters is who holds the 'purse strings". When I observe a non-compliant issue and report it to my client, most of the time my client calls for a secondary audit. It's rare to see the same issue on the secondary. The audits I've done where I observe the same non-compliance are rarely retained by my clients.

  My clients hold the "purse strings" and will accept an "anomaly", "error" or an explainable exception, but they won't deviate from agreed compliance with their clients.

Comment: Re:facepalm (Score 4, Informative) 80

by fred911 (#48901309) Attached to: Ed Felten: California Must Lead On Cybersecurity

Why would you say something like that? Whereas, I don't have high confidence in any governmental organization to ratify legislation that works well with tech matters, California has lead the way for many in the past that are now national standards.

  Off the top of my head, there was a time where you could buy a new car without a catalytic converter, and without any emission standard requirements in every state besides California. Same thing can be said about safety equipment or specification (bumper heights, crash standards). Currently, all the requirements that had to be met for California are nationally required.

  I expect we will see the same adoption nationally for small motorized and two-stroke motors in the future. Also, the Junior College system that CA has had since (at least) 1978 (sans tuition for residents) recently had national mention.

  All in all, although many protest and resist change, it seems that California legislators are more intuitive than most and they seem to have lead the nation on many other models aside from the aforementioned.



US Lawmakers Push For a Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes 100

Posted by timothy
from the special-exceptions dept.
jfruh (300774) writes Since 1998, U.S. law has forbidden states from taxing Internet access — but the law has an expiration date that's been extended five times now. The new Congress is attempting to make the ban permanent, but some members are objecting to the fact that the proposed bill leaves in place grandfather clauses for states like Texas and Ohio that already had taxes in place in 1998.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.