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Comment: Great (Score 1) 71 71

I'm sure it will follow the same sort of rules that lands one on the do-not-fly lists.

I suppose we can start using encryption but, knowing what level of intellect is writing these laws, using it at all is probably one of the triggers for reporting " suspicious activity " :|


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Comment: Re:Easy solution, albeit a 'free market' one... (Score 3, Informative) 81 81

Same. I have unsuccessfully tried to root my Samsung Galaxy S5 in an attempt to rid myself of the bloatware that is installed upon it.

Crying baby monitor ? Really ? :|

It is unlikely I will utilize another Samsung device assuming I even bother to go with a smartphone at all.

Comment: Re:Who watches this crap? (Score 1) 135 135

Why not ?

They do it already in other fields pretty well.

3D content creation for example. Loads and LOADS of videos showing folks creating 3D models and animation from scratch along with commentary of not only what they're doing but why they're doing it this way. Entire business models are built around this ( Digital Tutors and Gnomon Workshop come to mind ) and they seem to be doing rather well.

Another would be any of the numerous Network Administration training sites out there. ( Like CBT Nuggets for example ) You watch the instructors walk though not only how to build up a network from scratch, but why they're using this particular routing protocol or that version of Spanning Tree over another.

Read your books, watch the videos, start experimenting with it yourself. It's one of the better ways to learn imo.

While boring as hell to us non-programmers, folks who are inclined to be future coders might find such a thing to be rather useful.

Comment: The Race (Score 1) 260 260

Sometimes I wonder if the US and the UK are in a race to see who can hit bottom first.

There is so much absurdity at the decision making levels that we're in danger of creating a singularity. Once it reaches sufficient density levels, we're all pretty much f*cked. :|

Comment: Curious (Score 1) 186 186

As Netflix is delivering content remotely to an end user, what exactly is the difference between it and say Satellite, Cable or even broadcast TV other than the medium utilized to deliver the data bits ?

We going to apply this " information tax " to everything else in the long run too ?

Pro Tip for the nobles: Entertainment ( you know. . . the whole bread and circuses thing ) is the only thing preventing the masses from burning down the entire Kingdom. You might want to reconsider throwing a wrench into that program. Assuming you like staying in that elected position and all . . .

What legal brilliance in Chicago thought this scheme up ?

Comment: Decisions Decisions (Score 5, Insightful) 213 213

See if I can post today without all the damned errors :|

This may sound odd, but I am of the opinion Mr. Snowden would be safer staying in Russia than he would in France. The United States and their allies ( assuming they don't piss ALL of them off by getting caught spying on them ) don't have the ability to freely operate in Russia. This makes it a bit more difficult to snatch such a high priority "prize" right off the street, never to be heard from again.

There also exists the risk of future administrations in France cozying back up to the United States, putting their freedom in jeopardy once again. ( Granted, the same can happen in Russia, but is far less likely )

So, unless Russia is as bad as the Western Media likes to portray, ( unlikely, but I've never been so can't say for myself ) I would think long and hard about leaving the safety of her borders.

*Having grown up during the Cold War era, it's interesting to note how much things have changed. When US Citizens feel the need to flee to Russia ( or any non-US ally ) to escape what would most certainly be an unfair trial ( assuming you even receive one ), it has truly become a bizarre world.

Comment: The definition of insanity (Score 1) 223 223

is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.
Yet, folks continue to pre-order then act all shocked and offended when the title is buggy and near unplayable upon release. :|

I don't get it. What goes through the heads of folks who keep pre-ordering this crap ? " No nonononono. . . THIS time will be different. Really ! "
I wonder if anyone who actually pre-ordered this thing would realize their being the poster child of naivete the industry craves so much.

Comment: Fear is an amazing tool (Score 1) 609 609

Security theater in this country is most excellent.

We can't let commoners own armored vehicles !! Why, they might want to shoot up the place !! :|

Let's replace a few words and note the resulting silliness. . . . .

We can't let commoners own private aircraft !! Why, they might fly them into buildings !!

Or, with a bow to MadLibs,:

We can't let ________________ own ________________ !!, Why they might __________________!!

To any who will use the tried and true " What possible need do you have for one ? " argument, I reference
the same reasoning the ten man local Sheriff's Department needs an MRAP. It isn't because you NEED one,
it's because, for some reason, you WANT one. ( and just because you can )

Comment: Re: ATT Techs (Score 1) 205 205

ATT trivia time:

There exists multiple employee types at the company. They are:

Executive Level
Non-management ( union )
Overseas business units

" Techs " can be pretty much anyone from the bottom of that list up to roughly a Director level, ( 3rd line mgmt, think CCIE types ).

Fourth line and above are pretty much the executive levels and this is where tech skills vanish and MBA types begin.

Thus, it should be noted that some mgmt types actually are considered techs.

Source: Sadly, I work there. I'm sure I'll have a wall of text propaganda email waiting for me tomorrow morning :|

Comment: Re:Get a business grade connection. (Score 1) 479 479

Not much of an option for those who can't write off the costs of business and multiple lines. It's great that you can I guess, but just sayin . . . . .

My lowly consumer grade connection runs ~$70 / month for 50/5 speeds. It jumps considerably if I want to take it to the next tier of 105/10 ( ~$110 / month ). *Which is really pointless since they will throttle the connection if you max out your throughput trying to download a large file.*

So pricing varies quite a bit depending on your ISP and region. What's a good price where you live, may not be elsewhere.

Comment: Re:What do non-IT people do? (Score 1) 479 479

It doesn't work and it wastes a lot of your time.

I once had Verizon DSL and the copper plant it relied upon was of the poorest quality. Best case scenario I could get 56k out of it. After fighting with them over it, the final straw was dealing with their outsourced tech support.

After going through the usual " Have you rebooted the computer ? ", " Have you unplugged, plugged in the router ? " bullsh*t, I was told I needed to make sure my recycle bin was empty because that could cause a slow connection :| ( You can't make this stuff up )

I canceled my service that day and returned to Time Warner ( who would eventually be bought out by Comcast in the area ).

Comment: Interstate Threats (Score 4, Insightful) 183 183

Even if the posts contained no verifiable threats ( real or otherwise ) that's not really the point of this is it ?

My guess is the true agenda is to show folks that your First Amendment rights are always subject to scrutiny and interpretation by those who may not like what you have to say. That realization tends to have a chilling effect on what folks are willing speak up about. Which is probably the point of the whole exercise.

Comment: The only way it gets fixed (Score 1) 236 236

As the financial damage continues climbing, perhaps those companies who collude with the US Government will use this as a learning opportunity for future decisions. Assuming the impacted companies ultimately survive that is. I would personally rather see those who colluded with the Government on this go down in the flames of bankruptcy because trust, once lost, is never fully regained.

If I were the shareholders, I would absolutely eviscerate them for risking not only the company, but the entire industry on what boils down to a rather piss poor decision on the companies part. At the bare minimum, the entire executive level of the company would be replaced since their trustworthiness is beyond redemption.

It's rather depressing to realize just how much of the United States is built upon lies and deceit. ( Are there ANY countries on the planet that aren't ? ) We've reached a point where the lies are completely obvious now, but no one cares and nothing changes. We elect one idiot vs. another only to confirm down the road they were nothing but lies as well. It's becoming painfully obvious that following the " laws " to try and resolve this like civilized people, just aren't working. Laws are meant for the little people. Not the for-sale-lawmakers and those with the financial means to manipulate them. .

It's really sad what the lust for power and greed does to the human species. It's downright embarrassing sometimes :|

So, other than the ultra-violence option, what exactly CAN be done to start turning this around ? Can it be turned around ?

Comment: Re:Headline Incorrect (Score 1) 528 528

Perhaps, but for those students who CAN pass said course, THAT is a student that German Universities are most interested in anyway.

Unlike the US, they realize that not everyone is cut out for college. They only want those who will make the education worth while.

"It takes all sorts of in & out-door schooling to get adapted to my kind of fooling" - R. Frost