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Comment: one rusty pickup truck. (Score 1) 121 121

one rusty pickup truck with a plow mount and a bed full of old crystallized dynamite has a very good chance of taking down any nuclear facility. if they can smash the first chain-link fence, chances are very high they'll git 'r dun.

a night watchman rattling doors is not going to stop them. even if he's at the video guard desk, he can't.

and the whole security chain knows this. just saying...

Comment: WSJ article: Dear Mr. Journal: (Score 3, Funny) 214 214

here's how the AI machine got to "I have no time for a philosophical argument." --


there is not a testy machine here. there is a testy programmer. the crash-out value is always "I have no time for a philosophical argument." no matter what you type into the box. period.

and yet, the code was smarter than you...

Comment: yep, it's a silly question. (Score 2) 297 297

hard drives will fail whenever it will cause the largest disruption, be it money, time, career, or life safety. they got it from further development of the "critical detector" in all office copy machines, which invariably takes the machine down for days when you absolutely MUST make a squillion sets of a critical document.

Comment: not after the late 70s. (Score 1) 479 479

I forget the name of the Supreme Court ruling, keep thinking it's Code-a-phone but that's not right...but that's the core of the "bring your own stuff" telecommunications industry. the Bell System didn't let you hook your stuff up to THEIR precious network. you had to lease (never buy, that was bad business) their terminations, whether they said Western Electric or something else on the nameplate. well, an answering machine outfit sued... persisted... and WON. in our area, primarily Comcast and CenturyLink (formerly Qwest formerly US West, formerly Northwestern Bell, a member of the Bell System) you can go to Best Buy or wherever, get your own CPE, and hook it up. you will need to have the credentials set, but there y'go.

Comment: if you don't have a model-T spark coil handy (Score 1) 479 479

the microwave will do nicely. it kills DTV pass cards in 5 seconds. kills CDs in 7. most modems are slightly shielded, give it 20, unless you hear a large CRACK! in which case, you also did the microwave. electronics make smaller pops and crackles.

Comment: Choice between overseas and US folks? (Score 3, Informative) 479 479

I can tell you if you have CenturyLink and you get "call-a-me-Bob" when you call up, ask them to transfer you to the US staff. they do so, and you talk to nice folks in Boise who can shift off the script once they know you have done all the tier-zero stuff already.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955