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Comment: Re:"Tech Support"? (Score 1) 1073

by whitroth (#49736935) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

True, esp. when they expect most of their calls to be from clueless PC users, and anything more than "have you rebooted your computer" is haaard, man (as Barbie said).

Just in the last month: idiot nixspam, which is a blacklist of alleged spammers, and uses a method that's 20 years out of date (almost nobody uses an ISP that has 1000 users, total; my hosting provider has literally millions of domains), blocked my hosting provider's mail gateway. After nixidtiot's page asserted there were "too many spams", I contact my tech support by email, and forwarded them the bounce message.. In the blazing speed of a week, the tier I support managed to check *MY* HOME IP, and tell me it wasn't blocked.

After I came down, by email, like a ton of bricks on them, and the same in the "how did we do survey", a couple days later I got a response from Tier II, and a permanent tier II contact for things like this....

                  mark "this coffee mug holder not compatible with any other...."

Comment: "Disable password protection"? (Score 1) 150

Sorry, I've worked in a number of sectors, and these days for a US federal contractor, and unless you're talking about some upper manager, or someone in bed with same, I don't see how they'd do that. Everywhere I've worked, using, and changing passwords is enforced by the IT dept, and by software. Since everyone's networked these days, you don't get on otherwise. And the places I've worked have *forced* less than simple password.

The next question that comes to mind is *why* they wouldn't report a breach. And what spread of organizations was this survey taken in?

                  mark

Comment: Re:Only Two Futures? (Score 5, Interesting) 605

by whitroth (#49727199) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

Not surprised. I've met other former Republicans who say the GOP has moved so far to the right it's left them behind.* Meanwhile, I'm *really* tired that the last two Dems I voted for President who won are both Eisenhower Republicans.

At least for now, I have someone to vote for who's not "the least worst".

                        mark

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Bernie Sanders for President!

Comment: Where do I *start*? (Score 1) 393

Esp. after skimming some of the comments....

1. Amtrak was waiting for frequency bandwidth. Lawsuits... and I'd love to know how a company ended up with frequencies that were
                intended for safety communication.
2. After 9/11, for *months*, the pilots' union was saying that for trips under 300-400 mi, the train was very much the better option. Republicans,
                who are willing to spend tons of public money on airports, and to a lesser extent, roads, have *consistently* underfunded Amtrak.
3. Passenger rail travel, pre-Amtrak, was frequently a loss-leader for the freight business.
4. The idiot who thinks the cost of mass transit ia actually almost on par with Uber is an ignorant idiot. Clue: the regular ads from CSX, about
              moving a ton of freight 457 mi on one gallon of fuel.

And, for ironic grins, Boehner and Ryan denying that their personal refusal to fully fund Amtrak has *nothing* to do with the accident is what is
            known as "lying under oath", an impeachable offence. And, btw, for refusing to fund Amtrak so that they *could* have gotten this in
            sooner, are accessories to manslaughter.

                  mark

Comment: Why is this rule change being proposed? (Score 1) 211

by whitroth (#49690647) Attached to: FCC May Stop 911 Access For NSI Phones

Quick questions:
  1.: what are the profits made by the major telecoms in the last year?
    2. what do the alleged false calls cost to
                a) the providers?
                b) the 911 call centers?
    3. What is the value of the 30+% that are *legitimate* screams for help, and the value of the lives if they can't make those calls?

                  mark

Comment: Re:Obongo did it (Score 1) 159

by whitroth (#49682897) Attached to: Amtrak Train Derails In Philadelphia

Unfortunately, so wrong that I don't know why I bother. See train, which has vastly fewer accidents than cars or busses, cruising by the traffic jams out of Philly and into NYC.

But then, let's also remember that
      a) after 9/11, for months, the pilots' union was saying that for trips under 300-400 mi, trains made *far* more sense, yet
      b) Congress loves throwing money to airports, and roads, but
      c) has yet to fully fund Amtrak.

And then there's outside the northeast corridor, which is where Amtrak owns the trackage and maintains it to high-speed passenger specs, the rest of the lines are leased from other railroads, who don't want to maintain them to the higher specs, and who frequently (there was just an article in mainstream media about this in the last week) will stop Amtrak to wait for their money-making freights.

                  mark

Comment: Second thoughts, or, what else did he record? (Score 1) 776

If that phone was on all the time... what *else* did he record? If I were her, I'd have a warrant for the records of what was stored on the phone, or uploaded. I mean, those things have cameras built in, and if it was tracking her all the time... AND HE KNEW WHERE SHE'D BEEN, so he was personally looking at what she was doing off-time, could he have turned on the phone and recorded her personal life?

                  mark

Comment: Re:Capitalism (Score 1, Insightful) 429

by whitroth (#49640159) Attached to: Why Companies Should Hire Older Developers

Another datum proving that what Americans know of socialism is exactly what a Good German (tm) knew of Jews in the late 1930's.

Yes, evil socialism. We know how nasty the socialist dictatorships are in, um, Norway and Sweden, and under the British Labour Party, and the French socialists (the ruling party).

              mark "there are two kinds of Republicans (and libertarians): millionaires, and suckers"*

* And since you're posting here, we know you're not rich....

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