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Comment Is CCTV the right term? (Score 1) 64

From the article, it seems like the exploited cameras are IP-addressable/reachable. That does not sound like Closed Circuit TV as I think of it, with non-ethernet coax-and-like connected cameras connected to a monitoring station in a true closed circuit. I am no expert, but should we be talking about an exploit of "IP-enabled security cameras" or something like that instead?

Comment Re:No question. The shipping container. (Score 1) 330

+1. I didn't see your post and posted below in part to point people to the excellent book _The Box_ by Marc Levinson. I have no connection to the book or author, but was impressed with how interesting his history and analysis were when covering an subject that *might* seem mundane. Hardly.

Comment Apples and Oranges on price (Score 1) 385

One very mundane thing that is often overlooked in price comparisons is warranty coverage. A given Apple may appear cheaper but comes with a meager 1-year warrant. Adding Applecare for 3-years warranty adds another $200+. On the Dell side many business laptops and mobile workstations come with a base 3-year warranty that can be extended out to 5 years if desired at a fairly low cost.

With the near-total shift to a consumer market focus, Apple has forgotten about TCO in any meaningful way as they are now totally wrapped up in the "new" and in irreparable planned obsolescence.

Hey, can you unglue my battery? :)

Comment Re:Obligatory Exploration? (Score 1) 671

Quoting parent got messed up so just responding as-is.

Your Brown/Simpson allusion is apt. Yes, this has become a country where war criminals freely walk the streets, get paid for speaking engagements, are feted for their oil paintings and occupy our highest office while launching Hellfire missles on a whim. Innocent teenagers? Why not? The MGR (mere gook rule) has become the MAR (mere arab rule) or MMR (mere muslim rule?) In this thread, though, I was stuck on a young hero of mine who is stuck in Russia.

I feel pretty comfortable with the assumption that Putin ordered a lot of the killings you find listed on spots like https://larussophobe.wordpress... I think I would have to be a real optimist otherwise. But I'll admit. He doesn't hold a candle to Stalin :)

No argument to your correction of 50+ cleared for release. I was thinking that they did not have a commitment (that was broken) but that doesn't mean much.

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