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Comment Re:Well, there goes the 4th Amendment again... (Score 4, Informative) 204

Because of 18 USC 1029:

(a) Whoever -
(1) knowingly and with intent to defraud produces, uses, or traffics in one or more counterfeit access devices;
(2) knowingly and with intent to defraud traffics in or uses one or more unauthorized access devices during any one-year period, and by such conduct obtains anything of value aggregating $1,000 or more during that period;
(3) knowingly and with intent to defraud possesses fifteen or more devices which are counterfeit or unauthorized access devices;

And yes, things with mag stripes are access devices as defined under this federal law. Having 143 access devices when a normal person may have at most half a dozen does raise concern that the person is committing a violation.

Comment Re:It's scary that they can't figure out the cause (Score 1) 145

Was on a Alaska flight from SEA to SNA yesterday morning and the flight crew did mention the 7's and to keep them turned off at all times, no charging.

That said, I'm not too worried about open flames in a small space on an airliner (see below.) It wasn't that long ago we had smoking-sections and before that, non-smoking sections. (And before that, what the hell are you talking about?)

One note though. I work for a company that makes the cabins for airliners and there is a whole lot of Flammability testing on EVERYTHING. That sticker that says where the flotation device is, reams of paperwork and a page for each individual sticker. I don't think I can name anything that is more tested than an modern airliner. Truly a marvel of engineering. An overhead luggage compartment, designed to be very light, I can pick one up with one arm, will take a static load of over 2 tons just so nothing will come flying out when there's a hard landing.

Interesting side note, we did have one factory blow up (collapsed the roof) when the machine impregnating the non-flammability into cloth didn't get vented correctly.

Comment Re:I confess - I am hurting PC sales (Score 2) 310

I'm lucky, we just did a refresh at work an I have more Core2 and i5 Enterprise HP SFF desktops than I know what to do with. We kept the two dozen or so i7 boxes for ourselves and friends. We gave away to the employees all the Core2 and i5 machines, I still have a two sitting in my car that no one wants. The i7 boxes we loaded with 32GB of RAM and SSD drives to make into ESXi lab boxes.

The Core2 and i5 HP boxes with 12 to 24GB of RAM and Quadro 600 video (that's how we ordered them) are good for another 7 years, at least. But the new corporate overlords wanted us to buy Dell. Put an SSD in any of them (and we did) and you have a box that will load the entire cabin of a 787 in Autocad almost as fast as the Z820 workstaions.

Old boxes are just fine if you put an SSD in them.

Comment Re:No programmers' typeface (Score 3, Insightful) 175

Where I find the problem is in randomly generated passwords. I have a large spreadsheet of VPN passwords for users at work that I had to change the the password column to an OCR font just to make sure I was giving out the correct code.

The original C64 had this issue which was worse on the SX64 with its 5" screen. I went as far as to design a custom font and burn it into the font EPROM.

Comment Re:"The CFPB declined... (Score 3, Insightful) 341

"I don't know how people continue to bank with a place that has repeatedly been shown to do everything they can to screw their customers.."

That has always been my question. About 6 months ago I noticed that my local community bank had opened a branch next to the grocery store/pharm that I stop at at least 4 times a week. I went in an opened an account and could not be happier. I hardly ever have to show ID, they know me by name. I'm support local a local business and the local businesses that use the bank (most of their customers are commercial.) I recognize most of the board as local civic leaders and business-people. It's a small bank with a dozen locations, serving just my county. My checking account number is under 1500 and my savings account number is under 500. The provide good e-services with 2FA. Their ATM is an off brand model that I've never seen so the chances of someone making a skimmer for it is slim. The checking account is free as long as I keep $300 in savings, not an issue. I've never been asked to upgrade or add accounts. They mail me a one page statement each month that is thoughtfully 3 holed punched for storage in a binder. Financial reviews on the web give it an A rating or 4 stars. The health of assets is considered excellent.

Why, in the tangle of FSM's noodles do people go with these huge national banks? Good local banks and S&Ls are all over the place!

Comment Re:It's research... (Score 1) 148

Back in about 2003 my wife and I were contracting to ACS up in Anchorage we drove up to the HAARP site. Can't see anything from the road but got nice pictures of all the nasty military do not enter under penalty of death signs at the gate. HAARP was a really cool project. I would love to get back there and take a walk through it.

Now that I'm older and have a lot of vacation time I want to go see science sites. My next is going to be the LIGO site at Hanford, at least it's just a day trip for me. You can't get more sciency than that!

73 OM, de w7com

Comment Re: It's research... (Score 1) 148

I'm actually crap at code, got my general after no-code. Mostly these days I just play with old Motorola gear I impulsively buy on ebay. My latest project is making an adrino IP to QuickCall II encoder for the pile of Pageboy II pagers that I bought. Not that I have any use for that, it's just something I like to play with. I love the old batwing and Bell System stuff. My work phone is a 5 line Touch-a-matic 32 with the KSU under the desk.. chime bell, of course.

Okay, I'm an odd duck.

73 de w7com

Comment Re:SystemD? (Score 1) 541

This is why I use FreeBSD. People at work think I'm the Linux guru but I'm not. It's just close enough to BSD that I can get most things working with a bit of google-fu.

Do you want a NAT router with a DHCP server that also handles mail, DNS and FTP? Okay, give me about a half hour with a bare box. Add 5 minutes for traffic graphs delivered via MRTG and Apache. Another 10 minutes and you'll have IPv6 via a tunnel broker. All on a minimal platform using BSD.

Of course you can do that with Linux too, but I've been doing BSD for two decades now and can do it in my sleep.

I use Windows 7 as my desktop because work requires AD, AV, Checkpoint VPN, Domino Notes mail (I'm the admin.) and other programs that really just work there. But any special tasks I just request a VM, they are always surprised when I ask for just 1 CPU and 512MB of RAM. The Windows guys just don't understand how much you can get done with BSD in a small footprint.

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