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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.

Comment Re:still have one bookmark... (Score 1) 225

Yes, we are old farts. Our first accounts were just terminal sessions via modems.,, Lynx and gopher were the way I spent hours. My wife and I actually met via talk(1) on the regional ISP. That lead later to moving to Seattle for us to both work for that ISP. We hosted when Rob's T1 became saturated. That was on an old Pent 90 with 256MB of RAM running Slackware. We were the big dogs in the Seattle ISP world back then because we had a whole T3 from Sprint (45Mb/s) and almost 500 modems.

I just noticed the other day that my domain is over 20 years old, I should have had a party.

Comment Re:But nothing about forcing them... (Score 1) 90

I had ISDN in 1998 (in Edmonds to connect to my servers in the Westin Building) but is that still a thing except for 23B1D DS1 circuits for office phones? Maybe some uses in broadcast radio RPU setups, but really? Are you using a 2B1D 128Kb/s line?

I just hope that you five developers are using terminal SSH to "develop" with. Otherwise your live is hell.

Comment Re:There was a scary sci-fi story (Score 1) 373

You're talking about Organlegging.

Organlegging is the name of a fictional crime in the Known Space universe created by Larry Niven. It is the illicit trade of black market human organs for transplant. The term organlegging is a portmanteau combining the words "organ" and "bootlegging", literally the piracy and smuggling of organs.

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