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Comment Re:Government Networks (Score 1) 382

I worked at DEC back when cdrom was just coming out (DEC had a server called 'infoserver' that would be a bank of cdrom drives you could mount and get data from; back in late 80's, early 90's).

we had requests from customers to OMIT the vol control and front TRS jack so that music could not easily be played using those drives. the customers were 'afraid' their worker bees might be enjoying their work-time too much by endulging in some music while they work. DEC saw dollar signs and said 'sure! we'll let you treat your workers like shit. no problem!'. sigh.

wonder who those customers were? we (engineering) were not told, just that it had to be removed from the product for 'some customers'.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 94

And why not? Facebook exists to make money.

you and many others may think so. maybe you are right.

but maybe, just maybe, its all a scam and totally owned by the government as a way to get around *direct* spying on citizens.

google, MS and even apple included. to be a big player in the US, you have to follow some rules, especially the ones you will never read about or be able to point to in print.

we're in a post-snowden understanding of things; and yet there is still so much more that we don't know about the reality of our world. power brokers run up and down at all levels and to believe that this is a 'happy, shiney world' is just so last-century.

hardware vendors (intel, amd, etc) also have to play along. intel's ME crap is yet another spying tech that regular people are not allowed to know much about.

we do live in a mixed world. lots of good people who have good intentions. but equally, lots of people much like the ones who 'like to see the world burn' and that includes bad guys on 'both sides' of some imaginary line.

I don't believe for a second that the huge players have not bent over and done whatever the US government wanted, in order to have an 'easier way' to continue to make their billions and live essentially tax-free and with full protection and support of the government. such a cozy relationship. but you and I don't get to play; its only for the big corps and those in the elite groups.

Comment Re:Yes, Because Optical Media Is Durable (Score 5, Informative) 382

I'm no BD expert but I was under the impression that a 'kill list' can be present in media and there is no need to have a network connection to have things be invalidated (media and even equip!). simply by PLAYING a disc, you run the risk of having things that worked yesterday, not work today.

I never bought a bd player by choice (one came with a laptop I had no choice in) and I won't support that standard. its evil to to the corp (SIC intended).

Comment Re:So much for Apple's "better design" (Score 4, Informative) 222

"you're soldering it wrong"

isn't that what nvidia said?

these bga's really scare me. so fragile and so unworkable from a tech POV. I can rework square flat packs but I can't do bga's. I hate them since they are just not really repair-friendly, not to mention its not inspection-friendly.

flat packs with leads flex and bend. bga's are a fucking abortion, especially if they are at all big, in chip size.

Comment Re:The Graveyard of tech (Score 5, Interesting) 100

I worked for SGI in mtn view a few years before their demise.

one of the funnest places I was ever at. such a shame to see them go. even worse to think that google (puke!) took their campus over and its now run by ad-men, so to speak.

not to mention that traffic around shoreline area is a nightmare, all the way up rt 101 for several miles. thanks again, google ;(

sgi had class and created some stellar products. sadly, they went down a dark side with the WBT project (internally called 'wintel box thing' their x86 systems running modified NT and no BIOS).

but wow, working at sgi was so much fun. silicon valley used to be cool. now, its a fucking sweat shop for h1b's and 'social media' companies (double puke).

Comment Re:Let it go (Score 4, Interesting) 85

I use win7 for windows based things. I almost never have it access a public network, if I can help it.

I have turned off updates a year ago or more; when the ftdi-gate first happened, I gave up trusting any MS updates. with win10 madness, I was reassured my decision was still valid.

win7 is fine and if you avoid the bad patches and ignore updates, PLUS you stay the full off the internet and use linux or some other safer os to do online stuff, 'support' from MS is now meaningless.

I won't ever take another MS update. that ship has sailed. but again, I am careful not to put my machine online; which really was always the smart way to deal with windows.

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