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Comment Feeling the AT&T love (Score 3, Interesting) 37

In a small town in Texas, AT&T removed the copper network. Those with POTS lines (nearly everyone as cell coverage is bad at best) were deprived of telephone service. AT&T's response: Here's a free cell phone. Oh, you want it to -work-? That'll cost you - double what your copper line did. More if you didn't sign a 2 year contract.

AT&T also removed the copper network and sold the scrap.

When I say "Feel the AT&T Love" - I'm not talking about the good kind of love.

Comment Reminds me of a quote (Score 2) 261

"Global warming is just somebody's religion ." said with a heavy sneer.

And PeOTUS Trump wants to defund NASA, since "it engages in bad science", and will very likely get his way through the rubber-stamp Congress he'll enjoy.

Sort of makes me glad that I won't be here for four years. I don't think four years of this sort of attitude and thinking will be very enjoyable to me. Still, for those that voted for Mr. Trump, I'm glad you got your guy. I hope you stay glad and that I'm wrong about him. I wasn't wrong about POTUS Obama or George W, though.

Comment Re:Say flippin' WHAT? (Score 1) 281

There's a difference between saying something that's not true when you know it's not true(telling a lie) and making a false statement when you are "genuinely" uninformed.

Statements PeOTUS made proven to be lies:

There was "serious voter fraud" in Virginia.

There was "serious voter fraud" in New Hampshire.

There was "serious voter fraud" in California.

Says he "won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally."

Says that at a campaign rally President Barack Obama "spent so much time screaming at a protester, and frankly it was a disgrace."

Says Hillary Clinton "wants to let people just pour in. You could have 650 million people pour in and we do nothing about it. Think of it. Thatâ(TM)s what could happen. You triple the size of our country in one week."

"Wikileaks also shows how John Podesta rigged the polls by oversampling Democrats, a voter suppression technique."

When Hillary Clinton "ran the State Department, $6 billion was missing. How do you miss $6 billion? You ran the State Department, $6 billion was either stolen â" they don't know."

"We don't have any" chess grandmasters in the United States.

Says he won the second debate with Hillary Clinton "in a landslide" in "every poll."

I don't really care though. It's a moot point for the next 4 to 8 years anyway.

Comment Say flippin' WHAT? (Score 2) 281

The researchers cite the example of President-elect Donald Trump who used swear words in some of his speeches while campaigning in last year's U.S. election and was considered, by some, to be more genuine than his rivals.

Donald John Trump, PeOTUS, has told more verified lies in his short political career than many with 30 or 40 years in the pubic eye.

If you voted for him, I'm glad you got your choice. But, hey, really? DJT? Wow.

Comment Re:I get this... (Score 1) 401

I haven't been in some time, but the buffet at the Rio was pretty good IMO.

I ate there in Sept. 2005. I did not find it very good. The Bordelaise on my steak tasted more like brown gravy from a dry mix. I cook, and while people don't pay me millions, I have a full table when I have a dinner party. And a lot of questions as to when the next one is.

I know every place can have a bad night. But a place like Las Vegas, one night is all you have to make an impression. They made one.

Comment Re:I get this... (Score 1, Interesting) 401

I don't know why you say you enjoy Las Vegas. The hotels I've seen are not luxurious, nor are they cheap. The food in the buffet is inedible - I wouldn't feed it to hogs.I did not find the shows enjoyable, and as a former wagering services IT guy, I don't waste money on wagering. I know the odds. Sometimes I was programming them.

As for the person doing the wagering - yeah, security folks have a saying - "JDLR" - just doesn't look right. Alarm bells should have been sounding at the oddly specific requests made, and gently refused.

I won't defend their business model because I agree with you, the game is rigged against you. If you can win, and you won't break even, why play?

Comment Re:Unfortunate. (Score 1) 205

Not as big a mistake as may seem at first glance. Think printer ink. That is what Apple Et. Al. are trying to do with cell phones - turn them into walled gardens where they are the gate-keepers and every toll exacted goes to their own pockets.

Go look up who the lobbyists are trying to influence. They are trying to remove any possibility of competition they can, by whatever means they can bring to bear. Telecoms have largely eliminated competition in the transport sector. The barriers to entry keep what limited competition there is to an absolute minimum by simply writing the laws they want and giving it to their paid for legislators to sign & pass.

You aren't paranoid if they really are out to get you.

Comment Now now, don't hate on Micro$oft upgrades (Score 1) 183

Why, I did a Micro$oft upgrade and I'm very pleased with the results and speed of my system, and the ease of updates.

sudo apt-get update

does it all!

Seriously, the times I've had to reboot a Micro$oft server and wait for updates to load before I could start fixing infrastructure issues is enough to make my eyeballs bleed. I had a 7 hour outage because the bastion was a misconfigured Windows server that "had to load updates" before it would present the bastion services. Once it was up, it took 2 minutes to fix things. Honestly, a OS that requires action to keep from updating is something you do not want in your infrastructure at all, for any reason.

Comment Let's rewind here for a second (Score 1) 128

Unfortunately, most users seem to have the "fuck it" mentality in terms of good security practices.

My workplace has many security "features". I am a long time IT worker above level III.
From cold boot to being productive takes longer than 10 minutes due to the security feature of being able to use the 2FA token exactly once, then having to wait for the next one (90 seconds on average). This is really a "nice" feature when your infrastructure is completely down and you have C level execs screaming to get it back up. (Yes, it's load balanced and it has HA pairs all over the joint, but while rare, the whole thing can pack it in sometimes. Budget constraints.)
If your users are taking a "fuck it" attitude, that can at times be put down to them. Other times, put it down to security for the sake of security and becoming an obstacle, rather than meaningful procedure.

As for thanking a user, I find a simple "Wow. Holy cow. Thanks, we need to fix that!" and keeping them in the loop if they want is best.

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