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Comment Changes (Score 1) 215

Mr. Vance doesn't need a change in the encryption,
he needs a change in employees....
But seriously folks,
I'm sure there are ways into these phones...too bad those methods aren't usable in court, and I bet they have already been into these phones,collected what they wanted, but haven't been able to use that info without exposing how they got it, illegally.
This is their ploy to get encryption changed.

(just cuz i'm paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get me)

Comment Tired of paying twice (Score 1) 137

So my cable company requires a STB to get... anything.
They sell me a "package",X many channels,.... oh,you need this box to watch them, and you get to rent it, forever.
And, you can't buy one, or another device to replace it. Talk about a "captive audience"?
they advertise 2 bazillion channels, but its a Switched Digital Video system, They have all the channels, but they only serve up one channel at a time to your box,
so if you are like me, watching 6 channels a once... the lag of tearing down a session,starting up a new one for the next channel requested really ruins the whole TV experience for me
In my thinking they're kinda misrepresenting things
The Cable companies don't want to let go of the hardware rental business that their business plan is based on.
$5.00 a month for a box, that's for Basic cable? (no dvr etc)
$3.00 a month for a cable card ( yeah, they own the only mfr. of cable cards too)
multiply that by every TV/device in the house
and oh you need a cable wiring repair plan too... :-)

Comment Spirit? or Letter of the Law? (Score 1) 372

I'm tired of hearing the term "Law Enforcement"... What happened to "Keeping the Peace"?
why must even the smallest infraction be prosecuted to the "Nth" degree of the letter of the law?
This only breeds hate and discontent.
Defuse! don't escalate the situation!
Too many "Barney Fife's" running around,but instead of 1 bullet, its 17 rounds in a Glock...

and too,too many police agencies, I can't even think of all the three letter acronyms there are ...
everybody's got their own police force, and its bringing out all the amateurs, (e.g. - Tesla dust-up)
so lets go back to "Peace Officers", and maybe it will change the mindset.

Comment collusion (Score 1) 78

collusion: secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, esp. in order to cheat or deceive others...

And that's what we have these days between the government and our so-called Public utilities,(notice I don't say OUR government,it isn't ours anymore)

Back when it was the "Bell System", J. Edgar would just "drop a dime" and get any info He needed from Ma Bell, ....on a case by case basis.
The government broke up the Bell System,In the name of "competition", SBC went around and bought all the Baby Bells, and put them back together under 1 roof,
Now, the NSA and SBC/ATT are in bed together... and they are giving the NSA free reign to the whole system.
We need to put pressure on ATT ... no matter what ISP/phone company you may choose to use, it still goes through ATT's backbone some where in its transit to the other end of the line....
the question is who are ATT's major stockholders? and how can we pressure them?

Comment Re:Apple Products never play nice with WIFI (Score 2) 80

I've had same issues when Apple items are on any mixed OS network, constant connectivity issues for all, always suspected the shiny red (white) devices as the culprit ,never could prove it. this pretty much cinches for me, apparently, their network stack is almost as "F" up as M$'s is....
Doesn't anyone follow the RFC's? Just leave sh*t alone! they gotta make it proprietary... guess to keep the investors happy...

Comment old school (Score 1) 233

here's my list,available at ANY hardware store:
1/4 in.Black Steel Nipple
1/4 in. Galvanized Malleable Iron Cap
1/16 in. Black Oxide Drill Bit
2 x 4 x 8 Premium Kiln Dried Whitewood Stud
1 ea tenpenny nail
3 rubber bands
its called a zipgun.... its only 1 shot, but how many shots does it take?
it won't make it through to the plane,unless you are a 12 year old who can walk right through the checkpoint.....
that's if your target is getting on a plane................
who needs a 3D printer! :-)

Comment final anaylsis (Score 1) 749

It all boils down to this, the policies,actions and business dealings of our government and corporations in foreign countries over the last 50 years has pissed off alot of people. These deeds were done in our name,which has caused these people to retaliate against us, the people.
This has created an environment where the government feels threatened, and starts programs like this and others...started around ....~1948.........(get those commies,they stole our secret)
time to ....?
fire them all ?
to be replaced by...?

Sorry, don't have that answer....

Comment Patriot Act vs. CFAA (Score 1) 430

1st: IANAL, but need one to interpret this,
We all know the NSA is splitting and filtering the backbone in the CO's courtesy of the Patriot Act,
but my recent browsing of this article:
Does this suggest that the NSA is in violation of the CFAA?
and did the US attorneys involved with Aaron Swartz's prosecution ever read this ? or the Bill of Rights?

NSA, TSA, DHS, DEA, ICE, all totally out of control, individual fiefdoms, all with political aspirations...
just my 2 cents, same as my paycheck.

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