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Comment Re:How wiretaps actually work... (Score 1) 519

... and I get a cookie for calling it.

I said: "Assuming that Mr. Trump had contacted Russians or those suspected of being Russians then his network would already be flagged as interesting and you'd already have transcripts."

and today...

Politico: "House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes declared Wednesday that members of Donald Trumpâ(TM)s transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under inadvertent surveillance following Novemberâ(TM)s presidential election."

Comment Re:All too true (Score 1) 266

Computers are today faster than they need to be for nearly all applications the average office runs into.

... or the users have learned to live with it. There are a painful number of spreadsheets out there running real businesses using macros that take minutes or hours to run.

When you can fix those to get them to run in seconds you get really popular. (Perhaps not so popular with the original "developer", but that's part of life, eh?)

Comment Shameless Plugs (Score 1) 126

I've worked in Austin, and the traffic wasn't terrible for me. Waze made a huge difference. YMMV.
IMHO, it's worth living in this city solely for the ATX hackerspace and the fantastically well equipped TechShop.

I live in Nashville and I love it here. IT is in strong demand and the cost of living is low. No state income tax on wages is fantastic. I wish our airport was still a hub though. Always having to make connections sucks.

Science

Arctic Ice Loss Driven By Natural Swings, Not Just Mankind, Says Study (reuters.com) 279

Alister Doyle, reporting for Reuters: Natural swings in the Arctic climate have caused up to half the precipitous losses of sea ice around the North Pole in recent decades, with the rest driven by man-made global warming, scientists said on Monday. The study indicates that an ice-free Arctic Ocean, often feared to be just years away, in one of the starkest signs of man-made global warming, could be delayed if nature swings back to a cooler mode. Natural variations in the Arctic climate "may be responsible for about 30-50 percent of the overall decline in September sea ice since 1979," the U.S.-based team of scientists wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change. Sea ice has shrunk steadily and hit a record low in September 2012 -- late summer in the Arctic -- in satellite records dating back to 1979. The ice is now around the smallest for mid-March, rivaling winter lows set in 2016 and 2015. The study, separating man-made from natural influences in the Arctic atmospheric circulation, said that a decades-long natural warming of the Arctic climate might be tied to shifts as far away as the tropical Pacific Ocean.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 203

The problem with the Ribbon is that unless you use it for hours a day, the menu is faster, because you can find the items much more easily.

Office user here: I feel the pain on this. For that random thing you use once in a blue moon it can be a PITA to find it on the Ribbon or Menus. Office 2016 has a "tell me what you want to do" box above the ribbon now. I use it a lot instead of trying to find the button to insert data from an ODBC source or convert text to columns.

Full disclosure: I work for Microsoft helping Enterprises fix and deploy Windows. The above is my own opinion and not paid shilling.

Comment Why pirated content? (Score 1) 244

Here is why people choose pirated content:

"Every movie you've ever searched for" is unavailable to stream. This title is available on Netflix DVD.
-and-
You can stream this, but we have non-skippable commercials poorly cut in and if you pause or seek it the episode will restart. Also, we use dumb buffering, so that every commercial causes the buffer to flush and you'll end up watching most of the video at 180p, not 1080p, quality.

Comment How wiretaps actually work... (Score 1) 519

If we're going to title the article "How wiretaps actually work", then you have to make at least a small head nod to the Snowden disclosures.

"Wiretaps" actually work by asking an NSA employee or contractor to take a coffee break, sit down at their station, and type in the phone number. You'll have metadata immediately, and if you tag the phone number as interesting you'll have real time intercepts from that point forward.

Assuming that Mr. Trump had contacted Russians or those suspected of being Russians then his network would already be flagged as interesting and you'd already have transcripts.

The question is "Will someone risk their career to explain this to the President in idiomatic pictographs or take the safe route and shift-delete it?"

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