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Comment Re:Don't give him ideas (Score 1) 549

> I would like to get Emergency Alerts ("flash flooding in your area for the next two
> hours") while disabling Amber alerts ("child abducted by parent 500 miles away."
> Seriously. The last Amber Alert I got was two months ago for an event 383
> miles away.. which had happened 18 hours earlier). How do I do that?

If you want to do that at home, and you live in North America...
* block the messages on your cellphone
* get a weather radio for USA http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/ or Canada https://www.ec.gc.ca/meteo-wea... depending on where you live

They work in standby mode, and come on when the appropriate signal is transmitted.

Comment When the definition of "correct" changes ??? (Score 1) 204

So you do as you're told, and it's OK today. But the definition of "correct" changes, and you retro-actively become a bad guy. I'm retired. I remember back when I was a kid that people who were against racial discrimination (against black people) were "goddam liberals". Nowadays, people who are against racial discrimination (against white people) are muhf***ing fascist racist nazis... and, even worse, "deplorables".

Brendan Eich made a contribution to a political campaign that was supported by the majority of Californian voters; i.e. Proposition 8 passed in 2008. He was never accused of harrassing homosexuals. Yet, a few years later he was hounded out of a CEO position for that political contribution.

Comment Re:Where's... (Score 1) 30

> OS/2 when you need it???

It's ba-a-a-a-a-ck; or at least coming soon. I realize you might be asking the question sarcastically, but anyhow... http://www.techrepublic.com/ar...

> From 'Blue Lion' to ArcaOS 5.0
>
> When the Blue Lion project was announced at the American WarpStock in
> October 2015, the name was only temporary. Following the close of events at
> WarpStock Europe, Arca Noae managing member Lewis Rosenthal noted
> in an interview that the final product name for the new OS/2 distribution is
> ArcaOS 5.0. The significance of the version number relates to IBM OS/2 4.52
> -- the last maintenance release of the platform released by IBM in 2001.
>
> ArcaOS 5.0 is expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2016, but
> Blue Lion remains as a code name, in much the same way "Wily Werewolf"
> is the code name of Ubuntu 15.10.

Comment Re:Sessions' role (Score 1) 184

> One concern is that one has is that Jeff Sessions has been made Attorney General, instead
> of Secretary of Homeland Security, which oversees ICE and USCIS. So whether the US
> will be strict or not will depend not on Sessions, but rather, on the guy who heads DHS.

Doesn't the Attorney General have power to prosecute law-breakers? If there is hanky-panky going on with H1B workers, he would be able to make things tough for their employers.

Comment Re:What's even scarier than fake news (Score 1) 270

> What's even scarier than fake news is when news is blacked out. Fake news
> is not something one would never expect, even if we did not live in a society
> in which the mainstream media is controlled to an extremely high degree.

Suppresion of real news makes nutty conspiracies more believable. How many people are aware that JFK was screwing more women than Bill Clinton could hope for? But the lib-left media kept quiet, even though they knew, because JFK was a Democrat. They also kept quiet for Bill Clinton's sexcapades. It was a store clerk (Matt Drudge), with a modem and a website ( http://drudgereport.com/ ) who finally broke the story http://drudgereportarchives.co...

Note that Newsweek knew about the story, but decided to kill it. After the story first broke, Bill Clinton denied, denied, denied. Nowadays, when a nutty conspiracy theory comes out, it's quashed by the MSM and government denies, denies, denies. Maybe this time they're telling the truth. But, like "the boy who cried wolf", they've lost their credibility to fight nutty conspiracy theories. The lib-left big media are to blame for the current state of affirs.

Comment It's a gradual process; going on a long time (Score 1) 278

You're not going to see an overnight conversion. A job gets automated here; a job gets automated there; etc, etc. It all adds up. And it's been going on a long while. One one occasion Krushchev visited an American farm in the 1960's during a trip to the USA. He remarked that the American farm was run by 11 people. Meanwhile, a Russian commune with the same acreage needed 11,000 people. That was over 50 years ago.

Farming has already been mechanized/automated to a large extent, and the "low-hanging fruit", i.e. the easiest savings, have already been made. Now it's mostly a matter of scale. A corporate farm with 2000 acres buys out an adjoining 20-acre farm. Technically, we've gone from 2 farms to 1 farm. The combines/milking-machines/whatever from the large farm now run 1% longer, even though "we've lost 50% of the farms and farmers in the area".

Comment Re: Great for China! (Score 2) 600

> This guy is an idiot. We are talking about WW1 and he is talking about Churchil... sigh!

You want to see an idiot... look in a mirror. Or for that matter at Churchill. As "First Lord of the Admiralty" during the beginning of WW1, he was the guy who convinced leadership to attack Gallipoli. Yes folks, *THAT* "Battle of Gallipoli", in 1915. This included a battle where 500 members of the "Australian Light Horse" got off their horses and charged a Turkish position, on foot. The attack was a failure, and they suffered high casualties. Yes folks, *THAT* "Charge of the Light Brigade". To quote a phrase he later used about a battle, he as "an unmitigated disaster" in WW1.

When Churchill took over from Neville Chamberlain in WW2, the German leadership's only problem was that they almost died laughing, to think that Churchill was in charge of the UK war effort.

Comment 21st-century "Stabbed in the back" (Score 4, Insightful) 143

Nearly a hundred years ago, an Austrian corporal rose to power in Germany by blaming Germany's loss in WW1 on being "stabbed in the back" by Jews. Let's just say that did not end well.

The Democrats' elite tilted the playing field to ensure Hillary Clinton a victory in the primaries. Given her scandals and political baggage, she was the absolute worst possible candidate they could've picked. Any no-name Democrat representative/senator/governor would've walked all over Trump. But no, they insisted on Hillary, and ran a lousy campaign to boot.

Now the Democrats' establishment is refusing to take the blame, and is going after social media, and the web in general. If you think Chinese web censorship is bad, wait until the next Democrat president in the US.

Comment Your Facebook "friends list" can hurt you (Score 1) 186

You're looking for a job. Meanwhile, you receive a Facebook friend request from an old acqaintance that you haven't seen for years. You accept, and continue your job search.

A potential employer gets your resume, and has a contractor check your facebook account. They check everything they can, including your friend list. They discover that one of your Facebook friends is an ex-con, who just got out of prison after doing 3 years for drug possession. Let's just say that won't help your chances of getting hired.

Comment Lib-left looking for excuse to censor internet (Score 1, Insightful) 624

Back in 1995 the Bill Clinton White House was already scared shitless of the net... http://www.breitbart.com/big-j...

> Three years before Matt Drudge changed the world and how news would be
> consumed, President Bill Clintonâ(TM)s White House feared that the Internet was
> allowing average citizens, especially conservatives, to bypass legacy gatekeepers
> and access information that had previously been denied to them by the mainstream press.

Before the internet, the lib-left elite controlled news. Embarressing stories were hushed up. E.g. President Kennedy was screwing more women than Bill Clinton could dream of, but the MSM kept quiet. Similarly, Newsweek refused to publish the Monica Lewinsky scandal story. But an impertinent upstart with a modem and a web site, Matt Drudge, broke the story.

Hillary Clinton was unhappy, and mused about "editing function" and "gatekeeping function"
http://www.freerepublic.com/fo...

Democrats/Lib-Left don't like free speech. Think Russia, China, Germany, etc. During the recent campaign, the Democrats were openly talking about shutting down Breitbart after the election... http://dailycaller.com/2016/08...

> "We've had a conservative media in this country for a while," says the email, sent
> Thursday and signed by deputy communications director Christina Reynolds.
>"I don't always like what they have to say, but I respect their role and their right
> to exist Reynolds' acknowledgment that the regular conservative media
> has a "right to exist," though, is used to contrast it with Breitbart, which
> apparently has no such right. "Breitbart is something different," she says.
> "They make Fox News look like a Democratic Party pamphlet. "

Comment Go 1 step further; BOFH mode (Score 1) 165

> 1. Get anti virus software, free and subscription to scan a users networks by default.
> Find every device and test them with common pw/usernames and see what fails.

Go one step further. Have a government body scan the net and try to pwn and *BRICK* internet-connected everything (IOT/smartphones/tablets/desktop-PCs/servers). If it withstands the break-in attempts, it's secure. If it doesn't withstand the break-in attempts, it had no business being on the net in the first place.

Before anybody starts yelling-and-screaming, compare the options...

1) Your desktop gets pwnd and bricked. You're out several hundred dollars for a new machine, or possibly a few hundred paying a consultant to get your machine working again, and a new OS installed.

2) Police raid your home because your machine is dispensing child-porn, under the control of a foreign bot-herder. Your home gets torn apart by the police "looking for evidence", your name gets dragged through the mud as a "child-porn distributer", and you're unemployable for the rest of your life, even if found not guilty.

I'd take door #1. Make the consequences of having insecure stuff on the net damn expensive, and damn inconvenient. That's the only thing that'll get people's attention.

Comment Re:Why has it taken [all] this long? (Score 4, Informative) 140

> So if the community wouldn't pay to license in the past, I take it they are willing now?

Nope. It's just that the mp3-decoding patents have expired, so there is no need for a licence now. https://www.tunequest.org/a-bi...

Some patents for mp3-encoding are still in effect, but they expire by the end of 2017. Expect Redhat to ship mp3-encoders then.

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