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Comment Re:Two things: (Score 1) 180

Hilary's thug wranglers told them to do that when they were hired

Impossible. Every body knows Trumps Russian assassins killed all of Hillery's thug wranglers right after they killed those three million Mass. residents that illegally voted in New Hampshire. That was Putin's "congratulations" present to all the Trumpanzees.

Now, for a serious question; Is there anyone at all that really thinks this? Because wow man, you dudes are supposed to be way too unhip to trip.

Please come back to Planet Consensus reality, your family misses you.

Comment Re:Baby Goes Whaaaaaaaa! (Score 4, Interesting) 152

I remember when President Reagan fired the Air Traffic Controllers. That didn't work out well for more than a year.

I have also been a union member twice. Unfortunately, one union was run by the company, so it was a pretty shitty union for the most part. The other union was run by ex-union members and were not beholden to the company. That worked pretty well in that "silly" stuff didn't happen. If a shitty boss wanted to fire people for not kowtowing, too bad. But if someone screwed up, the shop steward and the boss delivered the pink slip together. Nobody wanted to do extra work because someone else slacked their assignment. I eventually went management in that job, and I never had a problem in 6 years with union workers. I generally had to hold back the shop steward when I knew things about the employee that he didn't (terminally ill wife, child, substance problems they were being helped with, that sort of thing.) The times I did have to terminate someone, the union guys were in agreement with me and we'd already tried multiple times to get the person back into the fold.

That said, what strikes me are the many people that say "Unions suck" that have never been in one and how frequently the throw out "get another job".

Hm. You must live in the land of good jobs, where the trees of excellent education are right there behind the bushes of golden opportunity and the river of endless paycheck. That's a sweet place to live, but one whose address I've not found.

Comment Re:Use a liberal definition of planet (Score 3, Interesting) 150

I actually really like this idea:
Define a Star as a body that has achieved a nuclear fusion reaction.
Define a Planet as a body that has enough mass to be spherical that orbits a star.
Define a Planetoid as a body that has enough mass to be spherical that does not orbit a star.
Define a Moon as a body that has enough mass to be spherical that orbits a planet.
Define an Asteroid as a body that does not have enough mass to be spherical that orbits a star.
Define a Natural Satellite (here's to you, potato shaped Phobos) as a body that does not have enough mass to be spherical that orbits a planet. Maybe call it a Moonoid?

Define Pluto and Charon as a binary planet; since they appear to orbit each other (and binary stars are already defined).
If this means Sedna and a few other bodies become planets -- fine. But at least the definitions are easy.

Comment Re:Wrong about Austin (Score 4, Funny) 125

All kidding aside, I had to drive through Austin during SXSW... Took almost 4 hours. A family member lives in Austin, about 2 miles from the grocery store. It takes an hour each way by car on days of "normal" traffic, longer if there's a traffic jam. Much faster to walk to the store. And this is Texas. We don't walk up the isle to get married - we drive.

Comment Re:Virtual Private Raid (Score 1) 151

In the SAN/NAS world, this is called bay redundancy. A few vendors have geo separation options that would meet your criteria, but network latency would be a factor just as it is with layer 2 tunneling.
Openstack SWIFT has something via zones, but the complete copy is present on all three redundancy nodes as it's mirroring so that's not what you want unless you use a disk adapter that supports encryption, but that's still the full copy in one place.
However, you can also set up DRBD with this, but the encryption is at the file system, not file, level. EG: Each file is encrypted with the same key/passphrase.

I would suggest looking into madm and jacking in something at the scsi device level to drive encryption.

The chances of any government seizing all 3 is zero.
With RAID 5, they only need two of the three, not all three.

Also look to see if someone would be willing to be your encryption key escrow along the lines of a National Security Letter canary site. If they remove the post they have not received an NSL or a warrant, have another system that monitors that page delete the key.

The best course is to not be on the radar of law enforcement in the first place. EG: they can't seize what they don't know exists. There are many ways to hide things as small as encryption keys. DNS data exfiltration for the retrieval, using a inode marked in use but with a null directory entry, hiding it in a NVAM area, using RAID 5 with USB keys and split the custody of the USB drive, a HSM (be aware that any made in the USA or for a company in the USA will very likely have back doors), and many others.

Comment Hah! (Score 0) 186

I've said it many times, and you can check my history, that if the average American knew how much their cell phone leaked data, they would not only refuse to own one, but refuse to allow them on their property.

I don't have anything to hide. I don't do anything illegal (that I know of, but look how many laws there are, and I'm sure I break some without knowing it), but the point is that cell phone data is only used to build a case, and only vary rarely does it exonerate someone. It isn't' your friend. It's a snitch, a government informer, that you pay to spy on you.

Last, we buy these things to make our life more convenient. However, as far as I see, all it does it make it easier for Rachael with Card Services to try to scam you or for others to interrupt you. I think in the years I've owned one (shackled to me for employment, really), I've used it exactly once when I could not have used a VOiP or POTS. (The car broke down and I called for a tow truck.)

I do have to wonder what's up with these folks in DC. Odd and not a lot of facts yet.

Comment And this will get a patent? (Score 0) 36

Full disclosure - I absolutely loathe Sony and all their works. That is my personal opinion which others may or may not share according to their own experiences and thoughts. It is my personal wish that Sony would go bankrupt and their executives go unemployed.

Ok, I did RTFA, and it says Sony applied for a patent, not that it was granted. That being said:

1. We used to call this "getting a jump start" for our cars. No bigge here dude.
2. We used to have electric tooth brushes that used uncoupled transformers to charge
3. We used to have other tech that was charged using microwaves - either from a magnatrons arpature pointed at it, or toss it in a microwave oven. Only things I can think of there are under NDA but it was two decades ago and the literature is rife with proof of concept devices.

I can't imagine this is ground breaking technology that deserves a government monopoly, but I'm sure the USPTO will issue it. But as far as I can understand, there's really no glorious technology here. Just a bucking power supply, regulator circuit, and a cord. I could likely whomp up one from parts sitting no less than 10 feet from me right now. (But then again, I've got a lot of parts others likely don't, unless they are used to making their own electronics.)

Comment Re: It's the 80s again (Score 1) 297

If the US population could fall to under 100 million, I would love it!!!

Hm. While I can sympathize with your wish for a less populist, therefore perhaps a less frenetic pace of life, it would suck if I was one of the 3/4th's that disappeared. Not so much for you, but for me. Life is all about perspectives of the future. Some are less prosperous than others.

Some thrive on a fast paced life. I never did, preferring a more tranquil existence than others, and I loathe crowds. But for all of that, I would wish to "be here" than to be "gone".

Comment Re:Unexpected? Shouldn't be. (Score 3, Insightful) 113

Take some freaking responsibility for your choices and stop pretending like you weren't informed about what would happen, when it says it right on the box.

Except, wait for it - it doesn't say that on the box or anywhere else

So should we expect that anytime we do anything simi-private (make a phone call, kiss your SO, talk to your doctor) that we have no reasonable expectation of having it, you know - private? Such may be a utopia for you, but I find it distressing, alarming, unconscionable and un-American.

Comment Re:Unexpected? Shouldn't be. (Score 5, Insightful) 113

Today people should know that anything plugged into the Internet and sends data into it is subject hacked and its data stolen.

Granted. However, the issue here isn't that it was "hacked and stolen" - the data were used without informed consent. Was it buried in the EULA, contract, written in invisible ink? The key here is the concept in contract law that a meeting of the minds has to occur. Obviously, if people knew their masturbatory habits would be put up for sale to the highest bidder, they would have avoided this product.

I find extremely objectionable your arrogant and superior attitude vis-a-vi "what people should know", not that you'll give a single whit about that. I object to it because when you get caught with "your finger off your number" and goof up, my experience is that you're going to be screaming in supersonic frequencies about how "unfair" it all is. A little imagination and empathy isn't too much to ask of someone. And yes, I'm aware you will be indignant and angry with my observations. Not that I'll give one whit about that, either.

Comment Re:Define your terms, Verizon. (Score 1) 73

What's wrong with horse meat?

Absolutely nothing nutritionally. I just don't want to eat it and pay the price of "prime beef", plus I don't want to eat horse. It's a personal preference. It's like how some folks don't want to eat goat or pork. Some times it's religious, sometimes it's just preference.

Comment Define your terms, Verizon. (Score 2) 73

Verizon said Monday that it is committed to expanding Fios availability to the city's remaining 1 million households.
Fine. What does that mean in terms of Who, What, Where, When, and How?
Because "in the sweet bye and bye" in terms of the "When" element isn't really acceptable. You've had since 2014, and it's now 2017. Where were you in 2014, and where are you now? And "passing by" a domicile isn't really helpful if persons in it wish to, you know, use fiber.

Anyway, this is really a non-issue. Regulation/Oversight==bad for business as far as the current administration believes. At this rate, I'm just tickled my milk doesn't have melamine in it or my meat isn't horse meat or my prescription medication isn't just powered lead.

Yet, anyway. Who knows what it'll be when the FDA is closed as has been promised.

Comment Re:Some Solar, with a gravity battery? (Score 1) 270

You're off by a couple orders of magnitude, and you're imagining convenient elevation.

Only stating my personal experience. We were only concerned about 90 and 97 acre fields. Our problem got solved.

On the other hand, one only needs about 3' of headway to distribute water up to 2 miles away given level grade and no need for high pressure.
If you would like more pressure and higher flow rates, then more headway to the impoundment tank would be needed. Don't forget that the level of the impoundment reservoir also adds headway to the system. EG: 3' above grade, 7' deep tank, would yield 10' of headway for the first (top) foot.

Or more simply, it's cheap and easy to make a dirt pile to build your tank on top of. There are folks posting that seem to have an ulterior motive to push one technology over another, while punishing the other technology or denigrating it. I'm not terribly interested in that.

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You mean you didn't *know* she was off making lots of little phone companies?