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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

AF_Cheddar_Head And we have a winner (150 comments)

Multiple technologies are used by mobile comm units in the military. Setting up the Satellite downlink on one side of the cantonment area and using a laser link to transmit to the ops area sure beats laying fragile cable.

Or satellite downlink at a single area and using this to distribute to multiple fire bases. Definitely a win.

about a month ago
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Facebook Testing Lithium-Ion Batteries For Backup Power

AF_Cheddar_Head Dell XPS 18 (41 comments)

Essentially an all-in-one disguised as a tablet. Works as both.

The i3 version is a dog but the i7 version is quite nice.

about a month ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

AF_Cheddar_Head Another Agency (301 comments)

Maybe the NSA? Have them do something useful and since they already have all the video...

about a month ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Legalities (301 comments)

In most if not all US jurisdictions, no photo release is required for individuals appearing in a photo/video taken of individuals visible from a public location. Check YouTube, do you think everybody appearing in those videos has signed a release?

Now most commercial agencies will require a photo release if using something commercially because of CYA and lawyers but legally not required.

about a month ago
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Report: Federal Workers, Contractors Behind Half of Government Cyber Breaches

AF_Cheddar_Head Yep, Gov InfoSec (61 comments)

If you IA types understood how a network actually maybe we could talk but get your CISSP and make big bucks saying NO.

Example:
Backup program needs Port X open to initiate backups on remote servers (remember we are an Enterprise, Remote Management and all). Vendor did not adequately document port but our firewall logs and sniffer clearly indicate this message originates from the control server and goes to the Media server to initiate the backup.

What does IA do? Stops all backups until paperwork is finished, six months without backups and guess what once the vendor documents turn it back on. No thought about the data risk just turn it off.

Further details if you want but why not allow us a firewall rule from control server to destination server locked to IP addresses and maybe only during a defined time window to allow the backups.

But IA has the hammer and enjoys using it.

about a month and a half ago
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Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse In the USA

AF_Cheddar_Head Far from the beach (142 comments)

Woomera wasn't too bad and though we had sand we were a ways from the beach ;-).

about a month and a half ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Real news (392 comments)

NPR stations get less than 10% of funding from the state. CBC/ABC/BBC ABC are going through funding woes because they refuse to parrot the company line that the current governments want them to. Its either state funding or corporate funding in the form of advertising, your choice but I know that for me the so-called state funded operations seem to exhibit more independence.

about 2 months ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Real news (392 comments)

Nope, but I don't think CNN/MSNBC/FoxNews run exposes on your local politicians either.

Didn't recommend you drop your locals, just recommending a few english-language alternatives for an informative and different view on the happenings.

about 2 months ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

AF_Cheddar_Head Sports Fans (392 comments)

At least the NHL now offers Internet access to the majority of their regular season games. Maybe the rest of the leagues will follow suit in the near future.

about 2 months ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

AF_Cheddar_Head Real news (392 comments)

Turn on some English-language Internet radio feeds:
-- BBC
-- CBC (Canadian)
-- ABC (Australian)
-- DW (Germany)
-- Local NPR
-- Al Jazerra

That will get you some different views on the happenings in the world. They have been talking about the Ebola situation in West Africa for six months not the last 3 weeks of hysteria on US cable news channels. My 23 yo daughter was shocked none of her friends had a clue about the Ebola situation because she had been hearing about it for six months.

about 2 months ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Do no EViL(tm) (427 comments)

You are correct that you don't have to go to Dell to upgrade your copy of Windows but you sure as hell might need Dell to provide specific drivers for your hardware. The issue is the phone vendors need to make sure the hardware drivers are compatible with your new version of android before you upgrade or your phone might be broken. This is the reason so many phone lose a bit of function when you install CM.

I am not defending the lack of updates just giving the reason that Andriod is updated through the manufacturer and not Google. Unfortunately too many of the phone manufacturers would prefer to sell you a new phone instead of investing the time to test the old hardware with a new O/S.

about 3 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

AF_Cheddar_Head Not always the Surge (602 comments)

Power dips can be as destructive as surges and that cheap surge protector does nothing for those. If it is valuable a line-interactive UPS is the way to go. Learned my lesson after burning out the power supplies to two TVs and a couple of desktop computers. The TV repair guy suggested the UPS and life is good.

about 3 months ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

AF_Cheddar_Head What's Technology (231 comments)

Does home-made gunpowder qualify as technology?

about 4 months ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

AF_Cheddar_Head Simle fix (111 comments)

If you can't vote in the election, you can't contribute to the candidates in the elections. Eliminates outside money.

about 4 months ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

AF_Cheddar_Head Subsidy for the win (111 comments)

So you are saying that you have no problem with the city folk subsidizing you. Sounds like that's what you are saying.

about 4 months ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Different era (180 comments)

Yes, Yes he is.

Union breaker
Deficit balloons
Trickle Down
Sandinistas
Iran-Contra
Ollie North
Nancy making decisions when he gets Alzheimer's

You fucking got me started

about 4 months ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:Why is this treated differently (161 comments)

Nope, as a carpenter I bring the hammer (phone) but sure as hell don't pay for the nails (minutes/GB).

See the difference now?

about 4 months ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

AF_Cheddar_Head Another reason to avoid BYOD (161 comments)

Just because it's an accounting cluster fuck doesn't meat that the company should get out of paying.

It's an accounting cluster fuck to determine your vacation eligibility so guess what, no vacation for you.

about 4 months ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

AF_Cheddar_Head Re:I am not colorblind (267 comments)

Sure you would have, just been excluded from some jobs. 25 year retiree and red-green color blind.

At my induction physical I failed 14 of 15 color cards. Tech told me I was color blind and I replied all you had to do was ask me I could have told you that.

BTW: Purple does not exist and is a conspiracy by the color-normal people against the disabled.

about 4 months ago

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