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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

BrookHarty Transcribed voicemail (237 comments)

Both my google voice mail and tmo voice mail transcribes into text, and I can delete or hear it with only press. Go ahead and leave me a voice mail! Only problem is most carriers charge for "visual voicemail" services... That should be the thing to attract people, after using transcribed voice mail services, you never ever ever want to go back.

I can read my voicemail in meeting, its great.

If I was a phone system vendor id be adding transcription, make those IP phones display the voicemail, etc.
Even asterisk and freepbx can do transcription.

about a month ago

The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

BrookHarty 1080p vs 1200 (567 comments)

Isn't this because the monitor industry stole some pixels? The 1920x1200 monitor vs 1920x1080 chops off a good portion of the screen real estate.

Hell, a good 1560x1440 or more is perfect for side by side, no need to flip. (for me anyways)

about a month and a half ago

In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

BrookHarty Re:What a wonderful idea (207 comments)

Great, now I gotta carry 3 phones, my work phone, my personal phone, and the government mandated identification phone. You dont need the 4th phone the "weed" phone anymore in my state, its legal in Washington. Well, if weed is your only illegal activity...

about a month and a half ago

Is a "Wikipedia For News" Feasible?

BrookHarty Wikipedia is too biased for my news. (167 comments)

I read a bunch of news sites and its easy to see if they are left or right leaning. Wikipedia isnt balanced anymore. There are paid editors who are very left, and the majority is left, feminist and social justice leaning. They can bend any topic to fit a narrative which is damn annoying for a fact based article when its riddle with emotional propaganda.

Just google gamergate and wikipedia, editor ryulong is the perfect example. https://encyclopediadramatica....

Love watching news on youtube, the young turks network is pretty good. I like to play the TYT drinking game, take a shot every time they blame a republican or mention gun control.

about 2 months ago

How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

BrookHarty Coverage (216 comments)

All those nice coverage maps show voice and doesnt include data. Rural areas have no native Internet providers, so often if they do have Internet its hauled in by microwave. I know this, the town my mother retired in shares brings in data so Verizon can vpn over it and provide data to the school and public libarary. It was great, verizon put in a tower and we had 4g and voice. But with people moving more into rual areas to retire, the bandwidth hasnt kept up with the usage, so now its down to voice only.

The thing that really pisses me off, is we have underground power and smart meters to all these rural homes, but no internet over power. Even slow speed would be better than the dial up they use now.

about 2 months ago

Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

BrookHarty 4K on a 2K monitor (158 comments)

I've been watching 4K on my shimian korean 2560x1440 monitor. Waiting for gaming 4K 120hz models with ati compatible gsync comes down in price.
Even at 2560x1440 its a noticeable improvement over a 1080P blueray.

I cant wait for netflix to offer 4k streams, even on my lower than 4k rez monitor its worth it.

about 3 months ago

VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

BrookHarty Just goto the codeplex site and verify the commits (220 comments)

Just goto the codeplex site and verify the commits this time!


2cf9790438f8 by Mounir IDRASSI (40 downloads) Oct 6 1:20 PM
Windows vulnerability fix : finally make bootloader decompressor more robust and secure by adding multiple checks and validation code. This solves the issue found by the Open Crypt Audit project. Note that we had to switch to the slow implementation of the function decode in order to keep the size of the decompressor code under 2K.

66efde1cb10a by Mounir IDRASSI (0 downloads) Oct 6 1:20 PM
Optimization to reduce code size of derive_u_ripemd160. Useful for boatloader.

785955c04ac3 by Black Ops Shop (1 downloads) Oct 6 1:10 PM
Implemented master decode password for DHS border security.

about 3 months ago

Redbox Streaming Service To Shut Down October 7th

BrookHarty Rebox had a streaming service? (64 comments)

I didnt know. Fire the advertising department before its too late, oh, nevermind.

about 4 months ago

Hong Kong Protesters Use Mesh Networks To Organize

BrookHarty LTE D2D (85 comments)

I wonder if LTE D2D still works if the network gets turned off. Since its not out yet, wonder if there are kill switches.

about 4 months ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

BrookHarty Same tactics as war on drugs, now its war on guns. (421 comments)

Part of the population of the US wants to ban guns, so some states are taking baby steps to pass laws that will make it easier. Total registration is the first step in the future plan. These states keep saying they need a federal/state registry to check for criminals, when all we really need is an 800 number for people to call in before private sales, a simple yes/no if the person is allowed guns. Only a ban list is kept, and never a total registration list. Thus no private sales to criminals, and we keep our historical idea of a ban on government confiscation.

(Except NY, they are chipping away rights faster than California, how would you like to be a store owner with riots like Ferguson and have only allowed a few bullets in a magazine due to bad laws...)

For the kids, the brainwashing has started. Its Doctors asking kids if their parents have guns at home or Teachers trying brainwash kids that guns are bad, and if you mention guns, its a suspension.

This is about forcing political change with the children. Also why people want to stop all religious actions, mandatory LGBT studies at k to 6, rules on cakes at school functions, ban student stores, ban the pledge of allegiance, mandatory feminism classes, etc.

It's about control.

about 5 months ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

BrookHarty Ready? (701 comments)

I was born ready.

about 6 months ago

Court Fines French Blogger $3,400 For Her Negative Review Of Local Restaurant

BrookHarty France and Freespeech, nothing new, move along. (1 comments)

Its France, you cant talk about anything negative unless its about the government and even that has guidelines. They censor movies, books, music and banned flag burning as a means of protest. The country is a thought crime leader.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

BrookHarty Electrician (509 comments)

My son looked at me as a systems admin/engineer (or sme on some apps), and the hours I put in, and decided to be an electrican. Hes 18 already completed his electrical training, has his trainee license and is following a journeyman around, and in 2-4 years should be making around 50K to 90K (50K is US average). He can do a 40 hour work week, has the ability to move to a smaller town and still make a good living wage.

Being in the tech field, I'm stuck to major cities, on-call hours, off hour maintenance windows, and cant just take a couple weeks off to go enjoy life. Sometimes a blue collar job at a little lower pay than a white collar job has more benefits. Really depends.

Seattle area has been building tens of thousands of low income apartments that are cap'ed at 50K income, and are brand new, and look better than some of the apartments 2x the costs.

about 6 months ago

FCC Approves Subsidy Plan to Upgrade School and Library Networks

BrookHarty Rural Washington needs internet access. (70 comments)

So many schools, librarys and entire towns have no Internet access here in Rural Washington. The rich suburbs down the road near the lakes do, but not the inner city (very small city) does. My mothers town everyone is on dialup. They did start beaming in microwave to the town library and enable wifi. So People drive in and sit in the cars to get online, crazy. Funny thing, she use to get a flickering of 4G Verizon, but verizon shared the tower with the microwave isp, so company made a decision to cut Verizon's data to feed more bandwidth to the library. Now everyone is stuck on dialup. This is about 50 miles north of Spokane, WA.

This is crazy as everyone has underground power and telephone lines, but no internet. The power company put everything underground to save money from falling trees every year, and that had to be expensive as hell.

about 7 months ago

CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

BrookHarty Re:Desktop Repos? (125 comments)

>Are there any plans for additional desktop package repos for any of the Redhat based distros? I Remember looking for a little while a year or two ago but I didn't find any.

Yes actually, It comes with KDE or Gnome out of the box.

about 7 months ago

No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

BrookHarty Re:19,000 (401 comments)

>there certainly is a shortage of tech workers in the US willing to work for 19,000/year

Up here in Seattle, there are blocks of apartment buildings manned by outsourcing companies like Mindtree where there are 3-5 Indian contractors living in each unit getting paid under 30k each. With houses going for 3-4K and 3 bedroom apartments going for 2K-2.5K, they have to have so many people living together to save money.

I saw ATT Wireless replace an entire billing department with cheap overseas labor, VP gets a big fat bonus and leaves. Then department fucked up and was billed 1 million dollars a day for almost a month and they had to bring in very expensive contractors to fix the issues. Funny thing, this is happening all the time, the PHB outsources, collects a fat paycheck, moves on, and boom, issues appear.

But I've also worked with NOC's from India and helped build one out. We pay 5K a month for 4 people for 24 hours watch our network and take tickets. There is no way we could afford that here. The problem I have is the NOC use to be a stepping stone for jr sysadmins to work their way up, and that stepping stone is largely vanishing.

about 7 months ago

US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

BrookHarty Re:Deleted (108 comments)

Speaking of that, my favorite "contrary to public opinion" was the term MGTOW. Men going their own way
This MGTOW motto is the main motto picked up by most mens rights groups. The MGTOW page was deleted multiple times by feminists who said it wasnt notable, even though it was referenced in main stream press and published books and then the numerous websites and groups. But still deleted, over and over and over.
So what did the feminists do? They created page called MGTOW for maximum gross take off weight that is just a REDIRECT to mgtow. The actual term is MTOW in aviation, so why the redirect and fight in the talk page? Politics.

This was almost 10 years ago since this happened, and still happens today.

History only goes back to 2009, but this MGTOW war is good example of the feminists of wikipedia fighting mens rights. Lucky now that enough mens rights groups and non profits using the term, almost 600,000 websites returned with a simple google search.

Limited history due to many deletions. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Maximum_takeoff_weight&offset=&limit=500&action=history

There are more wikipedia censoring going on than this one topic, but I'd say this is the perfect example of editors censoring. Also why I think they dont deserve government money with these oppressive and biased editors that seem to be backed by the foundation.

I think my favorite comment by an editor on wikipedia was "we dont have the room for a mens rights page, we cant have a page for everything". Amusing when every episode of very popular shows does.

The more you know!

about 7 months ago

US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

BrookHarty Re:Deleted (108 comments)

If Wikimedia Commons works anything like Wikipedia, it will probably all be deleted in a week as "not important enough".

Any information thats not progressive or trendy will be deleted also. Cant have conservative, right wing, religious, pro capitalism or anti-socialist propaganda. And if anything is any way slightly anti-feminist will be deleted on the spot.

They Who Write History Control History and thus Control the World....

"citation needed", post deleted due to wikpedia rules biased viewpoint. /s

about 6 months ago

Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

BrookHarty Re:But is it false? (268 comments)

If he tried to use the wikipedia procedures to correct some information and the editors would put the false facts back in, sounds like text book libel. If someone keeps fighting him on corrected information that sounds malicious to me...

Anything to make wikipedia factual and not opinion of a few editors is good, sad it takes a lawsuit. Too many editors are using wikipedia as a political tool and not an encyclopedia. I have no love lost for the shenanigans going on over there by some editors.

about 7 months ago


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BrookHarty BrookHarty writes  |  more than 10 years ago

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Comcast Cablemodem vs Verizon DSL.

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BrookHarty BrookHarty writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Think I'll keep a list of linux bugs in my journal, why not.

Tried to pick the nice linux font in konsole (kde), and I get this error.

-- Font `-misc-console-medium-r-normal--16-160-72-72-c-80-iso10646-1' notfound. Check README.linux.console for help.

no README.linux.console in gentoo. Google time..


BrookHarty BrookHarty writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Oh how this made me laugh, so true and to the point.

Conservative: Making a statue of the Virgin Mary out of rat dung is irreverent. People shouldn't be allowed to do it.

Liberal: Not only should we allow people to make statues of the Virgin Mary out of rat dung, but we should force everyone else to pay for it with thier taxes. Additionaly, anyone that criticizes such a statue is being "judgemental" and needs to be sent to mandatory sensitivity training.

Libertarian: Make all the rat dung statues of the Virgin Mary that you wish. Just don't expect me or anyone else to have to pay for it. Additionaly, don't impinge upon my freedom to call it what it is..... a piece of sh*t.


BrookHarty BrookHarty writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it. - Ronald Reagan

Sad, This is how I thought of republicans, but it doesnt seem to be the truth anymore. Smaller government seems to be, Larger, More expensive, Tax everyone. You get what you pay for.


BrookHarty BrookHarty writes  |  about 11 years ago

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
      -Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)


BrookHarty BrookHarty writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Peter Gibbons: What would you do if you had a million dollars?
Lawrence: I'll tell you what I'd do, man, two chicks at the same time, man.
Peter Gibbons: That's it? If you had a million dollars, you'd do two chicks at the same time?
Lawrence: Damn straight. I always wanted to do that, man. And I think if I had a million dollars I could hook that up, cause chicks dig a dude with money.
Peter Gibbons: Well, not all chicks.
Lawrence: Well the kind of chicks that'd double up on me do.
Peter Gibbons: Good point.
Lawrence: What about you, what would you do?
Peter Gibbons: Besides two chicks at the same time?
Lawrence: Well yeah.
Peter Gibbons: Nothing.
Lawrence: Nothing, huh?
Peter Gibbons: I'd relax, sit on my ass all day, I would do nothing.
Lawrence: Well you don't need a million dollars to do nothing, man. Just take a look at my cousin, he's broke, don't do shit.

-Office Space


BrookHarty BrookHarty writes  |  more than 11 years ago We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of uppers, downers, laughers, screamers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge, and I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon. -Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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