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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

BrookHarty Re:Why would he? (312 comments)

>Obama is part of the system that created the problem in the first place.

Funny you can mention that now and get upvoted. If you mentioned that back during the first election it was "racist this, and racist that" you just dont want a black president! Then he got the Nobel peace prize, and few of us said, he didnt do anything to warrant it and was down voted.

Track record speaks volumes.

about two weeks ago

Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

BrookHarty Re:reversed "with the stroke of a pen" (312 comments)

With everyone hating on the R's the D' President is allowing NSA spying and even went after whistle blowers....

All I hear on the news is people bitching about the issues and republicans, where is the outrage for D's?

The US has spousal abuse syndrome for politicians. He only hits me because he loves me. I stand by my elected official..

about two weeks ago

CISPA's Author Has Another Privacy-Killing Bill To Pass Before He Retires

BrookHarty 2 party system (138 comments)

So we have the Republicans how act like Daddy and tells you what is morally correct and tries to force it with laws. Then we have Mommy Democrats who tells you how to behave with others and spend your money. How about we get a 3rd party (maybe a few) that agree to stay out of or personal and finacial lives.

I cant see any reason we need to make it easier for companies to turn metadata or straight up personal data to the government. And both parties fall over themselves when it comes to self serving federal laws.

And for those people complain that a libertarian party are the ones who would allow EPA disasters, schools to go unfunded, no fire/police departments are just using scare tactics to keep the status quo. So damn simple... Keep the gov outta our personal, private and capitalist transactions. Why is this so hard to understand?

about three weeks ago

Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

BrookHarty Re:VR vs AR (108 comments)

I really wish you could edit posts. :(

about three weeks ago

Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

BrookHarty VR vs AR (108 comments)

I'm more interested in AR than VR. Oculus is VR, and Google Glass and CastAR which seems useful for daily life. Most of the VR I see are either modeling or video games. AR I can see additional information on my current work, personal assistant providing information in my daily life, assisting in my current job and providing additional information to any task I'm doing.

Apps like Augment need to take off. I'd love an overlay when I look at a back of a switch or router that the ports light up with names. Or looking at a EMC and the cables could change colors so I can see which are plugged in. Maybe look around the room, and my remote lights up with a big arrow so I know where its hiding. Could even have AR assist you while you type, just as pop up boxes or IDE dialogs.

Oculus seems to me more for entertainment, which facebook is.

about three weeks ago

Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

BrookHarty Re:contracts.... (490 comments)

Exactly this, bandwidth caps, lack of network connectivity. Physical media isnt going away. Also most people want to own their entertainment, not lease.

about three weeks ago

25% of Charter Schools Owe Their Soul To the Walmart Store

BrookHarty Charter school... (233 comments)

Many many decades ago, I went to a charter school for k-6th grade. The school had to allow everyone in the area as part of its opening up in a richer suburb. I lived along the border and was included in the school map. School had computers while only the jr high and high schools. My parents could have never afforded to to send me to a private school with lower population sizes and computers. I was lucky. And being a poor rowdy kid, they never kicked me out. Lucky that's where I got my introduction into computers.

Only thing I'd like to see is smaller classes, and charter schools on average have higher. This is supposedly with them kicking poor performing kids out. But charter schools differ so much, there is no "standard" model used. I think we can all agree smaller classrooms with more individual help is what schools should have, but thats gets very expensive. I'd rather take all those billions of dollars in state taxes on alcohol and marijuana taxes go to directly fund schools instead...

about 2 months ago

Translating President Obama's NSA Reform Promises Into Plain English

BrookHarty Re:Plain enough. (171 comments)

Bullshit. Potus has WAY more power than you think. He can ask the Justice department to investigate why the judges only rubber stamp, he can use presidential orders to direct departments or how to interpretation the law, he can fire US attorneys, he has his cabinet members he can fire, he could even fire the the head of the CIA/FBI and Homeland security for misconduct by asking the AG to fire them, and so much more powers.

about 3 months ago

Supreme Court To Hear Aereo Case

BrookHarty Thoughts on SCOTUS (211 comments)

I'm rather tired an annoyed how SCOTUS can wreck and change laws by simply interpreting them differently.

Yes sometimes they rule in societies best interests. As they legalized being gay.
Example, Texas tells the court Its legal to be gay but not have gay sex, SCOTUS's comment "and the difference is?" and now being gay is legal.

Eminent domain and how they think the public use now means private use as in developers taking land is ok. And being paid fair market value? No, sorry.

The Whitehouse went to SCOTUS for ACA (Obamacare) for its "mandate" payments that under the tax code are taxes, but told the court it wasnt a tax. The court could have easily agreed with the whitehouse and said "if you say its not a tax, is thrown out" But they said, smells like a tax, its written under tax law, its a tax. Thats the fine line, but making people buy unregulated products aka healthcare and calling it a tax? Cherry pick which pieces to of law to rule on.

Now, pot is legal in Washington and Colorado. An act that could have landed you in PRISON, something how will the court rule on that? Are we suppose to believe something illegal yesterday that could ruin your life if the law was concerned, is no perfectly ok.

Taking the real world action and moving it to the "cloud", the same thing anyone can do legally, but since a company can do it on a mass scale its a crime.
We make all thes laws, rules and regulations to try to protect the public from abusive laws, whats more abusive that keeping technology in the dark ages under some corporate greed?

If we can see federal courts on different sides of the United states DISAGREE on the same cases, maybe we can relialize these courts are holding back innovation and growth with negative laws.

Take patent trolls, some courts kiss patent trolls asses, then some courts rule against them like the Nintendo case.

Then there is Apple suing everying in the world that mentions Android. Android is so big of a tech boost in so many markets in so many diverse sectors, its creating new businesses and ideas.

Bah, its Friday and after 5, enough of this and time to goto the pub.

about 3 months ago

AT&T Introduces "Sponsored Data" Allowing Services to Bypass 4G Data Caps

BrookHarty Re:Clever? (229 comments)

This is anti-net neutrality under a different name. The throttle mechanism is supra-data cap charges instead of literal throttling.

No it isn't. Since bandwidth is now a metered product, this is noting more than a network 800 number. The speeds are the same, it is just a question of who pays.

Its really simple, as an ISP, if you make your own services faster by purposly making others slow or cost more, thats against net neutrality.

AT&T is including their own services as unmetered so customers will want to use them over others. AT&T offers owncloud an online storage you pay for monthly, yet now bandwidth is excluded. They even let you back up your home PC and Phone's internal/external storage.

This is the the heart of network nuterality, an ISP's (Which AT&T is), charging more to use competitors services. So now AT&T can offer Email, Storage, Video/Picture sharing, for FREE yet charge you to use Google, Microsoft, Apple, etc using bandwidth costs.

This is no different than Comcast wanting to charge more for Netflix bandwidth, they found a work around by capping the data, and excluding their own Comcast Video On Demand service from the data cap. They would love to slow down the service and make HD unusable, but the horse is out of the barn, people are more educated now.

The end goal is customer lock in. They get you using their services, you dont want to move due to the hassle of data migration and costs. AT&T wants to lock customers in so badly they are offering to buy out your T-Mobile contract to get you to move.

AT&T isnt listening to its customers on what services they want or need, they are offering competing services but not new or improved services. Where is the core funcationality upgrades to voicemail and access controls. Where are the automated phone answering services with features? Overlay features such as temporary phone numbers for craiglist/ebay sales?, Location based services open to app developers, high priority data for business needs, bluetooth enabled services, payment services?

They are at the core of everything mobile related, yet they sit on their asses until its too late then try to limit other businesses by deceptive practices. They cripple phones for their own business purposes, they dont disable data roaming and people get hit with tens of thousands in data roaming charges, they over charge lines to the elderly, they charge for basics in a way to nickle and dime customers.

They should offer a good business model that enables services and growth, not try to be the big duoploy (verizon/att) and cripple competition.

about 3 months ago

Panel Urges Major NSA Spying Overhaul

BrookHarty Cool thing about panels. (242 comments)

They only make recommendations, nobody has to implement them.

Police chiefs do this all the time for police corruption. Look I'm putting a panel together to look into these problems and make recommendations. See! I'm doing something about it! Oh, the Union/Mayor/DA/etc wont agree, sad panda, I tried, vote for me again....

Playing the public like fools.


about 4 months ago

Winamp Shutting Down On December 20

BrookHarty Re:Oh Man- My Lightshow (400 comments)

Thats one thing I loved about Winamp, all the plugins. Nothing really compares to the visual plugin workshops and the huge selection is awesome. But for simple day 2 day playing of mp3s I've moved onto foobar, I had to tweak a plugin to add ratings to mp3s idtag but its fast and works great.
For android, poweramp is great and works well with bluetooth metadata. Always thought a full screen classic winamp display on android would have been awesome, but they didnt do that as an option.

I remember back on my 60mhz pentium desktop barely able to play high quality mp3s using Winplay3. Ahh the memories.

about 5 months ago

Yahoo Encrypting Data In Wake of NSA Revelations

BrookHarty Really. (137 comments)

Doesnt do any good, if the law enforcement organizations (etc), have a warrant they can record all traffic from your IP/Phone. Depends on the company, but at AT&T Wireless they could turn on full sniffing from a mobiles internet traffic and record all TCP/UDP and even overlay it with location based service (tower strength triangulation). My boss said they had a group to assist in warrants, but after I setup the servers and routers, I NEVER saw an email, name or department identified, and I worked there for years setting up hardware from old packet data to 3G routers before I left.

So anyways, they record the entire SSL handshake so they can decrypt the session. You too can even try it for yourself in wireshark.

And who knows what is going on at the AT&T datacenters in those secret rooms...

about 4 months ago

EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal

BrookHarty Re: Good (1143 comments)

As a Washington State resident, there are many counties that are wood only heating. Pierce and Tacoma have large suburbs and are not exactly off the grid living. They are bigger and can force the smaller population to upgrade. The counties like Stevens, Ferry and Okanogan are mostly wood heated homes. I have no real numbers but out of the 39 counties in Washington, I'd say at least 1/2 have majority of wood only heated homes, we still are a big wild state.

My mothers county has many people that are wood only, and if they went around giving $1000 dollar fines for people burning, they would tar and feather and hold a recall election. Those urban counties are gray haired monsters who know each other and would put pressure to any elected official.

Those poor gray haired women are the Majority of voters, tell them they cant heat their homes. Most of these people live in urban areas that dont have fire departments, police or or trash pick up. Tacoma I'd say is much different, its urban sprawl.

about 5 months ago

Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

BrookHarty Re:Exactly right (599 comments)

The passwords are like the key to the office. You have to return them.

No they are not.

Its more like leaving the key in the door, the owner just walks up to the door and turn the knob himself.

Aka, you walk up the server/router and change the password.

Access was never denied, only easy access.

about 5 months ago

Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

BrookHarty Re:How, how HOW (599 comments)

HOW!(!) is this a surprise to anybody? It's extortion, plain and simple.

Extortion for what? Money? Sexual favors?

You send junior techs out to reset the password on the server by console. Its that easy.
And then you put a password policy in place and a password keeper that the employee must use.

And fire the manager who didnt know what a password policy was or a console to a server/router.

No wonder he the guy didn't want to turn over a password to a PHB.

about 5 months ago

Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

BrookHarty Re:Passwords are property of the employer (599 comments)

First thing you do is change the passwords when someone is fired. They just had to drive to the datacenter to do it. They never were denied access.

about 5 months ago

Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

BrookHarty Re:Passwords are property of the employer (599 comments)

It's no different than physically walking out with the hardware.


The hardware sat in the racks the entire time. Any tech could walk up and reset the passwords.
The manager should have sent out his techs to reset passwords and then put a password policy in place.

Bad management, but the employee didn't STEAL anything.

about 5 months ago

Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

BrookHarty Re:Passwords are property of the employer (599 comments)

it basically shut down the city of san francisco for at least two weeks. they held the guy in jail, but he refused to divulge. the mayor even went to the jail to ask him personally. he deserves prison.

No he didnt. The city could have sent smart hand techs the same day to reset passwords.

He didn't shut down anything, he was fired and walked off the job. The manager should have just did a password reset on the hardware.

Access was never denied.

about 5 months ago


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BrookHarty BrookHarty writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Pingtime results.
Comcast Cablemodem vs Verizon DSL.

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BrookHarty BrookHarty writes  |  more than 9 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 9 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  |  more than 10 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 10 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 10 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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