Credit Card Breach At P.F. Chang's
There were two suspicious charges in New York state: $20 at Burger King and $300 at Kohls, both declined (yah!). I used that CC at PF Changes in late March.
Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL
OpenSSL has terrified me for years. The code is very hard to read and understand
I would like to second this thought. For such an important piece of code, OpenSSL is overly complex. That, by itself, is a bug.
How Voter Shortsightedness Skews Elections
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."
How To Avoid a Scramble For the Moon and Its Resources
Won't someone think of the native people?
Do you mean like this native "people"?
JetBlue Launches Satellite-Based Inflight Wi-Fi
My friend did a speed test on JetBlue today and got 20 Mb/s. He isn't very technical so I assume he did the test on his iPhone or iPad. He said there was over 100 devices connected on his flight. He's a JB pilot but was in the back on this flight. He said the service is free until April. Take it for what it is worth.
Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?
rather he just talked about how great things would be
How great are things?
NASA Astronaut Talks "Gravity," Spacewalking, ISS
Many years ago I "advised" a real-live screen writer (credited with seven movies) on a space shuttle movie, meaning he bought me lunch. He wanted to fly the shuttle to the sun. I told him it was impossible. He didn't care. I ate my lunch and he wrote his script. That's the way it goes in Hollywood. (The movie was released but his credit was something other than screenwriter on this particular film. Must have been my bad advice.)
Judge Orders Patent Troll To Explain Its 'Mr. Sham' To Jury
If you were paying the legal bills (easily more than $20k per month and $100-200k for the actual trial), you really want bogus claims or the entire lawsuit dismissed. Even if you win, you probably won't recover your legal fees and nothing for your time. I've been there.
Cherry's New Keyboard Switches Emulate IBM Model M Feel
I purchased a Unicomp "Linux" keyboard. I stopped using it after a few months. It's PS2 not USB and I had roll-over issues.
I replaced it with the Newegg Rosewill model. I'm happy with it but I'd like back-lighting in my next "Model M clone".
Does anyone know of a Bluetooth Model M clone?
What You Can Do About the Phone Unlocking Fiasco
Compared to being ruled by these corporations, politburo looks like a good idea...
Yea, it's a great idea:
Apple Asks Court To Sanction Samsung; Samsung Fires Back; More iPhone Prototypes
I was involved in copyright litigation. The other side missed almost every deadline and the judge let them get away with it. They also wiped hard drives during discovery and amended their complaint *after* discovery ended. Our attorney said some judges use strict deadlines, others don't. The point is, don't assume deadlines are always strictly enforced. I know from experience that they aren't. You should be able to read the filings on PACER if you really care about the deadline issue. Note that discovery isn't on PACER. (If you use the RECAP Firefox plugin, the filings should be free.)
FCC Tariff Changes Mean No More Free Conference Calls
The way termination fees used to work was that you paid your long distance carrier 10 cents a minute for a long distance phone call. The LD carrier shared that ten cents with the local phone companies on both sides of the call. The shared amount vary but a penny to each side was a common amount. The FCC granted a abnormally high fee to rural telephone companies of about five cents a minute. A call from a big city to the country was split 1 cent to the big city telco, 4 cents to the long distance carrier, and 5 cents to the rural telco. The long distance companies didn't make as much money on a call to or from a rural phone company but the amount of traffic was small.
There was also a termination fee for local calls, but it was much less than a penny. Various companies began to "exploit" the termination fees. The guys with lots of modems were some of the first (e.g. whoever AOL outsourced their modems to). The free conference guys figured out you could make good money as well. Remember that conference call companies charged 25 cents a minute, so it was cheaper to pay 10 cents a minute for a long distance call to a free conference service. If they were efficient, they could even make money at 1 cent per minute, but 5 cents was much better so they located in rural areas.
The large telcos started to change their models for long distance from per-minute to a block of minutes (e.g. 500 minutes for $$ per month). The local telcos mostly took over the long distance business so now the telcos were cutting checks to the free conference guys and not getting anything back. Telcos hate that. So they stopped paying or arbitrarily started paying 50 cents on the dollar. They also lobbied to change the rules. And here we are with the FCC tariff change.
(Universal Service Fees are different. They are one of many taxes on your phone bill. The taxes are used to subsidize the phone bills for the "poor".)
I do not run a free conference service (or free anything), but the death star and friends owe me about $50k and I'm very very small.
Oil Arrives In Louisiana; Defense Booms Inadequate
No you are wrong, even using the government's "cooked" accounting. Here is the official US Treasury website showing the government debt for each year. Notice it increases every year of the Clinton presidency:
Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To the Supreme Court
Yea, I've had "politics" blocked for years and, unfortunately, I see this story on the front page as well.
The LHC Is Back Online
LHC Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment Webcams
The Decline of the Landline
I own a small CLEC and today AT&T told me to use dial-up to get a daily usage file from them. Now I have to find a modem that works with Linux and figure out PPP scripts.
Battle Lines Being Drawn As Obama Plans To Curb Tax Avoidance
And if these multinational companies pay exactly zero in taxes, what is the big advantage to having them "headquartered" here in the first place?
A corporation paying zero taxes is great compared to negative taxes paid by GM, Chrysler, Citi, Amtrak, etc.
Biden Promises 'Right Person' As Copyright Czar
Here's a quick course in Constitutional law: They can do whatever they want; the commerce clause says so.
The Formula That Killed Wall Street
Your numbers are misleading two ways. First, you should use relative amounts (e.g., percentage of GDP) verses absolute dollars. Second, you should use total liabilities verses simple debt. What did the government obligate itself (meaning taxpayers) to spend? Government accounting is fraudulent; too bad voters don't care.
US District Ct. Says Defendant Must Provide Decrypted Data
Never Talk to Police
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