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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

SeaFox Re:Good (82 comments)

At least the LAPD nominally works for the people.

A murderous stalker doesn't.

So yeah, there are some really good reasons to keep the raw data from the public.

The LAPD "working for the people" is an implied mission statement. It doesn't really reflect the individuals within the organization. A murderous stalker has to actually follow you to gather info, but the LAPD officer doesn't now, that's the only difference. The police can just as easily abuse a power given to them, kinda like those NSA agents using their expensive taxpayer-funded gear and government-granted spying powers to stalk love interests.

There was a scene in the 1997 movie Men In Black where Tommy Lee Jones's character is sitting at a console with high-resolution satellite imagery available in real time, and he zooms in on a suburban home, and the women he once knew years ago, and the thinks of the life he could have had if he hadn't become a MIB agent. That movie was so long before all this War on Terror and domestic spying BS no one recognized that scene for what it was.

5 hours ago

Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

SeaFox Re:Why is it not trivial? (101 comments)

Why didn't they plan ahead for this sort of operation in the beginning, making it painless and 'reliable' ( as possible ).

That's a joke, right? We are talking about one of the two rovers that was sent to Mars on a mission planned to only last 90 days. They didn't see "flash memory wearing out from use" as a contingency they needed to plan for.

5 hours ago

Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs

SeaFox Too late Microsoft, you already fucked my install. (136 comments)

Was working on the computer late on the 27th and I saw there were new Windows updates available (8.1 Pro, x64). I'd heard about the update issues two weeks ago but figured that had all been taken care of and the updates were pulled so this was fine.

Big mistake.

Machine BSOD'ing after launch and none of Microsoft's fixes worked.
1) If I tried to boot into safe mode, which is still supposed to work -- BSOD
2) There is a font cache file that supposedly is causing the crash. You're supposed to boot into safe mode to remove it. Okay, I boot into a Mint from a thumb drive and delete the file from out of my C:\Windows\System32 folder, unmounted the drive manually to make sure changes were written back, and rebooted -- Still BSOD.
3) Tried using system restore points. Windows set one just before these updates. Windows was not able to restore to that point. Tried the previous one from an update to OpenOffice three days before this. That one was also no good. Tried the last one, one from the 20th -- when the previous set of Windows updates had been applied. Success. Now, straight from the horse's mouth, my Windows should now be rolled back to a time before the Windows Updates before the problematic updates were installed.

Rebooted... BSOD at the exact same place in the process. No change at all.

I can't uninstall the updates if I can't boot into the actual WIndows install it seems. There's no way to remove the updates from the recovery console (found a blog entry on how to do this in XP, but the updates aren't kept in the same folder structure and my ability to run things on the effected install seems much more limited in these later versions).

As I'm typing this I'm running on the Mint flash drive and have Grsync doing a verified copy of my user folder from my C drive to one of my other internal disks, so I can do a reformat and reinstall of all my programs. Just what I wanted to do on my weekend!


South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

SeaFox Coming soon... (421 comments)

Jurassic Park banned from video stores for being terrorist propaganda!

about a week ago

Comcast Training Materials Leaked

SeaFox Cox is the same. (249 comments)

I used to do tech support for Cox (by way of a outsourcer) and they started doing the same thing (this was about three years ago). The reason, straight from (Cox's) own mouths, was that customers were more trusting of the tech support agents than they were the sales department.

We (on the team) were quick to point out that we would be flushing that very credibility away if we started trying to sell people stuff, and it would make it more difficult to deal with the customers in our actual jobs as tech support then (folks would be less likely to follow directions, accept explanations for issues, etc).

about two weeks ago

Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

SeaFox The obvious reason... (171 comments)

They were looking for ancient Western secret to short life.

about two weeks ago

Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

SeaFox Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

Dolby isn't interested in this because the theaters aren't. Dolby didn't really want to make Atmos: AMC came to them and asked them to develop a sound system that would justify a $20 ticket in AMC's premium rooms.

Don't these two sentences kinda contradict each other?

about two weeks ago

Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

SeaFox Re:In other news... (303 comments)

I wonder if Microsoft has considered changing their name to distance themselves from their reputation for the software they produce.

about two weeks ago

Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

SeaFox 5,000? (85 comments)

That's all we're basing this declaration on? That feels like it would fall within the margin of error for one of these reports.

about two weeks ago

Email Is Not Going Anywhere

SeaFox Re:Power to the user (235 comments)

That's why email has to be stopped. Corporate interests (Facebook, Twitter et al) can't have you relying on a commodity service. You've got to buy their brand and lock your identity to their product.

Exactly. "Latest trend" my ass. I heard this all the time when Facebook was starting to get popular, and I bet it was being crowed in MySpace's time as well.

about two weeks ago

Email Is Not Going Anywhere

SeaFox Re:Duh. (235 comments)

It was a bit weird when someone two cubes over messaged you but for quick updates it is more efficient than getting up and disturbing neighbors with a voice conversation.

Using IM also creates a written record of the conversation, which I'm sure your employer kept logs of for that reason.

about two weeks ago

Email Is Not Going Anywhere

SeaFox Re:Duh. (235 comments)

Duh. Instant messaging and email often serve different purposes and priorities.

Part of the blame for this goes to users and service providers. When people get used to the idea of email moving immediately they start to use email as a form of IM, and then I get calls about how "I sent this email three minutes ago and they haven't gotten it yet". It's email. There is no guaranteed instant-delivery on it. Same with attachments. Email is not made to be a file-transfer method, but the proper alternative means teaching people to use FTP clients..

about two weeks ago

Groundwork Laid For Superfast Broadband Over Copper

SeaFox Re:Passively pushed to Fiber? (93 comments)

Luckily, I live in a Comcast territory...

I had to do a double-take at that point.

about two weeks ago

Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

SeaFox Poor librarians! (165 comments)

The fact of the matter is, you can't use KU, Scribd, or Oyster if you don't know how to use your device, and your local public library is the best place to learn.

Roped into doing Amazon's job for them, because they want to encourage people to read, even if it's not through a hard-bound book they check out.

about two weeks ago

Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

SeaFox Re:great news! (201 comments)

Or you could just recommend they upgrade their DVD player to a blu-ray player so they don't have "yet another box" on the entertainment center since will have the capabilities of both.

about three weeks ago

Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

SeaFox Re:Why is (201 comments)

Hire some fucking tech support people with a brain.

Your should re-read what ShanghaiBill said. The issue isn't just Linux-related.
When a large number of your calls are people who have few computer skills, your support costs balloon.

You can either hire a large number of unskilled people to read scripts, which causes YOUR specific issues with support, or you hire competent people to troubleshoot, who don't come cheap, and now you have to raise the cost of your service to cover the additional support payroll -- which makes people leave you for the other provider with lower prices (that is staffing their support desk with script readers).

It's another version of "race to the bottom", and it's being perpetuated in part by people who do not have computer training and are unwilling to seek (or at least pay for) on their own. So they offload it to the free tech support they get with their Internet service provider.

about three weeks ago

Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

SeaFox Re:Why is (201 comments)

Yes. I have actually done phone support, and you would not believe how dumb some people are. Many will call for support before they even turn their computer on. They want someone to babysit them through the entire process before they even try to do it themselves.

Come on, those kinds of people don't run Linux at all. The Linux problem is pretty much the exact opposite, you've got a bunch of dangerously knowledgeable users who've all tweaked their setup and expect all their special little snowflakes to be supported even though it's not.

I got someone a few weeks ago running Linux who didn't even know what distro they had. Their brother had set the machine up for them.
We figured out they were using Ubuntu. This is an Internet tech support outfit and I was the second person to talk to them. We found the networking on the machine was disabled. Re-enabling restored the connection.

Sub says they had tried that with the last person they'd talked to before me a couple days ago, and it would just go back to being disabled after it tried enabling for a few seconds. The issue they were having had magically resolved itself.

I have my mom running Linux now, too. She would be smart enough to know it's Linux Mint, but she wouldn't be able to do much else.

Linux is gaining usage from people with older hardware that was running XP before support ended who don't want to or can't afford to upgrade. These people are generally not computer savvy, and a platform that is more secure and less virus-prone than Windows is a good fit if they spend the vast majority of their computing time on a web browser.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

SeaFox Re:Option: Linksys WRT1900ac (427 comments)

If it lasts for 7+ years like WRT54GL, cost of ownership wouldn't be that high, just upfront costs.

I don't believe anything made my Linksys will last that long now. And I say that as a WRT54gv5 owner, who'd also kinda like to upgrade to something N.

about three weeks ago

Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

SeaFox Re:rap it! (141 comments)

People who need boats made of artificial fiberglass or have to paint them, you mean. Native tribes and colonial explorers used wooden ships and had more naturally derived products in the sealing.

about three weeks ago



SeaFox SeaFox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SeaFox writes "Macworld reports that a U.S. judge has denied the request of E360Insight to have Spamhaus's domain pulled by ICANN. Judge Charles P. Kocoras wrote that such an action would "not correspond to the gravity of the offending conduct." ICANN has previously said that even if served such an order they would not have the authority or ability to carry out such a request and it would be the up to the actual registrar to carry out the action. Spamhaus's registrar, Tucows is based in Canada, making the situation even more complicated. Tucows could not be reached for comment at the time of ICANN's statement on October 12th."

SeaFox SeaFox writes  |  about 8 years ago

SeaFox writes "Mac-rumor site ThinkSecret reports that at least part of Apple's WebObjects, the web application infstructure that powers the iTunes Music Store and Apple's own online store will be Open-Sourced in a new version to be released next year. A public announcement is expected at the release of Leopard. This follows up the license fee for WebObjects falling from $50,000 to Free when Tiger was released.

From the article:
Apple will not be withdrawing support for WebObjects, sources stressed, despite the software's omission from the list of Application Server Technologies under Mac OS X 10.5 Server and the Intel-based Xserve. Portions of WebObjects code are covered by patents Apple acquired from NeXT, and Apple will keep that code in-house.

Also mentioned are changes to a J2EE-style environment and preformance improvements of four to six fold via a new threading module. Apple aquired WebObjects as part of the 1997 buyout of Steve Jobs's company NeXT."


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