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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

Technician Re:Why not blame the phone company? (230 comments)

You are subscribing, thus get a bill. They do not subscribe to your carrier. They call in from a peer, often VOIP such as Magic Jack with invalid location data.

VOIP service other than consumer packaged plans permit users to set their own CID info. For example, I can enter my 800 number for call backs.

Commercial lines are different from home lines where the in and out line is one and the same.

I have a DID Direct Inward Dial number. It can't call out.

I also have several trunk lines. They can call out, but can't take a call in as they have no number. On those lines, I can place my own CID info per call, or by extension as needed or for abuse.

Ever dial 9 to get an outside line? Several hundred phones may be using 3 or 4 outgoing trunk lines. CID can be set for the hotel 800 number or each extension can provide their own CID so return calls go to your shop 800 number or cell phone.

This feature makes fake CID child's play.

yesterday
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

Technician Re:For those who didn't read (110 comments)

It is only the pockets that are protected. Good luck getting that pair of jeans in your pocket.

Are you only planning on stealing ladies underwear?

3 days ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

Technician Re:The downside is? (110 comments)

TSA search at the airport

3 days ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

Technician Re:The battle of extremes. (176 comments)

I agree that confusing the embryo, child, baby, etc is common on both sides of the argument. The only difference between the names is age after conception or age before or after birth.

Your post shows the same bias or spin. Both camps use names for this early life. Both sides do agree that it is ALIVE and is a life. But is it a person yet? That is the crux of the debate.

about a week ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

Technician Re:The battle of extremes. (176 comments)

Are you talking about the daughter?

Daughter or son, It's stressful enough to be almost 100% fatal. True, the mom usually survives.

about a week ago
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A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

Technician Re:Great but (100 comments)

I have Michael Jackson;s business card. I worked on the sound system in his car. He is older than the music industry recording star. He was never black.
Donald Duck served in the US Navy in the 1970's. Not the cartoon.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Technician Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

Remember this,

Would you like to be in group A with no pot conviction, or one of the leftovers in group B? It pays to have a clean record.

about two weeks ago
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Class-Action Suit Claims Copyright Enforcement Company Made Harassing Robo-calls

Technician Re:Answering machines? (67 comments)

The worst debt collection practice I was hammered with, called, didn't state for who they were,, did not leave any options to complete the call from them, but only gave a call back number for Jeromy to call Bob. I'm not Jeremy, so I let it run for a couple of months to see if it would quit. It didn't. Collectors continued to call even after my new number was not so new at 8 years.

I pity anyone who does not speak English as they wouldn't understand the message, there was no option to respond to the call, such as press any key, and it would continue until you did call in. They only quit after I called and didn't ask for Bob, but asked for their legal department. I think I shook them up a bit. Anyway the calls quit from them.

I asked for the legal department. I then told them they can not legally disclose any debt info to third parties. Then told them of the issue with the robocall. I gave them the number they robocalled and the times. They feigned ignorance and stated it must have been forwarded to my number from another number. I then asked for the number they were using to call Jeremy and gave time stamps. They then claimed they could not release Jeremy's contact info to 3rd parties. LOL.. Nice snow job. Anyway the calls quit with threat of $50 for each additional call per the telemarketing and fair collection practices laws.

A Google search of the number revealed the law firm in Chicago IL, their address, office phone numbers, staff names, etc. Nobody there is named Bob or Robert.

Jeromy Taylor, Please update your contact info with your creditors. I'm tired of taking your calls.

about a month ago
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Class-Action Suit Claims Copyright Enforcement Company Made Harassing Robo-calls

Technician Re:Harassment and cell phones... (67 comments)

And I got issued your number. Your bill collector still calls on occasion Mr Taylor. Pay your bill!

about a month ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

Technician Re:Thanks for crashing my web server! (147 comments)

I'm surprised he got it to run that fast. AM radio in the US broadcasts from about .5 to 1.5 Mhz. Without a ground plane and shielding, there is a lot of coupling between wires. I bet he can't listen to any distant AM radio stations in the same room with that running.

Good job getting a breadboard computer to clock over 1MHZ.

about a month ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Technician Re:"Getting whiter" (496 comments)

What the liberals want is;
30% Chinese
30% Japanese
30% Korean
30% Hispanic
30% Black
30% Vietnamese
What ever us keft over % Male
50% Female
50% Gay
30% Mexican
30% Guatamalan
and 30% Native American.

All cry inequality when less than 50%

Liberals have some other shortcommings in STEM besides math.

about a month ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Technician Re:Bullshit Stats. (496 comments)

I had a job offer in Seattle that I turned down due to the cost of relocation, traffic, housing, etc. If I had taken the job, my spouse would have moved too and looked for work. She would not have looked for an engineering job, so yes, there would be pay inequality, but she would not need to deal with 2nd housing, etc. I suepect some of the pay inequality is spouses of engineers working at Microsoft or Boeing working the two income family positions to make the mortguage instead of full time homemaker. These positions are rarely the same income bracket as the primary breadwinner who can have >40 hours work and are not the primary family member taking the kids to soccer practice.

about a month ago
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New Trial Brings Skype to (Some) Browsers

Technician Re:Based on my experiences with Microsoft Lync... (55 comments)

If MS drops support for all the Polycom Lync devices including conference speakerphones and desk phones, Bluetooth Lync headsets, etc, Corporate will be a hard sell.

Best of Lync and Skype should not obsolete all the business telcom hardware products in use by corporate users. That would be dropping the most useful parts.

I don't wear headphones all the time. I don't have disruptive speakers, and I can still hear my phone ring, and answer it, even while the PC is in a locked screensaver, in hibernation, or even rebooting.. Not all my job is screen time.

Do you ever reboot? Lock the screen and step out? Read a paper list, drawing, manual, or report?

Missing calls while not watching the screen or have another app on top is unacceptable.

about a month ago
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New Trial Brings Skype to (Some) Browsers

Technician Re:Based on my experiences with Microsoft Lync... (55 comments)

Lync can be used with communications headsets. UN-checking the option to use the sound device only for communications permits using the headset for Lync as well as for all other PC sound playback.

The best option in my opinion is to use a desk phone for Lync calls. Polycom makes some nice ones as well as Snom. Alternate firmware can change the SIP phone into an OCS VOIP phone able to integrate with your Lync account. Search for Snom OCS firmware for more info.
Desk phone, speaker phone, or headset is your choice.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Technician Re:Thank Comcast! (405 comments)

The main reason peers block Comcast by deafult is the number of vunerable XP machines that get hijacked to send spam. Dropping mail from home users has almost no false positives. Mail if permitted by peers would increase the number of botnet attempts to send bulk spam. The fact the mail is blocked makes compromised Comcast user's machines much less valuable.

Even home configured business accounts on static IP addresses do not have a super good IT department to prevent compromised machines becoming part of a spam botnet, which is a good reason to not accept mail from home IP blocks.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

Technician Re:Google taking Apple's playbook (219 comments)

The point is after the education market, business is mostly non Apple. The exceptions are media production and related fields. Mobile media (tablets) should belong to Apple, but Android at lower price points has higher unit sales.

Google Chrome is poised to do to MS PC's what Android did to Apple Tablets and phones.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

Technician Google taking Apple's playbook (219 comments)

Early in the PC vs Apple days, Apple was heavy into the education market as the theory went as kids lift school they would continue to use what they learned in school.

Apple faced the reality of aftermarket gray box PC's running DOS, then Windows at a lower price embraced by business. Microsoft rode in on commodity hardware.

Now Windows and the support structure is high priced and Google is doing the Apple playbook getting into schools with an easy to use, secure platform, but with a price advantage. This could go somewhere. There is not much cheap platform hardware that can out perform the inexpensive hardware and software.

The only Achilles heel is the underpowered nature, but with proper growth, that could soon end. Chrome is not an enterprise platform, yet.

about a month ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

Technician Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (438 comments)

Some employers want more than your diploma. They want to know what certifications you obtained and your ability to answer questions on the fly at the interview. Microsoft and Google interview questions come to mind. Can you problem solve?

Industry knowledge is very helpful. For the telcom people out there, do you have a CFC certificate (USA)? On one of my jobs requiring a clearance to enter the facility, this is a plus. The ability to give the managed network switch logs and the HVAC logs in one trip can separate basic trained and experianced skilled. Some employers will ask not only what software tools you are trained on, but want to know what tools you have in your tool kit. If you have a tone kit, crimpers, and a scope meter, they may expect you to be able to solve the software problems and check the actual port samples on the hardware.

Some engineers are just plain dangerous with a screwdriver. One that has a torque screwdriver and knows the tork to use on DB connectors, bay screws, and so on will get a job ahead of one that just has MSIE certifications. In the US even explaining a JIS screwdriver and why you have one can separate you from the other canidates.

How many of you just Googled JIS screwdriver?

How many of you already have one?

about a month and a half ago
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Bats Can Jam Each Other's Ultrasonic Signals

Technician Re: EVERYONE does this! (50 comments)

One item that is a possibility wasn't mentioned. It could be simply collison avoidance instead of jamming. Fear of a high speed collsision would make most any animal pause. Is it loss of targeting, or avoiding a high speed crash?

about a month and a half ago

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Bing is adding street view

Technician Technician writes  |  about 3 months ago

Technician (215283) writes "This story snuck by me. In August it was announced Bing is adding street view to it's maps. I became aware of it when I saw a car looking somewhat like a Google Streeet View car, but the camera package was cylindrical looking somewhat like R2D2 instead of the camera ball used by Google. This was spotted in Beaverton Oregon."
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When will SCO stock die?

Technician Technician writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Technician (215283) writes "I have been watching SCO stock waiting for them to die. Instead of dying, I noticed they have been ticking upward lately. This got me to wondering why? After some thought, I think I have the answer. Speculators are buying the stock, not because it may come back, but because it is threatened with de-listing as it has been under a dollar for some time. Speculators may have bought a bunch of shares in hopes that as last time it was threatened with de-listing, it jumped, investors will run up the price just before the deadline to prevent from being de-listed? Does anyone have any other theories why the stock is up from 0.15 to over 0.30? Is anybody holding SCO hoping it will hit 1.00 again? How can a stock that bad double in price in one and a half months?"
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Mystery illness from meteor crash is solved.

Technician Technician writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Technician (215283) writes "The meteor that crashed in Peru caused a mystery illnesses. The cause of the illness has been found. The meteor was not toxic. The ground water it contacted contains arsenic. The resulting steam cloud is what caused the mystery illness. "The meteorite created the gases when the object's hot surface met an underground water supply tainted with arsenic, the scientists said." http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/09/070921-meteor-peru.html There is a very good photo of the impact crater in the article. The rim of the crater is lined with people for a size comparison."
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SCO lost the Linux case. Stock drops 70%

Technician Technician writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Technician (215283) writes "SCO has lost the case in it's claim to Linux code. http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUKN10 31204220070811?rpc=44
Novell is in the clear to order SCO to drop the case against IBM for including SCO code in Linux.
"Judge Dale Kimball of the U.S. District Court for Utah said Novell Inc (NOVL.O: Quote, Profile, Research), rather than SCO, owns copyrights to the UNIX computer operating system, which also jeopardizes a related SCO lawsuit against IBM"
SCO's stock bombed over 70% today.
http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=SCOX&t=5d&l=on&z=m &q=l&c=
Novell is in the clear to order SCO to drop the case against IBM for including SCO code in Linux."
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Technician Technician writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Technician (215283) writes "SCO Relies on IBM-donated Servers to Provide Support for OpenServer/UnixWare Customers. It appears that SCO and Groklaw have the exact same tie to IBM. Does this mean that the IBM legal team is behind the anti-Linux SCO action? Aparently not any more than IBM is behind anti-SCO news. The kind folks at Groklaw have discoverd this and kindly provide an article here; http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=200704072 21422994"
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Technician Technician writes  |  about 8 years ago

Technician (215283) writes "The 3 day 3 play limit on WI-FI sharing of MP3 files has a work around. In a nutshell, switch the unit to the hard drive mode and rename the MP3's you wish to share with a .jpg extension. There is no 3 plays 3 days restriction on shared photos. More info here; http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/portable-media/how- to-bypass-the-zunes-wifi-sharing-drm-217042.php This has been tested on MP3 files. I don't think it will work with DRM files."

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