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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Technician Re:What are the bounds of property? (159 comments)

One that I enjoyed reading a out is the ariel tram in Portland OR. Residents were concerend with the gondolas flying overhead and peeking into their private back yards. Residents were assured the view is out and not down. One resident then put offencive material in his "private back yard", and there was a stir on his choice of back yard decor. He reminded the tram operators that passangers can not see into his private back yard. Its your problem as it is my private back yard.

Link http://gondolaproject.com/2009... Warning profanity

2 days ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Technician Re:What did they expect? (181 comments)

When it has free competition, failure to pay is common. I am learning more online than ever before. Much of it is outside an online classroom.

Examples include
DMX512 lighting control
Digital Photography and photo editing (formal training in the 70's limited to film SLR and darkroom processing)
Additional electronics including digital signal processing. Formal traiining ended in the 1980's.
Audio Engineering/Recording
HVAC & Refrigeration
Welding/Brazing
Not all who learn are after a sheepskin, but the skills.

Certifications obtained includes Journeyman ISCET Certification
Certification is pending for the EPA Universal CFC Certification.

What I don't have - Student Loans

2 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Technician Re:Separate hardware from software (413 comments)

Tektronics has done this with their test equipment for years. I found out the hard way the drivers to transfer screen prints to my PC did NOT come with the optional communications module. To get simple screen cap functionality, the software suite price is about 5X the cost of the communicatins module.

Are they sure they want to go this route? Fortunately for grey box PC's, alternative software is readily available. For Tektronics scopes, not so much.

It looks like more moden scope communicaitons modules now come bundled with the softare package.

3 days ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

Technician Re:Backup My Data (150 comments)

Picking up extra fuel for the generator is on my list.

4 days ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Technician Re:RT.com? (528 comments)

An embargo is usually in place to encourage a country to change a practice hostile to the US. When the leadership changes positions and is no longer hostile to the US, the embargo is lifted, unless things don't change.

This started about the time of the Cuban Missle Crisis. Cuba has maintained unfriendly to the US ties. This has not changed. Thus the embargo status has remained. Lifing the embargo for Cuba to rebuild missle bases aimed at the US is not going to happen. They are too close to defend against missles launched from Cuba. Keeping missles out of cuba is the reson for the embargo. The US does not want the same relationship Isreal has with Gaza with bombs lobbed over the border to keep things stirred up.

At the moment there are no bombs and missles, unlike other close neighbors that don't get along. Screaming about economic impact of an embargo is not going to fix this.

4 days ago
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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

Technician Re:Two-Factor Authentication (107 comments)

If you have a Gmail account, look for the Last Account Activity at the bottom right. Use the Details link to see your recent history. Set your preferences to alert you to unusual account activity. More accounts should notify you of unusual logins and login attempts.

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

Technician Re:Google is your friend (107 comments)

http://www.thedomains.com/2014...

The good news is that Namecheap found the attack early and took measures to defeat the attempt to log into NameCheap accounts, the bad news is this is not just a security issue for Namecheap but seems to be along the lines of the groups of Russian Hackers which gained access to hundreds of thousands of email accounts and millions of user Id’s and passwords last month so its an issue for all Internet Users

about two weeks ago
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New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

Technician Re:Placing all your eggs in one basket (62 comments)

Is that sarcasm? In reality, I don't generaly carry credit cards at all. I do have some, but they are used very sparingly.

Learn the credit card company's tricks. Have a high balance card? Get a great cash advance offer for 6 months? Beware. All your payments go toward the main balance and the great cash advance is untouched and then jumps to high interest after the introduction period. Buy a pair of socks or other purchases? Guess what your paymnets go towards while your cash advance at the higher rate continues to roll over month to month.

If you use a cash advance or other promotion, put the card in a safe and don't touch it. Pay it off. Don't carry the card. If I had only one card, and it was tied to everything, I could not take advantage of great offers when they come up without being taken to the cleaners. Rotate the cards. Use the perks, but know the game. Using them carelessly is very expensive.

Ever have a card company call you to find out why you are not using a card with a 0 balance? I have. Told them their interest rate was too high. I was using other cards instead. Got a much lower competitive rate. Now another card is in the lockbox unused. Can't do this with only one card. Use the leverage.

about two weeks ago
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New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

Technician Placing all your eggs in one basket (62 comments)

Placing all your ID travel documents and cash in one basket is a really good idea.. Not.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Technician Re:But what of Netflix (341 comments)

They could start driving the customers to the competition. Some loss is acceptable to keep average selling price up, but there is a limit.

about three weeks ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

Technician Re:What goes around (182 comments)

If they get away from this and this is how low the bar is set, I can imagine the established taxi service with a central dispatch system will employ the tactic on the orignator, and have some backlash protection quickly able to blacklist blocks of cell numbers on throw away accounts and whitelisting many bars and other public access phones.

Blacklisted - Do not respond, long drive to arrive.. Trac Phone number or Magic Jack number, or already abused number.

Tenative, unknown new customer on questionable prefix. Respond if very local to a driver. No long drives and limit wating time.

Whitelist, Joe's Bar where Joe calls the cab for someone, gives customer's ID, or a taxi regular.

about three weeks ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Technician Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

This extra labor and skill simply adds to the TCO of the WIndows product. What is your time worth?

Sometimes the cost of a clean copy is cheaper than the time and effort required to properly clean an OEM copy. It is much easier to wipe and install Mint or some other OS that comes clean and with fully functional applications. I've stopped dual booting on more than one or two machines, becasue each time I boot into Windows for some requried Windows specific task, I'm stuck waiting on the shutdown for "Configuring Windows, Please do not power off" screen on top of the AV Updates, Windows Updates, Flash Updates, etc that has delayed startup. This is how a once or twice a month Windows task turns from 5 minutes to 25 Minutes +.

Unless you boot into Windows at least twice a week, it will remind you how much it is a time drain.

about three weeks ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Technician Re:Just have them talk to my 3rd eldest, Larrisa (251 comments)

Just added lenny to my sip phone address book. If you use IPPI, the full address won't work as it won't take the two dots in the address. Remove the first sip. from the address and it works great.

about three weeks ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Technician Re:Scambaiter sites are NSFW (251 comments)

Just a reminder that scambaiting sites are generaly NSFW. Some have explicit phontos and situations, and some simply due to the race isses. I got in trouble mentioning a 419 scam at work because it disparages a non white race only due to the country with the 419 Penal Code in the name of the scam.

Save scambaiting for off work hours if your complany is super PC sensitive. Do study the scams to prevent being a victim. Do educate your co-workers against Advance Fee Fraud. Don't call it 419 or mention Nigerian law. That could be a PC issue at work.

about three weeks ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Technician Re:Got one of these once (251 comments)

On my first one, this is how it ended as I went to the website and downloaded the application and offered him the options of "Save" or "Cancel". This confused him for quite a while. He asked me to "Open" it , so I opened it in Package Manager and found the Exe contained another file inside the container. So I extracted that. Finaly we got to the non Windows issue and he hung up. This took almost 40 minutes due to trying to get remote access working.

These guys are getting smarter in regards to people being on to them.

The latest call was much shorter as they expalined my PC was uploading to some server. I reacted supprised and inquired as to the server my machine was logging into so I could check my router log. He immediately queried me on why I was skeptical. I explained that I wasn't, but needed to follow up on the breech with the network team to find the target server that was collecting our information. He again accused me of being skeptical and as I again said I wasn't, but needed security to follow up on the breech and check the network gateway logs, he simply hung up on me. They don't want to deal with anyone that understands computers.

That call never got to the event viewer or remote access. Was fun to have him hang up on me wihout even saying goodby.

about three weeks ago
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13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

Technician Missleading title (134 comments)

I have not seen any AIDS patients growing on trees so this should not be an issue. :-)

about three weeks ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Technician Re:Why Fy? (260 comments)

Low level RF has the same emission pattern as a lit cigarette. At 50 yards the heat won't burn you. At 5 feet the heat won't burn you. Place one in your lap, the test results may be different than the government claims. I'm fine with WiFi in a laptop computer. The antennas are at the top edge of the lid. A cell phone in your pocket or a tablet pasted against your head does not have this 5+ inches of seperation.

about three weeks ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Technician Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

Why single out Microsoft? Many multinational corporations have overseas divisions and not all income is brought home to be taxed, then sent back abroad to pay the workforce.

about three weeks ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Technician Re:They always told me I was so smart... (243 comments)

How smart you are depends on whose Kitchen you are standing in at the time. Sub Shop for kitchen and you get the idea. Put a BBQ chef in a bakery and watch the failure.

A movie I really enjoyed about not telling students how good they are is "The Paper Chase" A student feels pressure to not flunk out as a failure. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt00... Older film, great drama.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Technician Re:From the wikipedia (303 comments)

True,

But in semiconductor manufacturing, Lead is contamination. EDX of the sample shows it to be Pb free. All Copper Sulfate indicates Lead. The testing kit instructions clearly state this is normal for the kit.

about three weeks ago

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Bing is adding street view

Technician Technician writes  |  yesterday

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 6 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 6 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  |  more than 7 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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