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Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

TigerPlish I"d hate to be the guy (99 comments)

I'd hate to be the guy a) pitching this operation at the change control meeting, and b) the guy signing off on this change.

4 hours ago

Of the following, I'd rather play ...

TigerPlish No backsies. (274 comments)

Global Thermonuclear War.

I'll even face the brilliant flash of light and light my last cigar with it. *FOOM!*

about two weeks ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

TigerPlish Switch ON! (701 comments)

"One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, TWELVE BLADES!"

Immediately followed by "Mixture on, SWITCH ON!"


about a month ago

HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

TigerPlish UCS what? (68 comments)

Cisco got fr1st post!

about a month and a half ago

Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

TigerPlish Because saying the truth is being a "negativist" (109 comments)

What is this, life -- or 2nd grade?

It seems outright condescending to try to make it all happy news. People die. Things break. Teams lose. Wars happen. DEAL WITH IT! Don't hide it!

about a month and a half ago

TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

TigerPlish This is nothing new. (702 comments)

1991, leaving Franfurt towards Paris (just a short jaunt in a puddlejumper) I was asked by the security person working the line to demonstrate my camera was a real camera. So I uncap the lens, aimed at her, who quickly voiced her opposition to that idea, so I shot the ceiling instead. Wasted one frame of film to show her my tattered minolta x-700 wasn't some terrorists's bomb.

I suppose this was fallout from the bomb that took Pan Am 103 down over Lockerbie.

about 2 months ago

Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

TigerPlish Cash Cash Baby (162 comments)

All the more incentive to go back to paper money.

Use debit / credit cards and open yourself to fraud and tracking, use cash and open yourself to robbery.

Either way, we lost the war. The corporations won.

The Public didn't even know there was a war on.

about 2 months ago

Trivial Bypass of PayPal Two-Factor Authentication On Mobile Devices

TigerPlish I'm 100% immune. (47 comments)

The fucking thing hasn't ever worked for me, not once, not ever. Always blaming the server side. Win!

about 2 months ago

China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

TigerPlish Re:This I didn't expect. (274 comments)

The good thing about Musk (and guys like him) is that profit is not the sole and exclusive purpose of the company

This. We need more like this. But I fear even Tesla will fall to greed one day, when Musk cashes out and the MBAs take over and visualize, strategize, conceptualize and monetize every ounce of life out of that company.

about 2 months ago

China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

TigerPlish Re:This I didn't expect. (274 comments)

It makes perfect sense. After enough time of disparaging the factory life, Americans are finally realizing that it beats the alternative.

I can make sense of it at an intellectual level, it's just my gut reaction to go "WTF" -- it's a bit counter-intuitive.

The news is welcome, I just wish American companies would start making things in USA again. I know we can do it. I suppose in time, we will.

about 2 months ago

China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

TigerPlish This I didn't expect. (274 comments)

I was thinking some years ago "If all the jobs went to China because no one in the US wants the factory worker life, who is gonna build Chinese doohickeys when *they* get tired of the factory life?"

I was thinking India. Or Malaysia, or Chile or something..

But not the USA. I never even considered that possibility.

WTF. This world no longer makes any sense to me.

about 2 months ago

Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

TigerPlish Political will and patience? (308 comments)

Mr. Lessig,

Yours is the first effort I've heard about revamping Government that makes any sense whatsoever. A hearty thank you to you and your staff!

In your estimation, does MaydayPAC have a decades-long plan, to replace as much of Congress as possible, and even reach for the Presidency?

I'm all for it. Even if it takes 30 years.

about 2 months ago

I prefer to settle down at night with a good..

TigerPlish Another missing option (139 comments)

A glass of single-malt and a Puerto Rican cigar. Puro Indio FTW!

But, not every night. This is too easy to overdo.

about 2 months ago

How To Make Espresso In Space

TigerPlish I find this heartwarming (192 comments)

For some reason, I find the idea of having a shot of real, hot espresso in space heartwarming.

A little bit of home, when you're up so very high above it..

about 2 months ago

Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

TigerPlish One thing Best Buy is still good for.. (210 comments) for picking up freshly-released movies. Don't have to wait for the postman. Just drive up, park in the mostly empty parking lot, go into the mostly-empty store, pay your monies, go home, stick in player, relax.

With all that empty, though, I can't think BB will be around much longer..

about 3 months ago

New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

TigerPlish I'm totally for this (243 comments)

It is a gimmick, and a welcome one. Makes the car feel like it turns like a plane or bike: by banking. Completely artificial but I'm tellin' ya, if I feel it I'll probably buy it.

I don't like how cars and boats go about bends. I live with it, I choose my cars to make short work of the bends and have fun doing so, but I'd much rather feel a turn like in a plane or bike.

Benz has been toying with this for at least 15 years, Some tv show had it, they also had a benz bike with four wheels which kinda scissored leaning you into the turn. But they also had a small four-wheel car doing it. Both got my attention... but now here's the car for-reals.

about 3 months ago

Bill Watterson (briefly) Returns To Comics

TigerPlish I *so* miss Watterson (119 comments)

I miss Brethead as well.

If there was ever a decade that needed Watterson's whim and Brethead's grit, it is this one.

about 3 months ago

New Federal Database Will Track Americans' Credit Ratings, Other Financial Info

TigerPlish Re:It's more than mortgages. (294 comments)

One thing is to have financial information about individuals and their families scattered across multiple entities with defined boundaries and different search mechanisms -- it's another thing entirely to have the same financial info in one nice, convenient, easy-to-search, easy-to-abuse place.

A convenient central financial info database with intimate detail. What could *possibly* go wrong, right?

Now that I've had some time to chew on the news and my post, it occurs to me that this is also a profiling tool. Perhaps predictive uses could also be found for it?

The ranting will continue, by the way, by myself and others, until either we're dead, or a dramatic change of course happens to this country. And yes, I remember the ranting 30 years ago. Vividly. Along with images of Carter and Shah, Reagan and Ayatollah, Bush and Noriega, Bush II and Saddam, Obama and bin-Laden, brought to us by talking heads and punctuated by the nodding of a million muggles' heads.

No one. Fucking. Listened. Now we're playing the same songbook again, only the music is much more sinister, faster and more intense.

Wake the fuck up, people.

about 3 months ago

New Federal Database Will Track Americans' Credit Ratings, Other Financial Info

TigerPlish It's more than mortgages. (294 comments)

According to TFA:

Late car payment? It'll be recorded.

Late creditcard payment? Skipped a child support payment? Forgot to pay the water bill? It'll be recorded. Or so TFA says.

The database will also encompass a mortgage holderâ(TM)s entire credit history, including delinquent payments, late payments, minimum payments, high account balances and credit scores, according to the notice.

Really?! "high account balances?!"

The composition of your family? Feast your eyes on this little nugget FTFA:

The two agencies will also assemble âoehousehold demographic data,â including racial and ethnic data, gender, marital status, religion, education, employment history, military status, household composition, the number of wage earners and a familyâ(TM)s total wealth and assets.

Folks.. it *is* big brother. People are focusing on only the mortgage aspect, but if TFA is to be believed, it's a financial dragnet.

What the fuck are they looking for? People spending large sums on strange things?

It won't be for bureaucratic purposes. This will get tied in with law enforcement somehow. That's just my gut feeling, folks... but I do really think LEOs will want in on this.

"Mr Smith, we'd like to have a word with you.. every two weeks you withdraw $100 cash, then as you can see in these pictures, the city's automated license plate readers catch you visiting the address of a known marijuana dealer every time you make that withdrawal. Please step into the van, sir."

It's coming. Maybe not for a bag of sweet leaf, but surely for other things.

2001 was the year the US ended. We sold out to the Gov't and did so willingly; because Terrorism!, because Think of the Children, because War on Drugs! But mainly because Terrorism.

To hell with the federal government, might as well call it the Reich now.

about 3 months ago



AT&T rolls out iPhone Wireless Emergency Alerts

TigerPlish TigerPlish writes  |  about a year ago

TigerPlish (174064) writes "AT&T has rolled out Wireless Emergency Alerts for iPhones, as this article explains.

The alerts are for huge catastrophes (a Presidential Alert), then for weather / natural calamities, and one for AMBER alerts. One can turn off the latter, but the Presidential alert cannot be turned off.

The article mentions only 4S and 5 get this update. That said, I have a 4 and it got the update this morning.

This was enacted in 2006, for those keeping track of such things.

I, for one, do not care for this any more than I like the idea of them reading my communications to begin with. Oh, I'm sorry, the "metadata" from my communications."

TomTom LIVE devices useless during Rush Hours

TigerPlish TigerPlish writes  |  about 2 years ago

TigerPlish (174064) writes "In certain high-density areas of the USA, such as Boston, New York City, South Florida (Broward and Dade Counties), TomTom LIVE traffic data fails to load in a reasonable time during the rush hours. Sometimes it loads in 10 minutes, sometimes in 20, and very often, never. This negates whatever benefits LIVE traffic data promised.

There's a long-running thread thread in the TomTom discussion forums dealing with the US LIVE issues.

The UK has its own set of issues, seen in this thread.

Given the goals stated in their Traffic Manifesto one would've expected a rapid fix to the problems. However, the issues persist."

Romney exibited bullying / abusive behavior, WP article says

TigerPlish TigerPlish writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TigerPlish (174064) writes "An investigative piece in the Washington Post brings forth that Mitt Romney once forcibly pinned a fellow male student and cut off his long bleached blonde hair simply because Romney thought it (the hair) wasn't right. Another incident involved deliberately holding a door closed on a blind teacher.

Pranks are pranks, but to this reader, these actions are those of an antisocial homophobic psycho.

Is this the type of person we want as President of the USA?"

Link to Original Source

Romney Bullying Allegations Arise, According To WP

TigerPlish TigerPlish writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TigerPlish (174064) writes "A Washington Post investigative piece alleges Mitt Romney indulged in fairly aggressive / abusive bullying behavior, including pinning down a fellow male student and cutting off his bleached blonde hair because ...he can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!"
Link to Original Source

Internet Pirates Useful, Funimation CEO finds.

TigerPlish TigerPlish writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TigerPlish (174064) writes "In this March 28 Variety aritcle, Funimation CEO Gen Fukunaga explains he finds pirates to provide useful data to assist him in selling to legit buyers.

"There are sites that'll rank the counts of downloads, and then we look at fan polls. So there's lots of data," said Mr. Fukunaga. Funimation has grown to take 27% of the US anime, making it number 1. By doing what others fear to do, Funimation's vaulted to the top, while older, bigger names fell flat on their faces. Folk in "traditional" media companies reading this must be going "Arr?"

Maybe they should be saying "Maybe there's something we can do with these pirates, other than try to hang them.. like maybe.. make money from them? Good heavens, we'd be treating them like our own customers! Brilliant! What punishment most fitting!"

But no. You know they'll try to hang 'em. It's okkay, companies fail, new ones are born. No biggie."

TigerPlish TigerPlish writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TigerPlish (174064) writes " Yahoo News reports Microsoft will cripple 'non-genuine' copies of Vista.

Crippling will be progressive, will start with disabling some features such as the Aero GUI and will apparently top out at limiting the nefarious user of a pirated Vista copy to using a web browser for one hour at a time. What's next? "This unauthorized computer will be summarily sublimated in seven seconds?" Frying hardware? Sky's the limit for the boys at Redmond, it'd seem."


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