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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

TigerPlish Re:Why... (129 comments)

did this take so long to occur.

Big ship turns slow -- the inertia of government / judiciary is fearsome.

Maybe they spent the time gathering intel and evidence, dotting Is and crossing Ts. Building a case. Due process and all that.

Either way.. win!

about a week ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

TigerPlish Re:CYA (127 comments)

No, the Mom and Pop likely uses a 3rd-party payment processor.

What, you thought *everyone* taking credit / debit payments have their own in-house?

about two weeks ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

TigerPlish Re:Missing the point. (127 comments)

A few million each year for security compliance is nothing to Target or Walmart. It is a dagger in the heart of their local and regional competition.

Mom and Pop don't have their own POS. They use payment processing houses. It's the Big Dogs that have their own POS systems.

about two weeks ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

TigerPlish Re:Repeat with me (127 comments)

So you'd rather have it so there are no Federal consequences for being a sloppy, lazy, bug-infested easy target?

Sometimes regulation protect all of us, not just corporations. This could be one of those.

OK, I have a non-regulated approach to fighting breaches: If your company is stupid enough to get breached, the banks and card issuers must block you from doing credit and debit card business again -- ever. Good luck with cash-only.

Is that too cold-hearted for you? You'd rather have that instead of rules and consequences for data breaches?

about two weeks ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

TigerPlish Re:CYA (127 comments)

The last sentence of TFS has a link to an article mentioning bankers are pressuring retailers to pay for the banks' costs in a post-breach cleanup.

Money talks. In this case the bankers hold all the cards and the retailers will have no choice but to armor their payment systems. That, or spend hand-over-fist in cleanup and damaged reputation.

Which road will they take? The cheaper one -- which I suspect is to armor their POS systems.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Develop Remote-Controlled Cyber-Roaches

TigerPlish Borrowed from Fifth Element (35 comments)

There was a roach bug in that film. Complete with electronics backpack and ridiculous but hilarious dish antenna.

about two weeks ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

TigerPlish Confusing directions from relatives (236 comments)

Instead of confusing directions from relatives, you occasionaly get improbable confusing directions from your satnav.

"Ahead, drive straight ahead" twice in 30 seconds.
*looks at map*
The blue line showing intended course shows a left turn. "Dammit, left turn in 500 feet? WTF?" followed by quick mirror glance and hard left if possible. Which isn't often at all. x.x

Tom Tom, get yer shit together!

After using satnav for 5 years I can see how we (US) can miss the intended target and make a holy place a holey one instead by accident.

I still won't go back to paper.

about three weeks ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

TigerPlish Re:Anyone still going to the movies? (357 comments)

How do you do multi-channel sound with hardware that doesn't understand any of the newer codecs?

Easy. I only have two sources: A DVD player and a Bluray player. Each uses toslink optical to the receiver, and component video to the receiver. Then from the receiver to the projector there's one long component cable.

The receiver I have understands Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby ProLogic and DTS Neo 6. Enough for my needs.

The curtain is about to close on my current receiver.. I will soon need HDMI because the MPAA cowed the manufacturers into taking hi-rez component video out of the picture. Any new sources I buy / build will likley lack component out. Thank you MPAA for forcing an unwanted upgrade. The Panasonic XR-55 I use is a freakish thing possesed of a most sweet sound. The encouraging thing is that anything made in the last 10 or so years will sound just as good.. it's not like the dark ages of the 70's 80's and 90;s.. back then you wanted good sound, you used tubes. After the invention of the digital "amp," great sound is within everyone's reach.

You just need the speakers to let all that good sound out... and that's where the horns come in.

about a month ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

TigerPlish Re:Anyone still going to the movies? (357 comments)

With modern technology you can have a decent enough experience without the theater. Huge screens, projectors, surround-sound, etc is all available and relatively affordable by normal people these days. Sure, you're not going to get iMAX at home easily but it's good enough to make the effort of going out not worth it.

Problem with this is, most people I know won't make the commitment that it takes to make a nice home cinema. Not a fancy one -- just a technically accomplished one.

What does it take?

0. Absolute light control. No windows, no shutters, no blinds, no light.
1. Black ceiling and front wall
2. Dark-ish side and back walls -- the room should have as little light reflection as possible.
3. A fixed screen of half the height of viewing distance, placed high up coupled with chairs with a good deal of gangsta lean. (so if you sit 8-9 ft away from the screen, the screen should be 4 ft tall, which works to about 7 ft wide. This is what I have.)
4. 3 IDENTICAL channels up front -- not two big "mains" and a ridiculously tiny "center." You need three of the same speaker up front
5. Surrounds identical to the front (or at least from the same family)
6. Properly calibrate all that mess.
7. Shelving to store physical media and display figures, models, whatever.
8. Lighting with a remote dimmer to light all those toys and things -- narrow spots, for the most part. That means low-voltage MR16 heads, and that means more $ and more commitment.
Still think the avg. homeowner can do all that?

I did, It took me 3 months of after-work labor just to paint and wire and carpet. All my audio gear is 10+ years old, some of it sourced from Craigslist. None of it is what people would cal hi-end. But it all works, and I can throw a better picture than a badly-ran theater. I'm particularly proud of my audio, which uses horn speakers, letting me get outrageous fidelity and almost unlimited headroom. Bring on the ka-boom. .

But none of my friends will do it, none of my coworkers will. All they want is a stupid TV with speakers haphazardly strewn about. To them that's good enough. And I bet you 90% of people think the same way.

It takes commitment and a certain degree of crazy to make a proper home cinema.

about a month ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

TigerPlish Re:Anyone still going to the movies? (357 comments)

Where are these mythical places?

Muvico.

Cinemark.

Regal (some)

And now I will call one out by name, because it is especially deserving of shame: Frank' Theaters, you have to go. You're a grindhouse. All your theaters are grindhouses. Shrivel and die already. Mountains of dust on the aperture plate. Head-to-tail scratches on the print. I saw an employee go from one room to another with an entire print draped like a bandolier, without clamps. Good thing digital has rendered the incompetent projectionist obsolete (and sadly put many a good projectionist out of biz.)

Don't have any decent ones around you? Get in your car, catch a bus, whatever -- and go to a decent moviehouse.

I drive 20 miles to go to Muvico. And I do it without complaint.

about a month ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

TigerPlish What is soooo hard about winding a watch? (415 comments)

If wound daily, my daily wear watch (handwind only, no auto) takes 8 turns to wind. Less than 20 seconds.

My other watch is automatic, it winds itself. If I have to wind it due to not wearing it, like, during the weekend, then I hand-wind it about 10 turns.. again less than 20 seconds.

I never understood humanity's aversion to winding a watch. it's a no-brainer, something that is second-nature and takes very little time. Even if one has a battery of 5 watches, winding all of them in the morning takes less than two minutes.

about a month ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

TigerPlish It is a knee-jerk, but the Gov't earned it. (206 comments)

After a constant barrage of post-wikileaks / snowden sensationalist coverage, I think The Public has been conditioned to outrage at any hint of Gov't maleficence.

Then again, the good old USA has developed instant outrage over anything, over everything, ever since Facetwit came into being.

In any case, the Gov't earned it. Bad Gov't, BAD! *THWACK*

about a month ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

TigerPlish Re:Tip of the iceberg (669 comments)

So in short, all of Creation was created by P-Funk, and documented in The Mothership Connection?

Now *that* I can groove to!

about a month ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

TigerPlish Yes, yes we are. (306 comments)

Adiane: "Are you humans that stupid?"

Yoko: "Unfortunately... yes, yes we are."

Attenborough: "Who cares! Fire!

Our fine species, in a nutshell.

about a month ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

TigerPlish Re:A defense against rear-end collisions (208 comments)

You're the only other person I've heard of that does this. I would like to think it's more widespread than I think -- but I fear it isn't widespread at all.

People look at me weird when I tell them that I do this.

about a month and a half ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

TigerPlish A defense against rear-end collisions (208 comments)

I've had two "love taps" from behind, one by a tailgater in dense traffic, one by a lady putting on makeup while driving.

Then I got rear-ended by some punk teen in his hopped-up Tacoma with a big tacky add-on tach, gauges on the a-pillar, etc. That impact lifted the rear of my Miata and twisted her lengthwise. Instant kill. I was ok, the car died protecting me. It was a fun 10 years that I had that car, and I still miss her.

So now, whenever I stop at a light or stopsign, or when in traffic which is slowing down, I keep an eye on the rear view mirror. If I see an approaching car and I think they're not stopping -- or if I actually *see* them working the phone, I flash my brakelights and honk the horn lots. Saved me already once, for-sure. Guy looks up and the nose went down, he was hard on the brakes. Then he looks up, as if saying "What?!"

about a month and a half ago
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Newly Discovered 60-foot Asteroid About To Buzz By Earth

TigerPlish Re:1 week's warning (68 comments)

Now what could we possibly have done in such a short time

Forget our petty differences, reconcile with the irreconcilable, forgive the unforgivable, relish the memories, and then throw the most epic party in the history of our planet as one united people planet-wide.

Go out with a raised glass of whatever beverage you prefer in one hand and a joint in the other!

about 3 months ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

TigerPlish IT's not just cops getting away with this (463 comments)

It's sad, it's ridiculously two-faced, but the sad truth is in the USA people in cars / trucks kill cyclists quite often -- and seldom are charged. Even rarer is for an alleged "motorist" to get jail time for it.

about 3 months ago
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Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

TigerPlish I"d hate to be the guy (155 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.

about 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago

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AT&T rolls out iPhone Wireless Emergency Alerts

TigerPlish TigerPlish writes  |  about a year and a half 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."
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TomTom LIVE devices useless during Rush Hours

TigerPlish TigerPlish writes  |  more than 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."
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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
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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!"
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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."
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TigerPlish TigerPlish writes  |  more than 8 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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