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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

afidel Re:Most calls not really from Dish (230 comments)

To be honest he said 15 years of his life which means he may have start before Dish became spammers (not sure how long their scummier business practices have been around since I have a mental filter on snail mail spam that gets immediately recycled and my home phone is given out to noone who doesn't absolutely need it like our local schools or our doctors office).

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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

afidel Re:= $912,000,000,000 (230 comments)

Whatever fines are collected should be distributed to the people
They are, in a much more efficient way that cutting everyone a check, by lowering the amount of taxes which must be collected or the debt that must be incurred by the federal government.

yesterday
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

afidel Re:But there is no need, everyone is peaceful?! (148 comments)

Where Muslims dominate government, law becomes Sharia sooner or later. That is not a world in which you and I will be permitted to believe whatever we want to believe, and if we insist upon it, one in which we will not be permitted to exist.

Perhaps you missed the bit of history where Spain was controlled by Muslims for nearly eight hundred years with Jews and Christians living freely and being left to practice their own religion, and then they were kicked out and the Christian leaders that replaced them forced the Jews out under penalty of death if they did not convert or leave?

3 days ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

afidel Re:Domestic war (148 comments)

Even if we assume that for every active terrorist there is 100 people supporting them (a high estimate, but not outside the realm of possibility at all), we're still talking about only hundreds of people.

Well, official estimates say that some 1,200+ people have left France to join jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria so I'd say your estimates are quite low in how many support the terrorists ideals, 1,200 people have been so enraptured by the same ideals that they have left their homeland to take up arms in a distant country, how many more must there be that support them but haven't been so moved yet as to actually take physical action? I think the problem is much, much larger than your musing imply, and it's something that needs to be talked about and dealt with. Is every muslim in the west a terrorist? No, of course not. Have the majority of terrorist attacks against the west in the last 2 decades been perpetrated by extremist muslims, yes.

3 days ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

afidel Re:End of support, not "end of life". (155 comments)

There is NO software vendor that offers longer support than MS for free, not one. There are only a handful of products that even offer a supported lifetime longer than 10 years which is the MS standard, and of those the longest other than IBM's mainframe OS is 12 years. This isn't about extortion, it's about the realities of the software industry and the inability of companies to profitably support the very longest of long tails.

Just like with the AC unit, the vendor isn't telling you you may no longer use the product, they're merely telling you they will no longer offer support for it, if XP continues to work for you, then that's fine keep running it, but it won't be updated by MS just like the manufacturer will no longer offer warranty extensions or out of warranty repair parts (although for at least 3 more years MS will support 2003 if you sign a custom agreement and pay them high 6 to mid 7 figure annual support contracts). I've seen CNC machines running MSDOS in the early 2000's, many many years after MS stopped supporting the OS, so it's not like the software just dies at the EOS date.

3 days ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

afidel Re:End of support, not "end of life". (155 comments)

Imagine if you would, you have an air conditioner on top of your building. Costs a million or so dollars. Then you get a call from the company you bought it from telling you you need to buy a new air conditioner. You ask why, and they tell you its at "end of life for support"

Happens all the time, if you can't get a new compressor or control board and there are none available on the secondary market you have to scramble to find a correctly sized replacement and get a crane in to do the swap to the newer unit. We had that happen with our 15 year old building here at our HQ, luckily our roof units were installed in redundant pairs so it was without the mad scramble for a replacement unit, but we had to replace a relatively young AC unit because parts were no longer available from the manufacturer.

3 days ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

afidel Re:MS FAIL (155 comments)

We're fairly similar, our counts are 100x 2003 boxes (almost all ready to be retired, only about 20% really have to have projects in the next 6 months to move their functions to new boxes), 304x 2008/2008R2, and 31x 2012/2012R2. Almost all of the 2012 boxes are MS stack functions, most third party vendors either don't have it certified or only on the edition released in the last few months. We actually just started our first LOB app install on 2012R2 yesterday =)

3 days ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

afidel Re:With taxes you buy civilization, remember? (289 comments)

An arrest warrant is NOT a search warrant, unless the weapons were in plain sight or the arrestee made some move towards them that would indicate immediate threat of harm to the officers then yes, a search warrant was needed to conduct a search, and if the marshals service wants to use these devices as a part of servicing an arrest warrant then they need to file for a concurrent search warrant.

Look, it's not like there are too many judges that are going to fail to issue a warrant for Marshalls to observe a residence before conducting a raid so this is about police following proper procedure and making sure that scope of the technology usage is limit to permitted actions under proper oversight of the courts. It's a matter of the fundamental role of the courts in reigning in the excesses of the executive.

4 days ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

afidel Re:Didn't we have this discussion... (289 comments)

With some dangerous exceptions like NSLs you as the accused are to be informed of any warrants used to gather information against you at the time of arraignment as a normal part of discovery. If the police were actually obtaining warrants for the widespread use of such technology you'd think that defense attorneys would be made aware of it and would be talking to the media. We already know that with the stinger cellphone interception technology that police forces used the technology in an unconstitutional manner and covered up the use of the technology and the details behind it as a mandated cloak in the NDA from the tech company behind it (the police can not sign an NDA for something the intend to use to gather evidence as that necessarily means the defense does not have access to relevant information which is clearly against due process)

4 days ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

afidel Re:With taxes you buy civilization, remember? (289 comments)

According to this chart the 50 largest police departments cover some 51m people or 16% of the countries entire population. If you don't consider nearly 1 in 5 people being covered by such technology large-scale then I'm not sure what to say.

4 days ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

afidel Re:Didn't we have this discussion... (289 comments)

That doesn't really get around Kyllo since there were civilian thermal imaging cameras available (commonly used in energy audits) but were not in widespread use by the general public. A better analogy might be detecting the name of a WiFi access point from the street that says "drug den", since the police could use commonly available equipment that are in general use to detect the AP it would not constitute a search.

4 days ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

afidel Re:Didn't we have this discussion... (289 comments)

No, we already have a ruling, Kyllo vs U.S. where the court quite clearly stated the limits of extra-sensory detection equipment:

"Where, as here, the Government uses a device that is not in general public use, to explore details of the home that would previously have been unknowable without physical intrusion, the surveillance is a "search" and is presumptively unreasonable without a warrant."

4 days ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

afidel Re:How do things need to change to live with syste (551 comments)

Gimp uses dbus to do a named pipe to the running instance if you launch it from the CLI and there is already an open instance under the current users context that tells it to open the new file within the existing instance, and dbus is now part of systemd. There are alternative ways to package Gimp that don't use dbus since it also run on Windows and other platforms, that just happens to be the simplest way with the current Gimp source tree. A LOT of what systemd is about is easing thing on package maintainers.

about a week ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

afidel Re:Hope the trend continues. (261 comments)

If Google fixes it in AOSP then you can at least grab a fixed version with Cyanogenmod or other custom builds. At least for tech folks the main thing holding them back from moving up may be device drivers for the newer kernel.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

afidel Re:But (633 comments)

It's not in the current builds yet.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

afidel Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (633 comments)

Have you tried delivering the same level of automation to your Mac users that most corporate Windows users get?

Honestly, no, because it's ~2% of our user base so you would never get an ROI on the tools or the time to learn them. Now for an F-25 2% of the userbase might be enough justify a team to purchase and learn Mac specific tools, but for those of us in the SME space there's no way it works out. Now, the MDM angle is interesting, I'll have to look into what support Maas360 offers for Mac, but it doesn't change things like no GPO equivalent to manage settings and the fact that Apple does things like ban older versions of JRE from running (we have a handful of systems that require ridiculously old version of the JRE, under Windows I can just whitelist them for those sites)

about two weeks ago
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Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own

afidel Re:what about spectrums rights? (104 comments)

Huh? I bought my Galaxy S5 Developer Edition directly from Samsung and use it on Verizon with no issues, we also buy iphones from Apple and use them on Verizon without any problems. The main issue with Verizon is that you need a phone that supports their bands, which until recently was only available through them as they tended to be one offs, now Qualcomm is including almost all bands in universal chips and the 2g/3g chips tend to have support for both GSM and CDMA. Now I will grant you, before LTE brought SIM cards to Verizons provisioning process the only way to effectively get a phone activated was to buy it through them so the IMEI was in their supported database, but these days it's rather easy.

about two weeks ago
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Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own

afidel Re:what about spectrums rights? (104 comments)

The only job I've ever been drug tested for was one requiring clearance.

about two weeks ago
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Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own

afidel Re:what about spectrums rights? (104 comments)

The other thing is that they are also freeing up a tremendous amount of tax dollars from the general fund by not arresting, trying, and housing non-violent drug offenders. My guess would be those savings absolutely dwarf the tax revenue. Also there's a societal benefit, fewer people labelled as criminals means more people able to access gainful employment outside menial entry level jobs which should lead to a higher GDP.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

afidel Re:Six years. (633 comments)

Uh, Windows 10 uses the same driver model as Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1. It even comes in a 32bit version (8.1 was supposed to be the last 32bit Windows, but MS must really want Enterprises with broken legacy crap to move up) so as long as your printer has a Vista+ driver you should be fine.

about two weeks ago

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afidel afidel writes  |  more than 8 years ago

afidel (530433) writes "Dell announced a somewhat shocking development at Oracle World, they are shipping two lines of AMD Opteron based servers! The article mentions this being a break from Dell's longtime Intel exclusive partnership. Is the love afair over, is Dell throwing Intel a bone to help them with their antitrust lawsuit and has no real plans to push the Opteron servers, or has customer demand finally forced their hand?"

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