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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

almondo Re:Divert the calls to level 3 (159 comments)

While the Rambo style vigilante response option sounds good on the surface (and don't get me wrong, my natural response would be along these lines if it were not for the legal implications) the problem is that when you do this, you are now violating the same regulations as they are and you are arguably by definition "retaliating" which stacks even more regulatory violations on your illegal response. They have a bus full of overpaid lawyers ready to swoop on you if you "attack" them. For this reason I strongly recommend against this type of response even though the BOFH in me would very much like to employ it.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

almondo High dollar litigation with the FCC is effective (159 comments)

In the past I have had to deal with L3 on some similar nonsensical "our abusive users are not our problem" crap. As you have already observed, they have a well refined hearing problem. First, decide how much the per call impact is to your business in your opinion. Estimate the number of calls per day and multiply by the per call rate and then by the number of days to come up with a daily and sum "rate of damages". Then have a lawyer letter drafted and sent to their legal department and make sure the letter shows that you also sent a copy of the draft to the FCC Attn: Fraud & Abuse at 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554.

In about the time it takes you to go to lunch, the problem will subside. At L3, FCC copied abuse resolution rolls down hill, pretty fast.

about two weeks ago
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Thanks To the Private Space Industry, Things Are Looking Up For Space City USA

almondo Re:I live there, just a small town (47 comments)

It's a great place to be. But then again I have never been the trendy/hip/boutique type. My small town on a river with the slow tide is fine with me. It's finally getting cold enough to go shrimping.

about two weeks ago
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Thanks To the Private Space Industry, Things Are Looking Up For Space City USA

almondo Re:Bring back the shuttles. (47 comments)

Seriously? Are you still running LSI11 platforms in your datacenter? People who don't know the issues with the shuttle are imagining they can drive from the trunk with no camera. I could make a 69 Cadillac Eldorado into a hybrid with a range of about 10 blocks as long as it is not up hill either way.

about two weeks ago
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Thanks To the Private Space Industry, Things Are Looking Up For Space City USA

almondo Re:Titusville, Florida (47 comments)

And you have F.O.S. tattooed on your forehead.

about two weeks ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

almondo ...self-destruct in 15 seconds. (307 comments)

At least there would be a good market for replacement parts.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

almondo I guess I will delay not buying it. (308 comments)

I would have gone ahead and not bought it now but I guess I will have to wait until AT&T stops doing the nothing they are once again trying to blame on someone else.

about two weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

almondo Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

Please take a big handful of acorns from Steve King's bowl on the way out ;)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

almondo Re:ndt (294 comments)

Interesting, traffic shaping based on URL path, cute, bogus, not surprising.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

almondo Find a real data source you can trust,not a 'test' (294 comments)

I have 90Mbit up * 10Mbit down lightning service from Brighthouse and it is quite real. I can say for certain it is real because I have a co-located machine at Terramark on a 1GBit link running SNMP and I move enough data both ways to be able to do the math to validate. The fact is that they deliver well over rated speeds as well as I routinely push 11Mbits sustained up and pull over 100Mbits sustained down. Sustained to me means over at least an hour down with some of
my sustain up running 8 or more hours(a lot of cameras, a lot of data pushed offsite everyday).

One thing you really need to understand in this battle for bandwidth is that you are absolutely owned by your network transit path. An interior network (you are part of your ISP's interior network in the context I refer to) may have plenty of capacity while their edges may be grossly inadequate (as in Comcast and AT&T the last time I was on their pipes) and this fact can thoroughly convolute your test results because they can (and some definitely do) divert bandwidth test traffic onto a better path than you will ever see with real traffic.

The short answer IMHO is that you can only really determine true bandwidth with a real, uncongested validation point that you can trust. Bandwidth tests are circumvented other ways too. One trick is traffic shaping with a burst that gives you full rated pipe for a minute then hacks you down step by step until you get what they decide you get sustained. That will show high bandwidth in a test but the ISP chosen rate will surface when you actually move some traffic around.

Personally, (and Larry Ellison may want to kill me for this) I have used various Oracle image downloads (not little Java tarballs but ISOs for Solaris and other various big Oracle stuff) as a basis for occasional test in the past. My trust in this methodology stems from the fact that I can routinely pull over 300Mbits from Oracle to my co-located host and I can nearly always saturate my inbound to well above spec on Brighthouse.

about a month and a half ago
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Grilling For Geeks

almondo You really need the Extech Tach+IR too (169 comments)

I use the Extech Tach+IR's laser temperature sensor to check and deliver precise meat temperatures.

You can make a test cut and in one second of laser thermal analysis you know the meat temperature to 1/10 of a degree. It is much more accurate than analog

You could also use the tach function to precisely set the rotisserie RPM but I tend to avoid dizzy meat options.

more than 2 years ago
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Photographer Threatened With Legal Action After Asserting His Copyright

almondo Schwagger is a Bagger, go figure (667 comments)

Heh, yeah it is true. The copyright infringing lawyer simulator is just another freeloading right wing teabagger. They don't respect copyright laws, game laws, the constitution, women who aren't barefoot and pregnant or much of anything else. The whackjob probably has been standing out in the rain too long and needs to change the teabag on it's forehead.

more than 2 years ago
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Big Brother Calls 'Shotgun' In Illinois

almondo Clearly we need more counter-technology patents (475 comments)

An excellent application for my patent pending micro image tape which will be available with images of a wide range of characters including Johnny Cash, John Wayne, Elvis, Beavis & Butthead, Bugs Bunny and of course my preferred choice, Taz.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Dilutes Open Source, Coins 'Open Surface'

almondo I thought all Microsoft products were... (191 comments)

I have been around a while (I even had one of those wire wrapped IBM PCs a while back) and I have always thought that all Microsoft products were open sores. I guess I missed something along the way.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Kills Office Anti-Piracy Program

almondo An Open Office casualty? (233 comments)

I suspect there is some behind the scenes aspect to this they don't want you to know. I raise this possibility because I have advocated and implemented it as a solution for others. When relatives asked me 'how to get rid of the billy office nag or the billy I can't read my own file format sickness' I just tell them "toss it and get Open Office. It supports the current formats, is more interoperable, and is free!". It works every time. If MS is counting the pirated copies as market share (which I have no doubt they are) then my action and those like me results in depletion of that 'market share'.

Microsoft Office has gone the way of Trumpet Winsock in my book, overchargus obsoletus extremus.

more than 3 years ago
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SSL Certificates For Intranet Sites?

almondo $126/year wild card or 10$/yr individual certs (286 comments)

I do deploy them but I do avoid getting robbed by Verisign for these and other certs by shopping around.

Currently I pay around $10 a year for individual host certs, and $126 a year for wildcards.
http://www.namecheap.com/learn/other-services/ssl-certificates.asp

If you have a large number of street facing certs the wildcard is the most cost effective solution anyway but for lower volumes I use individual certs as well.

It has some cost but the reduction in uninformed user headaches is well worth it.

about 4 years ago
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Microsoft Open Sources F#

almondo Re:/. snottery (212 comments)

History has shown that Microsoft can and will go out of it's way to earn inspiring magnitudes of disdain for itself.

If you don't like it, well, give me a $3000 rebate for money I wasted on the OS/2 1.0 SDK way back when and we can talk.

Perhaps they deserve some credit but due to a long standing pattern of debit overdrafts I will wait for the dust to settle to see if it is in fact merited before extending it.

about 4 years ago
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Media Loves Apple and Its Army of Fans

almondo Re:MS is hurting (356 comments)

I was going to say gee there must be a decline in the number of discovered compromises but I guess that accounts for the 3% coverage they have.
I did heard a rumor that they are coming out with a new phone, the Flop-Phone.

more than 4 years ago
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Return To Castle Wolfenstein Source Code Released

almondo Heh, I envision Politistein (92 comments)

Since all this political mire is becoming so deep I have been trying to think of a good game angle that would require minimal effort to roll out but could adequately ridicule politifools in a appropriately warped manner.

Imagine waxing all the idiots, elephant guns, mule launchers, exploding teabags, and another unelectable wannabe turned victim around every corner. Collect PAC money, rob the citizenry, pay off the mob, sell worthless stock, pull off billion dollar ponzi schemes and more.

The spewing of colorless metaphors, the wasting of valueless time. I have foreseen it.

more than 4 years ago

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Be The One to help restore America's Gulf

almondo almondo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

almondo (145555) writes "Please join us in demanding the restoration of America's Gulf. As BP works to buy off scientists and cuts cleanup efforts the damage grows and the survival of America's Gulf hangs in the balance."
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