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Home Depot Says Hackers Grabbed 53 Million Email Addresses

cdwiegand Re: Who Loses Their Executive IT Position? (99 comments)

Actually per the patriot act you have to give it to your bank. Your insurance company also needs it to report to the irs that you are compliant with the ACA. Lots of people need it and have a legal reason for it, sadly.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Revive Hypercard

cdwiegand Great idea (299 comments)

I learned to program with both BASIC and HyperCard, depending on which machine I was on at the time, back when I was younger. I think it's a great idea. I built simple "database" simulations, using nothing more than the free stuff that came with it, and it helped to mold my initial approach to programming. I even created a testing program we used at my high school for a couple of my teachers that was ran over a network. It was fun AND useful.

about three weeks ago
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PostgreSQL Outperforms MongoDB In New Round of Tests

cdwiegand Re:Replication anyone? (147 comments)

Can MongoDB do master-master replication? Oh, it's can't, and really only CouchDB does in the NoSQL space? Oh, that's too bad. Of course, most of us don't NEED M-M replication, as it introduces serious issues with reliability (oh I wrote the client record to server A and then queried server B on the next page load and it didn't exist yet -> Null Exception #AWESOME!) and is only useful for backups/reporting/import/export scenarios. The rest of us who actually want to GET WORK DONE will probably continue with relational DBs and post JSON documents as needed into our databases (e.g. json doc for lists/complex objects where we don't want/care to index any fields within).

And ACID doesn't fall apart at all in sharding - what are you smoking?? You implement a standard sharding scheme and the same record always goes to the same server. NoSQL doesn't do a thing for sharing... Replication is a problem, but it is for NoSQL too.

about 2 months ago
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FAA Clears Movie and TV Drones For Takeoff

cdwiegand Re:No special privleges (50 comments)

Oh, look, I have an LLC here. So this drone isn't flown by me, the individual, it's by my company....... Gotta Name This Company Someday LLC. Yes, FAA officer! So it's legit!

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

cdwiegand Re:Dont cancel by phone (418 comments)

Send their legal department (on that contract you signed before, you DID keep it, right?) a notice of fraudulent billing and that should they continue you will bill them for legal expenses involved, plus any collections fees.

about 2 months ago
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UK Ham Radio Reg Plans To Drop 15 min Callsign Interval and Allow Encryption

cdwiegand Re:Everyone uses encryption right now anyway (104 comments)

No, it's NOT ENCRYPTION. It's ENCODING. I can go out, buy a DSTAR radio, and copy your conversations, without needing any encryption key from you. Encryption would be where I need a pin or other code to decode your message successfully, where not having that information from you would prevent me from monitoring your transmissions. DSTAR, DMR/MOTOTRBO, Codec2, etc., are all encodings, just like PSK31. I can't verbally copy PSK31, but I can buy a device (laptop) to decode your messages without further input from you, so it's not ENCRYPTION.

about 2 months ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

cdwiegand Re:In-class exams are the problem. (359 comments)

This! In the Real World, you don't have to memorize complex facts - you can let Google/Bing/whatever find it for you. What's important to know is HOW to APPLY that knowledge and TRANSFORM it to match your current situation. Example: I may have 15 years programming experience, but I still go to google to remind myself how to do foreach() in jquery ($.each(array, function(idx,obj)) for those interested) because I just don't do that on a daily basis. Not even quite weekly (although that's changing). If someone came to me and said I need to figure out the area of this 4-pointed but not rectangular shape, I'd go online to find out what info I need and how to calculate it, then probably pop into Excel/OO/LO/whatever to start doing some calculations (I'd use that so I can also show my work in case I did it wrong - which would be likely the first time). Sure, I'm sure I learned this in 10th grade trig or 9th grade geometry, but I haven't used it since then so the skill is long gone.

That said, politicians, most parents and some teachers LOVE TESTING. It makes them feel good when simple, easy to understand numbers go up and down. It's not like THEY should have to pass a test to understand how education's working, but it's ok to do that to teenagers who are ... easily distracted.

about 3 months ago
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The American Workday, By Profession

cdwiegand Re:9 to 5 is a myth (146 comments)

In Colorado, retail and service, plus a whole host of other types of business, MUST provide an unpaid lunch. And yes, you as a worker DO have to take it - you could literally turn around later that day and sue the company for not providing one, even if I have your sworn oath on video saying you agree. http://www.nolo.com/legal-ency... Note that this kind of thing only applies to "employees" - contractors are totally different.

about 3 months ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

cdwiegand Too expensive (275 comments)

My wife and I just left Dropbox, because paying $20/month for 200 GB of storage (which she just exceeded with our photos from before kids as well as our kids) is crazier than paying $10 for 1 TB of storage. The only feature I miss is the ability to auto-backup our photos to our online storage - Google does some kind of backup to Google+, but that's worthless to me. Dropbox would auto-upload my pictures to a folder, which I really liked. Oh, and IFTTT doesn't seem to work well for us for backing up the photos, seems to take forever and requires tweaking, Dropbox's system Just Worked.

I understand Dropbox is coming out with some email client, ok, yay, Yet Another Email Client. That is so old and tired. Do something innovative. Now, all this said, if there was an EASY way for me to have Dropbox-like functionality against an S3 endpoint where *I*/AWS runs the box, I'd be game. The options out there suck for users and honestly aren't great for power users either.

about 3 months ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

cdwiegand Re:Left or Right? (475 comments)

Hahaha. Every vehicle I've ever owned as been about 3 MPH below the actual speed as measured over long distances (> 1 mile straight) via GPS.

about 3 months ago
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Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

cdwiegand Re:It's a TRAP! (175 comments)

Indeed, this. Although I can think of no way to securely do PGP in a web interface (as even a browser plugin, suggested by an earlier poster, is vulnerable to the NSA et al going to Google, Firefox and Microsoft and demanding they implement a shim allowing them access to the innards of the browser memory), even fake security does raise exposure to encryption, and systems not compliant or that munge the encryption will be fixed to not mess up the emails. This is good, and then we, as the open source community, can work on creating truly secure systems / interfaces.

about 3 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

cdwiegand Re:Should the United States accept more foreigners (377 comments)

*This*. I am middle class, have all the appliances I could ever want, but since I don't know how to cook, and neither does my wife, we end up eating more frozen dinners or eating out than cooking our own food because we have no idea how, and cookbooks only work when you have more than just the basics.

about 4 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

cdwiegand Re:Colorado has California over a barrel (377 comments)

Yeah, I'm sure my local HOA board (of which I'm a part) will totally allow me to throw all sorts of pipes around just so I can water my meager garden (5' x 10') from my shower, which has SOAP in it, capable of killing my garden or grass.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

cdwiegand Re:Their implementation sucks. (146 comments)

This! Wow, I had no idea others had the same issue. I tried putting the IPv6 modem on the outside of my firewall, and couldn't get the delegation to work reliably, so finally in order to "keep my IPv6" I had to put it on the inside of my network. Luckily all of my ipv6-capable equipment is modern enough OSes (ubuntu, osx and windows 7+) to have real firewalls, and everything else is known non-IPv6-capable (my old wireless canon printer, mostly).

Once they fully launch it in the business accounts, I plan to get a static delegation so I don't have to deal with their DHCP-PD problems.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

cdwiegand Re:Don't care either way (145 comments)

Nope! Just because they're "opt-in" doesn't mean they're in compliance. You have to TRACK that optin, exactly which list, and you can only use that list for the SPECIFIC activity - not even a footer mentioning a new product you've come out with if that list's description on the optin page doesn't say ", and new products as released!" So if you sign up for a security patches/updates list, they can ONLY send you that information - absolutely nothing else commercial. Not even a single line. Want to mention that Windows 8.2 isn't affected? Could be seen by a judge as commercial - you're trying to upsell the customer. Also you can't email someone more than 2 years after getting their permission, so now you'll see annual "review your subscriptions or we'll cut you" emails to ensure the lists stay clean.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

cdwiegand Re:It looks like a response to anti spam laws (145 comments)

Ugh, it's called D&O insurance - every company has them, even many startups. Big whoop-die-do. Mind, I applaud the law, and would love to see one here in America (and have it ACTUALLY ENFORCED - no one enforces CAN-SPAM, given how even Microsoft isn't compliant).

about 5 months ago
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Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

cdwiegand Re:So how is that going to work (188 comments)

You **can't** physically do this. RF doesn't magically just stop at a boundary. Even miles away there's still some signal, it's just in the noise.

You can block signals easily - just build a faraday cage (or elementary school - all of the ones around here seem to sap signal to the point that my battery lasts only an hour) into your building design for your [ house | business | theatre | whatever ]. That's passive, and completely legal (I'm not your lawyer, nor is this legal advise, it's purely my personal opinion). But transmitting, that's when it becomes the FCC's business because **airwaves are public - they don't stop at your front door, they continue for quite some distance, so they're all on public "property"**.

about 5 months ago
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Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

cdwiegand Re:So how is that going to work (188 comments)

Yay! Hope you never invite a doctor over to your house. Or a policeman. They need to be available 24/7.

about 5 months ago
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In First American TV Interview, Snowden Talks Accountability and Patriotism

cdwiegand Re:Jury duty sucks (389 comments)

This idea has merit... too bad it'll probably never happen.

I definitely think civics should be taught as a required pass/fail course in high school. I also think Logic and Home Ec (yes, you SHOULD know how to cook, balance a checkbook and do laundry) should be required to graduate.

about 6 months ago

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