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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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 2 months ago
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In First American TV Interview, Snowden Talks Accountability and Patriotism

cdwiegand Re: How does one determine the difference... (389 comments)

Oh, please. Unions aren't there for "the workers" they are a separate management system trying to get themselves (the "union bosses") better control without having to do any actual work. I will _never_ work for a union. I worked at Lucent/Avaya for a couple of years as a contractor, and the union employees barely lifted their fingers to do any work - I had to work around them as much as I could just to get MY job done. Maybe back in the 1900s unions where useful, but these days I'm pretty anti-lazybutt, whether that's unions or just slacker coworkers.

That said, jury duty pay in America is crap - in Colorado the first three days are paid by your employer (so small companies are punished more than large ones, YAY!) and then after that you're paid by the government a paltry sum that wouldn't buy me my lunch and bus fare to/from said courthouse. It's embarrassing.

about 2 months ago
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Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

cdwiegand Re:enforce existing laws? (490 comments)

I **love** this idea? Make bikes pay an annual registration charge, and make bicyclists running on public roads with a speed limit over 25 MPH have to have a "bikers" license.

about 2 months ago
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Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

cdwiegand Re:So a bicyclist is safer..... (490 comments)

Really? It's safer for my 8 year old to ride in the middle of the street than on our sidewalk? Odd, I think those fancy metal boxes called "cars" deal much more damage, and run at higher speed, than the local pedestrians. Maybe my local townsfolk don't ingest enough iron... I'm gonna call BS on this one.

about 2 months ago
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Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

cdwiegand Re:Stopping and thinking (490 comments)

We aren't doing it for YOUR BENEFIT. We're doing it so you can get the heck off of our roads and far, far away from us. You are DANGEROUS. I hit you with my car, even if it's your fault, and I will LOSE MY LICENSE and my car. Here in Colorado, bikers are considered holy men (and women) and hitting one, even if it's just a scratch, is like murdering kittens - you will be lucky if you don't get your license taken away and your vehicle impounded until you cough up a couple hundred bucks to pay to get it back.

Honestly, I wish bikes would just keep to the trails, where it's DESIGNED for them and if anyone's at fault, it's them because they hit a pedestrian. Putting them on roads with cars just means accidents will ensue.

about 2 months ago
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Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

cdwiegand Re:And on many bands.. (180 comments)

What?? 70cm is alive in most places, since most places with repeaters don't have any free 2m frequency pairs for repeaters. Shoot, here in Denver even 70cm (440) is full, unless you want to deploy digital (DStar/MotoTrbo). Even then there's not a lot of room.

220 (222?) is pretty empty, according to my handy-dandy ARRL Repeater Directory. With almost as much room as 2m you'd think it would be better utilized.. :(

about 3 months ago
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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

cdwiegand Re:80% of people working in a field (170 comments)

Do you WANT ex-farm-administrators to decide how wireless spectrum should be sold?? ARE YOU CRAZY!? No, I want someone with some experience managing bandwidth. Someone who understands how commercial, public service, amateur radio and broadcast radio all interact. Someone who understands what broadband internet means (no, Hughes/Net is NOT broadband, Mr. Farmer!).

about 3 months ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

cdwiegand Re:In their defence. (417 comments)

Take my kid's cell phone from him and expect a theft charge from my lawyer shortly thereafter. That phone is private property and they do NOT have a license to take it. They may restrict its use, certainly, but they can't legally steal it from my kid. Not in these parts...

about 4 months ago
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Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management

cdwiegand Re:but when you work with HVAC vendors who sub wor (236 comments)

Actually, I'd love to plug that kind of data into my zabbix instance, so I can plot temperatures, power usage, on/off cycles and analyse what's going on and why. But that should be strictly separate from any POS or corporate network - setup a VLAN or two for vendor stuff. Ideally each should be separate anyways. There's plenty of subnets under 10.x.x.x - use them!

about 5 months ago
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Israeli Group To Attempt Moon Landing

cdwiegand Re:Better Idea (150 comments)

Great, so you're ok with arming the American Indians, then, right? Because that's EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM until about a century or so ago.

about 6 months ago
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Federal Agency Data-Mining Hundreds of Millions of Credit Card Accounts

cdwiegand Re:Different from the NSA (264 comments)

You must be confusing the US with Europe - while there are a few privacy laws, generally they are trumped by agreements and contracts between you and your bank, credit cards and merchants, that allow them to sell or share the data as they see fit with associates (which includes FICO, the IRS, Visa, etc..). In Europe you can sue if they don't actually have your permission, but here in the US you don't have an inherent right to privacy.

about 6 months ago
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Federal Agency Data-Mining Hundreds of Millions of Credit Card Accounts

cdwiegand Re:I'm somewhat disturbed... (264 comments)

Actually, it's often (not always) against contract to charge a fee for using credit cards, but apparently legally offering a discount for cash is not equal to that, so they get away by doing it that way (it also skirts the State's laws for those that have it on the books as illegal). Colorado gas stations are starting to do it this way, by saying you get a cash discount instead of saying there's a surcharge for using credit cards. The same net result, but worded differently. I think it should be illegal, but don't have the resources to take them to court.

about 6 months ago
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If I Had a Hammer

cdwiegand Re:Isn't this the ultimate goal? (732 comments)

Because I have to have this funny thing called MONEY to buy FOOD, because I get HUNGRY without it. Right now, our whole society, actually, both of the big ones - eastern and western, are predicated on the idea that you get paid only when you do something of value for someone who has money. In exchange for the work/product/service, they give you something of value, so you can now go get your food/drink/whatever you want.

Changing society so everyone just gets a certain allotted amount of money is considered a) socialism (which is evil according to many), and b) means I will sit on my ass all day long doing nothing, because why would I do anything else? The machines do all the work that matters! I could just sit here, ask my robo-butler to bring me the gourmet food my robo-chef cooked up for me, and I will turn into a fat slob who can't get off my bed/couch/floor. After all, it's not like I *need* to go anywhere - everything I *need* is provided for me by robots and free money/food/water! An alternative is c) communism, where the government assigns you a job (much like joining the military - you want to be a computer geek but they assign you to clean big guns and swab the deck) and in exchange the gov't gives you money/food/water and whatnot. Also not really something most Americans consider "good".

about 6 months ago
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Hearing Shows How 'Military-Style' Raid On Calif. Power Station Spooks U.S.

cdwiegand Re:first shot (396 comments)

Ah, but there wouldn't BE any armed civilians, because as soon as they pull their Glock from their concealed carry place, they're now "open carry", and as such become targets themselves. Quick way to weed out everyone carrying a gun, leaving only the police and military with guns.

about 7 months ago

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