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New Google Fiber Cities Announced

cusco Re:Politics reminds of the Pentagon (147 comments)

Publicly run stuff doesn't have to be 'shitty', and in fact there are many of us old enough to remember when the city/county power company and other utilities were far and away better and cheaper than the for-profit utilities. The problem is that in order to make people think that government doesn't work and justify privatizing all the public infrastructure the conservatives (mostly Republicans but some Democrats) have spent the last three decades breaking as much of the government as they have been able to.

In three decades of watching privatization efforts all over the world I have yet to see a single one that ended up with better service at a lower price than the previous public system. None. Anywhere. Ever. Can you point at an example of a successful privatization project?

2 days ago
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Kepler Discovers Solar System's Ancient 'Twin'

cusco How are they rocky? (67 comments)

I thought that it took multiple generations of supernovas to produce enough heavy elements to accumulate into a rocky planet.

3 days ago
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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

cusco Re:WTF, Slashdot (140 comments)

Well, since it's pretty much impossible to have a "secret network" when you're using wi-fi I'm going with the SlashDot headline for accuracy. Especially since an "internet" is any network of smaller networks (there isn't just one behemoth named The Internet).

3 days ago
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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

cusco Re:Saddest line ever (140 comments)

Oh, you mean the upper class folks like Gloria Estafan's family (she once told an interviewer that "Before Castro everyone had their own car") and the hacendados? Yeah, I've talked to them. I've also talked to people who were of the vast majority who lived in poverty and (in rural areas) virtual slavery. Go look them up, you'll hear a different story about before/after.

3 days ago
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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

cusco Re:If by "some fucked up stuff" (140 comments)

There's a reason Cubans are more likely to expatriate

Yeah, Radio Marti tells them that if they come to the US they're guaranteed a free apartment, a good job, and a new car. They arrive, live 6-8 in a two-bedroom tenement, wash dishes for a living, and walk to work because they can't afford bus fare, but write home to their families that they're living the good life because they're too embarrassed to admit the reality. This is the reality of pretty much every rural migrant in Latin America to their country's capital city as well.

3 days ago
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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

cusco Re:Saddest line ever (140 comments)

Well, not really. Cuba was a totalitarian hell-hole **before** Castro, and the communist government has been considerably less repressive and violent than any of the pseudo-democratic or crypto-democratic countries that the US set up in Central America. The El Salvadoran government just in the 1980s killed more people out of its smaller population in the 1980s than the Cuban government has killed in all the decades since the overthrow of Batista combined. The Cuban government has improved the lives of the entire population of the island in the past half century, unlike the population of every other country in Central America and the Caribbean, and their literacy rates and infant mortality numbers are superior to even the US. Good luck finding anyone on the island old enough to remember pre-Castro Cuba who wants to go back to the "good old days".

3 days ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

cusco Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

They also targeted progressive groups, in fact more progressive groups than conservatives. Of course since the congresscritters specifically ordered the IRS to **ONLY** report on actions against conservative (well, really, radical right-wing rather than actual conservative) groups that's the only news that you saw on Glen Beck's show so you may not be aware of the reality.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

cusco Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

You do realize that they also admit to targeting openly liberal groups as well, don't you? They also gave extra attention to any group with the word 'progressive', 'occupy', 'rights' and several other key words in its title. The paper they presented to Congress only mentions Tea Party groups because Congress specifically told them to ONLY report on attention that they gave groups with 'tea party' in the name.

The teabaggers could have easily avoided the entire issue by choosing one of the other non-profit statuses that **do** allow political activities (which they were openly engaged in before even filing the paperwork), but those statuses wouldn't allow them to hide their donors, and the fact that that they're Astroturf groups rather than grass roots.

about a week ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

cusco Re:Perpetual motion. (156 comments)

Good rant. We'll have to agree to disagree on this one.

about two weeks ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

cusco Re:Perpetual motion. (156 comments)

Right, the hospital that spent a gazillion dollars on an MRI machine should just throw it away because the control software runs on XP and Win7's security model breaks it. Get out in the real world and see what end users have to work with.

about two weeks ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

cusco Re: Time for Wine (156 comments)

Well, not breaking the law, but breaking the PCI contract. Even then, it's only if you're doing CC processing on that machine or some transaction related to the processing. The receptionist could be using Win95 for all the PCI cares, as long as she can't touch the financial system.

about two weeks ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

cusco Re:A reason to go with Open Source (156 comments)

The climate control system in the building that I'm sitting in uses some Linux version that's close to a decade old, if not older. Don't know what they're going to do when the current "server" (a desktop PC shoved under the maintenance guy's desk) dies. There are a lot of these out there, I know of an access control system running Win 95 in 2008, which hadn't been rebooted in over eight years because they weren't sure whether the machine would come back up and they had no way of getting the data off it. That box finally died a couple of years ago and they had to spend a week recreating everything from scratch, and replacing $18,000 of installed hardware that wouldn't work with the newer versions.

about two weeks ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

cusco Re:MS FAIL (156 comments)

Place I used to contract had a knee-high pile of Compaq 386 laptops in the radio system engineers' office. When I offered to surplus them and get them out of the way they almost attacked me. They had a half million dollar radio tower that used a bleeding-edge control system when it was first installed. The manufacturer got bought out and the new owner didn't support the thing any more. The control system software would ONLY run on a 386 running DOS 3, nothing else, and that pile of laptops were their backup tower controllers. The last time I was there I noticed the pile was gone so they must have upgraded the tower.

There are a lot of expensive legacy systems that rely on outdated operating systems to function. I personally have encountered MRI machines, an access control system, metal lathes, a sawmill, and a factory floor automation system that will not run on anything higher than NT 4.0, a company isn't going to throw away a multimillion dollar automated lathe just because the OS is outdated (or at least they shouldn't). The security model in Server 2008 broke a lot of software, for companies that aren't on the continual upgrade treadmill Server 2003 is going to be around for quite some time.

about two weeks ago
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The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

cusco Re:Very nice indeed (197 comments)

Panasonic, Sony, and a bunch of other very large manufacturers send out their **security** cameras with trivial username/password like admin/12345 (Panasonic) or admin/admin (Sony) and do not require the installer to change them. This is why we prefer cameras from Pelco and Axis, which at least require the installers to change the password from the factory default on first use (although they do allow idiots to change it back to the factory default if they're so inclined). A couple of the large manufacturers of very high-quality cameras (crappy software, but nice hardware) have only one user (root) and do not allow the password to be changed. It's a bit sad when a customer's security system becomes a security hole.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

cusco Re:One mile? (784 comments)

I regularly used to take the shortcut through the cemetery, even after sundown. That scared me worse than the thought of bears.

about two weeks ago
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Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects

cusco Re:smarter than many people I know (111 comments)

My wife wants to retire later with more money, I want to retire earlier with more health. She said, "With more money we'll be able to travel more." I said, "I'll be damned if I'm going to visit the Great Pyramid using a walker." The debate continues.

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

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

Actually legal pot in Washington is cheaper and higher quality than what was available before. My only complaint is that I don't really care for the high-potency stuff, I prefer to smoke a joint or a bowl and then go out and **DO** something, weed the garden, paint a bedroom, go for a walk, whatever. Don't really like being so stoned I'm non-functional. Give me a baggie of leaf and I'm a lot happier, but then I'm not typical either.

about two weeks ago
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Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

cusco Re:Let's play doctor! (164 comments)

I think that's the old normal. It wasn't until about 1900 that having a physician present actually improved your chance of survival, in many previous eras it would have increased your chance of dying instead. (George Washington was bled to death by his doctors, for example.)

about two weeks ago
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Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

cusco Re:Anyone else concerned? (164 comments)

You know what they call the guy who graduates dead last in his class at medical school? Doctor.

about two weeks ago
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Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

cusco Re:This could be fun.... (164 comments)

Actually the 'new normal' will soon be charging for those bits. Currently the data is free only because administrators don't realize that there is any actual value to it.

about two weeks ago

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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

cusco cusco writes  |  1 year,27 days

cusco (717999) writes "Creation Museum Founder and AiG President/CEO Ken Ham will debate Bill Nye at the Creation Museum on Tuesday, February 4, at 7 PM. According to the Washington Post, 'Ham had been hoping to attract the star of TV’s “Bill Nye The Science Guy” to the northern Kentucky museum after Nye said in an online video last year that teaching creationism was bad for children. The video was viewed nearly 6 million times on YouTube.'"

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