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I last bought 3.5" floppy disks ...

deadmongrel CDRws (505 comments)

Yes CDRs were a bit costly and CDRWs were costlier but back in 1999 I started using CDRWs to carry my data between my desktop and school. Floppies were still being used but somehow 1.44 MB was way too small to carry my mp3s even back in 1999.

more than 4 years ago

Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

deadmongrel Re:does the 4th amendment apply? (1590 comments)

The Bill of Rights and more importantly the constitution applies to any one on US soil with very few exceptions like right to vote or hold federal elected office/jobs. The problem with the AZ law is, in reality, there is no way to implement it without profiling some one. Also, if you are a hispanic american how do you prove that you are a citizen? do you carry your passport or birth certificate all the time?

more than 4 years ago

Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

deadmongrel Not true (1590 comments)

Actually the federal law does not make it a felony not to carry documentation all the time. Its not possible to carry documentation all the time. Its not just one document you know. For people with greencards, maybe but not others. There are plenty of ways you can prove that you are here legally without carrying 2 to 3 different pieces(Passport, I-797 or I-20, I-94) of document that are required to prove that you are legal. Lose those documents you have to wait 2-3 monts and spend $$$s trying to get duplicates. You cannot get driver's license in any state without proving to DMV that you are here illegally. Also, are the local LEOs going to check with federal databases if the paperwork that someone gives them is authentic or not? I understand why this law was enacted but its impractical to work the way its supposed to.
As a legal immigrant, I have spent years on F-1 and H-1B and more years just waiting on my greencard, I don't mind that I have to prove that I am here legally when needed but to ask me carry documentation all the time is at best debasing. Also, there are more people legally than illegally. What baffles me is why the businesses that employ illegals are dealt with stronger?
Will get off my soap box now.

more than 4 years ago

Ubisoft DRM Problems Remain Unsolved

deadmongrel The Moral of the story is... (430 comments)

DRM only punishes people who actually pay money to buy.

more than 4 years ago

Coping With 1 Million SSH Authentication Failures?

deadmongrel Move to a higher order port and use denyhosts (497 comments)

I use one or more of these on my public facing servers.
1. Move the default ssh port to a higher order port (5000+)
2. Use Denyhosts http://denyhosts.sourceforge.net/ to block repeated attempts
3. use key exchange instead of username/password
4. use network based IPS.
Just moving the ssh port reduced the ssh brute force attack for me. Either stop being a noob or hire a sys admin.

more than 4 years ago

Psystar Activation Servers Down?

deadmongrel Why is this News??? #editorfail (245 comments)

I know it's a slow news day but why is this news? The fact that the company that created the software lost a major court case and the company filed for bankruptcy wasn't enough indication that things are not as peachy as the company claimed?

about 5 years ago

Google's Nexus One Phone Launches

deadmongrel UMTS crippled on purpose? will not work on ATT 3G (568 comments)

according to the nexus one specs, the UMTS Band (2100/AWS/900) will not support ATT network 3G but does work on T-Mobiles 3G network. T-Mobile 3G and voice coverage is one of worst in US.

about 5 years ago

AT&T Slaps Family With a $19,370 Cell Phone Bill

deadmongrel Re:Former ATT Employee, no sympathy (725 comments)

I don't know if they changed the policy about enabling international access but last time I went to India both my cell phone and Data Card has roaming enabled. I never called them to get international voice/data enabled. This did not happen with the same phone/sim card when my service was with cingular.

more than 6 years ago


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