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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

dizzy8578 just installed it this morning. on a 2007 vista hp (554 comments)

I spent the last three days doing a recovery on an old mediacenter hp desktop with a core 2. I lost count but it was at least 200 updates plus two service packs. It ran like a dog on 4g ram. I had to chase driver updates and remove massive crapware.

This morning I installed the technical release on it and updated it and had basic apps installed before my coffee got cold.

The damn thing runs great. I am sure there are apps that will bring it to its knees but as a web browser, casual office use machine it could bring a lot of second hand stuff back from the dump.

Every single piece of hardware got a working driver. Event viewer showed no bizarre repeated log entries and the system no longer arbitrarily decided my wireless network was suddenly a public net.

I know it won't last but fully set up system only used 13.2 g of space. We shall see how that plays out...

about 3 months ago
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DOJ: Defendant Has No Standing To Oppose Use of Phone Records

dizzy8578 Re:POLICE STATE AMERICA (396 comments)

Gen. Michael Hayden refused to answer question about spying on political enemies at National Press Club. At a public appearance, Bush's pointman in the Office of National Intelligence was asked if the NSA was wiretapping Bush's political enemies. When Hayden dodged the question, the questioner repeated, "No, I asked, are you targeting us and people who politically oppose the Bush government, the Bush administration? Not a fishing net, but are you targeting specifically political opponents of the Bush administration?" Hayden looked at the questioner, and after a silence called on a different questioner. (Hayden National Press Club remarks, 1/23/06)

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Landay: "...the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution specifies that you must have probable cause to violate an American's right against unreasonable searches and seizures..."

Gen. Hayden: "No, actually - the Fourth Amendment actually protects all of us against unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "But the --"

Gen. Hayden: "That's what it says."

Landay: "The legal measure is probable cause, it says."

Gen. Hayden: "The Amendment says: unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "But does it not say 'probable cause'?"

Gen. Hayden [exasperated, scowling]: "No! The Amendment says unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "The legal standard is probable cause, General -- "

Gen. Hayden [indignant]: "Just to be very clear ... mmkay... and believe me, if there's any Amendment to the Constitution that employees of the National Security Agency are familiar with, it's the Fourth. Alright? And it is a reasonableness standard in the Fourth Amendment. The constitutional standard is 'reasonable'" ( h/t Dale)
-- Knight-Ridder's Jonathan Landay questioned Gen. Michael Hayden at the National Press Club in January.

>> from my archive.

and the amendment in question.
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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

---

" Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment."

    "It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself."

    --- Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, the first woman on the Supreme Court of the United States of America. 1981-2005 (resigned)
---

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Non-US Based Email Providers?

dizzy8578 Re:Not sure I understand the question. (410 comments)

My mail server is in Germany. My communication is boring. Do you think I could get the NSA to replace those windows xp cd keys I accidentally deleted?

about a year ago
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Obama Administration Supports Journalist Arrested For Recording Cops

dizzy8578 Re:A sudden attack of reason (238 comments)

Just as Gen. Hayden made the Bush administration position on the 4th amendment quite clear:

Gen. Michael Hayden refused to answer question about spying on political enemies at National Press Club. At a public appearance, Bush's point man in the Office of National Intelligence was asked if the NSA was wiretapping Bush's political enemies. When Hayden dodged the question, the questioner repeated, "No, I asked, are you targeting us and people who politically oppose the Bush government, the Bush administration? Not a fishing net, but are you targeting specifically political opponents of the Bush administration?" Hayden looked at the questioner, and after a silence called on a different questioner. (Hayden National Press Club remarks, 1/23/06)

--
Landay: "...the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution specifies that you must have probable cause to violate an American's right against unreasonable searches and seizures..."

Gen. Hayden: "No, actually - the Fourth Amendment actually protects all of us against unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "But the --"

Gen. Hayden: "That's what it says."

Landay: "The legal measure is probable cause, it says."

Gen. Hayden: "The Amendment says: unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "But does it not say 'probable cause'?"

Gen. Hayden [exasperated, scowling]: "No! The Amendment says unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "The legal standard is probable cause, General -- "

Gen. Hayden [indignant]: "Just to be very clear ... mmkay... and believe me, if there's any Amendment to the Constitution that employees of the National Security Agency are familiar with, it's the Fourth. Alright? And it is a reasonableness standard in the Fourth Amendment. The constitutional standard is 'reasonable'" ( h/t Dale)
-- Knight-Ridder's Jonathan Landay questioned Gen. Michael Hayden at the National Press Club in January.

--
(4th Amendment for those who are confused...)

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

" Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment."
  "It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself."
    --- Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, the first woman on the Supreme Court of the United States of America. 1981-2005 (resigned)
--

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will You Shop Local Like President Obama, Or Online?

dizzy8578 Amazon IS local to me. (430 comments)

I can see the HQ from my kitchen table. I can order some things and get them delivered the SAME day.

Starbucks, Costco, Adobe and Micro$oft are also locals.

  My web server is in Germany :)

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding Work Over 60?

dizzy8578 Re:A+ = F (306 comments)

A+ is useless except for getting past those clueless 25 year old HR drones.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Windows XP/7 Users Smarter Than a 3-Year-Old?

dizzy8578 Re:I hope I am wrong (537 comments)

I quit my favorite mmo years ago when MS bought it and required a "passport" login. I have refused to create a "live" account or a hotmail account or a windows account of any kind since I live in Seattle and know some of the jerkoffs that have access to that account info.

I will buy one and refuse to register it just like I have since the days of dos 3.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Windows XP/7 Users Smarter Than a 3-Year-Old?

dizzy8578 I hope I am wrong (537 comments)

But I suspect win8 will continue the pattern of hiding useful menus and dialog boxes under more and more layers of what I consider obfuscated crap eye candy. My primary goal when using a computer is to get it back to functioning normally or at least how the client thinks is normally.

Each iteration of windows has placed more and more "purty" screens in front of the administrative tools and log files I usually need to fix something.

I will buy Win8 next week but mainly because I need to find where they have hidden the useful stuff before people start to bring the broken/mis-configured/AIO-printer install from hell, POS systems to me to fix or at least save their data/mail file from the only cost effective method of repair left open to the end user ie: (nuke it from orbit and reload)

more than 2 years ago
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CIA: Flying Skyhook Wasn't Just For James Bond, It Actually Rescued Agents

dizzy8578 Saw it in the mid 60's (123 comments)

I saw this demoed by the 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg on the mid 60's at the "Gabriel Demonstration" area (Dedicated to an early SFG member captured and killed in 1962 in VN) They used a dummy and I think a c-130

History of the 5th SFG and SP5 Gabrial: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=77533

more than 2 years ago
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House Approves Extending the Warrantless Wiretapping Act

dizzy8578 Bush III Few wingnuts have read beyond the 2nd (326 comments)

Gen. Michael Hayden refused to answer question about spying on political enemies at National Press Club. At a public appearance, Bush's pointman in the Office of National Intelligence was asked if the NSA was wiretapping Bush's political enemies. When Hayden dodged the question, the questioner repeated, "No, I asked, are you targeting us and people who politically oppose the Bush government, the Bush administration? Not a fishing net, but are you targeting specifically political opponents of the Bush administration?" Hayden looked at the questioner, and after a silence called on a different questioner. (Hayden National Press Club remarks, 1/23/06)

---
Landay: "...the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution specifies that you must have probable cause to violate an American's right against unreasonable searches and seizures..."

Gen. Hayden: "No, actually - the Fourth Amendment actually protects all of us against unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "But the --"

Gen. Hayden: "That's what it says."

Landay: "The legal measure is probable cause, it says."

Gen. Hayden: "The Amendment says: unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "But does it not say 'probable cause'?"

Gen. Hayden [exasperated, scowling]: "No! The Amendment says unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "The legal standard is probable cause, General -- "

Gen. Hayden [indignant]: "Just to be very clear ... mmkay... and believe me, if there's any Amendment to the Constitution that employees of the National Security Agency are familiar with, it's the Fourth. Alright? And it is a reasonableness standard in the Fourth Amendment. The constitutional standard is 'reasonable'" ( h/t Dale)
-- Knight-Ridder's Jonathan Landay questioned Gen. Michael Hayden at the National Press Club in January.

----
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

" Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment."

    "It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself."

    --- Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, the first woman on the Supreme Court of the United States of America. 1981-2005 (resigned)

more than 2 years ago
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The Decline of Google's (and Everybody's) Ad Business

dizzy8578 Re:BEHOLD! (313 comments)

I unblock a few sites I love but even there I will ignore the ads.
  Even if I receive a targeted ad via email or banner, I will go out of my way to buy it from somewhere else.
I always mistrusted marketers, but after spending 7 years supporting them as a tech, I now actively hate them all and hope more people figure out ways to make them suffer from their own lies, half-truths and misdirection.

more than 2 years ago
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Comcast Pays $800,000 To U.S. For Hiding Stand-Alone Broadband

dizzy8578 well post the link cause I cannot find it (201 comments)

I even searched the site for "Performance Starter" and got nothing useful. I have not had comcast in 8 years but the web site still implies I am a current customer...

more than 2 years ago
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A Letter On Behalf of the World's PC Fixers

dizzy8578 I fix them for free and enjoy the opportunity. (638 comments)

I am retired/disabled. I have 20 years experience fixing computers and networks.

I fix computers for free for anyone who is on public assistance or on a tight budget from being under employed. Anyone else can donate cash or defunct hardware or to a charity if they are fully employed.

I do it for fun. I miss the puzzles, and most of the computer users out there can no more clean up after a malware infection than they can remove their own tonsils.

Sure the tedious reloading and scanning is not as much fun as chasing down malfunctioning drivers and polymorphic trojans and rootkits but i get the bizarre puzzles the commercial shops can't invest the time to find and fix.

I have always done computer (and appliance, auto and electronic) repair because I love it. I hope some of you get as much enjoyment out of it as I do. Of course I still curse Bill Gates regularly as well as Steve Jobs (whenever I have to completely disassemble a mac laptop to replace the hard drive) but that (and knowing just how brilliant, demented and out of touch some programmers are) is part of the legacy of the industry. (Win 7 still crashes the copy command when it hits a too long filename)

An artist gotta paint even as he starves. I am grateful people bring their PC's to me to play with because ultimately, I win in the exchange.

more than 3 years ago
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How To Have an Online Social Life When You're Dead

dizzy8578 IRC bots (187 comments)

Can already outlive their creators.

#dead

Now how to make a profit out of it for those of us still temporarily alive...

more than 5 years ago
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Handmade vs. Commercially Produced Ethernet Cables

dizzy8578 Thanks for the laughs, my face hurts (837 comments)

I have built data centers beginning in the days when 10 meg hubs were current state of the art. The only pre-made cable I have ever used were recent patch panel cables in a customers closet and I have made thousands of them while waiting for the emergency phone to ring or the Cisco courier to show up.

While it is possible to screw up cables and even graybar will happily deliver the wrong connectors in bags of 1000, there are basic testers and most current home office routers will do electrical length and throughput testing while you yank on the crimp.

There are thousands of miles of my cables and fiber splices passing these bits in this message right now. (My ISP is a former employer)

Your boss is a fool but don't think that is something new in the business.

more than 5 years ago
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CallerID Spoofing to be Made Illegal

dizzy8578 Re:Details? (351 comments)

Key information is...
Ted Stevens is for it. A co sponsor.
The Dem co sponsors are blue dogs owned by one corporation or another.

This means Ted can make a profit off it in some way.

Following a proven rule of thumb, this means it is going to be very bad for anyone who does not own either an oil company or a telco.

more than 7 years ago

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