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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

nehumanuscrede What is their point exactly ? (463 comments)

The same argument can be said for ANY laws that differ from States, Cities, Counties, jurisdictions, etc.

Town X is dry ( no alcohol can be sold ) yet town Y is not. End result is all citizens from Town X drive to Town Y to buy all their alcohol. Town Y planning on suing Town X in the near future because of it ? Unlikely.

State X prohibits gambling, yet all adjacent States have multiple casinos running and welcome all of State X's residents with open arms. Is State X planning on suing all the other surrounding States because of it ? Only if they're idiots. The smart State would legalize gambling, tax it appropriately and quit giving truckloads of tax money to surrounding States instead.

Pick a law. Any law that differs from State to State and try to rationalize going the litigation route claiming it's the other guys fault because they're doing things differently.

yesterday
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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

nehumanuscrede Re:Probably cruel but... (137 comments)

That's the logical end game were it anyone except the United States.

The US Government is one of the most hypocritical entities on this planet. They love to craft all sorts of rules and regulations then expect everyone -ELSE- to adhere them. When they get caught running afoul of their own laws, they simply start throwing out any number of trump cards they carry at all times:

National Security
State Secrets
Executive Privilege
Terrorists !
Children !
etc.

Or they just rename / reclassify / redirect it.

Oh THAT ? We don't torture anyone ! Really ! We said so on the news so it must be true.
Oh THAT ? We don't mass collect domestic data ! Really ! We told Congress we didn't so it must be true.

So, all that said, if the Government wins vs Microsoft and forces them to give up the data in question, the odds of ANY other country applying the same logic towards a US owned company and expecting similar results is just ludicrous. There is just no f'ing way.

Wrong ? Absolutely. But that is how the USG operates.

Here's the scary part:

The US Government is completely out of control and obviously above any laws ( since laws are designed for the peasants, not the elite ). Try to put together everything that has been revealed recently about how the USG operates and the picture it paints is pretty scary. Then realize how much we DON'T know about what other shadiness goes on from the supposedly self-proclaimed " The Good Guys " government, and the image becomes a truly terrifying one.

4 days ago
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Job Postings Offer Clues to Future of Google Fiber

nehumanuscrede Re:Job postings are cheap (38 comments)

The job postings may or may not be fictional, but the Telecoms won't be able to tell the difference.

As is typical for the monopoly giants, expect to see a large push for their own services in the cities where Google job postings are springing up. While it -might- be a bluff on Googles part, it is definitely a cheap way to get your competition to spend a lot of money to expand their infrastructure which is long overdue. ( Looking at you there 4MB/s is fast enough AT&T )

Sort of stoking the fire if you will.

The Telecoms can't afford to sit idle because, if it turns out Google isn't bluffing, potential customers will flock to Google en masse on a one way trip. The Telecoms know it. Google knows it too.

As evil as Google is, ( I certainly wouldn't use their services since their business model is completely based on depriving all of us of privacy of any kind ) it takes a Gorilla to move a Gorilla. In the end, maybe we'll see some decent offerings by multiple companies at a price that isn't a complete rip-off.

5 days ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

nehumanuscrede How big is your network ? (241 comments)

Assuming, by Enterprise, you mean Godzilla sized network, then it is a royal pain in the ass to maintain.

Take the internal networks of a well known ( and very much hated ) telecommunications company. Depending on which data center you're visiting, you can have absolute bleeding edge state of the art money is no object hardware in one corner and state of the art circa 1975 banks of modems sitting across from it. Stuff that was manufacture discontinued before most here were even BORN. :|

It's so damn big it takes entire organizations to mange portions of it. The sheer amount of money required to update it to current standards would be staggering. Anyone remember Datakit ? Hahahahaha. . . . Still in use. Very much in use.

So, for now, while all your super high tech skills are handy, knowing the old school is still very much in demand.

Viva la X.25 !!!! lol

about a week ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

nehumanuscrede Re:Suing over something that can easily be changed (291 comments)

Opposite experience for me.

The monthly rate for cable modem lease jumped to $10 / month so I finally broke down and bought one. I pulled up the list they maintain on their site and started looking at reviews. Settled on a Motorola SB6121. ( My net speeds are 50 / 5 )

Called up Comcast and spoke with their support line folks. Told them I had purchased my own modem and I would like to have it activated. I read off the MAC address for the new unit to her, then hooked it up. She sent the activation signal down and my internet was up and running a few moments later.

To top it off, she didn't leave the line until I was satisfied the speeds were as expected. I bounced the connection against a few different sites to check them and we were good to go. Whole call lasted maybe fifteen minutes. I returned the Comcast cable modem to one of their stores the same day.

No issues since.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

nehumanuscrede If you take a nickel from someone. . . (291 comments)

once a month, no one really cares.

If you take a nickel from $number_of_Comcast_subscribers people every month, then it becomes significant.

The idea is fine, but they're just being cheap and not wanting to fund the infrastructure. Then again, were they to build their own, they'll just up the costs to the consumer to pay for it. So either way, we'll likely end up paying for it.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

nehumanuscrede Wireless Congestion (291 comments)

What their program WILL do is flood entire areas with a lot of wireless signals, likely none of which are optimized to prevent interference with each other.

Unless the folks planning the roll outs are doing site surveys to determine what channels are being used and modifying each unit accordingly, you're going to have an awful lot of channel overlap and the whole wireless experience is going to be crap-tastic.

I will admit that -some- wireless access points ( like Cisco Aironet ) has the ability to scan the spectrum periodically and change channels to the least congested one. Though in the most heavily congested areas where Comcast has installed a lot of these units, I don't believe even that will help much.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

nehumanuscrede American Hypocrisy is unmatched (769 comments)

We constantly try to convince ourselves and the world that we're supposed to be some sort of role model after which all others should strive to emulate.

Time and time again, the evidence tends to show that we can actually be much worse than those countries we love to demonize.

Can you imagine what would happen if another country ( pick one ) started a program like the one we run for snatching up Americans ( or American Allies ) suspected of ties to $scarylabel ?

Perhaps building their own version of Guantanamo and holding them indefinitely without charges, trial or even notification to anyone they were being held at all ?

Everyone here knows exactly what the reaction would be. Drone strikes, commando raids, hell we might even send a Battle Group or three and park them off your coast. Regime change, invasion, air strikes, sanctions, excuse for new war toys testing, etc. etc.

As long as the country in question isn't a major power of course. We love to send in the troops to countries that cannot possibly defend themselves from our mighty war machine. Not so much into the countries that can. See any Russian or Chinese detainees in that lovely detention camp of ours ? Yeah . . .my point.
Ever see a bully pick on someone who could kick their ass ? Me either.

Wonder how our war-nuts would handle it if $evil_country started snatching our worldwide intelligence agents ( or just Americans and their Allies at random ) and subjecting them to the same tortu. . . . er. . . . enhanced interrogation techniques that we use. Would be hilarious to hear what insanity would spew forth from our Government about how . . . how . . . EVIL such a thing is. How DARE they do that to an American ?! Resolutions !! Declarations !!! OMGTEHHORROR !! ( Fox News would just implode I think ) :|

To the rest of the world, I would like to apologize for the arrogance, hypocrisy and illogical ideology of our "elected" government. If you have any ideas on how to fix it, we're all ears.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

nehumanuscrede Re: Certifications get squat (317 comments)

I've been studying for the CCNA for some time now and, to be honest, I'm about to give up on it. Have read the Cisco cert books ( from Cisco Press ) twice, attended a boot camp and watched the CCENT / CCNA training series from CBT Nuggets twice as well. Run all Cisco gear on my home network and have a few routers and switches to play with for test setups as well. In addition, I also play with Cisco's Simulation software and have a few practice tests I can take. I can build a router and or switch from scratch and understand the core concepts pretty well. I also have the CCNP level cert books on my desk so I'll peruse those eventually for the concepts I'm interested in. ( BGP, VRF and VPN mostly )

My test is already paid for ( part of the boot camp fee ) but it's likely I won't even bother to take it.

This is due to a number of reasons.

First, it will do absolutely zero for me where I work ( and have worked for 15+ years ). My pay will not increase one dime.

Second, CCNA has to be renewed every three years. CCNP is either two or three years and CCIE is every two. I really have no desire to go through all this all over again a few years from now relearning intricate details of routing protocols most don't use any longer. ( Rip ? Really ? )

Third. The practice tests are full of pointless questions that only the most OCD level folks will care about. No, I don't recall what year 802.11b became a standard and neither does anyone else :/ Unless you teach this stuff for a living, it's unlikely you can recite from memory what the default STP bridge ID's are or the joys of subnetting by hand.

My thoughts are the only way you'll pass the current Cisco Certification exams is if you walk, talk, eat, sleep and breathe this stuff. If you LIVE for deciphering Wireshark traffic or can't wait to break down some addresses into binary so you can manually summarize the routes, then you'll do well with Cisco Certifications :D

I've come to realize that you really have to like this stuff to take it to it's highest levels. Since I don't get excited about it and only do this sort of work because it pays the bills, I just can't justify the cost and stress of obtaining ( and keeping current ) certs I may never really need.

YMMV of course.

about two weeks ago
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Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

nehumanuscrede Re:Anything sold to the police should be sold... (191 comments)

You do need the Class III license to sell, manufacture or import any Class III device. ( Machine Guns, Short Barreled Rifles, Suppressors, etc )

Civilians are not allowed to own machine guns manufactured after 1986, but are allowed to own any manufactured prior. They are, however, prohibitively expensive for anything decent and, like all other Class III devices, have special rules about who has access to them, where you can take them, prior approval from the BATFE if you travel across State lines, etc.

If you own a Class III device ( or several ) then they have to be kept in a safe or locked unit that only YOU have access to. A smaller locked safe within a larger one would work and allow others in the home to access the main safe, but not the smaller one containing the special devices. Unless the others in the home are also listed as users, they are not allowed access to the device at all. A BATFE gotcha if you're not aware of it.

Considering how much ammo costs these days, unless you have a Government budget, machine guns are prohibitively expensive to operate. I'd rather have the semi-auto variants myself. Far easier to control. If you need a dozen shots to hit your target, you need to work on your marksmanship I think.

The $500 Tax is for Dealers, Importers or Manufacturers.

Individual ownership Tax Stamps are $200 for most Class III devices. Gets attached and sent to you via a Form-4 from the BATFE. Devices that are registered to individual users need to have a copy of the Form-4 on hand at all times if the device is in use or in transport. I don't know the rules when it comes to Corporations, Agencies and the like.

I've never been harassed by any LE demanding to see the form ( don't show it to just anyone who demands to see it as it contains your name, address ( where the device lives ) and other personal info on it ) but I have been approached by them out of curiosity about the device itself.

Other categories of things civilians can own with the right paperwork and stamps include AOW ( All other weapons, such as short barreled shotguns ) and Destructive Devices ( Explosives, mini-guns, and the like ). Lots of fun paperwork to deal with. Subject to both State and Federal laws. ( Means even though the devices are legal at the Federal level, your State may not allow them )

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

nehumanuscrede Look at the bright side (574 comments)

If an AI decides to wipe us out, at least we'll quit killing each other and focus on the AI :D

Maybe the best way to end human vs human warfare is to give us something else ( bigger threat ) to shoot at.

In all likelihood though, the AI will simply view us as we do the other animal species on the planet. It'll make a note that we live here, then wipe out a city to build a server farm or something. lol

about three weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

nehumanuscrede Re:First hand report (525 comments)

Chuckle.

Yeah, the speed limit for I-45 North or South bound out of Houston is pretty much 65mph. ( Thank the local lobbyists who convinced our less than intelligent legislature that high speed traffic is the big reason for Houston Area's air pollution problem. Is why speed limit jumps the moment you are two counties outside of Harris County :| Can't possibly be all the petro-chemical plants or the high humidity or wind patterns here . . . no no. . . it's the cars ! lol )

Doesn't matter though, no one drives 65. In fact, if you're doing less than 75 you're probably being subject to all sorts of fun road rage behaviors. ( Tailgating, folks will swerve to cut you off, jump in front of you and slam on their brakes, various gestures, folks wave guns and occasionally shoot at each other, etc. etc. ) Police have people pulled over constantly. They'll no sooner finish up one ticket, kick the radar on and be chasing down the next less than a minute later.

I can only hope self drive cars become a reality before I retire. Oy.

about three weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

nehumanuscrede Re:Tailgating (525 comments)

"As I was coming up to the crest of an overpass, everyone was doing the standard "we're all braking because there's a hill" thing that Texans do"

This is due to the fact that most Texans know that the favorite hiding spot for both local and State police are just on the other side of that hill you refer to. Zoom over it doing the usual 80mph and, if you listen closely, you can almost hear the laser / radar giggle as the officer set speed lock lets them know some more revenue is coming their way :D

It may also be to due an attention span issue or the usual rubbernecking that goes on when ANYTHING is parked on the shoulder. Or because it's raining, or not. Or because it's Monday. lol

about three weeks ago
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Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR

nehumanuscrede Re:Ditch the DSLR (108 comments)

Not to mention hand-holding a crazy zoom on a high resolution sensor would be nigh impossible without either a tripod or super-nova light levels allowing insane shutter speeds. :|

Smaller sensors also equate to higher noise levels, thus are they limited to working in lower ISO levels than the larger sensors. Fast lenses ( f2.8 and below ) only go so far. You'll need low noise high ISO capability for any less than optimal light stuff you plan on doing. ( Read that, just about anything outside of a studio )

While the point and shoots -can- shoot at higher ISO's, this is where the larger format sensors start to shine. While not all systems are equal, I can pretty much guarantee the P&S isn't even playing the same game when comparing a high ISO shot against a pro-dslr. Not even close. ( ISO 3200 and even 6400 on a Nikon D4s is pretty damned impressive noise wise )

Are DSLR's the best ? Of course not. They're big, they're heavy, expensive and a pain in the ass to carry around. If you're shooting with the big super-teles ( say 500mm and above ) then you'll need a motorcade just to haul all the gear around to support it.

They are, however, still superior to the P&S systems when it comes down to quality of the final image. Which, in the end, is really what matters.

about three weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

nehumanuscrede Re:Save an hour? (525 comments)

If driving 75 vs 65 saves me 59 seconds every 8 miles, I can calculate my 49 mile one way drive to work as follows:
( assuming a five day workweek and ignoring vacation / holiday / sick days for a total of 261 working days in 2014 )

( 49 miles divided by 8 gives me 6.125 as my distance multiplier. Multiply 59 seconds with 6.125 to get one way figures )
361.37 seconds saved one way

( now double it for round trip figures )
722.75 seconds saved round-trip per day

( multiply by 261 for yearly figures )
188637.75 seconds saved per year

Assuming I've done the math right ( no guarantees ), this comes out to 52.39 hours per year that I don't have to spend on the road by
increasing my speed by 10mph. That's pretty significant actually. For fun, calculate your hourly compensation and multiply it by the hours saved to put a personal $ figure on it.

For folks who drive far less to work, then perhaps the numbers don't work out for you like mine do. Yes, I could move if I wanted to add an extra zero to the end of the price of a home ( won't even discuss taxes and insurance by doing so ) but I would rather retire early I think.

about three weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

nehumanuscrede Pre-requisites (525 comments)

Too many US drivers have multiple ongoing distractions to even be allowed on the roads at all.

Don't get me wrong, I would love to see 75mph+ speed limits. I just know the freeways are full of folks who consider driving as a secondary activity to talking, texting, watching the game, rubbernecking anything on the side of the road, etc. These people make driving at any speed stressful, annoying, and dangerous.

When we get self-drive cars deployed as the majority of vehicular traffic on the roads, go for it. Crank it up to whatever the auto-drive systems can handle. However, as long as we have to account for the Idiot Variable ( The Human Driver ), we probably shouldn't get too crazy with the upper limits. ( and should enforce minimum ones while we're at it )

about three weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

nehumanuscrede Simple solution (234 comments)

For the old farts who knew the world prior to it being online 24/7, the solution is an easy one.

Get rid of the damn phone.

Get a basic phone you can pull the battery out of if you must have one to travel with, but drop the surveillance device. . . erm . . smartphone.

Until the folks who create them can get the permissions models right and truly give the end user the ability to lock them down, don't use them.

I have an old Iphone 4. It's served its purpose pretty well but every time we turn around now you hear nothing but how App X is doing something it shouldn't be. How App y is accessing and transmitting everything it can learn about you.

Want to see something fun ? Fire up a sniffer setup to watch all the wireless traffic on your network, then boot your phone and not just how many sites your phone talks with. Then note how the majority of that traffic is encrypted so you'll have quite the hard time figuring out just what is being sent out.

I've been kicking around the idea of upgrading my phone but recently, I've been tossing around the idea of just getting rid of the smartphone thing com

about three weeks ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

nehumanuscrede Easy to catch Tesla (293 comments)

A few things to consider:

1) The vehicle cannot be fugly. Why is it the majority of electric and / or hybrids fall into this category ? Is it intentional ?
2) The price has to be reasonable before folks will ever take them seriously. ( Consider the median income. $80k cars are laughable to most )
3) Refueling infrastructure needs to be in place to support it.

If you can't make a car aesthetically pleasing, the specs on it will be irrelevant as no one will want one. Granted,
some folks drive around in some of the worst looking vehicles in existence, but if you want to sell a lot of them, you
need to understand performance is only part of the equation.

While a small minority have the ability to outright purchase a high end model or two, I'm not spending $60k+ on a vehicle.
They tend to devalue far too quickly, in my opinion, to pour that kind of money into something that will be worth about half
its purchase price a few years down the road. I have better things I can spend money on I think.

Most of us will be long dead and buried before the infrastructure is in place to support hydrogen based systems.

about a month ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

nehumanuscrede Tower Authentication ? (165 comments)

I know squat about cellular, but I'm guessing some sort of authentication system is in place to allow mobile units from a particular carrier to connect to a tower from the same carrier and only those towers ? ( ignoring roaming for the moment )

Would it be possible to ' fingerprint ' all of the carriers towers and push that information to a database kept on the phone ? I wouldn't think such a database would be all that big considering any given carrier has a few thousand towers at best. During the handshake process, the phone would query tower info and run it through some sort of hash algorithm and if it doesn't match, it doesn't connect. Or at the very least, it tells you it doesn't match.

Potential issues would then be roaming status on your phone and the Government, under the guise of terrorism and protecting the children clauses, getting the carriers to add tower authentication signatures for their double-naught-spy systems.

about a month ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

nehumanuscrede Re:CPM rates, etc (319 comments)

Chuckle. Now you're really talking about a tiny minority :D

about a month ago

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nehumanuscrede nehumanuscrede writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nehumanuscrede (624750) writes "AT&T CEO Ed Whitacre announced his plans to retire at the annual stockholders meeting today.

The official notification follows:

A message from Ed Whitacre

Today at our annual stockholders meeting, I announced my intent to retire as Chairman of the Board and chief executive officer at AT&T Inc., effective June 3.

Also today, the Board of Directors elected Randall Stephenson to succeed me as the new CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Among my last responsibilities as your CEO is to ensure a smooth, seamless and efficient transition. We have a well-planned succession process underway, and we have a steady, experienced management leading the way. Randall and I are committed to making this as transparent as possible for everyone.

You will hear more about this in the days ahead. In the meantime, I want you to know how proud I am of the outstanding job you do every day to take care of our customers and to reward the trust of our owners.

It has been an indescribable privilege to serve as your CEO. Our company is strong and our path forward is clear. The future for the new AT&T is very bright. For now, let's stay focused on the job at hand and continue producing the kind of results that have made us the biggest...and the best... in the world.

Thank you.

Ed Whitacre"

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