FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike
If there were competition, the broadband companies would be going out of their way to roll out something bigger and better than the next guy. Except, all too often, a broadband company gets a monopoly in a city, raise their prices while cutting their services. They have zero incentive to roll out any improvements. They rarely even bother with doing basic maintenance. Upgrades and repairs cost money, that cuts into profits. It's not like the market has anywhere else to go.
A taxpayer funded project isn't a barrier to future infrastructure improvements. Monopolies are a barrier to future infrastructure improvements.
California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla
If waiving environmental laws and giving huge tax breaks for big businesses is good for the state, then doing the same for small and medium businesses is also good for the state. In fact, this kind of thing is evidence that the laws should be revisited and possibly revised. I already felt that way about the tax laws here in California (some of the highest taxes in the country). I'm not so sure about the environment laws, however.
My degree of colorblindness:
I am severely red-green color blind. I am midly blue-yellow color blind.
And the correct term is Color Deficiency Disorder, you insenstive clod.
Comparison: Linux Text Editors
I have a few text files on my Windows box with :wq scattered around in random locations.
Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance
Given that the executive branch, that being the POTUS, has never seen a surveillance law it didn't like, I seriously doubt this law would actually impede the government's lust for any and all information on the People.
Besides, the actual implmentation of any law is always the exact opposite of the bill name. My guess, "The USA Freedom Act" means "freedom for the government to do whatever the fuck they want."
Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs
Here in San Francisco, beggers will complain if you give them non-vegan food. That's if they don't complain about getting food since a good number of them are looking for drug money.
US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology
Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.
If every single person who said they would vote third party if it wasn't throwing away their vote actually voted third party, we'd see some serious changes. Just accept that it doesn't matter one bit whether a democrat or a republican wins the election. The results will be the same. Once you accept this simple truth, you are free. Now you can vote for a third party candidate without that fear of letting "the other guy" win. Vote third party. Always. I don't care which third party. Just don't vote for the status quo.
Aliens and the Fermi Paradox
Which, sadly, enforces the theory that FTL is not possible.
LAPD Gets Some Hand-Me-Down Drones From Seattle, Promises Discretion
I disagree with your assessment that law enforcement, specifically LAPD, are human.
Oregon vs. Oracle: the Battle of Blame Heats Up
The free market isn't always the answer (and I'm somewhat of a libertarian). All the big iron and big database companies have a history of making big promises, then delivering something that isn't capable of doing what the sales people claimed. They're also experts and hiding bullshit in the contracts so they have their asses covered. But if they were given another few million dollars they can fix things. Pinky swear.
Cox Promises National Gigabit Rollout; Starting With Phoenix, Las Vegas, Omaha
And even if they weren't lying and actually made the service available, they'll put a 5Gig cap on your data and charge a small fortune for more.
California Legislation Affirms Privacy Rights Against NSA Spying Methods
The Fourth Amendment only applies to the Federal government ...
Wrong. The 14th Amendment says otherwise, and the Supreme Court would also disagree with your statement.
Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon
If they actually cared about what was being put into dairy cattle, they would do something about the steroids and other fun things used to massively increase production. This case is all about expanding government power and absolutely nothing to do with consumer safety.
Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon
They didn't have the science to know it was asbestos causing health problems 4400 years ago. We have the science now. We figured out that it was a bad thing. Using modern science, we would know if feeding beer waste to cattle is bad. Perhaps in a thousand years to they might have new science that shows eat steaks from beer waste fed cattle increases the likelihood of cancer by .00001%.
Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon
And how many people will consider beer waste handling as an important enough issue to vote out someone? None. They're going to be more interested in big ticket items like gay rights or abortion. This is how the government stealthes in an array of regulations that eventually consume our every moment.
Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?
Way back in the dark ages when I was in high school (the 70s) we had a project to select the people required to colonize another planet. I argued intensely with my group about a fundamental error they were making. They chose mostly science and engineering types. Not one farmer was included. A modern farmer doesn't just stick seeds in the ground and ride around in a tractor. He also analyzes the soil to know what should be added for a healthy crop along with a lot of other "sciency" things. On another planet, that is especially important.
When it came time to present our choices to the class, I immediately said that our group would be dead within a year due to starvation. Surprisingly, none of the other groups bothered to include a farming expert.
Also, I argued that every essential skill had to be duplicated. You didn't want to have just one medical doctor because shit happens.
How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture
A good friend of mine has two autistic sons. She would give anything for them to be cured. Alas, she knows that isn't going to happen.
As for the deaf, one of the activist's arguments is "we aren't broken." Uh, yes you are. It's great when you can overcome a handicap, but it is still a fucking handicap. Here's a few reasons why you don't want to be deaf:
1. Beethoven's Ode to Joy
2. Children laughing as they play
3. Birds singing
4. A smoke alarm waking you from sleep and saving your life
5. The best part of farts
IRS: Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency
Keep in mind that all the judges in tax court got there by working for the IRS first. A blatant violation of the separation of powers.
Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast
I'm on Comcast and 126.96.36.199 works just fine for me.
The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"
My espresso maker can make 1 oz up to 8 oz at a press of a button (Jura Capresso). I love that machine.
Feel the Love
Wow. I posted about using squid to control my teenage daughter's internet access here and you can feel the pure hatred that comes through from the huge crowd of masturbating teenage boys with no fucking clue about real life.
Slashdot Style Sheets
Is it just me or are slashdot's style sheets completely borked in FireFox 0.9?
I finally bought a new server to replace the old one that committed suicide. I picked up a Shuttle SK41G with xp1900+ processor, 512Meg memory, DVD/CD reader, and 80Gig harddrive (7200 rpm, 8Meg cache). Nope, no floppy. I don't use them anymore. I have my Laks USB watch if I need to transfer files without the network. And yes, I can boot from the watch if I really want to.
I put Debian on it because SuSE 7.3 can't handle drives bigger than 32Gig and SuSE 8.2 wouldn't work with the the nic even though it's a generic 8139too type. It was probably something simple like the io address, but I didn't think of it at the time.
I'm mostly using the "testing" tree of Debian because "stable" is populated with far too many really old programs. So far, I've slapped on apache 1.3, samba 3.0, Exim 4 with exiscan, qpopper, clamav, spamassassin, mysql 4, and a few other odds and ends.
What I really need is a decent content management package that is easy enough for my wife and daughter (age 13) to create web pages. Any thoughts?
The system hasn't even started to break a sweat. I swear I haven't seen its processor load exceed 1%!!! lol
I wanted to run lm-sensors, but it was returning totally insane values for the voltages and temperatures.
More Bad Luck
Seems bad luck runs in clusters. That makes sense, I'm living a cluster-fuck. Whoopie.
My car broke down today. It won't shift out of first. Odds are, it's not the transmission (which would cost in excess of $3000 to repair). It's probably just a sensor. I'm still trying to figure out why they want to charge $300 to $500 to replace a sensor.
I hope I have enough money left to buy my server next week.
Perhaps I should set up a PayPal "Buy Rossz a new server" donation icon. Any takers?
Choosing a Server
I'll probably go for a low end processor of about 1.3Ghz since that is plenty for my needs. I'll stick in half to a full gig of memory and the biggest hard drive my budget allows.
Comments and suggests are welcome. It's going to be a few weeks before I have the money to make the purchase so I'm spending the time looking at all options.
The software I'll be running is:
- Linux (of course) with a 2.4.2? kernel (what ever is recent and stable)
- Apache w/PHP
- Exim 4.x
Plus the usual array of tools (especially perl scripts).
A big concern is compatibility with a USB 2.0 DVD Burner. If anyone has experience with these under Linux, I would appreciate hearing from you. Make/Model, software used, etc.
Also, I could use some suggestions for content management. I need something that makes it relatively painless for my wife and daughter to update their own web pages. The tool(s) must be able to handle virtual domains.
More Hardware Woes
I've been having a nasty streak of bad luck. Earlier this week my server's power supply committed suicide. Normally that wouldn't be a big deal, except the bastard took out both hard drives with it. I guess the drive makers are too cheap to include a 50 cent part to protect the drive ciruitry from a power surge (or whatever the powersupply did to the drives).
I have a tape drive, but I could never get it to work in Linux. The maker, Seagate, advertised the Travan drive as Linux compatible (with native support), but it NEVER worked.
The result is two dead drives with tons of irreplaceable files. I called a data recovery service. The quote almost gave me a heart attack. Thousands of dollars for each drive. Ouch.
So what do I do? It's been suggested that I buy identical drives and try swapping the circuit boards. This might work, or it might double the number of broken drives. Besides, one of the drives is old enough to be a problem in finding a duplicate. The second drive is brand new and still under warranty, but I'm holding off on returning it for the moment.
Isn't there a service that can evaluate if the drive circuits can be repaired (at least well enough for me to yank off the data)? I can't believe the only option is to use those overpriced data recovery services. If that's the only choice, then I have to kiss my data goodbye.
I'm already looking into a replacement server and have mostly decided on what to get. I'm also planning on getting a USB DVD burner so I can do backups (I've given up on the tape drive). I've chosen USB because I want to be able to use it on other systems, too. Is there enough support in Linux to use a USB DVD burner for this purpose?
The hard drive in my wife's HP zt1130 notebook died last week. It took a few days of trying to get an answer from HP and Hitachi about a replacement. The drive is a Travelstar, originally made by IBM, but now that division is owned by Hitachi.
According to the Hitachi website, Travelstar series drives have a 3 year warranty. Except this is what Hitachi support had to say about it:
Our records indicate that your drive was not sold through authorized distribution channels and therefore does not carry a manufacturer's warranty.
HP doesn't buy authorized equipment? Very interesting.
And here's what HP had to say about it:
Since the Notebook is out of warranty, the service will be billed. Depending on the extent of damage the cost will range between $269 and $649 plus taxes.
Great. They only give a 1 year warranty on a device that should have a 3 year warranty. To make the buggering complete, they offer to repair a $100 drive for $269 or more. Here's my response back to them:
In other words, you do not honor manufacturer's warranties (which should be 3 years), plus you try to screw your customers by charging them $269 or more to replace a $100 (retail price) hard drive. How nice.
I have a better idea. Instead of me sending in this computer to be repaired at an excessive fee, I'll replace the drive myself, and never EVER buy another Hewlett Packard product again.
At one time HP was known for unsurpassed quality and service. Those days are long gone. Now you sell marginal equipement with useless warranties.
Say goodbye to a customer of over 20 years. I will never buy another HP product again.
Hewlett-Packard can kiss my ass. The local geek store has a 20gig Toshiba notebook drive for $109+tax. When I can afford it, I'll buy it. I know I can find it slightly cheaper online, but NCAL Computers has always given me great service and are quick to fix any problems. They have earned my business.
Unfortunately, I can't afford to buy the drive at the moment since I am still unemployed. Hell, I can't even get a shit non-computer job in retail. Since my wife and daughter are addicted to luxuries such as food and clothing, the drive will have to wait.
As a temporary measure, my wife is booting with a knoppix CD and using my LAKS watch to store her home directory. It took four years, but I finally got her to use Linux!
Contract IT works sucks. You don't have the security of a full time job (whatever the hell that's worth these days). It's even worse when the bastards decide to cut the contract short by an entire month due to "budgetary contraints". Am I an idiot to expect a company to have allocated the damn budget before hiring a contract worker?
If you haven't guessed by now, I'm looking for another job. As usual, I want a permanent position, but will probably end up settling for a contract job. Oh, and the "big bucks" you normally expect for contract work? Forget it. They know they can get away with paying half of what they should.
They're taunting me
On the receiving dock of the company I'm currently contracting with are, not one, but two IBM iSeries 825 computers still in their boxes. These bad boys go for about half a million dollars each. I so want to play with them!
Instead, I'm sitting here repackaging software for WinXP to conform with company policies. What a waste of my talents.
I finally got tired of the high noise rate of anonymous cowards and configured my preferences to give them -1 on moderation. ACs very seldom have anything useful to say. On the rare occassion an AC posts something useful, I will rely on it being moderated up for me to notice it.