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About tqk

Sometimes, for rent: used Programmer/Analyst & System Administrator. I've umpteen years in IT, 15+ years as a self-employed contractor.


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  • Mar 8th, 2014 @ 12:19pm

    You know what to do. What's taking so long?

    This isn't a discussion. This is low murmurs and unintelligible mumbling being passed off as a "discussion" in hopes this new era of faux-openness will soon blow over and allow everyone involved to return to the opacity and darkness they've become accustomed to operating in.

    So, arrest them. Citizen's arrest. Subpoena their agency's archives in discovery. Put the bums in jail or it will just keep on happening! Stop them!

  • Feb 5th, 2014 @ 11:19am

    Re: News at 6

    I would almost support a new law called the "Stupid people in Government law" where shit as obvious as this earns a straight up execution upon the spot as soon as this level of bullshit is uttered.

    You'd be among the first to be executed. What, pray tell, do you mean by "actual democracy"?

    Too many of you thicker headed/ignorant Yanquis think the word republic is magical. It's not. You're (ostensibly) a democratically elected republic. Big deal.

  • Oct 29th, 2013 @ 2:36pm


    Why spy inside the NSA? That's not where the bad guys are.

    They're still insisting Snowden's a "bad guy", so to them, that is where they are.

    Rampant paranoia plus a fortress mentality ... Reminds of McCarthyism.

  • Oct 21st, 2013 @ 2:48pm

    (untitled comment)

    Anyone who's read Dilbert know the sort of "management" we IT folk have to ... deal with, or work around, or hide behind, & etc. I've had a few very good ones, and a lot who were deer in the headlights clueless constantly.

    Add "Authoritay" (TLAs) to the mix, and Snowden rises even further in stature in my eyes every day.

    I spit on what these people do, and have always done, to the USA. The USA was intended to be the opposite of what it's become. Sic semper tyrannis.

  • Oct 10th, 2013 @ 1:09pm

    Re: So

    The really funny thing is they're likely already doing it. This request is more than likely spin to make everyone think they're not already doing it.

  • Sep 17th, 2013 @ 3:54pm

    Re: Re:

    I'm 44 and you've describe me - although I like having a car.

    I'm fifty-nine and it describes me, and I resent age being brought into it at all. Wrong is wrong. I don't care what "generation" people who believe that come from, and you're very wrong in attempting to link this in any way to any specific "generation." A lot too many people are just forgiving these days saying, "That's just how the world is." It is, if you're too lazy to fix what's obviously broken.

  • Sep 17th, 2013 @ 3:33pm

    Re: The only explanation

    I know this sounds hyperbolic, but honestly, I simply cannot think of any other way to explain this.

    "But, but, terrists!"

  • Aug 26th, 2013 @ 11:15am

    Re: The answer was here earlier in Techdirt

    The only way to protect the people’s privacy is not to allow the government to collect their information in the first place.

    So, he's saying there is no way to prevent it since that's now proved to have failed to have any effect. Otherwise is like hoping for charity and mercy from a slavering predator as it circles you preparing to make a meal of you.

  • Aug 23rd, 2013 @ 10:33am

    Re: vegas hotels deals

    Las Vegas 5 Star Luxurious Hotels ...

    I'm not sure if this is spam. It appears to be on topic.

    The link doesn't appear to work for me, but I'm at a public terminal ATM.

  • Aug 10th, 2013 @ 3:06pm

    (untitled comment)

    Bravo Jennifer. Keep it up. Salut!

  • Jul 13th, 2013 @ 12:50pm

    Re: Invasion of privacy

    There ought to be a law barring service providers from monitoring the content of private folders in any capacity, but in the meantime I guess encryption will have to do.

    No, there are laws requiring, eg. landlords, to ensure their property isn't used for illegal purposes. Encryption is the correct solution for this. Alternatively, don't leave your stuff in The Cloud.

  • Jul 12th, 2013 @ 7:22pm

    How to blow through billions stupidly.

    This whole thing reads like they're implementing all of this in the dumbest way possible. What, do they have 170 clerks using Outlook to forward emails to the TLAs? How can you spend millions of dollars on one phone tap?

    I may be minimizing the magnitude of the job, but I'm sure pretty much any Unix/Linux Procmail user could replace those 170 clerks with a short recipe that searched a data file for the addressees in each incoming email, then forwards each hit off to the TLAs automatically, 24*7*365.25.

    As for wiretaps, once you hook a sound activated recorder onto the line, you then need one person to sit and listen to and classify the contents of each call, and then what? Okay, watch the number the call comes from and based on calling number, some will be interesting and others can be automatically discounted. That costs millions of dollars, how?

    I know the military is known for hundred dollar hammers and thousand dollar toilets. What's AT&T's and Verizon's excuse? This sounds incredibly ad hoc, wing it, didn't put *any* thought into it before just doing whatever some wingnut non-technical manager said to do.

    I must be missing something important ... Or these people are getting away with highway robbery and shipping boatloads of cash off to the Caymans.

  • Jul 11th, 2013 @ 6:52pm

    Re: Contractors? Really?

    Who really thinks it is a good idea to have a for profit company doing security checks?

    I do, and I think that's a silly question. Would you rather all of public commerce was nationalized and made a gov't monopoly? I think that would be ridiculous, and it wouldn't solve anything.

    I'd like to know what's happening with these sluggards' managers. Did they do anything to verify their employees were actually doing what they were expected to do? This is management failure above all else. I've never had a job where my boss spent all his time on the golf course and just trusted us to not goof or slack off.

  • Jul 6th, 2013 @ 7:55am

    Re: Re:

    I wouldn't go so far as to say the NSA needs to be disbanded.

    It is the simpler and most effective solution. Disband it and start over recognizing what went wrong, use proper oversight and determine what the rules are this time before you do it. Take your licks and accept the horrific waste of cash invested in the failed NSA as a learning experience; an expensive education. This time, do it right.

    Just cutting off its heads (Alexander and Clapper) won't change much. An org that size will have built up a lot of inertia that needs to be overcome.

  • Jul 5th, 2013 @ 8:48am

    Re: Re: Re: Repost

    Hiccups, like 1776 to 2013?

    No, like what what they allowed it to do to Latin America (Bay of Pigs, Chile's Salvador Allende, United Fruit Co.), Viet Nam, "The War on *", and that sort of thing. I never suggest they've been angels, but the original premise behind their Declaration of Independence was spot on.

  • Jul 5th, 2013 @ 8:39am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Some of us continue to hope there's still some sense left in the USA (despite all the evidence to the contrary).

    No if he was willing to face a court and answer his charges, and stop running away he would be free in a relatively short time.

    Speaking of "evidence to the contrary", QED. People like you shouldn't be allowed to retain US citizenship. You haven't earned it.

  • Jul 5th, 2013 @ 8:25am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Holy cow! Mike takes a swipe at Wall Street!

    Oh, FFS!

    It wasn't my intention to cause you anger. I was just stating my opinion. You chose the perfect username for yourself. You're pragmatic to a fault. "Whatever works, damnit!" I, on the other hand, am an idealist. As Aristotle said, "Things as they could, and should be." "Whatever works" isn't good enough (for me; YMMV). I want things "done right." In IT, I want to make problems disappear never to return. I don't want a (pragmatic) quick fix that just gets me to tomorrow.
    Try, "Somewhat conservative, but generally reasonable and as fair as possible.

    See, to me, that says nothing. Compared to Frank Zappa, Jon Stewart is conservative, but compared to the Pope he's a flaming liberal. To me (and "Your Mileage May Vary", certainly), the left vs. right, liberal vs. conservative scales carry no meaning and are incapable of shedding any real light in a discussion. They're as empty as marketroid buzzwords; much sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    Would you say Edward Snowden is conservative? He looks that way to me, but look at what he's done. Richard Stallman's never done anything even remotely like what Snowden's done, but Stallman's a flaming liberal!

    Left, right, liberal, and conservative are out of their depth when trying to describe ideas. That's all I'm saying.

  • Jul 4th, 2013 @ 12:24pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Holy cow! Mike takes a swipe at Wall Street!

    Not sure what you're ranting about.

    No kidding? I'd never have guessed.
    He never said left vs right ...

    Learn to read. The post I replied to called Mike "center-right", and my reply was questioning the use of that empty phrase. I know the US is pretty much addicted to it (as well as liberal vs. conservative), but try to fight it. They both make you look foolish. The world and ideas are more complicated those things can describe, and you'll be better off (less easily manipulated) without them.

  • Jul 4th, 2013 @ 9:12am

    Re: Repost

    The inverted flag is what is appropriate.

    Good point (your whole post, not just this bit of it). For most of its existence, despite its many "hiccups" down through the years, the USA has been a beacon of hope to the entire world. I very much hope to see its people win this one against the forces of tyranny currently in its midst.

    Happy Fourth, USA. Now buckle down and get to work! :-)

  • Jul 4th, 2013 @ 9:04am


    he is gonna be a wanted man for life now, will never see family and friends again, other than from the inside of a jail ...

    That is not a faît accompli! Some of us continue to hope there's still some sense left in the USA (despite all the evidence to the contrary).

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