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  • Jun 23rd, 2017 @ 10:11am

    Re: Re:

    "before being moved into less volatile instruments"

    Volatile? Typo -- you misspelled Vegas!

  • Jun 10th, 2017 @ 12:39am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: PETA: Silly Is What We Do

    "They are basically what happens when Scientologists go full vegan crazy."

    STOP giving Scientologists a bad name by comparing them to PITA (Sorry, PETA. Freudian slip of the tongue there.) That's their own cross to bear -- as it were.

    They're BOTH horrible. Must we have competition and a winner for ultimate crappyness? I'd rather punch doggies with the cowboys or clear my mind sniffing Windex.

  • May 21st, 2017 @ 3:43pm

    Re7: Why do you need one?

    "Don't forget that you still need to seed any PRNG from a good source of initial randomness."

    Of course -- exactly right! And here you go:

    And there's also this gem:

    Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin.
    -- John von Neumann

  • May 13th, 2017 @ 2:00pm

    Re: Re:

    "A root kit... any valid uses?"

    Why of COURSE! Just ask Sony!

    (If you don't know: )

    It's also great if you're ALWAYS forgetting those pesky authentication codes on systems that you don't own.

  • May 2nd, 2017 @ 10:53pm


    "Save us, Ajit Pai. You're our only hope."

    You misspelled "Dope". And no, he's not the only one -- there are at least 435+100 more.

    (*YES* I know what it's from.)

  • May 1st, 2017 @ 9:17pm

    Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on May 1st, 2017 @ 7:21pm

    "would you choose to defend your rights when you're offered a $5,000 settlement over a 50/50 chance to lose millions? ... What I'd the chances are closer to 80/20?"

    Hmmm ... so the overall idea here is to "Charge what the market will bear" without killing the golden goose in the meantime.

    That's wonderful! That's great! I think I'll patent that exact idea and overall view! Thanks a million! (Or should that be 5 million?)

  • Apr 4th, 2017 @ 8:23pm


    "You can change your password, but good luck changing your fingerprints, your iris, your face."

    That's what reincarnation is for. Just hope they don't wipe your mind in the process -- I don't think they've quite got the process down yet.

    (1) ced-too/ --- because if you can't convince your mom, you're sure not going to convince anyone else.

  • Apr 4th, 2017 @ 8:17pm


    "...can it be used if you are unconscious? "

    But most of the population is unconscious. Or at least unthinking, which is the same thing.

  • Apr 3rd, 2017 @ 8:29pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "Yeah I get all my news from the Bible."

    I get mine from the comic pages. They're all about the same thing.

  • Apr 1st, 2017 @ 9:32am

    It's NOT the music that Spotify is selling...

    It's the organization and easy availability of that music.

    If you know an artist name or name of a song, Spotify can quickly (in a few clicks) bring it up. Not always (Flim and the BB's) but mostly (the album by Hot Butter)

    (OT: Know the actual melody but not the name/artist? Look here.)

    But you get great-sounding music, instantly available on-the-fly. And you don't have to search hard to find and finally download a copy, store it someplace, back it up (on floppies?), copy it to your phone, then find it AGAIN to play it. Like Google, a click or two and it's just THERE! And absolutely no nasty Copyright Infringement Notices either.

    And -- oh yeah -- you can Feel Good(TM) by supporting the artists with a legal copy, but I wonder how much people would ACTUALLY pay for just that. (Taylor Swift thinks it should be more.)

    There's Nothing For You To Do! (Besides the ever-so-minor, I'm socially embarrassed to even have to mention it, let me grovel for a bit, $10/month fee. Why, that's only 90 minutes of minimum wage -- only 1% of your raw salary! What else would you do with the money -- Save? Eat? Pay bills? How pedestrian!)

    So, surprise! If it's worth it to you in relationship to everything else that's available, you purchase. If not, you don't. If the price goes up, more people (probably) won't. If it goes down, they probably will.

    Taylor Swift could help us all out greatly by making LOTS and lots more music -- thus lowering the rarity and price for us all. :-)

  • Mar 29th, 2017 @ 1:04pm

    Re: My take.

    "use our good sense to figure out what we believe and what we don't."

    What -- what -- WHAT?!? You want people to actually think for themselves and not just blindly believe whatever narrative is convenient for the current commentator clamoring for their consideration?

    You, Sir, need to visit your nearest Education Center ASAP. I'll let them know you're coming so they can prepare an extra dose of helpfulness.

  • Mar 24th, 2017 @ 11:01am


    "[those] actually engaged in destructive rioting could blend in with and be indistinguishable from the larger number who protested lawfully."

    Ahhh, I was going to gripe about this ("destructive rioting"? WTH?) but then I remembered about the Boston Tea Party.

    Still, "No Taxation Without Representation" isn't quite the same as "Not My President" (Read: I don't like the results of the election and I'm going to do something about it AFTER THE FACT.)

  • Feb 16th, 2017 @ 5:52pm

    Re: Re: Particularity

    "But they don't want evidence. They want information."

    We want information… information… information.
    Number Six: You won't get it.
    Number Two: By hook or by crook, we will.

  • Feb 13th, 2017 @ 4:06pm


    I doubt there's many of us. Unless there's some overriding financial reason, I imagine they'll just leave us alone or lump us in the new unlimited set, whatever's easier.

    I know one point in one month I used (was a 3x spike) 120G and showed up like a nail on their usage charts. The next month my target was magically unavailable, so instead I watched V NFL Sports, the unlimited free version. A LOT more than that. (After a month I got bored and stopped.)

    It's amazing how airwaves -- what you'd think would be scarce -- are free only while you're talking to a box on their internet network. **It's almost like they want to charge extra for network egress to the Internet.**

    My! That sounds like portable AOL, which for a lot of people *WAS* the internet.

  • Jan 17th, 2017 @ 5:34pm


    There's an Android app my GF and I use -- it's called Life360, and tracks our phone position in real-time and logs it for a month. Pretty maps and alerts when we enter or exit a geo-fenced area too.

    I don't care if she knows exactly where I go. I've told her that it's tracking her as well and to leave the group or uninstall it if she has problems with it. She's left it up because she doesn't care if I know where she is either.

    (If I really cared about location I'd hit "airplane mode" or leave the phone at home and use a burner with call-forwarding.)

    "Life three sixty" doesn't exactly roll off the tongue easily so we just call it the "stalker" app.

    Hell, if everybody else is tracking me, *I* might as well get some good out of it too! ;-)


    As a matter of fact, my home got robbed recently. I was able to use this to see when I left since I wasn't paying attention.

  • Jan 17th, 2017 @ 5:22pm

    Re: Re:

    "This is a system capable of tracking a limited number of cars"

    But there are only a finite number of cars on the road. Maybe they need to bill the government for a slight equipment upgrade.

    Then we wouldn't have any of these pesky limits.

  • Jan 17th, 2017 @ 5:16pm

    Re: Even better

    Don't do HOSTS. That only works with DNS lookups, not if the IP addresses themselves are actually encoded within the product -- for ALL apps, not just the OS. DNS just makes it easier.

    Instead use firewall rules as primary and HOSTS as a secondary backup. Destroy Windows Spying (DWS) has a good rule set.

    Even if you can't actually read and understand all of the code, you can still get a good impression of what's going on and what they're doing.

    File MainDwsForm.cs. Code:
    private void AddToHostsAndFirewall()
    string[] hostsdomains =

    and so on. These lines add HOSTS blocks to to stop DNS lookups. [They're actually created in the "/C" code at the end of the array.] Then later on they block actual IP addresses,

    private void BlockIpAddr()
    string[] ipAddr =

    These block the actual embedded IP addresses using the native Windows firewall. [literally adding null routes via the trailing "/C" code again.] The second Microsoft is caught bypassing it's own firewall to communicate home I think is the second they get dumped.

    This is the same type of thing that PeerGuardian / Peerblock does, only they target ever-changing RIAA/MPAA IP addresses.

    MS changes IP collection addresses only occasionally and sometimes it's not even their fault. But don't rely on this 100% to block mothership access; they'll someday add a new patch that'll not be blocked. Gee, if only there were a monthly update system in Windows that could update this.

    [GEE, IF ONLY THEY WOULD QUIT COLLECTING THIS DATA TO START WITH. IT'S ONE THING TO HOLD PROGRAM LAUNCH NAMES AND TIMES ON MY PC, BUT ANOTHER to store them all in Redmond. You don't need to know I've got VLC playing My Little Pony in an endless loop. And you SURE don't need to know I'm controlling a botnet of LOIC nodes. In this case I guess it'd be a botNOT. :-)]

  • Jan 17th, 2017 @ 4:41pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Even better

    "... that or block those IP's on a hardware firewall rather than within Windows itself."

    Not really -- the internal Windows firewall will be good enough for blocking. The _SECOND_ Microsoft gets caught bypassing it's own firewall rules is the same second all of the security pros begin to dump Windows. You might not trust every program not to do something stupid, but if you can't trust the OS to enforce blocks then it's pointless.

    Yep, you could kill it at the outgoing border gateway but if Windows won't support it's own firewall rules there's no reason to use it. (There's less and less every day -- inertia, both programmatically and human. AD however, won't go away. Shame it wasn't Novell's NDS, out years earlier than MS.)

    Ii wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't someday an automatic AD-enforced rule that disabled some of the call-home stuff -- that way Win HOME and Win Pro non-AD could be configured out of the box that way and no one would gripe.

  • Jan 13th, 2017 @ 10:02pm

    Re: And there's a much more legitimate argument against the gun manufacturers.

    Gun control means hitting your target.

    Lawsuits against gun manufacturers should come when a gun malfunctions, injuring or killing the operator. Other than that: NO.

    "there's a much more legitimate argument"? You mean
    * legally (an active lawsuit somewhere),
    * morally (Don't be naughty! -- wait, that's Google), or
    * you just don't like the current situation?

    I've got a gun (oh the HORROR!) by my nightstand. It's not loaded but I treat is as such, and in 2 seconds it COULD be. (No kids visit.) I take it outside going back in the woods, and when weird things are happening 1/4 of a mile around my house. My neighbors? The nearest is 1/4 of a mile away, the next few are 1/2 of a mile. If anything happens I'm on my own unless I can use the phone for help (and they're there INSTANTLY! For 15 minutes of instant if I'm lucky) or someone happens to drive along the road and notices odd things / bothers to call.

  • Dec 30th, 2016 @ 8:42pm

    I've got all of your talking points right here.

    I've just snuck into the FBI and have found them all. My God, these are all so insightful I can't believe it -- Just read three of them and you're as intelligent as Congress, all of them and forget the FBI, you might as well BE the NSA.

    Number One: People who actively use encryption are more likely to ...

    Oh, excuse me, someone's at the door. Be right back. "Hel

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