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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. Since ca. 2009, I've been pretty much coasting disillusioned, but I think I've conceived a workable plan recently.

"I'd like to change the world, but I don't know what to do, so I'll leave it up to you." -- Some Hippy 60s band.


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  • Apr 21st, 2015 @ 8:24am

    Re: Ease of Phishing

    I'd disagree. The underlying problem is your average computer user is an ignorant sluggard (and I mean that in the nicest way :-) who only barely knows how to use the tools they're given. There are technical people who use a spreadsheet program (ie. Excel) to create what is little more than a list of items, when simple text in an editor would do. I've watched accountants transcribe numbers from a spreadsheet program into desktop calculators to sum a column. There's Sun Certified "engineers" who can't list the contents of a directory.

    I know, people just want to get stuff done. They don't want to learn how computers work. They just want to use them. Well, think of all those carpenters out there building houses. How far can they get without knowing how to use a hammer, or what materials to use in any given situation.

    For all those mere users out there, I'm sorry we haven't yet invented the DWIM (Do What I Mean) key. Please bear with us.

    Or, maybe don't use computer operating systems and software which were implemented so stupidly that things like this become a problem.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 @ 7:21am

    Re: Re: Wow

    TD sells t-shirts, you know? A few pages down from the top, "Support TechDirt - get great stuff", Insider Shop, TechDirt Gear, Perks and More. I wonder if there's a "Streisand Effect Cabal" shirt.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 @ 6:49am


    I boycott, and am equally confused why others don't as well. Sadomasochism has gone mainstream in this century.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 @ 6:38am

    Re: Let's bring it up a little....

    You assume they don't get this, and I think that's your mistake. They don't want to stop this sharing culture. They rely on it. Rather, they want to monetize it.

    The problem is, they really suck at that. Geo-blocking, lawfare, DMCA, DHS/ICE, bribing attorneys general and writing their lines for them to attack search engines, outlawing VPNs? Who comes up with insane ideas like that?

  • Apr 21st, 2015 @ 6:25am

    Re: Does reputation matter?

    This amazes me too. Read the comments on torrentfreak related to one of these "MPAA is evil" stories, and they bitch and complain and swear they'll torrent GoT to hell and back, yet never even consider giving up on them. After all the abuse, they're still addicted to the crap.

    re/code, Verge, Gizmodo all breathlessly swoon over every Hollywood trailer spat out. It never seems to occur to them that it's just yet another comic book like all the others before it, or another Star Wars do-over, sent to the screen. GoT is not even any good.

    What's wrong with these people? It's sad.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 @ 5:24am


    Ah. I see the problem now. You're insane. Silly me.

  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 4:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    All violence will do is put some other tool in power while others die. I'd like to think there are better options.

    It needn't be violent. In fact, you've already tried it once before. Seceed from the Union. Break the USA up into multiple separate countries. Agree to disagree and go your separate ways peacefully. Face it, the north hates the south and vice versa. What does Seattle have in common with Tampa? Damned near nothing. Texas would be better off on its own. Washington DC can revert back to swampland.

    If it keeps on the way it's going, the USA is bound to start WWIII with somebody. That's what I worry about. Do the world a favor and dissolve into your component parts.

    It may already be a fait accomplis. The dollar's going to implode soon. Russia's given up trying to align with Europe because of your NeoCon-Israeli masters' sabre rattling. They're now creating the Leninberg-Shanghai trade axis with China instead.

    Bite the bullet. Save the world. It needn't mean civil war.

  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 12:53pm

    Re: Re: In a related note, ...

    So, one side of the Always Ruling Party covered it up, and the other side continued the coverup and prosecuted the whistleblower for spilling the beans. Thanks for the correction.

  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 11:28am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    ... oh, and he wasn't exactly victorious either, was he?

    Wasn't he? Besides, they made a tactical mistake. They should have just kept on going into Gaul, perhaps coming back with an army exclusively of warriors, instead of turning on Rome dragging women and children and other non-warriors with them.

    They shook Imperial Rome to it knees and made it fear for its very existence. That's pretty damned good in my books. It's provided an example for the ages which is still admired to this day a couple of millennia on.

    Note, Rome did eventually fall, so what would the point be in continuing to prop up a cancerous system? Just to live for another day as slaves?

    Sic semper tyranis.

  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 9:30am

    Re: Re:

    I imagine Spartacus heard the same objections.

    Do the math. 320(?) million US citizens vs. 1 million cops + far flung military, minus cops and military who won't fight citizens.

    Your country has become like a rabid dog.

  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 9:24am

    Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on Apr 20th, 2015 @ 8:27am

    So... still no rioting on the streets? Noone is even just a little bit upset?

    Please tell us the utopia from which you hail

    What's that got to do with anything? It's a valid question. Their country doesn't brag about Exceptionalism and having the duty to export freedom to the rest of the lesser civilized world, threatening WWIII in the process.

    Is the USA your country, or your rulers' and tyrants' country?

  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 8:07am

    In a related note, ...

    Chelsea Manning and the Deepwater Horizon Killings

    Eleven deaths and an environmental disaster could have been prevented if a known problem hadn't been covered up by the US State Dept. Thanks Hillary.

    Sony's (repeated) abysmal security caused their problem, just as the military's abysmal security caused theirs, and it should be entirely on them to deal with the repercussions of it; all of it! Blaming reporters for reporting facts is vile and nonsensical behaviour, assuming we still live in a democracy controlled by the citizenry.

  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 7:33am

    Australia's answer to Churchill

    Sorry about your war with the huns, but we can't help because Europe is outside our geo-location as defined in international treaties. We could help with Burma, China, and Singapore among others, but North Africa, Italy, and France are right out. Good luck.

    Then, guess what happens when Japan gets into it.

    "This is how we get our money!"

    This is not how we spend our money or make our purchases. See how that works? And, as everyone knows, the customer is always right, yes?

  • Apr 19th, 2015 @ 6:44pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Dodd is correct

    But I also see that you are convinced you've uncovered some "shocking truth" about MPAA deception.

    No, we learned all about MPAA's deceptions when it was revealed that it was bribing multiple attorneys general, as well as writing their lines for them, in order to attack Google.

    I don't give a rat's ass what your name is, by the way. I already know what you are, and that's more than I want to know. Your ilk has been infesting civilization from its earliest stages, spreading disease among simple hard working folk. You should be ashamed for doing what you do, but I know you haven't the capacity for it. Die screaming in a fire.

  • Apr 17th, 2015 @ 8:10pm


    If you had a shred of honesty, you'd agree that very few people like KDC. The vast majority I've seen are livid at what their own gov't is doing to him, and how they're doing it. They're not defending KDC. They just want their gov't back from Hollywood which has bought their elected reps.

  • Apr 17th, 2015 @ 7:59pm

    Re: Dodd is correct

    This criticism is misinformed.

    How can that be?!? Oh yeah, The text of the agreement is a state secret which even members of Congress cannot study! You are a very unfunny joke, and very possibly an outright liar.
    There was a coordinated effort on the part of certain lobbyists to insert language into the TPP that would indemnify them in any enablement of online piracy.

    What's wrong with that? Sue the infringers if you must, not their ISPs for doing what ISPs do! We don't sue auto mfgrs when drivers lose control, nor gun mfgrs for people using their guns to rob banks.
    Dodd here was correctly ...

    Dodd is a paid shill, and he's failing miserably even at that. Nothing he does can even remotely be described as correct. He's enabling the fleecing of the online users of the world.

    Boycott Hollywood! May they all whither away to dust soon!

  • Apr 17th, 2015 @ 10:24am

    Re: By "fair use" pirates mean "the whole for free".

    Would you please define "PIRATEY"?

    Would that include anyone who doesn't agree that Steamboat Willie deserves to be able to sue anyone until the heat death of the Universe if there's an even passing mention of him in derivative works?

    Would that include someone who doesn't agree that the US DoJ should be the private enforcement arm of special interests?

    Would that include someone who doesn't think Dept. of Homeland Security has any need to conduct panty raids on the behalf of professional sports franchises?

    I could go on, but that's enough for now.

  • Apr 16th, 2015 @ 7:01am

    Lovely pic.

    That's a very pretty shot of Orion. I remember reading years ago about someone who was doing the same thing with video-cassette recording tape. The resolution of the hardware was abysmal, as everyone knew, but if you stack multiple shots of the same view on top of each other, it did some pretty impressive stuff.

    This story is even better, as when you take all the shots taken from people all over the world and stack them, you effectively get the light gathering properties of a telescope lens the size of the Earth. Professional astronomers, especially radio astronomy, have been making this work for decades.

  • Apr 15th, 2015 @ 12:09pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: I find it fascinating that those who protest against...

    I don't blame god, since it's a mythical non-existent entity. I do blame organized religion, which has always, from the dawn of time, been a business preying on credulous, spiritually inclined folk.

  • Apr 15th, 2015 @ 11:55am

    Re: Always Suspected Something Wrong With This Company

    G. at least sells anonymized, aggregate information; no names, no contact info, minimal demographic info. Do you also avoid Facebook, Twitter, Verizon and AT&T, among many many others who're far less likely to be trustworthy?

    I don't use any Google services except YouTube, but I've never understood why people have such a hate on for them. I put it down to simple envy.

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