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  • Jun 30, 2022 @ 05:04pm

    I run my own email server for my friends and family. I've had to institute spam filters because some were hit with Republican spam runs. No one I associate with is Republican/Trumpist/Reich Whinge. It is one thing to block unsolicited bulk email. It's another to force others to allow you to use my property and cause me additional costs so you can force your unsolicited opinion on people that never asked for it. And here we thought Republicans were so against communism. They keep telling us that. What's that word I want for when someone says one thing, but does another? Closed loop, unique token, confirmed opt-in. Not one email sent without someone specifically and provably requesting it for ANY bulk mail list. I don't really care what it is.

  • Jun 30, 2022 @ 04:53pm

    The AlRal treatment

    I'd say it's time to give politicians the AlRal treatment. Sign them up for every mailing, circular and "concerned citizen" USPS list we can find as was done with Alan Ralsky. He was getting two mail bags per day at his home. Um, guys? I never asked for your twaddle shite; why on earth should I have to ask to stop getting it?

  • Jun 29, 2022 @ 08:15am

    If this goes on

    "It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so." Robert A. Heinlein - Revolt in 2100 "All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth." Friedrich Nietzsche And today started out to be such a nice day...

  • Jun 04, 2022 @ 09:45am

    complex electronics lifespan

    I recall from 40 years ago that "slow blow" fuses that didn't look like a fuse were a thing. A "slow blow" is usually filled with sand to dissipate some heat for a limited time, thus slowing when the fuse would melt and open the circuit. Someone figured out that if a mild granular acid was mixed with the sand, the percentage used was a fairly consistent failure rate over time. Once techs caught on to that, OEMs switched to designing the failure mode to ensure that the device was destroyed when the fuse blew. So we started replacing the fuse right before warranty expired. Then they .... and around and around it went, until copyright.

  • May 31, 2022 @ 02:26pm

    I’d say we’re more of a plutocratic oligarchy. Kleptocratic, surely.

  • May 29, 2022 @ 07:09pm

    I don't think Conservatives were ever socialists. As so how I fix things, I used to tell folks, but my boss said telling the CEO to "Stop being f-ing stupid!" was a career inhibiting advice, and perhaps a more socialized approach would be conducive to continued employment. I said "F that s--t." I've since learned that discretion is indeed the better part of valor and to control, if not my temper, at least the expression of it. Mostly.

  • May 19, 2022 @ 02:52pm

    Alfred E Newman this

    ... because it'll all be over before you can say "Extra Dividend!" at the stock holder's meeting. If I'm reading it right - and I may not be because I'm not a legal professional, it looks like WISPs are specifically not allowed to avail themselves of any of these funds, unless they are partnered with an ILEC.

  • May 19, 2022 @ 08:14am

    Tech and children

    I used to tech at K-12 for decades for the entire district in the main office. The ability of children to find ways around technological blocks and barriers is surpassed only by those with only a pure profit motive. And the dad's that would use the kid's laptop after the kid went to bed was always an issue. To put it as politely as I am able after that experience: Technology is not a babysitter and trusting it to enforce your standards is a sure path to disappointment. Computers compute. Only parents can parent.

  • May 19, 2022 @ 07:34am


    140,000.00 in 1980's. I was looking at 1800's, not 1900's.

  • May 19, 2022 @ 07:31am

    My take is that the attorney (at least) is looking for a nuisance settlement. A corporation I used to work for in the 1980's would settle anything under $40,000.00 without contention, or, in to today's terms, about $920,000.00.

  • May 19, 2022 @ 07:24am

    Back up a few steps

    Let's take 5 steps backward. Why did the parents abandon their parental responsibility to oversee internet usage of a 10 year old child? Big fat clue stick: Life, television nor the internet is a baby crib for your neglected child.

  • May 14, 2022 @ 07:28am

    Re: ADSBExchange

    Thus the discussion I was having that I wrote about. One advantage to FA is that running one does give you an account with privileges you'd otherwise need to purchase. A friend put an FBO lady with me, we're trashing out things that are possible vs. desirable vs. cost. I happen to have quite a few pi's on the shelf from before the chip shortage hit. Scalping them just sticks in my craw, so a good home for what I have in 'em sits better with me.

  • May 13, 2022 @ 11:46am

    Side note

    I was discussing FlightAware (FA), for those not up on that it tracks the ADS-B beacon of aircraft and plots their position on a map. Almost all aircraft of larger than a personal puddle hopper have this. FA allows people to "opt out" of their public tracking. The tracking is done by volunteers setting up small systems, usually SOCs such as Raspberry Pi's, and a Software Defined Radio (SDR). Total cost (before the chip shortage) was about $100. Some law enforcement have opted out, and quite a few of the 1% have as well. However, the beacons are still there (for all but LEO OPSEC) and a simple program called Dump1090 (it transmits on 1090Mhz) will give you the GPS coordinates. A small bit of API magic, an on line map with an API, and bob's your uncle.

  • Apr 01, 2022 @ 10:40pm

    Not that unusual

    I have heard the term "Being Bartman'ed" from rail fans before. I wasn't able to confirm it's in relation to this ifficer. (not a typo.) My own experience in video taping and monitoring rail traffic (hey, everyone has a hobby!) around LEO is I've set my camera to automatically upload to a Raspberry Pi with an SSD drive in the trunk of my car via wifi or Bluetooth. So if they demand I delete my photos or videos, no problem. I cheerfully delete them from the camera. The few times they've seized the equipment, well, I've got backup equipment and I eventually get it back. One of these days I'll put a coordinated system up so folks without much tech knowledge can tape their protests and body cams - with a backup. Might even do a cloud upload version.

  • Mar 28, 2022 @ 12:44pm

    Grub Hub is into the Gig bit all right

    Got a single meal from GH ONCE. The order was a complete disaster. Called the Restaurant as I know the owners and I'd been a happy customer for years and years. Didn't even need to see the menu, the staff would ask "Meal A or B?" and blam! there it was with the ONE THING I had to have changed. (I hate it when someone goes to a restaurant then spends 20 minutes changing the order to their particular taste. It just bugs the hell out of me but hey, it's their food so I don't say a word about it.) They said they don't use GH. That was enough. About six months later, I noticed a $10USD charge every month from GH. So I called and GH said "We'll reverse all six months". Yeah, that didn't happen. So GH is into the "Gig" economy all right. They'll GIG YOU is the experience and opinion I have.

  • Mar 22, 2022 @ 07:29pm

    Tesla would be enraged

    On the one hand, sure, the company has been instrumental in pushing the auto industry forward on electric vehicles. I will say that in my opinion, Tesla Automotive has not invented, only innovated. Then again, we can't see the source code so it's possible they actually did something new there, but as far as the electronics, all they've done is improved existing technology if even that much.

  • Mar 08, 2022 @ 07:23am

    Buy all that's unholy

    These are my opinions There are three corporations in the world that failed stupidly and miserably; Sears, Radio Shack, AT&T = because they could never really figure out exactly what they were, what their markets were, who their customers were, exactly how to woo them to their brand, and/or exactly what business they were actually attempting to compete in. Watching them is akin to that cartoon of some guy in a rocket ship randomly slapping buttons, kicking levers, and twisting dials in a desperate attempt to accomplish... something. Again, These are my opinions There are many corporations that are simply evil. AT&T, Sony, Apple, ConAgra, ADM, John Deere, Apollo Group, Any national or world wide sports organization including The Olympics, NFL, NCAA, NBA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, and too many others to list. Fortunately, I weened myself from the utterly unnecessary world of "professional" sports and I don't, frankly, give a fart in the wind about any of these utterly useless entertainment venues that stand only to profit the 1% at the cost of the general tax payer and their sports fans (I hold them in the same contempt I'm sure they hold me in). I don't care if they sheer the sheep that are their fans; I do object to building at my tax expense their cathedrals of commerce that are their "sports" arenas. So I'm singularity un-surprised to find the NFL, AT&T, and Apple in an incestuous bed for a romp in a Devils Triangle. To paraphrase Forest Gump, "Evil is as Evil Does."

  • Jan 28, 2022 @ 07:29am

    "Products I own?" Oh, really?

    dumb lengths most of these companies have gone to make repairing things you own both

    The issue I have is that Products from these companies aren't things I can OWN. At best, it's renting. From a land lord that wants to inspect my underwear. Whenever they want, even at 3 in the morning.

    I haven't purchased anything from Sony for thirty years now. I've never bought a single thing from Apple new. I am holding in my hand the LAST Apple product I will permit past my thresh hold. It's replacement is waiting for me on my work bench right now.

    Microsoft is at least honest about their software in that they make zero pretense you own it. I don't consider their operating systems worth bothering with & I never bought any of them past DOS. (Windows 3 is DOS with graphics.)

    To say that I have an extreme dislike for Apple, Microsoft, or Sony would be an understatement.

  • Jan 18, 2022 @ 04:38pm

    Re: Re: Silent ringtone

    Two hours overtime every time you are called, plus overtime for actual hours worked Sorry, I don't see a sarcasm tag on that? I'm in the US. Employers fully expect and demand and WILL fire you for not working free overtime. A few years ago, I was on vacation, something died, I had to fly back at my own expense on a ticket that cost 5 times what my "normal" ticket cost, and got formally reprimanded and written up for turning it in as an expense. Didn't get paid for it just to be clear.
    Yes, I did get another job. Same same.

  • Jan 18, 2022 @ 08:08am

    Silent ringtone

    I use assigned ringtones. If it's in my phone book, it gets a sound I select. The default ringtone is silence. Still haven't figured out a good strategy for drunk calls from the bosses. Those folk drink like it's mother's milk and the will call at 4am. No, I can't turn it off, I'm on call 24/7.365 - and that should be illegal. Hire people if it's so blank important.

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