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Journal of a High-Tech Cat is where I put long rambles:

For short comments and contact with the world: http://twitter.com/fairuse

No longer writing assembly code and burning EPROM for stuff regular folks never buy. That life has been replaced with consumer rights issues; copy protection, copyright, DVD backup and helping folks understand the DMCA.

Have read:
Title 17 Circular 92 Chapter 1 (including Chapter 1 Endnotes)
Title 17 Circular 92 Chapter 12 (popular name; Section 1201(a)
DMCA read but resistance is futile is the best summary of that thing.

I don't iPhone I Gphone.
Mac user, no Microsoft machine running currently - The coffee maker stand is win98 on a 20MB drive. The PDP-11/34 is unplugged but the excellent power conditioner (30amp max draw) is where iMac G4 and stuff gets juice.

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  • Feb 6th, 2019 @ 6:26pm

    Elected Officials + Cops + Streetwalkers

    Everyone knows where to go when buying sex on the street. Cops know what is going on. Women know City Hall is just tolerating business. Nobody wants to make a fuss.

    Runaways? Of course. Drug dealers love them.

    Then Feds go on advertising campaign to wipe out Sex Trafficking. That term is ridiculous. True human trafficking is international problem.

    But sound bite on tv is better than holding city responsible. Cops on corner wave to the women they arrested until the fed pony show arrives.

    Note: I am being a bit glib maybe. Have to because streets are a specific environment. My dead spook father was kicked out of Virginia for "Excessive Force" on important family's adult son after he beat up a girl (rumor said he set her up). Bad cop who knew? Hampton, VA I heard stuff.

  • Jan 4th, 2019 @ 9:13pm

    No Comment

    Netflix "Patriot Act" guy takes on CDA 230 and moderation.


  • Dec 2nd, 2018 @ 4:35am

    Beta layout: Desktop Chrome(has flash), iMac osx 10.6.8

    Not much different looking - nice. Page load snappy. Doing well for me.

    Need to try on HTC mobile, iPad mini, Kindle Fire HD. All devices will select proper form for their screen as I understand the new layout.

    Thanks. Nap time for critters.

  • Dec 2nd, 2018 @ 3:00am

    The only tweet that made sense out of 1000+

    yes, the comments here are better but ...


    good 'ol boys club.

  • Dec 2nd, 2018 @ 1:59am

    Senator is telling the old boy club he is open

    The south political machine at work.

    Put on proper headgear, hook thumbs in suspenders, say some pompous things about monsters that need to be slain. Folks with $ and hate said monster stop by for drinks or lunch.

    I am not a writer but what part of this makes any sense;
    "(..) a forum for a true diversity of political discourse."?


    0. Twitter is not a forum.
    1. "a true diversity" -- there is false diversity?
    2. "political discourse" -- wait -- item 1 & 2 are Mutually Exclusive.

    Makes good headline or moment on local TV which loves this crap.
    Don't forget all politics is local - ask how that 2MW solar farm grew out of the green space next to your public park? SSDD and works for lots of fun stuff like monsters AKA social media.

    Maybe I did not read right.

  • Nov 3rd, 2018 @ 1:06pm

    Re: Re:

    Well said. Being a MOD on a forum, such as help, is a study of human nature; cast iron rules. Social Platforms tried what I call "High School Cafeteria" which is everyone yammering.

    Comments are a study in how some folks never learned to fail and loud fussing is the same as conversation.

    Just my too tired of faulty reasoning everywhere.


  • Jul 31st, 2018 @ 1:35pm


    Thanks. Said it better than I could. I went a little rant'y in saying it is all about the content providers locking everything up - Comcast has the entire NBC Universal library now and soon much of what is available will be controlled by just a few. That is the endgame.

  • Jul 31st, 2018 @ 1:27pm

    Regulate? Social Platform is the Standard Oil of 2018

    What happened to the oil barons? Bang you are dead via tax and regulate.

    Ma Bell? Cut into bits and forced out of the telephone set monopoly.

    It's now time for politicians to get their fur up at something they don't control, have little knowledge of what needs to be done and have the weight of Hollywood, centralized cable networks that have content libraries to make money on. Look real close at what passes for Premium content in the cable market; pitiful amount of no-cost TV series and movies. Much rent/buy at prices that are more than Amazon Prime Video -- $5 for one episode of popular series.

    This goes way beyond just Google, Facebook, Twitter, and 24h news sites. Comcast is silent because it has much to gain. Other cable services are going to get rolled up in this -- ISP = content supplier and access. Hell, mobile is just waiting to add content nobody wants, Hip G90 or whatever that was died; solution is offer access to the Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Universal catalog.

    Youtube is not the issue. DeepFake tech is just a symbol to wave in consumers face. I have all the audio and Video tools and know how to use them. Why did Hollywood beat all the hardware level access iMac had out of user control? Duh. Make computers into TVs.

    Tablets, mobile, laptops are just 1960 TV sets now. My old iMac can make short films, it can also grab a segment of any video I see. With that power Plus DeepFake Pro I am staring in Doctor Who.

    This is the middle of a long game by movie/TV LABELS.

    Everything else is dinner theater. The mob wants bread.

  • May 8th, 2018 @ 12:32am

    Re: Has Anyone Played Game In Current State?

    Doubt it. The number 2, a game designer, says original play will be done 1st. That's all I have at this time.

  • May 8th, 2018 @ 12:03am

    Wonder What Post WWII Berlin Spooks Would Think Of Game?

    Well, I do have one bit of information, my safely dead & buried father. He loved Berlin, had a spare wife there (so it was told one holiday dinner) and did whatever it was he did. I would not speculate what he did - not my problem. So, to answer the question – he would frown and continue fussing with his rose bush.

    Jump past Korea and Vietnam and poof CIA is full of button pushers. Reckon there where/are agents sitting in Central/Middle Asia cafe or park looking like movie CIA Guy. What to do about Analyst training? Apparently CIA made this this card game.

    I have backed this project for many reasons including the finished product is a win for public domain in copyright. National Defense has redacted various bits and pieces, card game designer explained that original play will be maintained.


  • Apr 7th, 2018 @ 11:28pm


    IT Guy,
    A few topics I haven't thought about lately. Nice off the cuff layout. No issues from my version of mac os + Chrome.

  • Apr 7th, 2018 @ 6:44pm

    Re: Re: They weren't mistakes

    My thought that current reactions to [put any issue here] could never get as strange as Netflix "Black Mirror" eps 306 where social platform took some OverTheTop video response by [celebrity] and the users could vote the death of said person after 17:00 -- A game.

    The Reaction
    The posts by users read like a lynch mob. Players thought no real people got killed.

    Guy that designed The Honey Bee Control used that hardware as a weapon. Of course the nutter manifesto was about users acting like animals and there is a cost to that.

    {spoiler ending hide}

    Naturally the TV show is an extreme presentation making a point about human nature. Put a large number of people in the same space with no restraint on what is said like, "He's a monster. He's evil to the bone" can start the group running for virtual rope & tree. I really miss moderated forums.

    "The Stone Age didn't end because we ran out of stones" - Nathan S. Lewis

  • Apr 7th, 2018 @ 3:13pm

    State Will Get $ Upfront - Speed Camera Trap Mod 4 Bots

    "Once somebody reports an illegally undisclosed bot,(..)", please find clothes for it.

    (begin simulation)
    Bot was declared misleading. It wanted to lead.

    Its job was helpful not damaging to public. Its function was to notify taxpayers when state lawmakers meet; Also, update schedule, alert writers, and return estimate of citizens attending.

    The 72 hour starts ... 0 hour. Now what can be done for this homeless bot?

    Why is the press absent?
    No comments by taxpayers because they were not notified.
    Bills for zoning, water management and council pay raise pass without objection.

    City Hall con game drives this kind of bill not the general public's well being.
    (end simulation)

  • Feb 8th, 2018 @ 8:26pm

    I get it/

    Wordpress has a policy and it works for user -> post an article ->macro process does the work -> live web page[user].

    It's all vending machine.

    Two days later....
    Oh, look live web page[user] has flag and compliance has an email.

    [ bunch of words from Z and a demand to remove defamatory post]

    live web page[legal] -> see the judge for court order

    Shame DMCA was bought by Hollywood.

  • Feb 8th, 2018 @ 7:46pm

    Reckon So/

    The first forum I was on would be called "sketchy" now but it demanded members to be civil and it worked. Built a couple of "destinations" on now extinct platforms. At no time was a unknown user posting. You know forums, run like bitchy little girls[1].

    Now all this Social Media Platforms stuff. _tube and _FBk are digital sides of buildings with easy to pick screen doors in front of the good stuff. Comments are the village green (Twitter for sure). Anyone can up/down what I am typing, even flag for human inspection.

    When the platform API allows evil shit into database that's when the platform's has a duty to kill it. There is one little problem -- Media Companies -- user's content is evil to them The amount work keeping them happy means I rarely post on _tube. It gets tiresome because any video that has a few seconds of Fair Use video for reasons gets slapped. Time is all users of these platforms have for themselves, we sold everything else

    If I'm being an ass on Twitter cussing something, people who I converse with can say time out you are kicking walls down. Note: in Twitter politics or "my turn to call out (xyz person)" is pissing on timeline much of the time. College cafeteria in commuter block is Twitter.

    I don't use Facebook except to check-in on nieces and racists friends from youth (I usually say "Been to Saigon lately?" and exit.

    We got what we wished for and it's shiny. Peek under a peeling bit of chrome and the critter there is eating you in real time.

    [1] See "Burn Notice" series on TV

  • Feb 8th, 2018 @ 6:51pm

    Moderation : Forum era had information locked. Media era has central information unlocled.

    The policies in the article are needed for the people that swim in the sewage so general population does not have to.

    Currently if a user, me or you, trips over a photo/video that is obviously physical child abuse or sexual assault on _tube or _search it can be flagged as objectionable (_tube has it on the page). The community may not want to click that button -- click equals users identity is sent also. Most people on any platform are not going to shield their "being a good citizen" act by sanitizing the box. Police are not going to give a dam, all the gear the user has can be taken and picked apart as part of the investigation. (If said photo is in cache somewhere you/me are in handcuffs.)

    I used an example from the users POV because police have no reason to treat flagger as victim, they treat everyone as perpetrator until proven innocent. I can't quote actual cases because I am just a cat using human to type for me. OK, bad humor is bad humor.

    All the backend work described is needed so users of a platform don't have to make the no win choice to flag or not-flag the most horrendous thing ever seen.

    The people that have to look at all the insanity must see Doctor.Shrink per a schedule without having option to pass -- sign here at hiring, failure is dismissal.

    I watched Human Trafficking Panel on C-SPAN last week and was shocked at the PR nature of it. Much said about victims need medical help in a timely fashion. Police need to realize the girls are not "just another illegal junky whore". The panel means well but it didn't even address international level. It was like a pick this simple part of a problem and defer the hard stuff. I could have misunderstood what the panel was doing. See C-SPAN video archive,

    My point is when there are, as you said, people on _tube or _search monitoring the platform for the worst media that can be dreamed up need support. This function should be a black box to the staff not doing the page flipping -- should not even be aware that humans are the filter. So, HR can generate the legal stuff. Tech part is in an isolated area with no admittance by other employees. I have been in such a structure (nuclear power plant control simulator floor of (..) company.)

    All the questions about getting the odd stare and whispering by other staff in the open areas is eliminated if "Special Ops" is invisible. Fried emotions, sick-n-tired-of-seeing-this depression, home problem are Doctor.Shrink's problem.

    I tried to make it 12hr filtering legal porn urls at OpenDNS. Didn't make it even though I switched back and forth between miss-tagged kittens & G-rated video and really hard legal porn.

    I pinned this so I check back. Oh, I worked in DC at a couple of letter-soup places -- retired now. Until policy making folks can say the words "child porn" without tossing a tactical nuke at companies I will not bet against ridiculous laws being passed.

  • Feb 5th, 2018 @ 3:51pm

    It's not just DRM its About what device accepts devices not-Apple, not-Amazon

    The ice is under water. What happens when the ScreenCast HDMI thing is plugged into TV and all looks good.

    a. The kindle Fire HD 8.8 starts checking off: OS version, TV everything, probably makes sure Kindle matches Amazon Account. Then poof mirror to TV is on.

    b. You start Xfinity Stream app. Bang not on Home network [evil laugh]. Fu'k, kill mirror, restart said app. Watch movie on Kindle.

    bb. Netflix hasn't done any stupid minimum software is x then quit.

    c. Don't get me started on iPad. It will not accept anything except AirFray. If I wait long enough Kindle will only talk to FireStick 'cause overnight update.

    Amazon Prime Video will not play on Chrome browser if any Flash support is allowed. My iMac 27" 10.6.8 is one step away from Start Volume with 10.8 (no way 10.13 enters my machine)

    "1000 ways the desert can kill you...." -Happy Hour In The Gene Pool.

  • Feb 5th, 2018 @ 3:21pm

    Re: Kaleidescape

    In case nobody was watching -- DVD CCA and Kaleidescape settled 2014. https://www.kaleidescape.com/press-release/kaleidescape-dvd-cca-announce-settlement-agreement-end-de cade-old-lawsuit/

    Now Kaleidescape Blu-ray, 4K servers have all distribution licenses.

    Got a very big boat, the kind that sails from America to Australia? Big K has all the media inside and delivers.

    They got lucky and smart. Or we fell for the fallacy that physical media will fade into history.

  • Oct 4th, 2017 @ 10:18am

    FCC Suits Have a Staff to Prevent Foot-In-Mouth

    I bet happy hour was a hoot. I was hopping the pdf had AM written in.

    Sometimes suits should sit back and ponder the spider outside the 13th floor window.

  • Oct 4th, 2017 @ 9:52am

    Brittain Failed Self Imposed Delusional Test

    A panel of one, Craig Brittain, declared he is delusional.

    The offending sentence, "I have never abused the legal system, nor have I ever committed an unjust crime."

    Lunch time!

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