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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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  • Aug 12th, 2019 @ 11:40pm

    Re: Re: Re: current neilsen home

    Sounds like a plan. Was thinking of using OpenDNS. Here is the but -- Cisco is rebranding OpenDNS products into "new" products; I have lower confidence.

    Study time scheduled.Thanks.

  • Aug 9th, 2019 @ 11:39pm

    Trolling and writer's style

    1) Tonight I had time to catch up on news.
    2) Tonight I had time to post.
    3) I am wishing for thread level flag. That wish is not a request because that kind of flag is not going to solve anything in troll'ish posts. My one time free bitchy comment for trolls to snack on.

    I did not know Xfinity mobile was that messed up. I rarely watch video streams on mobile (T-mobile) but watch plenty on a Kindle.

    Since I have a wifi connection that states 780mb/s on last mobile check I cannot picture DSL speed. The only time I have noticed bad looking stream on Kindle was in mirror to big screen TV SD movie; TV has no reason to upscale DRM video. The SD movie looked fine on Kindle.

    The extra price for HD on mobile and tablets is plainly a money grab.

  • Aug 9th, 2019 @ 9:07pm

    Re: that's my experience with Nextdoor

    Jumping to my neighborhood west of Baltimore.

    I did not understand this "suspicious brown person" report these apps get until neighbor called me saying a car was in my driveway and driver was black. After saying so fk'ing what and hanging up I fetched grocery delivery.

    This "block" was all upper income jewish. Now it is a bit of every racial group on the planet. I'm the suspicious and crazy white guy even to caller's mom.

    People tend to be clannish. These apps know how to exploit that.

  • Aug 9th, 2019 @ 8:29pm

    Re: Is it just me...

    You are correct.

    The reason I don't have a camera that requires upload to "cloud" or any device waiting for me talk is summed up here. If I need security I'll set up a closed system. Hell, one motion detect flood light causes folks to walk away at night.

    I have some supper nosey neighbors and they will flood coppers with everything going on. Very cool huh?

  • Aug 9th, 2019 @ 8:03pm

    Re: Cool Hand Cartman

    The image of "Smoky and the Bandit" southern cop complete with sunglasses and hat; "... don't be messin with me boy ..".

    Not so funny in real life. Sad only one judge understands the cop was wrong.

  • Aug 9th, 2019 @ 7:29pm

    President of USA

    Well, here I am at the end of another comment section. The only thing nobody said a word about is how well the current president understands advertising.

    1) bottle of water A
    2) bottle of water B

    Keep repeating item 2 is taken off shelf in one store because that store likes item 1.

    Make noises about forcing store to stock item 2.

    Store looks at ceiling and wonders if stocking water brand A and water brand B is worth the expense. New sign in window says no water sold here.

    Private company is not government.

  • Aug 9th, 2019 @ 6:17pm

    Fast read error or assume?

    I read it. My fast read is not as well developed as a judge but I did not see obvious statement "He is a journalist", I saw "hack sells", "makes money off stolen information".

    All I can say is the cops want you, they will get you and fk'all who you are.

  • Aug 9th, 2019 @ 5:28pm

    Re: Re: Analyze the metadata of every song...

    ANSI may laugh. https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/a440/

  • Aug 9th, 2019 @ 4:39pm

    Re: Re:

    The $11m paid to Elsevier, which I call an operating expense should be used to lower tuition cost. Research is already paid by grants.

    I'm not going to say I know how this works but it is a sorry state of publishing when one issue of a journal costs more money than most people make in a month. One paper in said journal costs $400 if I want PDF. Note: This is based on a few lookups I have done when the abstract was useless.

  • Aug 7th, 2019 @ 8:26pm

    Re: current neilsen home

    I have 27" iMac and watch streams on it. Big LED HD Samsung is cable box and disk players. Even 8.8 Kindle Fire is handy and mirrors to TV.

    I cannot dream of a mobile I would watch p0rn on. One Plus 7 pro is big but why bother? Right. Ads

    Mobiles are a mess of ad servers. Count that Neilsen - app with ads.

  • Aug 7th, 2019 @ 8:07pm

    Re: Re: As a one time Nielsen household

    I have TVs in the TV room that only power down for HDMI device mount/unmount.

    Even the big ass glass crt TVs were seldom off - Iron transformers too.

    These days switching power supplies are aways on even if TV off button is pushed. Stack of DVD/VCR and DVD and Blu-ray boxes have auto off. Laser friendly.

  • Aug 7th, 2019 @ 7:58pm

    Re: Re: As a one time Nielsen household

    No. The suits did not understand the story and axe time.

  • Aug 7th, 2019 @ 11:45am

    Re: Re: Ha Ha Ha

    It's summer of 2019 and the players are:
    1) Comcast = NBC Universal, + others
    2) Disney = ABC, ESPN, 20th Century Fox,+ big brands like Marvel ..
    3) CBS, Paramount, Showtime
    4) AT&T = HBO/Cinemax, Time/Warner + others

    a) Netflix b) Amazon Prime c) Hulu d) broadcast networks own streams

    I may have skipped some with catalogs but bummer.

    No betting by me. I'll wait and see.

  • Aug 7th, 2019 @ 11:09am


    take the win

  • Aug 7th, 2019 @ 11:08am

    As a one time Nielsen household

    Way back I said ok to let Nielsen do their thing at my house. What a cluster F_ck. Three tvs and VCRs got their magic hardware and a dialup data modem to report whatever those devices were tuned to, dot, dot dot.

    I don't turn off TVs. One may be on the weather channel for hours. One may be on whatever channel was last. Well, that made them crazy.

    Hardware glitches, modem no connect, calls to me; did you watch USA for last 10 hours. Maybe, "USA Up All Night" was after hour party gold.

    Long and painful experiment in TV ratings for advertising not consumers. Wanted to burn those watch logs that acted as backup of last resort.

    I'm not going to cry if Nielsen is the new buggy whip company.

  • Aug 7th, 2019 @ 4:32am

    Re: 'Now let's you and him/her fight...'

    The easy solution is don't schedule in broadcast networks prime time - stream live and cut the ratings out, advertisement out, CSPAN in for live.

    These days there is no excuse to make a reality show out of debates.

    I never watch because there is 000 useful information - Just dress down suits survivor.

  • Aug 6th, 2019 @ 10:07pm

    skip to the easy part

    From the Capital One Announcement:
    "Was the data encrypted and/or tokenized?
    We encrypt our data as a standard. Due to the particular circumstances of this incident, the unauthorized access also enabled the decrypting of data.

    However, it is also our practice to tokenize select data fields, most notably Social Security numbers and account numbers. Tokenization involves the substitution of the sensitive field with a cryptographically generated replacement. The method and keys to unlock the tokenized fields are different from those used to encrypt the data. Tokenized data remained protected."

    Seems to imply access via all the proper access information not deleted from employee X and employee X is flipping off Capital One. Not a real Hack but bad access rights management.

    I'm not IT(tried it - made me hate job) I have plenty of fun at hardware coding. Oops, retired,

    Too much is missing from articles - why did "suicide bomb vest" comment get no questions. Payback is a bitch via scorned employees.

  • Aug 6th, 2019 @ 5:42pm

    Cord Cutting

    There are broadcast networks OTA. There are cable networks - mostly owned by broadcast networks. There is sports - cash cow. There is so-called-premium producers - HBO/Cinemax/Showtime.

    Cutting the cord results if cable networks become replay channels. Cop shows from broadcast run nonstop. The problem cable has is appeal to a broad audience. And all ondemand is controlled by rights holders.

    When the bullshit level gets high enough users walk. Case in point is Cinemax dropped from bundle and priced as much as Netflix; Comcast is contract bound.

    Content contracts for quality series or movies on cable are invisible to us -- then your favorite series goes away.

    Sports - Don't get me started. I watch auto racing and horse racing. That means the 400 stick & ball sports are dead to me. Auto racing is moving to streaming but has to get TV guys (NBCsn,CBSsn, Fox Sports) on the track, so queue the ad breaks.

    Prime Time big 3, I mean 4 - Nothing to get me to DVR.

    Weather channel is an all day morning show. Science Channel is looping everything. Food networks? Ew. The only network to do something new is START - female cop shows from the archive (Cold Case!)

    So, cable can do interesting programming if networks play nice.

    However, the constricting factor is price. I'm feeling underserved when paying more for less is normal.

    it's the quality series that keep cable valid. Remember at cable start - Crazy sci-fi, drama that did not cause brain fail, and Ron Harris.

  • Aug 6th, 2019 @ 4:58pm

    Comcast/NBC, AT&T/HBO, and Streams

    Ok, not a very good name for a band. Now that quality that HBO/Cinemax once used to pull in cable users is irrelevant since AT&T jacked the price up so far that Amazon offers better deals than cable - $12 monthly for device dependent DRM and PIN codes that Comcast now offers. Not Comcast's fault to say no to a bad deal - nice to offer users the pricey option.

    All the factions that want to play in content generation will notice monthly fees stack up. I'm limited to Netflix and Amazon Prime and cable. Cable is starting to get grumbles from budget.

  • Jun 8th, 2019 @ 12:19am

    Public School System is Child Protection Services Rebranded

    If anyone has had the misfortune too have their lives monitored by "Child Protection Services" then I wish you luck. The surveillance described here sounds like the next step of that service. It has all the right words. The source article at "Education Week" is a must read as it has more detail about "child protection" theory.

    Family Court is now in your life even if you never did anything to your child. The school headmaster is the judge. Educators are the shrinks.

    I never went to middle/high school so I may have read this wrong.

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