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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 25th, 2015 @ 6:13pm

    Re: Re:

    And damned if I didn't reply to the wrong post, I think. Sigh. I meant it for the "One really great unintended consequence ..." post. Drat.

  • Apr 25th, 2015 @ 6:10pm


    Both an insightful and a funny for you sir. Bravo. Keep it up.

  • Apr 25th, 2015 @ 5:59pm

    Re: "Well, no, not really"????

    The headline is really just an excuse for the writer to bloviate on what has not and won't happen.

    You haven't been keeping up with the US gov't's actions lately, I see. If it were the US enacting this today, I'd already be renditioned to some concentration camp just on what I did this morning (and that was just complaining about Canada extending copyright terms).

    If Ireland wants to enforce this as written, and Ireland gets to act the way the US does nowadays (world cop), I'm getting a free ride to the Emerald Isle courtesy of Irish taxpayers. Cool! I'll get to hang out and learn from real honest to gawd IRA "terrists" [sic]. I've always wanted to know how to make C4 in my kitchen (purely as a scientific pursuit of knowledge, you understand).

    Is online trolling really so depraved that we need to sink to this to protect our precious bodily fluids? Whatever happened to that old saw, "Consider the source"?

    Me, I blame Catholicism (or religion generically), but I'm fairly prejudiced in that regard (which I'll readily admit). They're so bludgeoned by priests into towing the party line that any thought of thinking independently is considered a crime against gawd.

    Gahd! Humans can be so pathetic when they refuse to think. We have brains, and we've invented marvelous tools which our brains can use (logic), yet laziness is far more often the victor.

    No, you have not been censored.

  • Apr 25th, 2015 @ 1:37pm


    That whole quoted paragraph is "Newspeak". It's disgusting that anyone can get away with mangling the language that horribly.

    To put it into Rightsholder speak, we've all been cheated of our rightful and well earned inheritance. We gave them a limited monopoly to capitalize on ("monetize" :-P) the work, and they've been handsomely paid for their efforts. Now that limited term is over, it should rightfully belong to all of us; to our cultural heritage. This is theft on a massive scale including everyone alive today and generations to come. We've been robbed, all of us including the yet unborn, and this is just one work we're talking about here.

    Grand theft manipulation of copyright!

  • Apr 25th, 2015 @ 1:10pm

    Re: Re:

    Celine Dion and Nickelback are miffed that Beiber is taking their well deserved titles away.

  • Apr 25th, 2015 @ 12:55pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    A typical lawyer ploy is to sue anyone who has deep pockets or name them in a lawsuit.

    Right, thanks. You'd think this would provide cause for Apple to sue for libel. In this instance, their reputation is being trashed by a lot of news and opinion orgs for absolutely no reason on their part.

  • Apr 25th, 2015 @ 11:50am

    "Hi. I'm returning this exported tyranny, ..."

    "I did not order this, and I demand you charge it back to the mistaken and arrogant party who did order it. Please don't do this sort of thing again.

    Your disgruntled trading partner."

  • Apr 25th, 2015 @ 11:23am


    There is ZERO justification for POLICE HOME INVASIONS.

    That's a silly thing to say. Sweeping generalizations are always wrong! :-)

    Police often do have to use force, but they're doing it way too often in the wrong way or wrong situations. When they show up at a domestic dispute or a low-level drug bust with a tank, grenades, and a squad of heavily armed and armored special forces types, that's damned questionable. Doing it because the perp might have time to flush a bit of vegetable matter just shows how nonsensical the drug war's become. This converts what might be a misdemeanour or "small felony" into a very possibly lethal confrontation.

    This is called blowback, and pretty much everybody agrees that's never a welcome phenomenon.

  • Apr 25th, 2015 @ 10:02am

    Re: Revisionist history much?

    ... in that much of the Democratic party is now vehemently against these "trade" deals ...

    Say what? They are being worked on right now, well into a democratic presidency.

    I believe that "much of the Democratic party" is referring to voters, not candidates and office holders. Which is good. The sooner both parties' voters come to understand that their party's candidates suck every bit as badly as do the other party's candidates, the sooner we might get to fixing the broken system.

  • Apr 25th, 2015 @ 9:51am

    Re: Re: Re: Nothing will derail her campaign

    Then "Credulous Fool" would be a better name for you.

  • Apr 25th, 2015 @ 9:48am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Actually, it IS about trade...

    Actually, it's about corporations taking over the world.

    Actually, it's about corporations detaching themselves from the natural checks and balances of lowly consumer market forces. They don't want to have to bother with our "Hey, that's not right. I'm not buying!" provincialism. Mobility for them; not for you.

  • Apr 25th, 2015 @ 12:58am


    1) the extensive training and experience in drug investigations, controlled purchases and arrests of the officer who made the affidavit

    I rest my case. It's all about the "War On Drugs." Terrorists trying to kill citizens, paedos trying to abuse kids, ptheh. It's all about the drug war. That's where the money is for them.

  • Apr 25th, 2015 @ 12:29am

    Umm, no, considering extenuating circumstances, I'll put it down to inconclusive.

    Sure, there's a case to be made for stupidity rather than malice, but with the other obfuscation detailed in Campbell's affidavit, the scale is definitely leaning towards the latter.

    Yes, it's messy. Yes, it's damnably suspicious. Yes, the lawyer should pursue it. Yes, the cops could be doing something dastardly.

    But really, this's MS Windows. All it would take is someone (any someone) bringing in a personal laptop or USB key (infected) and plugging it in and anything it "spoke to" is now boned. I would not expect cops to understand how to secure the overall system. Do they even employ IT people? I'd doubt it.

    An OS that sees "blah.jpg.exe" as "blah.jpg" to the user AND an executable to the OS is just asking for disaster. I'd look to the server logs for illumination, but if that's Windows server, I'd go to the router, then ISP logs instead, and I wouldn't be confident of finding a definitive answer.

    That OS, in all its various forms, is a ... Well, I'll just say it's not to be believed in any way, shape or form, to be polite. Yes, I'm an anti-Windows bigot. Sue me.

  • Apr 24th, 2015 @ 11:26pm


    If there's any justice left in the world, Comcast's stock ought to be seriously tanking now. Since that appears to be all they care about, maybe they'll finally wake up and smell the coffee? We can dream.

    I'd still like to know why anyone bothers with that casino on Wall St., but while "vicious multinational corps" do, at least this sort of debacle may "seriously damage their calm", at least momentarily. Here's a big middle finger to all those "capitalist engine of democracy enablers." You don't know the first thing about capitalism, assholes.

    What a supremely execrable company.

  • Apr 24th, 2015 @ 10:41pm


    Why don't Obama and the USTR acknowledge this? Has anyone called them out on this? Why aren't AH's words considered the base from which to begin?

    Obama's believed to be a constitutional lawyer, ffs.

  • Apr 24th, 2015 @ 10:18pm

    Re: Re:

    Anyone else ever [wish] there was a way to edit comments here?

    No, I just rely on the "Preview" button and proofread first. It (proofreading) appears to be a, soon to be, lost art.

  • Apr 24th, 2015 @ 9:51pm

    This is his/their problem, not ours or anybody else's.

    I'm sorry (well, not really) they have a problem with this, but it's one of their making, not ours. We want to have secure communications channels. Apple and Google enabling secure communication by default is a great thing, and they should go piss up a rope if they disagree. If that's a problem for them, if they insist on having this power, it's up to them to find out how. It's not our responsibility to just hand over the keys to our kingdoms.

    All this really is about is they're fighting a stupid drug war (prohibition, yet again). I don't care that they want to do that and wish they'd just stop. If they insist on continuing that silly thing, it's all up to them to find ways to do it. I feel no obligation whatever to compromise my security just to help them carry on as usual in their tilting at windmills.

  • Apr 24th, 2015 @ 7:28pm


    Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns.

    So, you're a cop (police officer, peace officer)? I've always looked up to cops. They've never been other than great and useful and helpful in my experience. I respect that you do the ugly stuff that needs to be done that we can't. "To serve and protect" is an honorable goal and profession.

    That said, geez, man! I've learned from talking to people online that my experience is not typical. I'm a male caucasian, so most of the shitstorms I read about online don't happen to people like me. They happen to minorities, or people in specific areas of the country. I imagine the vast majority of cops are good people trying to do what's right, but doing what's right includes not covering for the bad cops, and that's seldom happening. There are a lot of bad cops based on what I read, and even if they're caught and fired, they just move off to another jurisdiction and continue being bad cops, because they'll shelter them too.

    I realize you don't get to write the laws you have to enforce, and I realize the union (Police Benevolent Assoc.) can be ridiculous, and there's politics, and the drug war, and the military is arming you with stuff you really shouldn't have as "Peace Officers", ...

    We would all love it if cops with guns and dogs weren't called out to handle *everything*, but that's the situation these days. Problem? Call the cops. Maybe send SWAT. Is the precinct's tank necessary for this? Did they give you the correct address? Did any of the team verify the address matched the complaint address? Is the first move to toss in flashbang grenades, even if there's childrens' toys in the front yard? Are you going to hang the perp over the balcony to get him to cough up where the money and contraband are?

    Firemen and EMS have dangerous jobs too. Lots of professions are dangerous. You're not the only ones with their lives on the line. Sadly, very often (not always, but very often) police act like they're fighting a war on domestic insurgents. That's not how it should be, that's not what I was brought up to expect of police, and we resent the fact that so many of you have gone that way.

    If you show up to a situation you can't handle as peace officers, call in the national guard or military. You shouldn't be *expecting* to fight armed insurgents military style. That's not the job we hired you to do.

    Lots of cops appear to have forgotten how to do basic investigation. "Kill 'em all, and let God sort it out" is not good enough!

  • Apr 24th, 2015 @ 6:46pm

    Re: Feral Pigs do what feral pigs do.

    The entire management chain above the pig should be put on trial for treason and shot.

    No need to go to the treason card, nor an expensive and wasteful trial. Abysmal mismanagement should be all that's needed here. If a dog won't hunt, take it behind the barn and put it out of its misery. Or, in their case, just fire the bastards for their egregious incompetence. Rinse, lather, repeat.

  • Apr 24th, 2015 @ 8:54am

    Re: Re: Google directly funds Masnick? Is that true or not?

    Come on Mike, make a mistake. Let this guy's IP accidently come through.

    Careful with that. Nowadays, a request like that's practically facilitating an assassination, and I'm sure not going to help clean up the mess.

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