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551  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Worth Reading: Trevor Pott's editorial on NSA PRISM and its real ramifications on: July 21, 2013, 08:18:26 AM
Blaming the system strikes me as being almost nihilistic. Because if all/any systems are problematic then it really doesn't leave any room for improvement. Some hierarchical order of responsibility is necessary if the "page" that everyone is to be on is to be kept track of. However...

The "government" is nothing but a group of people running the show.  That group of people have turned out to be the elite "in crowd".  They are mostly people that have been groomed for their positions all their lives, like the Bush's, like father, like son....

It also strikes me that a large part of said "grooming" process consists of a deeply ingrained sense of entitlement, a disconnected and rarefied sense of reality, and a reflexive need to gravitate towards big picture thinking. You see the individual is irrelevant by design in big picture logic ... and the realities of the damage caused to real individual people by a bad decision are carefully obscured.

These people are so distance from the realities of the life of the common that they can't help but screw up. A military example would be the difference between taking off in a plane, flying over a town, dropping a few bombs, and gong home again...and having to spend days on foot getting to a target, and then killing them face to face. Government, gets to be distances an even further degree, by merely needing to sign something that puts the wheels in motion, and then going on with their day.

It's no wonder these people constantly screw-up ... I could almost pity them if they weren't destroying our lives in the process.
552  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why you should avoid using social media on: July 20, 2013, 08:53:07 AM
hehe, no ... That only happens on TV. Besides, by the time that call goes out I'll be sitting on the porch waiting for them.

So the timeline goes more like this:
Break in happens, alarm autodials.
Cops add it to the queue...for right after doughnuts.
Small dogs find intruders...making it easier for me to "greet them".
I place call requesting the coroner make a pickup..
553  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 19, 2013, 12:05:55 PM
It's slowly becoming clear that there really is a superior race of beings on this planet. Mind you they're obviously not human beings ... My money is on the dolphins.
554  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 19, 2013, 12:01:14 PM
And the quality of the data is no where near the same as the Stasi, along with the endemic system of informants and fear used to get the data on a personal level.  And the sample size.  It's bad... but I hate making the same mistake in the other direction...

The data that the Stasi had wasn't quality...it was linear. Careful conclusions made once and tied with a bow, as all preprocessing material (data...) was removed.

The NSA on the other hand, collect everything...which only sounds messy ... Until you start mining it with pattern matching algorithms. The purpose being to bring to the surface information that isn't even there in a direct fashion.

The NSA doesn't need informants per se, because the "informant's" job's have been quite simple taken over by machines. The NSA still has fear in its toolbox, it's simply indirectly applied via the MSM. Why waste time trying to scare one person in an ally...when you can panic the whole town with a simple newscast? No fear has given way to the new favorite tools of choice apathy and ignorance. Social engineering 101...why waste the effort to beat information out of someone, if you can simply walk up and ask nicely.

The average casual conversation - think like a hacker and try it sometime - is an absolute treasure trove of information if you know how to leverage it properly.
555  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why you should avoid using social media on: July 19, 2013, 06:41:55 AM
Yes, however while I'm unclear of the authenticity of ^that^ case...I'm quite sure of my own experience, as I was there at the time. Wink
556  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why you should avoid using social media on: July 18, 2013, 10:16:41 PM
Oh... Did I mention it's a wireless monitored alarm system...so it'll dial 911 for me ... That way I can concentrate on aiming.. Wink

It's just too bad that it's the guys standing on the front porch that'll get the call.

By that time it'll all be over. You ever hear the one about the guy that called in a robbery and was told it would take 2 hours, so he called in a shooting and they were there in seconds??

It ain't a joke.

When my old house got broke into...they showed up 2 hours after I called.

Shooting that happened next door...there in seconds.

My faith in them ... F'ing Zero. The alarm just keeps my homeowners insurance rate down.
557  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why you should avoid using social media on: July 18, 2013, 03:39:23 PM
The dogs are friendly, to me.

I don't advertise the alarm system...It's a surprise. It also lets the "We Don't Dial 911" sign above the front door sink in at just the right moment. The sign can't be seen from the street...but it's hard to miss if you're standing on the front porch.

Oh... Did I mention it's a wireless monitored alarm system...so it'll dial 911 for me ... That way I can concentrate on aiming.. Wink
558  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: In the WTF department: F*** off as a service on: July 17, 2013, 05:14:36 PM
...Is this sort of nonsense actually marketable??

Virally...and profitable, if you can stick ads on it that pays for impressions (rather than for clicks)

Hm... Could be fun to try. But I'd need somebody that knew about the virally & Ads part ... Renegade???
559  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: In the WTF department: F*** off as a service on: July 17, 2013, 11:43:48 AM
The more I think about this, the more annoyed I am that I didn't think if it. cheesy ...I wonder could a series of these be done?

BMaaS Bite Me as a Service
DDaaS Drop Dead as a Service
DSaaS DipShit as a Service

...Is this sort of nonsense actually marketable??
560  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: In the WTF department: F*** off as a service on: July 17, 2013, 11:25:17 AM
I... I... Um... W... I honestly can't decide if that's a very sad statement on the state of our society...or the funniest god damn thing I've ever seen.

I must say however that the prospect of signing up a few people for the F*** Off of the day club has got my giggling rather insanely.
561  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft responds to NSA allegations on: July 17, 2013, 06:38:39 AM
Superficially, this sounds good ... But, it also clarifies just how exposed cloud data really is, as providers have no vested interest in your personal privacy. Hence you can be easily subjected to intense scrutiny, having all of you correspondences spun out of context...with no forum for rebuttal...until it's too late.

Once you're in the 'system' you've already lost.
562  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Feds asked to avoid DEF CON this year on: July 16, 2013, 05:47:59 PM
Good for him, the feds need a good kick in the face. I think it would be funny as hell watching the fat stupid bureaucratic world dictator wanabe idiots try to run all their spooky-rific equipment after the talent pulled out.

Kinda brings the phrase Monkey-with-a-coconut to mind.
563  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 16, 2013, 05:16:02 PM
I've never been accused of being outgoing...and can easily attest to the human interaction energy drain. Because (more often than not) I have to force myself to contend with people IRL.

Good stuff Deozaan!
564  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computers Outlawed in Florida on: July 16, 2013, 12:47:14 PM
Buy I haven't seen a 9 people floated over from Cuba in a bathtub news report in years.

Why bother going to that extreme when there are so many countries you could enter from besides Cuba and not have to risk drowning for?

Hell, I don't know ... I'm here already. But it wasn't that many years ago we'd all sit around and marvel at the insane number of things that they'd manage to make float with ~50+ people in/on it. They even have a "Wet foot dry foot" rule/law here that basically states if you can make it to shore without getting spotted...you win.
565  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computers Outlawed in Florida on: July 16, 2013, 11:35:52 AM
I think a lot of the motivation behind laws like this is to ultimately eliminate the ability to anonymously access the web. Small surprise really since you need an account or a license to use almost any other communication technology. Even public speech is starting to require a permit in many places.

So in Florida's case, I think one unspoken goal is to get the Internet equivalent of a public pay phone off the streets...

You're giving the Florida legislature way too much credit here man...those folks a just flat out not that bright. Florida has always had a bug up their ass about the "EviLs" of gambling. It's nothing but sun, sand, snow heads, and family fun, and they're dead set on keeping it that way. Hell the Indians can even get a casino going around here...and they've had sovereignty for quite a few years now.



...Because it's just one more way to get a handle on the illegal migrant worker community.

We don't really have one that I know of/have ever seen. Now MilesAhead is considerably farther south than I so perhaps he could comment ... Buy I haven't seen a 9 people floated over from Cuba in a bathtub news report in years.
566  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computers Outlawed in Florida on: July 15, 2013, 10:32:21 PM
One of the politicians probably saw something on one of the computers that looked like a hanging chad and freaked.....

Oh FFS Seriously?? I can't stop laughing long enough to get mad ... But can we let that go?
567  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Domain Name Registrars on: July 15, 2013, 06:24:35 PM
I've been with Hover (used to be DomainDirect) since the mid 90's and have always had good luck with them. There were a few hiccups when they changed hands, but the new support crew handles it quickly and without hassle.

The also discount the registration fees (~30%) when doing a transfer, which I thought was a nice feature.
568  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 15, 2013, 02:28:29 PM
The name of the employee at the NTSB that confirmed these names, has now been identified as: Wi Fuk Dup.

 cheesy Thmbsup
569  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 15, 2013, 12:41:00 PM
I got this via an IFTTT email this morning. Note the date:
 (see attachment in previous post)


Hm... Isn't iWatch already trademarked by the NSA?
570  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computers Outlawed in Florida on: July 14, 2013, 08:19:35 PM
I thought it was because of the absurd assumption that all internet cafes were nothing more than casinos in disguise, set up for the sole purpose of offering and profiting from illegal gambling.

50/50 split really as they jumped back and forth between the two whenever one started to lose traction. But gambling isn't (and never has been) legal in Florida so that little puritanical bit was sort of ho-hum (we're used to it) old already. The crime thing started after some of them got robbed and the opportunity to spin things out of control was seized. They went nutz with it on the local news for months.
571  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A 360TB disc that holds data for more than 1 million years? on: July 14, 2013, 03:11:37 PM
Want.  Cool

Yes, but can you get it with all the porn already on it so you don't have to download it?

Sigh... young Grasshopper... the point is to MAKE all that porn yourself... tongue

At my age...with a bad back... No no no ...(I've had to give up the trapeze and basket)... Questing for porn (oops!) I meant "erotic art" is just fine.
572  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: This Just in: From the You Gotta be Shitting Me Dept. on: July 14, 2013, 03:05:39 PM
While the transmission did hold together, the engine slammed against the firewall as the car rather violently spun around to change vehicle attitude to match the drivelines new directional intent. We spent the better part of an hour verifying our findings, before the sound of sirens in the distance caused prudence to end the proceedings.

...This is quite likely one of the fondest memories I have.

Ok... I have to ask.  Was the car still driveable?  I take it that it was since you used it in your getaway?  Wink

Despite all efforts to the contrary ... It was indeed still drivable (if not a tad worse for ware). It also stalwartly survived much other abuse in the interest of science/curiosity/psychosis... Which is why Pontiac got my truth in advertising award for that year.
573  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: This Just in: From the You Gotta be Shitting Me Dept. on: July 14, 2013, 12:59:43 PM
Ever wonder what'll happen if you throw a car on reverse at 50 mph???

Ouch
and yes, LOL Grin

Well... This is one of the few (if not only) areas where front wheel drive cars are way more fun that rear wheel drive cars. You see rear wheel drive cars are considerable more "directionally stable" which I accidentally verified when my dog decided to stumble across the shifter (shoving the car in reverse) in a Camaro we had at (once again) about 50 mph. Outside of a rather huge and quite confusing cloud of tire smoke...nothing exciting really happened.

However...

(back story) The wife (girlfriend at the time) and I were sitting at a bar... (isn't always how these stories start..) ...Watching a Pontiac commercial on the bar TV. The commercial depicted a bunch of guys in lab coats and clipboards standing around a car with smoke pouring off the tires, as a sub frame showed a gear selector being switched back and forth between drive and reverse. The point of the commercial was to demonstrate just how incredible "bullet proof" the new line of Pontiac cars transmissions really were.

As fate would have it, the commercial had drawn our attention away from the conversation we were just having about just how pathetically gutless the (at the time) brand new "Sport Model" front wheel drive Pontiac Grand Am rental car we'd been stuck with was.

One really must understand at this point that the various comments I've made in the past about having shit for impulse control are not an exaggeration...

We looked at each other and instantly and wordlessly agreed that truth in advertising be due-ly and diligently vetted post haste ... And so departed on said holy quest to the nearest large paved area...which just so happened to be a church parking lot.

While the transmission did hold together, the engine slammed against the firewall as the car rather violently spun around to change vehicle attitude to match the drivelines new directional intent. We spent the better part of an hour verifying our findings, before the sound of sirens in the distance caused prudence to end the proceedings.

...This is quite likely one of the fondest memories I have.
574  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: DiskSavvy Pro – Disk Space Ananlyzer – 24-Hours Giveaway on: July 14, 2013, 11:11:53 AM
Ah! ...Much Gooder... cheesy ...Thank you!
575  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: DiskSavvy Pro – Disk Space Ananlyzer – 24-Hours Giveaway on: July 14, 2013, 09:25:11 AM
Thank you very much for your feedback.

The issue will be fixed in the next product version.

Hm.. Okay.. So - just to be clear - no workaround/patch is available, and the issue will remain until the next (major/minor?) version which I may have to buy in order to be able to use the software as intended ... Yes?
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