160 posts • joined 30 Aug 2007
ADSL2+ (the most common technology on landlines) will only do 12.5M max. In order to provide 25M, the provider is looking at Bonded Pair (which sucks up twice as many lines) or VDSL, which required grooming the old lines. And in many areas, especially the "rural" ones, the county commissions refuse to permit the upgrades without hefty "fees".
Try working for the ISP and explaining this to people who have no idea that their county commission controls the right of way and insists on their pound of currency before they'll let upgrades commence. Then blame the ISPs during hearings.
Re: Your Network is broken!
I have a default answer for this (and have since 2001 and wireless cards in laptops).
"Because Nikola Tesla was wrong."
The same FBI
You mean the same FBI that has interfered in the smooth transition of power and a select few have decided they know better than the American Electorate? Why wouldn't we trust them with a universal back door. It's not like they've abused their power and wiretapped candidates and elected officials just because they didn't like them.
WoW and Resources
Remember the Gates of An Quirage (sp)? That little "event' wiped out everyone on the server because there wasn't enough resources on ANYONE's PC to render 1000+ players + NPCs
Just so that you know, we have the same in the states. It's generally for farm use, and it's both gas and diesel.
I still say your best defense is an offensive offense. Make your password "Sodoffyoufuckingwanker"
Then, you can give your password with impunity. And they'll of course refuse try it. Then, when you go to court, you simply say that you provided them the password and they still violated your human rights because they didn't believe you.
Just make the password "fuckoffyoubloodywankers" - you get to insult the plod while providing them the exact password, which they'll never try because you just gave it to them.
"This employee works well when cornered like a rat and under constant supervision."
That being said, I know one person who suspected a particular former employer was providing a bad and biased reference. Due to her separation, she had already engaged a lawyer. They had their receptionist call and ask for a reference. Which what then added to the suit for sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Which, in Florida where this happened, is almost never decided in the employee's favor. This one was.
"No one reads those"
When I started at my current employer, on an Internet Hell Desk, I was assisting a new customer setting up a modem. Part of the setup includes walking through a walled garden that requires the customer agree to a "Terms of Service" This is as close to the exact wording as I can remember:
Me: "Ok, now just read the Terms of Service, scroll down, and click agree."
Her: "I'm a lawyer. No one reads these. I'll just agree."
Me: "Umm, you really should have read that first. <Company Redacted> now owns your soul."
Her: "I'm a red-head. I don't have one."
Much humor was had, manglers got involved, and there was some talk about possible misconduct. The fact that the CUSTOMER said it saved my job.
I will apply and stress my intentions to implement a US style patent system. It works for the US and the rest of the modern world should accede to our ways.
Oh, did I miss the [sarcasm] tag?
Re: Humidity control
No. It's not. I used to smoke (switched to vaping) and cleaned the inside of my PC at least quarterly. This meant a full strip down, wiping down the board with 91% and qtips, cleaning all the fans and heatsinks, etc. A complete environment clean.
All this stemmed from a position at a company that had to replace the payroll computer at least yearly, because the elderly lady working on it chain smoked. Computers can die of smoke inhalation.
The first time I heard it, it was from a female co-irker (who later that night offered to show me what she meant)
Ahh, but you're thinking legally. Google doesn't have to operate in "the old ways"
Were I them, I'd be looking at elections and "Search Engine Optimization" to get more "reliable" persons into positions of power. Persons who can then make more friendly decisions to them.
Re: He was lucky
Yeah, I saw the same episode. What they missed was they were using new, undamaged CDs. If even the smallest crack appears at the center hole, the stress at over 48x will break the CD.
For a VERY short time, 90x drives were available (2001 or so) and these had such issues that fragments of disks would some out the side of the PC case.
It's not that he called himself an engineer
To understand the issue here, you have to understand where the problem lies. It's not that he's called himself an engineer. It's that he's gone and proved the State is issuing tickets that it shouldn't be. Given the makeup of the State, and it's lackeys, it's no surprise that this occurred.
Re: Right Royal Softly, Softly, ...... Catchee GCHQ and Assorted Monkeys ....
No, I can understand most of what AManFromMars types.
I can't really say that for President Cheeto (and I voted for the guy)
I'll get my coat
Puff, Puff, Pass?
Re: The time has come .......
The fact that the suit is hand written actually explains where this came from.
Prisoners, often having nothing better to do, file suits all the time. It gets them out of their cells, even if only to go to court. And it increases the cost of the judicial system so that they get to "stick it to the man"
The sheer number of these suits floods the system. Unfortunately, every single one has to at least be heard because sometimes there's a diamond in the dross. Just search for "nutriloaf" <shudder>
Re: Not just UK
I believe they're functioning by someone telling them what to do behind them. (Mobile posting is hard, and I checked the anon box by mistake)
Among the senior techs, we're not sure some of our "front line" [i]can[/i] read, at least american english.
Not A Democracy
One thing that keeps being missed is that the United States is not a Democracy. We are a constitutional "Representative Republic". In order to change this, would require a constitutional amendment, which just ain't gonna happen this way. Listening to some people, 4 major metropolises mean more than the other 85% (geographically) of the country because they're "more populous". Until (and unless) the voting rolls are cleaned up and some sort of verification of citizenship is put in place, the system will not change.
Quite franky, you're overstating this. I smoked for almost 10 years. A large part of it was taste for me. Without those flavors, I'd be back to smoking.
Re: Caffeine's addictive
Already being done. Cannabis oil instead of the usual flavorings, and it takes up part of the volume used by veg glycerin or propolyene glycose.
Since I'm on the wrong side of the pond ('Merica, Eff Yeah!) I only drink Twinnings Earl Grey and a loose leaf "Russian Caravan" both of which don't take kindly to milk or sugar at all.
"As we have all seen that extradition is only one way - country X to the US NEVER US to country X, for some very strange reason."
Because you never look. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:People_extradited_from_the_United_States
Mahmoud Mahmoud Atta
John Kirk (New Zealand politician)
Francisco Arce Montes
William Trickett Smith II
Guillermo Suárez Mason
Jean Succar Kuri
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Nai Yin Xue
United Cutlery makes a very nice "M48" hammer that I used to carry with me specifically for breaking glass or wood doors down. Management ONCE asked if it was necessary, and I just responded that I could bring the tomahawk (same line) instead. Never a question after that, but I was put on the Saftey committee responsible for fire drills, alarms, exit notices and such.
Which then gave me the excuse to bring in 10 stories worth of climbing rope (7th floor) and 10 rappelling harnesses, with enough 550 cord to attach to them and haul back up. Management was grateful I never got to use it.
Anyone who has any experience at any level in a call center has seen similar behavior. Internal, Outsourced, Off-Shored. Every single call center does something similar to this.
One reason is that the metrics are set based on profitability numbers. Either "take more calls" or in the case of a Service Level Agreement, balance the staff to the workload. This often means that centers will be understaffed for call volume, to try to balance cost vs performance.
Using the "Service Level Model" where XX% of calls must be answered in XX seconds, it almost requires this behavior for "fiscal responsability", at least if you believe the PHBs.
Re: So the bar is now much higher for e-cig makers
Ahem, thank you for making the argument.
British American Tobacco: Vype
Lorillard (Later acquired by RJ Reynolds) : Blu
Phillip Morris, makers of your "Marlboroughs": Altria
the fact is that "big tobacco" ARE the ones pushing the regulations. Because they have financials to be able to afford the testing. In the US, we're looking at $1M per product/strength. So the small places, like "Dr Crimney's" that I use, are looking at for just ONE flavor $1M per strength. that's 0, 3, 6, 12. $4 Million dollars for one product line.
further, the limits on "refill size" is a blatant attempt to limit the amount of liquid to roughly that of one pack of ciggs.
Re: Have to ask...
For the most part, the dose is set by the manufacturer. If you're making it yourself, then it's dependent on the amount of nic-juice you put in the mix. The juice comes at a set level, and there are many sources online to determine what you need to mix in what amounts.
Personally, I just buy juices that come in 0, 3, 6, 12mg strengths, and then dilute with "0" when necessary. ie: 50% 3mg and 50% 0mg will result in a 1.5mg liquid.
The majority of the juices I've seen have all had 0mg strengths available, and one reason is stated so that you can dilute the strength without diluting the flavors.
Re: Yet more evidence
Your post indicates a complete ignorance of the US and it's basic legal organization.
The US is a collection of states, much like the EU is a collection of small countries. Would you want Brussels to be able to tell Wales to do something because France wants it?
Our founding document, the Constitution, explicitly relegates all authority not specifically assigned to the Federal government to the individual states. It's the 10th Amendment.
In this case, you have a judge who didn't understand the extent of the warrant he was signing. And that is laid on the Fibbies whobasked for the warrant. Due diligence would require them to explain that until they have the IPs of the suspects, they have no clue what their geographical location is.
The only way they could have pulled this off is if the actual darknet site was hosted on a server in that judge's jurisdiction.
Because in the US, you're innocent until proven guilty. Therefore, if they are unable to prove a likelihood of guilt with the evidence, then the extradition should not take place.
This is actually much more sinister. In the US, a suspect cannot be required to provide a password. In the UK, they can. They're using the UK to get the password to then use it as part of the US case.
Bias? What Bias?
perhaps, for clarity's sake,the author should admit his bias in political issues. Certainly, perusing his Twitter feed was enough to reveal it and explain his shadings and spin used in reporting this story.
"Recycled", not "Reused"
Seeing as this is a government agency, the use of the word "recycled" leads me to believe that the hardware was sent to an EPA recycled to be either destroyed (the usual with fed drives) or maybe, possibly, refurbished and sold.
I worked for one of these recyclers for 3 years, and the standard we used with 3 letter agencies was to run a DOD wipe, then destroy the drives. (In one case, I got to plug it in, spin it up, and hit it with a hammer to pulverize the platter. In front of the "client" :) )
Re: "FCC's fault" & Comcast
I can't speak for Comcast, but Centurylink has 1Gb/s fiber in some areas of Seattle.
Bah. For both form and function I direct your attention to the HTC Mogul PPC-6800:
Reviewed in 2007, it predates the Apple patent by more than 5 years:
And that's just prior art based on devices that I've owned and can find info on. The rounded corners, the full sized screen. The only change was in the single button on the front, and the removal of the slide away keyboard.
The Bill was introduced by Republicans Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and could "see perpetrators fined and jailed for up five years if no injury results."
Umm, are the editors even proof reading this stuff?
As I often say
To my Muslim and Jewish co-workers
"My God loves me. He gives me bacon"
Re: The real reason
.380 comes standard in a 50 round box.
Re: Ee are the same...
I'll be happy to accommodate you if you prefer that I read that script in Bad Jersey, Bad Philly, or Bad Valley Girl.
Of course, if you know the magic phrase I'll stop pretending to be "Peggy" (yes, I even do the accent) and fix or escalate your issue.
That magic phrase is "Multiple boxes, multiple OSes, I've already hard reset and reconfigured the modem" and be able to convince me of that (as opposed to just saying to to try to bypass valid troubleshooting)
In defense of the ISP, you would not believe how many "network admins" i have calling me who don't know what TCP/IP, IPv4, or DNS Resolution are
The impacts will reach further than you know
At least on IPTV provider had their Facebook App on their TV Set Top Boxes affected by this. I wonder with MS will buy MySpace and try to compete with Farcebook and Google-.
Re: Windows 10?
ME was only released because users saw "2000" and thought "Upgrade to 98!" MS hurried a release of a stableish XP beta to upgrade the accidental 2k installs for the terminally lost
Re: Guinea Pigs
Do they eat pork?
Re: I'm confused
Given the state of the US Public Edumacation System, I believe the issue is more that they can't SPELL to the end of applikayshun
Re: Sounds like they doing it for the LOLz
This is 'Murica. All cops are armed. These guys will get SWAT. Armed more heavily than many countries' infantry, with fewer Rules of Engagement, and absolutely Zero Fucks* given about collateral damage to persons or property.
They will then be flown (without passports) to a tropical island to experience simulated drowning and the joys of ECT (I understand Simon and Steven are working there on a contract, which explains the dearth of BOFH stories).
*This includes throwing a stun grenade into a baby's playpen... while the baby was there
Nope Nope Nope
Mantera. I'm ashamed to say that I actually watched this on netflix.
I suspect that Sony hadn't paid their protection monies to someone...
well, as a total n00b who's just now trying to understand Kubuntu and Kali (thanks, Windows 8, for the motivation!) I can take this as some powerful lessons.
1) don't play with rm -rf (also learned from the BOFH)
2) don't map my backups if I'm not actively backing up
3) don't trust Steam.
Someone's been reading John Ringo & Travis S Taylor...
I wonder if they'll play "Final Countdown" through speakers to scare the whales away...
Some of us were born here and like it here. Don't blame us for the transplants that come here to take advantage of the weather and our residents.
Re: @Anthony 13 Simples...
There is a way to release the authorization. it's built into every terminal. The companies just choose not to release the authorizations because it's not THEIR money that's being held up.
I used to routinely release pre-auths when I worked retail and for the 3 Letter ISP.