* Posts by HereIAmJH

327 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Aug 2010


Roku makes 2FA mandatory for all after nearly 600K accounts pwned


Not all bad

I didn't get notified, and see no indication that I was affected. But OTOH, I set up my Roku account MANY years ago when I actually used passwords that can be remembered and typed. Now I use a password manager and this nudged me into updating my Roku password. Now it's 32 characters and not even I could log in without my password manager.

Having said that, sending an email with a code to log in and calling it 2FA is bullshit. There are plenty of free, trusted authenticator apps available. Quit using email and SMS and calling it 'authentication' if you want anyone to take you seriously.

Senator Warren slams Intuit's 'junk fees' as America's Tax Day rolls around again


TurboTax is constantly trying to upsell you. Couldn't pay me to use their web site. I just went to Amazon and bought it there.

I buy just the Federal and electronically file. Then I can file one state via the state's online portal, and paper file the final state. Which of course requires a trip to the post office for mailing because there are 15-25 pages you have to print and mail. Depending on whether you itemize.


Re: A solution?

I doubt that the percentage of people who can file a simple return is 90%. What gets me, and a lot of people, is owning a home and needing to itemize deductions. Property taxes and mortgage interest being the two biggest. I hit the limit on SALT (State and Local Taxes) a couple years ago, and I live in a Red state, not a Blue state that was supposed to be the target of the limit. Then there are also charitable donations. For the first time in a very long time I filed standard deduction last year. My house is paid off and my itemized fell just under that standard deduction.

It would be nice if states would update their systems to the current century and offer online filing. My state of residence only allows electronic filing with your Federal (commercial tax prep software), or paper filing. The (non-resident) state where I earn my income, has a simple and painless online portal to file your taxes.

US insurers use drone photos to deny home insurance policies


Re: As usual, it's cover for taking advantage of old people

I suspect a lot of it is that major part of the American Dream is owning your own home. We could build even the cheapest houses using materials like slate for the roof, but the cost of building houses would skyrocket and be unaffordable by many Americans. America went through a big home building boom following WWII and I suspect many of the current norms where established then. Cheaper construction has the advantage that more people can afford their own home.

I have a home that is 80 years old, and what some here are calling 'sticks and tar'. And the current available roofing material is capable of 30-40 years. I think I installed an architectural shingle with a 30-35 year warranty. The insurance company doesn't care. Although part of that could be the so called warranty that only covers 'material defects'. So when the roof fails and rain comes in, and your ceilings are falling down, it's the insurance company that pays not the roofing manufacturer.


Re: Insurance isn’t a right

What do you have against Leavenworth? It's just another town in Kansas. Oh.. never mind.


Re: Two problems

The correct derogatory term is Nanny State. Communism and Socialism are too complex for Americans. We like things simple.

I used to work with a 'libertarian', who had never considered all the socialist concepts that he liked. Public roads? He didn't want 45 miles of toll roads to commute to work every day. And why pay for private schools when those of us without children can subsidize their education. 70% of my property tax goes to local school districts. In addition to federal money where my income is taxed at a higher rate because I haven't produced any burdens to society. (ie. dependents) A difficult theory is that your place in life (successes and failures) are dependent on the society you choose to live in. So you support taxes to pay for things that don't directly benefit you because they benefit the society that gives you your opportunities for success. When businesses or the wealthy complain about 'high' tax rates, they should be reminded that they can always choose another society to live in. Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates didn't choose to start their businesses in Africa, or South America, because the opportunities were not there.

As far as building standards, there are very few places in the US where you can buy unzoned land. That means you will be required to adhere to at least some of the national building codes. Smaller governments generally just adopt the national standard. For Example:

2018 International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings

2018 International Plumbing Code

2018 International Pool and Spa Code

2017 National Electric Code

Larger municipalities will have their own extensions in addition to that.


Re: As usual, it's cover for taking advantage of old people

Try changing insurance companies with a roof that is over 10 years old. Most will not even give you a quote. Frankly, I was quite pissed at Farmers with their demands. My roof didn't leak and had no damage. It was just too old. I called several other major companies, looking to move all my policies. No one would write a policy on the house until I put on a new roof. Note that I didn't comment on why I wanted to change carriers, simply that I was looking to move all my policies. When they are getting the details on your home (size, bedrooms, materials used, age of roof....) they stop the process.


Re: As usual, it's cover for taking advantage of old people

In my part of the US, roofs are a big thing for insurance companies. They don't want to buy someone a new roof after a storm if the old one was beat up and already needed to be replaced. Also, water intrusion and mold can be very expensive to repair. Just as COVID was starting Farmer's told me I had 30 days to put on a new roof or they were not going to renew my policy. They eventually backed off of that, due to COVID, but since my roof was over 10 years old I had no choice but to replace it before the next year's renewal.

One thing I learned from dealing with them is that paying extra for materials that are warranted for 20 or 30 years is pointless. As a home owner you need to be budgeting for 10 year replacement. ($2 per sq/ft minimum per year) That way, when the insurance company shows up with their demands for replacement you'll already have money in the bank to do it. Replacing a roof is very expensive. In this area, due to it being a hail zone, codes don't allow overlays. So a new roof means tearing off the old asphalt shingles and replacing. Adding thousands of $$$ to the repair.

Something else I suspect is that once they know the true age of your roof, they'll track that and automatically send out denial letters when you cross the 10 year mark. True condition of the roof doesn't matter. So make sure you document when you put on a new roof. Because "I don't know" means "too old" to them.

UK skies set for cheeky upgrade with hybrid airship


Re: All a bit retro

along with using sails for ships ...

Would travel at about the speed of a sailboat too. See the world, #HAVlife?

Wonder if you could make it in 80 days.

First the Super Bowl, now this: Kansas City getting a Google bit barn


So less than 300 jobs then. Less than if they were opening a Walmart.

But better than the $800 million Facebook datacenter next door that is only going to create 100 jobs. And most of those jobs will be security, building maintenance, and a few people to swap out hardware. I'd be curious to see that job postings for one of these datacenters.

Microsoft confirms Russian spies stole source code, accessed internal systems


"Esp hardware, infra and security...."

When you're a sad corporation that is less secure than Microsoft, there is always Entra ID.

The Redmond giant also characterized the intrusion as "ongoing."

...and stole internal messages and files belonging to the leadership team, and cybersecurity and legal employees.

But hey, everything is safer in the cloud.

It's that most wonderful time of the year when tech cannot handle the date


Here I was thinking "I haven't worried about date problems since the 90s" And then it was only because we were prefixing ticket numbers with 2 digit years and going from 991234 to 001234 blew up our sorts on reporting. Lesson learned.

Then you made me look at my watch, out of curiosity. It's says it's Thursday 3/1. I guess it's going to be 2/28 again today, and maybe tomorrow it will be back to normal.

Intuitive Machines' lunar lander tripped and fell


Ball shaped

One upside down, one on it's side. In the future we will make all our landers ball shaped, and every landing will be a success. The Alien Overloads hiding on the moon will need to find another way to molest our landers.

Or maybe someone could walk on the sound stage on the back lot and stand it back up?

Dell staff not alone in being squeezed to reduce remote work


Re: Hybrid

Who notices a printer when the office gourmawful decides hit the breakroom around 10:30AM for a little pre-lunch aiguiseur d'appétit of 3 day old microwaved leftover fried shrimp from Long John Silver's?

I can no longer tolerate the smell of maple syrup. And burnt popcorn should be a war crime, or at least terrorism deserving rendition.


Re: All of them

The elders though know it's pointless to argue with this and they just tap out into early retirement.

This is me. Last year of the Boomers. (all of the blame, none of the benefits)

I have decided that when they decide RTO is more important than my contributions, I'll just live off of savings. Even though I get emails daily from recruiters, many of which are listed as fully remote. For me, going back into the office is >10% pay cut without accounting for the extra 2-3 hours a day commuting, etc. I'm starting to see this as time to finish off all the tasks that I want done before I retire, but never have time to do because work/life balance is screwed. A side benefit is selling off assets I really don't need extends the runway getting me to that formal retirement. The only wildcard (for Americans) is health insurance.

Dumping us into ad tier of Prime Video when we paid for ad-free is 'unfair' – lawsuit


Re: Idiots

The problem is; Prime Memberships are paid up front and there is no way they are going to give you your money back. Not even a pro-rated amount.

My small protest is to make sure I use the Twitch Prime subscription every month. Even if I don't necessarily watch a streamer regularly, I'll use that sub and it's a few pennies out of Amazon's pocket.

Alaska Airlines' door-dropping flight was missing bolts


Re: "... when you replace a skilled worker with an unskilled worker ..."

To be fair, unless there is a list of checkpoints for each picture, it would have been missed in a manual review as well. If I hand you a picture and tell you to point out anything that might be wrong, you'll miss anything non-obvious that you aren't specifically reviewing. Having said that, we use automated photo analysis for quality control in lots of industries that are less critical. Even painting critical fasteners in a contrasting color would help.

I'm not going to argue skilled vs unskilled. Humans make mistakes. In this case, potentially a series of them by two different teams. Because it's looking like the bolts weren't installed after rework to fix the rivets. Where the bolts missing from the original assembly, or did the team doing the rework fail to reinstall them?


Re: "poorly drilled rivet holes"

You have to wonder why, in today's world of constant communication, CVRs and FDRs aren't transmitting their data continuously. The FAA should regulate, at a minimum, all commercial passenger carrying planes should have a satellite uplink for this critical data. We shouldn't be searching for 'black' boxes to determine the cause of a crash. And data from all in-flight incidents should be safely captured off of the affected aircraft.

For the C levels;

"We have AI constantly monitoring the health of our fleet so that we can proactively address any issue that might affect our position as the safest airline in the industry."

The same bullshit excuse automakers use for transmitting telematics (including GPS) on cars today.


Re: "poorly drilled rivet holes"

You missed one; compartmentalization of liability. If losing the door plug had sucked several passengers out, Boeing could have passed the liability to Spirit. Or if they accidentally drop a rocket in a populated area, their space business won't kill their plane business. Remember when Ford and Firestone had their big fight over Explorer tires exploding? Even if it's not a supplier's fault, its good to muddy the water because stock prices are driven by emotion, not facts.

Return to Office mandates boost company profits? Nope


Re: No WFH - WTF

Also the advantages to companies of WFH are rarely highlighted. I would bet that sick pay has been severely curtailed.

My employer solved this. No sick time, you have to use PTO. Also, no overtime and no comp time. If there is a production outage or a project gets behind, you're expected to just donate the hours and 'be a team player.'

As someone who is at an age where I still naively think that a mobile phones primary purpose is to make phone calls

Today's smart phones are terrible devices for phone calls. Mostly due to touch screens and no physical buttons. 1/2 my calls on my OnePlus go to voicemail because as soon as you try to swipe to answer, the screen goes black. Of course, since our phone networks are so insecure, nobody actually answers calls from people who aren't in their contact list. I expect voice calls to pretty much die out in a few years.

BTW, if anyone is listening, I don't want to sell you my house for cash. I don't need anyone to give me a low ball offer that you can flip for profit. Stop calling.

FBI recruits Amazon Rekognition AI to hunt down 'nudity, weapons, explosives'


Not to mention that explosives and firearms technically falls under the domain of the ATF. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms [and Explosives]. (granted, an odd mix but at least they wouldn't be confiscating your pron)

We put salt in our tea so you don't have to



Seriously? Everyone knows the best tea is iced tea.

What Microsoft's latest email breach says about this IT security heavyweight


Re: Uhhh, wha'?

Flash back to the past...

Adobe has always been synonymous with buggy, insecure apps. Doesn't seem to hurt their business any.

Musk lashes out at Biden administration over rural broadband


Re: Just no

Phone companies built out using the Universal Service Fund. Basically, all of their customers paid a specific tax that the Telcos kept to fund the buildout of their network. Surely you aren't suggesting they add a tax to our Comcast/Spectrum/etc monthly bill so they can build out in rural areas?


Re: Let's go Brandon.

This is the Internet equivalent of lifeline. Need to be poor to take advantage of it.

A major difference between this and lifeline. Lifeline provides free or discounted services on an existing service. So it's paying a recurring cost for each individual lifeline participant. I would support the government paying the monthly service charge for qualifying low income citizens. Or giving Starlink equivalent tax breaks.

This, OTOH, is giving millions of dollars of corporate welfare to very large companies to extend their service areas. Starlink is NOT extending it's service area, it will cover those areas regardless. Thus, no infrastructure will be built.


Re: Let's go Brandon.

So starlink would be perfect.

Out of simple curiosity, why can't you get Starlink now, without a government subsidy?

White goods giant fires legal threats to unplug open source plugin


Re: Confused

That was my first thought; they put an unprotected API on the Internet and then were surprised that someone used it? Is there no authentication?


Re: If anyone should be taken down, it's Haier

You miss the (network) point - LAN is not enough! It is essential for you to be able to view to the real time washing status of your underpants whilst at work ... apparently.

To be fair, Haier makes more than just washing machines. It's probably an integrated platform that they are rolling out to all of their products. If, for example, your Haier heatpump died in the middle of extreme weather, wouldn't you want to be notified if you weren't home?

But that's the root of the problem, everyone is integrating with cloud services so that we can have their apps on our phones. The services will work where ever we have cell service. In order to have the convenience of 'works anywhere', without messing with local servers, static IPs or ddns, and firewall rules, we get to live with all the fancy new devices phoning home and potentially spying on us.

I have struggled to upgrade my hard wired cameras because it seems like everything is now wifi based and requires cloud services. Even though you still have to run power to them, so they aren't going to be completely wireless. And maybe I don't want some bored tech at <insert vendor> watching my front yard.

University chops students' Microsoft 365 storage to 20GB


Re: "over half of all data stored by organizations not serving a useful purpose"

It would probably be a subpoena rather than a warrant. And it would go to the administrators of the system rather than the users. It would state specific items that are to be produced, and possibly a preservation order as well. A preservation order would require protecting the data so that it couldn't be accidentally, or maliciously, deleted, and would be the responsibility of the adminstrators.

So unless it's in the interest of the administrator, or simple incompetence, data being purged after a legal demand is small. But yes, if they were able to prove that data was deleted rather than producing it, you could be charged.

'Old crud' gets kept around out of simple laziness. Businesses define specific retention policies, based on legal requirements, so that data that is no longer needed gets deleted. Their legal counsel will explain to them that old data is not an asset, it is a liability.

Daughter of George Carlin horrified someone cloned her dad with AI for hour special


We need to fix this before children are ruining their own and each others lives.

OTOH, if the tools are easily available, it might benefit younger generations. Currently you can easily 'ruin your life' doing something stupid that is recorded and posted by anyone nearby with a cellphone and X/Facebook/Instagram account.

Do stupid shit, broadcast to the world. Older generations could move to another town for a fresh start.

"No, it wasn't me doing that when I was a teen. It's AI generated."

Worldwide anonymity might be gone forever, but this could give plausible deniability.

Microsoft pulls the plug on WordPad, the world's least favorite text editor


Re: It's all crap

Extra stuff on Windows, surely you jest. I mean, why wouldn't you want tablet functionality on your desktop computer, or Cortana on your servers? The stuff that is installed by default doesn't bother me so much anymore (we survived 20 years of IE being loaded as part of the core OS), it's the stuff that silently adds scheduled tasks or loads background services on startup that annoy me.

OTOH, in the ever increasing locked down corporate world, if it doesn't come with Windows you might have to do without. It doesn't matter if it's free (to use) and open source, corporate IT sees it as a risk. I guess it's back to waiting an eternity for Word to load so you can view a simple RTF.

FCC really, truly won't give SpaceX nearly a billion bucks for Starlink rural broadband


Re: rural customers

For now, telco regulations and culture. The same reason I wouldn't have home service through a cable provider. If I need my phone, I want to trust that it will be there.

Making calls across Starlink will be like Skype when it comes to 911, you'll have to self identify your location. Telcos get nastygrams from regulators when their systems go down. With Musk's aversion to regulation, it's unlikely Starlink would become a real phone service provider. Example: local power goes out and Spectrum drops immediately. Wired service goes to a CO that has generators for virtually unlimited runtime. And cell towers have power backups as well. While I wouldn't expect power failures to be a problem with satellites, unless it's at their uplink, there are many other places where problems can happen. Until they have proven they have the teams to monitor and resolve problems with critical services, I'll continue to rely on other providers.


Re: It is only Rural if they say it is.

Everybody seems to have their own definition of what the RDOF is. From the first paragraph of the FCC's overview:

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is the Commission’s next step in bridging the digital divide to efficiently fund the deployment of broadband networks in rural America. Through a two-phase reverse auction mechanism, the FCC will direct up to $20.4 billion over ten years to finance up to gigabit speed broadband networks in unserved rural areas, connecting millions of American homes and businesses to digital opportunity.

In simplest terms, what they have told the public is that it is to promote broadband internet to rural areas. Under those terms Starlink qualifies. In my opinion this program should consider funding Starlink. OTOH, maybe Starlink has changed the game and the program is no longer necessary, or a good investment of taxpayer money. I see no reason to give tax dollars (corporate welfare) to companies to do what they would do anyway.

The USF (Universal Service Fund) worked in the past for getting telephone services to rural areas. Rural electrification did as well. I don't believe the projects to get Internet to rural areas has worked in the past though. And if the RDOF is managed in the same way I expect it to fail or under perform as well.


rural customers

The number of people who live in remote areas who don't have a suitable alternative doesn't seem to be high enough to make it work from a business perspective.

Those numbers might be increasing though. Since Internet is becoming, in the consumers mind, a necessity, more people may consider moving to rural areas that currently don't have non-Starlink internet providers.

Particularly with tiny home trends and improved off grid capabilities. I'd consider solar technology good enough that power grids aren't a necessity. Propane has long been an excellent replacement for natural gas. SpaceX covers the Internet. That just leaves potable water and cell phone service to cover my must have utilities.

That call center tech scammer could be a human trafficking victim


But I’ve absolutely wondered how many were being forced against their will.

It's nice that the trafficked have options. Can't be a sex slave, have a seat in our call center. Isn't capitalism great?


Re: This is just the start

At the very least, the telcos could block so many more of these scam calls.

They could block just about all of them if they if enforced calling party authentication. The CND technology has been there for decades, but it costs money to update their systems/policies to police their own customers and set up trust relationships with peers. They should have been incentivized to do it because it's in their own best interest. Raise your hand if you still answer phone calls from people who aren't in your contacts list. If I don't recognize the number, you better plan on leaving voicemail. People have switched to texts, but I get enough unsolicited texts from people wanting to buy my house that it won't be too long before customers start demanding text filtering capability. The problem just follows from tech to tech because they never address the real problem, an unsecure network.

Telcos thought LTE/5G was great, phone calls are just data and we can retire all those old, expensive call switching technologies. Now phones become just a handy mobile Internet terminal. So what do they do when some other internet provider decides to steal all their customers? For instance, Starlink. They missed the boat on Internet connected data centers and cloud computing. Will they finally innovate and find a reason for us to keep buying their services?

'Return to Office' declared dead


Re: Stick

There is a general problem with the IT, somehow the workers have strong dislike for unions.

There is thinking especially among developers that:

a) they earn above average, so they are very lucky. After all they just sit by the computer and click mouse and don't break their back at some warehouse.

For years, decades, we felt that we were earning good money. Working with your brain, not your hands. IT has a special position in businesses were we are 'trusted' with everything. Financials, sales, manufacturing, it all ran on our systems. Yes, we had to be on call 24x7. Give up holidays, weekends, and just normal nights of sleep to deploy and patch systems so that the business wouldn't have any down time. We were special, the business relied on us. We don't need a union. It's in our culture. Sure, I don't want to work tomorrow night deploying config changes that wouldn't even be a blip on the business's radar if we deployed them during the day, but a union would just get in the way.....

And all the time we've been thinking we were special and management respected and valued us, they've been rolling out things like Agile and turning software development into an assembly line where developers are just numbers. But we don't need a union.

Want a Cybertruck? You're stuck with it for a year, says Tesla


Re: J. Jonah Jameson laugh.gif

An argument in favor of EV's is they are generation agnostic and don't care how the electricity is made.

Let's clarify here, when you are talking EVs, you are NOT talking about a Tesla or ANY commercially marketed EV. It's going to need to be home grown or it's not going to last very long because commercial EVs are insanely complex with their computer systems. And there will be no replacing the battery packs when a group of cells dies. There are videos opening Tesla battery packs on Youtube. You aren't going to be able to repair one without a lot of high tech equipment. And lets not get into what deteriorating infrastructure is going to do to them.

Tell me how you're going to roll up your own low voltage, low amperage charger or generate minimum 120v, 30 amp power to run a COTS charger. (and most of those are going to want 240v, 30+ amp)

It would be far more complex to have to keep making liquid fuels and the apparatus would be larger and more complicated.

A simple cold press to make vegetable oil for diesels. And we have been making alcohol far longer than we have had cars. I'll bet there are more than a few here that understand garage fermenting their preferred refreshment.


Re: J. Jonah Jameson laugh.gif

Meanwhile the family has starved to death because you decided to use your 8 litre (correct spelling thank you very much) piece of crap to go get a single fish on a "hunting" expedition.

Can't fix stupid. If that is how you choose to act, Darwin will be happy. BTW, my diesels are 2.8l, 6.6l, and 6.7l. And one of those I can live in.


Re: J. Jonah Jameson laugh.gif

Remember, the whole scenario was SHTF. How much fuel are you going to need? There isn't going to be anywhere to go. Making fuel for your diesel is as simple as pressing the oil out of soy beans. You can feed the remains after pressing to cattle or eat it yourself. For gasoline, you ferment corn. And again, you use the remains to feed livestock. Both plants are relatively easy to grow as long as you get enough rain, and in a scenario like this you don't need mechanization to plant/harvest because you aren't trying to grow billions of pounds to feed the world. Just yourself. For me, I'd be stripping the egr and dpf off of my diesels and becoming a farmer.

Compare that to the original assertion that keeping their computerized, electric car charged was the simplest plan.... And do we know, will a Tesla continue to operate if it can't phone home over a long period of time?


Re: J. Jonah Jameson laugh.gif

don't depend on liquid fuels that deteriorate in storage. The trope of zombie apocalypse survivors finding a running car for months or even years after the event is complete fiction.

Liquid fuels are easy, just grow soybeans or corn, depending on which fuel you need. They'll become less efficient, but they'll run. Diesel stores for a very long time. I have cars with gasoline that is a year old. The ethanol is more problematic than age of the gas. And if no one is around to check emissions, both engine types could be simplified considerably.

Amazon to staff: Come into the office – it'd be a shame if something happened to your promotion


Re: COVID changed the world

I wouldn't take a 'promotion' into management. I'm too hands-on and it frustrates me to manage others through a process I could handle myself in a few minutes. OTOH, Agile has taken all the fun out of development. At least where I work, there are more spreadsheet PMs than coders. And what the coders get are narrowly focused, assembly line stories for code monkeys. The only people who have the big picture of the projects are PMs and they don't understand it, not the business process or the coding.

Seriously, if you are early in your career and competent at what you do, stick with smaller employers. You'll likely be happier and build a more rounded skillset.


COVID changed the world

The company I work for has mandated RTO 3 days a week. We have been told that non-compliance 'could affect your annual performance review'. But here is the problem, I don't care about promotions, they are extremely rare anyway. I only need to work a few more years, I'm not concerned about those shitty 2% annual raises, that you might not get anyway because HR decided this year you are 'top of market'. I'd hate to see my annual bonus cut, but doing that will only make morale worse. And they can cut a lot before it offsets commuting costs.

If I am expected to be able to perform my job remotely while on-call 24x7, I see no reason to go into an office and sit on zoom calls. The only thing they are accomplishing is I'm re-evaluating my financing and wondering if that nest egg I have been building for decades might just be ready, and there are a lot better uses of my time than cowering like a wage slave. You want to run another round of lay-offs? Sign me up for the standard severance package and I'll start playing video games and sleeping late.

YouTube cares less for your privacy than its revenues


Re: Ad-blocking still works just fine

Currently there is a battle between ad blockers and YouTube. For a while there you had to update your adblocker's signatures on a daily basis or get the nasty YT popup. Also, you only got blocked if you were logged in. Log out, or use private browsing, and you'd never see the an adblocker check.

It will come back in a nastier form once Google has a chance to have a few meetings and brainstorm a new approach. I think they are navigating a slippery path. I have gotten to where I view YouTube videos regularly. Seems like no-one can write a how-to without making a video on it. And I subscribe to enough channels that I don't like watching anonymously because I won't be able to see which videos I have already watched. But if Google comes down too heavy handed on ad blockers I will be gone. There are just too many options for streaming entertainment.


Re: Unblock and get infected

The big problem is that Google isn't interesting in solving the problems with Ads. Over the years, browsers have addressed some of the problems. The Blink tag. Pop-overs, pop-unders. But the advertisers networks, like Google, need to keep the hacks and scams out of their networks. Until they earn the trust of the users, most of us are not going to turn off ad blocking.

Another issue that drives me nuts relates to streamers, like YouTube, specifically. There is little more annoying than watching stream go into a commercial in the middle of a sentence or a dramatic scene. We never had that problem with broadcast TV because the networks worked with the content providers to bookmark specific locations for ad rolls. Yet when they stream those exact same shows, the streaming networks just seem to pop in commercials anywhere. YouTube should be working with their content creators to bookmark ad locations in their videos that won't break the flow of the content, the reason we are there.

Google just has the wrong approach. People will actually come to a site for ads. Look at all the 'Deal' type websites. They are basically just independent advertisers living off of affiliate programs. I have one that I check daily because they tend to report sales that interest me. It probably drives 75% of my Amazon buying. And there are all kinds of channels on YouTube for the deal of the week. Over the weekend I was watching review videos on Temu items for cheap stuff that I probably don't need. Those sites/channels aren't trying to push ads down my throat. They are upfront about what they offer and let me choose how I spend my time.


Re: Chrome

I have never liked Chrome for some reason. Even though I have been using other browsers that use Chromium. At work they allow us to use Edge or Chrome, and I always preferred Edge. Then for some reason they blocked uBlock on Edge but not on Chrome. So I'm basically forced into Chrome there. At home, when I gave up on Firefox I went to Opera and now Vivaldi. And even though both of those have built in ad blocking I still use uBlock and disable autoplay on videos. If you really want a horrible browsing experience, try the Google News app on Android.

FCC throws an $18B bone to rural broadband


Re: That's fine with me

There need to be concrete goals and penalties for failing to meet them. Seems like we have gone through this half a dozen times over the last 25 years, and the only thing the average taxpayer sees is more corporate welfare (free money with no performance requirements).

Want a clean energy transition? Better start putting cash into electrical grid


Re: One more strategy,,,,

If everyone does a little, collectively we achieve little.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.


Re: One more strategy,,,,

It has to be all or nothing, right? We aren't talking no grid. There have been suggestions of setting up solar in the deserts in Africa, and transmitting the power around the world. That's ridiculous. There are areas not too far away from cities where wind turbines work well. And there are lots of places where adding ~3% to the cost of a new home would make them 90% energy independent.

3kW for a kettle? How big is it. The largest appliances I have use about 1kW, and run for a few minutes a day. OTOH, I could easily put 6kW of solar on my roof and should produce around 30kWh per day average. And with solar my days of higher output would be the ones where I use the most, summer air conditioning.

If it's too cloudy there, I don't see a problem with nuking the UK.


One more strategy,,,,

How about putting renewable power generation near the demand? Instead of pouring more corporate welfare on monopolistic utilities, encourage people to install their own and be self sufficient. Ban HOAs and local governments from passing rules against rooftop solar. Offer rebates to homeowners, instead of tax deductions, for installing wind/solar. And block utilities from implementing punitive tariffs on homeowners with renewable energy.

And for the datacenters, locate them next to power sources. Just like they used to do with aluminum manufacturing.

If we learned nothing else from the telecom companies, we should remember that giving private utilities piles of cash to update infrastructure that they have neglected for more than 1/2 a century will not encourage them to do so now.