* Posts by TAJW

65 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Apr 2012


Thanks, Obama: NSA to stream raw intelligence into FBI, DEA and pals


Re: Does not apply to Israel

And you know this how? Having worked for those agencies, I think it highly unlikely. There are very specific rules about what can and can't be shared with foreign governments.



Obama said his would be the most transparent administration ever. He just didn't say the transparency would all be from the citizens, not him.

Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview


Re: Green, pink, brown, blonde.....

Thanks, your input was very valuable. Just why did you come here, anyway? Ran out of other places to hate?

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Seamen spread over California



I would say with the small size of these, there would be little benefit in weaponizing them. As a recon device, having a swarm of them spread over a large area looking for movement or metal, they could be invaluable in a tactical environment, which I believe is supported by the way they were deployed. Additionally, they could have safety devices that burn the key chips in the devices when reach a low power state, meaning they couldn't be reused for the same purpose by an enemy.

A year in infosec: Bears, botnets, breaches ... and elections


Re: What's so wrong about a private email server?

Perhaps you missed the part where her email server, on which she had sent classified documents, in direct violation of the law, was compromised. That is what is wrong with a personal email server. It's also what is wrong with sending classified documents through public email and not via secure means. Which pretty much shows you her lack of technical skill and basic understanding, or, worse yet, her lack of concern with doing it.

Either scenario is pretty bad and would have put anyone else....well, maybe anyone not a liberal... in jail for many years.

A vintage year for snoopers and big state-ists


Re: Ugh!

So don't look at him....or, if you are living in the U.S., please feel free to move to Cuba, Germany, Syria, Iran or some other place where the government has similar beliefs to yours.

ATTACK of the ZOMBIE SATELLITE: Run radio hams, run!


Re: 'kin typical

Actually, my wife's family came the other way, since she is Native American. But I do agree with you on the food part. Having been in the U.K. several times, I've completely had my fill of "bangers and mash" ... nothing like the sausage links and hash browns we have in the U.S.

Microsoft scores nearly $1bn non-compete contract with US military


To: Trollface

"Non-compete and Microsoft just belong in the same sentence don't they?"

Yah! They could have given that contract to one of the other companies that wrote Windows!

Oh, wait.

China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning


Re: Erm...

Kind of like he wept when Obama said he visited 57 states? Misspelling a word is much different than getting the number of states wrong....of course, you left wingers gave him a pass on that. I wonder if Michelle was, for the first time, proud of all 57 states Barry invented in his mind or just the real 50.

Los Angeles to extradite bloke from Nigeria after scores of city workers fall for phish scam


Re: Err,

"Going to go with "nope, western civilization is pretty much fucked"."

As compared to what is going on in the Middle East, you mean?


Re: Err,

"hasn't it been official since November 8?"

You mean in 2008, right. We finally wised up this year.

Give us encrypted camera storage, please – filmmakers, journos


Hypocrisy. They want freedom of the press, unless it exposes them. Why am I surprised? Oh, wait, I'm not....this is about freedom for the elite PRESS, but the serfs, knowledge to them should be suppressed unless the elite deigns to provide it.

DDoS script kiddies are also... actual kiddies, Europol arrests reveal


It's interesting to watch all the bluster and posturing from both sides on Brexit.

When we over the colonies left the Brits, we did it simply and with class. We just had a big Tea Party in Boston Harbor.


Beancounter nicks $5m from bosses, blows $1m on fantasy babe Kate Upton's mobe game


Can't be deported

He is now a felon, and under Obama's rules all he has to do is go to a sanctuary city, he's safe!

Then he can go back to his criminal activities with impunity.

Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama


Re: Where's the satire?

Actually, the U.S. is not a Democracy, but a Constitutional Republic. As to knuckle dragging ... here in the U.S. folks have a right to say what they want, and have a say in who manages the country and what taxes we pay.

We had a tea party in the Boston harbor a long time ago to establish exactly how we felt about that. Then kicked some butts to make it stick.



Re: Oh look, a (Russian) Squirrel !

No wrongdoing found? You are somewhat confused. The FBI said they would not suggest prosecution, but certainly there was wrong doing found. Classified emails being sent by unsecure means is NOT legal. Denial will not make your desire true.


Hmm ... Donald Trump attacking Union Leaders? I think they said some particularly nasty stuff about him .. several times .. before he finally retaliated with a comment that basically said the union leader wasn't doing his job in taking care of the union members, which is pretty much the deal for most unions in the U.S. The unions are all about making money for the union leaders, not so much the members.

I agree that often Donald Trump tweets aggressively, but in this case, it was hardly Trump attacking the union leader....it was the other way around. And why, when Trump was trying to protect union jobs? What in the heck was Jones thinking?

I think he was just miffed that all the money they spent on the Clinton campaign just went up in smoke. He would be better off working into the new paradigm and supporting Trump in every way he can.

US Director of National Intelligence legs it


Re: Oblig Goon Show Quote

No, that was Crapper, which is where all your personal information has gone.

A-Oh-Well: Internet corpse sheds 500 workers


I had no idea that we still had AOL.

Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap


Re: About time

"...I have never seen any AV product actually do anything useful..."

You should see my wife browse the Internet or read email. Despite my over 40 years in IT and past 10 in Security, I still can't get her to be careful. Malwarebytes and Security Essentials are always popping up warnings, blocking sites and removing junk from her clicking on anything and everything. User training is probably the most useful thing we can do for security, but there are folks out there that will *NEVER* learn.

Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense


Working for NSA? .... don't you realize NSA developed Linix in the first place and put all the backdoors in there from the beginning? Sheeple, sheeple I say!


Trump vs. Clinton III - TPP looks dead, RussiaLeaks confirmed


Re: South Park nails it

And you completely missed the whole concept of why Trump has had success. Instead, you just spew. Work for the media, by any chance?


Re: Trump should not be on the ballot paper

Yes, accepting the result of an election is a fundamental tenet of Democracy.

But when a potential candidate calls you "Deplorable", unAmerican and "Irredeemable", while her surrogates refer to you as "Mentally Deficient", "Terrorists", "Extortionists", "Saboteurs", "Anarchists", "Squealing Political Pigs", "Arsonists" and "Murderers", I feel no loyalty to them as they have no respect for me. As a Veteran, who served his country, a patriot who has believed in his country, I am shamed and disgusted by Hillary Clinton. Her antics with the personal email server and treating classified material so cavalierly, destroying data after a Congressional subpoena demanded it, complete disregard for those working people who protected her and served America cause me to have no respect for her.

No, I'm sorry. I do not have nor will ever have any respect for Hillary Clinton, and if she is elected, I'm sure she will ignore the law, just as Barack Obama has, despite them taking an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution, and faithfully execute the Office of President. As President, Obama's primary job is to enforce the law, yet he has chosen to only enforce those he wanted to, not what was put in place by those elected to do so. He also attempted to rewrite laws with Executive Orders, and I fully expect Clinton to do the same.

And yet, we are expected to support her. She doesn't respect us, demeans us, ignores our wishes as voters and citizens, yet she desires our support.

No ... not from me.

And if you don't like that, tough.

Democralypse Now? US election first battle in new age of cyberwarfare


Re: Democracy...?

If you truly believe your drivel, I'm sad for you. Clinton will be as damaging to the U.S. as Obama, if not more. Of course, I anticipate your denial that Obama is responsible for: the huge increase in national debt, refusal to sign any legislation proposals by Congress, refusing to uphold laws (weed, illegal aliens, sanctuary cities, for example, as is his job as President), releasing criminals into the population, the huge steaming pile of crap that is Obamacare, and several other ludicrous socialist, PC, leftist pieces of garbage that he and his cronies have foisted off on citizens. It's the leftist way to chastise others for not believing and acting exactly as they do, despite their claim of advocating diversity.

Have a nice life, just live it elsewhere.


Re: Democracy...?


Your statement that '...the revelations so far have hardly been earth shattering..' shows you are already in the bag for the Dems, or at least vehemently against the Repubs. So many on the left make statements carefully crafted to be deniable when confronted on them, but are clear implications when made. I suppose you think no one who doesn't actively agree with you isn't smart enough to understand the difference.

Sad, really. The left seems to believe it's own propaganda, especially that they are smarter than everyone else. The truth, of course, is everyone else is laughing at them.

Google's hardware extravaganza: Ad giant takes on Sonos, Roku, Linksys, Amazon, Oculus... you name it


Re: More adverts

So, you really don't think the Google 'Home' and Amazon 'Echo' don't have the capacity to listen to everything you say, pick out words about products such as you say Wii, and suddenly you start getting ads for games, or for a new Playstation, or you discuss Bahamas, and now you are getting ads about discounts to trips, luggage, and appropriate clothing.

These guys are not stupid. They make you pay for the unit, then use it just like cookies in a web browser.

Kremlin hackers and the Democratic National Committee: How deep is the rabbit-hole?


Re: I'm surprised we're not hearing about RNC and Trump hacks. . .

You said:

Re: I'm surprised we're not hearing about RNC and Trump hacks. . .

Come now, they know about fire.

How would they burn crosses and heretics without it ?

I think you are confused about which party the cross burners, both then and now, come from. Just a hint .... they were Democrats, slave owners, cross burners, hate mongers and tried to split the U.S. in two.

Of course, you will conveniently rewrite history according to your agenda, because that is what liberals do.

Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?


Re: Static?

Yes they were. The Apple, TRS-80, Sorcerer, Commodore 64 and Vic-20, etc. Being able to drive around Silicon Valley and see Apple, Sun, and others, including the video game companies. Going to the Stanford book store second floor computer book area. Just the air was electric there, the mood was that anything was possible, and knowing the world was about to change in a big way.

What an awesome time!



Absolutely awesome! As an Old Guy who used to work on discrete component computers from the 70's and 80's, and was in love with my Apple ][+ and it's 6502, these guys deserve a "Well Done" and a handshake, along with a wish that I had one of these buggers!

Snowden 'more helpful than dangerous' says ex-Colin Powell aide


"The leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden about US worldwide surveillance have helped rather than harmed America, and the leaks haven't endangered lives."

As one who worked in that world for many, many years, I can tell you the above statement is complete BS. Giving away key operational capabilities of parts of critical systems did not help the U.S., and his presence in China and Russia certainly did not go without payment in critical information.

The guy is a traitor, no matter how much 'good' you might think he has done.


Re: 2020

Troll much?

Net neutrality: Email trail reveals how Prez Obama bent the FCC to his will


Re: rolleyes

The problem is, this administration specifically (as have others) implement these type of things, taking a little bit of ground here and there, then a little more, and pretty soon the area impacted is quite large. While it happened, our focus was elsewhere, on 'bigger' issues that the media told us were important. Many things are important, and the government influence is broad because they have so many people working on so many things, and can keep the pressure on endlessly.

We the people are seriously under attack by the elitists 'who know what we need better than we do'.

Sexism isn't getting better in Silicon Valley, it's getting worse


My personal opinion, as one of those who graduated and became involved with computers in the mid seventies is that those of my age group were trained to be polite and respectful of women. We have since been told that to do that was sexist (it has not changed the fact that I continue to be respectful to women) but the younger generation has grown up with the idea that everyone, women included, are 'just one of the guys' With the pretty disrespectful and obnoxious way younger people treat each other today, this behavior is to be expected. I abhor it, disagree with it, and would like to stamp it out, but the fact remains, the vocal majority of self indulgent, obnoxious brats that are entering the workforce today respect nothing and no one. They are self centered, self indulgent and care little for the other person's feelings, man or woman, except that they revel in the ability to anger or hurt them.

Before I get flamed, yes, there are some decent younger people who don't act that way, but they are much, much rarer than 40 years ago, and getting progressively rarer all the time.

BBC Micro:bit delayed by power supply SNAFU


Re: Codebug works, shipped, in stock

Yes, they might have smaller siblings, so the kit should be delayed while a rasp and sandpaper are included so all the sharp edges in the world can be filed off before use. Oh, and we need to cut all the trees down because one of the little nippers might try to climb one. Oh, but then you have to use a chain saw! And the environmentalists!!! <initiate hand wringing session><infinite loop>

Sorry, kids, this will never be delivered....you might hurt yourselves.

US taxmen borked in computer cockup riddle


Re: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

An added insult is that if you overpay on estimated taxes, you have to report the overpayment (conveniently provided to you on a form 1099-G) in the NEXT tax year, you may have to claim it as additional income and pay tax on it.

We need a flat tax system. It's easy, first 10K free, everything over that taxed at the same rate. No exceptions for home ownership, multiple kids or education loans. If you do those things, it's on you. The rest of us don't need to support your wants. Why do people find that so hard to understand?

IRS 'inadvertently' wiped hard drive Microsoft demanded in audit row


And the incompetence of the IRS is fully on display again. Worse yet, they, and other government agencies, are allowed to act this way with impunity, yet the citizens get taken to task for the slightest infraction. I believe Microsoft should win this case by default, and all those involved on the government side should be summarily fired and lose their pensions. After a few such actions, perhaps then government agencies would start to act responsibly.

Just maybe.

Eight-billion-dollar Irish tax bill looms over Apple


Re: Oi! Ireland!

And subsequently the hundreds of Apple employees, and probably the thousands of other Irish people employed by high tech U.S. employees will be looking for work in an depressed economy. Yep, makes lots of sense, me boyo.


Re: Actually, what about the loans?

Not surprisingly, another left wing lunatic outrageously works a flame post toward conservatives into a subject that it is impossible to blame them for. None of the people you hate so much could possibly have any influence over the EU courts or what Ireland taxes Apple or Starbucks. Two of your favorite cows are getting gored and you just have to try, don't you? Sorry, nobody buys your paranoid tirades any more, especially when you invoke the dreaded 'it's Bush's fault' manta. The lefties have become a complete joke.

Ransomware-as-a-service surfaces, wants 10 percent profit cut


Re: Oh, THAT kind of ransomware

So, don't use their products. It's a lot easier than harboring so much hate, dude.

Hillary Clinton says for crypto 'maybe the back door is the wrong door'


Re: Why does anyone care what Hillary thinks?

Hmm...at least Republicans can drive. Hillary has no license and hasn't driven for years. That's for us serfs, not the elite like her. She's busy at the back of the car sucking on the tailpipe.

Microsoft stamps its bootprints harder into India


What really bothers me is what data will end up in these (and other vendor) datacenters. As we push our personal and company private data out to the Cloud (hosted by a third party) despite whatever promises are in contracts we sign, I would bet large amounts of money that our data will end up in places we don't want it to.

Even if we sign a contract with a SaaS vendor who holds our data and says it will *NEVER* be hosted outside the borders of our country, chances are they are contracting with someone else to do the actual hosting, and sooner or later, whether as an operational site or a backup, our private data will end up sitting in data centers in third world countries that do not have agreements for data protection with us, and would be meaningless even if they did.

BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps


Re: CRT Monitors...

Tim99, I had a similar problem. I was at a facility that was moving offices, and had contracted with a moving company to do so. During the move, I opened my center drawer and took a few items that I owned personally, along with pictures from the top of the desk. I put them in a small (very small, about big enough to carry your lunch in) and walked down the hall to my new office. Halfway there one of the workmen stopped me and asked me just what in the hell I thought I was doing. Seems I was violating some contractual thing, and there were Union people on the job. I had to take my box back to my old office, where he put it on a two wheeler and smugly rolled it down to my new office.

Guess he showed me.

BOFH: Press 1. Press 2. Press whatever you damn well LIKE


Re: @bid_D

Your first mistake is thinking that ANY Germans have a sense of humor.


White House 'deeply disappointed' by Europe outlawing Silicon Valley


Re: Tantrum coming in 3, 2, 1...

Yah..some old stuff that already existed in early days until the American machine kicked in and started building. Or do you deny that the ships, planes, tanks and weapons built in the U.S. didnt turn the tide of the war? And are you saying the Americans that fought and died there should stayed home because they were useless and ineffective. Tell that to my father who was a waist gunner in a B17. He would take issue with it.

You'd be speaking German or Russian now if they had.

Apple slings bug-fixed iOS 9.0.1 at fanbois, PIN bypass hole still open


I for one am a user, and not a fanboi, by any means. I was given an iPhone by my company as it their standard. I have to use it to access certain company functions and company email.

I dislike a lot of what Apple does, often they make things difficult for the users. For instance, this upgrade to the iPhone...after the software is downloaded and installed, the iPhone reboots, you have enter ALL your passwords again, several times, all your apps have to be downloaded and reinstalled. It took over 24 hours for everything to be back up and running. Many of the apps just sat and said 'waiting'. With my Android, it took a few seconds to download the new update, a reboot, and everything is back online in just a few seconds. Somehow, Apple just can't seem to manage that.

As far as the fanbois comments here, it is absolutely hilarious that they will brook no negative comments about Apple, but are gleeful when anything is said about the competition. You fanbois really need to take a step back. If something is a load of cr*p, it's a load of cr*p, no matter who makes it.

Free internet for kids! Obama's offering free internet to kids! (Yes, there's a catch)


Re: Once again, problem solving by decree...

Hey...it'll solve the problem...just as long as they get free World of Warcraft accounts too. ☺

10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register


Scum of the earth

PR and.Salesmen are among the lowest forms of scum on earth. The sad thing is they don't have to be..and they do perform an important function. It seems the people pulled to that profession have no morals and are immune to embarrassment, so we all hate them.

Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything


Wang was doing this on their office systems back in the 70's and 80's. If you flipped the right switches on the motherboard in the system unit you enabled the software which was already loaded on the system. Techs were told to swap the motherboard if customer who just bought an expensive upgrade was watching so they would feel like they were getting value for their money. They would likely be piqued if you just flipped a single DIP switch and suddenly the upgrade worked.

BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff


I'd rather we skipped all this folderol and went right to Foundation-style micro-mini nuke reactors. :)