* Posts by Brian Souder 1

84 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Sep 2012


Did you unwittingly support the destruction of net neutrality rules?

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From the search - this repeats a lot:

Brief CommentI am in favor of strong net neutrality under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Sincerely,


But, “if it seems too complicated, don’t worry,” Oliver assured. “That’s why we bought the URL ‘gofccyourself.com’,” which he said will take care of Steps 1-5. Use it to tell Pai “you support strong net neutrality backed by Title II oversight of ISP’s,” Oliver said – that last part being really important.

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Does This Look Like Bot To Anyone Else

I did a search just to see what came up. This guy seems to say the same thing over and over on certain windows of dates.


Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed

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Re: What were those people thinking?

Could you imagine those technical support calls? Yes - you need to pair your phone via bluetooth. Open settings ... (Some time later) So it is connected? Ok good - now turn the speed up a little. Ok - good. I am glad it is working. Is there anything else I can help you with? Oh - you would like me to stay on the line to make sure you do not have any more issues ...

US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

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Re: Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

Very wrong. lol I myself included. Comes out more like Kin-Wid, have heard Kin-Wood from a lot. But then most of the people can't pronounce anything right anyway, so it would be an exercise in futility to correct it. I had a new manager at a job that had just moved into the area from down south. He was asking me how to pronounce all these names like Schuylkill or Conshohocken (funny enough - not far from Bala Cynwyd). It seems the further north and west you go in PA, the crazier the names get.

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Re: Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

As a matter of fact, the Schuylkill Expressway runs right next to Bala Cynwyd. Runs down the West Side of Philadelphia. It is more like lemmings really. We refer to it as the surekill, as there is certain to be an accident there. The police have certain spots along the route they just wait for the inevitable every day. I worked down there for about 6 months. You find alternate side roads. All of the local broadcast TV stations are in Bala Cynwyd, so I was initially thinking it was going to be about transmission towers. DRAND - now were you referring to Bala Cynwyd or the lad, Adam Flanagan? lol Actually, if you check a map in the area, you will see more of Ireland.

Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'

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Planet 9 OS

Well - with a 10-20k year delivery cycle - it certainly could be.

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Well lets hope Nibiru does not follow this orbit:


Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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Forget their experiments on gravity - how did they train the cat to readily do what they wanted.

Zombie SCO rises from the grave again

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Why hasn't IBM or Someone just bought them outright?

I am surprised IBM or someone have not just rolled in and do a hostile take over of SCO. Put it to bed already.

Got a pricey gaming desktop from PC World for Xmas? Check the graphics specs

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HP Desktop

I tried to upgrade my video card in one of the business desktops only to find HP's power supply was not only not powerful enough, but it had no additional leads for a larger GPU. I went to replace the power supply and discovered it was of course a non-standard size, so I had to stick with the GT630 that came with my system. Disappointing on an i7 system. But that is what I get for not building my own system.

Windows 10 lags 7, 8 … and even Vista in the channel race

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Channel Still Bloated

Part of the numbers being off is that the distribution channel is still bloated with WIndows 7 and Windows 8 machines. I had a client just order a new machine today and the only options were for WIndows 7 or 8.1. Not a single PC in their distribution list is Windows 10 even though it is now supported under the contract.

I have been migrating users over to WIndows 10 for several months now with zero issues. Obviously each company had one system upgraded and tested fulling with all software suites before moving forward. While you do not have to have WIndows Server 2012 R2 on all your server, the more advanced feature integration with WIndows 10 require it. I have done a few server migrations in the last month to Server 2012 R2. This is the first time I have ever had clients purchase software assurance because Server 2016 is so close to release.

Cop pulls over Google self-driving car, finds no driver to ticket

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Cop pulls over Google self-driving car, finds no driver to ticket


Rosetta comet boffins: We can explain why there's a rubber ducky IN SPAAACE

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Sweet! I Win

Called it - I win the pool. lol

POLAR DINOSAURS prowled ARCTIC NIGHT, cast doubt on COLD BLOOD theory

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Feathered T-Rex Test Group Trial

if they had tried to show feathered raptors or heaven forbid a T Rex they wouldn't look so fearsome (even if they actually were probably extremely dangerous even with feathers

They tried a feathered version of the T-Rex in with test groups, but like you said, didn't work for the film. They did end up using it in another picture though:

Feathered T-Rex

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Al Gore Invented That

"They died out in a mass suicide after being brainwashed by the green community that they were responsible for the global warming that had been happening for 69 million years"

No No No - humans invented global warming, Al Gore invented it right after the Internet.

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Re: Vegetarian? Herbivorous Hippos Eat Meat

Herbivorsaurus even ...

Hippos are herbivores, so they eat mostly plant food to fuel their large frames. Grasses and fallen fruit make up the diets of wild hippos, On rare occasions, hippos in the wild will eat meat or insects. Usually this is due to scarcity of the grasses, vegetation and fruit that makes up their regular diet, such as during a drought. Hippos may chew on water plants, but these flora do not make up a significant portion of their diet.

Must have smelled the bacon and reached for the ketchup/brown sauce...

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Re: Alaska? T-Rex Tastes Like Chicken?

The swallows are dinosaurs, so it would not matter if they migrated or not. They could just drag them there. Not to mention I would imagine a prehistoric swallow to be much larger than your lay African or European swallow.

Imagine the fryer needed to get those T-Rex thighs in! Buffalo T-Rex arms. Maybe that is why they were so small and useless - they were bred to fit in the fryer more efficiently.

Chipzilla has its knockers … and now they’re cool in this venting sports bra

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Re: Sports Bar

Oh give Simon a break. He obviously hit the pub a little early, and there were breasts involved.

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i7 - eh - This is all that comes to mind


Windows 10 blamed (partly) for stalled PC sales recovery

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Maybe they should fire the product development teams. The price points and offerings are off. 5400 RPM drives in business laptops? I was expecting maybe one large 7200 RPM drive and the rest SSD and mSATA drives. 4 GB of RAM anymore - really? Everything should be 8 GB min. They can't figure out what they are doing with docking connectors. Strange 1990's UBS 3 offerings with very little details. HP still does not have the WiGig stuff. It's like all these new technologies came out, but inventory is like 2 years old. I am hoping dome of the tech specs were wrong. I found both HP & Dell with SATA 2 listed for the drives they were putting in.

How about a reliable 15 inch laptop with options for 8 and 16 GB, maybe a 1 TB 7200 RPM drive option, but then 256, 512, 768 GB SSD drive. 802.11AC and Bluetooth, A docking station that supports dual monitors. If you look at the inventory it is all Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 with Windows 7 downgrade. This inventory has to be old. They should just blast through it - take the hit and move on. Probably burry some of these designs with the mac Lisa.

Windows 10 market share growth slows to just ten per cent

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Does Microsoft User Stat Counter On Their Site

I have done about 14-15 Windows 10 upgrades for various reasons ranging from testing it to bailing out friends that did the upgrade and then had issues ranging from a virus already on the system to upgrading a hard drive. In many of the cases I clean installed the prior OS (7 or 8), and then upgraded to Windows 10 with the force update. (See Link Below) During the upgrade process, for example on Windows 7, I would have to go to the Microsoft site for various things like IE 11. I would also have to go out to manufacturers websites checking for drivers, HP Support Assistant updates for BIOS - etc. I would imagine all those feverish hits to the OEM's are being counted if they use stat counter. Which then only a few minutes later they got the Windows 10 upgrade. I would imagine many of you would do the same thing, which may skew the results as well. Just a thought. I would take the numbers for what they are, a curiosity. The other side of this too is that the manufacturers seem to have not embraced Windows 10 yet with all the extra inventory in the channel. I know of at least two dozen people waiting for new inventory with Windows 10 out of the box because they had old XP or Vista machines they could not upgrade. Some of those people are not even online to be counted.


Windows 10 Media

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Windows 10 Media

I was looking into Windows 10 replacement media for clients that were upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8. We are doing some preliminary testing for an upgrade in a domain environment in the next few months. They wanted to take advantage of the free upgrade. Of course the subject of what do we do after the free 12 month download is over, and we need to clean install a machine because of a virus or something like that. I initially talked to the support line (which now seems to be 100% in India with this transition HP is making). They told me you would have to buy a full version from Microsoft. I figured this had to be wrong, so I called the HP Parts department. They still do not have a SKU for Windows 10 Media, but they seemed to think it might be as long as 6 months before you can purchase replacement media. It would be nice to use a Windows 10 Pro OEM CD to do a full clean install. Remove the old 7 and 8 restore partitions (on machines that had them) that would no longer be used. I was thinking El Reg might want to follow up with the various OEM folks to see what kind of response they get.

Flash deserves to live, says Cisco security man

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Move On - Nothing To See Here

I have just started removing Flash and Java where I can. Solves the whole problem.

If Adobe was that concerned about moving forward, they should come up with a tool for the Adobe Flash developers that are still out there that takes their files and converts them to HTML 5. This way the poor developers do not have to learn a new tool right away, and we can move on. Plus Adobe can sell another tool that forces their users into the cloud and paying them endlessly. But that is another topic all together ...

Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Re: Bofors AA gun

I wonder how quick you could get the weeding done with that.

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That is assuming the reporter had a clue and did not make an assumption. Especially the ones that are trying to paint him as a nut.

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Re: He should go free...

It would depend on the type of shell. They range from small bird shot to slugs. It said he was a skilled shooter. It could easily been contained within his yard. Was it still dangerous - yes. Every bullet has a lawyer attached. The neighbor did not seem upset though. In fact, she was saying they did it to her as well. I wonder if there are any laws they could use to investigate if these guys were recording any of the spying activities. It is kinda obvious when 4 guys are sitting around watching a drone fly over people in their back yards. There is probably some recorded footage.


Merideth’s neighbor, Kim VanMeter, said she has a 16-year-old daughter who lies out in the backyard and the drone hovered over their house, “stayed for a few moments and then she finally waved and it took off.” VanMeter added that the idea of “a drone hovering with a camera is creepy and weird.”

BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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Rough Edges but spin it up

I have been testing it on an old Vista laptop that I don't think is even supported. It found all the drivers without an issue. The last two updates that went in this week have caused the new IE to crash a few times and restart. It may be driver related. Other than that, it has been really stable for me. It still needs some polish though. Even after release I would probably wait for a few months before anything production, and then I would be setting up a test box. Most of you should probably find an old machine or VM and fire up a copy so you can get used to it a while. It really is not that bad to work with and it has seen performance boosts. I recently installed this for a friend on a laptop he was rebuilding. (Brave Soul) He is gaming on the laptop without any issues and it is much faster then before. He is even playing the Beta of World of Warships. (So beta on a beta)

Microsoft sprints to finish, emits possible Windows 10 RC build

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TH1 Professional 10240 Available

It is loading in Windows Update now.

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They must be pushing it out now. It does not show up in the update, and I went to get the ISO image and the PC download button is not selectable at the moment.

Obama issues HTTPS-only order to US Federal sysadmins

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One of my clients that deals with DoJ and DoD stuff was having problems with the websites not long ago. All of the website certificates had expired.

Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

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Darwinism In Reverse

They will have to add a new category to the Darwin Awards. Scientists too smart for their own good that got killed by their genetic experiments.

Microsoft: You'll get the next Windows 10 build when we're GOOD AND READY

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Get It Right

I would rather have them get it right and not be patching like crazy - like when they usually release an OS.

Gamers reach for BFG after Nvidia turns back the overclock

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Melt Down

I wonder if they had one sort of melt down a bit. Probably freaked out some lawyers in the back room. Imagine the bad press from that! I think they would rather take the hit from people being upset over a missing feature vs. hey this product catches fire. Don't buy it. I would have taken this action too. Especially with the limited OC benefit.

Microsoft explains Windows as a SERVICE – but one version remains a distant dream

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I have not seen how they are planning to work WSUS into this. Though I would imagine it would not change much.

Enough is enough: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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Re: Required for VMWare vCentre Web client

Maybe release 6 will fix that problem. :-)

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Flash to HTML 5

I was going to say imagine how much money Adobe would make if they came up with a tool that their designers that knew the Flash Pro environment could just make content with their old flash files. I had remembered Adobe acknowledging flashes days were numbered.


Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

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Just Buy The Bankrupt Company

Why don't IBM and Novell just buy up the bankrupt SCO and put an end to this.

Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

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Equipment Lagging - Mandate the equipment

I had looked into IPv6 when it was first introduced. I found a lot of equipment was lagging, and even manufacturers could not give answers on it. You are seeing it trumpeted more in Routers, but it was not clear if legacy IPv4 switches could pass the traffic for IPv6, how they would handle IPv6 - would it just drop it - could it convert it, etc. I think the lack of information and over all investment costs has slowed the adoption even here in the states. Places where I can slip the IPv6 enabled equipment in I do. So then you think hey - let me look into what is left to switch them over. Oh - no info on the switch (even on newer kit with Gigabit managed ports). Well - I don't want to be the one that breaks things. We will come back to it later on. I just looked through some of the SOHO switch manufacturers and you are starting to see more mention of IPv6 now. I would be inclined to try it at home. Plus I have found many times when you are having trouble with a Windows 7 or 8 box, and it is a strange networking issue, turning off IPv6 in the NIC seems to clear a lot of that up. Not saying there would be no issue if it were IPv6 only, but with an IPv4 network, it is the only choice. So you basically have a lot of equipment you would have to change for what an administrator would see as little or no benefit. Maybe if they regulated the equipment that is available in the UK (or whatever region) was required to have IPv6 full support, or it could no longer be sold. Give it an April 2014 date. They can then shuffle the older equipment to regions not enforcing it. But it would also change manufacturers mindset, hey - this needs to be in everything going forward. Lets clear the channel of IPv4 only equipment before we get left holding the bag.

Splashdown! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

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Re: NASA's 'new' 1960's Mercury/Gemini/Apollo Space Program v2.0

I was thinking something similar yesterday while watching it. I want to be excited about the new program, and it is great we are back in space, but I kept thinking Congrats NASA - welcome to the 1960's. They were even saying many of the systems were from Apollo. While proven systems are good, I don't feel like we have made the next evolution in travel like in the introduction of the shuttle program. The news had referred to the capsule sending them up to another ship in orbit though. Which could be more interesting I suppose. Then you could think of these as shuttle buses. Based on how the space station assembly took years to build, they should be building the new space assembly platform about now in time to be starting to assemble another ship by the 2020's though. Then those programs go through what the ISS went though in congress.

Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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Japan rivals Scotland in race for best whisky

I am new to all this. In fact, I have to admit, I normally am not a fan of scotch. Trying the Laphroaig got me drinking it over the last few months. Someone was telling me about the article below how the Japanese came in and duplicated the process. I have not tried any of it yet.


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Whisky Stones

It's funny - I came across these yesterday on Amazon yesterday when I was looking for Glenncairn glasses to go with my Laphroaig 18.


I was thinking it might have been a cultural thing I did not know about and I would have to look into it. Although for something like a fine scotch it would make sense. Why would you want to dilute it? Then I saw this:


Which I am hoping since it is for a tasting flight is just to cleanse the palate. Anyway, they have apparently been around for a while. Whiskey Advocate weighed in on them:


I personally found the whiskey way more appealing warmed.

EDIT: Just saw Jimmy's comments on the water - now I am going to have to try it.

Virgin Galactic - Spaceship Two

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Virgin Galactic - Spaceship Two

Virgina Galactic SpaceShip Two just crashed on test flight. One person dead, one injured. Bad week for space flight.


Bad dog: Redmond's new IE tool KILLS POODLE with one shot

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To be clear - I do realize if you read the KB it does not list XP, but I would assume that since support for XP is dropped. It does say Server 200; it should in theory patch IE8 on Server 2003 then. One would think it should do the same on XP.

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IE 8

I am trying to patch some XP machines right now that have not been upgraded yet. After I run the patch and the test - the test site says SSL 3 YES* - but the test box at the top just keeps swirling with no official response. I wonder if the patch does not apply to IE 8.

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Re: Microsoft's own servers

"The point of the poodle vulnerability is that anyone capable of downgrading to SSL3 (i.e. the vast majority of people) is vulnerable even if they use a higher security by default."

Yes - this patch and the info I posted above here prevent your own browser from being downgraded to SSL 3. Obviously we can't control where users are going. Most servers out there are using the higher protocol as their start point.

The security info I am trying to find now is if their VPN tunnel like on Server 2012 anywhere access has been patched yet. If not, how do I turn it off on my end in case someone uses an older browser or something.

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Might Have Been My Fault and Manual disable

Actually - I found an extra IE Window tucked behind another window. After I closed all open sessions of IE and ran again it seemed to fix it. Out of curiosity I tried the site with the latest version of Chrome and it was vulnerable. I found these instructions for disabling it manually.


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Test Site

I ran the patch and then tested against this site:


Your user agent is vulnerable. You should disable SSL 3.

Anyone else getting similar results?

Parent Link to above test site:


Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins

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Re: What? More bloat?

"IE can hardly run correctly as it is, I am not sure bolting skype onto it will make it run any better,"

I was thinking how am I going to turn it off when it starts crashing IE. Same thing with Office 2013 - have to turn off half of their plugins so it will settle down.

Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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At least it did not kill an entire product number ...

"I thought they had tried to remove all trace of it and replaced it wit 8.1. Since 8 and 8.1 are basically the same OS I think it's fair to sum their contribution which would put the 8 "family" a little behind XP."

At least Vista did not cause them to skip an entire product number. Sad thing is I am finally getting used to all the crazy crap in Windows 8/8.1 and Server 2012/2012 R2. You should have heard some of the swearing the first time I went to shut down a Server 2012 box. First time I ever had to google "SHUT DOWN SERVER 2012" - followed by trying to hit that stupid spot - followed by "What F-ing idiot ...".

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Re: Do they really care?

"The only hard bog paper I ever saw was shiny one side and rough on the other - ink tended not to work well but pencil was absolutely fine, thus ensuring its use as actual tracing paper for many generations."

You guys had toilet paper? Must have been those rich uppity types. ;-)