* Posts by Dimmer

25 posts • joined 23 May 2017

Got a pre-A12 iPhone? Love jailbreaks? Happy Friday! 'Unpatchable tethered Boot ROM exploit' released

Black Helicopters

Who is really installing patches / updates

After apple made a cup warmer (15 min battery life) out of my phone with an iOS update and then not allowing me to go back, I hesitate to install another update once it is out of warranty.

What about bing? Seem every time windows does an update,bing comes back. And how about Micro$oft locking us into their App Store?

I am all for updates to fix an issue, as long as it is not to fix their sales. I would like to see a poll of how many people are afraid of doing an update because it will break something as compared to it will be hacked.

American ISPs fined $75,000 for fuzzing airport's weather radar by stealing spectrum



"About the only good thing,,,,will die from firearms". Why do you think it is a good thing for people to die? I would not even say these things in jest.

So, if you own a car, you or your family are more than likely to die from it? Should Darwin Award apply here also?

Live and raised on a farm. We own several guns and our family takes the time and effort to teach our children how to load, shoot and store guns properly. Back in the 70s, in agg class, we were also taught how to properly use and operate guns. NOT an AK47 or machine gun but rifles and hand guns. We even brought them to school.

Our day would start a dawn. You go feed the livestock. If there was a coyote or other predator you killed it before it killed a calf. Otherwise your gun stayed in the gun rack, even when you were at school.

We now have an issue with wild hogs. They roll in the mud so their skin is pretty much bullet proof. They are wild and deadly. They will kill anything in their way, including women and children. If you don't have a high power RIFLE (not a hand gun) with multiple shots you will be hurt or killed.

There is a time and place for everything. A rifle the will shoot 3000 yards has no place in the city. A fully automatic firearm is illegal for everyone except a few. They are no more than dangerous expensive toys.

Proper gun safety is no longer taught in our rural schools, so we have these morons that call themselves "Hunters" that drive the back roads looking for Deer to kill. They shoot regardless of what might be behind the dear, usually our homes.

In our state, more Deer, Hogs, Dogs, Cats and Armadillos are kill by Fords, Chev, Doge, and Toyota's than by guns.

Our vulture listened to four hours of obtuse net neutrality legal blah-blah so you don't have to: Here's what's happening


Re: Thank you

I agree, a single provider is a problem. No competition, so it won't get better.

In the early days of the phones, bell could not provide phones to the rural customers. The build out cost would never get a return. So the government subsidized by either giving them tax money collected from phone customers or exclusive areas of operations. Cities did the same for cable builds.

Even tho now everyone that wanted a phone line has one, where is the Tax money been going for the last couple of decades? During the Obama era there were grants given to provide access for everyone to fast internet to their homes. This money went to the best proposals from the ISPs. Problem was, in typical government fashion,the only proposals approved were the ones between Cities, which we already had plenty of an competition in abundance. The proposals for the "Last Mile" were never funded keeping the local ISP free of competition and us with crappy service - and don't forget, the taxes are still on the phone bill.

Things have change the cost model a lot recently. With the advent of 4g services and fiber to the cell sites, we now have another option for rural America. I built a 2 hop long haul connection (27 miles) so I could have service 2 years ago. I don't even attempt to maintain it now because I have a AT$T hot spot for $25 per month that provides me with 25mbps on a regular basis. They say it is unlimited and although I don't believe it, but I have not seen it throttled yet.

The ISPs big city markets are tapped out so major changes have happened in the last year. They are now going after the smaller and rural cities. They are fighting among themselves for the last scraps of the market and it is in their best interest to have the government in control of the internet, which they can control via the courts or politics. (using your tax money by the way) If we can just keep the government out of the internet for another year it will be too late for them to stop the competition.

That said, there was a good article the Reg did where one of the guys tested the Verizon claim of speed and access.


Re: Just do it like..

The power companies here do have massive fiber infrastructure, but have stayed out of the last mile. They are providing connectivity between cities, but hardly anyone knows about it. I don't understand why they are only are using it to operate smart meters.


Re: Thank you

I agree, good write up.

The problem is the rule as written did nothing for the consumer. If you can find a copy of it, read it. Completely misleading. It was all about the big providers controlling the internet via the paid for politicians. The next one will be all about the same control just like the last one but with a fresh coat of paint. It will be under the guise of "we are just here to help" and it does not matter who is in charge

Here is what we all want :

We pay $x for x speed at x reliability at less than x latency.

We don't need the FCC involved, it is a simple agreement with the provider. If they slow down another providers content, it is a breach of contract and theft. Sue them. There are plenty of unemployed lawyers out there.

You guys remember the AT$T unlimited plan? You got unlimited data for x a month. AT$T went back on their contract and throttled customers. This fell 100% under the FCC's jurisdiction. They had regulations in place to deal with it - The FCC did not do squat. Class action lawsuit and BAM problem solved. And not just with AT$T, the other carriers did not try it after that either.

We don't need the FCC to do anything involving the internet. They already have jurisdiction over the tel cos, and they have not even bothered to find out where the fake caller id calls are coming from, much less force the telcos to forward the originating info to us so we can deal with it. Too much money being made.

Right now it is like divorce lawyers making sure the couple are mad at each other so they can drag it out for as long as they can. States sue the feds. We are paying for the State lawyers, all of the court cost and the fed side as well. If the telcos are in the fight, we still pay for all of it, taxes and higher phone bills. After you paid all your bills and taxes did you have anything left from you paycheck? We are all getting played.

I can hear the light! Boffins beam audio into ears with freakin' lasers


Weather control?

Or how about a tractor beam, have you seen the audio box where the modulated sound waves coming from speaker on the walls are used to move objects in 3 dimensions?

How about a sound based defense shield?

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain


Ohhhh it’s my fault?

My wife’s phone updates. 15 min the battery’s dead. Oh it’s my fault, the battery is too old. Replaced the battery, full charge - dead in 15 min. Oh it’s my fault, you have to update to the latest iOS version. Dead 15 min. Oh, it’s my fault, I have too many apps. Wipe the phone, full charge, dead 15 min. Oh it’s my fault. I am using it wrong, power it off completely and it keeps a charge. Wow! It really was my fault.

It is really a usb coffee cup warmer, I thought it was a phone.

And just to make sure there is no proof, I am not allowed to go back to the original software version.

FCC accused of colluding with Big Cable to game 5G legal challenge


Re: I hope they nail Pai and his cohorts

There is always a bit of boot licking when it comes to the regulatory branch of our government. If it is my property the cell site goes on, i get paid. If it is the city's property, the tax payers. If it is my property and they have to pay the city, it is a tax. It will all be passed on to the consumer.

In the states it is illegal for robo calls. We need a class action lawsuit against the telcos for criminally adding and abetting. They know exactly where the call is coming from. Always have. How do you think they know who to bill? Pass us the full caller I'd info to us and it will stop. We will go BOFH on them.

You heard the latest Chinese CRISPRs? They are real: Renegade bio-boffin did genetically modify baby twins


Yep, we already have genetically altered crops. Even faster growing trees for lumber and paper that are genetically altered. It was suppose to be for a better, stronger - blight and drought resistant crops to "Feed the world". Odd thing, the pine trees don't produce seedlings and the corn seeds won't grow. If you plant the "improved" seeds and it does produce - be prepared to be sued by the major seed suppliers. Within a generation we have lost our unmodified seed stock. You can still get them, but not in a large enough quantity to feed our neighbors.

Goddamn the Pusher man: Nominet kicks out domain name hijack bid


Re: lesson ?

Yep, shure do. And every day I have emails from network solutions hawking some product. EVEN after explicitly opting out of it.

Cyber-insurance shock: Zurich refuses to foot NotPetya ransomware clean-up bill – and claims it's 'an act of war'


Re: An opposing point of view

In my past life I worked for a bank. We did have insurance IT audits.

It WASN'T the update, says Microsoft: Windows 7 suffers identity crisis as users hit by activation errors


Apple is just as bad on updates. Allow an update and your apps don’t work. Go to the App Store and that app is no longer a available. I have a phone they were able to get an update past me and it is now a tea warmer. It was all about how I need to turn off this or that. Wiped back to factory and it still will not hold a charge. We Are tired of it and fear any update from any vendor except a Linux box running on a VM with a snapshot.


And how many of those places did the original design include any wiring for the computers? The most used answer i get is “but, we planned on using wireless”. Or better yet, IF you get a server closet, you share it with the cleaning supplies and wet mops.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free


Re: "Democracy depends on politicians being able to keep their promises to the people"

He gave the generals 6 months to pull out. Didn't do it so he fired them, and now troops are coming out.

Now that the US does not need the oil, and we are losing our reserve currency status we don't need to stay in the deal of "you can only buy oil with US dollars" for protection racket.

The wall is to block illegals from setting foot in the US so they can claim asylum. Even with the republican controlling all 3 houses, they could not / would not do it. They both want cheap unskilled labor that the middle class will be taxed to support. Killing obomacare failed by one vote. The insurance companies keep on making a killing.

They all are in this together. We DON'T have someone representing us. This method is the same all across the world, screw the working class. France, the middle class is past the breaking point. Look at your pay, what happens if you miss just one paycheck? Was it the same with your parents?

They pit us against one another and create these "The Wall", "Russia Probe", "Global Warming", "Its a crisis". There are 2 sides, we root for one and are entertained and fight each other while more control, less privacy and our freedoms disappear - all the while we are told it is for our own good. You guys are smart, look past the distractions to what is really happening. I am not peddling doom and gloom or even violence, I am advocating we as individuals and as a groups say - NO MORE. Lets come together and push back.

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files


Re: Backups

Opps there goes $10 mil in bit coins,

US states join watchdog probing CenturyLink's Xmas data center outage that screwed 911 system


Doubt it, but ....

If it was a spanning tree issue, they might not have root guard on the core. I have seen a customers kit take the root away from an isp / farm supply provider.

I don’t work for these guys but I have seen them pull all nighters just like the rest of us. I would like to see the equipment vendor in the hot seat as well. When you pay that kind of money for networking kit, “odd, we have never seen it do that before” just doesn’t cut it.

Time for the window, cattle prod and roll of carpet.

Heard the one where the boss calls in an Oracle consultant who couldn't fix the database?


Re: RE: Getting one over on the boss

Just a question, how many IT guys are securing IP v6 or turning it off? And how many are ignoring it?

Security procedures are good – follow them and you get to keep your job


Re: Do as I do - as long as I don’t have to fix it

Users will wait till work to do things they will never do on their home kit. They think the PFY will fix it and the BOFH take the fall.

Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges


If what did what the say the will do

Jones, you are sort of right.

What we want IS net neutrality. What they put in place was their version so the big guys could control it via the government. Please read the rules document if you can still find on the net. Content providers were explicitly EXCLUDED from protection, by name, and excuse of “we don’t know enough about the market” to make rules. If the government were here to help, they would allow us the same info that 911 gets so we could block these fake caller ID marketing calls. The politicians were bought and paid for by the “phone” companies that make a **** load of money allowing the burning your time and cell min and they get away with it because they control it via the government.

Don't rely on us to protect the open internet, warns FTC Commissioner



Nope, it will be January new version of service they can offer at a slightly higher price. Ever try to get a QOS tag across the AT$T network? Only with a business class service.


Re: Why is this a surprise?

Ok, I will give you an up vote, at least you are giving an different viewpoint. In an earlier post i quoted from the "net neutrality " rules what they are not doing - like protecting content providers like net Flix from throttling. They and you were specifically excluded from protection. If you can find it, please read the ruling before touting what you are losing. It is all about control. For those outside to the U.S., do you want our government controlling the internet? They need to stay out of it and let the higher IQ folks like the readers of the reg that built and maintain it take care of it. Like clueless idiot IT managers, We don't need them.

Shingled out: 14TB helium-filled Toshiba drive floats to market


Re: RAID rebuild times?

And how many of you guys had consecutive serial numbered drives fail BEFORE the rebuild is finished creating a resume event?

FCC boss Ajit defends axing net neutrality by… attacking Cher


We are the goverment, Listen to what we say, not what we do.....

If I understand what I am reading from the "FCC 15-24 REPORT AND ORDER ON

REMAND, DECLARATORY RULING, AND ORDER - Mar 12 2015 (Net neutrality)" it is a bait and switch. They told us they were going to prevent carriers from degrading content providers, but not so if I read the reg correctly. It was about regulating the internet.


But this Order does not apply the open Internet rules to interconnection. Three factors are critical in informing this approach to interconnection First, the nature of Internet traffic, driven by massive consumption of video, has challenged traditional arrangements—placing more emphasis on the

use of CDNs or even direct connections between content providers (like Netflix or Google) and last-mile broadband providers. Second, it is clear that consumers have been subject to degradation resulting from commercial disagreements,perhaps most notably in a series of disputes between Netflix and large lastmile broadband providers. But, third, the causes of past disruption and—just as importantly—the potential for future degradation through interconnection disputes—are reflected in very different narratives in the record.


While we have more than a decade’s worth of experience with last-mile practices, we lack a similar depth of background in the Internet traffic exchange context. Thus, we find that the best

approach is to watch, learn, and act as required, but not intervene now, especially not with prescriptive rules. This Order—for the first time—provides authority to consider claims involving interconnection, a process that is sure to bring greater understanding to the Commission."

Supreme Court closes court-shopping loophole for patent trolls


Re: Let the down votes begin - US 4489303 A

In a perfect world optical might be the way to go but the reason for me to build this was because contact and optical joysticks, trackballs and buttons had issues with the harsh environment that coin operated games were operated. Dust was sometimes an issue, but most of the time they would just burn out. Contact switches had contact bounce (Dragons Lair for example) or just got dirty. I know any decent radio shack guy could fix "bounce" on the board, but the manufactures listened to the bean counters and removed anything that cost. Some to the point monitors would catch fire. (Tempest, Star Wars). This was invented out of necessity, hours on the road to replace a contact but being inexperienced, a very narrow view of its use.

I did spend a year testing and developing a version that would withstand spilled drinks and pissed off 250lb biker chicks that would drag Ms Packman out the door by the joystick. My greatest gain was from the experience. Lesson learned: Cheese makers, mouse trap builders and their who sales channel, don't want a better mouse trap. Coin op games were dying out by this point, so I move on to other things.

The intent of patenting the joystick was so that I could be protected when I manufactured it or had someone manufacture it and sell it for me. Unfortunately for new patent holders, that simple protection no longer exist from what I am seeing in the courts. They want it, they will invalidate it and then sue you for infringement.

In an earlier post, There was a discussion about the Tyler 4 Tech organization. I belong to that organization. Our intent is to create jobs and foster innovation - not create an environment for Trolls. Obviously need to work on our messaging. We believe that if you have an idea and the drive, we will provide resources to help you succeed. We are not waiting on government assistance and we do this out of our own pocket not expecting a return.

For the respondents; Thanks for taking a look an giving honest, informed feedback. I learn more from the post than the articles.


Let the down votes begin

I live and work in the Texas district.

Just out of school, (80) I patented an idea (US 4489303 A). Having no money to produce the device myself, I shopped this to manufactures. I was shown the door. It was truly believed that my device would replace the need for contacts in game controls and the profit from contacts was enough incentive for the carpet and bag of lime treatment from these companies. Within a year of showing this device there was a similar device they produced, much more complicated and parts to break and replace, screw the customer, they were in it for the money.

This was an obvious theft of my idea. At that time, it was well know that fighting a patent infringement would take years to resolve. The lawyers for both sides would milk it for everything they could. Just look at what they did to the guy that invented the Kodak instant film.

I dropped it. That was my choice. To me it was not worth it.

A few years later in the eastern district, we had a judge that had the balls to stand up to the lawyers padding their bank accounts and required them to bring the action to trial. That was why it is called a "friendly" court, that is to everyone but the lawyers. Are there patent trolls? Dam right there is. Every system has abuse.

For anyone that wanted to take an idea and make your way. Not going to happen - THEY NOW OWN IT. Look at your employment contract, they own any ideas you come up with in your spare time, even if it is not related to your employment. If you are independent and want to try it, you best have $200k for a patent. Then they will have it invalidated by the judges they own. Don't think the big guys are not spending a bunch on election campaigns, that's why they want it in their district.

The big guys will continue to do patents and duke it out, but if you produce something novel, maybe even patent it and they want it, you are just a $ risk assessment, and that has just gotten so small they will roll right over you. For the new generation that wants to develop their ideas, i am truly sorry. My generation has let you down. You are truly on your own.


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