Monday May 28, 2018 – Memorial Day

A day for remembering our fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. There is a cost. A sometimes terrible cost.

ARLINGTON, VA (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Mary McHugh

And they paid it- willingly, grudgingly, reluctantly, or heroically- they paid it for us. Remember them, honor them, and enjoy what they bought us at the ultimate price.

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46 Responses to Monday May 28, 2018 – Memorial Day

  1. DadCooks says:

    Yes, a day to remember our fallen.

    And I may “shoot” (figuratively speaking) the next person who says/writes “Happy Memorial Day”. This is a day for prayer, thanksgiving, and reflection for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

    BTW, this day was officially Decoration Day up until 1967. A day to decorate the graves of the fallen military and those who served the military.

    From Wikipedia:

    “Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day – Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, whereas Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. It is also not to be confused with Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance celebrated earlier in May, which specifically honors those currently serving in the U.S. military.”

  2. SVJeff says:

    I was kinda surprised yesterday at church – when we were asked to stand if anyone in our families had died in military service, only one man stood out of 200-250 ppl.

    @KnoxvilleRay – are you still heading this way en route to the SC beachfront this summer?

    I recently configured a Win98 tower for someone who’s trying to get it to network using more modern components. He said he thought there was a patch from Microsoft. I told him that, since all of these that I’ve been preparing for people have been solo units, any tweaks that I knew about configuring Win98 when it was current have, I’m afraid, been lost to the mists of time. Any better memories here?

  3. lynn says:

    “Blocking 500 Million Users Easier Than Complying With GDPR”
    https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/2018/05/25/blocking-500-million-users-is-easier-than-complying-with-gdpr

    and

    “GDPR: US news sites unavailable to EU users under new rules”
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44248448

    Is this just another step on the path of Europe converting to totalitarianism ? We freed them from the National Socialists 70+ years ago and paid a horrible price. Now they are throwing it all away.

    And I have to do a quickie version of GDPR on our website. Sigh.

  4. lynn says:

    Well, the fan blower in my 2005 Ford Expedition converted to the resistor failing behavior yesterday. I now get the full speed fan blast on setting 10. All other settings are now off. So, I guess that I will pull the resistor today and see which model it is for replacement. Apparently there are two or three resistor types that can be in there.

  5. lynn says:

    The wife left for Lewisville, Texas today to help out her dad. She is getting a wheelchair transport van tomorrow with a couple of guys and is taking her dad to the DMV to get a new photo id since his drivers license expired several years ago. Then he will be able to get paperwork notarized since the notary requires a current photo id. The wife now has the legal paperwork to quit claim three of his four timeshares. The paperwork was actually provided by the timeshare places themselves so it legit. The fourth timeshare still refuses to talk with her.

    I am just hoping this goes well. Taking a wheelchair bound 85 year old man to the DMV via private ambulance should go well, right ? She is going get an appointment for him in the morning via the DMV website. Supposedly they are going to jump him to the beginning of the line when he gets there since he is totally disabled.

  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    Win98, should have had built in networking support, but any enet card would probably need specific drivers. I shut off my last win98 box a couple of years ago, after a year of not accessing it.

    He’ll probably need older cards, with drivers, or motherboard chipset support.

    @lynn, get it solved, this is no time to be without AC 🙂 !

    I’m off to the pool later today. I know in past years we’ve had some discussion here about the appropriateness of various activities. I take my great uncle as an example. He was an Iwo Jima survivor, and a tunnel rat in the Pacific. He always had a party on Memorial day, as the one thing he and his guys wanted most of all, was to go home and live the American Dream. He did for many years while raising his kids, and serving his community. So I remember, and tell the kids why, and then rejoice that I have family and friends to spend the day with.

    n

  7. Ray Thompson says:

    @KnoxvilleRay – are you still heading this way en route to the SC beachfront this summer?

    Nope. No plans. Our trip to Europe coincides with our friend’s timeshare slot so no beach this summer.

    Any better memories here?

    The problem with WIN98 and more modern components is drivers. Get a new network card that was developed long after WIN98 was developed and drivers become a major problem. If the vendor does not provide a driver it is doubtful that WIN98 has the driver. Sometimes the generic WIN98 network driver may work but the odds are not 100%.

    I do know that network drivers are not installed by default. You have to get the machine up and running, download the drivers on another machine, then install the drivers on the target machine using whatever *physical* transport media possible, CD, floppy, etc.

  8. RickH says:

    @lynn … re quickie GDPR support for your web site. If non-WordPress, check out what I did here: http://securitydawg.com/gdpr-and-analytics-and-compliance/ . Links in there to where I got the JavaScript code, and the privacy page text.

    It’s what I used as a basis for my WP plugin “Simple GDPR” , if you have a WP site. Free plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-gdpr/ . Bonus: it lets you do Google Analytics tracking with server-side commands, so you can track those with ad blocking installed.

    @Nick: regarding the ‘check-in’ software: the googles came up with lots of choices, free and otherwise, with a search for “front desk check in software free” .

  9. lynn says:

    @lynn … re quickie GDPR support for your web site. If non-WordPress, check out what I did here: http://securitydawg.com/gdpr-and-analytics-and-compliance/ . Links in there to where I got the JavaScript code, and the privacy page text.

    @RickH, Thanks !

  10. lynn says:

    @lynn, get it solved, this is no time to be without AC !

    Hey, I actually found a video for my 2005 Expedition Eddie Bauer.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsyonkm7Ie4&t=5s

    So the first order of business is to remove the glovebox. And the resistor is a fairly huge mechanism, about 5 or 6 inches long.

    You know, the problem with working on vehicles nowadays is these dadgum progressive glasses. I may run to the office and get my single vision computer glasses.

    And BTW, I have A/C out the wazoo. Way too much A/C. Of course, if that resistor totally goes then I will not have any A/C.

    And the truck that I was thinking about buying last week has been sold. Bummer.

  11. Nick Flandrey says:

    IIRC it’s more like a long skinny circuit board in a shrink wrap package…

    n

  12. SVJeff says:

    re: Win98

    As happens too often, I have plenty of info in my head when I post but, strangely enough, it doesn’t make it to the typed ‘page’ via osmosis…

    All the drivers are there. When I ship one of these systems (mostly Dells), I load the OS and the drivers from the OEM disks. In this case it’s an Optiplex GX110 (the beige units with the gull wing side panel) that’s been retrofitted with a daughterboard that has 4 ISA slots.

    Here’s his message:
    “The 1st unit you sent us is working well, aside from the networking. The internet is okay, it just however cannot communicate with modern networks. Any ideas on how to correct this? We believe there was patch from Microsoft at one point.”

    I don’t know if he means that it works OK on the internet or that’s it’s OK that it doesn’t work. I’ve replied with the riskiness of using an old OS like 98 online. But, as far as the onboard NIC, the Win98 drivers were loaded. But, I have no experience with using a 98 machine to network “with modern networks.”

  13. RickH says:

    Trying to help out Barbara with her Linux computer to get to the new IP address for her domain/journal: fritchman.com . I’m not a Linux guy; so am guessing at things with the help of the googles.

    Issues include: SUDO command is ‘not found’. Tried ‘SU -‘ to get a superuser prompt, but then commands to clear the local DNS cache aren’t found either. Not sure which distro she is using.

    Any ideas? I think she is running “Mint”, as she just got a notice to run ‘mintupdate’.

    And I am hoping that her router is not the DNS source..

  14. lynn says:

    Any ideas? I think she is running “Mint”, as she just got a notice to run ‘mintupdate’.

    Tell her to bring up a command window and run “traceroute fritchman.com”. In Windows, I run “tracert fritchman.com” and get:

    D:\>tracert fritchman.com

    Tracing route to fritchman.com [173.254.30.26]
    over a maximum of 30 hops:

    1 61 ms 53 ms 44 ms homeportal [192.168.1.254]
    2 * * 23 ms 108-237-228-3.lightspeed.hstntx.sbcglobal.net [108.237.228.3]
    3 27 ms 22 ms 31 ms 71.144.129.10
    4 24 ms 23 ms 23 ms 12.83.86.133
    5 29 ms 37 ms 32 ms 12.123.18.229
    6 * * * Request timed out.
    7 62 ms 62 ms 62 ms 207.88.14.198.ptr.us.xo.net [207.88.14.198]
    8 126 ms 212 ms 93 ms 207.88.12.195.ptr.us.xo.net [207.88.12.195]
    9 63 ms 63 ms 63 ms 207.88.12.188.ptr.us.xo.net [207.88.12.188]
    10 110 ms 62 ms 62 ms 207.88.12.191.ptr.us.xo.net [207.88.12.191]
    11 63 ms 65 ms 61 ms 216.156.16.27.ptr.us.xo.net [216.156.16.27]
    12 65 ms 67 ms 84 ms 216-50-157-238.dal-10.cvx.algx.net [216.50.157.238]
    13 76 ms 70 ms 70 ms 162-144-240-147.unifiedlayer.com [162.144.240.147]
    14 64 ms 64 ms 64 ms 162-144-240-19.unifiedlayer.com [162.144.240.19]
    15 64 ms 64 ms 65 ms 173-254-30-26.unifiedlayer.com [173.254.30.26]

    Trace complete.

  15. Geoff Powell says:

    @SVJeff;
    re; Win98,
    If internet access works but Window$ shares don’t, I suspect NTLM encryption, or lack thereof. When Win2K came out, if memory serves (or was it XP, I misremember), netbeui defaulted to using encryption for authentication. Win98 and earlier didn’t. I recommend enabling NTLM encryption on the Win98 box. GIYF for that (or should be) – at this late date, I don’t remember the necessary clicky-dance.

    And I entirely agree about using Win98 online. I would say the same about XP, but I have one user I support who is stubborn in the extreme.

    Geoff

  16. Greg Norton says:

    I recently configured a Win98 tower for someone who’s trying to get it to network using more modern components. He said he thought there was a patch from Microsoft. I told him that, since all of these that I’ve been preparing for people have been solo units, any tweaks that I knew about configuring Win98 when it was current have, I’m afraid, been lost to the mists of time. Any better memories here?

    Windows 98 “Second Edition” is a must. The driver stack changed significantly between 98 and 98SE, and 98SE was around for a *long* time after the debacle that was Windows ME.

    A 3Com *branded* card should have driver support built into Windows 98 SE, especially a common 10 Mb with an ISA interface.

  17. RickH says:

    @Lynn … we have verified that the laptop has the wrong IP address. (I put some extra characters at the end of her Sunday post on the new place, and she doesn’t see them.)

    So the effort is to get her laptop to ‘know’ about the correct IP address. Terminal commands aren’t working for her (SUDO not found, etc). So the next step is to go into the Network settings to change the DNS servers that will be used, via instructions here http://www.instructables.com/id/Connect-to-Google-Public-DNS-on-Linux-Mint/ .

    She’s getting a bit frustrated with it, as Robert did all the geeky stuff. Which brings to mind a question: do your non-geeky friends/relatives have another tech source other than you, if you are not available? For instance, setting up a laptop with Linux might be a nice geeky and more secure thing, but who provides the support for the non-geeky person after you are gone?

  18. lynn says:

    @Lynn … we have verified that the laptop has the wrong IP address. (I put some extra characters at the end of her Sunday post on the new place, and she doesn’t see them.)

    It can take 24 to 48 hours for any DNS change to roll through all of the servers so I would not panic yet. I assume that she has rebooted both her pc and her router ?

    Which brings to mind a question: do your non-geeky friends/relatives have another tech source other than you, if you are not available? For instance, setting up a laptop with Linux might be a nice geeky and more secure thing, but who provides the support for the non-geeky person after you are gone?

    Nobody calls me for tech support anymore. I tend to get short in a hurry when I detect hardware problems. But I am the main techie in my business. Usually I look at the problem and talk with one of my guys about it and then try the fix. Not all work. For instance, we have a Windows 7 x64 with a HP color laserjet printer, Brother multipage scanner, and gotomypc on it. Plus our 1.5 GB Act! CRM. Sometimes the person has to reboot the pc hourly. We have changed ALL of the hardware and the problem persists to our great mystification.

  19. Greg Norton says:

    Trying to help out Barbara with her Linux computer to get to the new IP address for her domain/journal: fritchman.com . I’m not a Linux guy; so am guessing at things with the help of the googles.

    /etc/resolv.conf will have the IP addresses of the DNS. If you want to get her out of the ditch, try manually editing the file and replacing the contents with Google’s DNS (8.8.8.8). Unfortunately, Network Manager will overwrite the file at the next boot, and things will get complicated if Bob set up local domains.

    Linux Mint is fancified Ubuntu so Google for Ubuntu networking for help on manually editing the file Network Manager reads to do its configuration on boot.

    Long term, you will want to put Barbara on a Windows flavor unless a Bob-level guru is available in the neighborhood on a regular basis. I think it was Jerry Pournelle who called Linux a “Guru full employment act”.

    I have “No Windows None Of The Time” machines at the house, but I’m typing on my Windows 10 laptop with the default Lenovo install. It just works.

    New machines from the Lenovo ThinkPad line are relatively free from cr*p save for an install of the Office 2016 trial which doesn’t completely uninstall at the end of 30 days.

  20. paul says:

    Win98SE was great.

    Best as I recall, if you don’t share anything in w98 you don’t see anything on the LAN. Oh, and check the name of the Workgroup.

  21. paul says:

    ipconfig /flushdns perhaps

  22. Greg Norton says:

    For instance, we have a Windows 7 x64 with a HP color laserjet printer, Brother multipage scanner, and gotomypc on it. Plus our 1.5 GB Act! CRM. Sometimes the person has to reboot the pc hourly. We have changed ALL of the hardware and the problem persists to our great mystification.

    Sounds like a memory leak in a driver, exacerbated by the memory demands of the CRM.

    The scanner and printer don’t have their own network connections?

  23. lynn says:

    Win98SE was great.

    Until I installed Windows 2000. No more rebooting 4 to 5 times a day. Maybe a reboot once a week.

    As a programmer, I was always corrupting the lower 64K of ram memory where DOS lived. Windows 2000 stopped all that nonsense.

  24. lynn says:

    Sounds like a memory leak in a driver, exacerbated by the memory demands of the CRM.

    The scanner and printer don’t have their own network connections?

    My thoughts also. The printer has a ethernet board and I have thought about islanding it. The scanner does not. The PC does have 16 GB of ram in it and a 260 GB Intel SSD.

    I also wonder about gotomypc since it is constantly talking with the mothership.

    ADD: It is an odd printer. It is an HP 2500DN color laserjet and Windows 7 x64 does not have a native device driver for it. So, you have to use the HP printer device driver anyway. And HP device drivers are noted for their bugs.

  25. Greg Norton says:

    My thoughts also. The printer has a ethernet board and I have thought about islanding it. The scanner does not. The PC does have 16 GB of ram in it and a 260 GB Intel SSD.

    How old is the scanner? My latest hydra (~ four years old) will scan directly to SMB network folders with a location, name, and password. Very convenient, and the device sits on its own Ethernet connection. HP 8620. I paid $80 from Big River and usually have to replace the hydras every 3-4 years due to something breaking in the plastic (!) gear assembly for the paper handling.

    An SSD on Windows 7. Does Intel supply sufficient driver support for the disk optimizer to know to run the trim operation?

    GoToMyPC could be a culprit. And what Intel and Microsoft did to “fix” Spectre/Meltdown has caused issues in older drivers which no longer see updates — I’m being forced to retire my favorite Windows 7 laptop since Nvidia doesn’t update the 8600GT driver and would prefer those chips go away to Silicon Heaven

  26. Greg Norton says:

    She’s getting a bit frustrated with it, as Robert did all the geeky stuff. Which brings to mind a question: do your non-geeky friends/relatives have another tech source other than you, if you are not available? For instance, setting up a laptop with Linux might be a nice geeky and more secure thing, but who provides the support for the non-geeky person after you are gone?

    I put my wife on Mac OS X more than a decade ago. That has downsides, and Dr. Pournelle was correct when he said that everything with Mac was either simple or nigh on impossible. Still, except for a nagging network printer issue which we recently resolved, I don’t hear about laptop problems.

    A new Linux Mint is due Real Soon Now. Before making a drastic change, I would wait for the upgrade since it builds on the newest LTS Ubuntu, 18.04.

  27. lynn says:

    IIRC it’s more like a long skinny circuit board in a shrink wrap package…

    Nope, that is the manual air conditioning model. I have automatic dual zone air conditioning which I heartily advise against. Too freaking complicated and not better than the manual air conditioning.

    First, I have to totally congratulate Ford on awesome glovebox. All you have to do to move it out of the way is press the sides in. The glovebox comes out of the dash and flips down and away. It you want, it can be easily removed with three screws at the point.

    The fan resistor is a six lb assembly with a five lb heat sink. The heat sink is severely corroded. The assembly looks like this (but mine is a 3L1H-19E624-AA):
    https://www.amazon.com/Ford-6C3Z-19E624-AA-Blower-Motor-Control/dp/B009K7VN0A/
    and
    https://www.autozone.com/cooling-heating-and-climate-control/blower-motor-resistor/duralast-blower-motor-resistor/278492_16939_4222

    I took it apart but there are no obvious signs of damage. Maybe a little water damage. Now to see if I can find one of these beasties or if I need to order it from Big River.

  28. Ray Thompson says:

    I have to totally congratulate Ford on awesome glovebox

    Most vehicles are that way with the glovebox. Vehicles with A/C filters have the filter behind the glove box thus need easy removal.

    no obvious signs of damage

    Current limiter may be shorted internally. That is what the big canned enclosure with the heat sink is used for.

    dual zone air conditioning which I heartily advise against

    I have had that on my Toyota’s since 1995 and have it in the current Ford chariot. Never had an issue. Set the temperature and forget it. Highlander not only has dual zone, but a third zone for the back. A/C vents in the roof for the back. Climate control is excellent.

    Now to see if I can find one of these beasties or if I need to order it from Big River.

    Rock Auto might also be a good choice. Do not get a used part from a salvage yard.

    An SSD on Windows 7. Does Intel supply sufficient driver support for the disk optimizer to know to run the trim operation?

    I believe with the introduction of WIN7 SP2 support was added for the SSD trim function. Ran an SSD at work for many years on WIN7 SP2 without any issues. The machine would probably die before the SSD.

  29. RickH says:

    The move of Barbara’s journal and sites to my hosting place has been reversed. She was having immense problems and frustrations with getting her Mint laptop to ‘see’ the nameservers change. Fixing it remotely was too frustrating for her. (As Jerry used to say, ‘Linux is either really easy or really hard’, or something like that.)

    That also means that this place will not be moving, all of her sites and email will continue to be hosted at Dreamhost.

  30. lynn says:

    Most vehicles are that way with the glovebox. Vehicles with A/C filters have the filter behind the glove box thus need easy removal.

    Ain’t no filters behind this glovebox.

    no obvious signs of damage

    Current limiter may be shorted internally. That is what the big canned enclosure with the heat sink is used for.

    Yup, I suck as a forensic electrical engineer.

    dual zone air conditioning which I heartily advise against

    I have had that on my Toyota’s since 1995 and have it in the current Ford chariot. Never had an issue. Set the temperature and forget it. Highlander not only has dual zone, but a third zone for the back. A/C vents in the roof for the back. Climate control is excellent.

    Automatic temperature just does not make me happy like I thought it would. And my small locomotive, also known as a Ford Expedition, has lots of dead zones in the vehicle.

    I happen to hate the rear a/c vents in the roof as somebody invariably points one down the back of my neck. Then we have to have a discussion. I would prefer they point backwards instead of downwards.

    Plus, since I tend to keep my vehicles for hundreds of thousands of miles and decades, would prefer to minimize the electronics. All of the vehicle electronics are starting to give me trouble, especially the steering wheel controls. And I ain’t fixing nothing that has in its take apart list, “remove air bag from the steering column”.

    Autozone has the part in question in stock just 16 miles away and is open 24 hours. I am on the open road ! Wait, there is a tollway involved. I guess open road, not free road.

  31. Greg Norton says:

    Plus, since I tend to keep my vehicles for hundreds of thousands of miles and decades, would prefer to minimize the electronics. All of the vehicle electronics are starting to give me trouble, especially the steering wheel controls. And I ain’t fixing nothing that has in its take apart list, “remove air bag from the steering column”.

    The backup camera mandate should prove interesting in a decade or so. More money for companies with Los Gatos PO Box mailing addresses.

  32. Ray Thompson says:

    Yup, I suck as a forensic electrical engineer.

    I would say the same about myself but that would be limiting my options and limit my range of disqualifications. I suck at a lot of things.

    The backup camera mandate should prove interesting in a decade or so

    I am really liking the backup camera on my F-150. Especially useful when connecting the trailer. I can now line up the connection in one trip and easily center the hitch over the ball. Makes hooking the trailer so much easier.

  33. Nick Flandrey says:

    Home from a successful event at our pool. Kids had fun, I lost a watermelon eating contest… but I didn’t enter the cannonball contest this year, so I didn’t lose that :-0

    Very hot in the sun, nice in the shade after about 6pm.

    I think my last win98 was ME. Workgroup names need to match and can’t start with a blank or space character. No idea how to use active directory if that’s his issue. Win something needs to be enabled in the IP networking settings to see the other windows boxen. I used mine with “modern” networking up until a few/couple years ago, so I’m not sure what he means. I guess he’s got some business critical software or hardware that requires 98? That’s why I have an XP machine sitting here, so I can use my vinyl cutter.

    n

  34. Nick Flandrey says:

    Hey Ray, you need to add a hose clamp to your tailgate to keep people from stealing it for the camera. It’s a high theft item. You install the clamp around the ‘socket’ cup that one side of the tailgate lifts out of. They try to lift the gate, and can’t, so they abandon the attempt. That’s from our loss prevention specialist constable’s deputy…

    n

  35. lynn says:

    The backup camera mandate should prove interesting in a decade or so.

    I would love to have a backup camera on my Expy. My wife has backed it into two other vehicles that our insurance company paid for. BTW, damage to my Expy, inconsequential. If I replace the stereo / cd player, I am adding a backup camera.

  36. Greg Norton says:

    I guess he’s got some business critical software or hardware that requires 98? That’s why I have an XP machine sitting here, so I can use my vinyl cutter.

    I think the Atom board which came out of my home server has Win98 drivers available. I ran that thing from 2010 on IIRC.

    A lot of IBM PC hardware from the late 90s early 2000s shows up on EBay. The PIII 500 MHz machines (300PL?) were built like tanks and ran Windows 98 and 98SE extremely well.

  37. Ray Thompson says:

    Hey Ray, you need to add a hose clamp to your tailgate to keep people from stealing it for the camera

    Tailgate locks so it cannot be removed.

    That’s from our loss prevention specialist constable’s deputy…

    He/she needs to update their information. The tailgates have locks. My ‘99 F-150 has a tailgate lock. Even with a clamp if the tailgate is not locked and can be opened the clamp can quickly be removed. Locked the tailgate cannot be opened and cannot be lifted out of the supports. The use of a clamp at that point is irrelevant.

    What I have had stolen is the hitch cover, four of them. I don’t know what the value is in a $5.00 item that someone decides they need it for themselves.

  38. lynn says:

    Woohoo ! I now have seven blower speeds in my Expy. Autozone on Gessner had the part for $84 plus tax. That particular store is open 7×24. Unreal what goes on in the big city. Incredibly easy to swap out once I figured out the swinging glovebox thing (I could see it !). And the part was labeled FoMoCo, made in Mexico. I wonder if it fell off the truck ?

  39. lynn says:

    Today is a tough day for my son. Four of his buddies did not come back from Iraq. Three in a humvee in a patrol convoy that ran over a 500 lb Iranian bomb. The fourth Marine in the humvee was the gunner who is not inside. He now lives near the burn center in San Antonio, having survived with 3rd degree burns over 60% of his body. My son runs down and sees him occasionally. My son was in the third humvee in the patrol.

    The fourth Marine was murdered by an Iraqi soldier in their FOB (Forward Operating Base) on the Syrian border. Green on blue. My son shot the Iraqi soldier, who managed to survive a full magazine from a Beretta 9mm. The Iraqi army picked the Iraqi soldier up from the army hospital, I doubt that he survived the next 24 hours.

    I wonder if Iraq was worth it. The only positive thing is that our military troops are experienced. One hopes that no one will seriously challenge that experience.

  40. Greg Norton says:

    I wonder if Iraq was worth it. The only positive thing is that our military troops are experienced. One hopes that no one will seriously challenge that experience.

    Spend any time around the perverted alcoholic REMFs, active duty military and civilian contractors, who run the mess from MacDill, and you’ll quickly realize that anything after Afghanistan was a full employment act for Neidermeyers who have no real talents for anything else.

    (Dig into the German roots of that name. Geesh, the National Lampoon was brilliant once upon a time.)

    Unfortunately, your son and his friends paid the price for the ongoing party at the south end of the Interbay Peninsula in Tampa. At this point, I honestly believe any President who decided to shut it all down would be impeached … or worse.

  41. brad says:

    GDPR – totalitarianism? I don’t see how those are related. GDPR is, as far as I can see, an entirely sensible piece of legislation. It says, in a nutshell, that companies must clearly state what personal data they collect, and how they are going to use it.

    The thing is: they must give you the right to say “no”, including the right to withdraw any permission you may have previously given. All of this gives data-sucking companies (like Facebook) serious heartburn. So, to ensure that companies actually pay attention, they attached significant fines for companies that deliberately flout the law.

    Some companies still haven’t grasped the implications. For example, the new Sonos agreement says “if you opt out, your products will no longer work”. IANAL, but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t cut it: there’s no reason your loudspeaker can’t work, just because you forbid them from selling your data. That’s the kind of crap the GDPR is supposed to stop.

    For sites like this one, where no one is selling data, it’s really only about telling people what’s collected, and ensuring that people can opt out, insofar as that is even applicable.

  42. JimL says:

    The way I read it (and IANAL), if I demand all information about me on this site be removed, it would have to be, wouldn’t it? Including my posts?

  43. Nick Flandrey says:

    It basically destroys the current revenue model for almost every ‘online’ company.

    Which as a consumer, might be a good thing, but I kind of like amazon, netflix, and a few others. Despite being part of the evil empire, I watch almost no tv, but I watch self created content on youtube every day. Without the massive investment, youtube wouldn’t exist, and all that content wouldn’t be there. Really helpful content that addresses almost anything you need to know.

    Where I think it’s beneficial is the sneaky ones, like sonos, like visio, like any other ‘smart tv’ that listens surreptitiously or any app that does. Using apps or web services as a trojan horse to enable unrelated data collection is sneaky and should be stopped.

    Building the tools to avoid the surveillance should be encouraged, and anyone found blocking the tools or worse, building them into stuff like anti-malware or the browser itself should be excoriated.

    given awareness of the issue, the market, and the people involved could solve the problems, if they are problems. No one with any sense thought they weren’t trading their privacy for services. The phrase, if you aren’t paying to use the product, you ARE the product, has been around for a while. The massive SCALE of the tracking comes as a bit of a surprise.

    But just as european governments (and some here) seem to have taken 1984 as an instruction manual, some folks seem to have taken Minority Report, and Gibson’s Idoru as manuals.

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  44. Nick Flandrey says:

    @jimL, that is a good question.

    Are your posts, due to their public nature, covered under the rule? Or is it only private PII that is covered?

    My biggest concern is that laws almost universally do the opposite of what they claim to be doing, and the knock on effects are almost always worse than whatever problem they were trying to solve.

    Does anyone think that FB, UTube, or any of the giants, are going to just go out of business because they can’t continue doing what they built their whole business model on? Collecting and selling and USING the PII is WHY THEY EXIST. Any benefit to users is coincidental.

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  45. JimL says:

    I run a small business that publishes race results. When you sign up for a race, you provide your name, age, gender, hometown, etc. for the race. In the waiver is a clause stating that your information will be used to generate results and will be published. That’s what I do. I don’t make any money directly off the publication, but it’s good advertising for my business.

    Were such a thing implemented here, I would be unable to publish meaningful results. As it stands right now, I have thousands of static pages with name, age, gender, hometown, and finishing information for entrants in all these races. Were such a law to be passed here, I’d have to take my site down. There’s no way I’d be able to scrub all those pages every time somebody wanted to be forgotten.

    I recall a court case (several years ago) wherein somebody claiming a bad back from NY (workman’s comp) came and participated in our local Turkey Trot. DA from NYC found his results and asked for copies of the information. The race director cooperated. Our thoughts at the time: What an idiot. If you’re cheating the system, lie. Don’t use your real name. I know plenty of people that run as “Afast Gei” or “S Low Downe” so they won’t be recognized for whatever reason. Nobody cares.

  46. Nick Flandrey says:

    For a while, early on, the only real hits on my last name were for my cousin’s race results. then another cousin’s swimming results.

    Haven’t done a vanity search in a while….

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