The Life of Josh

Computer Engineer, Security Consultant, and Tech Nerd.



Remember, remember the Fifth of November….

Join the march on November 5th, 2015.…/


Friends don’t let friends P2P

So when I say to friends not to use LimeWire or any of that junk this article is an example of what can happen to you if you use it and get caught, and you will get caught;



Davy Crockett for President

At Fair Lawn Rescue the other night, someone mentioned an Abraham Lincoln quote when we were talking about the $700 Billion bailout of the financial industry. I wanted to look up that quote but found a few more that were appropriate, and show just how much the United States has drifted from its roots, and of course I think about the pointless war in Iraq, and how President non-Elect Bush has lied to us. The quote he was referring to turned out to be from Davy Crockett, but it was still very fitting.

“Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.” ~Davy Crockett

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(866) 383-0986

I got the strangest call at work today. The Caller ID said the number was (866) 383-0986. It was some Indian guy asking me for the fax number for the website. I’m the administrative contact so I thought… ok … not a big deal.. so I gave it to him. That’s all he wanted and we hung up. About 5 minutes later I thought to myself… What? Why would he need my fax number? So I Googled and found a page that talks about all the other people that had this happen. WTF? So I’m sitting here wondering when I’ll get a spam fax or something. I have a jFax account so I can always change the number if this turns out to be something annoying.

Do-Not-Call List Could Be Opened For Phone Spam

I saw this on /. and thought it was important enough to post here for those that do not frequent there. The agency overseeing the national Do Not Call Registry is considering opening a loophole to allow companies to deliver ‘pre-recorded message telemarketing.’ The effort is being organized by Allen Hile of the FTC’s division of marketing practice. Be sure to let the FTC know how you feel about it.” The proposed change specifies that recorded calls would be allowed only when an “established business relationship” exists, but provisions like that tend to be stretched to absurdity. There is a story in the Chicago Sun-Times about it.

ATA and dinnertime. What they mean to you.

I read an interesting article by Dave Barry where he was brave enough to publish the ATA’s phone number. Well it was already public on their website, but his article had the guts to express how angry all of us are about tele-marketers and inspired enough people to call, that the ATA had to shut down their 800 number. The non-800 number is below, and printed in his article. When I just called it was busy. No doubt millions of people are calling the ATA to give them some thoughts. If you don’t know what the ATA is, then you should do some Googling. They are the association for the people that call you at dinner time to sell you stuff. They are the ones fighting the Do Not Call Registry. They are my enemy.

If you are interested in contacting the marketers to give them your thoughts then you should definitely do so. They were silly enough to publish the main numbers in an article on the Internet so here they are;

1. Contact the ATA and ask for Tim Searcy, Executive Director, ATA Strategic Planning. Phone: 317-816-9336; e-mail:

2. Contact the DMA and ask for Mike Faulkner, Senior Vice President, DMA Segments & Affiliates. Phone: 212-790-1598; e-mail:

3. For the charitable organization, contact Errol Copilevitz, Atty., Copilevitz & Canter, LLC. Phone: 816-472-9000;

Since you aren’t a tele-marketer you can pretty much email or call them any time you like. You aren’t subject to their rules that restrict them to certain hours. So go ahead… have fun… call.. email.. write.. and let them know what you think of the American Telemarketers Association, Direct Marketers Association, and of charities that call you during dinner to ask you for money. The way I see it is, if I want to fucking donate money to someone then I’ll do it. I don’t need them to call me to inspire me to donate, and then to take sometimes 80% of the donations for themselves when the charity gets 20%. Why would I ever donate through a tele-marketer? It baffles the mind.

Have fun kids. And remember.. I didn’t tell you to bother anyone. All I am saying is to contact the appropriate people if you feel compelled, and to let them know what you think. It’s your freedom of speech as much as it is theirs to call you while you are at dinner.

National "Do Not Call" list up and running

So the United States government finally did it! There is now a National “Do Not Call” list. You can get to it at;

I am all for this. I hate when I’m home, eating dinner, and some person calls me about a newspaper subscription or whatever. Do they actually think that I am incapable of ordering things I want on my own? Do they think when they call me I will suddenly need the crap they are selling? Tele-marketing is just a sham designed to take advantage of the weak, and the elderly, that are unable to say “No” to someone that pretends to be nice. If you ask me they should send all the Tele-marketers off the planet like in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy… tho keep the phone sanitizers so we don’t all die. 😉

Black Box in Speeder’s Car Helped Conviction

This article in Newhouse News tells the story of a man who was recently convicted of two counts of manslaughter and vehicular homicide each, partially on evidence obtained from the Electronic Data Recorder (EDR) in the car. EDR’s are found in all cars with airbags to measure the performance and effectiveness of the airbags and the conditions in which they are used. In this case, the EDR revealed that the driver was not travelling at 60 mph, as he claimed, but actually peaked at 114 mph (in a residential neighborhood) just seconds before the collision. Could this be the forerunner of many such cases in the future, where our cars tell the unadulterated facts, rather than subjective personal accounts?


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