* Posts by Mike Flugennock

2030 posts • joined 19 Nov 2007

Earth wobbles on axis as Google rebrands

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So, minimalist design has finally jumped the shark

Just how much did they pay somebody's 14 year-old kid to type six characters in different colors into Illustrator?

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Google's Chrome to gag noisy tabs until you click on them

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It's not really that cool...

...if it doesn't give you the option to override auto-play completely, instead of just on a tab that isn't in "front".

Now, if you had a Preference that would allow you to disable auto-playing media across the board -- that would be cool.

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

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Liberté, égalité, électrosensibilité?

Liberté, égalité, insanité, more like.

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Google tells iOS 9 app devs: Switch off HTTPS if you want that sweet sweet ad money from us

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Re: Actually, iOS developers: DON'T!!!

Join the club. I have a grand total of two third-party apps on my 4S: Twitter, and an ad-supported free flashlight app which I rarely use except to read menus in dimly-lit restaurants. That's it -- no games, no bullshit. I do fine with the apps that came with the phone.

My wife's 4S, on the other hand -- don't get me started...

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Geeks on quest for world's most pointless YouTube video

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You read my mind, man...

If nothing else, you can find almost the entire series run of MST3K -- the only '90s TV show that matters -- on YouTube.

Don't forget the series' own urging to fans at the end of the closing credits for the first five seasons: KEEP CIRCULATING THE TAPES.

Hi-keeba!

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Re: Ridiculing and bullying

Believe you me, the stuff these guys are holding up for ridicule isn't even close to art -- not even "outsider art". This stuff is pure, down-to-the-bone crap.

Hell, as far as that goes, Mystery Science Theater 3000, one of the most influential TV shows of the last century, became famous for raising public ridicule to a high art -- but only by going after movies that truly deserved it.

...kinda like these guys.

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A big "plus one" to you...

Really, man... pretty much every tutorial on YouTube EVER. I'm at a point where whenever I'm searching for information on a software issue or for a tutorial, I always add "-youtube" to the search criteria to weed out all the stupid-ass tutorials done with a QuickTime screen recorder.

...and while we're at it, all those screen-recorder-generated videos of MMF hucksters showing off how they Made Money Fast On The Internet ought to be nominated as well.

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Re: Why?

To paraphrase Bob Dylan in an interview he gave in the late '90s: ...because all of the truly great pointless YouTube videos have already been posted; it remains for us to judge them well.

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Hell, it's pretty much ALL pointless now, isn't it...?

Plane crash porn, car crash porn, Chuck E. Cheese fight footage, cats falling off of table tops, people throwing chunks of dry ice into swimming pools, time-share pitches, drunken frat punks launching bottle rockets from their butt cracks, "unboxing" videos, those goddamn' ice bucket clips -- hell, any actual interesting or useful content left on there is pretty much drowned out by all the friggin' bullshit.

I don't know about NoTube judging criteria, though. I wouldn't judge on description, or the number of hits, or the number of comments, or even on whether or not the shooter had the presence of mind to rotate her phone 90 degrees. The most godawful, shit-assed clips I've seen posted have "proper" descriptions, are shot in landscape, and have a crapdillion hits.

I abandoned my YouTube account several years ago because of the idiotic dross listed above -- not to mention being hounded about my "third-party content" for the 15 seconds of an old Pink Floyd song I used in the background of a video I posted eight years ago.

Vimeo, FTW.

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Malware menaces poison ads as Google, Yahoo! look away

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The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire...

"...Blocking that source of revenue as a permanent solution only throws fuel on the already raging fire..."

We don't need no water, let the motherfucker burn.

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On the upside...

"... PageFair statistics indicate some 198 million users operate ad blocking software, up by 41 percent globally since last year, and digging a $22 billion hole in the online ad industry..."

Wow, 22 BEEEEELION dollars. Keep at it, gang.

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Spotify climbs down on new terms and conditions

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The hemming and hawing, IT BURRRRRNSSSS

"We should have a better job..."

"We understand people's concerns..."

Oh, cut the crap. You did a GREAT job of communicating what your policies mean. Quit jerking us around.

Man, I'm so goddamn' glad I didnt fall for the streaming hype. CDs and locally-stored mp3's FTW.

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Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

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Hot damn, now we're getting somewhere

IBM and HP leading the pack? Why am I not surprised?

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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I'm actually thankful to the Impact Team...

...for no other reason than that what they did helped bring down a hypocritical little right-wing shitstain named Josh Duggar.

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Biz that OK'd Edward Snowden for security clearance is fined $30m for obvious reasons

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You had one job, US Investigations Services…

And thankfully -- for the US and the world -- you whizzed it.

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Antiques in spaaaaace! Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts

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I think you got 'em mixed up

Actually, the Model T was made first, about a hundred years ago.

The Model A -- a.k.a. "A Bone" or "Deuce" to '50s and '60s hot rodders -- was introduced in the early 1930s.

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Re: Nasa contacts BBC Top Gear

Pilot, hell. He'd probably plow the thing into the ground. Clarkson would be better used as the goddamn' nose cone.

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Not as horrible as it sounds, really

As I recall, the fuel tanks and engines of the retired Shuttles were removed and the engines replaced with replicas before they went on display, owing to concerns about toxic residue, and the weight of a full-up SSME, which runs to nearly 4 tons (3390 kg). In the retired Shuttles you see in the museums, all you see is the outwardly visible hardware in replica, not the actual engines.

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You've been Drudged! Malware-squirting ads appear on websites with 100+ million visitors

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Re: It sites want to use adverts, keep the content safe or watch revenue fall off a cliff.

Hell, I can't remember the last time I had Java enabled in any browser I've ever used, as it could pretty much be counted on to slow page loads to a crawl, if not flat-out locking up and crashing the browser.

They call those little turd nuggets "crapplets" for a reason, y'know...

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Re: What if

I have NoScript set to "Forbid Scripts Globally". You should see the amount of 3rd-party JavaScript in the NoScript pop-up menu; on many sites I've seen lists of domains so long that it makes the menu scroll.

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Re: All your eyes are belong to us

I don't know about your side of the pond, but I'm reminded of a TV ad-industry flack I saw fuming and bitching on the NBC "Today" Show back in '99 or so, saying that people who tape shows and skip the commercials were "thieves".

Oh, how I laughed.

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Re: All your eyes are belong to us

Uhhhmmm... you're being sarcastic there, right? Right?

It's hard to tell, as we Yanks don't do sarcasm very well.

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Interesting to see that "Drudged" has become a verb...

...to describe the act of having malware inflicted on your system by a skeezy Web ad. I don't know all the sordid details, so I won't say that Drudge Report deliberately serves up skanky ads, but I've always had the distinct impression that Drudge sure as hell doesn't care what kind of ads are served there.

I read Drudge Report regularly -- only for cheap laffs, of course -- and I noticed very early on that it was Skeezy Web Ad Central, notorious for the infamous wildly-flashing phony "Virus Alert" banners made up to look like a Windows alert box, along with other varieties of nasty-looking, tacky animated banner ads.

Mind you, it's been ages since I've seen one of those, as I've been AdBlocking, FlashBlocking and NoScripting like a sonofabitch for as long as that technology's been available.

Of course, I've also used only Macs for the past thirty years, so that helps, though I've never bought into the idea of "security through obscurity". Still, every time I read in the Reg about the latest Windows malware scourge, I think "there but for the grace of Steve go I..."

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Apple tries to patent facial recognition

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Re: Facial Recognition?

Unless the USPTO still thinks you can patent anything by tacking the words "on a mobile phone" onto the prior work...

Yep, you pretty much nailed it. Kinda reminds me of that silly game you play with the fortunes in fortune cookies, where you read the fortune with the words "in bed" after it.

Next week, I'm filing a patent for software which allows me to fry bacon -- on a mobile phone.

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Never mind the facial-recognition patent issue...

How come their patent-application art plagiarizes XKCD?

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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

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Re: That is (hopefully) good news

I finally blew off Firefox a couple of years ago because of bloat and speed issues, but mostly due to their "sponsored frame" deal they started shoving off on new user installations.

I've been using SeaMonkey since then -- quicker, not as bloated, and almost all Firefox add-ons work with it, and the ones that don't have versions specifically for SeaMonkey.

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Re: What ?

f only politicians could fall as easily, we might just have ourselves a mob rule.

What, you don't think we don't have "mob" rule now? Take a look around at who's running your country, or the company you work for. Go ahead, take a good, long, steamy look.

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NASA pops open a big can of red planet whup-ass with Mars Trek

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Well done!

Just one question, though: do they plan on doing "street view" interactive pans for all the landing sites and rover traverses? That'd make it absolutely perfect.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Kick me hard

"...That sounds wise – but we're not convinced how it will be practically enforced..."

Oh, c'mon, you guys. This is Microsoft we're talking about, here.

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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

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Re: What about fake products?

Point well taken, but the Banana Slicer was hilarious.

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Kind of a shame, really...

...because I always thought that the fake reviews were the most fun to read.

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Webmail password reset scam lays groundwork for serious aggro

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Ouch, my brain exploded

"...And the solution is not to avoid registering mobile phone number with webmail providers, since the process by itself offers security benefits because it underpins two-factor authentication options within, for example, Gmail..."

Actually, if I understand this scam correctly, the solution IS to not register my mobile phone number with Gmail. I mean, c'mon, man. Think about it.

I have a backup account on Gmail to fall back on, on those very rare occasions that my own domain's mail server gets the hiccups. Every now and then I'll check it to see if I missed any messages and to clear out the spam, and it seems as if every other time I log on there, Google pesters the shit ouf of me for my mobile number.

Cripes, Google, do I have the word "dumbass" tattooed on my forehead or something? Facebook didn't get my mobile number when I set up my now practically abandoned account there, and I'm sure as hell not going to be stupid enough to give it to you.

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Facebook tosses creepy Place Tips beacons at stateside retailers

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Re: FUCK OFF!!!

Seriously, man... it's bad enough as it is, and they they base it on Yelp.

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"The beacons don’t collect any information..."

What the hell do they mean, they don't collect any information?

THEY TELL FACEBOOK WHERE YOU ARE, F'CRISSAKE.

The derp, it burns.

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YouTube Kids 'showed nippers how to make nooses, play with fire'

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Why am I not surprised...

...when meanwhile, YouTube For Adults is still a shithole full of schlocky music videos, plane crash porn, car crash porn, MLM and timeshare real-estate spam, cats falling off of sofas, frat boys launching bottle rockets from their ass cracks, and people throwing dry ice into swimming pools and dumping buckets of ice water on their heads?

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You've come a long way, Inkscape: Open-source Illustrator sneaks up

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Re: I still miss Freehand.

When I first started working in vector-based design and illustration, I used FreeHand, way back when it was still made by Aldus (remember them?). My first few attempts to learn Illustrator were more than a bit painful, whereas I was up and creating decent work in FreeHand in a day.

Around the early '90s, Illustrator's finally got to where I could learn it without feeling as if I were beating myself upside the head with a baseball bat. I switched from FreeHand just before they were sucked into Macromedia (and, in turn, sucked into Adobe and snuffed).

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Replace Illustrator? In your dreams

I've sworn by Illustrator since the late '80s although I -- like many others -- am more than a little bugged by Adobe's subscription-based profit grab. When upgrading my equipment a year or so ago, I spent a little extra time and was able to rustle up a real, physical copy of CS6, which I plan to stick with until I retire -- which, to my relief, isn't that far off.

Just for the hell of it, I tried out the OSX version of Inkscape on my MacBook Pro, and god damn, what a friggin' mess. It wouldn't import my Illustrator files cleanly, and the interface looks like a mid '90s version of Corel Draw for Windows 3.1.

Feature-weak, makes a big mess out of my Illustrator files, and a butt-ugly interface on top of it.

M'eh.

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It’s Adobe’s Creative Cloud TITSUP birthday. Ease the pain with its RGB-wrangling rivals

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Re: Just my useless opinion

I don't know, man... doesn't sound like that "useless" an opinion to me. You pretty much read my mind, and the minds of a shitload of other photographers and designers out here.

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Re: Adobe - The robber barons

I've been a profesional illustrator and designer since the late '70s, and I've been using Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign (nee PageMaker) in various combinations on every Mac I've owned going back to about 1985. Hell, I used InDesign -- then PageMaker -- before Adobe scarfed up Aldus.

I've sworn by Adobe's products since God was in short pants, scraping up for upgrades when I could afford it, but this latest profit-grab by Adobe makes me glad I'm so close to retirement I can smell it. When I upgraded my hardware about a year ago, I made a point of judiciously hunting around for a boxed edition of CS6. For the time I have left in my career, it made a helluva lot more sense than "renting" from Adobe and having my shit go south on me when I'm right in the middle of a crunch deadline, or doing last-minute revisions at a client's site. Seriously, screw that noise.

Right now, after checking out these reviews, I've already downloaded some trial versions of Pixelmator and Affinity Designer. My wife finally upgraded to a MacBook Pro also, has no need for full-blown CS6, but really could use a decent cheap image editor or layout tool, and I plan on kicking back a bit and testing these out for her.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Now, there's tech blog I'd actually read

"...If I ran a tech blog, it would be full of me cocking things up and products misbehaving..."

Y'know, Dabbs, that's a tech blog I'd actually read fairly regularly.

No, really, I'm serious. That's be awesome, especially given your dry wit and "bad attitude".

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Take cover! Out-of-control Russian spaceship to smash into Earth within hours

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"So... did it hit Australia?"

Yeah, hell, it's always Australia. How the hell is that possible?

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Amazon boss Bezos' Blue Origins declares test flight 'flawless' ... if you overlook one snafu

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Re: We don't need no steenkin' hydraulics

Ford vs. Chevy? Nahhh.

More like Lamborghini (SpaceX) vs. Yugo (Blue Origins).

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Giant vibrators -- IN SPAAAAAAAAAAACE

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Chat app WhatsApp gift-wraps free yaps for Apple iPhone saps

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"Facebook-owned WhatsApp..."

Oh, yeah. What could possibly go wrong?

I am so not there.

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Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

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Re: A modest haul

Wow... The Kinks, Adam & The Ants, early Springsteen?

Nothing worthy of ridicule there, man.

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Re: You know back in the olden days...

Actually, I think what we have in these reviews is a case of something being easier to do than to explain... but, then, I have a fair amount of experience ripping tape, having spent the better part of a year ripping all of my old Grateful Dead concert bootlegs, a bunch of my old radio tapes, and obscure cassette-only releases by local/regional alt/punk bands.

You get a "Y" adapter for the mini-plug stereo audio input on the computer, plug the leads at the other end into the cassette deck output, do a test rip or two to set the levels, click "start" on the sampling software and press "play" on the cassette deck. I'm betting that ripping LPs is probably also simpler than the description makes it out to be.

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Legality of torrent downloading vs ripping old vinyl?

I'll go with an obvious example, at least for my generation: Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.

I went through three vinyl copies of Dark Side -- the copy I bought in high school and wore out, the copy I bought when I went off to college and wore out, and the Mobile Fidelity Labs "half-speed mastered" reissue which I bought in the early '80s and dubbed onto a cassette to listen to in the car -- and wore out.

A few years ago, on one of the collectors' blogs I hang out on, I found a copy of the Dark Side 40th Anniversary re-issue, which was released both on CD and virgin vinyl. The copy posted there was a 320kb FLAC rip of the vinyl version which, of course, I downloaded immediately. I burned a copy to CD to listen to in the car, ripped a copy to mp3 to listen to in iTunes on my home stereo, and saved the FLAC files to a DVD ROM for archival backup.

I had no personal issue with this, having spent a total of about $30 on the three vinyl copies of Dark Side I bought between 1973 and '82. Gilmour, Waters and co. already have my thirty bucks, and I have a copy of Dark Side Of The Moon, so I don't feel as if I've robbed anybody.

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Keep snapping selfies, says Snapchat: Cops NEVER ask us for 'em

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So, in other words...

Stop using Snapchat IMMEDIATELY.

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This one weird trick deletes any YouTube flick in just a few clicks

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Y'mean, this guy found a way to delete every Justin Bieber video...

...and he didn't use it?

Bah.

But, yeah, as someone mentioned above... at least he could've shitcanned the comment sections.

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Dino-boffins discover ancient, TOOTHY-CLAWED, four-eyed MONSTER LOBSTER

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Re: Weird thought

I'll bet it'd taste great with drawn butter...

...but then, a socket wrench would probably taste great with drawn butter.

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