* Posts by Florida1920

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Very Pale Moon

Incompatible with AdBlock Plus and FlashStopper. Installed 32-bit version as they warn the 64-bit version "may be incompatible with some extensions." Oh, well, back to Chrome.

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Meh

Not ready for primetime

Installed Vivaldi. Figured out how to install extensions. But no way yet to manage them, as in AdBlock Plus or ScriptSafe. Otherwise it looks okay, but not enough different from Chrome to thrill me.

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Re: Crapware

Are you sure you downloaded FF from Mozilla and not the first site that appears when you use Google to search for "Firefox download"?

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Re: Yandex? Putin's browser?

It's a bit dangerous to live there if Putins makes the wrong gesture in the wrong direction...

There are no mouse gestures in the Kremlin.

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IBM sued for talking up semiconductor business it couldn't give away

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Re: Worthless chip manufacturing plant??

@FutureShock999

I worked in the electronics business for more than 40 years. I knew people who loved the business and knew their products inside and out, and others who were only looking for their next job, with better salary, perks and stock options. Over time the latter outpaced the former. Most of the companies I worked for over the years are gone; in another post I mentioned IBM, and another company still around is Fairchild Semiconductor.

Did the others -- Digital and Gerber Scientific among them -- fail because of women? No, because women simply weren't allowed into the Boy's Club on Mahogany Row. As my career advanced I spent enough time hanging out with the boys on the row to know they were little more than little boys in expensive suits. The off-hours conversations were reminiscent of fifth-grade locker room banter. No way they'd let the girls see them in their natural environment.

I knew a few female managers, some good, some bad, just like their male counterparts. When I had the opportunity I tried to fill open positions with qualified female candidates, and never regretted the decision. Some of the men, on the other hand, would try to play the "old-boy" routine. You know, we're all mates and all that. Never once did a woman who worked for me try to play on her gender to do an end run. Okay, I was a squishy liberal, but the diversity made work more interesting and I couldn't help noticing the men started wearing better ties.

I'm not claiming businesses would run any better if there were more women running them, but I don't think they'd run any worse, and at least they'd be more representative of reality.

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Re: Worthless chip manufacturing plant??

I worked in IBM's Dutchess County, NY, chip plant in 1970, shortly after it was built. New York State built them an exit from Interstate 84, "Lime Kiln Road." The building was freakin' HUGE. As a contractor I had to park in the outer limits and enter through the main entrance. From there it took 10 minutes to walk to where I was working, troubleshooting an early foundry machine. There weren't many support columns, and they could rearrange the offices and corridors at will. Which they did one weekend, totally baffling me. If you removed all the offices it would make a heckuva skating rink, bumper-car track, rifle range.... I later (1987) worked in a fairly large DEC plant in Westfield, Mass., but nothing like IBM's Hopewell Junction venue.

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$250K: That's what Lenovo earned to RAT YOU OUT with Superfish

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offering free six month subscriptions to McAfee antivirus

Dear users: You thought Superfish was bad?

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US Navy satellite EXPLODES, scattering debris

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It only wanted a beer

Temperature spike caused loss of attitude control. Happens all the time around here.

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

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Have a triple scotch poured by a robot bartender

Fun article! Enjoy your new-found freedom, Alistair. As Abbie Hoffman once said, "Let the machines do the work."

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TalkTalk 'fesses up to MEGA data breach

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Alert

A real *news* headline would be

Corporation X Reports It Has Had No Data Breaches

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BOFH: The ONE-NINE uptime solution

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Best BOFH in ages

No I mean crashed - as in into the footpath from the 6th floor

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Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC approved (BUT Google has a good idea)

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One thing is certain

ISPs will raise their subscriber rates and blame it on FCC.

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Iran hacks America where it hurts: Las Vegas casinos

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Headline

Iran Figures Out How To Beat The House

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Re: Youtube not idiot viewing, article author statement is.

Agree wholeheartedly. I administer a hobbyist forum running phpBB. Many of our members post videos of their projects to YouTube, and we happily embed them in forum posts. YouTube has made a positive contribution to our experience.

That said, Google inflicted doubleclick on the world. That alone makes Google evil IMO.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: Doubly unusable if he moved the document

"Even if you have Word on your machine, work in .doc format."

An upvote for that alone! .docx is a plague.

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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

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Big Brother

The Cousins are not going to like this

Rifkind said he intends to remain a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee

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Get yourself connected: GrovePi+ Starter Kit

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Re: @future research - in a similar vane?

You're so vain - Carly Simon

What has happened to awaken all the Grammar Putins lately?

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ACLU: Here's a secret – cops are using the FBI's fake cell-tower tech to track crims' phones

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Isn't watching TV punishment enough?

I've always found it hard to believe the UK government has trucks driving around looking for unlicensed TV sets. The idea of even licensing a TV set is pretty hard to grasp, too. Bloke from the UK I used to know told me he gutted the horizontal oscillators out of salvaged sets and got them running on the bench, just to drive the trackers nuts. This would have been in the 60s. Dunno how true that was. Now we need to devise electronic countermeasures to spoof phony cell towers. Reward the hounds with a few more foxes to chase.

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HP's great – I prefer it on bacon rather than my printer, though

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Not that this is relevant

But it's Sunday afternoon and I'm bored. One of the most-interesting dining experiences of my life was sitting down to a plate of paella in a back-street restaurant in Madrid, and spying a bottle of American Tabasco sauce on the table. I've had HP sauce too, in the UK and the Bahamas. Good stuff. Your beers and ales are pretty good as well. But I'd rather live in Paris if I could afford it, for esthetic reasons.

Just remember, though, it wasn't your culinary and brewing expertise that let you rule the planet for so long. It was only because you had flags.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Re: An earlier

At that time, I think another English thinker was most influential for me regarding things stellar.

Sir Roger Penrose?

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Not likely

If we lose human aggression, every news site that has a Comments section (include Vulture Central) can shut it down. Now what fun would that be? Go ahead, downvote me and prove I'm right!

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Norton Internet Security antivirus update 'borked Internet Explorer'

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I don't understand

Users of the world's second best* browser were forced to use alternatives after an overnight update to Norton AntiVirus prevented Internet Explorer from working at all.

What's the problem?

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Hellooo, NSA? The US State Department can't kick hackers out of its networks – report

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Big Brother

They've hacked the global thermostat

part of large-scale attack against US government systems, with the White House, the US Postal Service, and the National Weather Service all falling prey

Is this why the U.S. is having a record-breaking cold spell right now?

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Lenovo dead?

I don't think so. The Independent is the only consumer-oriented news source on the first page of a Google search for "lenovo malware." Forbes and CNNMoney have articles, but does the average PC buyer read them? ThinkPads, darlings of the business community, were spared. Even if Bob Bloke reads about the "firestorm," we've all dealt with enough non-techies to know they have a short memory span, and don't understand what such malware does anyway.

While I agree that Lenovo should be subject to the BOFH's cattle prod for this, I think speculation on their imminent plunge off the cliff as a result is greatly exaggerated. And we probably can assume Lenovo will be more careful in the future. They execute incompetent business managers in China. Not that the other PC mfrs will learn from this. Lenovo could, by default, become the laptop source of choice.

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Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA

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we do protect our civil liberties

"we" being operative, meaning the elite class. The other 99% of us, not so much.

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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Re: Re. aliens

The time delay from their system to ours would be about right and it wouldn't need to have been a continuous signal just a "Hi there!" to see if they got a response.

More likely it would have been "So long, and eff-you for not sharing the fish."

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Is it the FSM?

I swear I see a face in that artist's impression.

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Want to find LOVE online? Make sure your name is high up in the alphabet

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Re: "Incidentally, women find a man more attractive when they see other women smiling at him "

Women suddenly being interested in someone other women are/were interested in is just about the oldest thing in the book. Don't ask me why exactly it happens but it damn sure does.

And the higher the perceived status of the woman you're with, the greater the interest. Topping the queen has not gone out of fashion.

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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And when they arrive

Anonymous will say, "We should have expected them."

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Watch: China has made an internet censorship THEME SONG

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Meanwhile

They hack our government, infrastructure and commercial sites and spam our forums. A plague on them, I say!

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

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Re: Further proof...

What I want to know is why where people sending him their SSN by email?

"It's the governor's office FFS. The governor wouldn't misuse or release my personal information!"

Some of my fellow Americans still trust their government.

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Amazing, cool, wow: Humans naturally use POSITIVE words, and that is GOOD

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Re: Note to the first three commentards

Yes, because you changed your name by deed poll to Florida 1920 didn't you?

At least you can track my posts and see that I NATURALLY use POSITIVE words, and that IS GOOD.

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Note to the first three commentards

If I had to post as AC I'd be unhappy too. Cheers.

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RadioShack lists 1,800 stores facing the axe across America

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Times Square

This is serious. The Times Square NY store is listed. You'd think they'd want to keep waving the flag there. Amazingly, I can't find my local store on the list. It's in a good retail location but rarely do I see customers inside as I walk past.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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It's more than you think

The price is actually $10,500 US. Before I order, my questions are,

* Do I need two for stereo?

* My iPod doesn't have an RJ-45 thingy. How do I jack it in?

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The Interview? Kim Jong-Un, you really shouldn’t have bothered

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How bad is this film?

Even iTunes didn't want it. It wound up on Netflix faster than you can say "direct to video."

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Anthem, America's second biggest health insurer, HACKED: Millions hit by breach

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Kudos to El Reg

For publishing the names of the affected companies. Scanning Associated Press, Bloomberg and other U.S. news sites, I don't see that information. Despite the site de-design, the Reg is still a go-to place.

Meanwhile, Amy Pascal has been kicked out of the chair at Sony Pix. But not because of the hacks. No, because of what she said in emails about the president and some actress. Corporate hacking will continue to be a growth industry as long as corporations refuse to take responsibility for their reckless handling of private information. Who's next?

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

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Re: Not so fast

The vast majority of the population Do Not Care about their personal data.

Oh, well, that makes it all right then.

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

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There's gold out there

Spent some time looking at artists', architects' and musicians' sites today. Whoa! FLASH FLASH FLASH. Sure, you can step past it, but they paid for that glitter and by gee they want you to see it. There's money to be made reworking those pages, once John Q Public wises up. I won't hold my breath while I drink my beer, though.

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YouTube in HTML5, Firefox

This feature was already turned on in Chrome (Windows); I had to enable HTML5 for YouTube in FF 35.01.

https://www.youtube.com/html5

I spend a lot of time on YouTube listening to favorite music, but the videos I watch look just as good in HTML5 as in Flash. There just isn't anything I want to see anymore that requires Flash.

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Yahoo!'s Firefox search hook-up pays off as it nicks Google's US clicks

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Not here

Some site crashed Firefox this morning and I had to "Refresh" the installation, which wiped out several mods. The first thing I did when it restarted was revert to the old search-engine scheme. Then I deleted Yahoo and Bing from the list and made DuckDuck Go my default. 'Tis a pity the unwashed masses will settle for whatever gruel is placed in front of them and called steak.

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Google boffins PROVE security warnings don't ... LOOK! A funny cat!

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Tearful boffins confirm grav wave tsunami NOT caused by Big Bang

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In the beginning

The wave began when the World Turtle jumped into the primordial soup.

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Teen whiz exposes WhatsApp profile pic privacy blunder bug

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Egad, they changed the image to something even more ghastly. El Reg is starting to resemble a 1990s geocities site.

Thanks for the tip. The right custom filter in "Element Hiding Helper" made them all go away.

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Could someone please explain

How that 648px × 429px lead image of two logos in any way adds value to the article? This isn't a "redesign," it's a de-design.

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'LOOK into my EYES: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... SO worried'

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Re: Didn't have to look

Yes, retreating and disappearing glaciers, large sections of Antarctic ice breaking off and floating away -- are all circus tricks.

http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard/

http://www.skepticalscience.com/Has-Arctic-sea-ice-recovered.htm

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Didn't have to look

To know Lewis Page wrote this article. Pidgeon may be a charlatan, but that doesn't change the facts about human-caused CO2 emissions. Lewis, I like your articles about military stuff. Stick to that area.

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How's this for customer service: Comcast calls bloke an A**HOLE – and even puts it in print

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They can call me anything they like

If it gets me two years of free broadband! My Comcast experiences are mixed. Getting connected in the first place took >1 hour on the phone, getting bounced from customer service (?) to tech support, before finally getting lucky and talking to the only person who knew what to do. It was simple: Add a zed at the end of your account number. On the other hand, when a billing error (tried to double bill me last month) arose, I was able to resolve it through online chat with no hassles.

I live in an "adult" (55 or older) condo complex in Florida, and most of the time Internet access is solid and fast. A couple of brief outages over 2+ years. Sure better than ATT! I'm paying ~$70/mo for an "Up to 50 Mbps" connection, because I spend a lot of time on Netflix (+ VPN) and I want to avoid the unwritten data-cap issue. My basic cable TV fee is a mandatory part of my condo fee, so I overlook the ISP cost.

Comcast has many employees, and training/management issues. But these problems aren't limited to the cable industry; wherever money changes hands, "service" quality is going downhill. Having worked in phone tech support, I think I understand the underlying reasons. Personnel are given tight quotas for average call times, but limited authority or options for solving callers' problems. People charged with retaining unsatisfied customers must also have quotas. The stress level is high, and there's no relief. Disconnect from one call and another one is right there. No time to sit back and catch your breath. It's no excuse, I know, but it speaks loudly about the conditions of labor in a "service economy." The only stuff that trickles down in this economy is stuff you don't want landing on your head.

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Facebook kills pic of Mohammed weeks after Zuck's Je suis Charlie!

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When in Rome

Do as the Romans. The Facebook corporation is a guest in Turkey. Guests should respect local laws and customs. Religious zealots who choose to remain in countries more tolerant of satire and secularism than their ancestral homes also should respect local laws and customs. Respect is a two-way street.

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GoDaddy in doghouse over puppy-flogging Super Bowl ad

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Re: This is going to annoy Americans

They all appear to be gun-toting, flag waving right-wing facists of varying hues.

Sounds like UKIP.

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