Re: It's not cultural cluelessness
Someone give this guy or gal the Pulitzer and the keys to the kingdom.
The first incredibly sensible thing I've read all morning, nay all year.
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It confounds me every time - at how weak such champions of social justice are that mere words render them so overwhelmed...
Why can't we just take these words outside of their old or tainted context and use them as they were intended? It's a programming language, FFS, which is, as you know, made up of words.
I imagine at this time, everything else in python must be just 100% perfect that they can now look at window-dressing.
I laud your efforts to look at things in an unbiased way.
I should have clearer in describing the ad network that annoyed me. Said network shows you a prompt that it has opted you you in by default, and only then can you go to a separate site to opt out.
So yes, at least, they give the option - but it's not a 'hey click here to support us, if you can'.
it's a 'we've enabled this shite to stress your system, but just so that we don't get blocked by browsers by default, we're offering you a way out'
Mobile cpu's (particularly older devices) are not as powerful - and such extraneous load is detrimental to their performance.
Secondly, I consider cryptocurrencies are a scam to the nth degree - a 21st century fool's gold, if you will, complete with the cost of effort of 'mining' said things - and a large number of fools who will buy into it and lose money.
I can see unscrupulous (or at best, misguided) developers slinging in hidden mining code in their apps by making the app free, etc.
Phone battery suffers, users complain, and blame Apple. It's just a mess waiting to happen.
Smart of Apple - will Google do the same?
Just the other day, I got,a browser pop up from these guys https://jsecoin.com asking to use iPad CPU to mine crap (as their alternate option to ads).
To that, I can only say: From hell's heart, I stab at thee
I don't believe they say they sell it to anyone.
And what's worse, it would make their hardware cost unjustifiable.
Especially since they've made it one of their unique selling points.
I'm rather surprised at the blatant data gathering.
Yet, somehow, I suppose I shouldn't be, considering who makes it, and how the revenue stream is structured, etc, etc.
As much as I like to berate Android, I grudgingly understand why people pick Android devices, be it customization, compatibility, cost, etc etc. (There are some features I would like to see in Apple from a UI perspective)
Yet when things like this - I do feel far more comfortable on the iOS platform.
Sure, Apple doesn't have all the answers, and is absolutely annoying sometimes, but I prefer their attitude towards privacy, compared to Google/Facebook/others...
Flame away, folks, if you must
That bloody awful TV show 'Hunting Hitler' could've been avoided completely.
Watch it if you have a few hours to spare (and need an excuse to say 'just what drugs are these people smoking? and where can i get some?")
It's entirely based on conjecture - putting 2 and 2 together and getting 22.
Not to give anything away, but my favorite WTF bit was an old intelligence snippet mentioning someone openly wanting to get into the US selling information to the then OSS claiming Hitler was in South America - sure, no bias for bad intel there at all, buddy.
On the more retrospective side, you'll get to see how easily people can be duped by their own beliefs... far from the OS wars to something more tangible, so to speak.
Though I do dislike all the whinging about the noise.
I fondly recall what Kelly Johnson / Ben Rich of SR-71 fame said to a local municipality while defending their brainchild, it's "the sound of freedom".
Another book recommendation is "Champagne on the edge of space" written by a flight attendant on the Concorde (and it mentions the flight engineer hat being stuck in between the expanding spaces too)
I'm amazed at the audacity and sheer stupidity of some people.
It's a wild fucking animal - and a reasonably big one too.
Putting aside the obvious animal cruelty aspects - if that thing decided to attack other people in mid-air in a confined metal tube, it has the potential to do some serious harm.
Idiots... we're surrounded by idiots...
I am not surprised by this.
What disturbs me is how many banks have shifted to voice print identification for their telephone systems.
And unlike say a consumer version like Siri, the telephone banking system can't be trained to recognize your voice (or maybe it is?) I use Siri as an example of something that learns your voice the more you use it.
I get the motivation though - every CTO, etc is looking for the next great cure-all for all the security shite of IT, and so they jump onto the newest flavour of the month.
Telephone banking is definitely insecure - to just rely upon a PIN of 3-5 digits, so along comes voice recognition - and it sounds very Star Trek like too.
But in the meantime, they ignore their web/app banking security... (I know of a bank that for the longest time, did not differentiate between upper-case and lower-case passwords...)
You mean to tell me you aren't enjoying millennials smugly telling you that it's different this time as they pontificate their self-professed economic and financial wizardry?
As Danny Glover aptly put it in the Lethal Weapon series, I'm getting too old for this shit.
Most recently, I read of someone claiming the school of Austrian economics as their guiding light in/for cryptocurrency.
Doesn't seem to be that critical. In the sense that nobody is going to suddenly break into your phone remotely and make it start tearing up your pocket.
They do say iOS 11.2 fixes it all - but from what I've read, it's a pig's breakfast of an update (though that could just be internet hyperbole)
You need a Mac to create a profile that will then stop forcing you to upgrade.
This site walks you through it:
There were some public sites that allowed you to do this, but a couple I tried seem to be down at the moment. More's the pity. Be a good fellow and set one up, will you?
After going through the Apple support document, what I've managed to figure out is this:
You set a password on your iTunes backup in iTunes - this password is different from your phone passcode/passphrase - it's only for the iTunes backup.
It does not affect the passcode/passphrase on your iPhone/iPad.
Furthermore, this passcode is then used for all subsequent backups for that device on iTunes
Without that password, you cannot restore that backup.
I am guessing the issue is this encrypted backup policy might apply to any computer running iTunes that the device syncs with - not 100% sure on that though,
But in iOS 11, they've allowed a reset of the backup password to allow creating a new backup 'volume' - still can't touch the old encrypted backup. That's gone forever.
But now they allow creating a new backup password and doing a new backup (and a new restore, if necessary).
That makes sense actually - why be locked out in perpetuity for an old backup set that you can delete and never use?
UBI to me begs the questions: "where does this money come from? Who dispenses it?"
Answer: the government from tax revenues / nationalized industry the products of which it sells (mostly outside its border to a non UBI state or perhaps locally if it's just more than break-even.
Basically, comes down to a government / state controlling everything you do - and the gradual erosion of personal choices and liberties as they're seen to be at a higher cost, etc.
No, thank you - I refuse to live in such a dystopian world.
I can't help but feel self-satisfied and yet disheartened at the world of software every time I hear/read of a Adobe Flash / Adobe PDF Reader vulnerability.
Self-satisfied because I ditched that rubbish about 3 odd years ago (Flash is unnecessary and in-browser PDF renderer is perfectly fine when needed)
Disheartened because it brings into sharp focus the issues of software quality in the world...
An excellent example of why MS is becoming less popular in the enterprise and with home users too.
Despite the sheer UI mish-mash that is Windows 8-10, it's the maintenance / attacked by something / cleanup after aspect that has become way too cumbersome.
They've lost the mobile war - portable hardware aka Surface next to follow...
I'm willing to bet money Apple customers do NOT want an SD slot.
Even the Android lot have gone away from it.
It's just another form of media that can go bad / be lost anytime and take your data with it.
Much better / simpler to send that data to a cloud provider - either vendor provided or third-party.
On the subject of cars, what I find quite interesting (and a little distressing) is how the boot (or trunk for us colonials) has a mechanism allowing it to be unlocked from the inside.
Rather puts a damper on the entire gangster bit of stuffing some squealer in there while one drives to the landfill/secluded area of choice.
This in turn always reminds me of the scene with De Niro in Analyze This(?) where he expounds on the large size allowing many bodies to be fit inside..
Logged into a default install of 2012R2 from the IT dept - it has the GUI - not the core piece.
The developer who I was helping couldn't figure out where everything/anything was - log off, restart, etc - I
gotta say - when a GUI is not intuitive, it's failed.
The abomination that is a GUI in 2012R2 qualifies...
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