Re: YouTube University
Have an upvote. While admittedly there is a lot of garbage on Youtube there's also plenty of useful tutorials/repair guides that have helped myself and several friends of mine fix things around the house.
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Have an upvote. While admittedly there is a lot of garbage on Youtube there's also plenty of useful tutorials/repair guides that have helped myself and several friends of mine fix things around the house.
Add the fact that if you have MP3 files they will play on practically ANY device - from an old Motorola V3 cell phone, DVD player, PCs from 2000 on, modern car stereos, tablet/smart phones etc. Rarely if ever will you be presented with an "unsupported media /no CODEC available" when playing MP3 audio.
Although certainly not the best or most efficient it truly has become an ubiquitous audio format.
DevOpsTM, used by savvy bleeding edge consultants everywhere a PHB is seeking a solution for a problem that doesn't exist. Now available in fresh minty flavor.
They think Doritos are cool...That was five minutes ago. Now something else on social media is cool for another few minutes.
second only to auto-play video ads. Thankfully the Tampermonkey extension has a disable-onbeforeunload script which eliminates those dialogues.
That or "Better Off Ted - Jabberwocky". Because it's going to change the way we do business.
It also returns a 404, meaning it's no longer maintained. As for Lynx, I need a graphical web browser, just a baseline one, so Lynx won't do it.
True it hasn't been updated since 2006 but it can still be downloaded from the offbyone.com download links (hover your mouse over the middle links in the download links and you'll see, I just downloaded from all three).
In any case this and Lynx are your only two choices for Windows browsers with no JS.
a contract without scrutinizing it. I have worked for companies larger than BB, even when they were at their prime. Have signed numerous employment, security and other related contracts. No pressure to sign anything on the spot.
This is pure speculation - the last remaining employees in the corpse of a company so desperate to keep their jobs they'd sign anything, which they did.
I have several security cameras recording video set up on the perimeter of my property as do my neighbors. One of the first thing a police officer does when arriving at the scene of a crime with no witnesses is scan the area for surveillance cameras. They can ask nicely for any footage recording crimes committed or subpoena if necessary.
A motor vehicle accident occurred just in front of my neighbor's house. Police arrived and both parties involved blamed each other. My neighbor showed recorded footage of the accident while it occured to the officer who was able to see clearly who was at fault and provide an accurate report.
People lie. Cameras don't.
Camera's inside my house? Don't see the need.
I haven't been to a TM sponsored event since 2003 and I overpayed for my tickets because it sold out in seconds thus being forced to buy from a reseller.
I'm so old I have actually gone to the box office of an arena where AC/DC were playing and purchased tickets a few rows from the stage with cash. Ahh the good ole days.
I love live music. It's so much better going to smaller venue such as a pub/dance hall where a local artist or cover band is performing. A small cover charge at the door, free parking, closer to home..
Even the local watering hole has live bands on Saturday nights. Safe to say TM won't be seeing anymore of my money.
Support local talents and your local bartenders.
Simply because Google invests more in browser security than the rest. Privacy? well these are noobs so they don't know/care about privacy. My personal preference on the desktop is Slimjet - Chrome with all the plugins, minus the Google.
One feature I particularly like about FF/Android that I'm surprised hasn't received a mention - it is the only Android browser that will render the full desktop sites properly when selecting "request desktop sites". All other Android browsers, including Chrome, fail to render most desktop sites when this option is selected.
Yes FAX still widely used by Legal, Banks and Medical for sending copies of documents. Walk around any office and you will always find at least one FAX machine.
I surmise that this is still the case because punters haven't a clue how to scan/email copies of documents but good 'ole FAX you just load in your docs, punch in destination number, hit send and walk away.
Not all us 'Merikans prefer the euphemism "Holiday Season" over Christmas. It's merely our obsession with political correctness that forces us to remain belief-agnostic.
I used to believe adverts when I was a yoof and rush to the store to buy the latest and greatest thing-a-ma-bob to impress myself and my friends. The vast majority of the time disappointment was all I got.
Jaded. That's why the latest shiny new gizmo no longer appeals to me. I know that the newest phone/tablet/computer/TV etc. will only be slightly better than what I have now. All adverts are lies. That's why I block them/skip past them on my DVR.
The other thing is I have other ways I would rather be spending my time than troubleshooting faulty electronics/firmware, Google-ing for hours on why new gadget won't sync properly with WIFI/bluetooth/IOT etc. despite documentation stating it should work flawlessly.
That's the real sign I'm getting old - I used to have the patience to spend an entire afternoon on the above scenario.
Beer icon not only because it's Friday but because that is one of the ways I would rather spend an entire afternoon than trying to get some wonky gadget working.
Didn't have too many 1b's. Our helldesk software tracked all types of calls so that persistent non-sense callers would be sent to IT training.
2b's. Ugh. What a nightmare. You can't win with them. Since they are smarter than you regarding their tech problem the only way to get rid of them is stroking their ego/straight out lying. It was here that I developed those fundamental skills that would eventually lead to Project Management.
GASP! There's a suspicious yellow icon top right of my message! Must be a virus!
Anyone who's a regular downloader of movies is not going to fall for this ruse because
a) they are already using one of many dozens alternate media players
b) will only download DRM free content. I'm looking at YOU Cinavia (R.I.P.).
I used to have the official NHL app for "my" team. Very handy to get score updates when away from TV or radio. Handy to lookup the team schedule. Then late last season, the app refused to run unless it was updated. It decided that it needed access to my SD card, my camera, my microphone, my call history, etc. Basically lit the Christmas tree of options. Sorry guys, uninstall.
I really am disgusted by the excessive permissions required by the most basic of apps. I have the been running the same apps on my phone for years with only the permissions I deem are necessary for them to function and am loathe to update them unless they flat out stop working. You really need to have the same attitude for your phone as you have for your PC - you have all the base apps you need that you use regularly. You shouldn't install any new ones unless absolutely necessary and from reputable sources.
Like you, I used to have the ESPN app for sports scores, news, schedules, etc. until it stopped working due to a mandatory update. The update required permissions to my contacts, microphone, camera and other excessive permissions. Bye bye ESPN app, hello ESPN mobile website.
Nothing has changed. ISPs are still provided safe harbor by the DMCA providing they comply with takedown requests/notifications within 24 hours. COX ignored these. Megauploads ignored these. KA Torrents ignored these...See the pattern?
My ISP responds promptly to DMCA requests as I leared the first and last time I used torrents. I received an email warning. The warning stated that the second offense would lead to suspension of my internet. The suspension would be lifted upon my watching an educational video on the evils of sharing pirated material. I think the third would lead to an extended suspension, I forget the length because it was years ago and I haven't used torrents since and subsequently received no further warnings.
This is how ISPs avoid multi-million dollar judgements and injunctions.
I still can't get Vivaldi to actually give me a blank page for a new tab. I really don't want ANY of that junk on there and the barest I can get it down to is two huge +'s, Bookmarks and History. Opera 12? Guess what? New blank tab = a damn blank tab.
This is probably one of the biggest annoyances for me for Vivaldi among all the others you listed.
I've settled on Slimjet for most of my browsing. It is a Chrome clone without the Google bloat and tracking. I get a blank page for a new tab! Best part is it works with all essential add-ons for Chrome (Ublock, Ghostery, Noscript, Tampermonkey). There's even a Linux port I intend to try soon.
If you're Windows they have a standard and portable version.
I still use Firefox but mostly SJ. I do miss Opera 12...
We need more people making pages that don't require 3 different blockers just to view them.
Today I tried using my secondary browser that has no blocking enabled to view a blog that seemed to require cookies and JS and all that nastiness...
...On my Linux machine.
Because this is what the internet has become. It is not the "shiny, happy place where everyone is your friend" experience that social media is brainwashing punters into believing. Your web browser is akin to some sort of sci-fi starship exploring space governed by a corrupt coalition that looks the other way when space pirates loot or destroy hapless vessels because of the percentage kickbacked to the coalition.
Shields up! (Ublock, Noscript, Ghostery). Activate cloaking device (Tampermonkey Adblock cloaking script).
If they are actually interested in recuperating unpaid overtime individual lawsuits are the way to go. If their goal is merely to stick it to HP without any interest in full compensation then class action is the right choice.
I wouldn't enjoin this class action if a significant sum were owed to me.
I was introduced to tiny banner ads in some apps in my first Android handset. Unobtrusive, sometimes annoying, able to live with.
The greed factor kicked in. Ads interrupting you with unwanted notifications and now worse, full screen ads displayed as soon as you look at your phone on the lockscreen. Ads forced down your throat.
I don't install any apps that use these tactics nor will I ever purchase an Amazon device now that I know it comes bundled with this garbage.
17% use it to strengthen relationships with co-workers
51% say it helps them get to know their co-workers
And here I am wasting all my time and money by treating my co-workers to after-hours dinner/drinks, attending co-workers' summer cook-outs and other non-work related personal affairs.
55 is too young. A huge loss to The Register and to regular readers such as myself.
If you want to watch Netflix on Windows 7 without Silverblight Firefox is the way to go. I used to watch it on Google Chrome but it was choppy/stuttery. Buttery smooth playback on the same PC with FF.
I don't really have a favorite browser right now, they all have their pros and cons. Firefox is my favorite for Netflix for sure.
Wouldn't it be easier to send someone who could accept the award in his stead citing the obvious reasons for not being able to leave Russia?
Now if only they would schedule matches worth watching and not the usual snooze-fests that have become staple of NFL Thursday night football then Twitter/NFL may have struck gold.
"It kind of rekindled things. I got to learn a new language, I got involved in Github, it was programmer heaven," he said. "I didn't have any schedules and I didn't have any bosses hammering on me."
It sounds like heaven to me too if you include significant disposable income.
> It would not be an exaggeration to say that Bleeping Computer is a vital part of the Internet's immune system.
Yes, it would.
No it wouldn't.
It is puzzling how someone who claims to do Windows support has never heard of BC especially since it is one of the top results anytime you search for "remove <MALWARE/TOOLBAR/FAKE AV/RANDOM POPUP/SEARCH REDIRECTOR>"
Perhaps you are still doing Windows 1.0 support?
1. BleepingComputer caves and pays a settlement because they can't afford to fight this one out in court.
2. The case goes to court and and Enigma loses (similar cases found that reviews were opinions and therefore protected free speech). Since they, like many of these scareware software producers are mere shell companies, will cease operations under its current incarnation and merely re-brand, a la Andersen Consulting.
You will note that the more established AV products will find and remove malware for free and are fully functional for a trial period.
I did a test a few years ago with a then widely advertised AV product. I had a genuine Windows XP installation CD, installed it in a VM, installed no software and put it to the test. It found several hundred problems. The company may have cleaned up its act since then but this is the best reason to avoid scareware (software that finds problems but won't clean anything till you fork over your credit card number).
I have no AV on any of my computers. Never needed one and therefore can't recommend any. I can recommend the afore mentioned ComboFix, HiJackThis and Sysinternals. These are intended for boffins and punters can trash their systems with these powerful tools if used incorrectly.
My bank do send me SMS messages. To date they have never, ever, sent me an SMS with a link to install anything and frankly if I received one, I'd be very highly suspicious of it but I guess the kind of people these target don't fall into the tech savvy/above average intelligence/overly cynical and suspicious group(s) as found here.
I have a feeling anyone who does fall for such a ruse will subsequently become members of the overly cynical and suspicious group. I am a card carrying member.
Because it's bleeding edge. The hottest buzzword. Gotta keep saying it so it sounds like I'm aligned with latest technology. Plus it hasn't been mentioned in the past hour.
Time to set up a long, drawn-out meeting to discuss how great it is and bill by the hour for it.
all those who are stupid enough to click on a link from some random SMS and then click "install" when prompted if they want to proceed with an MMS messaging APK from an unknown source.
Do you really need to have your device rooted/jailbroken? If so, you will lose some functionality/features. My cable company also provides a mobile app for watching live tv on my Android phone. My phone is rooted so it refuses to run as do numerous android apps. I don't watch anything on a small screen except the occasional youtube clip. I choose a rooted phone over features I will never use. I don't do any financial transactions on my phone.
If you need to have your entire life on your phone, rooting is not for you.
Anyway, two feet of snow* shouldn't be more than a minor inconvenience**. If it is, there's something wrong.
It really is just a minor inconvenience. We received 22 inches (55.8 CM) of snowfall in my area. That's probably the most in a decade but not life-altering. I've been through this way too many times. Basically during such a storm you are locked in your home for 1 day as they close major highways and shut down mass transit temporarily. Lots of vehicles get stuck or spin out due to icy road conditions, 4 wheel drive helps but no much from what I see out my window. You shouldn't be on the roads unless there is some extreme emergency that warrants the risk. Otherwise you stock up and purchase enough food/supplies/beer for 1 day of sitting around in your pajamas. One day only. Not clearing the grocery shelves of all bread/milk/bottled water/shovels/rock salt and the other mass hysteria you witness in the media. Stupid sheeple.
I find this to be an excellent day to catch up on hobbies/online gaming marathon/streaming binge and snuggling up with a significant other.
Today is snow removal, a few hours of work for this amount of snow. The highways have reopened and mass transit will be resuming shortly. Everything will be back to normal, just like it always has been during every large snowfall we've ever had in this area since I've been alive. One day of sitting around in your pajamas. That's all a blizzard equates to.
The only ones who suffered are those experiencing power outages. I feel for these people because that means they probably have no heating and it is bitter cold right now.
But mostly I feel for those who work in any data center environment because they have worked long, hard hours during this storm (I'm speaking from experience). Beer icon for them, and thanks for keeping our data pipes intact.
I've contracted for many huge corporations where where this culture of fear was prevalent. On the surface it appears as a great tool for motivating an organization to meet or exceed unrealistic metrics.
It is utilized by short-sighted management driven by what is perceived as the quickest path to maximum compensation in the form of bonuses.
The reality is a culture of blame deflection and unnecessary stress. It actually impedes productivity as you spend a great deal of time waiting for replies or approvals in writing (e-mail, never verbal) to proceed with any action that may expose you to castigation. Cover-your-ass is a game you learn to master in such environments. I estimate that an average of 40% of my billable time was spent on just CYA. This is the only way you last.
Culture of fear and high employee turnover go hand-in-hand. Having to constantly re-train employees doesn't improve productivity in any way.
The other side of the coin is all this unnecessary stress leads to employees developing health problems - calling out sick frequently, which greatly impedes productivity. Dependence on alcohol or drugs (prescription or otherwise) - The human psyche is like a tea kettle. Once it reaches its boiling point all that pressure has to be released somewhere.
In my case, I became indifferent and view all those evangelists of this fear culture with pure contempt. The most defective humans I've ever had the displeasure of meeting were prophets of fear. I am sure this opinion is shared by anyone who has spent any significant time in this environment.
Beer icon because it's Friday and the pub is stress release central.
hired outsourced a new rent-a-tech to configure and ship a bunch of servers to clients. The tech couldn't reach anyone who could tell them what to set the default password to. These units had to be shipped by a certain date or there would have been all kinds of escalations, knee-jerk reactions and cell phones ringing at 2AM. So he made a command decision.
Been in this scenario too many times in Corporate IT. That's why things like this happen.
Flash is 'click-to-play' along with all the usual ad-blocking countermeasures on my Windows systems. When I really want to view flash content I have a Linux box with Firefox/Flash enabled and user agent set to Windows XP.
Is how you sum up the life of an "IT Pro". You are expected to be available 24/7 on a whim, cancel whatever plans you have (you soon learn not to make concrete plans of any kind) to answer the call of work. You are expected to check in via email and answer cell phone even whilst on vacation. You develop unhealthy eating habits due to long hours and unpredictable breaks. Your mental health suffers as a result of irregular sleep patterns. This leads to a dependency on sleep aids as well as caffeine or perhaps something stronger to help maintain alertness.
There is a thick, short chain that runs from your neck to your workstation. You can't see it, but it's there.
There is NO ONE who loves this kind of existence for an extended length of time. It is done out of necessity, not because "us lot love our jobs".
I believe giving notice (2 weeks) is standard if you're en employee, a mere courtesy if you're a contractor. Most of my departures have been abrupt, both voluntary or forced. On one of my first consulting gigs as a young, wide-eyed PFY I received an offer from my current employer's competitor and took it, giving two weeks notice. The next day I came into work and was subsequently escorted out of the building by security and my manager. Apparently this is standard procedure when you accept a job offer from a competitor.
I'm in the US and after more than two decades have never been contacted by a former employer after leaving the firm. I have however, been contacted by colleagues who suddenly have to scramble to take on any work I had scheduled. I of course offer any help I can since I know the poor bastards are in a major crunch. This has happened on a few occasions when the company (huge multi-nationals btw) decide they don't want to pay for contractors any more. You arrive at work one morning (usually a Friday) and are greeted by a group of fellow contractors milling about in the lobby who inform you we're not allowed in the building anymore. Some employee from your department (not your manager) meets you in the lobby and collects ID's, company equipment, etc.
This is another reason as a contractor not to bring personal items to work, they are usually lost forever. A cheap cell phone charger, a cheap umbrella and a cheap coffee maker are the only things I've left behind.
But no, I am in no way obliged to provide any of my former services if I'm not being compensated for them. I make sure the clause "this contract can be terminated at any time by either party" is present in any consulting agreement I sign.
The criminals exploiting the weaknesses in the ad networks third-party, fourth-party et cetera's security or the criminals running these ad networks who merely shrug when millions of visitors are served malware because they are making so much money?
Ad blockers, pop-up blockers, ad blocker blocker detector obfuscating script, ghostery, the whole nine yards because I give as much fucks about you losing ad revenue from me as you give when I get infected from your malvertising.
I don't understand the negative comments against the FTC's action against these lowlifes. Punch them in their sacks (money sacks that is). Freezing their assets sends a message that tech support scams are not profitable anymore. They'll have to find some other scam.
So one week a group of boffins tell us that bacon is good for you and may help prolong life...another week a different set of boffins tell us bacon is a carcinogen and can kill us. Or that coffee is good for you/bad for you...or that beer is good for you/bad for you...or climate change exists/doesn't exist.
Tell you what..Why don't all you boffins with contradictory conclusions get into a large, stadium-like pit, provided only with hand weapons of your choice and fight to the death. The last ones standing will be the ones whose advice I'll take.
Beer icon because I KNOW it's good for me it's Friday and later this evening I will take my vitamins.
Those data protection measures were standard policy at all but a few corporate environments I've worked for. Surprising to see them implemented in education sector. In my experience they were the most lax in this regard (USB drives widely used by students/staff as well as Gmail/Hotmail/Yahoo etc.). Some websites were blocked but the students easily bypassed the blacklists via vastly available free proxies.
He definitely has some kind of problem. That kind of career path indicates either unsuitability for all but the most menial tasks or, as he is a government employee, failure to play quid pro quo. Making your work life extremely unpleasant is SOP in any organization in the hopes you'll quit so they won't have to pay you any severance, retirement, unused vacation, etc.
Unfortunately since his 36 years at NYHD show he has a proven track record of failure he is unemployable in all but fast food / office cleaning industries.
a very common side effect in places that as a security measure require monthly password changes for various systems.
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