* Posts by Shadow Systems

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

Shadow Systems

At Wolfetone, Re: your MILTB...

I was in a similar situation with my Father In Law To Be & his brand new E-Machine. He would call me up asking how to do $X, I'd tell him I'd be over in a few to show him, then spend a few minutes creating a How To sheet on explaining exactly how to do $X.

Step by step instructions, cropped screenshots with text lables pointing to things needing attention, & essentially "holding his hand" without actually holding his hand.

When I arrived at his place I'd lay the How To sheet down beside his computer, patiently go through it with him, & make sure he could apply the fix all by himself. I would rarely get a repeat call for the same issue, unless he had lost the sheet. He kept them in a binder labled "How To's" & would go back to it if he had the same problem, since I had already given him the answer. It wasn't that he wasn't smart enough to remember such things, he was a math prof & could run rings around most other folks in his field, but he knew SFA about *computers* which made my How To's invaluable to him.

Give it a try, make a physical print out of the details on how to fix the problem, & walk with her through it. She'll eventually stop having to call you with repeat requests, saving you for those times when the feces REALLY hits the oscillating oxygen moving device.

It'll make things a hell of a lot better between you, MILTB, & the SWMBO. Cheers, and enjoy a pint on me! =-)

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Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender

Shadow Systems

@Christian Berger, re: stupid bills.

I once overpaid a utility bill by a few cents & thought nothing of it. Then they sent me a refund cheque for the *Three Pennies* that I was owed. It cost more in printer ink, an envelope, & postage than the damned thing was worth...

I made a photocopy for framing as proof, then submitted the cheque to my bank to be cashed. The teller took one look, went bug eyed in disbelief, & asked if there had been some mistake. I assured her that no, the amount was correct... Three. Bloody. Cents. ... She shook her head, sighed, & opened her till to pay me... and had to ask if I had change for a nickle because she was out of pennies. I nearly wet myself laughing at the absurdity of it all & told her to "just deposit it in my account!"

I lost the framed photocopy in my most recent move, a bummer because I made it out of a bunch of tongue depressors I'd swiped from the doctors office, made a "pane of glass" out of an old plastic sandwich baggie, & hung it on the wall with a blob of chewing gum. The GUM cost more than the cheque was worth... =-)p

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Extreme trainspotting on Britain's highest (and windiest) railway

Shadow Systems

Damn it, I wish I could still see.

The views must be breath taking, awe inspiring, & spectacular.

The descriptions only make me wish all the harder I could go & see them for myself.

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How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

Shadow Systems

Re: How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

As soon as you see one or hear one speak, lunge for their throat & strangle them with their own tongue.

I like to do this for any buzzword spewing bullshite artist, it saves on headache pills later...

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Ride-snare: Lyft ruse helps cops cuff suspect in tech CEO murder case

Shadow Systems

@LDS, Re: Would that be a MITM attack then?

I've always assumed ALL cab/taxi drivers were psychopaths. Given the way they drive like they were playing GTA, I've refused to get in one unless I absolutely have to, otherwise I take the bus.

As for a friend/acquaintence turning psychotic behind the wheel, that's why they let the blind guy drive - I can't be any worse than the cab/taxi drivers! =-D

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Shadow Systems

Would that be a MITM attack then?

Sounds like one more reason not to use such services. You'll never know if the car that shows up is the one responding to the hail, that the car driver is the registered owner of the car, or if you're about to wind up as front page news when the driver turns out to be some psychopath in a stolen car that just carjacked the real driver & is now about to splash you literally across the next oncoming lorry they encounter.

Or am I just being paranoid?

*Tells The Voices In My Head to STFU*

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Facebook hit two billion users today and SugarCRM reminded us you are Zuck's product

Shadow Systems

2Billion users? Doubt it.

How many of those accounts are fakes? How many were created & then the person that did so never bothered to log in again? How many of those accounts were created by someone for or about someone else without that other person being aware of it?

How many daily, unique, actual users log in, not just the number of accounts that may or may not account for SFA?

I made an account there once but didn't give it any of my PII (everything faked), then decided I didn't want it any longer so told them to kill it.

They refused to purge it so I logged in one last time & changed all "my" data to be even less true than what I had given it during my paranoid sign up.

They probably still have the account & count it as a user, but I've not logged into it in over a decade, never intend on doing so ever again, & have the site listed in my HOSTS file so my computer never talks to it ever again either.

FB may have 2B accounts, but I highly doubt they're all active, viable, real people.

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Microsoft recommends you ignore Microsoft-recommended update

Shadow Systems

@Captain DaFt, re: Wile E. Coyote.

I disagree. Mister Coyote is a danger to others, especially anyone walking at the bottom of the cliff he just fell off, once he reaches the bottom at terminal velocity.

*Chunky Salsa splatter*

Ewwwww... =-)p

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Shadow Systems

It's shit like this...

...that makes me want to drop a gigaton nuke on MS HQ.

You rolled out an update to the general public & then tell us you haven't even finished validating it yet?

Nuke 'em from orbit, repeatedly, until it glows in the DAY, just to be sure.

*Frustrated howl*

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Robocall spammers, you have one new voicemail message: CUT IT OUT!

Shadow Systems

Re: TCPA applies

It's the Pay As You Go folks that will really suffer from this shit.

Companies like Tr@cphone charge to answer an incoming call, to initiate an outgoing call, then charge by the full minute (rounded up) to listen to the caller or talk to the called. They ALSO charge to check your voice mail, plus a by the full minute (rounded up) charge to listen to them.

So what if the caller goes straight to VM, it'll still cost the recipient real money to check the VM, listen to the spam, & then angrily delete the crap before hanging up.

If your advertising costs me money then don't be surprised if I send you the bill. If I had a Tr@cphone & had to pay to even listen to my VM, I'd be incandescent at some fekkin spammer costing me a months worth of air time in a day or two of emptying all the crap VMs.

I agree with the poster that wanted to add Pai's numbers to such spammers lists, but then I also agree with the one that involved direct nuclear strikes to the location that placed the call, the people that benefit from the call, the people that caused the call to be made, the people that ordered the call to be made, & everyone else in the chain that ended up costing me money.

*Growls*

"But it doesn't ring their phone! It shouldn't count as a call!" Bullshit. You HOPE it doesn't, but you don't know that - maybe my VM was full & it auto shunted the call back to the ring; maybe the caller doesn't HAVE voice mail & thus your "send it to vm tone" doesn't work; maybe you messed up & my phone rang anyway; it all boils down to you dialed my number & the phone company connected your call attempt, so that makes it a phone call by definition.

"But nobody pays to check their voice mail!" Also bullshit. Pay As You Go subscribers do *exactly* that, so your call costs them money.

"But they can just delete the voice mail if they don't like it!" Fuck you. You're wasting our time to do something we shouldn't be forced to do in the first place. If you spam my email then the filters can block, auto delete, or filter on various criteria to aid me in dealing with the load. Until such capabilities are readily & freely available to the VM user, then all those spammy VM do nothing but clog up the box, waste space, & prevent others from leaving legit messages.

Every bullshit excuse you try to use to justify your direct to VM plan we can counter with a swift kick in the balls. You keep makin' 'em & we'll keep kickin' 'em!

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Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug

Shadow Systems

This is gonna suck.

I can't access the computer unless/until the ScreenReaderEnvironment (SRE) starts talking, & there's no pre-OS-SRE, meaning I can't boot the computer to a SRE in order to get into the BIOS to update this kind of crap even if they DID release a fix that was SRE accessible.

I'll have to pay a Sighted Techie to do this for me, and that means heading to someplace like BestBuy.

I *really* don't want anyone at BestBuy touching my computer, I don't trust them as far as I could comfortably shoot one out my arse. =-(

*HeadDesks in frustration*

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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

Shadow Systems

I can imagine the fun of hacking one...

...so it chases after random people shouting like a Dalek "Exterminate! Exterminate! Ex-Term-In-ATE!"

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Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

Shadow Systems

At Mark L 2, re: the Atari joystick thing.

I was going to post about that very device but you beat me to it. Kudos, you damned ninja. =-)p

I believe the joystick thing was an officially licensed product, but I could be wrong. Given all the work someone would have to go through to revamp a manufacturing facility to produce an Atari joystick clone, make the mainboard with the ability to run MAME, fill it with old Atari ROMs, package the thing & then ship it in bulk to retailers like Target (where I saw the first one), I figure it would have been cheaper to license it from Atari; then Atari would provide the CAD files used to make the joystick body, the PCB details to do the chip stuff right, & official ROMs with which to load on to it.

If Atari wants to make a retro console filled with old games, they would have to do something impressive to justify all the internal (wasted) space. If you can make it all fit in a device the size/shape of an old Atari joystick, making an entire *console* would mean you would end up buying a fekton of empty air. =-\

But I like the idea of including the old Atari arcade games that we enjoyed in the glittering, noisy dives of our youth. Getting to play Tempest again would be rather fun if I don't have to futz with MAME settings out the wazoo to make it play (right/at all).

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Fear the dentist? Strap on some nerd goggles

Shadow Systems

Re: Bah!

I have to go to the dentist soon to have my wisdom teeth removed.

The dentist asked me if I wanted merely a local or to be placed under for the procedure.

I replied that it was in his own best interest to "put me as far under as possible without actually killing me".

When he asked why I told him "Because if I even *THINK* I feel any pain I'll whip out a hand, grab you by the balls, & tear them off in an act of self defense".

He laughed thinking I was joking, but it choked off in his throat when I told him I was *not* kidding.

This VR crap wouldn't do a damned thing for me even if I weren't totally blind, it's not the visuals ("Oh look! My face is on fire & there's smoke coming out of my mouth!") or the noise ("Was that the turbine whine of a jet engine winding up? WTF are you gonna do?!?"), but the fact that *IT FUCKING HURTS* to have some sadistic bastard DRILLING in your jaw.

I can't open up & say ah any more than I am already, & you threatening to break my jaw so you can seemingly climb inside & use a JackHammer isn't going to make matters any better.

You scare the shit out of me, I know you will cause me pain, so either put me completely under so I never feel any of it, or don't be surprised when I rip your nuts off as a way to say "ow".

*Cough*

Damned dentists, sadistic bastards the whole lot o' 'em!

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Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

Shadow Systems

@FuzzyWuzzys, re being heard...

Heard 75 yards away? BAH! Come back when they register on the Richter Scale! =-D

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Shadow Systems

Slip sliding away.

Sixteen tons.

I can see clearly now.

Splish Splash (I was taking a bath).

Good vibrations.

Come on, Feel the Noise!

Smokin' in the boys' room.

Sweet Dreams (are made of these).

Too much time on my hands.

=-D

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Shadow Systems

Re: When I was a lad ....

Exactly! Embarrased? Oh HELL no!

I'll sit there singing "Sixteen Tons" & accompanying the wet wind section with a selection of armpit farts, wet slobbery zrbts into the elbow, honks, & a drum-roll tappity on the floor with my feet.

Don't be embarrassed, be entertaining! =-D

*Cough*

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Please do not scare the pigeons – they'll crash the network

Shadow Systems

@Grumpy, re: shooting pigeons...

I thought we were supposed to be...

*Takes a deep breath & starts to sing*

Poisoning pigeons in the park!

=-)p

I'll get my coat, it's the one with the white crusted shoulders & hood.

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Cabinet Office minister Gummer loses seat as Tory gamble backfires

Shadow Systems

@James O'Shea, re: history.

Remembered it? Hell, I'm so old I probably CAUSED it! =-)p

I'll get my coat, it's the one with the primordial soup in the pocket.

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Every time Apple said 'machine learning', we had a drink andsgd oh*][

Shadow Systems

A few questions...

1. How many times did they say those words?

2. What were you drinking? (This makes a HUGE difference in the final results of how much alcohol consumed.)

3. Did anyone bother to hold up the cardboard sign on a stick that read "BULLSHIT!" every time they said it?

Just wondering...

<Inserts a giant, neon, fifty meter tall, blinking sarcasm tag so nobody can claim otherwise>

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

Shadow Systems

"...undermines public faith in government."

What a complete crock of bullshit. We have no faith in government, except maybe to fuck us over every chance it gets.

Trump nominating the most toxic folks into their various offices to undermine any progress made in those offices (for example, Mr.Pai claiming broadband isn't telecommunications; the education minister refusing to help the students fucked over by the failed for-profit-college industry; giving a guy who shares the presidents climate change denial stance the job in charge of protecting the environment; ad nauseum), and you think We The People have any faith in you?

Pull your head out of your ass, take a deep breath, wipe the shit from your eyes, & join the rest of us in the real world. Your jack booted Hitler-esque actions are drowning out our cries to stop.

Fuck you.

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Pai guy not too privacy shy, says your caller ID can't block IP, so anons go bye

Shadow Systems

@Charles 9, re: fake info.

Exactly.

The Caller ID (CID) data is easily & legally changeable, austentatiously so places like a Women's shelter or a privacy rights advocacy group can make calls without revealing whom they are to the called party. Unfortunately this ALSO means that we get calls that the CID claims is from ficticious people, business' or locations that don't exist, or impossible numbers.

We can theoreticly set a CID unit to refuse to ring our phones if the CID data is blocked, but that's not enough to stop the fake calls.

What we need is a way to filter on not the CID data but the billing data, not whom the call purports to be from but the party that pays for the call to be rung through. Then it wouldn't matter if the CID claims the call is from "Anne Noni Mouse" at a 0-000-000-0000 number, the fact that the billed agent is actually "TelemarketingScumCorp" means we could filter from calls made from that company.

But the phone company refuses to allow us such abilities, usually citing some bullshit misinterpretation of the TCPA or the federal laws requiring them to place emergency calls from any device even if the calling party is fifty years behind in their bills. This ignores the fact that the TCPA doesn't prevent them from enacting such services & WE are not the Emergency Services the calling party is trying to reach.

We need to be able to set our call interception filters on Billed Party, Blocked Calls, International calls, or VOIP calls. If we're sick of getting calls from the same telemarketing company that's using a bazillion different numbers to call from, if they're blocking the CID so it can't report the caller, if the call originates from a country where we have no known contacts, or the call is from a VOIP client rather than a land line or cellphone, then we should be able to block those calls or send them directly to VM. "We're sorry but the party you've called doesn't accept the call you're trying to make. Please leave a message & perhaps they'll call you back?"

Since the phone company collects money to complete the call, they are in NO hurry to enable folks to block their profit stream. But telemarketing would wither & die if we could enable such blocks, for they'd get sick & fekkin' tired of leaving VM all the time & never getting any returned calls. "Hi, this is Tom at Windows Tech Support. Please call me back so I can swindle you out of your money." or "Hi this is Rebecca at Card Holder Services. We've been monitoring your credit payment history..." Uh huh, No. Not gonna call you back. In fact I'd delete the message within the first ten words. The phone company would still get to charge them for connecting the call, just our phones would never ring from such sources.

*Sigh*

It'll never happen, it's Logical, Ethical, & Makes Sense therefore corporations will strangle it in the crib & claim it was a natural death...

Bastards.

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

Shadow Systems

Next they'll blame the squirrels...

Those evil, nasty, cable maiming squirrels.

*Shakes a palsied fist*

Dang you squirrels, leave my nuts alone!

*Hugs tin of mixed party nuts*

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Intel gives the world a Core i9 desktop CPU to play with

Shadow Systems

Ahh, I love the smell of competition.

Intel trickle feeds us a few megahertz here, a few there, a couple of cores here, a couple there, & charges handsomely for the "priveledge".

AMD tosses us a CPU with more cores & arguably better performance at a far lower price, & suddenly Intel scrambles to offer "something better".

Coincidence? I think not.

I love the fact that the big names in computer vendors either have currently or "plan on offering soon" AMD based desktops & laptops for customer choice. I wonder what price differences we can expect to see in such systems given Intel's propencity to make our megahertz mega-hurts?

(I'm not sure about that pun, but I'll leave it because it's poking fun at chipzilla.)

Competition: it's the lube the customers use to get corporations to get up off their ass & start offering REAL value for our money!

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Comcast accused of siccing lawyers on net neutrality foe

Shadow Systems

Hit Comcast with an Anti-SLAPP suit.

Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. If your site is merely posting facts & Comcast is trying to stop you from doing so, get a lawyer to draw up Anti-SLAPP paperwork. The moment those papers land on the judge's desk Comcast will be in a ton of deep shit. Judges tend to bitch slap (pun not intended) the overly-aggressive party for trying to violate your First Amendment Rights to Free Speech.

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Shadow Systems

Re: To elaborate

Not all of Comcast customers are idiots, some of us don't have any options for internet at all & "high speed" is a pipe dream so full of holes it makes Swiss cheese look like battle armor.

I'm glad you have competition, not everyone is so fortunate.

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IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

Shadow Systems

Dear Companies, your on hold system is a dual edged sword.

I don't mind much if you need to put me on hold to go check with your supervisor, look up something in a database or help system, as it means you can assist me better & try to resolve whatever issue about which I've called.

What I mind is the repeated claims that I should keep holding because my call is important (bullshit - if it were then you would have answered it already) or that I could do all this via your website (bullshit - the fact that it's not accessible is why I'm forced to call you in the first place).

Every time your on hold system insults my intelligence or pisses me off I increment the counter by +1.

What counter?

The likelihood that I'll instead decide to use this call to cancel my account & take my business elsewhere.

I've had companies leave me on hold so long that the counter has surpassed 100 & thus *guaranteed* that I'd be killing my account, & then they act surprised that I'm "less than pleasant" on the phone?

You did it to yourself by telling me every x seconds for TWO BLOODY HOURS that my call was important to you & that it would be answered shortly.

Do you REALLY think ANYONE would be pleasant to you after that amount of bullshit?

Because if you did then you deserve to be taken out & shot.

I've got work to do, just like you do, and I can't get mine done until YOU get yours done, so wasting my time while you blow smoke up my ass is an AWESOME way to piss me off enough to vote with my wallet.

You piss off your customers, we'll vote with our wallets, and we won't be YOUR customers any more.

*Gives TheFinger with both hands after getting off the phone*

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HTC's 2017 flagship U11 woos audiophiles and bundles Alexa

Shadow Systems

@AC, re: "a picture is worth a thousand words"

Unless you're totally blind & can't see the picture to get the information it's supposed to relay.

As far as a screen reader can read to me, there's zero mention of any headphone jack. If I hadn't already read an article elsewhere that DID give that little detail, I'd never know it from this article.

Please don't be flippant with that thousand words thing, it doesn't hold true for *everyone* after all.

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Windows 10 S: Good, bad, and how this could get ugly for PC makers

Shadow Systems

MS is daft.

For the amount that MS is asking for the low end version, I can go get a better one from their competition. A thousand dollars for four gigs of ram? Pull the other one, it has bells on.

Marketing it as something for schools is laughable at best, utter batshit insane at worst. Most schools don't have the budget to deploy the IT infrastructure to handle a thousand students all pounding the servers at once, the bandwidth to support a thousand students all trying to check wiki for something, & all that is money they would rather spend on supplies like pencils, paper, & textbooks. If your school only has ten thousand left in the budget do they save it to buy supplies for a few months or buy *ten* of these laptops? I know which option my son's school would go for & it's NOT to buy laptops.

He's a teacher & constantly struggling to balance needs (supplies) versus wants (technology), but when push comes to shove then the needs win hands down every time. You can always get the needs past the accountants if you try, but the tech takes MUCH more haggling, bargaining, & begging.

MS has aimed MUCH too high for education (it's out of the price range of most kids) & are charging far too much for what you get. You can head over to *any* of their competition & buy a better machine for less money.

MS seems to have a fondness for shooting itself in the feet...

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

Shadow Systems

This is why I use a flip phone...

As much as I want a smart phone (wipes chin of the geeky drool), the fact that the manufacturer's refuse to support their devices for more than 3 years in the case of Google or what seems like three *months* in everyone else's, it doesn't make sense to buy a device that will become a security nightmare just as soon as that particular event horizon happens.

At least with a flip phone it doesn't run apps, so doesn't need security updates (for the apps it doesn't run), & won't get used to pillage my privates by some script kiddie with too much time on their

hands.

It makes me sad that there's a bit of smug curmudgeon crowing gleefully deep inside, getting all uppity about having resisted the smart phone craze.

*Shouts into own navel* Stop that! Go eat your frog pills!

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(You can't) buy one now! The flying car makes its perennial return

Shadow Systems

I liked the Moller...

It looked like the cockpit of a typical fighter jet, but with four gimbaled jet engine nacells (one at each corner) & a pair more flanking a T tail at the back. If they had ever gotten it to work, reliably, safely, & (hopefully) cheaply, then it probably would have sold so many units it would be as common as most mid sized SUV's are at the moment.

Too bad it had the storeage capacity of a grocery sack, the unpowered emergency glide path of a meteor taking a firey dive into the planet, & never got much farther than the prototype.

*Pout*

Don't even get me started on Personal Jet Packs.

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

Shadow Systems

That's not an option.

The bulk of employers require you to go online to fill out an application, so no internet means no job.

There are many government services that either have no open public offices or so few of them that visiting in person is a near impossibility for anyone that doesn't live in the same town, yet they have a website to gather the bulk of the interactions from citizens.

You can file your taxes entirely online, get them processed, have your payment made or refund received straight from/to your online bank account, & never have to see a tax preparer, auditor, or tax agency official.

You can renew your driver's license online without ever visiting a department of motor vehicles office.

You can make doctor appointments online & verify that you're sitting in the waiting room to be seen, entirely from an online portal.

You apply for many services entirely online & only need to sign the eventual form they mail to you to make it all official.

Students are more & more being required to submit their homework online, to get their coursework via online channels, & do virtual round table sessions with teachers+class.

They are given school issued laptops/tablets that have to connect online to grab data from various educational sites/services, to sync official encyclopedia entries, to pull historical data from university digital libraries, and all manner of online only resources.

People telecommute to work so they can work from places other than at their desk, a requirement for any field technician that has to use a laptop/tablet to go online, visit the corporate servers, pull down a company document/file required to fix the client's broken stuff, & then rush off to the next crisis.

Not use the internet? Sure, and we'll just stop interacting with all those clueless politicians that think the internet is an option.

This politician is so far out of reality that he should be unplugged entirely from the internet: no going online via computer, cellphone, tablet, or any other means. No paying bills online, no online banking, no shopping online, no doing any research for anything, absolutely no internet at all.

And no getting a peon to do it for him.

I doubt he'd last thirty days before he turned into a gibbering puddle of drool because he couldn't interact with anyone that wasn't right up in his face - you can't use that VOIP client to call, can't use Skype to video call, can't send your plebs email, can't get email from your political masters, can't check the polls to find out just how far into the toilet you've fallen & are still scrambling to dig deeper.

You sir, are a fucking moron.

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Leaked NSA point-and-pwn hack tools menace Win2k to Windows 8

Shadow Systems

Re: Pays to be running Windows 10

Of course it does, there's no need to install any more spyware to rape you of your private data, you're already running the NSA's wet dream of data collection.

Enjoy your Win10, it's not like you have any privacy left to violate.

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Alert: Using a web ad blocker may identify you – to advertisers

Shadow Systems

Dear Advertisers, here's my fingerprint...

*A double handed TheFinger*

Signed, Me.

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FCC saves Charter from threat of having to compete for customers

Shadow Systems

Trump is toxic.

He places folks into key positions that would be the most toxic (for us consumers) to the division to which they are now leading.

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is a climate change denier, has sued the EPA repeatedly in the past, & is currently doing what he can to neuter it.

The head of the energy commission is trying to slap down renewables (solar, wind, wave, etc) in favor of boosting coal & frakking.

The head of education is a woman many believe can't even SPELL the word.

And then there's Ajit Pi heading the FCC & in the process of stripping out all the rules put in place to help us consumers in favor of improving the corporations' ability to screw us over instead.

The damage Trump is doing to this country will take decades after his inevitable impeachment before they even can start to scab over, much less stop festering & bleeding us as open wounds.

I would like to appollogize to the world for that man. I didn't vote for him, I'm just one more victim of his jack booted plot for world domination. Sorry about that...

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Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

Shadow Systems

@Vic Re:Outlook.

I don't know if it works in the Win10 mail client, I only know that it works in Outlook 2010.

Alt+F+I+V will get you to the Internet section of the properties of the email, & cursoring down gives you the headers. It's a total pain in the ass, but it is possible. You may have to use the shortcut keys multiple times to convince Outlook that you really want to view the headers, but once you're there it's good.

HTH.

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Shadow Systems

Better Braille & Narrator support is a good thing...

But the bragging about Narrator auto-defaulting to edit fields is so laughably bad it makes me shake my head in disgust. Jaws from Freedom Scientific, NVDA, & all the other screen readers have been able to & done this for years, so what's taken MS so long to catch up?

Unfortunately it's too little & too late because Win10 still plays merry hell with screen readers. Jaws tells it's users NOT to use the built in Win10 mail client because it renders Jaws FUBAR; not to use the Edge browser but to use the copy of IE instead because Edge still can't decide if it wants to let Jaws work at all; & not to use a brace of other built in Win10 programs for being inherently NOT accessible.

The folks at Jaws work their asses off to try & figure out how to make their program work with Win10 so they can support their paying customers, to make our lives just a little bit easier in navigating our own computers, but it seems like MS is *actively hostile* to any attempts by third party accessibility vendors to make their OS useable.

Congratulations MS on improving your native screen reader to finally do stuff everyone else has done for a decade, but I've already decided to upgrade right the hell off the MS treadmill. I've got work to do & MS won't let me do it.

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Forget robot overlords, humankind will get finished off by IoT

Shadow Systems

@Dave 126, Re: What will really happen...

*Thunderous standing ovation*

Enjoy a pint on me for that one Sir, I only wish I could up vote you a million more times.

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Shadow Systems

Re: "as robust and secure as a kitten crossing a motorway"

I just had a mental image of the Monty Python kitten walking on it's hind legs, tearing the rooves off houses, & asking for Dinsdale. It steps into the road, reaches down & grabs a car in each paw, then lifts them up & stares at the drivers to ask for Dinsdale. A frustrated growl, a shake of the head, throwing the cars over a shoulder, & then reaching for two more.

Harmless kitten, yeah right...

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Recruiters considered really harmful: Devs on GitHub hit with booby-trapped fake job emails

Shadow Systems

"Re: Not so much 'why's it still possible' as 'why was it ever...'

"...sticking bread in the toaster and getting a fried egg back."

Butbutbut! I've always cracked eggs into the toaster & gotten the magic smoke to escape, so why shouldn't I get eggs from my toast?

*Crossed arms & comical hurrumph*

Next you'll be telling me I'm not supposed to put puffer fish into the microwave so I get a nifty toy surprise in return!

BAH!

*Shakes a palsied fist*

Let me keep those macros so I can eat my eggs!

*Cough*

I'll get my coat, it's the one with the frog pills in the pockets...

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FedEx will deliver you $5.00 just to install Flash

Shadow Systems

@Version 1.0, re: No Flash here

Voting with your wallet *and telling them why you won't purchase from them due to the inclusion of Flash* is the only way we common folk can get the point across.

"I was in the market to buy several thousand cards & had considered doing business with you, but then I saw you require Adobe Flash which is a product so insecure it makes me doubt your ability to secure my financial data either, so I decided to take my business to someone whom proved more competent."

Things like ^THAT^ hit them right where it hurts most & tells them why they lost your business.

Keep hitting them where it hurts until they change their ways.

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

Shadow Systems

Dear Mister Dabbs.

I clicked on the link to play the video in your story, listened to it until they explained what the phrase meant, then had to mute my machine & bury my head in my arms to muffle the laughter.

If I've annoyed my family from laughing like a donkey on drugs, I'm blaming it all on you & then making them watch the video to prove it.

Please go enjoy a pint or ten on me for the gut busting guffaws, you've certainly earned a giant gold trophy^ for this one!

^: It needs a wide upper opening so it can do double duty to catch the spit spray of surprised amusement.

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Shadow Systems

@Dave, re: times.

My favorite has always been when the timer shits itself & gives me a remaining time measured in negative numbers or, and this made me go crosseyed in confusion, alien looking symbols that I couldn't make heads nor tails of at all.

"Let's see... that's a squiggle with horns, five radiating lines, & a splat effect... the symbol for roadkill perhaps? Ok, next rune... That's a... monkey being buggered by either a space alien or Tom Cruise... Rune 3 is, OH!, that's obviously the hubcap off an old VW Westfalia camper van!"

I'd waste hours trying to figure out the math for negative numbers, or the "runes" on the "alien messages" in the progress bar.

By the time I thought I'd figured them out, the bar would vanish & the program either start or crash.

Does that count?

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We're 90 per cent sure the FCC's robocall kill plan won't have the slightest impact

Shadow Systems

The rest of us are 100% sure it won't do a damned thing.

Here's a solution for the real world:

Allow us to set filters for if we care to accept or auto reject calls based on things like spoofed CID, impossible/incomplete numbers, international calls, or any call that originates from an IP address rather than a landline or cellular device.

If someone calls with a CID that claims to be from the IRS, calls with a CID claiming the number is 0-000-000-0000, is based in Outer Elbonia, or started as a VOIP call then we can have them automaticly shunted to a challenge system to prove they are whom they say they are, are Human, & have valid business with the recipient. Fail the challenge & our phone never rings. Pass & it rings. Rings & it turns out you got past even though you shouldn't have? Let us mark that caller as harrassing & force the telephone company to call the party back.

If the telephone company can't call the number back then they block the circuit from making any more calls until they visit a company office & straighten things out.

A simple box put in-line before the landline phone with a bunch of buttons, a simple menu tree, & a list of options we can toggle. Poof, the robocalls drop like plague victims.

But can we do that? No. Why? Because the telephone companies are greedy fucking assholes that deserve to have all the robocalls shunted to the private numbers of their CEO's. Don't like the sudden influx of 2Billion calls you get per year? Too bad, neither do we.

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User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

Shadow Systems

@ASAC, re: reference.

As stated by the other commenters ahead of me, that's UserFriendly.

*Waves*

Yes it's me.

*Grins*

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Shopping for PCs? Ding, dong, the Dock is dead in 2017's new models

Shadow Systems

For the USB "Which side is up?" crowd...

To those having issues getting their USB cable connectors into the hole on the first try, I offer this as a potential solution.

A common trick for us blind folk is to attach a "Bump Dot" (a self adhesive rubber puck the size of a #2 pencil eraser) to the "UP" side of the connector so it's orientation can be told simply by feel. Any device we regularly plug it into will get the orientation of the female part memorized so we know which side up the male end needs to be to be able to insert it on the first try.

For the sighted folks the same can be done with a dab of Tippex covered in a dab of clear finger nail polish to "lacquer" it in place. Look for the white dot, orient the plug accordingly, & in it goes.

You can also "dot" the plugs you frequently use said cables in, so that you never mix up the dot on the plug versus the dot on the recepticle.

Hope that helps. Cheers.

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Vice News YouTube video commenter set for retrial over 'menacing' posts

Shadow Systems

Re: Discretion

*Applause* Thank you. Very well said.

You can disagree with someone, hate them with an incandescent rage if you like, but death threats are unacceptable. If you tried that shit in public then any cop would haul you away right then & there for it, so doing it *IN WRITING* where it can be used against you in a court of law? That's not just stupid, that's Microsoft Stupid.

Don't make death threats. It makes you out to be a waste of viable DNA & ripe for an extended incarceration for a psych eval to make sure you don't turn out to be a danger to yourself & others.

Unless, of course, the cop decides you're a terrorist & hands you over for "enhanced interrogation" in an undisclosed location.

Yes I know that's more an American government kind of thing, but that particular plague is spreading globally & nobody is safe from its taint anymore. =-(

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FAKE BREWS: America rocked by 'craft beer' scandal allegations

Shadow Systems

Fuck that, sue them all.

For the fraud of claiming what they sell is *BEER* rather than the watered down cat urine we all know it to be.<br>

And don't even get me started on "Light Beer", that's so bad it might as well be called homeopathetic.<br>

*barfing noises*

Edited because it cut off part of the subject line.

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Hold the phone! Crap customer service cost telcos £2.9 BEEEELLION in 2016

Shadow Systems

@Korev, Re: BOFH.

Unfortunately I actually *like* those neighbors. Now, if it were the ones on the other side, I'd already have the FlameThrower refilled, pressurized, & ready to start a late night BBQ.

I swear to Cthulhu that if I hear obnoxiously loud Mariachi music at O'DarkThirty again, I'm gonna start prepping Molotov's...

*Cough*

=-)p

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Shadow Systems

@Phil, Re: infrastructure.

I'm sorry I wasn't clear about this point.

There is already a phone line run to the house & I have a land line that connects via "Plain Old Telephone Service" (POTS) over lines that are very old but still acceptable if that's the only service I use them for: voice.

But if I want to take AT&T up on their advertisements that they cram in my mailbox every week to get their "high speed DSL", then I would need to pay them to upgrade the lines not just from my house but *all the POTS lines along the poles to the nearest DSLAM*.

I could understand & accept it if it were just replacing the lines from the nearest pole to the house, they were originally installed in the 1950's, but not being required to pay to upgrade the lines that AT&T should have upgraded on their own dime a LOOOOOOONG time ago.

It would be like if your cable provider offered to hook you up with gigabit, but only if you would pay to upgrade *everybody else on your street* as well because they haven't bothered to lay the infrastructure with the capacity to handle the service they're trying to sell you in the first place.

I hope that clears up my position a bit? =-)

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