* Posts by Shadow Systems

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Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

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At Bombastic Bob, re: cockroaches in VCR's.

Bob, there's a perfectly good explanation for why they were inside the VCR...

They were trying to get into film!

=-)p

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro: The unfashionable estate car wants to go to town

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Re: Close but no cigar .....

Thank you for mentioning that. TFA didn't *say* so & pictures mean SFA to a screen reader.

I echo the feeling that no headphone jack, no SD card slot, no sale.

*Sigh*

Nothing to see here, please move along...

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Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

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I just want a Taser...

...and the authority to use it on the folks that need a bit of electroshock therapy to help energize their brain into functioning.

It'll never happen so long as the boss is a mean ol' poopyhead.

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Microsoft can't give away beta cert exams, so starts charging

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Microsoft certs aren't worth the bog paper they emulate.

I wouldn't *pay* to get an MS cert for the same reason I wouldn't put all my money in a pile, soak it in Napalm&Thermite, & ignite with a flamethrower.

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US govt to use software to finger immigrants as potential crims? That's really dumb – boffins

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An easy way to start...

Make it start by scanning every member of the current government & anyone associated with it such as military contractors. Check everyone whom it thinks is flagged as a bad person, then validate the results.

What's that, you can't scan folks you're beholden to for crafting the laws that don't apply to you but only the rest of us?

Go stick your head in a pig.

Or, you know, don't consider obviously brainless ideas as viable? Nahhh, that makes too much sense.

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It's 2017 – and your Windows PC can be forced to run malware-stuffed Excel macros

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Dear MS, you suck arse.

I've made it a habit of running the Windows Update Client (WUC) every time I turn on my computer. It means I often catch patch releases within hours of them being made available. This helps me try to stay as safe as a Win7 machine can be. I'm using the GWX Control Panel to make sure MS doesn't try to sneak past any "upgrades" down the pipe, but I still have to check each offered patch that lands in the WUC list, just to make *dayamn* sure it's not an upgrade in disguise.

I do not have MS Office installed. I have Outlook & even that was the stand alone version that came direct from MS with no other Office functionality included. In short, I should have *no* need for any Office patch that doesn't apply to Outlook. There's no Excel, PowerPoint, or Word installed, so why should I be forced to download & apply all the patches for those bits?

I don't know why, merely that MS insists they're required & flagged them as important - thus making them show up in the "you had better apply these or your system is as good as dead" section of the WUC.

I'm spending ever more of my time having to go through patches that MS sends down the pipe, even though they don't seem to apply to my computer at all. You need to patch Excel on my system? Why? It's not now nor has ever been installed on this machine. That's like telling me you need to fix my Model T Ford for an antilock brakes issue. It doesn't have them, so why the fek do you insist on trying to fix them?

*Sighs, shakes head*

At least I don't have anything of Adobe's installed at all. Even if they WERE accessible (they're not), I wouldn't trust them with a fifty metre barge pole.

I gotta go, I'm still researching patches for "upgrades" in disguise. I'm Sick&FekkinTired of having to police my OS vendor for when (not if) they pull more fekheaded shennanigans. It's why my next computer is running Linux. It's only the Ubuntu installed by System 76 at the moment, but as soon as I'm comfortable with getting around under Orca, I'll be giving it a copy of Mint instead.

I can't wait to no longer have to defend myself from my OS vendor anymore!

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What do Vegas hookers, Colombian government, and 30,000 other sites have in common? Crypto-jacking miners

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I just turned off JS entirely.

Use NoScript if you absolutely require JS to use certain sites, otherwise just disable it (JS specificly, any scripting in general) to avoid the hassles in the first place.

Good luck running your crappy code on my machine when I've configured it not to allow any scripting at all!

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This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

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At Trevor_Pott re: a bedsheet for a screen.

My friends did that trick once & they thought it was awesome... Right up until the camp fire embers set the sheet on fire & they had to throw it (the sheet) in the lake. If you're going to use a sheet in that way, make sure it's NOT near the camp fire unless you also keep a fire extinguisher close at hand.

After they put up the second screen & sat down to restart the movie, they were so drunk they started making shadow puppet theater instead. I'm not sure which was funnier: a movie about fire & the screen actually catching fire, or the re-enactment of various barnyard animals doing naughty things for every other camp site to see.

*Cough*

I'll get my coat, it's the one with the matches, Zippo, & bottles of lighter fluid in the poc- OW! OW! OW! Putmeout!Putmeout!Putmeout!

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Data dealer slapped with £80k fine after flogging info for nuisance calls

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At adam payne, RE: the amount of the fine.

I agree it sounds a bit low, but there's an easy way to make it hurt more & pound the lesson home. Make that amount *per unwanted call* & suddenly it becomes a very big deal indeed.

80K per spammy call generated by their actions multiplied by HOW many million calls?

*Maniacal cackle*

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Slashing regulations literally more important than saving American lives to Donald Trump

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Re: All vehicles within 4 years?

I can already see a problem. Motorcycles. They might be able to generate the V2V data & broadcast it, but if a motorcycle panic stops because of someone other than it's operator, that operator becomes a flying meat missile straight into the nearest vehicle. Kiss said motorcyclist goodbye. No autonomy for motorcycles.

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Re: Hmm ...

I once got a speeding ticket that I had to contest due to the absurdity of the claimed speed I had been doing at the time. The cop said I had been doing 90MPH. I took a photograph of my *Ford Pinto* (the car I was driving & listed on the ticket) & showed it to the judge.

"Sir, this is my car. It rattles like it's shaking itself apart if I exceed 65. Anything faster & you can't steer at all due to the intense vibrations. The only way I can get this car-" *touch the photo of a dirty salmon pink car with a "bruised blue" right front quarterpanel, the hood tied down with rope, & bumpers held up with DuctTape* "-to exceed 70 is if I pushed it out the back of an airplane & let it reach terminal velocity."

The judge took one look at the photo, verified it was the same on the ticket, dismissed my ticket, & then raked the officer over the coals for being a complete shit-for-brains.

I don't know what prompted the cop to write me up for supposedly doing 90+ in a 65 zone, but the fact that the old car couldn't reliably do anything even remotely near that speed without a rocket strapped to the roof... It made me disgusted with the cop in specific & the local police department in general.

If I were in an autonomous vehicle that got pulled over for similar charges, what will the judge think when I show up with a Guide Dog to lead me to the bench?

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Re: If I am not driving, then I am not responsible for failure to follow road rules.

I wish I could give you a billion more up votes.

I'm totally blind & *can not* drive. If I climb into the passenger/back seat of an autonomous vehicle & have it take me somewhere, *I* am not the driver & therefore not responsable for the operation of the vehicle. It's no different than had I called a cab - I'm merely a passenger, some(one|thing) else is doing the driving & assumes responsability for its operation.

I can't see to make emergency maneuvers, to snake a foot over & slam on the brakes, or even do a half decent job of changing the radio stations, so why should I accept a speeding ticket if I'm not behind the wheel?

If I'm not the driver then I'm not liable, end of discussion.

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Say what? Another reCaptcha attack, now against audio challenges

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Re: Fuck CAPTCHA.

I'm totally blind & use a Screen Reader Environment (SRE) to interact with my computer. Since a picture is worth *nothing* to a SRE (no AltText means no description for the SRE to read, thus I can't know WTF the picture is about) & an audio challenge means having to boost the volume, fiddle with the gain, manually try to manipulate the quality to remove all the background noises/buzzing/"fuzzing" used to make it harder for another computer to decipher. The result is that it's damn near impossible for me to figure out WTF was said in the clip, which means the answer I type in will invariably be wrong, which means I don't pass the test, & the site claims I'm a bot.

The "I'm not a bot" checkbox is even more infuriating. There's nothing my SRE can find to figure out what I'm (not) supposed to do with that challenge. The checkbox is unavailable (meaning I can't check it even if I wanted to) & there's nothing else the SRE can find to read, leaving me at an impasse of artificial stupidity.

When the AI bots can dance around such challenges & get in where I, a disabled Human can not, then their CAPTCHA system is fatally flawed.

I'm frustrated I only have two hands with which to give them The Finger in disgust...

Hope that helps explain my vitriol. =-j

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Fuck CAPTCHA.

If the site insists on only using a visual challenge then it automaticly claims I'm a bot. Fuck you.

If the site includes an audio challenge then it's often so badly done that even WITH downloading it & replaying it a zillion times you can barely figure out WTF was said. Get the reply wrong & again I'm a bot. Fuck you.

And now that computers can break your challenges with such absurd ease it makes the whole thing useless, you STILL say that *I* am the bot & refuse to give me access. Fuck You.

Just because I don't have perfect visual & audio perception doesn't mean I'm a bot, it means you & your CAPTCHA can go fuck yourselves for not considering the useless hurdles you place in our way in order to try & patronize your site.

You've made it damn near impossible for the disabled Humans to visit, but the computers you're trying to keep out can piss all over your hurdles & bypass them with ease.

Again, with every fibre in my being, FUCK. YOU.

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Rattled toymaker VTech's data breach case exiting legal pram

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At AndyS...

I know you were talking about the toys, but the moment I read "...and they can be reassigned to the box in the attic as soon as possible." I thought you meant putting the *kids* away in the box. Enjoy a pint, I'm still laughing myself silly. =-Jp

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You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's my fault?

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At the AC, re: Joke at the end.

That reminded me of a prank I once witnessed.

Imagine a stack of seemingly random doodles on the slides such that individually none of them made any sense, but when combined in the correct order created a rather amusing scene of cartoon porn.

Most of the audience laughed themselves silly, some gasped in surprise "Oh My!", & the rest howled in purient dismay. The guy whom pulled the stunt got a reprimand, the acetates got confiscated, & I bought the culprit just another round of drinks the more good natured audience members treated him to after the meeting.

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AWS can now bill us if you read this far. This bit will cost us, too

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Re: "AWS can now bill you for reading this far."

Seconded. Since we don't have a contract then I am not going to pay you a damned thing. Send me all the bills you want, I'll gleefully use them as bog paper.

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What do you call an all-in-one PC that isn't? 'Upgradeable', says HP

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Or buy an Intel NUC.

You can VESA mount it to the back of your own monitor, connect it via standard video ports (no proprietary adapters needed), & get the exact same "style" as an AIO at about half the cost.

You have to supply your own RAM, HDD/SSD, & it only gives you integrated Intel graphics, but you get to supply your own OS & it's fully Linux compatible.

Sure HP may give you a "works out of the box" solution, but when the solution involves Windows 10 you've got some serious problems.

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

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Re: Do not disturb notice.

While I like that concept, letting my coworkers Darwin themselves out of existence is fine by me, but I'd start with a simple desktop sign on a folded cardboard plaque that read "If the red lights are on I'm busy. Please leave me a note or come back later when the red lights are off. Thank you."

This would let them know I'm hard at work, "in the zone", & if they disturb me it might prove more than they bargained for (like me pulling a Milton & reaching for my red Swingline). But if they simply leave me a note on the pad I'd leave for that purpose on the side of my desk, then I'd get back to them once I come up for air. Unless it's something critical (unlikely) or an emergency (not impossible) then it can wait.

But I still like the idea of an R2D2 style AEGIS Point Defense System sitting atop my monitor & programmed to ignite the flamethrower at anyone that can't take the hint.

*Ominous cackle*

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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Accessible? Viable? No.

When the maker of my Screen Reader Environment (SRE) still warns its users not to use Edge because it isn't accessible & the store apps cause the SRE to shit itself, the browser doesn't count as a viable product.

They tell you to use any other 3rd party non-Windows-store program for the browser, mail, & other built in/store app covered functionality. Why? Because the store apps cause the SRE to shit itself.

They're not accessible, they're not viable, & Windows 10 is a clusterfuck nightmare for anyone whom gives a damn about their privacy.

Even *Apple* at this point is a better option than MS. I've decided to upgrade from Win7... right the hell off the MS treadmill & to the freedom of Linux. It's got lots of potholes & pitfalls I'm learning to navigate, but that's still less of a pain in the ass than the shit Win10 would demand.

Fuck Microsoft. Go Linux!

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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At Vincent Himp, re: finding your phone.

You mentioned the solution yourself: a chirping locator fob.

Buy a paired set of locator fobs & attach one to your phone (or its case) & the other to your keys. To find either one you pick up the other, click the button, & listen for the answering chirp. I know it makes it a bit more awkward but if you add a third paired set of fobs to the mix & keep the 2nd fob on a hook where you always keep it & can find it (like a key rack just inside the front door, the "bowl o' pocket stuff" on the table just inside the door, etc) then you can use THAT one to find where you've put the other two.

I've got a "luggage finder" set of fobs for mine, one on the phone & the other on my keys. I can push the button on one to find the other, listening for the chirps, & wander my house until I (probably literally) stumble upon the "lost" half. The fobs are each powered by a watch style battery, easily replaceable, & will either last for months (if you don't lose them often) or days (if you lose them every X minutes).

An added bonus of the luggage tag fob is that it comes with a tiny, plastic enclosed, protected from the elements, paper card on which you write your name & details. From this someone else can contact you to say they've found it & collect the offered reward. It doesn't have to be much, maybe a Twenty, but the thought of getting paid to Do The Right Thing(TM) often convinces strangers to do so, thus ensuring you get your stuff back.

(And no, putting your cell# on a tag attached to your cellphone isn't what I meant, but YMMV.)

HTH!

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At Ledswinger...

*Hands you a pint & slaps you on the back*

I'd give you a standing ovation but I'm busy cleaning the spit spray off my wall. You bastard! Hahahahahahahahha...

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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At the AC re: accessibility.

Thank you for mentioning it. I was about to do so & you've thankfully beat me to it. Enjoy a pint!

I'll add that the capacitance buttons idea is a fucking nightmare. Buttons you can't feel to know they're there, get no haptic feedback from to know you've pressed them, & a device that suddenly starts "doing strange shit for no fucking reason" is the exact opposite of what is needed to make this device suitable for someone with vision problems.

A device we can keep in our pocket, pull out with one hand & open with the other, that gives us a physical QWERTY keyboard. Keys we can feel, that make an audible click to indicate we've pressed them, so the device doesn't "start acting strange" bit, is a perfect device for us to check email, browse the web, listen to music or Youtube, write reports, edit files, or do 90% of what we need to do with a computer. As long as it has that Screen Reader Environment (SRE) to give the audio we need, blind folks would buy it in droves.

I'd certainly buy one if it had that SRE, it'd be infinitely easier to take with me than a laptop, the laptop bag/backpack, the power brick, all the dongle cables, blah blah blah. Something the size of a smartphone that I can get real work done on?

Shut up & take my money! =-D

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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At the AC, re: polls.

I like to answer polls. I give answers that will skew the results & make anyone reading my answers scratch their head & wonder WTF.

Question: What's your favorite sandwich? Answer: Spotted owl, Dodo liver, & Narwhal pate'!

Let's see you corrolate THAT one with your desired outcome! HA!

Why yes I *am* a cranky old curmudgeon, thank you! =-D

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To all that replied.

Thank you! I'll have to increase that single pint to handing the publican a twenty & asking him to keep your glasses full until it's gone. =-D

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A serious question.

I went totally blind long before Win8.x & have never seen the modern UI, nor whatever Win10 has done. Keeping that in mind, I'm seriously wondering what is meant by a "flat" UI.

Are you talking a nested tree of +'s & -'s to expand or collapse a set of navigation sub entries? Just plain text on plain buttons with no shading, iconography, nor embellishments? No 3D, background images, wallpaper, animated GIF's, or stuff like that?

When I hear of a flat UI it makes me think of a simple list of links to same page content, other page content on the same site, or links to off site content. Put them in a Navigation Menu block at the top of the page, a Back to top link at the bottom, & you've just made an intuitive UI. Don't hide any of it, don't make it visually pretty by hiding links/content behind blobs of scripting, just give the potential customer what they're looking for so they can find it quickly, easily, & most importantly, in an Accessible fashion that doesn't cause a screen reader to shit itself.

I know you sighted folks like the pretty stuff, I used to myself, but having turned blind I'm now all too aware of how badly some of that visual only pretty stuff turns into headaches for anyone not equipped with perfect vision.

So what's meant by a "flat" UI? Anyone care to try & describe it?

*Leaves a pint as a thank you gift for anyone whom does so*

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Yahoo! must! face! the! music! over! data! breaches! judge! rules!

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Re: single retailer CC.

My mum is a good example of exactly this. She has CC's for Amazon (where the only place she uses it is to pay for her Amazon orders), Target, Walmart, a local fabric store, & various other retailers. If the details linked to any of those cards, each card having slightly different identifiers to make its source apparent, ever gets leaked then she knows *exactly* who leaked it.

The company can't claim the data came from any other source because it doesn't exist in any other location; the only place that exact data got used was for that specific retailer.

She does this for tax reasons (it's easier to say which charges are tied to which CC, & each CC is for a different tax purpose) so she knows without having to sift through CC statements which charges apply to which tax catagory. Everything on CC-X is in $Catagory1, on CC-Y is $Catagory2, on CC-Z is $Catagory3, etc. That way she can hand the entire CC statement over as the receipts to prove charges on that catagory.

The upshot of this is that she can prove that a breach of any one source HAD to come from that source since the details used to use the CC tied to that account were only used for that single source.

Had Yahoo tried to use this "you can't prove the leak came from us" bullshite, mum could have countered "Wanna bet?" & slapped them with the proof that they were utterly wrong.

This single retailer single CC tactic isn't an uncommon one. Mum is just one of many in her network of sewing/craft circle that does this for tax reasons. If they run a business that does crafts, they put all the craft charges on a specific CC so they can then use that CC as "a corporate card" tied to that business. Everything charged to that card is now a business expense, written off on their taxes. If the details for that card get leaked, and they only ever use that card at a specific retailer, then that retailer is up shite creek without so much as a life preserver when it comes to the customer proving the retailer as the source/responsible party.

It's a tactic only made all the easier by every retailer & their dog trying to get a customer to sign up for a branded CC with that retailer. Go ahead & sign up! Use data specific to that retailer, used nowhere else but THAT retailer, & make sure you use it to pay for ONLY things from that retailer. The retailer can then data mine your purchase history all they like, the only data they get is stuff for their own store/products. Since you never use that CC anywhere else they can't cross link it to your buying habits at anywhere else nor anything else. If the data you used with that card ever leaks, you know EXACTLY where that data leaked from & whose nipples to nail to the wall.

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That virtually impossible classic compsci P vs NP problem is virtually impossible, say boffins

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Re: So it's a virtual improbability?

A bowl of petunias? ... Not again! =-)p

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So it's a virtual improbability?

Then it's a finite probability. Plug that number into a... (insert rest of HHG skit here).

When do I get my money?

=-D

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Microsoft's fix for web graphics going AWOL? Disable your antivirus

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Re: Who still uses Microsoft's crappy browsers in 2017? Including Edge.

Thank you for not bothering to read the comments of all those that came before you.

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Re: I have an easier solution.

Yes WinNar works, but that's like saying a Yugo "works" for towing a freight train uphill in the snow with a headwind.

WinNar is the absolute *worst* SRE that tries to claim it's a professional grade product. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Crappy UI, keyboard shortcuts that don't always work, keyboard shortcuts that get reused for other commands (as in the same shortcut is listed for multiple functions), refusal of the SRE to do it's damned job & actually read the screen... The *only* reason to use WinNar is because you need a basic one in place so you can get to the net & download something, *ANYTHING* better.

In the same way folks here have commented that the only reason to use IE is to go download something better, WinNar is only there so you can get something else.

Me, bitter? Only because it took months of smashing my head into a virtual brick wall trying to figure out what "I" was doing wrong when WinNar wouldn't do what the manual said it should. Turns out it wasn't me, I was doing it right, it was just that WinNar is such a broken mess that it's a wonder the documentation applies at all.

And people wonder why I hate MS so much?

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I have an easier solution.

Since I'm totally blind & can't see those bits anyway, I've used the Accessibility menu of IE11 to Disable the Fonts & Colours so that it ignores the ones on a web page for the System's own. It doesn't matter what fancy font, horrid colours, font size, or whatever stupidity you've pulled in your rendering, my computer ignores it all & simply sticks with the default System ones. I can't see them in either case, so no matter that it doesn't download your dodgy font & execute your trojan code.

Second, I've Disabled the downloading of images since I can't see them anyway. No waiting for some half-a-Gigabyte BMP file background, a couple zillion single pixel web beacons, or tracking elements in the image URL to finish scraping my traffic for the fact that I've seen the picture, because the image never loads, I don't see it, & I don't waste the bandwidth on them at all.

Yes I still use IE11 with my copy of W7Pro64, but that's because my Screen Reader Environment (SRE) works under it. And because it works I'll stick with it until I can get my replacement machine fully configured to talk to me.^1. I don't dare "upgrade" to W10 because my SRE says it's not compatible with various parts of the new OS. Edge, the built in mail client, most of the store apps, all get flagged as incompatible & unAccessible to the SRE. The fix is to either use IE11 under W10 or try to get FF to work instead. Every time I try to use FF it causes the SRE to shit itself in one way or another, driving me to munch on headache pills like they were candy. =-( So even if I *did* move to W10 (not gonna happen) I'd still be stuck on IE11.

^1: I've got my new computer from System 76 on the desk beside my W7 machine. I keep switching back & forth as I try to learn the ins & outs of the Linux SRE. When I hit a snag (and there's been LOTS of them) I switch over to the Windows machine to Google for the answer on how to fix it, get the keyboard shortcuts I need to complete the task, or otherwise figure out WTF is happening. The Orca SRE is good as far as it goes, but there are still plenty of potholes that I fall into that I *need* the Windows system in order to get the solutions I need to Get Shit Done. It's incredibly difficult to find answers to a Linux issue on a Linux machine if the SRE can't parse the MAN pages to let you RTFM. *Sigh*

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

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Welcome back! We missed you!

Nothing brightens my day like an official Dabbsy rant!

*Happy sigh*

Dabbs is back, all is right in the world again.

=-)p.

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

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@VRH, re: receipts.

I got into the habit of keeping a small pocket log book of the miles I traveled for work, keeping the receipts for everything (and I mean *Everything*) work related, & making sure to claim such expenses on my taxes.

It didn't matter if the business refunded me for such expenses, the Tax Man rarely did *not*.

Tax Man: "This is a log of what? The mileage incurred for work? Ok, thank you... hummmm... Approved. And these are the receipts for food, lodging, business clothes, and all the expenses incurred in working? Hmmmm... Ok, this one- oh wait, that's acceptable... Ok, Allowed. Thank you, let me just add up your refund..."

I'd get a nice fat cheque at the end of the year to make up for all the bullshit I'd gone through for my employer, & the revenue service would then stick it to my employer for "all these expenses you're costing your employees".

I'll second your suggestion to keep receipts, but I'll expand it to include a mileage & fuel log for the car, keep the receipts for business clothes (especially safety shoes/gloves/goggles), & any/all plane/train trips you have to take. Unless the employer pays for it up front (buys the plane/train tickets) then *all* of it can come off your taxes, and *THAT* will make you quite a happy camper when the refund cheque gets deposited into your bank.

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Verizon kicks out hot new Unlimited* plans

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At Alex Read, re: unlimited.

Agreed. I wonder how fast it will be before some shyster lawyer (but I repeat myself) here in California decides to start a class action lawsuit against Verizon for false advertising.

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Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink

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He confused a Selfie Stick & a gun?

Last time I checked, & I admit that was back when I could still see so designs could have changed since then, but the two were shaped *NOTHING* alike.

How inebriated, incapacitated, or idiotic (or all three) do you have to be in order to confuse the two?

TFA doesn't mention if the cops found a Selfie Stick among the things in his pockets, so if he didn't have one then this becomes even more mind numbingly moronic.

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

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A lightbulb from Ikea?

Great, that means we'll have to assemble it ourselves!

*Wanders off muttering about fitting tabs into slots, incomprehensible hieroglyphic-like assembly instructions, & winding up with a handfull of extra bits*

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At last! Vivaldi lets you kill looping GIFs

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Re: I tried Vivaldi once...

I realized I prefer Bach.

=-)p

*Runs away before someone throws something*

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

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Why the headline change?

My RSS feed shows the title as "Filthy" not "Naughty". So what gives? Why the change?

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Ads? What are those?

Between my Hosts file (which does nothing if they fake where the ads come from), my browser refusing to run Java/JS (which defeats their attempts to script such fakery in the first place), & me not giving SFA about your desire to show me ads, I don't see them. At all. Ever.

You can whinge that I'm running an ad blocker, but I don't even have one installed - I don't need to, you're not the ones paying for my bandwidth, so I get to determine what I download - my system settings prevent you from ever getting a chance to do so.

Don't like it? Tough shit. Until you pay for my internet pipe, *I* get to say what & when I download anything, and your ads aren't even on the table.

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It's official: Outages are only the second-worst thing about Comcast

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The worst thing about Comcast...

They make Microsoft look competent, intelligent, & professional by comparison.

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

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At least you can see them to complain.

I can't see them at all & my screen reader can't figure out what the hell they are to TRY to explain them. Every time it comes to one it drops silent for a tick, making me think it's gotten cranky, until I character-step through the "silent part", only to realize there's a character there (the emoji) that it can't read at all.

So you can see them to be confused by them, but I can't even get that much out of the blasted things. I'd equate it to being stuck in a room with folks deciding to speak a foreign language at random moments, but even that I'd be able to ask someone "Can I get an English translation please?" for those bits - Google translate simply barfs if you feed it an emoji & ask what the hell it means. =-\

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Brit uni builds its own supercomputer from secondhand parts

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I heard the tech specs & thought-

Darth Vader: Impressive... Most. Impressive...

But then I had another thought-

Darth Vader: Don't be too proud of this techno terror you've constructed.

I think I need a refill on my frog pills... =-)p

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CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

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DwarfPants, re: hydrogen...

Hydrogen?

Luxury!

I had to cause The Big Bang in order to create them first!

You young Whippersnappers & your newfangled Elements...

*Shakes a palsied pseudopod*

Get off my Spiral Arm!

=-)p

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Cardiff did Nazi that coming: Hackers slap Trump, swastikas, Sharia law on e-sign

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Hominyms are fun for screen readers.

I heard Wales as whales & wondered when we started putting ads on ocean mammals, but then I remembered Sea World & realized we've been doing it metaphoricly for years.

Oh well, I for one welcome our new leviathan overlords!

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McAfee online scan used plain old HTTP to fetch screen elements

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!DOH!

*FacePalm*

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Pre-order your early-bird pre-sale product today! (Oh did we mention the shipping date has slipped AGAIN?)

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Well said.

I refuse to do the crowdsource, kickstart, "just hand over your cash now & we promise to send you stuff later" classic pig in a poke nonsense. Either you have it now & can hand it straight across, or you don't & I'm not parting with my money.

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Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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Re: Anyone cares really?

Of all the things that come with Win10 that one might not want (I certainly don't), telemetry is right there at the top. How many people screamed at MS to drop that particular clusterfuck? Did MS listen? And there's your answer to if MS gives SFA about the customer feedback.

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At Steve Davies 3, re: MS learning a lesson.

If MS bothered to give a damn about customer feedback, they never would have made the ribbon, the metro UI, or Win10.

This isn't listening to customer feedback, it's merely saying "Fine, you can have your old Paint, but we're putting it behind a software store we can eventually charge you (more) for, remove it ''for compatibility issues'', & generally fek with you over at our whim."

Read that MS reply again. "Many of the features" is not ALL of the features, so already the new has kicked the old into the gutter. "Available for free" is only *now*, it doesn't say if that will stay true in the future, so a bit of software that used to be free & included in the OS itself is now no longer the latter & not necessarily the former.

This may just be my synecism showing but MS has burned its customers so many times in the past that it should include a lifetime supply of aloe vera gell with each copy of Windows.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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At Paul, re: Paint for screen dumps.

Thank you. I was just about to post this very concept but you beat me to it. Enjoy a pint.

While I'm blind & can't see the screen dump to edit it, I can hot key Copy&Paste the screen dump into Paint, Save As, give it a file name, & email the resulting file in less time than it would take to even LAUNCH something "better" (a more powerful graphics editing program).

Simple, fast, & easy to use. When all you need is the basics, it makes no fekkin sense to have to bring up something that's so overpowered it's like firing up the Ferrari to drive the three blocks to the corner market for a loaf of bread.

*Shaking head in disgust*

I'm glad I didn't bother to "upgrade" to Win10, I'd be bloody well pissed at all the functionality MS has removed in their headlong sprint to flush themselves down the bog.

*Golf clap*

Great job SatNad, you're the perfect leader to steer the Titanic.

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