* Posts by Shadow Systems

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Re: Done that a bunch of times

I second this one.

The CSR's at my bank recognize me by name & understand that I did IT support work for a living before I lost my sight. If they're having a problem with their machine they can describe the issue to me, I'll think about it for a moment, then patiently, politely explain how to fix it. It works more often than not, they're happy that they don't have to wait for "official help", & then they're all too eager to help me do whatever I need to do that brought me to the bank in the first place.

A little kindness, a bit of patience, & you can relate your computer know how to someone for whom computers might as well be unknowable arcane wizardry requiring incantations, magic circles, & sacraficial animals to shed blood in order to work properly.

The last time it was because the plug on the cable to the digitizer tablet (the part where you sign with the stylus) had come loose from the back of their tower. A simple push back in, tightening of the retention knobs, & it worked - it took maybe five minutes of my time, saved them an hour on the phone to hell desk, & the problem was no more.

It's little things like that, random acts of kindness, that help the world become a nicer place for us all.

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Re: Mouse balls.

There used to be these small plastic spheres about the size of a marble. The plastic was clear, there was clear liquid inside, & a smaller sphere inside floating in the liquid. Some places sell things of that design with the inner sphere being a compass for navigation. The toy was a "floating eyeball". I used to have fun swapping the mouse ball for an "eyeball" & wedging it in place so the mouse wouldn't track. The owner would flip it over to check for gunk, see the eyeball looking back at them, scream & throw the mouse away as they scrambled from their desk chair like their ass was on fire. I'd "go check what was wrong", replace the eye with the ball, & feign innocence when the person returned gibbering about eyeballs.

I'm not evil, I prefer the term "creatively vindictive". ;-D

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Re: Not Millennials!

I never know what label they apply to my generation. I was born in the 80's... 8086BCE.

*Blows a feisty raspberry through age cracked lips*

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At Jake, re: yeast...

Did you hear the one about the young lady whom liked to brew everything?

Beauty & the yeast.

*Runs away*

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At Mycho, re: mouse wheels...

First you engage the parking brake so it doesn't roll away. Next you use an itty bitty jack to lift up one corner so you can get to the lug nuts with an itty bitty tire iron...

*Cough*

I'll get my coat, it's the one with the pockets full of stolen mouse wheels in it. =-)p

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At FuzzyWuzzys...

Admit it, you were bragging that you get to play with your balls all day & then complain when you have to clean them! =-)p Plbplbplblblblblbbbbb hahahaha.

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BOFH: Got that syncing feeling, hm? I've looked at your computer and the Outlook isn't great

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My dad takes the biscuit...

He once asked me to troubleshoot why his desktop calendar wasn't in synch with his phone's. After trying to find the calendar on his computer desktop & coming up blank, I asked him where it was... He pointed to the physical calendar on his desk's top near his office phone.

I left in self defense before I did something rash...

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Creepy software knows what you are about to do... to that poor salad

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I wonder...

If Microsoft made a cooking AI that kept asking in an annoying fashion if it could be of help, would that be MS Choppy?

(Gives MS Clippy a sideways glare & brandishes a cleaver menacingly at it.)

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Microsoft tries cutting the Ribbon in Office UI upgrade

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Re: UI for portrait screen?

That's easy. It's the old, classic, tried & true, Alt+F toolbar menu.

Alt+F for File which gave you all the File management options like Open, Save, Exit, etc.

Alt+E brought up the Edit menu for all your Editing needs like Cut, Copy, Paste, Sort, etc.

Alt+V gave you the View menu so you could alter what you were seeing & how you saw it.

Alt+T sprang up the Tools menu where all those "advanced" bits could be found.

Then there was Alt+O for Options so you could adjust the program to best suit your needs.

Last but not least was the Alt+H Help menu which, odd as this sounds, gave you an offline, standalone, locally stored versus cloud based, searchable, almost useful way to get help on issues you found along the way.

The whole menu bar worked well in any screen orientation, the options never changed, you could use them with either finger muscle memory or mouse clicks, & it would have worked for either keyboard & mouse, touch screen, or Assistive Technology alternative input devices with equal ease.

By knowing the menu never changed, that the same keys/mouse clicks/AltPoint actions triggered the same menu bits every time, you got to a state where you could be productive & get shit done.

But since that worked & people liked it, MS decided to fuck with it, ruin it, & render all attempts at productivity null & void.

Your question about screen orientation & controls shows what I mean.

The Alt+F menu bar would have worked in either mode, the Ribbon abomination doesn't work in any orientation.

Hurray for MS' definition of "progress"!

*Head explodes*

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Icons are supposedly accessible?

Dear Microsoft, icons are utterly useless to the blind. We can't see them to interact with them, to see if one has changed to alert us about something, or if the menu we require has rearranged itself to suit your whim. You want us to be more productive? Stop fucking with the user interface & let us get shit done. We can't do that if you keep giving us useless crap like the Ribbon. I spend more time trying to find the menu item to do the task I need than I do actualy doing the task itself. That's the exact opposite of productivity. You. Fucking. Idiots. You've convinced me to upgrade alright, right the hell off the Microsoft infinite treadmill. I voted with my wallet & bought a Linux computer instead. Have a nice day as you fuck off and die! =-D

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Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: Autocomplete on a name

Let me guess...

You asked Google to search for your name & Google replied "I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave."?

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This HTC U12+ review page is left intentionally blank

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Blank?

That was the most vocal "blank" page I've ever read. Can I have some of whatever it is you're smoking? =-D

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Re: Doesn't say much for HTC's user testing!

I find your business idea intriguing. Please, where might I sign up as an investor? =-D

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Re: HTC replaced real buttons with touch

I wholeheartedly agree. Try being blind & trying to use something that might as well be a flat, featureless slab of glass for all it matters. "Soft" buttons that trigger when we've run our fingers over something trying to figure out WTF it is, what it does, & how to make it do it? Whose bright idea was THAT? Please take them out back & beat them like a pinata.

We need physical buttons we can find, feel, & hear "click" to know we've pressed it. That we can anticipate the device reacting to & thus expecting it to pause as it attempts to complete the task. "Soft" buttons mean we have no idea why the device is suddenly doing something "for no apparent reason" - except it's reacting to buttons we can't feel, don't know are there, can't find, & get no feedback (the click) that we've pressed them.

It's akin to your car suddenly activating the brakes/gas, turning the wheel, adjusting THE VOLUMe on the radio ALL by !ITSELF! and forcing you to flail at the controls trying to make it do what you want instead. If the buttons don't exist & you can't tell when you've triggered them, have fun steering your new fancy car into the bridge abutment at ultra high speed.

If your phone has buttons you can't feel & can't see to know they're there, good luck trying to get it to do anything useful.

Buttons. Put them back so us older folks can actualy use the stuff we buy. Otherwise we'll stop buying it & spend our money elsewhere. How many old people are there again? I wonder if we might have some money at our disposal...

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Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO

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"...running naked down the street while singing a variety of ribald rugby songs..."

I don't get how this is supposed to be A Bad Thing. =-)p

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Comcast's mega-outage 'solution'... Have you tried turning your router off and on again?

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"If you still have a problem, please give us a call."

Would that be a call over those VOIP lines that don't work?

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Finally, San Francisco cleans up the crap from its streets – yes, all those fscking scooters

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"...go GDPR on their asses..."

Thank you for that chuckle. I'll add it to my list of phrases I like to quote. Cheers & enjoy a pint in gratitude. =-)

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AIOps they did it again, played with your heart, new acronym shame

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I'm obviously a BOFH...

I would have taken every buzzword bullshit spewing wanker, plenty of rolls of old, used carpet, an entire pallet load of Duct Tape, a small mountain of bags of quicklime, & headed for the nearest abandoned quarry...

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FYI: Qualcomm hasn't given up on Arm-based Windows 10 slabtops

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But can it run Linux?

I wouldn't be an early adopter, I let others be the beta testers to iron out all the bugs, but I'd be interested if the MS shit can be wiped off & a real OS can be installed instead.

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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At Jim Mitchell...

There's an old joke that goes something like this:

A man sits down next to a lady at the bar & asks her "Would you sleep with a complete stranger for a million dollars?" The lady thinks a second & answers that she would. "Fine. How about I give you five bucks to sleep with me?" She throws her drink in his face & shouts indignantly: "What kind of girl do you think I am?" To which he replies calmly: "We've already established that, now we're just haggling over the price."

I immediately thought of that joke when I read your comment about the amount of money being enough to get you to overlook a few things. It made me think "Well now that we know you can be bought, all we need do is haggle over price."

I do NOT intend any insult & apologize if I've given any, but you might want to rethink your comment in the light of that joke, no? =-j

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We are judging you by your actions.

Specificly the decades of repeated examples of MS "embrace, extend, & extinguish" actions that prove MS regularly, repeatedly, consistently, intentionally finds something good in the world, drags it into the MS fold, at which point MS promptly fucks over everyone that used it, relied on it, wrote code for it, or tried to use it to build upon.

Time after time after time MS has taken $Product that was widely supported, used extensively by common folks as well as pro coders, & so badly ruined it that the previous user/coder base goes elsewhere to find a replacement not yet tainted by MS' Sadim (that's anti-Midas, where everything turns to shit instead) touch.

Programs, coding libraries, tools, security, the list is so long as to be mind numbing in it's expanse. The examples of MS' FUBAR actions is so legion as to make it essentially impossible to list them all in any single web forum.

We *are* judging you by your actions - your actions are such aggregious, attrocious, apocolyptic examples of your ability to turn gold into shit that we naturally, rightfully, correctly guess that the newest MS victim will soon be rendered into yet another steaming pile of MS shit.

And this is important so listen Very. Fucking. Carefully...

You. Have. Nobody. To. Blame. But. Yourselves.

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I nearly died laughing...

The moment I read MS asking us to trust them? I haven't laughed so hard in aeons. I *might* trust MS just after the heat death of the universe, and even then I'd be wary for the trap.

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You have suffered without red-headed emoji for too long. That changes Tuesday

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At Mike 16...

I agree with the desire for a movie transcription. I hate having someone link to a Youtube clip & instruct "go to position $Time" to start watching a particular portion of it. There's no easy way for a screen reader to get the movie to navigate forward/back in the movie stream, meaning we just have to sit there counting silently to ourselves to try & figure out the right point. If we could get a transcription of the darned thing, especially with proper time codes, then we could just do a simple Control+F (Find) to jump to that bit of text & have our 'readers continue from there. No fuss, no muss, no sitting through 1H45M55S of a 2H movie just to hear some twit say "This is the part that goes BING!"... Uh huh, that was certainly worth the ~2Hours of my life I won't get back. *Grrrrrrr*

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At BrotherElf...

I would love it if it actually read emoji/icons/pictures/etc as ":ants mobbing a picnic:" or ":a girl in a bikini about to strike a volley ball over the net:" style descriptive bits. My screen reader would have descriptive text to read to me & let me know what all the fuss is about. As it is there's nothing to read, the 'reader goes silent for a bit, & makes me wonder if it just shat itself over a bunch of control codes or something. I get to character step back over the silent part, hear it go silent over "a single character" (the emoji), & that's the only clue I get that my 'reader still works. It's not its fault that there's a *graphic* there it can't read, there's no text associated with it for it to read at all.

Fuck emoji. Fuck 'em with a spinning angry porcupine.

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At Dan 55...

I wish I could give you about a trillion more up votes.

"A picture is worth a thousand words" is an utter lie to anyone whom can't see the picture in the first place. Eyesight going bad with age? Going or already blind? Kiss that fancy pictoglyph goodbye.

I know it's mean, I know it's petty, but I wish all those emoji using wankers went blind for a week & were forced to use nothing but emoji the entire time. Let's see (HA!) how well they get along unable to write anything & a screen reader has nothing to read to them. I bet they change their tune after the ordeal.

I know the kids like them, I'm sure they're fun & funny for those that can see them to enjoy such things, but *#)@!*#$%)^($!1!1!EleventyOneoneone I fucking HATE those things!

I'll get my coat, I obviously need my dried frog pills in the pockets...

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Kill the blockchain! It'll make you fitter in the long run, honest

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At The Oncoming Scorn, re: cows.

There is a campground not too far from where I used to live. It is part of a farmer's pasture where his cows graze, but since they're used to people & everybody leaves each other alone, the farmer earns a bit of cash renting out bits for campers.

It's quite nice, on the shore of a lake, great fishing, hiking, bird watching, canoeing (no power boats allowed), & generally a most pleasant place in which to pitch a tent, sit around a camp fire, & make Smores (melted ghram cracker/marshmallow/chocolate treats).

One night I'm out at said site, need to take a wee, & come out of my tent... to find a cow standing not ten feet away, absolutely still, staring at me as if it's considering the best way to get away with murder. I cautiously step aside to go around, the cow steps sideways to match. I move back the other way, so does the cow. I stop, he stops. I wave my arms & yell, he just chews his cud & says "moo" in the same tone used to deliver lines like "I bet you die screaming."

I freak out, run the other direction past my tent, & sprint just as fast as my legs could carry me to the nearest stone outhouse. I didn't come out until morning. I found my tent had been trampled, the tattered remains shat upon, & my leather hiking boots stomped upon until they were barely identifiable.

The farmer gave me my site rental fee back, I got the hell out, & I hope there were LOTS of hamburgers for supper the next few months.

Fucking cows.

It's a good thing I'm blind now & can't see, otherwise I'd take a flame thrower to the site & have me a BBQ.

*Cackle*

I'll get my coat, it's got my Dried Frog Pills in the pockets. Lots of 'em. Tasty, tasty pills...

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At Vince H, re: FlockChain...

Ewe should feel sheepishly ba-aa-aa-ad over making comments like that! But I see through your warped weave - you can't pull the wool over my eyes!

I'll get my coat, it's the one with the bottle of lanolin in the pocket. =-)p

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Re: A large consultancy at a tech conference this week

*Stands up suddenly, chair overturns, waving something overhead*

BINGO! Bingo! I got a Bingo! That means I get to leave now - see you at the pub!

*Runs for the door with my Bullshit Buzzword Bingo card clutched in hand & a full row of words blotted out*

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Help, I'm being held prisoner in a security camera testing factory. So please read this...

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At ThatOne...

I've got an insane, psychotic, homicidal, DevilCat (but I repeat myself) that sits on my front porch. Anyone trying to knock on the door gets said demon rubbing against their legs as if it wants to be petted. The nanosecond you drop a hand towards the little mongrel, she turns into an industrial metal shredder with a taste for Human blood. Cue the fountains of ichor, arterial spurting, screams for mercy, & eventual sounds of a kitty belching in delight from it's meal. Then she cleans herself to remove the evidence that the knocker was ever there, climbs back into her favorite sunny perch, & takes a nap.

I had thought to get a security camera so I could ID strangers that try to knock, but all the footage I'm ever likely to find is the sort that turns the guts & might get used against me in court. I decided to skip the security camera. Now I just wait for the screaming to die off & look through the side window to determine if there are any packages I might like to retrieve before El Diablo wakes up...

If you'll excuse me I've got some flesh wounds to bandage before I bleed to death. I took too long giving Her Majesty Her kibble...

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Send printer ink, please. More again please, and fast. Now send it faster

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At Bob Wheeler, re: retirement.

Meet me at the pub so I can buy you an evening full of beer, nosh, & lap dances from incredibly happy persons of negotiable affection! ;-D

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At DeadlockVictim, re: trousers.

There's a better way to prevent situations like that. They're called kilts! =-D

*Wanders to the bushes, lifts the kilt, & reveals a flash of blue ribbon*

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Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

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At the A/C, re: people eat any old shit.

You're CMOT Dibbler aren't you? I claim my money! =-D

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OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right

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OnePlus is all about shunning gimmicks and novelty.

Except for the fact that they include the notch, don't offer a replaceable battery, & don't include an SD slot?

I'll stick with my dumb phone; it has no notch, has a headphone jack, includes an SD card slot, & has a removeable battery that cost me all of $40. Too bad that "smart" phone is too stupid to do the same.

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Who had ICANN suing a German registrar over GDPR and Whois? Congrats, it's happening

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I hope ICANN loses completely.

I hope the German court finds that the ICANN contracts require the contracted parties to do illegal things & thus are Null&Void. Then when ICANN appeals (and appeals & appeals & appeals) it goes straight to the top court where it's summarily told in no uncertain terms "Tough shit, you lose, go fuck yourselves".

Because ICANN has thumbed it's nose at everyone else's laws, ignored the requirements that were made policy over two years ago, has tried to weasel it's way out of doing it's damned job, so I hope the courts nail 'em to a wall & use 'em as a dart board.

ICANN has told the rest of the world "fuck you" for far too long; it's about time the rest of the world bends it over a table & does obscene things to it in retribution.

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Sysadmin's PC-scrub script gave machines a virus, not a wash

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My dad had fun with Intel...

Back when I was a wee lad no taller than a cricket wicket, my dad did work for various corporations like Intel. They would send him some software, he would write a user manual for it, then he'd ship the whole thing back so they would pay him.

My dad being the crotchety old fart that he was, he used a non-IBM-compatible computer for all his work (A Commodore PET if I remember correctly) & a bit of software shim so his machine could read/write to their desired floppy disk formats.

One day he gets a call from his contact at Intel advising him "you have a virus on your PC. The disks we got from you were all infected." Dad politely tells him "That isn't possible. Perhaps you might try disinfecting the virus scanning computer?" The Intel guy is adamant that it's *got* to be my dad's fault. Dad is adamant that it can't be. The Intel guy offers to send a tech to my dad's office, scan his machine, & *prove* it's my dad's fault, to which dad smugly agrees.

The next day the Intel tech arrives, dad shows him to the office, & the tech starts to get out his virus-uninfected boot floppy... only to freeze in his tracks as he realizes my dad doesn't have an IBM compatible into which he can put it.

"Where's your computer?" he asks incredulously. Dad points at the C= PET & says "Right there." The tech stammers "I can't do anything with that, it doesn't take IBM formatted floppies!" Dad smirks & replies "It can read & write them, but it doesn't boot to them. There is no known IBM compatible virus that can survive on my machine, especially after I reboot it. Now, please tell me again how it's *MY* computer that's given you folks a virus?"

The tech had to go back to Intel & tell them my dad was right, then initiate a witch hunt for the actual source of their virus.

Meanwhile my dad doubled his rates to Intel for having called him a liar.

Moral of the story: Sometimes it pays not to be running the same stuff everybody else is using, especially when virus' are a concern. =-)p

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As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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"learn when to put your head down and shut the fuck up."

*Spit take laughing jag*

You owe me a new keyboard! Thumbs up for a brilliant line I shall find reasons to quote!

Cheers & enjoy a pint! =-D

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Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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At MsKnight...

Ah come on, give it a try! Everyone knows there's no place like gnome! =-D

I'll get my coat, it's the one with the pockets full of attrocious puns...

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UK digital committee fumes: You didn't answer our questions, Facebook. (Psst. EU. Pass 'em on)

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At Headley_Grange...

Perhaps the various courts could consider that FB is intrinsicly violating GDPR in such a gross, blatant, intentional, & willful fashion that it can not be allowed to continue until & unless it proves it then operates in compliance with said laws.

In the same way the government would freeze the financials (to stop the execs from emptying bank accounts to flee the country), assets (to stop them from selling everything off to flee), place a hold on stock trading, place the execs under arrest, & stop the company from doing business if said business were found out to be trafficking in Human sex slave prepubescent children. You can't allow them to continue to do the illegal acts while you drag them through the courts, so you stomp on them hard to stop them in the mean time. If the government is proven wrong then reparations can be made, but if they're proven correct then the business is completely liquidated to pay the victims. That isn't a perfect example, but it should get the point across as to why the government would slap FB in irons while this epic shitstorm settles out.

Hope that helps. Cheers.

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Block FB until he answers them properly.

Do an EU-wide blanket blacklist of FB unless & until Zuck comes over & answers their questions to their satisfaction. Keep the blockade in place until they're satisfied, that way it costs FB money (lost ad revenue) for every hour that uppity fuck thumbs his nose at you. He'll be on the next (private) plane to uncock that block just as fast as he can, the better to minimize the shareholder backlash for the profits he's costing them. And *THAT* is the way to hurt FB where it'll notice, right in the bottom line. Threaten to cost the shareholders a couple billion in profits & they may truss up Zuck like a stuck pig & deliver his ass to you like so many Hawaaians coming to a Luau.

Block FB, cost them lots of money, & Zuck will either come over to answer every question you throw at him, or he'll bribe every person he can find in an attempt to make it all go away. The former will get answers, the latter will render him poor.

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Senator Kennedy: Why I cast my Senate-busting vote for net neutrality

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Pai is so full of shit...

It's a wonder it doesn't spray like an over pressurized fire hose through a too small nozzle every time he opens his mouth.

How can you tell if a politician is lying? Check to see if their mouth is moving.

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'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

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I'd root my phone...

...in the microwave. Fuck Zuck & his ilk, it's *my* property & *I* will determine what runs on it. If I don't want a (anti) social media application on it then it doesn't get to be installed. If it's already there then I get to remove it. Don't like it? Tough fuck, it's mine. I'll rip that fucker out by the roots, salt the Earth, & pour acid over the ground to make sure that weed never takes root ever again. If I can't root my own damn phone then I'll toss the fucker in the microwave for 99:99 & cackle at the explosion. Then I'll go out & replace it with either a device I *can* root or a complete burner phone that can't run apps at all. Either way FartBook/InstaScam/Twatter/etc won't be installed on it & those nosey bastards can go fuck each other with an AI-ML-"deep packet inspection" routine.

*Cough*

Sorry for the rant & vitriol, but I very recently tried to buy a SmartPhone & was told that the (anti)social media apps could not be carrier removed. "Those are part of the phone, we can't remove them." Even if the customer specificly requests that they be removed as part of the device's sale? "Sorry, we're not allowed." Fine, then I'm not allowed to buy the device. I'll vote with my wallet & my wallet says that you can just go fuck yourself with that device. I tried other carriers & was told the same thing in so many different words. If I wanted the phone then I *had* to buy the apps that were part of the software loadout. They couldn't & *wouldn't* help me uninstal said apps "since that causes issues with updates". Bullshit. Fewer apps means an *easier* update, not a more difficult one. "You could try a third party ((Chinese)) vendor for a rootable phone!" Yes, but then I can kiss goodbye to any vendor supplied updates & thus rely on a *fourth* party software vendor for support. As if it's not already hard enough to get the device maker to support their own damned devices, now I've got to wait for someone else to update it instead? Yeah, that's not a recipie for disaster.

*Sigh*

Just one more reason I use a feature phone. No apps to keep up to date, to become security holes that suck out my private data, & that can't be uninstalled because the manufacturer decided to squeaze a bit more blood out of that stone. Just a phone that makes/takes calls, text messages, & is smart enough to have a built in screen reader for the blind. It'll have to do. =-\

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You've been Zucked: Facebook boss refuses to face-off with Brit MPs

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Re: "You can call me a dreamer..."

I wish the world decided to block FarceBook, Instascam, Twatter & all the rest of their ilk. All their ads, graphics, posts, & links so that nobody anywhere could get there. That way those arseholes that profit from those sites would feel it the only way they give a fuck about, right in the wallet.

In the mean time the rest of us would have an internet devoid of their crap "content" clogging our bandwidth, which would speed up everything else we wanted to do on the internet.

Imagine it: no more FB, Instascam, Twatter, or their ilk! Aaaaaaahhhhhh... such a wonderful dream!

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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Re: Had the fire brigade called to a five star hotel, in Malta....

I was part of a small team of IT folks that had gone with my boss to some posh meeting about something or other (I've intentionally blanked the marketing bullshit from my mind in self defense). We're in the hotel, meet up with the boss for the morning meeting, & there's a rather nice buffet for breakfast. Boss leads us through the line & grabs something that's wrapped in a pretty metal foil thing. The rest of us grab things not so froofy & head for the banks of toaster ovens, coffee urns, etc. Boss decides hee wants to heat up his prize, stuffs it in the microwave, & punches the buttons. We all hit the deck ("Duck & Cover!") when the microwave exploded. Remember that *metal foil wrapper*? Yeah. Boss was both the laughingstock & whipping boy of the meeting after the fire department finished dousing the burning bits & flame charred shrapnel.

We didn't stay much longer, the boss had us packing & headed out the door before lunch. The only good that came of the whole thing? There was a (probably metal foil) wrapped chocolate on the pillow of my room!

Bosses. Gotta love 'em. Can't live with 'em, can't buy enough quicklime & rolls of carpet to dispose of 'em all...

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Microsoft programming chief to devs: Tell us where Windows hurt you

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Re: Silverlight

Wasted efforts indeed. As I said before I'm not a programmer, but in many of my jobs I've had to work with them in order to write documentation for the programs they were attempting to create.

Programmer takes 6 months to create it, debug it, & polish it enough to release to the public; I take another month to polish up the docs I've been writing about it the entire time; we present a product that's ready to release... Only to have MS yank the rug out from under the programmer & render their work as utterly pointless.

"Now what? If we release it then we have to support it & MS just made it unprofitable to do so. Hey Boss, do we ship it or shitcan it?"

*Cue the sounds of a flushing toilet*

Ok, there's a year's worth of worker hours just wasted. Next step try to recreate the program in whatever MS claims will be their next long term solution.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Eventually the bean counters get pissed off that the programmers "never seem to release anything" (because of the MS rug yanking) & demand "agile" crap. All that does is make the failures happen faster.

So tell me again please, what's the point of developing for Windows when Android is a more stable platform?

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Re: Whats the pain points?

This. A trillion times this.

If you try to write a program for Windows' currently touted pseudo-long-term framework, you'll be fekkin' lucky if they don't kill support for it before you've even finished debuggin' the damned thing.

I'm not even a programmer & I've lost count of the number of times MS has changed their minds in mid breath, radically changed course, & left folks in the lurch.

MS claims it wants to ensure backwards compatability, but the 32bit world is still the largest pool to fish from & Win10 is supposed to be dropping support for it. Universal? Only if you're running Win10; it doesn't work on Win7 & only runs on Win8 if you've allowed it to become infested with Win10 cancer.

Dear MS, you want the pain points? Sit down, shut up, & be prepared to listen for a few DECADES worth of examples of MS fucking over the folks that try to write for Windows. Take notes. Take LOTS of notes.

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Commodore 64 owners rejoice: The 1541 is BACK

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Re: Reliability

I must have been one of the lucky ones as well.

I started with a Vic20, a datasette drive, & a 300baud acoustic coupler modem connected via the joystick port. From there it was a C64, a 1541, & a 1200baud modem of the same ilk. Then I added a 2nd 1541, then a 1581, & a 2nd 1581 so I could do lots of disk copy jobs. I eventually ended up with a C128D, 1750 REU with a SwiftCart & an external 56K Hayes modem with a purple case, the REU maxed out with all the RAM it could stomach, and it pretty much gave The Finger to everyone else at the time as far as computational grunt was concerned.

I used it to write reports, create artwork, fool around on CompuServe & Qlink, and play games like the AD&D GoldBox series of Pool of Radiance.

In all those years I only ever had to replace a single 1541 & that was definitely my fault: they don't tend to work well if you accidently set it on fire. *Sheepish grin*

Ahhhhh... those were the days.

"Nostalgia ain't what it used to be." =-D

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Adobe, 'hyper personalisation' and your privacy

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Adobe in control of privacy?

That's like hiring the fox to guard the henhouse.

Hey Adobe! You know what kind of "experience" I want? I want the experience of orgasmic joy I'd feel over your entire corporation being sent away on the B Ark! Now THAT'S an experience I'd enjoy...

You. fekkin. bungmonkies...

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LG's flagship arrives with <checks script> ... G7 what now?

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At Dave 126, Re: Loudspeaker

Instead of leaving your phone in one place & turning up the volume to be heard far away, may I suggest slipping it on to your shoulder beneath your shirt, so it doesn't fall off when you move & thus can be at a much lower volume yet still be heard?

I have a phone case with a belt clip & clip it to my shirt upon my shoulder, that way I don't have to turn the volume to max yet can still hear it no matter how loud my environment. I call it my "electronic shoulder parrot" because I've made the ring tone to sound like a parrot sqwaking "ACK! RingyRingyRingy! *Whistle*". I have an audio book player that I put on the other shoulder in the same fashion, making it easy to listen to audio books as I'm wandering around the house cleaning stuff. It makes it much easier to hear than if I leave it somewhere & try to blow out it's tiny tinny speakers so I can maybe hear it from another room.

It saves on battery power, makes it so I don't miss anything if some other audio source tries to get my attention (reach up & hit pause), & means I don't lose either device in my meandering.

Just a suggestion. Take it or leave it as you like. Cheers! =-)

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