* Posts by Shadow Systems

583 posts • joined 26 Jul 2007

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Rattled toymaker VTech's data breach case exiting legal pram

Shadow Systems

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?

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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?

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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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Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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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Shadow Systems

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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Shadow Systems

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!

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

Re: So it's a virtual improbability?

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

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Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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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Shadow Systems

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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Shadow Systems

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!

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

@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

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

Why the headline change?

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

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Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

!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?)

Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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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Shadow Systems

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

Shadow Systems

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

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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

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@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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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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