* Posts by Smody

13 posts • joined 2 Aug 2016

Apple blew my mind – literally, says woman: MagSafe plug sparked face-torching blaze, lawsuit claims


Huh. Guess I'm just extremely lucky. My Macbook Pro from 2014, and my Albook from 2003 (which I still use for a little web development), have never had any of those problems.

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day


That camcorder story actually happened to me, a month ago, except that I was both the hoarder, and the bunch of colleagues. I was trying to think of a way to give away a Sony Handycam, when I discovered that I had numerous cassettes dating back to 1998. So I got them all on hard disk, and all it took was buying a new battery (I bought 2, just in case) with a charger, and a Firewire 400 to 800 adapter, and a Firewire 800 to Thunderbolt adapter, and external storage (spinning rust, of course), and software to make it easier.... Sigh. Instead of de-hoarding, I added more.

Law forcing Feds to get warrants for email slurping is sneaked into US military budget



"(b) to relax requirements on the government in requesting deferred notification to targeted individuals by increasing the maximum life of such delays from 90 to 180 days".

The Congress giveth, and the Congress taketh away. "We've been reading your emails for 3 - er, 6 months now. Have a nice day".

Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support


Good thing it wasn't a U.S. office.

Instead of feeding it fruit, they would have used a butcher knife. (And yes, I'm USAn).

'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows


Re: @Charles 9

"to those "security questions" that really need to die." HALLEFREAKINLLUYAH. I hate those questions, and I NEVER specify a meaningful answer. Although sometimes they do indicate that i have psychological problems:

Favorite pet: Godzilla.

Favorite restaurant: Roach Motel Moe's.


and pass phrase acronyms: IHTGDSSQs.

Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list


It could be worse.

You could be an American. These vile fascists are now the face of the USA. If I went overseas, I'd try to learn to speak like a Canadian. I certainly wouldn't want to advertise that I'm from THAT place.

The social media stuff is stupid to the point of being funny: sorry, boss, I don't got no soshul media, what is that, anyway? But passwords to BANK ACCOUNTS!? Oh, HELL no.

Banned! No streaming live democracy from your phones, US Congress orders reps





Not that big a deal.

In the first place, I question how they'll enforce it and levy fines. Any member who wants to stream proceedings should go right ahead, and tell the Repubs to screw themselves. In the second place, I worry more that the Republicans (or Democrats, for that matter) will disappear the voting records. Right now, I can go look at the text of every bill or resolution, and I can see how every member voted. While I recognize the significance of public statements, I evaluate members almost entirely on how they vote. If that information goes away, elections become even more of a farce.

Democralypse Now? US election first battle in new age of cyberwarfare


Re: Hmmmm

Why limit it to the Democratic primary? Exit polls in the U.S. have been different from official results to a degree that is statistically ridiculous, for a long time.

I see no reason to invest any trust whatsoever in machines using secret coding. That applies to both computer voting (less predominant than in the past), and tabulators (very widely used).

Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas


Re: Doctor, help me, a spider gave me this huge erection!

I really did LOL when I read this. The headline was crazy enough ("Lethal" + "4-hour-erection-causing"?), but this was the perfect response.

Google to block web views from using its OAuth


Re: Android really really sucks

"....where even changing the wallpaper or ringtone is fucking building-the-pyramids level of effort."

Not true. Changing wallpaper or ring tones is easy. Adding your own ringtone, not so much.

China's moon rover dies of extreme old age, after two-and-a-half years


"using differing mathematical units and thus turning from a lander into an impact probe." D'OH! And yet we STILL won't go fully metric. (Yes, I'm one of those USAn dolts).

Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?


Re: Just another distraction.

"... the media is trying to spin into another Dean scream."

Said media including theregister. That headline is on a par with a poster advertising a 1950s sci-fi movie; MELTS YOUR BRAIN!!!! What a load of crap.

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