* Posts by Trilkhai

153 posts • joined 20 Aug 2016

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Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

Trilkhai

Re: "Snoopy characters"

Charles Schulz would be rolling in his grave if he hadn't always had healthy distance towards his work and fame.

He also wouldn't be rolling in his grave because he absolutely loathed the name "Peanuts", which was arbitrarily assigned to his work by the syndication company.

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Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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Re: Definition of fake news

Fake news is a news hype cycle about what is going to happen but never does. … That easy.

Apparently not that easy, given you got it wrong. Reporting on potential future events is mere speculation; fake news is a form of slander/libel, meaning that it has to make deliberately false or misleading claims about someone or something. Saying "candidate X is going to destroy the country" is mere speculation, for example, while saying "candidate X runs a secret child porn ring in a nearby pizza parlor" is fake news (slander/libel).

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No, no, you're all wrong. That's not a Kremlin agent. It's someone with 'inauthentic behavior'

Trilkhai

Re: Sheryl Sandberg was/is considering a run for President

Given she worked her way to the top, has reportedly had a successful career running huge companies that haven't declared bankruptcy, and appears to stay cool under pressure rather than publicly lashing out — so she's at least more qualified than the person currently holding the position. If he can do it, well...

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HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy

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Re: Right decisions?

While I don't feel like my 5" Moto E4 is too large for my overly-long-fingered female hands, it's about the most I can cram into the back pocket of my jeans and I suspect a larger phone wouldn't fit easily into my jacket pockets, either.

I'm just waiting for a company to release a phone with a flexible 5.25" display and market it as the Floppy.

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Re: Notchless

> who views webpages on their phone in portrait?

I definitely do... I zoom the article I'm interested in reading so it spans the width of the screen and only the cruft I'm not interested in is off-screen; if I view the page in landscape mode, then a large chunk of the screen is wasted on sidebars & similar stuff. Also, proportionally speaking, a blank line in portrait mode would take up 90 characters of space rather than 160 characters, so portrait mode would also waste less space.

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We're all sick of Fortnite, but the flaw found in its downloader is the latest way to attack Android

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>pretty much every major manufacturer is delivering security updates on anything that cost more than a couple of hundred quid, and isn't more than a couple of years old

Including all active phones when describing patch adoption rates is being accurate; limiting the results to only the expensive recent phones is what would qualify as "swaying the metric."

A person shouldn't need to spend a few hundred dollars every other year to have a secure phone, especially given that major-brand (Moto, LG, etc.) budget phones have been powerful enough for a while now to more than adequately serve an average adult for 2-3 years.

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Everybody dance now: Watch this AI code fool friends into thinking you can cut a rug like a pro

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Re: VPN

I'm in the US and not on a VPN, but still got the "video not available" error until I clicked on the YouTube logo to watch it on their site instead. (Then, once I did get to see it and discovered 90% was just people doing jerky robotic movements followed by the system struggling to handle ballet, it was a bit of a letdown. It'd be much more interesting if they could make it look like elderly professors & American-football linebackers were performing Travolta's "Saturday Night Fever" dance, MC Hammer's moves, or other high-energy fun stuff...)

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Just how rigged is America's broadband world? A deep dive into one US city reveals all

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Speeds

These figures take the minimum broadband speed of 25Mbps as the benchmark. That is sufficient if only one person is watching a high-definition video...

No, try again. I pay for a 6 mbps DSL connection, and that's sufficient for my mother to watch TV in HD while I websurf or watch lower-quality YouTube/ShoutCast videos. As nice as 25mbps would be, it's absurd to claim people need it to watch videos, surf the web, or do much of anything else remotely reasonable.

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It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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Re: Forget the geeky stuff, sort out the user experience.

Odd. I'm only moderately technically-oriented, learned Photoshop up through an advanced (class) level about 17 years ago (last version prior to the "CS" junk), but had little trouble switching to GIMP in 2008. I believe GIMP's UI is fairly similar to that old version of Photoshop -- I know that when I tried using a recent CS edition, I was frustratingly lost due to the UI changes.

To respond to some of the things mentioned in this thread:

-- Choose a brush/pencil size: select the shape in the tool box, then tweak the "size" control beneath it or use the [ and ] keys to increase/decrease size.

-- Draw (or erase) a straight line: select the brush or pencil and a size, then click at the starting point on the image, hold down the SHIFT key and click around the endpoint (as long as you don't release the SHIFT key you can readjust it).

-- Undo: hit ctrl-z... Or use the Layers & History box: IIRC 'history' is the second tab from the left; once it's selected, you can step backwards through every action you've taken.

I admit that the UI could definitely use a lot of work and that it needs a name change. Yeah, yeah, we know what the acronym stands for, but we all refer to it as GIMP, which *is* an insulting term.

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Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out

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(and seriously, who the hell exposes a printer to the internet?)

Someone who has a printer/scanner that they want to be able to scan/OCR/upload documents to a shared service without physical intervention, have it grab documents/images from the server to print out, etc. and get firmware updates so it keeps pace with changes to its compatible services.

(Though to be fair, I leave my Brother printer/scanner unplugged most of the time so it doesn't waste ink by compulsively cleaning the fucking cartridges every few days.)

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Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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Majordomo woes

Back when I was in college about 20 years ago, I volunteered to run a discussion list for a bunch of mostly-senior-citizen genealogists using my ISP account's Majordomo access in spite of having never actually tried to administer it before. In order to spare my users a ton of test messages, I created a "groupname-test" list for me to work out the kinks on before applying it to their group. After several hours of struggling to get everything set up, I sent a frustrated test message consisting of foul language — but predictably forgot to include the "-test" in the address, thus accidentally cussing out 20-30 grannies. (Thankfully, when I apologized they told me that they had actually found it quite funny.)

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Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

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some households (on the other side of the world) can't afford that subscription

A lot of households right here in the USA can't afford it, either.

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And in current affairs: Rogue raccoon blacks out city power grid after shocking misstep

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Bah, 6,000's nothing…

Seattle is lucky. Last weekend, about 18,000 houses in my city as well as the municipal water pumps lost power for 3-4 hours, and so far all PG&E has told people is that the incident somehow involved a bird. (How that was possible, or whether it should even be possible in the first place, hasn't been explained yet.)

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IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

Trilkhai

Re: Simple solution

Nah, they've already stuck the early Millennial prototypes with the idiotic label of "Xennials." (Dumbest name possible for a generation...makes us sound like houseplants with some kind of seasonal-sprouting identity disorder.)

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Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb

Trilkhai

This is a bit disturbing — the closest thing that I have to an IoT device is my networked printer and I've only used Google Assistant briefly once out of curiosity, yet my Moto E4 spent the past day or so periodically displaying the useless "sorry, something went wrong" message at the bottom of the screen.

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

Trilkhai

Re: Not Millennials!

The math-challenged** demographers finally admitted a year or two ago that people born in in the mid-late 70s & early 80s are a separate generation due to the immense technological/cultural shifts that took place. Unfortunately, instead of giving us a cool name that references technology*** they decided to name us Xennials, which sounds like a houseplant with a seasonal-blooming identity disorder.

**According to them, Gen X is the offspring of the Silent Generation (which had its first kids in its late teens/early 20s) & Millennials are the kids of the Boomers (which had their first kids in their early 20s), yet the SG & Boomers were each respectively 25+ years old at the time.

***like the "Micro Generation", which at least would reference micro-computers (orig. term for the 8-bit home computers released when we were infants/little kids) and microwaves. I can't speak for you, but I'd rather be called "Gen M" or "a Micro" than a dysfunctional houseplant.

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Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

Trilkhai

Re: Some men do get periods ...

At least 1% of the population of the world are actually, biologically, medically, intersex.

That's the same portion as people like diabetics, autists, redheads, etc....

Estimating the prevalence of intersex people is difficult, as there's no consensus on what is or isn't included. The conditions that genuinely involve some crossing of the sexes (chromosomal abnormalities, androgen insensitivity, genitals that aren't clearly male or female, etc.) appear in fewer than 1/1000 births. That's nowhere near the percentages of the population who are diabetic, autistic, red-headed, etc.:

Diabetes - 8.5% of the population

Autism - 1.5% of births

Redheads - 2-6% of Northern Europeans, 1-2% of all races

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

Trilkhai

Re: Technically, the media is plural

@Geoffrey W — It's from this line about halfway through the article:

And then they start imagining that because "the media" is a singular term that it somehow holds and works together as a coherent whole.

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Void Linux gave itself to the void, Korora needs a long siesta – life is hard for small distros

Trilkhai

Also missing...

Yep, and they also forgot PCLinuxOS, which is still going strong at 14 years old. It's a good option for those of us who dislike systemd, but want/need an easy out-of-the-box experience.

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My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?

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Re: Microwaves

Back when I was in the hospital for long periods as a kid in the mid-80s, parents who stayed overnight were allowed to use the staff break-room microwaves, so my parents often waited until I was asleep, then made popcorn to share while they (and typically a few nurses) watched a popular hospital drama.

One night, the show featured a fire at the fictional hospital that was so gripping that my father forgot to take the popcorn out...that is, until one of the nurses commented at the commercial break about 10 minutes later, "man, it seems so real I can practically smell the smoke!" As everyone nodded ("yeah, man, me too") in agreement, Dad took a very quick trip down the hall to find a charred lump in the scorched microwave. He quickly pushed it into the garbage can with a plastic fork and got the heck out of there before anyone could notice.

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"half a cup of coffee into a CRT monitor. "

Back in university, I had a CRT monitor that allowed me to crank the refresh rate up over 130 Hz (provided I didn't mind turning it into a portable heater)...that is, until I knocked over a 12-ounce cup of lemon-lime soda that I'd stupidly placed on the desk hutch right above it. The monitor instantly released a massive whoosh of steam, but when I cautiously opened it up an hour or two later, it was completely dry, and the next day worked fine aside from losing the ability to have a refresh rate over 120 Hz.

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LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

Trilkhai

No, that's how it has become warped in recent decades. Up until that point, "Latin" (Latin-American, Latin lover, etc.) correctly referred to people from countries that speak a language derived from Latin.

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

Trilkhai

Re: Odd thing about millenials...

[Millennials] in Sweden, America, and Singapore with which I am forced to interact all seem considerably more robust and emotionally balanced than our own stock.

Millennials in the UK are less emotionally balanced and robust than the "snowflakes" dominating their generation in America who demand safe spaces & trigger warnings, refuse to do college coursework that makes them uncomfortable, and bring their mothers with them to job interviews? Someone please tell me I'm not the only American reacting to that idea with a mixture of disbelief and horror…

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Mac fans' eyes mist over: Someone's re-created HyperCard

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Re: That reminds me...

I had much more fun with the Boulder Dash Construction Kit!

I would've loved to have that as a kid; Boulder Dash & Super Boulder Dash were easily my favorite action/arcade computer games. The one I had was Pinball Construction Kit, which was initially fun to experiment with (especially the ability to change basic physics) but couldn't hold my attention for too long as pinball simply didn't appeal to me.

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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Re: WTF!

Great, now I have an unusually mean-spirited urge to "warn" members of a certain creative writing sub-Reddit that "everyone who writes their stories with MS Word and uses bad words is going to be banned" just to watch the less-intelligent users freak out.

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Zucker for history: What I learnt about Facebook 600 years ago

Trilkhai

Re: well spoken

millennials…have been doing a rather better job of holding politicians to account than my generation.

From what I've been able to tell, what has actually changed is that Boomers & Xers are a lot more likely to care what young people think (and try to change things to suit them) than the Silent Generation & Greatest Generation were. Our experience at their age was a lot more like the way the tech community has been treated by the people in charge when it tried to save Net Neutrality, create municipal broadband fiber networks, fix/eliminate the DMCA, or many other things. (Well, except for worse: if we'd refused to read books for school that made us uncomfortable or pulled other stunts they do, we would've not only not gotten our way, we would've been in big trouble.)

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Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

Trilkhai

Re: Cyclists Fault

She (particularly her jeans) looked more than visible enough to me in the video the moment that the headlights were on her, and even before that, it seemed clear that something was in the road. An average adult driver would typically slow down upon seeing that some kind of large object was in the road, turned on their high-beams, then changed lanes and/or braked hard to avoid actually hitting it.

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Airbus CIO: We dumped Microsoft Office not over cost but because Google G Suite looks sweet

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Qantas, for crying out loud. Where the hell did you get Quantus?

The same place that the AC above you got “per say” instead of “per se”, most likely…or at least that's my theory.

Have a H2G2 buffer against the effect of reading comments--------------->

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Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

Trilkhai

Re: Compliment slip stapled to 5.25" floppy

Not necessarily — I can attest from my over-enthusiastic childhood use of desk scissors to "notch" floppies that there's a surprisingly large safety margin around most of the actual disc.

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RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting

Trilkhai

Re: At least it wont get any worse

I saw the same deterioration with SwiftKey — in Android 2.3 it had an amazing ability to know which word I meant & predict the next one, but the accuracy really deteriorated over time... I finally stopped using it a few months ago out of sheer frustration; even Gboard does a better job now.

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

Trilkhai

Re: oh the irony

According to the Guardian's article, Damore actually studied computational biology, which appears to be a math/stats-focused major (so, likely more male-dominated) separate from actual biology.

(Note: I'm not ranting at you with the below, just jumping off from your mention of his supposedly being autistic.)

It's also not clear whether he's actually on the autistic spectrum or not. The Guardian claimed he was diagnosed in grad school, but Damore later said first that he was just "likely" autistic, then later that he'd just mistakenly believed that a while ago. AFAICT, his interviews only ever mention 2-3 relevant traits, but they're also found in non-autistics.

All I can say is that while the Guardian was doing Damore a favor by casting him as an innocent underdog, it definitely wasn't doing the non-jerkish majority of autistics a favor by reinforcing the old "auties are geeky arseholes" stereotype. Damore's beliefs & insistence that they're "the truth" are both the result of him being a hardcore MRA Red-Pill Libertarian, not because he's theoretically autistic.

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BOFH: Turn your server rack hotspot to a server rack notspot

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>I'm pretty sure Stephan's pushing 30 by now. Maybe 35.

I think he must be at least 40, given he first appears in early 1996 when Simon was still working at the university:

http://bofharchive.com/1996/bastard96-03.html

(Was 'Stephen' still a common name for newborn boys in NZ after 1980? I'm pretty sure it wasn't in the US...)

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Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

Trilkhai

>>"I've always called it "C-pound".

>You dont say why you call it C£

Most likely because the # on landline phones used to be known as the "pound sign" for a very long time, at least in parts of the US. (I have no idea how that came about, though.)

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Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...

Trilkhai

Re: Gender roles are the problem

<quote>personally, I prefer the term 'gender' for how the sexes may conduct themselves. It is very heavily dependent on time and culture. I prefer the term 'sex' for the biological division. 'Male' & 'Female' denote the sex, 'masculine' and 'feminine' denote the gender.</quote>

It would be more accurate to say that "masculine" and "feminine" refer to the sex/gender stereotypes. If you instead equate gender with the stereotype, you end up with a very large chunk of society having their sex and gender supposedly not match. While a tiny percentage of society might favor that logic, I'm pretty sure most caring guys who enjoy cooking & being around little kids won't agree that their gender is female.

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Lauri Love judgment: Extradition would be 'oppressive' and breach forum bar

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Re: From an American

Agreed. As an American, at this point our "justice" system is so disturbingly unjust that I'm happy when just about anybody being charged for hacking, piracy, or similar crimes manages to wriggle out of its clutches.

Then again, I tend to think we should roll our tech-related laws back to the days when curious, talented individuals could explore networks and disassemble things without getting more than a slap on the wrist. (Anyone curious might read Phil Lapsley's "Exploding The Phone" — the difference in how things were handled is truly stunning.)

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Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

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@Mycho

"Ladies, let it be known ..."

What makes you think women in general think that we believe we're delicate little flowers who avoid eating things like Doritos because they're crunchy?

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Job ad for designer proves its point with MS Paint shocker

Trilkhai

Re: I quite like the ad, bit of tongue in cheek humor.

@John Smith 19 — I can't speak for the rest of California, but tongue–in–cheek humor is definitely common in my part of the SF Bay Area.

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Military alliance NATO adopts official hymn

Trilkhai

Re: Can't we just have a bit of fun?

>Maybe Barbie Girl? Itsy Bitsty Yellow Polka Dot Bikini? Cha Cha Slide?

A Little Less Conversation (A Little More Action, Please)?

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Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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Re: They should learn Coke's lesson

In the US, it actually depended on which part of the country you looked at. People in the South did take it as an attack on their culture, as did many older adults.

There was also a twist to the situation... The taste tests showed that people felt it was "sweeter" than the original — but the company reported that a significant chunk of the flavor backlash was focused on the drink's acidity masking the sweetness. (I certainly remember it seeming much too Pepsi-like.) Given that New Coke appeared during the time periods that bottling companies were switching over to HFCS, it's possible that the version that won taste tests used cane sugar while the final product often used HFCS.

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

Trilkhai

I agree... I decided just last night to start hunting a replacement for my failing Thinkpad T400 with a newer (used) laptop, and I'll definitely be giving the AMD options a more serious look than I would have otherwise.

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Trilkhai

Re: Genetic Diversity?

>What would Intel be if IBM had picked a different processor for its PC back in 1981 (Motorola 68000?)?

I'm guessing Intel would be a footnote in that case… Question is, how would the market have turned out if IBM had chosen Motorola's 68000 or Texas Instruments' 16-bit TMS9900?

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How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

Trilkhai

No double-quote or period keys?

Am I just overlooking them, or are the double-quote and period keys actually missing from the keyboard layout? Using the terminal or writing prose/code would be a pain without them, especially for people who can rapidly touch-type…

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Top Silicon Valley tech battle judge probed over sex pest claims

Trilkhai

It shouldn't be going on in the first place

Thing is, though, employees shouldn't be forced to tell a harasser to knock it off over-and-over as was the case here. Both sexes should be able to focus on their work without being harassed or needing to worry that rejecting boss' advances the wrong way will impact their job/career — it shouldn't depend on whether the boss is attracted to men or women.

Edit to add: I'm all for people joking around bawdily, but doing it persistently when the target is clearly not appreciating it isn't cool — just like the gap between laughing with someone versus at them.

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Ex-Microsoft intern claimed one of her fellow temps raped her. Her bosses hired him

Trilkhai

Re: So what did the police say?

And, finally: it is always men saying that there are "degrees"and "grabbing an ass is not as bad as forcible rape". I doubt the difference is so apparent to the victim. They are both equally invasive, and equally wrong.

No, I think it's very safe to say that the vast, overwhelming majority of women out there (including me) would say that having something jammed into a bodily orifice is literally more invasive, more painful (unless the person has third-degree burns on their butt), and more psychologically damaging.

I can definitely say that as an undersized 13-year-old girl, while I found having my butt & chest grabbed by the jocks as part of a bullying campaign was upsetting, it didn't freak me out half as much as their threats to rape me if they ever found me alone. (They weren't smart enough to threaten to do it if I told on them, or I might not have gotten the little asshats suspended.)

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Trilkhai

Re: So what did the police say?

While I favor letting the police handle matters, a couple of things suggest to me that MS might have mishandled this...

--In the statement from MS that El Reg quoted, they mention meeting with her, but nothing about talking to him or whoever else was at the shared living space to get a feel for how realistic her claims were (if only to avoid hiring a guy that might be a problem for other employees), suggesting they might've been blowing her off.

-- She was told that if she got a restraining order, she would be the one forced to change departments, apparently at some loss to her career based on her reaction. That seems a bit...off.

-- Microsoft says they "encouraged her" to talk with law enforcement, but AFAIK the cops would've been contacted when the hospital did the 'rape-kit' thing that day. That sounds a bit too much like MS Sent a one-size-fits-all CYA statement, not one specific to that incident.

It seems to me like these days, it doesn't usually take much for somebody to lose their job over even an accusation of perfectly-legal but "inappropriate" behavior. I imagine that something like "this co-guy raped me at a shared employee's place; I had the hospital do a rape kit, cops have been alerted" would be parallel to something a company would at least want to look into.

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As the singularity approaches, neural network pens black metal album

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Re: Thought I'd heard this somewhere before.

If "Rogered Bagpipes" has never been used as a band name before, it should be.

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That 70s Show: Windows sprouts Sets and Timeline features

Trilkhai

Re: the 70's? *ANYTHING* but the 70's!

Plaid Stallions Fashion Mockery is also a favorite of mine. "Virgin powers, activate!"

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Trilkhai

Re: the 70's? *ANYTHING* but the 70's!

The 70s also produced a lot of excellent, highly-creative rock music.

Otherwise, you sound like the kids from my junior high back in the late 80s — they started out bashing "70s music" (defined only as 'disco'), then in high school just a few years later, were instead bashing "80s music" (with a similarly narrow definition) and playing 70s rock on the quad during lunch.

As for fashion, pretty much every decade & generation has its share of wince-worthy fads.

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Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

Trilkhai

Re: No Dictaphone Function Right Out The Box!

"an OS should be immediately useful and should ship with a basic set of useful functions right out of the box"

The problem there is that what qualifies as 'basic' & 'useful' varies a great deal between people based on their career, talent & interests.

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

Trilkhai

Re: Maybe they could make an addon?

I switched to Pale Moon for the same reasons a few years ago, after spending a year or two with SeaMonkey.

As for Video Download Helper, the Modified For SeaMonkey 1.x version can be used under PM, though I don't know if it's still fully compatible with all current websites. You might also read/ask the Alternatives to JetPack/SDK Extensions thread on the Pale Moon Forums, since (unlike me) they actually know what the hell they're doing. :o)

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