* Posts by Trilkhai

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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

Trilkhai

>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

Trilkhai

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

Trilkhai

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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Thumb Up

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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Trilkhai

Re: Fuck Mozilla and its "bend over and let us fuck you" attitude

No reason to stop using the web — there's enough browsers that either support legacy Firefox extensions or have equivalents in their own ecosystems these days. A quick rundown, since the names always pop up without explanations:

SeaMonkey: Firefox's still-updated parent; XUL extensions (maybe JetPacks?)

Waterfox: Australis fork; XUL & JetPack extensions

Pale Moon: pre-Australis fork; XUL extensions & PM rebuilds of many JetPacks

Vivaldi: fully customizable unique UI; Vivaldi & Chrome extensions

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Trilkhai

Re: Forks are already out. Try Waterfox

Seconded — and logging into eBay with LastPass also works perfectly fine in Pale Moon. I had no idea that it wasn't working in Firefox; then again, I switched to PM full time when Australis came out.

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

Trilkhai

Moto e4 reacts the same to warm fingers...

Oddly enough, while I've never run into it with any other Android device, I've discovered that my Moto e4's touchscreen & fingerprint reader similarly fail if I attempt to use it when my hands are overly warm. I have to wait a good 3-4 minutes before I can use it after getting out of the shower or washing my hands in warm water, for example — a bit problematic when somebody's calling me, an urgent notification arrives, or I need to pause my music.

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

Trilkhai

Accuracy, for the love of dogs, accuracy!

I think that I could handle my mother using fewer words than necessary for me to figure out the problem *if* she managed to use the correct freaking words. For some reason, even though she's been using computers and the Web for 25 years, sometime after she turned 60 she began randomly mixing up Internet & desktop terminology, like “I clicked on the Windows button, but a window said my program couldn't be found, so I tried a different bookmark and now I can't get to my genealogy site!"

I've tried to get her to understand that it's important for her to use the right words so I can understand what's wrong, but she always uses the same argument people who mangle English online do — "as long as you can figure out what I meant, then that's good enough."

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Trilkhai

Re: PBKAC

I think that my faith in humanity's intelligence evaporated when an ER doctor asked me, “have you had your congenital birth defects your entire life?”

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Dumb autonomous cars can save more lives than brilliant ones

Trilkhai

Re: Now is that "10 per cent better than humans" or "10 per cent better than American humans?"

Doesn't the US also have a much greater dependence on cars in general than the UK? I'm just thinking: if Americans have to spend a lot more time behind the wheel on average than the British do, then it could be that the fatality rate per hours driven is equivalent, even though the per-capita rate is higher.

I can't say for others' experiences elsewhere, but the handful of simple 1-lane "traffic circle" roundabouts we have in my town are both faster & safer than the traditional intersections are. (If we had the multi-lane type that's common across the pond, I might feel differently.)

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Trilkhai

Re: As I've said many times

"More importantly, those numbers are skewed by drunk drivers and other people not paying attention."

My thought exactly. There's a good reason why insurance companies charge different amounts to drivers based on our age and driving record — there's a big difference between "all drivers on average" and "middle-aged drivers with 12+ years experience and a spotless record."

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What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709

Trilkhai

Re: You're expecting sense?

No… Bill Gates stepped down from being Chairman way back in 2014; he's now just listed as a "technology adviser" but doesn't appear to have much influence, given he was/is against MS becoming a hardware company.

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Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki

Trilkhai

Re: TRACK RECORDS

That's the thing that frustrates me as an agnostic when I see comments taking the stance of "bad things having happened means that any possible 'good' doesn't count." Pretty much everything capable of making a positive impact on humanity will also have been associated with or used to cause harm—and a lot of the time, the people saying "bad nullifies any good" would protest angrily if somebody made parallel statements about their favorite part of computer technology, like computer games or the Internet.

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Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

Trilkhai

Re: I'd suspected this for years.

> From what I gleamed from the page linked, I'm afraid that the "HW abuser"

> in your comment doesn't mean "Hardware Abuser".

I couldn't sort out what you were figuring "HW abuser" stood for based on that page or the one it linked to, but based on the Wikipedia description of the Chaos Manor column, "HW abuser" sounds like it was in fact about a standard user/non-expert "abusing" hardware:

"Pournelle wrote the "Chaos Manor" column in Byte. In it Pournelle described his experiences with computer hardware and software, some purchased and some sent by vendors for review, at his home office."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Pournelle#Journalism

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SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

Trilkhai

Re: Fix Earth's Climate Using Terraforming Instead of Seeking Escape!

A rocket/orbiter/spaceship won't do us any good if Earth happened to be hit by an asteroid, either. At best that might get the richest people off the planet, but wouldn't protect even a fraction of a percent of Earth's flora & fauna, and the human survivors would have the prospect of spending their remaining days on a planet that makes Earth's most barren desert look like the freaking rainforest by comparison.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

Trilkhai

Re: I wonder

It's a shame that Pratchett didn't ask another close relative or friend to finish what he was working on, rather than asking his daughter — I wouldn't be ready to even seriously contemplate the idea for years in her position...

One of my other longtime favorite comedic-fantasy authors (Diana Wynne Jones) instead asked one of her sisters to consider completing her final in-progress novel after her death. Her sister did eventually step up, and did a good enough job that very few people can tell where she took over.

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Chrome wants to remember which Websites to silence

Trilkhai

Pale Moon, too

Thanks for the tip — I just checked in Pale Moon, and it similarly has:

media.autoplay.enabled

image.animation_mode

dom.animations-api.core.enabled

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Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

Trilkhai

Re: Reader mode

I think that the author meant that Safari & Chrome don't come with ad-blockers built in, and that a lot of people use them without looking into adding any.

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Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

Trilkhai
Meh

Re: Aww

While the new ones aren't my favorite style, I don't find them quite as grating as the melting gummy-treats... Actually, if they'd *really* been blobs — wavy-edged splats centered in their frames — I probably would've liked them for their quirkiness. Having them puddled at the bottom of the frame like somebody stepped on (or possibly microwaved) a gumdrop, however, is definitely not appealing to me.

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Trilkhai

Unless I'm misunderstanding what you mean, Google included the ability to set & revoke each app's permissions on a fine-grained level in Nougat. It works in the almost-stock version that came on my Moto E4, at least...

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British Airways waves Bing dong: At least it's not a tech cockup

Trilkhai

It's quite easy to see in the second/enlarged image in yesterday's article, if you missed it:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/17/bing_there_dong_that/

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Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

Trilkhai

Re: isogen74

“The underlying issue is that consumers are not really willing to pay the costs of goods produced where workers have the same standard of living that they think they are entitled to.”

Actually, it depends heavily on where those workers are located and whether the consumer can afford the higher price. Most people I've encountered will quite proudly pay slightly-higher prices to support locally-owned stores if they can afford it and all else is equal. They're uninterested in paying prices they can't comfortably afford, however (which is why shops like Wal-Mart are a huge hit with the rural poor), or supporting people that aren't from the same general region.

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Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call

Trilkhai

From what I can tell, Mozilla is suffering from the same "bugfixing is boring, let's make something new" syndrome as the KDE & GNOME developers have for the past several years. Requests from traditional extension developers to include the elements they'd need to make their extensions work on the new versions were met with a big "wontfix" — not can't, won't... Other non-Chrome browsers (e.g. Pale Moon) manage to install security updates rapidly without having to rip their UI to shreds, and often those browsers are also quite a bit faster than recent FF builds.

I'm a Linux user as well — I used Mosaic followed by Netscape, Mozilla Suite, and Firefox until Australis showed up. By that time it was clear that Mozilla didn't give a whit about their userbase, so I jumped ship to Pale Moon, which continues to let me use my old extensions without a hassle.

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Trilkhai

Pale Moon works fine without hiccups on my system, and I've got a relatively old Core2Duo laptop...

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Assange offers job to sacked Google diversity manifestbro

Trilkhai
Holmes

@kraphus

I'm baffled as to why so many people don't see it ­— but then again, my traits are pretty close to the polar-opposite of a stereotypical woman, so it'd be hard for me to overlook how silly it is to lump together people by gender...

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

Trilkhai

Re: foreshadowing?

Thanks for posting that — I remembered reading it back when it was first making the rounds and wanted to share it here just now, but couldn't find it in my bookmarks or on the Web.

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McAfee settles McAfee lawsuit over McAfee name

Trilkhai

Its rep was trash long before 2013...

<quote>McAfee himself was partly responsible for damaging his own name-brand, calling the 2013 version of the security suite "the worst software on the planet" in a bizarre NSFW video featuring himself, some strippers, some suspicious nose powder, a handgun, and a PC.</quote>

From what I recall, McAfee was decent software back before Intel purchased it, and their changes made it notorious for being awful & extremely hard to get rid of. John McAfee made the video because he was fed up with people berating him over software he hadn't touched in almost 20 years and insisting he tell them how to remove it.

Personally, I got a kick out of the video — both because I find lunatic antics amusing, and because I remembered having more than one "dammit, am I going to have to clean-install Windows to get rid of this POS?!" moment when trying to purge McAfee (or Norton) from people's systems.

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

Trilkhai

Re: midas != microsoft

That would explain a lot, given a hell of a lot of Millennial Pacific Northwest/West Coast engineers also happen to be hipsters...or at least do a damn good imitation.

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Windows Insiders with SD cards turn into OneDrive outsiders

Trilkhai

Re: Place holders

Nice Try File System is far too kind — I've been known when frustrated to call it "Not This Fucking Shit!".

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How to pwn phones with shady replacement parts

Trilkhai

Or repair it yourself

I usually buy low-end or used phones that cost a little over half that much, but I fix/replace any bad parts myself if at all possible, since most of the repairs are pretty simple. My logic is that if hardware is damaged enough that it needs a professional to work on it, then whatever problem I'm noticing is likely just the tip of the clusterfuck, and in that case I just sell it as-is for parts.

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Trilkhai

Mac, not MAC

The computer's called a "Mac" — a "MAC" is the unique network address that a device has to identify it on a network.

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Trilkhai

Re: Error 53

Even if the income from repairing a phone is negligible, it gives Apple the chance to sell other stuff to the person while they're in their store, particularly things that would relate to whatever had been wrong with the phone.

Also, it could be a pretty decent generator of sales of new iPhones. Apple stores aren't easily accessible everywhere (do they offer mail-in repairs?), so if the option of taking an iPhone to a third-party repair shop wasn't available, the user would donate or sell a broken one as-is and buy a replacement. The same outcome would be likely to result for people (especially non-technical types who got the news third-hand) who got the impression that all repairs lead to the iPhone being unable to tolerate upgrades.

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

Trilkhai

Full site hosting's not easy for everyone...

A bunch of people have commented that PhotoBucket's users could switch to a cheap full site host for far less money than PB's extortionate fee — while technically true, the reason a lot of those people were using PB because they lack the skills needed to host their own site. I'm fairly technically capable, wrote/hosted my own site & blog from 1996-2003, and I find modern 'tools' like C-Panel too much of a pain in the ass to bother with, so I sure wouldn't expect the less-technical crowd to deal with it.

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Trilkhai

Thanks for suggesting that — I've been trying to find a decent host, as the ones I had been using for the past several years have all either merged, shut down, or switched to crappy interfaces.

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