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Comment: Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (Score 2) 640

by Bosconian (#48804099) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Classic Shell is a brilliant piece of kit for certain, but I can't imagine any business or institution relying on it for all their forward-facing GUI. Typically problems like a broken GUI are something you require the vendor such as Microsoft to repair. So while I agree that Classic Shell deserves to be mentioned in response to most naysayers, it is not reasonable to expect a corporation or institution to install such a lovely and clever hack to tweak every Win 8 box, especially when it doesn't play with Group Policy and "support" is handled by one or two people - even though it is open source.

Comment: Re:All security is illusory. (Score 1) 126

by Bosconian (#48225233) Attached to: Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware To Downloads
Please reference many years of comics culture and style that GP is emulating.

The repeated consonants or vowels, usually at the start of a sentence or thought, indicate heightened emotion--usually fear, trepidation, worry, or embarassment. The halting flow of the language is representative of those conditions, where the speaker's confidence is not sufficient to continue the strings of phonemes without retrying / restarting the word or phrase several times.

I hope this clears up your questions and possibly takes away some of your anti-stuttering bias. I feel better now too.

Comment: Better predictors available, according to Moss (Score 1) 104

by Bosconian (#46362133) Attached to: Blood Test of 4 Biomarkers Predicts Death Within 5 Years

- Why? Yes! Because that website said you were going to die at 3pm, didn't it?
- Did it? I can't remember.
- How could you forget? It clearly stated that you were going to die, today. At precisely 3:00. Unless it was tomorrow. But no, it's today, at 3:00.

Some phones are meant to have a weedy vibrate setting.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

Submitted by wbr1
wbr1 writes: It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format.

Comment: Re:Transparency Centers? (Score 1) 90

by Bosconian (#45619557) Attached to: Microsoft's NSA 'Transparency' Push Remains Pretty Opaque

Cute - I was thinking something more along the lines of:

"Hello, and welcome to Microsoft Software Security Assurance Enterprise, Small Business, Government, and Education Transparency Center number 6!

You'll notice that there's a beautiful and fluid whiteboard set up over here to the right. These lines represent our data flow between all of our convenient and secure value-adding services to our customers, and these dots with arrows pointing to an unlabeled blue box are transfer nodes, which Microsoft has decided are not applicable to this Transparency Center presentation.

Now, if you'll look directly in front of you, there's a window that you're free to gaze through to observe Microsoft's server operations for a period of 32 minutes. Please don't touch the glass, and thank you for visiting Microsoft Transparency Center, or as we on the the Security Assurance team lovingly refer to it, 'MSTC6.' Please visit us again soon, and don't forget to accept a complimentary Microsoft gift bag including some enticing software discounts!"

Comment: Other famous gaffes that affected public opinion (Score 1) 312

Or Klingon opinion, anyway:

"Captain's log, stardate 9522.6. I've never trusted Klingons, and I never will. I can never forgive them for the death of my boy. It seems to me our mission to escort the Chancellor of the Klingon High Council to a peace summit is problematic at best. Spock says this could be an historic occasion and I'd like to believe him. But how on Earth can history get past people like me?"

Comment: Re:Resume (Score 1) 177

by Bosconian (#44923465) Attached to: NSA Posts Opening For "Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer"

Your necessary qualifications should also include Cognitive Dissonance (Level IV, but if you believe you're a Level V, we will accept that) and Reality Distortion Warp experience (6 years in a public-facing position. We noticed you wrote "3 years" here but after tallying the total experience reported worked, your history qualifies.)

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