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Comment: A pain but not a PITA (Score 1) 388

by Bryan Bytehead (#45933537) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

I've got a common enough name that hits one of my Gmail accounts. I reply ALL back, and tell them I'm not the person that they are looking for. Although for some issues, this doesn't work. Juniper Card Services. I've emailed, I've talked to them on the phone, I've marked them as spam. I was able to figure out one guy's real email (he was looking for a new car) who lived in Hong Kong. Another guy in West Virginia was sending me stuff about used cars, and the sender was pissed that I wasn't responding. I told him where I lived, NOT in WV, and that his emails were going to the wrong place. Frat brothers have sent me crap. I've gotten a ton of personal emails.

Luckily for me, I don't use this email address as my regular address. But if I did, I would be doing password resets just to lock those jokers out of their accounts.

And I have deja vu, didn't we discuss this previously on /.?

Comment: What some call malware (Score 1) 149

by Bryan Bytehead (#45757549) Attached to: Microsoft Security Essentials Misses 39% of Malware

others call a utility.

MSE doesn't give a damn about Produkey. Every other antivirus I've ran wants to erase it.

I have a program called vfat.com, which was a disk defragmenter for MS-DOS, working only on FAT formatted disks. I have used it hundreds of times for years back in the days of dial-up 2400bps BBS. Now, everybody screams that it's some kind of virus. The damn file predates the Morris worm, and you're telling me that it's a virus, the VFAT virus?

Another program, pskill seems to be on most other antivirus lists. I think it got corrected, but I remember when mIRC was considered a virus because somebody was using it (surreptitiously) for command and control.

Comment: There are ads on Sourceforge? (Score 1) 336

Who knew?

Ad Block Plus FTW!

Installers that install much more than what I asked for, on the other hand...

Speaking of bittorrent, I updated Utorrent recently and found out that it really wanted to install Search Protection.

No thanks!

Not that utorrent can't seem to remember where it installed itself last time, (didn't it used to be truly portable???!), but to be installing crap like that without even asking?

Comment: My great grandchildren... (Score 1) 662

by Bryan Bytehead (#44649251) Attached to: Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom

will most likely never learn to drive.

Fuck freedom.

Look at why we are now required to wear seatbelts despite the fact that air bags are the better reason why we don't get hurt in accidents as much as we used to. The 55 speed limit was all about saving oil. Now the speed limits are all about the safety.

It's all about the safety.

Comment: WTF? (Score 1) 124

Flash works. No Script works. Adblock Plus works.

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64; rv:22.0) Gecko/20130329 Firefox/22.0 ID:20130329030904 CSet: 8693d1d4c86d

Now, if you want to crash 64-bit Nightly, this is the way to do it.

http://deshommesetdeschatons.tumblr.com/

Keep scrolling. And it's nice that the crash reports are null and invalid.

Comment: Re:I have a Galaxy Note (Score 1) 320

by Bryan Bytehead (#43041773) Attached to: Smartphone Screen Real Estate: How Big Is Big Enough?

4) can you dial easily with one hand?
5) does it fit in your pants pocket comfortably?

On #4, I use my Note two handed. Which isn't that big a deal. I use Swype, so I'm not tapping out individual keys, and I would still have trouble using Swype with a smaller phone, as my digits aren't wired that way to hold and try to Swype with my thumb. And the previous device I used, a Palm TX, was certainly used two handed, so I really don't have an issue of using it two handed. Even my daughter's GS 2, I have to use two handed, and that's a fairly small phone.

On #5, it fits in all of my pants pockets comfortably, at least the front ones. I'd probably break the Gorilla Glass front if I kept it in any of my back pockets. I tend to break the unbreakable combs somehow, already.

Comment: I have a popular name on Gmail myself. (Score 1) 239

by Bryan Bytehead (#43020147) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Identity Theft Attempt In Progress; How To Respond?

I've had Bryan Prices from Canada, Hong Kong, and the various states (including a person in mine!) that forget that they don't own that particular gmail.com address. I have gotten things to do with Juniper, Apple, business loan applications, cable TV and Internet appointments set (it took them over two weeks, but I think they finally realized that they were using the wrong email on that one), frat brothers that think I'm part of their frat (wrong frat, I'm afraid), people sending me pictures of their Jeeps as if I'm in the market. The automated stuff like the Juniper stuff, I just mark as spam. I have called them, but because I'm not a customer, they refuse to do anything about it. Meanwhile, that guarantees that I will never use them for anything. Notifying the mistaken parties can still be an issue, because they don't change their address book, and the next email arrives to me!

Comment: Too late (Score 1) 275

by Bryan Bytehead (#43004523) Attached to: Human Rights Watch: Petition Against Robots On the Battle Field

The drones are already in the air. Do we really need robots when it's just easier to kill from the air?

And if the drones are too pin-point, there are still enough nukes out there to take out huge portions of population if that is the need.

It's all going to be death by air, drone, ICBM or bunker buster.

Comment: Really? (Score 1) 173

'As we move toward the cloud and technology gets easier to use...'

And who is going to administrate the "cloud"? Yeah, it's nicely removed, there is still quite a bit of manual work to be involved even with cloud solutions.

And just who is going to fix his shit when the cloud decides to do a Nemo, or it just evaporates? He really doesn't have a clue.

Comment: Ran into this on an Acer laptop. (Score 1) 467

by Bryan Bytehead (#42852449) Attached to: What To Do When an Advised BIOS Upgrade Is Bad?

I upgraded the BIOS, I think it had to do with turning on a virtual mode.

Bricked it like nobody's business. Nothing like a blank screen when you turn it on.

My previous desktop was easy to flash, and had a large enough flash chip that it actually kept the old image, and you could boot it so that it would recover. Unless, I'm guessing, that it was so bad that it couldn't do much. Makes me wonder. But it never bricked, and I never had an issue.

Comment: 8 character? (Score 1) 538

by Bryan Bytehead (#42841105) Attached to: Deloitte: Use a Longer Password In 2013. Seriously.

My 9 character password has been busted for two years now. I now have a system that gives me 13 character passwords that are now different for each site. Unfortunately, not every account, something I've been thinking about. That seems adequate for now, my wife was bitching about how she had to go with the new system when I was trying out Win 8 Consumer Preview since I was using my Hotmail account.

Maybe using 4 "symbols" as it were, but I wouldn't limit myself to seven characters, I'm thinking about adding in a number sequence that not many people would actually know (phone number from the '60/'70s, my first work data entry machine (029 and 129 would NOT be the numbers! :), possibly the now current address of a former home that was only a RR number back then, actually, quite a few of those...), and finally adding something to identify the site to identify the account.

Of course, I always had to deal with the sites that only allowed 8 characters way back then. Some would take more, but the actual password was limited to 8. Sad actually.

Passwords are on their way to being dead. It really is only a matter of time.

I was one of the lucky 250K+ of Twitter that had to reset their passwords.

With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm?

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