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Comment Uncommon email address? (Score 1) 213 213

Her email address is not a common one so we do not believe that it is someone accidentally using it;

Well I would hope that her address isn't common--it had better be unique! In any case, I agree with those saying that it's probably someone typo-ing their email address. If you really think that the cable company has her email address in their system, initiate your own password reset. The password reset confirmation email will go to her email box, and you can log into the account from there and see what's going on.

Comment Re:You need crappier doctors (Score 1) 191 191

The requirements are so high because of AMA lobbying: they keep them that way, limit medical schools, and make sure that patients must see physicians even for problems that could be addressed by nurses or pharmacists.

What kinds of problems are those? As far as I know, patients can see nurses for minor problems that can be addressed by nurses (specifically nurse practitioners). The clinics in pharmacies and supermarkets (e.g., CVS Minute Clinic, Walgreen's Healthcare Clinic, The Little Clinic, Rediclinic) are generally staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 86 86

Actually, this happens all the time.

I have purchased ads from Google, and I have never been given their address. Google goes out of their way to make sure there is no way to find a human for technical support. Same goes for Steam, eBay, PayPal. Today companies give you a forum and expect the community to support themselves. It's almost impossible to find them unless they sell a physical product.

Well, maybe you weren't given their address, but Google certainly doesn't try to hide their address or make it difficult for people to find. You can even Google for "Google Headquarters". But more on the subject of what ICANN's doing, their contact info is listed in their whois record.

As for getting a human for technical support on ads: Start at -> Advertising at the lower-left -> AdWords Help Center under Learning & Support at the bottom -> CONTACT US at the upper-right, followed by See local phone number. In the US, their number is 866-2GOOGLE, representatives available Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm Eastern Time, in English and Spanish. Doesn't seem like they're "[going] out of their way to make sure there is no way to find a human for technical support"

Comment Re:Absence?! (Score 1) 595 595

I've been hearing that same scary argument for 15 years. The market has spoken and nobody cares about IPv6. Can you even call up Comcast/Verizon/Charter/AT&T and request IPv6?

I don't need to request it from AT&T; they gave it to me last year without me asking. Pretty sure Comcast did the same even earlier. IPv6 is here today.

Comment Re:Indian Point == Ticking Timb Bomb (Score 1) 213 213

That's absolute genius! 6000 mile long superconducting transmission lines from the North pole. Of course, it only needs to be about a 24 gauge wire, since there is no resistance.

Superconductors have a critical current density, above which they cease to superconduct. While I don't know the actual numbers for common superconductors, I suspect that supporting the world's current draw through a 24 ga wire would exceed the current density limit :)

Comment Re:*sigh* (Score 5, Informative) 306 306

The issue with Obama as it has been stated is that his mother was 18 at his birth and had not lived for five years in the US after she turned 18. So If your mother was under 19 you can't be president. For me, that fucking bogus. An obvious bug, written into the US constitution.

No, that is not an issue at all. While you have to be 35 years old to be president of the US, the age of your mother when you were born is irrelevant. The text of the US constitution is readily available online for you to see for yourself: "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."

You seem to be vaguely referencing the requirements for citizenship at birth for someone who was born outside the US, but that's not an issue with Obama because he was born in the US, and is therefore a natural born US citizen.

Comment Re: Personally I like Microsoft hardware (Score 1) 452 452

Microsoft then screwed up their next natural keyboard called the Microsoft Natural Multimedia. It defaulted to using the specialized keyset MS had introduced (help, undo, redo, new, open, etc) rather than the standard function keys, which were on the same physical keys. Brilliant and forward thinking, right? Because soon everyone will be using those instead of the stodgy old F1-F12 keys. *bzzzt* Wrong! And of course, there was no way to change the default in software, so every time you turn it on or reset the computer, you had to remember to turn on your damned function keys. That keyboard sits on my audio workstation, because apparently I'm too cheap to replace an otherwise perfectly good keyboard that has just one irritating flaw.

I currently use the MS Natural 4000 model on my main workstation, and really love it. Hopefully they'll continue selling it for a long time to come. If not, I'll probably buy a dozen of them and hoard them for the rest of my life.

I also like and use the MS Natural 4000, but it has the same "F lock" behavior that you dislike about the MS Natural Multimedia. The F keys default to being Help, Undo, etc... and you have to press the F lock key for them to work as regular F keys. And apparently F lock always defaults to off and can't be changed through software (though apparently you can kludge something up with the Intellitype software that remaps MS's special keys back to F keys--but it doesn't work for programs that use the raw scancodes, e.g., games that use DirectInput).

Comment Re:No Clinton No Bush (Score 1) 315 315

How many primaries are closed? I remember when I first voted in Texas, the primaries were open, then the Republicans closed theirs. I left before the Democrats closed theirs, and don't know if the Republicans ever un-closed theirs. And they weren't "closed". They were closed to registered democrats, but not closed to undeclared/undecided.

Texas has never had closed primaries, at least not as long as I've been voting (which is over 20 years)--and neoritter's wikipedia link lists Texas as an open primary state. There's also no official party registration in Texas. Sure, you can send some money to the Republicans or the Democrats and they'll send you a card so you can be a card-carrying [whatever], but at voting time, the state doesn't know or care. There is a restriction during the primaries: if you've voted in one party's primary during the election cycle, you may not also vote in the other party's primary during that same election cycle. But during the next election cycle, you're again free to choose which primary you want to vote in.

Comment Re: this is malarky. (Score 1) 132 132

The subject is their washing machines, not HVAC systems. While Nortek may use the Maytag brand name on air conditioners, Whirlpool owns Maytag the washing machine/home appliance company. See, for example, their About page which has a link to Whirlpool captioned "Find out more about our parent company."

It's not uncommon for large companies to split off a division and sell it to another company.

Comment Re: Good and Bad Outcomes (Score 1) 265 265

Workers who are in positions where they are 'tipped' earn a minimum wage of a little over $2/hour, plus those tips. They pay taxes on those earnings plus an IRS-calculated percentage based on the receipts from their tables, whether they were tipped or not. Tips are an excuse to underpay staff.

The minimum direct wage is about $2/hour; however, the minimum total wage is still $7.25/hour. If direct wages + tips end up less than $7.25/hour, the employer pays the difference so that the employee makes $7.25/hour. See

Comment Re:Yes, point is to keep adversary out. It fails. (Score 1) 375 375

When you come back from the bathroom, you want to regain access to your own computer. Think about exactly how you do that. Do you press the power button and reboot, and then enter your authentication credentials into a dialog that you know is your login screen, because you know that every step from boot to login, is intended to protect your interests?

You're stuck there anyways because you can never be sure someone didn't reboot the system, run a keylogger designed to act like the lock screen, and then send your password and reboot the machine.

As the guy you're replying to said, "you know that every step from boot to login, is intended to protect your interests." If you're concerned about someone rebooting the system and running some malware, you should make use of the various features designed to mitigate against that. All PCs these days let you password-protect the BIOS settings, so if you've configured it to only boot from the HD, it's not as simple as an attacker putting in a CD or plugging in a USB flash drive with their keylogger. And for even more protection, you can get a computer with more "enterprisey" features, such as a physical case lock and a chassis intrusion detection switch. If the attacker thinks they'll just open the box up and do a quick hard drive swap or something like that, that's not gonna work. And these days, there's also UEFI Secure Boot. Sure, there are ways to attack all of this, but a BIOS password plus case lock is sufficient for the vast majority of people. If you need more than that, you should probably focus on keeping intruders from getting access to your computer in the first place.

Whether it's user mode per se or not, there are tools to change the behavior of ctrl-alt-delete.

As far as I can tell, that's just a utility that changes the options that are already available in Windows--they're normally controlled via Group Policy. It's not actually running any new code, it's just changing behavior in a way that MS has already allowed. It actually is possible to write your own code that runs when the user presses Ctrl+Alt+Del though; it's called a custom GINA DLL. Of course, if an intruder already has Admin access to install their GINA DLL, it's already too late... The point of Ctrl+Alt+Del is to thwart malware running as an unprivileged user.

PS - The other major thing is that Ctrl-Alt-Delete was originally a DOS-ism that had more to do with dealing with misbehaving, yet not malicious, programs and trying to regain some level of control.

That key combo was selected because no application uses it. Other than that, there's no relation to its use in DOS. Bill Gates has said that he (or Microsoft in general) had wanted a dedicated key for it, but IBM (which was a major keyboard manufacturer at the time) didn't want to add a key for MS. I guess MS eventually had enough clout to get everyone to add the Windows and Context Menu keys, but it wasn't worth changing Ctrl+Alt+Del to use the new keys.

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