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Comment: Re:Hardly anyone says, "I don't use Google+" (Score 1) 146

by DigitalSorceress (#49167507) Attached to: Google+ Divided Into Photos and Streams, With New Boss

Add me as a "me too" - I wanted to just use this name as it's my "Nome de net"... but I ended up making a completely fake account with a 'real sounding name" just so I could use Hangout with some co-workers as our informal "virtual office"

Yeah, I could use my real name, but I wanted to keep any activity strictly not-directly-officially-tied to me or my employer... they've got a social media policy which I just would rather avoid by using a pseudonym.

Comment: Re:Click-to-Play Would Improve Flash, Too (Score 1) 111

by DigitalSorceress (#48159129) Attached to: Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

I totally agree...

That's why the browser I use for regular surfing doesn't have Flash, Java, Shockwave, or Silverlight.. and I browse with all scripting turned off and only enable the scripting needed to make the page work IF I trust the site.

If I run into content I want - Netflix, a Youtube video, or some other similar thing, I switch to Chrome where I have those installed.

Comment: Re:Hardly surprising (Score 1) 249

by DigitalSorceress (#48086845) Attached to: Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

I really used to look forward to the latest Mac vs PC commercial.... I really didn't change my opinions or buy based on them, but I liked the commercials - they were funny.

Also, there was that one for a car company ... Cog

That was actual, interesting television that happened to be an Advertisement - but usually I just block them out (skip over them on my TiVo / ff on my Comcast DVR

Comment: Aurora? (Score 1) 145

by DigitalSorceress (#47882413) Attached to: X-Class Solar Flare Coming Friday

My biggest interest (once we've determined taht it's not the end of life/technology as we know it) is to determine if we're in for lower latitude Aurora Borealis.

Back when I lived in MA, there was one particularly big CME maybe around 2004-ish (could be +- 1 year) and I remember how beautify the sky was... I actually gasped audibly when I first noticed it.

I'm likely way too far South to see them this time, but I do wonder if some parts of the US won't get a pretty show.

Comment: Missing option: They never caught me (Score 1) 231

by DigitalSorceress (#47829771) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

The option for "No, but not for lack of troublemaking... just never got caught"

all this was 30+ years ago, so I figure I'm ok saying it - beige boxes and exploring the wiring cabinets in the apt building where my gramma lived and also climbing the pole in a friends backyard that had a small connection point for the neighboring street.

Never really did anything other than learn how to tap in without alerting people and maybe making a prank call of the "is your refrigerator running" type, but it was fun.

A neighborhood boy got busted by the feds for carding (analog style where he'd listen to cards being called in over the phone at a local retail store, and/or stealing carbon papers - because they used to do that back then)

Comment: No. (Score 1) 137

Simply put, NO, I will not do this.

I have quietly suffered a great number of infringements on my privacy, but I draw the line here.

My driving record shows 26+ years with only one ticket ever (and that was 20 years ago, for being 15mph over the limit) and never an accident or claim except for when a tree limb broke my windshield.

There are plenty of insurers our there who would LOVE to have my business as I'm certainly paying in more than they're ever likely to have to pay out for me, thanks.

Comment: Habeas corpus (Score 4, Insightful) 441

by DigitalSorceress (#47807741) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Seriously, where is he now?

How is it possible for a person to simply disappear and have their whereabouts listed as "known to law enforcement".

IANAL, but it seems to me that someone with standing should file a writ of Habeas corpus because people should not just disappear like this in a first world country.

Comment: Surface Pro 3 fails to suck (Score 3, Interesting) 337

by DigitalSorceress (#47648567) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

I've been very put off by Windows 8, but I kept finding that I needed to support it and test against it so I took the plunge and got a Surface Pro 3 - it's really quite a nice machine. Windows 8 is bearable when using this as a tablet (though I use Classic Shell to put back a real start menu and have disabled that horrid ribbon UI on Windows Explorer)

So far, it's fitting a nice niche: ultra portable small notebook that can work quite well as a tablet and with enough battery life that I can walk away from my desk but have access to my business critical apps.

Visual Studio runs well on it and I can test/troubleshoot win 8 apps.

Basically, it's failing to suck... at least for what I'm using it for. That's pretty high praise from me since I have been such a hater of Win 8... this hardware actually makes it tolerable.

Comment: Re:Hypocrites (Score 3, Informative) 261

You're not listing the entire group membership

And you're mixing the human rights commission with the human rights council and cherrypicking from the bottom

Just because some nations with less than stellar reputations themselves are on the council and/or commission does not automatically invalidate their mission or what the UN commission / council have to say.

I understand the worry of "putting the fox in charge of the hen house" but one could put it another way: Even these countries see we (the US) is being hypocritical and violating human rights.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?