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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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U...

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.

Comment: I bet DVR boxes are even worse (Score 1) 394

by DigitalSorceress (#47253487) Attached to: Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

I've got a couple of Comcast DVRs instead of cable boxes... with a Cable box, you should be able to power off when not in use, but with a DVR, this could be a bit trickier... I suppose it could do some smart scheduling where it turns itself off unless actively recording shows - keep a sub-section with scheduling info running so it knows to spin up a few minutes before recording a show...

Still, I should think that DVR boxes on a per-box basis would be a bigger issue than regular cable boxes.

As for most electricity in the home? For me, the electric tumble drier and the electric oven/range (some day, I hope to replace with gas) would get second billing, then my computers / server.

Comment: Dear Microsoft.... (Score 5, Funny) 218

Dear Microsoft,

Dear gods, please catch a ride on the clue train. Businesses don't want Windows 8 - the retraining necessary is just too costly, and all the cool features involving touch are useless for the cube farm drones.

So just stop your stupid shit, realize the Windows 7 is your nex XP, make sure that Windows 9 undoes a lot of the silly bullshit, and maybe you won't completely jump the shark.

Um also while I (fail to) have your attention - the Ribbon is still stupid. Stop wasting my screen real estate and go back to proper menus. // yeah I know it's a pipe dream, but I needed to rant and rage.

Comment: Re:False comparison (Score 1) 339

I'm with you 100%.

I am one of those "resisters" who still buys DVDs and only recently even started considering Blu-Rays.

I like Netflix enough, but for instance, they took the original Cosmos out of their lineup just before the series reboot - no warning, just FOOM... "HEY! I was WATCHING THAT"

I was also catching up on season 7.2 of Dr. Who ... Concast had them free OnDemand just around the time of the big seacon finale..to get folks caught up.

Except when I convinced my partner that it was ok to watch again because Amy Pond was gond (she HATED her so much she stopped watching) ... and we decided to have a Dr.Who catchup marathon... And it was gone.

The only way my DVDs disappear is if I'm stupid and loan them to friends (never again)... Yeah, I risk losing them physically, but that's why I stick with DVD - because I can easily make backup ISOs in a reasonable time and can store my whole collection in case of disaster. (Yeah, drive space is cheap, but Blu-Ray takes up SO MUCH more space)

Anyway, agreed... unless my physical DVDs are lost/stolen/damaged, I can watch/rewatch whenever I want without worrying whether some lawsuit /dispute over rights caused some jerkbag publisher to remove the stream.

Comment: Always pick quality of life/happiness (Score 2) 263

I took a $10,000 a year paycut when I left my previous employer to come to work for my current company... because I felt that I'd be much happier/have a better quality of work-life (old job was starting to destroy my soul / passion for programming)

they wanted to hire me at my previous salary, but it was just not possible under their budgets/etc.

I took the job anyway because I felt their culture and my work quality of life would jsut be a great match.

Now, a couple years later, I've more than made up the difference in pay (proved my worth and the $$$ got found) and am just stupidly happy with this job.

It's actually true that the worst days at my current job are still better than most of the best days for the last 3 years of my previous one.

Basically, I've tried to always value happiness more than pure financial gain, and I've reaped the rewards of "love what you do for a living and you'll never ~work~ another day in your life".

Good Luck

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