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Comment Did I miss something? (Score 1) 69

Did I miss something? the part where planes are dropping out of the air left and right due to someone's iPhone in the hold?

I think it's one thing to talk about say... shipping a palate or two of LiON batteries in the hold of a passenger airliner? sure, ban it, but I think this is a serious over-reaction to a problem that really is not exactly the most pressing thing threatening us today.

Comment Please no - Salesforce WORKS.... (Score 1) 58

Oh gods please, no... I use Salesforce extensively every day... my company was a small company that got bought by a bigger one - the bigger parent company wanted to push us to Microsoft CRM but we convinced them to leave us alone - we had so many customizations and neat uses of their API that switching would have bene a pain.

Our parent company just announced they were being bought by a bigger company and the bigger company is a Salesforce user - the sales and support people audibly CHEERED at the prospect of getting away from MS CRM and back to SalesForce... and I can see why.

If MS buys it, first it gets re-branded as MS CloudCRM or whatever then they just pillage and destroy it over the long haul and we end up back on MS CRM after they slowly ruin it over a couple years..

I know that's speculation, but DAMNIT, Salesforce is worlds better than MS CRM and I can't think they're buying to do anything other than gobble up a competitor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe