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Comment Re:Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! (Score 1) 179

Well I'm sorry. I'm not Tony Stark.

While I'll admit I'm a little bummed out that I'm not Tony Stark, I refuse to be sorry for the fact.
If I had to be sorry for any of the real people I'm not, it would take a very long time as I can't even count the number of people I am not.
If we add fictitious people to the mix then that just makes it worse...

Comment Re:Clarity in the title might have helped. (Score 1) 250

I am gonna admit this in public... So, I just checked and I did, indeed, have belly button lint. I surely can't be the only one who checked or will I be the only one who admits it?

Oddly, it was blue. I'm wearing a green shirt and I'm quite positive that I showered today. I have no idea where/why I accumulated blue lint in my belly button. I'm half-tempted to take a picture.

See! This is the kind of data Yahoo could begin classifying...
They could even get experts to tell us that the lint is not really blue, it is a color that absorbs all other wavelengths and only reflects blue light back to the... OMG.. observer!
That lint may or may not have existed until you checked!
This makes a lot of sense. Whomever is in charge of such cosmic minutia had to do a rush job because they did not expect you to check...
so you got the wrong color.
I'm going to have to skip my meds more often... things are slipping through the cracks.
Crap,now I'm wondering if someone on the other side of the cracks is collecting lint for emergencies like the one you precipitated today.
Oh, forgot to say belly button lint is slightly water repellent... it can survive a shower...
something you would have know if Yahoo would get back to their core business...
turning investments into belly button lint so they can classify the stuff.

Comment Re:Clarity in the title might have helped. (Score 3, Funny) 250

You know... it being a search engine company and all.

A shareholder activist is demanding that Yahoo get rid of its board of directors and sell the search engine to focus the core business on... something else.

The navel lint classification field seems to be wide open...

OK, I'll admit the uses for such information are a little fuzzy...

Comment Re:Clarity in the title might have helped. (Score 1) 250

You know... it being a search engine company and all.

A shareholder activist is demanding that Yahoo get rid of its board of directors and sell the search engine to focus the core business on... something else.

The navel lint classification field seems to be wide open...

Comment Re:Microsoft's responsibility and WHQL (Score 1) 268

MS can't test against genuine hardware, because FTDI can't/won't check an existing chip to tell if it is "genuine," and don't guarantee chips as genuine even when purchased through their distributors...

Well, now all anyone has to do to check is apply this driver update and see what it does to the chip. I'm thinking it should be done while your supplier rep is in the room. You bought 10,000 off the internet from a no name site? Well, that's a learning opportunity... Someone should reverse engineer this driver and build a plug and play detector script or dongle. Personally, if I were making hardware and had to also do support for any counterfeits that would make me crazy.

Comment Re:Microsoft's responsibility and WHQL (Score 5, Insightful) 268

I would imagine Windows Hardware Quality Labs tests the drivers against the hardware they are made to support. Requiring anyone to test real drivers against fake hardware would be a Gordian knot as new knockoff distributors appear and then fade away when someone starts trying to find them. I'm sure the same factory would produce the same knockoff and a "new" distributor would get it into the supply chains.

All that being said, I learned long ago not to let Windows update my hardware drivers, any hardware drivers. I just fixed one the other day where suddenly a favorite resolution on an LCD TV was missing. It took a bit to figure out the latest graphics driver (Intel via Windows update) installed a management program limiting display resolutions. Removed that program (and hid the update) and everything was back to normal.

Of course, in this case it would not matter where you got the update, if your device is counterfeit it gets tagged.

Comment Re:Stress is a killer (Score 1) 60

I like to remember that cortisol, a stress hormone, is also the one that kills salmon after their long stressful swim to their home river.

Well, that's a stressful thought

and you're not even a salmon!
One shot at sex and they're done...
I wonder what's more stressful to them
Transitioning from salt to fresh water
Climbing mountains via fish ladders and waterfalls
Knowing they have one shot at reproducing (do these scales make me look fat? do I have something stuck in my teeth? I hope I don't screw up the salmon dance {curse you, Chemical Brothers}, What if he/she doesn't like the color I'm wearing? ...ad infinitum)
Talk about stress!

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