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Comment: Re:Why is Samsung making a keyboard? (Score 1) 104 104

by GTRacer (#49928841) Attached to: Samsung Cellphone Keyboard Software Vulnerable To Attack
Have you tried the Google Keyboard, with the "English (US) (PC)" custom input style activated? That input style is a proper 4-row keyboard where shifted characters appear where they should. The only thing it lacks is navigation keys like Tab and arrows.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately commonplace security (Score 1) 134 134

by GTRacer (#49913471) Attached to: Police Scanning Every Face At UK Download Festival
Well, what about the in-store tracking that has been reported in Forbes and elsewhere which uses your cell phone's MAC address, in-store location tracking and video feeds to assemble a profile on you? And ever wonder why stores are all hot to offer free WiFi? And encourage their apps' use? Because as soon as you link your identity to that profile they have you. They don't need facial recognition (which I wouldn't be surprised about anyways).

Comment: Re:Good god. (Score 2) 253 253

by GTRacer (#49897847) Attached to: Missing Files Blamed For Deadly A400M Crash

And yes, if you're left foot braking you're doing things horribly, horribly wrong. Doubly so for heel-toe. [...] Keep the fancy foot work for the track and dance floor, drive properly on the road.

OK, I've read some of the following discussion and you're all making interesting points. But in the world of "Everyone has an anecdote" I have an anecdote: My current car, a Mazda RX-8 was bought used, and the synchros in second and third gear were knackered. Second was essentially unsynchronized and third was a 50/50 proposition. The only way to drive with any fluidity was to heel-toe. And heel-toe saves wear and tear on the remaining synchros - drove that beastly gearbox for 6 years before finally replacing the box.

Comment: Re:Free over-the-air broadcast (Score 1) 160 160

by GTRacer (#49829829) Attached to: Cable Companies Hate Cord-Cutting, but It's Not Going Away (Video)
I live less than 25 miles away from a large city's towers, and I get maybe 5 channels out of a total of 40. And that's WITH a powered antenna. Local channels availability is probably the last thing keeping us on a Concast Triple Pay. I'm sorry, what I meant to say was Concast Triple Pay.

Dropping the bundle boosts the internet-only portion a good bit but it would still be cheaper. Even with $18 / month for Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Comment: Re:A couple of things (Score 1) 583 583

I'd have to look but the gist of the policy, aside from explicit bans on local PC archives (PST or other means were banned), was to prevent unintentional disclosures similar to what happened to Sony. Printouts are probably OK but since those can't be readily searched by team members, and because of the daily volume, hard copies have limited utility that way.

Comment: Re:A couple of things (Score 1) 583 583

I don't think our company's tightening of the email policy has anything to do with actual shady dealings and everything to do with a kneejerk response to the Sony email leaks. And since we do have some trade secret stuff as well as healthcare data, I can understand.

But still, it's a pain and seeing as how I've used months and years-old emails to defend a position, I miss the extra memory.

Comment: Re:A couple of things (Score 2) 583 583

-Keep every e-mail.

I have every .PST file from almost every job going back nearly 20 years. Just this year, my current company activated group policy in Exchange force-deleting emails after a set period *AND* mandated no local archiving. Even without local .PSTs I considered some sort of VBA script to save out all emails in HTML or XML for local reference.

But the policy forbids that as well. /smdh

Couple *THIS* atrocity with the fact our online storage works out to about six week of email, assuming few attachments. I don't know how many times prior I was saved by being able to track down a spec discussion / project commitment / code snippet from a few months ago or longer. Now I just tell people, "Sorry, per policy I had to delete the email you sent, can you retype it all and resend?"

Comment: Re:Atari 2600 (Score 1) 41 41

by GTRacer (#49816303) Attached to: 1-Pixel Pac-Man
The neighbor's dog dropping in my yard look better than Pac-Man on the 2600. Malign 2600 E.T. all you want - It looked ok for its time and if you could figure out the pit exit trick, it was a pretty twitchy platformer/adventure game. And yes, I've played it recently. Pretty much every time I ride E.T. at Universal in fact ^^

Gravity brings me down.