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Comment Another possible option (Score 3, Insightful) 217

Say you can crack it, even if you can't. Security researchers around the world will try to figure out how you did it, and in the end, show you what to do.

Sort of like Reagan-era Star Wars. Drove the Russians crazy (and broke) trying to replicate non-existent technology because they took our word for it, that we had done it.

Comment Social media (Score 5, Insightful) 307

Did in being an introvert. SM (as opposed to S&M, which is for another topic) is the current be-all-end-all to a great many people. It's sort of like AOL was the internet back in the early 90s, SM is the internet.
But for introverts, who don't feel like posting every aspect of their life for all to see (I am one of those) we are overlooked in this mad rush to get 10,000 "friends" or 20 million "likes" and I feel it's infecting schools as well. Not directly, but in the way of thinking that everything (learning) must be done in groups, or socially, or collaboratively, which is not the way we all think or learn.

Comment The trouble with ads (Score 2) 236

For those of you around at the beginning, ads were static images, with a hyperlink to the place it was going. Ok, not bad, but I could deal.
The came pop-ups, and that was frowned upon. It became so wide-spread, every browser in existence at the time had a built-in pop up blocker, and those that didn't, had to deal with external programs like Ad Muncher and the like.

But still, vexing, irritating, but not a serious problem.... ...until flash based ads.
Then it went from bad, to nuclear.

On the desktop, ad blockers, whether plug-ins, or built-ins, proliferated and because, not just a good idea, but mandatory, if you wanted to browse the web sanely. It's been a chicken and the egg issue since day one. Did ad blockers force advertisers to escalate how they placed ads on websites, or did ad blockers come into existence because plain text ads weren't "good" enough?

Regardless or the origination, the end result is what we have now. While desktops are safe, mobile browsing is still problematic, I know on my Samsung Android phone I get ads on websites, enough to crowd out the information I'm looking for. So sooner or later, ad blockers will be like desktop browsers, mandatory.

There is a larger issue here, how websites are supposed to make money/survive/pay bills/etc. without ad-revenue stream, but I have yet to see a viable discussion on a working alternative.

What I do see is like it or not, ad blockers are here to stay, and will evolve with every new ad-pushing "tehcnology". I'm sorry the software creator in question here is uncomfortable with this concept, but I'm sure he put *some* thought into this problem before creating his software.

Note: the lack of (until this point in time) ad blockers was the primary reason I jumped ship from Apple.

Comment Blockades (Score 2) 474

I work for the State, a place where progress, innovation, unique thinking and independent action, go to die.
But man are the perks awesome. As is (in my case anyway) the pay, it's obscene. Especially compared to the amount of work I am allowed to do.

Most of the day I am in an office, handling systems remotely, but when the systems properly locked down and managed, very little goes wrong.

So I write, read, and generally goof off. Sounds great, no?

Not really, anytime there is an actual issue (like out NAS running out of space) I have to get 15 different people involved before I am allowed to make a decision, and then my decision is sent around for review.

I've been waiting for a larger NAS for 8 months so far...

Comment Let me see if I have the meeting right (Score 3, Funny) 480

Picture this at a management meeting:

"Our stock is at an all-time low, profits are down, moral is gone, all our good engineers have left. What are we gonna do?"

"I know! We'll ban casual dress, that'll solve the issues."

(Boss) "That's brilliant! Raises for everyone!"


Something like that perhaps? H and P must be spinning in their graves...

Comment Feeling left ouot (Score 1) 441

I used to be a republican, back in the Reagan days. But these days (hell, since Bush Jr.) my "traditional" views have all but been marginalized. The democrats aren't much better.

Although I don't (yet) feel ashamed of the D's, as I do about the R's like when shit like this occurs. Can they make it any more plain they're bought and sold??

(Well past) Time to find a new party...

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.