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Comment Error at the start (Score 1) 482 482

I tried to use Windows 10's Media Creator to create a .iso I could burn to upgrade multiple computers. It threw the trending "Something happened" error message. Great start.

I later figured out that this error is thrown if you try to save the .iso to a directory junction. It's probably not the only cause, since directory junctions that aren't preinstalled are rare, but it is one of them.

Comment Re:Tipping? (Score 1) 869 869

Or drive by's.

A few years ago the U.S. military were evaluating a new hybrid vehicle to replace the Hummer. Their main interest was logistics, since Hummers aren't the most economical vehicles to operate. They couldn't help but notice that in electric mode their new vehicle was quiet.

Around here the Toyotas are positively noisy. The Teslas, on the other hand, only make a faint whirr from their tires.

...laura

Comment Debian on an Ultra 5 (Score 1) 152 152

The standard desktop at the company I work for used to be a Sun Ultra 5, and when the company imploded I picked an Ultra 5 with a fast processor (400 MHz), put some more memory in it, took it home and put Debian on it. It worked fine. Entirely decent interactive performance, like a fast Pentium 2. Not a box for video editing or other high-CPU/bandwidth activities, but fine otherwise.

I was amused to note that it wasn't a Windows box, so it was immune to Windows attacks. It wasn't an x86 box, so it was immune to x86 attacks. I guess I amuse easily. :-)

We had a pile of 32 bit SparcStations. We (literally) couldn't give them away.

...laura

Comment I have an exploit that fits in a tweet, too... (Score 1) 129 129

A lot of security exploits could fit within a tweet, but I've never seen that comparison before. It misleads people into thinking that you can pwn a Mac via Twitter.

My exploit to load unsigned drivers on Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 even with Secure Boot enabled fits in the length of a tweet. I'll release it whenever WinPhone 10 comes out, probably.

Comment Re:Pre-cambrian computing (Score 1) 191 191

And I am guessing that spaceyhackerlady does, in fact, know she is surrounded by linux machines.

My employers pay me to do cool shit, and we use Linux to do it. Company standard is CentOS, but my personal research/playpen box is Slackware.

FWIW, I've run Linux on x86, 68k, ARM and UltraSPARC. My home computer, the one I actually spend my own money on, is a Mac. It shares desk space with an x86 Linux box and a Raspberry Pi.

...laura

Comment Pre-cambrian computing (Score 4, Informative) 191 191

Prior to the IBM PC there was enormous diversity in computing. I have some early issues of Byte and the hardware in the ads is all over the place. Most of the names are long forgotten now.

The BBC did Micro Men, a cute (and mostly historically accurate) program about the rise and fall of Acorn, which happened in the same time period. They too got broadsided by IBM, but managed to develop the ARM processor before they imploded.

...laura

Comment Re:What about Data in Star Trek TNG (Score 1) 236 236

Yup. There are some examples of good AI in tv shows. Data and the hubots in Real Humans stand out in my mind.

I remember the scene in The Offspring where Data's daughter Lal was complaining about not being able to feel emotions. While doing an awfully good imitation of anger and frustration...

...laura

Comment Re:And when she is questioned by CBP... (Score 1) 334 334

1. I am an American citizen, and I have the right to enter my country.

You do. Just as I, a Canadian citizen, have the right to enter Canada. I do not have the legal right to enter the United States, but can do so with official permission. Which usually amounts to the Customs agent at the border or airport telling me to have a nice day.

If the government want to be difficult, your citizenship must be verified. Then Customs can give you the once over: yes, you can enter the country, but they want to know what you're bringing with you.

...laura

Comment I ride the bus (Vancouver, Canada) (Score 1) 654 654

I ride the bus to work. It's a non-issue. It's the right thing to do. No parking required, let somebody else deal with the traffic. I have a car that I drive on weekends. One day a week I drive to work to remind myself why I take the bus the other four days. The bus takes a little longer than driving, but not enough that I worry about it much. I save up mid-week errands for the day I drive my car.

If I'm going to downtown Vancouver I take the bus. Parking is scarce and expensive. The traffic is impossible. UGH!

...laura

Submission + - Transgender 3D printer tech faces catch-22 with Upwork 1 1

orangesquid writes: http://joaz.github.io/work/201... This is a friend of mine, a 3D printer technician. Upwork.com is not being understanding of the medically-advised and legally-necessary steps she has to take in order to live her life authentically as a transgender woman. In order to get her name changed, she has to live full-time as a woman for a length of time, but upwork.com will not allow her to use her new name, even though she has documentation from her therapist. It's a catch-22 many trans* people face---in order to change their name and gender marker legally, they have to be living authentically as that person with the new name, but in order to be recognized in the community with their new name, they have to already have it changed legally. How is one supposed to prove to the court that they are trans* and need their name changed legally, if the requirement is to use the new name full-time for some period, when nobody will let them use their new name before it's legally changed? I've seen other stories unfold like this. One IT professional I know lost her job after transitioning, even though she did well and was well-liked at the company. Another friend in IT was accused of lying on her resume when a previous employer did not honor her new, legally-changed name---even though she had spoken with HR and they said there wouldn't be a problem. Someone else I know worked in a computer room and was trying to transition---her boss thought it would be funny to make jokes and lewd remarks about male genitalia around her. I know most people aren't going to understand where trans* people are coming from on this, but what's interesting here is that upwork said they had no problem with the issue, provided some documentation was provided. After documentation was provided, their story changed---why?

Comment Re:Infrastructure or the lack thereof (Score 1) 688 688

And now Seattle is going on a war against vehicles by eliminating required parking in new apartments and condos. So everyone must revert to on street parking. Good luck plugging your vehicle into an outlet if you are 200 feet down the street. It's back to gasoline for everyone.

Always ready to jump on a bandwagon, many new buildings in Vancouver are doing the same thing.

Most of our electricity here in B.C. comes from hydroelectric systems, so fossil fuels/emission elsewhere is a non-issue.

...laura

Comment Infrastructure or the lack thereof (Score 5, Informative) 688 688

A middle-of-the-road EV like a Nissan Leaf would cover 98% of my driving. I can afford one easily. I could afford a Model S if I put my mind to it. I've even looked in to buying an old banger and converting it myself.

The problem is I have nowhere to plug one in. I live in an apartment building and there is no wiring in the parkade. Nor is there any requirement (or incentive) to retrofit the building. I've talked to the building management, but we've never come up with any answers.

New buildings must have EV support. Old ones don't.

...laura

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