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Comment No way! (Score 1) 189 189

I quit Windows a long time ago. If/when I feel like I really *need* to use WIndows, I just fire up a virtual machine with XP, XP 64 bit, or Win7. I haven't even considered using anything else in a VM. For my purposes, those three OS's are almost identical, except that XP is a little less secure. Oh - and the fact that you can't get support for it anymore.

I'm not real sure about XP-64. I'm told that the Win2K3 family is EOL'd, but I know that three weeks ago, I was able to get updates for my fresh install in a VM. I suppose I should archive that VM for possible future need . . .

Comment Re:A simple proposition. (Score 1) 337 337

Headache inducing? Let's not forget people who are subject to epileptic seizures. I remember some of those pages that stabbed into my brain painfully. If I were an epileptic, I'm sure that some of them would have triggered a seizure. Think of MySpace as a prime example of the crap I'm talking about.

Comment Re:A simple proposition. (Score 1) 337 337

One thing about advertising - all of my efforts to block advertising still allow some ads to come through. I do see an occassional advertisement.

Every single advertisement that I DO SEE is hosted on the server which is serving up the content that I am looking at. If you are hosting your own blog, on your own hardware, and you serve up an advertisement with each page, I WILL SEE that advertisement. I may or may not LOOK AT the ad, but it will load, and I will see it, at least peripherally.

Comment Re:A simple proposition. (Score 1) 337 337

"But, it is an accepted social structure"

Accepted by whom?

I'm not even going to attempt to guess what percentage of us refuse to accept it. But, there are those of us who simply DO NOT accept that we must watch meaningless advertisements before we can get to the page contents.

If the advertisers COULD successfully target my interests, I might actually look at an ad now and then - before I did a search for that product, to compare it to other similar products. Then, when I've compared them, I often go to Ebay to see if the item is available at some huge markdown. I'm in the market for a megger, for instance. I don't SEE advertisements for meggers, despite the fact that I've already done a number of searches. Let's SUPPOSE that an advertiser were shrewd enough to catch on to my megger searches. He starts serving up megger advertisements, starting with Fluke. The prices in the ads start at over $1000, because the vendors who pay for advertising need to recoup their advertising costs. More reasonable prices are available directly from Fluke and Fluke approved vendors around $500 to $600. But, suppose that I don't NEED new and/or calibrated equipment - I just need a semi-reliable meter. I can go to those vendors who aren't advertising, and sell the same equipment at less than $500. If I'm willing to settle for a used piece of equipment, I can find my fluke megger multi-meter for AS LITTLE AS $200.

Keep in mind that I've researched and purchased a number of meters over the past few years. Not one time have I ever seen an advertisement for electric/electronic testing equipment anywhere other than Ebay, and a very select number of industrial sales sites.

In short - the advertisers are utter failures. Despite all their attempts at "targeted advertising", they have completely FAILED to identify my interests and needs. Utter failures.

Now - why should I tolerate their in-your-face advertising bullshit, when they so completely fail to offer things that I actually need?

Notice that I'm not even really bitching here that the items advertised are to high. That's just a peripheral consideration to the fact that they've not merely missed the target. The damned fools aren't even hitting the range! They are standing at the east end of the range, the targets are on the west end, but their bullets are flying out north, east, south, and west.

We should reward such gross incompetence? Why?

And, no, meg testers are not the only items I've needed, and searched for. Try it yourself - do a search for industrial grade fuse pullers. There are a small number of different brands on the market, with Ideal being the standard. Do several searches over a few days, and sit back to see how many advertisements you get. I have Ideal fuse pullers in three different sizes in my toolboxes. A couple years ago, I purchased a lot-sale off of Ebay, and got 18 of the smallest for a couple dollars each. I gave them to my work-mates for Christmas. Despite the fact that I have an established history of searching for, and purchasing these things, I've NEVER SEEN AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR THEM!

Sample ebay sale, currently priced around ten bucks:

Comment Re:There we go again (Score 1) 337 337

And - how does that differ from life in the US? Most people . . . niche talents . . . few doing nothing but leading. Especially now that young adults find it necessary to work two or more part time jobs to support themselves, most people do spend most of their time working their niche talents.

Comment Gotta agree (Score 1) 364 364

I have some generic passwords that I use for non-critical accounts. For critical accounts, I have some pretty tough password-generated things. I have a list of them encrypted on my hard disk, so that I can throw some away if/when the need arises, and grab another. But - I can't copy paste them everywhere. How the hell am I supposed to EVER memorize those damned passwords? Just let me copy paste them, FFS.

A real "Password Manager" would be even better - if I find one that I trust, and I'm comfortable using. I haven't found it yet . . .

Comment Re:Face palm. (Score 1) 106 106

Idiot. Alright - WTF is in that suit that people haven't been preserving for hundreds of years already? Seriously - why is the suit so much more complicated and expensive? Half a million dollars. WTF is going on here?

You tell me - what is in that suit that is so very difficult to preserve? Mostly, it's composed of various kinds of plastic. Preservation for plastic? Avoid direct sunlight - and ???? You might go over them with something like Armorall now and then. The early suits had cotton linings in them - which probably wouldn't like to be Armorall'd very much. Hmmm - zip out the linings, and clean them separately?

Comment Re: NSA? (Score 1) 114 114

Agreed. How do you propose that we convince the majority of Americans to agree? I've often said that I'm willing to vote for people of all parties. I'm even willing to see a member of the Communist Party in congress, if it breaks the grip of the two parties who share a chokehold on the US. It was ONE OF the things that made Obama look good, when he crawled out of the woodwork - he APPEARED to be more independent than other candidates.

We need some Libertarians in Washington, along with some Green/Conservative party members, a Worker's or Labor party - in short, we need to borrow from Parliamentary governments. I don't believe that there is another nation on earth that would continue to elect Republicans or Democrats when they continue to relentlessly rape the people.

Comment Gotta wonder (Score 1) 106 106

Why does it cost half a million to "preserve" a suit? If you were to go looking, you could find suits and dresses well preserved from a hundred years ago. What's so special about these suits? Yeah, they're historical, and you don't want just any idiot fumbling around with them. Still, half a million dollars?

Maybe they should have advertised, and taken bids. These folk look qualified to do the job -

Comment Re:BBC / other state broadcasters? (Score 5, Interesting) 132 132

State broadcast means little to nothing. You're paying for it - let other people see it. In return, you get to see all of THEIR stuff. You specifically mention that the BBC is not the only state sponsored broadcast in Europe - you'll get all of their stuff too.

And, I'll point out that despite all the piracy in the world, America's "entertainment" industries continue to post record profits, again and again.

In short - you'll lose nothing. If anything, you stand to gain something. The bigger the audience, the more likely you are to find people WILLING to pay for the content.

The entertainment industries seriously need to change their business models, worldwide. "Entertainement", when done right, makes people WILLING to part with their hard earned money. Sometimes, I see, hear, or watch something that is so good, I actually WANT to give the author a dollar. However, I've never once in my life felt compelled to give some faceless corporation any of my money. Granted, the BBC is somewhat unlike most faceless corporations, but they are still running a scam with their GeoIP blocking.

Not that it's difficult to get around the blocking. There's not a whole lot that I want to see on the BBC entertainment channels, but when something catches my eye, I manage to grab it.

Comment Re: NSA? (Score 1) 114 114

And, you use the word "conservative" like it's a "bad thing". Apparently, you're one of those divisive liberals, who only sees evil in conservatism, and you want free reign to rebuild the world in some socialistic image.

Sadly - communism doesn't have one single success story to point to. And, we should trust the liberals? They want to take a failed system, and impose it on the United States.

Fuck that - we can fail on our own, and in our own fashion. To hell with modern day American liberalism.

Comment Re: NSA? (Score 2) 114 114

"You sound like"

Want the truth? I don't fit into any of the labeled boxes. I'm most comfortable with the libertarian label - but I don't agree with all their shit either.

Why don't you take a good, hard look at the two party system? The two are in collusion to prevent any other party from gaining any power. Look at federal funding. The D's and the R's agreed to split all of the money that the fed has available for elections. They gave a little lip service to the concept of democracy, by saying IF any other party gained x% of the vote, THEN that party could gain funding from the fed. And, all the while, the two parties continue to split all the fed's money on campaigns designed to ensure that no third party ever gets x% of the vote.

And, that is one of the Libertarian party's beefs, as well as one of their goals. They are closing in on x. Each and every election cycle, they gain a point.

Watch carefully now - the D's and the R's are about due to move the goalposts. Instead of x% it's going to be changed to 5x% or more.

And - no, a Libertarian is not a Republican. The two share SOME ideas, beliefs, and opinions - but Libertarians have far more in common with liberalism than they do with conservatism.

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