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Comment Re:Extra battery? (Score 0) 136

iPhone battery life is not great especially if you do a lot of stuff on your phone. When it's plugged in charging, the iPhone is not in my pocket. I'm usually all over the place during the day. My phone is charging at my desk, but I'm not there and miss stuff. I also have small charger that's about the size of my thumb. But this requires a wire to be attached between the phone the charger. It's real clunkly. It doesn't all fit in one handle easily. It would be nice to have a phone that can last for a few days or be able to swap batteries on the fly. But this is not the case with iPhones. Plus you have to remember to charge it each night.

Do you know how to shut down apps on your iPhone? (insert curse about apple not having shit for manuals here)

Double tap the home button and swipe up on all the stuff that appears. If you shut things down, the battery lasts much longer.

Comment Re:Self Defense (Score 1) 180

No matter your feels on the subject, the GP is factually correct.

Nuclear weapons being used in war marked the turning point where deaths from conflict fell considerably (and continue to fall.)

If you think otherwise, you are ignorant of history and getting all spun up in emotion like a child.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 507

Real paper maps are NO longer common in the USA. It took several months for me to find a local city map for my non Internet connected Mom. Tim S.

The Boy Scouts offer a merit badge in mapping. I suspect the real problem is that while maps are common, large numbers of folks never really learned how to use them. Sounds to me like an elementary-school class on the topic is in order.

Lots of gas stations have maps. True, they are expensive, but get close to where you need to go and find a BP or something and buy one. These will be street level city wide maps in all but the largest cities where you are going to need a local atlas.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 507

Cellphones must be a godsend to 911 in this regard.

Cellphones were a bloody nightmare in this regard. Before cellphones, your phone was tied to a physical phone line, and emergency dispatch knew where that line was for your phone number.. Knowing what cell tower you were using helped a little, but the problem really didn't go away until cells started having GPS.

VOIP and VPNs have screwed that up even further. My co-worker had a fire and dialed 911 on a desk phone that made the 911 operator think he was in a different city, despite being able to tell them to tell the fire fighters to walk out into the parking lot of the station and look for the smoke down the street.

Comment Re:First Name Basis? Rude. (Score 1) 558

Grammer ignorami. Proper nouns should NEVER be preceded by articles.

Oh, the definite article is very commonly used before proper nouns, most often place names or geographical features (e.g. "The Mississippi (River)").

Sometimes "the" is used purely customarily (particularly in names translated from other languages like "The Ukraine" or "The Maghreb" ), but its primary function is to distinguish between nouns referring to specific things a speaker is expected to be aware of, and generic things that are just being introduced into the discourse: "a ball [which I haven't mentioned up until now] broke Mr. Smith's window; Mr. Smith kept the ball [which I just mentioned]."

In particular proper nouns which sound like they might be generic will sometimes customarily get a "the" tacked on to indicate the audience is expected to picture the well-known thing rather than some unknown one ("The United States", "The Great Lakes", "The Big Easy"). "The Donald" is a definite article usage of this type, with an bit of ironic deprecation mixed in.

By the way the plural of "ignoramus" is "ignoramuses", not "ignorami". That is because "ignoramus" was never a noun in Latin; rather it is a conjugation of the verb ignorare (to be unacquainted with, to ignore). "Ignoramus" entered English as a legal term to mean "we take no notice of" (e.g. a witness whose testimony is irrelevant because he has no firsthand knowledge).

Comment Re:who needs re-entry? (Score 1) 254

unless you don't need to re-enter or hit a specific target. let's say you just want to get something high over the continental US and detonate it.

something that creates a nice EMP.

They have a ways to go before they can create an EMP-capable nuclear weapon.

And, EMP threat is not what fiction tells you it is.

Comment Re:Timing and frequency (Score 1) 286

They would just post a thread to ask that. People are offering up solutions. Desperate to have a solution even. As a user, I don't want the content to go away, but on the other hand, I am not tolerating asshole ads either. If someone can take the asshole part out and find a happy medium then I wouldn't complain about it.

Comment Re:Too Bad (Score 1) 286

At least it's not Expert Sex Change links where people have a similar problem and people post answers, but you can't see them because you don't pay for their service. Those days were the worst.

You are right, site-scrapers are annoying as hell. I don't get why the search engines don't completely blacklist them. They must not ever use their own search tools to solve problems.

Experts Exchange is easy to beat. Just scroll down past the ads and junk on the page and the actual conversation is there.

Comment Re: Managers are dumbasses (Score 1) 143

Just be professional about it. Tell him that there seems to be a mix of personal and company data, and to please separate the two and transfer any business relevant data to the server where it belongs. Personal data can to stored to an external drive or we can wipe it along with the rest of the internal drive.

Let them sort it out. Only they know what's what among all that data. There's no need to be involved in the sorting process.

The sorting process might be quite arduous though, with lots of 10 minute breaks in it and all...

Comment Re:Managers are dumbasses (Score 1) 143

Migrations often bring a lot of this out of the woodwork. You can tell users to clean up their machines before migration till you're blue in the face but you'll still get the uncomfortable moment when the 80Gb of "essential company data" they need transferred from their old laptop has filenames like "Busty Betty bonks like an animal"... Though as IT staff we're not immune to this either - I've seen someone asked to hand in their resignation by the end of the day because someone else borrowed their flash drive to transfer customer data and it turned out to be full of pr0n... which Windows helpfully popped up thumbnails of right in front of said customer...

This is why my porn is all encrypted. ;)

Mostly our problem is telling people MP3s shouldn't be copied onto the network.

I got a 1 terabyte hard drive from a (very snotty in general, a pile of self-important turds if I ever saw one) customer once that wanted their VM copied onto it so they could host it elsewhere. We were happy to see them go. Instead of buying a hard drive for couple hundred, the dude used his personal drive full of pirated movies. Of course, we copied all of them and tucked his VM on the drive and sent it back. No porn, unfortunately. But weeks worth of BitTorrents...

This was their IT guy.

Instructions came with "DONT DELETE ANYTHING". Which means, they couldn't afford a new drive to use, and the IT guy didn't know how to make his own backups. We offered to buy them a drive and just copy the VM onto it and ship it. With two way shipping costs... a new drive would have been better.

I never mix personal equipment with work equipment to help prevent that stuff from happening. "Sorry, go to walgreens and get a thumb drive" (while looking at a pile of my personal drives sitting on my desk.)

Comment Re: Too late (Score 1) 429

When your "balance" means giving things to people who haven't earned it, then it has no place in business nor politics.

Nobody who wants to get something done as their top priority, cares what race or sex the people are who do it. And seriously, you don't think that if one sex or one race did the same stuff for cheaper, that they wouldn't have somehow filled the ranks already? Do you really think people are more racist than they are greedy?

Sorry, the one causing problems here is you. Go smoke some more pot.

Comment Re:Managers are dumbasses (Score 1) 143

When it is mixed in with a steady stream of "I didn't do anything and now it's infected" and "Did you get the email about the email server being down?" , disgusting keyboards that don't work anymore, demands for more optical mice because the kids got new computers or whatever else...

this kind of stuff doesn't stand out so much.

Comment Re:Incognito mode. (Score 1) 661

Why would you trust them?

There is literally no down side for them to drop the reasons for the trust.

Maybe with a contract, and an escrow account wired pays into, that pays me every time I have to un-fuck a computer that got infected from their web site... at my sole discretion of course.

They can say they will be vetting adds all they want. They won't. It'll be the first thing dropped when someone gets busy or they start needing money.

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