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Comment The Unofficial Smilie Face Glossary (Score 1) 218

This was pretty much the definitive list of what later became known as Emojis - The Unofficial Smilie Face Glossary. Even this was excessive and most weren't used besides :-) or >:-). Later on, most people dropped the nose, resulting in :) . As technology became more mainstream, for some reason some dumbasses thought it would be cool to have graphical smilies replace what people had created as an artistic expression using standard ascii, and in some cases upper-ascii and even ANSi on BBSes. BBSers used to customize smilies to try and stay away from the current "mainstream"... Perhaps they thought conveying emotions with smilies had become too standardized and didn't reflect them as an individual. Favorites of mine were :>, =), and most recently =} , all of which somehow get eaten up by my phone and turned into graphical pieces of garbage. I just want my smilies. That's it. Now get off my damn lawn.

Comment Good (but still easy to do yourself) (Score 2) 170

I've turned my Firefox flash plugin to "Ask to Activate". This way I can choose what is "important" and "not important", not the almighty God^Hogle. This doesn't do anything for fine-grained selection of flash objects on a domain, but you can also use the Flashblock add-on for that.

Comment Re:I think it's hilarious and ironic Facebook (Score 1) 220

My sentiments exactly. I have the Flash plugin 'Ask to activate' and on FB, videos won't even try to play. The bar doesn't even pop up, like it does on other sites. I switch to 'Always Activate' and it works. =/

Flash needs to die. It's incredibly insecure, unstable and a total resource hog. It has no place in 2015.

Comment Re:Got e-mail this morning from mail.whitehouse.go (Score 1) 608

You may not agree with it, but as judges have ruled on it, it is a matter of law.

I don't consider a law that attempts to supersede the Constitution valid. Sure, the Patriot Act may be considered law at this moment in time but it's quite obvious the document is in harsh conflict with the founding legal document of the nation, which I also consider law. So let them bicker back and forth in the courts about which law is more valid, personally I'm going to say, "The Constitution is".

Comment Got e-mail this morning from (Score 5, Insightful) 608

My e-mail response this morning from regarding the Snowden pardon petition: "We live in a dangerous world. We continue to face grave security threats like terrorism, cyber-attacks, and nuclear proliferation that our intelligence community must have all the lawful tools it needs to address."

You mean in addition to the unlawful ones?

Comment External USR Serial Modem (Score 2) 620

I recently replaced a client's flaky USB modem for a dedicated fax PC (used daily, all day) with an external US Robotics 56K Serial modem made in 1996 I had gotten from another client. Made in the good ole' U.S. of A. by beer drinking, beard-having men. Its red lights flicker like I remember in the old BBS days - I suspect it will hum along for years to come.

Comment Re:So what about under the hood stuff? (Score 1) 118

If you can't figure out how to use google, I don't think you should get root access.

I was commenting on the article, not my ability to type search phrases into a text box, jackass.

Also, do you really think *anyone* that purchases a device, regardless of their technical expertise, shouldn't have administrative access to it? Who are you, the root police?

Comment So what about under the hood stuff? (Score 2) 118

I was disappointed TFA didn't mention anything about what you might or might not be able to do aside from the normal functions of a phone. It's Ubuntu, after all. Do I get a shell? Do I get root? Can I install Ubuntu packages such as openssh-server, rsync, etc? Is there anything accessible resembling a real Linux environment?

Comment Re:Early corporate boardroom conversation leak (Score 1) 163

I think you underestimate the power of Facebook. Publicly shaming corporations such as GM is a HUGE PR hit if they actually started introducing such things into their cereals, even in small, legal doses. Just imagine if they started putting Sodium Fluoride in their cereals under the presumption that it would help kids fight cavities.

There's a million-large bandwagon of people ready to post about stuff like this and get the word out that even tolerable levels of this kind of stuff is included in their kids' food intentionally. Naturally occurring, sure, you can't shame an apple tree. But you can shame a company. And believe it or not, they're paying very close attention to what people post on socnets.

And it should be the law: If you use the word `paradigm' without knowing what the dictionary says it means, you go to jail. No exceptions. -- David Jones