Next time you get sick, be sure to go to a doctor that got into med school because of AA then, if you believe in it so strongly.
As a famous dead white man said, "The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
I'm typing this on a 1994-vintage Model M. Best keyboards ever made.
FWIW, I, an American, was just hired by an American staffingcompany that as far as I can tell, seems to be run and populated by Indians. Nicest people you'd ever want to meet, if you can understand what they're saying. Personally I've never had a problem with the Indian people. The only thing is the accent barrier.
Reportedly the PPC OS/2 was very good but typically, IBM did not get behind and push it any more than they did the x86 version. Of course it was never released and I don't know if there are even any pirate copies of it out there
The Bad Guys are winning, because this is a *law enforcement* problem, not just a technical one. Cybercrooks are engaged in the same kind of theft they'd engage in if computers didn't exist. In a world where police can't or won't do their jobs, putting a bigger lock on your door is not a long-term solution. With the IoT (dumbest idea EVAH!) it's only going to get worse. Weep for the future Na'Toth. Weep for us all.
Anyone know who did the music?
This is so stupid and wrongheaded on so many levels
About a year ago I went on a service call to a customer's house. The wife had gotten one of those calls and wisely called her husband to the phone; he talked to them and downloaded the malware they were offering but did not install it. They called us to 'fix' it. When I got there there was a mild, unrelated adware infection that I cleaned. I explained to the husband that everything was okay now, but I couldn't convince the wife that there wasn't anything wrong; she was absolutely convinced that what the scammers had told her was true & that their machine was just riddled & infested. She got angry to the point of tears with me AND her husband, for believing me, and ran to the bedroom and slammed the door loudly behind her. I hope they're still married...
My point is, simply, that the media *does* influence behavior. In the case of advertising, it's the whole idea. This is not rocket science.
I want to stress right off the bat that I am not in favor of restricting video game content. That said, any time someone comes along and asserts that games, movies, TV, etc (pick and and all) do not influence behavior, I point to the trillion-dollar industry called "advertising". Its stated, precise intent is to influence behavior.
Mel Brooks finally made the sequel to Spaceballs?
It paints an optimistic picture but it sure wasn't well thought out. Please don't misunderstand me; I enjoyed TNG too, but let's think through just a couple of things it featured: (1) Unlimited energy and the ability to create any object instantly like food, clothing and shelter; (2) Holographic VR simulators indistinguishable from reality... Sounds like a Federation full of Holodeck-addicted lotus-eaters to me. Captain Kirk *loved* destroying dystopian societies like that. Once again though, I loved to watch the show too (most of the time anyway).
I would *much* rather help a user by actually being there than trying to explain how the CD-ROM tray isn't a coffee cup holder. I've worked in IT since the mid-90s and let me tell you, it's less frustrating for all involved that way-- except for the bean counters, who have to pay me to hop in my car and do that. They'd much rather pay a less skilled person less money to try to resolve things over the phone. Except for the smallest problems, THAT is the only reason remote support exists. How many times have you called a big company for help with something (not just computers, but anything) only to be stymied by some level one drone who reads from a script? They provide this crappy support because they can get away with it.
Most kids, left to their own devices, either won't read or will read shit. That carries over into young adulthood-- witness the slouching beast that is pop culture. Take one look at the magazines at a grocery store checkout, or the lad mags. The human brain has a limited capacity, that can be filled with good stuff or bad stuff. Things like Hamlet or Great Expectations or 1984 are still relevant today. I'm like you; I could've done without some of the more boring ones, but looking back I'm glad I was given the foundation.