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Comment: Re:just kill them (Score 1) 129

by TheGoodNamesWereGone (#48424969) Attached to: Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam
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...

Comment: What about advertising? (Score 1) 250

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.

Comment: Re:Jean-Luc Picard is my idol... (Score 1) 191

by TheGoodNamesWereGone (#47918291) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future
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).

Comment: Re:Au contraire! (Score 1) 129

by TheGoodNamesWereGone (#47823715) Attached to: The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices
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.

Comment: Re:Sounds uselesss to me (Score 1) 116

by TheGoodNamesWereGone (#47823687) Attached to: E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone
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.

Comment: Re:Dobsonian (Score 1) 187

In terms of bang for the buck Dobs can't be beat. You'll get more aperture per amount spent. Add a Telrad and you're good to go. Do not start out with an electronic mount; use real charts. Ads for cheap scopes will tout magnification; that's not as important as aperture and light-gathering power. You'll want at least 4", preferably 6". All that said, expect to pay good money for good quality. If it sounds too cheap then it probably is.

If you can't understand it, it is intuitively obvious.