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Comment: Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (Score 1) 231

by TheReaperD (#47735537) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

What's ironic about this is Stalinist "communism" and modern American "capitalism" are identical in this respect (only). The common people are allowed to vote but, they are only allowed to vote on options that do not challenge the currently accepted system. It's wrong no matter what label you put on it. If people are not allowed to vote at the polls for real change then eventually they'll vote for change with their weapons of choice.

Comment: Just until the news cycle moves on... (Score 4, Informative) 274

by TheReaperD (#47540263) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

This is just until the news cycle finds its next shinny bloodbath and moves on. Once that happens, then Verizon will slap the bandwidth cap on all the time in every place. They're just trying to find a way to annoy these people into changing plans or switching to another provider without it making front page news.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 4, Insightful) 195

by TheReaperD (#46201387) Attached to: Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

Though most, if not all of us, know what whitelisting is, I do prefer they explain it rather than assuming we know it. I've ran across too many articles in the past that assumed I knew some piece of information when I didn't. Sure, I can look it up but, that's annoying when your just trying to read "news." Though this is a site for "nerds", that is a broad term. There's computer nerds, science nerds, comic nerds, etc. Now, the passing it off as new... I've got nothing; that's just lame.

Comment: Re:Do it in ROM (Score 3, Insightful) 195

by TheReaperD (#46201365) Attached to: Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

Sadly, the worst problem for system security is humans. If you required the flipping of a physical switch then malware would simply tell the user to flip the switch to see your choice of free porn, music, movies, games, etc. and the human will flip the switch (or any other method that requires human action). Humans are stupid... sad but, true.

Comment: Re: Wine (Score 1) 417

One half of the reason businesses use Windows is Outlook, which can't be ported. Even by Microsoft. The other half is Excel which isn't half as bad to port but no one's been willing to spend the $$$ to do it. All this leaves three options, leave these pacifier applications (which is hard to do for anyone), spend the money to upgrade (which if they haven't done already, they're not going to do until they have a gun to their head), or stick their fingers in their ears and go la-la-la until they see the gun. Now, if they're like my parents and don't use the internet, than they can use it until the hardware dies and there's no issue. But, if they're using IE 6 for in house web apps like a lot of these companies, than the gun is going to go off sooner than they think and they deserve anything they get because of it.

Comment: Re: Another day, another anti-Apple story (Score 5, Informative) 326

by TheReaperD (#45272475) Attached to: Apple Blocks Lawrence Lessig's Comment On iOS 7 Wi-Fi Glitch

Disclosure: I used to work for Apple in their Customer Relations Department.

You are correct that the perceived quality of Apple products is just the same Chinese manufactured products in a flashy shell with really good advertising. I know they've been doing this since the return of Steve Jobs to apple and the candy colored iMacs. I can't speak about before that time. How they managed to create the perception of superior quality products while using the same cut-rate manufacturers used by Dell while at the same time instituting Apple's infamous "No Return" policy is baffling to me. You couldn't even return same day D.O.A. (Dead on Arrival) equipment to the store you bought it from. You had to take it in for repair. Add this with the debacle of the Power Mac G4 Cube which had over a 33% D.O.A. rate that Apple was denying and their success can't be explained by anything short of Jobs making a deal with the devil. It's that illogical. Needless to say that it was not a fun time to work for Apple Customer Relations.

Their policies have improved some, mostly due to the work of the Attorneys General of several states and the European Union but, they still use the same manufacturing facility that all the other electronic companies use (Foxconn). So all they still do is put it in a pretty package and charge more for it. Yet, people still fall for it in droves. *sigh* I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

Comment: Re: Like so many computer programs... (Score 4, Interesting) 210

by TheReaperD (#45158337) Attached to: Sleep Is the Ultimate Brainwasher
A few rare people can achieve a REM-like state while awake. I am one of them. In my case, I learned to do it due to having a lifelong hereditary sleep disorder. Going without sleep for up to five days is a common occurrence. I enter a trance state and begin to dream. I have more control over these dreams than during normal sleep but, I am mostly unaware of my environment though it is not hard to snap me out of it. I'm aware enough that if my name is called or someone touches me, I come out of it. On rare occasions, the dream state does not end right away and I have both stimuli at the same time. It is awkward but, navigateable. The state give me most of but, not all of the benefits of real sleep. My mind responds as if rested, it stops dulusions that occur because of sleep loss and the general mental slowdown that naturally occurs. What it doesn't do is some of the more complex physical cleaning that the body does when you sleep such as clearing substance P from your pain receptors. As I have fibromyalgia, this last point is very relevant.

You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing viability of FORTRAN. -- Alan Perlis