Would be nice. But I've been consultant to my family on computer issues since I was 14 years old, over two decades of service. They never figure it out. Some people just never do. Especially when you're dealing with family, the issue of who is treating who as a child typically goes in the direction of older to younger, not the other way around.
yeah but how long until Apple forces obsolescence of their Mac or iPad?
It is almost inevitable that I will have to provide them with a Windows machine. The *nix alternative is too weird and too much could go wrong in their hands.
(1) I would lock them out of any significant changes. They would not be capable of getting escalated permission (to install or uninstall software, to use administrative tools, etc.) without a special* password.
(2) * I would come up with some means of rewriting the admin password using PRNG and a given sequence. Each time Admin permission is given for installation of some program or another, it would advance the sequence and re-write the Admin password. I would keep track of how many times this has been done and always know which bunch of pseudo-random characters it is currently. I would probably be on the phone with them for awhile because in some cases you have to escalate two or three times to get something installed or changed.
(3) A sub-Admin account would exist but with severely curtailed privileges. Where "Adminstrator group" permissions are given for services or privileges, I would remove "Administrator group" and replace it with the name of the fully-powered Admin account, and only add the name of the sub-Admin account where it's needed. They would regularly use this sub-Admin account instead of a regular user account. This way they could plug-and-play printers, change windows services (SOME of them) and so on without needing to call me up for the mystery password.
(4) All remote access services would be shut down. They would be entirely on their own, no remote desktop or remote help. If they somehow heard about remote desktop or remote help and wanted to do that, I would tell them too bad, that if they don't want a secure computer we can do a fresh re-install and they can have the complete out of the box experience and damn the torpedoes, but that I would no longer consult with them on that computer. That would change things, if not right away, then certainly when they are swamped with viruses and getting hijacked down the road.
(5) I would demand no outside consultancy, just like I do with any windows box I "secure". If somebody I've helped comes back to me complaining that they went to somebody else and now everything I did was undone again, I cut them loose. There are too many people posing as "computer geeks" who seem to enjoy installing anti-malware that's pure slowdown and kicks and screams to stay on the system, "speed up" and "doctor" apps that are known to be shady, and other massively market-hyped crap. Since insisting on no outside consultancy, I've significantly decreased my stress and workload by ridding myself of chronically repeat clients. In fact, I don't do street computer work any more, at all. It's not worth it. I would be doing my "parents" a serious favor at the cost of a lot of stress and hassle in my life.
(6) I have never been satisfied with the auto-update experience of most applications. I would have to choose software for them that I feel is secure enough not to need updating, and to leave it at that. Windows Update is bad enough, and they are already going to be screaming at me over the phone on those days when there's a serious patch and it's in the news and Microsoft's update service is running slow or haltingly for several days.
I would just install something like SUSE and a virtual machine running their precious Windows. I would get my "parents" a really expensive laptop, two sets of wi fi keyboards and mice, two wi fi monitors, and set them up with SUSE giving them two simultaneous but separate experiences inside their Windows virtual machines. It would take me for fucking ever and would be complicated as shit, and would be really expensive. Then since they would want persistent Windows experiences, Windows itself is still there to be a total complete headache nightmare. So why go the convoluted "matrix reality" style virtual machines in a linux box when they can still screw up their persistent albeit virtual Windows experience? Yes there'd be this nice safe layer of protection between what some hacker thinks they've broken into and what's really going on, but the "parents" would still be calling me up screaming because they screwed up. So I would *STILL* have to do everything I described above, and would *ALSO* have to do everything that entails running these two virtual machines from this SUSE laptop, securely, and feeding the output two separate ways to two separate wi-fi "dumb terminals". If I went the native Windows way, their computers would still be relatively fool-proof and tamper-proof, and the hardware would be much cheaper.
I would prefer the first choice, where I buy them two cheap laptops and install Windows 8.1 on them, and create a system with limited privilege admins and as few open ways for them or for others to hijack the machine as possible.
I like how you're saying that homo sapiens isn't ready for lower primates. That's pretty clever, I like how you did that.
You don't think it has something to do with more fundamental problems, do you? Like how we're the only living thing with a voice box capable of producing speech? That, might not be a big issue in your model of the Amazing Human World of the Future?
Remember how we went through the process of removing CFCs from production and usage (by and large) because of the ozone holes?
It didn't stop the greenhouse effect overall, though, did it? Because sufficient impetus wasn't given to citizens or to governments to avoid expelling greenhouse gases. Especially when it's an issue of what's coming out of your whip cream canister, it gives you little reason to put thought behind that next cut of steak you're going to put that whip cream onto.
Here's just another gas to distract the masses from the greenhouse gases they expel in normal, everyday life. We'll be all focused on this gas and it gives us an excuse to ignore 7,000 other greenhouse effect contributors.
No, of course not!
We just wanna sue the monkeys!
We're not crazy or anything!
That boy needs therapy. Psychosomatic. That boy needs therapy. Purely psychosomatic. That boy needs therapy. Lie down on the couch! What does that mean? You're a nut! You're crazy in the coconut!
What does that mean? That boy needs therapy.
I'm gonna kill you.
Thanks for clearing that up.
So this is, in other words, "projection" as in the projection of one line onto another line, or the projection of a straight line onto the surface of a sphere (it generates an arc) etc.
I am looking forward to the day when we've genuinely proven that the universe is a complete and total simulation, though.
I think the mistake of this article was to use the term "hologram". A convincingly three dimensional laser hologram could be projected onto a cloud of reflective material from stereoscopic images. Our universe might be something similar from a higher number of dimensions. But "hologram" is too close in popular fiction to a "simulation", and most people get at least some of their scientific enthusiasm (and familiar terminology) from science fiction.
The article could have said "turns out the universe isn't a ball, it's a plane that a ball is projecting onto" but people would have missed the point.
It strikes me as concession packaged up as stand-offishness. But it still reads like concession. If you don't trust the chip, don't use the chip. Why all the song and dance just to say "well we're still relying on the chip, by the way" at the end? Can anybody say "sugar coat"? I would take them to task over it, if I had some kind of bargaining power of my own. I would say, "if you claim you don't trust the chip, then either you don't utilize the chip, at all, or I in turn don't trust your routines."
The games rely on varying layers of compromised or compromiseable browser attachments and plugins. If you are concerned about your system security, then they definitely aren't the games for you. Requirements range from Adobe Flash to Unity Engine.
I gave it a thorough testing today. Granted, it's still all in BETA stage. But I'm not griping about the stupid bugs.
The whole thing sucks. The five different games are basically five different kinds of problems. There's organic chemistry, atomic chemistry, programming logic, and I didn't play the other two games but they appear to be shrouded versions of real life n-body or other computational problems.
So here's the deal. This shit takes a long time. These games get very complex very quickly. I can see myself playing one game a day, maybe an hour at it. The programming logic game works for that, it doesn't take an hour to solve their largest BETA puzzles. By the way, they don't have real actual DARPA programming troubles being made into puzzles just yet. The puzzles there are static and are meant to test the system and see what user feedback is generated.
But then you go into the folding prion game, and it sucks. The tutorial is incomplete and it's a total side-swipe at Scientology. Why the fuck would you actively seek to alienate Scientologists from your defense industry website? That's stupid as hell. They shouldn't be trying to offend anybody, period, let alone Scientologists.
And the folding prion problem has to run some kind of simulation or something in the background when you choose to eliminate molecular pathways (in the guise of more or less Dianetic engrams). And the wait times can be several minutes. And the combinations of splitting molecular bonds and removing molecular pathways quickly arrives at exponentially large numbers. And you apparently have to get them done in the right order. So you could, yes, spend two hours at one problem and not arrive at a solution. How the hell is that a game?
Furthermore, the time you just spent and/or wasted on the "game" was shrouded in the mysteries of some stupid, silicon-valley wank mythology that was made up from the seat of their ass. So you don't learn anything factual about things like prion folding or variable bit widths or stack leaks or whatever. No, you just learn some made-up Californian crap about "the storms that devastated Aeryth" or "Gee these plugs and gizmos aren't hooking together correctly, get the thingamabobbers all the same color for the point!"
So what are you doing? Wasting your time ten-fold. Don't do it. Fuck these people. It seems like a good premise but they obviously handed the work off to the entirely wrong group of people.
The only people this will be interesting to is disabled children who have real difficulties socializing out of doors and who spend inordinate amounts of time chair-bound in front of the computer, or autistic people, or absolute 100% genuine geeks who are totally oblivious to things like the value of time well spent or what the meaning of "quixotic" is.
These puzzles are definitely interesting. I had a chance to get on and play the preliminaries of the pipe game about two hours ago from a college terminal. I get home to continue my "work" and the site is 505'd. I'm guessing it may have been simply slashdotted. If that's the case, then I've lost a bit of confidence in the project.
It sort of reminds me of that scene in "Sneakers" when the guys roll by to get the box back from the "NSA", and the building is being torn down. Which raises the question, if I can imagine using a site to quickly test a population sample's IQ and then to run like heck with the results, then is there a feasible reason to do so?
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