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Comment: Sorry, but... (Score 1) 175

by hyades1 (#47933941) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Your problem is one of social engineering, not hardware or software. It's almost impossible to "idiot-proof" any kind of technology if the people using it absolutely refuse to learn. Sadly, this seems to be your problem.

Until your relatives can be persuaded that the device in their house can take their identities, their life savings and perhaps even their children, they'll just keep going merrily along, trusting other people to clean up after them.

Comment: Re:Ah well (Score 3, Interesting) 504

by hyades1 (#47924605) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

Fair enough, that's a valid point. But I believe you're the first person I've encountered who seems to love, Love, LOVE Win 8. I know people who tolerate it. I know people who have stripped it off their system and replaced it with 7. I know nobody who feels about it the way you evidently do, though. That's why I thought your comment sounded a lot like a PR blurb from MSoft.

Comment: And the dance continues... (Score 3, Interesting) 608

This strikes me as simply the next logical step in marketing. U2 is a major group, and it's hard to argue that giving customers their new album as a bonus is a bad thing. But the next step will be "free" albums Apple wants you to listen to, and the one after that will be extorting artists to pay them to have their albums released this way.

The final step, no doubt, will be an extra fee to have automatic installation of such stuff disabled.

Comment: Everything Old Is New Again (Score 3, Interesting) 246

by hyades1 (#47835943) Attached to: Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

This reminds me of a documentary I saw at least 20 years ago. It was about how Egypt was throwing out Western restoration experts and putting its own people in to work on some mummies that had been returned from various museums around the word.

One expert was being interviewed while she worked on a sarcophagus. In the middle of her comment about how she and her colleagues were every bit as competent as the "foreigners" who'd been sent packing, she managed to accidentally pry off a big chunk of it, which fell on the floor and broke. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

I see nothing's changed.

Comment: It seems they really want to annoy their customers (Score 1) 152

by hyades1 (#47812987) Attached to: Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

I've already mostly given up on Google for images, because as a resident of North America, I can't completely disable "Safe Search".

I don't spend a lot of time looking for pron, but neither do I want my search engine eliminating some results because there might be a stray breast in the background of images I'd want to see.

TFA indicates there's a lot of problems with what they're serving to people using older's much more than just a reversion to the old Google search page (which I loved, by the way).

Looks like I'd better start looking for a new default search engine, because I have no intention of moving past Firefox 22, thanks to that insane new interface they're cramming down people's throat.

Comment: Big Surprise (Score 2) 542

by hyades1 (#47798633) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

The Imams decided Gutenberg's printing press was off limits, because (you have to know how the press worked...stamping, essentially) printing the prophet's words on one would be equivalent of punching him in the face.

And ever since, Muslims have been spiraling downward into a pit of ignorance and fanaticism. There was a time when they were the flower of human civilization. That time has passed. Ours will, too, if we continue to allow superstitious morons to dictate our social and educational policiies.

Time sharing: The use of many people by the computer.