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Comment: Re: And they wonder why I block ads... (Score 1) 192

by jafiwam (#47953149) Attached to: Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

Just use adblock+. It is much faster.

Faster at what? Bankrupting the people who bring you free content? Hosting and time/effort to build and maintain websites is expensive. People should get paid to deliver websites just as you benefit non-monetarily by viewing a web page.

Entitlement mentality much? How much is left on your EBT card this month?

If they didn't want to go out of business, they would run their own ads and keep careful watch on what those ads do.

It's a pain in the ass to block stuff, but a bigger pain in the ass to get infected, or clean PCs of grandma and other relatives all the time. Nobody would bother blocking if ads weren't intrusive and dangerous.

Comment: Re:And they wonder why I block ads... (Score 1) 192

by jafiwam (#47953139) Attached to: Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

Indeed.

My hosts file (across my Windows, Linux, and OSX) machines have been using the excellent MSVP hosts (http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm) for years.

Plus, it speeds up internet browsing instead of having the browser ping 10+ different domains.

Yup. Been using that for years. Very nice. Very little in the way of bullshit from Google or anywhere else.

Comment: Re:Then I guess you could say... (Score 1) 221

by jafiwam (#47916177) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

The trick is that doctors need to stop treating schizophrenics like we're sick. They need to start treating us like we're real people that just happen to have a different sense of reality. In a sense, I sort of agree with you, in another, totally not. Depression is also another way of viewing reality. Is someone who's depressed "wrong" about concentrating on the negative aspects of living? No... but I think most people who're depressed would rather NOT be depressed. Obviously telling someone who's depressed to just "cheer up", and "things aren't that bad" isn't going to help much. But like a disease, it's an aspect of yourself you'd rather not have and aren't in total control of, and want to be "cured" of. So the disease model isn't too far from the truth. I don't see how scizophrenia is much different.

You yourself don't really like your symptoms, wouldn't you rather they be gone? So I'm not sure I really understand your point.

I have met (and married) people who "didn't feel normal" when they weren't depressed and would have constant lapses in treatment drugs (even if they worked, which most didn't).

While they didn't enjoy being depressed, they enjoyed "not being themselves" less, or were so screwed up the cause-effect understanding was broken.

Depression while also a complicated and layered description containing many different states, is not similar in that people always want to not be it.

Comment: Because when I say Google it... (Score 2, Interesting) 156

by jafiwam (#47916107) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic
I mean, specifically GO TO FUCKING GOOGLE.COM and use the search engine there. Not Bing, not whatever else, and especially not your "ask.com" tool bar that infected your computer. GOOGLE. Nobody uses it generically, they all mean specifically go to Google to search. It's you retards that don't know how to search that think we mean something else.

Comment: Re: Reliability is key. (Score 1) 589

by jafiwam (#47903173) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

I'm all for options, but some states have laws that mandate this type of technology for civilian use as a cynical and unconstitutional way to increase the cost of gun ownership and reduce the selection of guns.

And this is good thing. The second amendment doesn't specify how much it costs to bear the arms. Only that you're allowed to. So yeah don't ban guns, just increase the cost of possessing them so that only those really really really into guns will go for it.

If we are going to do that, pay for your constitutional rights, how about about $1,000 per year to vote?

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Comment: Re:Reliability is key. (Score 0) 589

by jafiwam (#47901441) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

If it's extremely reliable, I think even gun advocates would adopt this. Here's hoping.

Every fingerprint identifying based lock that was "extremely reliable" has been so far, complete garbage. This one will be no different.

Your hope is misplaced. You might as well wish the moon turns into pizza and comes to visit. What you should hope for, is a change in coddling of the criminals, dregs, druggies and useless human flesh that cause problems. You know, inner city Shitcago thug and gang culture and "aspiring rap artist" who was "turning his life around" (how about you never fuck up in the first place huh chump?) that manage to beat their girlfriends on camera and get shot by police (innocent of course!) after committing felony strong armed robbery while never once producing a musical note worth anything.

Comment: Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (Score 1) 199

by jafiwam (#47870409) Attached to: China's Island Factory

Built islands from outcropings,etc below the water line do not count towards extending range of the territorial limits.

Many of the South China Sea territories are in dispute or are considered to be in international waters. China refuses to acknowledge other nations claims to many of South China Sea territories.

Good point. By that standard, the same would be true of anchored ships and hydrocarbon drilling rigs.

Comment: Re:Notified and ignored? (Score 1) 107

by jafiwam (#47805975) Attached to: Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

Someone invariably says something to the effect of "Well, you'd have to be an idiot to have your window shrunk down to that size! It's their own fault for being stupid!"

<rant> I get plenty of that here too, but It's not the user who is being stupid, it's the moron who tries to cover his design flaws with such a remark. Web content should adjust itself to match the user's display and window, not the other way around.

I'm so fed up with all those websites that show their content as a 10 cm (or 4 inch if you prefer) vertical band in the middle of the window, that my browser window is set to accomodate not much more than that by default. Wider sites should reflow to fit that. If they don't, they're even more wrongheaded than those that insist on turning your screen estate into 80% empty space if you dare to run your browser full screen. </rant>

Don't be such a short-sighted idiot.

The tools to do that are only a year or two old. It takes time to cycle through old tech and use new tech into a web site. There are ALWAYS some new thing that newer browsers will do that you can't use because it's brand new, and requires a rebuild of the site. Like, every week there is something new. For many years, people were waiting for IE8 to die out with XP.

Rebuilding a site is expensive, especially if it's a commercial site and the company isn't big enough to have an expert on staff.

Again, don't be an idiot. Or, grow up.

.... stupid millenials....

Comment: Re:Automate it (Score 3, Interesting) 228

by jafiwam (#47629109) Attached to: What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Learn how best to automate that task so you can start on other projects to automating other tasks.

Yup. But do it in secret and don't share the automation with the employer. Use your spare time to look for a new job.

IF you come to the point where know your job is going to evaporate, it's better not to make a lot of waves (and that includes positive ones) until you are ready to go anyway. Your employer is already NOT paying attention and may not have a full understanding of what you do already. You'll be facing "the Bob's" in no time.

There is a reason they call it "work." Boring and repetitive comes with that. Brush up on your Zen skills and deal with it. And FIND ANOTHER JOB.

Comment: Re:EC2 servers already fire walled (Score 2) 25

by jafiwam (#47552693) Attached to: Attackers Install DDoS Bots On Amazon Cloud

I have had so so many hack attempts from Amazons servers that it was just easier to fire wall ALL of them.

Yup. Amazon Cloud and a couple others are completely null routed from my work network. Big sections of others overseas are blocked as well.

So far, complaints have been zero. And, we get less log and web site form harassment from misbehaving bots.

We have determined that the signal to noise ratio coming from cloud hosting services is ZERO.

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 3, Interesting) 582

by jafiwam (#47549011) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

The side that apparently blew a 300-civilian passenger jet out of the sky because they're too dumb to know what a Boeing looks like is getting direct military support from a major regional power which just happens to have nuclear weapons.

And I thought my hometown of Detroit was fucked.

This is not direct military support.

These are Russians that moved into Ukrainian territory either as soldiers in Russian forces, or as "civilians" over the last few years.

The attackers are RUSSIANS. The guys operating the BUK that shot down the airliner were RUSSIAN SOLDIERS. You don't hand a BUK over to "separatists" and a few months later have them wipe out 5 aircraft in a week. Take a look at the BUK system sometime. There is NO WAY the equipment was "handed over". It was OPERATED by RUSSIANS just like every other proxy war, Vietnam, Korea, and a whole bunch of smaller ones.

Russia is going to do what they are going to do, and for the most part, the West is going to stay out of it. Ukraine needs to start an absolutely brutal guerrilla war, or they are done for. That's all there is to it. (They are probably STILL done for no matter what they do.) The Soviets are re-building their empire.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 502

I have several X-Fi cards at home. It would be nice to know what they sound like. Unfortunately I use Linux.

Phillip.

Heheh

One major difference between cards and onboard is cards get a lot more effort into the tools and drivers. That alone could make the difference in what people are perceiving without requiring any kind of hardware or circuit quality difference.

I just moved an SB X-FI card from my old gaming machine to my work and listen to music machine and it DID make a difference over onboard sound. I did it to take advantage of some tracks that use surround sound and noted a difference in even Youtube (which is strict stereo) music. The card was already paid for and there so I figured why not...

Had I not played the same track on Youtube only a short gap to install the card and basic drivers I probably would not have noticed the difference. Back in "the day" that sound card with "surround sound" headphones gave me tremendous advantage in some games as I could actually hear distinct sets of footfalls in relative spacial position in game. You can't do that with two low-quality channels coming out of the game.

Comment: Re:Maybe (Score 1) 74

by jafiwam (#47297131) Attached to: Over 300,000 Servers Remain Vulnerable To Heartbleed

So why are they using SSL in the first place?

Looking for the "lock symbol" is the one thing the masses have managed to learn about Internet security.

People (the inexperienced ones) cause customer service headaches when they can't / won't learn that this system doesn't need it. "Where is the lock?" "How come you don't have a lock?" "My grandson says the lock means you are secure." etc.

For $40 a year, a company can head off 40 tech support calls with the worst type of users (the ones that don't even understand enough to put the answers in context and need 15 minutes of explaining to understand the answer) by slapping an SSL cert on every server. Sometimes it's even people in the "IT department" that have this gap in knowledge.

The company I work for does exactly this. I even got kudos for suggesting a wildcard cert would be cheaper and easier than individual certs for all the hostnames. Now it's standard procedure to slap the the cert on everything public facing. And, there's only one renewal date to deal with as opposed to a trickle of them every other week all year.

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