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Comment Lies, damn lines, and statistics (Score 1) 102

That one billion figure doesn't sound as impressive after one considers that it's fairly likely that it's mostly obtained by counting every Android install that comes bundled with Chrome. I'd be shocked, just shocked, if Google does NOT count someone who used Chrome a few times, before installing Firefox mobile. Like me, for example. I hardly ever use Chrome on my Googlephone. But, I'm sure I'm counted in that billion-plus figure.

Comment RTFA (Score 5, Informative) 227

The norecruitingspam guy himself spammed a few days ago with this. All he's offering is an email filtering service that blacklists the Jobdiva spambags.

He posted his screed in a Usenet thread that I started over five years ago, that's archived by Google, at apparently has a pretty high ranking when someone is searching for more information about all the spam they're getting from the Jobdiva spam factory. Over five years ago I happen to notice that every recruiter spam that I received turns out to have come from the Jobdiva spam factory. Ever since then, once or twice a year someone finds that thread in Google Groups, and post a "me too" to the Usenet group. Which I find pretty funny.

After figuring out where all my recruiter spam is coming from, it was a simple matter of adjusting a few settings on my mail server, and, poof!, it was all gone. Originally I never thought much of it, and only posted the first message in that thread as a means of sharing my thoughts, and nothing more, but apparently someone else now discovered effective email filtering and thinks it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. As Benny Hill would've said: biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig.... deal.

One good thing here is that now that he's got a good link from Slashdot, and, presuming that his web site is still up (haven't checked), because all his web site now only contains a big rant against the Jobdiva sleazebags, this will shine a bit of a brighter spotlight on those vermin, and perhaps shine some well-deserved sunshine on these sleazebags. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Comment Re:Wireless Networking (Score 1) 484

That's strange. My WNDR3700v3 is rock stable. The only time it goes down is when I lose power, once or twice a year. The router Is always busy. Various members of in my household are constantly streaming videos. I've got laptops, i-device, and android devices pinging the intertubes constantly. Everything works. I don't use "device discovery", whatever that is, though.

Comment Ugh, "Lolani'? (Score 2) 71

Oh geeeee..... The only good thing about "Lolani" is that it is a perfect remake of a classically terrible, awful, ST:TOS episode. It's a perfect homage to "Spock's Brain", and "Savage Curtain".

So from that viewpoint, it's a great episode. And I really enjoyed watching it, but only for its artistic value of a faithful recreation of a botched ST:TOS time filler. Really, I'll take "Fairest Of Them All", or even "Pilgrim of Eternity", over "Lolani", any time. And I do appreciate seeing The Incredible Hulk himself, in full-body green makeup; but it can't make up for the awfulness of the rest of the episode.

Comment Lesson for Hollywood (Score 4, Interesting) 106

This fan fic already has a few episodes in the can. And it's so good, that even the most horrible episode in the bunch (the one with the Orion slavegirl), is simultaneously unwatchable, and completely watchable on its merits as a very faithful recreation of a typically bad episode from the original series. These guys have got it down pat. They know exactly how to faithfully remake an honest homage to an average bad episode from the original series. And it's certainly doesn't hurt that the episode's guest star was none other than Lou "The Incredible Hulk" Ferrigno. As an Orion slave trader. In full body green makeup!

It's eery watching Chris Doohan in this series. The guy is a spitting image of his old man. Looks like a younger Scotty. Close your eyes, and you can't tell it's not Scotty. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the episodes as they came out. They were far more entertaining than either of the two terrible reboots. I refused, on principle, to pay money to watch the crap reboots in the theaters. But if these folks ever manage to crank out a reel, and it makes it down to my local megaplex, I'll be the first in line to buy a ticket.

Comment Re:Here's the deal (Score 1) 215

My favorite ploy is the agencies who stalk me on LinkedIn. When I move to a new contract, they call my old employer to ask if they need any additional help.

I found a very easy solution to this problem, a long time ago: I simply do not provide enough details to precisely identify any of the companies I've worked for in the past, on my publicly visible LinkedIn profile, and I locked it down so that nobody, except me, can see my connections, and try to figure it out. All that anyone sees is my connection count, and nothing more.

Comment Major problem (Score 0) 554

Gee, the government isn't siphoning as much money out of Americans wallets, as the bureaucrats in Washington, DC were hoping for. That's a major problem, a crisis of unprecedented proportion, isn't it?

Don't you stupid drivers know that the only reason you're driving is to put more money into the government's pocket?

Comment Good riddance to bad rubbish (Score 0) 156

I should say that Tesla's offerrings are nowhere near what my pocketbook could accomodate. Having said that, I wish nothing but good luck to them.

Dealerships are useless, blood-sucking parasites, and I won't shed a tear for them, if those massive wasters of useful oxygen will disappear from the face of the earth. Even though I've gotten the art of buying a car down pat, keeping my actual interaction with those vermin to an absolute minimum, and even if, by my own estimates, I reasonably avoid having to deal with maybe 90% of the bottom feeders a typical car buyer would be subject to, I'd still wish them to burn in flaming pits of hell.

I have to laugh at their PR spin, when they claim how dealerships are the best way to buy cars. Blah, blah, blah. I can safely safe that, having bought 3 cars in the last ten years, dealerships are always just a waste of my nerves, they add absolutely nothing of value, and only inflate the price of a car through their markups. I wouldn't actually even mind if all that having these dealerships around do would add a modest markup to the price of a car, in exchange for a little bit of service. If that was all to it, then I don't think I'd mind it at all. But that's just a small part of the problem, and I'm sure it's quite clear what I'm talking about, so enough said...

Let's just say that I'm rooting for Tesla, even though if they win it would do absolutely nothing for me directly. Indirectly, yes: not having to deal with those parasites, the next time around, would be a big plus.

Luck, that's when preparation and opportunity meet. -- P.E. Trudeau