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Comment: Oh no! (Score 1) 405

The Xerox machine broke and someone wrote "Out of Order" on a piece of paper with a Sharpie and Scotch-taped it to the machine.

I found a picture of a Walkman that had been modified to connect to an iPod, but it turned out to be Photoshopped.

I used my iPad to Google for a way to send a box of Kleenex to the Microsoft executives.

Writing this post has given me a headache, but I can't decide if I want to take Tylenol or Aspirin.

Comment: Re:Huh... (Score 4, Insightful) 183

There are so many analogies I could make for that.

Ford Motor Company eliminates Ford brand and replaces it with Edsel.
Microsoft changes Windows 7 to Windows Vista Second Edition.
Cisco to deprecate Cisco trademark in favor of Linksys. *

* Yes, I realize that Cisco no longer owns Linksys.

Comment: Re:reliability (Score 1) 183

Actually, most SSDs support SMART and/or have their own monitoring system. Unless you're buying bargain basement SSDs, most of them have perfectly servicable lifecycle management.

(Purely as an example, here's Samsung's listing of the SMART attributes in their SSDs: http://www.samsung.com/global/...)

That said, yes. When SSDs get the "computer will no longer boot to the OS" point of their lifecycle, you're a lot less likely to be able to recover any information. But, like magnetic disks, by the time you get to that point, you've generally been ignoring other symptoms.

Comment: Re:Gonna get sued! (Score 2) 57

Doesn't Samsung manufacture their own displays? I'm pretty sure that if Samsung had any issues with them incorporating that display, they just wouldn't have sold it to them.

I suppose it's possible that they might actually be buying Note 3's and disassembling them. And I can see that possibly causing a problem for them. But I also can't imagine that being particularly economical.

"This is how you disassemble a Note 3 and get the display from it without breaking it. Any questions?"
"Nope."
"Good. Now do it forty five thousand times."

Comment: Too little, too late. (Score 2) 238

by thevirtualcat (#47466447) Attached to: Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

My problem with the real name policy wasn't using my real name on Google+. When I had a Facebook account, I used my real name there.

My problem with the real name policy was that if you used Google+, it would retroactively change all your OTHER Google services to use your real name. Half of the people I use my GMail account to communicate with don't actually know my real name. Now, of course, I could get a Google+ account and continue using the same name I've been using on my GMail account for years.

Except that I don't actually use GMail anymore.

At the time, Google+ was sucking up other Google services and forcibly integrating them. I didn't see why GMail would be an exception to that in the long run and I wanted nothing to do with it.

So it's great that they've removed the real name policy and are no longer agressively integrating their other services into it, but...

Too little, too late. I've already left.

Comment: Re:Easiest way to cancel service from any ISP... (Score 1) 401

by thevirtualcat (#47466205) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Oh, they tried the "relocation plan" on me.

Me: "Your service isn't available where I'm going and I don't have your phone service, so that really wouldn't help me at all."
Rep: "Oh. Okay."

If you do have the phone service:
Me: "Sorry, My new provider is wireless and disallows competing IP phone services on their network."
(You'll probably make the rep insanely jealous when you say that...)

Sometimes, after it's all said and done, they want a forwarding address to send the final bill.

Rep: "We offer service in that area, though."
Me: "Yeah, but the complex I'm moving into has an exclusivity agreement with [provider that's not them]."
Alternatively, if it's a single-family home:
Me: "I'm actually moving out the country and that's my grandmother's house. She doesn't need the internet for her typewriter or her rotary dial phone."

But by the time they get to the "forward address for the final bill" question comes up, you've already cancelled and they're just fishing for a new sale.

Comment: Easiest way to cancel service from any ISP... (Score 4, Insightful) 401

by thevirtualcat (#47460505) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Me: "Hi, I need to cancel my service."
Rep: "Oh? [insert marketing speak that boils down to 'Why do you want to cancel our awesome service?']"
Me: "I'm moving out of your service area and I'm already set up in my new place."
Rep: "Oh. Okay then."

Doesn't matter if it's true or not. There's not really much they can say to that. They might fish for details about where you've moved to. Just don't be stupid enough to bite.

Comment: I miss when South Park was on Netflix. (Score 1) 138

by thevirtualcat (#47451129) Attached to: Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

I watched an episode of it on Hulu the other night. It wasn't an all out terrible experience. While Hulu is far more agressive with their anti-adblocking, they have far fewer ads than South Park Studios did. (South Park Studios often had more ads than watching on Comedy Central.)

That said, since it's going behind the paywall and I don't watch anything else behind Hulu's paywall, I guess I'll just find some other show that makes decent background noise. (Or just pirate it, but I suspect I'm too lazy to do that.)

Comment: Re:I won't upgrade. (Score 1) 681

Usually it's highly-specialized industrial or lab equipment with either an embedded computer (oscilloscopes, waveform generators) or have a computer attached (CNC things.) These are things that usually cost 10^5 to 10^7 USD/GBP/EUR/whatever. (That said, these are also generally things that shouldn't be connected to a public network, anyway.)

There are a few old oscilloscopes kicking around my workplace that run Windows 98. They serve their purpose and upgrading them to even XP would be a good way of turning them into bricks that can play Minesweeper.

It is not for me to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence. -- The Earl of Birkenhead

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