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Comment Re: I am? (Score 3, Informative) 219

People think that downloading is legal because people don't get prosecuted for it. The truth of the matter is that downloading is hard to prosecute. The MPAA would need to either operate a honeypot or get access to a torrent server's log files to get a list of IP addresses. Then - for each one - they'd need to get a court to agree that the ISP needs to turn over the information. Finally, they would sue the individual. However, all of this effort would likely be for a single count of copyright infringement. ("He downloaded this ONE movie and that's it.") It's a waste of the MPAA's resources and even they know it.

Thus, they go after the uploaders. Not only do you get multiple counts of infringement for one individual ("he shared a thousand files") but removing the large uploaders leaves the downloaders with nothing to download. (In theory.)

The big trouble downloaders get into is when they don't realize that their software is uploading as well. They think that they're invisible when, in reality, they're telling everyone what they're up to.

Comment Re:Good news for me (Score 3, Informative) 181

I was in the market for a new laptop a few years back. Lenovo had a good deal so I ordered it. They said the laptop would be ready to ship in 2 weeks. A day or so before the 2 week mark, they told me it would be delayed to 2 months. To ship it, mind you. It would take an additional week to actually get the laptop.

I called for an explanation and all they would say was that they were waiting on a shipment of some part. (They wouldn't say what part - just that it was a part.) I said I wanted to cancel the order, but they insisted I couldn't cancel it outright but could request to cancel the order. However, if the laptop shipped before the cancellation request was processed, they told me, I'd be charged for the laptop. I had them submit the form to cancel and ordered a Toshiba.

Luckily, they actually cancelled my order. Meanwhile, my Toshiba laptop was assembled, shipped, and arrived in under 2 weeks - before Lenovo cancelled the order and way before they claimed they would have shipped the laptop. I'd highly recommend steering clear of Lenovo.

Comment Re:It begs to say... (Score 2) 140

Many, many years ago, my company rolled out its first Intranet. Not all staff were able to use computers during their jobs so we set up a kiosk in the cafeteria (a very public area) to let them look up information on their lunch break. On an almost weekly basis, I would be called down to the cafeteria because the kiosk was showing pornographic pop-up ads. (This was before my company installed a web filter.) Needless to say, some night staff member was using the computer to browse porn sites and kept agreeing to install browser toolbars from the sites. It's amazing that we didn't get any virus infestations into our network from the kiosk - just spyware. The kiosk idea was soon scrapped because the work required to keep it spyware-free wasn't worth it.

(Like I said, this was many, many years ago. Were I to do something like this nowadays, I'd know dozens of different ways to lock the device down so that the users wouldn't be able to do what they did to that kiosk.)

Comment Re:the samsung fires may force an battery kill swi (Score 4, Insightful) 217

I was wondering if the Samsung fires might result in the return of user replaceable batteries. If the batteries in the Note 7 were user replaceable, people could have turned off their phones, waited for replacement batteries, and gotten those installed (or installed them themselves). Data loss would be zero and the inconvenience to the user would be minimized. Instead, the entire phone needs to be replaced which maximizes possible data loss and inconvenience.

Comment Re:Software is written (Score 1) 226

My wife's computer has started requesting to reboot to finish installing an update. But once you reboot, it claims it still needs to reboot to finish installing the update.

I've tried many different things to fix this, but now think her computer might have tried upgrading to Windows 10 (without us giving the Ok) and gotten stuck somewhere along the line. To make things more annoying, it'll often prompt her to remind her to reboot (like that will solve it), give her the option of postponing up to 4 hours, and then will frequently just reboot immediately after she selects 4 hours.

I might need to just install Linux on her laptop instead.

Comment Re:There's a good idea with bad consequences (Score 1) 226

People with autism aren't "completely lacking ethical/moral boundaries." They might not pick up on social cues or realize that something they said was inappropriate, but that doesn't mean a moral failing. In fact, many people with autism have an overabundance of empathy which cripples them in social situations. They fear saying or doing anything because their lack of social knowledge means they'll likely do something to upset someone. Being alone is preferable to insulting the person, so they avoid social situations.

Take my son, for example. He has high functioning autism/Aspergers Syndrome. We took him into a museum a few years back and they had a butterfly house. We all went in but my son was screaming about how he didn't want to go. We finally got him in and he stood like a statue by the door for a few seconds before we excused him. I went to talk with him and he revealed that he wasn't scared of the butterflies themselves (my first guess) but that they were all over the place, including the floor, and he was afraid of hurting one. His empathy for the butterflies was so high that he couldn't stand being in the room with them lest he hurt one.

That's not "lacking ethical/moral boundaries" at all.

Comment Re:Wait! Don't tell them... (Score 2) 226

As someone who has high functioning Autism, let me just say that social cues are hard for us. People on the autism spectrum do very well in absolutes. Black and white. Social rules aren't black and white. They're a confusing mass of grey. The same action that is perfectly valid in one situation is horribly wrong in another, very similar situation. Over the years, I've gotten good at faking neurotypical (not on the autism spectrum), but it can be tiring and I can miss cues. Think of it as if everyone runs Social Rules natively but those of us on the spectrum need to emulate it. Our emulators are much slower and don't handle every instance. So they can drain our system resources (leaving us needing to decompress) or crash entirely (letting us say/do something that is inappropriate).

As far as your co-worker goes, I'd be direct with him. Not rude, mind you, but honest. Don't go for subtle (he won't pick up on that at all) but try to also not act like he's a small child (people with high functioning Autism can be very intelligent). Say something like: "Hey, this isn't a good time right now. I've got a ton of work to do. Let's talk about this later when we're both free."

Comment Re:backing Hillary? (Score 1) 459

No, the bus analogy is an extreme simplification - usually used when someone says "I don't like the direction Obama took/Hillary will take this country in, so I'm voting Trump." It shows that simply taking a new path isn't better because it's different. Especially when said path takes you into disaster.

I disagree with Hillary on many issues, but they aren't "she's going to ruin our country" levels of disagreement. At worst, they are "this will continue to be messed up for 4 more years." Trump, at best, will be ineffectual due to Congress but will incite international incidents due to things he says. At worst, he'll start a war because some foreign leader called him names.

But the bus metaphor doesn't encompass my entire governing philosophy. For that, I compare the US to a canister of mixed nuts... (Kidding!)

Comment Re:Look at the source (Score 1) 629

I almost wonder if they give out honorary free or reduced cost memberships to doctors who don't check on who The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is and what they stand for. Some doctors might get letters that say "Do you want to join The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons for only $10 a year", the doctors say "sure", and AAPS gets to count them in their membership totals.

So the number of doctors in AAPS who actually agree with AAPS might be far lower than the number of doctors counted as being part of AAPS.

Comment Re:Disgraceful (Score 1) 629

Apparently, they did that on Reddit. People were banned from the subreddit before the event even began (based on their posting history IIRC - if they posted anything even remotely anti-Trump, they were gone), the questions were filtered in advance, and Trump's answers were posted on the board during the event. So it wasn't so much an Ask Me Anything as it was an I'll Answer A Few Pre-Filtered Questions As Long As Nobody Speaks Ill Of Me.

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