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Comment Re:darwinian pressure (Score 3, Interesting) 361

Link to study that shows nicotine causes cancer? Not tobacco, not cigarettes, nicotine.

We'll be waiting a long time for that one...

I started smoking at age 10; at age 62 I tried an e-cig "just for the hell of it," fully expecting it to be unsatisfying, or "just as nasty, or whatever... I inadvertently quit "smoking" on the spot... two years later, still happily cigarette free. My wheezing when climbing stairs went away almost immediately (I noticed this 12 hours later). No more huffing and puffing. No scent of "tobacco" and associated tars, etc, on my clothes, in the car, in the house. Friends who were "allergic" to smoke invite me to vape at will in their homes and cars.

I had one nasty "accident." I had a pocket full of quarters (extremely rare for me, as I hate "change") that I was going to dump in the console of the car, for parking meters, and put a battery (not an e-cig, just the battery) in the same pocket. My pants caught fire while I was taking a leak. Stupid? Yeah, definitely. Related to vaping? Not in the least. The quarters provided a closed circuit for the battery. Really dumb. But...vaping? One of the brightest "choices" I ever made.

Almost all of the anti-vape, "we need regulation", etc., "ads" and "PSAs" out there, are funded by big tobacco, in an effort to "regulate" all the mom 'n' pop vape retailers, juice mixers, and gadget head makers into oblivion, so that Big Tobacco can take over the industry. I try to avoid the Chinese marketplace, as a safety precaution. I recommend others do the same.

And I'm saving a shitload of cash, vaping organic naturally-extracted flavoring of tobacco, with USP-grade nicotine. Even with high-end vaping gear, a total economic winner. People in the US are exposed to tens of thousands of chemicals, on a daily basis, that have never even been screened for carcinogenic properties. I'll take my chances with nicotine & caffeine... everybody else can sit in their "smoke-free" bars and parks/stadiums (etc) and tut-tut themselves into early sugar- and booze-enabled graves. RIP suckers...

Comment Re:Why stay? (Score 2) 729

My god you're one isolated ignorant motherfucker aren't you? Every time I see some slack jawed comment on here, assuming it isn't from the blatant misogynist crowd, it's from you. Read something besides PC world or whatever the fuck you jack off to. There's a whole world of infinite complexity and humans as the most complex thing in the universe can't be reduced to the specs of the next whizz-bang Apple iShiny. Get some fucking education.

Why is this modded as flamebait? I was born in the Bay Area, a long fucking time ago... I left, yeah, and came back, due to other circumstances, beyond my control (fortunately) and Yes, I know it isn't the "only place to be," and all that, but, seriously? The techie world has fucked shit up here in terms of values and community, in so many ways, it's nearly impossible to list, but impossible not to feel.

Mods aren't doing their jobs very well, lately, and what's up with that?

Flamebait my ass, you want flamebait? You guys with your "nobody has a right to____ (whatever)," and similar Randian sentiments... you'll be right there with the parasitic bankers, insurance company assholes, and yeah, real estate vultures, up against the motherfucking wall looking at automatic weapons-fire, asswipes. Fuck you, die. Slowly, and painfully...

There... there's your fucking flamebait, bitches. Kiss my fucking ass, and get of out of MY City, or die. Happy now, bitch?

Comment Re:Good on Brendan (Score 1) 223

I've looked at his offering, and it's a step in the right direction. It's not as aggressive as what I currently do using Mozilla, but again, it's better than the default. Whenever I visit people at home, they inevitably ask me to look at their computers and I'm always horrified by the shear amount of dreck online compared to my own laptop. I leave them with no tracking, no ads, you name it. Another happy "customer"
There's a difference between making a living and making a killing. Shareholders are the moral death to any company.

This. Pardon my "me too," but, there's no mods above "5," so there we are...

Comment Re:So it DIDN'T work (Score 1) 91

I had a terrific, once in a lifetime, ruse that I pulled to get 4 backstage passes and ten comps in the audience, for the Police, playing The Theatre St-Denis in Montreal, back in the Summer before their Synchronicity LP was released. Too long, and involved (typing wise) for here, but if I can sort out whether I'll be able to link to a pastebin, from here on /. then I'll pop back in with it. It's a fun read, though, I guarantee it!

Comment Re: protect your privacy with a knife. Try it (Score 1) 84

10.5 is now out of long term support for the most part, and subsequent versions past 10.7 ignore the hosts file


Totally by coincidence, I tested my Hosts file this morning. I'd used "org" instead of "com" on an URL, and was re-directed to some fake-ass MS "test your system security" page. Took the first part of the "DNS/MiM" domain name, added it to Hosts, reloaded Firefox, retyped the same errant address, and got... No new tab, no "Can't find server," and, of course, no fake assed web page at all. Nothing, as in zero.

Oh, and my Little Snitch network monitor showed zero bytes up or down after I hit Return on the "bad" addy

OS X 10.11.1 Beta (15B22c)

Nice try, though... uh, sort of.

Comment Re:And continues... (Score 1) 213

Here's something that fixes all the problems, is compatible with most smartphones and is available today: a bluetooth earpiece.

Ah yes.... Bluetooth.

I'm an old guy, ex-musician (still playing, but..) and I fell into the world of hearing aids a while back. When folks ask about how I lost my hearing, or was I "born that way," etc, I usually just say... "Mesa Boogie."

I do have issues with Bluetooth (reliability, limited bandwidth in some cases, etc) but there is nothing like in-ear monitoring for everything from voice, to soundtracks, or programmed music.

My fallback, with the phone, is "speaker." But for that clarity, that some dynamic range and near-field sound pressure levels can really enhance, there's nothing like high end hearing aids with BT or a direct feed through a 3.5mm cable (cabling into a separate antenna/controller/program switcher device). Mmmmmmm...

Comment Re:The problem is the ... (Score 1) 143

Sorry I can't help you more; but

Thanks anyway. I usually let a lot of mine expire, also. I'll carry on in my sometimes-interested fashion. I do, though, make a point of up-modding some of the "down" mods that are clearly based on grudges or some misguided attempt at retribution or whatever it is that those people think they're "accomplishing."

Comment Re:The problem is the ... (Score 1) 143

My point was that the comment wasn't "Informative". It was merely "Argumentative" ...

Aha! You sound like you understand the moderation system. I get mod points all the time (or every three days it seems), but I generally mod things as "Interesting," assuming I find the point or idea interesting, whether I agree with it or not.

But I am very curious. What might be the easiest distinction between "Insightful," and "Informative?" And, where does "Interesting" fit in the scheme of things?

If you have time I'd seriously appreciate guidance, or even better (timewise) a link to guidelines up here, if they exist. Thanks, either way!

Comment Re:oops (Score 1) 440

i hear hissing sounds from the apple camp.

Hahaha, good one; that's sorta funny.

Not sure where this "camp" you refer to is located, but as a computer owner since Apple ][ days, you wanna know what I hear (in my milieu)?

Well, I'll tell you... anyway. What I hear is, "Who the fuck didn't already know this, about 30 fucking years ago?"

Comment Re:Jail broken devices? (Score 2) 217

I can give you plenty of reasons for jailbreaking:..

Thank you, AC. Finally, someone who actually knows something about the issue takes the time to respond.

As for most of the rest of you...

I've been jailbreaking my iPhones for years. Why? Simple aesthetic reasons, for the most part, and a few minor enhancements for keyboard layout, select/copy/paste routines, and minor, but very useful tweaks of the Control Center, App Switcher, OneTouch ID, Notifications, etc. Not to mention "hiding" some of the bullshit cruft "apps" that clutter up my situation.

Apple, as usual, decides how the device will look and feel, and allows almost no "real" customization of the iPhone desktop, navigation, power switching (On/Off/Restart/Springboard relaunch), etc.

I want... check that, demand... a transparent Dock, unlimited nested folders without that hideous gray background blur, no resource-killing "animations," no auto-redirect to "App Store," and a number of other personalized processes and "look and feel" adjustments that are ONLY available on the iOS to jailbroken hardware. Period.

If kids, or old farts, for that matter, want to jailbreak so they can avoid paying... what(?) 99 cents or two bucks for some apps, and they get burned using some obscure Chinese software repository, who gives a fuck? I don't.

I don't like my homescreen being cluttered up with icons. If Jonny Ive thinks that's cool, and Apple agrees to the point of not allowing the simplest, safe mods, well fuck him and them too. Once I buy the phone (outright, no subsidy), that bitch is mine.

Pardon my french, you know, but it's bad enough we have to wade through all the fucking horseshit that does, indeed, exist in the JB "community," without having to listen to misinformed luddites, and chickenshits posturing about how bad it all is or how these "kids" you all speak of, get what you think they "deserve." If you're getting ready to chime in on moralistic bullshit, about a simple issue of choice, well then, fuck you, too, in advance.

I feel better. Oh, and by the way, almost all of the serious root-level exploits that Apple has "patched," now, for years, have come courtesy of the JB underground. You're welcome... assholes.

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