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Comment Re:These guys called me last week. (Score 1) 212

I read an article that was admittedly about Spam scams, but I'd imagine the same would apply here. They're intentionally designed to be off-the-wall and unbelievable. That way, they know anyone they rope in is likely to be gullible enough to go all the way and fall for it without much problem. They don't want to try to make something super-believable that will cause smart or smart-enough people to question it and spend a bunch of time researching, because it wastes their time when they drop out.

Unfortunately, this often means elderly folks get the worst of it, though apparently college kids are getting hit too.

In fact, here it is

Comment Re:Dumbest rivalry ever (Score 1) 37

I'm not sure exactly when/how it triggers, but the first time I tried running Chrome when it wasn't default on a brand new Windows 10 install I got a popup that extolled the virtues of Edge and I really, really should give it a try. Pretty please, etc. Dismissed it and made Chrome default and haven't seen it again.

Comment Not the first time Office led to published errors (Score 1) 349

Back in the day, old versions of Word only had "co-operation" in its dictionary, and would autocorrect "cooperation" to "Cupertino". This sounded like one of those urban legend things until I searched Google Books for some common constructs. You'll find hundreds of examples like the cupertino of and Cupertino Between (has some real uses but most aren't)

Comment Re:Would love to see something done (Score 3, Informative) 236

It comes and goes in cycles. For awhile I was getting several a day from the same company shilling security systems. I finally got them to stop when I worked my way through their system getting farther and farther along each call until I managed to get a tech dispatched to an abandoned house not far from me. They stopped calling at that point.

Depending on what I was doing at the time, I also enjoyed just letting them ramble on for awhile about their spiel, then give them an address in Canada or Australia or something. Really pissed them off.

Nowadays they're almost all initially handled by an automated speech thing (albeit some are scary good) so it's harder to have fun with them.

Comment Re:Downloading? (Score 1) 211

I guess I was fortunate that I always lived in pretty big cities back in the day, so I never had a shortage of local BBSes to call. Although I did cause some family drama that I still get reminded of to this day when my little sister broke her wrist at gymastics and spent several hours in the hospital alone because I had the phone lines tied up and had *70'd despite being told not to.

There are actually a handful of dialup BBSes left that I still call now and then, and long distance is no longer a problem with Google Voice. It's fun.

Comment Re:Downloading DOS shareware (Score 1) 211

I don't usually do the "internet pedantry" thing, but I have to correct you to Telix. ;) Only because I still use it pretty often for various geeky things that aren't all that interesting and I have a lot of very fond memories of it. It was one of the very few shareware applications I registered as a kid - I didn't have a lot of money but I got a lot of use out of it.

Comment Re:What browser? (Score 2) 119

I remember it from years and years ago as an IE shell for 5.0, 5.5, and 6.0 that provided a lot of functionality that IE6 just didn't have - tabs, ad blocking, popup blocking, etc. It was hugely popular at the company I worked for at the time because we had an ActiveX IE-based CRM that required us to use IE, and it allowed a lot of features. Looks like they call it "Maxthon Classic" now.

Comment Re:Everyone knows this, why it continues is beyond (Score 3, Insightful) 195

I was recently installing some software, and the actual, official documentation from the vendor had you skipping the EULA and typing Y to agree (Linux CLI install, so you could either space through it or "q" to skip it). My team and I wondered a bit at the legal implications of what would happen if a vendor telling you to skip their EULA ended up in court.

Comment Re:Love this router at home (Score 1) 180

I bought a WRT54G when they were first released and used it for years. I think it's ended up back in service three times after replacements have died over the years., and it's still carefully wrapped up in the closet for the day when my current one dies. Actually, my current one (a Linksys-Cisco E2500) also runs ddwrt and does fairly well. It's outlasted a couple replacements itself, most recently an ASUS N66U that decided to stop broadcasting wireless one day.

Comment Re:Meh... (Score 1) 365

Many years ago I was driving an MR2 with a broken parking brake cable, and left it parked in first on a slight slope in the middle of a parking lot at work. An email went out to the campus email that an MR2 had rolled out of its parking space, so I ran down to assess the damage but somehow I'd left the wheel such that it'd pulled out of the parking space perfectly. It was still in gear, wouldn't move anymore from where it was, and hadn't made it more than about ten feet. No idea what happened, best I can figure is something happened that let the engine spin over a few times and let it move forward some.

Still drive an MR2, and I've always made sure to keep my parking brake working.

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