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Comment Social media *is* the "real world" (Score 1) 142

If you are on social media, you are having real-world interactions. The whole idea that our presence via technology is somehow illusory and insubstantial is false. The Internet is the "real world."

That said, to state the obvious, there are a number of non-verbal (heck, even some verbal) cues that are missing from on-line interaction. Sarcasm requires tags. We are still discovering why people can become so awful in text, why they are emboldened to be hateful (beyond just anonymity) when they never would do so in-person. But all of it is real. Those are real words, from real people, unless you're talking to an MS chat bot.

Whatever you see on social media is real people doing real things. Even if they're lying, they're really lying. It is probably better if we all took our on-line presence at least as seriously as we would behave in a bar, even if there is no chance of a fight breaking out. Calling it not the "real-world" keeps us from behaving with responsibility. Reject this false separation of worlds.

Comment Re:Bet on the RUSSIANS!!!!` (Score 4, Insightful) 89

Yes. There were transcripts of Flynn talking to the Russian ambassador, so there were wiretaps done on foreign communications. Nobody is questioning whether or not some monitoring of Trump campaign officials was happening.

Nowhere does that say Obama ordered it. Nowhere does it say it was Trump himself that was monitored. It was part of an investigation and done based on evidence with court approval, not some fiat declaration from the dictator-in-chief, which is apparently what Trump supporters think the president is.

The presidency is not a monarchical position. The POTUS does not have king-like powers. One of the things he cannot do, since the Nixon administration, is order a wiretap. Only a court can approve that (including the FISA secret court) and only after an active investigation provides enough evidence to get a warrant.

Get that? Do you have a tape of Obama ordering the tap? No? Then you have nothing. Nor does Trump, by the looks of it.

That's why Comey is out there asking for the Justice Department to repudiate Trump's claim, because it's a bigger lie about the way our formerly stable republic works than it is about Obama. Trump isn't undermining Obama, he's undermining his own government. He is acting like a fifth-columnist, hopefully not wittingly.

Comment How would you implement this? (Score 1) 144

Great so you set "travel mode." And then what? Lock it with a different password? The TLA involved will just ask you for the credentials to turn off travel mode.

Or do you set a time period with no way to turn it back off if you make a mistake? That doesn't sound like a very good idea.

The only way to avoid exposure is to not have social media accounts, or have shell accounts that you log your phone into when you travel. That's your travel mode.

Comment Is there any way to tell? (Score 4, Insightful) 130

Is there any way to tell which extensions are blocking multiprocess? My about:support page says multiprocess is disabled because of extensions, but it doesn't say which ones. It seems like they should publish this information, perhaps in a field on AMO. A Google only turns up results for developer testing or small lists, it says nothing about a complete list of incompatible extensions.

I don't know if anyone at Mozilla reads Slashdot any longer, but I think this would be a worthwhile documentation project that would help users demand extension authors make their software compatible, thus aiding the roll-out.

Comment Novelty Kills Nintendo Again (Score 2) 105

it's questionable how many developers will go to the effort of creating games that make use of the extra horsepower when docked, rather than simply opting to program for the slower overall GPU clock speed

This. A thousand times this. No developer in their right mind is going to program a game that doesn't run properly on the portable. The downscaling of the portable is just too profound. 40% clocks? So the console will suffer from portablitis (similar to how PC games suffer consolitis).

If they then kill the portable line (currently 3DS) in preference to Switch, they may well kill both their portable and console markets with one stone. I know they have a NIH ("Not Invented Here") culture, and this has resulted in some excellent and novel gaming (thinking Wii here), but this new console seems strategically unsound.

Comment Runs as a local user (Score 2) 243

Yeah, these tasks all run as a local user rather than SYSTEM, so when I log in with my standard account, the admin account that it's running under isn't logged in, and the condition for launch on any login is not met.

Error message:

Task Scheduler did not launch task "\NvTmMon_{B2FE1952-0186-46C3-BAEC-A80AA35AC5B8}" because user "[COMPNAME]\[ADMIN_USERNAME]" was not logged on when the launching conditions were met. User Action: Ensure user is logged on or change the task definition to allow launching when user is logged off.

This is par for the course with Nvidia software these days. Running a service as a local account? They should know better. ;)

Comment Re:Just checked my Task Scheduler... (Score 1) 243

Yup. Sure enough it runs when I log in my admin account, but it doesn't run when I log in my standard account. I'm sure Nvidia will fix this soon, and then I'll have to disable the tasks, and then they'll make it so GFX 3 enables them on run, and so on and so forth in a never-ending battle for privacy vs. data mining.

Somebody will probably wind up running a background task that continuously turns this crap off.

Comment Just checked my Task Scheduler... (Score 2) 243

I just checked my Task Scheduler, and none of those Nvidia telemetry tasks identified by MajorGeeks have ever run. I've just enabled "tasks history" (i.e.: chron logs) from admin to see if it's actually doing anything. The tasks only appear when you run Task Scheduler with admin rights, so access is restricted to users with administrator rights. From the history, I think this telemetry might be in the works, but not running yet.

It's possible that since it is an admin task and I run in a limited user account (standard account), it's not triggering the task, but the tasks are supposed to be triggered by login of "any user," with a daily report at 12:45 on my machine if there's no login to trigger, so I can't see how that's happening. This all should be working, but it appears to be dead at this time on my machine with the latest drivers.

I do have GeForce Experience 3 installed, and it *is* asking for a login, however. So it seems they're tagging *something* to an account.

The GeForce forums are a shitstorm of "ditch the login" posts in every GFX thread. People are threatening boycotts, etc. It's really quite interesting. Here's the initial feedback thread when GFX 3 went live. Bring popcorn.

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