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Comment Lipstick on a pig (Score 1) 346

I'm sorry, but this is straight-up nonsense. I've worked as many as 3 jobs at a time to make both ends meet in the middle, and no -- it's not a positive thing. At this point, I'm self- employed, and finally able to spend time with my family, which is actually what I want to be doing.
Just because you dress up your poverty as a plus (e.g. "Being unable to afford food has helped me lose 90 lbs!" or "I'm in the best shape of my life, because I walk 10 miles a day. How did I find the motivation to exercise this much? I got my car repo'd!"), does not mean that you should advise others to try it. I'm happy that I can afford food and a car. I'm also happy that I can do that with only 40-ish hours of work each week.

Comment Reminds me of a guy I talked to... (Score 3, Funny) 65

There was a customer who walked into my shop to get his iPhone 4s fixed a month or so ago. While he was waiting, we made small talk, and he bragged about his pickup truck. He told me that it has a 'chip' that makes it produce 900HP. He used to have a 1000HP chip, but his grandfather saw him spinning his tires, so he told him to take it out.
The truck was a rusty, 20-year-old Dodge, with a V8 that produces about 240HP from the factory.

Did I smile and nod, occasionally saying 'Wow'? Of course. Did I believe him? Not in the least.

This also reminds me of a story from one of the Gawker blogs, where a writer interviewed taxi drivers. The question she asked was: "Have you ever been propositioned by a passenger?" Most said "No", a couple said "Once", and one guy claimed that it happened every night, and that he had women falling all over him.
The part of this story that makes it a little unbelievable is the range of customers he claimed to have. 'Husbands and wives'; do they have a website where we can go and order some hacking? If not, how are these average citizens finding them? 'Governments'? I should expect that most interested governments would instead invest into their own cyber-military, rather than hiring a 2-bit scammer. This just doesn't smell right.

Comment Amazon has a good thing going (Score 1) 129

They've created enough artificial hype, that people are genuinely excited about it. At this point, people are talking about it without getting paid, because they want to.
What I don't understand is why people want to talk about it. I checked it out multiple times yesterday, and the only notable thing I saw was that the Amazon website was painfully slow. Absolutely nothing on sale looked like a good enough deal to entice me to impulse buy.

Comment Something's not quite right here. (Score 1) 205

Something's not quite right here. I've been using this sort of product since 2010, when I purchased a set at Walmart for under $10. I know for a fact that it was earlier than May 2010, because I distinctly remember a conversation I had with a co-worker about them; I left that job in May 2010, and the co-worker passed away shortly thereafter.
While patent-infringing cheap merchandise may be a problem on Amazon, the particular item highlighted in this article seems to be a little misleading.

Comment Wait, because you can. (Score 1) 110

Microsoft has already announced that Windows 10 will continue to be a free upgrade for people with accessibility options turned on, even after the deadline for everyone else. As long as they don't rescind that, I'd personally wait until Win10 is fully compatible, rather than jumping the gun.
And, for reference, I'm someone who highly recommends the upgrade for standard users.

Comment Re:Wow the car knowledge here is bad (Score 1) 238

On older cars, the distributor cap would get damaged by submersion. Not a big deal, but it would definitely leave you stranded. Most modern cars do not float level, if at all, which leads to the classic nose-down 'duck pose' you see cars take in a flood. Aside from the beetle (which had different weight distribution due to the small rear engine), I'm not aware of any common production vehicle that will float level. Front wheel drives are simply too nose-heavy.
And Jeeps actually have terrible door seals. After all, serious off-roaders take the doors off; why bother making them water-tight?

Comment Re:It Stores More to the Cloud than You Might Thin (Score 1) 982

I would say that rather than Win10, this is a complaint with Edge. I personally am pretty happy with Win10 (aside from it blocking installers for older software that I know to work), but Edge is horrible.
The thing is, this isn't new to 10. Explorer was just as flawed (in other ways), and also should be avoided on a Win7 computer. As a rule of thumb, use Firefox on all PCs.

Comment Re:Someone explain the Gawker mentality to me (Score 2) 307

This. Each Gawker blog is independently run, with (as I understand it) fairly little corporate oversight. The tone of the blog will depend entirely on the managing editor. Because of that, Jalopnik (and most of its sub-blogs, such as Black Flag, Lanesplitter, etc) has a very friendly and upbeat atmosphere, and are actively anti-clickbait. Jezebel, Deadspin, etc are more like tabloids; the managing editors think that controversy is what drives clicks, so that's what they focus on. Gizmodo is a fairly decent tech block now, but Sploid (one of Giz's sub-blogs) is utter trash written as if by a wide-eyed 8 year old, who thinks everything is 'magic' and 'mind blowing'. Not too long ago, Gizmodo used to have more articles about marijuana than technology; Why? Because the managing editor appeared to be a pot head*.
The Gawker network employs a lot of bad editors. Even the good blogs have some poor management (constantly firing good, talented writers without explanation), but that's the root problem.

*Purely speculative, based on the fact that the marijuana articles ended when they got a new managing editor. Perhaps the old editor wasn't pro marijuana, but he had a bad way of showing it, if so.

Comment All of the above (Score 1) 229

Seriously, putting all of your eggs into one basket (especially when you're someone whose livelyhood comes from digital creations) is a dangerous idea. I have two local backups (a pair of WD mybooks), cloud backup (Datto Drive), and a Toshiba external drive I put system images onto after any major software change. In all of the systems that support it, I also like to use RAID1s, as those are the easiest was to recover from hard drive failure.
Perhaps it's overkill, but I've lost data too any times.

Comment Re:Cable channel syndrome (Score 1) 175

Thank you for pointing that out. This service offers exactly what I've been looking for; I have written an addon to VLC that automatically mutes offensive words based on subtitles, but that only works on DVDs, and Netflix has gotten expensive for how little we watch. Having an alternative that allows the same capability in a streaming service is fantastic.

I've found that asking for help in my endeavor seems to trigger some sort of extreme anger with a lot of people. I've even been told that it's 'criminal' for me to try to prevent myself from hearing things that I don't like. It's great to see that someone actually offers the service I'm looking for, now.

Comment Re:Expectations? (Score 1) 506

Care to say what "best practices" are in Windows 10?

The first thing that comes to mind is that it's nigh impossible to have a Window 10 account without a password. This is basic network security stuff, but a lot of Windows 7 home users still don't have passwords set.
Another is that it's a great deal of work to run without an anti-malware/virus/firewall/whatever. If you don't set one up, they do without asking. If you genuninely want to run without, it's a royal pain.
Another thing that I ran into this past week is that 'modern' apps don't work if UAC is completely disabled. Essentially, the computer annoys you into re-enabling UAC, because you can't use basic things like the calculator, or the new 'Mail' app they've forced on everyone.* UAC is of course a basic security feature, but lots of techs disable it, because some remote desktop applications (, I think? I can't recall for sure) can't allow the remote tech to see the UAC prompts, which of course wreaks havok on their workflow.
I'm sure there are probably other examples as well, but those are the first that come to mind. I know it's also significantly harder to crack a user account password in Windows 10, if they're using an MS account instead of local.

*Mail has replaced Windows Live Mail. They're still allowing people to use Windows Live Mail, and you can install it in 10 just fine, but Exchange email servers and all the MS-hosted email services (, hotmail, etc) will stop working with it soon. I'm sure I'll be switching some folks to Thunderbird soon.

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