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Comment Re:Dead pixels normal... in 2001. (Score 1) 241

It's pretty trivial to remove the wire if you need to send your controller in for some reason (why would you need to send in a controller? I have no idea). This isn't exactly a major operation, you're adding a single wire to act as an antenna. If you want to wait for Nintendo to issue a recall so that you can sent in your hardware and wait for them to return it, or wait for them to send you a signed notarized document on company letterhead witnessed by at least 2 people personally authorizing you to solder a wire onto the hardware, great, but when the fix is known and simple it doesn't seem like a bad idea to just do it and get it over with. This is also to a single controller, you don't have to mess with the actual console at all. Especially if the problem is stopping you from being able to use the product in the first place.

I have received such instructions and authorization to open up other electronic hardware and replace a part from other companies

Great, and you're the type of person to require explicit permission in writing before you even think of opening something you own, super. Then obviously my suggestion wasn't for you, but thanks for replying anyway.

Comment Re:Dead pixels normal... in 2001. (Score 1) 241

the wireless interference problems that is causing the joycons (particularly the left one) to lose synchronisation

If that does become an issue, and you have a soldering iron, you can fix that by adding a better antenna to the left controller that isn't going to be blocked by your hand. There's at least one video online showing how to do it. The existing antenna gets blocked by the palm of your hand, which isn't as much of an issue with the right controller because everything is flipped and the antenna is near your fingers instead of your palm.

Comment Re:Sanitizing Untrusted Input (Score 1) 61

The fact that application documentation is trying to teach security practices that any programmer of the language should already know is a great indication of the quality of programmers involved in the Wordpress ecosystem. If someone who is trying to create Wordpress plugins needs to rely on the Wordpress documentation for basic security practices, then it seems like the barrier to entry is too low. This is why Wordpress has the reputation that it does. On one hand it's great that anyone can make a plugin for Wordpress, but on the other hand it sucks that just anyone can create a plugin for Wordpress. SQL injection vulnerabilities have been the #1 attack vector for web servers for over a decade, and it's because of shit like Wordpress. It's frankly embarrassing that SQL injection is still an issue, the people behind the NextGEN plugin should be ashamed of themselves. There's absolutely no excuse at all, it looks like Wordpress requires PHP 5 and if that's the case then the mysqli extension is available, and if that's the case then they should have a database abstraction layer where the usual way of using it is prepared statements and parameterized queries, all of their own code should be using that and all of their own examples should show that. This argument could have been made in 2004 also. Wordpress is only a year older than PHP 5, they could have been doing this for a long time but since their codebase looks like something that a first-year programming student produced as their first project it's no major surprise that the people writing code for them are still making first-year errors.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1, Offtopic) 213

The concept of a "planet" has been around for millennia, and the moon (and later Jupiter's Galilean moons) have never been considered planets.

Right, and if there's one thing I know, it's that the things that people thought millennia ago should never ever be challenged, ever. Tradition is sacrosanct and if they thought it was true 2,000 years ago, then damnit it's still true today. This is why everyone still prays to Zeus up there on Mt. Olympus, and why we always will. It's also why I know that the heliocentric model is bullshit, because for millennia we knew that the sun goes around the Earth. It's just common sense.

I also know that the so-called "theory" about micro-organisms is bullshit, they don't exist. If they did, we would have known about them millennia ago. Everyone knows that if you make a hole in a brick, put some sweet basil in it, cover that brick with another brick, and leave the bricks out in the sun, then that basil is going to transform into scorpions. Everyone knows that. It's how the world works.

Oh, what's that, you don't want scorpions, you want mice? Fine, have it your way. Take a dirty shirt and stuff it into a vessel containing a little corn. The ferment proceeding from the dirty shirt will mix with the odor from the corn, and in about three weeks it will transmute the grain to full-grown mice of both sexes. Boom, now you can feed your snake.

I don't want to know how you got that snake though, those things are just unnatural.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 652

I guess my bottom line position is that I want every tool possible, including any and all online behavior, available to the investigators who are vetting people from countries rife with radical islam.

I understand that. I tend to value the Bill Of Rights and the things that it explicitly provides, and I note that it is not restricted to American citizens. It is much more difficult to try to get your rights back than it is to keep them in the first place. The fourth has been in decline for at least the past 16 years and at some point we need to stop the decline and strengthen it again. Saying that it's OK to put aside our rights when it involves security, or radical whatever, is leading down a path that is difficult to stop.

Comment Re:Just one market force - Fracking (Score 1) 201

What I've noticed with Trump is that people hear what they want to hear, and they react appropriately.

I think he makes that pretty easy. Take a few examples from his latest press conference:

We've begun preparing to repeal and replace Obamacare. Obamacare is a disaster, folks. It's a disaster. I know you can say, oh, Obamacare. I mean, they fill up our alleys with people that you wonder how they get there, but they are not the Republican people that our representatives are representing.


It's all fake news. It's all fake news. The nice thing is, I see it starting to turn, where people are now looking at the illegal -- I think it's very important -- the illegal, giving out classified information. It was -- and let me just tell you, it was given out like so much.

I bet 5 different people could read those and come up with 5 different things that he means.

Comment Re:Just one market force - Fracking (Score 2) 201

Yeah, I did read what you wrote, you wrote this:

No-one said they would be coal jobs

That's an alt-fact, SuperKendall, Trump did promise to bring back coal jobs. But, just like Trump himself, if the facts on the ground start to look different the easiest way out is to just claim that you never said that, right?

And to boot, you seem to have an absolutely terrible grasp of geography....

I would question how that statement has anything at all to do with whether or not Trump promised to bring back coal jobs, but I'm sure you'd like to move the goal posts and distract from the fact that your statement is factually incorrect.

So it goes these days, impossible to have rational debate when the left area only about talking points regardless of facts.

I like that alt-statement, because I responded with a bunch of quotes from Trump and Trump supporters. Apparently those are left talking points in your alt-world.

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