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Comment Just what I needed...? (Score 5, Interesting) 119

Just what I needed... a TV that...

* updates automatically every few weeks whether I want it to or not.
* sends *anonymous* viewing data to "improve the experience", against my will.
* changes the interface on the tv, and meanings of the buttons on the remote every 3rd or so update.
* that I will need to install adblock plus on to get rid of ads or keep them under control.
* that I will spend needless hours trying to find how to activate the power button after an update reconfigures the power button to require the auxillary button to be pushed down at the same time.
* requires that I install plug-ins that also self update just to get the tv to operate the way I want it to.
* that requires a unplug/ replug every few days as it runs out of ram and slows down channel switching and video output to a crawl.
* that as an organization, doesn't listen to it's user base and does what it wants instead.


Comment watch out fingers (Score 1) 168

What happens if you get your fingers stuck in the machine when it's "unprinting"! I can imagine it now. office employee: "Hey xerox guy... I was taking care of this paper jam when all of a sudden half my finger disappeared! What do I do?" The xerox guy raises his three fingered hand. "yep, been there - done that. next time unplug it and wait 20 minutes... I found this out the hard way." office employee: "are you giving me the finger?" zeros guy: does a half grin, and unplugs the printer.

Comment Holograms (Score 1) 232

No shit. A third of them aren't even alive anymore anyway. They simply exist as a hologram. Anyone see Nancy Pelosi lately? Don't tell me someone can naturally be that ugly! Oh no - it's just our computer hardware and software can't project a good looking person just yet. So if you were wondering why there were do many old, ugly people in congress, here's why!

Comment Re:Failure rate? (Score 1) 290

I was thinking the same thing. A whole man's job could be to replace these disks. He'd probably always be busy, too.

Estimating that a single drive fails in approximately 7 years, it is estimated that at or around that time and from then on you would have 28,571.429 drives failing per year. This comes to 78.277888 drives per day that would need to be replaced to maintain the system. And that's counting on it being a raid system that can restore itself.

Comment Psychic (Score 1) 302

He can see the movie magically in his head as it plays. He envisions the movie's "psychic vibe rays" in the air as it is projected across to the wall. He can do this in real time, before the light actually hits the wall, so he can see the movie's end before anyone else can. All good psychics can, you know!

Comment Incandescent = NO mercury (Score 1) 990

There is NO mercury in incandescent bulbs... But the coal used to generate electricity does contain mercury.

I have seen numerous people make the untrue statement that incandescent bulbs contain mercury. They do not. However about 50% of our power still comes from coal - and that does contain mercury (and it is released when power is generated...) But it is not in the bulbs themselves.

Think of it this way - would you rather have a CFL bulb (with mercury) break in your home and be directly exposed to mercury (which is a neurotoxin), or would you rather have it exposed in the environment where it will dissipate greatly so it's concentration in any particular area is minimal? Of course the perfect thing would be a energy source that didn't release anything harmful (in particular, for this post, mercury), and halogen bulbs (think incandescent version 2.0), which saves energy, and doesn't have mercury, either.

Of course all Flourescent bulbs, including CFLs, DO HAVE mercury.

As for LED Bulbs, they don't have mercury but their quality of light is quite poor. Our eyes were designed to receive more than a very limited spectrum of light at a time (read: not natural). They are costly and not great for your eyes. I don't understand why the government didn't give tax breaks or other incentives to adopt halogen bulbs instead. The process would support energy conservation, and allow people to use bulbs that won't catch fire, don't contain dangerous neurotoxins, and emit a higher quality of light (which will help save your eyes from extra strain).

We don't have anyone competent in the government anymore - you know - people who are willing to admit they aren't knowledgeable on a topic - and instead obtain outside input from people in that field - you know - people that know what they are doing. People that have a neutral standpoint (nothing to gain either way) but can provide the pros and cons of changes like this? I mean how hard could it be? When I don't know about something I obtain my opinions after researching both sides of an argument and I come to my own conclusions. I become more knowledgeable in the topic and can defend my opinion well because of it. Haven't we grown beyond having opinions based on either incomplete information or from what our colleagues and friends have said? From what I have seen lately, my opinion is that government officials (at least) have not - how sad!

I think it's time we get these clowns out of congress, before it is too late.

Comment Re:I hope that.. (Score 1) 391

The fraud protection is a fraud...

No, it's not... Didn't you read between the lines of the agreement? They forgot to mention that you have to defraud them to get it.

That's why I always use a credit card with them. Had the same problem once. My credit card co took care of it. As paypal refused to live up to their agreement, I helped them make the right choice and made them live up to their obligations.

Comment Stupid (Score 1) 284

My bank a year or two ago required you to enter an answer to two or three questions. I gave them false information (which I wrote down).

Think about it - why would giving a financial more private information make your information more secure? I mean sure it would be harder to break in that way to an individual account, but what if someone hacked the whole server, and got that private information? Wouldn't that make me less secure in the future?

I don't like this ask x personal questions about your customers policy one bit. I like the intent - but I dont' like the possibility of more private information getting into the hands of hackers and evil-doers.

While not perfect, we need some way to authenticate biometric data via the internet - be it a fingerprint or whatever. Or maybe a secret electronic key that only the account holder has - maybe something you plug into a usb port? a physical device that has a hard coded encryption key that only works on your account mixed with a password would be in my opinion much more secure than this 'ask x questions about our customers private lives' trend.

I mean really - it's none of the bank's fucking business where I lived when I was 13, or what my first car was.

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