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Comment Re:liar (Score 1) 564

Ya, I spotted it immediately. He was really brave when he was sure he wouldn't have to do it. Kind of like all the people who claim they'll leave the country over [insert socio-political atrocity]. If they ever followed through, it would really be a newsworthy event.

Comment Re: False premise (Score 1) 501

Let me field that answer. They'll use it, just like organizations kept using WinXP pre-SP3, until the new Director of IT came along and said "Are you fucking kidding me?! What incompetent idiot let you stay unpatched and critically open to everything that has come along in the last fucking decade?! Oh, the same one who thought it's a great idea to never upgrade hardware, despite your staff barely surviving on machines that crash daily, or catch fire like those two did last week."

Comment Three choices. (Score 1) 433

You have three choices.

  • 1) Quit. You won't have to put up with their shit, and you keep your sanity.
  • 2) Wait to get fired. That's their end goal. If you can't complain to your superiors and/or HR, you're going to get fired anyways.
  • 3) Be BOFH and fight back. Depending on how you try to do this, you'll end up fired, in jail, or both. It only goes well in fiction.

Comment Re:You don't want to hear my call (Score 1) 164

Nope, you're absolutely right. Well, mostly right.

Over the last 10 years or so, I've had things on my phones that track me. Most of them also tracked what towers I connected to. I left the phones turned on accidentally a few times. Generally, in the air there weren't enough towers to attempt a conversation from. If it even connected to a tower, it would disconnect in less than a minute.

Here's a composite map of several trips in 2010. There were stops at Boston, New York, DC, Atlanta, and Tampa. I think there may have been another flight change in Charlotte.

Cell towers are tilted down slightly because that's where the customers are. That also works against making calls from aircraft. Sometimes that's built into the antenna, so you won't see it from the ground.

I was on one flight where the captain got on the intercom and asked everyone to double-check their phones, because he was getting noise on the radio. Mine was already off on that flight, so it wasn't me. :)

Comment Maybe if they worked together. (Score 2) 85

Maybe if Wikipedia folks worked together, there wouldn't be so many abandon articles. Many are quickly discouraged when factual corrections are removed or reverted, with the wrong information. Even heavily cited sources are removed because someone else thinks that they aren't relevant.

Abandon articles may not have been abandon if interested parties weren't discouraged from making changes.

I've known other publication authors who were unable to edit their own information. Some were as simple as a wrong age. Even familiar third parties couldn't get the correct information to stay, because it would be reverted, removed, or changed to different incorrect information. "No really, my birthday is ..." is considered a lie, but trust a blogger who says

"Baba Wawa (a.k.a. Barbara Walhters) was born in 1602"

I found one particular instance that was very ... well, stupid. Paraphrased, it said

"The formula used is a closely held secret, that no one knows. It is well known to be water."

That came after multiple edits saying it is just water. The "closely held secret" version quotes an unrelated organization who isn't in the area. The factual citation was from a local news organization. It's like quoting Pravda about a Wisconsin cheese festival, and saying that WISN is irrelevant because they actually had reporters there.

I've heard of other things, like specialized scientists correcting errors are themselves told that they are wrong, making it impossible to fix until someone else says it.

Rather than correcting information, or adding new information, people learn to just say "Don't trust the Wikipedia information, it's wrong, and they won't let anyone fix it." Sadly, they're right.

Wikipedia's abandonment problem won't get fixed, as long as people are discouraged from doing the work correctly.

Comment Re:Trust (Score 1) 108

It is a book. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell, first published in 1970.

The author has a nice piece written on Amazon (the link above). Scroll down to "Editorial Reviews - From the Author". He basically says that he rehashed things he found in other books at the NYC public library. It was a good basis to start with, but it shouldn't have been the finished product.

It sounds like you're talking about all those random text files that have been in circulation for decades. Most of those are junk too, written by people who barely have a grasp of the subject material. I used to really enjoy reading them, and as my real-world experience grew, I realized how many of them were worthless noise.

Comment Re:Trust (Score 1) 108

As I recall, The Anarchist Cookbook was full of such errors. It ranged from simply won't work, to serious dangerous errors. I haven't read it since the 1990s, so I can't be more specific.

Another wonderful sources of questionable information was BBS and FidoNet text files. The best craptastic information worth almost as much as the price (free). I read quite a few almost interesting illegal drug recipes. Those too went from useless, to explosive and/or poisonous.

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