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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Cro Magnon Re:Baltics are next if the West fails to respond (823 comments)

I hope both sides know it. The biggest danger in this is that Russia will conclude that we won't defend the Baltics, and given Obama's record with "red lines", it's not an unreasonable assumption.

3 days ago
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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

Cro Magnon Is this news? (133 comments)

I haven't had TW for years, but when I did, it was newsworthy when it was actually working.

4 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Cro Magnon Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

The funny thing is, Windows often works better on one than it does on a regular PC, simply because it's crapware-free. :)

5 days ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Cro Magnon Re:Is he a senior? (247 comments)

On the call I got, I don't think he gave a name. I just assumed it was "Peggy".

5 days ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Cro Magnon Re:Is he a senior? (247 comments)

These scumbags have a knack for calling seniors - old people - with great accuracy.

I'd like to know how they are getting the names and numbers.

Is AARP selling them a list of people and phone numbers? Everyone who has been hit by this are also AARP members; which isn't much of a correlation but what other organization would sell this information?

Are they somehow getting Social Security or Medicare lists?

Who is supplying the telephone numbers?

That's interesting. I got one of those phone calls. I'm not an AARP member, but I'm old enough to be on their list (they keep sending me snail mail asking me to join). Unfortunately, they called after 10PM when I wasn't fully awake, so I didn't think to play with them. He said something in a thick accent I could barely understand about my computer being slow, and I mumbled something back that he probably couldn't understand and hung up.

5 days ago
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The Evolution of Diet

Cro Magnon Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (281 comments)

Yup! When our ancestors wanted "fast food", it really was "fast" and we had to work hard to catch it. There were no McDs in ancient times.

5 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Cro Magnon Re:Already? (251 comments)

IMO, the best improvement to 8.1 is that it now boots to the desktop. I don't even have to see Metro if I don't choose to.

5 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Cro Magnon It's a no-win situation (585 comments)

You stick your finger in your drink, and either your date is a creep, or he's okay but you now have nail polish in your drink.

about a week ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Cro Magnon Re:Here's an idea! (585 comments)

Not to mention duct tape. Everyone knows the only purpose for duct tape is to put it over someone's mouth so they can't call for help, or say "no".

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Cro Magnon Re:How to write code (548 comments)

The scary thing is, I knew that the crap program I wrote when I started was crap at the time, but I was behind schedule, the requirements had changed 15 times, and I couldn't think of a better way to write it.

about two weeks ago
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

Cro Magnon Re:Logged in to email? (117 comments)

Reputation aside, I seldom have any trouble with non-emergency calls from my AT&T iPhone, and the landline is only useful if you're at home, preferably in the same room as the phone.

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Cro Magnon Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

The good thing about Thunderbird is, it's cross-platform. The bad is, it sucks on all of them.

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Cro Magnon Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

I always thought MS Money was comparable to Quicken at the time. Of course Intuit has had quite a few years to work on Quicken since then, so Money, when MS quit working on it, was a lot better than Quicken is now.

about two weeks ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Cro Magnon Re:Physical mail vs. email (232 comments)

My mom was away from home for a couple of months, and she probably DID have 2,000 letters, mostly junk mail, requests from charities, and political solicitations.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Cro Magnon Re:Ask Rusty over at K5 (382 comments)

I said something like this at K5, long ago when I still gave a damn. "If you have 12 trolls in 1,000 users, you barely notice them. If you have 12 trolls in 20 users, you DO notice them!".

Paywalls lower the membership. They don't necessarily lower the troll population, and judging by K5, it only increases their percentage.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Cro Magnon Re:Bad Security Model in the first place (331 comments)

Unix doesn't let a regular user mess with system files, or other user's files, but it doesn't stop a user from running a trojan that screws up his own crap.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Cro Magnon Re:Call it "Bong" (426 comments)

Not to mention the fun in Binging from Bong.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Cro Magnon Re:agreed (426 comments)

Also, Vista was crammed on machines with 512 MB of RAM. I used it on 1 GB, and it was pretty damn slow. How could anyone think it would work in half that?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Cro Magnon Re:American car companies... (426 comments)

I thought it was Found On Road Dead.

about two weeks ago

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Does anybody read these things?

Cro Magnon Cro Magnon writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Just wondering if there's any point in writing a journal here.

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