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United Pilots To Use iPads For Navigation

L0rdJedi Re:Fuel Savings (253 comments)

I thought about this too. They'll probably have them in some kind of docking station where they're always charging. Then, when/if they need them, they can just be pulled out and referenced right away.

more than 2 years ago
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United Pilots To Use iPads For Navigation

L0rdJedi Re:Fuel Savings (253 comments)

A year? It's a one time cost for the iPads. The flight manual would then just need to be updated in a central location and be automatically updated to the iPads. With paper, the entire manual would need to be reprinted.

more than 2 years ago
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Estimated Transfer Time Is No More In Windows 8

L0rdJedi Re:How about "No to all?" (456 comments)

Oh bullshit. Even a tooltip or hoverbar just gets in the way.

It doesn't matter how friendly you make the interface, users will still be put off by it. You will still get calls like "I got an error doing this" and most users won't even be able to tell you what the error was. They'll say "I just clicked ok and it hasn't happened again".

I have had engineers, you know, people with degrees that should be very intelligent when it comes to computers, deal with bsods for days on end because they didn't want to pick up their phone. They end up telling you when they see you, but even they don't think it's a big deal. Their system has been crashing for days and they don't think it's a problem. A simple driver update fixes the problem. And the ones that do think it's a big deal will call you right away, but then expect a permanent fix for a complex problem right away. Heaven forbid you need to go do some research that might take a day or a week. And then if the fix doesn't fix it, then they bitch because the one fix you tried didn't work. Forget that there might be five different possible fixes for what looks like a simple problem. Since that one fix didn't work, they had to go do a google search themselves to find the "easy fix" that involves a BIOS update that might fix the problem. And they won't actually do that fix, they'll just tell you "I looked around on Google and this is really an easy fix. I can't understand why you guys can't fix it." Then, when you confront the boss about the "easy fix" and tell them that the "easy fix" involves said BIOS update that didn't work (because you've done it already), then the boss backs down and realizes that you really are doing your best to please this one person and it doesn't matter what work arounds you come up with, this one person isn't happy unless the system works exactly the way they want it to work. Heaven forbid a 3 year old laptop have bugs in its BIOS that simply aren't going to be fixed because it's totally outdated!

I recently had an engineer actually tell me "I figured you forgot about it" because I took the laptop he was using to my office to update his MS Office install and fully update his computer. I had it for one day. I took it back the next and he said "I figured you forgot about it".

The more friendly you make the interface the more they either hate it or they get dumber. It's that simple. The more friendly it gets, the more they expect it to do shit on its own without them having to think. I've had people tell me they'd love to have a program sitting there doing their job for them. Then they say they'd find something else to do. Problem is there is nothing else for them to do.

In short, people are idiots and want the computer to think for them.

more than 2 years ago
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The Internet Is Killing Local News, Says the FCC

L0rdJedi Re:475 Page (271 comments)

I dunno, I mean it's easy to shake a finger at anyone who has ever handed out flyers for their business or run a radio advert, but I've no idea how you are meant to build a business without advertising. Word of mouth can play a part, but it's prone to shilling and character assassination - is advertising that much worse? If you're talking about psychological manipulation to make people buy rubbish they don't need, well you can take two approaches on that - either Bill Hicks is right or people need to take some adult responsibility for their purchasing decisions. Probably a little of both.

Advertising is telling someone that the product is available. eg. room to rent.

Marketing is creating a want eg. livestyle accomodation.

Marketing and advertising go hand in hand. When you advertise a room for rent, you highlight the positive features of that room to get more potential renters. That's marketing. You would not advertise a room for rent without listing all of the positive features. Otherwise, you'll end up with a lot of calls asking about features that could easily be listed in the advertisement.

If people are so weak as to buy things they don't need because of marketing, they deserve to go into debt. It's the "keeping up with the Jones'" attitude that drives many people into debt. Stop worrying about what your neighbor has and enjoy the things that you have. They may have a boat, big fancy car, and a big house, but they also probably have a lot of debt.

more than 3 years ago
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Court Case To Test Legality of Recording the Police With Your Cell Phone

L0rdJedi Re:Checks and balances (384 comments)

Similar to the US small government arguments. The US will never have a small government, nor should it as it is a large nation. There is a lot that the US government needs to cover and should be doing. While I agree that as a whole it should be reduced there are many places where it should be expanded and many more that should not be reduced.

The phrase "all politics is local" originally referred to the fact that as laws and other things got further away from you, they had less impact on you. A federal law cover very specific things so it covered very few people. A local law covered far more people, but as soon as you left that area, you were no longer affected. The is the whole point of a Constitutional Republic in the US. Establish ordinances and laws at the local and state level because those people know what's best for them. Establish a very few laws at the Federal level because they will impact everyone.

Being a large nation doesn't mean we need a big government. It means our citizens need to care about each other in their local communities and not keep depending on the federal government to come to the rescue every time there's a problem. That thinking gives us 2700 page bills. Small government local thinking gives you much smaller bills that are far easier to read and digest.

more than 3 years ago
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State of Alaska Prints Out Palin's E-Mails; Online Distribution 'Impractical'

L0rdJedi Re:Striesand Effect (516 comments)

Or, if that's entirely too complicated, put the files on some thumb drives and overnight the big news agencies and ask THEM to host it.

Yes, and I'm sure the big news agencies, who are doing the witch hunt, will gladly host the document. Of course, they'll put it behind a pay wall so anyone else that wants it will have to pay for it.

more than 3 years ago
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State of Alaska Prints Out Palin's E-Mails; Online Distribution 'Impractical'

L0rdJedi Re:WTF? (516 comments)

Sounds like he's thinking like the CEO of AT&T. "56k should be enough for anybody".

more than 3 years ago
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State of Alaska Prints Out Palin's E-Mails; Online Distribution 'Impractical'

L0rdJedi Re:WTF? (516 comments)

It is not only total bullshit, it is total bullshit that can very well be challenged in Court. All it takes is for ANOTHER person to make the same request, then file a lawsuit. And ANOTHER. And ANOTHER . . . .. (exponentially). Pretty soon the weight of public disclosure lawsuits will force the State to cave. They don't want to bet millions on a very bad decision.

And this is exactly why she resigned. Frivolous lawsuit after frivolous lawsuit after frivolous lawsuit that the State had no choice but to follow through on, spend money on, and defend. So the State would likely have to defend lawsuits against making printed copies when there's likely a law that forces the State to make copies upon request and then allows them to charge a per page administrative fee for the copy.

As another commenter said, the State has complied with the law. Most of the commenters here just don't like the way they did it. Tough cookies. What Palin did in Alaska doesn't really affect those of us in the lower 48 and most of us don't give a shit what's in the emails.

more than 3 years ago
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State of Alaska Prints Out Palin's E-Mails; Online Distribution 'Impractical'

L0rdJedi Re:WTF? (516 comments)

This is just a slap to the face of the papers that are trying to embarrass Palin. Clearly, whether there's something there or not, being printed is not going to stop the papers from scavenging through it to find whatever they can.

Or inviting their readers to help them:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/help-analyze-the-palin-emails/2011/06/08/AGZAaHNH_blog.html

It's a witch hunt, plain and simple. They're looking for any type of dirt they can find. And this is why Palin isn't going to run for President. She's far more powerful as a regular person that gives her opinion about what's going on.

If Palin were the idiot that everyone makes her out to be, then why does everyone get their panties in such a bind every time she says anything about anything? You ignore the morons in Hollywood and at work when they do really stupid things (upskirt photos, getting hauled into court yet again for drunk driving, etc), but you freak out when the former Governor of Alaska says something questionable.

more than 3 years ago
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Personal Electronics May Indeed Disrupt Avionics

L0rdJedi Re:C'mon... (505 comments)

But do you pull the battery out? If you have an iPhone, this isn't even possible. With most modern consumer electronic devices, "off" is simply putting the thing to sleep. It can still send and receive information and the antenna is still active. Unless the battery is completely removed, it isn't "off".

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Bans DUI Checkpoint Apps

L0rdJedi Re:Aside from hype, Apple's real policy... (601 comments)

"this historically means "go ahead you're clear.""

That's news to me. It traditionally means "clear the way, I'm moving faster than you."

Now who's the idiot? Apparently you missed this part of his post:

and flashing when you are behind someone in the passing lane (in MA, the slow-down-to-5-10mph-under-the-limit-and-read-a-book-or-eat-your-sub-or-watch-a-DVD-lane) means "please move over I'd like to pass."

more than 3 years ago
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Mac Malware Evolves - No Install Password Required

L0rdJedi Re:PEBKAC (374 comments)

I have found that taking rights away from people that don't really need it without telling them is the way to go. Just remove local admin from their account and see if they run into problems. They have no idea that they've been setup differently and they don't even know what you're doing if/when you add it back anyway (they don't care).

You simply do it and then watch as your level of support calls from those people drop. If necessary, for some older programs, you give the user rights to that programs folder or a few registry entries. It not only prevents viruses, malware, and other junk, but it also keeps them from installing all kinds of stupid little programs that they don't need.

Also, if you present the argument as "We need to take away this access so they don't try to install pirated software" management tends to agree in a heart beat. It's even better if you have evidence that someone has already installed "unauthorized software".

more than 3 years ago
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Mac Malware Evolves - No Install Password Required

L0rdJedi Re:PEBKAC (374 comments)

On a somewhat-unrelated note, it still blows my mind when enterprise level IT still has users with full admin rights over the local workstation, as those machines constantly and continually get infected and reinfected through the ignorance of the users. Sure, it means that a user can add a local device more complicate than a printer without calling the helpdesk, but it also means that any piece of unauthorized software, whether the user intended to install it or not, or whether it's benign or malicious, gets on to the computer. When the IT department sets up the computers and privileges properly, and if the OS doesn't have local root exploits so large one can drive a Mack truck through, the user can do a lot less damage.

And, at least where I'm at, it's those same users that demand local admin rights that always screw it up. They don't even get viruses. They just somehow manage to mangle their file systems and registries so bad that shit starts crashing all over the place. Then you end up having to get them a replacement machine because "I can't have any downtime". So they just deal with the problem for months at a time asking you every now and then "Do you by chance have a fix for this yet?" "You mean beyond wiping it out and reinstalling? No".

more than 3 years ago
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Mac Malware Evolves - No Install Password Required

L0rdJedi Re:PEBKAC (374 comments)

For the past 10+ years I'd ad. Now that Mac users are getting a taste of it, they're coming up with the same excuses.

The Linux guys will probably never get a taste of it since nobody wants to use a computer where the expert says "No, you idiot! Don't do that!" and "You want that feature? Go write it yourself, the code is all there".

more than 3 years ago
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Mac Malware Evolves - No Install Password Required

L0rdJedi Re:No surprises here (374 comments)

Ok, listen here, because Apple has set preferences on Safari to meet their corporate needs instead of user safety,just like every one else. So the user has to fix it to give us safety

In Safari open preferences. In 'General' uncheck 'Open "safe" files afer downloading'. This will require you to open the files manually from the download window.

Next select 'autofill'. Make a decision if you want Safari to save your data.

You lost at least half your audience right here (maybe even more of them). You want the average computer user to make a decision? Can't you just tell them what it should do? You're the expert, right? That is what I deal with on a daily basis. I am not even kidding.

Don't give them a choice until they complain about the way it works. Then switch it for them. It's so much easier than explaining the difference between the two choices. "Well, Carol's information always shows up automatically. Can you make mine do that?"

more than 3 years ago
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Mac Malware Evolves - No Install Password Required

L0rdJedi Re:No surprises here (374 comments)

Yes, but the car is important to them. The computer is just a magic box that lets them communicate with relatives that they don't get to see very often. If the computer gets jacked up, they just call the local geek and have it fixed. If the car gets jacked up, they can't go anywhere for an extended amount of time (yes, even several hours a day is enough to make someone angry).

more than 3 years ago
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Mac Malware Evolves - No Install Password Required

L0rdJedi Re:No surprises here (374 comments)

Nobody gets "silent" installs anymore. The malware writers realized that all they had to do was be nice, give it a good sounding name, and show some scary screens to make people think they needed it and that it was ok to install. Bam, no more silent installs needed.

more than 3 years ago
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New Malware Simulates Hard Drive Failure

L0rdJedi Re:The Game of Catchup (294 comments)

This is effectively what we do with guys like that. We let them have at it. Then, when they call because something weird isn't working right, we tell them we don't know what's wrong and that we need to look into it. I'll spend less than 30 mins on the problem before getting another call telling me they figured out what's wrong and that it's working again. This happens a couple of times over a few months and then eventually something gets really hosed and their system gets really slow. At that point, we simply tell them that it would take a week or more to find the cause and that we'd still have to rebuild the computer from scratch. So they can give us 2 hours to rebuild their machine or they can just deal with it. If it's not a showstopper (it hardly ever is) they simply deal with it.

I have had this happen on multiple occasions with the same guy. It invariably comes down to either file system corruption or registry corruption. In any case, I really don't care because I have far better things to do than figure out what happened in the 6 months between when I gave him the fully functioning machine and when the problem appeared (which is usually something that showed up a week or two before I get the call, it's just "gotten in the way" now).

more than 3 years ago
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New Malware Simulates Hard Drive Failure

L0rdJedi Re:The Game of Catchup (294 comments)

The only group that gets that privilege at my job are the engineers and that's only because their boss is above my boss.

FYI, it's probably not the IT department that doesn't think that other software is essential. It's probably the CTO/CIO/Whoever's in charge of spending money. That's the guy that IT always has to get approval from in order to spend money on anything. Get approval for MSOffice is relatively easy since everyone uses it. Getting approval for Photoshop is difficult since only 1 or 2 people (where I'm at) use it.

Installing the rest of that stuff wouldn't be a big deal (we keep a software inventory of everything installed on every machine). The problem of course comes when you see a new program that you want, which probably happens at least once a week. Then you'd have to tell IT that you're installing it (if you don't have admin and you're asking for a program to be installed, you're effectively telling IT you want it). You don't want to have to do that. Even though if you end up having a problem with something you'll be calling IT to troubleshoot it (and you're also assuming they know how to use every damn program you have installed) you don't want to have to bother with letting them know when you're installing every media player under the sun (you need WinAmp and VLC?)

more than 3 years ago
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New Malware Simulates Hard Drive Failure

L0rdJedi Re:The Game of Catchup (294 comments)

And then there'll be that one package that people want that isn't available in the repository. Then they'll have to go out and find it somewhere else. That's where the trouble starts.

more than 3 years ago

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