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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

LurkingSince1999 Re:No privileges to install Cr or Fx (137 comments)

I also do not understand, those people still using MSIE

I gather many of them are people at work who lack privileges to install other browsers or to run executables from writable directories. This is reportedly common on government PCs that need to connect to IE-only intranet apps.

Yup. Still at IE8 on my US Gov't workstation. At least they allow us FF now, though the helpdesk is complaining that frequency of FF updates is burdensome to them. Those poor, misguided children have never heard of FF ESR.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

LurkingSince1999 Re:Passive aggressive much? (160 comments)

Why doesn't FB just man-up and tell the truth, e.g., "Dear people who have FaceBook accounts: Until you start paying for this service, you have no say in how we operate. Our real customers, i.e., advertisers, were quite pleased with the results of our little test. They now have more insight into you and can better target their advertising to you. This, in turn, makes us more valuable to them and we make more money by growing our customer base and/or raising our advertising rates. Now go about your business and keep hitting that 'Like' button."

Disclaimer: I'm on FaceBook everyday, but with with no illusions of privacy...

about 4 months ago
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Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

LurkingSince1999 Product Testing (219 comments)

Seems to me like FB was simply doing some product testing for their customers. FB customers should know as much as they can about the product they are purchasing so they can make an informed decision.

about 4 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

LurkingSince1999 Re:Electric. (659 comments)

One of the reasons I have a Volt and not a Tesla *at this point in time* is it simply doesn't fit my use case. I make a 266 mile one-way trip once a month which is just too close to the Tesla's EPA range for my comfort. There are few to no Superchargers here in Dixieland and none even planned on my route.

about 5 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

LurkingSince1999 Re:Electric. (659 comments)

With GM incentives, Federal tax credits, and if you are lucky enough to live in a state with EV credits, the Volt can be had for ~$25K. Mine was $44,800 on the window sticker and about $31K OTD. There is an astounding amount of tech & engineering in the Volt package for that price.

about 5 months ago
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How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk

LurkingSince1999 Re:Why Didn't He Just Drink the Water? (144 comments)

Bite me, AC. I load interesting pages up in browser tabs first thing in the morning. Might take me an hour to get around to reading it. When I loaded the page there were exactly 3 comments on this story, none of which addressed my question.

about 8 months ago
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How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk

LurkingSince1999 Why Didn't He Just Drink the Water? (144 comments)

Seems like a good temporary solution until he could get back to the airlock.

about 8 months ago
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Schneier: We Need To Relearn How To Accept Risk

LurkingSince1999 Re:Schneier is right, as usual (478 comments)

My last crash happened when I unexpectedly came upon a huge diesel spill covering the road in the middle of a turn. Went down so fast, I never even got my hands off the bars. I was wearing my helmet at the time and good thing, too, because... oh wait, it never impacted anything. I landed on my shoulder and my face (jaw) and went sliding down the street in a pool of diesel. Almost knocked me out and I had a headache for 3 days, but my helmet, unscathed, lived to ride another day!

From the fun with statistics department: All the people I *personally* knew who died as a result of collision or crash while riding their bicycle (sample size: 3), all of them were wearing helmets. So, 100% mortality rate!

Also, I love it when someone says after a crash while showing me a cracked helmet, "the helmet saved my life!" I usually respond with, "how do you know that? Have you previously had a similar crash for comparison purposes and not survived?"

Now of course, I believe that a bike helmet has some protective capacities. I just believe risk of riding without one has been overstated, especially for people with decent bike handling skills

about a year ago
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Schneier: We Need To Relearn How To Accept Risk

LurkingSince1999 Re:Schneier is right, as usual (478 comments)

Absolutely. We need to start by abolishing the TSA, followed shortly by DHS. And I say that as a survivor of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. Yes, I was scared as it was happening, but that was fleeting. Pissed, yes, that someone tried to kill me. Scared after an hour? Nope.

I also ride my bicycle without a helmet sometimes. People look at me as if I'd just killed a puppy and ask, "don't you know dangerous that is?" To which I say, "Yes, I do. I consider my bike handling skills, the physics involved in a crash, the likelihood of a crash based on my skill level, the likelihood of a crash involving a head injury, the likelihood of a crash involving a brain injury, the likelihood of a crash involving a traumatic brain injury and I accept the very low level of risk of riding without a beer cooler on my head today."

Now, I also ride motorcycles on the street (at reasonable speeds) and on the track (at ludicrous speeds) and I always wear my helmet. People try to tell me that makes me a hypocrite. I say, "No. That makes me someone who understands risk." (and physics)

about a year ago
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BMW Debuts First Electric Vehicle Made Primarily of Carbon Fiber

LurkingSince1999 Re:Butt ugly and another car designed for CAFE (164 comments)

On the assumption the Volt owner was uninformed rather than rude, I left a nice note explaining that the Leaf does not have a gasoline engine, and how the blue lights on the dash indicate charge state, pointing out that when you see a car with a single blue light flashing, you should probably leave it plugged in.

It was quite possibly a misunderstanding. On a Volt a flashing green light means fully charged, while a solid green means still charging. Seems backwards to me and hoping someone will come up with a hack to change it.

about a year ago
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Norwegian Town Using Sun-Tracking Mirrors To Light Up Dark Winter Days

LurkingSince1999 Re:It didn't work out well (143 comments)

Wow... Yes, I know how most cities got sited. Apparently your humor detector needs recalibrating. And having spend 20 years in DC, I would argue that it's still a malarial swamp (That's a humorous reference to Congress and politicians in general)

about a year ago
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NSA Utah Data Center Blueprints Reveal It Holds Less Than Thought

LurkingSince1999 Re:everyone forgetting one thing about federal gov (197 comments)

What everyone's really forgetting is that this is just ONE of their data centers. Where do you think they've been holding all this data up until now? Most NSA data centers were probably built during the heyday of mainframes and therefore already bigger than average, with the power and cooling to support big iron. Probably only represents 20% of their capacity at most. Hell, this might just be an off-site backup for agency records or the world's largest WoW server.

about a year ago
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Norwegian Town Using Sun-Tracking Mirrors To Light Up Dark Winter Days

LurkingSince1999 Re:It didn't work out well (143 comments)

The city planners should have thought about this before deciding to put the town there. Now they're having to use public money to fix their short-sightedness!

about a year ago
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How Sequestration Will Affect Federal Research Agencies

LurkingSince1999 Re:Not $85 billion (277 comments)

This! Not a real budget cut, but simply a reduction in the growth of spending. However, I, as a DoD civilian will personally take a 10% cut in my salary this Fiscal Year. The politics of going after the people first doesn't sit well with most of us rank-and-file types. You know, the non-political 99% of government that's really just trying to make this country better despite what the congress and WH do.

There are plenty of things the gov't could stop doing or buying that would more than cover that $44B, but once gov't gets its hands on something it has a really hard time letting go. Personally, I think the Federal Government should be doing only about half of what it's doing right no,w, but it will never abdicate those roles.

about a year and a half ago
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CAPTCHA Using Ad-Based Verification

LurkingSince1999 Re: translation (174 comments)

No. Ads leech off legitimate users' bandwidth. I pay for my bandwidth and don't want it being sucked up by ads. I'd pay more for an ad-free internet, but no ISP offers that, so I use the tools that are offered.

The problem I have with targeted ads is that they are shown to me without my permission. They should only be shown to me when I inquire about purchasing something. That's one of the reasons I never conduct unsolicited business. The 100%, sure fire, guaranteed way to get me to not buy something from you is to try to sell me something I didn't ask about.

about a year and a half ago
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Machine Gun Fire From Military Helicopters Flying Over Downtown Miami

LurkingSince1999 Re:This is why (1130 comments)

Not gonna happen. When I was participating in military exercises on/over private land in the late 1980s, no live ammo was allowed anywhere near the exercise. The only exception was for every 10 or so M-16s issued to us we had to have someone with a "guard gun" with live ammo in case some of the locals wanted to try to rob us. The guard gun was usually an M9 Beretta, but on one occasion we had to use another M-16. We taped up the whole weapon with yellow and black "Hazard" tape. The magazine was also spray painted orange and had "Live Ammo" written on it. We take safety seriously when were practicing to kill people! However, it was quite fun as an Air Force geek to be flying 50-100 feet off the ground in a Blackhawk strafing cattle with M-60 blanks! Rafter Man: "How can you shoot women, children?" Door gunner: "That's easy. You just don't lead them as much!" --Full Metal Jacket

about a year and a half ago
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Stay Home When You're Sick!

LurkingSince1999 Re:How do they 'encourage' us to stay home? (670 comments)

Apparently, the US Gov't treats its own employees much better than it expects corporate America to. A junior, just-starting-out, probationary employee gets 13 days vacation (annual leave), 13 days sick leave and 10 Federal holidays per year. You are *expected* to take sick leave when sick and you are *expected* to take your vacation time. If you are on sick leave for more than 3 days, your supervisor *may* request that you provide a doctor's note, but it's not required. There is no stigma attached to taking leave the way there appears to be in the corporate world.

Unused sick leave rolls over year-to-year with no maximum accrual amount. (e.g., I have over 1000 hours) Annual Leave rolls over as well but you must have less than 30 days (240 hours) on the books at the end of the year. In my agency, if you have a "use or lose" leave balance, you must submit a leave schedule to management showing that you will in fact not lose any leave.

about 2 years ago
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Verizon To Throttle Pirates' Bandwidth

LurkingSince1999 Re:I've got a way around this (224 comments)

Have you checked the Netflix catalogue lately? Pretty sparse unless you want to watch >1 yr old TV series. I'm 0 for my last 5 attempts at trying to watch the movie I'm in the mood for. After enough searching I can usually settle for *something* but most likely I'll just turn it off.

about 2 years ago

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