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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

TheReaperD Re:Anti-Trust (152 comments)

No, it doesn't. But, being an anonymous poster bashing Google five minutes after a post with their name on it and then replying to a comment against you 8 minutes later certainly does not help your credibility.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

TheReaperD Re:But hey... (789 comments)

Romney didn't lose because his foreign policy was bad. He lost because he essentially called 47% of all Americans worthless moochers and disregarded all women and minorities. It's really hard to win any election when the only people you appeal to are rich white men.

about two weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

TheReaperD Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

Though I can see your point, there are becoming more incidences either in fact or just in reporting of police officers behaving badly and lying to cover it up. I'm referring in general, not any specific case at the moment. One police department that has the mandatory cameras for officers and the police chief actually enforces it had a huge drop (88%) in citizen complaints and incidents where violence was used (60%). This makes a iron clad case for police cameras.

Plus sadly, this is where Google is correct. Privacy is dead. Any illusion of privacy we still have is just that, and illusion.

about three weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

TheReaperD Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

One of the simple ways to deal with this is have backup cameras and let the officers know that if their camera is off they are not on duty (and not getting paid!) and do not have the authority of a police officer. Exemptions need to be made for events where the officer was engaged in a struggle, vehicle accident, etc. where failure of the camera is expected, of course.

about three weeks ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

TheReaperD Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

No kidding, they would have locked up my writing partner and me in high school and thrown away the key! Our english teacher lovingly referred to us as the Jeffery Dahmer society. ...and our papers were no longer read aloud in the class. But, we still got high grades on them for creativity so I had to give the teacher a lot of respect. Plus, he didn't do anything stupid like this idiot teacher did.

about three weeks ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

TheReaperD Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (257 comments)

What's ironic about this is Stalinist "communism" and modern American "capitalism" are identical in this respect (only). The common people are allowed to vote but, they are only allowed to vote on options that do not challenge the currently accepted system. It's wrong no matter what label you put on it. If people are not allowed to vote at the polls for real change then eventually they'll vote for change with their weapons of choice.

about three weeks ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

TheReaperD Just until the news cycle moves on... (274 comments)

This is just until the news cycle finds its next shinny bloodbath and moves on. Once that happens, then Verizon will slap the bandwidth cap on all the time in every place. They're just trying to find a way to annoy these people into changing plans or switching to another provider without it making front page news.

about 2 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

TheReaperD Re:Why I'm on a well in a sustainable aquifer. (377 comments)

You say that now but, when that well runs dry, you'll be screaming "why didn't the government do something about this!"

about 2 months ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

TheReaperD Re:Not a big surprise (361 comments)

There are few greater crimes in the US than being right when the right answer isn't popular. Ask any Vietnam war protester or George Carlin about airport security.

about 2 months ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

TheReaperD Re:Well Duh... (367 comments)

Most of the ATMs though are not using Embedded XP, they are using the full desktop version of Windows XP. So their EOL is this year.

about 6 months ago
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Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

TheReaperD Re:Gated Communities (195 comments)

That is probably the most inflammatory, but still accurate, way to illustrate something I've ever seen. Well played.

about 7 months ago
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Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

TheReaperD Re:Seriously? (195 comments)

Though most, if not all of us, know what whitelisting is, I do prefer they explain it rather than assuming we know it. I've ran across too many articles in the past that assumed I knew some piece of information when I didn't. Sure, I can look it up but, that's annoying when your just trying to read "news." Though this is a site for "nerds", that is a broad term. There's computer nerds, science nerds, comic nerds, etc. Now, the passing it off as new... I've got nothing; that's just lame.

about 7 months ago
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Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

TheReaperD Re:Do it in ROM (195 comments)

Sadly, the worst problem for system security is humans. If you required the flipping of a physical switch then malware would simply tell the user to flip the switch to see your choice of free porn, music, movies, games, etc. and the human will flip the switch (or any other method that requires human action). Humans are stupid... sad but, true.

about 7 months ago
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HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

TheReaperD They just want to be Oracle (385 comments)

They just want to figure out how Oracle does this to their customers and gets away with it.

1. Create a company
2. Sell a product people want/need
3. Become a monopoly in your field
4. Profit

HP VP: "Wait. Which step were we on?"

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Extends Updates For Windows XP Security Products Until July 2015

TheReaperD Re: Wine (417 comments)

One half of the reason businesses use Windows is Outlook, which can't be ported. Even by Microsoft. The other half is Excel which isn't half as bad to port but no one's been willing to spend the $$$ to do it. All this leaves three options, leave these pacifier applications (which is hard to do for anyone), spend the money to upgrade (which if they haven't done already, they're not going to do until they have a gun to their head), or stick their fingers in their ears and go la-la-la until they see the gun. Now, if they're like my parents and don't use the internet, than they can use it until the hardware dies and there's no issue. But, if they're using IE 6 for in house web apps like a lot of these companies, than the gun is going to go off sooner than they think and they deserve anything they get because of it.

about 8 months ago
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BP Hired Company To Troll Users Who Left Critical Comments

TheReaperD What does it take? (263 comments)

Seriously, what the fuck will it take to get a high-level executive of one of these companies to see the inside of a jail cell for an extended period of time?

about 10 months ago
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Apple Blocks Lawrence Lessig's Comment On iOS 7 Wi-Fi Glitch

TheReaperD Re: Another day, another anti-Apple story (326 comments)

To be fair, I didn't post backup to my statement either. I never took a copy of the Apple internal knowledge base pages to post, I'm afraid.

about a year ago
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Apple Blocks Lawrence Lessig's Comment On iOS 7 Wi-Fi Glitch

TheReaperD Re: Another day, another anti-Apple story (326 comments)

Disclosure: I used to work for Apple in their Customer Relations Department.

You are correct that the perceived quality of Apple products is just the same Chinese manufactured products in a flashy shell with really good advertising. I know they've been doing this since the return of Steve Jobs to apple and the candy colored iMacs. I can't speak about before that time. How they managed to create the perception of superior quality products while using the same cut-rate manufacturers used by Dell while at the same time instituting Apple's infamous "No Return" policy is baffling to me. You couldn't even return same day D.O.A. (Dead on Arrival) equipment to the store you bought it from. You had to take it in for repair. Add this with the debacle of the Power Mac G4 Cube which had over a 33% D.O.A. rate that Apple was denying and their success can't be explained by anything short of Jobs making a deal with the devil. It's that illogical. Needless to say that it was not a fun time to work for Apple Customer Relations.

Their policies have improved some, mostly due to the work of the Attorneys General of several states and the European Union but, they still use the same manufacturing facility that all the other electronic companies use (Foxconn). So all they still do is put it in a pretty package and charge more for it. Yet, people still fall for it in droves. *sigh* I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

about a year ago
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Sleep Is the Ultimate Brainwasher

TheReaperD Re: Like so many computer programs... (210 comments)

A few rare people can achieve a REM-like state while awake. I am one of them. In my case, I learned to do it due to having a lifelong hereditary sleep disorder. Going without sleep for up to five days is a common occurrence. I enter a trance state and begin to dream. I have more control over these dreams than during normal sleep but, I am mostly unaware of my environment though it is not hard to snap me out of it. I'm aware enough that if my name is called or someone touches me, I come out of it. On rare occasions, the dream state does not end right away and I have both stimuli at the same time. It is awkward but, navigateable. The state give me most of but, not all of the benefits of real sleep. My mind responds as if rested, it stops dulusions that occur because of sleep loss and the general mental slowdown that naturally occurs. What it doesn't do is some of the more complex physical cleaning that the body does when you sleep such as clearing substance P from your pain receptors. As I have fibromyalgia, this last point is very relevant.

about 10 months ago

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HP Settlement for Ink Messages & Usage in prin

TheReaperD TheReaperD writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TheReaperD writes "HP is settling class-action lawsuits involving their InkJet, OfficeJet and Photosmart printers. The first claim is that HP inkjet printers used "low on ink" messages when the cartridges were not out of ink. Second, that their printers used color ink when printing in black & white without notification or any way to disable this function. And lastly, that their cartridges would "shut down" on an undisclosed expiration date and not allow you to use any ink remaining in them. Of course, HP denies all of these claims. In summery, what HP has agreed to do for these claims is to document these issues better and not have the low on ink pop ups anymore as well as a financial settlement. However, they will not be discontinuing the use of color ink while printing in black & white or discontinue the use of expiration dates on their cartridges. For full details, go to the settlement website at: https://www.hpinkjetprintersettlement.com."
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