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MS Targets Google With Another Smear Campaign

cptgrudge Re:No kiddin' (513 comments)

Maybe I'm weird, but I listen to my gut feeling that tells me Google is more trustworthy than Microsoft.

That would be the Stockholm Syndrome. It's cool, I like Google, too.

about 2 years ago

Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

cptgrudge Re:I'm curious to see how many retailers actually (732 comments)

Yes, yes, how very cynical of you. As an actual business owner that deals the vast majority of the time in cash and checks, and cringes when someone yanks out a credit card, I can tell you that we do NOT bake credit card processing fees into every purchase, because the margins required to compete are thin. This is an excellent change, because customers can actually see one of the costs.

And the next time it comes time to raise prices on that dozen eggs, perhaps it's 2% instead of 4%, because the CC processing fee won't be baked in, and it will be business as usual.

Bottom line, the fact that it's ILLEGAL for businesses to even inform customers of this, but to keep everyone IGNORANT of the true cost baked in is UTTERLY STUPID AND WRONG. Who the hell paid for the original legislation? The only ones it benefits are the credit card companies.

about 2 years ago

Unlocking New Mobile Phones Becomes Illegal In the US Tomorrow

cptgrudge Re:It would be fair... (475 comments)

The trouble isn't finding a phone that has current updates. Everyone could get a Nexus phone from Google and be done with it, but they don't.

The original Samsung Galaxy S phones are capable of handling Android 4.2, thanks to the latest CM nightlies. It isn't the fastest, but surprisingly quite usable, and released in July of 2010.

This is FAR BEYOND what Samsung would deign to support, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with the phone. But because Samsung would rather people buy their new products, they've engineered planned obsolescence through lack of support. And now, because of this unsavory, ridiculous law, manufacturers have both a technical and legislative solution to ensure consumers keep "buying" their phones or whatever else in the future.

about 2 years ago

Virus Eats School District's Homework

cptgrudge Re:UAC is tagged on. (321 comments)

But, in practice, most users on a typical Windows system are basically administrators (=root, or close enough - there's always TrustedInstaller etc), and so when UAC produces a token with their original privileges restored, the net effect is the same as sudo. So, when your average user sees a UAC prompt, the end result is the same as when he does sudo whatever.

That is correct for home- and individual users. But users in a corporate (or school) setting should *not* be allowed to elevate to full admin privileges, if at all. Users can still install per-user apps and policies can still restrict which apps can be allowed to start (based on hashes, digital signatures, vendor etc).

And so it comes to this. It's not the fault of Windows, but the ignorance of those configuring the systems. Color me surprised!

more than 2 years ago

Review: World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (video)

cptgrudge Re:Mists of Dailyquestia (204 comments)

Dailies are not required, they are optional.

Wrong. You've been indoctrinated.

If Dailies are optional, please explain what someone that doesn't do them is supposed to do with the VP they collect from heroics, raids, and LFR.

If someone is actively doing raids, the likelihood of needing VP to spend on gear at all right now is pretty low. Even the time required to rep up to the level that unlocks the gear is roughly 2 weeks.

We're in week 6 or 7 of raiding. A second raid opened up recently. Another is opening up today.

I did about 3 weeks of dailies total, and then was able to stop. All of this talk of endless dailies is just nonsense.

more than 2 years ago

Quantum Teleportation Sends Information 143 Kilometers

cptgrudge Re:If I recall..... (333 comments)

But you can have communication that is faster then light very easily lets take a wheel for example. you can observer the wheel from to either side, if I rotate the wheel from one side the other side rotates at the same time FTL communication just occurred I told you I rotated a wheel. Now if said wheel was so big that it went from earth to mars you would have FTL communication meaningfully,

Might be you're trolling, but that's not FTL communication. Forces are exerted on the wheel, the spokes, the rim, to move the other side, which does not happen at anywhere close to the speed of light. Just because it "looks fast", doesn't mean it's FTL.

more than 2 years ago

Google On-shores Manufacturing of the Nexus Q

cptgrudge Re:It *should* be part of the marketing (326 comments)

Well some of the folks at Google I/O have been dutifully hacking away at these, which were in the goody bags.

I know it isn't a perfect solution, but maybe Google will see the potential. And in the meantime, if it turns out to be as hackable as the Nexus phones are, hooray for us.

more than 2 years ago

U.S. Judge Grants Apple Injunction Against Samsung Galaxy Tab

cptgrudge Re:People must be blind.. (498 comments)

Jobs especially was a giant hippy back then, or has the origin story changed?

You can't take the Book of Jobs literally. Think of it more as a parable.

more than 2 years ago

Congress May Permit Robot Calls To Cell Phones

cptgrudge Re:Does anyone know if robocalling is useful? (619 comments)

When we get robocalls at work, I always press 1 the instant it starts the robospeech to "speak with a live salesperson". Then I put them on hold.

more than 3 years ago

Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

cptgrudge Re:I'm panicking! (1223 comments)

I would appreciate one if you still have invites. cptgrudge (atat) gmail Thanks!

more than 3 years ago

1Mb Broadband Access Becomes Legal Right In Finland

cptgrudge Re:Wow. (875 comments)

Being omnivores, the human species is at the top of the food chain most of the time. A shark or bear won't ask your consent if it tries to eat you; I don't see why we should make that concession either.

more than 5 years ago

Rude Drivers Reduce Traffic Jams

cptgrudge Re:Respect rules of the road, not just the officia (882 comments)

Right. In the fictional roadways, people in the right lane are going under the speed limit.

In reality, the people with the most contempt for the speed limit are the ones that are using the "passing lane".

more than 5 years ago

Rhode Island Affiliates Banned From Amazon.com Sales

cptgrudge Re:Hopefully it will cut down on affiliate-link sp (532 comments)

it isn't as simple as "add 6% to the price" sales tax verys not by just state but county and town and city and districts.. infact any governing body that can charge a tax could effect the cost of goods. and also it verys based on what the good is..

This is very true. Here in my home state of Minnesota, we've got a new set of sales tax rates going into effect tomorrow.

St. Paul (State, County/Transit, City): 7.625%
Minneapolis (State, County/Transit, City, Stadium) : 7.775%
Hennepin County (State, County/Transit, Stadium) : 7.275%
Washington County (State, County/Transit) : 7.125%
Ramsey County (State, County/Transit) : 7.125%
Dakota County (State, County/Transit) : 7.125%
Anoka County (State, County/Transit) : 7.125%
None of the above (State only) : 6.875%

Now multiply that by 50 states.

more than 4 years ago

Review: Wrath of the Lich King

cptgrudge Re:Music (545 comments)

I second this. The soundtrack is fantastic.

more than 6 years ago

Tabula Rasa To Shut Down

cptgrudge Re:takes me back (244 comments)

I lost 2 good players to that zombie crap. Both went right back to guild wars.

Ha! You had me there for a moment.

more than 6 years ago

Tabula Rasa To Shut Down

cptgrudge Re:takes me back (244 comments)

Blizzard tried something like this with the most recent world event to usher in the new expansion. Player controlled zombies rampant everywhere, infecting other players and NPCs alike. In the end, half of the players enjoyed it. The other half brought some *serious* whining, complaining that they "couldn't get stuff done". Can't please everyone, I guess.

more than 6 years ago


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The sig source

cptgrudge cptgrudge writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I enabled my email address on Slashdot once more and I got an email:

You talking about my Grandma I mention in my posts (about her being online)?

It is a bit confusing, so to avoid confusion, here's where I got it from.

I just recently changed my Slashdot sig back to what it was before. It was last set as:

The Windows reboot argument hasn't been an issue for years and diverts away from the real issue. Stop using it.

But I got tired of responding to people that took issue with the statement, so I changed it to the previous one I had:

"Grandma" does not exist, so stop pulling her out.

I got it from within this post, halfway through:

That's the "Grandma" I reference.


Website Change

cptgrudge cptgrudge writes  |  more than 8 years ago I've decided, instead of building a website from the ground up, to base my site on Wordpress instead. It has the features I need, and I can customize it easily enough. I'm not a web designer, so any lame attempt on my part would probably be a mere shadow of what others have already done.

Like countless others before me, I will stand on the shoulders of giants.



cptgrudge cptgrudge writes  |  about 9 years ago I've started up a new website; icytruth.com. It will likely be slow in getting up and running, as life will get in the way, but I'll make the best of it as I can.



cptgrudge cptgrudge writes  |  more than 9 years ago I'm thinking of starting to write. Not as a job, but as a relaxing getaway. I'm not bad at it, and I actually enjoy making documentation, strange as it may seem. Anyone have any tips for someone just starting out?


I'm Back

cptgrudge cptgrudge writes  |  more than 9 years ago I'm Back.

I haven't been back to post in a while. A car accident, a stint with depression, leaving a job, buying a house. All have conspired to keep me from slashdot. But I'm back on course now.



cptgrudge cptgrudge writes  |  more than 10 years ago I thought that I should update my journal since the ebay auction for mfh's account is over. Perhaps I should clarify my thoughts on this somewhat, since other slashdot users seem to think that I believe that low UIDs have some sort of "power", "authority", or "credibility". I do not. My problem is that low UID accounts are being sold with the notion that the account actually gives "street cred" when it does not. Maybe for new users to slashdot this is the case in their mind, even if it's subconscious, but most of them wise up quickly. All slashdot users know that this is the truth. Something about the irony of it all irritates me.

Dougman is one of my foes. Here is why.
Mfh is one of my foes. Here is why.


/. low userid sellers

cptgrudge cptgrudge writes  |  more than 10 years ago The campaign (and it is a campaign now) continues against dougman.

To see the issues I have with this user, see my first journal entry. Yet now there is another user, mfh, who is attempting the same thing. Luckily, the account has not yet been sold. The auction is here.

Slashdot user accounts with low userid numbers will be misleading to other users. Help stop this before it becomes common. Mark them Foes.

Dougman is one of my foes. Here is why.
Mfh is one of my foes. Here is why.

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