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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

flappinbooger Re:The Pirate Bay (301 comments)

And Pirate Bay would just be telling you where the empty seats were or something like that in this tortured analogy.

tortured, yes, but your post is more accurate than not IMO.

3 days ago
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Graphene May Top Kevlar As a Bullet-Stopping Material

flappinbooger Re:Way ahead of you! (129 comments)

I've strapped a 3D printer on my back, if someone shoots at me I just say "3D printer! Body armor!" and it 3D prints a shell of graphene all around my body!

Yeah boy! It's the future and the game has changed!!!!

underrated

about three weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

flappinbooger Re:Total Boondoggle (289 comments)

The technology required for wormholes is so far removed from our current and plausible near-future capabilities that to throw lots of money at it would almost certainly be a total boondoggle.

So basically what he's saying is we might as well dump the money into a black hole. Sounds like most government programs.

or green energy

about three weeks ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

flappinbooger Re:Note to IT recruiters. (276 comments)

An MS cert does not trump someone with 2 years of real experience. MS certs are only for people that have zero experience hoping to work somewhere other than best buy.

I once had to help a MCSE guy configure an email account. In outlook. They have no value if there is no experience backing up the ability to pass a test. I've been working with computers for over 30 years, and I'm 40. No official certified training, just a lifetime of being a geek. They still call me for the hard problems and never complain about the bill when it comes.

My understanding is there are "boot camp" test prep courses that are worthless then there are (apparently) some real cert programs.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

flappinbooger Re:Laugh (219 comments)

Enlighten us. What is the reason?

Steep apple discounts and grants make them nearly free? The districts can also charge the parents for them and double dip? Just guessing.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

flappinbooger Re: Compromise combos don't work (219 comments)

"In fact a good laptop and a good tablet will cost less than a surface."

A Surface 2 (running Windows RT) costs $449 - I question the quality of a 'good' laptop and 'good' tablet you can get for less than $449...

A Surface Pro 3 starts at $749 - list price, less in qty. - that gets you close to 'good' laptops and tablets.

he wasn't referring to windows RT surface.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

flappinbooger Re:Translation (219 comments)

No one wants a surface, unless it's to use as a stand for an iPad.

And internet explorer is the #1 browser in the world used to download another browser.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

flappinbooger Re:Nonsense (219 comments)

draconian licensing is an issue no matter what company is doing it.

Microsoft, Autodesk, Sony and Allen Bradley are the ones I deal with personally. They all assume their customers are criminals, based on the licensing schemes.

To be fair though the Autodesk licensing isn't so bad once you get it working.

Siemens software licensing seems to be pretty fair and easy to live with.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

flappinbooger Re:Nonsense (219 comments)

schools around here either go with chromebook, macbook or ipad. No-one is going Microsoft.

about a month ago
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Tor Project Mulls How Feds Took Down Hidden Websites

flappinbooger Re:awkward fenced swimming pool (135 comments)

i'm not saying anyone with a CCNA can hack Tor

i'm saying that anything that exists that can be transmitted and decoded can also be accessed by a third party

if it exists, it's not "secure"

maybe my analogy is awkward, but it's valid and accurate

Sort of a "Analog Hole" analogy.

A digital hole?

about a month ago
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Mozilla Updates Firefox With Forget Button, DuckDuckGo Search, and Ads

flappinbooger Re:Bastards ... (327 comments)

mozilla works better than chrome right now though.

Chrome does NOT work well for the last couple months. IE has never worked. Opera - no. That leaves Firefox. It gets me by. It's way better than it WAS.

about a month ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

flappinbooger Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

The whole "safety, safety, safety" bit has gotten so ridiculous and I am endlessly surprised by the fact that a majority of people haven't cried "bullshit" on it.

Bullshit

about 3 months ago
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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

flappinbooger Re:April Fools? (137 comments)

Uhhh, in Soviet Russia October fools you?

about 3 months ago
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Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

flappinbooger Re:How will this help me play angry birds? (75 comments)

I think this is totally awesome, really I do. But I'm not really sure what I'd use it for.

What sort of everyday things would someone use a scanner for? (No, scanning a widget to make a 3d printed version of it does not count as everyday.)

3d printing is the future, this goes along with that.

about 3 months ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

flappinbooger Re:I R Pharaoh! (368 comments)

pshaw, personal space programs are so 00's!
The new hotness is life extension research and personal immortality.

Minecraft is already pretty transhuman.

You can change your skin at will, appearing in different worlds with a completely different appearance but it's still you. You can die on one world and appear on another world with a different skin - but it's still you.

I know many modern sci fi novels have embraced this body swapping idea either as a main plot point or as a normal practice in the sci-fi universe.

about 3 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

flappinbooger Re:So if I... (363 comments)

Thats nothing. I use a VPN everyday for my company's cloud based accounting system. My entire department is staffed by pirates.

The BBC is Tone Deaf .... With the revelations that the NSA and the GCHQ are basically tapping THE WORLD how the expletive do they NOT expect ... The World ... to start using VPN?

You can buy a year subscription to privateinternetaccess for something like $35, you can pay with bitcoin, and you can use it on PC, linux, and android and presumably iOS and mac. And there are others but that's what I got, just for kicks. It even comes with a DEDICATED PROXY that you can plug into uTorrent. HA HA HA. and it works. It all works seamlessly and reliably and very very fastly.

But of course I've only downloaded linux distros with it and not top gear episodes.

VPN are only going to get more commonplace for every day internet using. Because screw you, NSA.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

flappinbooger Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (533 comments)

This request by ATT is a desperate grasp to stay relevant.

ATT has one asset, and that is countless miles of copper strewn about the country. Very old copper. Aging. Decrepit.

Where I live there are a couple ways to get DSL service, but they ALL lease the ATT phone lines. I've had their service from a local telecom, and there were TONS of problems, and all of the problems were with the crap ATT phone lines themselves.

The copper works fine for voice, and will work for data as well, up to what, 20 megabit MAX? Most places can only manage 3 megabit, some 1.5 megabit under ideal conditions, such as no rain or high wind recently.

If the very definition of "Broadband" moves to 10, ATT will no longer be able to call what they sell broadband. This is because the infrastructure that they have milked to death and are likely unable to truly maintain at this point will be unable to provide that service to many places.

about 3 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

flappinbooger Re:Contacting BBC, via VPN (363 comments)

So ... why don't all of us contact BBC and tell them what we think ?

Be sure to use a VPN

about 3 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

flappinbooger Re:I miss the BSOD (169 comments)

yeah at least it's something.

something is better than nothing.

not much better, but ...

about 3 months ago
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Welcome To Laniakea, Our New Cosmic Home

flappinbooger Re:Al Gore warned about it. (67 comments)

You know, if you keep building more and more high ways the cities will sprawl uncontrollably. Al Gore warned us about it back in 2000. (If he had not, he would have, I mean at least it is the sort of thing he would have warned about). Now we have sprawled to some 500 million light year diameter. When you face that impossibly long commute, remember that prophetic sage.

Al Gore is not a prophet

about 3 months ago

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Software to assist people who cannot read

flappinbooger flappinbooger writes  |  more than 4 years ago

flappinbooger (574405) writes "So having worked in the computer field for a while now I get asked lots of strange questions. The office manager tells me a customer who is a truck driver wants a laptop but also wants it equipped with software to fill out all his computer forms for him with voice input, as he cannot read.

Aside from all the other questions, such as how does an illiterate person navigate the highways and byways and safely and efficiently drive a truck, this is a pretty interesting question. The big picture answer is take night classes to learn to read, duh.

Speech to Text software is more for dictation I'm not sure it would work for this. Software for the blind comes to mind, I've worked with a blind person before and was amazed at the proficiency with which he navigated his computer. The blind-assist software was quite impressive, it would tell him exactly what was on the screen and where the cursor was. It was all keyboard input, no mouse, not sure it would work for this problem.

Is there any software that would help this person? Is there ANY way a person who cannot read will be able to perform even the most menial tasks in the near future, if not now? Most would assume janitorial work to be a pretty low barrier to entry, but even then a custodian would be expected to read the contents and safety labeling on the cleaners he or she would be using. Computer illiteracy is nearly crippling today, how much more for someone who cannot read at all...."

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