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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

flappinbooger Re:Let it die (509 comments)

Sadly more common than most people would care to believe. Much more common is the joy when they know their baby is deaf.

Wow. I bet a psychology student could do a doctoral thesis on the intricacies of that. Actually probably already has been done more than once??!?!?

about two weeks ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

flappinbooger Re:Let it die (509 comments)

It is not nearly as fucked up as watching a deaf couple cry when they realize their child can hear.

The Horror!

How common is that reaction?

about two weeks ago

Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

flappinbooger Re:Good choice (313 comments)

Good Grief, you're kidding right?

Yeah, she's great. Smart, ambitious, a real success story. Couldn't agree more. She's probably a nice person, too, I have no idea.

Wake up, it's 2014. Privacy is in the forefront of everyone's mind who isn't living with their head in the sand.

Anyone connected with the BUSH ADMINISTRATION should not be involved with a company that people trust with anything PRIVATE. Like your FILES.

This transcends political viewpoints, societal viewpoints, gender and sexuality viewpoints.

Crapping on people's privacy craps on everyone equally no matter who, what or how you are.

It would be like hiring Kathleen Sebelius to the board of AETNA.

"Maybe now isn't a good time, sorry"

about two weeks ago

Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

flappinbooger Re:Complete access and indefinite support for free (650 comments)

But two swing out of the realm of opinion, you compare Windows XP to "OpenSource darlings like firefox" whose long-term support is measured in "months, not years". This is a bad comparison. A better comparison would be Ubuntu LTS which includes firefox and whose support is measured in years not months. However Canonical having only a fraction of a percent of the marketshare that Windows XP does, is not making a business model in supporting releases for over 14 years.

As a direct comparison, Windows XP is OVER TWELVE YEARS OLD now and has not one, not even two, but three major versions newer available to the public. In Ubuntu terms, Windows XP is the equivalent of Ubuntu 06.04 LTS (12.04 being the current LTS as 14.04 has yet to be released) and should be treated accordingly.

This sums up the issue nicely. Microsoft should not be on the hook for XP.

Their only mistake was making it so good...

Also windows 7 will have the same problem.

about two weeks ago

How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

flappinbooger Re:Is he really a "sucker"? (203 comments)

Bitcoin seems to be not a whole LOT more than a novelty* in the US but people in non-USA countries are using it for money and protection of wealth. That's what driving the dollar exchange rate up.

And, at $1000 a bitcoin, or $50000 per coin, I imagine people won't be buying whole "coins" but fractional amounts.

*aside from silk road equivalents.

about 3 months ago

How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

flappinbooger Re:There's one born every minute. (203 comments)

50 shades of Coin, or 50 Coins of Gray?

because another worthless piece of data pushed by an exceptionally successful marketing campaign should be the reference.

where's the slashcoin?

about 3 months ago

McAfee Brand Name Will Be Replaced By Intel Security

flappinbooger Good to know what "intel security" is (180 comments)

I could rant on McAfee for hours but I never do.

As an IT professional (meaning that people PAY ME actual real money to do work on computers, important ones, mission critical systems and networks) I have had the occasion to rant and "go off" on NORTON products.

People pay for Norton products all the time but I cannot in good conscience ever recommend any product from them. I have repaired computers that were literally damaged by simply installing norton products. I could go on and on (and have, many times when appropriate) about how this software doesn't work and is literally worse than nothing - based on MY OWN personal observations, and I am NOT alone.

But I don't go on about McAfee, I simply sum up McAfee products with one line: The only thing WORSE than any of the Norton products is anything from McAfee.

Not even worth the breath.

about 3 months ago

Yahoo Advertising Serves Up Malware For Thousands

flappinbooger Re:adaware (184 comments)

It has been my contention that when websites no longer serve malware through Ads, then they can start complaining that users blocks ads. This is not an uncommon occurrence, even for large websites, and the fix is not always immediate. I recall not that long ago when the New York Times was serving malware for the entire weekend.

Yeah, they outsource their ad space to someone, that company gets them from who knows where. It isn't necessarily that easy to find out where each ad comes from.

Ads and email attachments are obviously the most common attack vectors I hear about. Also binding malware to pirated files or crackz are notorious too. Not all cracks or pirated warez are malwared but a lot are.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

flappinbooger Re:The Solution is Obvious (829 comments)

Most people who are on XP are either on it because they are stubborn sticks-in-the-mud who like XP and think anything newer than XP is crap, or they are on it because their computer still works and they don't know what OS they have let alone why it's an issue.

You folks on here say "just upgrade to linux!" but there are people out there who don't know what an operating system IS, they don't know the difference between an operating system and a web browser. All they know is to click on the E icon to play hearts on yahoo and click on the envelope icon to see pictures of little Timmy.

I don't know how MS would successfully communicate the concept of subscribing to an extended XP support contract to these people. They won't understand.

Microsoft are really in a bind on this and it could really be a disaster. I have been moving people to 7 as much as possible.

Thankfully many PCs from the XP era have died due to the cheap capacitor issue.

The IT manager here is one of the sticks in the mud and he purposefully has many computers here still on XP and has been putting XP on new machines. Even in the last 6 months. Intentionally. He will buy new PC hardware that can still run with XP and put XP on it.

I know of IT professionals who were putting copies of 98 on machines well into the tenure of XP because "it's just better" and they thought they were smart and clever for doing so.

about 4 months ago

Affordable 3D Metal Printer Developed Based on RepRap

flappinbooger Re:Cause and effect reversed. (199 comments)

You got cause and effect reversed.

You got the whole point missed. Right to bear is not medicine. It's vaccine.

very insightful

about 4 months ago

Netflix, Youtube Surpass 50% Mark of Internet Traffic

flappinbooger Re:75% is refreshes (249 comments)

I'd rather see how much of the traffic is from the new "pirate tubes" like viooz because at least in my area more and more have simply started going to them and watching online instead of using BT.

Yeah, no "uploading" just streaming. Get what you want, no strings attached. Video on demand is the future. Broadcast is dead.

Now quietly go away and never mention "the new pirate tubes like viooz" again. They don't exist, you hear me? There is no such thing. Ssshhh. (looks over shoulder)

about 5 months ago

Chinese Bitcoin Exchange Vanishes, Taking £2.5m of Coins With It

flappinbooger Re:Recurring theme? (346 comments)

I am assuming it is only a minority of exchanges, but doesn't this seem to be a bit of a recurring problem?


Note to self-

Don't keep all your crypto on the exchange.

Oh. Wait. I already don't do that.

But the thing is, if this was a popular enough exchange, even if every user just keep a minimal amount of coin on the exchange, if the operators skip town with the coin it still has a big payoff.

But you know there were a lot of people with major amount of coin on there.

about 5 months ago

The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested

flappinbooger Re:hire me (289 comments)

And for another example look at obamacare healthcare.gov

about 6 months ago

The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested

flappinbooger Re:hire me (289 comments)

So they were looking for some high school kid who could code?

about 6 months ago

The NSA Is Collecting Lots of Spam

flappinbooger Re:LOL (159 comments)

I thought their NSA backup idea was pretty good.

Forget Mozey or Carbonite - Get “NSABackup!”

"NSABackup - we’re always watching!"

"NSABackp - We’re looking out for Terrorists! And your data Too!"

"NSABackup - you’re ok with it, otherwise you’re not patriotic!"

"NSABackup - Because of Osama Bin Laden, you’ll never lose your resume if your computer crashes!"

"NSABackup, why not, you’re paying for it anyway!"

"NSABackup - it’s for your own good! And the good of the country!"

"NSABackup - what do you have to hide anyway?"

"NSABackup - preventing terrorist strikes and data loss since 2001"

"NSABackup - They had your back even when you didn’t know about it!"

"NSABackup - For when your data integrity is more important than your privacy!"

about 6 months ago

Facebook May Dislike the Social Fixer Extension, but Many Users Love It (Video)

flappinbooger Re:simple reason (176 comments)

Because "Enter" is used everywhere else to create a line break in a text box.

Not in quickbooks.

At least not in the version I have...

about 6 months ago

Xerox Confirms To David Kriesel Number Mangling Occuring On Factory Settings

flappinbooger Re:Everything you thought you knew... (163 comments)

Anticipating a WOOSH, but Xerox haven't made 'Copiers' for a long time now. They make Multi Function Devices (MFDs), so by very definition, they have more than one job.

good point...

and ...


about 8 months ago

Xerox Confirms To David Kriesel Number Mangling Occuring On Factory Settings

flappinbooger Re:Everything you thought you knew... (163 comments)

Doesn't this therefore render the copier as "unfit for purpose" and you can get a refund? The whole point of copiers is to make copies. The average user doesn't care how it does it, only that it does what the sales blurb says it does.

In any case, who would buy a copier knowing it doesn't actually copy? You wouldn't buy a phone that can't make calls until it gets a software update.

At the very least it warrants a "YOU HAD ONE JOB" meme pic featuring a xerox copier.

about 8 months ago

Xerox Confirms To David Kriesel Number Mangling Occuring On Factory Settings

flappinbooger Re:My reaction: (163 comments)

It's the scanner bit. Basically it applies a heavy amount of compression to the final result by looking for blocks that match and duplicating them. Which is all fine until the copier sees what it thinks is a 0 but is actually an 8.

This is informative.

about 8 months ago

Xerox Confirms To David Kriesel Number Mangling Occuring On Factory Settings

flappinbooger Re:Sucky thing about digital (163 comments)

It is not brain dead. It is the only way the copier can efficiently forward the image to the NSA.

Don't laugh, you can't know 100% that isn't the case. Not any more.

about 8 months ago



Software to assist people who cannot read

flappinbooger flappinbooger writes  |  more than 3 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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