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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 a week ago

BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

flappinbooger Re:So if I... (362 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 a week ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

flappinbooger Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (524 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 a week ago

BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

flappinbooger Re:Contacting BBC, via VPN (362 comments)

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

Be sure to use a VPN

about a week ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

flappinbooger Re:I'm starting to wonder... (182 comments)

I encourage you to think carefully about what you care most about and sign up as a steady, long-term donor to a few causes that are really important to you... this is of far more long-term benefit than episodic giving.

I recommend the Free Software Foundation.

dump a bucket of microsoft disk cases and old win95 floppies on your head for the FSF challenge

about two weeks ago

Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

flappinbooger Re:Alleged leaker already named (336 comments)

This seems to explain how the pictures were acquired and that it wasn't just one guy stealing them and it isn't just one guy distributing them:

This is going to be harder to control and contain than the DefDist 3D printed gun part cad files when they got taken down by the DoD. In other words, absolutely impossible.

What was even more clever was doing it on a holiday weekend, everyone's barbecuing.

about two weeks ago

Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

flappinbooger Re:Here they come... (336 comments)

Fact of the matter is, tech-types who should know better still struggle with digital security and lose; laymen don't really have a chance.

The only winning move is not to play.

I'm just surprised this didn't happen sooner. Perhaps the amount of hip/trendy celebs using iphones/mac/icloud just reached critical mass and this is the resulting explosion.

To get philosophical about it. this is another example of the cool people getting owned by the geeks. Revenge of the nerds, right? Too soon?

about two weeks ago

Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

flappinbooger Re:Where are these photos? (336 comments)

You get a shot at seeing boobies and all the sudden all those complaints you have about the NSA peeking at your files goes flying out the window. When that's brought up all the sudden we've got something worthwhile to spend our mod-points on. Cute.

Let me make this simple in case there's a post-fap-clearer-head lurking around this area of the thread: No, you do not have a good reason to acquire those photos. Yes, you are a bad person for grabbing them and sharing them. No, modding my posts down does not make me wrong about it. You lot, and you know who you are, are despicable.

Jennifer Lawrence, is that you?

about two weeks ago

Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

flappinbooger Re:Where are these photos? (336 comments)

I would be very surprised if the entire archive isn't on TPB by now.

It's on mega too. Not that I know anything about that....

Personally I think this "crisis" is a marketing campaign by Samsung, lol.

about two weeks ago

Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

flappinbooger Re:Self Serving Story? (267 comments)

I hereby announce CO2coin, guaranteed to produce no C02 while mining.

Please send bitcoin to my address to fund development. Any excess bitcoin after the coin is developed will be spent on planting a big CO2 gobbling tree.


about a month ago

Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

flappinbooger this is good news (252 comments)

JMS is a genius, B5 is a masterpiece, end of thread.

about a month ago

Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

flappinbooger Re:How much is due to Congestion (72 comments)

My Japan wifi experience was: amazing speeds, 20 hours a day, completely unusable for 4 hours a day. Fortunately there was an ethernet port - far more valuable to me than wifi.

Yeah, before I went to Japan my "assumption" was that every square inch of the place was wired. Internet everywhere. All I'd ever seen was pictures of that one busy street in Tokyo with all the lights and glitz.

This was in Onoda, and we were staying in what I heard was "the only" western style hotel. If I recall it was a wired connection only, and the entire service would go down periodically, pretty much daily. I'd have to go to the front desk and say "internet down. no internet. can please fix?" or something of that nature and hope they would understand and go back into the back and reset it.

It was funny because they would recognize every westerner on the trip by face and hand each of us our correct room key when we came back to the hotel without a word, just a smile and a nod.

Sigh. That was a good trip, I hope to go back sometime. Very nice people and a beautiful country. Very memorable, especially the visit to Hiroshima and the museum there. I'd never felt quite that awkward before, as a US citizen in the Hiroshima museum.

about a month ago

Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

flappinbooger Re:How much is due to Congestion (72 comments)

I've never had good internet service, really good, on hotel wifi - with one exception.

The worst was in Japan, go figure. It was down half the time, and no-one at the front desk spoke english. Fun fun fun. I was probably in the Japanese equivalent of Gary - in the ONLY Western style hotel in the city. Any more native and I'm pooping in a hole in the floor.

My one memorable good connection - I was at a UTM appliance training session and the wifi in the room connected me to lousy service, however the training company got the hotel to hook the training room up to the GOOD STUFF. We were connected to rock solid service with sustained upload and download both in the 47 megabit range.

So, congestion - yes. My guess is that they put the rooms to a ganged up and metered port whereas the admin connection is free and clear.

about a month ago

Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

flappinbooger Re:Good Thing (195 comments)

Good thing you're not solving real problems. What. A. Fucking. Waste.

I bet you would change your tune if you had been making bitcoins by the hundreds or thousands per day using just a cheap CPU, back when it first came out.

Or, you did and you didn't keep them....

about a month and a half ago

Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

flappinbooger Re:20 megawatts (195 comments)

Modded down for telling the truth. These guys are wasting a small town's worth of power to do worthless calculations.

On more than one occasion I have used bitcoin - that I mined myself - to buy something useful.

I created real money out of thin air using "worthless calculations" and then purchased a good or service with that money directly.

Crypto mining is NOT worthless.

Crypto is NOT going away.

about a month and a half ago

Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

flappinbooger Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

" And Windows 8 as is is ONLY oriented towards tablets"


I recently fixed a Surface Pro 2 tablet for a client of mine. He had a VPN client installed which blew up the wifi when the recent MS update went through which updated ***EVERYTHING*** on the tablet.

It isn't TOTALLY bad. It isn't good either. It's way too thick, too heavy, too hot. The screen is very nice I'll give it that.

The OS is annoying and frustrating and - for the life of me - purposely and consistently inconsistent. Follow me there? It's like it just does things differently for no reason. Bring up the "jewels" menu and then "settings" while in the tile desktop and stuff is one way, bring up the same menu while in the old school desktop and it is another way.

I've worked on a few desktop and laptops with windows 8 and the VERY first thing I do on FIRST BOOT is install the 3rd party taskbar hack. Working on this surface is the first time I've taken the time to figure out how to get around on 8. Because it's actually a tablet.

Windows 8 IS geared only towards tablets, for some reason it mistakenly gets installed on laptops and desktops without touch screens.

If someone gave me a surface pro I would sell it and buy an ASUS transformer or just a 10" galaxy note with a keyboard cover.

about 2 months ago

Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

flappinbooger Re:Silly season much (131 comments)

It depends on who you are and where you are. Ethnic minorities can have more than one child, so their ethnic group and culture do not become diminished. Rural villagers can also have more than one child sometimes, especially if their first child is not a boy. In some cases, they can keep having children until they get a boy. That is thought to reduce the incentive to engage in infanticide of female babies. Doctors are also not allowed to tell prospective parents whether their child will be a boy or a girl -- that is forbidden because it could also lead to infanticide. Finally, if the parents are wealthy, then they can simply pay the fine for extra children, and then it doesn't matter.

What? Infanticide is discouraged?

Those savages! Don't they know it's a woman's choice? Gasp! China is a such primitive backward society!

about 2 months ago



Software to assist people who cannot read

flappinbooger flappinbooger writes  |  more than 2 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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