Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents
"I wonder why flooding underground markets with phony products isn't widespread."
it is, it's called 'made in china' a bit stereotypical but anytime a corporation convinces one group of people to pay more than fair market value, on come the copiers who make substandard duplicate items.
"Why don't credit card companies manufacture fake lists of stolen credit card numbers, or phony social security numbers, for illegal trading sites?"
credit card number the first 4 id the bank the last 4 the account number with the numbers in between being a 'code' of numbers that are random and which leave fake numbers between real ones. at the time it was 'good enough' because they would use carbon imprints at the wares store which was difficult to make a duplicate of the card just from the store copy (until 3d printers came along) credit cards are horribly insecure the magnetic stripe made it so that they could add three more numbers (also on the back of the card) to have more people with credit cards and supposedly more secure... anyways because of the legacy support issues credit cards releasing fake accounts would be an exercise in futility. as they would then have less possible working numbers from the ones they have available.
"For that matter, would fake ivory, fake illegal porn, and other "false positives" discourage buyers? Or create alibis?"
fake ivory is easy to find. fake illegal porn is out there too i think they were calling it 'child abuse' evidence. and don't think this is something new, magazine photographers from nation geographic, famous images of Vietnam when the usa igniting whole towns and some of the burn victims were children but still got published.
well, to be fair the world exists but the people don't. it is like a rpg, the people they don't talk unless greeted and most can barely remember their own names.
Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?
i have a postage sized mp3 player from china with a tf/sd card slot it boots up shows a menued screen and plays mp3s. a fake phone that has a plastic explosive bomb could easily use a 'fake' power on screen with menu and the menus would be browsable and possibly functional and also be a bomb.
so no this doesn't make airplanes safer.
North Korea Denies Involvement In "Righteous" Sony Hack
but the mass media spin can be used to make north korea the perfect target. for sony it is not about the truth it is about the spin and damage control. their employees are all going to need lifelock until they can change their social security numbers and possibly names. at least the lesser folk might and the upper folk will need new telephone numbers. sony has a credit card company too.
i have already seen the mass media jumping on the 'n korea' has uber hackers who get everything they want etc. these people deal with lies and manipulation. sure sony won't be able to connect and send data because of their reputation hit until the counter resets. just like home depot still is not sure how to do credit cards since using one there automatically makes your card company void you, same with target, now it is sony's turn to get blocked. who next? i don't predict the future, so i don't know.
what i do know is windows doesn't require a password to log in to a computer and not having it internet connected means it doesn't work as promised. i have seen in the wild people who can't figure out a usb port and field techs have just reinstalled for them clean as if that solves the problem. i finally set up an admin account for me on her box, and gave her a new clean account and took away admin on that and her old possibly compromised setup, and i got her a usb keyboard because the built in keyboard was not working right.
some people only deserve a smartphone and a bluetooth keyboard. sadly there is no real test for using anything more complex than a smartphone...
How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon
my biggest problem with the fine article because it jumped around more than inception. it was not written in sequence or with suitable foreshadowing for the 'jumps' it made.
for maximum understanding and widest audience appeal it should only jump around when needed. the story should first use the first two paragraphs to sum the story, for the people who skim. after that it should have a clean flow of events in the order they occur chronologically. this isn't spider-man, and i realize how when writing you might want to simply put things in when you think of it, but the final draft should have those sections cut and pasted to the chronological timeline and then polished into the final draft.
Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?
there has been a movement in many states to fix the problem that in 1972 was caused by the supreme court. prior to then felons only lost the right to vote if they had participated in rebellion, or similar felonies.
"Unlike most laws that burden the right of citizens to vote based on some form of social status, felony disenfranchisement laws have been held to be constitutional. In Richardson v. Ramirez (1974), the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of felon disenfranchisement statutes, finding that the practice did not deny equal protection to disenfranchised voters. The Court looked to Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which proclaims that States which deny the vote to male citizens, except on the basis of "participation of rebellion, or other crime", will suffer a reduction in representation. Based on this language, the Court found that this amounted to an "affirmative sanction" of the practice of felon disenfranchisement, and the 14th Amendment could not prohibit in one section that which is expressly authorized in another.
But, critics of the practice argue that Section 2 of the 14th Amendment allows, but does not represent an endorsement of, felony disenfranchisement statutes as constitutional in light of the equal protection clause and is limited only to the issue of reduced representation. The Court ruled in Hunter v. Underwood 471 U.S. 222, 232 (1985) that a state's crime disenfranchisement provision will violate Equal Protection if it can be demonstrated that the provision, as enacted, had "both [an] impermissible racial motivation and racially discriminatory impact." (The law in question also disenfranchised people convicted of vagrancy, adultery, and any misdemeanor "involving moral turpitude"; the test case involved two individuals who faced disenfranchisement for presenting invalid checks, which the state authorities had found to be morally turpit behavior.) A felony disenfranchisement law, which on its face is indiscriminate in nature, cannot be invalidated by the Supreme Court unless its enforcement is proven to racially discriminate and to have been enacted with racially discriminatory animus."
Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns
well slashdot.jp is only 2 days behind slashdot.org for news articles so when this story hits there in 2 days there will probably be another day for the asians to figure it out then another two days for them to translate back to english for cracked....
The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought
your math is wrong. the files should be stereoscopic and at 60fps at least if it was shot digital.
The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought
sony is not a 'good' company. they are a huge multinational who has pushed drm and crappy overpriced electronics for decades. i have a sony stereo from the 80's and everything else sony i have ever bought is broken or broken by design.
yes they hire a lot of people but i bet they pay them crap wages and perpetuate the myth that people are overpayed or that honest people having honest wages is somehow wrong. sure their big directors and stars make big money, but i bet there are college students working as interns for no pay... and i know they play with their money to avoid taxes.
on a side note wheel of fortune has two giant 8k resolution tv sets that display pretty pictures for no better reason than because they could. sony owns wheel of fortune but do you see them trying to get people to pay for 4k sets when they already produce 8k hardware? 3d fullhd sets didn't take off and i don't know if 4 k will or even 8k outside of california where movie studio owners can have the big 8k screens to 'do their jobs' but sony knows how to make 8k hardware they just got fat off the upgrade cycle making people buy media on multiple technologies etc not caring for one minute about if it is sustainable technology or in the public interest...
Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store
on the road to being a 700 billion dollar company a few walls had to be torn down....
You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South
try $130 diy solar tracker... of course it assumes a lot of free parts and the price may be off a bit so budget $200 also since it is green treated lumber that ups the total ecological impact heavily.
trouble in paradise...
i accidently left a ping window open and the connection wasn't timed out... but why does only one windows machine out of 6 windows machines have issues timing out .. and why does one linux machine have the same issue... the answer leaves more questions. also the placment of the idps should mean that it thinks all the machines are the wifi router as the wifi router is thinking the idps is a bridge...
trouble in paradise...
this laptop was off all day.
Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux
the answer is simple grandmas cell phone goes dead when she is done talking to all her grandkids. sheesh it reminds me of the 'delete file number 23 if parsed in japanese' bug or the 'we can't do the math on gregorian calender because the line was in pascal and the unix machine doesn't get to it until the end of unix time' time loop bug. and yes i am crazy but i just took my meds an hour ago, and while i may not be 100% sure the related bugs are correctly allocate i can tell you i experienced every single one of them i just tried to be clever with the reasons why.
Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?
correction dual 80 mhz channels sorry my bad and will slashdot let this through?
Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?
i have a dual channel ac 1750 router, and a dual channel usb connected wifi dongle make sure you buy a 1750 to match the wifi or it won't be as impressive.. but they operate with a 1500 mbps speed which after overhead they can call 1300 mbps on the box. this uses two 40 mhz channels, in the 5ghz spectrum. older b,g,n signals on 20 mhz channels on 2.4 ghz is still supported because people be like why doesn't it work anymore...
my router uses 3 5ghz trancievers and 3 2.4ghz trancievers, and there are literally hundreds of channels available and while signal strenght is a bane of wireless with the radios at max power there is nowhere inside my house where the internet is slow over my wifi gear. even transfering multi gigabyte files works flawlessly, i have more issues with usb devices operating at their full potential than i do transfering content with my wireless. and while i have had issues with the cable internet being fast enough over the holidays, it isn't the wireless router's fault it is the available wired signal transfer of the cable or dsl providers.
having 12 people on a home grade connection isn't bad at all. it does however suck when you go on vacation and then the resort has got free open wifi through every units cable tuner, and they are unwilling to pay for more than 60 mbps when they have 2 hotels and 50 timeshare uinits... anyways not complaining, it is awesome that wireless connections are available on vacation talking to family and playing games works about half the day then everone needs an hour checking their devices then time for other activities like movies etc. at least that is what it is like in my world...
Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change
lets see, how long has global warming been a danger? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change_in_popular_culture i see many 1980's pop culture from teenage mutant ninja turtles to star trek the next generation... the 1980s was when USA jumped the shark and said let corporations do anything with as little government oversight and as much subsidies for use of energy as they could do... there has already been decades of climate change evidence. if not centuries. when london started using massive amounts of coal and industrialization there was plenty of concern over what industrialization was doing but since i am not familiar with pop culture of that region at that time i have no links to share.
but i am going to go there, the bible is the oldest known climate change book that i am aware of. the noah story. god flooded the world, due to anger at humanity for being sinful. or perhaps global warming was a known danger even then and the warnings became legends in the bible.
Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack
"First see if Disney offers a discount on a new copy with the exchange of a broken authentic disc."
and disney is so going to have an amazon sized warehouse just to replace broken discs for no or low prices.
streaming is an alternative but the companies doing this need rights to content to stream it, and this means loads of cash and complex hardware to store exobytes of data and superfast internet...
compared to making a HTPC that plays video containers made from dvds is better. they only need a usb wireless keyboard/mouse which is cheap to replace when they break it, and for under $300 you can build a multi terrabyte htpc that will use all open source (handbrake to rip, vlc or mplayer or insert software package here to play) and since you are using open source there is no worry about it being defective by design like a ps3 etc. i don't know if the interface to a linux htpc is child friendly haven't had a chance to build one yet, but worst case they ask you for a movie and you play it for them til they are old enough to do it themselves. this is why you have a legal right to make backups. even if the same software can be used to pirate movies. they don't ban gun ownership everywhere and even when they do the criminals still get the guns so legal movie ripping is better than dystopian efforts to regulate backups into non existence for the corporate profit machine...
Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food
chickens are omnivores. they eat everything, grass, bugs, other chickens if they get bloodlust... they will even eat dirt and fecal material... my uncle raises his own chickens and feeds them with some feed and garden greens...
there is also a neat organic chicken method where they are in a moveable, large area cage, which forces them to eat grass and dirt, which they usually avoid as they seek bugs as primary food... it takes grass 7 days to recover from this organic feeding method so you don't need a huge area to do it in. the reason old farms had no problem with bugs was by making the chickens free range in farmland and they would seek shelter (hen house) and without fences you just need a dog or two to keep the chickens on your land... true factory farms produce eggs faster but it is more resource heavy than local farming practices. which we know are sustainable because we have old villages where at one point people were subsistence farming.
they claim you don't need dogs, but dogs also deter chicken raiding foxes or wolves.
Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba
there is a very important thing to consider.
that the reason computers seem so slow at somethings like ai is because we are already inside a singularity, and that as entities inside the construct have no way to 'meet' the intelligence of our singular mind. to create a true singularity from within a true singularity would be akin to rewriting the whole thing and as the singularity we have no way to overwrite our existence except to die and rejoin it. assuming the developers designed it that way.
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trouble in paradise...
okay since the idps box has been running the wasted bandwidth went down sharply. but a new issue has surfaced, devices have stopped working online especially at evening hours. not every device certain windows machines always boot and work fine, with a few small exceptions. outages that are small. my linux laptop is one of the machines that has trouble using the network. my neighbors box has trouble streaming at night time if it was used that day. yet my custom built windows 7 box never has an issue. my linux laptop is less likely to have issues if i power it off at night.
oh and the tablets are sporatic in working/not working, with no real rhyme or reason behind it. they also have issues with bluetooth keyboards. torrents of linux isos almost always download with no issues, but i may have to switch which pc i am using to get the functionality of downloading. my connection was slower, before but was always reliable. i have considered trying a different linux flavor of linux for the idps and i generally keep it up to date with apt. i have considered letting the neighbor use my dual channel wifi stick, to see if that helps but it is almost like she is on a rolling bandwidth plan or some machine is throtling her streaming at night time. yet i have unlimited consumer cable internet so the only tracking possibility is in the packets formed on her machine eg super cookies... i haven't tried removing the idps box because the whole point of it is to protect the network, by identifying the threats so i don't have to. sigh. and yes i realize i am running a mixed network of windows and linux machines, but plenty of other people do this and my attempts to get my parents off the microsoft teat were unsuccesful, and when i got back into computers i made the call to use a windows machine again.
i realize some of you guys think i should get every machine under my control off windows. linux works great for me, but there almost always is a problem that crops up which is why i tradiationally had a dual boot laptop when i mostly stopped using windows at home, but wasn't keeping up to date on modern hardware. blah keeping up to date is overrated some days i feel like selling off everything but the laptop and make it a dual boot... but i don't know if i would really like booting to windows to do blurays and booting linux for everything else. especially since that would leave me with 4 windows machines on the local network and i wouldn't be keeping up on my windows skills.
side effect of new IDPS box...
okay so i built a diy intrusion detection box for my network, even though i now know the infection came from inside the network. suddenly my network went from 1.0-2.0 MB/s to 4.0-7.5MB/s. we are paying for 7.5MB/s but due to wireless limitations only one wireless box has 1300 mbit dual channel wireless n/ac. that one gets the full speed connection, the rest get what their laptop wifi does. except the ones using ethernet over powerline. someone told me that it was probably line noise because of the number of devices we have, which doesn't make sense to me, but ok. also the diy box has squid transparent proxy enabled, another reason could be multicast, the wifi router is a decent one but consumer grade was putting a real cpu (quad core) that big a difference in ability to multicast and cache data efficiently?
the cpu was the cheapest low watt cpu i could find, but the box still idles at 26 watts (inline power consumption measuring device) which i know is a lot for just an idps box. still it was cheap but is only as well configured as i know how to which isn't much knowledge at all, i tried about 7 different distros before picking one. it is amazing it made that big a difference in network performance though.
the only other reason i can think of for the bandwidth is a botnet is being blocked by the new firewall that the old router didn't fix/block.
found the breach in my network...
So i don't control everything that happens on my network and i had people besides me able to install programs. well i found the culprit and my network was compromised 2 months ago. http://imgbin.org/index.php?page=image&id=20501 i have since closed the hole (allowing other people to install software) at least on my network. checking logs to see if the scan caught the files already and quarantined the file or if i have to reinstall windows.
post compromize help please
so since all my machines were compromised, i need to know what is the best solution for this problem. our wifi has a good router with firewall, but was unable to stop the infection of my systems.
the router is i believe linux based. is smoothwall still the best firewall? or should i roll my own using a BSD? which hardware makes the best firewall, should i install freebsd or linux to it.
which anti virus/anti malware/anti root kit is most reccomended. i am making it so no one but me can install software to the windows machines but even my home dir on linux was hacked. is there a good tut for rolling linux on my own and use clamtk and firefox as a secondary scan for usb sticks etc.
norton was useless at stopping the infection. only one windows machine had it's files overwritten and thus that was the only one to be factory reset. how about intrusion detection with the add on firewall? i use bittorrent for linux i am not real big on jigdo and debian because it is not 'easy' to do yet. i can follow step by stem guides but that is painful so please only give me better links than simple googling...
just went under 220lbs for the first time in a long long time...
i love it when overweight people give me diet advice.
i double plus like it when they say i lose weight from exercise.
i rotflol when they tell me to eat veggies/salads 'instead of meat' while eating them with high carb dressings.
i took an inch off my waistline and i caved in on eating 'banned' foods according to the diet i picked at least 2-3 times a week. i clearly know more than they do, because it is the first diet to ever work for me even though i couldn't follow it like i wanted to. nothing else works. exercise on most diets makes me hungry, and therefor i gain weight. i even trained for a 10k and gained a whopping 10 lbs.
my secret? replace almost all carbs with meat, veggies and fruits combined are to be less than 15% of my caloric intake. grains and potatoes and legumes are totally off limits, according to the diet i am trying to be on. if i lost 16 lbs and a waist size why do i 'need' your obese self justification for eating like a feedlot cow? i was trying to follow the paleo diet if you must know the name, and hense legumes, grains, and potatoes are off limits but so to is sugar, processed foods sodas etc. needless to say i didn't stick to it. but i did stop eating garbage foods from the frozen section (quit those 2 years ago though) i made a point of finding new ways to eat meat, including lunchmeat, that i could tolerate and really i only get hungry if i've had bread or it's many cousins in the past week. yeah and i quit taking acid reflux meds turns out the wheat was irritating my tummy and i thought i had acid reflux.
the sub $30 micro tablet...
over 120 reviews i remeber using computers slower than this one but wow it sucks
just watched "terms and conditions may apply" on netflix.
but it is lacking. it makes a few points, but they are kinda empty on what people can do about or against surveillance. encryption gets 3 seconds worth of coverage. they don't even mention the fact that closed source software makes detection of spying almost impossible. no mention of how true open source gives the freedom to be free of government and corporate surveillance, as long as you don't release information on your own. i realize google uses open source software, but they neglect the facts that open source isn't by itself enough to prevent abuse because humans are humans and that is the flaw in google's model. ah well, it has a little republican slant, barely mentioning how republicans were involved in it while painting dems as having the most use of surveillance, which is a fluke because google yahoo and facebook have been doing this stuff for years now regardless of which party is in office. it just that 'freemium' games and popularity of social media has skyrocketed in the past 6 years. although i know a lot of people think we have a 0 party system that it's just the rich who gets their wheels greased...
color e-ink is here! now comics and color manga on e-readers!
i don't think this is news, but second generation color eink readers are now $500 and for sale online. first gen i have seen as cheap as $120 but second gen is so much better. now if only the screen came down in price. http://www.ectaco.com/jetBook_Color/?refid=41196&gclid=CK7KueeI_70CFclDMgodEwYAiA
http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/05/the-once-bright-future-of-color-e-paper/ paints a dark picture... i don't know what the refresh rate is on the triton2 but it must not be good enough for high frame rate video. i have movie watching devices though, color eink just needs to work with digital delivered comic books/manga. and ebooks with 'color' pictures. it doesn't need to be a one device does everything it just needs a group of people willing to pay for eink in color and know what that means too slow for video. eink displays don't shatter, and kids get too much video anyways, so they should be encouraging kids to use a device that has a battery that has as much energy as a AA battery, but needs charging only periodically...
has slashdot lost it's sense of humor?
today is april first, and while bing and google have jokes up, i haven't seen a single april fools on the main page. i realize in years past they have done nothing but april fools and that was unpopular but seriously not even a token link to google or bing?
just watched "we're not broke" documentary and here are my thoughts on it.
the main point of the movie is that companies are offshoring profits to avoid the 35% corporate tax rate, and that so called laws to get the money back in the usa don't create jobs but rather let companies reward the people at the top and cut jobs drastically.
companies including bailout companies from 2001-2011 have over 2.4 trillion dollars off shore. most of that money has 0% taxrate and can never return to the USA, except on 'tax holidays' which generally allow for as little as 5% tax rate. and it is all legal. sick it is so sick. republicans have forced through huge benefit cuts under the notion that america is broke. no americas tax laws are broken, and so are many other places including the uk. http://www.usuncut.org/
so i dived into bitcoin....
not really, i dived into dogecoin. but with my hardware i was able to mine 1,000 dogecoins a day which is worth $1.76 as of last refresh. roughly $50 a month with only the electric bill to pay its nice, but i decided the risk is worth investment. i don't quite trust 'asic' devices as the people making a scrypt based asic would almost certainly be making more profit mining new scrypt coins than selling asic for miners. at least until parts start going bad, then it's time to dump them on the market and let the buyers be jipped thinking they had a decent miner.
my current rigs do 170/khash but i just dropped $400 on a gpu that should do 600-800 khash on dogecoin the former is at my 2.2 days a total of 1700 dogecoins, which is as well as a 5ghash asic for bitcoin. mining bitcoin no longer makes sense(unless you have asic and are desperately trying to recoup your investment). oh and i get a nice free game to go with the new gpu. my power supply and motherboard are can do quad gpu, depending on how the initial gpu does i may buy a second and possibly a third. for legal reasons this is all part of my dad's small business. even though my computers are being run to do the work. as i am the only one with decent gpus. you may have heard of max coin so have i, but seeing the mining going on i'd say asic for maxcoin is highly likely. because math is hard and quality information on which exchanges to mine for maximum profit (they can all be converted once they are in your wallet) i am so far sticking with dogecoin.
windows 7 and hidden resolution 'feature'
okay, i have been using windows 7 for quite a while now, but just found out that setting the screen resolution to 1080p does not actually set resolution to 1080p. from the desktop if you right click it says 'screen resolution' by default that is set to 1080p BUT it is overridden by a feature called 'display percentage' which defaults to 100% yet in my experience on a custom from oem build vs a dell setup that it really defaults to 125% of resolution. this means less room for desktop icons and a lot of other things... this includes trying to watch blurays to a 40" tv via hdmi, not cool. windows 8 and 8.1 both disable or hide this feature though i haven't checked for hdmi resolution on the tv with 8.1. games of course override the desktop settings which is part of why i didn't notice sooner.
advice on wifi routers...
we now have 6 devices on wifi here good router info would be good... i will research a bit myself but i want to know a good one that has a long range it is not ok to log me off just because i walk to the other end of the house..
so yahoo claims account hacking against me, to get a Capital Letter in password
i know i wasn't hacked but their login screen invalidated logins until i changed my very secure password to a slightly less secure but containing a capital letter password. sigh i for one welcome the post nuclear holocaust.
does anyone know if tor is standard on ubuntu?
i noticed on my ubuntu laptop that tor is running and at a low pid, is tor default as installed at /usr/sbin/tor i havent checked logs yet i just noticed it is installed and running.
a bit late but i was checking out chromium os...
it is just a browser kiosk with an app store. i used a vm to try it out and i was unimpressed.
i guess i feel like if i were going to a hacker thing i wouldn't mind grabbing a cheap one just to browse the web without having to worry about getting hacked since i could have a second gmail account just for the chromebook and wipe the account and format and restore the chrome book while still on vacation then i could keep it for the next time or just sell it on ebay or something. but i don't go to hacker things. and if i wanted cheap i could find cheap without being crippled the way chromebooks and windows 8 outlook.com tie ins are. at least with win8 i was able to teach my mom how to do things she likes. and ugh the malware i already found some in the chrome store that was able to open a tab and look like it was a search setup sigh not safe for grandma either. android devices are better but have some of the same flaws of chrome os. google you're not apple. and i don't see why microsoft is making win8 as much like chrome os as they are. flashy gui up front but everything is flawed from a real usage scenario.
not cool amd, not cool
i guess they think exascale means government contracts to build it. and likely any plants to power exascale computing... i know all american politicians are not doing their job right. but really this is crazy stuff...
should i become an at home author?
i haven't been as heavy a contributor here on slashdot since i started on facebook/g+. i have considered taking up writing as a hobby again as i now have the time to do so... i learned how to storyboard from movies and haven't taken up a project with a good storyboard yet(since i learned how). i just want to feel important and to do what i enjoy doing and if writing isn't all i thought it would be as a child, well i don't have any better plans for what to do.
it would seem that things are going to be okay for me for a while, i have no worries other than worrying that not progressing on writing fiction will drag me back into feeling worthless cause i could not write a single useful thing in that spare time.
what should i do. i can't game, as i made an iron clad no serious gaming for myself except on weekends rule as i can stay sane if i don't over stimulate my brain. i know how to write, i know what i like to read, i know a few insider secrets to writing the kinds of stories i like... but every time i try to draw myself into writing i just act like i don't want to write more. i don't want to be tldr, i don't want to scour old media hoping to glean some copyright infringement free ideas... basically i just don't know what to do as i want to be important, but i can't figure out what i should do to be important
windows 8 is hate.
first off, everything is broken -- you load all apps as limited user privaleges so called windows mode. great for a tablet which doesn't matter, but broken on a laptop where they invented new ways to emulate touch screen with a mouse if i hadn't found that out while installing i would have had to scour youtube for directions. needless to say window mode doesn't work with pogo, which uses flash, java, and popups. once i got ie to run in desktop mode i could find the ways to enable/update things but despite being preloaded with all three they didn't work in desktop mode without updating which took a good 20 minutes to even try to find, and of course mega download updates for the os. i don't know if flash updated i don't know if my mom is going to be able to keep them updated either, since i was confused as to how to get it done. still in progress of making it work, dumb website that makes people use the latest software even when that is broken in windows 8. sigh. if anyone has any ideas of ways to make windows tile screen have a simple link to desktop mode ie, it would be helpful though i will probabally scour youtube for that. then i need an app that makes updating flash and java painless. not sure what to do there, i can't be there every time there is an update to flash because they go on vacations and remote desktop is too insecure for me to trust it running on moms laptop.
mom is getting a dell, maybe.
so, my mom wants a laptop to play 'pogo.com' games she pays for membership there, and plays games (mostly java with some flash since EA acquired pogo.) so i checked her desktop screen size on her desktop and it is 1680x1050, in laptops i only found 900p in her price range (450-550usd) at dell http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-17-3721/pd?oc=fncwd25s7&model_id=inspiron-17-3721 which if you look at the tech specs is a dual core 1.9ghz cpu she currently has a dual core 2.8ghz desktop. so i tried shopping other sites but could only find 1366x768 resolution hardware in her price range, i didn't search everywhere and 'dad's' laptop is a dual core 2.0 ghz computer. whats wrong with dad's laptop? it won't run java or flash very well it is old and i formatted it twice since he owned it. should i stick with the i3? or should i try to talk her into an i5 dual core at 2.7 ghz? even though it it is $100 over the price range i suggested for her. any better sites to get at least a 900p laptop or better on the cheap that will only run an av and a browser, using java heavily? the dell has a 17.3" screen fwiw and she needs one at least as large. is it okay to not have it faster than their existing hardware? these are tough questions to me.