Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions
Translation: I'm a worthless freeloader.
Just like all the people who "share" music or software without paying the artists/creator a dime for their work.
Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards
They weigh about 300 lbs each, . . . and know to head to the charging station when they're low on power.
Are we sure they didn't just put people inside something that looks like a Dalek?
Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving
It might sound surprising, but there are people who eat both turkey and ham on Thanksgiving. Or even meatballs, salmon and roast beef.
Shocking, I know, that people can eat more than one thing on any given day.
Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust
So it will be like launching passengers into space by private companies who completely ignore the 'basic research' governments have funded for the last fifty years.
Let me know how that works out.
Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund
We, the taxpayers, have already paid hundreds of billions to private companies to give us the astoundingly fast broadband speed of 10 Mbps (on average) in this country, two DECADES after these same companies assured us they would get us 45 Mbps by 2010.
There are already enough fees levied on users, for numerous such issues, that money can be moved from area to another if necessary.
Instead of adding more costs to consumers, how about having the companies do this work for free since they failed so miserably the last time we gave them taxpayer money? Considering the sorry state of affairs of broadband in this country, this is the absolute least these folks could do to justify their existence.
Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows
Since it's not listed this would mean XP is safer than W7 or W8.
Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists
This is the same company who set up operations to have people call a competitor then cancel the call later, thus costing the other company money.
The story was posted on Slashdot a while back which included a discussion of how burner phones were used so the same person could call multiple people.
Now we have this. Instead of reviewing the complaints and saying they will look into the issues, Uber's response is to criticize the reviewer.
Why admit something is wrong with your company when you can deflect the subject to the person doing the complaining?
Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence For the First Time
You mean like Shuffle Master?
Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77
And hopefully, there will never be anything like it again.
But Jane Seymour!
Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17
If one is to believe the Russians (ha!) the picture shows a jet which is clearly not an Su-25 but rather a more modern Mig.
First, look at the wings. An Su-25 has a very shallow swept wing design which is because it is for ground attack. You need wings which are stable at slow speeds.
The jet in the forgery clearly has very sharp swept back wings consistent with all modern jet fighters.
In addition, if you look closely at the picture the Russians provided, there are no pods on the wingtips of the jet shown. Now look at the Su-25. Pods on each wing tip.
Also, the elevators (the small wings at the back of the jet) are too large in the picture provided. The Su-25 has much smaller, more narrow ones.
Second, look at the nose of the jet in the forgery. Long and pointy. Now go look at a picture of an Su-25. Shorter and more stubby, similar to a Harrier.
Finally, there is issue of ceiling. The Su-25 has a max ceiling of 23,000 feet. Most 777s fly from 35,000 to roughly 60,000. If the Su-25 was flying at roughly the same altitude as the jetliner, that means the pilot was flying higher than Mt. Everest without any oxygen because the Su-25 does not have a pressurized cabin.
Granted, none of this will matter to the Russian people, but anyone who has two brain cells can clearly see this isn't even close to being an Su-25 as the Russians claim.
Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes
It is quite apparent you have never read the words of the guy who wrote the Constitution, James Madison, because in both The Federalist Papers and in his own writings, he makes it very clear that the state shall have a listing of people to call up in case of invasion or insurrection and that these same lists would be used to insure the people could properly use their weapons.
In fact, this was the exact process put in place during Colonial times because how were you supposed to call up the militia if you didn't know who had a weapon? Just shout and hope people showed up?
Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes
a well regulated militia was the PEOPLE. That means the people have a right to bear arms....
And well regulated means registering with the government so it knows who has a gun so they can be called upon it times of invasion or insurrection.
Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission
The attack relies on a hacker first replacing the embedded Linux firmware running on a home router.
Well then, the obvious answer is to not have embedded Linux firmware on the home router. There, problem solved.
We know voting from home is fraught with dangers, but this is another one of those situations where you would have to spend inordinate amounts of time tracking down each router, finding a way to get into it, change the firmware, then wait until you're sure the person is in the process of voting before you could even consider changing their vote.
You could accomplish the same thing by getting a fake driver's license and showing up at the polls in their stead.
Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism
Um, the guy wears a ring as well. Is he property and wearing a shackle?
I understand her position but from my viewpoint a ring is nothing more than an outward notification to everyone around that the two of you are bound to each other (though that could be considered shackled) through the act of marriage.
I also realize many on here will whine about not needing to show this and all the related trappings of marriage, but I'm a traditionalist so take it for what it's worth.
Also note that I am not married so you can ignore everything I've just said if you want but at least you know my honest opinion.
Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism
Where you live, a wedding band would make breastfeeding seen in a better light?
Yes. The presence of a wedding ring on woman with a baby indicates, to some people, that her pregnancy is acceptable because it was done within a certified union, whereas a woman without a wedding ring would be looked upon as just another example of an unwed mother who was unable to control herself.
It wouldn't matter if the woman's husband died in an accident so she no longer wears the ring, the fact that she's a woman without a ring with a baby is a bad thing to certain groups of people.
Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy
Can we do the same with incompetent workers? Based solely on the lousy software from multi-billion dollar companies I have to deal with on a daily basis, there are many programmers who would do wonderfully as janitors.
Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising
The big ISPs are claiming that they can police themselves and don't need government regulation.
That's the same excuse the banks and Wall Street firms were using in 2005-2008 until their incompetence caught up with them at which point they immediately said, "The government has to do something" (to protect us were the unsaid words). It ended up costing we taxpayers over $3 trillion to prop up these failing businesses, as well as the ongoing QE shenanigans, and to this day not a single firm has ever said thank you for pulling their asses out of the fire at the last possible second.
Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images
And on Fox they were denying it happened because one can't see any stars in the picture.
Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically
Pay Bubba and his buddies to do patrols around the airport. Any drone which flies within a certain area is fair game for target practice.
AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled
They exist to make a profit.
No, they don't. Everyone always get this wrong. Companies exist to provide a product or service. Profit is the byproduct of this existence and which allows the company to continue to provide the product or service.
Didn't you watch Elmer Fudd when you were growing up? (As a side note, I find it hilarious it is explicitly stated that as a result of having more efficiency the company can pay higher wages. How naive we were back then)
Woz: Android is better
All you Apple fanboys prepare to gnash your teeth, rip out your hair and throw tantrums, the Woz has spoken.
Essentially, Android is more versatile and does things better than the iPhone, including Siri which apparently has problems connecting Woz to one of his favorite steak houses. Woz also doesn't like the fact the you need a connection, at all times, to get voice commands to work.
In short, the iPhone seems to be a violation of Rule #1 of the Three Rules of IT That Should Never Be Broken: never let programmers design your applications.
Woz also isn't thrilled about the short battery life, though Android has its own problems with battery life.
It's official: Google sucks like Microsoft
No, not in the search field. Bing has that sown up quite nicely. I'm talking about getting the version of the software you want.
I had a request to install Google Earth on some machines here at work. Why, don't know considering who will be using it but that's my orders and I carry them out.
So I go to earth.google.com and get the message that I can download Google Earth 6. I select the option and find that 6 is a beta but, and this is key, they do offer the stable 5.2 version.
Obviously I select the stable version because this is a production environment. I also uncheck installing of Chrome and making Chrome my default browser.
I check the "Yes, I Agree" option and right before I click the button to download I notice something. My option for 5.2 is not available. In fact, I am now forced to download the version I didn't want.
Thinking I'm missing something, I go through the entire process again but this time, I watch how the screen changes before my eyes.
Yup, it doesn't matter if I want the 5.2 version, Google is going to force the 6 version on me. In addition, I am forced, yes, forced, to accept that Earth will check for updates automatically. I cannot unselect this option. There was another option I could not unselect but I'm so pissed I can't remember what it was.
So I forgo getting the beta and ask around at work until I find someone who has kept one of the old installers to use.
So there you have it. Google is officially as sucky as Microsoft when it comes down to getting the file you want.
This is precisely why I don't have gmail or signed up for anything Google-related. I don't want them to tell me what I want, I know what I want. Don't tell me otherwise.
/. is once again screwed up
Ok, so the title isn't telling you anything you didn't already know. However, this is a somewhat critical issue for those of us who get mod points.
Apparently, even though I have set my threshold to -1, I don't see anything below 1.
Having searched through all the nooks and crannies of the craptacular 2.0 (or is it 3.0 now?) version, there are no other settings to set to see low posters.
Normally this wouldn't be an issue as most people at 0 or -1 are just trolling, but on occasion there is that one comment which is unfairly knocked and I like to upgrade them.
Yeah, I COULD send an email and ask that this be looked into, but what are the chances that this would be given a high priority when one considers how much they listened to people about the new design.
So for now, those of you who get a 0 or -1 mod, sorry, I can't help you.
Just a quick Fox News faux paus
We all realize that Fox's distortion of reality is well known. We also know that terms such as "homicide bomber" or "homicide shooter" are an attempt to "update" ones vocabulary.
However, it seems that in their effort to widen their distortion field, they have unilaterally removed an entire country from the world map.
I give you (via Minyanville), the new map of the Middle East
It's that time again. The Japanese Auto Show booth babes are back
Once again we are graced by the sights of young, nubile asian women in what are mostly Hooters outfits. Oh, and there are cars in some of the pictures as well.
Creating domain list is bullshit Microsoft!
Trying to get newly imaged machines on the network is an exercise in bullshit. After the initial settings (turn off restore points, turn off OS selection, etc) and restarting, without exception when I changed from local machine to network the message about creating the domain list comes up.
Bullshit, bullshit, BULLSHIT! There is no need to create the ENTIRE domain list when all you need is to log onto your local domain. Having to wait MINUTES for the information to be updated is just BULLSHIT!
It's like dealing with the bad programming of certain games (*cough*Alpha Centauri*cough*). I don't give a flying fuck if the odds are against me. Make the fucking attack! I've turned off all notifications, just fucking attack.
It's the same thing with this shitty domain list creation. Just fucking log onto the current domain. There is only one option. Create the list later.
Fuck I hate programmers. This is why I will never be involved in a project dealing with programming something. I don't want my name associated with this shit.
And no, I did not get things off my chest. This is only the beginning.
Anime women are real!
From time to time I mention the Japanese and the unique differences they have compared to us (most aren't obese for instance). From time to time I also mention finding articles related to anime such a life-size Gundam or the Argo.
This time, I have come across something so disturbing (in a good way) that it truly boggles the mind. I'm sure you are all familiar with anime and the characters therein. If not by name, you can at least recognize when you see an anime-drawn character. In particular, the women of anime are drawn as having HUGE round eyes (except if they're evil in which case the almond shape persists), thin, lithe bodies and possibly lots of bouncy hair.
In that regard, I give you a real anime woman! No, not the first picture, the second. And third. And fourth. And so on. The main page for her is http://blog.crooz.jp/xx1xx/
So who is she? Believe it or not, she works at the Wakatsuki Chinatsu concession in the teen paradise of Shibuya 109. At least according to this article from whence I came across her blog.
Seriously, does she or does she not look EXACTLY like the women of anime (including the adult variety)?
I don't read kanji but if you hover of the various links, you can at least get an idea of where you're going. Start below the Hair Nail link to see the articles and the associated pictures.
Tron Legacy = Fail
As a rule, I don't watch commercials. As soon as I see one, I change the channel. However, there are a few that I do watch and with the sequel to Tron coming out, I've noticed a few promoting the movie.
Let me say straight away that if the commercials are representative of the movie, the remake is a failure. With the exception of blue and red lighting around the edge of things, everything I've seen leads me to believe this is going to be one big shitfest of explosions interspersed with some touchy-feely scenes (though one apparently doesn't get to touch Olivia Wilde).
And speaking of Olivia, the few words I've heard her speak are delivered in as bland a style as is possible. There doesn't seem to be any emotion behind her words.
While the first movie was ground breaking, this one seems to another in a long line of movies which takes a perfectly good story and tramples the lineage into dust. I'm looking at you Transformers. >:
Based solely on the commercials, I fail to see one redeeming reason to watch it unless it comes out on television.
The Argo is real!
Depending on your definition of "real". For those of you who watched the original broadcast series, StarBlazers was probably the first anime you saw. You watched as they fired the Wave Motion Gun for the first time and saw it obliterate a floating island. You held your breath as the relentless assault of the Gamalons threatened to destroy them. Your eyes, like mine, were probably as big as saucers as they found out they had to go into the Gamalon homeworld and take them out before they could acquire the device from Trelana.*
Now, for a mere $277, you can own The Argo. Well, a 1:625 scale model at least. One thing it has going for it is that it's metal, not plastic. Judging by the picture, it seems to be very true to the series.
I still have a soft spot for the final confrontation of The Argo inside planet Gamalon. When I decide to watch the show, I do so at night, lights off, volume up. The effect of The Argo's main guns firing every which way, the exploding bombs and rockets trying to find their mark, the sound of everything, is something that I thoroughly enjoy.
Mozilla takes a page from /.
Installed a new PC for one of the higher ups and was going through the process of configuring the newest version of Firefox (3.6.11). I wasn't able to do a copy and paste into the new, empty, profile directory of the users profile so I had to create one from scratch. After that, I figured it was easier to just go to the four web sites and rebookmark them rather than trying to do a copy and paste.
However, in my travels, I found that the option to not submit crash reports would not stay unchecked. I would uncheck it, click OK then come back in and it was rechecked.
I don't want to submit crash reports from this user's PC. They wouldn't know what to do with them anyway.
So I went to look for the 3.6.10 version. Found the ftp link but get this server message:
ISA Server: extended error message :
200 Switching to Binary mode.
200 PORT command successful. Consider using PASV.
550 Permission denied.
If one follows Mozilla's own directions on how to get an older version, you can't (at least I can't). Add in the fact that a simple checkbox won't stay unchecked and that when you delete some of the extraneous entries in the bookmark directory you are still left with lines, one begins to wonder if Taco and Company are giving advice to the Mozilla folks.
No, I'm not submitting a bug report. I'm not creating ANOTHER account somewhere just to let them know. This is my bug report. Anyone with connections or who has an account can submit it for me.
And more P.S. Taco
I guess there's someone who will fall for this
Everyone reading this should be aware of what the Nigerian 419 Scam is all about. You've probably received one or two of them (I've only ever received one). As more and more people wise up (or the older ones die off, depending on your point of view), these scams, while still raking in millions, are becoming less and less effective.
So, in good Evolutionary style, those who want to make you part with your money have come up with their newest ploy. I give you, the Enron letter.
I have a software firm named after me!
Ok, so it's not really named after me, but I was looking for a decent pizza place in lower Manhattan (if you know of any, let me know) and happened to see the following name at 55 Broad Street:
Wombat Financial Software
Funny how those things come about, isn't it?
See, we're not luddites!
With that little bit out of the way, nearly everyone I told the following piece about me seems shocked, especially when it is revealed that I am employed in the IT field. What is so shocking that people's mouths fall to ground in surprise? What is so unbelievable that they have to call their friends to spread the news?
I don't own a cell phone. Just as some on here will say they don't have cable, I don't own a cell phone. My job doesn't require it, nor do I want or need one. I don't want people to be able to contact me at a moment's notice. I most certainly don't people to be able to track me down.
And I'm not the only one. As the following article relates, many people, of both high and low stature, don't have cell phones. And it's not because they're luddites. They don't have one because they don't need one. Which is something I have said all along. The number of people who truly need a cell phone is insignificant compared to those who own one (or more) phones. Besides, as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of La Verne says in the article, "He says he has never overheard a cell conversation that wasn't banal."
So when you find out someone doesn't own a cell phone, don't think they're living in a backwards mentality. Think of them as being on the cutting edge of being a power broker.
Gundams are finally here
I'm not talking about some reproduction made in the basement of an agoraphobic teenager. No, I'm talking life-size, possibly functional, Gundams. You know, the kind that go bang and boom as they destroy things.
For your viewing pleasure: Gundam!
The Road Ahead, by Bill Gates, 15 years later
It's been 15 years since Bill Gates wrote his book, The Road Ahead, in which he talks about how technology would shape the future. In the intervening years, technology has changed most aspects of our lives for better or worse. So how did Bill Gates do on his predictions? The Atlantic takes a look at the good and bad of some of his prognostications. Overall, it appears Bill let optimism guide his thoughts, except when it came to the Internet"
Finally, a use for cigarettes
Go ahead, get on my case about harping about the evils of smoking. You may like to smoke, but I don't want you around me when you do. And if do you come around me, take a shower first. Just don't expect a good night kiss.
With that out of the way, it seems the country with the largest amount of smokers has potentially come up with a use for the filters of used cigarettes. You drop them in water, extract the volatiles from the water and use those volatiles to coat the inside of oil pipes and prevent them from rusting.
Weird, huh? Use known carcinogens to prevent pipes which carry oil from springing leaks. Who knew?!
You know you're bored when...
you're too lazy to write porn.
Yes, on rare occasions I write porn. Not well and not often, but enough to satisfy some people who frequent Literotica.
Currently, I am caught up on work stuff, too lazy to study for my quiz on Saturday and too bored to continue working on one of three different stories.
People talk about depression being bad (I'm not depressed). It's not. It's the boredom.
It would be nice...
if there was one time I could take a piss and not have someone else stop by. It's not that I'm shy, but dealing with people all day makes one want a moment of peace and quiet.
Standing there and having someone else come in and go take a dump with noises like something from Dr. Seuss does not allow one to decompress. Nor is it possible when someone comes in and tries to talk to you (yes ladies, there is a code in the bathroom). Of course there's always 'The Whistler'. Annoying is the word that comes to mind.
Peace and quiet are one of the two reasons bathrooms exist. If only solitude would be a third reason.
Never had a teacher like this
With Sunday being Pi Day, CNN is running a quick blurb about the whole affair. That's not what caught my eye (don't care about the day anyway).
No, what caught my attention was the picture they use(d) to accompany the story. For your reference.
Headlines that need a bit more work
This was the headline for a story on The Japan Times Online web site:
JBA sketches out plan for bj-league, JBL merger
It makes you think, don't it?