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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

szmccauley dumped my cell phone provider (234 comments)

I recently dumped my cell phone provider becaues they wouldn't disable my voicemail, that used to be disabled until they "upgraded" my service. Voice mail wouldn't be so bad with a web interface, but I could only get messages through that annoying phone interface. I've always viewed voicemail as one technological step past fax machines. Disclosure: 64 year old computer professional

3 days ago
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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

szmccauley Re:Sweeeet (246 comments)

I believe they are planning to offer iTunes gift cards in lieu of settlement.

about three weeks ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

szmccauley revisionist bullshit (786 comments)

Really, I never once considered what was going on in hollywood when I started playing with computers in the late 70s, nor did any of my friends. The women I did know who got into it got into it for the same reason they got into chess and maths and DnD and all other geek activities.

about 2 months ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

szmccauley Re:Passwords died in the 80s (383 comments)

In the 80s we didn't even bother with passwords, okay maybe by the late 80s. And every machine on the network had an IP that was directly on teh internets. As for this article, it's yet another example of how stupid people, even the intelligent, are when it comes to passwords. Who the fsck writes down a dizzying array of passwords? I know about 5 passwords off by heart at any given time, and use a password manager and an encrypted database to hold all of my passwords. Of course, without 2-factor auth those lists of passwords are seriously dangerous and that, dear humans, is where the danger lies. If anyone manages to crack my passowrd manager or my encrypted database, I'm fscked. Okay, let's hear what the folks have to say about this age old problem.

about 4 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

szmccauley Remember when? (379 comments)

Remember when Microsoft first demoed the surface concept, all those years ago? Man did they ever drop the ball under that Balmer guy. I haven't willingly bought a microsoft product for 13 years now, and even then it was grudgingly. Nothing will change that these days.

about 7 months ago
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Fedora Core 2 Review

szmccauley Re:Plug it in? (467 comments)

Just work, as my last Win2k install? Which, in fact, didn't just work at all. In fact it was a horrible experience. The pcmcia wireless nic wasn't suppored, nor was the audio, nor was the video. I had to jump through some pretty big hoops to get the goddamn thing installed.

And you don't have to reboot your machine 400,000 times when you upgrade packages, once for the kernel and you're done.

more than 10 years ago

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