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How Today's Tech Alienates the Elderly

trentblase Re:Unnecessarily complex? (453 comments)

This is it, end of thread. When I don't know what some ui element does, I push it to see. Usually, when my mom asks for help doing something on her computer, I don't really know the answer in advance. Instead, I explore the menu system very quickly until I see the right option and to her it looks like I knew what I was doing all along.

more than 3 years ago
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How Windows 7 Knows About Your Internet Connection

trentblase Re:This is a good thing (434 comments)

Actually, hating on MS is so 2000's. In the coming decade, the hipsters will hate on Apple.

more than 3 years ago
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The Hobbit Filming at 48fps

trentblase Re:Wow (423 comments)

Isn't that why new TVs do 120Hz = 5*24 = 4*30

more than 3 years ago
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Former Truck Driver Reconstructs A-bomb

trentblase Re:One day I'll start actually reading headlines.. (332 comments)

One day I'll start actually reading posts, not just flicking over them with my eyeballs on autopilot. I read "I read 'Former Truck Driver Reconstructs A Bomb'" and thought "So what? Isn't that exactly what the headline says?"

more than 3 years ago
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3TB Hard Drives Square Off Against Everything Else

trentblase Re:too late for wikipedia (160 comments)

I ignored your comment due to: Lack of notoriety, lack of proper citation, inconsistency with the style guide, and of course my severe aspergers.

more than 3 years ago
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Student Sues FBI For Planting GPS Tracker

trentblase Re:So who is he really? (586 comments)

On the flip side, the FBI wouldn't have been sued unless they did something wrong. Right?

more than 3 years ago
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Futureproofing Artifacts: Spacewar! 1962 In HTML5

trentblase Re:First (175 comments)

I wish they would have just future proofed java by porting it to html5. Then they wouldn't have to rewrite their pdP-1 emulator. Plus, according to inception the whole thing would end up running faster.

more than 3 years ago
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Frictionless Superfluid Found In Neutron Star Core

trentblase Re:Nutron Star? (145 comments)

So the conclusion is a stretch? Cool, thanks for the info.

more than 3 years ago
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Confidential Data Not Safe On Solid State Disks

trentblase Re:Nuke it from orbit (376 comments)

The headline should just read "Confidential data not safe on unencrypted disk"

The headline should just read "Confidential data not safe"

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia Plan B Was Just a Hoax

trentblase Re:Three horse race (142 comments)

With no meaningful transition (for both customers and developers) from Symbian to WP, why would anybody buy a high end Symbian device today ?

Why would anybody have bought a high end Symbian device a month ago? I doubt most honest responses include "meaningful transition to next OS"

more than 2 years ago
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After MS-Nokia Pact, Many Nokia Workers Walk Out In Protest

trentblase Re:Wow (601 comments)

Not really, they used their flextime. More like "nokia employees got benefits"

more than 3 years ago
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Google Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Gmail

trentblase Re:why no one time pad with index lookup (399 comments)

Sure, but how does the phishing work, exactly? You're going to send an email to their hotmail account asking them to login to their gmail account? You're going to typosquat at fmail.com?

more than 3 years ago
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Google Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Gmail

trentblase Re:why no one time pad with index lookup (399 comments)

Actually, there will be backup codes, which is similar (no index):

Backup codes can be used to sign in if you lose your phones or otherwise can't receive codes via SMS, voice call, or mobile app (via Google Authenticator). Each code can be used only once. Keep these codes in a safe place -- if you lose access to your phone, these codes will be the only way to sign in to your account.

more than 3 years ago
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Statistician Cracks Code For Lottery Tickets

trentblase Re:If you'd Read TFA ... (374 comments)

Of course he applied economics only halfway. He could have sold the algorithm to someone with lower opportunity cost. Someone who makes $100 a day should be willing to split the $600 with him.

more than 3 years ago
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Golden Gate Bridge To Eliminate Tollbooths

trentblase Re:Clean air anyone? Traffic jams? (349 comments)

I'm pretty sure the "real idea" is for people who actually use the bridge to pay for its construction and maintenance.

more than 3 years ago
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60% of AOL's Profits Come From Misinformed Customers

trentblase Re:My grandmother is one of them... (301 comments)

How big is this commission? I'm thinking maybe call and say you want to cancel, then let them "convince" you not to. Rinse and repeat times 100. Get all your friends to do it.

Probably not worth the trouble, but fun to dream.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

trentblase Re:Same as always (680 comments)

If your data is too large to transfer over your internet connection, I think you need at least 3 drives. That way, you never have ALL your drives in the same place at the same time, even when backing up. You don't want some power surge to take out your main drive and your off-site backup on the one day the off-site backup is on-site for data transfer.

I keep two drives at home and one at work. Once a week I backup my main drive to the on-site backup. Once a month I bring the backup drive to work and bring the work drive home. Before and after each back-up, I check data integrity using ZFS (I scrub the main drive before back-up, and the back-up drive after back-up). Although you can use any method you like to detect corruption, you definitely need some mechanism to prevent copying a newly corrupted JPG over your good backups.

Sadly, all of the above was learned from real life failures.

more than 3 years ago
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The Companies Who Support Censoring the Internet

trentblase Re:Odd List (299 comments)

I'm not saying the legislation is good (haven't read it). However, it's not a "self-correcting problem" because many people can't identify a fake. Furthermore, if I fat-finger tifany.com and buy some jewelry, I may not know that it's fake until after I get the merchandise. There are after the fact remedies, but there is a good argument to be made for preventing these problems in the first place.

more than 3 years ago
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The Companies Who Support Censoring the Internet

trentblase Re:Odd List (299 comments)

What an odd group. Wonder what the common thread is? How is it that these companies cmae together to sign this letter?

It looks like a list of companies that have a lot tied up in their trademarks. Monster Cable is always suing other people over the Monster name. Xerox has always been on the verge of having it's name genericized. Fashion houses have almost their entire value in their brands. At least the tech companies can fall back on their patents to defend their turf.

more than 3 years ago

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