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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

uncoveror Re:Should be legal, with caveat (961 comments)

I would be for legalizing assisted suicide only after the estate tax is raised to 100%. Inheritance and life insurance are the top two motives for murder. If there is a financial incentive to put Grandma down, greedy heirs will do it.

about 8 months ago
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Dell Is Now a Private Company Again

uncoveror Re:A Great Opportunity? (151 comments)

Without having to turn tricks for the gamblers at the Wall Street Casino, maybe they will get back to caring about the customer. They have become the new IBM since Big Blue got out of small computers. They can be that forever if they don't screw it up, which they had been well on their way to doing.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is Patent License Trading Not Trolling?

uncoveror Is it promoting progress? (191 comments)

Patent is based on the same constitutional clause as copyright. It is meant to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by granting temporary exclusive rights to authors and inventors. A patent held by someone other than the inventor goes against that. Grabbing a buck by stifling progress is what corporations that buy patents do. I am not aware of a single case where a corporation that bought out a patent promoted progress.

about 10 months ago
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Super Bowl Blackout Caused By Defective Protective Relay

uncoveror OOO WEE OOO (210 comments)

It was not any piece of technology that caused that outage, it was vengeful spirits!

about a year and a half ago
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Antivirus Software Performs Poorly Against New Threats

uncoveror Virus too narrowly defined (183 comments)

The problem with every antivirus I have ever used in my computer business, not just Norton and McAfee, is that virus is too narrowly defined. Most miss spyware and all miss scamware, which they cannot tell from legitimate competing products and shakedowns like the FBI scam. Malwarebytes or Spybot while running in safe mode are the best bet for scamware and shakedowns.

about a year and a half ago
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iPhone Infringes On Sony, Nokia Patents, Says Federal Jury

uncoveror Patents are a farce (166 comments)

Patent was supposed to protect inventions that physically exist, not vapor and certainly not subtle variations on a product that has existed for a long time. I can't think of a single thing related to cell phones that could possibly be new enough to constitute an invention. Abolishing patent outright would be a good thing.

about a year and a half ago
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Republican Staffer Khanna Axed Over Copyright Memo

uncoveror Re:Whew! (506 comments)

They are just as much the bitches of Hollywood and the recording industry as the Democrats. No one on the hill ever considers the copyright clause when entertainment industry lobbyist show up with briefcases full of cash. This memo was the only reasonable thing ever said in Washington about copyright. It is a shame that copyright terms will be perpetually extended every 20 years so Steamboat Willie won't revert back to the public domain when Mickey Mouse is a blatant rip-off of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Universal, Walt Disney's former employer, did not sue over it because it was understood and accepted at the time that children's cartoons are frivolous entertainment, not science and the useful arts. Disney acquired the rights to Oswald a few years ago just in case Universal would ever change their minds about that.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

uncoveror Re:Windows 8 isn't all that bad (740 comments)

Most of the general public will never figure out tricks like that, and an operating system should not need third party software just to work. Most people I deal with at my computer repair business can barely check their email, and some use Google to surf the net because they aren't aware of any other way. Windows 8 will be as inaccessible to non-techies, who are the majority of PC uses, as a command line interface. It does not matter if the source code is like 7. Clicking on tiles, adding one more each time you add new software, and needing to sort through 99 you aren't looking for to find the one you are is just like Windows 3.1, an absurd leap backward. Microsoft has really screwed up this time.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

uncoveror Re:Windows 8 isn't all that bad (740 comments)

Taking away the start button and a simple list of all my programs isn't progress, it is a giant leap backward to Windows 3.1, just with prettier graphics. I don't want that.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

uncoveror Return it. (740 comments)

I know most of the general public doesn't come here, but I will post the advice I give to them anyway. If you buy a new PC that has Windows 8, and you are lost, or just plain don't like it, return it. Even if it was a gift, what use is something that won't do what you need or is a pain to use? It doesn't make you a bad person to return it. You may have downgrade rights to Windows 7 Professional if it came with 8 Pro, but you need a Windows 7 install disc just to use them. If you try to do it anyway when your system is not covered by downgrade rights, expect no support from the manufacturer so you may have trouble finding all the device drivers.

There are off-lease refurbished computers that have Windows 7, or maybe Vista, or even XP that are a better buy. Dell even has an Ebay store to sell them. Nearly all of these are business computers which are of higher quality than home computers, as big business has the power to punish vendors who push manufactured garbage, unlike individual consumers.

If a few individuals send Microsoft nastygrams about Windows 8, it will not matter. "We got your money, sucker!" is their attitude, but if manufacturers complain that all their Windows 8 PCs are being returned, Microsoft will have to respond eventually.

Hate Windows 8? You don't have to take it, you can take it back.

about a year and a half ago
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Hugo Awards Live Stream Cut By Copyright Enforcement Bot

uncoveror censorship (393 comments)

Here is further proof that locking up ideas as property is no less a form of censorship than suppressing them.

about 2 years ago
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Recent HP Laptops Shipped CPU-Choking Wi-Fi Driver

uncoveror Re:HP is the worst (243 comments)

I call them Hewlett-Packard-Bell, and not because I am confusing two companies.

more than 3 years ago
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Toy Robots Can Guard Your Home

uncoveror Re:Beowulf (151 comments)

How about frikkin' laserbeams!

more than 3 years ago
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GE Closes Last US Light Bulb Factory

uncoveror It's about time (797 comments)

It's about time they knocked it off. Damn GE light bulbs ain't worth a shit!

more than 3 years ago
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GE Closes Last US Light Bulb Factory

uncoveror Re:This works well with a previous story (797 comments)

Not only that, but with no light bulbs, there will be no screw in a light bulb jokes. Can comedy survive?

more than 3 years ago
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The Recovery Disc Rip-Off

uncoveror Like the big 3 in the '70s (551 comments)

Computer manufacturers have become just like the big 3 auto manufacturers in the 1970s. They have never come to a corner they didn't cut. Asking 90% of computer buyers to burn their own recovery media is unreasonable. Surfing the Internet and checking email is all they know how to do. Even if they do have some idea about burning discs, they don't know which brands are good, and which will only make coasters, and you get only one chance to burn recovery media. Hewlett-Packard-Bell (I am comparing two companies, not confusing them) started this disgusting trend. It is transparent that their attitude is "There's a sucker born every minute. They are dumb enough to buy our computers." Once the rest of the industry saw HP getting away with this, they followed suit.

more than 3 years ago
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ThinkGeek's Best Ever Cease-and-Desist Letter

uncoveror Big man, pig man (264 comments)

Ha ha! Charade you are.

more than 4 years ago
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Mars May Have Been 1/3 Ocean

uncoveror Of course Mars had water (118 comments)

We have known that Mars used to have water since the Viking probe in the '70s, and that the martians had to go underground. Why are they pretending this is not old news?

more than 4 years ago

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Windows 8 Picture Passwords Are Not Secure

uncoveror uncoveror writes  |  about a year and a half ago

uncoveror writes "Do you use Windows 8 picture passwords on your touch screen? The oils on your skin will rub off, and leave a pattern of finger trails. They may be all a hacker needs to get in, as Naven Jones has discovered. Get a cloth and some Windex. You will need them."
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Google Technology Will Read Your Mind.

uncoveror uncoveror writes  |  about a year and a half ago

uncoveror writes "Do you ever want to search for something, but aren't sure how to put it into words? Do Google, Yahoo and Bing spit back off-topic junk every time you try? Google thinks they will have a solution for this problem by around 2015. Their system, if it works, will be able to directly interface the human brain, so you don't have to put it into words.

"Wi-Fi is the key to the whole thing...It turns out that if we simultaneously use the 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz bands, we can make a wireless connection to the brain. This is easily done now that dual band Wi-Fi gear is becoming common.""

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Six Degrees of Baloney!

uncoveror uncoveror writes  |  more than 5 years ago

uncoveror writes "There are no more than six degrees of separation between any two people, so you may have heard. Everyone you know is one degree away, everyone they know is two, and everyone they know is three degrees away. With six hops between people you know and so on, you should find a connection between you and anyone else, such as Kevin Bacon. There was a study done at Columbia University in 2003 to determine whether this is so, and they claim to have confirmed it. An article about this study was published at The Washington Post, and then picked up by other media outlets such as MSNBC. In spite of the fact that the numbers do not justify the conclusion they claimed, no one in the press until now has taken them to task for it. I will."
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Who is the idiot who came up with glossy screens?

uncoveror uncoveror writes  |  more than 6 years ago

uncoveror writes "Look at this picture! I can see the light fixture above me and the window behind me like I am looking in a mirror, but the image on the screen? Not so much. I am constantly craning my neck, moving the laptop and trying to adjust the tilt of the screen to no avail.

...You may have also noticed that this PC is running Vista and Office 2007. I hate those, too. Vista is such a memory hog that I needed to upgrade my ram to 2 Gigabytes just to make it usable, and it is still slower than the old pc it replaced! Two Gigabytes, two billion bytes. That sounds like the amount of memory the Enterprise's onboard computer in Star Trek uses. You should be able to run the Holodeck with that!"

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