* Posts by Nym

99 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Jul 2013


Dropbox gets all up in your kernel with Project Infinite. Cue uproar


Do I think the people at Dropbox are idiots?

Well, yes, I know they are. When it was first implemented they tried to make me pay for it twice and finally finagled me into paying for the extended version. The 'tech' people I talked to thought it was funny I couldn't use it. But, each person has their own opinions, like mouths and other physical appurtenances, some of more use than others. I'm simply not in the mood for vulgarity today. I know I'm an idiot, why display it with monkey-words and monkey-tricks?

Yes, this is designed for others to flame me. Blame my run-in with the VA. No, I am not insulting the author of the comment to which I am replying. However, they definitely are idiots.

How cyber insurance actually works


Re: Unlimited risk vs limited income

Ah, we'll mesmerize them into doing it...

US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf


Why, because the United Kingdom sets an example to us, of course.


The U.S. military first tested lasers

in a combat situation on the ground. Due to the moisture, lack of power resources, lack of 'correctly aligned crystals' [attack me if you wish, I have a 'photographic' memory but sometimes a lack of understanding; a laser is aligned light...however at this time lasers just weren't lasers at some distance] they were an abysmal failure. The Vietnamese captured one and rightfully just left it there; they may not have even bothered to laugh. The failures after that were the power requirements, especially with another abysmal failure (that was an airborne attempt as I recall and I think public sector). I didn't even bother to mention bulk and weight (***aircraft, remember, lol).

The Army experiment apparently was because the Navy actually bothered them into it via DARPA. Give the Nav this, they are persistent. That first experiment had to be in 1971 or 72.

It doesn't matter that it was classified.

Hello? HELLO? Major Skype outage hits folk WORLDWIDE


They upgraded it to Homeland Security, actually...


My god, think if someone were forced to use a dial phone!!!!


Re: It is just me...

And the other screenshots are of tw...that would sound too sexist, when I'm trying to point out the sexism as well as agreeing with the lack of originality--the sexism will bring the clicks, we males have been conditioned to do some of our 'thinking'--never mind. The point is made, or I should be shot. Probably both.


Re: Canada: bed thoroughly shat in over here as well - unable to log in

"RTFM, you idiot!"

"I can't read, there is no manual and I don't comprehend the other part! I'm a janitor, damn it!"


Re: That's Skype, the P2P network

Using Win 10? Unless you've changed Update Settings you're on a TOR there and I just don't comprehend the idea of a network whose security can't be breached. Especially (pardon me, but I am a skeptic) when it's Micro-Cephalic. Soft. Soft. I mean SOFT.

Private cloud has a serious image problem


Re: Talking Toasters

Actually, I get all my electricity from a bicycle generator.

...Let me know if you believed that.


Re: According to recent Gartner data,

You didn't read Hitchhiker's Guide carefully enough.


These guys are ALIENS!


Toaster And The Fridge

No, they announce to the knife and 'butter' what's required and let us not forget the plate...and perhaps an egg or two. Well, having gone that far perhaps they could EAT it for the happy owner and truly streamline the whole thing!! 8]-

TrueCrypt + Norton AV = BSOD, wail disgruntled users


Re: OEM encryption

Only embedding was (supposedly ain't any more, we'll see) a chip to make sure the correct OS was used. As in, they didn't like the free OS idea. Encryption on top of that happens to be illegal, unless it's an Apple product...


Re: "Who uses Norton?"

Last I checked WinZip handles RAR now...


Re: "Who uses Norton?"

Do you use a computer? you're an idiot. [From my good old days in the Navy. A computer; a thing you rapidly become addicted to that never, ever, ever performs as you expected.


Re: "Who uses Norton?"

Yes. But then I've been using their product over 10 years. There are a couple of others that I buy rather than using the free version in order to support them...I'll admit I regard them as charities.



McAfee and Norton are THE pre-loads on new out-of-the-box computers...STILL. Wail at Dell, HP, whatnot--not the consumer with them. I'm hoping professionals do like we do (worry not I've the same attitude) and do away with either ASAP. Right in the league of 'using IE, of course"... 8]


It's obvious who's at fault...

OBAMA DID IT ... ...

2550100 ... An Illuminati codeword or name of new alliance demanding faster Ethernet faster?


Remember 56K?

And how it turned out to be the whim of legislators and a couple of top executives lounging around in a pool?

Mummy, what's the point of Evgeny Morozov's tedious columns?


Post It In Comments

I think a rediscussion of this in continually in order until a fundamental and serious problem is solved. This is an attempt to work toward a kind of language that can study values (and therefore language patterns and their associated protocols--a hard protocol is exactly similar to a computer program, a soft protocol involves judgment, and that involves acquired prejudices). Most of us can't find publication when we seek it (and many writers don't seek publication)--this kind of presentation and informational 'networking'* are necessary for society itself to recognize problems# and work on them.

*electronic networking although touted as such is not societal networking

#since the purpose of authority is to maintain stability, authority is the least capable of such analyzation.

Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to eat itself


Re: Say what?

What was that? I can't hear you!


Re: Say what?

WHAT? LEARN WHAT? NEW THINGS? My God, man, have you lost your mind? 8]- I lost mine long ago, haven't missed it much.

Atlas unplugged! DARPA's unTerminator robot cuts the power cable


Re: What can possibly go wrong?

"I would expect a kill switch to be a gigantic red button with a target on it..." that's armored.

Four senators call for federal probes into Verizon 'supercookies'


Re: no dems all the way: RE; politicos deciding security policy

You'd be amazed how little some people knew about what actually went on during the closing days (well, years) of the Vietnam war. Since I made that "some people" you know I'm still afraid.

Sony cuff-puter to do one thing smartwatches can't: Give you DAYS of hot wrist action


Re: epaper...sry...really bad pun...

It took a lot of ballz to make that comment...

Boffins attempt to prove the universe is just a hologram


Conceivably jitter...

Is the result of the error in two dimensional representation of an x-dimensional 'series' of objects.


Re: Interesting times

YOU ARE!! I had to say that. That was my first contribution to the theory at about 9 years old, and there are about an infinite number of arguments against it--and it was even covered prior to that (sometime in the 1940s I believe but don't ask me who)--but the thought still intrigues me.

Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list


I once didn't protect gamer accounts ("only..."). I also have a bunch of accounts that got hacked and places where I couldn't game again using the same e-mail address. No, I don't break the cardinal rule; I use singular passwords. Sure, that means one letter or less--or else one per site, and complicated.

Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3



I went with AIOs...which means desktops, yes, actually--and they don't mostly run on batteries. Mine don't--but I have two tablets easy to take on trips. Mind you, I don't fly; I have PTSD and I'd kill someone over a conflict on space without doubt, so I'd have to fly first class...and I have a medical marijuana card for good reason, so I can eat; unlikely to be a problem for me. I considered the smaller Acer tablets. I went with the Dell XPS27...I considered the Surface 3 and the smaller Dell tablets. A dearth of programs (less than Win 8 which as noted has somewhat of a paucity of programs and less apps from what I can tell--and less apps than when it started?). I would say MS has gotten off on the wrong foot except for one tiny thing. The balance sheet.

Loss of unencrypted back-up disk costs UK prisons ministry £180K


Re: probably was noticed

No, he went to his superiors and they told him they'd decided to turn it off because if anyone forgot the password they'd permanently lose access to the data. And it would be far too insecure to write it down. So best use none and realize that anyone would assume the drive was encrypted...and that the government wouldn't, if it were lost, be quick to trumpet that it was unencrypted...

ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey


Re: Activation

I would have used Apple. I knew it was the better gear, especially than that toy Radio Shack had. I couldn't stand their snooty commercials. And DOS was fun, even though it was too intimidating for most. I would have used Linux, but it wouldn't friggin run on anything. Along came Windows. It sucked up all the programs. It was a choice between, then. And I really, really hated Apple commercials.

That's why I suffer Windows.

What I really wonder is why I still suffer computers, having started using them, actually, in 1972.

And anyone sane who has relied on a computer must hate them. I mean, really.


Re: I must confess...

It took me five seconds to remember what Winrar was. That is a LONG time. And you're old too, just like me. Nice to meet you.



Re: Bollocks

Generally, no. But that's in my experience with an OEM from something like TigerDist where you run in circles. By the way [IN MY PERSONAL OPINION ONLY, MIND] I wouldn't deal with TigerDist. In fact, I haven't, come to think of it. Just personal opinion, mind.



Re: Complete... err... fabrications

Openly. Yeah. Right. I agree with you. A moment's contemplation tells you this isn't so, Sony would sht little robotoids at the very thought, for one. Microsoft? think back to Tron. Um...you get the drift, lol...



except, that is, for the built in backdoor for the illegitimate stuff.

IBM officially biggest all-flash array shipper - analyst



Quit putting your graphs sideways, it kinks my neck.


Vendor mouthpieces promise to stop spamming Wikipedia


Wikipedia as a source of information

Is dubious at best. However, it's pretty fair at offering links...however, the links need to be examined before usage. That's experience, using WoT and also cleansing my GD computer over it. (You wouldn't believe how much holy water costs these days!--makes good sparks though.)




Re: Outrage

He should have said, "Those who labor under the illusion of either Liberty or Safety have little hope when Reality comes unkindly upon them."


Here's my interesting comment:

Ever wonder why so few people who have worked for the NSA have opened up...and why so many children with high clearances forced on them come back from the war hopelessly screwed up and unable to talk about it, even years later?

Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why


You've got it all wrong

Take the complimentary cloud storage. Use all the cool free online programs...well, their storage, anyway.

Then never use the cloud storage, only local storage, step 1. Why? That means it's updated. Trust automatic updating for the cloud, or let it go perform odd sexual acts with itself. But make sure to store stuff there, as long as you don't pay for it. I'm sure there's a reason.

As far as doing something in a proprietary format that may not even exist as software on your machine, doesn't want to store on your machine but will, and basically requires you to have some other sort of SOFTWARE as backup...you do that for karmic exercise. And adding to your ability to absorb anger, frustration, the awareness of repetitive futility and one's own stupid welcoming of it...and blame it on the cloud. Which is actually other people.

So, you see, the best thing is to use the cloud. That way when anything goes wrong, you can blame it (personified in the driver next to you, for instance).

Artificial Intelligence in reverse, as it were...

NSA plans to FREE YOUR DATA with range of cloud services, analytics


Re: This service is indeed being offered (but the brands have been tuned)

Well, you're right...they prefer it pre-sorted, preferably by the users. On Facebook we're usually careful to organize for them...they should pay us.

Devs angrily dismiss Absolute Computrace rootkit accusation


Which is why...

A couple of programs of mine keep quietly wiping so much crap off the hard drive. I was pretty sure this Alienware had something and ran several scans--mind you, this is premium gaming equipment, bought last year. However, Alienware is...Dell. 'Nuff said.

US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY


The first unsuccessful test under battlefield conditions

was in 1974, guess where.

Digital GIANTS in BLOODY battle to put your EYEBALLS in a JAR


Re: @ Pete 2 Wither telly?

Oh, THAT'S what they were giving away free...



Who's that?

Twitter's shock block unlock deemed cockup, gets a lockup


One Thing Though

Any gamer has been trolled and eventually trolls to an extent or quits using the game or medium. Just as "Whatever has been encrypted can be decrypted" which was at least the motto of a couple of intelligence services' crypto divisions. *No, I won't specify.

Malware+pr0n surge follows police op to kill illicit streaming sites


Being an American in These Times

"Obama did it."

Accused Glasshole driver says specs weren't even turned on for traffic stop


Re: "nothing illegal to be wearing Google Glass"... yet.--NO!!

'I did puff in some smoke, but believe me--I never inhaled.'

Trust me.

Is that you, HAL? No, it's NEIL: Google, US Navy pour money into 'associative' AI brain



I didn't recognize you.

The latest stupid yoof craze: Taking selfies - while DRIVING


Sorry, can't be done

You have to have a witness too (unless you're the government). I talked to a cop, this isn't guesswork. The laws would have to be changed and believe me you don't want it because it would then put all publicly available material into the domain of prosecutable offenses including fiction. We've come close too many times already in Britain and the U.S.A.