* Posts by Sherrie Ludwig

350 posts • joined 10 Nov 2013


Stand back, the FTC is here to police gig work

Sherrie Ludwig

Wait, 19%? 62%?

The study also found "three out of every five gig workers (62 percent) lost earnings because of 'technical difficulties clocking in or out,' compared with 19 percent of W-2 service-sector workers."

So, almost one in five service employees of regular W-2 businesses are shafted? And almost two-thirds of gig service employees? WHY IS THIS NOT FRONT PAGE NEWS? Oh, wait, these peons don't contribute enough to political campaigns. Sigh.

FTC sues data broker for selling millions of people's 'precise' location info

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: In the age of high tech tracking...

Here's an idea: people who do not live at the same residence, but trust each other, could swap devices every couple of days and DELIBERATELY mess up the data.

Doctor gave patients the wrong test results due to 'printer problems'

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Photocopier challange

I recently had a hire car - and the instructions on how to use the parking brake were on page 200! I suggested they have a one page set of instructions. "This is how you start the car - this is how you stop it - this is how you park it

Oh this, THIS! I regret I have but one upvote to give you. So, a virtual beer.

Our software is perfect. If something has gone wrong, it must be YOUR fault

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Karens

they type furious posts about how terrible Evernote has become and that they are leaving

May I suggest the response that this is not a bus station (depot), departures do not need to be announced?

Cruise self-driving cars stopped and clogged up San Francisco for hours

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Autonomous Vehicles all simultaneously updating their OS

They went on strike for better WiFi and higher Gig speeds

Is this you in this explicit snap? No, it's just Discord phishing

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Danger to others

If someone somehow publishes an X-rated photograph alleged to be me, it's liable to be much more traumatic for any viewer than it is for me.

Yeah, me too, that would carry its own punishment!

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

Sherrie Ludwig

if they were to offer cooled steering wheels for those really hot days when you can burn your self on the steering wheel, I might be tempted.

I have a bit of cloth I toss over the steering wheel when I have to park it in the sun.

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Raise the Jolly Roger!

I'm with AC on this - I need five wheels (four on the road and one to steer) and brakes. We buy basic model recent used cars, maintain them scrupulously and keep them forever. We have a 14 year old car (175K miles) and a "new" six year old car (98K miles - it's the one we use for long trips). Last car we sold on was pushing 300K. New shiny doesn't beat having the $$ in the bank to buy the next one cash.

Twitter sues Musk: He can't just 'change his mind, trash the company, walk away'

Sherrie Ludwig

Well, since I don't use either Twitter or have a Tesla, this is like watching two strangers have a bar fight. Entertaining in a voyeuristic way, but not my problem.

Lawyers will have a field day, though. Even if Musk has to pay for Twitter out of his own pocket, he won't be banging a drum on the street corner for pennies, and Twits will twitter whoever owns it, so popcorn time!

Big Tech silent on data privacy in post-Roe America

Sherrie Ludwig
Paris Hilton

Re: Delete any medical apps you have

Pre cell phone and computer app, women kept period times on a paper pocket calendar, nonrecoverable with a match. Simple, delete those apps, print out a free calendar from freeprintables.com or some such. Even Paris could do it.

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Yes, I am ashamed of my country

I foresee a migration by child-bearing age women to states where their healthcare is not predicated on some old man's moral indignation. When there are fewer women in red states than in the one-child-per years in China, then maybe some sanity will come, but I doubt it.

I also see a rise i the already dismal maternal mortality rates in the USA due to ectopic pregnancies, infections from incomplete natural miscarriages and the like.

A Lysistrata-like protest in those red states has been promoted.

Totaled Tesla goes up in flames three weeks after crash

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: thinking outside the box

Use an inert gas to replace the oxygen?

IIRC, there is an oxidising chemical in the battery itself. Lowering the temperature until the reaction stops puts out the fire. Firetrucks needing to be equipped with liquid nitrogen for these fires?

Amazon fears it could run out of US warehouse workers by 2024

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Disposable

I would rather live near immigrants, documented or not, than current Republicans.

Never fear, the White House is here to tackle web trolls

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Finger-Wagging

So, just for the record, Mr. (assumption) Anonymous Coward, can you tell us WHICH "well-regulated militia" you are part of?

When management went nuclear on an innocent software engineer

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Dogs

Husband's co-worker had an Old English Sheepdog. It was from a show ring line, not a working line, so breeding for a brain got left behind in pursuit of whatever look the judges wanted. While a lovely, if dopey, dog, it had massive separation anxiety and pitched a fit when the family members left for school/work every day. One evening, Dad comes home (Mom and kids had gone straight from school to after school activities) to find a stranger sitting in the living room, pillowcases of the family's belonging around him. Apparently, the dog was happy to see the burglar, followed him all around as he collected up the loot, but growled and barred the way when he intended to leave. Icon for what the burglar saw.

Apple's return-to-office plan savaged by staff

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: No real surprise

I would't call either of your examples lazy, they were just working on outside projects.

AI helps scientists design novel plastic-eating enzyme

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: End of the Polymeriferous Period

A synthetic enzyme designed using machine-learning software can break down waste plastics in 24 hours, according to research published in Nature.

Yeah, that was my question too. Break them down into what? And can it work on the microplastics in seawater already?

Logging and monitoring can be a form of bullying, and make for lousy infosec

Sherrie Ludwig

Work system spying?

If you are afraid of the work laptop you took home seeing and hearing all you do, could basic tidying-up be your friend? Once you have completed the work, close the laptop, and put it back in a well-padded carrying case. Preferably in a safe, out-of-the-way corner of your abode, to keep it from damage. Hard to spy when the inside of a bag is the view, and hard to hear anything short of explosions from a very well padded bag (add more, like your paper files near the mic, just to be extra "protective"}. Just protecting the employer's asset, sir.

Not to dis your diskette, but there are some unexpected sector holes

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: You were lucky

When punched cards were the norm at college, one enterprising student made and sold little fabric frogs which used the card chad for stuffing. Still have one, named it Coredump. He sat atop the monitor, and his purpose was to eat bugs, of course.

Buying a USB adapter: Pennies. Knowing where to stick it: Priceless

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: As an ex

Dave's not here, man.

Wow, somebody else who remembers Firesign Theatre. Can't upvote twice, so here:

Epson payments snafu leaves subscribers unable to print

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Is that theft?

So it is the printer that has been bricked, otherwise the solution would be to simply switch out the subscription cartridge for a normal retail cartridge and printer is good to go.

Well, the solution is simple. Switch out the printer for one from a company that doesn't play these games, buy a case or two of ink that doesn't phone home for permission, and tell Epson to **** themselves. Epson has just taught everyone who NOT to do business with.

Bad apples: US customs seize OnePlus earbuds thinking they're knock-off AirPods

Sherrie Ludwig

Customs agents are not paid to think

I purchase gemstones, and fossils from a geological supply importer in the US. He tells me stories of dealing with US Customs that would make a great comedy routine. One shipment, of fossilized shark teeth that they would not release until he provided documentation that they were not harvested from an endangered species. No, the species is EXTINCT. Ditto ammonites, etc.

Saving a loved one from a document disaster

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Evil Books!

Your simple paper recording device is subject to rot, fungus, water and insect damage, fire, sun bleaching, acid damage and physical damage from handling, and other catastrophe ... unless stored under optimal conditions and never actually used as intended.

Well, true. But they can be read and copied by use of the Mark One human eyeball connected to the same version human hand supplied with a blank surface and material to mark such surface, independent of mechanical devices or electrical power, assuming such transcription is performed during daylight hours.

Details of '120,000 Russian soldiers' leaked by Ukrainian media

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The best way to eliminate an enemy is to make them a friend


Russian soldier surrenders, is given tea and food, and gets to video call his mother

Journalist won't be prosecuted for pressing 'view source'

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Transcendental question

What is the deliciousness factor of a spherical pi? Is it more delicious than a normal pi?

Since the crust is the least delicious part of pi, and a sphere has the smallest possible surface area to volume of all three-dimensional shapes, there would be a maximum of filling to crust in spherical pi, so deliciousness would approach a maximum value.

Make assistive driving safe: Eliminate pedestrians

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: pedestrianism

actual intelligence and an aversion to splattering other creatures in its path.

Actually, horses do not care if you live or die, but their self-preservation instincts make them unwilling to step on squishy surfaces, which include human bodies.

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes found guilty of fraud: Blood-testing machines were vapourware after all

Sherrie Ludwig
Paris Hilton

There are many stories, some even became famous, of criminal women having babies just to avoid jail.

"belly plea. The plea of pregnancy, generally adduced by female felons capitally convicted, which they take care to provide for, previous to their trials; every gaol having, as the Beggar's Opera informs us, one or more child getters, who qualify the ladies for that expedient to procure a respite." From the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. Seems it has been used to get lighter/delayed sentencing for a while now.

Paris because, well, why not?

Theranos' Holmes admits she slapped Big Pharma logos on lab reports to boost her biz

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: modified COTs equipment

I'm surprised the COTs vendors aren't jumping in here and suing the crap out of her and the rest, I'm *fairly* sure there are legal bits in purchase contracts about modifying the equipment (at least in terms of things like blood testing equipment, c.f. John Deere and all)

Suing for what? After the lawyers get through with this bunch, win or no win, there won't be a penny to claim.

Amazon India execs questioned after sellers allegedly use site to smuggle marijuana

Sherrie Ludwig

I've heard of a sugar high, but this is....different.

How to keep a support contract: Make the user think they solved the problem

Sherrie Ludwig

Those old VCRs generated a lot of heat. Because of the heat, our cat used to like to sit on top of the VCR all the time.

A friend of mine found the program she wanted to record during the daytime would not record correctly, no matter what she did - it would be on another channel, or start at an entirely different time, or record until the tape ran out. Her husband derided her efforts, until he set the VCR for her and had the same problem.

Then, she was home sick one day, and drowsing on the sofa. She woke up to find the cat slapping the buttons randomly on the VCR until the whine of the motor starting up. The cat then crawled onto the soon-to-be-heated napping spot and took her repose. RIP Clawdia, you were a clever cat.

Missouri governor demands prosecution of reporter for 'decoding HTML source code' and reporting a data breach

Sherrie Ludwig

Good idea, bit who runs things until then? The people you want to vote out but can't as none of the others are any better?

Every state and the federal government has a slightly different way of handling it, but all have rules for what to do if a person is elected but dies before taking office, use those rules. Sometimes a governor appoints a pro tem officeholder and calls a special election, sometimes a legislating body elects one, sometimes the previous officeholder continues until another election can be held.

Computer scientists at University of Edinburgh contemplate courses without 'Alice' and 'Bob'

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: my wife

This may explain why SWMBO takes umbrage when I introduce her (accurately) as "my current wife"

She can always refer to you as "my last husband," or, perhaps more ominously, "my first husband."

Scoot on over for a wheely tricky mystery with an electrifying solution

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: And again, SNAP

I had an electronics tutor (Icon) that was known for killing computers bought from Dixon's (Even when tested in store, gets it home, DOA).

Was his name Newton Pulsiver, by any chance?

How not to train your Dragon: What happens when you teach an AI game sex-abuse stories then blame players

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: I've long thought ...

Well, takes a thief to catch a thief?

Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the BBC stage a very British coup to rescue our data from Facebook and friends

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Human persychology fail

When these loyalty card things started up in the US where I live, four neighbors and we agreed to use one loyalty card to put all our purchases through. We kept it in my neighbor's mail box (no monetary value if it got taken, so no problem) and took it out to use then replace. Special offers were for whoever needed it at the time, we were just interested in the discounts. So, we looked like a huge family of various age people, we diluted the data snooping to where it was less personal, and we still got the discounts.

Now, for those discounts, you have to use an app on your phone. Which doesn't work. I spent forty minutes at the service desk with a tech savvy(er) employee trying to get my phone to load the app and the discounts. Between the crap wifi at the store, my aged "smart" phone (six year old LG) and the dodgy app, it never did. She ended up loading the discount onto her phone, and processing the checkout for me to pay just so she could get me out of the store before she had to clock-out herself. Maybe if we all took up the employees' time being tech idiots, the stores would just get back to selling us stuff without all the faff.

Oh, and now I load the loyalty app just before I leave the house as though I were a new customer, shop, then delete the app after. Maybe that will keep them from stitching it all together, maybe not.

Amazon delivery staff 'denied bonus' pay by AI cameras misjudging their driving

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Quit

That is what has been happening in the USA. Every business has "we're hiring!" signs out, and people aren't applying. On the other hand, I can get my hair cut and styled, my yard work done, help cleaning out my garage, light housekeeping, my tires changed, etc,. all by local jobbers who accept cash. People are working, just not on payrolls.

Nothing works any more. Who decided that redundant systems should become redundant?

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: New Washing Machine, New Wardrobe?

Ugh! A corduroy suit?! Not even Daniel Craig as Bond can make that look good. From the still accompanying the article, my memories of math(s) teachers and James Burke as the only people who would wear them is still accurate forty years on....

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: WTF?

and I have a couple of D8 Caterpillars

Curiousity, how hard is it to nick a D8 Caterpillar? Is it a keyed start, and can it be hot-wired? Since there were questions raised about someone else getting hold of large tracked vehicles, and there are many left next to road repair overnight, why aren't joyriders all over the place?

Biden warns 'real shooting war' will be sparked by severe cyber attack

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: The White House declares and outs itself ..... in a crazy directive

@Ordinary Donkey

Twitler's anointed, endorsed candidate just lost a runoff election for a Texas house seat (she is the wife of the late office-holder, usually a shoo-in for GOP voters) to another Republican, in a deep GOP area. I hope and pray this is another example of, as the book title has it, "Everything Trump Touches, Dies". He nearly killed the USA, by unchecked epidemic and then by attempted coup.

Yes, I think {Twitler} is touring as an inefficient means of making a few dollars - he is using the slush fund of campaign dollars sent by his suckers, so it isn't costing him anything, AND he's getting the strokes his pathetic, yawning maw of an ego desperately needs. Besides, he is completely bollocks at being a businessman, so why should this be any different?

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: The White House declares and outs itself ..... in a crazy directive

I have been posting a wager on social media, which none of you trumpers have taken: I bet $1000 US dollars that Trump will NOT be "reinstated" or "returned to power" at the White House by Aug 13, as the pillow guy has been hollering. Hell, I'll give it to Aug. 31st. On August 31, we meet (loser pays their own way) and one of us walks away with ten $100 bills. Otherwise, all you trumpers concede, aver, and maintain you are gutless, inverted-weenie scum suckers who are desperately hoping there is someone dumber than you who might actually swallow that codswallop.

So, Rainer, I'll take that bet about Biden making it to midterm. I'll even make it for that same $1000, same terms. I live in the US Midwest. Deal? Or do you concede,, aver,,,etc.?

Scam-baiting YouTube channel Tech Support Scams taken offline by tech support scam

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Always trust Microsoft reports - not

He's very sweet old lady on the phone with them so he can drag the call out. Also he speaks enough Hindi to give them an ear bashing

Yes, I've asked my nephew from Mumbai for some choice cuss words to use on this slime mold. Telling a male scammer he should make his family proud by becoming a prostitute got me a callback, "why are you being so mean to me?" I laughed heartily as I hung up.

Rackspace literally decimates workforce: One in ten staffers let go this week

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Leveraged buyouts should be illegal

Note that the C suite guys keep banking their salaries, plus bonuses. It'll be news when the decimation reaches them.

Gung-ho tank gamer spills classified docs in effort to win online argument

Sherrie Ludwig

Wasn't there a Sherlock episode (A Scandal in Belgravia) that hinged on an MOD worker divulging classified information to impress somebody (his dominatrix)? Does not speak well for MOD hiring practices, if it becomes a trope in fiction because it happens in real life. Coat because she nicked Sherlock's.

Teen turned away from roller rink after AI wrongly identifies her as banned troublemaker

Sherrie Ludwig

doppelgangers exist

...and this is why no AI face recognition should ever be trusted.


One women looking at two of the unrelated look-alikes said, "the one could do a murder, and the other get nicked for it".

Cyberlaw experts: Take back control. No, we're not talking about Brexit. It's Automated Lane Keeping Systems

Sherrie Ludwig

The only automatic I want...

...is the automatic parallel parking I've seen on some new cars in the USA, after a couple of decades in rural areas, I lost the touch for it.

Total recall: Amazon faces legal action from US consumer protection group over hazardous goods

Sherrie Ludwig

Expired products also a problem

Ordered sunscreen from Amazon, because the product I had expired in Jan. 2021 (Dermatologist said it drops precipitously in effectiveness, and I need all the SPF I can get). Surprise! The "new" sunscreen expired in OCT. 2020! The third party seller balked at replacing or refunding, (I believed I WAS ordering from Amazon directly) so I emailed Amazon. Got the refund. Not ordering anything foodstuff or medical from those idiots again.

Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast

Sherrie Ludwig

Re: Greasy Spoons...

"Mind you, on a tourist visit with my wife, we decided to get takeaway fish'n'chips after a visit to The Tower and it turned out to be what were clearly frozen chips and those horrible pre-formed triangular fish Birdseye sell made from "formed" fish like big fish fingers. 10 fucking quid a portion too!"

American here, who had the pleasure of touring London some years back. Learned that the best way to find good food, particularly breakfast and lunch, was to ask a local shop attendant. Or, when at the Tower, a Beefeater. The pub he directed us to was downstairs near a post office, as I recall, and quite good. We also had a memorable lunch at Covent Garden from a food truck called "Dinner Jackets". Baked potato with your choice of topping, mine was chicken curry, delicious.

‘Fasten your seat belts, raise your tray table, and disconnect your Bluetooth headsets from the entertainment unit’

Sherrie Ludwig

Give me six inches more legroom, keep the screen and I'll bring a book.



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