* Posts by matchbx

81 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Aug 2007


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I don't like it

I don't mind the advertising on the sides, but mixed in the middle... it breaks up the flow.

also having 1/2 the articles with images above and the other 1/2 missing images.... just breaks up the flow.

my eyes can't scan the headlines.

US Congress finally emits all 3,000 Russian 'troll' Facebook ads. Let's take a look at some


I fail to understand

How were of these ads (except the anti Clinton ads) supposed to make anyone want to vote for Trump?

Somebody care to explain.

Europe turns nose up at new smartphones: Beancounters predict 7% sales drop


There's only one thing that I know of that would cause a teenage boy to burn through that much data that fast.....


Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian


Turkey was this way.... not sure it it still is

Years ago when I was in Turkey (1991 and again in 94), I was told cars have the right of way.

If you get hit it's your fault.

A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

Big Brother

3. Just glom a good camera onto it, we really don't need fancy poofty gimmickry stuff such as slo-mo, or dual camera whatnots. Heck, I use my camera so seldom.

super high in cameras are mandatory. All of the Snapchat style apps are helping the Feds with Facial Recognition Technology.

Eventually every app you install will require access to camera.

1984 is here... but it's not just the government watching.... it's also Google, Apple, Amazon, Samsung, Facebook....

Got some broken tech? Super Cali's trinket fix-it law brought into focus


Knock Knock Knock

Hello... May I help you

Man at door: Are you Susan Talamantes Eggman?

Yes I am

Hi, we're from Apple. Here's a suitcase full of money, please kill that bill.

Oh, Thank you very much.

Funnily enough, no, IT admins who trash biz machines can't claim they had permission


Re: This man is obviously a psychotic

He was already convicted....

This was an appeal.

Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come


Forgot the Batteries

The Matrix - Humans as Batteries.

Vibrating walls shafted servers at a time the SUN couldn't shine


Re: Dockyard

ahh.... that brings back old memories...


have a beer, it's 5 O'clock somewhere....

Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!


I spent 6 years in the Navy, 3 groups of people you don't piss off...

The folks who process payroll, the folks that process mail....

or anyone in Medical.... your shot records might go missing....

Ducks ding dongs in face of stiff competition


Re: @AC re:7inches

I've seen that several years ago....

ducks todgers are freaky as hell...

the one on the sea cucumber is funny too....

Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts


use the magic words

Klaatu Barada Naruto

and send this case back to 1300 AD

Fast-spreading CopyCat Android malware nicks pennies via pop-up ads


Re: Google itself is the reason for sideloading

The google play store is the worst. It's utterly impossible to find anything. Can't sort by anything, not price, not name, not rating, not downloads. Can't filter by anything, not by price range, not rating.....

can't search by permissions or lack there of....


Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone


That reminds of a Dilbert Cartoon......

Dilbert drops off some Documents to Record Retention and informs the guy working there to to keep them on file for 5 years..

After he leaves, they guy promptly throws all of the documents in the trash.....

thought bubble: "This job got so much easier when I realized that nobody ever asks for anything back"

Back to the Future 2: Gasp! America's trade watchdog discovers the risks of 'free' movies


Re: Is there a difference

I fail to understand what having a passport or standing at attention when the US National Anthem is played as anything to do with either the Republican Party or Trump.....

Beijing deploys facial scanners to counter public toilet abuse


Re: six squares ?

Ahhh.... the old John Wayne toilet paper....

tough as sandpaper and won't take crap off nobody....

Google's troll-destroying AI can't cope with typos


It's a completely useless fight

Most forums and comments are already setup to block most swear words, which is the reason folks started using s.w.e.a.r words.

If you train some new AI bot to block s.w.e.a.r words, then folks will simply starting using sVVear words....

They might as well be trying to push a 10 thousand pound boulder up hill with a twig.... during an ice storm.... at night....... while an earthquake is happening.....

Bruce Schneier: The US government is coming for YOUR code, techies


Re: Compare and contrast

If you insist on blaming the CRA, then you must explain why it only caused trouble from 2001 to 2008 even though it's been law since 1975 and remains in effect today.

easy.... when the act was passed in 75 by President Carter it had NO enforcement teeth. I.E. if the banks ignored the law (which they did) there were no penalties, no fines..... nothing happened to them.

President Clinton passed laws when he was in office that gave the CRA Enforcement Teeth... I.E. Fines and Penalties.....


Re: Compare and contrast

Perhaps, but it didn't force them to repackage these loans in to blocks, lie about the risk inherent in them and the go through a cascading game of pass-the-promisory-loan as if it had value until the stack was finally called in (in which case many lenders found that they were backing their own loans with their own loans).......

I agree with you for the most part... They did it to minimize the risk (not saying it's right, but I do understand why).

This was a very complex issue with a lot of moving parts... The original comment that started this had 8 thumbs down with no comments on why. To truly understand what happened you have to go back and look at what happened on almost a day to day basis...

The thing to keep in mind IMHO is that this whole ball started rolling with Government Regulations.


Re: Compare and contrast

"Regulation didn't force mortgagers to write duff mortgages. Greed did"....

But here's the rub... the Community Reinvestment Act that was passed by Jimmy Carter in 79 and given enforcement teeth by Bill Clinton prevented the mortgagers from questioning income information that was entered on applications....

the Community Reinvestment Act was specifically created to FORCE the mortgagers into loaning money to low income people....


Re: Compare and contrast

"It was regulation that made what the bankers did the most rational choice. They were behaving rationally, given the conditions set forth by the US government. If the Community Reinvestment act, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae never existed, neither would the 2008 crash have existed. These things are caused by too much government, not too little."

I'm still astounded that people don't understand this. I guess all the down votes are from people who think this is an opinion....

Guess they'll down vote me too for agreeing with you.

Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users


Re: You want an evil genius IT man.

years ago I was in the Navy with a guy who grew up on a farm working on old trucks..... he said he would constantly find extra nuts and bolts left over when he was finished putting everything back together.

Finally he caught his dad adding extra ones to his pile....

Hey, AT&T. Help us out. Why is buying Time Warner a good idea?

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Everyone at the bottom knows

The only reason for a merger of two companies of this size is this:

Instead of two guys at the top of each company earning 50 gazillion dollars a year, you'll have one guy at the top of one company earning 100 gazillion dollars a year.

VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly


Re: They couldn't —but they did

I've heard the same thing with Application Development.




pick any two.....


It seem to me

that the most interesting admission in the article was :

"According to Liang's admissions, when he and his co-conspirators realized that they could not design a diesel engine that would meet the stricter US emissions standards,"

This tells me the folks setting the standard have no clue about how the standards they set and how they impact the engine design process.

BSODs at scale: We laugh at your puny five storeys, here's our SIX storey #fail


Re: How about a BSOD on the IMAX screen?

I sat down in a movie theater once and before the previews even started a BSOD of popped up.... Without missing a beat a guy on the other side hollered out:

"Did you turn it off and on again?"

Robot babies fail in role as teenage sex deterrents


I've said for years now....

Stop telling kids "you might get pregnant"

Start telling kids "you might have a baby"

'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away


Re: Ok to go.

I don't think they got the reference....

Polish developer hacks Android rewards app for free beer


Re: Beer!

sorry, but you are wrong...

He should be obligated to provide a round for everyone else....

Hilton hotels' email so much like phishing it fooled its own techies


Actual Conversation between 2 tech bods

Tech1: hey Tech2... I got another "this might be spam email" from a user again.

Tech2: How many times have we told those #$%^&$ in Marketing not to do that.

Tech1: I don't know... I'm getting tired of this crap... they never listen us......

Tech2: To @#$%$^ with Marketing... tell the user it really is spam and to delete it... that might drive the point home....

Tech1: good idea....

Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10


I've said it before

Microsoft, along with all of the other big software companies, figured out that they can make more money selling your personal data to advertisers than they can selling you a product.

It's an dangerous road to head down...

US drug squads told to get a warrant before tracking mobile phones

Big Brother

the Judge is wrong about one thing

"The judge also slaps the DEA for simple laziness: previous requests for warrants for cell phone data (such as carrier data about calls made and tower locations) in the case had been granted by magistrates, which “suggests strongly that the Government could have obtained a warrant to use a cell-site simulator, if it had wished to do so”

It's not about laziness..... it's about changing norm. if you can get just one case like this passed the right Judges then it forever changes the system.

Net neutrality victory: DC court backs full rules



"that an island will flip over if everyone stands on one side".

That's was some funny stuff right there.... I remember when Hank Johnson said that.... I saw the video, he was dead serious.

How this dude gets re-elected every year is beyond me... the icon is for mocking ol' Hank.....

In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning


Re: Aspartame

Any food or drink with any Aspartame at all gives my wife severe migraines. It's always made me wonder what other side effects it causes that people aren't even aware of.


Re: Yawn

What do you mean "What's the IT angle?".....

Didn't you know most Developers live solely on caffeine.

$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use


Re: Google must have paid big bucks...

I see Larry down-voted you.

Sysadmin paid a month's salary for one day of nothing


Re: that must have been nice

I can understand that... I worked for an automotive manufacturer at the time.... they never spent squat on IT. We were the red-headed step child shoved under the HR Department.

Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July


Re: Why July

How about this.... I don't freaking want it.....


is that plain enough for you to understand.

UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

Big Brother

It makes one wonder!

What was being said in private behind closed doors?

Clucking hell! Farcical free-range egg standard pecked apart by app


Re: omitted

according to google a Hectare is 107,639 square feet. That would be 10.7639 Square Feet per bird ( about a square meter....not the size of an A4 Sheet of paper.

Hey, Atlantis Computing. What the heck is this in your EULA?


Try this on for size

Next time you need to purchase an Atlantis Computing product, just take your 3 year old kid with you to the store. Hand them the money and let them pay for it (video document this of course). then when you get to the EULA, have them click Accept button (again video document this).

Next review their product to your hearts content, if they attempt to sue you, just send them the videos. You're not the one who purchased it or did you accept the EULA.

It's nuts but 'shared' is still shorthand for 'worthless'


Re: The Twaddle Pushers are out Today

Couldn't agree with you more. The first 13 to 18 years or so of education is just the starting point, you have to know (or retain) the basics otherwise you don't know enough to even ask the right questions.

You've got to know what you don't know, actually Clint Eastwood said it better - "A man's got to know his limitations"

Adobe will track you across all your devices with new co-op project


The next crash is coming

Recent bubbles/crashes

The Dot Com Bubble - late 90's

Indian Property Bubble - 2005

Irish Property Bubble - 2005

Spanish Property Bubble - 2006

China Stock and Property Bubble - 2007

US Property Bubble - 2008

Romanian Property Bubble - 2008

Rhodium Bubble - 2008

Australian First Home Buyer Property Bubble - 2009

Bit Coin Bubble - 2013

There is another one coming that will pop eventually, the Advertising Bubble....

People are getting sick of this type of shit.

p.s. Personally, I've never heard of half of these bubbles, and the list did come from Wikipedia, so you can take the list with a grain of salt.

Bill Gates denies iPhone crack demand would set precedent


Wouldn't set a precedent.....

REALLY..... one of the main things I've heard during the last week and a half is:

"It wouldn't be the first time Apple has unlocked one of its devices in response to a government request"

so take a wild guess what would happen next..

Bill can take his "Wouldn't set a precedent" and shove it up his arse.....

No tit for tat, or should that be tat for tit ... Women selling stuff on eBay get lower bids


Please explain to me

how in the world anyone can know if the seller is male or female based on the crazy user names I've seen?

I call bullshit on this study.....

I have another idea, how bout men are more competitive and have higher exceptions as to what they can sell their crap for....

Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun


Re: Coding by geniuses

yea... I see that now that it's too late to update.....

I must have been busy reviewing my code......


Re: Coding by geniuses

I work with one of these geniuses..... He's a very knowledgeable developer, but he never tests anything and is often surprised when a bug occurs in his code. He lives and dies by the motto, how fast can I have this done. His code is usually overly complicated, cause it's a micro second faster to do it this way, but you waste hours trying to figure out what he wanted to accomplish.

I use him as an information source and a sounding board only. I NEVER follow his advice on how to implement any code routine.

A few years ago at Christmas, I almost bought him a t-shirt from thinkgeek:

"I don't often test my code, but when I do, I do it in Production."

anonymous..... cause he might be reading this.

Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates


I've said it before

and I'll say it again....

Back the 80's and 90's and continuing to this day, retail companies realized they could make more money putting you into debt than they could selling you their product. They no longer care about the products they sell, only the amount of debt you rack up on their charge cards.

Today software companies (Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook... have I forgotten anyone) have realized they can make more money selling your online habits to the advertisers than they can selling software.

MS can suck it along with all the rest of them.

Don't you see these simple facts? Destroy Facebook and restore human Liberty

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Re: plus ca change

Reads like an XKCD cartoon... have an upvote...