* Posts by Baldy1138

16 posts • joined 20 Jul 2016

If you really can't let go of Windows 7, Microsoft will keep things secure for another three years


Re: Features? Bah!

I don't claim to be any kind of tech guru, but my solution is to write my own software for the stuff I actually do at home and work. I have a database program, a markdown-based word/HTML/CSS processor, a media player, and a couple of tools for specific tasks. Add GIMP, KeePassX, and Vivaldi, and frankly I don't care what version of Windows I'm using.

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's two-dozen government surveillance balloons over America


Ah, 1983

I would just like to say that It really made my day to be reminded of this great song.

Carry on.

So net neutrality has officially expired. Now what do we do?


Eventually ...

Eventually your TV screen will look a lot like your computer screen: constant banner ads, animations running constantly in the corner. Maybe a handy animated calculator named Addy will pop up and guide your choices.

Web searching died the day they invented SEO


That's Just Us

A few original bits and a lot of people copying things they half-understand: the Internet is human intelligence in a nutshell.

Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280m in Ethereum


Re: Oh dear

Not if it's Holland in 1944:


Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service


Someday, somewhere, a robot is going to face the Trolley Problem. As the trolley.

Health quango: Booze 'evidence' not Puritan enough, do us another


Re: Not Puritans!

""Puritanical" really means "Victorian,"

Nope. Read some history (particularly British history) before you make such silly statements."

I specified I was talking about the usage of "Puritanical" (and "Victorian") to refer to American Puritans, so read carefully before you shoot your mouth off.


Not Puritans!

I would just like to point out that the American Puritans, which is what people seem to think of when they say "Puritans," were not anti-alcohol. They drank heavily, in part because beer was often safer to drink than water. But alcohol was also simply one of "God's gifts," and like other gifts (the big one being free will) was covenanted for either proper or improper use.

"Puritanical" really means "Victorian," because Modernist writers of the 1920's hated Victorians for being, well, puritanical, and there were people in the 1840s-50s, like Nathaniel Hawthorne, ready at hand to foster the myth that the Puritans were grey-wearing, life-hating, humourless prudes etc.

I know. I bore even myself.

Snopes lawsuit latest: Judge orders disputed cash can flow to fact-checking site


Sounds like an urban myth.

Anthem to shell out $115m in largest-ever data theft settlement


Whew -- when I saw the headline I thought Rush was in trouble.

Speaking in Tech: Elon Musk and the AI apocalypse


I tried vegemite after some prompting from my local "UK" shop here in Canada. Utterly horrifying.

My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder


Re: Food is not only sustenance

Apparently eating like a primate has not improved your own social skills. Perhaps your premise is flawed.

Canada fines Amazon seven hours of profit for false advertising


As A Canadian, I would Just Like to Add ...

... that Amazon prices are insanely discriminatory against Canadians. Sometimes, just for fun, I'll look at a product at amazon.com, then try to guess the most outrageous Canadian price, then change the ".com" to ".ca." Usually, much laughter ensues (yes, including currency exchange). And that's not even including the exchange penalty imposed by banks, import duties, customs, shipping, tax ... and that's assuming I haven't gone mad ans selected UPS as my shipper. Whatever happened to NAFTA?

You deleted the customer. What now? Human error - deal with it


User Rights and Admin Wrongs

"users often have more rights than they need – and it is a no-brainer to rein them back."

Unfortunately, what IT regards as allowable user rights is sometimes drastically lower than what users actually need. In my workplace, IT crippled workstations in the interest of efficient maintenance and damage control, but wound up crippling innovation instead. It was a different kind of no-brainer to re-elevate permissions.

Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again


I hope crooks don't have access to some kind of crazy voice-recording technology.

Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung


Trump's Trek

Sadly, Trek continues to be bellwether of the zeitgeist. Once upon a time, that meant morals challenged, arrogance humbled, conventions tested. Trek spoke truth to power. Now it just means kill the Other, which is roughly how the world seems to be going. The LOTR movies sold out in the same way. Unlike in the books, elves do not laugh in the LOTR movies; they kill.

Ultimately, the latest Trek is just an advertisement for itself, which is to say, an advertisement for CGI glorifications of war in the name of money. Again, roughly the way the world seems to be going.

I blame Star Wars.


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