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  • High school warns parents they could be fined more than $1,000 for CHEERING at graduation

    05/09/2018 6:30:52 PM PDT · 39 of 45
    Strident to COBOL2Java

    I’ve been there. What happens is that the ceremony cannot wait until the bedlam stops when one of these self-absorbed families and gangs of fools whoop and stomp and cheer for 15-30 seconds. If they did that, in a large class, the proceedings would drag on for way too long. So they just keep going and call out the name of the next kid.

    What happens is the next graduate gets to mount the stage in the bedlam, NONE of his family gets to hear their graduate’s name and honors announced due to the noise from the preceding graduate.

    It’s as if these hollering boors don’t care about anyone else but themselves.

    Oh. Do you think that’s it?

  • I’m a Heroin Addict

    07/16/2017 4:52:15 AM PDT · 33 of 65
    Strident to GrandJediMasterYoda

    suspect he thinks the 20 UNIT marking on a standard insulin syringe means CC

  • UVA Paper: Ban Families, Have Govt. Raise All Children

    02/20/2017 12:36:27 PM PST · 20 of 55
    Strident to kevcol

    A Modest Proposal?
    Perhaps we can combine with some of Swift’s other utilitarian suggestions.

  • The restaurant owner who’s ditching tips says she’s already lost servers over new policy

    10/28/2016 7:39:37 AM PDT · 89 of 113
    Strident to wbill

    I’ve been in countries with no tipping. (Australia, NZ) and what happens is ANY server will respond to your request for refills, extra setups etc. You technically have “your server” but you can flag down any server if you need something like extra condiments, or the check.

    You no longer have to sit and stew and wait while watching servers take care of “their” tables while you wait for “your” server to come back to get you extra napkins or something.

    Kind of liked it. Just sayin’

  • FBI could demand Apple source code and keys if iPhone backdoor too 'burdensome'

    03/14/2016 10:02:22 AM PDT · 26 of 60
    Strident to dennisw

    Sorry FBI, but even with Apple’s source code and the ability to update an iPhone’s firmware to remove the “ten try limit” and “progressive software delay” and allow automated guessing, which is what they seek, you are still out of luck if a long password, say 10 alpha numeric characters, were used. Since Apple does not store the password on the device, but rather stores a one-way hash of the password plus a device ID, the ONLY way to crack the phone is to guess the password and match the hashed value. With a hardware-constrained 80 millisecond hashing time, the raw guessing time, assuming upper/lower/numeric/symbols used is * 63,201 million centuries * for the 60,510,648,114,517,017,120 possible combinations

    you’d have to change the software ahead of time and compromise the phone beforehand and trap the password at point of user input . . . but, but, but, there is NO USER to input it on these sized phones!

    So I guess you’d have to compromise EVERYONE’S phone in case one of them is a bad guy

  • Senator Tom Cotton Slams Apple CEO Tim Cook For Protecting User Privacy

    12/24/2015 12:03:56 PM PST · 13 of 33
    Strident to vbmoneyspender

    I think any legislator that proposes this kind of nonsense should voluntarily forego the use of HTTPS (TLS) for 12 months, since as we all know, encrypted web connections only benefit evil child terrorist dealers.

    Nice analogy vb$spndr.


  • Top Democratic senator will seek legislation to 'pierce' through encryption (Feinstein, who else?)

    12/10/2015 8:30:57 PM PST · 24 of 35
    Strident to proxy_user

    You mean they can’t outlaw math? Who knew?

    All this means is that anyone that cares, like terrorists, will go to the trouble to use open-source uncrackable (like in the lifetime of the universe uncrackable) crypto.

    Everyone else will use what’s convenient, the commercial, pierceable products. Inevitably, there’ll be a breach (OPM, we’re looking at you!) and regular people will be harmed.

    Can someone explain to these Solons that all of web commerce is moving to TLS (https:) and everyone’s banking, healthcare, e-commerce (anyone ever hear of Amazon?) data security is about to be weakened for no good reason other than their being able to say “Hey, We Did Something!”

  • DOJ says Apple should be forced to unlock encrypted user data if asked by government

    10/25/2015 7:23:11 PM PDT · 22 of 78
    Strident to Swordmaker

    Good to know our lawmakers have such a firm grasp on mathematics.

    Guys, AES-256 is currently unbreakable crypto. A brute force attack would require a globe-spanning array of ASICs or GPUs.

    I assume it uses a well implemented high-entropy key gen function. This is not dependent on a user-picked password subject to being cracked by a rainbow table of popular passwords.

    While they’re at it, can they pass a law to make pi=3.0
    those darn irrational numbers are such a bother.

  • VANITY QUESTION - Need Recommendation for Bluetooth Hands Free for Using iPhone in Car

    05/28/2015 7:03:50 PM PDT · 4 of 22
    Strident to scouter

    Jabra Freeway. Clips to visor ( recommend passenger side ) auto- on /off (motion sense activation) RF modulator for play through FM. Pairs with my iPhone 6. works well, although I find RF signal delivers slightly distorted audio in my FM but YMMV.

    Can play MP3 content, streamed app audio, and of course, phone. Voice dialing. Has hard buttons as well as voice commands. Recharge via micro USB. Battery charge level icon display on iPhone home screen. has decent audio volume with its internal speaker. I just use mine for phone calls. ( see note about scratchy FM audio )


  • Obama ignored embassy’s warnings on climate change speech

    11/21/2014 4:15:57 PM PST · 24 of 25
    Strident to naturalman1975

    I don’t think it had anything to do with insulting the host nation. I doubt the Pres. would give any thought to anything/anyone outside of his sphere of concentration, which is himself. I believe this was motivated by a “look at me and what I just did in China” self-aggrandizement motive. All too common, I’d say.

  • Get Bosses Out of Health Insurance Altogether: This Will Make Hobby Lobby a Non-Issue

    07/09/2014 7:44:43 AM PDT · 22 of 30
    Strident to SeekAndFind

    “Boss” sheeshhhhh. Is that like Boss Tweed? or a Mob Boss?

    It’s not “your boss” (who for most is not the CEO, but rather their manager.) I guess he means “the Big Boss.”

    How about your . . . Employer? Company? Organization? Union?

    They all have health plans, right?

  • MD Healthcare Website Asks Weird, Personal Questions: ‘Where were you when you had your first kiss?’

    12/14/2013 6:51:36 PM PST · 50 of 72
    Strident to DogByte6RER

    I suppose it’s fun to gin up alarm and outrage at this.
    but that’s being disingenuous.

    This is a SECURITY Q&A. The system doesn’t CARE what the answer is. and NOBODY’s checking.

    Put down MINNIE MOUSE or KIM JUNG IL for your first kiss!

    Put down “LIBERAL-SHOOFLY”


    Just pick something you can remember and that would be unlikely to be guessed or “social engineered” by reading your FaceBook or possibly known by an acquaintance that would try to access your account.


  • The left is now eating its own: not happy ObamaCare has become a "political nightmare'

    11/20/2013 8:22:16 AM PST · 16 of 26
    Strident to tet68

    Under the ACA, each added dependent over the age of 21 added to the parent’s policy will increase the monthly premium due. No more one-amount-fits-all family premium.

    Another “improvement” to the health care financing ecosystem.

  • Need help with laptop - Won't load any OS

    11/18/2013 5:37:53 AM PST · 12 of 63
    Strident to raybbr

    you might look at the RAM
    I had a 2003 HP XP laptop that kept rebooting
    so old it has serial, parallel (!) and 3.5” floppy, IR, etc, i wanted to keep it alive as a relic for those old school interfaces. maybe use as an air-gapped device

    but it kept rebooting. or locking up in BIOS (before “Windows” load screen bmp appeared.)

    No POST beeps, by the way.

    HDD checked out
    swapped slots on the 2 dimms
    was ok at first, then problem recurred
    pulled the dimms one at a time.
    ran full mem tests
    One dimm was intermittently throwing errors
    I just stopped using it but had decided that I could get get replacement dimms at Newegg for about $50.
    might try a ham /pc fest if one’s near you to pick up some out-style dimms

  • Ted Cruz to Jay Leno: 'What I'm Trying to Do is Do My Job'

    11/09/2013 2:41:59 PM PST · 19 of 37
    Strident to SeekAndFind

    I know this is slighty off topic because it’s not about the Leno interview, but I have been struck by the masterful strateegery of Cruz.

    He got the assembled Democratic powers to double-down on Obamacare. They intransigently refused any modifications or delays. This was one month ago and days after the portal launch.

    There’s now videos and quotes of Obamacare defenders, affirming the absolute untouchable perfect brilliance of Obamacare. In October, 2013. A whole lot of those defenders are at risk in Nov 2014.

    Hard to disown stuff that even the low/mis info voter can remember as happening so recently, amidst the lights and cameras of the horrible government shutdown. /sarc.

    Obamcare is a slow-motion train wreck. Because of Cruz, its stalwart defenders missed the flashing red signals and instead they gleefully poured on more coal as the train charged onward, toward the light at the end of the tunnel.

    Rope-a-dope, I call it.

  • IBX cancels 24,000 plans that don't meet Affordable Care Act rules

    10/23/2013 7:57:34 AM PDT · 36 of 42
    Strident to pepsionice

    Don’t be too sure about high-deductible plans reaping huge profits, although there is a tendency for people to skip getting treatment until their problem is really severe. Usually by going to the ER

    This will bend the cost curve in the wrong direction. Up.

    Also the ACA has required since 2011 that insurers rebate their gains if claims expenses are less expected.

    So . . profits are mailed back to the customers. Losses are eaten by stockholders. It’s what’s called asymmetric risk.

  • George Zimmerman: A Pointless Trial [the Peruvian Hispanic "Not Guilty"]

    07/10/2013 3:11:59 AM PDT · 19 of 56
    Strident to nathanbedford

    Spot on
    Who will write the letter?
    Where is Zola when we need him?

  • AP: Get Ready, Suckers… You’re Going to Lose Your Health Insurance

    05/29/2013 7:13:32 PM PDT · 29 of 41
    Strident to Qwackertoo
    Unfortunately, Qwackertoo, what you have described is akin to the "tragedy of the commons." If most people think and act like you, there will be no affordable insurance when you DO decide to go get it after you have contracted an expensive disease or have a premie or experience another catastrophic risk. It's called an actuarial death spiral.

    Rates will shoot higher, faster, as more and more "qwackertoos" drop out to avoid paying now-outrageous prices, banking their "savings" and hoping that enough other idiots will actually buy insurance that don't need it right at that moment so there will be something left when the "smart ones" decide to tap into it.

    Glad it's only you that would drop out of the risk pool. Meanwhile, my employer and I will keep buying insurance so it still exists when you need it. Regards.

  • Need a job?

    06/01/2012 5:41:11 PM PDT · 13 of 35
    Strident to Morgana

    Reading some of the comments at the original site is interesting.

    Seems that some miss the point of the original author that having tattoos lessens one’s probability of being hired. This is a pragmatic or empiric observation.

    They seemed to reason that the point was that it’s morally defensible to discriminate and not hire a tattooed applicant, or that the existence of one employed person with a tattoo overturns the author’s observation.

    Kind of suggests to me a possible (weak) correlation of critical thinking issues with a predilection for defending one’ tattoos.

    OK, I said weak! I didn’t mean you.

  • Publishers vs. Libraries: An E-Book Tug of War

    12/25/2011 8:50:37 PM PST · 61 of 72
    Strident to afraidfortherepublic

    Things I can’t do with a Kindle:

    1. Spread several volumes open on my work desk to compare related content when doing research. Yes I could jump about from bookmarked ereader page to page; but first I have to find the relevant pages in each source - and sometimes there’s an “aha” moment when I see different sources all open to related content.

    2. Do a speed scan of just the LH or RH page in the approximate zone of pages to find a section I recall. Yes, I can do a e-search with a carefully crafted search string, hoping for neither too few hits (what if I don’t recall an efficiently-size list of the exact words ? do I use wild cards?) nor too many hits . . . but for me, it’s easier to recognize the ‘graf or phrases when I see them in hardcopy. I kind of recognize/process whole chunks of sentences, quickly, without closely reading them, looking for a particular section. It’s like super-fast skimming. Not sure that translates to the e-reader experience.

    3. Easily highlight the way I like to. Use pencils, inks, and markers, apply exclamation points, draw lines to connect sections, add enumerated notes with numbered call outs. I am sure I could learn enough e-reader annotation mechanics to replace all these things. I can do them now, without any focus on new mechanics for adding a note, they are just “gestures” — I don’t have to think about “how to make a note”.

    4. Get a physical sense of the heft of the tome, and of my progress through it, by the weight and height of the page stack that grows on the “read-it” side. It’s an analog experience. Sure, the ereader can tell me how may pages are left, probably even how many characters, too, but I don’t want to be “told” it, I want to experience/sense it.

    I guess it boils down to fitness for a purpose. Casual reading, the consumption of mind-fodder, or great literature, e-reading seems efficient and a great way to find and carry around lots of books.

    I understand straphangers on the subways and trains find them especially useful since they only require one hand.

    And nobody’s mentioned what happens when I drip the cereal milk onto the Kindle.