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  • Oct 19th, 2017 @ 8:40am

    Another reason not to trust Windows 10

    So if these carriers can give you an "opt out" and go right on snooping? What if the 13 "privacy" screens in Windows 10 are just a facade and every extremely invasive default is still on (including your mike always being hot) and transmitting to Microsoft and god knows who else? I see nothing in the privacy agreement that lets you opt out of the part that you agree they can search your programs & private folders (looking for piracy?), read your emails & should they choose, rat you to law enforcement. That's why I am on Linux now took Windows 8.1 offline. I have some Windows programs I can't find replacements for. Some things are just easier to do in Windows. I know you can't never escape all snooping. It doesn't really bother me that I can buy an amp and when I go to Amazon the "items suggested for you" include speakers. I might want the speakers.

  • Oct 10th, 2017 @ 1:29pm

    Lawyers are scumbags until you need one

    As my username says I'm an old geezer. In my youth I screwed up involving some recreational pharmaceutics and some stupid stuff I did while on them. Just misdemeanor crap, but that can still mean up to a year as a guest of the county. I didn't like the lawyer I hired much. He chewed my ass at everything I said. When my turn before the judge came and the prosecutor said "your honor, we would like this man to do some jail time to teach him a lesson" that lawyer gave the judge all the reasons I should get probation. I was glad I had done what he advised and was already in rehab and getting piss tested weekly. The judge hit me with a stiff fine but I got to go home. That was when I decided I kind of liked that asshole!

  • Sep 18th, 2017 @ 1:21pm

    (untitled comment)

    I remember seeing a program years ago where a task force was monitoring Craig's list for underage girls. They already had warrants to ID the pimps and were busting them at the same time they were rescuing the kids. If you have ever watched To Catch a Predator you know how valuable these resources can be. These crimes against children are going to happen. These kind of laws will just make the bastards harder to catch.

  • Aug 31st, 2017 @ 12:22pm

    Re: Re: Now here's what I couldn't get in after 10 tries:

    Glad to see you truly believe in free speech and make an effort to permit opposing views. Someone can post that is 100% head up their ass wrong, but as long as they are not in violation of terms you allow it! :)

  • Aug 30th, 2017 @ 4:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Shouldn't flag a comment just because you dissagree

    Before I knew how the flagging was done I read a blocked post that was by a guy that usually wrote some pretty stupid drivel. This one was the exception. It not only was very insightful but I fully agreed with it. When I posted that the flag should be removed Mike replied that the staff has nothing to do with this process.

  • Aug 30th, 2017 @ 2:12pm

    Re: Re: Shouldn't flag a comment just because you dissagree

    I wasn't aware of that, but I have replied to more than one post on an article saying some of the same ideas with no intention of spamming. I had just skimmed through the earlier posts. I clicked to show and at least it wasn't that numb nuts that keeps posting that Mike hates copyright.

  • Aug 30th, 2017 @ 12:32pm

    Shouldn't flag a comment just because you dissagree

    While I didn't agree with any of this, the writer expressed his views coherently without being abusive. I thought this community promoted free speech. Many articles by the staff come out against efforts to stifle even offensive writings because well intentioned laws can backfire.

  • Jul 7th, 2017 @ 11:27am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    The electoral college made sense in colonial days. One reason it was put in place was there was so much inbreeding among royalty in the old world that a number of the old world monarchs were clearly insane. Don't know if it would have helped then since it didn't stop the nut case we have now even when he lost the popular vote.

  • Jul 7th, 2017 @ 11:16am

    Re: Re:

    Senator Warren would have soundly kicked Trump's ass. This "inventor of email" is just as full of shit. Sounds like a publicity stunt. Maybe he thinks if he can also claim to be a congressional candidate that will help his bogus defamation suits.

  • Jul 6th, 2017 @ 1:20pm

    (untitled comment)

    I don't think anything Trump tweets should be taken down. They are getting more bizarre all time and show his rapidly declining mental health. I don't want him impeached either. Pence or Paul Ryan could be worse. I just want him to be buried in so much scandal and lunacy that the republican agenda will be crippled. Don't you think a lot of republicans are aware we elected an idiot? At some point they will realize that if they ever want to be reelected they need to stop supporting him. Trump talks like he won by a landslide when he lost except for our archaic electoral system. If the democrats hadn't nominated a woman they should have known was widely hated Trump would have never stood a chance. If they wanted a female president, why not Elizabeth Warren?

  • Jun 9th, 2017 @ 4:05pm

    Re: Re: Key Generator: Possible Malware?

    "Er, and cracked game downloads haven't?"
    I guess you got me on that point!!

  • Jun 9th, 2017 @ 2:49pm

    Key Generator: Possible Malware?

    When it already an established that this DRM can be completely removed from games why would anyone even want to generate a key that is supposed to appear real? The most recent cracker to put out a DRM free game that had this protection revealed that the latest desperate attempts by Denuvo has ramped up the phoning home checks into millions in a matter of minutes. Supposing your key could pass, who would want the horribly degraded performance when they could just get it without DRM? Key generators have long been used to spread viruses and trojan horses. Why trust this one?

  • Jan 1st, 2017 @ 7:28am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I did some research on that and a lot of people said that Wine is somewhat limited on what programs you can run and for some of them it is buggy. The main programs I want to run is Vidcoder (based on Handbrake but with more options) and Xillsoft video converter. Vidcoder is the only converter I have found that reliably converts x264 to HEVC. Is also is the only one I have found that crops hard coded black bars from letterbox or 4:5 so you can either make it 16:9 or just hit C twice in VLC player to make it full screen. It uses every bit of CPU that is available so you are pegged out at 100% I tried the Vidcoder on my Win 7 Virtual box and it work OK but Virtualbox won't allow using more than about 45% of system CPU. Converting to HEVC is slow as it is but in virtual it takes nearly 3 hours to convert a 40 minute episode. Xillsoft is the best for clipping and joining videos accurately within 2 0r 3 frames. It can also crop but it won't remove hard coded black bars. It also pegs out your CPU if you don't use Nvidia hardware acceleration that won't work in virtual. I only bought one license for Xillsoft so if I install it on the virtual I will probably have to deactivate the other. I suppose I could find Linux programs that could do the same things but I tried many programs before these that just weren't as good as these two. Firefox is already on the Linux machine and all I had to do to have all my bookmarks and saved passwords is copy over the profile. We haven't installed Thunderbird yet but it is supposed to work fine in Linux. MkvToolNix has a Linux version so that is also no problem. Maybe I could just keep a second machine for offline Windows for the CPU intensive programs and run any other Windows program in virtual. I just don't trust Microsoft at all since they won't allow you to hide important updates. I was already having to hide telemetry updates so now I guess they are tracking everything I do.

  • Dec 31st, 2016 @ 2:40pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    It's not someone's right to be granted asylum in this country. It's a special privilege we grant only in certain situations. To say there should be degrees in the law on porn from simple possession to sharing, selling, producing with no sexual acts, just how explicit the photos, I would have to agree. In the US it is not always illegal to photograph children nude within very strict limits. For the US to take a stand for someone persecuted just criticizing governments or religious reasons is what we are all about. Asylum is not a right. When someone is saying there is nothing wrong with child rape we have to consider the ramifications not only with our own people but internationally. People have been denied asylum over much more minor reasons. It's odd that the article failed to mention this. You can delete all the tweets you want but they will never be gone.

  • Dec 31st, 2016 @ 2:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Amos Yee think child pron should be legal

    Teenagers sexting is hardly the same thing. It isn't against the law for them to have sex so why should it be to send each other photos when they can get naked together? Yeah, it's a dumb thing to do but hardly criminal. When You are talking about underage and adults that's an entirely different situation.

  • Dec 31st, 2016 @ 12:15am

    Re: Re: He does everything command line but I don't have a clue what he is doing.

    Just learning my way around Linux with GUIs will be challenging enough. I would have never been at the level I was in Windows if he hadn't taught me and he set up bells and whistles for me I would have never known how to do. He has written scripts and programs for me that are far beyond my skills. It's nice to have my own tech support living upstairs instead of having to talk to some guy in India I can't understand that is not nearly as smart as him. There were a few things I learned to do command line in Windows when there was just no other way to do them. Thank you, but I much prefer a nice interface with menus. My son types lines of code just to watch a video. VLC does everything I need and seems so much easier.

  • Dec 30th, 2016 @ 9:10pm

    Re: Re: I really wouldn't recommend manual edits of config files to a new user.

    My son installed the Linux version that he said would be easiest but I'm still confused. He does everything command line but I don't have a clue what he is doing. He got the system installed, set up remote for the other machine, the router, video driver and got Firefox in with all my configurations. I'm having him set up shortcuts for everything.

    Actually I have no problem fooling around with Windows registry. I haven't crashed anything yet but I frequently clone.

    It's going to take some time to adjust but my kid is a great teacher. He's 31 and I started him on DOS when he was 4. He works as a programmer. I probably can run a lot of the Windows programs in Virtual Box. I already have a genuine Win 7 with a VPN on my main system and he said I could just copy the folders over after a basic install. I still have my keys for everything. I can keep it updated and if Microsoft snoops there won't be anything personal for them to find. Probably will still keep it offline most of the time.

  • Dec 30th, 2016 @ 8:23pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    From what I remember from Making of the Mob their other cases were weaker. Possible witnesses were murdered or too scared to talk. Capone had a knack of committing his crimes through others. A RICO statute could have probably easily nailed him but they didn't have that law then.

  • Dec 30th, 2016 @ 12:50pm

    Re: Re:

    Big difference between allowing free speech and the government officially sanctioning his defense of child rape, not just possessing or even taking photos. If he was already a citizen legally he could express any vile idea he wants. Had he just been persecuted for criticizing his government I would be all in favor of protecting him. Allowing asylum would have political ramifications whether you think it's right or not. I don't think even the ACLU would touch this.

  • Dec 30th, 2016 @ 12:08pm


    Just what I was going to post. I'm guessing tax evasion charges that are absolutely in the works are going to get him more prison time than everything else. That's federal "pound me in the ass" prison. No parole. Al Capone escaped being tried for all the murders and other violent crimes he committed but one line in a ledger book was enough for the IRS to send him to prison until he was a syphilitic zombie.

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