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  • Re: Why mathematicians are no fun at parties

    I guess the producers weren't very imaginative. The proper response is to pick a word that isn't in the encyclopedia at all. No, it isn't before "mainfold." It also ins't after "manifold", but they won't ask that, they'll just assume it is. 100% guarantee that anyone who tries this kind of foolishness ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by taustin on 04-10-2014
  • Re: Why mathematicians are no fun at parties

    [quote user="Shoreline"] That reminds me of a fun way of catching somebody who claims to never lie. Tell them if the first digit of their PIN is 0 to give no response. If they give a response, repeat for 1. In a maximum of 40 questions you can get their PIN. Or, more likely, they lie to you. Also works for "do you have something ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by taustin on 04-10-2014
  • Re: More Java installer crap

     There is a registry setting (that I got from here, BTW) that eliminates the crapware installs for Java (there is not, so far as I can tell, one for Flash). Far more annoying is that since upate 51, they've changed the default security settings such that Oracle's own "verify Java" page on java.com doesn't work right any ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by taustin on 04-01-2014
  • Re: Samsung "Support"

     I had to get a desk top Samsung laser printer repaired under warranty once. The woman who recorded the messages for their computerized answering system sounded exactly like the blonde woman who greeted Bruce Willis to the flying hotel in The Fifth Element. (And may well have been her, since this is southern California, and the office in ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by taustin on 02-17-2014
  • Re: Chrome on Windows 8 is a trainwreck

    [quote user="El_Heffe"] [quote user="Ben L."][quote user="dhromed"]  I'm just still suprised that MS would make the cluttered desktop the unavoidable default by design. [/quote] I'm surprised (and glad) they didn't remove desktop ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by taustin on 01-20-2014
  • Re: More Google nonsense

    [quote user="Zecc"] [quote user="Ben L."]Google wants to know all the information in the universe except what resolution you prefer for your YouTube videos. That is their mission. It's not smart, or correct, but it's one of the things that makes them what they are.[/quote] FTFY [/quote]  Of course they want to ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by taustin on 01-20-2014
  • Re: funny... and sad interview :)

    [quote user="Lorne Kates"] [quote user="PleegWat"]I hate this pattern on news sites. Main page: "News!". Article page: "News! Watch this video!".[/quote]  Video: No content Outro: To learn more, visit our Facebook page. [/quote]  News web sites, like Gmail, are a free service. And as the old ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by taustin on 01-07-2014
  • Re: Hardware

    [quote user="mikeTheLiar"][quote user="anotherusername"]rivets[/quote] Ding ding ding! One of the side panels is riveted in place, so I can't get at the screws on the other side of the drive. [/quote]  In my experience with Dell cases (which is extensive), if you can't get to the screws on one side, you ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by taustin on 01-02-2014
  • Re: It's Not a Small Enough World After All

     The solution within the Gmail interface is to: 1. Sign out. 2. Go to "Manage accounts on this device" 3. Click on "Remove" 4.Click on the "X" next to the account 5. Click Done You will now be at a log in screen that asks for both user name and password. Google are intrusive SOBs, and this is designed to ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by taustin on 12-23-2013
  • Re: This really is the Fuck You Google thread after all

    [quote user="flabdablet"][quote user="blakeyrat"]I still don't see anything wrong with what Google's doing here, and having multiple people share the same OS account is a big pet peeve of mine, so if Google convinces a few more people to make computer accounts, I'm good with that.[/quote]So it's perfectly OK ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by taustin on 12-23-2013
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