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Living Room / 'gallows engineering' expression?
« on: December 21, 2013, 01:42 PM »
'gallows engineering' is the nearest I can get to what I can't remember.
There is an expression which encapsulates the phenomenon whereby companies use cheaper engineering designs or procedures in critical applications...
...and they only improve or correct substandard designs after someone dies.
It's something more like 'gallows engineering' or something, but not that.
'coffin engineering' doesn't quite sound like it either.
'necrotic engineering'? Nope, that isn't it.
'necro-engineering'. Catchy, but still not right, or is it?
Does anyone know the expression I'm trying to hint at, please?

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Living Room / Re: Any one else have a bad Window update?
« on: December 21, 2013, 11:02 AM »
Okay, the loopy updates are gone.
Now it is 'politely' asking if I wish to install IE11.
How say ye all?

It also says there is an 'issue' with the sound card (mobo built-in), but I see no problem and it works fine.
Do you suppose that instead of being in error, it was only mistaken?

Oh, and there is a problem showing the problem message, which if I click on it to see what it is, gives an error mssg pop-up reassuring me something is being done to find a fix, and when I try to close out, hangs and offers a 'cancel' option, then finally closes out.
How inspiring. This is absolutely brilliant; it shows true dedication which ordinary run of the mill software programs are only able to emulate poorly if at all.

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Living Room / Re: Any one else have a bad Window update?
« on: December 20, 2013, 08:09 PM »
See this article:

http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/botched-black-tuesday-patch-kb-2887069-freezes-fails-configure-triggers-bsod-andor-zaps-sound-drivers-232

Jim

Right, this is sorta what I do:

" my first recommendation is to turn off the bloody Automatic Update. Manually check for updates later in the month -- after the masses get used as cannon fodder -- when the coast is clear."


Tnx. Just saved me 1 minute per shut-down with loopy update.

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Living Room / Re: Any one else have a bad Window update?
« on: December 20, 2013, 11:32 AM »
My Win7-32bit OS has begun running '1 update' every time I shut down the computer now...over and over and over...
I would like to make it stop somehow.

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General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall
« on: December 20, 2013, 11:25 AM »
myWOT has a select few elite super users, as per this link, at which the following picture giving stats on 'SuperHero58' was found;
superhero58.jpg

and one rating by one of them counts for something like 100 'normal' ratings.
It's all spelled out in one of the above link.
Either that, or they can rate 100 different places at once.
As per the picture taken from the link, SuperHero58 is one busy scavenger.
And these 'super users' can wipe out 'normal' ratings of contradictory nature.
So yes, it is being 'gamed', no question.

Besides that, myWOT is trying to 'monetize' and get financial sponsors, and the whole thing is becoming 'bought & sold'.

Also, at the above link, the guy complaining and revealing all this, had his website given a negative score.
So he ran a 'test', not to do it, but to prove a point; he posted an offer to pay anyone who could reverse his score ratings, and he got offers from at least two different people who promised that for X-dollars, they would put their multi-bot myWOT memberships to work pumping up super-score positives for his website.

Is my reporting fair enough?
Check the above link; you'll find it all spelled out there in all its glorious detail.

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Then again, thought I just had it. Let's try again:
meow.jpg
Okay, full-size pic if I click on 'attach' first.
What threw me is that I couldn't see what it was doing until the post showed.
Solved that.
But how do you link to an online pic and make that appear?

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Sorry. I tried to get through this, bogged down, and still can't figure out how to link to on-line pix so they'll appear in my posts.
Furthermore, the pix I upload all appear in the same small size, no matter how much I enlarge them first.
And if I try downloading one of the larger pix in this thread, 'meow' (white tiger), as a test shot, then reposting it in one of my own posts, it still comes out way smaller than original size, like this:

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Living Room / Re: Anti-Tracking Smartphone Pouch
« on: December 09, 2013, 10:46 PM »
That's what they mean by 'digital'.
Using your 'digits' to dial numbers.  :P

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^Laundry Easter Island Gods  ;D






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Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: December 09, 2013, 02:29 PM »
Why would I want to use a bit coin? It seems unsanitary, and they're not even real gold.

Yay it's my 100th post!  8) ;) :D :up: :Thmbsup: :P

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Living Room / Re: Anti-Tracking Smartphone Pouch
« on: December 09, 2013, 02:14 PM »
This hardcase seems interesting, but pricey.
I thought I read somewhere that if you wrap your cell phone in aluminum foil, it will keep trying to check for incoming calls and run its own battery down in a short time.
Or is that not so?

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General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall
« on: December 08, 2013, 03:33 AM »
I still need to know how to check in Chrome if I got WOT completely uninstalled, or if it's still stealth tracking me, please. Thank you.

(edit): I can just export my Chrome bookmarks, uninstall it, run a registry cleaner, then reinstall Chrome and import the bookmarks.

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General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall
« on: December 08, 2013, 03:31 AM »
More on myWOT's 'fall from grace'.
Please go here:

Quote: "MYWOT (mywot.com), a small company from Finland headed by controversial co-founder Sami Tolvanen has recently been caught in another scam according to hundreds of anonymous reports. This time the MYWOT scam is minuscule (no one is suing MYWOT again) but has lead to public statements from Facebook concerning the truth about poorly designed MYWOT reputation system."

"MYWOT was caught purchasing Facebook likes, similar to when they were caught purchasing Twitter followers (image below) from two separate online suppliers. 24% of Web of Trust’s Facebook likes have been removed by Facebook, and more are suspected to shed from MYWOT.COM’s fake Facebook like total."

"Facebook also has since removed MYWOT as a partner due to unscrupulous activities found to be “not trustworthy” by Facebook executives. Facebook executives further state:"

“The decision to cancel our relationship with MYWOT is unfortunate, however, Facebook has found evidence of manipulation of companies on the MYWOT system. Facebook acknowledges that MYWOT has a open forum rated by internet peers, however the ranking system has substantial flaws.”
Facebook executive Matt Cohler also submits that “Facebook will be more careful in the future in regards to partnering with companies such as MYWOT.”

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General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall
« on: December 08, 2013, 02:54 AM »
agreed, if the leftover information is enough to actually IDENTIFY you, and it's somehow doing that not using the normal way (cookies).. well i can't think of any justification for that -- and if it was done on purpose, and is actively being USED to identify people? that's NOT ok and needs to be called out in a serious way, and we should expect some answers.

i mean every site on the planet now tracks users with cookies.. and i don't quite understand how a site is identifying a WOT user without a plugin and without using cookies.

can someone explain that to me?

i'd just like to see some more evidence or explanation about that before i make up my mind..

How? Not sure. But for proof, please go here.
Please run a page keyword search for "wireshark.org" and read the entire entry posted there.

BTW, myWOT now teams up with Facebook [WRONG - please see below].
Please go here again:
Run a page search for these words, in quotes: "The big problem is now that Facebook pulls data from".
EDIT/UPDATE: Please go here again, and you'll find this entry, quote: "Pawel Reszka
I wouldn’t worry about WOT that much. Their reputation is already destroyed. They did it to themselves. Facebook doesn’t uses them to block sites anymore either."

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General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall
« on: December 08, 2013, 02:17 AM »
Okay, for our next magic trick...
I just uninstalled myWOT from my Chrome browser.
Where and how to I find all those 250-odd hidden lines of leftover myWOT code and remove them from Chrome, please?
Typing about:config in Chrome's address bar only gives me an error mssg.

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General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall
« on: December 08, 2013, 01:32 AM »
So anyways, when I'm using Firefox and click on the "+" sign to open a new web browser and before telling it what website to go to, it gives me this grid of nine rectangles, that even with 'history' turned off, tells my history of the last nine websites I visited.
Before I did 'reset' on Firefox (and BTW thank you very much for showing me how to do that), I had it set up not to do that, and it didn't.
But now I can't remember how to do that.

(edit): I remember now; I had it set up somehow so that everytime I clicked on "+" to create a new blank tab, it would automatically go to my favorite website!
Now I just need to remember how I did that...

(edit): Okay, found it!

Quote: If you are concerned about your privacy, you can turn this feature off completely:

    In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
        The about:config "This might void your warranty!" warning page may appear. Click I'll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page.
    Type browser.newtab.url in the search box.
    Double-click the browser.newtab.url preference and change the url from about:newtab to about:blank. Alternately, you can change it to about:home for the Firefox Google home page, or type in your preferred home page, for example google.com.
    Click OK and close the about:config tab.

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General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall
« on: December 08, 2013, 01:04 AM »
Ookay, okay, I did say 'reputed'.

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General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall
« on: December 07, 2013, 09:40 PM »
I reset Firefox, but lost an option I can't figure out how to get back.
When I open a new blank tab, it initially shows my history in a grid of nine rectangles, even with the "Don't save history" option checked.
There's a way to get it not to show that, but I can't seem to find it.

Another problem probably not fixable is that when I go to close all 'other' tabs, it invariably warns me I am about to close all other tabs and do I wish to continue?
I'd rather not have this 'safety feature' second-guessing me like that.

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General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall
« on: December 07, 2013, 12:10 AM »
It won't allow 'delete' of the entries.
So what is the name of the file with all those entries and where is it located I wonder?

Right-click on an entry and select Reset, when you restart Firefox/Seamonkey/Thunderbird/etc, it should be gone.

ie. It's reset to its default value, which in the case of an non-default entry is non-existence  :)
Nice!!!!!
In fact, it's downright civilized. :)

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General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall
« on: December 06, 2013, 11:49 PM »
^right.
Okay, I found myWOT in Add-Ons in Seamonkey Portable and did a proper uninstall.
Then I typed about:config in the address bar, followed by weboftrust, and there were the gazillion left-over entries that post heads-up warned about.
It won't allow 'delete' of the entries.
So what is the name of the file with all those entries and where is it located I wonder?
I'm reminded of an 'Aliens' quote; "...so who's laying all these eggs?..."

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General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall
« on: December 06, 2013, 11:38 PM »
Instead of uninstalling/reinstalling Firefox, you should be able to hold down a shift key while starting it and then choose to reset to defaults.

For hash number, think of it as similar to an MD5 checksum - it could be composed of alphanumeric or just numeric characters.  It's probably what they use to personally identify your computer.
"...hold down shift key while starting to reset to defaults..."
It worked on Firefox; way cool.

myWOT is looking more and more like crapware, as per this link.

I'd like to remove myWOT piecemeal from Seamonkey Portable, but I can't even find where it's listed in Preferences or Tools.
Typing about:config and searching for myWOT or weboftrust shows a ton of entries, but gives no way to remove them.
Plus I'd rather do a proper uninstall first, then go after the about:config lines, if I knew what file path and file they were in.

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General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:18 PM »
The person who gave the original head's-up on this, says during uninstall from Firefox, "...Be sure not to miss the 3 hash numbers..."
What's a hash number?

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General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:16 PM »
PS - How would it be if I simply export my bookmarks, uninstall Firefox, then reimport the bookmarks and reset all my personal settings and reinstall all my favorite add-ons, except for myWOT?
Will that work, or is myWOT going to be a lurker and be hiding somewhere else as well?

I'm not quite sure what to do about uninstalling from Seamonkey.
Thank you.

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