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Xavier Onassiss

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  1. Thanks to all for the suggestions. I've been through the above steps regarding the system time and TLS vs. SSL. No luck there. I've got my backup machine (a Windows 10 laptop) fully updated and working properly now. With Windows 7 no longer supported, I think it's probably safest to retire it and move on. Sooner or later I have to learn to use Win10, like it or not.
  2. Does anyone know anything about TLS handshake errors? I think it might be a problem with corrupted data in my browser profile, so I created a new profile. For the moment it seems to have helped. We'll see what happens. I suck at this.
  3. Monkeying around with stuff way above my pay grade and I think I found the problem. Our ISP has upgraded to 5G, and apparently we now have a 5G network connection on our router? (I didn't know this was a thing.) Exact same name as the old wireless network with "-5G" after it. So I connected to that one instead of our old wi-fi, and now the issues I was having are gone. Also, I have six times the connection speed. Still have no idea why I couldn't connect with the old network, but here I am. I'm in shipping and receiving, drat it! And about two minutes after I wrote the above, my browser stopped working, AGAIN. So I haven't fixed anything, really. No idea what's going on here. My browser stops working after an hour or three, I reboot the computer, it works okay again. It stops working. Repeat.
  4. I'm retiring my computer. Or not. Just like that, everything's fine now. I hate computers.
  5. Bitdefender has made my desktop pretty much impossible to use. I have not-so-old (new in 2018) Win7 machine and I've got MalWareBytes running now. I had MWB running simultaneously with Bitdefender, but the latter recently decided the entire internet is a security threat, refusing to load pages, slowing down my browser to the point of uselessness. I had to deactivate it. I've got no issues with MalWareBytes, but I usually keep a couple of anti-malware systems running at once if at all possible. Is there anything else I should install? Recommendations from the Hero Forum would be welcome.
  6. It's an all-too common occurrence in some parts of the country. I keep getting questions about my curious driving habit of activating my turn signal blinkers exactly once, about a half a second before changing lanes, and then doing so, shall we say... vigorously. I learned it's pretty much the only way to get the drop on the "blinker assassins." Yes, there's actually a name for these miscreants. They're the jerk-wipes in the adjacent lane who stomp on their gas pedal the instant they say a lane-change signal, as if they're on a crusade to prevent any and all would-be encroachments against the sanctity of their precious lane. May they all crash and burn.
  7. I am, in fact, my own evil twin. Which simplifies everything.
  8. Guess who gets the privilege of operating those detention centers? I can barely use a euphemism like "detention centers" with a straight face, so excuse me for a minute while I step away from the keyboard for a primal scream or something....
  9. My conclusion is that his hearing went bad at a very convenient moment. (for him)
  10. Another GOP seat may be up for grabs. Who didn't see this one coming? Aside from Congressman Nunes, I mean. https://shareblue.com/failed-memo-stunt-leaves-nunes-in-danger-of-losing-his-seat/
  11. Trump never gets tired of reminding us all how superior he is. Mainly because he isn't.
  12. That would be pepperoni. I nuke it for about half a minute to remove excess grease before it goes on the pizza.
  13. I used to tell people who asked what I want for Christmas that I don't need anything, just get me a pizza. Now we make one from scratch every year because my wife understands me. Merry Christmas!
  14. Update: the robots are now unemployed. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/12/after-outcry-non-profit-stops-use-of-security-robot-to-oust-homeless/
  15. When I went to Canada, someone thought I was Quebecois because of my hat.
  16. Sanity points notwithstanding, I'm gonna have a look at this on my day off.
  17. Urban Legends of the Fall of the Roman Empire Records Strikes Back to the Once and Future King of the Hills Have Eyes Wide Shutter Island of Dr. Moreau
  18. This is why we have laws. This is corrosive effect of having a class of citizens who are above the law. And this is something everyone should have seen coming decades ago. Now it's probably too late to change course.
  19. Regardless of how much a politician knows or doesn't know, as long as they keep voting "correctly", those big fat checks just keep coming in.
  20. More like "Tell the entire world 'I got nothing'."
  21. Understood. Actually everyone who uses FB should take care on some level. About a year and a half ago I "scrubbed" my FB feed of all references to my primary employer (the one on my profile is my own company) because of their draconian social media policies. Actually, I'm not sure they have a "policy" in any real sense; they tend to arbitrarily discipline employees for online activities, regardless of whether they're on their own time, using a private account, not speaking for the company in any way shape or form... you get the idea. Legally it's indefensible, but rank and file employees simply can't afford to take a billion-dollar company to court. So... no talking about work online for me. Everything else is fair game, including politics.
  22. I'm not 100% sure that's a good thing. Maybe what we need is more real, reasonable people on Facebook (twitter can fall in a hole and die) to counter all the BS and misinformation. The Reality Based Community needs all the help it can get. Sometimes it's not easy, and sometimes it seems pointless, but these days it's more important than ever to keep control of the narrative.
  23. From the "Name for a new campaign" thread over in Star Hero; I realized one of my suggestions probably belongs here instead: Space Bunnies and Edgar Rice Burroughs!
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