rhys jones

rhys jones 1 day, 18 hours ago on What could go where Staples is leaving?

Can't say I disagree, Trudi. I will not buy clothes or shoes at Wally World; they invariably disappoint, seams tearing, buttons popping, insoles sliding, always irreparably, made in China, even name brands, formerly American, I will never buy Coleman or Wrangler again.

Can't afford the boutiques, leaving the thrift shops, Internet, and other towns. Nobody would lose business; they're not getting it anyway, not from me anyway. Sure, affordable quality clothing would be nice!! I never went to Staples once. Won't miss it.


rhys jones 1 day, 19 hours ago on Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of April 10 to 16, 2014

... and I call myself a geek. Ha.

I installed AdBlock Plus a while back, at someone's suggestion (forgot who, thank you anyway) to block those annoying popup banner ads at the top and bottom, squeezing out content, Slopeside Grill comes to mind. And it worked fine for that.

I never knew you could use it to block their stupid reader surveys (I answer "no" to everything, hoping it will go away as soon as possible) or that it could do that... did it need a restart if I've rebooted since I installed it? I Googled it real quick -- no, it was running in my Firefox...

I did see one obscurity... checking on AdBlock settings... under Tools -> Adblock Plus -> Filter Preferences then Filter Subscriptions tab, there is a check box at the bottom, already checked, labelled "Allow some non-intrusive advertising" and I guess if you uncheck that, it might block their inane surveys.

Unfortunately I won't know any results for at least a week. I answered a whole barrage of questions yesterday, for the sacred privelege of reading this rag, which supposedly will buy me seven survey-free days. Do you use this? Are you planning on buying that? How do you like Clint Eastwood? (no... no... no... love him) They walk you into corners, forcing a response to things you don't know or care about.

Hopefully this little tweak will block the pests for good, and I hope it helps someone else. And if somebody out there has better information, we would all benefit if you shared it.


rhys jones 2 days, 16 hours ago on Colorado's private health insurance enrollment stands at 124,000

Is this record skipping? Or is that a terrier, with his teeth in my pants leg?

I repeat: Heartbleed was only specific to certain releases of OpenSSL. Those have been corrected. If your information wasn't stolen already, it won't be now. Not through that hole, anyway.

The Yellowstone volcano could explode at any moment. Should I move to Florida? There are crazy drivers on the road. Should I not cross the street?

Some things fall below my fear threshhold. Yellowstone, drivers, and Heartbleed are three of them.

I've wasted too much of my life on this already; surely there are other bones to gnaw. Ciao!!


rhys jones 2 days, 17 hours ago on Colorado's private health insurance enrollment stands at 124,000

Thanks for covering my back, Chris (and I said I was out of this).

Steve apparently has extensive knowledge on the subject, although the Heartbleed hole was specific to only certain releases of OpenSSL, those have been corrected, and if the culprits didn't steal your identity when they had the chance, that window is closed.

Conspiracies come in different flavors. The Fed is fact. Heartbleed is a) mostly theory, and b) history.

Paranoia can overrule common sense. The few people with the knowlege of the Heartbleed defect, combined with the ability to exploit it, while it was open, most likely have far better things to do with their time than turn into petty thieves. That's a lot of trouble, for a dubious return.

I trust open source well ahead of Gates' can of worms. Nobody knows what's buried in all the undecipherable .EXE's, outside Seattle. After he got off his antitrust charges with basically a slap on the wrist, soon to release XP, his latest at the time... and several closed-door meetings with Congress... one wonders what spyware he buried in his operating system for the Feds. We know for a fact they are monitoring all email traffic; what else can they see? Bank balances? Money transfers? Your pictures?

Get a 404 or 505, who answers first: Microsoft, or Linux? Our community wins that hands down. We (they) fixed Heartbleed as soon as it was discovered (though there are rumors the NSA exploited it for some time first). No harm was done.

Some dogs just like to bark, and I guess there's a bit of border collie in me too.


rhys jones 2 days, 19 hours ago on Our View: Lessons learned

We'll hear from the doubters shortly, waking groggily, 'shaking their heads to clear them, the approximate equivalent of shaking a glass of muddy water so as to see better through it' (courtesy PJ O'Rourke, thanks PJ) but in the meantime, I think this is an excellent recommendation.

I told y'all about the RCSO who zoomed up on my bumper at at least 60 in order to cause me to swerve, at the apex of the tightest curve on River Road... that was six years ago, and with the occasional desperate exception, I have been bussing and biking and walking and hitchhiking ever since.

If dashboard cameras had been the norm back then -- and if I'd had the wherewithal to subpoena it -- and if it didn't mysteriously disappear, like my breath test did -- I might likely be driving today. A couple of thought occur:

That was bound to happen sooner or later anyway; I had exactly the wrong attitude. A cop who is also a close relative -- can't say who -- said at the time "We don't have to look for drunks -- you make yourselves plenty evident."

My old Blazer is not getting any older just sitting there. Even when it is being used, M&M keeps it alive with used parts, all from more recent vehicles than itself. My truck doesn't get older -- it gets newer, all the time. Maybe some day soon, you'll see it on the road again.


rhys jones 2 days, 19 hours ago on The Record for Friday, April 18, 2014

I just love seeing "no action/contact/arrest." Despite my occasional carping, I think we've generally got a pretty good bunch of level-headed of cops around here.


rhys jones 3 days, 5 hours ago on Colorado's private health insurance enrollment stands at 124,000

The hole has been closed. If they didn't get your info already, it's too late now.

And now I realize with whom I am engaged, he who is more persistent than a border collie, and has less of a life than Scott W. Arguments are won by he who gets in the last word, which you will see shortly, as I am departing this thread at this time, conceding superiority to the dog.