That’s just cruel—it’s like wrapping condoms in babies.

— Gizmodo's finest review

Hopefully this works in iOS 12…

In iOS 11, Apple added a feature to quickly disable fingerprint and face logins. Unfortunately, it only works on iPhones; if you use the fingerprint reader on an iPad, the only way to disable it is to shut the device off.

I haven’t tested this in iOS 12 yet, because I need my devices to work, so I don’t upgrade them until at least the first patch release, usually the third. Because x.0 releases from Apple have been a disaster for many, many years.

In fairness to their many hardware problems, everyone’s dot-oh hardware releases are dubious. You learn an awful lot while that first batch of devices is crossing the Pacific on a container ship. This is why the best way to get a reliable product from Apple is to buy their factory-refurbished units that are extensively tested and eligible for AppleCare.

Dear Amazon,

What do you people do to your dogs?


Governer High-Speed-Train-To-Nowhere has signed the bill requiring companies headquartered in California to identify at least one self-identified woman on their boards by the end of 2019, and around a third of the total by the end of 2021.


“For purposes of this subdivision, a female director having held a seat for at least a portion of the year shall not be a violation.”

“​‘Female’ means an individual who self-identifies her gender as a woman, without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.”

In other words, you can still have a board composed entirely of straight white men, as long as ~1/3 of them claim otherwise at least one day a year. Not necessarily the same day, although that might make it easier to prove compliance.

No word yet on dragonkin quotas or cyborg tokenism.


Damn, I suddenly realized I should have titled this “Bitter Klingers”…

You’ve got a long way, baby…

Tried out the Fedora 29 beta. I can get past having to reset the screen resolution every time it boots, since it’s running under VMware Fusion and thus may not be Fedora or GNOME’s fault, but this definitely is:

Yes, the Media Size menu is mostly offscreen. At least, the first time I click on it; it’s just plain missing after that, which leads me to believe it’s completely offscreen.

Not shown is the batshit-craziness of having to unlock the printer configuration with your password before you’re allowed to change anything on this screen at all: page orientation, paper size, duplex, tray, anything.

Oh, that’s what the second front door was for!

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who wondered what the hell Ford and her husband were fighting about in therapy when she first revealed her 30+-year-old secret allegation against then-unnamed attackers. Lacking any details, I assumed it was a security door to make their entrance more secure.

Turns out they were adding a studio apartment to their Palo Alto house, and she didn’t want tenants to have access to the rest of the house, so it was “a front door for the apartment”. That sounds perfectly reasonable, so my guess is that the fight was because she didn’t mention this requirement until the work was already done, and the contractors had to come back and cut a new exterior door in a location that wasn’t designed for it, adding $$$ to an expensive remodel that was supposed to have started making money for them by then.

(via Ace of Spades HQ sidebar link)


Looks like my guess is off: the person who sold them the house was their first tenant, and continued to use it as her business address.

Needs a bit of work…

Tim Berners-Lee announces new decentralized web technology. Site immediately crashes under load in classic slashdotting.


If you bypass their overloaded web server and go straight to the github repo, you’ll find a slumgullion of kitbashed code and obsolete documentation, suggesting that the simplicity and elegance of Berners-Lee’s earlier invention are completely absent here.

All your Bows are belong to us

Gender-swapped Bowser and friends is the good news this week.

Rule 34 Friday…

Nana Okada (岡田奈々) takes up the challenge.

More here, most with more life behind the eyes. NSFW due to bikinis, lingerie, and quite a nice heinie for a Japanese girl.

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