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Hooray for Audacity - Blather, Rinse, Repeat
October 4th, 2004
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Hooray for Audacity
So, I'm running an operating system that you've probably heard of on this machine. It wasn't designed to be a fast or secure operating system, it's not got an aesthetically pleasing windows manager, but for some reason, it's a popular operating system.

I just rebooted because the web browser that is "conveniently" bundled with this operating system began behaving in completely bizarre fashion, making my desktop unusable to me.

When I rebooted, I got a warning that the GDI+ subsystem had a potential security hole, and would I like to know more about how to fix this? Sure, says I, but hey, haven't you been downloading me updates on a weekly basis? Shouldn't this security hole have been fixed a couple months ago?

So I am led to the web page that describes how I can diagnose their security screwup. Step 2: Download the GDI+ Detection Tool. Well, that seems like overkill, but OK.

In order to determine if I am a victim of criminally negligent code on the part of the operating system vendor, I have to agree to an End User License Agreement. Hm. That seems wrong. Seems like we've got things backward here. The operating system vendor should be begging my forbearance, and please don't join any class action lawsuits.

So I click yes on the EULA, and the next thing that pops up is a dialog box, a completely standard one, one that happens when I install stuff off the web, like plugins and whatnot. The dialog box is there to make sure I understand that I'm installing potentially unsafe code. And the line at the bottom is the very best part.

It gives me an option to ALWAYS TRUST CODE FROM MICROSOFT.

Yeah. That's what caused the problems in the first place, mouthbreathers.

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From:ericasco
Date:October 5th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
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and please don't join any class action lawsuits.

A careful reading of the EULA should inform you that in clicking that "Agree" button, you're agreeing to not sue the WinPants off them.
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From:tsmaster
Date:October 5th, 2004 08:32 am (UTC)
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That seems an awful lot like extortion.
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From:ginsu
Date:October 5th, 2004 08:49 am (UTC)

extortion?

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Well, it is.

From http://searchnetworking.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid7_gci785028,00.html I recall this timeless passage:

"So what are we left with here? A large, powerful, incredibly lucrative operation which attempts, through unorthodox means, to solicit protection money from businesses for security services... which turn out not to be secure. Doesn't this sound familiar?"

On the other hand, in reference to your subject line, Audacity is a kickass cross-platform open-source freeware multitrack recorder.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
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From:jsmitty_o
Date:October 5th, 2004 09:01 am (UTC)

"mouthbreathers"

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You're so cool. =) Some people find it "endearing" when I swear, alleging that it's so strange to hear swear words coming from my mouth. They say this knowing full well that I can curse like a sailor. Why some of these people call me America's Sweetheart, I still don't know.

YOU deserve the title. Or, you know, some masculine equivalent of it. =) I don't think I have ever heard you utter or type a swear word more than five times. If that.
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From:moonlightnrain
Date:October 5th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC)

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Why some of these people call me America's Sweetheart, I still don't know.

personally, I like my sweethearts to curse like sailors. that said, what should we call Dave? Mr. Sweetheart?
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From:jsmitty_o
Date:October 5th, 2004 12:37 pm (UTC)

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I kind of like "Mr. Sweetheart." Dave?? What say ye?
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From:tsmaster
Date:October 5th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)

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It seems like the kind of thing that I really shouldn't get a vote on, like the nicknames for classical music.

That said, part of the lore amongst at least my college friends (probably far wider than that, though) was that when a girl referred to a guy as "sweet", it was the kiss of death - he had been permanently moved into the "Friends Zone".

So. I have a little bit of a distaste for "Mr. Sweetheart" based on that. But it's not a big deal, as I'm unlikely to be dating most of you folk. :)
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From:jsmitty_o
Date:October 5th, 2004 01:27 pm (UTC)

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Hmm, there is the potential for the kiss of death, so I'll refrain from calling you that to other people. And yeah, you're not too likely to be dating that moonlightnrain person. ;) Or me right now, for that matter. If scoreboard dumps me someday, I'll give you a call. ;)

Although, now that I've agreed with you on the potential kiss of death thing, the Mr. Sweetheart part would actually earn points with my coworker... which is I want to set you up with her. =D So, when are you flying down here to visit?? ;)
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From:tsmaster
Date:October 5th, 2004 01:30 pm (UTC)

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Hm. Spring is seeming farther and farther away. :)

I may have to take a long weekend and come down before then.
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From:tsmaster
Date:October 5th, 2004 10:45 am (UTC)

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I hereby give you permission to call me "America's Sweetheart" as much as you like. Perhaps except when you're talking to other people. :)
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From:jsmitty_o
Date:October 5th, 2004 12:36 pm (UTC)

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Can I call you "America's Sweetheart" to my coworker? I casually mentioned to her that you met a woman at a wedding and her face looked a little sullen. If you ever want to make a weekend trip to the Bay Area, let me know. ;) I want to have a housewarming sometime, I can invite you to that. Of course, I don't know *when* I'll have a housewarming... most of my weekends are filled up! But you can always come down south before then. =)
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From:tsmaster
Date:October 5th, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC)

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:) Hm.

I'm somewhat enchanted that she became sullen at the news. Who knows? Perhaps things with Carolyn won't take off - perhaps calling off our corn maze plans is a sign that she's become disenchanted with me.

Or maybe not.


I might come down to the Bay Area before next spring, but I already plan to be down there for my annual conference. If nothing else, it'd be cool to meet up for dinner at that time.
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