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  1. If you're using 10.5 or older, they're not supporting those anymore, so you're out of luck if that's the case. The only thing you can really do is to disable Java. If you go to /Applications/Utilities/ and open Java Preferences, then uncheck everything in the "General" tab, that should prevent anything Java-based from running anywhere, in your browser or elsewhere. Note: You shouldn't have to do this unless you're running an older version of OS X that's no longer supported, but if you want to do it just to be extra safe and you don't do anything that uses Java (most people don't), go right ahead. It's been one of the biggest security nightmares around for the past several years. You can always go back and re-enable it again if you need it for something.
  2. I've been summoned here by more than one rather terse and unspecific request, so I'm not really sure what exactly I'm supposed to do, but I guess I can make it up as I go along. From what I've heard so far, the old "fake Flash installer" version from last year was not very widespread. The current Java-based one seems to be overwhelmingly most common on sites based out of Russia, including some ones illegally streaming movies. Unless you manually moved or renamed it, that should be the case. Everything (well, almost, but for practical purposes) installs to /Applications/ by default. For anyone who's trying to play along at home and follow the instructions here, if you can't make enough sense out of it to understand what you're supposed to be doing, you probably shouldn't be doing it. The way it's presented is a little more confusing than it needs to be (anything that looks %like_this% is essentially a variable that should be replaced with whatever it's telling you, percent signs and all), but all of those things have to be done exactly how it says for it to do any good. Chances are that most people haven't been affected, and someone will probably release a tool meant for normal people to use at some point soon-ish. Also, Apple has a patch for the bug that this is exploiting as of a couple days ago, so if you haven't gotten it yet, go run Software Update.
  3. I can't believe after all these months no one else has done this (according to Google, at least). With all the videos and images that have been created by combining with everything else imaginable, I figured this had to already exist when I thought of it in the shower earlier, but I could find no trace of it anywhere. It thus became my duty (according to the laws of the Internet) to make it myself: Here's the original for comparison if anyone wants.
  4. That's debatable, and it's still stupid, because it confuses nearly every person who sees it the way it is now. To most people, it implies that it was a deliberate act on someone's part. I'm also pretty sure that it's trivial to change it.
  5. I'm not at all certain that I'm right; I in fact am well aware that it's quite wrong when using proportional fonts. It's just that it's almost as annoying how typographers (and typographic/style pedants) get so worked up about people doing it wrong as the people doing it wrong get protesting that the wrong way is right. I do have to side with the people who actually do it the right way, though, even if just barely. I can't bring myself to stand up for people loudly proclaiming and defending their ignorance, and it's no secret that pedantry appeals to me. Heh.
  6. Bite me. I can use as many spaces as I want between sentences. The vast majority of the time I'm using monospaced fonts, and for things like this, any respectable web browser (or anything else that displays HTML) should automatically condense two spaces after a period to one when parsing it for display (or any arbitrarily large number of spaces, for that matter; look at the content of my post). So there.
  7. I'm also liking the neuropsych idea, because of the nature of the overlapping conditions. I also have the fun combination of epilepsy, ADD, and a mood disorder, and the people you work with either need to be familiar with all parts of it or willing to work closely with the other members of the team who handle the other parts. My neurologist and psychiatrist keep in touch and double check things with each other if they're considering anything that might affect something the other knows more about, just in case, and even my sleep doctors at this point have neuro or psych backgrounds, because it's been too much of a pain to deal with otherwise. I'd be leery of a GP/internist poking at my brain, and mine wouldn't even try and would just refer me to someone else, because she knows what she's not qualified for. Also, I am semi-successfully on a stim at the moment, too. It took a bit of trial and error to find one that helped without causing too many problems, and we had to fiddle with my ACs a bit to compensate for adding it, but it seems to be going ok. It's not quite everything I dreamed it would be, and it took a while to sort everything out, but it has at least been an improvement over not taking it, so that's something.
  8. Before I got bored of testing different browsers, I checked the current version of Firefox on OS X and Win7, IE9 (with and without compatibility mode), and Safari, and every single one of them had it in the border above the text box.
  9. Tagging a thread "nipple clamps" would be perfectly appropriate if that's what it's actually about.
  10. Yeah, it's not really going to knock you out on its own or anything. It might make you a bit more relaxed and have a little bit of an easier time falling asleep, but Klonopin definitely made me more tired/sleepier than it did. You also can't really increase the effect much beyond a certain point by taking more, because the more of it you take, the less of it is absorbed into your system. It drops off astoundingly rapidly, to the point where you can quadruple your dose and end up with something like a 20% higher actual blood level (depending on where on the curve you're starting, etc., but that is not an exaggeration). When it works, it definitely doesn't suck, but it probably won't pull off any miracles by itself, just help out as a member of the team.
  11. Dammit, Joe! Uh, I mean... Dammit, Invision! They got rid of the setting to disable displaying images and emoticons. Good thing I can do all that kind of stuff manually on my end, but I'm going to end up writing my own entire theme at this rate, along with a few pages of Greasemonkey hacks, just to get this thing usable again. If I end up irritated/motivated enough to go through with it, I'll see about possibly making a custom theme for other people to use who might have peculiar tastes similar to mine (primarily making it play nicely with narrower screens, have the option to replace inline images in posts with links, replace emoticons with text, disable the obnoxious fade in/fade out mouseover effects, and do something about The Vast Whiteness with nothing to break it up), along with posting the Greasemonkey scripts that might be necessary to do some parts of that properly (which I probably already should've done with the chat ones I made months ago, except they're semi-obsolete now with the new version). No promises, though. I have a tendency to get sidetracked by other things, especially after I get used to the weird quirks of the new versions of things. Heh.
  12. I'm torn between it being too good to be true and too bizarre to have been made up. Either way, it's awesome.
  13. Yes. It really, really is. There isn't really a good reason for it to force the page to be wider than the window and make you have to scroll to read it instead of just wrapping it like it used to. It's kind of pissing me off, too. You'd think with all the people using netbooks and tablets these days, Invision would try to make their stuff work better with smaller screen/window sizes in new versions, not worse.
  14. To be slightly nitpicky, it's a GABA analogue, not "made of GABA", so it's structurally very similar to it, but it's not identical. It is indeed pretty much not metabolized and weight neutral for the most part, though. In theory it's an anticonvulsant, but I have yet to encounter anyone using it for its anticonvulsant properties. It's mainly known for being good for anxiety and neuropathic pain, at least when it works, and for being almost inert when it doesn't work. It can kind of sort of help with other stuff, but it's hit or miss and not really reliable. It's mildly sedating, too. I personally had a horrible negative reaction to it, but that's freakishly unusual, and no doctor I've mentioned it to has ever encountered it happening to anyone else. Heh.
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