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17 Apr 13:36

You Can Repair Your Own Electronics Without Voiding the Warranty

by Patrick Allan

The Federal Trade Commission has sent out warning letters to six major companies that sell cars, phones, and gaming consoles, informing them that it’s illegal to void warranties when consumers try to repair their own items, or use parts not manufactured by their company. The same goes for using third-party repair services. That’s right, you can rip off that stupid “warranty void if removed” sticker without fear.

The letter, described in a FTC press release, expresses their concern regarding certain companies’ warranty provisions that discourage consumers from using other companies’ parts and services. Statements like “The use of [company name] parts is required to keep your... manufacturer’s warranties and any extended warranties intact,” and “This warranty does not apply if this product... has had the warranty seal on the [product] altered, defaced, or removed,” are illegal according to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. The law governs consumer product warranties, and clearly prohibits manufacturers putting repair restrictions on items they offer a warranty on. The FTC says these restrictive provisions may also be considered deceptive under the FTC Act.

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It’s hard to say which companies are being targeted with these notices—there’s a good chance Sony, Microsoft, and Apple are in the mix—but the FTC has asked that each company, review their promotional and warranty materials, then remove or change provisions that suggest the use of specific parts or services within the next 30 days. Thomas B. Pahl, the Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, explains that such strict provisions only benefit the manufacturer:

“Provisions that tie warranty coverage to the use of particular products or services harm both consumers who pay more for them as well as the small businesses who offer competing products and services.”

What does this mean for you? Well, as long as the device cost more than $15, and you don’t do anything else to void your warranty (read them carefully), you can rip off that sticker to try to fix the device yourself with parts made by other manufacturers, or take it to a third-party repair shop to fix it—all without voiding your warranty. It is illegal for the manufacturer to not honor their warranty only because you took the item elsewhere first.

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That said, it’s best to proceed with extreme caution. Just because you can legally open up your Playstation 4 or what have you doesn’t necessarily mean you can do whatever you want in there. Always make sure you know all of the provisions of your device’s warranty before you do anything.

04 Apr 16:21

Friendly Questions

Just tell me everything you're thinking about in order from most important to last, and then we'll be friends and we can eat apples together.
02 Feb 12:42

strip for February / 2 / 2018 - Buncha Dumbs

24 Dec 16:36

Cuddow art up for grabs!

by DaveKellett

Original art fans: I put a Drive illustration up for grabs, if you want it. Starts at 1 penny! “Dance like no one thinks you’re a doofus"

https://www.ebay.com/itm/292372161794

26 Oct 12:43

Immune System

It also helps with negotiation. "Look, if it were up to me, *I'd* accept your offer, but my swarm of autonomous killer cells literally can't be reasoned with. It's out of my hands!"
19 Jul 11:34

strip for July / 17 / 2017 - Joy/Sad

04 Jul 11:24

strip for July / 3 / 2017 - Anatomy of a Hummingbird

29 May 18:36

Rage Against the Dying of the Light with Our Newest Morale Patch in the ITS Store

by The ITS Crew

Poetry uses words to create vivid images in our minds and one that stands out as a favorite of ours is “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas. The ITS Dying Light Morale Patch is our tribute to Thomas and our homage of what his poem captures.

Featuring the ruler of the night (the moon) as our visual addition and two of our favorite lines from the poem, the ITS Dying Light Morale Patch measures 3.5″ wide x 1.5″ tall and features a hook backing.

Remember, old age should burn and rave at the close of day.

Click here to pick up your ITS Dying Light Morale Patch in the ITS Store!

The post Rage Against the Dying of the Light with Our Newest Morale Patch in the ITS Store appeared first on ITS Tactical.

28 Mar 19:25

IT guy checks to see if PC is virus-free, with virus-ridden USB stick

by Simon Sharwood

Same org saw users catch ransomware twice. In one day. After being warned

On-Call  Welcome again to On-Call, our weekly therapy session for readers who need to share terrible memories of jobs gone horribly, horribly, wrong.…

08 Mar 19:58

It’s Safe to Skip Your Period On Birth Control

by Beth Skwarecki on Vitals, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker

Birth control pill packs typically include a week of placebo pills, without any hormones. If you skip those pills and start the next pack immediately, you can skip your period. Whether you want to do this is up to you—it may seem weird, but there’s no reason to believe it’s harmful.

As Fusion reports, some sources claim you should make sure you bleed every couple of months, but there’s no particular reason for that caution. Of course you should ask your doctor about any changes you’d like to make with your medication, but don’t await their reaction with suspense. Here’s the spoiler:

So I decided to ask some OBGYNs, and guess what? Every single one I spoke to said there’s no medically necessary reason to have a period if a woman is on hormonal birth control—but that many women simply don’t know that.

If you think about it, there are plenty of other hormonal birth control methods where you don’t get a break from the hormones. Those include implants, injections, and the hormonal types of IUD. Taking birth control pills (or using the hormone-releasing vaginal ring) the same way isn’t a problem—although you will go through more packs of pills or rings over time. If that’s fine with you, skip away.

Is It OK for Women to Skip Their Periods? | Fusion

03 Mar 23:25

Fried Pizza Dough Is a Super Satisfying, Simple Appetizer

by Claire Lower on Skillet, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker

If you are the type of person who blitzes through the sauce and cheese portion of a pizza to get to the crust, I have good news. Through the power of frying, you can finally make pizza crust the star it deserves to be, rather than an afterthought.

Just take your favorite pizza dough (Food52 has a great recipe in the link below), flatten into 1/4-inch-thick pieces, and dredge it through a mixture of flour, cornmeal, cayenne, and any other spices you desire. Fry in about an inch of 350-degree oil until puffy and golden, flip to get the other side, and set on paper towels to drain.

From there, you can dress ‘em up however you like. Sprinkle your golden, chewy pucks with fresh herbs and flaky salt, dip them in marinara, or spread on a healthy shmear of fresh ricotta. The options are almost endless.

Fried Pizza Dough is So Delightful, You’ll Need No Toppings | Food52

Photo by Toshiyuki IMAI.

17 Jun 21:57

Code Quality 2

It's like you tried to define a formal grammar based on fragments of a raw database dump from the QuickBooks file of a company that's about to collapse in an accounting scandal.
28 Dec 20:48

Stop Feeling Guilty About Your Indulgences to Get the Most Out of Them

by Eric Ravenscraft

Stop Feeling Guilty About Your Indulgences to Get the Most Out of Them

We all have little indulgences we know we shouldn’t take part in. The concert we shouldn’t have spent money on, the ice cream that breaks our diet. It’s fine to want to break those habits, but if you’re indulging a little, don’t beat yourself up with guilt.

As personal finance writer Tawcan explains, indulging in a guilty pleasure isn’t the same as forming a bad habit. A guilty pleasure is temporarily breaking a good habit to give yourself a treat. A bad habit is when those treats are the norm, in place of a good habit. If you really are indulging a guilty pleasure, though, leave out the guilt. All you do is ruin the psychological benefit of indulging, by beating yourself up over it:

So when you’re eating that piece of delicious cheesecake with ice cream on the side and telling yourself that you’re having some guilty pleasure, you’re telling your subconscious mind that you’re eating guilt. Consciously you may feel good, but subconsciously you are making yourself feeling worse and worse.

Instead of spending a solid 2+ hours watching a movie in the theater, having a good time, and not being disturbed, you’re telling your subconscious that you’re watching guilt and you’re missing out on all the different tasks that you’re supposed to do. You feel guilty for spending money on the movie ticket and feel guilty for not managing your time efficiently.

This is a delicate line to walk, because justifying too many bad behaviors can turn into a bad habit real fast. However, if you’re making conscious decisions about how to spend your time or bend your rules, make those decisions with conviction. Don’t just buy indulge the impulse to buy a movie ticket and then feel bad that you spent the money the entire time you’re in the theater. Buy it, enjoy the film, and come back to your responsible life refreshed.

Guilty pleasure | Tawcan via Rockstar Finance

Photo by bark.

09 Sep 14:59

Footprints

"There's one set of foot-p's cause I was totes carrying you, bro!" said Jesus seconds before I punched him.
29 Jul 19:50

The Upgrade From Hell

by John Scalzi

Downloading Windows 10 on my laptop. If it doesn't explode, may consider downloading it for my desktop.

— John Scalzi (@scalzi) July 29, 2015

Folks, there's a reason I'm testing Win10 on the laptop first. Easy to backup, nothing there I'd miss if lost. Relax, I'm not stupid.

— John Scalzi (@scalzi) July 29, 2015

Windows 10 now 28% downloaded. The wind has picked up outside, and the sky has gotten dark. Rain has begun to fall. It is blood.

— John Scalzi (@scalzi) July 29, 2015

Windows 10 36% downloaded. The cats have stood up on hind legs and are chanting in ancient Aramaic. A small temblor rattles the ground.

— John Scalzi (@scalzi) July 29, 2015

Windows 10 now 45% downloaded. The floor swims in bile. The ceiling drips ichor. My Coke Zero has spontaneously transmogrified into Fresca.

— John Scalzi (@scalzi) July 29, 2015

Windows 10 57% downloaded. The bowels of Hell erupt and the undead shamble to the door, to talk to me of our dread lord and savior, Clippy.

— John Scalzi (@scalzi) July 29, 2015

Windows 10 71% downloaded. Horrible gulping, weeping sounds coming from the basement. I mean, more than usual.

— John Scalzi (@scalzi) July 29, 2015

Windows 10 85% downloaded. Chthonic entities congregate in my yard, speaking in mind-rending tongues of the end of the world, and Amway.

— John Scalzi (@scalzi) July 29, 2015

Windows 10 download at 99% – OH LORD I SEE IT I SEE IT NOW I SEE EVERYTHING WINDOWS 10 WAS REALLY MICROSOFT BOB ALL ALONG (claws out eyes)

— John Scalzi (@scalzi) July 29, 2015


08 Jun 15:49

How to storm the virtual heights of SAN

by Chris Mellor

Size matters

Platoons are easy to manage, nimble and fast-moving, but regiments need a host of logistics operations to bring them to the battle point.…

15 Apr 16:16

Comic: 101, Part Two

by tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
New Comic: 101, Part Two
06 Apr 15:05

Multiplex #1008: End of an Era, Part Five

And scene. Like I said last time, Norma will still be around for a couple more weeks, before the new manager arrives. See you on Friday.

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16 Feb 14:22

strip for February / 13 / 2015 - Have You Taken The Coffee Oath?

22 Jan 21:09

strip for January / 22 / 2015 - You probably didn't know why judges wear black...

strip for January / 22 / 2015 - You probably didn't know why judges wear black...
You probably didn't know why judges wear black...

Jump to a Random Strip in the Archives! | Buy This Original Art | Archives | E-mail Dave

05 Dec 14:12

This Graphic Translates Web Design Feedback into Plain English

by Alan Henry

We've all heard stories of people who look at a website mockup and say something like "It needs more pop!" or "Make it sleeker," without being specific about what they're looking for. It can be a pain, but this tongue-firmly-in-cheek graphic translates those phrases to language you can actually use.

If you're a designer, or have worked on a redesign project as a developer, tester, or even project manager, you've probably heard the empty, "gut" feedback from the people in charge about how they want a design to make them feel as opposed to what it should look like. It can be frustrating to be sure, and you'll catch that in the graphic below, but it does actually offer some suggestions and guidance to help you build a design they may be looking for.

The graphic is the work of the folks at Plato Web Design, the same folks behind this great graphic full of replacements for overused, boring fonts. Click enlarge on the image below to see it full-sized.

Translating Client-Speak: An Infographic | Plato Web Design via Imgur

This Graphic Translates Web Design Feedback into Plain English

16 Jul 16:20

strip for July / 16 / 2014 - An Aztec-Sun-God Level of Devotion

Pelgris

I know it's what I want.

17 Jan 16:55

Inexplicable

'It has a ghost in it. Take it back.' 'No.'
22 Aug 18:06

Get Monoprice's 50+ Bulk Discount On Any Item with This Coupon Code

by Alan Henry

Get Monoprice's 50+ Bulk Discount On Any Item with This Coupon Code

Monoprice is a great place for all kinds of stuff, from audio gear and headphones to ink and toner, and if you buy more than 50 of a specific item, you get a big discount for buying in bulk. Now Monoprice is offering that discount to everyone, whether you order one item or a hundred.

To get the discount, all you need is to enter coupon code EMP0823 at checkout. You'll get the 50+ price on all of the items in your cart, which can add up to pretty big savings depending on what it is you're ordering. Plus, you can use the coupon code as many times as you like between now and September 15th, 2013 (which is when the code expires).

Perhaps best of all, Monoprice started emailing and tweeting the code out to friends and family earlier this week, encouraging them to share it with others, so you don't have to worry about someone pulling the plug on the code because of overuse. If you need some suggestions for things to load up your cart with, we can help you out there, too. Did you know Monoprice even sells mechanical keyboards?

Monoprice | via Dan Frakes

19 Aug 23:18

Thought of the Day – The Cameron Trilogy

by Justin Alexander

The challenge: Take three movies that aren’t actually related to each other and pretend that they’re a trilogy.

The outcome:

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off –> Fight Club –> Incredible Hulk

In the first movie, we see Cameron’s adolescent fantasies played out through his imaginary friend Ferris. In the second movie, Cameron is older and jaded and his new imaginary friend is a terrorist. In the third movie, Cameron is exposed to gamma radiation and periodically transforms into the “Other Guy” (who is, in fact, just the latest manifestation of his imaginary friend).

Ferris Bueller's Day Off  Fight Club    Incredible Hulk

 

20 Jun 22:19

The Pace of Modern Life

'Unfortunately, the notion of marriage which prevails ... at the present time ... regards the institution as simply a convenient arrangement or formal contract ... This disregard of the sanctity of marriage and contempt for its restrictions is one of the most alarming tendencies of the present age.' --John Harvey Kellogg, Ladies' guide in health and disease (1883)
20 May 17:24

Terminal Lance “Presidential Service”

by Max

Terminal Lance “Presidential Service”

I thought the reaction to this photo was interesting:

Yes, the President of the United States of America had a boot Corporal hold an umbrella for him while he gave a speech.

The reactions were interesting because people let their political butthurtedness flow into their opinions on the matter. People seem to forget that we’re Marines, and this is exactly the kind of shit that Marines do. Somehow, holding an umbrella for the President and the Turkish Prime Minister is seen as demeaning, while all of the other bullshit that Marines do every day is not. I find it entertaining to see Marines on my Facebook page saying things like, “I would have told him to fuck off and hold his own umbrella.”

No you wouldn’t.

Shut up.

We’re Marines, if the President of the fucking United States asks you to hold a fucking umbrella, you hold a fucking umbrella. As well, the day I give a shit about a boot Corporal holding an umbrella is the day I’ve forgotten what the Marine Corps is. Honestly, holding an umbrella for the President is probably the least demeaning thing I could imagine doing as a Marine, as opposed to the other bullshit I had to do every day. No one would think twice about asking a boot to police call cigarette butts across the entire base at 5am, but the minute this boot has to hold an umbrella for the Commander in Chief, people get upset.

He’s the President, he rates an umbrella.

Get over it.