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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Espectr0 Re:running 8.1 update 1 from wsus (548 comments)

we have specialized hardware as our firewall
we have an antivirus on all machines
we are policies to restrict software to only allow sanctioned bits.
we have sensible subnetting in place

I admin 600 client machines and the only issue in over 9 years was an IIS security issue.

I am not saying we are 100% secure, but really, if you think about it, SSL isn't going to do anything for us.

yesterday
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Espectr0 running 8.1 update 1 from wsus (548 comments)

if you have wsus without ssl, it works fine after importing the update from the catalog.

i don't see the need of ssl on an internal small server, anyway even with ssl you can enable tls 1.2 manually and it will work.

this article is also misleading, since the update itself is a regular update and not labeled "update 1" or even a service pack, but on every windows version out there there are updates that depend on other updates, especially service packs, so nothing new here.

yesterday
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Espectr0 Re:If only there was an update tool from xp to win (641 comments)

There is one. Pcmover by laplink (not the free version) says that it can migrate apps as well as data.

If you only want to migrate the data and profiles, use USMT (free), it's a command line tool but works fine.

If you are migrating to 7 instead of 8.1, use windows easy transfer, it's a GUI to usmt that comes with it built in, download for XP and then format and double click on the .mig file to get the data back.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

Espectr0 Re:microsoft account (208 comments)

The problem isn't needing a microsoft account (i.e live account to sync settings), the problem is that the program won't install if you are using a non-microsoft account in windows 8, which practically means you can't use this on business machines.

about a month ago
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WhatsApp Founder Used Unchangable Airline Ticket To Pressure Facebook

Espectr0 Re:User friendly (144 comments)

Not true, whatsapp doesn't store contacts, as it doesn't do contacts authorization.

When you change your android phone, you put your gmail account and you get your contacts back (this is being done by the OS), whatsapp just queries the server to find out if your contacts have whatsapp and shows accordingly.

about 1 month ago
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Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

Espectr0 Re:How can the situation be improved? (513 comments)

I would love to get your local cable monopoly, or 6 Mbps choice.

In Venezuela, we get 1.5 Mbps on average.

You guys aren't that bad, you just can't compete with Europe or Asia (how should you? the US is quite bigger and harder to lay down fiber)

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp Founder Used Unchangable Airline Ticket To Pressure Facebook

Espectr0 Re:Facebook was dumb. (144 comments)

You are mostly right, i live in Venezuela, here we only get charged for data/outgoing sms/outgoing calls. Incoming sms and calls are free, as they should. Of course, our cell plans suck, for example i only get 60 minutes a month, 300 sms and 250 MB of data.

You are wrong about whatsapp not caring for new accounts, it is widely known whatsapp 450M users have about 70% of daily use.

Here a trick for whatsapp users: don't want to pay anually? Have android? Borrow an iphone, put your simcard, buy whatsapp for 1$, put your simcard back into your android phone. Boom, you get lifetime service for 1$.

Whatsapp is good enough, its strenght isn't security or privacy, but rather its comfort. You don't need to add anyone, no pins, usernames, passwords or logging in. If you want security then use BBM.

about 2 months ago
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Apple SSL Bug In iOS Also Affects OS X

Espectr0 Re:Lets see how far back... (140 comments)

If you don't want 7.x you can use 6.1.6 which got released to fix this

about 2 months ago
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Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

Espectr0 Irrelevant (545 comments)

Why should we try to pursue women to work in tech? We have to accept they are different and the majority doesn't like working in tech.

I cringe every time i see something being specially tailored for them. In Venezuela, they even have their own bank. It's stupid, what happened to equality?

about 2 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share

Espectr0 Re:Are we gonna compare every service pack to vist (249 comments)

Problem is, that 8.1 is being marketed as a new OS. It's not a service pack. Technically it may be even less than a service pack in changes.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Espectr0 Re:Murica Fuck yea! (635 comments)

europe countries are a lot smaller

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

Espectr0 easy (533 comments)

i=i+1 or i+=1 or i++

about 3 months ago
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Russia Backs Sending Top Students Abroad With a Catch

Espectr0 Old (167 comments)

This is common practice on lots of countries. In Venezuela this has been going for almost a century (though i don't know the current status since our problem with $$$), they give you a scholarship to study abroad with the condition to come back, otherwise they give you (or your relatives) the bill.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Top Black Friday Tech Picks?

Espectr0 buy online (189 comments)

i don't get all the haters here that say to avoid the day. if you NEED something, buy it if you can find a good deal, and if you want to avoid people then buy online. that's it.

sometimes Americans just try to find a cat's fifth paw .

about 5 months ago
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Female Software Engineers May Be Even Scarcer Than We Thought

Espectr0 Re:And? (445 comments)

reddit is basically just a forum. dropbox does storage and lots of it, that means scaling is critical, data consistency / backups and infrastructure should be a lot more robust. that requires more people.

Still, that pinterest number is way too high.

about 5 months ago
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Futuremark Delists Samsung and HTC Android Devices for Cheating 3DMark

Espectr0 Re:Here's the RDF at work. (188 comments)

To be fair, apple doesn't have a 7" tablet, it has a 7.9" tablet with a very different aspect ratio. It's a lot bigger than my nexus 7 and i actually like both sizes.

about 5 months ago
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New Dinosaur 'Siats Meekerorum' Discovered In Utah

Espectr0 Re:how about a page without login? (33 comments)

if you have visited the site before it won't allow you to close the window and forces you to create an account or login

about 5 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Rolls Out Today

Espectr0 Re:Win8 as a UI vs. an OS (398 comments)

Classic Shell 4.0 (released a few weeks ago) lets you find files directly from the search bar.

about 6 months ago
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GTA Online Runs Into an Online Roadblock

Espectr0 Re:CNET and Slashdot Editing (102 comments)

The CNET article is just fine, read properly: "ACCESS to Grand Theft Auto Online..." doesn't suggest that it's a different game, rather it means access to the multiplayer component (which is called GTA Online"

about 6 months ago
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The Chip That Changed the World: AMD's 64-bit FX-51, Ten Years Later

Espectr0 Re:Error in 32/64 bit libraries. Please reinstall (259 comments)

The "problem" is that 32 bit is still enough for mostly everyone, while 32 bit gained quick popularity after windows 95 (18 years old)

Also, there is less incentive to upgrade your current working machine today than before.

about 7 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: tips on migration from Active Directory 2003 to 2008

Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Espectr0 (577637) writes "We are an insurance company with about 600 client machines dispersed in 20 cities in our country. Our server infrastructure is mostly centralized on one city, with servers running Windows 2003 Server and Windows 2008 Server. We just want to migrate Active Directory from 2003 to 2008. Not everyone of our clients are using DHCP, which we want to force with group policy with this migration. Our clients are 80% windows xp pro sp3, with the rest being windows 7 pro. So far we have found this link and this one. Any good tips?"
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High tech for insurance claims office?

Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Espectr0 (577637) writes "We are moving our current main insurance automobile claims office to a new location, and the board said to not spare any costs in tech. The office will be big enough to handle lots of customers with their insurance automobile claims and also hold the complete branch of automobile of the company. We will acquire the qmatic system to handle customer support, all in one PC's for the front and have a modern conference room. What kind of technology are slashdot users familiar with in such type of environment? What would you recommend?"
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Microsoft must pay $1.4bn to EU

Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Espectr0 writes "The BBC is carrying an article that mentions that the European Commission has fined US computer giant Microsoft for defying sanctions imposed on it for anti-competitive behaviour. Microsoft must now pay 899 million euros ($1.4bn; £680.9m) after it failed to comply with a 2004 ruling that it took part in monopolistic practices. The ruling said that Microsoft was guilty of not providing vital information to rival software makers. EU regulators said the firm was the first to break an EU antitrust ruling."
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Yahoo to reject Microsoft bid

Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Espectr0 writes "CNN is running a story saying that Yahoo Inc.'s board plans to reject Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited $44.6 billion offer to acquire the Web giant. Yahoo's board determined that the $31 per share offer "massively undervalues" Yahoo, and that it also doesn't account for the risk that a deal could be blocked by regulators."
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Microsoft Proposes $44.6B Buyout Of Yahoo

Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Espectr0 writes "An artitle shows that Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) offered to buy Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) for $44.6 billion, a move designed to pick up a struggling rival as both companies are fighting in the online-advertising world with Google Inc. (GOOG). The offer, $31 a share in cash and stock, is a 62% premium to Thursday's closing price of $19.18. Yahoo shares jumped to $29.70 in recent premarket trading. Microsoft closed at $32.60 and dipped to $31.95 in the premarket recently. The proposal, presented in a letter to Yahoo's board of directors from Ballmer, is subject to the negotiation of a definitive agreement between the two companies. Microsoft is saying a deal could close in the second half of the year."
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Comcast Promising Ultra-Fast Internet

Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Espectr0 writes "CNN has a story where Comcast's Chief Executive Brian Roberts told The Associated Press in a preview of his speech at the Consumer Electronics show on Tuesday, that they are expected to demonstrate a technology that delivers up to 160 megabits of data per second: It will allow him to download a high-definition copy of "Batman Begins" in four minutes. The technology, DOCSIS 3.0, will start rolling out this year."
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Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Espectr0 writes "Apple has upgraded their line of MacBook Pro's. This revision includes a decent amount of ram (2 GB), LED backlit displays, 2.2 or 2.4 Ghz processors, 8x double-layer SuperDrive and NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT video cards. Apple recently addressed Greenpiece's concerns regarding its environmental policy by unveiling a clear strategy which mentioned a planed switch to the LED-backlit displays technology starting this year. Lastly, the battery is supposed to last 6 hours."
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Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Espectr0 writes "On May 9, 2007, Red Hat announced the public release of a set of high-quality fonts under the trademark LIBERATION at the Red Hat Summit. There are three sets: Sans (a substitute for Arial, Albany, Helvetica, Nimbus Sans L, and Bitstream Vera Sans), Serif (a substitute for Times New Roman, Thorndale, Nimbus Roman, and Bitstream Vera Serif) and Mono (a substitute for Courier New, Cumberland, Courier, Nimbus Mono L, and Bitstream Vera Sans Mono). The press release covers the details."
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Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Espectr0 writes "Crack group PARADOX has cracked Windows Vista. It works by exploiting a 'feature' that allows bigger OEM's like ASUS to include their own version of Vista that doesn't require activation. Also, crack crack group Pantheon has included an OEM Emulation Driver, that virtually allows any kind of board to run this version."
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Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Espectr0 writes "Sun has officially released Java SE 6. With a development cycle of over two years, and frequent releases to the public, the release is the first one after Sun's commitment to release the complete Java SE (language, compiler and libraries) in the first half of 2007. Java 6 is focused on the desktop users this time, with a range of features, including double buffering , performance tweaks and desktop integration."
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Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Espectr0 writes "According to an article over at Wall Street Journal Online, Google Inc. is in talks to acquire popular video-sharing site YouTube Inc. for roughly $1.6 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. The discussions are still at a sensitive stage and could well break off, this person says. YouTube commanded 46% of visits to U.S. online video sites in August, according to market research firm Hitwise. That compared to a 23% share for the video activities of News Corp.'s MySpace social-networking site, and 10% for Google Video."
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Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Espectr0 writes "Knowing a handful of programming languages is seen by many as a harbor in a job market storm, solid skills that will be marketable as long as the languages are. By picking the brains of Web developers and IT recruiters, eWEEK selected 10 programming languages that are a bonus for developers to add to their resumes. Even better, they're great jumping-off points, with loads of job opportunities for younger recruits. What does the slashdot community think?"

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Chavez wins

Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

The electoral council announced this morning that Chavez had 58% of the votes.

I can say, while being objective, that this is simply not true. The goverment played its card, requiring voters to use a special machine which captures fingerprints, which failed most of the time (it even failed on the president himself).

Lines were long, and i mean LONG. People got up at 3am and most didn't leave up to 3pm. I myself waited until it was 7:30pm to go and only had to be 3 hours in line.

This results ARE NOT LEGIT. I have proof myself. I own several scanner radios, where i could heard the fraud going on.

They were bringing people from across the colombian border. There were talking about voting twice (don't know how, since we get inked at the end of the voting), although all electoral members were put by the goverment, figure how!

Thy bet we would get out of the lines due to the sun and getting tired. Maybe some did, but i tell you lot of people didn't.

People who had voted, went to the stores and bought food and drinks for the people in line. Talk about union in the voters. Feeding completely strangers. That's who we venezuelans are.

Via "exit polls" people were knowing the results. Opposition said they had 58% while goverment said they had 65%.

No one of the international observers (OAS, Carter Center) have announced anything. There were reports of the electronic machines changing votes. There is a rumor that a YES vote counted as a YES AND NO vote.

So, i say fraud. Unexpected? Hell no.

UPDATE 8/17: The opposition has proved that the electronic machines had a maximum ceiling vote for the YES option, making any vote for that option beyond that fixed number have an unknown destination

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Will Chavez win?

Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

The recall election is this sunday. If people give more than 3.7 million votes against Chavez (and if they are more than the votes of people wanting to keep him) then Chavez gets kicked and leaves power to the vicepresident.

The irony in this, that there is nothing in the constitution that wouldn't allow him to be a candidate in the election for president 30 days later.

So can he win? Certainly. He has given citizenship to about 2 million people. Will all of them vote for him? Only time will tell.

What about the election system? The election will be automatic, only manual vote will be used in rural places or if there is a problem. I have seen the specs on the technology, and it seems way better than Diebold machines.

This is what i remember. You enter your fingerprint in a machine, and it will tell you if you have voted so you can't vote twice. Then you are checked to see if you are allowed to vote (registered, etc) and then on the next machine you get a question and 2 choices:

"Are you OK to end Chavez's job as current president of Venezuela?" Rough translation.

                                  NO YES (in that order)

After you choose, you confirm, and a small receipt gets printed, which you insert into a box.

Chavez could win. He has the control of the entire goverment, the electoral council, the supreme court. But also, sunday's vote will be private, instead of the signatures to request the recall. That may be the deciding factor on sunday.

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Will Venezuela get a referendum?

Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

According to Constitution, if 20% of the voters sign a petition, there must be general elections that decide if the president stays in power after half of the term.

The goverment is trying everything it can to impede this. A month ago, the national electoral council dismissed the signatures people made because they were "old" (i.e, collected before the half of the term)

If the country doesn't get the referendum elections, this country may go to a civil war. Although it could happen the same if:

-Referendum goes, president loses
- " " wins
-No referendum

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Military speaks up

Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

This never ends. Now some high ranking military officers in Venezuela have declared themselves on "legal disobedience" or whatever that means.

I am tired on this goverment. There is hate, the country is too divided, it will break itself. I mean in previous goverments it was bad but at least we had peace.

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Did the U.S fund the coup?

Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

In my first journal, someone asked what i thought about the U.S funding the april 11th coup in my country.

Some months ago, i was browsing Stallman's site and i was mad. He was defending my president (which he does not know) because he said the U.S had funded the coup, cheated on the Florida elections, etc etc.

Anyway, for those of you that have some credible information, comments are welcome.

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About my experience on /.

Espectr0 Espectr0 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I have been on the internet since about 1994, when in my state didn't have internet access and the only way was through the local university. A different university had a satellite dish and we had a connection to that university.

Only relatives of professors of our local university had access (though we found our way in, by borrowing accounts)

The access was at 2400 baud, and it was done via telnet. Later it was upgraded to 9600 baud and you could do some graphic browsing via a browser i can't remember its name.

In text mode, you had to send mail to a ftpmail server in order to be able to download a file. I remember i asked for the 2 patchs that were available for Doom ][

Later in 1995, Compuserve came to town (i live in Maracaibo, Venezuela, South America) and it was really slow and difficult to connect. My dad was foolishly scammed by a member and his credit card was stolen.

Later we got an ISP. 28.8kbaud. Fast foward 1997, and i had my own connection, 56k, 5 minutes a day. It growed to an hour a day, and with programs like wingate i could share the connection between my dad and me.

Since december 2000, we have adsl 256kkbits/64kbits. And about from that time, i have a ritual every day of a list of sites i visit. Currently those are, in order:
-Newsforge
-Betanews
-Mandrake.com
-Mandrakeforum.com
-Pclinuxonline.com
-Slipstreamx.net
-Neowin.net
-Slashdot.org

My experience on /. hasn't been really positive. I started as anonymous, then opened an account (i wanted espectro but the letter o was taken). I would find out that every comment i made wasn't read because i posted some hours after the article. Even being a registered user, i was getting all 0 points post. A flaw in the slash code maybe?

I asked taco about it. This is no troll, but i think he either was wasted or he is completely stupid when in email mode. I asked him why all i get would be 0 points posts. He just answered in one line: "post"

I mean WTF is that? Even for a long time, i would not get moderated, either up or down. Not surpringsinly, after about 1-2 weeks after i emailed taco, i would start getting the default 1 point posts, and on my way to finally getting karma: neutral.

Now, i finally got 2 good posts, one modded +3, the other +4, so my karma is positive now.

My only other gripe, is news submission. I have submitted 7 of them, none have been approved. Even one of those 7 was posted about a week later than the date i submitted it.

So, that is my currently experience on /.
My specs: i have 2 pc in my room, a compaq amd 333 64mb laptop that i use the most, with mostly winxp sp1 and vector linux 2.5, and my main amd 2100 xp 256mb ram which has gentoo, winxp and win98

I am 21 and studying computer science down here in the local university.

Probably no one will ever read this, so why bother? I was just bored. Hope you are bored too so you can read this :)

Hasta luego,
Francisco León a.k.a Espectr0

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