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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

FreonTrip Re:Adblock, FTW (188 comments)

That it does. Ditto Chromecasts and a lot of "smart" Blu-ray players; I just meant for typical PCs.

yesterday
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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

FreonTrip Re:Adblock, FTW (188 comments)

As far as I know Hulu and Amazon Prime won't work without it for now. Otherwise it's basically flushable.

yesterday
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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

FreonTrip Re:Adobe Flash Installer Download Knows About Thes (188 comments)

It's galling, isn't it? "We know our software's as safe on the unprotected web as a Craigslist hookup, so be sure to keep this software rubber handy." And it might not be so insulting if McAfee was good at anything besides eating hardware resources...

yesterday
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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

FreonTrip Re:Something Suspicious (188 comments)

It's a problem born from software bloat. It was originally intended to be a means of drawing vector graphics and simple animations, but there was a void in functionality in the days before PCs were fast enough to handle Javascript (or even had browsers that could cope with the highly abstracted pages written now). So more functionality was added, and with that came layer after layer of gooey, exploitable cruft. Now Flash doesn't just offer vector graphics. It's a multimedia environment with DRM, a method of offering rich internet applications, a video player, and a buttload more besides. All that bloat's been encouraged because Adobe wants Flash to be used by as many people as possible - it's publicly traded, you've got to show investors and stockholders where all that money's going - and we've now arrived at the point where it's a suppurating pile of vulnerabilities and patched-together functionality with legacy support, far more trouble than it's worth for most users.

yesterday
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User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

FreonTrip Re:Crusty Hardware (189 comments)

That's CMOS resetting, my bad. *cough*

about a week ago
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User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

FreonTrip Re:Crusty Hardware (189 comments)

You can still occasionally find a DIP switch on overclocker-friendly motherboards to ratchet up clock speeds and apply a corresponding voltage bump; the vagaries of that are handled by the BIOS/UEFI. But the only jumpers I ever see are for CMOS flashing, and maybe once in a blue moon to enable or disable an integrated component. It's definitely not 1995 any more.

about a week ago
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User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

FreonTrip Re:Crusty Hardware (189 comments)

Yes, for the time being i486 support's still maintained. Debian and Slackware both nominally support it, and I suppose a very patient person could also flog their 486 nearly to death with Gentoo. Though I'd think a sane person would cross-compile...

about a week ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

FreonTrip Re:Coding where? (213 comments)

I'm not wasting any more time chasing your moving goal posts. I could point out that you can pretty easily find cheap, working computers on Craigslist, and frequently for well under $100, but then you'd quail that those aren't new. You've clearly made an ideological commitment to this position. Who would I be to unmoor you?

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

FreonTrip Re:Coding where? (213 comments)

OK, fine; I'll concede that point. But let's remember the inflation that's occurred since the time around my birth: $200 in 1980 would be just over $600 now. Even if we knock 20% off the effective buying power of that money, $500 in 2014 will buy a computer that's 100% ready to connect to a television and run an overwhelming majority of applications, including Visual Studio Express.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

FreonTrip Re:Coding where? (213 comments)

So look on Amazon for a Raspberry Pi kit, with case, (micro)SD card, and a few other various & sundries. Once it's arrived in the mail, put it together, sit down with the kids, and figure out how to shoehorn an OS onto the thing. I can't imagine setting up and effectively using a ZX Spectrum would be easier than a Raspberry Pi or Banana Pi.

about 3 months ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

FreonTrip Re:Simple solution: bring cookies. (406 comments)

In my experience one doesn't regularly spend hours in an enclosed, pressurized space thousands of feet above ground with fast food workers...

about 3 months ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

FreonTrip Re:Simple solution: bring cookies. (406 comments)

What a way to view the people in your world - as an endless series of economic actors to whom you feel superior or against whom you rationalize your lower standing. I hope I never work for you.

about 3 months ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

FreonTrip Re:Simple solution: bring cookies. (406 comments)

As you board the plane. It's always greeted with a little surprise, but they're always grateful.

about 3 months ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

FreonTrip Simple solution: bring cookies. (406 comments)

Seriously - bring a package of cookies for the flight crew. The flight attendants will leave you alone except to check on you, and will probably sneak you a non-alcoholic treat at some point during the flight. And it's not a job that's appreciated terribly much - look at the comments in this thread, just for starters - so it goes a long way.

about 3 months ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

FreonTrip Re:confused (358 comments)

It's even weirder than that. For reference:

.mp1 = MPEG-1 Layer 1 Audio, used by no one and basically a historical footnote

.mp2 = MPEG-1 Layer 2 Audio, used by the radio broadcast industry for archival above 224 kbps and the audio format of VideoCDs

.mp3 = MPEG-1 Layer 3 Audio, the most familiar and widely used consumer audio format in the world

.mp4 = Advanced Audio Codec, AKA MPEG-2 Layer 7 Audio, later updated to MPEG-4 Layer 3 Audio

And that concludes today's installment of worthless trivia.

about 4 months ago
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Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

FreonTrip Re:About damn time! (93 comments)

I think it was around 5 or 6 gigs, which isn't atypical these days. If that's alarming, don't look up the specs for Wolfenstein: The New Order. You'll crack.

about 8 months ago
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Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

FreonTrip Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (93 comments)

Seconded - I've tried it on Xubuntu 14.04 x64, on an AMD FX-8320 with 24 gigs DDR3-1600 and a Geforce GTX 660 running recent proprietary drivers, and all is running beautifully. It looks like Aspyr's pulled off a lovely, polished port. Yay!

about 8 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

FreonTrip Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

Any luck with virtualization? I know you can "lock" various ports for VM-only access, and that might simplify administration in some ways (i.e., if something happens to the install, roll back to a working snapshot, use a shared directory to output any work from the VM without directly exposing it to the network &c.).

about 10 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

FreonTrip Re:Software doesn't wear out. (641 comments)

Eww. Apologies, I misunderstood the main issue.

about 10 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

FreonTrip Re:Software doesn't wear out. (641 comments)

A 2.5" drive is a 2.5" drive, be it SSD or conventional/platter-based. I don't guarantee this is the specific revision of your laptop(s), but upgrading doesn't look hard, and you'd have a mountain of storage space and a reasonable upgrade path. Now if you're running something that uses HDA modules like a Macbook Air does, that's a valid point. But I don't think the eeePCs ever did.

about 10 months ago

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